Agenda and minutes

Venue: Alkrington Community Centre, Hardfield Road, Middleton, Manchester M24 1TQ

Contact: Lauren Mason- Tel: 01706 923124 

Items
No. Item

1.

Introductions

2.

Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising

    Minutes:

    The minutes of the last meeting were agreed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.

    Lauren provided an update concerning the request at the previous meeting from a Ranger at Alkrington Woods, and explained that she has been in contact with colleagues regarding the bridge used between Blackley and Rhodes (Boothroyd Road) and it is hoped that this issue will be resolved soon.

    With regards to the discussion at the last meeting about the Manchester New Road and the Bus Lane enforcement, Lauren advised that the costs which have been provided to install the cameras are prohibitive at this time, but this item will be considered if additional funding is available in the future.

3.

Crime statistics and updates

    Minutes:

    GMP provided the following update.  All statistics relate to the period from Monday 23 July 2018 to Monday 26 November 2018.

     

    Alkrington

     

     

    Public order

    8

    Residential burglary

    15

    Community burglary

    3

    Theft from motor vehicle

    16

    Theft of motor vehicle

    4

    Criminal damage

    8

     

    Rhodes

     

     

    Public order

    29

    Residential burglary

    8

    Community burglary

    3

    Theft from motor vehicle

    19

    Theft of motor vehicle

    11

    Criminal damage

    21

     

    *All figures for Rhodes include Middleton Town Centre

    Residents queried the crime statistics provided as they didn’t agree with the figures
    quoted.  A discussion took place and the meeting was advised that the crime statistics above only include South Middleton Ward, which doesn’t cover the whole of Alkrington, as some of this area is East Middleton Ward.  Residents queried this comment and they were advised that there is an East Middleton Ward PACT meeting next Thursday (6 December 2018) at Brookside Community Centre, where the statistics for East Middleton Ward will be provided.

4.

Residents issues

    Minutes:

    Crime recording and GMP staffing

    ·         Residents were unhappy with the way in which crimes are being recorded, and concerns were raised about the 101 service, with some residents quoting around a one hour call waiting time to report issues.  GMP Officers advised that if there is an immediate risk to life or property they should call 999.  A discussion also took place about calls to 101 not always being logged with a crime reference number.  PC Bracey advised that all calls should receive a FWIN number and then calls will be logged whether it requires further action.  Residents stated that they have previously been advised that someone would visit them, following a call, and unfortunately no one has turned up, or in other instances the waiting time for someone to attend has been quite long.

     

    ·         A resident advised that he has reported a number of issues and after contacting GMP recommended that everyone call through any problems/crimes/issues.  PC Bracey confirmed calls are used to build up a picture of what is happening in an area, and when calls come in these are used to create a ‘hot-spot’, so the more people call in with crimes/problems the more information GMP will have to look at the issue and respond to it.

     

    ·         Concerns were raised about the call waiting times to 101, and residents were advised that nationally policing levels have been cut, and this situation has led to a reduction in Officers across the board.  Residents queried average call waiting times, and they were advised that they would need to contact GMP directly to complain about waiting times or request information on the average waiting time.

     

    ·         A discussion took place concerning the policing numbers in Middleton, and PC Bracey explained that there are 12 officers within the Neighbourhood Team, with changing shift patterns.  Within the team, when there are issues, the Officers will also try and change their working patterns to accommodate any policing operations which need to be undertaken.  Following a query regarding issues and how they are prioritised by GMP, PCSO Clough advised that all Officers are governed by what comes through on the radios, and if there is a serious incident then all available PCSOs will be sent to that location, meaning that they aren’t patrolling in the local area.

     

    ·         Residents understand the police have to prioritise ‘urgent’ and immediate calls.  A resident advised that if you text 999 it allows you to register to send messages to 999, which could be lifesaving in an emergency if you were unable to talk.

     

    Anti-social behaviour

    ·         Residents queried what activities are available for young people, as there is often comments made of there being nothing for young people to do.  Councillors advised that there is a youth facility on Oldham Road, and there are also discussions ongoing with Middleton Shopping Centre about converting one of the unused storage units on Limetrees Road into a youth facility.  Residents were also advised that during the recent incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB) at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Any other business

6.

Priorities

7.

Date of next meeting