Agenda and minutes
Venue: Rawcliffe Recreation Hall
Contact: Michael Hawtin
Your Chance to meet;
During the surgery the Street Environment Officer showed ‘Don’t be a Minger’ a film aimed at young people to discourage, and show the consequences of, littering. This will be shown at secondary schools soon. Residents had the opportunity to speak to their Ward Councillors, the Safer Neighbourhood Team, the Street Environment Officer and Neighbourhood Management Officer.
Welcome & Minutes
The minutes of the previous meeting will be agreed and signed, there will also be an update of any action points
Cllr Watt chaired the meeting and welcomed residents. The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed and signed.
The Councillors explained about their dispensations to take part in the meeting and the declaration of interests in certain schemes for 2010/11. The list was available at the meeting on the ‘signing in’ table.
Street Environment Officer
Michelle Watling will introduce herself and explain how the York Pride budget can help improve your neighbourhood.
Michelle Watling introduced herself to the meeting and explained about the York Pride Budget. She gave a short list of some of the activites the budget has covered which included clearing fly tipping, removed diseased trees, equipment for Community Payback to use to maintain and tidy up the area and dog-fouling.
Safer Neighbourhoods Police Update
Representatives from the team will be at the meeting to talk about their recent activities and their neighbourhood priorities.
PC Ian Richardson introduced a new team member, PCSO Dave Ellison. He went on the talk about their activities which has included working to reduce anti-social behaviour, operations to prevent cycling offences like cycling on the pavement or without lights.
He mentioned Operation Kineto, where 160 officers went onto the travellers’ site and removed the capacity for growing drugs, they returned later and took away drugs with a street value of £20K.
Crime generally is down 35% on the same period last year, Anti-social behaviour is up by 2.5%, hot spots have been identified and the team is working on them.
Q. Has the work at Tower Court displaced the ASB to Oakdale Place and Ebsay Drive?
A. Possibly but there’s no evidence – there is a Problem Solving Plan to reduce Anti-social behaviour which includes those streets as well as Tower Court.
Q. Are you aware of the problems at the Curry’s car park on Clifton Moor?
A. Yes it is the one we are working on – the area has had some complaints we’re dealing with Brit-Safe and we will deal with the managing agent.
Provisional Local Improvement Schemes
Your chance to comment on the provisional schemes list and to influence the decision on how the budget for 2010/11 will be spent.
Residents were given the opportunity to discuss any of the schemes before the councillors decided on the list for 2010-11.
Q. How many seats are there in the Skelton Play area?
A. If successful there will be 5 seats in the area.
There was a question about the location of the benches as on the ballot they were suggested that they would be on The Pasture. This was noted.
The members explained that they weighed up the expressions of interest, they considered the number of people who supported each scheme and from what area they came. They looked for, and discounted, what appeared to be ‘tactical voting’ – supporting schemes in one area and against all in other areas. They took into account expressions of support from previous ward committee meetings and from speaking to residents.
While the Councillors and Neighbourhood Management Officer discussed the schemes the residents had a break for coffee and biscuits.
Once the decision had been made the Councillors went through which schemes had been approved. Of the 27 proposed schemes 18 were approved for funding. (See list below)
Have Your Say
Your chance to ask questions about local issues and concerns.
One resident mentioned that the York and District Angling Society had done a lot of work tidying up around Rawcliffe Lake, removing trolleys and other rubbish from culverts and the lake. This was appreciated.
There was a question about raising the level of water in the lake but Councillor Moore explained that it was at the same level it has always been and the level is set by Yorkshire Water at 9.6m above sea level.
Residents were asked to call the Environment Agency if they noticed any palettes or trolleys in the drainage channels.
One resident expressed their gratitude to the Councillors for the work they do in the ward.