Venue: Civic Suite, Solihull
Contact: Democratic Services
Apologies and Substitutions
To receive notification of apologies and substitutions from Members.
Councillor I Chamberlain and T Hodgson (A Hodgson – substitute)
Declarations of Interest
To receive notification of any declarations of pecuniary and/or conflict of interest from Members.
There were no declarations of interest.
Questions and Deputations
To answer questions and hear deputations, if any, asked by any resident of the Borough pursuant to Standing Orders.
There were no questions or deputations.
To receive the minutes of the previous meeting.
The minutes of the last meeting of the Board held on 27 January 2016 were submitted.
That the Minutes of the meeting held on 27 January 2016 be agreed as a correct record.
Chief Superintendent Alex Murray to attend. Report to follow.
Chief Superintendent updated the Panel on performance for Quarter 4 2015/16 and the year end 2015/16 and the key points identified included the following:
Total Recorded Crime
The Chief Superintendent explained that total record crime had increased slightly across the Borough, based on a year by year comparison. He emphasised this should be taken in context, detailing how 2014/15 saw the lowest ever recorded levels of crime. It was highlighted that 2015/16 had actually seen the second lowest levels of recorded crime.
The Chief Superintendent detailed how there had been an increase in domestic violence reported to the police during 2015/16. He explained how this increase may be attributable to the following factors:
The Chief Superintendent emphasised the Police and the Partnership also recognised the need to consider whether the increase may actually reflect a rise in domestic violence overall. He explained how there was a considerable amount of Partnership working to provide support to victims of domestic abuse. The Chief Superintendent also detailed the volume of work now undertaken to manage perpetrators, which included cognitive behavioural therapy.
The Chief Superintendent explained how there had been a slight increase in violent crime, especially involving young people. He detailed how the Police and Partners were looking at a large scale restorative justice programme, for young people involved in peripheral incidences. The Chief Superintendent explained they were looking to develop a multi-agency action plan, via the Safer Solihull Board, to consider different aspects of violent crime, such as mental health and the potential for earlier interventions.
The Chief Superintendent detailed that burglary of houses had increased over the last twelve months, particularly in areas of the Borough neighbouring East Birmingham. He detailed how they were working with Partners, in order to improve detection rates.
It was explained that shop thefts had increased over the previous year – the Chief Superintendent detailed how they were working with shop owners, in order to ensure greater preventative measures.
The Chief Superintendent detailed how off-road motorbiking presented a real a challenge, especially as it created a considerable sense of insecurity amongst the public. He explained how they were working with the Local Authority to address the problem, especially in regards to collating evidence regarding the perpetrators.
In considering the report, Members raised a number of points, including the following:
Following the outcomes of the Highway Services Working Group in 2014/15, to consider and evaluate progress made by the Partnership in this priority area.
Report of the Highways Services Working Group and appendices attached.
The Head of Highway Services provided a verbal update on the outcomes of the Highway Services Scrutiny Working Group, after they were originally presented to the Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways on 9th July 2015. He initially provided an update regarding the Highway Services section overall and the points raised included the following:
The Head of Highway Services also highlighted the issues about speed management considered by the Working Group, which included the following:
The Head of Highway Services explained how recent statistics indicated Solihull was a top performer in regards to road safety. He explained how he believed this wasn’t necessary due to traffic calming measures, such as ‘flashing signs’, instead it was attributable to the following:
The Head of Highway Services also detailed recent measures to promote road safety within the Borough, which included the following:
Following the verbal update, Members raised a number of questions, in particular concerning the two trial 20mph speed limits operating in the Borough. The Head of Highways confirmed Officers were monitoring the effectives of these trials. However, he emphasised he believed highways design was the best way forward to support road safety, especially as the Police did not enforce 20mph speed limits.
Members thanked the Officer for the report and commended the Highway Services section and Safer Solihull Partnership for its work to support traffic speed management and road safety.
The Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel noted the update on the outcomes of the Highway Services Working Group.