Agenda item

Notice of Motion

The following Notice of Motion has been given in accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure:-

 

“The council warmly welcomes the launch of the Government’s new Tourism Sector Deal, which will benefit almost 1,000 tourism-related businesses in South Lakeland and has been described by the British Tourist Authority as a game-changer for tourism;

 

Notes that as part of the ground-breaking Deal, the Government will also pilot up to five new Tourism Zones where additional support will be provided to help grow local visitor economies through initiatives like targeted help for product and promotion development, mentoring support to businesses and digital skills training;

 

And confirms that the council will be play a full and active role in ensuring a successful bid is submitted for one of the five new Tourism Zones to encompass South Lakeland when the application process opens in December 2019.”

 

(signed by Councillor James Airey)

Minutes:

In accordance with Paragraph 11.1 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, the following notice of motion had been put to Council by Councillor James Airey:-

 

“The council warmly welcomes the launch of the Government’s new Tourism Sector Deal, which will benefit almost 1,000 tourism-related businesses in South Lakeland and has been described by the British Tourist Authority as a game-changer for tourism;

 

Notes that as part of the ground-breaking Deal, the Government will also pilot up to five new Tourism Zones where additional support will be provided to help grow local visitor economies through initiatives like targeted help for product and promotion development, mentoring support to businesses and digital skills training;

 

And confirms that the council will be play a full and active role in ensuring a successful bid is submitted for one of the five new Tourism Zones to encompass South Lakeland when the application process opens in December 2019.”

 

In moving the motion, Councillor Airey highlighted the benefits of the Deal which would support the creation of 10,000 apprenticeships for those building careers in the tourism and hospitality sectors.  He drew attention to the £1m recruitment and retraining programme for staff; he felt that those working in the industry were low paid and that this was good work to aspire to.  He welcomed the predicted additional nine million visitors to the UK over the next five to six years and referred to the Tourism Sector Deal’s commitment for the building of more than 130,000 new hotel rooms across the UK and £250,000 for the improvement of broadband connectivity in conference centres for business visitors.  Councillor Airey hoped that the Council would support a bid for a Tourism Zone, drawing attention to the benefits that this could bring to the whole of Cumbria’s current thriving tourist economy.  He drew attention to the opportunity to encourage day-trippers to stay longer and to visit different parts of this fantastic County.  Councillor Airey urged Members to support the motion, which was seconded by Councillor Tom Harvey.

 

Councillor Jonathan Brook, Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder, accepting the importance of tourism to the local economy, was in support of the motion, however, proposed a short amendment to the third paragraph, as follows:-

 

“The Council confirms it will continue its current full and active role in ensuring a successful bid is submitted for one of the five new Tourism Zones to encompass South Lakeland when the application process opens in December 2019.”

 

Councillor Airey confirmed that he would be pleased to alter the motion accordingly.

 

Members welcomed the motion as altered and the opportunity to widen Cumbria’s tourism offer.  It was acknowledged that tourism was key to the economy of South Lakeland which was blessed with tremendous assets, stunning landscape, outdoor activities, and a large heritage and cultural offer.  Strong concerns were, however, raised with regard to the proposed £30,000 salary threshold for skilled migrants and to the potential detrimental impact on the hospitality trade which was made up of mainly EU (European Union) nationals.  In addition, concerns were voiced with regard to Cumbria’s poor infrastructure, with South Lakeland having a poor rail service and full roads, and public transport having been impacted on by cuts to local authority spending.  The need for regard for residents and landscape and for mindfulness of sustainable growth was also raised.

 

During conversation, Councillor Giles Archibald, Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, invited the Leaders of the Political Groups to join him in making a submission to the Home Office with regard to the impact on the tourism sector of the proposals for a £30,000 salary threshold for skilled migrants.  Councillor Mark Wilson, on behalf of his Group, accepted the invitation and the aspirations of the altered motion.

 

Councillor Airey thanked Members for an excellent debate, agreeing with the comments raised regarding the wage cap, also urging his Group Leader to accept the Leader’s invitation and to lobby Government with regard to this critical point and acknowledging the importance of migrant workers in agriculture and the National Health Service.

 

It was subsequently

 

RESOLVED – That the motion, as altered, be carried.