Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for South Lakeland - Wednesday, 26th January, 2022 10.00 am

Venue: County Offices, Kendal

Contact: Nicola Harrison  Email: nicola.harrison@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

48.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Dr A Jarvis, Mr B Berry, Mrs S Evans, Mrs B Gray, Mr P Thornton and Mrs J Willis.

49.

Public Participation

There will be petition presented on the following:

 

Improve road safety at Kendal's Horncop Lane, Sparrowmire Lane and Burneside Road junction.

Minutes:

Mr C Rowley presented a petition on the following:

 

Improve road safety at Kendal's Horncop Lane, Sparrowmire Lane and Burneside Road junction.

 

When introducing the reason for the petition and describing the location of the traffic problems, Mr Rowley made the following points:

 

·         This had been a long term problem

·         Many residents had made requests to improve safety at the roundabout

·         There were a number of blind corners in the vicinity

·         There were issues with speeding traffic on Burneside Road

·         Residents’ worries were increasing due to a development of 160 houses in the area which would increase the amount of traffic on local roads

·         Local residents had identified a number of options to make the area safer

 

Mr Rowley asked that a road safety survey of the Burneside Road junction be undertaken.

 

The Chair read out the following response:

 

Thank you for presenting the petition regarding improvement to road safety at the Horncop Lane, Sparrowmire and Burneside Road junction in Kendal. 

 

Councillor Peter Thornton has already allocated funding for consideration of options for this junction in recognition of the difficulties presented to all road users but in particular, pedestrians negotiating the roads.  Options are being worked on and will be presented back to Councillor Thornton in the coming months.   

 

We continue to work with Councillor Thornton regarding the design and future implementation of an improvement scheme.  More information will be available as options are appraised and a scheme progresses, and Officers will bring details to The Highways Transport Working Group and through Local Committee in due course.  

50.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any items on the agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, the press and public not be excluded from the meeting for any item of business.

51.

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 at the meeting.

52.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 550 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 25 November 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 25 November be confirmed as circulated.

53.

AREA PLANNING IN SOUTH LAKELAND pdf icon PDF 1 MB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services

 

This report provides information and offers recommendations to the Local Committee for approval from meetings of the Strategic Planning Working Group and the Children and Young Peoples Working Group. It also updates the Local Committee on previously agreed activity supported with the latest financial statement.

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services regarding Area Planning in South Lakeland. The report provided service information and offered recommendations to South Lakeland Local Committee for approval from the Strategic Planning Working Group and Children and Young People’s Working Groups. The report also provided Local Committee with an update on activity against agreed priorities and provided an overview of the current budget position.

The Area Manager presented the report. She guided members through the activity of the Area Team since the last meeting. She drew attention to the emergency response in South Lakeland to Storm Arwen and thanked her team for their dedication and work when winds brought down trees and power lines which had cut off communities and left many without power. Members were informed about the Operational Co-ordination Group’s membership and role in the emergency response. Work of the Area Team in supporting vulnerable people was detailed, especially the huge partnership effort knocking on doors to check on people. The dynamic officer and community responses to issues as they unfolded was described.

A member asked if there was a lessons learned exercise underway following the responses from the Council and partner organisations. The Area Manager reported that as with all emergencies, debrief sessions were held to consider what could be improved and the learning for future emergencies.  All of this continued to be captured and documented.   

The Local Member for Grange talked positively about the Grange community response and explained his role in asking the Town Council to purchase an emergency generator in the Town Hall. He thanked the Area Team for their work, adding that some areas in his division were without power for up to a fortnight.

Many members of the Committee congratulated the Area Team for their emergency response work and they received a round of applause from members.

Following a member query about how 1:1 learning support from Adult Education could be offered throughout South Lakeland, the Area Manager encouraged members to let officers know of anyone who would benefit from the service. Following Storm Arwen the same member did not have the internet or a telephone line so wasn’t abreast of what was happening and therefore urged the development of local Emergency Plans.

Further discussion ensued on the development of Emergency Plans, particularly at a town and parish level. The Chair considered that Cumbria Association of Local Councils could help with this work. The Local Member for Ulverston commented on the resilience work that the Ulverston Resilience Group was undertaking on Emergency Planning. The Area Manager informed members of the successful partnership working that the County Council had undertaken with the Ulverston Group who had gone above and beyond during the emergency response.

A member talked about the issues the community faced due their reliance on computer networks, the importance of a lessons learned exercise and the development of a Resilience Group. He thought that Parish Councils could be approached to assist with the development  ...  view the full minutes text for item 53.

