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Corporate Performance Update – Quarter Three 2019-20 (October - December)
To present the Members of Community &
Leisure Committee with an update against the Performance Management
Framework, as introduced within the council’s Corporate Plan,
for Quarter Three 2019-20 (October to December 2019).
Members were presented with an update against the Performance Management Framework, as introduced within the Council’s Corporate Plan, for Quarter Three 2019-20 (October to December 2019).
The Assistant Director (Communities) explained that a report will be submitted to the Committee at the end of each quarter showcasing the performance figures for each policy commitment that relates to the Community & Leisure portfolio. The new reporting style was adopted as part of the new Corporate Plan and included a lot more contextual information against each policy commitment.
The officers went through the report page by page in order for Members to be able to comment on each policy commitments performance:
1. Create stronger neighbourhoods:
The Assistant Director (Communities) advised that the figures in the report related to the reporting of crime offences and incidents of anti-social behaviour; a fuller report with greater detail will be reported to the next Crime & Disorder Committee on Tuesday, 17 March 2020.
The January Crime & Disorder Scrutiny Committee received an update from the Kent Police Chief Inspector in respect of the positive impact that the additional Police resources deployed in Gravesend are having during the day and his desire to have an additional police presence in the Town during the evening. The day time Town Centre ‘beat’ officers had made a great impact in the Town by tackling criminal behaviour and the level of incidents had decreased.
2. Actively enforce environmental standards:
The Assistant Director (Communities) explained that the policy commitment related to a narrow definition of environmental enforcement and the fixed penalty notices issued for littering and fly-tipping, etc. Two additional Safer Place Officers have now been employed enabling the team to expand the areas covered in Gravesham; they issued FPNs for environmental issues but they also covered a breadth of other duties such as homelessness and anti-social behaviour.
In response to several of the LCSA participant’s questions regarding footfall and events in the Town, the Assistant Director (Communities) explained that:
· Incidents do tend to take place in some parts of the Town Centre, and more needs to be done to address the perception of crime, especially in the evening.The team that undertook the evening and night time economy audit in November 2019, were surprised to see how quiet the Town was on a Friday night. Increasing footfall and promoting the range of restaurants and entertainment that the town has to offer would make the town feel more safer in the evening
· In total there are 55 CCTV cameras in public spaces in and around the Town Centre which are monitored from the main control room
· In order to increase footfall, further events needed to be held within the Town Centre. The summer cinema evenings on Community Square demonstrated what can be achieved and were very well received. Evenets, such as the annual fireworks bring people out into the Town Centre and additional footfall
· The bars and restaurants that were most popular were scattered around the Town and more needs to be done to promote what ... view the full minutes text for item 27