Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 10.00 a.m.

Venue: District Council Chamber, South Lakeland House, Kendal

Contact: Inge Booth  Senior Committee Services Officer

Items
No. Item

CEX/51

Cabinet Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 420 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the Executive Decisions made by Cabinet on 11 September 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the Executive Decisions made by Cabinet on 11 September 2019.

CEX/52

Delegated Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 185 KB

To receive the Delegated Executive Decisions made by Portfolio Holders or Officers on 12 and 26 September 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Delegated Executive Decisions made by Portfolio Holders or Officers on 12 and 26 September 2019 be received.

CEX/53

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were raised.

CEX/54

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that there are no excluded items on the agenda.

CEX/55

Public Participation

Any member of the public who wishes to ask a question, make representations or present a deputation or petition at this meeting should apply to do so by no later than 0:01am (one minute past midnight) two working days before the meeting.  Information on how to make the application can be obtained by viewing the Council’s Website www.southlakeland.gov.uk or by contacting the Committee Services Team on 01539 733333.

 

(1)        Questions and Representations

 

            To receive any questions or representations which have been received from members of the public.

 

(2)        Deputations and Petitions

 

            To receive any deputations or petitions which have been received from members of the public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no questions, representations, deputations or petitions have been received in respect of this meeting.

CEX/56

Forward Plan

To note the contents of the Forward Plan due to be published on 29 October 2019 (to follow).

Minutes:

The Forward Plan published on 29 October 2019 had been circulated to Members prior to the commencement of the meeting.

 

RESOLVED – That the contents of the Forward Plan published on 29 October 2019 be noted.

CEX/57

Council Plan Performance Monitoring Report Quarter Two pdf icon PDF 326 KB

To monitor progress against the measures of success as detailed within the Council Plan 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Summary

 

The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder presented an update report on progress with the Council Plan 2019 for Quarter 2 of 2019/20.  Monitoring the success of the Council Plan demonstrated improvements and ensured that Council services addressed the needs of residents in an open and transparent way. The Council was committed to delivering high quality, cost effective services that met the needs of residents and improved quality of life.  The performance management process helped the Council to demonstrate how well it was doing. The report also included the Council’s Strategic Risk Register.

 

The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder informed Members that the report had also been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 25 October 2019.  In response to a query raised at that meeting, Members had been informed that a report was currently being produced with regard to Cumbria’s carbon footprint based on research carried out by Professor Mike Berners-Lee of Lancaster University.  The report was due to be finalised and presented for discussion by Cumbrian Leaders in December 2019.  In addition, a study was being carried out by South Lakeland District Council regarding carbon reduction in South Lakeland, with a report due to be presented at the December Council meeting.  It was the Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder’s hope that, based on this information, the Council would be in a position to set a target for a zero carbon footprint by the New Year, with a list of actions to be carried out throughout Cumbria.  The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder also referred to a query raised at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in relation to the Strategic Risk Register when it had been explained that high priority risks were placed above the appetite level in order to ensure continued focus through quarterly monitoring.

 

The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder turned to the report, which he felt demonstrated that the Council was performing well.  He praised the work carried out by the Chief Executive, officers, his predecessor, Cabinet Members and all Councillors, all pulling together to work for the community, this work being carried out at the same time as the Council moved forward with its Customer Connect Programme.  He highlighted a number of the Council’s achievements, including work relating to playgrounds, climate emergency, biodiversity loss, new jobs, affordable homes and waste recycling.  The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, however, drew attention to concerns which existed around, for example, child poverty, food poverty, fuel poverty, homelessness, rural connectivity, Brexit and loneliness and, in addition, as raised at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, domestic violence.  In closing, the Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder commended the work being carried out by the Council, however, stressed the need to address these issues and not to be complacent.

 

The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder was thanked for sharing his correspondence with Members of Parliament in  ...  view the full minutes text for item CEX/57

CEX/58

Scaling on street charging Infrastructure (SOSCI) pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To consider future involvement in the Innovate UK funded project.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Summary

 

The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder thanked officers involved and presented a report relating to South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) being part of a successful partnership funding award by Innovate UK which had secured £3.4m for Scaling On Street Charging Infrastructure (SOSCI).  This was one of twelve projects that would share £37m funding to revolutionise the experience of owning an electric vehicle in the UK.  SLDC was one of twelve partner organisations which included a mix of public bodies, charities, and private business.  Cybermoor Services Ltd had applied for and received the funding under the Innovate UK Programme “Electric vehicle charging for public spaces: real world demonstrators.”  Innovate UK was part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK Government.  The Council was being requested to enter into a collaboration agreement with Cybermoor Services Ltd who had been selected as the Lead Partner and the other project partners.

 

The report indicated that this was primarily a research project which would take place over an 18-month period and target the domestic residential EV charging market, those households located typically in urban and suburban areas with no off street parking.  A second market identified had been local authorities where officers were often approached by households on terraced streets to install charging solutions but were restricted in their ability to do this through lack of resource.  The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder provided details in relation to the project which built on earlier feasibility studies and which offered a new way for Local Authorities to stimulate growth of charge points, improve air quality and make the most of their limited resources.

 

In presenting the report, the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder explained that it was clear from climate conversations held over the summer that there was a growing interest in electric vehicles.  She pointed out that, subject to approval, the Council would be the first rural local authority to join this fully-funded project.

 

Discussion took place around whether this was a research project and the split between research and operational costs which were answered.

 

Discussion took place during which the need to take rural needs into consideration was raised.  In response to a query, the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder reiterated the fact that the scheme, which covered both research and implementation, was fully-funded.  The Principal Specialist (Health & Environment) read out the proposed research questions in order to provide Members with a broader understanding of the project.  It was raised that the project would be of benefit in the move towards carbon neutrality in South Lakeland.

 

In response to a query on local engagement regarding this, as well as other issues such as Climate Change and the need for a specific Council officer to turn to, Members were informed that the community, businesses and councillors in all tiers would be involved in establishing where demand was.  Community engagement in relation to the on street charging project would be facilitated by  ...  view the full minutes text for item CEX/58