Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 10th March, 2009
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Lecture Theatre, Stockton Central Library, The Square, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1TU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mrs Ann Cains(Chairman)
Officers:
Mrs L Provett(CESC), Mr J Morley(DNS), Miss S Johnson, Miss K Wannop(LD)
In Attendance:
Mr T Redfern(RSVP), Mrs M Weatherall(SDAG), Mrs A Moriaty(SDAG)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Jackie Earl, Cllr Steve Walmsley, Cllr Julia Cherrett
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
48/08
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHS
49/08
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 16TH DECEMBER 2008
CONCLUDED that the minutes be approved, with the minor amendment outlined above, and forwarded to Council.
SHS
50/08
DOORSTOPPERS
CONCLUDED that the information be noted.
SHS
51/08
NO COLD CALLING ZONES
CONCLUDED that the information be noted.
SHS
52/08
FALLS DAY
CONCLUDED that:-

1. the information be noted.

2. Yvonne Cheung (PCT) be invited to the next meeting.
SHS
53/08
REPORT OF SECRETARY
CONCLUDED that the Secretary contact 'Football in the Community' on behalf of Home Safety Association with their decision not to advertise in the brochure.
SHS
54/08
REPORT OF CHILDREN CENTRE OFFICER
CONCLUDED that the information be noted.
SHS
55/08
REPORT OF POLICE OFFICER
 
SHS
56/08
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
 
SHS
57/08
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
CONCLUDED that the information be noted.
SHS
58/08
FUTURE MEETING DATES
1. the meeting dates for 2009/10 be agreed.

2. the meeting planned for 25th August 2009 be rearranged for September 2009 if possible.
SHS
59/08
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
CONCLUDED that the information be noted.
1.30pm/3.00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
48/08
Cllr Ann Cains declared a personal non-prejudicial interest in the item entitled - No Cold Calling Zones as her road was being considered to join the scheme.
SHS
49/08
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 16th December 2008. Members approved the minutes with a minor amendment to the item entitled - Report of Children's Centre Officer:-
' Members were advised that the home safety officer was expanding her role...' to replace ' Members were advised that the Children's Centre officer was expanding her role...'.
SHS
50/08
Mr T Redfern informed Members that the leaflets had been printed and a copy was passed round to the Association. It was suggested that the leaflet should be distributed to all Elected Members at Stockton Council.

The Association was informed that the awareness training had now taken place but had not been well attended. Mr T Redfern would be meeting with the organisers to discuss the reasons for the low attendance.

It was suggested that Mr T Redfern could give a talk to Stockton Disability Advisory Group (SDAG). The Secretary agreed to pass Mr Redferns details to the person responsible for SDAG.
SHS
51/08
Members were informed that there had been expressions of interest received regarding 'No Cold Calling Zones' after e-mails had been sent out to all Elected Members just before Christmas. The areas suggested were currently being considered.
SHS
52/08
The Association was informed that the falls day event would be on 24th June 2009 although National Falls Day was on 23rd June 2009.

It was informed that the day would be a joint venture between the PCT and Stockton Home Safety Association. The Association requested that Yvonne Cheung from the PCT be invited to attend the next meeting in order to discuss the arrangements for the day. It was noted that the PCT had a budget to pay for falls day events.

It was suggested that Mr Redfern could attend falls day and have a stand to promote RSVP and 'Doorstoppers'.
SHS
53/08
Members were advised that an e-mail had been received inviting Home Safety Association to advertise in a 'Football in the Community' brochure. It was considered that the Home Safety Association did not have sufficient funds to advertise in the brochure.
SHS
54/08
The Children's Centre Officer advised that the £30,000 that had been allocated from the PCT had been mostly allocated to secure medicine boxes for the home that Tristar would be fitting them. The Fire Brigade had also been carrying out fire safety checks at the same time.

It was informed that the Government had recently announced that there would be £18m funding to be allocated across all councils for safety equipment for the home. How much each council was allocated would depend on child hospital admissions. ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) had been awarded the contract. The equipment would be free but fitting of the equipment would have to be arranged by each Council. The Childrens Centre Officer informed the Association that she would be looking into this further as arranging for equipment to be fitted could potentially be quite expensive.
SHS
55/08
The Police officer was not present.
SHS
56/08
The Fire Officer was not present.
SHS
57/08
The Trading Standards Officer informed the Committee that trading standards were currently looking to interview some roofers as it was alleged that they had taken tiles off a roof without permission from the owner. The owner of the property had been cold called the previous week but had not signed an agreement or contract for the work to be carried out.

It was noted that there had been an increase in distraction burglaries over recent weeks.

The Trading Standards Officer also gave details of some recently reported unsafe products including a child's dummy, child's rocker, travel adapter and microwavable slippers.
SHS
58/08
Members considered the future meeting dates for 2009/10. It was requested that the meeting planned for 25th August 2009 be rearranged for September 2009 if possible.
SHS
59/08
The Chair informed the Association that Dave Kitching was the Councils Home Safety Champion.

The association Discussed the 20/20 stratergy and its implications for Councils.

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