Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for Allerdale
Friday, 1st March, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Wigton Market Hall, 13 High Street, Wigton CA7 9AA

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

Items
No. Item

68.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Mr J Holiday, Mrs R Hanson, Mr S Stoddart, Mr H Graham and Mr K Little  

 

69.

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 declarations of interest made on this occasion.

 

70.

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.

71.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

(1)          There are no public questions or statements to be considered at this meeting.

 

(2)          Mr David Burn – Mayor of Keswick to present a petition relating to a request Speed Indication Device (SID) for High Hill.

Minutes:

(1)          There were no public questions or statements to be considered at this meeting.

 

(2)          Mr David Burn – Mayor of Keswick presented a petition relating to a request Speed Indication Device (SID) for High Hill.

 

Mr Burn introduced his petition by informing members that, at a meeting with County Highways on 21 July 2014, “Highways agreed to both fund and install a SID at High Hill in 2015/16 but this did not happen”.  He continued by stating that “the concerns raised by Keswick Town Council then, and accepted by County Highways, have not gone away”. The 40 mph buffer zone had been installed between the national speed limit section of road from the A66 and the commencement of the 30 mph speed limit is believed by the petitioner to be widely ignored.

 

“Both the Police and County Highways had collected data on traffic speeds at various points on High Hill and the County say there is no evidence that there is a speed issue at this location.  Keswick Town Council has pointed out, however, that the data collected by the County is questionable because of the locations used and the fact that it was taken in the peak tourist season when traffic was inevitably at its slowest.  By contrast a set of data collected by the Police in May 2018 showed an 85 percentile speed of 34 mph; only 1mph under the threshold for NPCC enforcement.”

 

He states that, “the County Highways have belatedly offered to collect further data, and whilst this is a step in the right direction we cannot get away from the fact that they have reneged on a previous agreement”.

 

Mr Burn made the following case - “It is not only the Town Council who are asking for a SID on High Hill and the two petitions show that there is wide community support, and the Head Teacher at Keswick School has written to County Highways asking for the same thing, as have owners of the Pre-School and Nursery on High Hill.  The Vicar at Crosthwaite Church, next to the School, has sent a letter of support to County Highways, as have community groups.  Further letters of support have been sent to the County by the two parish councils adjacent to Keswick whose councillors know the location and its associated problems.  Furthermore, all three of Keswick’s Borough Councillors support the request, as does the County Councillor and MP.

 

“There are huge and compelling reasons why we need a SID at this location, not least its proximity to Keswick School, many of whose students use High Hill as their walking route to and from school and to and from the Town Centre.

 

Keswick Community Asset Company has offered to pay for the SID, so that there would be no call on the public purse, but we are told there is no scope for any flexibility.

 

“Decisions on the installation of a permanent SID are taken by the local CRASH Group but we have been told this  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.

72.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting held on Wednesday, 9 January 2019 as an accurate and complete record. (copy enclosed)

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,     the minutes of the previous meeting held on 9 January 2019 be agreed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.

 

73.

Allerdale Highways Working Group pdf icon PDF 238 KB

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Allerdale Local Committee considered a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure, which detailed the outcome of the meeting of the Highways Working Group (HWG) held on 1 February 2018 and presented the Highways Working Group recommendations for approval.

Members asked about the availability of funds to fight erosion at Dubmill Point where there had been signification issues with the road.

 

The Traffic Management Team Leader responded that funding for this maintenance work has been in place for a long time but it is only recently that Highways have been able to accelerate the process to get consent from Coastal Highways and National England.

 

Members highlighted that consultation with the Marine Management Organisation had been slow and had hindered the works beginning.

Members asked if any works on this road could be coordinated with Allerdale Borough Council who are working on a cycleway in the same area.

 

 It was AGREED that the Area Manager investigate this further and report back to members

 

·         Minutes

 

It was RESOLVED that,      Allerdale Local Committee notes the minutes of the Highways Working Group meeting held on 1 February 2019 and the recommendations.

