Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for Barrow
Tuesday, 15th January, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: Committee Room 4, Town Hall, Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 2LD.

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

Items
No. Item

60.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence on this occasion.

 

61.

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:

Mr W McEwan declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 7 – Citizens’ Advice Bureau (minute 66 refers) as he a member of their Board.

 

62.

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.

 

63.

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.

 

64.

Local Committee Revised Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 81 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To note the revised Terms of Reference (copy enclosed).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members noted the Local Committee Revised Terms of Reference.

 

65.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 9 November 2018 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 9 November 2018 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

66.

Citizens' Advice Bureau pdf icon PDF 100 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To receive a report from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from Barrow Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

 

Members were informed that the contract from the County Council prior to grant from the Local Committee had a target of 86 cases per quarter.  It was noted that Barrow Citizens Advice continued to use this as a benchmark to ensure value for money was delivered.  It was explained that the target of 258 cases for the April to December 2018 period had not been reached (97%) which was primarily due to a 25% decrease in demand which typically occurred each year from late November and throughout December.  The Committee noted that evidence from clients over many years suggested an enjoyable Christmas took precedent over resolving debt problems, especially for those within the “Struggling” and “Legacy Debt” groups.  

 

The Committee received the performance data from April to December 2018 together with a breakdown by division of data regarding the number clients who used the service.  The data showed that Barrow Citizens Advice was meeting the needs of those who were most likely to be over-indebted and that they consistently helped more people from the most disadvantaged divisions.

 

Members received an explanation regarding Universal Credit and were informed that its introduction had seen a dramatic impact on the Bureau with a considerable increase in debts.  The Committee noted that at present there were 1,100 resident in Barrow who claimed Universal Credit and it was anticipated this would increase. 

 

During the course of discussion attention was drawn to the previous report to the Local Committee in July 2018 where concerns had been raised regarding the number of young people who were in debt and the need for a prevention strategy.  The Bureau was asked whether the suggestion made for representatives to attend further education providers, schools and local businesses with a view to improving the situation had taken place.  The Advice Services Manager agreed to look into this.

 

The Committee discussed the prevention agenda and whilst the importance of this was acknowledged it was explained that isolation of individuals experiencing debt problems was an issue.  Members welcomed the individual 1 to 1 work which was undertaken with clients. 

 

A discussion took place regarding the opening hours of the Bureau.  It was explained that due to the resources available the service was available from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm but this would be discussed with the Chief Officer of the Bureau.

 

The Committee raised their concerns at the figures regarding debt in the Barrow district and congratulated the Citizens Advice Bureau for their invaluable work. 

 

67.

Integrated Risk Management Plan Consultation pdf icon PDF 11 MB

To consider the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Draft Integrated Risk Management Plan Consultation 2019?23 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

The Committee received the Draft Integrated Risk Management Plan Consultation 2019-2023 from the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.  It was explained that the Plan would ensure that decisions about their services were informed by up to date and accurate information.

 

The Committee were informed that the Service was part of Cumbria County Council and the Council, through its Council Plan, sets out the vision for Cumbria which were delivered through the Council functions of which Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service was one.  It was noted that as one of its priorities, the Council had set out that it wanted to enable communities to live safely and to shape services locally and part of this was ensuring an effective fire and rescue service, targeted at vulnerable people and areas of highest risk.

 

Members noted that as part of the IRMP process the risk profile had been updated which considered key areas of risk and demand across the county.  It was explained this process enabled the Service to be clear about the levels of risk that existed, influencing prevention, protection and response arrangements which allowed the opportunity to identify change and match resources to risk in the most efficient and effective way.  In line with the findings of the review, innovative ways were being investigated to manage current response arrangements which would ensure resource was aligned to the risk and activity identified within the Plan and supporting Risk Based Evidence Profile.

 

Members noted that work would be undertaken with blue light partners to explore the feasibility of developing new blue light hubs across the county.  During the course of discussion attention was drawn to a hub which was in the process of being developed at Ulverston and it was agreed that further information would be sought on this and circulated to the Committee.

