Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for South Lakeland - Tuesday, 5th October, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Offices, Kendal

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

Items
No. Item

17.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mrs B Gray, Mr C Hogg, Mr P McSweeney, Mr P Thornton and Mrs J Willis.

 

18.

Public Participation

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

Minutes:

There was no Public Participation at the meeting.

 

19.

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 item of business.

 

20.

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:

Ms J Filmore declared that she undertook contractual work for the Birchall Trust therefore would not take part in any discussions relating to the Trust if it arose during the meeting.

 

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 347 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 14 July 2021

Minutes:

RESOLVED,   that the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on14 July 2021 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

22.

Update on the work in South Lakeland to support those with Autism

To receive a presentation from the Commissioning Manager – Children’s, Young People and Adults at Cumbria County Council.

Minutes:

Members received a presentation on the National Autism Strategy from the Commissioning Manager, Learning Disability, Autism and Mental Health (‘the officer’). The presentation covered the following:

 

·         The National Strategy for Autistic People, Children and Young People 2021 to 2026

·         6 priority areas

·         The strategy outlines the Government’s plans to improve services and support 

·         Financial commitment  

·         The Strategy includes children

·         Every local council needs to implement the autism strategy

 

During the presentation, the officer thanked Mr M Wilson for his role as Member Autism Champion for South Lakeland Local Committee.

 

After the officer confirmed to a member that the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) supported children and young people with Autism, the member welcomed this and commented on his experiences over the years working with young people with Autism in educational settings. The officer talked about the minimal support available immediately after diagnosis but this was being addressed in work by the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System. Members were informed about the charity Triple A – All About Autism and its ‘Navigator’ project.

 

Members were informed that the County Council was leading the way as an employer of adults with Autism. The County Council had developed a Neurodiversity Policy in order that adults with Autism could be supported in the workplace.

 

A member highlighted that early diagnosis in children was vital, adding that a member of his family had received this but support ceased once a person reached adulthood. He asked about the support available to adults. The officer acknowledged this, but noted that work was underway with partner organisations to provide a transitional offer. Work was also taking place following a recent Ofsted Inspection in relation to preparing young people with Autism for adulthood.

 

A member talked about her role as a School Governor at Sandside Lodge in Ulverston and the work in progress relating to Autism. She advised on how the Education budget was challenged by the High Needs Block and how the budget continued to be massively overspent due to the rapidly expanding number children on the Autism spectrum needing support, in a range of educational settings. It was highlighted that many local authorities were in the same position. The member urged the Committee to ask for financial support for Special Educational Needs at any opportunity.

 

It was noted by the officer that although £75m had been allocated nationally for the first year of the Autism Strategy, this would not be enough to fully support the improvements required to support people with Autism.

 

The Committee’s Autism Champion thanked the officer and team for the work in supporting Autism in the county and gave his support to the Autism Strategy. He explained about the role of the ‘Team A’ working group and gave his support to the work it was doing.

 

A member asked what gaps in Autism services had been identified by the Ofsted Inspection. These were listed by the officer and included diagnosis, waiting for diagnosis and CAMHS.

 

The Chair thanked the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

23.

Local Committee Revised Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 353 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All]

 

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

 

This report informs members of the recently changed Local Committee Terms of Reference.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Senior Democratic Services Officer  presented a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services regarding the revised Terms of Reference for Local Committees. The Terms of Reference were attached to the report, which members were asked to note.

 

The Chair proposed that the report be noted. This was agreed by assent of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED,   that the Terms of Reference of the Local Committee be noted.

 

24.

AREA WORKING - 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 Working in South Lakeland. The report provided service information and offered recommendations to South Lakeland Local Committee for approval from the Strategic Planning Working Group meeting held on 16 August 2021 and the Children and Young People’s Working Group meeting held on 1 September 2021. 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 guided members through the recommendations in the report. She highlighted a number of themes in the Environment Fund/Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) and stated they were discussed at the various Local Committee Working Groups. These Funds were responsive and reactive and were used to enhance community activity. The projects supported by the Funds were to get people socially active following the pandemic.

 

The Area Manager talked members through a number of grant awards. Attention was drawn to the award to Kendal Torchlight Carnival. The Carnival had recently taken place but it was stressed that this would not set a precedent for the future to allow funding of activities to take place  before Committee had made a decision.  This was merely a time critical COMF grant award which required some agility to support the communities to recover from the effects of the pandemic. Following a member question about whether residents had received all of the Carnival advertising material through the post, the Area Manager confirmed they did and explained what different events had taken place due to COVID and the need to keep people socially distanced, adding that it had been an innovative and successful project, which would likely be replicated in future years.

