Can all CPDA’s keep their contact details and e-mail addresses up to date on the Secured by Design web site please. his week’s updates are:

1. CPDA / CPA Questionnaire

2. Health & Safety and Security - McColls newsagents to pay £225k following violent robberies – Thanks to Andy Gregory, West Mids for this.

3. SBD Forum

4. HCA to test new 'forensic' system with associations

5. Funding to strengthen accommodation based specialist domestic abuse service provision – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Herts for this.

6. PEEL assessments of Police Forces

7. BREEAM – From Lesley Nesbitt, SBD Licensed Consultant at Oxford University.

8. Councils without local plans building faster – Thanks to mark Montgomery, Herts for this.

9. Pickles slammed for 'inhumane treatment' of Gypsies & Travellers

10. October was strongest month for new housing since 2011, NHBC figures reveal

11. Offices to drive construction growth in 2015

12. Guidance: Recognising the terrorist threat – From NaCTSO

13. Secure your fertiliser – From NaCTSO

14. Counter-terrorism support for businesses and communities – Guidance

Visit the ‘Secured by Design’ web site for CPDA contact details, design guides, licence holders & application forms: www.securedbydesign.com

1. CPDA / CPA Questionnaire
Attached there is a very short questionnaire that Steve Trigg asks all forces and regions to complete. The document is self-explanatory and will only take a couple of minutes to complete. ACPO are looking at exactly how many staff there are nationally.

It is asked that each force completes the return for their force and forward to their regional CPDA reps, who will collate the return for their region, and forward direct to Steve Trigg. All returns must be with Steve Trigg by the 3rd December at the latest. If you have any questions you should raise them with Steve Trigg direct.

This item will be discussed at the next CPDG in December. Steve Trigg will not be able to chase up any nil returns but they may appear in reports to Chief Officers, as the information will be used to brief regional chief officers meetings. So can all forces assist their regional CPDA reps and complete the return, for their CPDA rep to collate and forward to Steve Trigg by 3rd December 2014. E-mail: steve.trigg@acpo-sbd.co.uk M. 07970 591477

2. Health & Safety and Security - McColls newsagents to pay £225k following violent robberies – Thanks to Andy Gregory, West Mids for this.

National newsagents and convenience store Martin McColl Ltd was fined £150,000 after admitting failing to protect staff members following a series of shop robberies in Wirral. This was not the first case of its kind for the newsagents, which was prosecuted in August 2010 after a store manager was assaulted. Liverpool Crown Court heard how the newsagents, now known as McColl’s Retail Group PLC which has 12,000 staff across the UK, had fallen “significantly below the standards required” in protecting staff from the risk of harm. Wirral Council brought the case to court after it was found that a failure to carry out risk assessments for shop staff exposed them to a risk of workplace violence, as well as other health and safety breaches. It was heard that shop staff had raised issues with management about a lack of equipment including lockable doors into back room areas, CCTV and visibility as to who was entering the shop. The company pleaded guilty to six charges of breaching its duty of care to staff in May this year. The company was ordered to pay a £150,000 fine as well as £78,000 prosecution costs. The full article is at: http://www.shponline.co.uk/mccolls-newsagents-pay-225k-following-violent-robberies/

3. SBD Forum
Latest topics that have been commented on this last week are: Graffiti Sessions Event / Labelling of doors and windows / Theft at public toilets. If you have forgotten your password then please make contact with the Secured by Design office at: 0207 084 8963 on Monday 01/12/14

4. HCA to test new 'forensic' system with associations

The English social housing regulator will test its new system of ‘in-depth assessments’ with a number of volunteer housing associations ahead of its launch in April.

Placeshapers, which represents more than 100 landlords, asked its members on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency for volunteers to take part in testing the regulator’s new ‘forensic’ method of assessing landlords’ financial viability ahead of the new system’s roll out.

More at: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/hca-to-test-new-forensic-system-with-associations/7007015.article?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Ocean+Media+&utm_campaign=5052677_ih-daily-25.11.14et&dm_i=1HH2,30AO5,GYLS7W,ATNLN,1&adfesuccess=1

5. Funding to strengthen accommodation based specialist domestic abuse service provision – Thanks to Mark Montgomery, Herts for this.

This is a new £10million fund for local housing authorities to help them strengthen refuge services so that we have effective national coverage that keeps victims of domestic abuse safe. The funding is available for 2014-15 to 2015-16. Applications are invited from individual local housing authorities or those working together in partnerships by 5pm 16th January 2015.
More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-to-strengthen-accommodation-based-specialist-domestic-abuse-service-provision

6. PEEL assessments of Police Forces
To read HMIC’s assessment of your local police force, and find out more about its performance in the past 12 months go to: http://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/find-your-force/

7. BREEAM – From Lesley Nesbitt, SBD Licensed Consultant at Oxford University.
From what I can see there has been a subtle change to the approach to BREEAM consultations (Not dwellings) regarding security, SBD and safer parking are sited as best practise, but it is down to the CPDA/Suitably Qualified Security Consultant (SQSC) to carry out a Security Needs Assessment (SNA) for the development and then develop a security strategy to suit the SNA. We do this automatically but BREEAM require it to be documented now. Once the recommendations have been made to the project, a subtle change has again been made, that if the developer deviates away from the recommendations made by the SQSC they must communicate this in writing to the SQSC and this needs to be acknowledged with any alternative mitigation actions that would improve security made to the contractor. This all has to be documented and then the BREEAM assessor can see the audit trail and carry out his assessment for the one point awarded for security, in the full knowledge that the SQSS is satisfied with the security strategy for the development.

