Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for Allerdale - Monday, 15th November, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Wigton Market Hall

Contact: Daniel Hamilton  Email: daniel.hamilton@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

28.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Mrs M Rae.

29.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

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:

Mrs C Tibble declared a non-pecuniary interest as one of the proposed amendments to the Workington Traffic Regulation Order described in the report at agenda item 10 would include the extension to double yellow lines on the road of her residence.

 

 

30.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item on the agenda.

 

31.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There were no questions, statements of petitions on this occasion.

Minutes:

There were no petitions, statements or question submitted on this occasion.

32.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 438 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting held on 1 September 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,                 the minutes of the previous meeting held on 1 September 2021 be agreed as an accurate and complete record.

33.

Consultation on the Potential Closure of St Joseph's Catholic School, Cockermouth pdf icon PDF 307 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – People (Deputy Chief Executive) which provided background on the formal consultation undertaken by the Council on the proposed closure of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Cockermouth.

Members heard that the consultation had been undertaken at the request of the governing body of the school and with the support of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lancaster. Numbers had fallen at the school from over 75 pupils in 2017/18, to 6 children by the October 2021 pupil census. There were currently three primary schools in Cockermouth, the other two being Fairfield Primary and All Saints CE Primary. Between them there were 105 Reception class places on offer. Closure of St Joseph’s would remove 15 Reception places.

The most recent data showed only 42 births for Cockermouth, for the previous 3 years’ this number had been in the mid-50s. This showed a decline from an average of 70 for the previous 5 years. Should St Joseph’s close there would still be 90 Reception places available within Cockermouth town.

The Development Management Officer explained that the school had been running with an interim non-catholic headteacher and that in recent months the school governors had tried unsuccessfully to appoint a new catholic headteacher. The governing body had explored alternatives to closure such as a shared headteacher or academisation, but as pupil numbers had fallen the school budget was also expected to fall into deficit and, as funding allocations are based on a national formula, the County Council would be unable to provide additional financial support.

The Local Member spoke in support of the recommendation, she stated that her children had in fact attended the school but the request of the diocese to carry out this consultation reflected the realities of declining need for school places.

A discussion then took place regarding the use of the school post-closure. The Development Management Officer stated that the land and property belonged to the diocese but there had been suggestion that an alternative education or special needs facility could be sought for the school, however a decision on this had not yet been taken.

RESOLVED that,   

1)    Members note the contents of the report and agree that a letter be drafted expressing the Local Committee’s support for the recommendation, along with any concerns raised on the basis of the evidence given,

 

2)    Members note that the Cabinet will consider feedback from the consultation, including any response made by the Local Committee, before deciding on next steps.

 

 

34.

Minutes of the Allerdale Highways Working Group Meeting 7th October 2021 pdf icon PDF 372 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report that provided the details of the outcome of the meeting of the Highways Working Group (HWG) held on the 7October 2021 and presented recommendations to the Local Committee for approval.

Whilst reflecting on the minutes of the HWG minutes of 7 October 2021 the Local Member for Wigton asked that officers ensure effective communication between the traffic team and the Wigton Town Council over safety concerns on a number of carriageways in the vicinity of local schools. The Traffic Management Team Leader provided the Local Member with the assurance that they were aware of concerns and that she was in fact meeting with the Wigton Town Council immediately after the meeting of Local Committee.

The Traffic Management Team Leader provided an overview of the recommendations relating to progressing to statutory consultation on the proposed introduction of new speed limit restrictions on the A594 Dovenby, A596 Micklethwaite, C2065 Low Road, Brigham. A discussion took place in which the Local Member for Thursby expressed his satisfaction with the amendments to speed limit restrictions on the A594 Dovenby.

The Local Area Network Manager provided an overview of the schemes included in the proposed Devolved NPRN Programme of Works for 2022/23. Discussions took place regarding the schemes included in the Programme of Works, and members were reminded that the Programme was subject to Council confirmation of the devolved highways budget allocations for 2022/23.

