Agenda and draft minutes
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· An opportunity to talk to your Ward Councillors, local Police Community Support, groups and organisations
· Acorn MUGA information share
Local residents were given the opportunity to speak informally with councillors, community officers and other speakers/representatives prior to the main meeting. Hand sanitising gel, face masks and posters with NHS QR codes were available to everyone in attendance.
· Selection of the Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward Planning Panel
· Latest news about Local Area Coordination
· Presentation from York Sea Cadets
· Presentation on the Acorn Multi Use Games Area proposal
· Ward budgets update
· Have your say
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1. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS (19:00)
The meeting was chaired by Councillor Fenton who welcomed everyone before introducing the other councillors and representatives. He then set out the agenda for the meeting (which, he pointed out, was to be non-political).
2. NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE UPDATE (Inspector Lee Pointon)
Inspector Pointon discussed the rise of low level anti-social behaviour amongst young people since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. He recognised the negative impact of such behaviour on residents which, he acknowledged, was unacceptable from a community perspective.
He encouraged residents to report all incidents by contacting North Yorkshire Police either by phone (101), online (https://www.northyorkshire.police.uk) or through their ward councillors. There was a clear emphasis on the importance of reporting as it not only flagged up hotspots but also enabled the team to effectively plan their workload.
In response to a query about the definition of a dispersal order Inspector Pointon explained that dispersal orders (which were used quite regularly) enabled the police to disrupt anti-social behaviour by directing those responsible to vacate a particular area for up to 48 hours.
Another resident asked whether the police were
able to deal with noise late at night and whether they had any
powers over parents of disruptive young people. Inspector Pointon explained that whilst the police
had no specific power over the parents, City of York Council
Housing officers could intervene if the noise was emanating from
council property. He further stated
that the police worked in close collaboration with a variety of
other bodies in an effort to promote positive community
When a resident enquired as to whether PCSO’s on bicycles had a set routine during their shift Inspector Pointon stated the effectiveness of targeted activity. He explained that the team would initially go through all the recently reported incidents and plan their daily strategy accordingly.
As no further questions were raised, Councillor Fenton thanked Inspector Pointon and acknowledged the difficulties posed by constrained resources. He reiterated the importance of reporting any concerns or incidents (although not via Facebook groups as the police did not have the time or resources to trawl through them). Inspector Pointon also reminded residents that they could report incidents anonymously.
3. SELECTION OF THE DRINGHOUSES AND WOODTHORPE WARD PLANNING PANEL (Margaret Silcock)
Next, the role of Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward Planning Panel was outlined by Margaret Silcock who informed residents that the panel met on a monthly basis (on a Monday evening) to go through and comment on a variety of planning applications which could range from tree preservation orders (TPO’s) to house extensions. Recently the Moor Lane development plan and an additional Care Home application had to be considered by the Panel. With regard to applications involving trees, she made the point that any felled trees were replaced.
She encouraged anyone interested in joining the panel to put themselves forward as it was very rewarding to be part of the group.
The following residents have been confirmed as members of the ... view the full minutes text for item 2.