Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for Barrow
Friday, 13th July, 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

The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, congratulated Shaney Jones and Charlotte Chorlton on receipt of their recent Excellence Awards for Apprentice of the Year and Backroom Brilliance respectively.

 

Christine McKinlay, Chief Officer, Barrow Citizens Advice Bureau attended for agenda item 12 – Barrow Citizens Advice - Money Advice July 2018 (minute 28 refers).

 

17.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Mr D Gawne.

 

18.

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 a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 12 – Barrow Citizens Advice - Money Advice July 2018 (minute 28 refers) as he was a Board member of the Citizens Advice Bureau.

 

19.

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.

 

20.

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.

 

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 9 May 2018 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 9 May 2018 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

22.

Social Enterprise in Cumbria pdf icon PDF 603 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To receive a presentation by the Economic Programmes Manager (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation by the Economic Programmes Manager on Social Enterprise in Cumbria.  Members noted this was ‘a business or service with primarily social objectives whose surpluses were principally reinvested for that purpose in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for the shareholders and owners’.

 

Members were informed that the Council had provided long term support for the social enterprise sector in Cumbria through various means such as:-

 

·                provision of grants to help grow and develop the sector;

·                through animation and capacity building;

·                funding an officer post, and

·                supported the Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership (CSEP) since 2005.

 

The Committee noted that despite unprecedented cuts in public sector funding, the Council had agreed to maintain a small grant of £47,000 for the three years to March 2018 to continue to support the sector.  It was explained that the Council had tendered for a programme of business support which included:

 

·                     business start-up advice packages;

·                     one to one support advice as core aspect to develop business;

·                     post-start assistance;

·                     delivery of workshops, seminars, networking meetings – including the CSEP annual conference.

 

The Committee noted the savings change of £70m by 2022 and that current funding for the Social Enterprise support programme would expire on 31 March 2019.  It was explained to members that a contribution of approximately £7,000 was being sought from each of the six local committees in the county to support this Programme to enable social enterprise schemes to be devolved in their local area.

 

During the course of discussion the local Member for Newbarns and Parkside highlighted the potential for match?funding and it was agreed this would be discussed further.

 

A discussion took place regarding possible future social enterprise schemes and the local Member for Dalton North drew attention to the need for a full size 4G football facility, raising the benefits to the community of such a project, and it was agreed this should be investigated.  The Chair suggested that a joint meeting take place with the Local Committee, Barrow Borough Council, Voluntary Sector representatives and the Economic Programmes Manager to discuss this matter further.

 

The Committee welcomed the update and members were encouraged to contact the Economic Programmes Manager with any further ideas which they felt could be pursued.

 

23.

2018/19 Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital Update pdf icon PDF 93 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (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 Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital budget finance reports and updated members as to current progress on those budget lines.

 

Members were informed that the surface dressing had been stopped due to the recent hot weather and that re?surfacing schemes would take place during the school summer holidays.  The local Member for Dalton South raised concerns regarding a length of highway outside the Town Hall at Dalton?in?Furness which had not been re?surfaced due to parked vehicles.  The Highways Network Manager explained that parked vehicles did cause problems but that the site would be revisited again before the contractor left the area.

 

The Committee received an update on weed spraying in the area and were informed that an initial spray had already taken place and that the Contractor was due back in the South Lakeland and Barrow area the following week to undertake a further spray.  Concerns were raised that following treatment of the weeds they were not removed from the ground.  Members acknowledged that this would increase the cost of the scheme significantly, therefore, it was suggested that members could contact the Community Pay Back Team with a view to the possibility of them undertaking the work.

 

During the course of discussion the local Member for Newbarns and Parkside requested that Barrow Borough Council be contacted with a view to him having sight of their original Weed Spraying Contract.

 

The Highways Network Manager asked members to contact him direct with any area where weeds had not been treated.

 

A discussion took place regarding the £305,000 Department for Transport pothole funding which had been allocated to the Barrow area.  Members were informed that initially the Authority’s HIMS defect systems had been interrogated to identify problems in the area which would then be assessed by officers.  It was agreed that members would be kept informed of any schemes being undertaken in their division.

