Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for Eden
Monday, 18th November, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: Control Room, Fire Headquarters, Penrith, Cumbria

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

Items
No. Item

44.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mrs H Carrick

 

The Area Manager received apologies from Ms C Driver during the meeting.

45.

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.

46.

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 not be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any items of business on the Agenda.

47.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Ms Isabel Haley will be attending to ask a question about reducing the current speed limit for the single carriageway section of the A6 that runs from south of High Hesket to south of Low Hesket.

Minutes:

Mrs Isabel Haley attended the meeting to ask a question about reducing the current speed limit for the single carriageway section of the A6 that runs from south of High Hesket to south of Low Hesket.

 

Before reading her submission, she thanked the Chair as he had visited the location and met. Mrs Haley and her husband had worked for the police, moved to the area six months ago and, after talking to other residents about vehicle near misses and witnessing the A6 being used as ‘a racetrack’, she was attending the meeting to speak on behalf of the community. She read the following submission:

 

Purpose: Request for reduction in speed limit

I am writing to request a reduction of the current speed limit for the single carriageway section of the A6 that runs from south of High Hesket to south of Low Hesket. In practical terms, it would mean an extension of the 40mph speed limit zone (which currently ends on the southern boundary of Low Hesket) to include the length of road detailed at the start of the letter. This would be an additional distance of just over 2 kilometres.

In raising this issue, I am trying to prompt action before there are fatalities.

My request is based on a number of significant risk factors which are detailed below:

Risk 1: Court Thorn Surgery (blind summit)

This busy surgery is located beside the south bound lane of the A6, a short distance south of Low Hesket. The southbound approach has a blind summit immediately before the surgery. In practice, this means that vehicles approaching the surgery car park exit have only a few seconds to react to a vehicle pulling out of the premises. Many of the cars on the A6 are travelling at 60mph or faster. This creates a very dangerous situation, particularly for patients and staff leaving the surgery. In a car, the time from sighting the surgery to its exit is less than 6 seconds. Mechanical stopping distances can vary from car to car. However, once you add in thinking time, many cars travelling at 60mph (or more as often happens) would not stop in time to avoid a collision if a car was entering or crossing the lane on the A6.

I have been in contact with the Surgery (Rachael Somerville) and they fully support this request. They have themselves, along with their Patient Participation Group, applied for similar in 2013 and 2014. It was acknowledged by the Traffic Management Team Leader, Cumbria Council that the stretch of the A6 from Scalesceugh Hall to Plumpton is one of the worst stretches for accidents in Cumbria and this section was to be investigated further as part of an Engineering Safety Study to avoid accidents. Despite further incidents, no change has occurred.  I have spoken to other residents who have advised that the surgery has grown in size and there are more patients as it covers a bigger area.

Risk 2: North exit from A6 into  ...  view the full minutes text for item 47.

48.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 26 September 2019.

Minutes:

Correction:

 

Page 11, Minute 32, Area Planning in Eden, 5th paragraph, 1st line, ‘only’ be changed to also’

 

RESOLVED that, subject to the correction above, the minutes of the meeting held on 26 September 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

49.

PRESENTATION - Lynsey Eland - Share a Smile

To receive a presentation about Share A Smile.

Minutes:

Members received a presentation from Ms Lynsey Eland, from the Share a Smile Project and had the opportunity to ask questions of the young people involved in the project.

 

Mr Dew welcomed Ms Eland and advised that the project had been established with the support of the Local Committee’s Children and Young People Working Group who wanted to focus on young people’s mental health. Consequently, Carlisle and Eden Mind had been commissioned to undertake the project which had ended at the end of the school year in 2019. Seven young people involved in the project attended the meeting to advise on their activity during the project.

 

Ms Eland had worked with young people from Appleby, Ullswater and Kirkby Stephen schools and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. The project had looked at ways to raise the awareness of good mental health and reduce the stigma of mental health issues.