 

·         Devolved Capital Programme for Allerdale 2019/20

 

Members had before them a report which contained proposals for the NPRN, lighting and small scale improvements programme of works for 2019/20 based on an assumed funding allocation of £3,581,894.

 

At the meeting of Highways Working Group (HWG) held on 3rd December 2018 a draft scheme list for 2019/20 was reviewed and recommendations made to Local Committee to agree the scheme list. The Council had since received additional £12.004m of funding from the Department for Transport of which £1.678m was allocated to highway works in Allerdale which was required to be spent before 31st March 2019. This additional funding resulted in a number of proposed 2019/20 schemes being brought forward as accelerated spend into the 2018/19 programme.

 

The Traffic Management Team Leader took members through some of the projects selected for completion using the accelerated spend.

 

It was RESOLVED that,      Local Committee agree to the proposed Devolved Highways Budget for Allerdale 2019/20, as set out in the attached Appendix 1, subject to Cabinet’s confirmation of the devolved highways budget allocations 2019/20.

 

·         Provisional Devolved Highways Revenue Budget Allerdale 2019/20

 

Members had before them a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Highways which contained proposals for the Devolved Highways Revenue Budget allocations for Allerdale 2019/20 based on assumed funding allocation of £1,177,262

The Allerdale Highways Working Group (“the Working Group”) was requested to review and recommend that Local Committee agree the proposed allocations based on assumed funding allocation of £1,177,262 and subject to Cabinet’s confirmation of the devolved highways budget allocations for 2019/20.

The Highways Network Manager talked members through the report. She highlighted that savings in Lighting and Illuminated Signs had been vired to other areas. Members asked why the budget allocation for Lighting and Signs had decreased from 18/19 and it was explained that due to the conversion of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

Area Planning pdf icon PDF 287 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

To consider a report by 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 them with an  update on the activities that support local area planning across Allerdale. The report also presented the Local Committee budget that supported area planning and other activity that benefits the local community.

The Area Manager took members through the report and highlighted the detailed discussions that took place at the most recent Area Planning session.

 

·         Public Health

 

Members decided in this session that the priorities of Public Health should be to support people to live well. Following discussion, it has been proposed that the new priorities for Allerdale Local Committee be rationalised to:

·      Supporting people to access training, apprenticeships and employment

·      Encouraging people to live well

·      Supporting our communities to thrive

 

Members raised concerns about transport connections in rural areas of Cumbria and asked whether this vital support was considered in the scope when discussing support given to people accessing training, apprenticeships and employment. The Area Manager agreed

 

·        Cumbria Joint Public Health Strategy

 

The joint 10 year Public Health strategy has been developed with input from partners across local government, the health service and the third sector. It describes the shared ambition of these partners to help bring about the environmental, social and economic conditions that can best support Cumbrian residents to enjoy a healthy and happy life and will be a delivery arm of the joint health and wellbeing strategy.

 

·         Working with Allerdale District Council

 

Allerdale Borough Council identified Maryport as an area for regeneration and has sought to invest through its Maryport Delivery Plan. The government have recently released a new fund, the High Street Fund from which district councils can bid. The County Council has been clear that it would support a submission by Allerdale Borough Council.

 

·         Reviews

 

There are currently three bookdrops operating in Allerdale in addition to the 9 libraries. As part of area planning, the provision of bookdrops is being reviewed and consultation and engagement will commence shortly. The local Members will be part of the discussions and any decisions will be brought to future meetings of local committee.

 

RESOLVED that,    

1)    Members note the contents of the report.

 

2)    Members agree the proposed revised priorities as set out in paragraph 4.4 replace the existing ones as set out in paragraph 2.2 of the report.

 

 

 

75.

Investment in Communities pdf icon PDF 302 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

To consider 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 had before them a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which set out the priority areas and projects which were considered to improve the lives and opportunities of the people of Allerdale.

