Agenda item

AREA PLANNING IN EDEN

[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.

Minutes:

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 as well as public health. This report provided Local Committee with an update on the work of each area identified activity against priorities, highlighted current issues and provided an overview of the budget position.  

The Eden Local Committee Communities Budget allocation is based upon the 2020-21 Budget agreed by Council on 13 February 2020. The Local Committee is able to vire funding between budget lines during the course of the financial year, subject to any restrictions set by Cabinet and/or Council regulating the use of such funds. The Committee is not able to vire money from capital budgets to revenue budgets.

The Area Manager took members through the report.

He reassured members that the local multi-agency community group would continue to meet to review recovery and collectively manage/escalate any emerging issues. The team was currently talking to local support agencies about additional capacity that could be secured to further support Eden residents via local application of a hardship fund recently awarded to the Council from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The Children and Young people working group met on 8 September. The group finalised their proposal to ask Local Committee to endorse Coaches in Mind – an emotional wellbeing and mental health pilot project in Eden – in support of the group’s strategic priority. The project, which would be delivered by Carlisle Eden Mind, aimed to deliver an online and face to face emotional wellbeing coaching and mentoring programme for young people in secondary schools in Eden. All five secondary schools had agreed to participate. Funding would enable 150 young people across the district to access the programme.

Members heard a grant application from Right2Work to enable a local scheme supporting young people with learning disabilities and complex needs into local outdoor work placements. The group supported the officer recommended amount of £4,618.60. More details on this project can be found in appendix J of the report.

On discussing the Local Committee’s 0-19 budget the CYPWG noted that, following grant awards to a number of excellent projects, the budget was now reporting a balance of £1,386.40.  Given the expected additional needs of young people recovering from COVID-19, the group would like to recommend that Local Committee agrees to vire £10,000 from Area Planning to 0-19 to continue to support youth projects in Eden at this important time.

At the Local Committee meeting of 31 October 2018, members considered a report on the establishment of Local Committee working groups. The report asked members to constitute three Eden Local Committee working groups and agree membership of these, in line with the County Council’s Constitution.

The Area Manager offered an apology to the members as he had inadvertently included an old version of the Terms of Reference for the working groups.  He asked that this discussion be deferred until the next meeting, to allow members the time to consider the most up to date version.  This was agreed.

 

The Local Member for Penrith North commented to say she was unaware of the discussions taking place with Eden District Council about possible collaborations relating to Voreda House developments.  She wondered whether other members, specifically the Chair and Vice Chair were aware of this.

 

The same member commented in support of the Coaches in Mind project, which she felt was different to many of the other emotional wellbeing and mental health projects being delivered in Eden.

 

The Area Manager responded to the comment on discussions relating to Voreda House that this had been included in the report in order to raise members’ awareness to this. He described the opportunity this afforded to further collaborations with key partner agencies. There were no firm proposals yet to discuss, and should any come forward Eden Local Committee would be made aware of this.

 

The Local Member for Eden Lakes referred members to paragraph 4.30 of the report and congratulated the apprentice in the Area Support Team, who had earned a place on the Dean’s list.  Members added their congratulations to this.

 

He then asked if it would be possible for all members of the local committee to receive information on the Social Prescribing Youth Link Worker Project, and also the Fuel Poverty worker.  The Area Manager noted this request.

 

The local member then proposed an additional recommendation to the report – that officers be asked to prepare a report on how the committee may support, both financially and by other means, bus services in Eden.

 

This was discussed and debated and upon conclusions of the discussion was put to the vote.  It was agreed unanimously that the additional recommendation be added.

 

The Local Member for Penrith East asked for clarification on the Right2Work grant application and what would happen to the local committee allocation if this project was fully funded from other funding sources.  She was also interested in finding out more about the age ranges of the applicants.  The Community Development Officer confirmed the project was aimed at school years 7 to 13, which covers ages 12-19yrs.  The officer also confirmed that the 0-19 grant from local committee would fund 5 places in Eden, but if the Oaklea Trust received the Youth Futures Fund this could then enable an additional 7 places to be funded, a total of 12 in Eden.

 

RESOLVED,     that members

(1)      note the budget allocations for 2020-21 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to date;

(2)      note the provisional unallocated resources in the 2020-21 Communities Revenue Budget of £101,475 as at 31 August 2020;

(3)      note the area planning update contained between 4.6 to 4.30;

(4)      agree to allocate £10,000 towards the 0-19 strategic priority project described in 4.23;

(5)      note a grant of £4,618.60 to Right2Work – which is part of the Oaklea Trust – as described in 4.25;

(6)      agree to vire £10,000 from the Area Planning budget line to the 0-19 budget line as described in 4.26;

(7)      that officers be asked to prepare a report on how the committee may support, both financially and by other means, bus services in Eden.

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