Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for Barrow - Wednesday, 11th May, 2022 10.30 am

Venue: Community Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1LG

Contact: Lynn Harker  Email: lynn.harker@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

ELECTION OF CHAIR

To elect a Chair of the Local Committee for the ensuing year.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that Mr K Hamilton be appointed Chair of the Local Committee for the ensuing year.

 

Mr Hamilton thereupon took the Chair.

 

2.

ELECTION OF VICE-CHAIR

To elect a Vice-Chair of the Local Committee for the ensuing year.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,     that Mr W McEwan be appointed Vice?Chair of the Local Committee for the ensuing year.

 

3.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mrs L Graham and Ms M Pearce.

 

4.

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:

There were no disclosures of interest made on this occasion.

 

5.

Exclusion of Press and Public

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

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the press and public be not excluded from the meeting during consideration of any item of business.

 

6.

Public Participation

There are no public questions, statements or petitions relating to the business of the Committee on this occasion.

 

Minutes:

There were no questions, statements or petitions relating to the business of the Committee on this occasion.

 

7.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 312 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 15 March 2022 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 15 March 2022 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

8.

Additional Pothole Funding 2022/23 Options for Allocation pdf icon PDF 185 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Environment (copy enclosed).

 

This report details a number of options for allocating the additional £200,000 pothole funding received by each local committee on top of the original allocation agreed a full Council in February of this year.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a detailed report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which detailed a number of options for allocating the additional £200,000 pothole funding received by each local committee which was in addition to the original allocation agreed a full Council in February of this year.

 

A detailed discussion took place regarding the options available and a previous proposal which had been considered by the Local Committee to purchase their own Pothole Pro machine.  Members discussed the future maintenance and training costs associated with the purchase and were informed that following the imminent changes in local government in Cumbria this would become a Cumbria Highway and not a Barrow Local Committee asset.  On considering this matter members agreed that they would not pursue the purchase of the equipment on this occasion.

 

Members were informed one of the two machines which had been purchased centrally by the County Council would be allocated specifically to the South Lakeland and Barrow areas.  A discussion took place regarding priority of works to be undertaken and it was explained this was based on a number of factors including the priority assessed system, site inspections, insurance claims and HIAMS information, highlighting that ultimately highway officers scored and prioritised works to be undertaken.

 

The Committee was informed that due to the high number of defects patching had been undertaken in the Hindpool and Ormsgill divisions and would continue in all other areas. 

 

The local Member for Hindpool welcomed the work which had been undertaken and asked that future consideration also be given to the back streets. 

 

The local Member for Dalton North asked consideration be given to Silver Street, Marton being added to the list of schemes.

 

A discussion took place regarding prevention measures and members were informed that surface dressing had recently been undertaken in the Barrow area noting that, in most cases, this added approximately 10-15 years onto the life of a road.  The Local Area Highways Network Manager also confirmed that any repairs undertaken by utility companies as part of a scheme they were undertaking were inspected by County Council officers upon completion with any action taken as necessary.

 

During the course of discussion the Local Highways Network Manager confirmed that the reference to ‘rural’ did not include Dalton.

 

Following a detailed discussion it was

 

RESOLVED,   that

 

                          (1)       the additional £200,000 pothole funding be allocated as follows:-

 

                                      (a)       £100,000 for Nuphalt Thermal and Velocity Spray Patching schemes;

 

                                      (b)       £100,000 on Patching and Resurfacing scheme;

 

                          (2)       the Local Area Highways Network Manager determine the locations of schemes and inform members accordingly.

 

9.

Barrow Highways Advisory Sub-Group pdf icon PDF 108 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure (copy enclosed).

 

This report gives recommendations for approval by Barrow Local Committee from the Highways Advisory Sub-Group meeting held on 14 April 2022.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report from the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which gave details of the discussion and recommendations of the Highways Advisory Sub-Group for the Barrow area which met on 14 April 2002.

 

The local Member for Dalton North raised a query regarding the £0 Draft Budget allocations on a number of schemes and the Local Area Highways Network Manager confirmed the schemes were surface dressing related and were allocated from the overall Barrow Surface Dressing budget.

 

The local Member for Hindpool raised her concerns regarding the lack of responses regarding speeding traffic on Greengate Street (minute 43 refers) and traffic issues on Barrow Island (minute 49(1) refers) and it was agreed this would be investigated.

 

RESOLVED,    that the minutes of the meeting held on 14 April 2022 be noted.

 

10.

Barrow Area Planning Report pdf icon PDF 454 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services (copy to follow).

