Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for South Lakeland - Wednesday, 9th December, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: This was a virtual meeting

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

Items
No. Item

32.

Roll Call and Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

The roll call of members and officers was undertaken.

 

Apologies for absence were received from Mr G Archibald and Mr J Saunders.

 

The Chair announced that due to technical difficulties, the meeting had started at 11.00am instead of 10.00am. Due to time constraints, he suggested that the presentations for this meeting be carried forward to the January 2021 meeting. This was moved by Mr Thornton and seconded by Mr Wearing. Mr Wilson expressed his disappointment that the presentation on Primary Care Networks, Health Inequalities and Community Engagement Project would not be considered at the meeting.

 

Following a roll call vote on the motion supported by all members apart from Mr Wilson who abstained, it was agreed that the presentations for the meeting would be carried forward to the January 2021 Agenda.

33.

Public Participation

A petition will be presented relating to a reduction in speed limit on the A6 at Beetham

Minutes:

The Chair advised that the County Council had received a petition signed by 423 people from Wendy Nicholas, the Head Teacher at Beetham CE Primary School. Mrs Nicholas made the following statement in support of the petition:

 

My name is Wendy Nicholas and I am the head teacher at Beetham CE Primary School which is situated adjacent to the A6 between Milnthorpe and Hale.

 

Our school has launched a petition to lower the speed limit from 50mph to 30mph on the stretch of A6 which passes our school and the village of Beetham. At the present time there is a temporary speed restriction of 30 mph due to planned bridge repairs.  This therefore seemed like the ideal time to put forward a petition to make this speed reduction permanent.

 

Our school playground is very close to this particularly busy section of the A6.  Large vehicles travel at speed, sometimes in excess of the current 50mph restriction, past our school grounds and are only separated from the playground by a grass verge and low brick wall. This presents a very serious risk to our children when they are in the playground or back garden.

 

Another issue which would be helped by the petition is the noise pollution caused by speeding traffic – vehicles often travel past school at over 60mph.  Even now whilst the speed restriction is in place the electronic speed sensor is still registering speeds of 58 mph. This level of noise causes daily disruption to teaching and lessons, even though we have soundproofing in our building.

 

To access our school, traffic has to take a difficult turn into Stanley Street, which requires stopping on the A6 following quite a sharp corner.  Oncoming traffic travelling at speed can find it very difficult to stop behind a stationary car waiting to turn.  We have had several accidents where staff or parents have had vehicles run into the back of them whilst in this situation.   There are also other businesses along this stretch of A6 – Beetham Hall Crematorium, BillerudKorsnas, and Beetham Nurseries all who have turnings without filter lanes, causing stationary traffic to be blocking the road.

 

The children at school are very motivated about the petition and have been keen to get involved in promoting the speed reduction.  We made 30mph signs and took photographs which were used in an article in the Westmorland Gazette making the public aware of the petition.  In the past the School Council have met with Councillor McSweeney and have been delighted when improvements to Beetham village have been made as a result of their discussions with him e.g. the pavement being resurfaced and a litter bin sited in the street near school. I know that they are hoping that the petition will be successful as they are very aware of the danger posed by speeding traffic on the A6.

 

Everyone at our school does appreciate that the A6 is a major road and that it is used by a wide variety of traffic  ...  view the full minutes text for item 33.

34.

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.

35.

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:

Councillor N Cotton declared an interest in Agenda item 8 as he was  a member of the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership.

 

Councillor C Hogg declared an interest in Agenda item 8 as he was  a member of the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership.

36.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 23 September 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 23 September 2020 be confirmed as circulated and signed by the Chair.

37.

PRESENTATION: Primary Care Networks Health Inequalities and Community Engagement Project

To receive a presentation from the Public Health Registrar and the Population Health Primary Care Development Support Coordinator and Support Manager Population Health from Morecambe Bay CCG.

 

Minutes:

This item would be considered at the meeting of the Local Committee to be held on 26 January 2021.

38.

PRESENTATION: HIGHWAYS ASSET MANAGEMENT STRATEGY pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To receive a presentation from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This item would be considered by the Local Committee on 26 January 2021.

39.

AREA PLANNING - SOUTH LAKELAND pdf icon PDF 1 MB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

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

 

This report provides information and offers recommendations to the Local Committee for approval from meetings of the Strategic Planning Working Group and the Children and Young Peoples Working Group. It also updates the Local Committee on previously agreed activity supported with the latest financial statement.