 

The Committee discussed the prevention agenda and noted that partners would be actively sought to support the delivery of the Community Safety Strategy by delivery safe and well visits on behalf of the Service.  It was explained that further opportunities would be explored to collaborate with other partners, including emergency services, health and the voluntary sector to delivery more holistic prevention activities.  Members welcomed this and gave positive feedback from previous experiences regarding the prevention agenda highlighting the previous effective involvement of firefighters with the Barrow Street Safe Team .

 

Members drew attention to the fitting of locks to secure houses which had previously been provided by the Service with funding from the Cumbria Police Authority and the Fire Strategy Reform Manager agreed to investigate this further.

 

The Committee was informed that following the end of the consultation on 8 February 2019 responses would be collated and taken account of when developing the final IRMP 2019-2023 for submission for approval by elected members in April 2019.

 

68.

Stages 5 and 6 Tour of Britain, Cumbria, September 2018 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from Mark Brierley, Infrastructure Planning Officer on stages 5 and 6 of the Tour of Britain, Cumbria, September 2018.

 

Members were informed that the event had taken a considerable amount of planning and involved 500 staff and volunteers.  It was highlighted that overall it had resulted in an economic boost to the county of £10.8m with £400,000 of that to the Barrow economy on the day. 

 

The Committee welcomed the engagement with young people in the area and the positive feedback which had been received.  It was explained that following the event a lessons learnt had taken place and comments such as concerns regarding communication would be taken on board in the future.

 

The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, thanked all officers involved in making the event very successful.  Thanks were also conveyed to Barrow Borough Council for the cleanliness of the town.

 

69.

Overview of the Authority's Fostering and Adoption Service pdf icon PDF 93 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To receive a report from the Executive Director – People (copy enclosed).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – People which gave a brief update on what was happening as a Council and the national picture for adoption together with an update on the current Children Looked After (CLA) and fostering sufficiency for the county.

 

Members were informed that in recent months the Fostering and Adoption services had been reshaped to enable the adoption service to be ready for the upcoming move to the Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) and also to redesign fostering services to give a more local recruitment and support offer.

 

The Committee were informed that as at 30 November 2018 there were 686 Cumbrian children looked after of which 151 were from Barrow and the surrounding area.  It was explained that three quarters of the children looked after from Barrow were in a fostering arrangement with 40% placed with internal mainstream carers or with a kinship care and 36% with independent fostering agencies, a number of which were in the locality.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the lack of internal foster places in the area for specific groups of children to meet the current demand highlighting the need to increase the numbers, specifically for sibling groups, boys aged 8 and over and teenagers.  Members noted that three quarters of those carers were aged 50 plus, and whilst this was not unusual, the importance to recruit younger carers was highlighted.  It was explained that there were currently numerous events to encourage carers to join which was heavily supported by existing carers working hard to expand the services.  Members were encouraged to continue to be a constant and vocal champion for Cumbria’s children looked after and the services and carers who supported them.

 

Members discussed the problems regarding the recruitment of carers and questioned if this could be due to the process and asked whether this could be simplified.  It was explained that the Authority had to meet national minimum standards and emphasised that a number of measures, including support and training, were in place to encourage carers and make fostering more accessible and remove some of the barriers.

 

A discussion took place regarding children looked after who were placed outside the county and it was confirmed that this only took place if it was considered the correct thing to do in accordance with the child’s individual plan.

 

The Committee noted that carers leaving the Service were afforded an exit interview.  Members were informed that in previous years a number of carers had left due to dissatisfaction but more recently it was because of personal circumstances and good feedback had been received on exit.

 

RESOLVED,   that the report be noted.

 

70.

2018/19 Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital Update pdf icon PDF 96 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:

The Committee considered 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 (as detailed in the appendices attached to the report).