 

The presentation covered:

 

·         Quotes from young people who had been involved in the project

·         Successes so far

·         The experiences of the team

·         The aims of the project

·         Sharing knowledge in primary schools

·         Primary school feedback

·         Random Act of Kindness week

·         Community feedback

·         Feedback from the team

·         Thanks to everyone involved

·         Responses to questions about the project in order to identify lessons learned and develop it further

 

Ms Eland commented on the attributes and commitment of the young people involved in the project and highlighted the regular positive messages put out on social media platforms. Ms Eland talked about how each school had different resources and different ideas on what to spend their funding on and commented on the legacy budget.

 

Members asked the young people a number of questions including what they thought the outcomes of the project were, how their work could be built upon in future and commented on their enthusiasm and commitment, their innovative ideas and whether the young people had seen a shift in culture so young people understood that good mental health was part of their general wellbeing.

 

The young people talked about their interactive work and resources used with primary school children and the legacy of the work they had undertaken with them, their visibility within their school environment so other young people could talk to them about mental health issues and how important it was to listen as well as talk. It was reported that mental health was now being talked about more openly and at a younger age and a contributing factor to this was the increased social media profile encouraging young people to be caring. The Young people commented on how much they enjoyed the project and on their positive working relationship with Ms Eland. An explanation was provided on the Instagram campaign pushing out positive mental health messages to young people in the schools and on the young people’s hopes to train all teachers on mental health issues.

 

The Chair thanked everyone involved in the project and commented on the excellent work that had been taken so far. He asked how the rest  ...  view the full minutes text for item 49.

50.

PRESENTATION: Bicycle Mayor - Richard Ingham

To receive a presentation from Cumbria’s Bicycle Mayor.

Minutes:

Mr Richard Ingham, the Elected Bicycle Mayor for Cumbria, gave a presentation on the role of cycling in helping Eden achieve its vision. Mr Ingham outlined the history behind his appointment as Cumbria’s Elected Bicycle Mayor and talked about the importance of health and wellbeing, how the Elected Bicycle Mayor was a global initiative, the promotion of cycling as a mode of transport to be a catalyst for change, his support from all six MPs in Cumbria for the scheme, the election process and his remit.

 

The presentation covered the following:

 

·         Vision (Council Plan)

·         We need to change the way we travel in the UK

·         NHS: Obesity statistics 2017

·         CO2 Footprint Transport Modes

·         Healthy Transport = Healthy Lives

·         UK National Travel Survey 2017

·         Emissions data for Oxford

·         Manchester Made to Move report

·         Date relating to switching from a car to bike

·         A better way to travel – rush hour in Amsterdam: 55% by bike

·         Eden: cycling opportunities

·         Eden: barriers to cycling

·         Penrith: existing promoted cycle routes

·         Penrith: some potential urban cycle ways

·         Maximising potential information, signage, providing lots of cycle parking and providing information on-line

 

Following the presentation members made a number of observations and asked questions.

 

A member considered that the information presented would help inform the Penrith Parking and Movement Study, however, Penrith’s road network, weather conditions and topography or people’s fitness could hinder people from using bicycles. She considered that shared use of space for cyclists and pedestrians didn’t always work for both groups and that budget constraints could impact on the development of cycle ways. Mr Ingham acknowledged the Council’s budget constraints and was not a personal advocate of shared use of space, but talked about where cycle routes were successful.

 

The Chair advised that workshop sessions held during the Penrith Parking and Movement Study would concentrate on the detail Mr Ingham was referring to in his presentation.

 

A member welcomed the election of the Bicycle Mayor and suggested Mr Ingham contact Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT). He advised that working with other organisations to reduce cars on the road was a way forward, such as the National Trust working on car free villages. Another member considered that rather than impose routes in existing areas, new routes be integrated into new developments. In agreeing with this, Mr Ingham referred to land use planning policies in Europe which made it harder to use cars on some routes. A member expressed her concern at this as she considered this would prejudice older people given that Cumbria had a super-aging population and that older people may struggle to carry heavy shopping on bicycles. She advised on the difficulty of providing cycling routes in the Penrith area and that a review on the matter had already taken place.

 

The Lead Officer - Infrastructure Planning advised that as part of the Transport Improvements Study, sustainable transport schemes had been identified and it was important that any further identification of schemes took these into account.

 

RESOLVED that, the presentation  ...  view the full minutes text for item 50.

51.