 

·         Allerdale Community Asset Expo

The Community Services Team organised and hosted the Allerdale Community Asset Expo at West Cumbria House on 23 January 2019. This was funded by Allerdale Local Committee through the committee’s general provision and some Members were able to show support on the day.

The purpose of the Expo was to bring together internal and external practitioners from social care teams, police, social landlords and health to showcase the activities and third sector organisations that exist in Allerdale and that could be used by service users with positive outcomes.

54 organisations were involved and 270 people attended the event. Feedback was extremely positive and practitioners were able to identify gaps that could be filled through the third sector utilising community development expertise and funding. The Area Manager told Members that practitioners now felt more aware of the support they can receive from third sector services.

·         Solway Views

 

The Area Manager informed members that after winning the Research for Wellbeing award in 2018, the team submitted a nomination again this year around the work carried out during 2018 with the Resident Advisors and in particular relating to the art and storytelling of the research carried out in Mossbay / Salterbeck. The result is that the project has again been shortlisted for the 2019 awards. 

 

The Area Manager also provided members with the details of three projects for which funding had been requested:-

 

·         Project 1 - Northern Fells Group

 

The Group applied for £1000 of funding for equipment to support the Men in Sheds project.

 

·         Project 2 - Silloth Sports Association

 

The Association applied for a total of £4,310 worth of funding, £2,860 from the 0-19 fund and £1,450 from the general provision budget to go towards installing a floodlit multi-use games area.

 

·         Project 3 - Support Area Planning in Allerdale

 

It was proposed that £18,500 be allocated to drive improvements identified through Area Planning.

 

It was RESOLVED, that

                                   

1)    Members note the report.

 

2)    Members agree to commit £1,000 to Northern Fells Group towards their Men in Sheds project.

 

3)    Members agree to commit £1,450 to Silloth Sports Association towards phase 2 of the multi-use games area.

 

4)    Members agree to commit £18,500 to support Area Planning in Allerdale.

 

 

76.

Investment in Children and Young People pdf icon PDF 306 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

To consider 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.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members were provided with a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which updated them on the activity of the Council and partners that contribute to the Children and Young People’s Partnership.

Through the Children’s and Young Peoples Partnership, key themes were previously agreed by local committee to reflect the issues most affecting children and young people in Allerdale, to ensure that grant funding was directed at the right people / areas. The agreed upon themes were:-

 

·      Youth employment

·      Improving accessibility to provision

·      Mental Wellbeing

·      Good health for life

 

The Area manager highlighted some of the items discussed at the last meeting of the Children and Young People’s Partnership which took place on the 7 February 2019 and brought together 9 organisations.

 

Members discussed a free half-day mental health first aid training for young people aged 14+  which included parents and carers and which had been held by the Ewanrigg Trust.

 

Following the area planning session of the local committee members, the partnership were able to discuss the key themes for children and young people in Allerdale that would be used in targeting resources.

 

Members in attendance felt the existing themes as set out in paragraph 2.5 of the report  were still appropriate with the exception of one proposed change:

 

Current - Improving accessibility to PROVISION

Proposed – Improving accessibility to OPPORTUNITY

 

The Area Manager highlighted the following grant applications:-

 

·         Project 1 - Safety Net

 

Safety Net applied for funding of £7,811 to fund the cost of one day per week to enable a support worker to work within schools to raise awareness of rape, exploitation and sexual and domestic abuse.

 

·         Project 2 – Cumbria Youth Alliance

 

Cumbria Youth Allicance applied for funding of £5,000 to go towards the cost of their Youth Leader Programme.

 

·         Project 3 – Silloth Sports Association

 

The Association applied for a total of £4,310 worth of funding, £2,860 from the 0-19 fund and £1,450 from the general provision budget to go towards installing a floodlit multi-use games area.