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community services regarding Area Planning in South Lakeland. The report provided service information and offered recommendations to South Lakeland Local Committee for approval from the following working groups; Children and Young People’s Working Group meeting on 14 October 2020 and the Strategic Planning Working Group meeting on 21 October 2020. The report also provided Local Committee with an update on activity against agreed priorities and provided an overview of the current budget position.

The Area Manager - South Lakeland talked in detail of the work that was going on which supported the recommendations to the Committee.

 

In terms of providing information to aid members come to a decision on recommendations relating to the Strategic Planning Working Group, members were informed that a £10,000 contribution towards an Ulverston Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) could attract future Government funding to deliver a joined up programme of improvements. Members were informed about the current conditions at Ulverston train station and how a £5,000 contribution could help support a feasibility study to improve access conditions at the station, drawing funding from the DfTs Access for All fund. Information was provided on how a £7,396 contribution could aid the development of a detailed design of the North and South River Kent Corridor which would build on the work of the Environment Agency. Information was provided on the support that £2,500 could give to create a feasibility study and propel the work being undertaken on the Lancaster Canal Path.

 

A member expressed his support for the Ulverston LCWIP and development of the access at Ulverston train station as they were issues that needed to be addressed and hoped that members would support the recommendations.

 

A member referred to the feasibility study on the Lancaster Canal river bank. The canal went through his division and he knew that local residents did not want cyclists to be allowed to use the towpath. The Area Manager - South Lakeland reassured the member that community and stakeholder engagement would be undertaken as part of the feasibility study. She would also feedback this information to the applicant to ensure that the community, and in particular the Parish Council would be fully engaged. A member raised that it would be most beneficial to site cycling infrastructure where residents most welcomed it.

 

Councillor Hogg and Cotton declared a non-prejudicial interest in this item as they were both members of the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership.

 

The Area Manager - South Lakeland talked members through the background to the recommendations relating to the Children and Young People Working Group. Members were given a detailed explanation for the request of £13,309 to fund Barnardo’s Raising Awareness of Child Exploitation Service (RACE), explaining what this service provided. Members were informed about what a contribution of £6,468 would be used for if awarded to Right2Work. The Local Committee’s Children’s Champion endorsed the recommendations before members. She drew members’ attention to a film made by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.

40.

Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital Budget Update pdf icon PDF 106 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 regarding the Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital Budget Update. The report presented the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budget finance reports and updated members on the current progress on the budget lines as detailed in the appendices attached to the report.

The Local Area Network Manager detailed the budget and expenditure to the end of October 2020. Members’ attention was drawn to the very small overspend in the Revenue budget and the small underspends in the Devolved Capital budget and centrally held Non Devolved Capital budget.

A member highlighted the £15,000 underspend on the tree maintenance budget and queried whether a contractor had been employed to do the work. The Local Area Network Manager confirmed that additional monies had been allocated for tree maintenance. This had allowed planned maintenance work to be undertaken rather than the usual reactive work clearing fallen trees for example. Fewer reactive call outs for fallen trees had resulted in less pressure on the budget.

A member asked about works at Turnpike Bridge. He advised that the footbridge was sorely missed by local residents as it was a popular walk. The Local Area Network Manager undertook to speak to Bridges colleagues and provide a response to Councillor Bingham.

Councillor Sweeney asked that his thanks be passed on to officers Rob Huck and Graeme Wheelhouse in the Highways Team for the work they had undertaken in the Kent Estuary electoral division.

The recommendations as set out in the report were moved by Councillor Collins and seconded by Councillor Wearing. As there was no dissent from members, it was,

RESOLVED that, the Local Committee notes the revenue and capital budget allocations for 2020/21 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of October 2020 and shown in Appendices 1, 2 and 3 of the report.

41.

Highways and Transportation Working Group pdf icon PDF 131 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 14 October 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 Local Committee’s Highways and Transportation Working Group. The report provided the notes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on 14th October 2020 and included recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

Councillor Collins, the Chair of the Highways and Transportation Working Group presented the report to the Local Committee. He gave a detailed briefing on the business conducted at the meeting of the group held on 14 October. This included the draft Highways Devolved Capital Programme 2021/22, 2022/23 and 2023/24, the Capital Programme Update Report, Divisional Highway Priority Works 2020-21 and the Cross A Moor roundabout. Councillor Collins moved the recommendations as set out in the report and these were seconded by Councillor Bland.

Following a member question about the costs for Dalton Lane and Clawthorpe Lane at Dalton, the Local Area Network Manager advised that it was a general budget for the surface dressing element of the Draft Capital Programme 2021/22 rather than individually allocated costs. The Chairman reminded members to contact the Local Area Network Manager directly with any issues in their division.

