Agenda and minutes

Community Select Committee
Wednesday, 18th April, 2018 6.30 pm

Venue: The Cafe, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. View directions

Contact: Rachel Rourke Telephone: 01298 28400 ex. 2139  Email:

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Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 40 KB


With reference to minute 18/30, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service consultation – review of systems and ways of working at Matlock and Glossop, the Chair referred to a response received to the comments made by the committee, together with the additional information requested, which had been circulated to members.




That the minutes of the meeting held on 7 February 2018 be approved as a correct record.


Update from the Police and Crime Commissioner


Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire provided members with an update on the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, since his election in May 2016. 


The work of the PCC is based around the Police & Crime plan which is a 5 year plan from 2016 – 2021 which outlines pledges and promises and contains 7 strategic objectives, which are continually reviewed and refreshed as necessary.  Objective 2 had recently been added and was concerned with working to tackle the emerging threats of cyber and cyber related crime on individuals, businesses and communities, which was seen as a growing threat. 


The role of the PCC was to hold the Chief Constable to account, to set the force budget and council tax precept, to commission services of partners to deliver community safety initiatives and to set and update the Police and Crime Plan.


A rural crime team had been established to crack down on rural and wildlife crime and delivered crime prevention tips, target criminals and take the lead on the investigation of rural crimes.


Reference was made to the reduction in police grant of £16.32 million since 2010/11, which had subsequently led to a reduction of 413 police officers and PCSO posts and 250 civilian staff within Derbyshire.  This year, the PCC had been allowed to raise the council tax precept by 6.4% which had enabled the establishment to be increased by 25, and investment to be made in technology to address cyber crime.  A campaign was also being run to have the home office police grant increased, rather than just raising council tax.


In response to a query regarding cross-boarder crime, members were advised that cross-boarder operations were undertaken with neighbouring areas, with specific reference made to rural crime, drug issues and the use of automatic number plate recognition.


The view was expressed that the tackling of cyber crime should be undertaken on a national and international level, with greater pressure being exerted on the internet providers and banks to assist.  This would also free up operational police officers to be more visible in local areas where local knowledge should be considered in the allocation of resources.  The Commissioner advised that work was being undertaken with the internet providers and banks to tackle cyber crime but that in order for this to be effective, some local knowledge was required.




That the presentation be received with thanks.


East Midlands Ambulance Service - Update


Craig Whyles, Service Delivery Manager for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) attended to provide members with an update on the Derbyshire Division.


Following the challenges of 2016/17, an independent capacity and demand review was commissioned, the findings of which influenced the contract agreements for 2017/18 and allowed further investment in the service.  A number of operational and control centre staff had been recruited, including 27 international paramedics, and career progression opportunities were offered.  57 new double crewed ambulances were delivered (14 in Derbyshire) which included 164 new defibrilators. A new electronic patients report form (over £3M investment) was also introduced, which allows direct liaison with GPs.  Performance standards had also been reworked so that performance was measured via the ambulance response programme (ARP) where every call was measured in mean time.  Rotas had been re-worked to ensure that ARP could be responded to appropriately.  Locally, during 2017/18, work was on-going with acute hospitals to improve handover times, dedicated urgent care crews were in place and the division had been restricted into 3 areas.


In response to a query regarding the estate, members were re-assured that the service were not looking to close stations, but were looking to work more effectively.  The amount of resource would stay as they are in Buxton and New Mills, but other options should as co-location with other services could be an option in the future. Investment was been made in replacement 4X4 vehicles and two 4X4 vans had been procured for use in specific situations. 


Regarding funding, it would require £20M to maintain standards and to deliver services which had been requested, the outcome of which would be presented to a future meeting of the committee. 




1.    That the presentation be received with thanks;


2.    That a further update be made to the committee in a further 12 months.


Select Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 22 KB


It was requested that the Derbyshire County Council consultation around the Public Library Service Strategy, specifically, the proposal that some libraries by transferred to a Community Managed Model be added to the work programme.




That, subject to the above amendment, the Select Committee Work Programme be noted.


Exclusion of press and public

To resolve that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business as there may be disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972




That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business as there may be disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3 and 7 of Part I of Scheduled 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.


Review of Public Realm CCTV Surveillance System


The Committee considered options for the future direction of the public space CCTV system and made recommendations to the Executive on the way forward.