Agenda item

DFT Active Travel Social Prescribing Pilot Delivery

To receive a presentation (copy enclosed).



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 direct to the local Member.


The local Member for Dalton North welcomed the initiative and the availability of bicycles for use, and beyond this the inclusion of people with disabilities being afforded the opportunity to travel in an active way through hybrid and electric bikes.  During the course of discussion future maintenance costs were highlighted and the Senior Officer confirmed this would be undertaken either by the organisations who provided the bikes or by ensuring members of the public received the necessary skills to maintain the equipment.


The Chair welcomed the initiative and asked whether this could include changing/shower facilities.  The Senior Officer confirmed that such provision was not included in the current submission but suggested this could be considered as part of one of the first capital schemes in the future.


A discussion also took place regarding engagement and communication and it was explained this had taken place with partners and cycling groups.  It was agreed the information would be made available to all members of the Local Committee.


The local Member for Dalton South drew attention to the successful cycle repair unit in the area and the Senior Officer agreed to look at this with a view to considering the inclusion of a similar service within this initiative.


The local Member for Walney South, whilst embracing the scheme, drew attention to potential problems with regards to the traffic congestion on Bridge Road, Walney.  The Senior Officer informed the Committee this had been taken into account and revisions were being investigated.


The Chair drew attention to the positive communications which evolved from the inclusion of the Barrow area in cycling events such as the Tour of Britain.  The Senior Officer confirmed events such as those were currently being considered for the area and it was agreed the Committee would be updated accordingly.


The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, thanked the Senior Manager (Development) Active Cumbria and his Team for their part in the scheme and for an informative presentation.


RESOLVED,   that the update be noted.


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