Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for Barrow
Wednesday, 17th January, 2018 10.30 am

Venue: Conference Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1LG

Contact: Lynn Harker  Email: lynn.harker@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

51.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence on this occasion.

 

52.

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:

(1)       Mr R Worthington declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda items 7 and 8 – Barrow Consolidation Traffic Regulation Order Variation No 37 and Barrow Highways Advisory Sub-Group – Update Report from 4 December 2017 respectively (minutes 57 and 58 refer) as he was a self employed private hire driver in the Barrow district.

 

(2)       Mr B McEwan declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 10 – Children and Young People’s Working Group – 13 December 2017 (minute 60 refers) as he was Chair of Ormsgill Community Centre.

 

53.

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 item of business.

 

54.

Public Participation

There are no public questions, statements or petitions relating to the business of the Committee on this occasion.

 

Minutes:

There were no questions, statements or petitions relating to the business of the Committee on this occasion.

 

55.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 17 November 2017 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 17 November 2017 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

56.

2017/18 Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital Update pdf icon PDF 95 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways (copy enclosed).

 

This report presents the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget finance reports and updates Members as to current progress on these budget lines

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which presented the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget finance reports and updated the members as to current progress on those budget lines (detailed in the appendices attached to the report).

 

Members noted the Non Devolved Highways Capital 2017/18 budget overspend and were informed this was due to a delay in processing invoices by the relevant finance team at the end of the financial year.

 

A discussion took place regarding the column replacement project and the Committee were informed this was a rolling programme.

 

The Committee raised their concerns regarding the erosion of the coastline, highlighting the effects of the decommissioned waste tip on South Walney.  It was agreed that an urgent meeting would be convened including representatives from the County Council, Barrow Borough Council, Environment Agency and the landowner to discuss the matter.

 

The Chair thanked the local Member for Walney South and his team of volunteers for litter picking at the redundant waste tip site.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the report be noted;

 

                            (2)       an urgent meeting be convened including representatives from the County Council, Barrow Borough Council, Environment Agency and the landowner to discuss the concerns regarding the erosion of the coastline.

 

57.

Barrow Consolidation Traffic Regulation Order Variation No 37 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways (copy enclosed).

 

This report seeks a resolution on the proposed introduction of the Order.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Environment which set out the responses received to the statutory consultation and advertising of the Traffic Regulation Order, The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Barrow-in-Furness) (Consolidation and Minor Amendment of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2001) Variation Order (No. 37) 20><, (referred to at paragraph 3.1 of the report) (“the Order”) which proposed restrictions for various locations in Barrow-in-Furness and one in Dalton-in-Furness.

 

The Committee noted that Barrow Borough Council had advertised proposals for Hackney Carriages as part of Barrow Borough Council’s Designation of Hackney Carriage Stands pursuant to Section 63(3)(c) of Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 (“the Hackney Carriages Designation”).  The report sought a recommendation on the consent for Barrow Borough Council to proceed with the Hackney Carriages Designation.

 

Members were informed that the report also sought approval to implement an additional standard exemption to the 7.5 tonne weight limit on Greengate Street to allow access for highway vehicles on works operations.

 

A discussion took place regarding the railway bridge on Greengate Street and members were informed the structure was the responsibility of Network Rail.  Members raised concerns regarding health and safety matters in connection with the bridge and requested that the Local Committee be kept updated of any issues and monitoring reports be made available to them.  It was agreed that a member of the County Council’s Capital Bridges Team would be invited to a future meeting of the Barrow Highways Advisory Sub?Group to provide a general update. 

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       having taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (more specifically referred to at paragraph 7.2 of the report), The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Barrow-in-Furness) (Consolidation and Minor Amendment of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2001) Variation Order (No. 37) 20><, be brought into operation as advertised,

 

                            (2)       consent is given for the Barrow Borough Council’s Designation of Hackney Carriage Stands pursuant to Section 63(3)(c) of Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 except for the proposed rank on Market Street, Dalton-in-Furness, in response to the objections received;

 

                            (3)       an additional exemption to article 58A of the Order for schedule XXXIA to allow highway vehicles which are carrying out maintenance operations from the 7.5 tonnes weight limit on Greengate Street in Barrow be approved.

 

58.

Highways Advisory Sub-Group pdf icon PDF 100 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways (copy enclosed).

 

This report gives recommendations for approval by Barrow Local Committee from the Highways Advisory Sub-Group meeting held on 4 December 2017.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which gave details of the discussion and recommendations of the Highways Advisory Sub-Group for the Barrow area which met on 4 December 2017.

