Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for Allerdale
Friday, 17th January, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Wigton Market Hall

Contact: Daniel Hamilton  Email: daniel.hamilton@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

67.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Ms R Hanson, Mr H Graham, Mr T Lywood, Mr S Stoddart, Mr J Lister and Ms M Fitzgerald.

68.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

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 made on this occasion.

69.

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 items of business.

 

70.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

None for this meeting at the time of despatch.

 

Minutes:

There were no public questions, petitions or statements made on this occasion.

71.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting held on 18 November 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED, that                 the minutes of the meeting held on 18 November 2019 be confirmed as an accurate and complete record.

 

72.

Road Safety Update pdf icon PDF 114 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All]

 

To receive a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which had the purpose of raising awareness of the road safety management arrangements and activities of the Cumbria Road Safety Partnership (CRSP). The CRSP operates mainly through its monthly task meeting referred to as CRASH (Casualty Reduction and Safer Highways).

 

The Road Safety Coordinator informed members that at the time of the production of the Road Safety Plan 2019-2022 the CRSP was considering new approaches to reducing road casualties such as the adoption of Lancashire’s Safe Drive Stay Alive initiative aimed at young drivers after having recently trialled it at the Rheged Centre. The initiative would make use of the experiences of those who have had to deal with the aftermath of a road traffic collision such as a family liaison officer.

 

Concerns were raised by members over the considerable amount of time spent on road closures after road traffic collisions had taken place. Further concerns were raised over the way the Local Authority will get tied up in Road Traffic issues even if they take place on roads that are not Local Authority maintained.  The Road Safety Coordinator assured members that a detailed review of concerns over road closures would be undertaken by the CRASH group with Highways England also involved in the exercise.

 

A discussion took place regarding road safety courses and whether more could be done to promote road safety training to engage learner drivers

 

RESOLVED that,                 members note the contents of the report.

73.

Keswick Transport Study

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members had before them a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which asked members to consider the findings of the jointly funded study that looked into traffic movement issues in Keswick.

 

The Keswick Transport Study was developed with support and input from a wide range of stakeholders who had together identified a package of alterations which would aim to improve the management of traffic and parking.

 

The Lead Officer - Infrastructure Planning assured members that all health and safety related issues had been resolved and the Parking Manager gave his support to proposals which he stated would improve the Local Authority’s ability to enforce restrictions. 

 

Members sought clarification regarding a Speed Indication Device (SID) in Keswick which would now be considered by the CRASH Group. Officers were asked if it had been as a result of the findings of the Keswick Transport Study. The Traffic Management Officer informed members that representatives from CRASH Group would now consider the SID due to a request from the Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

Officers informed members that the Local Member for Keswick had given apologies for being unable to attend the meeting but and given his support to the recommendations of the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.

 

RESOLVED that,    

 

1)    the packages of improvement (as summarised in pro-formas 1-8 in the Keswick Transport Study’s Non-Technical Summary – attached as Appendix 2 of the report) be endorsed in principal;

 

2)    the committee agree to work with the other partner organisations to explore the opportunities to secure funding to deliver the packages of improvements through internal and external funding opportunities; and

 

3)    the committee agree to the establishment of a Programme Delivery Board to ensure the co-ordinated delivery of the improvements.

 

74.

Allerdale Speed Limit Review pdf icon PDF 125 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

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

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure. The purpose of this report was to provide Members with the background and details of the proposed alterations to speed restrictions in the Allerdale area, following statutory consultation and advertisement.

The Traffic Management Officer explained to members that the proposed alterations to speed restrictions were designed to improve traffic flow and traffic management within the areas addressed, while also providing a safe and effective transport network.

A discussion took place regarding Proposal No. 1 – Allonby which would see the extent of the 30mph limit reduced and replaced with National Speed Limit on the northern approach to the village. There were three objections received during consultation to the increase in speed limit. Officers recommended to proceed to implement as advertised as the proposed new extent was intended to reduce vehicle speeds at the key point before the properties commence. Members asked if officers were satisfied that the proposal would have no adverse effect on road safety and the Traffic Management Officer assured them that that visibility was good on this stretch of road, and that evidence gathered supports the proposal.