54.

Borderlands Place Plan pdf icon PDF 417 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services

 

This report provides information on the Borderlands Place Plan.

 

REPORT TO FOLLOW – APPENDIX 1 IS ENCLOSED WITH AGENDA

Additional documents:

Minutes:

At the time of main Agenda publication, this report was known as Borderlands Place Plan.

 

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services regarding the Ulverston Place Plan. The report provided details of the Place Plan for Ulverston and asked for endorsement to submit the document to the Borderlands Partnership.

 

The report was presented by the Area Manager. Members were provided with details of the Plan which included its development, its aims and the membership of the Town Team for Ulverston. Details were provided about the public consultation and how the responses had shaped the Plan and its vision. Concepts and ideas were now being shortlisted and Members were informed that projects were not limited to using the Borderlands Fund and were advised of the themes which accompanied the vision. Members were advised on the next steps in developing the Plan should it be endorsed by the Committee.

 

The Area Manager confirmed that Mr Wilson, Local Member for Ulverston was the Chair of the Town Team.

 

Mr Wilson thanked the Area Manager for re-drafting the Plan and also members of the Committee as they had all contributed to the Plan. He thanked the members of the Town Team. Mr Brereton offered to become involved in the Working Group as he hoped the surrounding areas would benefit from the investment in Ulverston and it becoming a hub. He asked that more be done on transportation links from Ulverston to surrounding rural areas.

 

The Area Manager was thanked by a number of members for her input in re-drafting the Plan.

 

A member asked that ‘zero carbon’ be included in the document as a strategic aim. Another member reminded the Committee that there were highly skilled people in the area and asked businesses to be mindful of this when appointing to their organisations.

 

How the plans for Ulverston Leisure Centre fit into the Ulverston Place Plan was queried by a member. The Leader of SLDC explained the governance process at SLDC for taking the proposal through its Cabinet meeting in early 2022. The project would move forward on a phased basis. A member hoped that the first phase would start before Vesting Day for the new Council to replace Cumbria County Council in 2023.

 

The recommendation as set out in the report was moved by Mr Wilson and seconded by Mr Wearing. This was agreed by assent of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED that, Members endorse the Ulverston Place Plan and its submission to the Borderlands Partnership, with delegation to be given to the Executive Director, Chair, Vice-Chair and Local Member for Ulverston to agree the final designed version.

55.

CRAG BROW TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER pdf icon PDF 394 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Lyth Valley]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report sets out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere) Variation Order 20><

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Crag Brow Traffic Regulation Order. The report set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere) Variation Order 20><.

 

The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland presented the report. She reported on the proposal and advised on the consultation process (dates and the responses received). How the proposal would improve the area was explained and members were recommended to agree the recommendation as set out in the report.

Local Member, Mr Bland advised that work was already underway and welcomed the TRO.

It was Moved by Mr Bland and Seconded by Mr Collins that the recommendation as set out in the repot be agreed. This was agreed by assent of the Committee.

RESOLVED that, Having taken into account the objections and representations which were received during the statutory consultation and advertisement, and having also 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 this Report, that The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere)  Variation Order 20>< (“the Order”) be brought into operation as advertised.

56.

LOW FELLSIDE TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 20>< pdf icon PDF 395 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Kendal Strickland and Fell]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report sets out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Low Fellside, Kendal)) Variation Order 20><.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Low Fellside Traffic Regulation Order 20><. The report set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Low Fellside, Kendal)) Variation Order 20><.

The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland presented the report. The proposal was explained and information was provided on how the bollard would be removed.

Following member questions, the Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland advised on the process for removing/replacing the bollards and how often this would happen. After a member raised his concern that bollards may not be replaced after being removed, it was noted that officers would monitor how well the TRO was working. A short discussion took place on the possible use of automatic locking bollards. The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland commented on the cost for these.

RESOLVED that, Having taken into account the objections and representations which were received during the statutory consultation and advertisement, and having also 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 this Report, that The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Low Fellside, Kendal)) Variation Order 20>< (“the Order”) be brought into operation as advertised.

 

57.

SPEED LIMIT VARIATION TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER pdf icon PDF 397 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Kendal South, Low Furness and Lower Kentdale]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report provides sets out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of Cumbria (Various Roads in the District of South Lakeland) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) (Order 2018) Variation Order (No.7) 20><

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding a Speed Limit Variation Traffic Regulation Order. The report set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of Cumbria (Various Roads in the District of South Lakeland) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) (Order 2018) Variation Order (No.7) 20><.

