Agenda and minutes

Reconvened County Council Meeting, County Council - Thursday, 19th November, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: This meeting will not take place in a physical location, but will be held virtually. Please follow the link below to access the meeting:-

Contact: Jackie Currie  Email: jackie.currie@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

119.

Roll Call of Members and apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr M Barbour, Mr H Graham, Mr W Graham, Mr C Hogg, Mr J Mallinson, Mrs S Sanderson, Mrs C Tibble, and Mrs E Williamson.

 

120.

Disclosures of Interest

Minutes:

Mr K Little declared a pecuniary interest in Agenda Item No 13 – Update Report of the Cumbria Fire Local Pension Board, as he was the recipient of a Fire Service Pension.  He took no part in the meeting during discussion of this item.

 

121.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider whether there are any items on the agenda in respect of which the press and public should be excluded during consideration of the item.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that the press and public be not excluded from any item of business on the agenda today.

 

122.

Public Participation

To receive petitions or questions from the public under the Public Participation Scheme for the Council.  This item is time limited to 30 minutes.

 

Minutes:

There were no public questions, petitions or statements made to the Council.

 

123.

Minutes

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 9 September 2020 (copy attached to previous agenda – County Council 5 November 2020)

  

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that the minutes of the previous meeting held on 9 September 2020 be agreed with the following amendment:-

 

Minute No 106, top of page 11 the additional final sentence to be added at the end of the last paragraph:-

 

‘Mr Little requested the opportunity to provide a written response to Mr Hughes’ proposed amendments, which was agreed. All other amendments were agreed.’

 

124.

Announcements and Communications

To receive any announcements from the Chair, Leader, Members of the Cabinet or the Chief Executive

 

Minutes:

The Chair began by saying that this was the first meeting of Council since the sad passing of County Councillor Joe Holliday.  She asked members to join her for a minute of silence as a mark of respect to Cllr Holliday. 

 

The Chairman, and the Leader of the Labour Group, followed by the leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Groups expressed their condolences to Mr Holliday’s family and spoke about his character, his contribution to the County Council, and his constituents and of their sadness at his death.

 

The Chair reminded members that last month, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman had announced 13 Cumbrian people had been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  She congratulated all winners, and was pleased that their outstanding efforts and achievements had been acknowledged with these special honours.

 

The Chair was delighted that Cumbria County Council had officially opened the UK’s first stainless steel road bridge at Pooley Bridge, to replace the 18th Century stone structure destroyed during Storm Desmond in December 2015.  Unfortunately she had not been available to attend the opening, but the Vice Chair of the Council had attended to represent her.

 

The Chair had also attended Carlisle Cathedral on 1 November for the Service celebrating and commemorating the work of all NHS and Care staff.  It was incredibly poignant and the Chair had read out a poem written by one of the County Council’s Social Workers - Helen Horsley.

 

The Chair then invited the Cabinet Member for Health and Care Services to speak.  She paid tribute to all the front line care staff, both paid and unpaid  in the health and care sector, who had worked above and beyond to support the most vulnerable through the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The second wave was now upon us and the fragility of the health and care services across the communities in Cumbria would be a challenge, and would put pressure on services which were already working hard to ensure everyone received the quality care and services they needed.   

 

The Chair then invited the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport to make his announcements.

The Cabinet Member began by saying he was pleased to inform members that Cumbria County Council’s Highways and Transport Team had been highly commended for its highways innovation work at the recently held LGC Awards ceremony.  The commendation was in relation to the projects for the BridgeCat, and Plastic Roads (live labs).  The BridgeCat had recently been used in Abu Dhabi as part of a World Road Congress and was receiving national recognition.

Cumbria County Council had also received national recognition as part of a research project for the work undertaken on the pilot for plastic roads.  This project was for the reuse of plastic waste products which were being used for new road surfaces and the repairing of potholes. 

