Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for South Lakeland - Wednesday, 23rd September, 2020 10.00 am

Contact: Nicola Harrison  Email: nicola.harrison@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

20.

ROLL CALL AND Apologies for Absence

Roll call and to receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

The Senior Democratic Services Officer took the roll call of members and officers.

 

Apologies for absence were received from Mr G Archibald, Mr L Hallatsch and Mrs S Sanderson.

21.

Public Participation

There were no questions, petitions or statements at the time of despatch of Agenda

Minutes:

There were no items of public participation for this meeting.

22.

Exclusion of Press and Public

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

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, the press and public not be excluded from the meeting for any items of business.

23.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 21 July 2020

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 21 July 2020 be confirmed as circulated and signed by the Chair.

24.

Disclosures of Interest

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:

No Disclosures of Interest were made.

25.

PRESENTATION Tackling Inactivity pdf icon PDF 999 KB

To receive a presentation from Senior Manager (Development) Active Cumbria

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a detailed presentation from Active Cumbia regarding Tackling Physical Inactivity in both adults and young people.

 

The Chair highlighted that South Lakeland compared favourably to other areas in Cumbria. He queried whether activity had increased or decreased after the COVID 19 lockdown period. The Senior Manager (Development) Active Cumbria explained that the equalities gap had widened for some people (those less affluent for example) and this would be a challenge for the future. For those people who were already active, they would walk or cycle instead of going to the gym.

 

Members were informed that a number of providers across the county were struggling due to the impact of COVID 19 restrictions and this would continue to get worse over the forthcoming months.

 

Mr Brereton reported on his work on a number of projects in his division which could feed into the Active Cumbria’s developments for South Lakeland. He talked about the implications of COVID 19 lockdown on mental and physical health and the discrepancies in the levels of activity between groups of people in South Lakeland which could skew figures and hide pockets of deprivation in the area. He considered that the County Council could better support small groups who provided physical activity classes with subsidies to support the provision of classes and give guidance on COVID 19 restrictions. The Senior Manager (Development) from Active Cumbria explained that guidance was available on the Active Cumbria website and would ask a Development Officer to contact Mr Brereton about the projects in his division. A link to the Active Cumbria webpage would be circulated to the Committee for members to use on social media.

 

The Senior Manager (Development) Active Cumbria informed members about Active Cumbria’s newsletters which contained funding announcements and new developments. Members were asked to encourage sports groups in their division to subscribe to the newsletter. This information would be circulated to the Local Committee after the meeting.

 

A member talked about how activity levels had changed through the increasing use of technology and that an increasingly sedentary life could have an impact on health. The member supported a focus on active strategies, in particular for children in schools who should be encouraged to walk or cycle to school. He expressed his concern about the threat to many leisure centres due to the impact of COVID 19 restrictions and highlighted the positive outcomes of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign.

 

A short discussion took place on ‘social prescribing’. The Senior Manager (Development) Active Cumbria informed members about the work of Active Cumbria with the 2 NHS Partnerships in the county, the production of a ‘physical pathway’ and a bid for a Social Prescribing Officer at Active Cumbria. He explained the close working relationship between Active Cumbria and Integrated Care Communities.

 

In referring to the number of obese 4-5 year olds, a member highlighted the importance of early years healthy eating and exercise education. The member asked about the links between Active Cumbria and pre-school groups and healthy  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.

26.

2020/21 HIGHWAYS DEVOLVED REVENUE AND CAPITAL UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 105 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report provides details of the Local Committee’s Highways Revenue and Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budgets.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure on the 2020/21 Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital budgets. The report presented the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budget finance reports and updated members as to  progress on the budget lines to the end of July 2020.

The Local Area Network Manager talked members through the budget finance reports highlighting the small projected overspend in the Devolved Highways Revenue allocation and the Devolved Highways Capital Allocation.  The overspend in the Non-Devolved Capital Budget was due to 5 projects, 3 of which were road resurfacing schemes. The Committee was informed that since the report was published, some works would not now be going ahead in other areas of the county so there would be a reallocation of funds. The budget was being managed centrally and information would be presented to Committee in due course.