PRESENTATION: Penrith Parking and Movement Study

To receive a presentation from the Lead Officer - Infrastructure Planning.

Minutes:

The Lead Officer - Infrastructure Planning gave a presentation on the Penrith Parking and Movement Study which covered the following:

 

·         Objectives

·         Governance

·         Communication and Engagement

·         Scope and programme

 

Members asked a number of questions and commented on the work being undertaken in the study. The Chair invited Eden District Council members in the public gallery to join the Committee and take part in this item. Questions were asked on whether the study would be phased and about the spend on the project’s implementation.

 

The Lead Officer - Infrastructure Planning talked about the jointly funded Study and referred members to the stages in the Study and Programme. She advised that stakeholders would be identified to deliver the projects and that joint working would likely take place, adding that stakeholder engagement would be key to the preparation of the study. She highlighted that it was important to note that currently no funding was in place to deliver any improvements which may be identified. She reported that the Study was at an early stage and that each stakeholder had individual views on issues. Further views would be obtained at workshops in early 2020. She considered that by identifying and developing improvements, it would provide partners with the necessary evidence to seek funding when it became available.A project board had been established to provide strategic direction and leadership for the project.

 

A member asked that careful consideration be given to the messages communicated to the public. Members welcomed that there would be joint working with other stakeholders and that there was agreement between the three tiers of Councils which would help to progress the projects. The difficult conversations to be held on identifying priorities was acknowledged.

 

RESOLVED that, the presentation be circulated to members.

52.

Area Planning in Eden pdf icon PDF 131 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 which brought together information from across the community teams including community development and services as well as public health. The report provided an update on the work of each area, identified activity against priorities, highlights current issues and provides an overview of the budget position. 

After a request for further information, the Area Manager provided a short outline of the recent multi-agency workshop with colleagues from NHS, Eden District Council, Cumbria Constabulary and the third sector to discuss service delivery and collaborative processes. This work was still in its infancy but an update would be provided at a future meeting of the Committee.

A short discussion took place on the name of the Every Life Matters organisation. A member asked when money would be allocated from the Area Planning budget as there was only four months left in the financial year. The Area Manager advised that proposals were being considered to ensure that funding was allocated effectively.

Following a query about how the money would be spent in the Universal Services budget, the Area Manager advised that a report on this matter would be brought to a future meeting of the Committee. A member asked that in addition to members being informed of the projects identified for funding, they also be advised when funds were released so they were kept fully informed. The Area Manager undertook to do this. The Chair of the Children and Young People’s Working Group confirmed that funding would be allocated.

In referring to the Highways’ winter service review, a member reported on the issues on the A66 which crossed Stainmore when it was closed due to bad weather as motorists used different routes and got stuck on minor roads. He would pursue a resolution with Highways officers on this matter.

The recommendations were moved en bloc by the Chair and agreed by assent of the Committee.

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 £88,835 as at 28 October 2019.

3          Members note the area planning update contained within the report between paragraphs 4.6 and 4.27

 

4          An update be provided at a future meeting on the multi-agency work with colleagues from the NHS, Eden District Council and Cumbria Constabulary to discuss service delivery and collaborative processes.

 

5          A report be considered at the January 2020 Committee meeting on how spend will be allocated in the Universal Services budget.

53.

Highways Programme Progress Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 103 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.

 

The Highways Network Manager guided members through the programme and advised that a new scheme, Eden Valley Mineral Water had been added into the Devolved Highway Capital Programme due to accelerated deterioration of the road surface and this would be funded from an accumulative underspend in the capital programme. The forecast was to complete all projects on target by the end of the financial year.

 

Members were advised that in relation to the surface dressing underspend, no schemes would drop out of the programme as the final cost was less than estimated. Public Transport Infrastructure and Minor Local Safety Schemes would be identified for 2020/21. A short discussion took place on the funding of signage for bus stops.

 

RESOLVED that, the progress information shown in the appendices to the report be noted

54.

