Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 26th July, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Conference Room A, Cumbria House, Carlisle CA1 1RD

Contact: Nicola Harrison  Email: nicola.harrison@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

18.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

No apologies for absence were received

19.

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 at the meeting

20.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 122 KB

To receive the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 14 June 2018

Minutes:

RESOLVED that  the minutes of the meeting held on 14 June 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

21.

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 not excluded during consideration of      any items of business.

22.

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 for Highways and Transport was pleased to announce the success of the Highways Team in winning three prestigious awards, recognising them as best in the industry, in particular recognising the work undertaken in the county relating to flood recovery. An award was given for overall civil engineering project of the year for Broughton Bridge. Craftsmanship and innovation had been recognised. The team would go forward to the National Finals later in the year. He also congratulated the Parking and Enforcement Team who had received an award at the Houses of Parliament, where the Senior Manager - Regulatory Services had received the award on behalf of the County Council.

 

The Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue advised that over the last few weeks, firefighters from Cumbria had been helping to tackle the huge moorland fires in Manchester and Lancashire as part of a major incident emergency response. The council’s vehicles and  equipment had been used to deal with challenging wildfires; the fire service’s specialised vehicle (Uni-Mog) had been used and the Enhanced Logistical Support Unit based at Penrith Fire Station had been deployed. It was reported that in excess of 70 grass and gorse fires had been responded to in the county. Photographs showing the challenges the fire service faced whilst extinguishing fires at Thirlmere would be circulated after the meeting. The Leader asked that Cabinet’s thanks be conveyed to Fire and Rescue Officers.

 

The Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning shared positive news about the councils apprenticeship work. Cumbria County Council was recently invited to an event at the Houses of Parliament which included the Skills Minister and the Employment and Skills Funding Agency to recognise and celebrate those employers who had excelled in delivering apprenticeship reforms.  The county council had been identified as one of only 200 employers (across the public and private sectors) who had been identified as trailblazers and leading the way in embracing apprenticeships and implementing apprenticeship reforms which was a major achievement.

 

23.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

None at this stage

Minutes:

The Leader advised that a petition had been received regarding Millom swimming pool but that Karen Jackson had been unable to attend the meeting to present it. Jane Micklethwaite had also advised of her attendance to present a statement to Cabinet but had unfortunately been delayed and would not attend the meeting. Members had received the statement from Ms Micklethwaite and the Petition text in advance of the meeting.

 

The Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property was invited by the Leader to respond to both the petition and statement, taken in the absence of Ms Jackson and Ms Micklethwaite.

 

The Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property stated that he was pleased to receive and acknowledge receipt of the petition and confirmed that he knew Ms Micklethwaite. He gave the history of events at the swimming  pool, advising that whilst the council’s budget was stretched, it endeavoured to keep school and residential home buildings watertight. He referred to a previous local member who had tried to resolve the issues at the pool, stating that the District Council had been given the responsibility of looking after leisure facilities. He informed Cabinet of the delegated Officer Decision taken after a survey of the pool had been undertaken and that the Council had closed the pool on safety grounds. He commented on the structure of the roof panels and their deterioration and how the structure was unsafe and had excessive vegetation growth. The building did not adhere to Fire and Health and Safety regulations. A survey had identified that the building required approximately £296k of work.

 

A group from within the Save Millom Pool Group had been invited to enter the building to make an assessment of the pool as they had contested the cost of repairs. The Council and the school had insisted that the delegation be made up of professionals and the latest planned date was Friday 3 August 2018.

 

The option of a Community Asset Transfer was not possible. Officers had consulted the Millom Pool Committee and the school on the closure and the Local Committee had noted the course of action at its meeting on 15 May 2018. Due to the risks involved, it had been concluded that access to the swimming pool was not permitted. Next steps included officers working with the community to find a solution and possibly approaching the DfE to help find an alternative site for a new pool on school grounds and close the road.

 

The Leader thanked the Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property and looked forward to the findings of the professional people from the Save Millom Pool Group.

24.

REFERRAL FROM LOCAL COMMITTEES

24a

Referral to Cabinet from Eden Local Committee Eden Highways Revenue Budget Allocation pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Minutes:

The Leader welcomed the Chair of Eden Local Committee, Councillor David Whipp to the meeting.

 

Mr Whipp attended to present the report which had been circulated with the Agenda. He thanked the Leader for the opportunity to present the report which requested Cabinet to consider the funding allocation relating to Eden Local Committee’s Highways’ Revenue Budget. This had been separated into two issues:

 

a       Cabinet is asked to reconsider the funding formula used to calculate the Highways Revenue Budget.

 

b       Cabinet is asked to consider funding the Appleby Horse Fair Traffic Management Plan from a budget other than Eden Local Committee’s Highways Revenue Budget.

 

In relation to point a, Mr Whipp advised members that the current calculation was based on a formula regarding the length of roads and population number. He stated that Eden was the largest district in the county, and based on road length, it would be expected that there would be a considerable amount of funding but this was counteracted by the low population density. Consequently, the budget was the second lowest in the county. He advised that due to the length of the roads, Eden should have 25% of the allocation for Cumbria but it was reduced to 17% due to the size of the population. He commented on how beautiful the area was which led to the attraction of 5 million visitors in 2016; they used the roads in Eden and also en route to the Lake District National Park which had a considerable impact on the road network. He asked Cabinet to reconsider the funding allocation.