 

The local Member for Dalton North asked if it would be possible to site a salt bin near to the level crossing in Askam?in?Furness and it was agreed the Highways Network Manager would investigate this.  He also raised his concerns regarding the degraded yellow zig-zag lines outside Chapel Street Infants and Nursery School, Dalton?in?Furness and was informed this was prioritised as the next lining scheme.  The Traffic Management Team Leader agreed to meet the local Member later in the day at Askam?in?Furness to undertake a site visit.

 

(1)       Minutes

 

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 4 December 2017 be noted.

 

(2)       Bath Street – Traffic Video Monitoring Review

 

The local Member for Hindpool raised her concerns regarding the illegal use of the one?way system on Bath Street and the consequent health and safety issues for the School Crossing Patrol in the area.  Whilst welcoming the progression of the proposed scheme of build?outs to narrow the road and reduce parking issues it was felt interim measures should be put in place until the scheme was complete.  It was suggested that either an additional School Crossing Patrol or a Police Community Support Officer be made available until the scheme was complete. 

 

A discussion took place regarding the use of body cameras by School Crossing Patrols and it was suggested this should be investigated further.  Members were also encouraged to contact the Police with any relevant evidence of illegal use of the one?way system on Bath Street.

 

The local Member for Walney North thanked all officers involved in the North Road widening scheme.

 

RESOLVED,    that

 

                           (a)      the report be noted;

 

                           (b)      the matter be referred to the CRASH Group for consideration by the Police with regard to enforcement of the existing One-way restriction;

 

                           (c)      option 3 be progressed for a scheme of build outs on Bath Street, to narrow the road and reduce parking issues, thereby reinforcing the existing one?way traffic restriction and assisting the school crossing patrol.

 

(3)       Barrow Variation No 37Traffic Regulation Order 2017

 

(Referred to at minute 57 above).

 

(4)       Parking Services Update

 

RESOLVED,    that the process for issuing on street visitors parking permits in the Barrow locality be amended.  This would be subject to a review of the existing Barrow Traffic Regulation Order and subject to a further report presented to the Local Committee if required.

 

59.

Local Committee Update pdf icon PDF 118 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Corporate Director – Health, Care and Community Services (copy enclosed (Appendix D to follow)).

 

This report provides Local Committee with an update on its work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.  It also includes a financial statement in support of the work of the Local Committee for Members’ information.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Corporate Director – Health, Care and Community Services which provided members with an update on its work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.

 

Members received a positive update regarding vacant school crossing patrols.  It was agreed that the safety of patrols would be investigated further with the provider, Orian Solutions. 

 

The Committee noted that funding previously allocated to local members as part of the Local Member Revenue Scheme was not extended and included in the 2017/18 Council budget.  It was explained a group who Local Committee had agreed funding to from the Dalton South Member’s Revenue allocation had returned their funding of £2,806 as their overall project had not been able to proceed.  Members were informed that working with the Community Development Team, the Dalton South Member had, therefore, proposed that the funding should be re-allocated to Dalton United Football Club to assist them in projects within their 5-year Development Plan.

 

Members were informed that the General Provision budget had an uncommitted resource of £1,351 and it was agreed this should be allocated to Barrow Foodbank.

 

The Committee agreed to close down the Area Plan Delivery Plan for 2016/17.  A discussion took place regarding the new joint delivery plan for 2018 onwards and it was agreed this should include resilience.  Members agreed that this would include Universal Credit and that a Universal Credit Group should be convened and include all members of the Local Committee, representatives from Barrow Borough Council, Citizens Advice Bureau and Barrow and District Disability Association.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the report be noted;

 

                            (2)       the budget position referred to at Appendix B of the report be noted;

 

                            (3)       a contribution of £2,806 to Dalton United FC to assist with projects within their 5 year development plan from Dalton South Member Revenue Schemes budget be agreed;

 

                            (4)       the 2016/17 Area Plan Delivery Plan (attached at Appendix D to the report) be closed down;

 

                            (5)       the uncommitted resource of £1,351 in the General Provision budget be allocated to Barrow Foodbank;

 

                            (6)       a Universal Credit Group be convened and its membership include all members of the Local Committee, representatives from Barrow Borough Council, Citizens Advice Bureau and Barrow and District Disability Association.

 

60.

Children and Young People's Working Group pdf icon PDF 119 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report from the Corporate Director – Health, Care and Community Services (copy enclosed).

 

This report gives recommendations for approval by Barrow Local Committee from the Children and Young People’s Working Group meeting held on 13 December 2017.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Corporate Director – Health, Care and Community Services which provided a positive update on the Children and Young People’s Working Group.

 

Members were provided with an update on alternative education provision.  It was noted that the Local Authority provided 14-19 year olds an alternative educational offer to mainstream lessons where young people were not engaging with mainstream education.  It was explained that schools could buy in alternative packages using other providers eg Dropzone.  Members noted that to date the Authority had been more reactive and were looking at a more holistic approach on what could be offered whilst still meeting the needs of the young person. 

