Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for Barrow
Monday, 15th July, 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

14.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr B Shirley and Mr R Worthington.

 

15.

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.

 

16.

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.

 

17.

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.

 

18.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 194 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 17 May 2019 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 17 May 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

19.

Cumbria LEP pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To receive a presentation from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

(Jo Lappin, Chief Executive, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership attended for this item of business).

 

The Committee received a presentation from the Chief Executive of the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP), a company limited by guarantee, which gave an update on their governance, delivery and strategy arrangements.  It was explained that CLEP was one of 38 LEPs nationally with the eighth largest geography and third smallest population.  It was noted the Board, responsible for strategy, investment co?ordination and advocacy, consisted of 18 members of which 12 were from the private sector and six public sector organisations. 

 

Members were informed that in the medium term their priority was around the Industrial Strategy, a Government framework, which outlined the plans to boost productivity and the earning power of people throughout the UK which was framed around five foundations of productivity and four grand challenges.

 

The Committee noted the role of the LEP was to develop an evidence-based Local Industrial Strategy that identified local strengths and challenges, future opportunities and the action needed to boost productivity, earning power and competitiveness across the area. 

 

Members noted that part of the development work included the implementation of contingency plans should any of the development projects not proceed to contract.  It was highlighted that the biggest issue was influencing future funding such as Borderlands, Shared Prosperity Fund, Future High Streets and Strong Towns Fund.

 

The Local Committee noted that one of the major challenges in the county was the declining working age population and it was acknowledged there was a need to look at attracting more people to work in Cumbria whilst retaining older workers and addressing worklessness. 

 

Members were informed that Cumbria had the smallest pool of people with graduate level qualifications in England of any LEP area.  It was explained there were challenges in size of geography with areas having high rates of unemployment, deprivation, low skills, poor health and worklessness.  It was highlighted that deprivation existed in areas with successful, and often growing employers. 

 

During the course of discussion attention was drawn to the need to encourage professionals in service industries such as social workers, doctors and psychologists to the Barrow area.  Members were informed a place marketing campaign was being undertaken and those concerns had been highlighted.

 

Members drew attention to isolation and deprivation highlighting that whilst Barrow was the second largest town in Cumbria isolation and deprivation was a big problem and contributed to the number of people leaving the area to seek employment elsewhere.  It was explained that infrastructure and public transport were also major factors which contributed towards isolation in the area and it was felt this needed to be addressed to alleviate some of the problems incurred. 

 

The Local Committee emphasised the need for an improved infrastructure throughout the county drawing particular attention to the A590.  Whilst it was acknowledged the infrastructure was the responsibility of Highways England members felt better access to the Barrow area was required and felt that with support of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Barrow District Disability Association

To receive a verbal update from Barrow District Disability Association.

 

Minutes:

(Mrs Margaret Burrow, Honorary Chief Executive Officer, Barrow & District Disability Association attended for this item of business).

 

The Local Committee received an update on the Disablement and Benefits Service (DABS) with a positive analysis of data for Phase 3 and a summary of benefit awards for one year.  It was highlighted that DABS and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau complimented each other and were closely aligned.

 

Members were informed that following a recent bequest the Organisation had bought vacant premises which adjoined their present office on School Street, Barrow.  It was explained that the legacy would pay for the purchase of the shell of the building but not for any other remaining costs, therefore, it was intended to seek additional funding through grants and fundraising events.  Attention was drawn to the ‘Buy a Brick’ Campaign which DABS had launched to help fund the project. 

 

During the course of discussion thanks and appreciation were conveyed to the local Highways Team for the improvements which had been made to the public highway adjacent to the premises.

 

Members welcomed the update and it was agreed the Local Committee would agree in principle to make a contribution to the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign.   It was agreed this would be considered further at the next meeting of the Local Committee in September.

 

21.

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) - Container Exchanges pdf icon PDF 192 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

The briefing note provides an update on the closure of Project Furness HWRC during container exchanges and the associated queuing and complaints received from the public.

 

Minutes:

The Committee received an update on the closure of Project Furness Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) during container exchanges and the associated queuing and complaints received from the public.