 

Mr Whipp then advised members that Eden Local Committee was asked to fund the Statutory Responsibilities of Appleby Horse Fair. He appraised members of the history and objectives of the Fair and advised that the travelling community believed they had the right to travel to Appleby and attend the Fair. The population of Appleby was reported as 2048, with 10k travellers visiting in four days in 2017. Mr Whipp stated that there lacked a body to organise the Fair, data was only collected from the counting of caravans and the number of visitors using cars which was then multiplied by historical data. In June 2018, preliminary figures indicated that 48k people were in the area which had an enormous impact on a small number of residents. He acknowledged that some revenue was received but the County Council had to ensure the highway was safe therefore this money came from Eden Local Committee highways budget. It set aside £45k which was one month’s worth of budget. There had been a lot of negative press which could influence future visitors. Following residents’ meetings in Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, the overwhelming response was to make the Fair safer. Mr Whipp informed members about the membership of the Multi Agency Strategic Co-ordination Group (MASCG) which included representatives from the travelling community, who met daily during the Fair and were responsible for implementing statutory duties, however, they had no power to raise funds.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24a

24b

Response to Referral from Eden Local Committee Highways Revenue Budget Allocation pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Minutes:

Please see Minute 24a.

25.

Carlisle Southern Link Road pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.

Minutes:

A report was considered regarding Carlisle Southern Link Road which sought Cabinet’s agreement to the submission of the Outline Business Case to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). It also sought approval of £5M of financing to support delivery of the CSLR and to recommend to Council the inclusion of this sum in the capital programme 2020/2018.

 

The Leader welcomed that Carlisle City Council would share the costs and he reported that it was a competitive process with other schemes around the country bidding for money, emphasising that demand for housing would be critical element in the bid.

 

RESOLVED that Cabinet

 

a)     Agrees to the submission of an Outline Business Case for the Carlisle Southern Link Road to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government in September 2018.

b)     Delegates to the Executive Director - Economy and Infrastructure in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport to finalise and submit the Outline Business Case.

c)      Recommends to  Council that the financial contribution of £5 million, which is included in the financing strategy for the Outline Business Case submission, is included in the capital programme for 2020/21.

 

26.

LEP Funding Award from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.

Minutes:

A report was considered regarding the LEP Funding Award from the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund. The report sought Cabinet approval for Cumbria County Council to act as the Accountable Body on behalf of Cumbia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for funding from the Department of Culture Media and Sport via its Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund.

 

RESOLVED that

 

1             Cabinet agrees to the Council acting as the Accountable Body on behalf of the LEP for the funding from DCMS for the ‘Lakeland Arts World Heritage’ project.

2             Authority be delegated to the Executive Director = Economy and Infrastructure and Director of Finance - S151 Officer for the Council to receive the grant funding from DCMS and to enter into funding agreements for the project on behalf of the LEP.

 

27.

Draft Lake District National Park Local Plan Review pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered regarding the draft Lake District National Park Local Plan Review. The report sought Cabinet’s agreement to the proposed Cumbria County Council response to the consultation on the Lake District Local Plan Review.

 

In welcoming the report, the Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services commented on the need for affordable homes in the Lake District. It was raised that The Royalty Cinema and Quarry Mount Car Park was an important cultural facility in Bowness on Windermere.

 

RESOLVED that

 

1             Cabinet approves the consultation response contained in Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 of the report.

2             Cabinet agrees that the consultation responses be submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority to inform the continued development of the Local Plan.

28.

Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2018-2019 pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report  was considered regarding the Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2018-19 which advised members about the planning requirements for the Youth Offending Service (YOS) and to seek approval of the Strategic Plan which required submission to the Youth Justice Board. Members had received the draft plan for approval.

 

The Cabinet Member for Children’s Services advised that before the Plan was considered by full Council in September 2018, Scrutiny would have the opportunity to review it and comment. Consideration was given to the name of the Plan with clarification to be provided by the Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive) before its submission to full Council.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1     subject to any comments from Scrutiny, Cabinet members recommend to full Council that the Cumbria Youth Offending Strategic Plan 2018-19 be agreed

2     Clarification of the name of the Plan to be obtained before its submission to full Council in September 2018.

29.

Consultation on the Proposed Amalgamation of Maryport Infant and Maryport CE Junior School pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered which provided analysis on the formal consultation held between 30 April and 8 June 2018 by the County Council, to allow members to decide whether or not to bring forward a statutory proposal to close Maryport Infant School in order to facilitate the proposed amalgamation of Maryport Infant School and Maryport CE Junior School.

 

The Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning provided the reasoning behind the amalgamation, stating that the school would be Voluntary Controlled CE and asked Cabinet to support the publication of the Statutory Notice.

 

The Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport stated that he had been consulted as Local Member on the amalgamation. The Monitoring Officer advised that he would not have to declare an interest as the recommendation referred to the publication of the Statutory Notice rather than to make a decision.

 

Members were reminded by the Leader to keep an open mind during the Consultation as Cabinet would be asked to make a decision on the amalgamation later in the process.

 

RESOLVED to publish the statutory notice proposing the closure of Maryport Infant School which is required to facilitate the amalgamation of Maryport Infant School and Maryport CE Junior School.