The Cabinet Member was delighted to have attended the recent reopening of Pooley Bridge along with the Vice Chair of the Council. The bridge  ...  view the full minutes text for item 124.

125.

Minutes of the Cabinet

The minutes of the meetings of the Cabinet held on ??? are enclosed (copy attached)

 

The Leader will ask members if they have any questions on the minutes taking each page in turn. Members should state clearly the minute number of the item concerned.

 

Minutes:

The Chair informed Council that she would be taking all 4 sets of the Cabinet Minutes together under this item.  The minutes from 27 August and 3 September were sent out as a late supplement but would be taken together (Item 23 refers).

 

125a

Minutes of the Cabinet - 27 August 2020

Minutes:

The Chair invited members to ask questions of the Leader and Cabinet Members.  No questions were asked.

 

RESOLVED,     that the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 27 August 2020 be noted.

 

125b

Minutes of the Cabinet - 3 September 2020

Minutes:

The Chair invited members to ask questions of the Leader and Cabinet Members. 

 

Lord Liddle asked the Leader what his view was of the current situation in relation to Minute No 27 – Local Government Reform In Cumbria. 

 

He asked an open question to the Leader of the Council about the bid submitted to Government for consideration to be given to the possible reform of local government in Cumbria.  Lord Liddle asked the Leader of the Council how he saw the current situation, given the various other proposals that have been talked about for reform in Cumbria. 

 

The Leader responded to say that he was aware that the Secretary of State had issued a letter inviting proposals for local government reorganisation in Cumbria, and this offer included two deadlines.  The first deadline was for outline business cases to be submitted by 9 November, followed by the second deadline of 9 December for final submission of the business cases.

 

Cumbria County Council had submitted an expression of interest for one Unitary Authority for Cumbria on the Cumbria boundary.  He understood that South Lakes District Council and Barrow Borough Council had expressed an interest in joining a Unitary Authority with Lancashire, which was being referred to as ‘Morecambe Bay’, but in this submission there was no reference to the rest of the county not covered by this proposed unitary authority.  He had heard rumours about the other possible submission from the local authorities in the north of the County but had not been party to any details or discussion around this.

 

He understood this proposals would be for Cumbria to be split into 2 Unitary Authorities, although at this stage he was not aware of the preferred ‘split’ of which councils were in which unitary authority.

 

Once the deadline had passed and submission had been made the Secretary of State would assess which proposals, if any, met the criteria and then open these to public consultation in January. 

 

On Minute No 27 – Local Government Reform in Cumbria Mr Dew commented that the minute referred to a high level proposal and business case for the creation of a single unitary authority for Cumbria. The Secretary of State in his letter dated 9 October made it plain that those authorities seeking to make submissions needed to demonstrate that there was broad local support for the proposals and provide the necessary evidence to support this.  The Cabinet minute referenced ‘broad agreement’ for this from Cumbria County Council.  He was not aware that the members had been asked to consider the proposal and he asked the Leader how he intended to rectify this omission.

 

The Leader reminded members of the second deadline of 9 December for submission of the full business cases and he reassured members that the proposal document would evidence the support from key stakeholders to the proposals being submitted by Cumbria County Council. The timescale in which proposals had to be submitted had been very short so the emphasis had been in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 125b

125c

Minutes of the Cabinet - 24 September

The minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 24 September 2020 were included with the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Chair invited members to ask questions of the Leader and Cabinet Members. 

 

On Minute No 35 – 2020/21 Revenue and Capital Budget Monitoring to 30 June Mr Dew asked the Deputy Leader for an insight into how Cabinet was determined to look beyond the pandemic to start planning for the future, as stated in these minutes.  He would be interested to hear about the current plans, given the current climate and with Brexit looming.