 

Members were informed that as part of the 25 years Contract in place until 2034 Renewi Cumbria Limited were responsible for the Project Furness HWRC in Barrow-in?Furness which included responsibility for all aspects of health and safety.

 

The Local Committee was informed that following routine audits a number of issues were raised by Cumbria County Council in relation to health and safety and management of HWRCs, including that the procedures for the container exchanges at the HWRCs were not being followed by the site staff.  It was explained that following risk assessments and safe working a decision had been taken by Renewi to temporarily close most HWRCs (including Project Furness HWRC) during servicing of the containers.

 

Members raised their concerns regarding the lack of action undertaken by the Contractor following health and safety audits.  It was felt the Contractor should take responsibility for the costs which may be incurred due to the traffic issues they had created on the A590 due to queuing traffic. 

 

During the course of discussion the increase in fly tipping due to the problems at the HWRC was highlighted.  The Committee felt that the Cabinet should be made aware of the issues and their concerns.

 

Members were informed that the need to redevelop Project Furness had been recognised in the past and although the closure of this HWRC during skip exchanges had increased the queuing on the A590, this had always been an issue at busy times.  It was explained that  due to contractual issues and availability of resources it had not been possible to redevelop this HWRC and address this issue.

 

The Committee was informed that the Authority was currently undertaking a feasibility study to look at the practicability of redesigning the current site and the possibility of relocation to a different site in Barrow?in?Furness area was also being investigated.  It was explained that the source of funding for those works would be given full consideration as part of the feasibility study but it was highlighted that currently no funding was available.  It was also highlighted that the Contractor may seek compensation if the site was relocated.

 

Members noted the short?term options which had been explored with Renewi to minimise the temporary closure of the HWRC during opening hours for container exchanges.

 

The Local Committee were informed that the next steps included the conclusion of a Progress Feasibility Study before a full review and consideration of options for the future took place.  It was highlighted that in the meantime discussions would continue with Renewi with regards to options to try and improve the access and egress of the site in the short term.

 

Members emphasised their serious concerns regarding safety on the highway due to the effects of queuing traffic on the A590 during container exchanges.  The Executive Director – Corporate, Customer  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

22.

2019/20 Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital Update 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 presents the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget finance reports and updates Members as to current progress on these budget lines

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which presented the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget finance reports and updated members as to current progress on those budget lines (detailed in the appendices attached to the report).

 

The Local Committee were informed that works ordered against the Revenue budget were delivered through a combination of the in-house workforce for Better Highways and Street Lighting activities, and a mixture of in house teams and external contractors for drainage cleansing, verge maintenance, road markings and traffic signals maintenance.  It was explained that currently there was a predicted £9,577 forecast overspend on this budget and the Network Management Team would look to manage those costs against remaining works wherever possible.

 

Members noted that the latest Devolved Highways Capital budget allocation for 2019/20 was £1,241,858.  It was noted that currently an accelerated spend in this budget line of £28,882 was forecast, with the intention to scrutinise remaining works to manage costs through the financial year.

 

It was explained that works ordered against the Devolved Highways Capital Programme were delivered through a combination of in-house construction teams and external framework contractors, notably for machine-laid road surfacing work and surface dressing. 

 

Members were informed that part of the Highways Capital Programme uses budgets which were not devolved to Local Committee.  It was explained those programmes included works on the Principal Road Network, Engineering Safety Schemes, Priority Transport Improvement Schemes and Bridges and Structures.  It was highlighted that an additional budget for Principal Road Pothole work was not currently showing as it was awaiting allocation.  The Local Committee noted the current budget was £233,815.

 

RESOLVED,     that the report be noted.

 

23.

Barrow Highways Advisory Sub-Group pdf icon PDF 201 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 14 June 2019.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the 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.

 

The local Member for Hindpool raised safety concerns regarding the uneven public footpath on Hartington Street due to the tree roots.  It was agreed the Highways Network Manager would investigate this matter further and report back direct to the Member. 

