Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for Barrow
Monday, 5th March, 2018 10.30 am

Venue: Committee Room 4, Town Hall, Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 2LD.

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

Items
No. Item

67.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Mr S Wielkopolski.

 

68.

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:

Mr W McEwan declared non?pecuniary interests in agenda item 10 – Local Committee Update Report (minute 76 refers) as he was a Board member of the Citizens Advice Bureau and agenda item no 11 – Children and Young People’s Working Group – 14 February 2018 (minute 77 refers) as he was the Chair of ‘The Friends of Ormsgill School’.

 

69.

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.

 

70.

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.

 

71.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 17 January 2018 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 17 January 2018 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

72.

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 members as to current progress on those budget lines (as detailed in the appendices attached to the report).

 

The local Member for Dalton North asked for an update on Moor Road, Ireleth and was informed this was still ongoing with options to reduce the costs of the scheme being investigated.

 

Members thanked officers for a positive update report.

 

RESOLVED,     that the Revenue and Capital budget allocations for 2017/18 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of January 2018 (as detailed in appendices 1, 2 and 3 of the report) be noted.

 

73.

Barrow Local Committee Proposed Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 100 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

This report seeks approval of the proposed Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programme 2018/19 including prioritised lists of schemes, which will form the basis of the Local Committee’s Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programme for 2018/19 and provide a core programme for future years subject to annual review. 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which sought approval for the proposed Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programme 2018/19 including prioritised lists of schemes, which would form the basis of the Local Committee’s Devolved Highways Capital and Revenue Programme for 2018/19 and provide a core programme for future years subject to annual review. 

 

Members noted that the Devolved Capital allocation for 2018/19 was £1,374,000 which included a £88,000 contribution from the additional pothole fund allocation for 2018/19 and the Devolved Revenue allocation for 2018/19 was £754,220.

 

The Committee were informed that an allocation of £30,000 for weed spraying in the Barrow district had to be found from the existing Devolved Highways Revenue Budget 2018/19.  Members noted, therefore, that the Gully Cleansing and Verge Maintenance budgets had been reduced by £10,000 and £20,000 respectively and allocated to weed spraying.

 

A discussion took place regarding the proposed weed spraying scheme for 2018/19.  Members were informed that a one year contract for the provision of weed spraying in the Barrow district had been agreed and would be going out to tender imminently.  It was explained that it was intended to divide the Borough into sectors, in the main comprising of two divisions, which would be sprayed simultaneously.  It was anticipated treatment of the weeds would take place in late April/early May, weather dependent, with an additional spray taking place at the end of the summer.  It was noted that individual sectors would have the option to have a third spray during the summer if necessary. 

 

The local Member for Walney North drew further attention to the growth of vegetation on the Promenade.  Whilst appreciating this did not fall within the Weed Spraying Programme it was agreed that the Highways Network Manager would investigate this further with a view to funding being sought from the Bridges Capital budget.

 

The local Member for Ormsgill raised a query regarding the light disbursement from the LED street lighting columns and it was agreed this would be discussed further at a future Barrow Highways Advisory Sub?Group.

 

The local Member for Hindpool re?emphasised her concerns regarding the safety issues which the School Crossing Patrol was experiencing on Bath Street.  She highlighted the earlier discussions which had taken place regarding this matter when it was agreed that increased safety measures, such as an additional Patrol, Police Community Support Officer or School Crossing Patrols using body cameras would be investigated, and expressed her disappointment that, to date, no action had been undertaken.  The local Member asked that this be prioritised and investigated as a matter of urgency. 

 

Members were informed that contact with Orian, the provider of the School Crossing Patrol, had been unsuccessful but the Area Manager (Barrow) agreed to contact them again following the meeting.  It was also agreed that legal advice would be sought regarding the use of body cameras by School Crossing Patrols.  Members would be kept informed of the situation and an update would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

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 8 February 2018.

 

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 8 February 2018.