EDEN TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER (TRO) - CONSOLIDATION OF AND CHANGES TO EXISTING RESTRICTIONS AND INTRODUCTION OF PROPOSED NEW RESTRICTIONS pdf icon PDF 149 KB

[Electoral Division: All]

 

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

 

This report advises members of a number of proposed changes to the Eden traffic regulation order

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Eden Traffic Regulation Order – consolidation of and changes to existing restriction and introduction of proposed new restrictions. Requests for the proposed changes had come from a variety of sources including Member, Parish, Police, and resident suggestions and ongoing reviews of existing restrictions by highways officers. The report sought approval from members to proceed to statutory advertisement and consultation and then to bring the Order, which would consolidate the provisions of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, District of Eden) (Consolidation and Provision of Traffic Regulations) Order 2018, (as varied), together with the proposed changes referred to in the Recommendations of the report into operation should there be no unresolved objections.

Mr Connell advised that he had spoken to the Highways Network Manager. He drew members’ attention to the proposal asking members to not to proceed to statutory consultation at C3004 and C3063 at Long Marton. He advised that this was not a controversial proposal and recommended that this was agreed by the Committee. It was noted that the ‘no waiting at any time’ restriction could be amended in response to local complaints.

In talking about the proposal asking members to not to proceed to statutory consultation for a one way traffic restriction at Pembroke Street, Appleby in Westmorland, Mr Connell advised that he did not agree with the proposal as there had only been one representation and all feedback he had received been positive and therefore recommended that the Committee agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of the Order. It was moved by Mr Connell and seconded by Mr Dew that the proposal to introduce a One Way Traffic Restriction on part of the U3355 and the entirety of the U3349, Pembroke Street at Pembroke Street, Appleby–in-Morland proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of the proposals. This was agreed by assent of the Committee.

In light of the decision of the Committee relating to Pembroke Street, Appleby in Morland, it was highlighted by a member that the proposal at South Terrace, Tebay may change when it was considered again by the Committee at a future meeting.

The Chair moved the remaining recommendations en bloc (taking into account the earlier vote on Pembroke Street, Appleby in Morland), which were agreed by assent of the Committee.

RESOLVED that,

The Local Committee agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of an order  to consolidate the provisions of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, District of Eden) (Consolidation and Provision of Traffic Regulations) Order 2018 (as  varied),  together with the proposals detailed at paragraphs 3.2 to 3.9 inclusive and 3.13 of the report into one concise order (“the Order”). Any unresolved representations received to the Order referred to at paragraph 3.1 of the report, will be reported back through the Local Committee process for determination. However, in the absence of any such representations, the Order, to include the proposals and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 54.

55.

Penrith Consolidation Order pdf icon PDF 137 KB

[Electoral Division: All]

 

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

 

This report advises the Local Committee of the representations received to the informal consultation on a number of proposed changes to the Penrith traffic regulation order in relation to 5 locations.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Penrith Consolidation Order. The report advised the Local Committee of the representations received to the informal consultation on a number of proposed changes to the Penrith traffic regulation order referred to at paragraph 3.1 of the Report, in relation to 5 locations. The proposed changes had come from a variety of sources including Member and resident requests and ongoing reviews of existing restrictions.  The report sought approval from members to proceed to statutory advertisement and consultation and then to bring the Order, which would consolidate the provisions of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Penrith) (Consolidation and Provision of Traffic Regulations) Order 2017, together with its variations and the proposed changes referred to in the Recommendations of the report, into operation, should there be no unresolved objections.

A member welcomed the proposals before the Committee and reported that residents at Friargate had requested adequate signage.

The Chair moved the recommendations in the report en bloc and these were agreed by assent of the Committee.

RESOLVED that,

The Local Committee agrees to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of an order which will seek to consolidate the provisions of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Penrith) (Consolidation and Provision of Traffic Regulations) Order 2017, together with its variations and the proposals detailed at paragraphs 3.1.1 to 3.1.5 inclusive (“the Order”) of the report:-

1             Extend the current No Waiting at Any Time restriction on the southeast side of Sand Croft approximately 30m in a north-easterly direction and introduce a new 10m length of No Waiting at Any Time restriction on the southwest side of the road, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 2 to the report

2             Introduce new One-way Traffic restriction in a northerly direction (clockwise) on the Friargate parking area, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 3 to the report

