Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for South Lakeland
Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Offices, Kendal

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

Items
No. Item

79.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr G Archibald, Mr B Berry, and Mrs S Sanderson.

 

80.

Public Participation

Mr Wilcock, a Kendal resident will be in attendance for public participation.

Minutes:

(1)       There were no petitions or questions on this occasion.

 

(2)       Mr Wilcock attended the meeting and made the following statement:-

 

            Proposal: Make Castle Road and Castle Drive, Kendal into One-Way Streets

 

           The queue of cars parked on Castle Road and Castle Drive, would not be a problem if traffic flowed in one direction. These roads were designed when car ownership was sparse, they are now too narrow to support two-way traffic and parked cars on a bus route. Something has to give, it is usually a driver’s patience and good manners.  Castle Estate is a short cut to and from Heron Hill and traffic has increased dramatically over the last 25years.

 

            When two vehicles meet, one driver must find a gap.  However, too many belligerent drivers insist on standing their ground, often creating a queue of cars behind them. Verbal abuse usually follows:-

 

            Bus drivers must keep going, there is rarely a pulling in space to accommodate a bus. I know of one bus driver who was made to reverse 50metres up Castle Road and on that road, it’s hard enough driving forward. The car driver had no appreciation of the bus driver’s predicament and actually yelled “learn to bleep-bleep drive!” I recently observed a bus driver having to wait twice over a 30metre stretch for two impatient car drivers to pull-in.

 

            Castle Drive has a long left-hand curve approaching the football club and offers no clear view ahead. At times, this road has an unbroken line of parked vehicles. You cannot see on-coming traffic, this comes at speed and has the right of way.

 

            Some drivers bully their way through, making those with the right of way do the reversing. I was faced with one of these bullies in January and the passenger in the other car, got out and threw obscenities. Had I reacted, he may well have escalated the aggression.

 

            The football club car park is a handy place along that road to pull-in and avoid the conflict. Unfortunately, there are two large boulders which make this option unsatisfactory.

 

            The obvious solution is to make both these roads one-way, following the direction of the bus route. With no on-coming vehicles to worry about, the traffic could flow without conflict. Residents could park, just as they do now, and Heron Hill traffic could still avoid the town centre. The return journey would require at most, a 2 minute detour.

 

            ‘No Waiting’ bays on Castle Road were rejected by residents, wishing to retain their parking spaces. But, parking on Castle Drive was never even addressed as an issue by Cumbria Highways in the original traffic flow scheme.

 

            Plans for a 20mph speed limit throughout Castle Estate are laudable, but the existing signs are ignored by many. This well-meant idea will be an expensive cosmetic exercise unless the limit can be regularly policed and enforced.

 

            In reality a speed limit will not solve the problem of conflict with oncoming cars – you could be travelling at 5mph  ...  view the full minutes text for item 80.

81.

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 be not excluded from the meeting for any items of business on this occasion.

 

82.

Disclosures of Interest

Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises

 

1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

 

2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority

 

(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be           executed; and

 

            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.

 

4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 

 

5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 

 

6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)

 

            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and

 

            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial                                                   interest.

 

7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where

 

(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the         area of the authority; and

 

 

(b)       Either –

 

(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one       hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

 

(ii)     If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.

 

Note

 

A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest on this occasion.

 

 

83.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on  29 January 2019

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 29 January 2019 be agreed with the following amendment:-

 

Page 11 – Minute No 71- Area Planning South Lakeland, second last paragraph to start ‘The South Lakeland Member for the Youth Parliament and the Deputy....’

 

Page 16 – Minute No 78 – Late Urgent Item Grasmere TRO, second last paragraph to have a capital letter on the word red, and amend the text to read ‘6 spaces on Broadgate’.

 

84.

Presentation - Suicide Awareness

Minutes:

Members received a presentation from Juliet Grey, Carlisle and Eden MIND.

 

Talking about suicide saved lives. The vast majority of those thinking about suicide would find some way to signal their intent. Most suicidal people were looking for another option. They don't want to die. But preventing suicide takes two people—a helper and the person at risk.

"Suicide is Everyone’s Business" – Ms Grey encouraged everyone to talk about suicide, to try to break down the barriers and stigmatism around this.  By being aware of the 'signs' that someone may be having thoughts of suicide lives may be saved.

Members commented that in some instances those who commit suicide would never have wished to talk to anyone about how they were feeling, and they were difficult to reach.  Often those suffering from acute depression can see no other way out.

Members also commented that sparse rurality was a significant factor for some areas of Cumbria.  Ms Grey acknowledged that this was an issue and farmers were seen to be one of the high risk categories for suicide.

