Agenda item

Barrow Area Planning Report

[Electoral Divisions: All Barrow]

 

To consider a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, 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.

 

Minutes:

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

 

The Committee received a positive update on the ‘Establish a Love Barrow Running Festival’.  It was noted this was a priority project identified by Barrow Local Committee, and aimed to build on the legacy of the Tour of Britain coming to Barrow in 2018/19.  Members were informed that over 600 runners took part overall and was complemented by a Health Festival held in the Forum, developed in partnership with Mind, Barrow ICC & University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust.  It was emphasised that the event had been very successful and that plans were underway for a 2020 Festival.

 

The Committee was informed that through regular monitoring of the budget it had been noted that there were two outstanding commitments in General provisions dating back to March 2017.  It was explained that one of those was for £50 to Cumbria CVS and the other for £1,549 to Barrow BID.

 

Members were informed that as Local Committee had funded the contributions up to and including 2019 and all agreed funding to Cumbria CVS had been paid, it was recommended that Local Committee decommit this funding enabling it to be brought back into the General Provisions budget for members to use as appropriate.

 

The Committee discussed the concerns raised previously by members regarding the installation of Speed Indication Devices (SIDs) on Greengate  Street and the issues regarding traffic congestion around Hollywood Park roundabout and the access into Hindpool Retail Park. 

 

Members felt strongly that there would be a significant benefit to the installation of a pair of SIDs on Greengate Street at a cost of £9,000.  The Committee were informed that there was currently no available funding through the Highways budget in the 2019/20, therefore, it was suggested that this be funded from the General Provisions budget.

 

During the course of discussion members suggested that bollards be erected on the existing traffic island outside Greengate School.

 

The Committee had continued to raised their concerns in relation to traffic around Hollywood Park roundabout and the access into Hindpool retail Park.  It was explained that in order to better consider any future options and potential works that could deliver improvements additional detailed work would need to be undertaken.  It was, therefore, proposed a study was commissioned to investigate this further so that evidence would be available in readiness for any future funding. 

 

It was explained that the Highways Network Manager had identified that carrying out a study would cost £9,000.  The Local Committee was, therefore, asked to consider whether they wished to fund this study from the currently unallocated funds in the General Provisions budget or from a combination of the remaining Area Planning Allocation of £6,127 together with £2,873 from currently unallocated funds in General Provisions.

 

The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, expressed their thanks and appreciation to Emma Broadbent and the Community Development Team for the work they had undertaken to enable a successful ‘Establish a Love Barrow Running Festival’.

 

RESOLVED,   that

 

                          (1)          the report be noted;

 

                          (2)          the £1,599 previously committed to Cumbria CVS and Barrow BID (as detailed above) be de?committed and brought back into the General Provisions budget for members to use as appropriate;

 

                          (3)          two Speed Indication Devices at a cost of £9,000 (as detailed above) be funded from the General Provisions budget;

 

                          (4)          a traffic study in relation to traffic around Hollywood Park roundabout and the access into Hindpool retail Park at a cost of £9,000 be funded from the General Provisions budget;

 

                          (5)          the £4,590 previously allocated to the 2018/19 School Crossing SLA (paragraph 4.18) be reallocated to the General Provisions budget as a contribution towards the Speed Indication Devices and Traffic Study (as outlined in paragraphs 4.12-4.16 of the report).

 

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