Decision details

Copeland Community Fund

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Cabinet will be asked to agree changes to the Copeland Community Fund Co-operation Agreement. The Council is a member of the Copeland Community Fund and is the Accountable Body. The fund is governed by the terms of the Co-operation Agreement between Cumbria County Council, Copeland Borough Council and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Cabinet will be asked to agree changes to the Copeland Community Fund Co-operation Agreement.


Cabinet considered a report of the Corporate Director – Environment and Community Services in relation to the Community Fund for Copeland in respect of the Low Level Waste Repository (LLWR) at Drigg. 


A Co-operation Agreement, with respect to the Fund, was signed in October 2008 between the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Cumbria County Council (CCC) and Copeland Borough Council (CBC). A Project Board was established to run the Fund, which included representation from each of the local authorities, independent board members and the NDA to assess whether the decisions are in accordance with their socio-economic policy. 


The Co-operation Agreement set out the way the Project Board could operate. It identified ‘Reserved Matters’ which required unanimous written agreement or consent of the Parties signed up to the Agreement. 


Over the period 2013/14 a series of changes to the operation of the Board had been made and, following a review of operations by a company called Rocket Science, commissioned by the Project Board in 2013, additional changes had been suggested. Variations to the Co-operation Agreement were Reserved Matters and therefore require formal agreement of the County Council as one of the Co-operation Agreement signatories. 


Further, at the Copeland Community Fund Board meeting of the 3rd June 2015 the Whitehaven Campus was granted £5m toward the sports facilities associated with the Campus and town centre.  This level of grant exceeded 10% of the fund and, as per the Co-operation Agreement, required the Councils consent as a Reserved Matter.




                  (1)    consent be given to the commitment of up to £5m grant from the Copeland Community Fund to facilitate the development and delivery of the sports facilities associated with Whitehaven Campus;


                  (2)    a further report be brought to Cabinet for decision following detailed consideration of the recommendations regarding changes to its operations.

Report author: Sam Bramwell

Publication date: 28/07/2015

Date of decision: 23/07/2015

Decided at meeting: 23/07/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 05/08/2015

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