3             Introduce a new One-way Traffic restriction in a westerly direction on part of Askham Crescent, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 4 to the report

4             Introduce a new prohibition of heavy commercial vehicles over 7.5 tonnes maximum gross weight restriction, with except for access exemptions on Gillan Way, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 5 to the report

5             Introduce a new One-way Traffic restriction in a north-easterly direction on Harrison Street, and change the existing parking bays to a No Waiting at Any Time restriction. Extend the Zone I parking bays on Foster Street by 6m on both sides of the road at its junction with Harrison Street.  All are shown on the plan attached as Appendix 6 to the report

1.2         Any unresolved representations received to the Order referred to at paragraph 3.1 of the report, will be reported back through the Local Committee process for determination. However, in the absence of any such representations, Local Committee is asked to resolve that the Order, to include the proposals and changes detailed at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.

56.

EDEN AREA SPEED LIMIT REVIEW 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 122 KB

[Electoral Division: All]

 

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

 

This report advises the Local Committee of the outcome of the informal consultation on a number of proposed speed limit changes throughout Eden District.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructurewhich advised the Local Committee of the outcome of the informal consultation on a number of proposed speed limit changes throughout Eden District. This was part of an ongoing Highways Capital programme to review and implement new, and alter existing speed restrictions, where appropriate within the District. The report also sought agreement from the Local Committee to bring the Order referred to at paragraph 3.1 of the report into operation should there be no unresolved objections.

The Traffic Management Team Leader reported that a late response had been received from Tebay Parish Council on the proposed speed limit. A request had been made to extend the 30mph speed limit further south and include a 40mph buffer zone. His recommendation was that the current proposals as set out in the report remain. It was noted that consideration may given to introducing a 40mph zone at a later date. Mr Dew reported on his liaison with the Parish Council and his support for the recommendation before members.

Mr Hughes referred to speeding vehicles at Bolton. The Traffic Management Team Leader would report this to the CRASH Group for further investigation and would review the provision of traffic calming measures when the finance was available.

The Chair commented on his discussions with Highways England and senior County Council officers regarding issues with traffic being diverted off the M6 and the possible need for a software update to the Satellite Navigation system.

The Chair moved the recommendations in the report en bloc which were agreed by assent of the Committee.

RESOLVED that,

(A) That Local Committee agrees to proceed to statutory  consultation and advertisement of a traffic regulation order to consolidate the provisions of The County of Cumbria (Various Towns and Villages in the District of Eden) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) Order 2016, and introduce the proposals detailed at paragraphs 3.2 to 3.8 inclusive (“the Order”) of the report, 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.

 

1     Armathwaite

Extend the existing 30mph restriction for approx. 825m on the C3018 northeast of the village, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 2.

2     Greystoke

Extend the existing 30mph restriction for approx. 200m on the C3014 north of the village, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 3.

3     Soulby

Introduce a new 30mph restriction throughout the village as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 4.

4     Stainton

Extend the existing 30mph restriction for approx. 220m on the U3152 north of the village, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 5.

5     Tebay

Extend the existing 30mph restriction for approx. 75m on the A685 south of the village, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix6.

6     Winton

Introduce a new 30mph restriction throughout the village as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 7.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 56.

57.

DOBSONS BRIDGE - REDUCTION IN WEIGHT LIMIT FROM 17 TONNES MAXIMUM GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT TO 13 TONNES MAXIMUM GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT pdf icon PDF 128 KB

[Electoral Division: Greystoke and Hesket]

 

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

 

This report asks members to agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of  a new order (“the Order”) to reduce the existing 17 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight limit on that section of the U3129 at Threlkeld over the full expanse of Dobson Bridge, to a maximum gross weight of  13 tonnes

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding Dobsons Bridge – Reduction in weight limit from 17 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight to 13 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight. The report advised members of a proposed change to the existing weight limit. The proposed changes had been requested by the Cumbria County Council Bridges team. The report sought approval from members to proceed to statutory advertisement and consultation and then to bring the Order, into operation should there be no unresolved objections.

