Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for Barrow
Friday, 17th May, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: Conference Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1LG

Contact: Lynn Harker  Email: lynn.harker@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chair

To elect a Chair of the Local Committee for the ensuing year.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that Mr K Hamilton be appointed Chair of the Local Committee for the ensuing year.

 

Mr Hamilton thereupon took the Chair.

 

2.

Election of Vice-Chair

To elect a Vice?Chair of the Local Committee for the ensuing year.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that Mr W McEwan be appointed Vice?Chair of the Local Committee for the ensuing year.

 

3.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Mr D English.

 

4.

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.

 

5.

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 item of business.

 

6.

Public Participation

There are no public questions, statements or petitions relating to the business of the Committee on this occasion.

 

Minutes:

There were no questions, statements or petitions relating to the business of the Committee on this occasion.

 

7.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 205 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 8 March 2019 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

A discussion took place regarding the accuracy of minute no 86 – Barrow Highways Advisory Sub?Group (second paragraph).  On being put to the vote (7 AGAINST and 3 FOR the proposed amendment) it was

 

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 8 March 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

8.

Barrow Highways Advisory Sub-Group pdf icon PDF 136 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

This report gives recommendations for approval by Barrow Local Committee from the Highways Advisory Sub-Group meeting held on 3 April 2019.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which gave details of the discussion and recommendations of the Highways Advisory Sub-Group (HASG) for the Barrow area which met on 3 April 2019.

 

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 3 April 2019 be noted.

 

9.

Barrow Area Planning Report pdf icon PDF 368 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

This report provides Local Committee with an update on its work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.  It also includes a financial statement in support of the work of the Local Committee for Members’ information.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided an update on work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Local Committee.

 

The report included an update on area working and community services.  The Committee noted that one of the members key priorities was to establish an Infrastructure Group to support and drive infrastructure improvements.  Members were informed that an initial meeting of the Group had taken place with further meetings scheduled.

 

A discussion took place regarding a second crossing to Walney.  Members recognised that this was a priority for Local Committee and that all opportunities to raise this key issue and influence for the development of a second crossing should be taken. 

 

The Local Committee suggested that a tunnel or a causeway should also be considered as a second crossing.  During the course of discussion the potential for leisure facilities on Walney, if an additional crossing was available, was highlighted.

 

A discussion took place regarding additional housing developments on Walney and members felt this contributed to the need for a second crossing.  Members asked whether there were any planning provisions which would allow funding to be made available from the developers for additional infrastructure.  The Local Committee were informed that contributions were secured through planning provisions which fund improvements in the future.

 

The Local Committee agreed that everyone, including the Borough Council, had to work collaboratively with a positive and constructive approach to lobby for an additional crossing. It was confirmed that it would be officers who would meet with Government representatives when appropriate to take the matter forward.

 

Members received a positive update from Emma Broadbent, Community Development Officer regarding the Love Barrow Running Festival.  The Local Committee were informed this was being developed in partnership with Life Leisure, Barrow Borough Council and local running clubs, and was part of the legacy of the Tour of Britain.  It was highlighted the event was being organised to enable it to be as inclusive as possible, with the aim to inspire and encourage everyone to lead a healthy lifestyle.  It was explained that in an effort to help raise awareness for Suicide Prevention, the Festival would also incorporate a Mental Health Fun Run and #BeWellFest.  Members welcomed the goal of the Festival which was to bring awareness for suicide prevention and the promotion of positive mental health.

 

It was explained the ‘England Measured Mile’ would form part of this event, highlighting this had never taken place outside London.  The Committee welcomed this and congratulated everyone involved. 

 

Members acknowledged the tremendous amount of work which had been undertaken to organise the event, highlighting the potential to increase the local economic benefits.  The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, thanked the Community Team for the work they had undertaken.  Congratulations were also conveyed to Emma for her recent ‘Unsung Hero’ Excellence Award and Ambassador Award at the Love Barrow Awards.

 

A discussion took place regarding the Local Area Performance  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Children and Young People's Working Group pdf icon PDF 218 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

This report gives recommendations for approval by Barrow Local Committee from the Children and Young People’s Working Group meeting held on 10 April 2019

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided an update on the Children and Young People’s Working Group meeting held on 10 April 2019.

 

Members received an update on Cumbria Youth Alliance which was set up in 1997 by the statutory and third sector agencies coming together and establishing a lead agency for youth work in Cumbria.