 

RESOLVED that,                

 

1)            Local Committee notes the minutes of the meeting of the HWG held on the 7th October 2021 which are attached as Appendix 1 of the report,

 

2)            Local Committee endorse the recommendations of the HWG and agree the following recommendations:

A594 DOVENBY, A596 MICKLETHWAITE, C2065 LOW ROAD, BRIGHAM – SPEED LIMITS

a) Local Committee agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of a Traffic Regulation Order (“the Order”) which would:-

i) Consolidate the provisions of the following Orders: - The County of Cumbria (Various Roads in the Borough of Allerdale) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) Order 2021; and The County of Cumbria (C2007 Great Broughton, C2016 Seaton, and A591 and A595 Bothel) (Speed Limits) Order 2021; and

ii) Propose to introduce new restrictions as shown on the plan attached as Appendices 2, 4, 5 and 6 ONLY of the report.

b) Local Committee agree that, subject to there being no unresolved objections received at the end of the statutory consultation and advertisement of the Order referred to in paragraph 3.2.1 a) above, that the Order be brought into operation, as advertised having taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to in the report to HWG.

DEVOLVED CAPITAL PROGRAMME FOR ALLERDALE 2022/23

c)    Local Committee agree the proposed Devolved NPRN Programme of Works for 2022/23, as set out in Appendix 1 of the report to HWG, subject to Council confirmation of the devolved highways budget allocations for 2022/23.

 

 

 

35.

Structural Weight Limit: Proposed Amendment to Cockermouth Traffic Regulation Order pdf icon PDF 384 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure the purpose of which was to provide members of the Local Committee with the background and detail of two further proposed changes to Cockermouth Traffic Regulation Order.

Members were reminded that a previous report on a proposed change to the Order was considered by the Allerdale Local Committee on 5 January 2021. The Traffic Management Team Leader explained that the report sought to revise the resolution to deal with additional measures.

Members heard that there were two new proposed weight restrictions to Church and Park Bridge, Loweswater designed to protect weak bridges and prevent heavy vehicles from accessing areas unsuitable for their size and weight, whilst also providing a safe and effective transport network. There was also a proposed ‘No waiting at any time’ restriction along the B5289 through Buttermere valley which had been designed to prevent indiscriminate parking causing obstruction of the highway. There was previously a temporary restriction on parking in this area and this proposal was to make the restrictions permanent. Members expressed their support in making these restrictions permanent as the problems were unlikely to be resolved any other way. It was hoped that the restrictions would encourage visitors to the area to consider other sustainable modes of transport. A discussion took place about whether double-yellow lines were the best method to signify the parking restrictions considering the natural beauty of the area. Officers gave assurances that the colour used for the double-yellow lines would be adapted in order to be sympathetic to the surroundings. It was AGREED that an action would be taken to the joint Visitor Management Groups about the provision of parking in the Lake District National Park.

RESOLVED that,                

1)    the Local Committee agree to  proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of a Traffic Regulation Order (“the Order”) which would consolidate the provisions of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, Cockermouth and Provision of Traffic Regulation) Order 2020, and propose to introduce;

i) a 33 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight restriction on Church Bridge, Loweswater, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 1 of the report (as previously agreed by Local Committee on 5 January 2021);

ii) No waiting at any time restrictions along the B5289 through Buttermere valley, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 2 of the report; and

iii) an 18 tonnes maximum gross vehicle weight restriction on Park Bridge, Loweswater, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 3 of the report.

2)    the Local Committee agree that, subject to there being no unresolved objections received at the end of the statutory consultation and advertisement of the Order referred to in paragraph 3.1 above, that the Order be brought into operation, as advertised, having 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.

36.

Off Street Car Parking Orders - Workington and Maryport Transport Hubs pdf icon PDF 481 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which updated the Local Committee on plans to create an off-street car parking order to cover the Maryport and Workington transport hubs which would also permit the installation of electric charging points, and to introduce a daily charge to cover maintenance costs.

 

The Allerdale Local Committee was asked to agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of an off-street car park order and subject to no objections authorise the bringing into force of the Order. It was explained to members that objections to the Order would be brought to a future Local Committee meeting to resolve the issues.