 

The Chair and a number of members thanked the Area Manager and the Community Team, for the work they were doing in processing the significant number of grant applications and awards from the Environment Fund and COMF.

 

Following a member query as to whether the list of Environment schemes could change, the Area Manager advised that this was possible and the progress against the schemes would be presented to members at each of their Strategic Planning Working Groups, which would include any re-profiling if necessary. It would then come to the following Local Committee for agreement. 

 

Mr Wearing proposed and Mr Bland seconded that the recommendations, as set out in the report, be agreed.

 

Mrs Evans gave an update on the meeting of the Children and Young People’s Working Group. The Away Day for CLA and Care Leavers would be rearranged due to a COVID outbreak. Feedback had been received from the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF): some providers had been let down by children booking a place and then not attending the activities on the day/s. The SL Winter HAF programme was presently being put together and Members were asked that if they were a School Governor, to ask their schools to encourage children to attend.

 

A young  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

2021/22 HIGHWAYS DEVOLVED REVENUE AND CAPITAL UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 373 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

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

 

This report presents the Highways Devolved Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budget finance reports and updates members as to current progress on the budget lines as detailed in the appendices attached to the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure was considered which gave an update on the 2021/22 Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital budgets. The report presented the Highways Devolved Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budget finance reports and updated members as to current progress on the budget lines which were detailed in the appendices attached to the report.

 

The Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland presented the report. He added that regrettably, the overhead costs relating to technical and operational staff and operational plant were not included in the report. Currently, it was quite difficult to present an accurate report to members, however there was an understanding what the overheads were likely to be. The estimated amount of overspend in the revenue Budget and underspend in the Capital budget were reported. Members were informed that some schemes would be brought forward to this year to ensure that devolved money was spent and this would happen once the overhead costs were clarified.

 

Discussion took place on the forecast increased spend within the Bridges and Structures budget. The Chair stated that bridges got damaged but no one admitted it or reported it. He stated that in the past it had been raised that CCTV could be used to identify who had damaged the bridge so they could pay repair costs. The Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland undertook to raise this with the Bridges and Structures Manager. Mr Collins would raise this issue at the Highways Continuous Improvement Board. He stated that heavy vehicles also caused damage to bridges and this issue was replicated around the country. The Chair stated that it would be useful to review best practice in other authorities for this issue. A number of members concurred that issue should be addressed.

 

Members were asked to contact the Bridges and Structures Manager or the Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland if they had queries about bridges or structures in their division.

 

The Chair proposed that the report be noted. This was agreed by assent of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED,     that

 

                            (1)       Local Committee notes the revenue and capital budget allocations for 2021/22 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of August 2021 and shown in Appendices 1, 2 and 3 of the report;

 

                            (2)       the Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland liaise with the Bridges and Structures Manager to ascertain the feasibility of the use of CCTV near Bridges and Structures.

 

26.

HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP MEETING 1 SEPTEMBER 2021 pdf icon PDF 396 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 1 September 2021 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 1 September 2021. The report provided 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 which outlined the business of the meeting. He welcomed that members were now receiving Flood and Development Management reports. He asked members to let the Flood and Development Management Team know if they knew of work that Developers should be doing as part of the development rather than the County Council having to undertake the work at a later date at its own cost. The requirements needed to be included in the agreement with the developers prior to work commencing and not as an afterthought.

 

Local Member Mr Berry referred to the Windermere Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). He was happy with the TRO. He commented on how long it had taken to resolve the issues with parking in the area and how hard it had been to understand the parking requirements of some of the community. He considered that the TRO would go some way to resolve some of the parking issues and asked members to support the TRO. An observer on the Committee reported on how the local community were not totally supportive of the TRO and that parking signs had been removed. The Chair commented on the robustness of the consultation process and the ability for the public to respond to proposals. The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland gave feedback on the comments received to the public consultation.

 

Mr Wearing gave a report on recent flooding at Windermere Road at Grange-over-Sands. He explained how he, along with local residents and the Environment Agency had closed the flooded road due to an inadequate response from the Highways service. Signs had not been available and a pump had only been delivered to the location late in the day. He explained his actions in trying to obtain help from officers and the Highways Hotline with the flooding. He considered that the County Council’s response was inadequate and he was disappointed that only he and the Environment Agency were protecting his residents. The Chair asked that the Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland investigate the lack of support to Mr Wearing during the flooding incident and provide him with a response.

