Agenda and minutes
Venue: Heswall Hall (Dee Room) 111 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral CH60 0AF
Contact: Tracey Smith Community Engagement Co-ordinator
Welcome and Introductions
Welcomed over 60 members of public to the Heswall, Pensby & Thingwall Area Forum.
Neighbourhood Plan Update
Tracey Smith gave a presentation on “your neighbourhood” The street where you live theme, part of the Neighbourhood Plan for the area.
Key Points that where highlighted for the area forum to address:
What next: June 2012 - all 11 area forums will cover the next themes of “Your Family” and “Your Economy”. All themes will be collated and form an action plan to address issues and developments for the local area.
The Wirral District is led by Paul Murphy who has overall responsibility for the 6 Community Fire Stations along with the Wirral Community Safety Team which is located at Wallasey Fire Station. The Community Safety Team is a cross functional team which consists of both operational and advocacy staff, and is structured to focus on the Prevention and Protection of Wirral’s communities through engagement with the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.
Wirral Community Safety Team are currently developing and publishing a Wirral Community Safety Plan which will be accompanied by 6 Wirral Community Fire Stations Plans that are linked to the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Integrated Risk Management Plan.
We have held a series of planning meetings at local fire stations, involving partners and staff in the design and delivery of community safety activities to improve responsiveness to local needs. The Plans recognise the diverse nature of the communities of Wirral and will enable our Community Safety activity to be tailored specifically to the needs of the local community and complement the delivery of agreed local priorities.
The initiatives within each of the plans will be bespoke to that area however there will be cross cutting themes for the Wirral which will include:
Some of the more innovative initiatives which will be included will be:
Feedback on Bonfire period for 2011 – extremely successful on Wirral with an obvious decrease in ASB fires across the District. Local events supported this with Beechwood & Ballantyne and Ridgeway High School holding bonfire night events.
Gave an update on the services they run i.e. Have Your Say meetings, Surgeries and One to One sessions that residents can attend to raise issues.
Team/Staff are not being reduced only downsized, we have lost a PCSO as they have moved to Wallasey. There has been a review of all PCSO’s and they are spread across Wirral. This area still has 7 PCSO’s.
Heswall is a safe area including Hoylake and West Kirby.
Mike Collins gave update on the development of the Dog Fouling Enforcement Team they now have 5 permanent officers tackling this, have issued over 70 tickets, currently working in parks and open spaces, service operates 7 days a week and covers the whole of Wirra including roads/pavements. Officers are in uniform but also operate non-uniform tackling hot stop areas. Also working with local schools on educating our young people. Fixed ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
Public Question Time
Response from Technical Services Department - This is something that has been raised in recent years and it would appear there is no formal action that can be taken. The taxis are private motor vehicles and re classed the same as other vehicles in that they can park there for 1 hour Monday to Saturday 8am- 6pm. Outside of these times it is unrestricted. We are unable to stop them for parking there unless they exceed the time restriction.
Jim Lester informed the forum that there has to be a balance between car parking charges, free parking and limited parking i.e. one or two hours etc as if all car parking was free this would not help parking and may be taken for granted. Jim Lester to look into providing report/information on charges to report back to the next forum meeting in June 2012.