Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for Copeland
Monday, 14th September, 2020 10.15 am

Venue: Via Microsoft Teams

Contact: Lorraine Davis  Email: lorraine.davis@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

18.

Roll Call and APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Roll call and to receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

All of the above members and officers were present at the meeting.  Apologies for absence were received from Mr M Barbour and Mr G Roberts.

 

19.

DECLARATIONS 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 declarations of interest.

 

20.

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 on the agenda.

 

21.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There are no public questions, statements or petitions to be considered at this meeting.

 

Minutes:

There were no questions, petitions or statements to be considered at the meeting.

 

22.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 27 July 2020 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,that the minutes of the meeting held on 27 July 2020 be agreed as an accurate record of the meeting.

 

23.

2020/21 LOCAL COMMITTEE DEVOLVED HIGHWAYS BUDGET pdf icon PDF 124 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Copeland]

 

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report which presented the Highways Devolved Budget Finance figures and included an update on the Highways Revenue and Capital Programme, details of which were contained within the appendices to the report.  It was noted that the revenue budget was forecasting an overspend of £15,000 and the devolved capital budget was forecasting a balanced budget.

 

Members were updated on the additional Government funding for local highway authorities in 2020/21 and the new funding blocks within the newly created Transport Infrastructure Investment Fund.  The Local Area Network Manager informed the Committee that a detailed list of schemes had been drawn up and would be circulated to members in advance of the Highways Working Group. 

 

The Local Member for Millom asked about programmed work in Millom.  The Local Area Network Manager advised that work was provisionally scheduled to commence on Haverigg Main Street on 30 September and the permanent drainage repairs on Mainsgate Road were imminent subject to discussions with the land owner. 

 

The Local Member for Egremont North and St Bees raised traffic congestion concerns in school vicinities now schools were reopened and requested a review  of the Whitehaven Campus Transport Plan.  The Local Area Network Manager advised members that detailed conversations were ongoing with the school and officers had undertaken a site visit, pre-covid, to understand the concerns in detail.  A series of traffic counters had been placed in the area to support this.  It was agreed that a briefing note on this issue be prepared for the Highways Working Group.

 

RESOLVED,that

 

(1)  the devolved revenue and capital budget allocations for 2020/21 and the commitments and expenditure recorded in Appendices 1 and 2 be noted and kept under review;

 

(2)  the Highways Revenue budget, currently forecasting a £15,000 overspend be noted;

 

(3)  . the Devolved Highways Capital Budget, currently forecasting a balanced budget be noted.

 

24.

Copeland Borough Council (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2020 pdf icon PDF 104 KB

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

 

This report requests Copeland Local Committee give consent to Copeland Borough Council to amend the existing “Copeland Borough Council (Off Street Parking Places) 2002”.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report to give consent to Copeland Borough Council to amend the existing “Copeland Borough Council (Off Street Parking Places) 2002”.  The proposed new order, entitled “The Copeland Borough Council (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2020” (“the Order”) proposed to reduce the available length of stay at the weekends at the Copeland Centre car park and introduce a longer length of stay per day at St Bees Foreshore car park.  A copy of the Order was attached as Appendix 1.

RESOLVED,that consent be given to Copeland Borough Council to introduce “The Copeland Borough Council (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2020”, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report.

 

25.

AREA PLANNING REPORT pdf icon PDF 153 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Copeland]

 

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

 

This report provides Local Committee with an update of activity undertaken by the Communities team since its last meeting. It is also to advise Members on their current budget position. This report makes specific reference to the COVID 19 Emergency Response and Recovery activities.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report providing an update of activity undertaken by the Communities team.   The report also advised Members on their current budget position and made specific reference to the COVID 19 Emergency Response and Recovery activities.

 

The Area Manager gave members an update on grant allocations. Members were asked to ratify a recommendation of a grant of £10,650 to Cleator Moor West Local Members Scheme Project.  Members were informed an allocation of £20,000 had been de-committed from the 0-19 Universal Services budget made in the 2019/20 financial year as this had originally been recommended to Howgill Family Centre to support their transition period.  Members noted that the Council had been awarded a DEFRA Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for Food and Essential Supplies, which equated to £48,410 for Copeland.  Members were informed of work that had taken place as part of the Covid19 grant funding response. 

