Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for Barrow
Friday, 8th March, 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

77.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Mrs A Burns.

 

78.

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.

 

79.

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.

 

80.

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.

 

81.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 220 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 15 January 2019 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 15 January 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

82.

Children and Young People Service pdf icon PDF 417 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To receive a presentation by the Executive Director – People (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

Members received a presentation on the Children and Young People Service in the Barrow area.  The Local Committee received an oversight of the areas which the service was responsible for.

 

It was explained that the Children Looked After Strategy which set out the Council’s priorities for Children Looked After and Care Leavers was produced in consultation with children and young people and set out how the Authority would meet their corporate parenting duty.

 

Members received an update on the National Corporate Parenting Principles and the requirements of local authorities in relation to children looked after and care leavers. 

 

The Committee were notified of the open cases and trends in the Barrow area and details of the categories in Child Protection plans.

 

A discussion took place regarding foster carers and it was noted there were 178 foster care households in Cumbria with 25 of those being in the Barrow area.  It was highlighted that 22% of Cumbria Children Looked After were from the Barrow area but only 14% of foster carers were from the district.

 

Members noted that 39 care leavers in the Barrow area were receiving support which was a rate of 29 per 10,000 population, higher than the Cumbria rate of 18.  It was explained that 56% were in education, employment or training and 95% were living in suitable accommodation. 

 

The Committee drew attention to the management of money and it was explained that collaborative work was undertaken within a hub model which involved a number of services including the Citizens Advice Bureau, adult learning and third sector organisations. 

 

A discussion took place regarding support for young people after the age of 25.  Members were informed unique work would be undertaken in conjunction with adult social care for young people who required additional support. 

 

The Committee discussed the provision of services for young mothers and it was explained that if those concerned were not already known to the authorities services were available in Children’s Centres.  Members were informed that Action for Children also actively attended events in the community to engage with young people.

 

Members discussed the support available for Syrian Refugees and were informed that this was led by the Government and funding was available to allow engagement to be undertaken with various agencies to offer help and support.

 

A discussion took place regarding the fostering process and members were informed that a robust process existed to help minimise failings in the system.

 

Concerns were raised regarding absenteeism and members were informed this was being reviewed with the main driver being to get young people into mainstream school.  Member were made aware of the increasing number of parents electing to home school children which was causing concerns.

 

During the course of discussion a member felt there was opportunity to use technology where service users could anonymously access a site to share information which could then have a positive outcome. 

 

The Chair, whilst welcoming the presentation and acknowledging the importance of this matter, after taking into account time constraints  ...  view the full minutes text for item 82.

83.

Parking Services Update pdf icon PDF 219 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

This report provides an update to Members on the enforcement of on-street parking in the Barrow Local Committee area.

 

Minutes:

Members received a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which provided an update on the enforcement of on-street parking in the Barrow Local Committee area.

 

The Committee were informed that in the Barrow locality the Parking Services Team consisted of 3 full-time Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs).  It was noted that in addition a mainly operational Parking Team Leader covered both the Barrow and South Lakeland localities and was tasked to liaise with local communities to address parking concerns and provide a first point of contact for Elected Member queries.  Members welcomed the possible increase in resources in the future.

 

Members noted that a total of 3143 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) had been issued for on?street parking contraventions in the Barrow locality between 1 April 2018 and 31 January 2019.

 

The Committee noted the regular reports regarding inconsiderate parking outside schools which created potential safety issues for children and other road users.  Members welcomed the visits by the CEOs to areas across the locality to carry out enforcement and educational patrols in accordance with the School’s Protocol.  It was noted that the Team was also working in partnership with Orian, the school crossing service provider, to address parking issues in proximity to schools.  Members noted that the Team had been working closely with the members of the hub regarding this matter which had proved positive.

 

A discussion took place regarding the self-help toolkits which were available to schools and members were informed they were available free of charge from the Parking Team Leader.

 

Members were informed that the Team continued to issue PCNs relating to the misuse of Blue Badges and reported instances of abuse of the process to the Authority’s Blue Badge Team.  It was explained that the Parking Team Leader had been tasked with organising a number of multi-agency initiatives across the locality to deal with Blue Badge abuse.  The Committee were informed that CEOs had undertaken the appropriate training to be able to deal with the misuse of Blue Badges and it was explained that the Authority were looking at the overall Policy.

