A full meeting of the Council took place on Wednesday, 13 December.
All the papers are available to view on the council’s website and here’s a summary of the main items discussed.
The Mayor, Cllr Frank Walsh, opened the final full meeting of the Council in 2017 with a certification presentation in recognition of their achievements to Trevor Williams, who has represented the Church of England Diocese on various committees over the last 25 years, along with Dame Lorna Muirhead who had recently retired from her post of Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.
Knowsley Community Safety Plan – Strategic Priorities 2017-2020
The Council were presented with the Knowsley’s Community Safety Plan for 2017 to 2020. The multi-agency plan, developed in consultation with the local community and partners, outlined six key priorities and how they will be addressed.
The plan was approved and will focus on domestic abuse, anti-social behaviour (including vehicle misuse), protecting vulnerable victims, exploitation of children, serious & organised crime and supporting offenders to change their behaviour. Read the full plan here.
Local Government Act 1985
Cllr Ian Smith asked a question about the withdrawal of the 297 Saturday bus service from Kirkby to Rainhill.
Cllr Ken McGlashan, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Committee representative, responded that the service withdrawal is a commercial decision by the operator due to the low number of users. Merseytravel will not look to replace the route as there are alternative options available.
Cllr Carl Cashman asked how the council, police and community can work better together to ensure safety in our local area following events in Prescot and wider borough.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, acknowledged the tragic events over the last few months in the borough. He stated that all members were invited to meet with Merseyside Police to discuss how the council can support the police. This work will continue, along with other partners in the borough. In addition, Cllr Connor reiterated the need for residents to report incidents to the police via the 101 number or through Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Notices of Motion
Two Notices of Motions were considered and passed at the meeting.
Councillor Marie Stuart proposed a Notice of Motion seeking cross-party support for increased resources for support services for victims of violence against women and girls.
The motion was passed and calls on the Government for more resources for support services, a statutory requirement for agencies to participate in a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference and funding to support implementation and dissemination of findings following Domestic Homicide Reviews.
The second Notice of Motion was proposed by Cllr Andy Moorhead supporting staff employed by ISS Facilities Management Ltd, many of whom are Knowsley residents, affected by reduced sick pay entitlements.
Council resolved to support the Trade Unions’ campaign so that ISS staff working at the Royal Liverpool and Broad Green University Hospitals NHS Trust have access to a fair and reasonable sick pay scheme.
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The full Council agenda and reports pack can be found on the council’s website.