The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland presented the report. She explained the proposal and location of each speed limit change. She highlighted the impact that the COVID pandemic had on the consultation process.

A member referred to the suggestion in a consultation response of speed limit reminders painted on the road surface and asked how this could be brought to fruition. The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland detailed the process for members.

When referencing the consultation response for Gatebeck, the Chair noted that there was no footway or streetlights in the area and asked how the Parish Council could obtain them. The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland reported on the process to follow to secure these.

A member noted that one proposal related to a planning matter and asked if the Planning/Infrastructure Teams would be made aware of the speed limit changes. The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland was pleased to report that the relevant teams knew of the change and this was a condition attached to the Planning Permission.

The Local Member for Gatebeck, Mr Bingham reported on his work for many years to get the speed limit reduced. He advised on the speed of the traffic, and confirmed that there was no pavement and that residents supported the proposal. Another member questioned if the road signs could be individually lit. The Local Member thought that signs could be lit from surrounding private lighting.

The process for dealing with Traffic Regulation Orders was explained for the Committee by the Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland. She explained that dealing with a number at one time was more cost effective than dealing with each individually. Members were informed about how the COVID pandemic had impacted on the Consultation process.

A member talked about how speed limit proposals at Spark Bridge were now being consulted upon and welcomed that he was working with the adjoining local member on proposals.

The Chair put the recommendation as set out in the report to the vote and it was agreed by assent of the Committee.

RESOLVED that, Having taken into account the objections and representations which were received during the statutory consultation and advertisement, and having also 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 this Report, that The County of Cumbria (Various Roads in the District of South Lakeland) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) (Order 2018) Variation Order (No.7) 20>< (“the Order”) be brought into operation as advertised.

58.

2021/22 HIGHWAYS DEVOLVED REVENUE AND CAPITAL UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 374 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report provides details of the Local Committee’s Highways Revenue and Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budgets.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the 2021/22 Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital Update Report. The report presented the Highways Devolved Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budget finance reports and updated members as to the current progress on the budget lines as detailed in the appendices attached to the report.

 

The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland presented the report. Members were advised of the Highway Revenue Allocation. The forecast outturn figures currently indicated an overspend of £271,993. This related to the estimated cost of the Storm Arwen clear up and was the revised figure being discussed with the Finance Team.

The Devolved Revenue Budget would have had an underspend had it not been for Storm Arwen. There had been 234 reported sites of fallen or in danger of falling trees. It was currently being ascertained if a Bellwin claim could be submitted to Government to recover costs incurred by a number of recent storms.

The Highways Devolved Capital Budget expenditure was reported. This had been top sliced due to a number of activities such as technical staff time. It was noted that adjustments had been made to the Highways Non-Devolved Capital Budget and the underspend had been reduced to £104,000. Schemes were currently being considered for delivery this financial year.

The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland was reporting to Committee in the absence of the Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland.

After being asked when the County Council would be advised whether its Bellwin Scheme claim was successful, the Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland undertook to provide a written answer.

A member reminded the Committee that the Bellwin Scheme only covered costs over a stipulated amount. Anything under the threshold amount would need to be paid for by the County Council.

A member was concerned that members of the public in his division who were clearing away fallen trees had been instructed not to do so by the Highways Team as they would be personally liable for any issues that may arise. The member asked if this was correct and if so, suggested that Parish Councils be informed what tasks they could and couldn’t do.  The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland undertook to provide a written response to this question. Another member stated that only qualified people should remove trees and sawdust as sawdust blocked drains which had further implications for flooding.

The Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland undertook to provide a written answer on whether the planting of new trees was included in budgeting exercises.

 

RESOLVED that, the revenue and capital budget allocations for 2021/22 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of November 2021 and shown in Appendices 1, 2 and 3 of the report be noted.

59.

HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP MEETING 8 DECEMBER 2021 pdf icon PDF 393 KB

Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report presents the minutes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on  8 December 2021 and brings forward recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Highways and Transportation Working Group Meeting 8 December 2021. The report provided the notes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on 8 December 2021 and included recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

The Chair of the Highways and Transportation Working Group presented the report. He commented positively on the business conducted at the meeting. He was pleased to advise on the successful session with IT on the new fault reporting system and ‘My Account’. The public had commented positively on the new fault reporting system. The Chair of the Working Group welcomed that the experiences of members were being taken into consideration by the IT Team. Members were encouraged to provide feedback on their experiences of using the fault reporting system.

