Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for Eden
Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: Cumbria Local Enterprise Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0DT

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

Items
No. Item

16.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

17.

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.

18.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

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

Minutes:

RESOLVED        that, the press and public be not excluded from the meeting during consideration of any items of business on the Agenda.

19.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

To consider any petitions, statements or questions presented to the Committee.

Minutes:

Two members of the public attended under the Public Participation Scheme.

 

Janis Young attended the meeting to present a petition about the retention of bus chaperones for Langwathby C of E School. Information had been circulated to the Committee prior to the meeting which was referred to in the petition.

 

The petition:

 

We would like you to consider our case, set out in the previously circulated briefing paper;

 

If you agree with our case, we would like you to ask Cllr. Keith Little, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transport, to ask the relevant Officers, (the Senior Manager – Transport Services, Mr David Jenkinson and the Senior Manager – Commissioning, Procurement and Contract Management, Mr Conway Stewart), to review their decision;

 

We would like you to ask them to do so in the light of a positive recommendation from the Committee that the Chaperones be retained.

 

Before presenting the petition to the Chair, Mrs Young stated the following:

 

·         I am a grandparent of two children that attend Langwathby School and  represent all of the children, parents and staff in presenting the petition

·         I hope that members have read emails from John Williams and myself which have given more information about the whole campaign

·         The reason for the petition is that we believe that the removal of the chaperones will pose an unacceptable risk to the safety and wellbeing of the fellside children attending Langwathby School, would not be cost effective as the consequences would be more expensive and would break the promise made to the parents of the children of the fellside villages.

·         We maintain that Cumbria County Council is legally, morally and honour bound because of the promise which has been supported by the County Council since it was made.

·         It was the only reason that the fellside villagers agreed to the closure of the fellside schools and they trusted the council of the time to honour it for the life of Langwathby School,

·         The County Council apparently has no written record of that promise but there is a signed legal statement by a headmistress of a village school who was present when the promise was made.

·         Morally, because of the consequences of their removal, it would cause many parents to lose confidence in the buses and will take their children to school in private cars. This will cause congestion around the school entrance and increase the environmental damage which goes against the council’s own sustainable travel strategy

·         The bus driver must have total concentration whilst driving around the particularly narrow lanes. He or she cannot take on the role of supervising adult without compromising their ability to concentrate on driving.

·         Within the school there are measures in place to deal with bullying and the chaperones prevent bullying on school buses. If the chaperones are removed, there will be no supervising adult to stop vulnerable children becoming victims of bullying.

·         The safety and wellbeing of the children will be in danger as a direct removal of the chaperones and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 10 June 2019

Minutes:

Corrections:

 

Page 9, Minute 9, 2nd paragraph, second line, 2019 be changed to 2018.

 

Page 14, Minute 14, Updates on CRASH Group not to be removed from the Action log (until a report be provided to the Committee by Miss Fearon).

 

RESOLVED that, subject to the corrections above, the minutes of the meeting held on 10 June 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

21.

PRESENTATION: Integrated Care Communities

To receive a presentation on Integrated Care Communities.

Minutes:

A presentation was given to the Committee from Derek Houston - Senior Manager - Health and Care Integration and Jackie Dodd - Public Health Locality Manager, Eden on Integrated Care Communities (ICC). Members were advised on the following:

 

·         North Cumbria ICCs

·         The ICC model

·         Initial activity

·         Impact of ICCs

·         Engagement work to date

·         Next phase for ICCs

·         Planned engagement work

 

Whilst welcoming the Carlisle and Eden Forum and hoping that it would be successful, a member then outlined his issues with the draft Communications and Engagement Plan highlighting in particular that the public had mainly been excluded from its development. He welcomed some of the developments such as increased prevention and also highlighted the Local Committee’s responsibility in ensuring that residents’ health issues – particularly mental health provision was supported. He reported that his local Parish Council and residents in his division knew little of the Plan and that he knew little as he did not attend the Health and Wellbeing Forum to which the Committee’s representative on the Forum advised that he did share information.