 

Members asked how much work to prevent suicide was carried out in schools.  Ms Grey said both self harm and suicide awareness training was done in schools, for teachers, students and parents.

 

Members asked whether it was possible to split the suicide categories down and profile them by electoral divisions.  Ms Grey said this was difficult to assess accurately due to the small numbers involved.   In the main there were more men than women committing suicide, and areas that suffered from socio economic deprivation had higher suicide rates.  There were many different paths that lead to people taking their own lives but social isolation and lack of employment are often contributing factors.

 

The Chair thanked Ms Grey for her informative presentation.

 

 

 

 

85.

AREA PLANNING - SOUTH LAKELAND pdf icon PDF 786 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services

 

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

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided service information and offered recommendations for approval from meetings of the Strategic Planning Working Group held on 18 February 2019 and the Children and Young People’s Working Group held on 20 February 2019.

 

The report also provided an update on activity against agreed priorities and provided an overview of the current budget position.

 

Members commented that there needed to be more promotion carried out to raise the profile of the NOW card.  They felt this was a worthwhile initiative, but that the scheme was almost invisible in some areas in the district.

 

Members had concerns about the number of still vacant posts for School Crossing Patrols and asked if this could be added to the agenda for a future Strategic Planning Working Group meeting, for consideration.  This was noted.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       the budget update for 2018?19, including the commitments and expenditure to end of January 2019 (detailed in Appendix A of the report) be noted;

 

                            (2)       the work of the Strategic Planning Working Group (referred to in Appendix B of the report) be noted;

 

                            (3)       £10,500 be vired from the 2018/19 Economic Initiatives budget to the 0?19 budget (2018/19) to enable support for young people in the community;

 

                            (4)       the delegated budget for 2019?20, approved at the full County Council meeting on 14 February 2019 (detailed at Appendix C to the report) be noted;

 

                            (5)       £35,000 be allocated to the Economic Initiatives budget from the 2019/20 budget allocation;

 

                            (6)       it be noted that the amounts of £4,420 and £1,288 are the first call on the 2019/20 Economic Initiatives budget for the Kendal and Ulverston BIDS respectively;

 

                            (7)       £35,000 is allocated to the 0?19 Universal Services budget from the 2019/20 budget allocation;

 

                            (8)       £30,000 is allocated to the A2B NOW Young Persons Transport Scheme from the 2019/20 budget allocation;

 

                            (9)       £48,000 is allocated to Community Grants from the 2019/20 budget allocation;

 

                            (10)     £19,796 is allocated to the School Crossing Patrol budget from the 2019/20 budget allocation (referred to at Appendix D to the report);

 

                            (11)     £44,708 is allocated to the General Provisions budget from the 2019/20 budget allocation;

 

                            (12)     £12K towards the 2019/20 weed spraying contract for South Lakeland from the 2019/20 General Provisions budget be agreed;

 

                            (13)     £7,750 towards the Kendal Futures Co-ordinator post for 2019/20 from the Economic Initiatives budget (referred to at Appendix E of the report) be agreed;

 

                            (14)     £47,550 for the 2019/20 Money Advice Contract delivered by the Citizens Advice Bureau be noted;

 

                            (15)     £44,000 allocation to the Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool from the 2019/20 budget allocation be noted;

 

                            (16)     £128,778 allocation to the Community Development Team from the 2019/20 budget allocation be noted;

 

                            (17)     South Lakeland District Council’s expression of interest to the High Street Fund (referred to at Appendix F of the report) be endorsed;

 

                            (18)     the work of the Children & Young People’s Working Group (as set out in the minutes referred  ...  view the full minutes text for item 85.

86.

2018/19 HIGHWAYS DEVOLVED REVENUE AND CAPITAL UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 241 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

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

 

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Acting 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 (detailed in the appendices attached to the report).

 

RESOLVED,     that the Revenue and Capital budget allocations for 2018/19 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of January 2019 (shown in Appendices 1, 2 and 3 of the report) be noted.

 

87.

Highways and Transportation Working Group pdf icon PDF 216 KB

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

 

This report presents the minutes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on  20 February 2019 and brings forward recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which provided the notes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on 20 February 2019 and included recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

 

A discussion took place about local committee funding for the scheme at Gooseholme Bridge.  The replacement footbridge was being delivered by the County Council and jointly funded with support from South Lakeland District Council and the Environment Agency.

 

The replacement bridge, would provide improved access for pedestrians, cyclists and wheelchair users, and would form a key part of Kendal’s cycle network and provide a link to and from the New Road green space. 

