Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for Allerdale
Tuesday, 15th September, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Microsoft Teams

Contact: Daniel Hamilton  Email: daniel.hamilton@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

12.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Mr M Johnson, Mr R Liddle, Mr T Lywood, Mr T Markley, Mr S Stoddart and Mrs M Rae.

13.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

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 interests disclosed on this occasion.

14.

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 from the meeting during consideration of any items of business.

 

15.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There were no petitions, statements or questions at time of publication.

Minutes:

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

16.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting held on 1 July 2020 as an accurate and complete record.  

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,                 the minutes of the previous meeting held on 1 July 2020 be agreed as an accurate and complete record.

17.

Tackling Inactivity Presentation pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To receive a presentation that will provide an update from Active Cumbria regarding the Tackling Inactivity project (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a presentation from the Senior Manager (Development) Active Cumbria on the Tackling Inactivity initiative. Which covered the following areas in relation to improving public health –

 

·         Why physical activity?

·         The Inactivity Challenge – Adults

·         The Inactivity Challenge – Children and Young People

·         3 Year Plan 2018-21

·         Local Delivery

·         Primary Role Headline Priorities

·         Primary Role Priority Area

·         Looking Ahead, Post-COVID and new 5 year plan

·         How can you help?

 

Members were concerned with the high levels of inactivity in the some of the most deprived areas and welcomed the initiative. The Local Member for Maryport asked whether sports clubs have suffered due to the financial demands of the COVID-19 response. The Senior Manager informed members that there was significant financial pressures and that the inactivity gap for underrepresented groups had widened which suggested that the active had become more active during lockdown and the inactive had become more inactive.

 

A discussion then took place about the role of Champions in encouraging peer groups to take up more physical activity. The Senior Manager was then asked about the activities in Allerdale that had been unable to go ahead and how this related to previous Local Committee funding. It was AGREED that an update on availability of funded activities be shared with the committee.

 

The Chair thanked the Senior Manager (Development) Active Cumbria for their informative presentation.

 

18.

Update from United Utilities

A verbal update to be provided regarding the United Utilities pipeline project.

Minutes:

The item was no longer required as alternative arrangements had been made with the local member.

19.

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Workington pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure on the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Workington (copy enclosed). 

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which informed Members of the progress on the production of a local cycling and walking infrastructure plan (LCWIP) for Workington and sought a contribution from Cumbria County Council Local Committee for Allerdale towards the programme.

 

It was explained to members that the LCWIP was a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks over a ten-year period which would identify preferred routes and core zones for further development. The methodology for LCWIPs had been developed by the Department for Transport (DfT) as part of the national Cycling and Walking Investment Plan.  DfT funding for local cycling and walking schemes would be dependent upon the schemes inclusion in a LCWIP, this was now part of the revised DfT Cycle Infrastructure Design guide issued in July 2020. 

 

Initially, the Council focused on asking local representatives and stakeholders for their ambitions for cycling and walking in their area, with workshops held in Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Kendal, Penrith, Whitehaven and Workington, with the Workington workshop being held on the 6th  December 2019.

 

The workshop was well attended by members and officers of Cumbria County Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Workington Town Council, national and local cycling groups and concluded that further work should be undertaken to develop consensus for development of a Workington LCWIP.

 

Discussions had taken place with Allerdale Borough Council (ABC) and the Cumbria LEP to secure funding for the Workington LCWIP, Cumbria LEP are providing £5,000 while ABC have contributed £10,000. 

 

The cost for a LCWIP for Workington to be produced would be £30,830. To deliver an LCWIP for Workington a funding allocation of £15,830 was sought from the Allerdale Local Committee.

 

RESOLVED that,                  the Allerdale Local Committee agree  the sum of £15,830 be allocated from the General Provisions budget to allow the development of a Workington LCWIP. 

 

20.

Area Planning pdf icon PDF 132 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

To receive a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services (copy enclosed).

 

This report provides members with an update on agreed actions and activity within Allerdale.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members had before them a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided an update on the activity across Allerdale that forms part of area planning.

 

The Area Manager for Allerdale updated members on the position of the Future High Street Fund (FHSF). Allerdale Borough Council (ABC) had submitted its business case for the FHSF submission to meet the 31 July 2020 deadline. Following the support given by Allerdale local committee at its meeting on 1 July 2020, the Leader of the County Council wrote a letter of support to ABC to accompany the submission.Members heard that the County Council officers would remain involved with the local ABC team to provide support as needed.

