Police, Fire and Rescue Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Stephen Thompson (Convener)-Annandale North
Ian Blake (Vice Convener)-Abbey
Rob Davidson-Abbey
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Jack Groom-Nith
Marion McCutcheon-Stranraer and North Rhins
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
Ronnie E Ogilvie-Annandale South
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Patrick Shearer - Chief Constable
Hamish McGhie - T/Deputy Chief Fire Officer
Gavin Stevenson - Chief Executive
Paul Garrett - Head of Finance
George West - Service Leader Estate Management
Claire Caution - Committee Clerk
Apologies:
Yen Hongmei Jin - Lochar
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

10 Members present, 1 apology

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Ian Blake declared an interest in Item 5 - Police Treatment Centre - Donation for Service Improvements by virtue of the fact that he had used and currently receives treatment at the facility

3 POLICE AND FIRE SERVICE REFORM - PROPOSALS FOR A TRANSFER SCHEME FOR PROPERTY, RIGHTS, LIABILITIES AND OBLIGATIONS (FIRE AND RESCUE) - REPORT BY ACTING DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Decision

 

3.1     NOTED the contents of this report, including:- (i) the legislative framework regarding property transfers from the Council to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Services (SFRS) as set out in para 3.1; (ii) the Principles of Transfer of Property, Rights, Liabilities and Obligations (PRiLO) as set out at Appendix 1; (iii) the recommended processes regarding the transfer of individual categories of PRiLO as set out in the handling document (Appendix 2); (iv) the Dispute Resolution Process (Appendix 3); and (v) the list of heritable property, provided at Appendix 4, which has been identified as requiring to transfer from Dumfries & Galloway Council to the SFRS;

 

3.2    AGREED that all identified property, rights, liabilities and obligations, transfer to the SFRS;

 

NOTED

  

3.3     that a further report will be provided to Members to confirm the details of the property transfers undertaken;

 

3.4     that a report would be submitted to the Full Council to consider future Police and Fire Governance arrangements and FURTHER NOTED that once the appropriate governance arrangements are in place that a report would be submitted for Members to consider issues including the application of usable reserves.
 

4 POLICE AND FIRE SERVICE REFORM - PROPOSALS FOR A TRANSFER OF SCHEME FOR PROPERTY, RIGHTS, LIABILITIES AND OBLIGATIONS (POLICE) - REPORT BY CHIEF CONSTABLE AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1     the contents of this report, including:- (i) the legislative framework regarding property transfers from the Council to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) as set out in para 3.1; (ii) the Principles of Transfer of Property, Rights, Liabilities and Obligations (PRiLO) as set out at Appendix 1; (iii) the recommended processes regarding the transfer of individual categories of PRiLO as set out in the handling document (Appendix 2); (iv) the Dispute Resolution Process (Appendix 3); and (v) the list of heritable property, provided at Appendix 4, which has been identified as requiring to transfer from Dumfries & Galloway Council to the Scottish Police Authority;

 

4.2     that there was a potential dispute regarding the Council’s continued ownership of the former Langholm Police Station and the former Police Garages at Albert Place, Langholm and that this was likely to require to be considered through the dispute resolution process;

 

4.3    AGREED that all identified property, rights, liabilities and obligations, other than those which may require to be referred to dispute resolution (former Langholm Police Station and the former Police Garages at Albert Place, Langholm) transfer to the Scottish Police Authority;

 

NOTED

 

4.4     that the Council’s position on the above would be notified to the Scottish Government through completion of the ‘Agreement Document’ attached at Annex A;

 

4.5     that a further report would be provided to Members to confirm the details of the property transfers undertaken including progress on the resolution of identified disputes;

 

4.6     that pre-emption clauses would be sought within the asset transfer of Police Headquarters, Cornwall Mount, Dumfries, Police Station, Loreburn Street, Dumfries and Police Station, Thornhilll and

 

4.7     the wish of the Committee that Heritage Assets, such as museum exhibits and civic regalia, should not be transferred, and that clarification be sought on this matter.
 

MEMBER - Ian Blake left the meeting - 9 Members present

5 POLICE TREATMENT CENTRE - DONATION FOR SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS - REPORT BY CHIEF CONSTABLE

Decision

 

5.1     NOTED the unique medical services delivered through the Police Treatment Centres charity and the contribution it makes to returning injured police officers to fitness for duty; and

 

5.2     AGREED to the making of a £25k donation to enhance facilities at the centre which would deliver long term benefits for police officers and local service delivery.

6 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

NOTED that there was no items of urgent business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision