Agenda item

Area Planning in Eden

[Electoral Divisions: All]

 

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

 

This report provides Local Committeewith an update on the work of each area, identified activity againstpriorities, highlights current issues and provides an overview of thebudget position

Minutes:

Members considered a report from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services regarding Area Planning in Eden. The report brought together information from across the community teams including community development and services as well as public health. The report provided members with an update on the work of each area, identified activity against priorities, highlighted current issues and provided an overview of the budget position.

The report was presented by the Area Manager. He explained the work undertaken to date by the Community Team. Members’ attention was drawn to the allocation of £400,000 from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) to Eden Local Committee. He stressed that officers were prioritising this work stream and working hard to award grants.  He stated how long it took to work up projects and the time taken to process grant applications. He outlined a number of pipeline projects currently being worked on by officers which would be considered for grant awards in due course. Members were advised how flexible the COMF was and how the criteria for awarding grants had changed since the initial allocation at the height of the pandemic’s restrictions. The criteria was explained to members. Members were invited to let the Community Team know of any groups or projects that would benefit from the COMF.

The Area Manager advised that Cumbria Community Foundation bid had been successful therefore the supplementary funding award from the Area Planning Budget line to extend the Linking Lives project into the 2022/23 financial year (as outlined in 4.12 of the report) would be £375.

A member referred to the amount of money left unspent in the General Provision Fund. He acknowledged that it was sensible to use the COMF to support projects and schemes but highlighted that some schemes had been committed to in 2019. The member asked how member representatives had been appointed to the Eden COVID Resilience Group. The Area Manager explained the appointment process to the Group. After acknowledging that the Integrated Care Community would be under pressure due to COVID, the member stated that there had been no communication from them during the pandemic. The member stated that there was no information about the public engagement events for the A592 Safer Roads. The Area Manager undertook to speak to the Capital Programme team to obtain information about the events. The member welcomed that Stainmore railway was being supported as its use would have the potential for easing climate change.

In reference to the Linking Lives project, a member queried how isolated people would be reached by the project and how would they know they needed support from the project. The Area Manager undertook to provide a written response on this question.

Vaccination rates in Penrith West was raised by the Local Member. She asked how the rates of vaccination were measured and what plans were in place to address the low rate of vaccination. The Area Manager undertook to provide a written response on this question.

The Chair proposed the recommendations as set out in the report apart from recommendation 3.4. The award to extend the Linking Lives project into the 2022/23 financial year would be £375.00. These were agreed by assent of the Committee.

RESOLVED that,

1             Members note the budget allocations for 2021-22 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to date.

2             Members note the provisional unallocated resources in the 2021-22 Communities Revenue Budget of £93,829 at 31 August 2021.

3             Members agree a funding award of £7,627 from the COMF (Harnessing Local Capacity) budget line for Churches Together to enable a Linking Lives project in Penrith as outlined in 4.11 of the report.

4             Members agree a supplementary funding award from the Area Planning Budget Line to extend the Linking Lives project into the 2022/2023 financial year as outlined in 4.12 of the report. The award to be £375.

5             Members note the universal service allocation of £4,000 to the Oaklea Trust to enable service delivery in Appleby this year as described in 4.18 of the report.

6             Members note the 0-19 allocation of £4,000 to Warcop Parish Council to renew and improve the existing playground as described in 4.19 of the report

7             The Area Manager to provide a written response on how isolated people would be made aware of the Linking Lives project.

8             The Area Manager to provide a written response on how vaccination rates are measured in Penrith West and what plans are in place to address the low rate of vaccination

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