 

The Commercial Development Lead provided a background to the report and reminded members that at the Highways Working Group (7 October 2021) there was some concern over the initial proposal to prevent people leaving their vehicles overnight and so this had now been removed from the proposed order. Concern was also raised over the risk that drivers would simply stop using the service following the introduction of a charge, butit is felt that at the recommended level of charge, this risk is low as is the risk of drivers parking elsewhere as all on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of the two sites was subject to time-restrictions.

 

A discussion took place whereby members raised concerns about time restrictions on the electric car charging points. The Commercial Development Lead explained that the standard time restriction was 3 hours, members were concerned that this would not be suitable if drivers were parking and then using the train. The Local Member for Seaton asked if it was possible for the parking spaces and the charging points to be divided into long and short stay. The Commercial Development Lead asked whether members would consider a 24 hour stay more suitable but there was not consensus on this point and members asked that further consideration by officers be given to the suitable time restriction on the electric charging points.

 

RESOLVED that,                

1)            the Local Committee does not agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of The County of Cumbria (Allerdale) (Off Street Parking Places) Order 20>< (“the Order”) in relation to the Maryport and Workington transport hubs, to include spaces for electric charging points and a daily £1 charge.

2)            the Local Committee does not agree that in the event that no objections are received, the Order be brought into operation.

3)            the Local Committee agree that unresolved objections be brought back to the Local Committee for consideration.

 

 

 

37.

Workington Traffic Order Review 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 406 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which provided a background to the details of the proposed changes to the Workington Traffic Regulation Order following statutory consultation.

Members heard that informal consultations were undertaken between July and September 2020 for a number of locations within the Workington area. From the informal consultation, 18 proposals were progressed to statutory consultation and advertisement which concluded on the 14 October 2021.

 

The Traffic Management Team Leader explained that the Chair had recommended an amendment to Proposal 14 - Dene Avenue, Harrington.  The suggested amendment was that Traffic officers agree to carry out a review this proposal to see whether it would be possible to extend the proposed double-yellow lines to ensure the safety of drivers attempting to pull out at the junction.  

 

RESOLVED that,                

 

1) That having taken into consideration the matters concerned in section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to in section 7.2 of this report, members agree that “The County of Cumbria (Various Roads in Workington) (Consolidation and Provision of Traffic Regulations) Order 20<>” (“the Order”) be brought into operation, as advertised, EXCEPT THAT:

i) the No Waiting at Any Time restrictions at Grecian Terrace, Harrington, as per Proposal 2, are NOT introduced;

ii) the proposed No Waiting at Any Time restrictions on the east side of Hawkshead Avenue, Workington, as per proposal 3, terminate at a point 42m south of its junction with Newlands Lane , to the extent shown on the plan attached as Appendix 6 of the report, a reduction of 7m from that which was advertised;


iii) the No Loading / Unloading restrictions at Station Road, Workington, as per proposal 10, are NOT introduced;

iv) the proposed No Waiting at Any Time restrictions on the north side of Church Road, Seaton, as per proposal 16, are to be amended to omit the section from a point 33m east of its junction with Main Road to a point 43m east of the same junction, as indicated on the plan attached as Appendix 19 of the report.

 

38.

Area Manager Report pdf icon PDF 562 KB

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

 

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which brought members up to date with the activity across Allerdale and recent developments. The Area Manager explained that sign off to the full business case by government is still awaited on the Borderlands project though County Council officers continue to support the development of the Place Plans. Meetings of the Wigton Town Team had been planned for November and December prior to the Wigan Place Plan which would come to Allerdale Local Committee for agreement.

Members heard that the newly refurbished Children’s Library in Workington was officially opened by the Chair of Allerdale Local Committee on 8 October 2021. Local Committee had previously agreed funding to assist with the refurbishment. The space had first been utilised for the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme over the Summer holidays and provided a safe and creative space specifically for children and young people.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) launched their youth employment hub on Wednesday 20October 2021 from The Oval Centre in Workington. Allerdale Local Committee supported this project through funding the room hire allowing the DWP Work Coaches to be based in a community setting in an area with the highest need for support. Cumbria Youth Alliance and Inspira had been working with the DWP Youth Coaches in this setting, providing a wrap-around service to young people to overcome barriers into employment and addressing needs identified.