 

The Committee noted that Pupil Referral Unit Heads would be the leads in their area.  Members were informed there was an intention to take a paper to Cabinet to ensure that there was a clear quality assurance framework in terms of a good offer provision, and working closely with schools with the remit to reduce permanent exclusions. 

 

Members expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Community Team for the work they had undertaken regarding alternative provision and it was agreed that the Assistant Director – Early Help and Learning would be invited to a future meeting to discuss this matter further.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the report be noted;

 

                            (2)       the following grants be approved from the 0-19 Services budget:-

 

                                        (a)       £5,000 for Care Leavers;

                                        (b)       £8,000 towards Barrow AFC Community Sports Equity Project;

 

                            (3)       the following grants be approved from the Universal Funding budget:-

 

                                        (a)       £5,000 towards Walney Community Trust;

                                        (b)       £7,000 towards Ormsgill Youth and Community Association;

                                        (c)       £3,727 towards Dropzone.

 

61.

Nomination of Local Authority Governors of Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools pdf icon PDF 45 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a schedule by the Corporate Director – Health Care and Community Services (copy enclosed).

 

This report seeks approval of nominated County Council Governors of Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a schedule which outlined the position regarding vacant County Council Governor positions at County Council nursery, primary and secondary schools in the area.

 

RESOLVED,    that subject to their approval the following be appointed:-

 

                           School                                                      Nomination

 

                           George Romney Junior School            Sam Ronson

                                                                                               Conifers

                                                                                               Greystone Lane

                                                                                               Dalton  LA15 8PX

 

                           Newton Primary School                         Helen Morrison

                                                                                               32 Beach Crescent

                                                                                               Walney

 

                           Dowdales School                                    Steve Smalley

                                                                                               4 Pryors Walk

                                                                                               Askam-in-Furness

                                                                                               LA16 7JG

 

                           Chapel Street Infants and Nursery      Ben Shirley

                             School                                                     61 Sharp Street

                                                                                               Askam-in-Furness

                                                                                               LA16 7BN

 

62.

Parking Services Update pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To consider a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a positive update from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which provided an update on the enforcement of on?street parking in the Barrow Local Committee area.

 

Members were given an update on the number of Penalty Charge Notices and were informed that for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 December 2017 there had been 3,625 Penalty Charge Notices issued, this was an increase of 1,312 for the same period the previous year.  It was noted that during the same period there had been an increase of 6,101 Penalty Charge Notices issued throughout the county.

 

The Local Committee raised their concerns regarding inconsiderate parking outside schools which created potential safety issues for children and other road users and welcomed the work of the Civil Enforcement Officers.  It was agreed that members highlight any specific matters to the Parking Team direct.

 

The Committee congratulated officers on a recent audit from DVLA which had given the Service an overall rating of green and the statement that ‘a high level of compliance was demonstrated’.

 

The local Member for Dalton North thanked the Team for their presence in his division and asked for a breakdown of Penalty Charge Notices issued in Askam.

 

The Chair drew attention to particular problems regarding illegal parking in Barrow Town Centre and it was agreed to provide more detailed information for the area of concern.

 

A number of members raised concerns with enforcement and parking management in their divisions and it was agreed to investigate those matters further and report back direct. 

 

RESOLVED,     that the report be noted.

 

63.

Barrow Public Health and Community Development Update pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a positive report from the Corporate Director – Health, Care and Community Services which provided an update on the work of the Public Health Locality Manager and the Community Development Team to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in Barrow.

 

The Committee congratulated officers on the work they had undertaken.  Particular attention was drawn to the Art of Hosting and members were informed that the Public Health Locality Manager, in partnership with Morecambe Bay CCG, had secured a valuable training opportunity for up to 50 practitioners working on the health and wellbeing agenda in the Barrow locality. 

 

Members were given an update on the Pre Early Help Project.  The Committee were informed this would target the most vulnerable families in a defined geographical area.  The project would be a pilot and involve a small number of voluntary organisations working with children and families who would develop a three to five year programme.  It was noted that Llankelly Chase Foundation were interested in working with and supporting the project.

 

The Committee welcomed the information contained in the report and asked that statistics regarding the scale of people who were being reached be considered for inclusion in future reports.

 

RESOLVED,     that the report be noted.

 

64.

Local Committee Chairs and Leadership Meeting pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 10 November 2017 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

Members received the notes of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 10 November 2017.

 

65.

Reports from Members Serving on Outside Bodies

To enable local members to give verbal reports on and share information in respect of outside bodies to which they have been appointed.

 

Minutes:

There was nothing to report on this occasion.

 

66.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Monday 5 March 2018 at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4, Town Hall, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 2LD.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the next scheduled meeting will take place on Monday 5 March 2018 at 10.30 am at the Town Hall, Barrow?in?Furness.