Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Thursday, 15th October, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: This meeting will not take place in a physical location but will be held virtually. Please follow the link below to access the meeting:-

Contact: Jackie Currie  Email: jackie.currie@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

43.

ROLL CALL AND APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Roll call and apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

 

44.

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 made on this occasion.

 

45.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 155 KB

To receive the minutes of the Cabinet meeting held on 24 September 2020 (copy enclosed)

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED, that the minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2020 be agreed as a true and accurate record.

 

46.

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 excluded from the meeting during consideration of Agenda Item No 10 – Development of Carlisle Gateway by virtue of Paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as this report contains exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information).

 

47.

STATEMENTS BY THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL AND CABINET MEMBERS

To receive statements by the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members.

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Services made a statement about the request for new Covid 19 restrictions in Barrow.

 

In the light of the new three tier system announced this week, she took the opportunity to highlight the current Cumbrian situation regarding COVID-19, particularly in respect of the Barrow area.

 

Infections in Cumbria continued to increase, although broadly speaking most areas were below the national average, and certainly below the North-West of England average.

 

However in Barrow the situation was much more serious, again not quite to North-West levels, but certainly much higher than the national average and the rest of Cumbria.  It was for this reason that local leaders in Barrow had asked the Government to impose new COVID-19 restrictions, bringing the area in line with measures taken in the North East and Merseyside.

 

The request, which covered the Barrow Borough Council area, comes as the Covid 19 infection rate continued to accelerate and hospitalisations mount.  Leaders hoped that by acting now the spread of the virus could be slowed, avoiding even stricter local lockdown laws, and saving lives.  Cabinet was expecting an announcement to be made on this today by the Government.

 

In response to this, Cumbria County Council was stepping back up some of the support measures that were in place during lockdown, such as the helplines for anyone vulnerable or worried about support.

 

The Cabinet Member asked all members to help to spread this message.

 

48.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There were no questions, petitions or statements at the time of despatch

 

Minutes:

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

 

There were no referrals from Scrutiny to this meeting.

 

There were also no referrals from local committees made on this occasion.

 

49.

Cumbria County Council Equality Objectives (2020-24) pdf icon PDF 121 KB

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

 

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which reminded members that every four years Public Bodies were required to set Equality Objectives and informed them how the County Council planned to meet the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty.

 

Setting four yearly objectives gave the Council an opportunity to restate its commitment to Equality and the approach it planned to take. Outlined in this report was a new set of objectives and the rationale for a change in approach that would enable the Council and partners to address the challenges and opportunities for the Equalities agenda in the 2020s.

 

Cumbria had one of the oldest population profiles in England, and had a significant number of disabled people of working age. These challenges and opportunities around increasing digital communication and accessibility of physical infrastructure would increase in the coming years.

 

The Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue said Cabinet agreement to the Equality Objectives would result in the following key benefits:

 

·      Demonstration that the Council is committed to and is meeting its Equality Duties in the light of COVID-19;

·      Improvements in terms of accessibility of services, and developing a partnership approach to tackling the structural discrimination outlined in terms of the national policy discussion;

·      Stronger more cohesive society in Cumbria.

 

She also stated that as Chair of the Member Development Group she would be taking this to the next meeting, to ask them to agree that this be added as a standing agenda item for all the future meetings of the group.  Cabinet supported this proposal.

 

RESOLVED, that Cabinet agree

 

(1)     The proposed new approach to promoting Equality through continuous improvement, co-production and embedding across partnership working;

(2)     For this approach to be supported through the overarching Equality Objectives outlined in the report;

(3)     To embed these Equality Objectives within the delivery of the Council Plan Delivery Plan and Cumbria’s strategic partnerships.

 

50.

Proposal to provide additional places for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Sandgate School, Kendal pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – People (copy enclosed)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning presented a report which sought a decision on a proposal for Sandgate School in Kendal to increase the number of places available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) from the current 80 to 120. The proposed implementation date was 1 November 2020.

 

Both nationally and locally, demand for places at Special schools had grown over the last decade.  A developing understanding of conditions such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and a tendency towards greater complexity in the range of individual students’ needs, had driven a demand for places which the county council was no longer able to meet.

 

The school’s governors consulted on the proposal to expand the number of places available between Monday 15 June 2020 and Friday 10 July 2020.  21 responses were received and, having considered these, governors decided to publish the formal notices required to bring about the increase in numbers.

