Decision Maker: Council
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Annual Report 2018/19 will provide the
residents of South Lakeland with an account of South Lakeland
District Council’s successes, activities and business over
the financial year 2018/19.
The Annual Report detailed the Council’s significant projects and achievements over the last 12 months. Organisational successes had been presented in the visual format of portfolio priorities. The Report reflected the Council Plan priorities and looked back at the Organisation’s successes and achievements from 2018/19, whilst showing a future plan of how the Council would work together to make South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore. Once approved by Council, it would be distributed to partners and published on the Council website.
In moving that the report be received, the Leader, Councillor Giles Archibald, thanked the Chief Executive and officers for their work over the past year, also recognising the work carried out by Cabinet Members, both present and past. He commended in particular the “eponymous” Councillor Philip Dixon, former Health and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, who would be remembered for his involvement in the Council’s “Fill-Up” Scheme, as well as Councillor Chris Hogg, former Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder, who would be remembered for the “Great Place” Scheme and other cultural bid successes. The Leader further expressed appreciation to all Councillors from all Wards for their service throughout the year. He highlighted a number of achievements made by the Council with regards to housing, parks and playgrounds, waste collection, Grange Lido, flood defence work (with the Environment Agency) and Customer Connect, all of which were described within the Annual Report. Councillor Jonathan Brook, Deputy Leader, seconded the motion.
During discussion, Members highlighted the work carried out in relation to parks and play areas carried out in partnership with parish councils, for example at Maryfell in Sedbergh and Rayrigg Meadow in Windermere. It was pointed out that an opening party was scheduled to be held at Rayrigg Meadow on Sunday, 26 May 2019, from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. and Members were welcome to attend. The action plan which had been drawn up and work being carried out to address Climate Change was praised, with the need to follow through on the plan being stressed and a suggestion for local councillors to bring the matter to the attention to their parish councils. Tribute was paid to the strength of the local economy, to the support offered to businesses by the Council and to the success of Mintworks. The heritage preservation work carried out in Burton-in-Kendal was commended as being a fine example of partnership working.
The Leader thanked Members for their comments, further expanding on improvements which had been made during the year to parks, namely Rothay Park in Ambleside, Hallgarth. Sandylands and Kendal Parks in Kendal, Oxenholme, Flookurgh and Ings. He encouraged all Members to come forward with opportunities for improvements to parks within their wards.
In closing, the Leader referred to South Lakeland’s part in the settling of refugees within the area. He was proud of the collaborative work being carried out for the vulnerable by South Lakeland working with other authorities and the County Council. He also referred to the LEAP Scheme and the Handy Person Scheme, both of which were assisting people to live independently and sustainably. He further mentioned the fact that the Council was on track to meet its target of 1,000 affordable homes for rent. He expressed thanks to all Members and officers for their work and involvement.
RESOLVED – That the Annual Report 2018/19 be approved.
Report author: Laura Chapman
Publication date: 07/06/2019
Date of decision: 21/05/2019
Decided at meeting: 21/05/2019 - Council