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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection): 16 January 2013

 

Report of the Director of Development Services

 

Report on the Community Activities Conducted in 2012 using 'The Reassurance Engagement Vehicle' (TREV)

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To update Members on 'The Reassurance Engagement Vehicle' (TREV): a mobile resource to promote community safety messages across the county and to target 'community safety priority areas'.

Recommendations

1.             THAT Committee endorses the report and refers the same to Cabinet for consideration.

2.             THAT Scrutiny consider the development and impact that TREV has in engaging communities and reducing the fear of crime.

3.             THAT Members are encouraged to use this facility to engage rural and urban communities.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To allow Cabinet to consider the views of Scrutiny.

2.             To ensure that Scrutiny fulfils its Crime and Disorder obligations in reviewing the progress made by the Safer Vale Partnership.

3.             To further the use of TREV.

Background

2.              TREV was acquired in 2010 to provide a mobile resource for partner agencies to deliver services, surgeries and engagement opportunities across the whole of the Vale of Glamorgan.  The vehicle has a Safer Vale livery and is used by statutory and non statutory partners to promote community safety, to provide a meeting or counselling facility or to deliver particular advice and support to residents and communities throughout the Vale.  The vehicle is stored under cover to protect the patterned vinyl skin that covers its exterior.  Vibe experience provide the storage facility.  Booking arrangements for the vehicle are managed by Safer Vale Partnership staff to ensure the vehicle remains in working order for the next hiring agency. 

Relevant Issues and Options

3.             TREV has been used in 130 community activities since April 2011.  The activities have been attended by staff from 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 has included:

·         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 in the Vale 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 has been reported;

·         Intergenerational activities across the Vale  to develop understanding, awareness and community cohesion;

·         Targeted advice and support for public sector housing residents in the Vale.

4.             TREV is a successful method of engaging community members and promoting safety.  The vehicle is non-agency specific so can be used to provide specialist services without singling out a particular street, area or resident.  This can be seen from its use in areas with long term anti-social behaviour issues and at St. Athan where the vehicle has been used to deliver domestic abuse counselling sessions.

5.             To reserve TREV contact should be made with the Safer Vale Team on 01446 450200.

 Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.             TREV is serviced and maintained as part of the Council's fleet of vehicles.  The cost of this maintenance and its storage is met by the Partnership so there is no financial cost to the Council.  However the Partnership would have to review the arrangement if funding could not be sourced to cover this cost.

7.             All agencies and third sector that wish to use the vehicle must abide by the Partnership's hire agreement, that is in line with the Council's fleet guidance and if appropriate nominate representatives who complete the Council's own driving course.  Police officers are exempt from completing the Council's driving test as they already have sufficient tests that they have passed via their own organisation. 

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.             There are no sustainability or climate change implications as a result of this report, although Community Safety messages and promotion does promote sustainable and cohesive communities.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.             The initiative is in accordance with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.        The provision ensures the Vale of Glamorgan meets its statutory obligations under s17 Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.        The provision meets the Vale of Glamorgan's Equal Opportunity Policy by eliminating discrimination and promoting equality of all Vale residents.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.        To work with partners to make the Vale of Glamorgan a safer environment free from crime and disorder and the fear of crime through prevention and positive action

Policy Framework and Budget

13.        This report is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.        None applicable as this relates to a Vale wide issue.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.        Housing and Public Protection

Background Papers

None

Contact Officer

Deborah Gibbs, Safer Vale Manager

Officers Consulted

Mike Bumford (Finance)

Mike Walsh (Legal)

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services