Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 4TH FEBRUARY, 2013
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 16TH JANUARY, 2013
“ REPORT ON THE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED IN 2012 USING “THE REASSURANCE ENGAGEMENT VEHICLE” (TREV) (DDS) –
The above vehicle had been used in 130 community activities since its launch in April 2011. The activities had been attended by staff from the Safer Vale, Youth Service, Communities First, Vale of Glamorgan Housing Department and partner agencies such as South Wales Police and Atal y Fro. The range of activities undertaken by the TREV included the following:
· community events to provide generic community safety advice e.g. Vale Show, Tall Ships Event
· targeted community safety advice at key times throughout the year e.g. Culverhouse Cross and other shopping areas within the Vale of Glamorgan during Christmas and New Year, Barry Island and the Waterfront prior and during school holidays
· targeted safety and counselling advice in areas of need e.g. surgeries and information sessions in hot spot locations for anti-social behaviour, information and awareness raising in schools and communities where drug-related litter had been reported
· inter-generational activities across the Vale of Glamorgan to develop understanding, awareness and community cohesion and
· targeted advice and support for public sector housing residents in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Head of Public Protection indicated that the TREV was a successful method of engaging community members and promoting safety. The vehicle was also non-agency specific, could be used to provide specialist services without singling out a particular street, areas or residents. The vehicle was also available to use by all Council services on request.
The Committee, having considered the report, requested the Head of Public Protection raise awareness of the availability of the facility with all Directors.
(1) T H A T the contents of the report be noted and referred to Cabinet for consideration.
(2) T H A T Directors and Elected Members be encouraged to use the facility to engage rural and urban communities.
Reasons for recommendations
(1) To advise the Cabinet of work carried out by the TREV.
(2) To raise awareness of the facility and to ensure that it was appropriately utilised.”
Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 16th January 2013