Regarding Proposal No. 6 – Flimby, a discussion took place about the local objections to the plan to reduce the 30mph limit at the southern extent of the village and replace with national speed limit. Although no formal representations were received during statutory consultation and advertisement, Members were informed of previous correspondence received as well as local press coverage of resident’s unrest over the proposal. It was AGREED that with consideration to these objections the current proposal would be abandoned.

The Local Member for Seaton suggested that officers revisit Proposal No.16 – High Seaton in the future to consider extending the 30mph restriction towards Broughton Moor in place of the existing 40mph. The Traffic Management Officer discussed enforcement of the existing limit with the Local Member and suggested that the item be raised at the CRASH Group to investigate current compliance.

The Local Member for Thursby offered his support for Proposal No.12 – Thursby, however requested that during the next review of speed limits officers consider a 30mph limit instead of the 40mph alongside the new development.

RESOLVED that,                 having 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 the report, and the representations received during the statutory consultation and advertisement, Members agree that “The County of Cumbria (Various Roads in the Borough of Allerdale) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) Order 20><” (“the Order”) be brought into operation as advertised, save for the following proposals which are to be abandoned and not implemented: -

(i) Proposal No.6 at Flimby (appendix 8) - To reduce the length of the 30mph limit at the southern extent of the village and replace with national speed limit; and

(ii) Proposal No. 7 at Kirkbride (appendix 9) - To introduce a 40mph “buffer” at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 74.

75.

Speed Limit – A595 Bothel pdf icon PDF 106 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

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

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure with the purpose of providing members with the background and detail of the proposed introduction of a 50 mph speed limit on the A595 at Bothel.

 

The Traffic Management Officer discussed the request from residents at Bothel to implement a 40mph speed limit. Members were informed that the evidence gathered did not reflect the need for a 40mph speed limit. The stretch of road is considered a strategically important one, with current traffic data indicating a 50mph limit be more appropriate.

 

Members were assured that the implications of agreeing the recommendations of the report were that the proposed introduction of a 50mph speed limit on the A595 at Bothel would be advertised and that another report would be brought to Local Committee after the public engagement process.

 

RESOLVED that,                 members agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement on the proposed introduction of a 50 mph speed limit on the A595 near Bothel, as shown on the drawing attached as Appendix 1 of the report

 

 

 

76.

Speed Limits for Private Developments pdf icon PDF 105 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

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

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members had before them a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure the purpose of which is to provide members with the background and details of the proposed extension of the 30 mph speed limit on Moor Road, Great Broughton and Lowca Lane, Seaton, both resulting from private developments and enable them to decide whether to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of the proposals.

Discussion took place whereby officers clarified for members that it would be the private developers themselves who would be financing the changes at Moor Road, Great Broughton and Lowca Lane, Seaton.

A detailed discussion then took place regarding the flow of traffic in Wigton in which members expressed that positive change to infrastructure must be considered in light of Wigton’s application to the Town Fund. Officers explained to the Local Member that a Traffic Regualtion Order Review (TRO Review) for all of North Allerdale would take into consideration the concerns expressed.

RESOLVED that,                 members agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement on the proposed extension of the 30 mph restriction on Moor Road, Great Broughton and Lowca Lane, Seaton, as shown on the drawings attached as Appendices 1 and 2 to the report.

 

 

77.

Area Planning pdf icon PDF 123 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

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

 

This report provides members with an update on agreed actions and activity within Allerdale.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services with the purpose of keeping members up to date with the activity across Allerdale that forms part of area planning.

 

The Area Manager informed the Committee that at its most recent Area Planning session, Members were taken through the Future High Street Funding process in relation to Maryport which followed on from the presentation given by Allerdale Borough Council officers at the previous session. It included detail on the contribution being made by County Council officers to the process and included the Heritage Action Zone funding implications.

 

A detailed discussion then took place about the Carlton building in Maryport as part of the regeneration of Maryport. Members expressed concerns about the extent of work which would be needed to renovate the building. The Area Manager informed them that two funds were available which could potentially fund the renovations. In response to questions about private interest in the building, the Area Manager explained that the funding that would be used to make the building fit for purpose would be reliant on a public service being base there. 