 

A discussion took place regarding the ongoing issues with highways trees on Portland Crescent, Barrow.  Whilst members appreciated the problems in that area concerns regarding trees throughout the Barrow district were highlighted.  The Committee discussed the costs incurred and the lack of funding available to the Local Committee to undertake tree maintenance.  It was agreed that funding from a central budget for the removal and maintenance of trees in the Barrow district should be sought in the first instance.  During the course of discussion it was also suggested that the matter should be raised at the next partnership meeting with Barrow Borough Council.

 

The Chair of the Sub-Group drew members’ attention to a letter of appreciation received from the Fife Street Neighbourhood Watch Co?ordinator, on behalf of all residents, regarding the work which had been undertaken on the drains in Fife Street, Greengate Street, Lorne Road and Back Street.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the minutes of the meeting held on 8 February 2018 be noted;

 

                            (2)       funding from a central budget for the removal and maintenance of trees in the Barrow district be sought.

 

75.

Barrow Borough Council (Off-Street Parking Places) Order 2018 pdf icon PDF 99 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

This report seeks approval to Barrow Borough Council to the making of an Order to revise and replace the existing “The Council of the Borough of Barrow in Furness (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2013”.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which sought approval to Barrow Borough Council to the making of an Order to revise and replace the existing “The Council of the Borough of Barrow in Furness (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2013”.

 

It was explained that the proposed new order, entitled “The Council of the Borough of Barrow in Furness (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2018” (“the Order”) proposed to introduce a bulk space purchase discount scheme in relation to contract parking places; introduce new parking places; remove parking places and include a 40p for 20 minutes tariff (detailed at Appendix 1 to the report with a copy of the Notice summarising the proposals and also attached as Appendix 2).

 

RESOLVED,     that Local Committee consents to Barrow Borough Council introducing The Council of the Borough of Barrow in Furness (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2018 (as set out in Appendix 1 of the report).

 

76.

Local Committee Update pdf icon PDF 124 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

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:

Members considered a report by the Corporate Director – Health, Care and Community Services which provided the Local Committee with an update on its work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the potential project to develop the main library and archive building in Barrow.  Members were informed that following an initial request discussions had taken place with a range of services to explore the potential opportunities for greater use to be made of the building (as detailed in the report).

 

A discussion took place regarding the key components of the library project and it was confirmed that any unallocated monies would be returned to the Council’s Capital budget where all areas of the county could bid for future funding.  Members agreed that if there was sufficient funding they would like the full project delivered, however, if full funding was not available the elements they would like prioritised for delivery initially were:-

 

·                replacement boiler;

·                replacement lift and introduction of a fire escape to the currently unused space upstairs to enable this to be utilised;

·                new fire escape in the current staff workroom to enable the room to be fully accessible in future;

·                introduction of changing places toilets on the ground floor.

 

The Committee considered the grant requests from ‘The Well’ who were looking to set up a Social Supermarket and Signal Film and Media for additional and welcomed both initiatives and the positive effects they would have on the community.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the report be noted;

 

                            (2)       the full Barrow Library project be delivered but if all the funding for the project was not available the following elements be prioritised for delivery initially:-

 

                                        (a)     replacement boiler;

 

                                        (b)     replacement lift and introduction of a fire escape to the currently unused space upstairs to enable this to be utilised;

 

                                        (c)     new fire escape in the current staff workroom to enable the room to be fully accessible in future;

 

                                        (d)     introduction of changing places toilets on the ground floor;

 

                            (3)       the budget position (referred to at Appendix 3 to the report) be noted;

 

                            (4)       the funding to the Money Advice Service (as outlined in paragraphs 4.13?4.17 of the report) be agreed;

 

                            (5)       a contribution of £7,300 to The Well and Barrow Community Kitchen for start-up costs towards a Social Supermarket from the Community Waste Prevention Fund (as outlined in paragraph 4.19 of the report) be approved;

 

                            (6)       a contribution of £3,000 to Signal Film & Media for equipment from the Community Grants Fund (as outlined in paragraph 4.20 of the report) be approved.

 

77.

