Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for Allerdale
Tuesday, 5th January, 2021 10.00 am

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

Items
No. Item

47.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr H Graham.

48.

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 made on this occasion.

49.

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.

50.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There were no petitions, statements or questions received at the time of publication.

Minutes:

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

51.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting held on 9 November 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,     the minutes of the meeting held on 9 November 2020 be agreed as an accurate and complete record.

52.

Appointments to Working Group and Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 103 KB

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

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which asked members to consider filling the vacancy on the Allerdale Highways Working group and on the Casualty Reduction and Safer Highways Group (CRASH Group) that were left vacant after the sad passing of Cllr Joe Holliday in November.

 

Members discussed the options available, one of which was to continue without appointing a new representative to take the place of Cllr Holliday on the Allerdale Highways Working Group. It was AGREED that no member be appointed to replace Cllr Holliday but that Cllr Hugo Graham be replaced as member of the Allerdale Highways Working Group by Cllr Mike Johnson.

 

After further discussion it was AGREED that Cllr Tony Lywood would take the position as the Allerdale Local Committee representative on the CRASH Group.

 

RESOLVED that,    

 

1)    No member be appointed to the Allerdale Highways Working Group to fill the vacancy left by Cllr Joe Holliday.

 

2)    Cllr Mike Johnson replace Cllr Hugo Graham as a member of the Allerdale Highways Working Group

 

3)    Cllr Tony Lywood be appointed to the Crash Group as the representative from Allerdale Local Committee.

53.

ALLERDALE HIGHWAYS WORKING GROUP - 9 December 2020 pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which provided details of the outcome of the meeting of the Highways Working Group (“the Working Group”) held on 9th December 2020 and presents recommendations made by the Working Group to the Local Committee for approval. The Highways Network Manager introduced the report and provided a brief overview before asking members if they had any questions regarding the four proposals laid out in the report.

 

RESOLVED that,                 Members note the minutes of the meeting of the Highways Working Group on the 9th December 2020, which were attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

 

 

 

 

53a

A594 DOVENBY AND A596 MICKLETHWAITE – SPEED LIMITS

Minutes:

Members consider the report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure outlining the proposal of a 40mph speed limit for the A594 at Dovenby and the A596 at Mickelthwaite included as Appendix 2 of the report.

 

The Local Member for Thursby spoke in support of the proposed speed reduction on the A596 Micklethwaite and asked that parts of the A596 near Thursby be reviewed and considered for a similar speed reduction proposal in light of a number of serious collisions which had happened on the stretch of road.

 

A discussion took place regarding the possibility of extending the proposed 40mph speed limit to cover the junction at Dovenby Crags due to the difficultly seeing on-coming traffic when joining the A595 from the junction. The Traffic Management Team Leader stated that officers would consider this suggestion as part of the proposal in relation to feedback received as part of the initial consultation. The proposal as detailed in the report was recommended by officers as a result of the engineering safety study to reduce casualties following the evidenced collision history.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1)    That Local Committee agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of a Traffic Regulation Order to introduce 40mph speed restrictions on the A596 at Micklethwaite and a reduction in the 50mph speed limit to 40mph on the A594 at Dovenby, as shown on the plans attached to the Working Group report attached as Appendix 2;

 

2)    That Local Committee agree that, subject to there being no unresolved objections received at the end of the statutory consultation and advertisement of the speed limits referred to in paragraph i) above, that the restrictions be brought into operation, as advertised 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 Working Group report attached as Appendix 2.

 

53b

Structural Weight Limit: Proposed Amendment to Cockermouth Traffic Regulation Order

Minutes:

Members considered a report from Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which provided the detail of a proposed amendment to the Cockermouth Traffic Regulation Order which would seek to impose a 33 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight restriction to protect a bridge known as Church Bridge in Loweswater.   

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1)    Local Committee agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of a Traffic Regulation Order which would consolidate the provisions of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Cockermouth and Surrounding Area) (Consolidation and Provision of Traffic Regulation) Order 2020, and propose to introduce a 33 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight restriction on Church Bridge, Loweswater, as shown on the plan attached to the Working Group report attached as Appendix 3 (“the Order”);

 

2)    That Local Committee agree that, subject to there being no unresolved objections received at the end of the statutory consultation and advertisement of the Order referred to in paragraph i) above, that the Order be brought into operation, as advertised having taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to in paragraph 7.2 of the Working Group report, attached as Appendix 3.

53c

Structural Weight Limit: Proposed Amendment to Keswick Traffic Regulation Order

Minutes:

Members considered a report from Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which provided the detail of a proposed amendment to the Keswick Traffic Regulation Order which would seek to impose a 13 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight limit on Hazel Bank Bridge, Hazel Bank, near Rosthwaite, and a 10 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight restriction on Chapel Bridge, Little Town.

