Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Further to Minute EX/015 (2006/07), annual reports for 2018/19 from Council representatives on outside bodies which had been submitted for inclusion on the agenda were presented.
Concern was expressed with regard to the number of reports included on the Agenda and additional details sought with regard to arrangements regarding appointments to outside bodies, including the percentage of reports which had been submitted for the meeting.
Reference was made to the report from Councillor Jonathan Brook in relation to the Cumbria Housing Group and further information sought, potentially through a Member briefing session, with regard to the Structure of the Cumbria Housing Group (CHG) and how it interacted with other housing-related groups shown at Appendix 1 to the report. Councillor Brook, in response, stressed the importance of the CHG and urged Councillors with contacts within other Cumbrian authorities to encourage attendance at meetings of the Group which, although well supported by officers, struggled with attendance by Members. As indicated by the flowchart at Appendix 1, Councillor Brook informed Members that the Group was well placed to make a strong contribution for the development of housing in Cumbria. Councillor Book agreed to provide Members with more information.
Members expressed appreciation for the report from Councillors John Holmes and Rupert Audland regarding South Lakes Housing (SLH) Board and were pleased to acknowledge the partnership work carried out by SLH with other housing associations.
Reference was made to the report on the Lancaster Canal Restoration Partnership and to the improvement work carried being carried out on the tow path in the Stainton area. It was raised that the District Council may be asked to donate a litter bin and collection in Holme Village. The Leader commended the excellent collaborative work being carried out on this project and highlighted the potential for the District Council grants to sow seeds for additional financial contributions. Councillor Chris Hogg who was a Council representative on the Group advised Members that the work had been taken over by the Morecambe Bay Partnership which was keen to move forward and that discussions with parish councils were welcomed.
The Leader reminded Council of Cabinet Members’ regular portfolio holder reports which included updates on work being carried out by representatives on outside bodies, however, suggested that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee may wish to consider alternative approaches with regard to the area of representation on outside bodies and annual reporting thereon.
RESOLVED - That the annual reports for 2018/19 from Council representatives on outside bodies be received.
Publication date: 07/06/2019
Date of decision: 21/05/2019
Decided at meeting: 21/05/2019 - Council