 

A discussion took place regarding parking issues, particularly in the town centre, and members asked if traffic regulation orders were reviewed.  Members were informed that regular discussions did take place between the Parking Team, highways officers and other parties and that reviews would be undertaken if necessary. 

 

During the course of discussion a concern was raised regarding parking on Hamilton Terrace, Dalton and a concern was raised regarding emergency vehicles being unable to access the area.  It was agreed that this would be investigated further. 

 

The Committee drew attention to a number of abandoned vehicles and were informed they must be reported to the Borough Council.

 

Members raised a number of concerns including illegal parking in taxi ranks together with cars illegally parking at the Maritime apartments which it was felt could obstruct emergency vehicles.  The Committee were informed that appropriate signs were awaiting for erection outside the apartments  ...  view the full minutes text for item 83.

84.

2018/19 Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital Update pdf icon PDF 198 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 by 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 the current progress on those budget lines.

 

Members 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 a pressure of £2,366 on this budget was predicted but the Network Management Team would look to manage those costs against remaining schemes wherever possible.

 

The Committee noted that the latest Devolved Highways Capital budget allocation for 2018/19 and additional allocations was £1,228,000.  It was explained that currently an accelerated spend in this budget line of £43,000 was forecast, but it was intended to scrutinise remaining works to manage costs closely to the end of the financial year.  Members noted that the schemes for Barrow delivered through the Dft additional maintenance fund were also shown in the devolved capital budget line.  It was explained that Barrow’s allocation of the Dft fund was £581,000 but appeared as accelerated spend as the budget had not been allocated to individual project lines.

 

A concern was raised regarding the road surface on Coronation Drive and it was agreed the Highways Network Manager would investigate this matter further.

 

The Committee discussed walking routes and members were informed that there was a small budget to make improvements such as the installation of dropped kerbs if necessary.

 

The local Member for Dalton North raised a concern regarding the disrepair of the road surface on Market Street, Dalton highlighting the high volume of traffic which used the route.  The Committee were informed that due to the lack of budget the highway would continue to be patched as necessary.  The local Member agreed to bring this matter to the attention of Barrow Highways Advisory Sub-Group with a view to securing funding for it to be resurfaced.  During the course of discussion concerns were raised regarding the number of missing or damaged speed signs in the area and a request was made for them to be replaced as a matter of urgency.  The Highways Network Manager confirmed that the signs would be replaced as soon as possible.

 

The local Member for Walney North congratulated Electricity North West on their progress on North Road and requested further information regarding the timescales for resurfacing the road.  The Highways Network Manager confirmed that discussions were taking place and it was anticipated the works would take place soon.

 

A number of members raised their concerns regarding the disrepair of a number of back streets.  The local Member for Newbarns and Parkside drew particular attention to the area between Brighton Street and Windsor Street highlighting safety concerns.  Whilst appreciating the concerns which members raised it was explained that there was a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 84.

85.

Proposed Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programme 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 204 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

This report presents the proposed Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programme 2019/20 including prioritised lists of schemes, which will form the basis of the Local Committee’s Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programme for 2019/20 and provide a core programme for future years subject to annual review.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which sought approval of the proposed Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programme 2019/20.  Members also received the prioritised lists of schemes which would form the basis of the Local Committee’s Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programme for 2019/20 and provided a core programme for future years subject to annual review.  The Committee noted that the devolved capital allocation for 2019/20 was £1,241,000 and the devolved Revenue allocation for 2019/20 was £754,220.

 

Members were informed that increased funding had been allocated to footway structural maintenance due to the number of footway related claims.  Whilst members acknowledged that a number of footpaths were protected they suggested that black top be used instead of paving flags wherever possible.

 

The Committee then discussed the proposed weed spraying programme for 2019.  It was explained that through a procurement exercise the same contractor who had undertaken the works in 2018 would continue for the forthcoming year with the potential for a further year’s extension to the contract.  It was confirmed that the contract did not include the removal of the weeds.

 

Members noted that a works programme was to be determined which would include three weed sprays and the Committee would be updated on the proposed strategy.  The Committee was informed that regular reports on the works undertaken was received by officers and it was agreed that this information would be circulated to members.

