Agenda and minutes

Sefton Borough Partnership Operations Board - Tuesday 20th November, 2012 2.30 pm

Venue: Bootle and Netherton Community Fire Station, Fleetwoods Lane, Netherton, Bootle, L29 1YB

Contact: Mike Morris  Senior Committee Administrator

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Dr. J. Atherton and Hannah Chellaswamy (NHS Sefton), Margaret Carney (Chief Executive, Sefton M.B.C.), Phil Halewood (Merseytravel),  Paul Holt (Merseyside Probation Trust) and Yana Williams (Hugh Baird College).



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Minutes attached


It was agreed that the Minutes of the meeting of the Operations Board held on 18 September 2012 be confirmed as a correct record.



Matters Arising

To consider matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting


Further to Minute No. 4 of 18 September 2012 (Feedback and Next Steps from Welfare Reform Workshop), Peter Morgan indicated that a group had been established to progress this and the issue would be referred to the South Sefton Area Partnership.


Further to Minute No. 7 of 18 September 2012 (Sefton Strategic Needs Assessment), Peter Morgan indicated that the draft Health and Wellbeing Strategy had been produced and would be circulated to all partners on the Operations Board.



Approach to Gangs and Gun Crime


The Board considered a detailed presentation by Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson, the head of the specialist Matrix unit, on the Merseyside Police approach to gun and gang crime.


The presentation included the following topics:


·         Statistical Information on Firearm Discharges Between 2009/10 and 2012/13

·         A “Group Offending Continuum”

·         Effective Responses

·         Community Safeguarding Strategies

·         The Objective of Delivering a Locally-Focused Multi-Agency Strategy


Chief Superintendent Nikki Holland referred to the possibility of the establishment of a multi-agency group in Sefton, similar to those currently operating in Liverpool and Knowsley.  She intended to liaise with Steph Prewett with a view to pursuing this.


In addition, Alison Doherty (Community Safety and Community Cohesion Service Manager, Liverpool City Council) and Kevin Rigby (Community Safety Manager, Knowsley Borough Council) outlined the approaches and initiatives taken to the criminal use of firearms in their Authorities’ areas.   It was agreed to thank Paul Richardson, Alison Doherty and Kevin Rigby for their contributions to this meeting and to invite them to attend a meeting of the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership to be held on Wednesday, 5 December 2012 at Bootle Town Hall, commencing at 2.00 p.m.



Economic Strategy - Investment Priorities

Presentation by Dr. Mark Long


The Board considered a detailed presentation by Dr. Mark Long on the Council’s investment priorities within its proposed Economic Strategy which was expected to be approved by the Cabinet early in 2013, following an extensive consultation process between April and June 2012.


The presentation included the following topics:

·         Economic Strategy in a Recession

·         Doing What We Do Best

·         The Challenge of the Port Expansion

·         Sustainable Growth in the Low Carbon Economy

·         Tourism Developments

·         Superfast Broadband and Digital Industries

·         Strategic Approach to the Social Value of Investment

·         Focus on Employment of Young People

·         Private Sector Leadership

·         Accountability to the Sefton Borough Partnership

·         Resources and Methods of Working to Make it Happen

·         Milestones in 2013


It was agreed that Dr. Long should pursue the objective of strengthening private secor leadership and business development.



Other Business


Graham Bayliss indicated that the general feedback from the recent “Mischief Night” and Bonfire Night was that anti-social behaviour had reduced by approximately a third compared to previous years and that the removal of over 50 tons of potential bonfire material throughout Sefton may have helped.


Steph Prewett reported that the Deputy Chief Fire Officer had recently stated that he believed that Sefton was the best area in Merseyside for partnership working.


Jo Beet referred to the success of the work placement scheme for young people and the teams of employee advisers who could work with young individual job seekers.



Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 commencing at 2.30 p.m.


The next meeting would be held on Tuesday, 22 January 2013 at 2.30 p.m. at a venue to be confirmed.