 

The Chair considered that a protocol should be in place for flooding incidents and that the local community should have access to signs to close roads in order to stop damage occurring from flood water if motorists drove through it. The Local Area Network Manager South Lakeland detailed the Highways Service’s command and control protocols in place, for example to alert the emergency services, when roads were closed.

 

A member drew the Committee’s attention to safety issues on the A590 from Haverthwaite to Backbarrow which were negatively impacting  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

NORTH LONSDALE ROAD, ULVERSTON TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER 20>< pdf icon PDF 402 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Ulverston East]

 

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 Order referred to at paragraph 3.1 of the report. All of the proposals are summarised in the statutory notice which is attached as Appendix 1 of the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland advised that there was an error in the report and recommended that the report be considered at the next meeting of the Committee to be held on 25 November 2021.

 

The Chair proposed that the report be deferred to the next meeting of the Committee. This was agreed by assent of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED,   that, the North Lonsdale Road, Ulverston Traffic Regulation Order 20>< be determined at the South Lakeland Local Committee meeting to be held on 25 November 2021.

 

28.

SCHOOL STREETS INTIATIVE - SIR JOHN BARROW SCHOOL PROPOSED EXPERIMENTAL TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER pdf icon PDF 457 KB

[Electoral Divisions: Ulverston East]

 

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

 

This report informs South Lakeland Local Committee of the responses to the Statutory Consultation undertaken for the proposal to introduce a School Street in Ulverston, at Sir John Barrow School, under an Experimental Order.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the School Streets Initiative - Sir John Barrow School Proposed Experimental Traffic Regulation Order. The report informed South Lakeland Local Committee of the responses to the Statutory Consultation undertaken for the proposal to introduce a School Street in Ulverston, at Sir John Barrow School, under an Experimental Order.

 

The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland presented the report and talked members through the responses received to the Statutory Consultation. Members were provided with a synopsis of the responses and the number of responses received.

 

The Chair expressed how the Committee was keen to support safety measures at schools and always encouraged walking and cycling to school.

 

The Local Member, Mr Wilson thanked the traffic team for their work and the school who had responded quickly to the proposal. He commented that the Order would help reduce traffic levels outside of the school and fit well with the Council’s objectives for safeguarding and health and wellbeing.

 

A member highlighted that this type of initiative would only work in urban settings as rural schools did not have many alternative routes. However, it was raised by another member that rural schools still had issues with traffic and parking so extracting elements of the initiative could benefit rural schools. The Chair asked that the Committee be advised if there were any issues relating to the initiative.

 

The Chair proposed that the recommendation, as set out in the report be agreed. This was agreed by assent of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED,   that, the Local Committee, having taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which are more specifically referred to a paragraph 7.2 of the Report, approve the introduction of an Experimental School Street Order, outside Sir John Barrow School, on Argyle Street, Ulverston, for a period of 30 minutes  at either end of the school day, with permitted exemptions, as shown on the plan attached as Appendix 1 of the report.

 

29.

DIVISIONAL HIGHWAY PRIORITY WORKS 2020 / 2021 pdf icon PDF 394 KB

[Electoral Divisions:All]

 

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

 

This report updates the Local Committee of the Divisional Highway Priority Works schemes to be funded via the devolved 2021 /2022 highway capital budget for South Lakeland. 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding Divisional Highway Priority Works 2020 / 2021. The report updated the Local Committee of the Divisional Highway Priority Works schemes to be funded via the devolved 2021 /2022 highway capital budget for South Lakeland and asked members to approve Appendix 1 of the report as the scheme of works for 2021 / 2022.

 

The Traffic Management Team Leader - South Lakeland presented the report and an update was given on some schemes within the Programme. Members were requested to agree the amendments to the Programme, as set out in the report.

 

The Chair proposed that the recommendations, as set out in the report be agreed. These were agreed by assent of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED,   that

 

                          (1)          Local Committee approves the current Divisional Highway Priorities Works Programme 2021 / 2022 (“the Programme”) set out in Appendix 1 of the report;

 

                          (2)          Local Committee agrees that the following scheme which includes Traffic Regulation Orders is approved to be progressed to statutory consultation and advertising in due course: Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale – Parking restrictions A65;

 

                          (3)          Local Committee notes that allocations have been made for the Kendal Nether and Windermere Divisions;

 

                          (4)          Local Committee notes that reallocations/amendments have been made to Kendal Strickland and Fell, Lakes, Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale and Ulverston West divisions.

