Venue: Bassett Street Community Hub, Bassett Street, South Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 4PE
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Local Policing Issues
Police Community Support Officer J Darby presented the crime prevention statistics. These cover the last three months. They are noted as follows.
Last 3 months Previous 3 months
Burglary Dwelling 6 4
Burglary other than Dwelling 3 6
Theft of Motor Vehicle 0 3
Theft from Motor Vehicle 10 5
One empty property was burgarled. Sporadic thefts took place from unsecured vehicles. Sat Navs were targeted. Police consultations of residents are ongoing. Blaby Road park was flagged as a problem area. The problem was resolved .No additional problems have been reported. One man was placed on an Anti Social Behaviour contract for stealing from children and for assaults. He is now excluded from the South Wigston area.
Young people performing anti social behaviour acts have been visited by the Police and given suitable warnings. A project on bowling and citizenship is being established by Police Constable Carl Sutherley. Cycle lanes on the Saffron Road are the responsibility of the County Council Highways department. The County Council is carrying out consultation on removing traffic islands and other road furniture. A resident was concerned this may mean children are at risk from running between the traffic.
The Police are aware of people parking on double yellow lines on Countesthorpe Road. This is to be addressed.
Parking on double yellow lines is an issue for the County Council Highways department The Police act when there is an obstruction.
It was reported that people are driving the wrong way down one way streets, driving at speed by St Thomas`s church, going through to the petrol station and driving onto the footpath.
PC Darby will report these issues to PC Sutherley for informing the Highways Forum.
Councillor Boulter will raise the following issues with the County Council:
Minutes of the Previous Meeting held on June 2016
An amendment to section 3 of the June 8 2016 minutes was received by tonight`s Chair Councillor J Boyce The amendment was agreed by Councillor .S Morris, the usual Chair. The changes have been added to the minutes of June 2016.
The resident who raised the amendments to the minutes of the June meeting asked the Chair when in this meeting time would be given to discuss Edward Garnier’s Adjournment Debate of the previous day, 6th September. The Chair said it could be at Chair’s Update.
Action: A copy of the amended minutes will be circulated at the meeting of November 8th 2016 and added to the Council`s website.
The planting baskets for Blaby Road were purchased and hung.
St Thomas Children’s Group award of £400 was endorsed by the Policy Finance Development Committee.
Oadby and Wigston Community First Responders are to present at the November 2016 meeting.
Phoenix Therapies Group presented a proposal to the Forum for funding. This is titled,” Take the Weight Off Your Mind”.
The Families Foodies are to provide an update for the next Forum meeting.
Leisure Facilities Update - Presentation
A paper copy of the Leisure Facilities update 2016 presentation was circulated at the meeting. Following the presentation residents were invited to ask questions.
A new programme on managing diabetes has been successfully introduced. Diabetes is one of the local Authority`s biggest health issue. New sessions to help manage this issue are to be offered
On the question of whether access to a cafe could be made available all the time the venue is used, the Officer noted people are able to access tea and coffee from a vending machine.
A resident requested an obstacle course gymnasium be installed.
Action: Circulate an electronic copy of the Leisure Facilities presentation.
Customer Service Update
Jacky Griffiths provided a verbal update on developments with the Customer Service Centre in Bell Street. The Centre opened 12th October 2015. A range of Council Services including a benefits online service are provided to residents.
Two satisfaction surveys are carried out annually. A 100% satisfaction with services was recorded for the March 2016 survey. October 2016 will see the next survey activated.
Compared to feedback at Bushloe House between August 2015 and August 2016, there was a 258% increase in resident satisfaction with Customer Centre services. In the future more choice is to be offered as to how residents receive services. Online services are to be provided to reach people working various hours. The Officer requested residents respond to the widely advertised Council Tax Support consultation.
Residents’ questions were responded to as follows:
Residents were encouraged to respond to the current online consultation on the Council Tax Support Scheme. A leaflet explaining the Scheme and direction to the link to access it was circulated.