Following a request from the Chair, the Local Area Network Manager explained the expenditure recorded against the Highways Revenue budget allocation. It was explained that changes to how fixed costs were allocated had impacted on how the budget looked at this point in the year. Allocation of costs was now done at the beginning of the year instead of during the year. This therefore looked like a high percentage of the budget had been spent.

The Local Area Network Manager explained that additional capital monies (including the Challenge Fund award) had been received and that officers were working with suppliers to ensure that schemes across the budget allocations were delivered. The Local Area Network Manager was pleased to report that due to a focus on resurfacing the PRN after the county came out of COVID 19 lockdown, the roads had been in a good condition in time for when the tourists returned.

A member referenced the work being undertaken on the  A590 at Ulverston and asked whether new repair methods were being used which was speeding up completion time of repairs. The Local Area Network Manager would liaise with Highways England on this matter and respond to members by email.

A member asked about additional funding which had been awarded by the Government with the caveat that it be spent before March 2021. He queried what would happen to the funding if works were disrupted by weather. He asked if the DfT could be asked to be lenient so the County Council would not have to hand the funding back. The Local Area Network Manager acknowledged that it would be challenging to deliver the work in adverse weather conditions but hoped that the DfT may be lenient as Cumbria County Council could demonstrate that a planned programme of work had been developed

The Local Area Network Manager confirmed to the Local Committee that staff had been redeployed from another area of the County Council to help with works on site.

RESOLVED that,

1     The revenue and capital budget allocations for 2020/21 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP MEETING 27 AUGUST 2020 pdf icon PDF 124 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report presents the minutes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on 27 August 2020 and brings forward recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Highways and Transportation Working Group meeting held on 27 August 2020. The reportprovided the notes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group and included recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

 

The Chair of the Highways and Transportation Working Group presented the report to the Committee and advised that the Agenda for the next meeting was currently being drafted and members could add to this by contacting him.

 

The Chair reported on the business conducted at the meeting which was outlined in the Minutes appended to the report.

 

In referring to the Minutes of the meeting a Member asked that in future the Capital Budget reports include the Electoral Division for each scheme. The Chair of the Local Committee stated that this could also include Parish Councils. The Local Area Network Manager explained changes to the administrative processes which were used to produce the data for the report and confirmed that Electoral Divisions would be included in future reports.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1             The Minutes of the Working Group meeting of 27 August 2020 be noted

2             The Highways Capital Works Allocations 2020/21 set out in Appendix 2 of the report be noted

3             It be noted that the Local Area Network Manager, South Lakes will obtain information on Safer Roads and circulate it to the Working Group.

28.

DALTONGATE AND THOMAS WAY, ULVERSTON Traffic Regulation Order OUTCOME OF ADVERTISING AND CONSULTATION pdf icon PDF 126 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Ulverston]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

 

This report sets out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for Daltongate and Thomas Way, Ulverston.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding Daltongate and Thomas Way, Ulverston Traffic Regulation Order – outcome of advertising and consultation. The report set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) referred to at paragraph 3.1 of the report. All of the proposals were summarised in the statutory notice which was attached as Appendix 1 to the report and shown on the location plan attached as Appendix 2 to the report.The report also sought a resolution on the proposed introduction of the Daltongate and Thomas Way TRO.

The Team Leader Traffic Management – South  reported on the number and content of responses received to the statutory consultation and advertising of the TRO. It was explained that responses were overwhelmingly in support of the TRO. She added that speed monitoring had been undertaken in recent weeks.

 

Mr Airey, in whose division the TRO was located, explained the comprehensive consultation that had been undertaken both before and after the COVID 19 lockdown period. Engagement with local residents had been thorough and the Team Leader Traffic Management – South was thanked for her work on the TRO. Mr Airey considered that if the TRO was implemented, it would be safer for people in the area. He explained that a number of other issues had been raised during the consultation process and these would be addressed when finance and resources were available. He considered that the traffic lights made the area safer and encouraged the Local Committee to support the TRO.

 

Mr Wilson spoke in support of the TRO and raised that some residents were concerned about the traffic light system on Daltongate. He asked that this issue be reviewed and there be communication with residents on the matter. A member stated that the County Council was responsible for the traffic lights and they were currently being monitored to check their efficacy.

