[Electoral Divisions: All]
To consider a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services
The Area Manager’s report brings together information from across the Community teams including Community Development and Services, Public Health and Waste Prevention. This report provides Local Committee with an update on the work of each area, identified activity against priorities, highlights current issues and provides an overview of the budget position.
Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which brought together information from across the Community teams including Community Development and Services, Public Health and Waste Prevention. The report provided Local Committee with an update on the work of each area, identified activity against priorities, highlights current issues and provides an overview of the budget position.
Updates were also given from each of the Local Committee’s Working Groups, and these were noted by members.
At the Children & Young People’s Working Group on 9 October a discussion around a project proposal for the application of the £10,000 strategic fund to be used addressing key priorities. The project that the group was recommending to Committee was one focusing on improving mental health within young people in Eden.
Members noted that the project, which would be delivered alongside Carlisle Eden Mind, would offer Young People’s Mental Health First Aid training to a limited number of sixth form students in Eden alongside campaign work encouraging a “Random Act of Kindness” during Mental Health Awareness Week in February next year.
Eden was embracing the repair café culture more than anywhere else in the county. There were now regular repair cafes held in Kirkby Stephen, Penrith and Alston. The next one would take place in Kirkby Stephen on 17 November and would also double up as a give and take day. Members were encouraged to hear about this and asked if more cafes could be introduced. The Area Manger reassured members that efforts remained ongoing throughout the year to increase the number of repair cafes through local dialogue with the Community Waste Prevention Manager.
Eden’s waste prevention officer was at full council on 4 Sept promoting the single use “Plastic Clever” reduction pledges to members. The team had been working with Penrith Action for Community Transition who was coordinating the pledges with the support of County Council officers, and on behalf of other sustainability groups around the county. Members thought this was an excellent idea and AGREED to make a personal pledge today to limit their own plastic use.
One of the members of the Rural Issues Working Group raised an issue with the investigation into the 3 priorities of the parish councils and interested parties in their divisions. He understood that a standard email would be drafted and sent to all members of the working group to use for contact with these groups. He was disappointed that he had not received an email, as he had 13 parish councils to speak to, and a number of interested parties, and he would not have time to establish contact before the next meeting of the Rural Issues Working Group. The Area Manager said that in instances such as this, where large numbers of parish councils were involved it was not expected that the information would be available by the next meeting. He suggested that gathering this information should be done in a flexible way that suited individual members and that the group would review the data available at the next meeting of the working group.
One of the members asked about the timetable for the introduction of the single use “Plastic Clever” reduction scheme in council offices. The Area Manager said in the first instance this was being introduced in flagship offices. Penrith Fire Station would be included in the next phase of the roll out.
RESOLVED that, members
(1) Note the budget allocations for 2018-19 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to date;
(2) Note the provisional unallocated resources in the 2018/19 Communities Revenue Budget of £64,478 as at 30 September 2018;
(3) Agree to allocate £10,000 from the 0-19 budget to deliver a project supporting better mental health in young people;
(4) Note the area working update.