On concluding her presentation update, the Chair expressed thanks to the Officer
A resident asked that we be called citizens or residents because that means we have rights and duties. We are not customers and shouldn’t be referred to as such as that takes our rights away. The Leader of the Council said this would be considered.
The Campaign has been running since the end of 2015. People are being invited to take part by forming litter picking groups and sending the message to friends, neighbours and Community Groups. Primary schools are being liaised with, as are links through the Leicester Universities and the media.
Residents were requested to spread the word about the campaign and get involved. A hard copy of a flyer about the Litter Campaign was distributed. It states how people can get involved in the Litter Campaign and who to contact for more information.
A resident suggested the Litter Campaign could establish an award through Pride of the Borough to recognise groups of people or an individual for their contribution to the Campaign.
Pride of the Borough organise regular litter picking sessions. For more information, contact Brocks Hill Country Park and Centre, Washbrook Lane, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5JJ. Email:
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The Chair thanked Colin Robertson for presenting the update.
An electronic presentation titled;”Take the Weight Off Your Mind”, was shared with residents by Phoenix Therapies representatives. The presentation outlined the courses provided and their impact on participants.
A working partnership has been formed with the South Wigston voluntary Organisation Helping Hands. This will help with delivering the course to 50% of people using Helping Hands who experience mental health problems.
Funding has been awarded for a bespoke Take the Weight Off Your Mind” course to the Council`s Youth Council. This will address the mental health needs of young people in South Wigston. An award for this work has also been received from the Trustee Savings Bank.
Phoenix Therapies requested £1000 from South Wigston Residents Forum to run a course. Oadby Residents Forum also awarded Phoenix Therapies £1,700 for a bespoke course for its residents and Wigston Residents Forum awarded them £1,000 on the basis that South Wigston Residents Forum would match fund this sum.
The Chair put a motion to residents asking if they wished to have the proposal funded. One resident proposed it, another seconded it. On voting 9 people were in favour of awarding the funding .There were no abstentions or dissenters. The motion was agreed. The Chair thanked Lainy Wills and Paula North for presenting the update.
Action: Circulate the presentation with the minutes to residents.
South Wigston Traders' Update
The South Wigston Traders Group Chair noted that Christmas Capers will take place.
Countesthorpe Car Park is identified as a place for a public bike stand in the Council car Park.
Action: The Chair is to take this forward for discussion.
On the question of whether an under spend could be used to tidy the bus shelter area by the Salvation Army, the Chair stated this area is to soon undergo painting.
Items Raised by Residents and Suggestions for Future Items
Parliamentary Question Time by Sir Edward Garnier MP. This relates to governance issues at Oadby and Wigston Council.
Residents asked the Chair for clarification in relation to questions raised at Parliamentary Question Time by Sir Edward Garnier, Harborough MP. This relates to the MP`s speech on governance issues at Oadby and Wigston Council.
The issues in question related to: 214 grievances taken by 9 senior managers against the senior management team; estimated £550,000 spent on investigation, legal costs etc; and critical comments concerning management and governance of the Council. Residents asked why Forum meetings had been told nothing in the eighteen months since the resignation letter of one of those staff appeared in the Leicester Mercury after the May 2015 election.
The Chair responded with the following points in relation to questions posed by residents.
A resident stated that there is no way that 214 allegations from 9 senior managers can possibly be ‘just a staffing issue’, it can only be a problem with management and governance.
A resident stated that the Council does not respond – doesn’t reply to correspondence or phone calls, nor does the Senior Management, and that residents have nowhere to go with issues other than to their MP. Edward Garnier is acting on behalf of residents.
Another resident stated the view that the Liberal Democrats have had a majority for over 20 years, do not have a strong opposition, and have drifted to a position of protecting the Council instead of fulfilling their role of holding the Council to account, and representing residents. The same resident had to ask the ... view the full minutes text for item 20.
Date of the Next Meeting
Tuesday 8th November 2016, Fairfield Primary School hall, Cheshire Drive, South Wigston at 7.30pm.