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PRESENT: Cllrs R Dellow, Glew, Irwin, Wheatley, Councillor Wright (Chairman of the Council), Mrs J Dellow, Mr R Glew. Sedlescombe Police Community Support Officer Demetrius Georghiou, PS Dan Russell
Mrs P Raymond: Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer, Sedlescombe Parish Council



CS08/09.39 Apologies and reasons for absence. Cllr Rand (work), Mrs Martin (ill).
CS08/09.40 Declarations of existence and nature of councillor's interests, whether personal or personal/prejudicial, with regard to items on the agenda. None.
CS08/09.41 Public participation session. No public present.
CS08/09.42Minutes of Crime & Safety Advisory Committee Meeting, 28/10/08 Minutes. RESOLVED: That the Chairman of the Committee is authorised to sign the Minutes of the Meeting of the Crime & Safety Advisory Committee held on 28/10/08.
CS08/09.43 Reports from PCSO Demi. Members had been provided with the reports provided by Demi for October, November and December 2008. The following matters were updated:
  • Enquiries are ongoing following concerns about anti-social activity after events at The Clockhouse.
  • Vulnerable people not locking their doors.
  • Youths knocking on the windows of homes in Brede Lane.
  • Concerns about youths at the bus stop outside Pollards. Although the complainant feels threatened, it appears that nothing wrong has been done by the youngsters.
  • The incident of travellers in Hurst Lane has not recurred.
  • Stolen garden machinery has been found in Robertsbridge.
  • Pedigree dogs have been stolen from Reservoir Lane and dog food has been found on land on the A21.
CS08/09.44 Fire problems at Riverside Playground including the burning of newspapers left outside the shop. The Clerk had reported this to Demi. He is aware of a couple of girls who started a small fire and has spoken to them. The shop owner has not reported any further problems with his newspapers.
CS08/09.45 Reports of other local problems.

Cllr Dellow would have liked to make residents aware of the spate of burglaries surrounding our parish. However, the Police prefer not to raise concerns and Demi has, instead, visited those people he thinks are particularly vulnerable. Sedlescombe NHW does offer security advice and still has locks etc. which can be fitted free of charge in the parish. Members agreed that the occasional use of the "A" board to remind people to be aware of their security can be helpful.

Groups of Mormons have been visiting homes in the Park Shaw area and there have been one or two incidents of cold callers going to the homes of vulnerable people.

CS08/09.46 Neighbourhood Panels. PS Russell reported that the first Ewhurst and Sedlescombe Neighbourhood panel meeting had been held in the pub on 17/12/08. Ten people had attended including District Cllr Ganly; various issues about parking and speeding had been discussed. It is for those people on the panel to decide what priorities should be addressed by the Police and for them to run the meetings, probably held every three months or so. The panel must also pay for the venue.

There was a general discussion about the need for the Parish Council Crime and Safety Committee to meet while the Police is liaising with members of the public who will set the priorities. Since Demi started working in Sedlescombe a year ago, the agendas of the Crime and Safety Committee Meetings have been getting shorter and there is no wish for meetings to be held without a purpose. There is currently no need for officers from the Housing Associations to attend. Members stressed the importance of continuity with PCSOs and PS Russell said that, although continuity is usually a good thing, sometimes a new face can be useful.

The Police explained that the issues raised at the panel meetings tend to be different from the matters discussed at the Crime and Safety Committee Meetings. Demi said that he appreciated being able to meet members of the Council to discuss matters in principle rather than ones affecting people personally. It is not certain how successful the panel meetings will be and, therefore, it could be premature to disband the Committee now.

Cllr Irwin believes the meetings of the Committee are important as they are structured with an Agenda unlike the panel meetings.

RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL MEETING ON 13/01/08 - That the Parish Council Crime & Safety Advisory Committee should no longer hold regular meetings because the panel meetings appear to be taking over but, if matters arise which need to be discussed with the Police, Housing Associations, Fire Service etc, meetings can be convened on request to the Clerk.

CS08/09.47 Neighbourhood Watch Report. Jean Dellow, Chief Co-ordinator, gave a report similar to matters raised by Demi apart from fire safety checks and smoke alarms for which requests are still being received.
CS08/09.48 Date of next meeting: As and when requested.
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