 

It was RESOLVED, that    

 

1)    Members note the contents of the report

 

2)    Members agree to amend one of the themes for children and young people to that proposed in paragraph 4.7

 

3)    Members agree to commit £7,811 to Safety Net, from the 0-19 fund towards a project worker working in schools to support young people affected by or at risk of rape, exploitation, sexual and domestic abuse across Allerdale.

 

4)    Members agree to commit £5,000 to Cumbria Youth Alliance, from the 0-19 fund towards the Young Leader Programme.

 

5)    Members agree to commit £2,860 to Silloth Sports Association, from the 0-19 fund towards phase 2 of the multi-use games area in Silloth.

 

 

 

77.

ACTIONS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 70 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:

In considering the outstanding actions list it was AGREED that the following items be removed from the list:-

 

·         Minute No 98 – Allerdale Highways Working Group – Highways Network Manager to arrange a Disability Awareness Day to be held in Allerdale during the summer time. 

 

Members discussed The Awareness day which was due to take place on 14 March 2019. The highlighted some of the issues they wished to address through this awareness training and what actions they could take to make address the everyday problems that people of the community face. Members shared with each other some ideas that other authorities had put into action to assure the safety and accessibility of local amenities for all users.

 

 

 

 

78.

Champion Updates

To receive updates from Allerdale’s Local Committee Champions.

Minutes:

There were no updates received from the Allerdale Local Committee Champions on this occasion.

 

 

79.

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 from members serving on outside bodies on this occasion.

80.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 9 May 2019 at Wigton Market Hall.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Allerdale Local Committee will be held on the 9 May 2019 at 10:00am at Wigton Market Hall, 13 High Street, Wigton CA7 9AA.

 

81.

LATE URGENT ITEM pdf icon PDF 241 KB

[Electoral Division: St Michael’s]

 

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

 

The purpose of this report is to provide Members of the Local Committee with the background and details of the proposed removal of traffic restrictions on Harrington Road, Workington, as part of Highway Works which are required to be undertaken under an Agreement made under Section 278 of the Highways Act 1980 following informal consultation.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

In accordance with the Local Government Act 1972 the Chair had agreed that consideration be given to a late urgent item as it related to changes required to the Traffic Regulation Order for Workington and was necessary for the fulfilment of planning conditions that would have affected the associated development.

 

The purpose of the report was to provide Members of the Local Committee with the background and details of the proposed removal of traffic restrictions on Harrington Road, Workington, as part of Highway Works which are required to be undertaken under an Agreement made under Section 278 of the Highways Act 1980 following informal consultation.

 

The changes to the traffic restrictions are required to facilitate the new access for the development of a new convenience store planned for Harrington Road, Workington.

 

Officers and members discussed concerns over the proposed location of the access to this new development and the effect it may have on the flow of traffic on this road. Additionally, concerns were raised regarding the close proximity of the Canning Street junction with the proposed new access and the conflicts that could occur.  The Traffic Management Team Leader confirmed that a proposal to subject Canning Street to a one-way restriction had been previously consulted on, with mixed responses.  The Traffic Management Team Leader suggested that a one-way proposal for Canning Street also be advertised alongside the original proposal contained with Appendix 1 of the report. 

 

Members AGREED that this should be progressed.

 

It was RESOLVED, that    

                       

1)    Local Committee agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of a new traffic regulation order for Workington, which will both vary and consolidate the existing provisions of the County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Workington)(Consolidation and Provision of Traffic Regulations) Order 2017, both in relation to the proposed changes shown on the plan attached to the report as Appendix 1, and in relation to the introduction of a one-way restriction on Canning Street to be known as (“the New Workington Order”)

 

2)    Local Committee agree that, subject to there being no unresolved objections received at the end of the statutory consultation and advertisement of the New Workington Order referred to in paragraph 1) above, that the New Workington Order be brought into operation, as advertised having taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to at paragraph 7.2 of the report.