 

The Deputy Leader responded to say that essentially Cabinet would be looking to a future in which the Government would decide how much resource the County Council would have.  Cabinet could see a future in which for example renewable energy would play a big part, but this would require Government funding to make this happen.  He also briefly outlined the plans for the Carlisle Gateway Project which was a project being done in conjunction with the Borderlands Programme.  The primary objectives of the Carlisle Station Gateway Project were to increase passenger use of the station and to create a more attractive gateway to the city centre.  The Leader outlined the proposed plans for the development of the station.

 

Mr Lamb asked the Leader about Minute No 41- Energy Coast West Cumbria, and the decision to withdraw from BEC.  He felt the decision appeared to imply that Cumbria County Council was walking away from this organisation and letting the people of West Cumbria down. He asked the Leader for his comments.

 

The Leader responded to say that the idea that the assets within Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) were worth millions of pounds to the County Council was ill founded.  The way the organisation was set up was that those assets were contained within the company so that any surpluses generated from these assets or from the sale of the assets would be retained by BEC and would have to be spent within the objectives of the company.  The assets would not appear on the County Council’s balance sheet as they had no value to the council. 

 

He felt the Cabinet decision was the right one.  CCC has been involved with this company for many years and was linked with the conversations earlier about LGR.  The two tier system and the presence of 3 local authorities on the BEC Board had made the decision making element very difficult. He asked the member to look back at the track record of this company in terms of delivering projects for West Cumbria, compared to that of the County Council.  He emphasised that the County Council would continue to deliver these projects once it was no longer part of BEC.  There are a number of projects planned and the County Council wanted to devote its time, and also the time of its officers to  delivering these projects.

 

The Cabinet Member for Economic Development said at the time Cabinet took this difficult decision he had advised all the County Council members of Allerdale and Copeland, on the basis at these areas  ...  view the full minutes text for item 125c

125d

Minutes of the Cabinet - 15 October 2020

The minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 15 October 2020 were included with the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

 

Minutes:

The Chair invited members to ask questions of the Leader and Cabinet Members.  No questions were asked.

 

RESOLVED,     that the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 15 October 2020 be noted.

 

126.

MEMBERS ALLOWANCE SCHEME 2021/22

To consider a report from the Leader of the Council (a copy of the report was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

Minutes:

The Leader presented a report which explained that all Councils were required annually to make a scheme for the payment of basic and other specified allowances to elected members. This report sought approval for a scheme for the financial year 2021-2022.

Before making a scheme the Council must have regard to the recommendations of its independent remuneration panel.

Last year the Independent Remuneration Panel recommended a detailed review of the Council’s current Scheme of allowances in place for members of Cumbria County Council was carried out this year. 

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was not practicable to carry out a detailed review this year, and in view of this the Independent Remuneration Panel had only recommended very small changes to the current allowances.  

 

Details of these proposals were set out in Appendix 1 of the report.  The panel had also recommended that a detailed review was carried out next year and that work be started much earlier in the year in order to enable this to happen.

 

The Leader asked Council to note that the Constitution would be updated as necessary by the Monitoring Officer to reflect the Members Allowances Scheme made by the Council, and he moved the recommendations.

 

The Leader moved the recommendations.

 

Mr Betton spoke to say that in these austere times he welcomed this report and the recommendations from the Independent Remuneration Panel that none of the allowances be increased.  He also commented that he did not believe that Special Responsibility Allowances should be paid to any member of the council.

 

He urged the Council to abolish all paid posts within the authority except the basic needed to carry out the job roles. 

 

Mr Whiteside raised a slight concern about the wording of the indexation of allowance point, which whilst he accepted the point as far as it went, the wording may give the impression that the right decision is being taken for the wrong reason.  He supported the recommendation that no increase in any allowances be made.

 

RESOLVED, that Council

 

(1)      Agree to make the Members Allowance Scheme 2021/22 in accordance with the recommendations of the Independent Remuneration Panel as detailed below:-

·      Basic allowance 

No change.  To remain at the level set for 2020/21 of £8,744.46

·      Special Responsibility Allowances      

No change. To remain at the levels set for 2020/21.

