Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for South Lakeland
Thursday, 19th July, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Offices, Kendal

Contact: Holly English  Email: holly.english@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

16.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr B Berry, Mr J Brook, Mr C Hogg and Mr J Saunders.

 

17.

Public Participation

(1)   There are no public questions, deputations or petitions relating to any items on the agenda.

Minutes:

Ms D Hindley was in attendance on behalf of Ms A Hughes to present a petition and read out the following statement:

 

“I have never been so saddened at the prospect of double yellow lines being painted in such an obtrusive and visually scaring way that I have raised a petition against Cumbria County Council’s proposal and am presenting it to you the County Council Local Committee for South Lakeland.

The petition states that ‘double yellow lines would be ruinous, a permanent visual distraction from the historic beauty of this part of town’. Furthermore the painting of double yellow lines, on both sides of the street, at the pinch points is absolutely unnecessary because were a vehicle to park in the narrowest pinch points in Horse Market a man on a bicycle would hardly be able to pass by and as such no one parks there.

Having known Kirkby Lonsdale all my life I was delighted to become the owner of 1 Horse Market two and a half years ago. Horse Market is located in the centre of KL and is one of the oldest parts of town. It is in the conservation area and has a listed building on its East side. On 1880 the Court House, Police Station and police house were built establishing the Western edge and were used until August 1964 when the last police family moved out. They were then set up as a community space known as Centre 5 which was used as a youth club, nursery, art gallery and for other activities. The building was sold by Cumbria County Council in 2011, with change of use it was transformed into two private dwellings whereupon it was no longer an eye sore and a free for all to park outside. The rest of Horse Market comprises of a delightful row of terraced cottages and houses with cobbled pavements and cobbled gullies.

So much has been done to enhance this part of Kirkby Lonsdale with careful planning and adherence to building regulations. The transformation of the industrial/ commercial buildings in to residential ones has ensured that the integrity of the historic buildings has been preserved. It seems quite perverse to me to ruin it. Horse Market is not a main thorough fair; it is a quiet street used by local residents in their vehicles but mainly by pedestrians, locals and visitors alike enjoying the unspoilt beauty of the largely traffic free narrow historic lanes.

Perhaps some of the members of this committee were able to visit Kirkby Lonsdale recently during the recent filming of Dr Doolittle, a period set piece set in 1840 which the film company chose as a location because of its historical authenticity.

My understanding is that there has not been an issue with parked cars ‘making it difficult for residents as well as refuse and emergency services to pass through’ since the renovation of Centre 5 and the transformation of 1 Horse Market into a full time residence. In fact the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.

18.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any items on the agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED,            that the press and public not be excluded from the meeting for any items of business on this occasion.

 

19.

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 disclosable pecuniary interests declared at the meeting.

 

20.

Northern Rail - Future Services pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider a presentation by Northern Rail.

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from Mr P Myers of Northern Rail which outlined future services.

 

The presentation included:-

 

Background

In January 2018 Network Rail announced it was unable to complete electrification works as scheduled. This meant Northern Rail had to rewrite their timetable in a short space of time. In addition to this there were some staffing issues at the same time, as a result of this Northern Rail introduced a temporary timetable which reduced the number of train services each day by 6%.

 

The recovery plan

An interim timetable was put in place to deliver a number of key objectives including providing customers with certainty through the reduction of short term cancellations and allowing a robust re-introduction of services following training.

 

The Committee were presented with a timetable illustrating the recovery plan and it was explained that from 30th of July Northern Rail would provide the service that was intended to start in May 2018.         

 

Interim timetable service reductions/ amendments and performance

The Committee were advised that all train services between Oxenholme to Windermere had been withdrawn.

 

Lakes Line delivery and service enhancements

From the 4th to the 11th of June, Northern Rail worked with stakeholders such as the County Council and Lakes Line Community Rail Partnership to develop a plan to deliver services. This included a special service for schools, taxis or standby buses for passengers who were running late for connecting services and the introduction of a robust waiting shelter and seating in Oxenholme.

 

From the 11th of June onwards the delivery plan increased bus provision, improved marshalling service and continued the use of standby buses and taxis.