 

This report provides Local Committee with an update on its work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.  It also includes a financial statement in support of the work of the Local Committee for Members’ information.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a detailed and positive report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which detailed information from across the Community teams including Community Development, Archives and libraries, and provided an update on work and agreed activity since the last meeting of the Committee.

 

The Committee received details of a successful consultation undertaken by Barnardo’s Cumbria in 2017 noting a public commitment had been made to undertake a follow?up consultation 4 years’ later.  Members were informed that Barnardo’s were now approaching each County Council Local Committee for funding of £5,000 to support the engagement, collation and strategic responses.  It was explained that a follow?up report would be produced which would give the Cumbria?wide data with a specific focus on each District with a deeper dive into the worry statements received from participants and would be available to members.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the additional one?off funding which had been agreed at full County Council ‘to support environmental improvements for enhanced verge maintenance, tree maintenance and replacement, and footpath maintenance.’  Members had held a series of discussions to explore potential schemes (as detailed in the report) which they wished to use the funding to support. 

 

The Committee was informed that if members agreed to the schemes and the indicative costs this would be a total of £184,000 committed from the Environment Fund, therefore, leaving £16,000 to be used as contingency funding for additional projects or, if required, additional funding for the project.

 

The local Member for Walney North thanked Mark Hammond for the work undertaken on the footpaths around Cows Tarn Lane.  Members were informed that the vegetation on the link path between the two main footpaths remained overgrown and asked the Local Committee to consider allocating an additional £3,749 from the Environment Fund to clear this section.  Whilst the Local Committee agreed to the allocation they highlighted that future maintenance costs of public footways should be investigated from other sources.

 

The local Member for Dalton North asked that the Committee consider the possibility of allocating funds from the Environment Fund for the footpath at Saves Lane to the top of Ireleth Road and it was agreed the Area Manager would investigate this matter and report back.

 

The local Member for Dalton North raised a concern regarding the poor state of repair of the Police Pod building in Askam; highlighting the significant benefit this was for the community.  Members were informed that various organisations were proposing to allocate £500 towards repairs and asked the Local Committee to consider match funding this amount.

 

Members were asked to consider funding £5,000 towards staffing at Walney Community Trust to enable the work being carried out to support the community to continue, whilst longer term funding was being sought.  The Committee was asked to confirm they agreed that the Area Manager, under delegated powers,

agree the £5,000 allocation to provide this support.

 

The Committee was informed of school crossing patrol vacancies at St Paul’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

Health and Wellbeing Update pdf icon PDF 198 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To receive a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services (copy enclosed).

 

This report updates Local Committee on the work of the Public Health Locality Manager (PHLM) to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in Barrow.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services which provided an update on the work of the Public Health Locality Manager (PHLM) to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for communities.  Members received detailed information regarding Barrow Health and Wellbeing Partnership, Morecambe Bay Flourish Programme, Community Public Access Defibrillators(CPADS) and Furness General Hospital (FGH) Inreach.

 

Members received an update on the FGH Inreach, an extremely successful pilot exercise undertaken four years ago relating to people attending A&E departments for alcohol?related reasons, comprising of assertive inreach at FGH by The Well.  The Committee was informed this had reduced presentations at A&E, reduced hospital admissions and increased people accessing support services in the community but noted that funding was temporary and the programme had ended.

 

The Committee was informed that over recent months, as the pressures of COVID have reduced, the PHLM had been working with colleagues, including FGH and The Well in an attempt to reinstate this valuable project back in FGH.  It was explained that a potential window of opportunity had been identified by the PHLM, which had enabled the development of a specification which met the identified need.  Members noted that as a result, the PHLM was preparing a funding bid which supported the use of a whole person recovery approach, which addressed barriers to accessing support, caused by social isolation and stigma and the Committee would be kept updated of any progress.

 

Members received an explanation regarding the CPADS (cabinets located on the outside wall of a building containing a defibrillator, sometimes known as an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)); a small electronic device designed to allow minimally trained people to provide lifesaving defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.  Further information would be made available at the next Informal meeting of the Local Committee.

 

RESOLVED,   that the report be noted.

 

12.

Reports from Members Serving on Outside Bodies

To enable local members to give verbal reports on and share information in respect of outside bodies to which they have been appointed.

 

Minutes:

It was noted there were no updates from members serving on outside bodies on this occasion.

 

The local Member for Dalton North asked for the Joint Rural Committee to be re?established.

 

13.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Tuesday 5 July 2022 at 10.30 am in the Community Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 1LG.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the next scheduled meeting will take place on Tuesday 5 July 2022 at 10.30 am in the Community Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 1LG.