Children and Young People's Working Group pdf icon PDF 136 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 14 February 2018.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

Members discussed the ‘Blind Football’ where the Blind Association had found that their current activities did not suit young people, therefore, work was being undertaken to secure funding for Blind football sessions.  The local Member for Dalton North advised that funding may be available through another source and agreed to facilitate a meeting with the Chair of the Children and Young People’s Working Group and Lancashire Football Association to investigate this further.

 

The local Member for Ormsgill highlighted the projects being undertaken by ‘The Friends of Ormsgill School’ and thanked all officers for the work they had undertaken to ensure their success.

 

The Committee discussed creating civic pride in the community and, in particular, attention was drawn to the involvement of young people in the Barrow district.  It was suggested that further education in schools should be considered and could involve the Street Care Team, promoting ‘Green Ambassadors’ in schools and the utilisation of social media.  The Public Health Locality Manager informed members that the project ‘Love Where you Live’ was being highlighted in schools through partnership working with the Waste Prevention Officer.

 

Members welcomed the update and the positive work which had been undertaken.

 

The Chair, on behalf of the Local Committee, congratulated the staff and pupils of Greengate Junior School in achieving a positive Ofsted report.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the work of the Barrow Children and Young People’s Working Group be noted;

 

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

 

                                        (a)       £13,900 for PREP Families Supporting Families;

 

                                        (b)       £3,000 towards Action for Children;

 

                                        (c)       £5,350 towards Healthy Child Initiative Projects.

 

78.

Nomination of Local Authority Governors of Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools pdf icon PDF 38 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.

 

A discussion took place regarding the nomination for Bram Longstaffe Nursery School.  It was noted that the nomination on the schedule stated ‘School have potential suggestion’ and it was agreed that if this was not Councillor Des English the Committee would put him forward as their nomination.

 

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

 

                           School                                                           Nomination

 

                           Bram Longstaff Nursery School                Des English

                                                                                                   18 Kestrel Drive

                                                                                                   Dalton-in-Furness

                                                                                                   Cumbria  LA15 8QA

 

                           Roose Community Primary School          Fred Chatfield

 

79.

Barrow Health, Wellbeing and Community Development pdf icon PDF 118 KB

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

 

Minutes:

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

 

Members were given an update on the Bay Health and Care Partners and were informed that recently 45 people from Barrow had taken part in a successful free two day bespoke Art of Hosting Training course.  It was noted that the course had taken the passion, commitment, knowledge and skills of the local participants and provided them with the tools to enable to develop helpful conversations in their communities. 

 

The Committee received an update on the Wellness Hubs and welcomed the aspiration to have a further 3 wellness hubs in the town by April. 

 

A discussion took place on Drugs Related Harm and members raised their concerns regarding the number of drug related deaths in the Barrow district in the previous 12 months.  The Committee welcomed the collaborative work which was being undertaken with health partners to address the issue.

 

During the course of discussion members also highlighted their concerns regarding cyber bullying and felt young people should be educated on social media challenges.  It was suggested a project could be rolled out in local schools to address those issues.  The Public Health Local Manager suggested a ‘Well Being Day’ could be introduced in all schools and agreed to scope out an event and report back to members in the future.

 

The local Member for Ormsgill encouraged attendance at the forthcoming BIG Clean event in his division.  The work undertaken with key partners to support residents, businesses, schools and community groups to encourage them to take a real pride in their local area and keep it litter free was welcomed. 

 

Members attention was drawn to Reablement and the positive steps taken to help people regain their independence by building on their strengths and abilities.

 

The Committee were informed of a forthcoming Furness Multicultural Forum which would take place and welcomed the inclusion of refugee families who had been located in the Barrow district. 

 

RESOLVED,     that the report be noted.

 

80.

Local Committee Chairs and Leadership Meeting pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 25 January 2018 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

Members received the notes of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 25 January 2018.

 

The Committee were informed that the County Council’s Chief Executive and Leader of the Council would meet with members to discuss the new approach to area working.

 

81.

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 were no reports from members serving on outside bodies on this occasion.

 

82.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 10.30 am in the Committee Room 4, Town Hall, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 2LD.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the next scheduled meeting will take place on Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 10.30 am at the Town Hall, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1LG.