Agenda and draft minutes

County Council Local Committee for Barrow - Friday, 16th September, 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

A minute’s silence was observed in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

27.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr D Gawne and Mr M Worth.

 

28.

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.

 

29.

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.

 

30.

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.

 

31.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 225 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 5 July 2022 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

With reference to minute 14 – Apologies for Absence, it was agreed that Mr R Worthington be added.

 

RESOLVED,    that with the inclusion of the above amendment the minutes of the meeting held on 5 July 2022 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

32.

DFT Active Travel Social Prescribing Pilot Delivery pdf icon PDF 779 KB

To receive a presentation (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from Bruce Lawson, Senior Manager (Development), Active Cumbria on the DfT Active Travel Social Prescribing Pilot Delivery (ATSPP) whose aim was to provide cycling and walking interventions and improvements as part of a social prescribing offer.

 

The Senior Manager explained the pilot delivery would support older adults including those with disabilities or long?term conditions, lower socio-economic groups, culturally diverse communities and younger people. 

 

Members were updated on the stages of the pilot and DfT application process noting that the timescale for Stage 4 - Pilot Delivery 1 of only 11 local authorities  was Autumn 2022–Spring 2025.

 

The Local Committee was informed that a feasibility study had been undertaken and noted the wide range of products which had been created to support the submission.  It was explained the pilot delivery would comprise a number of activities and services including an ATSPP Team, active travel events, support and training, cycle provision, hire/loan schemes, re?bike schemes, enhanced cycle parking and digital platforms.

 

Members noted the pilot delivery budget and investment and the key stages of delivery.

 

The Committee was informed that the next steps included the creation of job profiles and person specifications prior to the recruitment and selection of the Delivery Team positions, exploration of opportunities for digital platforms, re?engage with strategic and local partners and potential providers previously engaged, re?define governance arrangements for pilot delivery, consider priority locations for phase 1 cycle parking enhancements and explore and consider the resources required for hosting promotional events.

 

A discussion took place regarding the Delivery Team posts and it was confirmed the current Senior Manager would be responsible for recruitment to the posts within Cumbria County Council as well as their transition to the two new authorities.

 

The local Member for Hindpool welcomed the initiative and the proposed local Team but emphasised the need to ensure that the funding was used to target the inequalities which had been highlighted in the deprived areas of the specifically named divisions.

 

During the course of discussion the local Member highlighted how this could be the start of a social enterprise in the Barrow area and suggested discussions took place with the local College with a view to a cycle maintenance course being included on their future curriculum.  The Senior Officer confirmed that the Authority’s Social Enterprise Partnership Manager was involved in the initiative and local opportunities and providers had been highlighted throughout.

 

The local Member for Ormsgill welcomed the scheme whilst raising his concerns regarding the number of measures in which Barrow was above the national average.  The Senior Manager acknowledged the concerns raised highlighting the challenges and the need to ensure inequalities were addressed.

 

The local Member for Newbarns and Parkside whilst welcoming the scheme raised his concerns regarding the delivery budget, highlighting in particular the allocation to Marcomms and MEL (which included digital platforms).  The Senior Manager explained that the DfT provided variations for the budget and it was agreed further information would be made available  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.

33.

Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) Programme pdf icon PDF 185 KB

To receive a presentation (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

Due to unforeseen circumstances the BIPC Programme Manager was unable to attend the meeting, therefore, this item was deferred to the Local Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday 15 November 2022.

 

34.

Highways Delivery Programme Update 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 164 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

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

 

This report updates members on the current in?year highways delivery works programme and gives an overview of work completed to date and work remaining for the rest of the year.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report by the Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure which updated members on the current in?year highways delivery works programme and gave an overview of work completed to date and work remaining for the rest of the year.

 

Members noted that the Devolved Highways Revenue budget was £1,031,587 (which included a £200,000 additional pothole funding element), the Devolved Highways Capital budget was £890,446, the Devolved Highways Additional Pothole Repairs Capital budget was £750,404 and the Non devolved PRN (Primary Route Network) Capital budget was £373,750.