 

At the last Area Planning meeting, members also took the opportunity to discuss the Borderlands Place funding and a consensus was achieved that Allerdale Local Committee would support Wigton as the selected town within Allerdale. The County Council will take selected towns from across the six districts to the Borderlands Partnership Board before these are presented to the government for decision.

Members heard that Workington had been identified as a qualifying town for the Towns Funding. A board had been established by Allerdale Borough Council for Workington with the Local Committee Chair representing Allerdale Local Committee. Since publication the committee had been informed that a deputy need also be nominated and it was AGREED that the Vice-Chair take the role. 

A discussion took place regarding vacant school crossing patrols. Members asked about the possibility of school staff carrying out school crossing patrols and sharing duties while the Local Authority provides training and uniform. It was AGREED that the Cabinet member for Highways and would provide a response.

 

RESOLVED that, members note the report.

 

78.

Investment in our Communities pdf icon PDF 119 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

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

 

This report sets out the priority areas in relation to people across Allerdale and identifies projects that are considered to improve the lives and opportunities for the local population.

 

Minutes:

Members had before them a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services. This report provided an update on the activity of the Council and partners that had contributed to the community.

 

The report also set out the details of funding available and grant applications submitted against those funds that require local committee approval.

 

The Area Manager began by informing members that the Wrap Up Cumbria seasonal collection point continued throughout November and December in all 9 Allerdale libraries in the run up to Christmas and is still collecting on behalf of the ongoing Foodbank initiative.

 

Members were pleased to hear about the success of the Severe Weather Protocol (SWEP) in recruiting a large number of volunteers to ensure that people sleeping rough are protected during severe weather events.

 

RESOLVED that,                 members note the contents of the report.

 

 

 

 

79.

Investment in Children and Young People pdf icon PDF 123 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Allerdale]

 

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

 

This report provides an update on the key issues affecting children and young people in Allerdale, including current health issues. It sets out the details of funding available and grant applications submitted against those funds.

 

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided an update on the activity of the Council and partners that contribute to the Children and Young People’s Partnership.

 

Members began by discussing the application from Seaton Scout Group to fund the cost of a new scout hut. The application had been received due to an unexpected utility upgrade cost (gas, electric and water) which had only come to light since the work had started.

 

The Area Manager then updated members on Workington Library where planning had now commenced to relocate the ground floor children’s area to the first floor to provide a larger space for activities in a safe environment.

 

RESOLVED that,                 members agree to commit £5,000 to Seaton Scouts, from the 0-19 fund, towards the utility upgrade costs of phase one of their new scout hut 

 

 

80.

Allerdale Highways Working Group Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To note the minutes of the last meeting of the Allerdale Highways Working Group on 11 December 2019 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,                 the minutes of the meeting of Allerdale Highways Working Group held on 11 December 2019 be noted.

81.

Local Committee Chairs and Leadership Minutes pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To note the minutes of the last meeting of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership which took place on 15 November 2019  (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,                 the minutes of the meeting of Local Committee Chairs and Leadership held on 15 November 2019 be noted.

 

82.

Workington Harbour Management Committee Minutes pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To note the minutes of the last meeting of the Workington Harbour Management Committee on 30 October 2019 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,                 the minutes of the meeting of Workington Harbour Management Committee held on 30 October 2019 be noted.

 

83.

ACTIONS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 46 KB

[Electoral Divisions –  All Allerdale ]

 

To consider a report by the Area Support Manager (copy enclosed).

 

This report updates the Committees on actions arising from previous meetings.

 

Minutes:

It was AGREED that,                      Minute ‘No 48 – Champion Updates’ be confirmed as a recommendation in the next Area Planning report to Allerdale Local Committee.

84.

CHAMPION UPDATES

To receive updates from Allerdale’s Local Committee Champions.

 

Minutes:

There were no Champion’s Updates on this occasion.

85.

VERBAL REPORTS FROM MEMBERS SERVING ON OUTSIDE BODIES

Members representing Allerdale Local Committee are invited to report back verbally on recent meetings they may have attended.

Minutes:

There were no Verbal Reports on this occasion.

 

86.

DATE & TIME OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held at Moorclose Community Centre on Friday 6 March 2020 at 10am.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Allerdale Local Committee will be held on 6 March 2020 at Moorclose Communtiy Centre.