Councillor Willis referred to the Minutes of the Highways and Transportation Working Group meeting as it had been minuted that officers should keep her informed about the situation at Cross A Moor roundabout. She reported on the consultation and engagement work being undertaken by Highways England with local residents and advised that residents were already putting their views forward. The Local Area Network Manager invited Councillor Willis to the next meeting of the Working Group as there would be a presentation from Highways England on the matter.

RESOLVED that, the Local Committee:

1          Notes the Minutes of the Working Group meeting of 14th October2020 which are attached to the report at Appendix 1

 

2          Agrees the allocations within the Devolved Highways Capital Budget for 2021/22 and agrees the proposed schemes for 2021/22 as attached in Appendices 2 and 3 of the report.

3          Notes the proposed indicative allocations and schemes for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 Devolved Highways Capital Budget as attached in Appendices 4 and 5 of the report.

4          Requests that a strategic review of footways be undertaken outside of the planning and budget cycle

42.

Sunnyside, Appleby Road and Shap Road areas Traffic Regulation Order pdf icon PDF 161 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Kendal Nether and Kendal Castle]

 

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 County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area)(Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Sunnyside, Appleby Road and Shap Road Areas of Kendal) Variation Order 20><(“the Order”).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the Sunnyside, Appleby Road and Shap Road areas Traffic Regulation Order. The report set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area) (Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Sunnyside, Appleby Road and Shap Road Areas of Kendal) Variation Order 20>< referred to at paragraph 3.1 of the report. The report also sought a resolution on the proposed introduction of the Order.

The Team Leader Traffic Management – South advised that Agenda item 11 and 12 were linked but had separate recommendations to determine. Members were given a briefing on the consultation that had taken place. The Team Leader Traffic Management – South drew members’ attention to Appendix 3 of the report which outlined the responses received. She highlighted that local members Councillors Evans, Hogg and Thornton had been briefed in detail on the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).

The Chair commented on the complexity of the TRO and congratulated officers on the work they had undertaken on it.

Local Member Councillor Evans thanked officers and local residents for the work they had undertaken on the TRO highlighting that it had been a long process. She thanked residents for their local knowledge and their suggestions which had all been taken on board in production of the TRO. She highlighted the number of consultation opportunities that residents had been given and welcomed the large number of residents that had engaged in the process. Any issues that residents had raised would be subject to officer monitoring. The benefits that the TRO would bring to local residents were outlined.

Local Member Councillor Hogg echoed Councillors Evans’ acknowledgement of resident engagement and thanked officers. He explained that his initial worry was that as the TRO was so large, something may get overlooked but this had not been the case.

Local Member Councillor Thornton thanked Councillor Evans for her persistence in moving the TRO forward. He commented on the impact of COVID 19 on the production of the TRO and thanked officers and residents to help bring the TRO to a positive conclusion. He considered that everyone would see the improvements the TRO would bring to the area.

Mrs Evans moved the recommendations as set out in the report. This was seconded by Mr Wearing. As there was no dissent from members, it was

RESOLVED that,

1             Having taken into account the objections and representations which were received during the statutory consultation and advertisement, and having also taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to at paragraph 7.2 of this Report, the Local Committee resolves that The County of Cumbria (Various Roads, South Lakeland Area)(Consolidation of Traffic Regulations) (Order 2002) (Sunnyside, Appleby Road and Shap Road Areas of Kendal) Variation Order 20>< (“the Order”) be brought into operation as advertised, SAVE FOR the following amendments set out in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 42.

43.

South Lakeland Speed Limit Order Variation Order no. 4 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Kendal Nether]

 

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

 

This reportsets out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising ofthe county of Cumbria (various roads in the district of South Lakeland) (consolidation and provision of speed limits) (order 2018) variation order (no.4) 20><(“the order”).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the South Lakeland speed limit order variation order no. 4. The report set out the responses to the statutory consultation and advertising of the County of Cumbria (various roads in the district of South Lakeland) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) (Order 2018) Variation Order (no.4) 20>< (“the Order”). The report sought a resolution on the proposed introduction of the order.

 

The Team Leader Traffic Management – South stated that this Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) worked in conjunction with Agenda item 11, however they were separate consolidation orders. She guided members through the three proposals which had been advertised at the same time as the Sunnyside, Appleby Road and Shap Road areas Traffic Regulation Order. She gave a synopsis of the responses to the consultation and added that one response asked for an extension to the speed limit on Singleton Park Road. This could not be done as part of the TRO but the situation would be monitored by officers.

