Venue: Spencer room
Contact: Susie Blood
Welcome and evacuation procedure
apologies for absence
Declarations of Interest
any declarations of interest.
no Declarations of Interest received at this point in the meeting.
The minutes of the Culture and Communities Scrutiny Panel held on 21 July 2022 were submitted and approved as a correct record.
Off road bikes
The Chair welcomed Dale Metcalfe, Operational
Community Safety Manager (Middlesbrough Council) to the meeting to discuss the
issue of Off road bikes. The Panel had also hoped to hear from Chief Inspector
Wendy Tinkler, however due to unforeseen
circumstances, she was unable to attend and would be in attendance at the next
meeting to provide a police prospective.
Manager advised that he would provide information of what the council have been
doing and what they can do (from a council perspective ). The issue of off road
bikes is effectively a police issue, as under the Road Traffic Act they are
able to prosecute and take action.
Council are instrumental in what is known as 'Operation Endurance', a scheme
that aims to crack down on nuisance
riders and motorists initially in the Cleveland areas. The Scheme is led by
Cleveland Police, however works with partners, including Middlesbrough Council
and Thirteen. From the Council, Neighbourhood wardens and community safety
officers will join forces with the Road traffic team to crack down on this
the Road Traffic Act 1988;
is illegal to drive or ride a mechanically propelled vehicle without lawful
authority on common land, moorland or land not forming part of a road, or on
any road which is a footpath, bridleway or restricted byway.
manager provided the panel with an example of where Operation Endurance had
Sunday 7th August, it is estimated over 100 persons gathered across various
locations in Middlesbrough on off and on road bikes, cars and quads. A subsequent “ride” out commenced where the
group rode to Marske via the Trunk Road, Eston High Street and Redcar in convoy before returning to
Middlesbrough where they dispersed.
of the bikes/quads were ridden in a dangerous and anti- social manner with
footage being shared across various social media sites. Middlesbrough Council
have worked with Cleveland Police to identify these individuals (around 45
individuals) and action has been taken in relation to arrests and bikes
involved seized. The Council's CCTV was used in this operation, along with
private residents’ footage. A panel member queried how many of the individuals
were from Middlesbrough, and this question would be addressed by Cleveland
is known that several railing fences were cut down by the offenders in order to
gain easy access to “cut through” points for the intended route. These have now
been repaired by Middlesbrough Council with additional target hardening methods
put in place to prevent/ reduce the risk of this happening again in the future.
In terms of new estates, Cleveland police are involved from the off set to see
if there are any possibilities to include bollards/ traffic calming measures,
however any measures need to ensure they meet DDA compliance.
terms of supporting the police, the Council have measures in place through the
Statement of Policy and Procedures for Antisocial Behaviour to assist and there
are 5 strands:
1; warning letters,
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Chair's OSB Update
will provide an update in respect to the discussions held at the Overview and
Scrutiny Board on 21 September 2022.
The Chair provided
a verbal update in relation to topics covered at the Overview and Scrutiny
Board meeting on 21 September 2022.
on from the discussion, a Board member queried the development in Grove Hill from
Thirteen. The Democratic Services officer would enquire and the member would be
That the update be noted.
Future work programme
The Chair invited the Democratic Services officer to discuss the future
work programme, the following points were made:
The topic on Offroad
bikes would be concluded at the next meeting - 17 November 2022.
A visit to the Northern School of
Arts (Middlesbrough campus )
had been arranged for Thursday 24 November 2022 at 1pm. This would be hosted by
the Principle (Further Education) and Vice Principle (Externality and external
relations. The Panel would be joined by the Deputy Head of Culture and the
Executive Member for Culture and Communities.
The second topic agreed for the
municipal year had been the Impact of private rented properties on owner
occupied properties. The panel were advised that although Selective Landlord
Licensing say under the Regeneration Directorate, housing matters fit under the
Adult Social Care. It was agreed that this would be discussed with the member
who had put forward the suggestion and if required, a request to undertake a
joint scrutiny panel investigation could be considered.
The Panel considered the next topic
of investigation and it was proposed to look at the museum service and how it
supports our communities. A detailed project report outlined would be brought
to the next meeting (17 November 2022) and the Chair of Overview and Scrutiny
Board contacted to seek approval of the topic.
The Panel’s statutory responsibility
to be updated on PREVENT and Channel would also be discussed at the next
meeting (17 November 2022)
That the above points be noted and progressed.
Any other urgent items which in the opinion of the Chair, may be considered.