 

The Local Area Highways Network Manager informed the Committee that the top?slicing information was still outstanding, therefore, a finance report would be made available at the next meeting of the Local Committee in November.  Members raised their concerns regarding the lack of top?slicing data.

 

Members were informed of the ongoing work to reduce the number of potholes on the Borough’s roads and the amount that were being reported through the Authority’s HIAMS system.  The Committee was informed that additional resources had been contracted to help the process and that during the month of July the Nu-Phalt system had completed 384 pothole repairs of which 225 were reported defects through the HIAMS system.  The Local Area Highways Network Manager encouraged all defects to be reported through the system.

 

The local Member for Dalton North passed on the thanks and appreciation of the Dalton Action Group for the velocity patching which had been undertaken in the area.

 

A discussion took place regarding the management of defects in the Barrow area and members were informed officers regularly inspected the network for defects.  The Local Area Highways Network Manager explained that the backlog of targets on HIAMs were targeted in the first instance; explaining that where possible a group of defects in one area would be undertaken at the same time.

 

The local Member for Hindpool and Chair of the Local Committee asked that their thanks be conveyed to Mark Hammond for the tree maintenance works which had been undertaken on Greengate Street.

 

The Committee drew attention to the positive contributions made by Highways officers attending local community groups and it was agreed that, if possible, they would attend future events.

 

The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, asked that their thanks and appreciated be passed onto the Highways Team.

 

RESOLVED,   that the report be noted.

 

35.

Barrow Area Planning Report pdf icon PDF 811 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Assistant Director – Customer and Community Services (copy enclosed).

 

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 positive detailed report by the Assistant Director – Customer and Community Services which brought together 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 noted a workshop which had been held with a range of organisations and services such as Barrow Foodbank, The Well, Women’s Community Matters, Salvation Army, Springmount and County Council Health and Wellbeing Coaches.  It was explained the purpose of this was to build on the discussions taking place through the Barrow Resilience Group, Poverty Working Group, and other partnerships to understand how work could continue to strengthen the support provided for individuals and families struggling with financial hardship.

 

Members were informed that in order to progress the larger amounts of funding for both Springmount and Barrow Foodbank, Local Committee was formally requested to approve this for food purchasing and wider community support.

 

The Committee was informed that the Local Committee Neighbourhood Grants fund had been very well used to date this financial year and all funding had now been spent.  It was explained that at an Informal Local Committee meeting members had asked for an additional £10,000 to be transferred from General Provisions to the Community Grants budget to enable additional applications to be considered.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to the current balance of £16,000 in the Environment Fund due to a potential scheme in the Dalton North Division not going ahead because of the lack of availability of match funding. 

 

Members were informed of a number of concerns raised regarding trees in the centre of Barrow, particularly on Risedale Road and Hartington Street which required maintenance.  The Committee was, therefore, asked to consider allocating the £16,000 balance of the Environment Fund to meet some of the costs to undertake this work.

 

Members noted a suggestion made to establish a network of ‘warm places’ across the borough which people could access over winter in order to keep warm, access hot drinks and receive information/signposting where needed.  During the course of discussion the local Member for Hindpool drew attention to a café facility located within the Barrow and District Disability Association premises and the potential inclusion of this as a ‘warm place’.  The Area Manager confirmed that the Association had offered this space; members also noted that the Community Foundation had been approached for additional funding.

 

The Public Health Project Officer gave a brief positive update on work being undertaken which included Physical Activity on Referral, Weight Management – Slimming World, In-Reach Alcohol Support at Furness General Hospital, Vaccination Uptake and Targeting and Wider Determinants of Health.

 

The Area Manager explained that an end of term report, outlining work which had been undertaken by the Local Committee over the past five years, would be presented to a future meeting and asked members to provide her with any information they would like included in the document.

 

The Chair, on behalf of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.

36.

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:

There were no updates from members serving on outside bodies on this occasion.

 

37.

Date of Next Meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on Tuesday 15 November 2022 at 10.30 am in the Project Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 1LG.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,    that the next scheduled meeting will take place on Tuesday 15 November 2022 at 10.30 am in the Conference Room, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow?in?Furness, LA14 1LG.