 

Local Member Councillor Evans talked about the road out of Kendal towards Sedbergh (A684) where motorists drove at high speed in a busy area and urged people to slow down at those locations. Councillor Evans thanked Highways for their work on allowing the TRO to being added as it would make the area safer as a speed limit would be set.

 

In supporting Councillor Evans, a member commented on the A684 and Singleton Park area and roads leading to them as motorists frequently came off the road therefore additional road safety measures would be required in the future.

 

Local Member Councillor Hogg concurred and highlighted his concerns about the number of blind exits at residents’ properties. He requested that officers consider the inclusion of a footpath at Singleton Park.

 

The recommendation as set out in the report was moved by Councillor Evans and seconded by councillor wearing. As there was no dissent from members, it was,

 

RESOLVED that, The County of Cumbria (Various Roads in the District of South Lakeland) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed limits) (Order 2018) Variation Order (No.4) 20>< be brought into operation as advertised, having taken into account the objections and representations which were received, and having also taken into consideration the 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.

The Chair thanked all those involved in the TRO for the work they had undertaken.

44.

GOOSEHOLME BRIDGE AND VICTORIA BRIDGE UPDATE pdf icon PDF 105 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Kendal Nether, Kendal Strickland Fell]

 

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

 

This report presents an update of progress in relation to Gooseholme Bridge and Victoria Bridge

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which gave an update on Gooseholme Bridge and Victoria Bridge.

 

In relation to Gooseholme Bridge, the Programme Manager advised members that the design had been completed and was now with the Highways Agency and South Lakeland District Council for acceptance. The next step would be to go out for expressions of interest. Due to the value of the scheme this would be a key decision and would need to be advertised. It was anticipated that works would commence in Quarter 2 in 2021/22.

 

With regard to Victoria Bridge, the Senior Manager Capital Programme reported that Story Contracting were submitting plans to the Environment Agency. When the COVID 19 pandemic commenced, Story staff were furloughed and Capital Programme staff had been deployed into other service areas which resulted in the window of opportunity for river working to be lost. Staff were back in employment and a permit had submitted to the Environment Agency in July and August 2020. An extension for works to take place had been secured to October 2020.

 

The Senior Manager Capital Programme reported on the working window in July and August and the impact that the bad weather in July and August had on the level of the river. This had subsequently impacted on the ability to carry out work. Changes to working hours to make up for time lost and the work that had been completed to date was reported. Negotiations to access the river outside of normal dates were currently taking place. Works would commence on site by June 2021 subject to Environment Agency approval.

 

Councillor Cook referred to Miller Bridge which had been damaged in an accident three years ago and had not yet been repaired. The Programme Manager undertook to respond outside of the meeting and give an update to Councillor Cook.

 

A member expressed his disappointment that Victoria Bridge had not yet been completed as Councillor Bland had contacted the Environment Agency to obtain permission to work in the river before the start of the river window. He stated that work could have commenced earlier, hoped that lessons would be learned and that officers would take advantage of member intervention in future. He considered that Story would have been able to commence work during the furlough period as they were not subject to COVID 19 lockdown restrictions for the whole period and would have been able to take all social distancing precautions. He asked officers to look for an opportunity to make an early start on works in 2021 to ensure the project was completed as he considered there was a still a risk to the bridge.

 

The Senior Manager Capital Programme reported that officers were working with partners to start river work as early in 2021 as possible. The Environment Agency had indicated a start date of 1 June 2021. Regular updates would be provided to the Local Committee.

 

Councillor Bland stated that an opportunity had been missed and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 44.

45.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIVITY - UPDATE pdf icon PDF 289 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 which gave an update on community development and public health activity.

 

The Public Health Locality Manager guided members through the COVID 19 related figures for South Lakeland. This included an up to date report on the number of COVID 19 Daily Positive Tests which overall, had fallen and appeared to be plateauing. Members’ attention was drawn to COVID 19 Positive tests per 100,000 population which was still above Cumbria as a whole but lower than the regional figure.

 

The Public Health Locality Manager talked about the numbers of vulnerable people in South Lakeland identified in March 2020 and the demographics of South Lakeland compared to other districts in the County. He had anticipated that the number of vulnerable people in South Lakeland would put enormous pressure on social support services in the district. However, it appeared that due to the extensive and well integrated community infrastructure in the area (the establishment of which had been led by the Community Development Team and local members working with partners in small local areas), the pressure had never materialised. Members were thanked for their civic leadership before and during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

A number of members thanked the Area Manager and her team for the work they had done in supporting community groups and keeping the local community up to date during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

A member asked everyone to exercise caution over the Christmas period and highlighted that there could be another lockdown period in early 2021. This was echoed by the Public Health Locality Manager.