 

Interim timetable

The Northern Rail representative explained that the interim timetable had allowed for staff training and was having the desired effect of stabilising services and reducing last minute cancellations. Nevertheless it was reinforced that Northern Rail would only reintroduce services when they were confident service levels would not be impacted.

 

Customer compensation

Transport for the North and the Department for Transport had announced details of the compensation scheme for customers affected by the disruption on specific routes.

 

It was explained that details had been published of how customers could access the customer compensation scheme. This scheme was in addition to the industry Delay Repay compensation scheme whereby Northern Rail continued to provide compensation.

 

December 2018

To avoid the catastrophic situation occurring again, Northern Rail would be gradually introducing service changes in December 2018 rather than the large-scale changes earlier in the year.

 

To conclude the representative from Northern Rail reiterated that the disruptions were unacceptable and Northern Rail took responsibility.

 

The Committee expressed their disappointment with the service from Northern Rail and a Member highlighted that the Lake District is an important destination for outdoor experiences and culture and was being let down by the train service. Members asked for assurance that this situation would not happen again and that the service overall would significantly improve. Another Member expressed their feeling that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 101 KB

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

 

Minutes:

With reference to Minute Number 10- Highways and Transportation Working Group it was agreed that:-

 

(1)  On page 7 the second resolution be changed to-

“(2) note that the Working Group agreed that the Chair and Vice Chair of the South Lakeland Highways and Transportation Working Group and named officers meet with relevant people from the District Council, Kendal Town Council and Environment Agency to form a steering group to progress the case for the Kendal Northern Access Route and other matters related to the Local Plan.”

 

With reference to Minute Number 12- Childrens Champion it was agreed that:-

 

(1)  On page 8, paragraph 1, line 3 the words “the Committee watched a video titled ‘Listen To Me’ created by the Children Looked After” be added after the sentence ending “Child Arrangement Orders.”

 

(2)  On page 8, paragraph 2, line 13 the words “The Childrens Champion explained that she would be speaking to parents and carers to ensure they are aware of this support” be changed to-

 “In a recent conversation with the Virtual Head, Councillor Evans stressed the need to make sure that parents and carers can find out about this support.”.

 

RESOLVED,                 that with the inclusion of the above amendments the minutes of the meeting held on 17 May 2018 be agreed and signed as a correct record.

 

22.

Community Services pdf icon PDF 672 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

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

 

This report provides information and offers recommendations to the Local Committee for approval from meeting of the Children and Young Peoples Working Group held on 13 June 2018. It also updates the Local Committee on previously agreed activity supported with the latest financial statement.

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided information and offered recommendations for approval from the Children and Young People’s Working Group held on 13 June 2018. The report also provided Local Committee with an update on previously agreed activity supported with the latest financial statement.

 

Members asked why the age range covered by the Children and Young People’s Working Group was recommended to extend to the age range 0-25. It was advised that this was in line with the new Corporate Parenting Strategy, Care Leavers offer and legislation.

 

RESOLVED,             that Members;

 

(1)  Note the budget update for 2018-19 including the commitments and expenditure to end of June 2018,

 

                                    Children and Young People’s Working Group

 

(2)  Note the work of the Children and Young People’s Working Group as set out in the minutes,

 

(3)  Agree to extend the age covered by the group so that it includes the range from 0 to 25 years,

 

(4)  Agree to vire £14,715 presently allocated to the young persons transport scheme (A2B Now) to the universal services fund within the 0-19 budget,

 

(5)  Agree to award £100 to the Looked After Children team from the 0-19 budget,

 

(6)  Agree to award £2,000 towards a young person’s LGBT community project from the 0-19 budget,

 

(7)  Agree to award £8,802 towards the expansion of MIND’s peer support service to include young people aged 16 to 18 from the 0-19 budget, and

 

(8)  Agree to award £10,000 towards the start-up of a new play facility/ discovery centre in Kendal from the 0-19 budget.

23.

2018/19 HIGHWAYS DEVOLVED REVENUE AND CAPITAL UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 94 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

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

 

This report provides details of the Local Committee’s Highways Revenue and Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budgets.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members gave consideration to a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which presented the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budget finance reports and updated Members as to current progress on these budget lines as detailed in the attached appendices.

