Venue: The Guildhall, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9AH
Contact: Emma Carey 01622 694599
Minutes from the Meeting
Notes of the meeting of the SANDWICH Neighbourhood Forum held on 9 October 2008 at the Guildhall, Sandwich at 7.00pm
Present: DDC Cllr Sue Chandler Chairman
Worth PC Cllr Ian Martin Vice-Chairman
Other Councillors and members of the public.
An apology for absence was received from KCC Cllr Leyland Ridings
1. Chairman’s welcome
Cllr Sue Chandler welcomed those attending.
2. Notes of previous meeting
Were approved as a correct record and there were no matters arising.
3. Street Scene Consultation
3.1 Christopher Allen, DDC Street Scene Project Manager, gave a
presentation on the Street Scene in the District which covered:
· objectives for environment, residents and public realm
· partnerships to ensure clean, tidy, well maintained and safe streets
· top 10 and all other priorities for street scene
· top issues for Community Safety Partnership (CSP)
· service delivery: education, prevention, involvement, enforcement
· partnerships between all tiers of local government and CSP
· measuring how the service is doing
· purpose of the consultation being to understand communities’ expectations from street scene service and how they can become involved
3.2 The Forum broke into three discussion groups to identify priorities and
suggest means of community involvement:
Priorities: anti-social use of vehicles
parking on pavements; inconsiderate parking near schools
drug paraphernalia – not an issue for all areas
dog fouling, noisy dogs, loose dogs
pollution from bonfires, especially burning plastic/batteries
cars for sale on the highway
state of public conveniences; Eastry takes responsibility for
noisy motorcycles in fields
ensure all residents know who to contact and how; use Councillor surgeries, local press, parish/church newsletters, public noticeboards, websites;
be prepared to speak to people leaving litter or allowing dogs to foul if safe to do so or report through tenant groups;
would role of Street Leader/Champion work?
take vehicle numbers when parked on pavement/footway, pass to police and be prepared to give evidence;
target money to local levels for services like public conveniences;
have one central number for roads and pavement issues;
more enforcement for overhanging vegetation in private gardens;
involve schools and youth groups.
Burgess Hill, West Sussex as an example of good practice.
Other issues: DDC could delegate some of its funding to town and parish councils to spend it on local street scene issues.
3.3 Question and answer:
Consultation to be completed in November with strategy adopted by Council in March 2009 to start in April 2009.
No extra money or resources available for street scene so redirection of priorities needed in budget setting process which is starting now.
Consultation not restricted to Forums; individual responses welcomed.
Action: investigate comments about having to wait 15 minutes to speak to a person on call centre/switchboard
had Graeme obtain the data from the time given to me that shows the longest wait was around 4 minutes on the call centre.
4. Kent Highway Service
Mr Dennis Button, Community Delivery Manager Kent Highway Services (KHS), gave a presentation on restructuring of Kent Highways covering:
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