 

30.

COUNTY HALL CAR PARK - INTRODUCTION OF ELECTRIC CHARGING FACILITIES pdf icon PDF 473 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

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

 

This report recommends the Local Committee to amend The County of Cumbria (County Hall, Kendal) (Off-Street Parking Places) Order 2020 to provide for the install electric charge points in Area 4. It also recommends that the Local Committee agrees to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of the amendments to the Order and subject to no objections they authorise the bringing into force of the Order.

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the County Hall Car Park - Introduction of Electric Charging Facilities. The report recommended to the Local Committee to amend The County of Cumbria (County Hall, Kendal) (Off-Street Parking Places) Order 2020 to provide for the installation of electric charge points in Area 4. It also recommended that the South Lakeland Local Committee agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of the amendments to the Order and subject to no objections, authorise the bringing into force of the Order. Any objections to the Order would be brought to a future Local Committee meeting to resolve the issues.

 

The Traffic Manager - Highways Assets and Strategy presented the report, detailing the proposed amendment to the Order. He highlighted that the change was proposed in order to support the Council’s ‘carbon neutral county’ objective and the use of electric vehicles was increasing therefore more charging points were required. The location and number of charging points across County Council owned sites was reported. It was noted that this was a small change to the Order.

 

A member asked if a person could use the EVCP space to charge their car and also take advantage of free parking if it only took a short time to charge the car. It was confirmed by the Traffic Manager - Highways Assets and Strategy that the maximum time allowed to park in a charging bay was three hours in total.

 

A member queried whether the proposed EVCP charge of 30p per kWh was inclusive or exclusive of the reported electricity cost of 12.3p per kWh . He also raised that electric vehicle owners may be affluent (due to the cost of purchasing the vehicle in the first instance) and this could result in more affluent people taking advantage of free parking should their vehicle not need to be charged for the three full hours. He stated that users of EVCPs should have to pay to park and pay to charge their car. Another member thought that it should be made clear that people should not park in an EVCP space unless they were charging their vehicle and that there be an enforcement scheme in place for this. It was suggested by the Chair that parking enforcement officers could monitor this.

 

The Commercial Development Lead explained that the proposed EVCP charge of 30p per kWh was inclusive of the cost of electricity cost at 12.3p per kWh. He highlighted that this was a capital enterprise project with a requirement to pay back capital from the revenue generated. He commented on the 30 EVCP spaces the Council was investing in across five sites, with the creation of additional future expansion capacity through the installation of new power supplies. He explained how the provision of EVCPs was supporting the cultural shift from petrol/diesel vehicles to electric vehicles and that the provision of the spaces would help to ensure that it was not onerous for people to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 30.

31.

COUNTY HALL CAR PARK - INTRODUCTION OF ANNUAL PERMIT CHARGE pdf icon PDF 474 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

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

 

This report makes recommendations to amend The County of Cumbria (County Hall, Kendal) (Off-Street Parking Places) Order 2020 to provide the introduction of an annual permit charge of £350 in Area 5, the main public parking area, as an alternative option to the current daily tariffs. It also recommends that the Local Committee agrees to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of the amendments to the Order and subject to no objections they authorise the bringing into force of the Order.

Minutes:

A report was considered from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding the County Hall Car Park - Introduction of  Annual Permit Charge.  The report made recommendations to the Local Committee to amend The County of Cumbria (County Hall, Kendal) (Off-Street Parking Places) Order 2020 to provide the introduction of an annual permit charge of £350 in Area 5, the main public parking area, as an alternative option to the current daily tariffs. It also recommended that South Lakeland Local Committee agree to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of the amendments to the Order and subject to no objections, authorise the bringing into force of the Order. Any objections to the Order would be brought to a future Local Committee meeting to resolve the issues.

 

The Traffic Manager - Highways Assets and Strategy presented the report and outlined the current position for paying for parking at County Hall. Members were informed about the arrangements in place at SLDC for parking in its car parks, with the costs and locations of its car parks detailed for the Committee. Current staff parking arrangements were reported and it was highlighted that demand for parking spaces may reduce following a ‘New Ways of Working’ initiative being introduced by the County Council, for all staff.

 

A member asked how many staff would be affected by parking permit changes, if the car park could be full of staff parking for free, how many staff members would get a parking permit and if the change to the existing staff parking permit to cover 7 days from 5 was for staff who worked on a 7 day rota.