 

The Highways Revenue Budget was showing, at the end of May 2018, expenditure for the year to date of £159,610 against an increased budget of £1,173,789 adjusted as a result of the brought forward underspend of £21,777 from 2017/18. The forecast was showing an overall spend to budget. The brought forward underspend was currently unallocated to any particular work activity and was shown as “other” in the appendix, although some verge maintenance costs had erroneously been coded to this budget line. As the year progresses this unallocated amount could be used to address any emerging pressures and still remain within budget allocation.

 

The Highways Devolved Capital Budget was showing, at the end of May 2018, expenditure for the year to date of £692,300 against a reduced total Devolved Capital Budget of £3,979,000 adjusted as a result of the accelerated spend of £224,000 in 2017/18. At the end of May an overspend of £224,000 was forecast against this budget. In order to manage this overall budget line to a £0 overspend by the end of the financial year it was proposed that the Highways Network Manager updates the next Highways and Transportation Working Group in September with commitments against budget lines to determine which schemes or activities are reduced with the aim that the devolved capital budget is balanced at the end of the financial year.

 

The Highways Non-Devolved Capital Budget was showing, at the end of May 2018 expenditure for the year to date of £57,969 against an annual budget of £2,704, 952. An underspend of £348,745 was forecast against this budget which was being managed centrally.

 

RESOLVED,            that Local Committee note the revenue and capital budget allocations for 2018/19 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of May 2018.

24.

Highways and Transportation Working Group pdf icon PDF 105 KB

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

 

This report presents the minutes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on 13 June 2018 and brings forward recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a covering report which provided the notes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on 13 June 2018 and included recommendations for consideration by the Committee.

 

The Chair of the Highways and Transportation Working Group presented the minutes of the Group and gave an update on issues discussed.

 

The Traffic Management Team Leader thanked Members for their suggestions for the Members Highway Working Programme and expressed only £9,000 was left to commit.

 

A Member asked for an update on the issue of third parties working on the highway and the Highways Network Manager advised that a report had been taken to Cabinet and Officers would be developing recommendations as to how Parish and Town Councils can work with the County Council. A future report would be brought to the Highways and Transportation Working Group.

 

A detailed discussion took place regarding the Windermere Ferry and a Member asked whether the engine had been ordered following the fire on-board, it was advised that Officers were progressing with repairs and the engine had been ordered.

 

A Member asked for an update on weed spraying and the Highways Network Manager informed that the first spray was undertaken in April and a second was due to be carried out imminently, a third would then be undertaken in September.

 

Members were provided with a copy of the Members Highways Priority Works paper for consideration.

 

RESOLVED,            that Local Committee;

 

(1)          Note the minutes of the Working Group meeting held on 13 June,

 

(2)          Approve the current Members Highway Working Programme 2018/19 as circulated at the meeting.

 

25.

C5004 ELTERWATER TO COLWITH CATTLE GRID pdf icon PDF 107 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Lakes]

 

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report by the Executive Director- Economy and Infrastructure, the report sought a resolution to progress to statutory consultation and advertising of a proposed cattle grid on the C5004 Elterwater to Colwith Road to prevent sheep from straying onto the A593 and endangering both highway users and the farmer when recovering these sheep.

 

The Local Member spoke in support of the proposals and felt it was important for safety reasons.

 

RESOLVED,            that Local Committee proceed to statutory consultation and advertising of a cattle grid on the C5004 Elterwater to Colwith Road, as shown on the plan.

 

26.

Kirkby Lonsdale Traffic Regulation Order 2018 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale]

 

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Local Committee received a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure. The report set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of the County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Kirkby Lonsdale and Casterton) (Variation Order 20><.

 

The Committee considered the proposals summarised in the statutory notice.

 

Members understood objections raised in the petition and statement presented to the Local Committee but felt the safety reasons for the double yellow lines outweighed the aesthetic impact.

 

A discussion took place regarding the possibility of using signage rather than road marking. In response the Traffic Management Team Leader explained that this option had been explored but was considered to have more of a visual impact and would not be as effective. The Local Member for Cartmel remarked that Restricted Zone signs had been considered in Cartmel but due to the considerable size, visual impact and lack of clarity for members of the public they were not progressed and for this reason double yellow lines had been put in place to be more effective.