 

·      Dependent Carers Allowance

     Move to national minimum wage at April 2021 and the cap on Dependent Carers Allowances to increase in proportion to the increase in national minimum wage to £2,125.

 

·      Travel and Subsistence Allowances

No change.

 

·      Co-optee Allowances

No change.

 

·      Scope of Next Review

That appropriate time and resources be allocated to allow for a full and comprehensive review of Members Allowances when the Panel next convenes in January 2021.

 

(2)      note that the Constitution will be updated as necessary by the Monitoring Officer to reflect the Members Allowances Scheme made by the Council.

The meeting then broke for a short recess at 11.40am and  reconvened at 11.50am.

127.

CUMBRIA HEALTH AND WELLBEING BOARD - APPOINTMENT OF SUBSTITUTES

To consider a report from the Leader of the Council (a copy of the report was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council presented a report which asked Council to agree the appointment of substitute member on the Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board.

 

At the Council meeting on 9 September 2020 members resolved to change the membership of the Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board to include the Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning.

The terms of reference for the Board provided that the Leader may nominate named elected member substitutes to the Board equal in number to the number of members appointed to the Board.  Substitutes were nominated by the Leader, and then approved by Council to make appointments to the board.

The Leader nominated Mrs J Willis and Mr D Southward as substitutes to the board.

 

RESOLVED,     that Council approve the appointment of Mrs Willis and Mr Southward as substitutes to the Health and Wellbeing Board.

 

128.

TREASURY MANAGEMENT HALF YEAR STRATEGY REVIEW 2020/21

To consider a report from the Deputy Leader of the Council (a copy of the report was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

 

Minutes:

The Deputy Leader presented a report which detailed the treasury management activities during the first half of the 2020/21 financial year, and highlighted performance and activities which confirmed all Treasury Management activities undertaken during the period were in compliance with the Annual Strategy agreed by Members at Council in February 2020.

There had been a review of the 2020/21 Treasury Management Strategy Statement which included the Annual Investment Strategy. This review had concluded that no amendments are required to the strategy.

The Deputy Leader took members through the report, highlighting the following:-

·      Purpose of the Treasury Management Half Yearly Report

·      Treasury Management Activity – mid-year position 2020/21

·      Recent developments relevant to the 2020/21 Treasure Management Strategy

·      Review of the Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Annual Investment Strategy 2020/21

·      Review of Compliance with Prudential Indicators and Treasury Management Indicators for 2020/21

 

The Deputy Leader moved the recommendations.

 

Mr Dew said all councillor were aware of the financial difficulties being face by the County Council, as outlined in paragraph 4.2 of the report.  He had particular concerns about the possibility of negative equity and the banks charging customers for keeping their money.  He would be interested to hear from the Deputy Leader what contingency measures were in place to deal with this should it happen, and what financial projections would look like in this scenario.

 

The Deputy Leader responded to say that he understood the impact of negative interest rates, which was the same as interests falling.  The impact of this would be extra costs to the County Council, however, the Government had stated that it would protect local authorities from this sort of impact.

 

The Deputy Leader also hoped that if a no deal Brexit resulted from the current negotiations, that the Government would offer similar guarantees to councils.

 

RESOLVED, that Council

 

(1)      note that, following a half yearly review, no amendments are required to the Treasury Management Strategy Statement which includes the Annual Investment Strategy;

(2)      note that following a half yearly review, Prudential Indicators and Treasury Management Indicators have been fully complied with and that no amendments are required to these indicators; and

(3)      note the Treasury Management function is forecasting a £0.400m underspend for 2020/21, due to the Council’s tactical strategy to utilise internal reserves whilst available, albeit that this will be kept under review given various uncertainties, including interest rate movements and cash flow requirements.

 

129.

