Agenda and minutes

Communities Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday 15 February 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Addenbrooke House, Ironmasters Way, Telford, TF3 4NT

Contact: Sam Yarnall  01952 382193

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Apologies for Absence




Declarations of Interest




Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 215 KB


RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2021 be confirmed and signed by the chair.



Work Programme Review pdf icon PDF 321 KB


The Committee received an update on the work programme from the Service Delivery Manager - Legal & Democracy, Policy & Governance. The Committee agreed to the current work programme with no further comments.


Safer Stronger Communities pdf icon PDF 609 KB

To receive the presentation of Dean Sargeant (Director: Neighbourhood & Enforcement Services).


The Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities will attend for this item.


The Committee received a presentation from the Service Delivery Manager:  Safer, Stronger Communities about Safer Stronger Communities.


Members heard an overview of the project, a £2.5m two year investment programme with £500,000 Police and Crime Commission (PCC) funding. The programme has 12 primary areas of focus. It was said that these areas had been identified from data and intelligence that informed the decisions and priorities; local stakeholder engagement; and community involvement and co-production. The Service Delivery Manager explained that the approach built on the community COVID-19 response which focussed on working with community stakeholders and local external partners, parish and Borough council collaboration to meet local need.


It was explained that the Safer Stronger Communities programme was taking a multi-agency approach that looked at tackling the causes of crime and provided local problem solving aimed at helping the community. The programme focused on social regeneration so that the local community could take ownership of, and pride in, their community.


Members heard that the programme started in Brookside and would continue into Sutton Hill, building upon a number of investments; Safer Streets 1 & 2, CCTV, and the Community Action Teams.


The Service Delivery Manager went on to explain how the Safer, Stronger Communities Plan had been devised. The framework for the programme was a systematic action plan that used a whole system approach which included service providers and local authorities working collaboratively so that the community could take 'ownership' in their area.


Six priorities had been identified for the programme: Education, Skills & NEETs; Housing Standards; Crime Reduction; Environmental Crime & Anti-Social Behaviour; Community Resilience; and, Health Inequalities.


Members were informed about the Neighbourhood Action Plan (NAPs) for the programme. Members heard that each area of Safer, Stronger communities programme has a NAP. It was explained that this was a targeted intervention approach that was based on geographical location and common issues.


It was explained that for the NAPs there were borough wide themes that they were working to support. These were, a lack of Youth Provision; Severity of Crime(it was explained that they were working with the St Giles trust to brings in targeted approaches to areas of crime like gangs;) Private Sector Housing (with a particular focus on poorly managed Houses of Multiple Occupancy ;) NEETs; and CCTV & Additional Street Lighting.    


Members heard that the programme would be evaluated based upon performance. There were a series of performance measures that, at the time of the meeting, were being developed to monitor the success of the programme. These included monitoring levels of recorded crime, anti-social behaviour and fly tipping; monitoring the NEET data; school exclusions; HMO mapping; and, levels of unemployment in those areas.


Following the presentation, the Committee heard from the Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities, who noted that this was building on the 10-year Cooperative council investment the council had put in place. The aim for the programme was to work with different trusts and partners for future funding and for sustainability for the community. It was hoped  ...  view the full minutes text for item COMSC38


Transport Strategy - Active Travel pdf icon PDF 267 KB

To receive the presentation of Dean Sargeant (Director: Neighbourhood & Enforcement Services).

Additional documents:


Members received a summary presentation on the Active Travel Update report by the Service Delivery Manager: Strategic Transport & Highway Network and the Active Travel Delivery Specialist.


Members heard that in 2019/20 it was recognised that the Council's Sustainable Travel work, which included the Active Travel Strategy, needed to be prioritised. With no significant national funding available, further local investment was required. It was explained that the government had since reacted to the issue with two significant policy documents, Gear Change, LTN 1/20 and creating Active Travel England.


The Committee was informed that, in 2021 the team had expanded to meet growing pressures with the creation of the following posts; a dedicated Active Travel Delivery Specialist and a Bike Hub Manager. This was to expand upon development to encourage people to take up more active forms of transport, such as cycling and walking and improve local infrastructure. An Active Travel Survey was launched to find out more about residents’ needs and demands to which there were over 500 responses received regarding cycling and walking.


The Service Delivery Manager continued, discussing the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP).This was a working plan that would be developed to provide a structure of what was going to be provided for the Borough. The plan took a long term view of plans of development whilst also looking to review and update the local strategy that sits beside the LCWIP which was developed in 2016 and needs a refresh. The LCWIP looked at key areas such as wards and towns in the Borough for development and improvement, through measures such as connecting corridors that did not previously exist and improving those that do.


The LCWIP was data oriented in its planning, especially in terms of walking and cycling zones. In the case of Walking Zones, it was stated that data showed that on average people are willing to walk around two miles a day and this data helped with the design of the plan to encourage more walking. Zones would be based around the Borough’s towns and their connectivity. Data collection had helped to determine priorities both long and short term around infrastructure for active travel.


Members heard about the funding for Active Travel; through the Travel Telford Sustainable Transport Fund there was £2.6m over four years in active and sustainable travel. Additionally, there was £305K from the Department for Transport (DfT) Active Travel Fund and £181K in DfT Revenue funding for capability funding. A bid had been submitted for £1.8m for improvements on the Silkin Way and, at the time of the meeting, the Council was awaiting a decision. It was stated that for government funding an LCWIP plan was needed to support future funding bids.


The Committee heard that the Silkin Way Investment Plan was developed in 2021 and covered the whole 14 mile route which runs from Bratton to Coalport. To ensure the best allocation of resources and future evaluation, a survey was undertaken to establish the priorities of residents. From this,  ...  view the full minutes text for item COMSC39


Chair's Update