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.



Members received a report from 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 an update on the COVID response and noted that although the welfare hubs in each of the district areas had been paused, given the ongoing developments and the move to national lockdown and noted that the emergency helpline number was now being actively promoted.  Whilst the hub locally had not been stepped up at this stage, the Team had been briefed and were prepared to provide extra support and capacity if needed.


Members were informed that following an Informal Local Committee meeting where issues facing many in the community regarding financial wellbeing had been discussed and how the gaps in support could be addressed, the Area Manager had raised the proposal regarding an initial summit to look at this with the Resilience Group as part of its focus on financial wellbeing, and this suggestion had been strongly supported.  It was also explained that this would link into the work the Borough Council was planning to undertake in relation to a Poverty Truth Commission.  It was, therefore, proposed that a summit was held before Christmas.


The local Member for Dalton North drew members attention to the expiry of the Library Contract with Dalton Community Association in August 2021 and asked for reassurance that this would be renewed in a timely manner to enable the local asset to remain in Dalton.  The Area Manager confirmed that initial discussions had taken place and work was being undertaken to review this matter.


Members were informed that the project to review the location of children’s centre activities in Dalton had been temporarily paused due to COVID 19, however, the Working Group was now being re?established to take this forward.  The local Member for Dalton North suggested that Mrs A Burns be included in the membership of that Working Group and this was welcomed by the Member.


A discussion took place regarding the Local Committee budget and the local Member for Dalton North asked if the remaining balance of £3,280 had been earmarked.  The Area Manager confirmed that at this stage this had not been allocated and explained any identified COVID response work would be considered. 


The Committee was informed that the established Borderlands Town Team to look at next steps in terms of development and taking this forward would be meeting soon with a date in early December being confirmed.


Mrs A Burns gave a positive update on the Children’s Partnership meeting where the members had worked together to look at priorities.  It was explained that concerns had been raised regarding the widening of the gap in early years for children from disadvantaged areas, therefore, there was a focus on this to try to ensure it did not get any worse.  Members were informed that there were now about 40 children in Barrow who were home educated and, therefore, work was being undertaken to ensure that certain education standards were met.  The Committee also noted that all youth partners were working together to ensure there was youth provision in the areas where it was needed.


RESOLVED,     that the report be noted.


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