Venue: Future Skills Centre, Eastern Road, Bordon, Hampshire GU35 0NE. View directions
Contact: James Harris Democratic Services Officer - 01730 234098
Apologies for Absence
To receive and record apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Cllr S Pond.
To receive any announcements the Chairman may wish to make for information.
The Chairman welcomed all present to the meeting and introduced Mr Steve Gilder, Manager of the Future Skills Centre, who gave a background to the facility and the courses that it offered in construction.
Confirmation of Minutes
Please note that it is helpful if Councillors could give advance notice, to Democratic Services, of any questions they wish to raise in respect of the Minutes.
Minutes of the last meeting held on 24 October 2017, previously circulated.
The minutes of the meeting held on 24 October 2017 were agreed with the following amendment to minute No. 13:
“Mr Maroney, a Liphook resident, asked what the Council’s views were on the draft Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s proposals for East Hampshire.
Unfortunately, the Councillors and officers best placed to answer this question were not in attendance at the meeting.
Subsequent to the meeting, the Leader of the Council replied to Mr Maroney directly to explain that as a consultee in the process, EHDC was analysing and considering the Commission’s proposals and how to respond to them in time for the Commission’s December deadline.”
Declarations of Interest
To receive and record any declarations of interest from members present in respect of any of the various matters on the agenda for this meeting.
There were no declarations of interest.
Foil the Fraudsters
Find out how to spot a scam and what to do if you are approached by suspicious characters.
Hampshire Constabulary will attend to offer advice and answer questions as part of Operation Signature, a nation-wide campaign to tackle fraud.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion.
The Chairman introduced Ryan Gulliver, EHDC Community Safety Manager and Jo Utting, Community Safety Officer, who outlined the work of the Community Safety Team. Community Safety had been born out of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 which placed a duty on local authorities to liaise with the Police and other partners to reduce crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. The team focussed on concentrated preventative measures to stop Anti-Social Behaviour from occurring along with working with partners to ensure that vulnerability was addressed and the supporting of families was at the heart of its core work.
The team co-ordinated Community Tactical and Co-ordinating Group (CTCG) meetings across the district which problem-solved local issues with partners and community representatives. The team had also been accredited to deliver counter-terrorism training as part of the Government’s ‘Prevent’ agenda and organised annual ‘Thinksafe’ events for all children in the area in their last year of junior school. These events were delivered in collaboration with the Police, RNLI and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and delivered important messages to children about how to remain safe.
The Chairman introduced Sergeant Tripp and PCSO’s Ellis Parish and John Payne from the Longmoor Neighbourhood Policing Team, who gave a presentation on identifying and tackling fraud.
There were three national initiatives around fraud prevention, Operation Liberal, Operation Cicero and Operation Signature.
Operation Liberal focussed on distraction burglary and rogue trading. Whilst distraction burglary was quite rare in East Hampshire, residents were encouraged to be aware and take measures such as ensuring that the back door of their house was locked whilst answering the front door to strangers. The Bobby Scheme offered a free home security check for the vulnerable and elderly and could fit door chains, additional door and window locks, smoke detectors and spyholes free of charge.
There were more reports of rogue traders in the area, particularly passing workmen who offered to carry out work. Often this work was not needed and if employed, they would often overcharge for poor quality work or insist upon payment up front for work that would then not be completed. Residents were advised to never employ passing workmen. If work was required, then quotes from reputable businesses should be obtained. Trading Standards produced a directory of approved local businesses that could be obtained free of charge.
Operation Cicero related to courier fraud, which was on the increase. People targeted would receive a telephone call claiming to be either from their bank or the Police to warn them of suspicious activity with their bank account. The caller would encourage the person to withdraw money from their account and arrange for it and/or their bank card to be collected by a courier. PCSO Parish advised that a bank or the Police would never request this.
Operation Signature related to postal, telephone and email scams. The best advice that could be given was that if something seemed too good to be true, then it most likely was and should be ignored. ‘Scammers lists’ existed, ... view the full minutes text for item 18.
Public Question Time
Mr Coakley, a Liphook Resident enquired about the progress of the new health facilities in Whitehill and Bordon and when a planning application might be forthcoming.
In reply, Cllr Cowper explained that the project was still in the early stages and that it comprised of several different workstreams. Regarding built facilities, the first would be a state of the art health facility that would include a Doctor’s Surgery, Dentist and Pharmacy. The second would be care, with 4-5 beds for overnight accommodation and the third was a longer-term project around dementia.
In addition, cutting edge equipment would be rolled out that allowed the health of patients to be monitored. The current technology comprised of clothing that could monitor heart rate, breathing and movement. Whilst it was early days, partners were lined up and he predicted that sensational announcements would be made over the coming weeks.
With regard to the planning application for the ‘Health Hub’, it was the aspiration that this would come forward in around 18 months’ time, however the co-ordination of healthcare in South East England was outside of the control of the council.