Members received an update on severe weather events in Allerdale. In response to weather warnings in late October, the team engaged with colleagues across the Council and from partner agencies. On the ground, the team were in support of the Emergency Response Groups in Cockermouth and Workington. A small number of dwellings and businesses experienced flooding and two water rescues took place in Allerdale.

RESOLVED that,                 members note the contents of the report.

 

 

 

39.

Investing in Our Communities pdf icon PDF 423 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which presented grant applications in excess of £5,000 for consideration and approval.

The Area Manager provided an overview of the grant applications which was as follows:-

·         Adult Learning in Allerdale identified a need to further support learners who find it difficult to engage with small groups or more formal classes. The service would like the opportunity to offer one to one sessions to support learners into education and training whilst building confidence and resilience.

 

·         Age UK applied for funding to run a programme of awareness pop-up events for older people between November 21 and March 22. The programme was estimated to reach 400 older people.

 

·         Workington Town Council applied for funding towards improvements to Vulcans Park. The improvements included footpath repairs, hedge development, fencing repairs, tree and shrub planting along with the creation of a Bee Happy trail.

 

·         Allerdale Borough Council applied for funding to work with Cumbria Wildlife Trust on planting wildflowers to Siddick Pond in Workington and Mote Hill in Maryport.

 

·         Silloth Town Council applied for funding to improve access on Silloth Green and the promenade by creating paths of limestone dust laid on compacted stone. The paths would improve accessibility for residents, including those with pushchairs and wheelchair and mobility scooter users.

 

·         Dearham Parish Council applied for funding to improve access within the village. A recently installed fence within Pottery Park, funded from the County Council Environment Fund created a safer walking route through the village however the grassed footpath is not suitable for all users following spells of wet weather.

 

·         Pigeon Well Lonning was a well-used footpath between Camp Road and the A596 in Maryport. The footpath was uneven in several places and the proposal was to replace the existing footpath with a rolled stone surface. Part of the footpath is a scheduled monument, discussions were currently being held with Hertitage England to agree a suitable surface.

 

·         Sustrans applied for funding to improve cycle ways in South Workington, Siddick, Seaton and Camerton. The works would include trees clearing and opening the path between Charity Lane and Harrington Road, resurfacing of the footpath in the Siddick allotment area and some patch resurfacing on the path between Seaton and Camerton.

 

The Chair thanked the Area Manager and the Team for their hard work and achievement with regards to the allocation of funding to such deserving causes.

 

RESOLVED that,                

 

1)    Members note the contents of the report.

 

2)    Members agree that an amount of £10,000 is allocated from the General Provisions fund to Adult Learning in Allerdale towards one to one support session for vulnerable learners.

 

3)    Members agree that an amount of £2,000 is allocated from COMF events and activities fund to Age UK towards a programme of awareness pop-up events.

 

4)    Members agree that an amount of £9,000 is allocated from COMF harnessing local capacity fund to Age UK towards a programme of awareness pop-up events.

 

5)    Members  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.

40.

Minutes of the Workington Harbour Management Board (10/09/2021) pdf icon PDF 291 KB

To note the minutes of the Workington Harbour Management Board from 10 September 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that,                 members note the minutes of the meeting of the Workington Harbour Management Board held on 10 September 2021.

41.

CHAMPION UPDATES

To receive updates from Allerdale’s Local Committee Champions

 

Minutes:

The Armed Forces Champion provided an update on the recent Remembrance Day events and the achievements of the Council in supporting veterans.

 

 

42.

VERBAL REPORTS FROM MEMBERS SERVING ON OUTSIDE BODIES

Members representing Allerdale Local Committee are invited to report back verbally on recent meetings they may have attended.

Minutes:

There were no verbal reports from members serving on outside bodies.

43.

DATE & TIME OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held at 17 January 2022 at 10am.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Allerdale Local Committee is due to take place on the 17 January 2021.