 

The Sub?Group noted that an early meeting would take place with the contractor to determine a works programme and members would be kept updated.

 

A discussion took place regarding verge maintenance and a question was raised regarding the growth of wild flowers in a number of verges.  Members were informed that an Environmental Cutting Policy did exist and verges were cut accordingly.  It was highlighted that most of the verge maintenance in the Barrow area was undertaken by the Borough Council.

 

RESOLVED,   that the proposed Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programmes for 2019/20 (referred to in the appendices to the report) be approved.

 

86.

Barrow Highways Advisory Sub-Group pdf icon PDF 195 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 8 February 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 8 February 2019.

 

A discussion took place regarding the proposed ‘Soap Box Challenge’ event.  Members were concerned that this event had been promoted by the local press before agreement had been reached that it would take place.  Members were informed that this had not yet been confirmed and would be discussed at a future Event Advisory Group meeting where a decision would be made after taking into account a number of issues including health and safety.  Whilst members appreciated the safety aspects it was felt that such events should be supported and encouraged. 

 

The Committee raised their concerns regarding problems encountered on the A590 due to road works and the number of incidents around the service station at Newby Bridge was also highlighted.  It was explained that representation had been made at the full Council regarding works on the A590 which had resulted in officers investigating this matter.  Members were informed that the number of incidents at the Newby Bridge service station was a matter for Highways England to deal with.  During the course of discussion it was suggested that an Infrastructure Group should be convened to lobby for the A590 to be upgraded.

 

A discussion took place regarding the removal of trees on Dalton Road and it was confirmed that, following a decision made previously by the Local Committee, that the trees would not be replaced.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to a traffic survey which had been undertaken at North Scale and it was confirmed that no feedback had yet been received.

 

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 8 February 2019 be noted.

 

87.

Barrow Area Planning Report pdf icon PDF 389 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 of its work and agreed activity since the last meeting the Committee.

 

The Committee welcomed the positive update which included an update on Area Working and Community Services (Ormsgill, Egerton Court Wellbeing Hub, Barrow Central Library and Customer Services), Local Committee Budget, Future Highstreet Fund and Barrow Libraries and Archives.

 

A discussion took place regarding school crossing patrols.  Members were informed of the process undertaken once a position became vacant.  It was explained this involved an assessment of the site being undertaken by the highways team.

 

The local Member for Dalton North drew attention to a school crossing patrol vacancy at Chapel Street Infant School, Dalton?in?Furness and, following a recruitment campaign undertaken by himself, a possible candidate for the position.  He drew attention to the issues which he had encountered with the process and asked if this could be investigated with an update to him direct.

 

The local Member for Roosecote questioned whether the Health and Wellbeing Forum was still in existence.  It was explained that this was the led by Borough Council but the Public Health Locality Manager (Barrow) would investigate this matter and respond direct.

 

Members agreed that of the list of priorities for Barrow Local Committee the 10k run was top and should be funded as a priority.

 

RESOLVED,   that

 

                          (1)          the report be noted;

 

                          (2)          the £13,127 balance of the 2018-19 General Provisions budget be allocated to support the delivery of Area Planning work (as detailed in paragraph 4.5 of the report);

 

                          (3)          the proposed allocation of its devolved funding for the year 2019-20 (as outlined in appendix 4 of the report) be developed in the Area Planning Session (referred to in paragraphs 4.6-4.8 of the report);

 

                          (4)          the Borough Council’s bid into the Future Highstreet Fund be supported.

 

88.

Children and Young People's Working Group pdf icon PDF 232 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 meetings held on 16 January and 6 February 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.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the work of the Barrow Children and Young People’s Working Group (referred to at appendices A and B of the report) be noted;

 

                            (2)       £11,300 be allocated to Furness Young Carers towards afterschool club facilities from the Universal Funding allocation within the 0-19 Service budget;

 

                            (3)       £3,806 be allocated to Walney Community Trust towards youth activities from the Universal Funding allocation within the 0-19 Service budget;

 

                            (4)       £15,000 be allocated to Action for Children towards the Blues Programme and Mental Health Conference from the Strategic 0-19 Service budget.

 

89.

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.

 

90.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Friday 17 May 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 17 May 2019 at 10.30 am in the Conference Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 1LG.