Agenda and minutes

Safer Policy and Performance Board - Tuesday, 11th June, 2024 6.30 p.m.

Venue: The Board Room - Municipal Building, Widnes. View directions

Contact: Kim Butler on 0151 511 7496 or e-mail 

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Chair's Announcements


          There were no Chair announcements.


MINUTES pdf icon PDF 160 KB


          The Minutes of the meeting held on 6 February 2024 were taken as read and signed as a correct record.




          It was reported that no public questions had been received.


Safer PPB Annual Report June 2023 – May 2024 pdf icon PDF 196 KB

Additional documents:


The Annual Report of the Safer Policy and Performance Board was received which outlined the contributions made to the ongoing work of the Board. 


          Members commented they had not received further updates or matters progressed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).   It was suggested that it might be helpful for the newly appointed PCC to attend a future meeting.


          Discussions ensued regarding parking issues around the Borough and it was noted that Halton was the only Cheshire Authority that did not have responsibility for traffic/parking enforcements.  Officers reassured the Board that a piece of work was being undertaken to look at parking enforcement, however, in order to change the powers, this would have to be authorised by the Department of Transport.  A robust model would therefore need to be in place before taking this forward.  Members would be updated on progress in due course.


          A Member of the Board requested how they could access information on problematic hotspots in the Borough for fly tipping and officers agreed to provide a breakdown by Ward.


          RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.


Serious Violence Duty pdf icon PDF 212 KB


          Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Probation delivered a joint presentation to Members of the Board which provided an update on the work undertaken in the approach to Serious Violence Duty.


Serious Violence Duty became a statutory requirement as of 31st January 2023.  The Crime and Disorder Act 1998, had been amended to include the priority for Community Safety Partnerships and placed a duty on a range of organisations to work together to have a strategy for preventing and reducing serious violence.  The Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) Office had co-ordinated this work across Cheshire and developed a strategic needs assessment and strategy.  Additional funding to support this area of work was also managed through the PCC Office who had commissioned services in responding to this area of work.


The presentation highlighted:


·       the Duty requirements;

·       the Pan Cheshire approach;

·       Cheshire’s profile;

·       long-term priorities and immediate actions;

·       how impact and changes would be measured; and

·       a summary of the current activity.


Also included in the presentation was a summary of the Serious Violence Delivery Plan 2024/25 and it was noted that a lot of work had been undertaken to understand the issues across Cheshire.  Several working groups had been established to identify and analyse the strategic needs assessment and priorities; a five year strategy and a ”plan on a page” for 2024-25 had also been developed.


The following additional information was noted, in response to Member’s questions and discussions: 


·       Queensberry was an alternative educational provision which offered support to young people and their families through direct one-to-one intervention and group workshops.  They aim to educate and raise awareness of the issues that affect communities and support those at the highest risk of involvement in serious violence or exploitation;

·       All schools in Halton had been contacted by Queensberry;

·       Queensberry receive referrals from professionals e.g. teachers, social workers etc.;

·       Members gave examples of issues within their respective wards and were reassured that Halton was linked in with the various agencies and offers that were available within the programme;

·       Members suggested that it might be helpful to present a report on the Queensberry provision to the Children, Young People and Families PPB and/or Council; and

·       Members would be provided with a progress update in 12 months-time. 


          RESOLVED:  That Members receive the presentation. 


Enforcement Team overview, including annual Anti-Social Behaviour Case Review update. pdf icon PDF 237 KB


The Board received a report which provided an update on the work carried out by the Enforcement Team which included:


  • Anti-Social Behaviour (including two case studies);
  • Environmental Crime and Waste Enforcement; and
  • CCTV and The Control Report.


In addition to the report, Members of the Board were informed that:

·       three CCTV units had been installed in the West Bank Ward which had already resulted in two fixed penalty notices; and

·       a piece of work would be undertaken on signage for public areas regarding dog controls.

RESOLVED:  That the report be received.