Edenfield Village Residents Association
Minutes of meeting held on 17th February, 2016, at 8pm
Present: Paul Bradburn; Jennie Law; Angela Bradburn; Karen Hawkins; Jenny Mead; Matthew Mead; Barbara Lord; John Johnson; Barry Pitt; Melanie Kay; Mark Welsh; Liz Latham; Trevor Latham; Angela Welsh; Anne Moloney; Anne Cheetham; Ben Haworth; Chris Seeley; David Fisher.
In attendance: Inspector Steve Rides, Lancashire Police; Stella Wint (Langley House Trust);Helen Morris (Langley House Trust)
1. Chairman welcomed and introduced Inspector Steve Rides, i/c of Police in Rossendale and parts of Lancashire; Helen Morris, Manager, Chatterton Hey and Stella Wint, Care Manager, Langley House Trust who were invited to discuss the procedures in relation to Chatterton Hey. Chairman stressed that, due to legal ramifications, individual cases could not be discussed.
2. Chatterton Hey
Referrals are via Social Services Departments, Probation, Prison authorities and Mental Health units. Criteria would be 18+ males where it was felt that a placement would be preferable to trial/prison, this could be following a community sentence or where the applicant is nearing the end of a prison sentence and could include clients with mental health issues. Each case is individually assessed regarding risk and suitability. This is a complicated process involving a wide variety of people. Chatterton Hey stated that some people come with certain conditions and, if house rules are broached the client can be sent home, an example of this would be breaking the curfew. It was stated that Chatterton Hey react very quickly in the event of any breaches.
Chairman referred back to previous meetings held with Langley House Trust, Police, Council officers and Dr. Illsley (Methodist Minister), following rumours regarding paedophiles and sex offenders which were of concern to the village. Inspector Rides assured meeting that no-one with that background would be admitted in any circumstance.
Where the applicant is under the category of MAPPA, the suitability of placement would be decided by a large committee, prior to admittance, involving the local Probation and Police Service. Anyone under a Probation Order would have Probation Service control and engagement. Anyone not under licence would be asked to agree to applicable terms. Clients can be referred from outside the system if they are seen to require additional needs.
Regarding procedures for entering and leaving the premises Chatterton Hey advised that, as they are not a high secure unit, restrictions cannot be placed on people who are not under licence. No specific training is given to deal with aggressive or violent behaviour the risk must be considered manageable under the admission process. Chatterton Hey confirmed that the level of supervision would be according to client need. If a client on licence fails to return they can be recalled back to prison. If not under supervision they would be encouraged to return and, in the event of a refusal, they would be reported as a missing person. Residents sign in and out when they leave and give an estimated time of return and, if delayed, they should phone in. CCTV monitors are present. The Police confirmed that random testing and room searches are carried out for drugs, alcohol, etc. There can be long term users who are vulnerable and who have additional needs.
Chatterton Hey confirmed there is double cover at all times with staffing dependent upon the mix of clients and their level of needs. There is a Manager on site every day along with Management Teams on call. Inspector Rides was confident in the Management and advised that, in 3 / 4 years, they had been called in 33 times, once from a member of the public and the remainder by Chatterton Hey themselves. The Police have visited a number of times, since October, approximately once per month and it is their view the Unit is well run. Neighbourhood Officers attend regularly. Two new Neighbourhood Officers had been appointed Estelle James and Phil Tyreme.
Discussion took place regarding the relationship breakdown between Chatterton Hey and some villagers present stating their feelings of being at risk from service users. The negative perception of Chatterton Hey, presently, was acknowledged and the worries of the Village understood, however, it was stressed that the clients are being rehabilitated and any issues are raised and dealt with.
Inspector Rides advised that, in the event of any concerns, the Police should be notified on 101. The website can be consulted for CBN. Helen, Chatterton Hey, will accept calls (01706 824554) or meet people one to one and is anxious to build a better relationship with the community without being secretive.
Inspector Rides stated that the facility was in the Village and this would not change therefore it was necessary to work with the Unit. Since the recent incident meetings have been held with the relevant agencies regarding the way forward to ensure there is no repeat. Other incidents have happened in the Village, unrelated to the Unit, and nothing can be done to prevent this.