 

RESOLVED,     that the report be noted.

 

24.

Highways Advisory Sub-Group pdf icon PDF 94 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed).

 

This report gives recommendations for approval by Barrow Local Committee from the Highways Advisory Sub-Group meeting held on 4 June 2018.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which gave details of the discussion and recommendations of the Highways Advisory Sub-Group (HASG) for the Barrow area which met on4 June 2018.

 

The local Member for Dalton North raised his concerns regarding the no 7 bus service which was due to be withdrawn and asked that a meeting be organised with himself, the Scheduled Bus Services Officer and any other relevant officers to discuss this matter further.

 

The local Member for Newbarns and Parkside asked about availability of charging points for electric vehicles in the Barrow area and was informed the Authority did not provide them for public use.  He suggested that local businesses be contacted with a view to contributing to the provision of such a service.

 

(1)       Minutes

 

RESOLVED,     that the minutes of the meeting held on 4 June 2018 be noted.

 

(2)       Road Markings on Carr Lane, Walney

 

The Local Committee discussed the new scheme proposed by Natural England on Carr Lane, Walney and raised their concerns regarding the safety of the public on the stretch of highway.  The local Member for Hawcoat drew attention to an existing footpath beneath the grass verge and asked for clarification regarding ownership.

 

The local Member for Old Barrow had received additional information from Natural England and agreed to circulate this to all members of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (a)       the new scheme is given time to settle in and for assessment to include speed monitoring on Carr Lane to be undertaken over the next six months;

 

                            (b)       a further report be considered at a future meeting of the Barrow Highways Advisory Sub-Group.

 

25.

Local Committee Update pdf icon PDF 115 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer 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:

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

 

Members discussed the Local Committee’s budgets and in particular the School Crossing Patrols budget.  It was noted that as at 31 May 2018, taking into account the underspend carried forward from last year and also the vacancies that had not yet been recruited to, considered de-committing and moving back into General Provisions £17,000.  It was noted that this budget would continue to be closely monitored and reported to each meeting of Local Committee.

 

The Committee were informed that there was an opportunity for a higher level apprenticeship position in the Community Development Team for a period of 18 months.  It was explained the position would support Local Committee work and also provide additional capacity for external community events.  Members noted the post would cost approximately £16,000 over a period of 18 months and were asked to consider whether they would wish to fund such a post from General Provisions if adequate funding was available.

 

The Committee noted that it had been identified that Children Looked After did not receive cards for special occasions.  It was, therefore, suggested that as Corporate Parents, each Local Committee be asked to consider funding £100 for a box of cards to be available in each district for social workers and alternative education providers etc to access, to enable cards to be sent to those children.

 

The Local Committee were given an update on the recent BeWellFest event which had taken place.  Members welcomed the positive comments and congratulated all officers involved in its success.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the report be noted;

 

                            (2)       £17,000 be de?committed from the Schools Crossing Patrol budget back into General Provisions (as outlined above and in paragraph 4.13 of the report);

 

                            (3)       an 18 month apprenticeship to support Local Committee’s work subject to available funding at a level of £16,000 be agreed (referred to above and outlined in paragraph 4.14);

 

                            (4)       £100 towards a box of cards for looked-after children from General Provisions (as outlined above and referred toin paragraph 4.15 of the report) be approved.

 

26.

Children and Young People's Working Group pdf icon PDF 126 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer 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 June 2018.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided a positive update on the Children and Young People’s Working Group.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the report be noted;

 

                            (2)       £10,000 be allocated from the 0-19 Services budget to Cumbria Youth Alliance for its Emotional Resilience Project (referred to in paragraph 4.7 of the report).

 

27.

Nomination of Local Authority Governors of Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools pdf icon PDF 36 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a schedule by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer & 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

 

                           Community School

 

                           Cambridge Primary School                      Hayley Preston

 

28.