 

During the course of discussion the Chair raised his concerns regarding the lack of a budget for the management of trees in the Barrow area, emphasising that they had the largest number of trees in the county.

 

(1)       Minutes

 

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

 

(2)       Options to Incorporate Cycle Facilities Across Jubilee Bridge from Barrow?in?Furness to the Isle of Walney

 

The local Member for Walney North raised his concerns at the provision of a 12 months trial of a segregated footway (southern side) and cycletrack (northern side) on Jubilee Bridge.  He highlighted safety issues due to the current cycling on the footpath and felt the problem would be exacerbated.  Whilst this concern was acknowledged it was agreed to proceed with the 12 months trial but to review this earlier if any specific issues were highlighted.

 

RESOLVED,    that Option 1, which will provide a segregated footway (southern side) and cycletrack (northern side) on Jubilee Bridge, (to be trialled for a 12 month period)  be progressed.

 

(3)       St Paul’s C of E Junior School, Hawcoat Lane, Barrow – Crossing Assessment

 

During the course of discussion it was confirmed that the establishment of a crossing at St Paul’s C of E Junior School (referred to at (b) below) would be included in next year’s Highway Programme of Works.

 

RESOLVED,    that

 

                           (a)         no further measures are required at this time as the established School Crossing Patrol was found to be the most suitable measure for St Paul’s C of E Junior School;

 

                           (b)         the establishment of a crossing at St Paul’s C of E Junior School, Hawcoat Lane, Barrow in Furness be considered alongside all other schemes for inclusion in next year’s Highway Programme of Works;

 

                           (c)         a further report on highways policies and procedures be considered at the next meeting of the Sub Group on 15 October 2019.

 

(4)       Biggar Bank Traffic Calming Update

 

RESOLVED,    that Option 6: Chicane at southern end close to southern 30mph limit and additional gateway markings including introducing a 40 mph buffer.  Two potential locations for chicane.  Estimated works cost is £20,000. This is a combination of a number of potential options to give a further enforcement of the need to reduce speeds (referred to on Plan 6 of the report) be agreed as the preferred option.  This would be funded from the Annual Package of Measures budget for 2019/20 which includes an approved allocation for Traffic Schemes with a budget of £23,000.

 

(5)       Disabled  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

Barrow Area Planning Report pdf icon PDF 443 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:

The Local Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided an update on the Community teams including Community Development, waste prevention, and libraries.  Members were also provided with an update on work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.

 

Members received a positive update on the continued development of the Ormsgill Community Hub highlighting the two key workstreams which included Strengthening Ormsgill Community meeting; a multi?agency partnership established to look at how best to support the residents of Ormsgill to improve life in the area.  It was explained that through the meeting a two year project; ‘Stronger Together’, was commencing in conjunction with UCLan researchers.  It was noted that regular community meetings now took place, chaired and ran by the community along with multi-agency litter picks and Street Safes.

 

The Local Committee noted that the second workstream related to the development of a physical hub in Ormsgill.  It was explained that as an interim measure, services had been brought together in the Family Centre building.  Members noted that a feasibility study for the development of a single hub was completed and a business case had been developed.  Members were informed that this would be considered by the appropriate governance processes within the County Council for inclusion in the Capital Programme in early July.

 

Members were informed there had been success through internal governance in receiving approval to take the Ormsgill Hub forward with funding being agreed.

 

Members welcomed the report and were pleased to note that feedback took place following events.  It was felt that the analysed data should be used to promote the events and highlight the positive outcomes.

 

The Chair, on behalf of the Local Committee, thanked the Community Development Team and in particular, Sim Tiribocchi, for the work they had undertaken to make the project successful. 

 

The Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services congratulated the Community Development Team for their commitment and compassion highlighting how their work should be used to grow similar models in other parts of the county.

 

RESOLVED,     that the report be noted.

 

25.

Local Committee Chairs and Leadership Meeting pdf icon PDF 212 KB

To note the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 30 April 2019 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

The Committee received the notes of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 30 April 2019.

 

26.

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.

 

27.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Friday 20 September 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 Friday 20 September 2019 at 10.30 am in the Conference Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 1LG.