 

Members noted that Whitehaven Library, along with 5 other main libraries in the county, had reopened to the public on 10 August and the relevant safety measures put in place to ensure Covid safe access.  In answer to a member’s question, the Area Manager advised that work was ongoing on the reopening of branch libraries but exact dates were unknown at present. 

 

The Area Manager informed the Committee of a successful bid to the Good Things Foundation for digital devices as part of the DigitalDotNow project to connect the unconnected and members noted that 10 people in Copeland were now being supported by a small team from Whitehaven Library.  It was noted that the library online offer had been popular during the lockdown period, particularly the resources available on the “Borrowbox” platform.  A short discussion was held about purchasing and loaning IT equipment to residents.

 

The Public Health Locality Manager updated members on public health.  Members noted that the next meeting of the Copeland Health and Wellbeing Forum had been arranged for 27 October. 

 

Members were asked to note, that in line with Government guidelines as only 2 households or 6 people from different households were allowed to meet up, the Great Gable Act of Remembrance Service has been cancelled for this year.  The Public Health Locality Manager agreed to send guidance of the Government’s limit of gathering rules to the Local Member for Mirehouse. 

The Local Member for Egremont North and St Bees requested discussion/review of school transport.  The Area Manager agreed to establish a separate work session on this issue.  The Area Manager further agreed to establish whether additional funding was available for schools for Covid secure adaptions and liaise with the Local Member for Millom on this.

RESOLVED,that

 

(1)  the current budget position outlined in Appendix 1 to the report be noted;

 

(2)  the allocation of £10,650 to Cleator Moor West Local Members Scheme Project of an agriculture and skills programme be agreed;

 

(3)  .a work session be arranged on school transport.

 

 

26.

COPELAND CHAMPIONS UPDATE

To receive updates from the following Copeland Champions:-

 

Armed Forces Champion

Autism Champion

Children’s Champion

Dementia Champion

Fire Champion

Health Champion

 

Minutes:

The following update was given at the meeting:-

 

Autism Champion

 

The Autism Champion, Cllr Hawkins, updated members on the reopening of Day Services, the work of Triple A, a Penrith based project benefiting young people with autism and Blue Star, an American based company actively employing people with autism.  Cllr Hawkins hoped that the model used by Blue Star could be exported and adapted in Cumbria. 

 

Children’s Champion

 

The Children’s Champion, Cllr Williamson, praised Youth Services and the resilience of children during the pandemic. Cllr Williamson specifically mentioned the work of South Whitehaven Youth Project and Phoenix Youth Project for adapting their services to support children during this period.

 

Health Champion

 

The Health Champion, Cllr Whiteside, gave an update from the Copeland Health and Wellbeing Forum.  Concerns had been raised at this meeting about there being only one, instead of two, radiographers based at Whitehaven Hospital.  Cllr Whiteside informed members that the one stop breast clinic would continue.

 

The Champions were thanked for their informative updates.

 

27.

VERBAL UPDATE FROM MEMBERS ON OUTSIDE BODIES/EXTERNAL COMMITTEES

To receive a verbal update from members serving on any outside bodies/external committees they attend on behalf of Copeland Local Committee.

 

Minutes:

There were no updates given at the meeting.

 

28.

NUCLEAR ISSUES

To discuss any relevant nuclear issues.

 

Minutes:

Cllr D Southward, the Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property updated the Committee on nuclear issues.  The update included his attendance at NuLeaf and Clean Energy Panel meetings.  Members were advised that the NDA had published their Strategy 4, setting out their priorities for the next three years.  NuLeaf and the Council had been invited to response to the Strategy.

 

A lengthy discussion took place on GDF.  The RWM, a subsidiary of the NDA, had established a Working Group and interested parties had been invited to express representative interest on this Working Group.  It was proposed and agreed that the Local Committee support an expression of interest, especially in the light of Local Government Reform and local interest.

 

The Cabinet Member was thanked for his update.

 

29.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting of Copeland Local Committee will be held on 24 November 2020 at 10.15 am via Microsoft Teams.

 

Minutes:

The next meeting will be held on 24 November 2020 at 10.15 am.