AMENDMENTS TO THE APPROVED CAPITAL PROGRAMME

To consider a report from the Deputy Leader of the Council (a copy of the report was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

Minutes:

The Deputy Leader of the Council presented a report the purpose of which was to seek approval to re-profile spend between financial years within the programme and approve new schemes as recommended by Cabinet at its meetings on 24 September 2020 and 15 October 2020.

This report sought approval for the re-profiling of £7.557m from 2020/21 to future years within the Capital Programme 2020-2025 and £0.556m for a new scheme Carlisle Citadels, as recommended by Cabinet at its meetings on 24 September and approval for the acceleration of £4m from future years to the 2020/21 Capital Programme, as recommended by Cabinet at its meeting on 15 October2020.

Cabinet at its meeting on 24 September 2020approved a number of revisions to the Capital Programme, as outlined below:-

 

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

2023/24

2024/25

Total

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Revised Capital Programme 2020-2025 as noted by Council 9 September 2020

122.593

86.773

109.764

96.213

48.573

463.916

Additional External Funding approved by Cabinet

4.950

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

4.950

Revised Capital Programme

127.543

86.773

109.764

96.213

48.573

468.866

 

Cabinet at its meeting on 24 September 2020 also approved that the following amendments to the capital programme, and Council was asked to approve these, as outlined.

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

2023/24

2024/25

Total

2020-2025

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

£m

Prioritised Capital Maintenance Projects/Schools due todelays in the programme and accessing schools due to Covid-19

(2.515)

2.515

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

Corporate Property Planned Maintenance and improvement due to delays in the programme and not being able to work in Care Homes due to Covid-19.

(1.500)

1.500

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

Basic Need schemes development for projects has been delayed due to Covid-19.

(1.480)

1.480

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

Inclusion Strategy delays with lease and operational discussions with Sandgate/ Queen Katherine School.

(1.000)

1.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

Extra Care Housing / Accommodation with Care & Support due to Covid-19 causing delays with developers.

(0.630)

0.630

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

Live Labs Project: in response to COVID-19 delays, government has extended this grant funded project. The project investigates the sustainability and suitability of a surfacing operation that uses waste plastic as an additive to asphalt to provide a longer lasting road.

(0.362)

0.362

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

Countryside Access Improvements expenditure has been profiled to match planned enhancement work

(0.070)

0.070

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

Total Re-profiling

(7.557)

7.557

0.000

0.000

0.000

0.000

 

Council was asked to approve the addition of a new scheme to the 2020-25 Capital Programme. The Borderlands Citadels project to develop the Carlisle Citadels.  The project was dependent on approval of the Outline Business Case submitted to Borderlands.  The budget for this phase of the scheme was £0.556m.  Additional funding of £0.506m had been secured from key partners, with the remaining £0.050m to be financed by the Council through the existing 2020/21 Infrastructure Deficit Fund budget. The request was for the new scheme to be added to the Capital Programme with a budget of £0.556m.

The Deputy Leader  ...  view the full minutes text for item 129.

130.

CORPORATE PARENTING BOARD ANNUAL REPORT

To consider a report from the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Chair of the Corporate Parenting Board (a copy of the report was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

 

Minutes:

The Chair of the Corporate Parenting Board presented the Annual Report and asked Council to affirm its commitment to its Corporate Parenting duties and for Members to understand that each of them has a duty to do what they can for children looked after and care leavers.

 

The Annual Report updated members on the Corporate Parenting Board’s activity over the past year, plans for the next year and a chance to hear directly from the Children in Care Councils about the experiences of children looked after during COVID-19.

 

The past year had been a challenge and one that services had played a remarkable role in meeting. Prior to COVID-19 the Corporate Parenting Board main priorities were around increasing the number of in-house foster carers, strengthening the care leaver offer, making preparations for a regional adoption agency and strengthening the voice of children looked after and foster carers.