 

The Senior Manager - Health and Care Integration reported that although the draft Communication and Engagement Plan was not yet completed, the views of the Local Committee would be welcomed and taken on board. He commented on the use of community groups in developing the Plan. He highlighted that most work so far focussed on internal processes which would not be a matter for public consultation. Members were informed that it was not a statutory requirement to publish the Plan.

 

Discussion ensued on co-production. It was labour intensive, should be used in areas giving the biggest impact and used on a case by case basis. The Chair of the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee advised that the Committee would continue to be involved with ICC. It was welcomed that Eden would be one of the first Pilot ICC areas.

 

A number of members welcomed that the ICC had made progress and commented on positive messages about the ICC. A plea was made to provide a clear message about ICCs in the community as the public did not know that the system was changing. A member advised that he did report on the ICC at local meetings and welcomed that existing events would be used to convey the ICC message.

 

In mentioning a specific case, a member queried whether every person receiving care would have a Care Plan. She stated that a person without an advocate may not have access to a Care Plan. The Senior Manager - Health and Care Integration provided reassurance that everyone that received formal packages of care through either Adult Social Care or Community Health Services did so on the basis of a Care Plan. This was confirmed by the Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services. He advised that he would check this and respond in due course.

 

The Chair offered his thanks and support for the Communication and Engagement Plan. The Senior Manager - Health and Care Integration would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

22.

Area Planning in Eden pdf icon PDF 270 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All]

 

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

 

The Area Manager’s report brings together information from across the Community teams including Community Development and Services, Public Health and Waste Prevention. This report provides Local Committee with an update on the work of each area, identified activity against priorities, highlights current issues and provides an overview of the budget position.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services regarding Area Planning in Eden. The report brought together information from across the community teams including Community Development and Services, Public Health and Waste Prevention. The report provided the Local Committee with an update on the work of each area, identified activity against priorities, highlighted current issues and provided an overview of the budget position. 

The Area Manager briefed the Committee on the positive work undertaken by the Public Health Team, in particular regarding Suicide Safer Eden and was pleased to report that Penrith Library had officially been recognised as a Healthy Library at a ceremony in July. He praised the work of the library team supporting the Penrith Refugee Network with their efforts around English conversational development Groups.

It was noted that the committed amount of £5,000 in the Summary Financial Statement; 30 June 2019 referred to starter costs for Appleby Youth Club.

A member asked that an application for the funding of Patterdale Sports Pavilion group be considered favourably by the Children and Young People’s Working Group as young people would benefit from the work to be undertaken. The Chair responded that the application would be considered on its merit and progressed accordingly.

A seminar on infrastructure and transport would be confirmed outside of the meeting.

RESOLVED that,

 

1          Members note the budget allocations for 2019-20 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to date. 

2          Members note the provisional unallocated resources in the 2019/20 Revenue Discretionary Budgets of £94,546 as at 30 June 2019

3          Members note the area planning update contained within the report between paragraphs 4.6 and 4.23.

23.

HIGHWAYS PROGRAMME PROGRESS REPORT 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 248 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Eden]

 

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

 

This report presents the Devolved Highways Revenue, Devolved Highways Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget reports combined with programme progress information.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Highways Programme Progress report 2019/20. The report presented the Devolved Highways Revenue, Devolved Highways Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget reports combined with programme progress information as detailed in the appendices attached to the report.