Maximum numbers are 14 dependent on mix of clients and there were no plans to increase this. People are housed as close to their local area as possible but, sometimes, this is not possible and they can come from anywhere in the North.
There is the possibility of an open day but no date has been fixed as yet.
Chairman thanked Inspector Rides, Helen and Stella for attending prior to their departure.
The meeting continued…
3. Apologies: Darryl Smith; Barbara Marriott; Graham Elkes.
4. Minutes of the January meeting were agreed.
5. Playground on Recreation Field
Following on from previous discussions, and the unease of the Association “fronting” the grant applications, Paul had spoken to Rachel, Proffits. Discussion ensued and it was agreed that Paul would contact other organisations who had undertaken similar ventures such as Snig Hole (Barbara to provide contact details): Worsley Park at Rising Bridge: Sharneyford at Bacup to discuss the pro’s and con’s. Whilst acknowledging that, in theory, it was a good idea concern was felt regarding EVRA’s liability, complication of application forms, drainage and water retention in the ground. It was agreed to tread carefully and Chairman would speak to other organisations. David Fisher and Matthew Mead agreed to accompany Paul in the event of any outside meetings.
Action: Barbara, Paul, David, Mathew
6. Edenfield in Bloom
The Horticultural Society requested names/details of the people who had taken part in Edenfield in Bloom who may be interested in opening up their gardens for the Garden Trail to be held in June/July. Personal details held by the Association could not be passed on but Barry agreed to look through and liaise with Anne. The Horticultural Society will be holding a plant sale at the Community Centre on 21st May, 2016, at 8am to 3pm.
Discussion ensued regarding a different shape event to include music played by various groups. “Bob Marley” who is known for this type of event was to look into the possibility. A picnic area could be provided to attract more people. Increased seating was necessary.
It would be a celebration of the Queen’s birthday with local bands, Schools, etc. The feasibility of this was to be further considered and Melanie was to contact “Bob” to move the matter forward for the next meeting. Committee agreed that the Sub Committee should pursue the possibilities. The event would, as usual, have the Cream Teas, BBQ, Bucking Bronco, Bouncelot, Climbing Wall, Cake Comp, Bouncy Castle, etc. Melanie to contact the “owls” – Jenny M to provide details. Jenny to contact stallholders and give list to Melanie. Tug of War could be a consideration. Paul to contact Mayor.
Action: Melanie/Jenny M/Paul
Fete Sub Committee meeting Wednesday, 24th February, 8pm, Rostrons Arms.
Fell Race – 5th June, 2016
In future, before dates are agreed the Cricket Club should be contacted. David advised that he would not be available and a replacement should be sought. 10.30am start Cricket Club open from 9am.
Mark to arrange the Team. Anne to approach Rev Andy Lindop to join the Team.
9. Search for new Secretary
This continues. Editorial would appear shortly in Free Press. Karen agreed to take the Minutes for April and May meetings.
10. Move from Methodist Church
All items stored must be moved before 6th March to new site at Bleakholt. Removal to take place on 27th February, assemble 9.30am. Volunteers: Liz/Barbara/Ben/Ian/Mark/Trevor/Anne/John. Ben to provide Van. Melanie to ask Richard to remove dais.
11. Treasurer's Report
Treasurer reported an overall drop of £10.00 from the previous report.
12. Any Other Business
Jenny advised that the Cricket Club are looking for accommodation, four months commencing April, for an overseas amateur Cricketer from Zimbabwe. Anyone interested should contact the Cricket Club.
Carols round the tree would be on 23rd December, 2016, Barbara to book band.
Tarmac - Anne advised that the area recently resurfaced in November, in the Burnley area of the Village, was to be redone as it had proved unsatisfactory.
Windfarm - Chairman updated meeting on the situation regarding the windfarm application. United Utilities have withdrawn and the matter is being pursued by Peel Holiding. A public enquiry was to be held in October, Rossendale Council to arrange venue. Rossendale Council have approved the plan.
Anyone wishing to write in favour or to object should do so as appropriate. For those wishing to object a sample response was provided by the Chairman.
Meeting closed at 9.45pm. Date of next meeting 16th March, 2016, at 8pm.