The Chair of the Corporate Parenting Board was pleased to say that all of these had progressed during COVID-19. Figures for in-house foster carers had continued to increase, new Children Ambassador apprentices had been recruited, who would act as representatives for the Children in Care Councils, and plans for a regional adoption agency had progressed.

Looking ahead, the Corporate Parenting Board was planning to revamp the work of the Board, so that instead of 6 meetings a year with presentations from officers, there would be 4 meetings to look at progress against the Children Looked After Strategy Action Plan, and a session in the summer holidays and at Christmas led by the children in care councils. The Board would also be reviewing the role of the Children in Care Council Champions at Local Committee so as to strengthen their link to the Corporate Parenting Board.

In closing, the Cabinet Member asked all members to join her in thanking all the staff in Children’s Services for their hard work and dedication to improving services for children and young people.  All members supported this.

Mr Dew valued and appreciate the work of the Corporate Parenting Board and asked about the Children’s Ambassadors and how links would be forged with local committees going forward.  As the Chair of Eden Local Committee he had not had any information about this.  He asked the Cabinet Member if she was able to provide an update.

The Cabinet Member responded to say that this was work in progress and would be discussed at the next meeting of the Corporate Parenting Board.  The Board was keen for local committees to be involved but specific details had not yet been agreed.  She did reassure members that the Corporate Parenting Board was keen for this to happen, and for all members of the Council to be reminded of their role as Corporate Parents.

Mr Bingham was pleased to hear about the new arrangements for the Regional Adoption Agency, however, he did have a slight concern about whether this may result in children not being fostered in areas such as the south of Lancaster,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 130.

131.

UPDATE REPORT OF THE CUMBRIA FIRE LOCAL PENSION BOARD

To consider a report from the Cabinet Member for Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue Services (a copy of the report was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

 

Minutes:

Mr K Little declared a pecuniary interest in this item as he was a recipient of a Fire Service Pension.  He took no part in the meeting during discussion of this item.

 

The Cabinet Member – Customers, Transformation and Fire and Rescue presented a report which presented the update of the Cumbria Fire Local Pension Board for the half year ending 30 September 2020.

 

The Cumbria Fire Local Pension Board (Cumbria FLPB or ‘the Board’) was required to report twice yearly on its activities to the Council.

This was the update report for the first half of 2020/21, with the Annual Report of the Cumbria FLPB 2020/21 due to be presented to Council later in 2021.

RESOLVED, that Council note the update of the Cumbria Fire Local Pension Board for the half year ending 30 September 2020.

 

132.

Scrutiny Update Report

To consider a report by the Chair of the Scrutiny Management Board (a copy of the report was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

 

Minutes:

The Chair of Scrutiny Management Board presented a report which updated Council on the work of Scrutiny and any issues and developments that have occurred since the last meeting of the County Council.

 

The Chair of Scrutiny Management Board took members through the report, highlighting the following:-

·      Scrutiny Work Programme

·      Scrutiny Performance Working Group

·      Scrutiny Task and Finish Activity

·      Other Scrutiny Activity

 

Mr Hughes asked the Chair of Scrutiny Management Board for an update on the work of the Task and Finish Group on Local Government Reform and justify the reasons for the review bearing in mind the Government would be taking the decision on this, not Cumbria County Council.

 

The Chair of Scrutiny Management Board updated Council on the remit of the Task and Finish Group and informed members that the Task and Finish Scrutiny Review would be going to the December Cabinet Meeting.

 

RESOLVED,     that the report be received and noted.

 

133.

Questions

To consider questions from Members, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule No 11.2 to 11.5 to the Leader, a Member of the Executive or the Chair of any Committee.

Minutes:

Mr D Wilson asked the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport about the Section 19 Flood Report, produced by the Council, in its role as Lead Flood Authority about the flooding in Millom.  He had raised on a number of occasions about his belief that the contributory factor on flooding in Millom was the non- functioning of the United Utilities (UU) King Street Pumping Station, when they were most needed.  

