Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 27th August, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: This meeting will be a virtual meeting and therefore will not take place in a physical location. To view this meeting please click the link below

Contact: Jackie Currie  Email: jackie.currie@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

15.

ROLL CALL FOR MEMBERS AND OFFICERS

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

 

 

16.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises

 

1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for       profit or gain.

 

2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority

 

(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be           executed; and

 

            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.

 

4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 

 

5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 

 

6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)

 

            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and

 

            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial interest.

 

7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where

 

(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the          area of the authority; and

 

(b)       Either –

 

(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one        hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

 

(ii)     If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

 

In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.

 

Note

 

A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners). 

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest made on this occasion.

 

17.

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To receive the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 23 July 2020 (copy enclosed)

Minutes:

RESOLVED, that the minutes of the meeting held on 23 July be agreed as a true and accurate record and signed by the Chair.

 

18.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED, that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration, if any, of Appendix 1 of Item 7 Carlisle Southern Link Road – Land Acquisition Compulsory Purchase Order and Side Roads Order by virtue of  by virtue of Paragraph(s) 1 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as this report contains exempt information relating any individual.

 

19.

STATEMENTS BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL AND CABINET MEMBERS

To receive statements by the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members.

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member – Environment made a statement about the County Council being awarded Gold Employer Status.

 

These awards were a public recognition by the MOD of an employer’s efforts to pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the armed forces community.

 

To win an award organisations must have demonstrated that they provided ten extra paid days leave for Reservists and had supportive policies in place for Veterans, Reserves, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and Spouses and Partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

 

These organisations also advocated the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community, encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and to engage in the Employer Recognition Schemes Community. 

 

The Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning made a statement about schools and education. 

 

2020 had been one of the most challenging years for schools and education in living memory, and the Cabinet Member thanked all of the staff, and the volunteers and partnerships who had worked so hard for schools and families during the COVID pandemic.

 

Usually the summer was a quiet period for schools, but this year it was different.  The Cabinet Member detailed two programmes which had been taking place in Cumbria.

 

·         A directory of summer activities for each of the six districts in Cumbria

·         September opening for schools in Cumbria

 

She gave Cabinet a detailed update on each of these projects.

 

During the crisis Cumbria County Council had provided support to over 300 schools in Cumbria as well as dozens of child care settings and over 70,000 school age children, and had also played a leading role in providing public health advice to schools, tackling transport arrangements, supporting schools with HR and Health and Safety arrangements, and providing support around communications, policy and other kinds of expertise.

 

She thanked everyone involved in these difficult times for their hard work and support.

 

20.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There were no questions, petitions or statements at the time of despatch

 

Minutes:

There were no public questions, petitions or statements made on this occasion.

 

There were no referrals from Scrutiny to this meeting.

 

There were also no referrals from local committees made on this occasion.

 

21.

Carlisle Southern Link Road - Land Acquisition, Compulsory Purchase Order and Side Roads Order pdf icon PDF 170 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed)

 

Appendix 1 – Compulsory Purchase Order is enclosed for members only and is not for publication by virtue of Paragraph(s) 1 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as this report contains exempt information relating any individual.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure, which sought approval for the acquisition of land and new rights over land by agreement and the making and, if confirmed, implementation of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and a Side Roads Order (SRO) in order to construct the Carlisle Southern Link Road (CSLR) in order to unlock St Cuthbert’s Garden Village (SCGV), improve the strategic highway network and address local transport issues.

 

There was a need to progress the CSLR scheme in a timely way to enable delivery of the CSLR to unlock SCGV in order to comply with the obligations of the Grant Determination Agreement (GDA) that the Council had entered into with Homes England.  On the basis that the exercise of the Council’s powers of compulsory purchase (if authorised by the Secretary of State’s confirmation of the CPO) would be used to acquire land only where acquisition by agreement was not possible within the requisite timescales, Cabinet was recommended to approve that the Council made a CPO and SRO for the CSLR as the most appropriate way of ensuring this critical infrastructure scheme could be delivered at the earliest opportunity.

 

Carlisle was the only city within Cumbria and the wider Borderlands region. Its future economic prosperity, and that of the wider region, was dependent on growing the population. However, the current growth of Carlisle was constrained by the existing infrastructure. Carlisle City Council through the Local Plan had targeted an ambitious level of growth and had allocated the area to the south of Carlisle for housing-led growth. This strategic residential allocation was now known as St Cuthbert’s Garden Village (SCGV) and was included within the Government’s Garden Towns programme. 

 

In addition to the CPO, the scheme design for CSLR also had implications for the existing highways and side roads and required the making of a Side Roads Order (SRO). The CSLR SRO needed to be made to authorise the stopping up, alteration, creation and improvement of highways which would connect with the new classified road to be delivered as part of the CSLR scheme, and also to authorise the construction of new highways, the stopping up of private means of access to premises, the provision of new private means of access to premises and other associated works, including alterations to Public Rights of Way.

 

Cabinet considered there was a compelling case in the public interest to justify use of CPO powers to secure the land interests and rights required for the CSLR scheme to unlock SCGV. The Council must also secure the powers to make changes to existing highways.

 

Cabinet noted the CSLR scheme would unlock the development of the SCGV proposals and provide highway capacity and access to support the delivery of SCG, improve the strategic highway network (including connectivity between the M6, the A595 and West Cumbria, and address local transport issues (including relieving congestion on the southern routes in and out of Carlisle, by contributing to the provision of a full orbital  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.