 

It was confirmed for members by the Team Leader Traffic Management – South that the TRO would be monitored but not reviewed or amended as a matter of course but that she would liaise with Mr Airey and if any issues arose they would be addressed in due course.

 

RESOLVED that, The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Ulverston – No. 7) Variation Order 20>< (“the Order”) be brought into operation as advertised, having taken into account the objections which were received, and having also taken into consideration matters contained in Section 122 (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to at paragraph 7.2 of the report

29.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITY pdf icon PDF 697 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director - Corporate, Customer and Community Services

 

This report details the Public Health Activity undertaken by the South Lakeland Area Support Team and Locality Public Health Manager

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services regarding the community development and public health activity update. The report drew members’ attention to key Community Development and Public Health Activity undertaken by the South Lakeland Area Support Team and the Locality Public Health Manager.

 

The Public Health Locality Manager advised that data relating to COVID 19 had not been included in the report as the national landscape changed on a daily basis. Instead members were informed about the work of the Area Team and their role in supporting the community.

 

Members attention was drawn to a number of campaigns that the team was supporting and outlined the OK2ASK campaign facilitated by the Area Team which encouraged people to have the confidence to ask for help.

 

The Chair, supported by a number of members, gave thanks to the Area Team who had been working above and beyond their duties and tirelessly, supporting community groups during the COVID 19 pandemic. The Public Health Locality Manager was asked to pass the Local Committee’s thanks on to the Team.

 

A short discussion took place about food banks. A member suggested that the provision of fresh food at food banks would be beneficial to the community. Another member talked about how people could be better educated on nutrition and cooking, through television and radio programmes. The Public Health Locality Manager acknowledged the media as an excellent method for educating people and reassured members that nutrition education was on the County Council’s agenda.

 

A member raised that Cumbria Arts and Culture Network meetings were now being held online and were being used as networking opportunities. He considered that there was a gap between the arts and culture sector and the health sector and asked how this could be overcome. The Public Health Locality Manager explained that a county-wide partnership meeting had been convened on 23 March 2020 to raise the issue of mental health and explained the excellent results that had come out of the work of the partnership. He explained about brokering investment with organisations which focussed on 5 ways to wellbeing. This included mindfulness and being active. He considered the arts would be central to supporting mental wellbeing in the coming years.

 

Members were informed that a mental health recovery college was being considered. The Public Health Locality Manager felt that the third sector arts network could contribute positively to this. The Public Health Locality Manager undertook to provide web links about the mental health recovery college to Mr Hogg who would share the information with the Local Enterprise Partnership.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1             The report be noted     

2             The Public Health Locality Manager undertook to provide web links about the mental health recovery college to Mr Hogg

30.

Partner Organisations

30a

Outside Bodies

To receive feedback from members on the outside bodies that they serve, and from the Local Member Champions.

Minutes:

Mr Cook reported on the Kendal Brewery Arts Centre. He was pleased to report that catering had resumed and the cinema was open in a COVID 19 safe manner. There had recently been staff reorganisation exercise.

 

Mr Wilson reported on his role as Armed Forces Champion, explaining the work that was currently being undertaken in this area. Mr Wilson advised that members contact Councillor Celia Tibble for detailed information about local plans for Remembrance Sunday 2020.

 

As the Committee’s Autism Champion, Mr Wilson explained the work being undertaken across the county in supporting local autism groups and community hubs. He referred to ‘Triple A’ – All About Autism and the Blue Star Group in West Cumbria which supported people with autism moving into their own home. He expressed his disappointment at Carlisle library being shut as it had a wealth of equipment available for people with autism. He hoped to show these resources to the Local Committee at a future meeting.

30b

Children's Champion

Update by the Children’s Champion.

Minutes:

Mrs Evans reported on her role as the Local Committee’s Children’s Champion. She congratulated the Community Team on their work with Children and Young People. She gave an example where the Team had intervened quickly where a domestic abuse group had requested support.

 

Mrs Evans urged members to contact herself, the Area Manager or the Community Team if they were contacted by organisations or people who were in need of support and they would endeavour to help.

31.

Date of Next meeting

The next meeting will be held on 16 November 2020 at 10.00am

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Committee would be held on 16 November 2020 at 10.00am