Barrow Citizens Advice - Money Advice July 2018 pdf icon PDF 78 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

Minutes:

Members considered a report regarding Barrow Citizens Advice - Money Advice Service (MAS) which detailed context key facts regarding the total value of outstanding personal debt in the UK which had reached £1.576 trillion.

 

The Committee noted that MAS had conducted an analysis of the characteristics of people who were over?indebted and where they lived to inform their understanding of what services were needed to help those individuals.  It was explained that the UK average of over?indebtedness was 16.1% and noted that in the north west this rose to 16.9% with Barrow being slightly higher than average at 16.3%.

 

The Committee welcomed the Money Advice Services delivered by Barrow Citizens Advice (CAB) who provided information, advice and support on all aspects of managing money and dealing with debt.  It was noted that the aim of the Service was to help people develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to make informed financial decisions and improve their financial and personal resilience.  It was highlighted that the service was available face to face, via telephone or e-mail from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday. 

 

Members received performance data from July 2017 to June 2018 with a breakdown of use by clients per division in Barrow.  It was explained there were 7,000 people in Barrow over?indebted at the present time, highlighting that a large proportion of that figure were young people.  Members noted that Barrow CAB provided support to about 10% of all those in debt.

 

The Committee raised their concerns at the number of young people who were in debt acknowledging that this was a cultural problem which needed to be addressed.  Members highlighted that a prevention strategy was necessary to change the culture and it was suggested that attendance by members and officers at further education providers, schools and local businesses should be considered to try and improve the situation. 

 

Members welcome the report and congratulated the work carried out by the Barrow Citizens Advice Bureau.

 

RESOLVED,     that the report be noted.

 

29.

Parking Services Update pdf icon PDF 107 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed).

 

This report provides an update on the enforcement of on-street parking in the Barrow Local Committee area and also includes the Parking Services Annual Report 2017/18.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which proved an update on the enforcement of on?street parking in the Barrow Local Committee area and included the Parking Services Annual Report 2017/18.

 

The Committee were informed that a total of 5244 Penalty Charge Notices had been issued for on-street parking contraventions in the Barrow locality during 2017/18 and a monthly breakdown of this total was provided.  It was noted that in In 2016/17 a total of 3948 Penalty Charge Notices were issued across the same area.

 

Members noted that in 2018/19 to date a total of 905 Penalty Charge Notices had been issued for on-street parking contraventions in the Barrow locality.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the report be noted;

 

                            (2)       the Parking Services Annual Report 2017/18 (attached as Appendix 1 to the report) be noted;

 

                            (3)       members identify any ongoing issues with enforcement and parking management in their divisions to enable these to be considered in making improvements to the Service.

 

30.

Barrow Public Health and Community Development Update pdf icon PDF 107 KB

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

 

Minutes:

Members received a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which updated the Local Committee on the work of the Public Health Locality Manager and the Community Development Team to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in Barrow. 

 

The report provided an update on the Bay Health and Care Partners, Barrow Drugs Deaths Cluster, Park Lives and Egerton Court Wellbeing Hub.

 

The Committee welcomed the positive update and in particular the work being undertaken on the Egerton Court Wellbeing Hub which was being set up to support and meet the needs of the most vulnerable tenants on Egerton Court.  Members noted that a collaborative partnership group had been established with a number of partners who, together, would support clients on Egerton Court through the services they provided. 

 

It was explained this would be a two?fold approach, firstly sharing information through Egerton Court Wellbeing Hub referral system within the Local Focus Hub and secondly the provision of a physical base on Egerton Court.  It was noted that the Egerton Court Wellbeing Hub was a pilot model which would located in a ground floor flat on Egerton Court rented initially for 12 months to address the needs of clients on their own doorstep.  It was highlighted that the aim was to support vulnerable adults with drug/alcohol addiction.

 

Members welcomed this exciting and innovative project for Barrow locality and congratulated the Barrow Community Development Team, highlighting in particular the work undertaken by Alison Meadows, for driving this initiative forward.

 

RESOLVED,     that the report be noted.

 

31.

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.

 

32.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Friday 21 September 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 Friday 21 September 2018 at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4, Town, Hall, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 2LD.