 

Another member shared his concerns about the impact of COVID 19 on the economy and people’s mental health in South Lakeland. He asked officers to consider Cumbria becoming involved in the thriving Communities Fund. The Public Health Locality Manager reassured members that mental health was important and this was being monitored closely. He referred to the numbers of people who had committed suicide nationally and in Cumbria. He highlighted that as suicide was closely correlated to unemployment and because this could become an issue in future, this was being closely monitored. He advised that a bid to the Arts Council Thriving Communities Fund would be considered at a future meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Forum later in December 2020.

 

After thanking officers and referring to mental health and young people, a member asked for ongoing consideration to be given to ‘newly vulnerable’ families in South Lakeland. She acknowledged the community links established during the hard times of Storm Desmond and how they had helped during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

In referring to the new COVID 19 vaccines which were now being rolled out, a member stated that care workers who worked in the community should be added to the list of vaccine recipients and should have the same priority for vaccination as care workers in care homes. The Public Health Locality Manager undertook to feed this back to NHS  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45.

46.

Local Committee Chairs and Leadership pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership held on 14 September 2020      

Minutes:

The Chair presented the minutes of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 14 September 2020. He reported on the business conducted in the meeting. This included the good news relating to the Borderlands Deal, the Place Project in Ulverston and the Digital Voucher Scheme.

 

A member highlighted his disappointment that the Cumbrian community would no longer have superfast broadband by 2025. He considered it vital that this was provided.

 

Members were asked to familiarise themselves with the digital voucher scheme as this could then be circulated to Parish Councils. The Area Manager undertook to circulate these details to members.

 

RESOLVED that,

 

1        The minutes of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 14 September 2020 be noted.

2        The Area Manager circulate details of the digital voucher scheme to the Local Committee.

47.

Partner Organisations

48.

Outside Bodies

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

Minutes:

No reports were made on this occasion.

49.

Children's Champion

Update by the Children’s Champion.

Minutes:

Mrs Evans gave a detailed report on her role as the Local Committee’s Children’s Champion.

 

Mrs Evans advised that she had requested South Lakeland statistics to be used for comparison exercises on:

 

·         The rate of Children Looked After (CLA) per 10,000 children

·         The number of Children Looked After placed outside of Cumbria

·         Number of free school meals

 

Members were informed that numbers in South Lakeland had been relatively low but there had been an increase in CLA in South Lakeland since March 2020. She stated that this trend needed to be reversed and families needed support with early help intervention in order for children to thrive and achieve.

 

Mrs Evans welcomed that the numbers of children being placed outside of the county was dropping. These types of placements were costly and specialised and it was better for children to be kept in county with family, friends and familiar surroundings. 

 

In relation to Free School Meals, members were informed that this was often the first indicator that families were struggling. Early intervention was required to support these families in order to reduce the number of children coming into care. Mrs Evans now attended the local Children’s Partnership which aimed to drive forward the Early Help offer. Mrs Evans advised that she would be expanding further on this work in the Children and Young People Working Group. Mrs Evans was asked to provide all of the information she had collated to the Children and Young People Scrutiny Advisory Board.

 

Mrs Evans was delighted to report that Cumbria had recruited 41 new Foster Carers. They were given training and support. This would increase capacity and choice for children going into foster care.

 

In previous years, members had been asked to bring presents for Care Leavers to the final Local Committee meeting of the year. However, as meetings were now held online, she had contacted the Children’s Rights Officer and she had identified a number of care leavers who were in need of basic supplies as well as some treats. Mrs Evans asked that £250.00 be awarded from the Children and Young People Budget so the Children’s Rights Officer could purchase what was needed. This action would be undertaken by the Area Manager using her decision making functions as set out in the County Council’s Constitution. Members supported that this amount of money be allocated to the Children’s Rights Officer.

 

A number of members thanked Mrs Evans for the work she had undertaken on these matters.

 

A member asked if there was a target for the number of Children Looked After being cared for in county. Mrs Evans was not aware of a target but noted that some children had to be cared for out of county due to their complex needs but if they could be safe, they should be kept in county.

50.

Date of Next meeting

The next meeting will be held on 26 January 2021 at 10.00am

Minutes:

The date of the next meeting would be held on 26 January 2020 at 10.00am.

51.

new link to live agenda