 

RESOLVED that,

1) Local Committee agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of a Traffic Regulation Order which would consolidate the provisions of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Keswick and Surrounding Area) (Consolidation and Provision of Traffic Regulations) Order 2020, and propose to introduce a 13 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight limit on Hazel Bank Bridge, Hazel Bank, near Rosthwaite, and a 10 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight restriction on Chapel Bridge, Little Town, as shown on the plans attached to the Working Group report at Appendix 4 (“the Order”);

2) That Local Committee agree that, subject to there being no unresolved objections received at the end of the statutory consultation and advertisement of the Order referred to in paragraph i) above, that the Order be brought into operation, as advertised having taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to in paragraph 7.2 of the Working Group report attached as Appendix 4.

 

53d

Structural Weight Limit: Proposed Amendment to North Allerdale Traffic Regulation Order

Minutes:

Members considered a report from Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which provided the detail of a proposed amendment to the North Allerdale Traffic Regulation Order which would seek to reduce the existing 26 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight restriction to an 18 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight restriction on Blennerhasset Bridge.

RESOLVED that,

1) Local Committee agree that the reduction in the existing 26 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight restriction to an 18 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight restriction on Blennerhasset Bridge, as shown on the plan attached to the Working Group report as Appendix 5, be included in the statutory consultation and advertisement of the consolidation and variation of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, North Allerdale) (Consolidation and Provision of Traffic Regulations) Order 2016 and its variations (“the Order”), which was previously considered by the Working Group on 9 November 2020.

2) Local Committee agree that, subject to there being no unresolved objections received at the end of the statutory consultation and advertisement of the additional changes referred to in paragraph i) above, that the changes be brought into operation, as part of the Order, as advertised having taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to in paragraph 7.2 of the Working Group report attached as Appendix 5.

 

54.

Area Managers Update pdf icon PDF 156 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided an update on the activity across Allerdale and detailed grant applications received that exceeded £5,000 for approval.

The Area Manager introduced the report by outlining the Cumbria Youth Alliance (CYA) funding application for the continuation of the Friday Night Youth Projects across Allerdale. CYA would lead on funding bids, undertake quality checks, provide staff training and support and undertake reports to funders which would allow the small groups within the partnership to focus on direct youth work with the young people and to cut down on the administrative burden placed on the smaller groups.

 

Members asked for clarification about whether activities for these small groups had been carried out online over the course of the pandemic and it was confirmed that although usual face to face activities had been suspended, there had been some online provision. The Local Member for Seaton praised the CYA for their work in identifying and supporting young people who weren’t eligible for support from statutory services.

 

The Area Manager then discussed the recommendation to de-commit £15,000 previously allocated to funding apprenticeships from the 0-19 Fund, as the funding for the identified posts had become available elsewhere. For this reason officers were suggesting the funds be used to purchase IT equipment to support young people in virtual learning who didn’t qualify for the central government grant. The scheme had been conceived in cooperation with Allerdale Borough Council through the Community Resilience Group and would be rolled out through the schools so as to ensure the equipment was used for the purpose identified. The Vice-chair stated though working closely with the schools was very important, referrals should also be accepted from the Council’s other partners to ensure no young person missed out.

Members sought assurance that there would be arrangements in place to reclaim IT equipment after they had served their purpose. It was clarified that following the government scheme, the equipment would be in the ownership of the schools and this would be their responsibility.

The Area Manager then provided an update on activities across Allerdale and detailed the Covid Winter Grants which would target children, families and vulnerable adults. The Area Manager advised the meeting that an amount of £38.5K had been allocated to Allerdale to specifically support vulnerable adults.

The Local Member for Thursby as the Leader of Allerdale Borough Council provided an update on Maryport’s application to the Future High Street Fund. Members were pleased to hear that Maryport had been granted £12.73M to spend on redevelopment.

The Local Member for Wigton asked that the consultants working on the Borderlands project contact the Wigton Town Council as a major stakeholder in the project about presenting to the next Wigton Town Council meeting.

Members thanked officers for their exceptional work for the community in delivering Christmas parcels under challenging circumstances.

RESOLVED that,

1)    Members note the contents of the report.

 

2)    Members agree that an amount of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 54.

55.

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:

No items were removed from the list of actions arising from previous meetings.

56.

CHAMPION UPDATES

To receive updates from Allerdale’s Local Committee Champions

 

Minutes:

There were no Local Committee champion updates delivered on this occasion.

57.

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 from members serving on outside bodies delivered on this occasion.

58.

DATE & TIME OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on 5 March 2021 at 10am.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Allerdale Local Committee will take place on 5 March 2021 via Microsoft Teams.