 

Notices were published on Thursday 13 August 2020, triggering a 4-week representation period which offered a further opportunity for interested parties to express their view on the expansion proposals.  No representations were received.

 

The proposal increased the number of places available within the county, providing greater opportunities for children and young people with SEND, and would facilitate improved teaching and learning at Sandgate School through more age-appropriate cohort groupings.

 

RESOLVED, that Cabinet approves the proposal to increase the number of places available at Sandgate School from 80 to 120 with effect from 1 November 2020.

 

51.

Proposed change of age range at Armathwaite School pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – People (copy enclosed)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered a report from the Executive Director – People which dealt with the outcome of public consultation on a proposed change of age range at Armathwaite School to allow the creation of a maintained nursery.

 

Armathwaite Nursery Group had been operating from the school site for a number of years.  This popular facility ceased to operate at the end of the Summer Term 2020.  Since the start of the Autumn term in September, the governors of Armathwaite School had been offering a continuation of the provision through ‘governor-led’ childcare, but wished to formalise the establishment of maintained nursery provision through a change of the age range catered for by the school, from the current 4 to 11 to 3 to 11.

 

A consultation was undertaken between 7 September and 2 October 2020 with 220 letters sent to parents, staff, governors and other stakeholders, all of which were in favour of the proposal. 

 

Eden Local Committee had been made aware of the consultation, and a report was presented to the committee on Monday 28 September 2020. Members supported the proposal.

 

Cabinet supported the recommendation as the proposal would provide a sustainable and well subscribed maintained nursery facility for children in the local area.

 

RESOLVED, that Cabinet agree to pursue a change the school’s age-range to allow for the establishment of maintained nursery provision in the village. 

 

PART II - ITEMS CONSIDERED IN THE ABSENCE OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

52.

Development of the Carlisle Station Gateway

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

 

Not for publication by virtue of paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 as this report contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members had before them a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which informed them that Carlisle Station Gateway project was a strategic regeneration project to revitalise Carlisle Station and to improve the gateway to the City Centre. The aim of the project was to improve access and connectivity to Carlisle and the wider Borderlands region as well as contribute to decarbonisation by encouraging more journeys to be taken by rail.

 

The Heads of Terms for the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal (July 2019) confirmed in principle support for the project with £15m allocated, subject to a satisfactory Outline Business Case (OBC).  The final draft OBC was submitted to Government in July 2020.  Subsequent financial modelling work was undertaken to reflect scheme cost increases and the impact of COVID-19 on anticipated rail demand and car park revenue.  This resulted in a revised proposal for an additional £5m of Borderlands funding which was currently being considered by Government.

 

The ‘Maple’ site to the south of Carlisle Station formed part of the site necessary for delivery of the preferred scheme in the OBC.  Heads of Terms had been agreed with the owner of the ‘Maple’ site for purchase of the site, conditional upon the Council completing this strategic acquisition in early November 2020.  As Borderlands funding may not be confirmed by this date, it was proposed that the Council utilised the Strategic Acquisition and Investment Fund and a short-term re-allocation of other capital budgets to facilitate this purchase.

 

Submission of the OBC to Government provided the opportunity to secure funding to deliver transformational improvements to Carlisle Station which would benefit Carlisle and the wider Borderlands region. The key benefits to be realised from this project were:

 

·      Carlisle would be easier to access by rail and would increase the regional role of the station through intercepting end-to-end car trips, turning them into mostly rail journeys, and in turn benefitting the environment.

·      Passenger growth would be supported and encouraged through creating a better offer at the station, more car parking and more accessible platforms, and encouraging more visitors. The forecast increase of passenger numbers as a result of this scheme is from 2.44m (in 2018/19) to 2.71m by 2039.

·      Carlisle was an excellent location for HS2 to stop at in the future and this scheme not only future-proofed for it but created the conditions to encourage use of the HS2 stop at Carlisle.

·      Improvements to the public realm would encourage and benefit sustainable travel and accessibility – particularly active travel by cycling and walking

·      Increased parking provision for customers (including electric charge points and disabled bays) and enhanced pedestrian access and cycle facilities in and around the Station.

 

RESOLVED, that Cabinet 

 

(1)     Authorises the Executive Director for Economy and Infrastructure, in consultation with the Leader, Deputy Leader, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Property, S151 Officer and Monitoring Officer to finalise the terms of the purchase of the ‘Maple site’ for the price agreed in the Heads of Terms dated 2nd  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.