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Decision Maker: County Council Local Committee for Allerdale
Made at meeting: 13/09/2022 - County Council Local Committee for Allerdale
Decision published: 16/09/2022
Effective from: 13/09/2022
Members considered a report from the Assistant Director – Customer and Community Services which presented grant applications in excess of £5,000 for consideration and approval from the 2022-23 budget.
The Community Services Manager reminded members that the Aspatria Community Hub Project would see an extension to the existing Library building in Aspatria to create a community hub with a family focus.
The work had been out to tender and £489,000 had been secured from the councils central Area Planning budget. Additional funding was likely to be required due to an increase in the proposed extension size and the recent significant price increases in material costs. The project team requested that the existing carried forward, ring-fenced area planning budgets of £88,368 from General Provisions and £5,080 from 0-19 are allocated to the project and an additional amount of £25,000 be awarded from the current year 0-19 budget.
Members heard that Wigton Theatre Club would like to purchase solar panel batteries and replace their domestic lighting with LEDs to enable them to substantially reduce their energy bills.The club reports existing solar panels would be more effective utilising batteries to store electricity generated during the day to use in the evenings when most of their performances take place.
The total cost of the project was £40,000 and the group were applying to local committee for £9,000 of the General Provision funding. A further £1,000 had already been committed to the project from the Local Member’s allocations.
Keswick Youth Centre Services (KYCS), an independent rural youth charity provides a youth service to young people age 8-25 living in Keswick and the surrounding area. KYCS had been planning to deliver a permanent sustainable Youth Centre since 2010 following the demolition of Keswick Old Mill Youth Centre. They had now submitted a planning application to develop the Old Mill site which will need to be supported by a Flood Risk Assessment, Drainage Plan and Otter Survey.
The total cost of the project was £11,089 and the organisation were applying to Local Committee for £10,000 from the General Provision Fund.
Members heard that the Pause programme had been designed to address the needs of women who had experienced, or were at risk of, repeat pregnancies that result in children being looked after by the local authority.
They were looking for funding for an additional countywide peripatetic Pause Practitioner. The aim of the post was to enhance the existing service and provide additional support. The funding would be used to trial the position and attempt to establish how a peripatetic practitioner could support the team.
The total cost of the project was £66,237 and the organisation were applying to Local Committee for £11,040 from the General Provision Fund.
The Aspatria Dreamscheme is a community development organisation based in Aspatria. The Food Pantry had been running from their premises for 2 years and had been accessed by over 100 families and individuals. To enhance their service, they had recently acquired additional premises in Aspatria, Chapel’s Rest, and require installation of a kitchen on site. This would allow them to launch ‘Fighting Hunger’, a project which aims to provide meals at cost to individuals and families, provide food education and a drop-in café.
The total cost of the project was £25,180 and the organisation were applying to Local Committee for £10,000 from the General Provision Fund.
AspatriaDreamscheme also provide universal youth services in Aspatria and the surrounding area and are supporting Year 6 pupils at Richmond Hill School, Aspatria, in the transition to secondary school.
From September 2022, Aspatria Dreamscheme wish to launch an after-school club for secondary children based around homework and craft activities. The aim was to offer provision five afternoons per week. This would address after-school costs for parents and build on the existing partnership with Beacon Hill Community School through the Restart Project.
The total cost of the project was £30,000 and the organisation were applying to Local Committee for £8,000 from the Universal Youth Fund.
With regards to the Environment Fund, members were reminded that at Local Committee held on 6 May 2022, members agreed to an amount of £20,000 being allocated to Bowness Community Group for improvements to The Banks area. The Community Services Manager advised that actual costs were £18,000 and therefore, a recommendation had been made in the report to de-commit and reallocate £2,000.
Members were then referred to the Local Committee report of 6 May 2022, where they were asked to support the allocation of £66,570 to Citizens Advice Bureau – Allerdale for 2022-23 in order to release funds the recommendation would need to be agreed at this meeting.
1) Members note the contents of the report.
2) Members agree that an amount of £93,448 is allocated from the existing Area Planning ring-fenced funds towards the Aspatria Community Hub project.
3) Members agree that an amount of £25,000 is allocated from the 0-19 Fund to the Aspatria Community Hub project.
4) Members agree that an amount of £9,000 is allocated from General Provision Fund to Wigton Theatre Group towards purchasing solar panel batteries.
5) Members agree that an amount of £10,000 is allocated from the General Provision fund to Keswick Youth Centre Services towards fencing the Old Mill site, surveys and secure storage.
6) Members agree that an amount of £11,040 is allocated from the General Provision Fund to PAUSE towards an additional peripatetic Pause Practitioner post on a pilot basis to test if this type of role is effective.
7) Members agree that an amount of £10,000 is allocated from the General Provision Fund to Aspatria Dreamscheme towards the installation of a catering kitchen.
9) Members agree that an amount of £2,000, allocated to Bowness Community Group on 6 May 2022 from the environment fund, is de-committed due to the project coming in at a lower cost than initially expected.
10) Members agree that an amount of £20,750.00 allocated to Dovenby Pathway and Bolton New Houses from the environment fund 2021/22 is de-committed due to funds no longer being required
11) Members agree that an amount of £66,570 is allocated from the Money Advice Contract funding allocation to Citizen Advice Bureau Allerdale for service level agreement 2022/23, as previously reported in July 2022.
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