You are summoned to attend a meeting of Winsford Town Council to be held in the Winsford Town Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford CW7 1AH on Monday 16th July 2018 immediately following the meeting of the Finance Committee but not before 6.45pm.
Town Clerk/Finance Officer
Members must provide apologies to the Town Clerk before 5.00pm on the day of the meeting, together with reasons for their absence.
Members to declare any interest under the following categories:
An open forum will be held when Members of the public will be invited to speak for a maximum total duration of 15 minutes on items included in the Part A agenda, copies of which will be available at the meeting.
Cheshire Constabulary will be invited to attend the meeting to provide an update to Members and also to answer any questions.
A list of Civic engagements since the last meeting is attached (‘A’)
To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Town Council held on 18th June 2018 (‘B’)
To discuss any points arising from the above minutes.
To ratify the minutes of the Finance Committee held on 18th June 2018 (approved by the Finance Committee at its meeting held earlier). (‘C’)
The minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 19th June 2018 (‘D’)
Members will be aware that the Winsford Town Park was re-opened by the Mayor and Cllr Clarke on 27th June 2018.
Members will also be aware that the re-development of the Town Park has been a project managed and funded by CWAC.
Following completion of the project, however, it has been agreed that CWAC will be responsible financially for the maintenance and upkeep of the Park. This includes keeping the Park clear of litter and also ensuring that grass is cut and landscaping and other features are kept tidy. This arrangement will last for 18 months after the end of the project, which means that it will expire at the end of January 2020. The details of the arrangement are that CWAC will appoint a contractor to carry out this work and the Town Council will manage this contractor.
At present, no contractor has yet been appointed to do this work which has meant that the required work on the Park (including the collection and disposal of litter) has not been carried out on some days since the Park re-opened. Interim arrangements have been put in place to deal with the situation whilst a contractor is appointed for the longer term.
At the end of this period, prior to the end of January 2020, the Town Council will need to make similar moves to appoint a contractor to carry out this work.
In terms of safety, the Town Council is looking into the possibility of installing CCTV on the Park but has not yet received a quote for this.
Finally, a number of residents and others have highlighted another aspect of safety on the Park – that of the potential for anti-social behaviour. One major factor in this is the impact of alcohol on the behaviour of those who use the Park.
To deal with this situation, the Town Council has investigated the possibility of establishing a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) for the Park. Following communication with Cheshire Constabulary, it appears that there may be a generic DPPO in place for the whole of the Cheshire West area and so there would be a strong likelihood that such an Order could be applied to Town Park.
In terms of the DPPO process, the details vary from area to area, but implementation would involve consultation with the public; police and other key stakeholders. This would be then analysed in terms of the results and – if there was general support – a notice would be placed in the local press setting out the effects of the Order. Enforcement of a DPPO means that the Police can require people consuming or having consumed alcohol not to consume it in that particular place and to surrender any alcohol they may have to the Police. Penalties for not complying include fines and arrest.
Work is ongoing with CWAC and the Police to establish how this can be implemented on the Town Park.
Members are asked to note the information set out as part of this item and to endorse or otherwise the steps taken by the Town Council and its partners
To agree a date and time for a Members’ Review and Planning Session to set the strategic and operational direction of the Town Council in the 2018/19 year.
Due to their confidential nature, Members may decide to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following matters in accordance with section 1 (2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960. Reports relating to these items have been withheld from public circulation and deposit.
Members are asked to consider a report from the Town Clerk on the above matter. (‘E’ – to follow)