 

Mr Wilson was aware that the evidence provided by United Utilities as part of the review was contradictory to that provided by member of the public.  He asked the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport for assurance that the individuals who provided evidence for the investigation were, or would be interviewed as part of the review process.  He feared if this evidence was ignored the flood report would lack credibility.

 

The Cabinet Member replied to say he was well aware of the situation in Millom and he had visited the area of a number of occasions and Cumbria County Council worked with the Environment Agency to produce the Section 19 Flood Reports.  He had raised the issue of the pumping station with UU on a couple of occasions.  The plant is monitored electronically at all times and it also produced performance monitoring information, which would have been used as part of the Section 19 reporting process.  However, if witness statements were giving conflicting advice this needed to be taken into account.  The Cabinet Member agreed to speak to officers about this and investigate.

 

Mr Airey commented on the Local Government Reform in Cumbria to say he commended the proposals submitted to Government by the County Council, although he was disappointed about the lack of reference to a Mayor.  He asked the Leader of the Council why this item had not been an agenda item for discussion by full Council today.

 

The Leader responded to say that the County Council did have a full discussion about this in November 2018 on this.  He reminded members that the issue was not a matter to be decided by Cumbria County Council, as it does not fall into the Policy Framework.  It was a decision for Cabinet.  Ultimately this decision could be challenged by way of a judicial review.  He reminded members that in November 2018 when it was last discussed there was an indicative show of hands following the debate, which was that the majority of members were in support of one unitary authority for Cumbria.  Clearly there were different views within the Council but for many years there had been overwhelming support for a single unitary authority for Cumbria.

 

The timing of this was extremely challenging and the deadline for expressions of interest and submission of proposals had been very tight.  The deadlines were outside of the Council’s control and had been set by Government.   

 

Mr F Morgan asked the Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property a question about the former Ehenside School Site in Cleator Moor.  This site had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 133.

134.

Minutes of Committees

To receive reports from Committees of the Council and receive questions and answers in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 11.1 to 11.5.

134a

Cumbria Pensions Committee

To receive the draft minutes of a meeting of the Cumbria Pensions Committee held on 15 September 2020 (a copy of the minutes was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that the draft minutes of Cumbria Pensions Committee meeting held on 15 September 2020 be noted.

 

134b

Audit and Assurance Committee

To receive the draft minutes of a meeting of the Audit and Assurance Committee held on 17 September 2020 (a copy of the minutes was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that the draft minutes of Audit and Assurance Committee meeting held on 17 September 2020 be noted.

 

134c

Workington Harbour Management Committee

To receive the draft minutes of a meeting of the Workington Harbour Management Committee held on 23 October 2020 (a copy of the minutes was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that the draft minutes of Workington Harbour Management Committee meeting held on 23 October 2020 be noted.

135.

Urgency Provisions

To consider a report by the Leader of the Council (a copy of the report was included in the previous agenda (County Council 5 November 2020 refers).

 

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council presented a report, the purpose of which was to notify members of any urgent decisions taken in the period since the last County Council meeting. 

 

Two relevant decisions had been taken since the last meeting and the details of those decisions was set out at Appendix 1 of the Report.  In both cases, the decisions were treated as urgent decisions as the requirements to advertise for at least 28 days prior to a key decision being taken could not be complied with. 

 

RESOLVED,     that the report be received and noted.

 

136.

Notice of Motions

To consider notice of motions for up to a specified period of one hour.

Minutes:

There were no notices of motion on this occasion.

 

137.

Speeches

To hear speeches (not exceeding five minutes each) for up to a specified period of 30 minutes, from individual members, of which at least 24 hours’ notice has been given to the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services.

Minutes:

Mrs Rebecca Hanson gave a speech on plans for local government reorganisation in Cumbria.

 

Mr Chris Whiteside made a speech on the A595.

 

Dr Karen Lockney gave a speech on Tackling Food Insecurity- a personal view.