Agenda item

Barrow Area Planning Report

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]


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


This report provides Local Committee with an update on its work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.  It also includes a financial statement in support of the work of the Local Committee for Members’ information.



The Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which detailed information from across the Community teams including Community Development, Archives and libraries, and provided an update on work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.


Members were given an update on the work of the Birchall Trust which provided a specialist support to people whose lives had been affected by sexual abuse/rape in Cumbria and Lancashire.  Officers explained their activities were delivered under 3 pillars: Wellbeing, Counselling & Education which enabled them to provide each individual with a holistic package of support that promoted recovery, whilst undertaking awareness-raising activities in the local community that reduced and prevented further harm.


Members were informed they were requesting funding from the Local Committee to enable them to develop their Education Programme and to run a project, Feeling Safe, Standing Strong, in local schools throughout South Cumbria and North Lancashire.


The Committee received an update on Dropzone, a youth organisation which supported young people from the ages of 8–23 years who ran an extended education provision for young people who struggled with mainstream settings and also delivered youth work across Furness.


Members were informed that Dropzone had worked in partnership with the Police and schools to deliver a knife crime awareness project in local secondary schools and would like to fund the Knife Angel sculpture to come to Barrow in January 2022 to raise awareness throughout communities.  It was explained the funding would cover the cost of the Knife Angel and motivational speakers with Dropzone securing further funding to cover staff and resources costs.


The Vice-Chair of Barrow & Families Children’s Partnership – Barrow Children’s Trust Board informed the Committee that both BAE and the BID had agreed to provide support for the funding of the Knife Angel and a request had been made to Cumbria County Council to obtain funding for transport to enable children from outlying districts to visit the sculpture. 


The Committee received an update from the Community Development Officer on the Emergency Referral Process informing members that 50 referrals had taken place during the previous six weeks.


The Committee was informed of the successful visit of the HARRI (Health Advice Recovery Resilience Information) Bus in Askam and Dalton and welcomed the intention that it would visit every electoral division in the Borough, with dates for each session being finalised with local Members.


Members received a positive update from the Library Customer Manager for Barrow who informed the Committee that the Barrow Library and Archive Service continued to deliver a wide range of activities and work across communities within the Borough. 


The Committee was informed that following the staff restructure library hours would return to normal with extended lunchtime opening at Roose and Walney Libraries which were key to providing residents with greater access to services.  It was explained that discussions were taking place with regards to Askam Library which included the exploration of opening the Library on Saturdays.


Members also received an update on other key areas which included Barrow Musical Festival, Libraries Week, Engineering Fairy Tale Workshops, Feed and Read Initiative, Black History Month, Medieval Fair at Furness Abbey, Archive Session on Victorian Barrow, Duke Street Sound Walk, Lost Shops Project, Sankey Exhibition and the History of the Library in Barrow.


The local Member for Ormsgill welcomed the Feed and Read initiative delivered from Ormsgill Community Centre and themed around Harry Potter and thanked a local resident, Tony Barry, for the donation of lights for the event.


RESOLVED,   that


                          (1)          the report be noted;


                          (2)          £190,000 of the Environment Fund be spent on planting trees on the highway as appropriate across Barrow Borough;


                          (3)          a grant of £10,000 from the Environment Fund towards development of a memorial garden with Barrow Borough Council and partners be approved;


                          (4)          the Area Manager agree, under delegated powers, a grant of £4,000 from its 0-19 services budget to Birchall Trust for its Feeling Safe, Standing Strong programme (as outlined in paragraph 4.47 i of the report);


                          (5)          a grant of £7,000 from the 0-19 services budget to Dropzone for the Knife Crime Angel Project (as outlined in paragraph 4.47 ii of the report) be approved.


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