This takes away the approach we used to have where we went in made recommendations and then it was up to the developer to then justify to the BREEAM assessor why they had not taken recommendations into consideration as you describe below. For someone seeking this point for security there now appears to be continued consultation between the SQSS and the developer.

The above is my interpretation of the changes. I have also attached the BREEAM new construction 2014, see pages 110-114

http://www.breeam.org/filelibrary/BREEAM%20UK%20NC%202014%20Resources/SD5076_DRAFT_BREEAM_UK_New_Construction_2014_Technical_Manual_ISSUE_0.1.pdf

I would welcome any comments as this is my interpretation. lesley.nesbitt@admin.ox.ac.uk

8. Councils without local plans building faster – Thanks to mark Montgomery, Herts for this.

Councils with no local plan in place are building homes at a faster rate than those with an adopted plan, Inside Housing research has found. Exclusive research by Inside Housing using government and planning Inspectorate data shows 127 councils with no local plan in place increased the number of homes started in 2013/14 by 13,020 compared with the previous year - an increase of 35.9%. By contrast, 167 councils with any form of local plan only increased their house building by just 22.6%, an increase of 11,760 homes. Councils which had adopted a plan after the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in March 2012, increased house building by 29.2%, This was better than those with an older plan (19.4%), but they were still significantly behind those with no plan at all.
More at: http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/development/exclusive-councils-without-local-plans-building-faster/7007035.article

9. Pickles slammed for 'inhumane treatment' of Gypsies & Travellers
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has been slammed for his "inhumane treatment" of Gypsies & Travellers in Britain and across London. Labour representatives Lucy Anderson MEP and Tom Copley of the London Assembly have claimed that new legislative proposals from Pickles' will take away fundamental human rights from Gypsies & Travellers by insisting that those who live in a fixed residence - whether out of choice or because of reasons of health, education or old age - will permanently lose their Gypsy or Traveller status. According to Anderson and Copley, the legislation will have knock on effects on the number of people who are officially recognised as members of the Gypsy and Traveller community and as such will impact on the provisions made by local authorities for these communities.

More at: http://www.24dash.com/news/communities/2014-11-26-Pickles-slammed-for-inhumane-treatment-of-Gypsies-and-Travellers

10. October was strongest month for new housing since 2011, NHBC figures reveal

October was the strongest month for new housing registrations since June 2011, figures released by NHBC have revealed. The figures show that a total of 13,950 new homes were registered in October (11,151 private sector; 2,799 public sector). The previous highest single month for new home registrations was in June 2011, when 14,565 homes were registered. October also showed a 10 per cent increase in growth compared to the same month last year when 12,682 new homes were registered (9,666 private sector; 3,016 public sector).

The rolling quarter August to October showed an increase of 14% compared to the same period last year, with a total of 37,140 new homes (29,341 private sector, 7,799 public sector) registered across the country (32,716 for the same period in 2013; 24,350 private sector, 8,366 public sector). More at: http://www.nhbc.co.uk/NewsandComment/Name,58481,en.html

11. Offices to drive construction growth in 2015

The office sector is identified as the new engine for construction growth in 2015, with starts expected to pick up in the major metropolitan areas beyond London, according to the latest Construction Prospects report from Glenigan. Private residential work will remain important for continued growth, but the office sector is set to dominate industry activity with a 23% rise in projects starts forecast for next year, the report says. Such a rise would be on top of an 8% rise in office starts this year.

More at: http://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Contactus/NewsAndPress/Membernews/PracticeNews/2014/November2014/27November/Officestodriveconstructiongrowthin2015.aspx

12. Hostile Vehicle Mitigation: Concrete Curing guidance – From CPNI
When installing Vehicle Security Barriers (VSBs) with concrete foundations, in addition to considering the specification of the concrete, the curing environment must also be considered -
See more at: http://www.cpni.gov.uk/highlights/Hostile-Vehicle-Mitigation-Concrete-Curing-guidance/#sthash.QZAzb7bK.dpuf

13. Guidance: Recognising the terrorist threat – From NaCTSO

Offers advice on planning for a terrorist incident and what action to take in the event of an attack. Advises on what to do if there is a terrorist incident involving:

· firearms threats

· vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices

· suicide attacks

· chemical, biological and radioactive threats

· insider threats

· cyber threats

More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/recognising-the-terrorist-threat

14. Secure your fertiliser – From NaCTSO
If you store or handle fertiliser, you must secure it to prevent it from being stolen. Further at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secure-your-fertiliser

15. Counter-terrorism support for businesses and communities – Guidance

Information about the guidance and advice provided by counter-terrorism security advisers (CTSA) to businesses to help address their security concerns. CTSA contact details are also available.
More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/counter-terrorism-support-for-businesses-and-communities

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