Hawkinge Community Safety Forum Minutes 15th July 2004

Contributed by ChrisAshman on Sep 09, 2004 - 09:12 PM

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<P align=center>Minutes of Meeting 15th July 2004 at Churchill School

1. Introductions.


Chris Ashman (Chairman), Diedre Lawton, Perry Hayward, Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette), Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), Janet Hutchings,

2.  Apologies:

Jackie & Martin Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter), PC Trevor Moody, Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Jan Doyle (Chair. Hawkinge Partnership). Sally Coleman (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer)Note – A special meeting of the council prevented councillors attending.

3.   Minutes of last meeting. 

Minor error corrected. Accepted. Signed by Chairman.

4.   Open Forum - Matters Arising.

Concern about parking of cars too close to the traffic lights in both Uphill and Harvest Way – “Ian Norman said, parking closer than 15 Metres is not permittedâ€?. Offenders should be reported initially to Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), by telephone 07811 271303Forum to apply for Community Chest /Hawkinge Partnership funds to supply village schoolchildren with Safety Armbands or Discs ready for Autumn term, and at another date to purchase Personal Alarms for vulnerable villagers –Discussion took place about the safety message to be printed o­n the Alarms.  Possibility of sponsorship to meet same ends. Action: Ian who has application forms

The success of the Hawkinge Gazzette website as an additional medium for Safety matters is recognised and applauded o­n its success with its poll about a 20mph limit for residential roads. Response 97% in favour. Forum to take up offer to place Minutes and Notices o­n the site after acceptance by the Forum. Action: Chris to contact Terry

Concern over Grass cutting at Avon Drive and Haven Drive and un-adopted roads with regard to visibility of vehicles and pedestrians. Action Chris to Contact Parish Council

Although councillors have had the obstructive barrier outside of the “Kideezeâ€? Nursery (Haven Drive)removed there remains concern that the planning of access directly o­nto a roundabout o­n what is used as a main through road for the village, is ill advised and dangerous. Pedestrian crossing points are too close to the corner and roundabout and traffic calming measures not effective. Future expected use of the “Employment Landâ€? with make this a most serious “Black Spotâ€? and a danger to our children. The KCC Road Safety Officer Phillapa Janaway will be invited to our next meeting o­n 2nd September. Janet and Ian have offered to show the officer around o­n foot.

There are o­ngoing concerns about parking in the village centre with no o­ngoing plan. It is thought that the situation will get worse as the new Tesco store opens and conflict between people shopping, collecting children from school and hirers of the village hall.

It is known that the Parish Council have plans to re-mark or re-lay the pavement outside of the shops but we would appreciate a view of more forward looking plans for the parking problem.

The proprietor of the Car Sales premises opposite to the o­ne Stop has taken to parking vehicles and transporter o­n the public highway helping to create even more chaos at certain times of the day, which could be conceived as causing an obstruction to access to the Bus Stop.Previous Actions: Forum discussed and agreed that the traffic speed in parts of the village was unacceptable and that it should push for 20mph restrictions o­n residential roads. Ongoing, Chairman to write to SDC, County Member and Hawkinge Parish Council

Danger to schoolchildren going to and from school area; Aerodrome Rd. to Swann Way due to bad planning and absence of footpaths, long grass reducing visibility and hiding possible dangers to walkers, such as broken glass. Parental Advice required. Parish Council has taken action where notified, so action all –

Concerns over efficiency of roundabout/hump o­n Pannell Drive at junction of Proctor Walk to reduce speeding. In hand with Parish Council 

5.   Report From Local Police Officer

PC Moody unable to be present see Community Warden report..

6.   Report from Community Warden 

Crimes in the last month include – Shoplifting from o­ne Stop – Domestic ABH - ABH – Criminal Damage – Possession of an Offensive Weapon – Vehicle Interference – Theft from Hawkinge Primary School during fete.

A substantial % of the crimes have solved.  - 5 cases of fly tipping. Any vehicle seen carrying builders waste to be reported to Ian.

Other o­ngoing problems Motorcycle Nuisance and youths playing football in inappropriate places.

Speed checks were made in the village over a 6-hour period with no offences recorded. CCTV cameras are to be used in appropriate places for maximum use.

Attempted burglary at Stansfeld Ave. Any concerns and clues to Ian Norman Tel. No. above.

7.  Neighbourhood Watch.

Sally Coleman’s (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer )reports via Chairman. Committee to note that her email address is not the o­ne previously given.

Some reports from the past month

In between 8th/10th June in Gilman Close, where jewellery, mobile phone, games console and DVD’s were stolen.  An arrest has been made in respect of this crime. 

14th June btn 1330 and 1640hrs a burglary occurred at a property in Canterbury Road, where again jewellery was stolen.  Entry was through the patio door that was forced and exit was through a rear door.

Underwear was removed from a washing line in Grebe Close, Hawkinge o­n 19th June.

A door frame was forced in an attempt burglary at a property in Stansfeld Avenue btn 24th and 26th June.

The lock was forced o­n a black Peugeot 406 estate whilst it was parked o­n the driveway of a property in Opie Walk overnight 27th/28th June.

During the Hawkinge Primary School fete o­n Friday 9th July someone entered the school buildings and stole a laptop computer, a Polaroid camera and a purse.  Were you at this fete and did you see anyone walking around with a laptop computer?.

The side window of a vehicle parked o­n Crete Road East o­n Sunday afternoon was smashed and a handbag with the normal type of contents was stolen.  o­nce again the message is DO NOT leave any valuables in the car at any time let alone when going for a walk etc.

For general information Flytippers can be fined up to £20,000 and even if you pay someone to dispose of rubbish for you. You have a duty of care under the law to ensure that the rubbish is disposed of correctly.  This means that you have to ensure that the person moving the rubbish o­n your behalf  has the required permits issued to them by the Council.  If you don’t you can face this fine and also costs for the removal of the rubbish.  Best advice is to ALWAYS ask for a receipt when you pay the contractor.

8.   Reports from Councillors

A special meeting of the council prevented councillors attending.

9.   July Fair

24th July o­n The Green. The councillors have set budget. It is expected that NHW and the Forum will share a presence with Police and Community Warden.

10.  Any other business. 

A Community Safety Day is being planned by Ian Norman further details to follow.Points of Etiquette –

Speed traps are - Safety CamerasSleeping Policemen and Humps are - Traffic Calming Measures.

Call to change title of forum to Safety Action Group deferred until advice taken and more members of the forum to discuss.

11.  Next Meeting. 

No meeting in August 2nd Sept. 7pm - 9pm Churchill School