Neal Barton, Policy, Performance and Partnerships Manager, presented the annual report on the work of the Mid Sussex Partnership (MSP), an overarching partnership of statutory and non-statutory organisations working to improve the quality of residents’ lives across the District. The report informed Members of work undertaken under the umbrella of the MSP in 2019/20, including Community Safety and Health. He noted that there had been a 6.8% increase in crime in Mid Sussex however this was in-line with statistics across the country.
Councillor Webster, Cabinet Member for Community, mentioned that the meeting of the Partnership is chaired by the Leader of the Council. He found it interesting that 31% of antisocial behaviour is reported as neighbour disputes which suggests that there is a common misconception that young people are the main cause of antisocial behaviour.
A Member commended the work of the new Inspector Darren Taylor who has had a great presence on social media and asked whether officers have noticed a difference due to the communications. She noted that the CCTV cameras will soon be installed around the District and enquired if there was a delay due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. She also drew attention to P.109 and the Safe Spaces scheme that started in East Grinstead and hoped that other Town Councils would take up the scheme.
The Policy, Performance and Partnerships Manager referred Member’s attention to Paragraph 14 that the Police have provided more police and community support officers. The Councils Antisocial Behaviour Officers also work closely with the Police. The Safe Spaces scheme piloted in East Grinstead and is now being taken up by Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill Town Councils.
Emma Sheriden, Business Unit Leader for Community Services, Partnerships and Performance, confirmed that the CCTV cameras will be operation by the end of the summer.
The Vice-Chairman drew attention to Paragraph 19, P.107 of the report which detailed the Juno Project. She asked whether it will be offered to any other secondary schools in the district.
The Business Unit Leader for Community Services, Partnerships and Performance explained that the project is currently on hold due to the Pandemic however the Council does intend to offer it next year when it is safe to do so.
A Member enquired which schools are offered the Juno project.
The Business Unit Leader for Community Services, Partnerships and Performance confirmed that it is partly self-selected depending on those who are referred by Positive Placements at YMCA.
A Member enquired about the task and finish groups referenced on P.106 and whether there is any Member representation on the groups or if it just comprises of public servants. She also enquired which schools receive the School Law Days and whether there are plans to roll this out more widely in the District.
The Business Unit Leader for Community Services, Partnerships and Performance outlined that there is Member representation on the board however the groups are largely comprised of partners delivering the scheme which is directed by the Board. There is also representation from Town, Parish and County Members as well District Members.
The Policy, Performance and Partnerships Manager confirmed the schools that have taken part in the School law days are Warden Park, the Alternative Provision College, Burgess Hill; Sackville and Imberhorne, East Grinstead; Oathall and St Pauls.
A Member stated that Strategic Intelligence Assessment is an essential read for all Councillors. He asked about the future programme and the Health Task and Finish Group anticipation of the impact of Covid-19 on delays to medical treatments.
Paul Turner, Community Services Manager, the Health Task and Finish Group is very much led by data from Public Health England and explained that CCG will be the lead in providing the primary care. He noted that as partners the Council can assist with sign-posting.
The Chairman then took Members to the recommendation to note the work of the Mid Sussex Partnership in 2019/20 and to endorse the proposed emphasis in the year ahead on response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic which was approved unanimously.
The Committee noted the work of the Mid Sussex Partnership in 2019/20 and endorsed the proposed emphasis in the year ahead on response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.