 

During the course of discussion a question was raised regarding the Borough Council making a contribution to street cleaning and weed spraying in the Barrow area.  The Highways Network Manager confirmed that a discussion had taken place with the Borough Council but they had no funding available to make a contribution.

 

RESOLVED,   that the revenue and capital budget allocations for 2018/19 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of November 2018 (as shown in appendices 1, 2 and 3 of the report) be noted.

 

71.

Barrow Highways Advisory Sub-Group pdf icon PDF 123 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 11 December 2018.

 

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 11 December 2018.

 

Members welcomed the opening of a third lane on North Road and congratulated the officers concerned for the work they had undertaken on this.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to urgent work recently undertaken by United Utilities to rectify a problem which had caused households on Walney to be without a water supply.  It was agreed to forward a letter of thanks to United Utilities on behalf of the local Member.

 

Members discussed the issues raised by members of the public in determining ownership of street lighting in the Barrow area.  It was suggested that a discussion take place with the County Council’s Lighting Manager with a view to the County Council taking over responsibility for footway lighting in the Barrow area in the future.

 

(1)       Minutes

 

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 11 December 2018 be noted.

 

(2)       Review of Traffic Regulations 2018/19 – Variation Order No 39 Proposals

 

During the course of discussion a suggestion was made to include parking restrictions on Slater Street and it was agreed this would be considered in a future review of Traffic Regulation Orders.

 

RESOLVED,    that

 

                           (a)         the statutory consultation and advertisement commence in relation to a further variation of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Barrow-in-Furness) (Consolidation and Minor Amendment of Traffic Regulations) Order 2001,(“Variation Order No. 39”) in respect of the following proposals be approved: -

 

                                        (i)      Elterwater Crescent – extend ‘No Waiting At Any Time’ all the way round the Green;

 

                                        (ii)     Cornwallis Street (beside the Town Hall) – add ‘no loading at any time’ following concerns raised regarding the lack of visibility when exiting the car park due to parked vehicles;

 

                           (b)         Variation Order No 39 (referred to at paragraph 3.2.1 above of the report), be brought into operation, as advertised, should there be no unresolved objections to it, having taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (which were more specifically referred to in paragraph 7.2 of the report) be approved.

 

(3)       Advisory Disabled Person’s Parking Bay Applications

 

RESOLVED,    that in relation to the report on the Introduction of Advisory Disabled Person’s Parking Bays (as shown on Appendix 1 of the report) the decision to introduce such bays is now delegated to The Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure be noted.

 

(4)       Biggar Bank Traffic Calming Options

 

RESOLVED,    that with regard to the introduction of traffic calming features on Biggar Bank Road, South Walney, it be noted that the decision as to whether such measures should be introduced is now delegated to the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.

 

(5)       Consultation on Barrow Borough Council’s Proposed Public Space Protection Order No 1 2018

 

With regards to ‘Begging’ (referred to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.

72.

Barrow Area Planning Report pdf icon PDF 173 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 the Local Committee with an update on its work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.

 

The Committee welcomed the area planning projects at Ormsgill, Egerton Court Wellbeing Hub and Barrow Central Library which were currently developing and progressing.  The local Member for Dalton North felt that communities in his Division could also benefit from such projects in the future and suggested that this be investigated further through area planning.

 

Members congratulated the work undertaken by the Barrow Libraries and Archives Service.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the School Crossing Patrol budget and the focus members had given to this at previous meetings.  It was recognised at the 9 May Local Committee meeting that due challenges in recruiting to School Crossing Patrol positions there was likely to be an underspend in this budget and that this would need to be closely monitored throughout the year.

 

Members were informed that as at 31 December a number of School Crossing Patrols had been unable to be recruited to meaning that not all of the funding within the budget would be required within this financial year.  The Local Committee were, therefore, asked to consider de-committing and moving back into the General Provisions budget the £15,000, which could then be re?allocated as appropriate.  It was explained that this budget would continue to be closely monitored and reported to each meeting of Local Committee.