It was moved by Mr Collins and seconded by Mr Bingham that the recommendation as set out in the report be agreed. This was agreed by assent of the Committee.

RESOLVED that,

1       Local Committee notes the Minutes of the Working Group meeting of 8th December 2021 which are attached as Appendix 1 of the report

2    Local Committee approves the current Divisional Highway Priorities Works Programme 2021 / 2022 set out in Appendix 1 of the Working Group report and Appendix 2 of the Local Committee report.

3    Local Committee notes the information contained in the Crag Brow Roundabout Reconfiguration report which is attached as Appendix 3 to the report.

4     Local Committee notes the details provided in appendices 1, 2 and 3 of the Working Group report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (attached as appendix 4 of the Local Committee report) which gave a 2021/22 Flood and Development Management Update and that the Local Committee notes that there are no additional comments in the Appendices to bring to the attention of Local Members. Any significant comments, changes and/or amendments will be highlighted in subsequent and future reports to the Highway and Transportation Working Group.

60.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITY - UPDATE pdf icon PDF 1 MB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director - Corporate, Customer and Community Services

 

This report details the Public Health Activity undertaken by the South Lakeland Area Support Team and Locality Public Health Manager

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which gave an update on Community Development and Public Health Activity. The report drew attention to key Community Development and Public Health Activity undertaken by the South Lakeland Area Support Team and the Locality Public Health Manager.

 

The Public Health Locality Manager presented the report. Members were presented with an update on a number of current local figures relating to the pandemic. This included tests conducted locally and the number of positive tests. Testing and case positivity had fallen from a peak in the first week of January.

 

It was noted that case rates were lowest in 70 to 79yr olds. The number of hospital cases in Morecambe Bay Hospital was reported.

 

Members had asked the Public Health Locality Manager to review the figures relating to Excess Deaths. The Public Health Locality Manager reported on the numbers in 2020 as a comparison to 2022. He talked to members about the figures relating to deaths involving and not involving COVID and that there should be a focus on supporting the NHS and care colleagues going forward. The Public Health Locality Manager thanked his colleagues for the work undertaken over the Christmas 2021 period.

 

A short discussion took place on whether the Omicron COVID strain was a stepping stone out of the COVID pandemic if COVID was now not as serious as it was. The Public Health Locality Manager commented on COVID changing from being a pandemic to being endemic. Members did however comment that the pandemic was not yet over.

 

A member talked to the Committee about how the public should be encouraged to restart using NHS services such as hospitals, mental health services and dentistry.

 

The Public Health Locality Manager thanked colleagues for their input into the ‘Every Life Matters’ leaflet which was being circulated in South Lakeland. He advised that the ‘Places to Talk’ initiative would be launched in April 2022.

 

A member raised the issue of ‘Long COVID’ and asked whether the Omicron Strain was resulting in high levels of Long COVID cases. The Public Health Locality Manager explained that the data sets belonging to the different organisations dealing with COVID were presented differently so it was difficult to ascertain this.

 

The Chair referred to NHS and Social Care workers who were not vaccinated and how their inability to work because of this would impact on NHS services. The Public Health Locality Manager commented on the pressure on the NHS that this would cause and advised that many NHS and Social Care workers were exhausted.

 

Following a member question on figures in Cumbria in comparison to figures in other Counties comparable with Cumbria, the Public Health Locality Manager was pleased to report that comparable figures were generally favourable.

 

RESOLVED that, Members note the report.

61.

Partner Organisations

61a

Outside Bodies

To receive feedback from members on the outside bodies that they serve, and from the Local Member Champions.

Minutes:

Mr Wilson reported the Committee on the work he was involved with as the Local Committee’s Autism Champion.

 

He tabled two documents at the meeting: the minutes of the Cumbria Autism Champions meeting held on 17 January 2022 and a list of Autism Champion’s FAQs.

 

Mr Wilson asked that the Committee signposted Members belonging to other tier councils to the people listed on the documents he had tabled if they had queries on Autism.

61b

Children's Champion

Update by the Children’s Champion.

Minutes:

In the absence of the Children’s Champion, there was no report to the Committee.

62.

Date of Next meeting

The next meeting will be held on 22 March 2021 at 10.00am at County Offices, Kendal.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Committee would be held on 22 March 2022 at 10.00am at County Offices, Kendal.