 

The Committee was informed that the application was year two of a three year Big Lottery Funded Project run in partnership with Cumbria County Council.  It was explained the Group was working jointly to reduce duplication and ensure that they filled the gaps in the emotional/mental health provision for young people in the Barrow area.  Members noted that the grant would be used to bring in match funding from Big Lottery to enable it to increase the investment in services that would support the emotional resilience of young people across Barrow.

 

The report informed members that Cumbria Youth Alliance would commission projects in schools and the wider community.  It was explained they were all designed to improve young people’s mental health and allow them to progress into adulthood with the coping skills to make the successful transition to adulthood. 

 

The Committee noted they would be launching a new on-line learning programme that would be accessible to all young people in Barrow in 2019 to improve access to information about mental health.  It was explained 30 young people in Barrow would receive training to become peer educators to ensure there was a sustainable model left behind in the local communities when funding had ran out.

 

Members raised their concerns regarding the services of CAMHS in the Barrow area, highlighting that waiting referrals had increased year on year.  Members noted that initiatives such as the Blues Programme, piloted in Furness Academy, had a strong impact in terms of targeted intervention together with Mytime.  It was explained they had been jointly commissioned by the Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group which was integrated with specialist CAMHS services.

 

During the course of discussion a suggestion was made to use targeted social media as a platform to target young people.  It was felt there was an opportunity to use technology to allow service users to anonymously access a site to share information which could then have a positive outcome.  There was a recognition that services had to be delivered in different formats and not only face to face on a one to one basis and that this should be investigated further.

 

The Committee welcomed the use of individuals from peer groups and it was suggested they should be represented on the Children and Young People’s Working Group.  It was confirmed that the individual organisations on the Working Group including Action for Children, Dropzone and Community Matters included peer representation.

 

Members were informed that the grant request of £10,000 would allow the Organisation to draw down a further investment for Barrow which would increase provision in the most deprived  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

Barrow Public Health and Community Development Update pdf icon PDF 340 KB

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

 

Minutes:

Members received a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which gave an update on the work of the Public Health Locality Manager and the Community Development  Team to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in Barrow.

 

The Committee noted that concerns had been raised regarding the lack of meetings held by the Barrow Health and Wellbeing Forum.  It was explained it was proposed to establish a small forum to look at an action plan for the Barrow area and members would be kept updated.

 

Members received a positive update by the Barrow Drugs Deaths Group on the results achieved in the reduction of drug deaths in the Barrow area.  The Local Committee congratulated the Team on the recognition of their work by the University of Central Lancashire and police forces in both Blackpool and Liverpool.

 

The Local Committee welcomed the successful 10-months police operation to target county lines that had resulted in a number of arrests.  A discussion took place regarding support for families whose relatives had become involved in the county lines.  Members were informed that referrals could be made to local focus or safeguarding hubs.  It was explained that the hotline in Penrith would signpost individuals to the relevant services required. 

 

Members received an update on #ActiveBarrow who were working together to improve the quality of life for all people through sport and physical activity.  It was noted that recent data from Sport England had revealed vast differences in the activity levels in the different local areas of the county.  It was explained that the statistics had highlighted that inactive levels in Barrow?in?Furness had increased by 3.6% but volunteering had seen an increase of 2.9%, therefore, work had been undertaken with local communities to encourage everyone to get active.  It was agreed that the statistics would be circulated to all members of the Local Committee.

 

The Committee were informed that satellite sports clubs were being promoted and members were encouraged to contact the Community Team if they felt there was need for such a facility in their Division.

 

The Committee were updated on the Active Lives – Children and Young People Study which was ran by Sport England and developed with the Department for Education, the Department for Health and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.  Officers were pleased to report that a number of schools in the Barrow area – Dowdales, George Romney, Greengate Juniors, St Paul’s and Yarlside had been selected to take part in this Study.

 

A concern was raised regarding the lack of meetings of the Barrow Borough Sports Council.  The local Member for Dalton North who had been nominated as one of the Committee’s representatives on the Council asked for this to be reconvened.

 

Members received an update on Suicide Safer Communities and the recent spike in male suicides.  The local Member for Dalton North highlighted the successful event which had taken place at Askam Rugby Club to raise awareness and be able to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Reports from Members Serving on Outside Bodies

To enable local members to give verbal reports on and share information in respect of outside bodies to which they have been appointed.

 

Minutes:

There were no reports from members serving on outside bodies on this occasion.

 

13.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Monday 15 July 2019 at 10.30 am in the Conference Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 1LG.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the next scheduled meeting will take place on Monday 15 July 2019 at 10.30 am in the Conference Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 1LG.