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Building Safer, Stronger Neighbourhoods through Appropriate Use of Our Enforcement

Meeting: 19/05/2022 - Cabinet (Item 148)

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The Deputy Leader presented the report of the Director: Neighbourhood & Enforcement Services.


Robust enforcement was a key priority for the Council; the report contained an update on the actions of the public protection team in 2021. This included 29 multi-agency exercises, £75,000 of external funding that had been secured to combat fly tipping on private land, around 1,500 school patrols that had been conducted, and solar powered CCTV units that had been installed, amongst other actions.


While there had been a reduction in fly tipping across the Borough there was more work to be done. The CCTV network continued to grow and the Council was looking to expand with vehicles and a mobile enforcement hub.


Members noted the positive impact of effective enforcement activity in improving communities and people’s sense of safety and pride. The Council’s work with the Police and Crime Commissioner was also praised.


The Leader of the Conservative group sought further action to support nighttime safety initiatives such as the street pastors scheme to improve safety around the nighttime economy.


The Leader of the Liberal Democrat group noted the important role CCTV cameras played in combatting anti-social behaviour but noted that more of a police presence was needed in communities.


RESOLVED – that Cabinet


a)         Notes enforcement activity undertaken by Public Protection, Neighbourhood Enforcement teams during 2021 to keep residents and businesses safe.


b)        Delegates approval to  the Director of Neighbourhood & Environmental Services in consultation with the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Community Safety and Customer Services to progress procurement of a mobile enforcement hub and CCTV vehicle.


c)         Approves the priority areas of focus for the year ahead as outlined in the report.