Agenda item

AREA PLANNING - SOUTH LAKELAND

[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:

A report was considered from the Executive Director - Corporate, Customer and Community Services. The report provided service information and offers recommendations to South Lakeland Local Committee for approval from the Children and Young People’s Working Group meeting held on 11th December 2019. The report also provided the Local Committee with an update on activity against agreed priorities and provided an overview of the current budget position.

The Area Manager – South gave an update on Borderlands Place Programme following the endorsement at the last meeting to choose Ulverston as South Lakeland’s selected town in the Programme. This would be submitted in January 2020 to the Borderlands Programme Board for confirmation. Members were informed about the discussions which had taken place at the joint Cumbria County Council and South Lakeland Association of Local Councils annual meeting.

Discussion took place on the work of the library service. A member who had been the portfolio holder under a previous Administration stated that libraries were busy places and did not just deal with books. Members agreed, with it being highlighted that they were a hub in some communities, or centres of creativity and culture and would look different in the future. Some members considered that modernisation and a rebranding of the library service was timely, with another member feeling that an explanation should be provided to the public on what was available in libraries. A member reported on the ‘Let’s Play Out’ scheme which had received funding which had been used by libraries to reduce loneliness and isolation. A member provided an example of a community group in his electoral division which used library space to undertake their community work.

The Area Manager – South presented members with an up to date report on the Financial Statement to 31 December 2019.

A member talked about Area Planning in the context of a possible move towards a Unitary Authority model. He wanted all tiers of local government to work together on this. He considered it important that South Lakeland Local Committee had its voice heard and asked that at a future meeting, it be considered how the Local Committee could be part of the discussions. The Chairman advised that currently, there were discussions about this with officers at South Lakeland District Council and in the Local Committee Joint Working Group. He felt that this matter would be best considered at the Committee’s Strategic Planning Working Group. Mr Berry moved that the Strategic Planning Working Group consider the implications of closer working between the three tiers of local Government and ensure that the voice of the Local Committee is included within Unitary Authority discussions. This was seconded by Mr Bingham and was agreed by assent of the Committee.

RESOLVED that,

 

1             Members note the budget update for 2019-20 including the commitments and expenditure to date as set out in Appendix A of the report

2             Members note the work of the Children & Young People’s Working Group as set out in the minutes at Appendix B of the report.

3             The Strategic Planning Working Group consider the implications of closer working between the three tiers of Local Government and ensure that the voice of the Local Committee is included in Unitary Authority discussions

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