[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]
To consider a report by the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services
This report provides information and offers recommendations to the Local Committee for approval from meetings of the Strategic Planning Working Group and the Children and Young Peoples Working Group. It also updates the Local Committee on previously agreed activity supported with the latest financial statement.
A report was considered from the Executive Director – Corporate, Customer and Community Services regarding Area Working in South Lakeland. The report provided service information and offered recommendations to South Lakeland Local Committee for approval from the Strategic Planning Working Group meeting held on 16 August 2021 and the Children and Young People’s Working Group meeting held on 1 September 2021. The report also provided Local Committee with an update on activity against agreed priorities and provided an overview of the current budget position.
The Area Manager guided members through the recommendations in the report. She highlighted a number of themes in the Environment Fund/Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) and stated they were discussed at the various Local Committee Working Groups. These Funds were responsive and reactive and were used to enhance community activity. The projects supported by the Funds were to get people socially active following the pandemic.
The Area Manager talked members through a number of grant awards. Attention was drawn to the award to Kendal Torchlight Carnival. The Carnival had recently taken place but it was stressed that this would not set a precedent for the future to allow funding of activities to take place before Committee had made a decision. This was merely a time critical COMF grant award which required some agility to support the communities to recover from the effects of the pandemic. Following a member question about whether residents had received all of the Carnival advertising material through the post, the Area Manager confirmed they did and explained what different events had taken place due to COVID and the need to keep people socially distanced, adding that it had been an innovative and successful project, which would likely be replicated in future years.
The Chair and a number of members thanked the Area Manager and the Community Team, for the work they were doing in processing the significant number of grant applications and awards from the Environment Fund and COMF.
Following a member query as to whether the list of Environment schemes could change, the Area Manager advised that this was possible and the progress against the schemes would be presented to members at each of their Strategic Planning Working Groups, which would include any re-profiling if necessary. It would then come to the following Local Committee for agreement.
Mr Wearing proposed and Mr Bland seconded that the recommendations, as set out in the report, be agreed.
Mrs Evans gave an update on the meeting of the Children and Young People’s Working Group. The Away Day for CLA and Care Leavers would be rearranged due to a COVID outbreak. Feedback had been received from the Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF): some providers had been let down by children booking a place and then not attending the activities on the day/s. The SL Winter HAF programme was presently being put together and Members were asked that if they were a School Governor, to ask their schools to encourage children to attend.
A young person from the Lakes Youth Council had attained excellent exam results. Congratulations were extended to her from the Local Committee. All members were reminded that they were very welcome to attend all of the Children and Young People’s Working Group meetings and to attend the next one if possible.
A member encouraged all members to respond to the County Council’s draft Bus Service Improvement Plan. He added that the young people’s bus travel card available in South Lakeland should be widely recognised and rolled out across Cumbria.
A member congratulated the work of the Children and Young People’s Working Group and welcomed the emphasis on and positive work undertaken supporting young people who had or were about to leave care. The member thanked everyone involved in this work.
In reference to the COMF grant award to the Bowness and Windermere Community Care Trust, a member asked if the grant had been spent and if the Town Council could be advised on how it had been used. The Area Manager advised that this would be followed up, that the Town Council could be linked in with the group and members would be informed of the response.
The Area Manager gave details of a number of projects contained within the Monitoring Report which were progressing well. This included the work taking place with key partners to progress the Kendal Northern Access Route as funding had now been received from Government to complete a Strategic Outline Business Case.
A Kendal Town Team had been drawn together to support SLDC with the development of a Levelling Up Fund bid, which would be ready by December 2021. The Kendal LCWIP was progressing well. It would be going out for consultation again in October 2021 and would focus on the detail within the draft plan. The Ulverston LCWIP would also commence development. The first working group would be convened in mid-October 2021 to kick-start the process. The Community Team were also working on a wide variety of projects in addition to those on the monitoring report.
A member highlighted that there had been no communication to the Local Committee or the Area Manager from Affinity Credit Union on the new arrangements with Pennine Credit Union. The member was unhappy that previous credit unions for the area had received significant funding to get them off the ground but they had not communicated the future plans in Cumbria to past funders and key stakeholders.
An observer on the Committee asked for further details on the social lunch at Bowness and Windermere. The Area Manager undertook to provide the details after the meeting
The Chair commented positively on the varied projects being carried out across the whole of South Lakeland.
The recommendations as set out in the report were agreed by assent of the Committee.
(1) members note the budget update for 2021-22 including the commitments and expenditure to date (Appendix A of the report);
(2) members note the work of the Strategic Planning Working Group as set out in the minutes at Appendix B of the report;
(3) members agree the current list of Environmental Fund and Contain Outbreak Management Fund schemes as outlined in Appendix C of the report;
(4) members agree an amount of £19,275 to the Grange Community Food Share Group towards a permanent operational base due to a continuous rise in community demand from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund - Harnessing Capacity (Appendix D of the report);
(5) members agree an amount of £6,236 to the Lower Holker Village Hall to increase community capacity by returning the hall into use and to a covid-secure standard from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund – Harnessing Capacity (Appendix E of the report);
(6) members agree an amount of £9,000 to the Kendal Torchlight Carnival to enable the adaptation of traditional activities to a managed outdoor approach in a covid-secure way from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund – Harnessing Capacity (Appendix F of the report);
(7) members agree an amount of £8,227 to Kendal Manna House to support vulnerable members of the community to re-engage, provide outreach support and covid-secure face-to-face services from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund – Harnessing Capacity (Appendix G of the report);
(8) members note the work of the Children and Young People’s Working Group as set out in the minutes at Appendix H of the report;
(9) an update to be provided to members on the grant award to Windermere and Bowness Town Council;
(10) an update to be provided to members on the social lunch at Bowness and Windermere.