 

Members proposed an amendment to the recommendation 2, to reflect that the Local Committee wished to allocate £300,000, from the devolved highways capital scheme budget line, spread over 3 years, for the Gooseholme Bridge Scheme. All members supported this proposal.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

(1)      the position of the Working Group regarding the funding of the replacement Gooseholme Bridge be noted;

(2)      the Devolved Highways Revenue Provisional Allocations for 2019/ 2020 (as set out in the appendix to the report) be approved;

 

(3)     members approve the devolved highways capital provision allocations for 2019/2020 and the named surface treatment, carriageway, footway and drainage schemes for 2019/20 as appended to the Working Group report, and set out as appendices 3,4,5,6 ad 7 to this report and that £100K for the next 3 years (starting 2019/2020) is committed towards the Gooseholme Bridge Development.  £100K is to be the first call on the budget for the following 2 years subject to available funding. For 2019/20 Members agreed that the £100k would be taken from the carriageway resurfacing schemes allocation.


88.

Traffic Regulation Orders

To consider the following reports from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

88a

TOWN VIEW, KENDAL TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 2019 pdf icon PDF 452 KB

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which sought a resolution to progress a ‘No Waiting at Any Time’ restriction to statutory consultation and advertisement for Town View Kendal to improve access for emergency service vehicles and transport services to Maudes Meadow Care Home and Town View Fields Hostel on Town View Kendal.

 

RESOLVED,     to progress to statutory consultation and advertisement of the ‘No Waiting at Any Time’ restrictions on Town View, Kendal (as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 1 to the report).

 

88b

HEVERSHAM TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 2019 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

Members received a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertisement of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) Variation Order (Heversham) 20>< (“the Order”).  The sought a resolution on the proposed introduction of the Order.

 

RESOLVED,     that The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) Variation Order (Heversham) 20>< be brought into operation as advertised, save for the following amendment:-  Appendix 2a Plan 1, C5072, Heversham – the extension of the southern “No Waiting At Any Time” restriction on the east side is reduced (as shown on Appendix 2b of the report).

 

88c

AMBLESIDE TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 2018 pdf icon PDF 427 KB

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which sets out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertisement of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Ambleside) (Consolidation Of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2003) Variation (No.4) Order 20><(“the Order”).  The report sought a resolution on the proposed introduction of the Order.

 

RESOLVED,     The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Ambleside) (Consolidation Of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2003) Variation (No.4) Order 20>< be brought into operation as advertised having taken into account the objections which were received, and having also taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (more specifically referred to in paragraph 7.2 of the report).

 

88d

SOUTH LAKELAND SPEED LIMITS - VARIATION NO. 2 pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Minutes:

Members received a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which sets out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertisement of The County Of Cumbria (Various Roads in The District Of South Lakeland)(Consolidation and Provision Of Speed Limits)(Order 2018)Variation Order (No.2) 20>< (“the Order”).  The report sought a resolution on the proposed introduction of the Order.

 

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.2) 20>< be brought intooperation as advertised, having taken into account the objections which were received, and having also taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (more specifically referred to in paragraph 7.2 of the report).

 

88e

KIRKBARROW & HIGHGATE TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 2019 pdf icon PDF 10 MB

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which sets out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertisement of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Kirkbarrow and Highgate Area, Kendal) Variation Order  20>< (“the Order”).  The report sought a resolution on the proposed introduction of the Order.

 

RESOLVED,     that the County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Kirkbarrow and Highgate Area, Kendal) Variation Order 20><be brought into operation as advertised having taken into account the objections which were received, and having also taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (which are more specifically referred to in paragraph 7.2 of the report).

 

89.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITY - UPDATE pdf icon PDF 330 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director - Corporate, Customer and Community Services

 

This report details the Public Health Activity undertaken by the South Lakeland Area Support Team and Locality Public Health Manager

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which drew attention to key Community Development and Public Health Activity undertaken by the South Lakeland Area Support Team and Locality Public Health Manager.

 

Members suggested that the Children & Young People’s Working Group consider the data might want to take a closer look at the Local Alcohol Profile for South Lakeland. 

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

(1)      the report be noted;

(2)      the Children & Young People’s Working Group consider the data re Local Alcohol Profile for South Lakeland.

 

90.

Local Committee Chairs and Leadership pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership held on 26 November 2019

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that the minutes of the Leadership and Local Committee Chairs meeting held on 26 November 2018 be noted.

 

91.

Partner Organisations

91a

Outside Bodies

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

Minutes:

There were no reports from outside bodies on this occasion.

 

91b

Children's Champion

Update by the Children’s Champion.

Minutes:

The Children’s Champion updated members on the following:-

 

·         Child Sexual Exploitation

·         Missing, exploited and trafficked children

·         Social Work Academy

·         Children & Young People’s Scrutiny

·         Corporate Parenting Board