Councillors Present: Cllr Woodward, Cllr Foot, Cllr Bird, Cllr Gregory, Cllr Hamilton, Cllr Trott
Cllr Foot, the Chairman of the meeting, gave a brief introduction and introduced the speakers.
A/Insp Young introduced herself as acting up from Sargent in the Neighbourhood Policing Team. Fareham South has a small neighbourhood policing team with one PC and a current vacancy for a PCSO. Two local issues of note have been identified by the team which are anti-social behaviour and drugs. Police are working with the Council on these issues and will be focusing on patrolling problem areas and engaging with offenders. Police rely on the community to report issues and are aware that the 101 number can have a long waiting time so a reminder that the online form can be used to report issues . This form provides the information they need for planning a response and evidencing the need for resources.
A : On average, around 24 hours for reports to reach the neighbourhood team. Please dial 999 for any emergencies.
A: Fareham Police covers a vast area and resources can be stretched at times. Hampshire constabulary is focusing on recruiting more officers and these officers are going through training now. If you are in fear, call 999 and if needed officers from other areas may attend.
A: This money will be spent on recruiting and supporting 650 new police officers as well as rolling out a national programme to report rape crime, improve the criminal justice system and
investment in programmes to combat drugs and serious crime. The new officers are in training so it will take some time to see the increase of police visibility in the neighbourhood.
A: Thank you, we are hoping to improve our neighbourhood policing and be more present in the community.
A: Unfortunately the Police would need to be in the area at the time to take action against offenders. The Street Cleansing and Enforcement Teams at Fareham Borough Council are quick to clean up graffiti and help the Police with patrolling areas.
A: The police would deal with matters such as dangerous dogs i.e., dog attacks. The enforcement officers at Fareham Borough Council also deal with dog control matters and can issue on the spot fines for dogs not on leads in some areas of the Borough.
Cllr Woodward gave a presentation on recent developments and Council initiatives across the Borough and outlined some of the exciting projects that are planned over the next few years. This is a link to the Fareham Community Action Team presentation (16 MB).
A: Homes England closed it for commercial reasons. Gosport Borough Council received a planning application in February this year as part of the Solent Enterprise Zone development, details can be found here .
A: Suggestion noted and will be passed to Hampshire County Council Highways.
A: Hampshire County Council Highways are responsible for weed control. This is done once a year and is due to be done in Fareham in August.
A: Our CAT meetings about hot topics still remain popular. We also continue to have the e- panel where residents can sign up and be notified about online consultations and surveys.
A: There is a current planning application from Hallam Land Management for a development at Longfield Avenue and it is still under consideration. Please comment on the application to suggest that the developer improves the bus transport proposals.
A : There is another Welborne already in the country. Not aware of any unpleasant associations with the name Welborne.