 

Following a query from the Local Member, the Traffic Management Team Leader confirmed that should the order be agreed there were alternative routes for farm vehicles to use.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1             Members agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of  a new order (“the Order”) to reduce the existing 17 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight limit on that section of the U3129 at Threlkeld over the full expanse of Dobson Bridge, to a maximum gross weight of 13 tonnes,

2             Any unresolved representations received to the Order, referred to at paragraphs 3.1 and 3.2 of the report, will be reported back through the Local Committee process for determination. In the absence of any such representations, 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 at paragraph 7.2 of the report.

58.

HIGHWAYS ASSET MANAGEMENT STRATEGY pdf icon PDF 108 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Eden]

 

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

 

This report presents details of the  refreshed Highway Asset Management Strategy

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a presentation from the Senior Manager - Asset Infrastructure and Transport which covered the following:

 

·         The 2015 Highways Asset Management Strategy

·         Highways Asset Management Strategy 2020-2025

·         Highways’ vision

·         Highways Delivery Plan

·         The Highways’ customer

·         Working together

·         Enterprise and efficiency

·         Prevention and Early Intervention

·         Digital Transformation

·         Proposed timetable for the new Strategy

 

A member asked that in addition to receiving information about schemes in their own division, members were informed of schemes in adjoining divisions in order to ascertain if there would be any impact on their division. He highlighted that Parish Councils were keen on Working Together and were looking for progress on devolved budgets. He welcomed progress made with electric car charging points but asked for reasonably priced public transport.

 

In response to a member asking what difference the new Strategy would make, the Senior Manager - Asset Infrastructure and Transport commented on the improvements to customer care and reputational change. He advocated the application of the best measures available to the highways asset at the right time,  in order to keep the asset in the best condition possible.

 

The Senior Manager - Asset Infrastructure and Transport reported that to bring the highways network up to a good standard would take £250-300m and that the Government provided £35m of funding therefore there was always a backlog of work which was prioritised and risk assessed. The Highways network was the County Council’s largest asset and was worth £7.2bn.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1             The Highway Asset Management Strategy refresh process be noted

2             The Delivery Plan be noted

59.

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:

Mrs Bell gave an update on her attendance at a meeting with the Pupil Referral Unit in Carlisle and the excellent work being undertaken by the newly appointed Head teacher.

 

Mr Dew gave an update on the following:

 

·         Children in Care Council meeting of 5 October

·         Eden Youth Council meeting of 10 November

·         Eden Health and Wellbeing Forum meeting of 7 October 2019

 

Mr Dew reported on a request from an officer about collecting hamper items for Care Leavers. The Senior Democratic Services Officer would circulate the information to the Committee. He referred to a fundraising/awareness event to be held on 14 December at The Gathering in Penrith by the Eden Youth Council. He would circulate a poster for this event after the meeting.

 

Mr Hughes queried why the Eden Health and Wellbeing Forum met in private. Mr Dew undertook to raise this point when he attended the next meeting of the Forum.

 

Mr Connell advised that he would be providing an update on the Suicide Alertness Group at a future meeting of the Committee.

60.

ACTION LOG pdf icon PDF 36 KB

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

Minutes:

Members reviewed the Action Log

 

The Area Manager undertook to find out if the Carlisle and Eden Community Safety Partnership had met and whether there had been any discussions on modern day slavery. 

 

The Area Manager gave an update as follows:

 

·         A date would be identified for the fuel poverty in early 2020

·         A date would be identified for the Cumbria Youth Commission to be invited to the Children and Young People’s Working Group

 

Mr Dew addedthat Cumbria Youth Commission’s invitation had been placed on the Action Log of the Children and Young People Working Group. The invitation would be extended when prior commitments of the Working Group had been fulfilled.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

Removed from the Action log:

 

·         Climate change workshop

·         Formal packages of care query

·         Mrs Bell’s query on the award to 1st Skelton Brownies

·         Mrs Bell’s update on youth facilities in Penrith

·         Eden Transport Toolkit placed on the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership Agenda

·         Working Together Agreements circulated to the Committee

61.

DATE & TIME OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on 15 January 2019 at Fire HQ, Penrith at 10.30am.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Committee would be held on 15 January 2020 at 10.30am at Fire HQ, Penrith, Cumbria.