 

The Traffic Manager - Highways Assets and Strategy advised on the number of staff permits available and who was entitled to them until 2022 when there would be review of staff parking permits. The number of staff who would be affected by the charges was not known.

 

A short discussion took place on the parking arrangements for the disabled and Blue Badge owners.

 

It was noted that a review of parking charges would be ongoing. This was welcomed by the Chair.

 

The Chair proposed that the recommendations, as set out in the report be agreed. This was seconded by Mr Wilson. These were agreed by assent of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED,   that

 

                          (1)          Local Committee agrees to proceed to statutory consultation and advertisement of amendments to The County of Cumbria (County Hall, Kendal) (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2020 (“the Order”) for the introduction of an annual permit charge of £350 in Area 5, as an alternative option to the current daily tariffs and that the operational days of existing staff permits which are currently valid for 5 days be changed so as to be valid for 7 days;

 

                          (2)          Local Committee agrees that in the event that no objections are received, the Order be brought into operation;

 

                          (3)          Local Committee agrees that any unresolved objections will be brought back to the Local Committee for consideration, otherwise the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Community Development and Public Health Activity - Update pdf icon PDF 631 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 from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services was considered regarding an update on Community Development and Public Health Activity. The report drew attention to key Community Development and Public Health Activity undertaken by the South Lakeland Area Support Team and the Locality Public Health Manager.

 

The Locality Public Health Manager explained that due to the governance process, the report had been drafted three weeks ago so gave an update on a number of areas of activity. Members were informed that the number of daily average cases had increased from 54 to 70 cases. Rates were particularly increasing in 10-14 year olds. It was thought that Lateral Flow tests were being performed but not reported so numbers would be higher than reported. PCR testing had increased by 13% since the report was written. The number of case rates were reported and it was noted that there had been little progress made on the number of 1st vaccinations. Information was provided on Community Vaccine Training Programme and how it was supporting people who were anxious to have their vaccinations. School children were now being vaccinated. High infection rates made it likely that some would present with infection before they had developed immunity in response to vaccination. Members were reassured that the Community Team was working hard to support community vaccination.

 

In relation to 25 - 40 year old vaccination take up rates, a member asked how South Lakeland compared to other areas and what was being done to increase take up rates. The Locality Public Health Manager explained the complexity in identifying the reasons for vaccination take up rates but noted that South Lakeland was better than some areas in the country. He felt that some in this the age group were taking an active stance about not being vaccinated but hoped that people being trained to support the community with its vaccinations could have an influence on this age group.

 

A member asked for the Committee to be informed if there was a spike in the number of children not attending school due to COVID infections. He referred to a leaflet regarding mental health and wellbeing and asked that it be circulated in South Lakeland. Reference was made to people who had received both vaccinations but still had still caught COVID. The Locality Public Health Manager explained that vaccination reduced the rates of sickness and death in older people rather than stopping the transmission of COVID.

 

The high uptake of second dose vaccination in Eden was highlighted a member. It was queried whether South Lakeland could learn from best practice. The Locality Public Health Manager explained the work being undertaken by the NHS in vaccination roll out and that everything was being done to increase vaccination uptake numbers.

 

A member queried why young people did not want to be vaccinated. The Locality Public Health Manager outlined a number of reasons for slow uptake such as the message conveyed early in the pandemic, that COVID mainly  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.

33.

Local Committee Chairs and Leadership pdf icon PDF 227 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership held on 5 July 2021     

Minutes:

The minutes of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 5 July 2021 were presented by the Vice Chair. He drew members’ attention to the different funding streams which were available to Local Committees.

 

RESOLVED,   that the minutes of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership meeting held on 5 July 2021 be noted.

 

34.

Partner Organisations

34a

Outside Bodies

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

Minutes:

Mr Wilson, as the Local Committee’s Autism Champion, advised that given the population of Cumbria, most people would know someone with Autism so he welcomed that the County Council had expert officers working on improving the life chances for them.

 

Mr Wilson, as the Local Committee’s Armed Forces Champion, advised that there was not lot of demand for armed forces support in South Lakeland but he would be working with SLDC on improving what was available for the armed forces.

 

34b

Children's Champion

Update by the Children’s Champion.

Minutes:

As she had to leave the meeting, Mrs Evans undertook to provide a written report to members.

 

35.

Date of Next meeting

The next meeting will be held on 25  November 2021 at 10.00am at County Offices, Kendal.

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Committee would be held on 25 November 2021 at 10.00am.