In updating members on the various budgets, the Highways Network Manager talked about virement of £16,000 from the 2018/19 revenue underspend to the 2019/20 gully cleansing budget. In response to member questions, he clarified that a transfer of funds to the Operational Highways Team was to cover 1-5 day highway safety repairs and defects. He talked about the virement of £18,523 from the 2018/19 revenue underspend into the 2019/20 Operational Highways Team. It was confirmed that there were two gully cleansing machines currently working in Eden with one undertaking planned work identified on the programme, the other clearing a backlog. The recently agreed Capital Programme would be presented to the next meeting of the Committee. The slippage from the 2018/19 identified in the Devolved Capital Programme was now approved and would be transferred to the 2019/20 Programme. An update would be given on Shap trench and village at the next meeting of the Committee.

 

The Committee turned to the request received from the owner of Shining Stars Nursery for the Committee to fund the cost of constructing a new footway on the B6542 Bongate from the existing footway at the 30mph limits to Shining Stars Children’s Nursery. This had been the subject of public participation earlier in the meeting. The owner of the business had remained in the meeting to hear the Committee determine the decision.

 

The Chair offered a number of options before the Committee in terms of decision making. The Highways Network Manager provided a detailed explanation of how the footway, originally scored as number 6, had been rescored to number 1 on the list. This related mainly to the financial contribution from the business owner and revised cost estimate which had reduced the cost of the scheme to the County Council. He confirmed that the business owner’s quote from a construction company did not cover the cost of lighting.

 

A number of members speaking in favour of funding the footway commented that the scheme had been needed for some time, they welcomed the full explanation of why the scoring had changed, had been impressed by the presentation earlier in the meeting by the business owner, considered that the business was necessary to the community and queried whether funding could come from future housing developers as part of a Section 106 agreement. The limited total budget available for funding schemes was highlighted and how if this scheme was funded, it would impact on the delivery of larger schemes. The Local Member encouraged the Committee to support the new footway.

 

In response to these points, the Highways Network Manager advised that there was not a statutory requirement for lighting the footway and the business owner confirmed that street lighting would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

UPDATE FROM REPRESENTATIVES ON OUTSIDE BODIES

To receive a verbal update from members on any outside bodies they attend on behalf of Eden Local Committee

Minutes:

 Mr Dew gave detailed updates on the following:

 

·         13 June 2019 Holehird Trust meeting

·         8 July 2019 MASCG meeting

·         11 July 2019 Eden Youth Council meeting

·         Foster Care Steering Group meeting

 

A discussion took place on the views held by members on Climate Change with a request being made for a workshop on the topic.

 

Miss Fearon gave detailed updates on the following:

 

·         9 July 2019 CRASH Group meeting

·         29 June 2019 Armed Forces Event

·         23 July 2019 Carlisle and Eden Armed Forces Project Management Group

·         1 August 2019 - Armed Forces Connect training (details to be circulated to the Committee)

 

Miss Fearon asked the Highways Network Manager to investigate the response from the County Council to the request from the Chair of the CRASH Group for support for Kendal Calling traffic management.

 

A number of members raised that vegetation control on some roads which were the responsibility of Highways England was poor and asked the Highways Network Manager raise this at a CRASH Group meeting.

25.

ACTION LOG pdf icon PDF 157 KB

To update Members on progress of Actions agreed from previous meetings.

 

Minutes:

Members considered the Action Log.

 

The Area Manager provided an update on the Terms of Reference and Membership of Working Groups review and on the future report to Committee on Universal Credit. A member asked that for the Universal Credit update that the number of people going into crisis, including the number of ex-service people be included.

 

RESOLVED that, the following be removed from the Action Log:

 

Date

Minute No

Action Required

Officer/Member

26.3.19

114

Updates to be given at future meetings on:

  • Fire Service Champion work
  • Eden and Carlisle Community Safety Partnership

Members

10.6.19

10

One meeting to be removed from the Local Committee’s meeting calendar in 2019 and a review of the number of meetings to be undertaken in June 2020

Senior Democratic Services Officer

 

26.

DATE & TIME OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on 26 September 2019 at Cumbria LEP at 10.30am

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Committee would be held on 26 September 2019 at Cumbria LEP, Redhills, Penrith at 10.30am.