RYEDALE SCARBOROUGH WHITBY and FILEY
Neighbourhood Watch Association
Incorporating Rural Watch
03 September 2018 - 1800-2000hrs Eastfield Police Station
Terry Wallis, Alan Jeffels, Peter French, Paul Lewis, Mary Davies, Martin Whelan, Steve Law
Apologies, Sally Dowkes, Gail Cook, Evette Dadswell, Mick Allen
2. Minutes of meeting 27 Oct. 2017
Proposed as a true record by Alan Jeffels
Seconded by Paul Lewis
UV Pens – There are no bulk buying opportunities, but they can be bought cheaply individually.
Smartwater – NYP does retain equipment in Custody Suites but do not promote its use any more.
3. Review of Community Impact Partnership Meetings
There have been three meetings; the first was well attended by NYP and other parties. Trading Standards attended the second meeting but at the third meeting in August only three people attended.
A crime reporting form has been developed and is currently being updated.
The next meeting should include its aims and objectives with target outcomes.
Some CAP (Community and Police) meetings are active others not, there is no mandatory requirement for these meetings.
Peter reported that Cyber Crime is now of secondary importance to Human Trafficking, especially by drug gangs using young and vulnerable people for distribution.
4. Reports from NHW Areas
Peter presented a written report for his area, Terry noted that NCCZ (No Cold Calling Zones) do not include Charities or Religious organisations.
Martin stated that Scarborough was ‘awash’ with petty crime, drugs and antisocial behaviour.
Alan reported the theft of a very large planter from the roadside.
Steve reported there were 200 households covered with ten Coordinators including a Key Coordinator in his area. There has been nil crime of late. Wider area crime stats and other important NHW news are included in the monthly tri-village newsletter. The plan to extend the NHW area to two neighbouring villages had been shelved due to lack of interest. These villages do have their own NHW schemes.
Terry stated there are 100 households in his patch and he is able to communicate with most via e mail. There has been little crime to report.
5. Developments from County (NYNHWA) meetings
It was determined that NY NHWA was dormant due to lack of organisation and Officers.
A CMS letter from Robert Newman of National NHW has been circulated asking for a YES/NO response to revitalising NY NHWA. To date a significant number of YES responses have been received.
There has also been an issue with the content of the letter, for which Terry had delayed circulation and issued amendments to RSWF committee members for comment. He did not receive any responses and the letter was sent out without amendments by Natasha Almond.
6. Reports from NYP
No reports were available
7. Voting at Meetings
Terry stressed the importance of consulting the Committee of RSWF NHWA for consensus opinion, prior to voting on any important issues at other meetings.
8. Smartwater – NYP Policy
Covered in Item 2 under matters arising
9. Sourcing NHW Street Signs
Martin has been unable to source signs from Scarborough Police, despite contacting numerous people within the Force.
Terry to write to Sgt. Heidi Lewis, who was involved in a data review of stocks.
10. GDPR (New data protection legislation)
All volunteer message senders have been blocked from the NHW Channel of CMS.
Steve who is a Police Volunteer has also been blocked.
There is ambiguity as to how people can be reinstated, only when a partnership agreement with NHW has been achieved is being given by Natasha Almond, but Sgt. Heidi Lewis says this is not necessary. There have been no updates from NYP.
Steve delivered a loud and passionate plea, to NHW Committee members, that they should be more involved in pursuing and revitalising NY NHWA independently of National NHW and NYP via District Lead Coordinators. DLC’s are the elected representatives of the NHW organisation for their areas.
The alternative he believes is diminished authority for NHW and an unhealthy liaison with the Police and National NHW, virtually leaving it to the NYP Partnership Hub on how a NHW Association is re-formed. Some members did agree with this course of action.
No decision could be made.
11. Business Plan
Terry had previously circulated a draft Business Plan for members to comment on.
This will be ratified at the next AGM following any amendments.
All to return comments or amendments to Terry prior to next AGM
12. Financial Statement
Income – Nil
Current Balance £48.00
Peter raised objections to the Chair’s adverse comments and criticisms regarding the performance of some NYP personnel, but Terry stated fact was fact (being frustrated that the CMS message had been sent out by NYP without NHW approval and with a narrative that was inconsistent with the Actions and input agreed in the Minutes of that July meeting in York).
14. Date and location of next meeting