 

An update was provided on the Workington Towns Fund Board which had continued to meet remotely on a regular basis. The consultants engaged by the Board had worked with partners and used local data to draw up some potential projects which had been presented. Further progress would be reported to local committee members at future meetings.

 

RESOLVED that,                 the report be noted.

 

21.

Investment in Children and Young People pdf icon PDF 119 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

To receive a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services (copy enclosed).

 

This report provides an update on the key issues affecting children and young people in Allerdale, including current health issues. It sets out the details of funding available and grant applications submitted against those funds

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which sought to advise Members of any particular issues impacting on children and young people across Allerdale. The report also presents an application for funding for Member approval from Silloth AFC who applied for funding to renovate the existing building to provide additional changing facilities, a larger kitchen and a social space.

The project had been costed at a total of £36,483 and the group have applied for £10,000 from the Allerdale Local Committee 0-19 fund.

The Area Manager took members through the rest of the report and acknowledged the success and flexibility of community projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Summer Reading Challenge (SRC) was delivered like many other services, digitally to ensure children still had the opportunity to participate and support maintaining their reading levels. This was particularly important this year as children had been off school prior to the traditional Summer holiday period. 2,400 free activity packs were sent to participants joining the digital version of SRC which has seen participation by 532 young people countywide. The success was reflected in the national picture, Cumbria was ranked second in the national league table.

 

RESOLVED that,    

 

1)    Members note the content of the report,

 

2)    Members agree to £10,000 to Silloth AFC from the 0-19 fund to increase the opportunity to participate in organised sports at the AFC club with a view to increasing membership.

           

22.

Investment in our Communities pdf icon PDF 338 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

To receive a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services (copy enclosed).

 

This report sets out the priority areas in relation to people across Allerdale and identifies projects that are considered to improve the lives and opportunities for the local population.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided an update on the activity of the Council and partners that had contributed to the Allerdale communities since July 2020, including the response to Covid-19.

An update was provided on the library service where members heard that Workington library started to offer Select & Collect from the start of August with home deliveries and offered IT access from 10 August with a branch footfall of 339 in the first week. New procedures to keep staff and the public safe included capturing customer details for Track and Trace, limited access and protective measures for staff. As branch libraries would remain closed, all staff were working either from home or at Workington main library.

The Local Member for Cockermouth North highlighted the figures in the report which reflected an increase in suicides in Allerdale during the COVID-19 outbreak. She encouraged members to attend training on suicide prevention so as to empower themselves to help in these difficult circumstances. It was AGREED that further training be arranged.

Members discussed the General Provision budget which had been allocated to Allerdale Local Committee at full Council on 13 February 2020 and totalled £77,701.

There was one request for approval from the General Provision fund, ring-fenced for Area Planning. This was in relation to exploratory work associated with Aspatria and was needed to fund a feasibility study to inform this project. It was explained to members that the cost of the study would not exceed £10,000

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1)    Members note the contents of the report,

 

2)    Members agree that an amount of up to £10,000 is utilised from the General Provision Fund (previously committed and ring-fenced to Area Planning) for a feasibility study in respect of Aspatria library building and other services in order that the project can be progressed to the next stage.

 

 

23.

ACTIONS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 46 KB

[Electoral Divisions –  All Allerdale ]

 

To consider a report by the Area Support Manager (copy enclosed).

 

This report updates the Committees on actions arising from previous meetings.

 

Minutes:

No items were added to or removed from the list of actions on this occasion.

24.

CHAMPION UPDATES

To receive updates from Allerdale’s Local Committee Champions

 

Minutes:

The Local Member for Seaton informed the committee of the Employee Recognition Award that the Council had received for recognising the efforts of Armed Forces veterans and spoke about the Corporate Parenting Board in which the Children in Care Council had given a presentation about their COVID-19 experiences.

25.

VERBAL REPORTS FROM MEMBERS SERVING ON OUTSIDE BODIES

Members representing Allerdale Local Committee are invited to report back verbally on recent meetings they may have attended.

Minutes:

There were no verbal reports on this occasion.

26.

DATE & TIME OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on 9 November 2020 at 10am the venue is still to be confirmed.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Allerdale Local Committee is due to take place on 9 November 2020 via Microsoft Teams.