 

The Committee received an update on the Furness Economic Development Forum (FEDF) and was informed the Forum would compile a combined response to the Local Industrial Strategy with the suggestion of promoting the Furness area as a manufacturing Innovation Zone for inclusion in the Strategy.  It was explained that Cumbria County Council would also send a separate response which would cover the whole county. 

 

Members were informed that Barrow had shown an interest in bidding into the High Street Fund when it became available highlighting how this would link into the town centre masterplan work which was currently underway.  The Committee felt this was essential for the future of Barrow Town Centre. 

 

It was also explained that there were Round 5 Coastal Communities Funding bids which had been proceeded to the next stage with full applications due to be submitted on 31 January 2019.

 

The Committee welcomed the report and congratulated the Community Development Team on their outstanding work.  Members felt that the work of the Team should be highlighted to the general public and it was suggested that communications should include promotion via social media.  The Area Manager agreed to investigate this further.

 

RESOLVED,   that

 

                          (1)          the report be noted;

 

                          (2)          £15,000 be decommitted from the School Crossing Patrol Budget back into General Provisions as outlined above (referred to in  paragraphs 4.12 and 4.13 in the report).

 

73.

Barrow Public Health and Community Development Update pdf icon PDF 117 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

The report included information on the Joint Public Health Strategy, Barrow Night Time Economy, Egerton Court Wellbeing Hub and the Pre-Early Help Project.

 

Members were aware that public health was ultimately about people; however, it was highlighted that public health action did not just focus on individuals, but on social, economic, environmental and structural issues, as they had direct and indirect impacts on health and wellbeing.  It was explained that the emerging Strategy adopted a five capitals approach to Public Health, which suggested that a community was healthy and sustainable when it had natural assets, human assets, social assets, physical assets and financial assets.  It was suggested ‘clean environment’ should also be included.

 

The Committee was informed that as this was a Countywide Strategy, coupled with the complex nature of Barrow, there was a need to develop a more local public health delivery plan, where partners could explicitly see their role and work together to improve the life chances and health outcomes of the communities. 

 

The Committee was informed that an informal partnership arrangement had been set up with Borough Council officers which would look at the Barrow night time economy from a public health perspective, where licensing and planning worked more closely with public health colleagues to allow the wider health impact of applications to be considered.  It was explained that the development of Barrow Business Improvement District (BID), where local businesses invest to improve their local environment presented an opportunity to work together on this agenda.

 

Members were informed that going forward, use of accreditation schemes for night time economy areas could be explored, for example, Purple Flag standard, which would allow members of the public to quickly identify town and city centres which offer an entertaining, diverse, safe and enjoyable environment.

 

The Committee received an update on Egerton Court Wellbeing Hub and were informed it was anticipated this would open at the end of January 2019.  It was explained that the Wellbeing Hub would bring a strong partnership presence into Egerton Court, to engage with the residents and build trust between residents and all agencies involved. 

 

Members noted this was a multi-faceted approach with the support agencies involved already on site undertaking outreach work with often hard to reach individuals, who have previously turned their back on support services.  It was explained that other important services, such as Women’s Community Matters and Mind, would also work with vulnerable residents on Egerton Court to develop strategies to prevent them from becoming victims of crime, addressing crime such as domestic abuse and hate crime.

 

It was anticipated that the visible presence of partner agencies in Egerton Court would also act as a daily deterrent to residents from engaging in criminality and set about creating  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

Local Committee Chairs and Leadership Meeting pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To note the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 26 November 2018 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

The Committee received the notes of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 26 November 2018.

 

75.

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.

 

76.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Friday 8 March 2019 at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4, Town Hall, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 2LD.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that

 

                           (1)         the next scheduled meeting will take place on Friday 8 March 2019 at 10.30 am in the Conference Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 1LG;

 

                           (2)         all future scheduled meetings of the Local Committee take place in the Nan Tait Centre, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 1LG.