 

When put to a vote it was RESOLVED,    that the County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) Order 2002) (Kirkby Lonsdale and Casterton) Variation Order 20>< be brought into operation as advertised, save for the restrictions detailed in paragraph 3.1(i) and in accordance with the amendments detailed in paragraph 3.1 (ii), having taken into account the representations which were received, and having also taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which were more specifically referred to at paragraph 7.2 of this report:-

 

(i)           North Heads Lane, Casterton – the proposal for a 6ft 6in width restriction is omitted in its entirety;

 

(ii)          Raygarth and B6254- the No Waiting At Any Time restriction on the east side is reduced in length at the southern end of the proposal by 3 metres.

 

27.

A65 ENDMOOR SPEED LIMIT VARIATION ORDER 2018 pdf icon PDF 105 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Lower Kentdale]

 

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of a proposed variation to The County of Cumbria (Various Roads in the District of South Lakeland) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) Order 2018, to introduce an extension of the existing 30 mph speed limit on the A65 south of Endmoor and an extension of the existing 40 mph speed limit on the A65 north of Crooklands.

 

RESOLVED,            that the County of Cumbria (Various Roads in the District of South Lakeland) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) (Order 2018) Variation Order (No.1) 20><, be brought into operation as advertised, having taken into account the representations which were received, and having also taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

 

28.

Appointment of County Council Governors pdf icon PDF 44 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a schedule by the Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive) (copy enclosed).

 

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

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,            that subject to their consent the following be nominated to the governing body of the following nursery, primary and secondary schools:-

 

 

School

 

 

Nomination

St Mark’s School, Natland

Mr M Saunders

Hawkshead Esthwaite School

Mr M Derry

 

29.

Parking Services pdf icon PDF 106 KB

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Local Committee gave consideration to a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which provided an update on the enforcement of on-street parking in the South Lakeland Local Committee area. The report also presented the Parking Services Annual Report 2017/18.

 

The Parking Manager was pleased to inform the Committee that the Council had recently been awarded the PATROL Parking Annual Reports by Councils award for best practice reporting in customer services for its 2016/17 Annual Report. Members congratulated the Parking Manager and his team in recognition of this award and their continued fantastic work.

 

A discussion took place regarding the ongoing issue of parking outside schools. The Parking Manager informed that school patrols were talking to the Active Travel Team about the issue and would be conducting unannounced visits if the problem continued. Members were advised to let the Parking Team know if they had any specific concerns.

 

A Member asked if the Parking Services Annual Report 2017/18 could be shared with Town and Parish Councils, the Parking Manager advised that the Report had been shared with all Members and Senior Officers and had been published but was happy to send on to Town and Parish Councils. It was also explained that a more detailed breakdown could be distributed if needed.

 

A discussion took place concerning Blue Badge parking. It was informed that PCN’s were issued for illegal Blue Badge parking and the Parking Team would report details to the Council’s Service Centre who would advise holders of considerate parking.

 

RESOLVED,            that;

 

(1)          the report be noted as an update on the performance of the on-street parking enforcement service in the South Lakeland locality,

 

(2)          The Parking Services Annual Report 2017/18 be noted, and

 

(3)          Members identify any ongoing issues with enforcement and parking management in their divisions to that these can be considered in making improvements to the service.

30.

Partner Organisations

31.

Children's Champion

Update by the Children’s Champion.

Minutes:

The Local Committee’s Children’s Champion, Councillor S Evans, provided an update of her work since the last meeting of the Local Committee.

 

Key items for discussion included:

 

-       The Cumbria’s Big Tea Party

-       Foster Carer Fees Uplift

-       Feedback from the last Corporate Parenting Board, including a deep dive on the Corporate Parenting Strategy and Leavers Offer.

-       Foster Carer Events in South Lakeland.

 

It was advised that the update would be circulated to all Members of the Committee following the meeting.

 

32.

Outside Bodies

To receive feedback from members on the outside bodies that they serve, and from the Local Member Champions.