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Decisions published

07/11/2019 - Award of Changing Places WC facilities grant funding. ref: 4204    For Determination

Report to confirm the award of grant funding to 3 community groups.

Decision Maker: Delegated Executive Decisions

Made at meeting: 07/11/2019 - Delegated Executive Decisions

Decision published: 08/11/2019

Effective from: 16/11/2019

Decision:

Summary

 

Further to DEX/5 (2018/19) when approval had been given for four organisations to receive awards of £2,500 for feasibility studies to install a “Changing Places” toilet, three of the four applicants had accepted the award and had proceeded to produce a feasibility study.  These were Cartmel Township Initiative (Cartmel), Outside In (Beezon Road, Kendal) and Friends of Millerground (Windermere).  The total cost of these studies was £6,120.  This, therefore, left £43,880 grant funding available.

 

Officers had considered the feasibility studies and had confirmed that all three complied with the original brief.  Grant award would be subject to any requests for clarification and relevant criteria being satisfied, and the signing of a funding agreement.

 

To ensure that the schemes were viable and more deliverable, the grants were to be increased to £20,000 per scheme.  In order to provide a higher grant, the budget would need to be increased by £16,120 overall.  The grant would be subject to a time limit of one year from the date of the funding agreement for the works to commence and would be paid in instalments of 50% upon commencement of the works and 50% on completion of the works.

 

It was suggested that the second proposed decision should be altered, with the terms of the agreements instead being delegated to the Operational Lead Delivery and Commercial Services, in consultation with the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer).

 

Decision

 

(1)        Approval be given for funding allocations for the capital works to install a Changing Places toilet, as set out in Section 3 of the report, as follows:-

 

Organisation

Proposed Grant

Cartmel Township Initiative

£20,000

Outside In, Cumbria

£20,000

Friends of Millerground

£20,000

 

(2)        The terms of the agreements be delegated to the Operational Lead Delivery and Commercial Services, in consultation with the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer).

 

Reasons for Decision

 

To assist in the delivery of the Council Plan - Health and Environment: Improving health and reducing health inequalities.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

To withdraw the funding - this is not recommended as the schemes brought forward are all viable schemes.

Wards affected: Bowness & Levens; Cartmel; Kendal Town;

Lead officer: Sion Thomas


28/10/2019 - Application for the grant of a Hackney Carriage driver's licence ref: 4203    For Determination

Decision Maker: Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 28/10/2019 - Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committee

Decision published: 01/11/2019

Effective from: 28/10/2019

Lead officer: Patrick Cantley


30/10/2019 - Scaling on street charging Infrastructure (SOSCI) ref: 4202    For Determination

Research project following sucessful partnership application to Innovate UK to install Electric Vehicle charging points at a small number of locations in South lakeland aimed at providing this facility to residential properties with no off street parking available.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 30/10/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 01/11/2019

Effective from: 09/11/2019

Decision:

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 the project research lead.  The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder added that the Council was currently looking at resources around the issue of Climate Change.  He further drew attention to the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder’s remit and her eagerness to work closely with parishes and towns.  She added that this research was both innovative and collaborative and that she wanted it to be community-led and that people would be encouraged to take part.

 

Concern was raised with regard to the enormity of and complexity around the issues of electric vehicles and charging.  The Principal Specialist (Health & Environment) stressed that this project would assist in identifying need in order to inform future planning depending on the locations identified through the next stages.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        approval be given for the Council’s future involvement in this project;

 

(2)        the Director of Customer and Commercial Services, in consultation with the Climate Emergency and Locality Portfolio Holder, the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder and the Legal Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist, be delegated authority to negotiate and sign the Collaboration Agreement with Cybermoor Ltd and the project partners and accept the grant conditions;

 

(3)        an appraisal of Council owned sites be undertaken which will identify their suitability for this project, to be commissioned by the Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services; and

 

(4)        the successful grant funds be allocated to the project being the amount of £187,640.00 to be used in the implementation of the project and drawn down from Innovate UK via the accountable body, Cybermoor Service Ltd.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

To assist in the delivery of the following Council Plan priorities:-

 

Climate Emergency

 

           Develop plans and support projects with our partners and local communities to progressively address the causes and the impacts of climate change, according to our local priorities, securing maximum benefit for our communities.

 

           Encourage all sectors in our local community to take the opportunity to adapt to the impacts of climate change, to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and to make public their commitment to action.

 

Public Health Strategy

 

Tackling Climate change by exploring options associated with EV charging points for households with no facility to charge their vehicles and by encouraging behaviour change to promote the uptake of electric vehicles.

 

Air Quality

 

Promoting the uptake of Electric vehicles to reduce pollution emissions from combustion engines.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

The Council does not participate further in this project.  This may result in a missed opportunity to both research the demand and installation of charge points locally, and also to actually install some EV charge points at a small number of locations within the district.

Lead officer: Sean Hall


30/10/2019 - Council Plan Performance Monitoring Report Quarter Two ref: 4201    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 30/10/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 01/11/2019

Effective from: 09/11/2019

Decision:

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 relation to zero carbon homes following the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Discussion took place with regard to the Council’s target for affordable housing.  The Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder confirmed that, despite a slight dip in delivery during the current 12 month period, the Council remained on track to meet this target, with a number of significant developments in the pipeline across the District.  In response to a query regarding the requirement for a 35% affordable housing requirement for developments with ten or more dwellings, he also believed that this target was being met, and undertook to provide Members with the current figures.  Further, he agreed to provide figures as regards the split between the social rented/affordable rent/intermediate housing and discounted affordable to buy on all current developments.  Whilst he acknowledged that developers were challenging viability in this regard and the need to be aware of this and to strengthen the process, he reiterated that the 35% affordable housing requirement was on the whole being met.  He agreed that he would be keen for the development of more social housing for rent, however, pointed out the Government constraints in this regard.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That the following be noted:-

 

(1)        the Summary of Performance as detailed in the report; and

 

(2)        the detailed risks information contained within Appendix 1 to the report.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The report is directly linked to the Council Plan commitment to ensure that the Council is equipped to provide the best, most cost effective services.  Details regarding performance monitoring are published in line with the Council’s latest Performance Management Framework.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

None – the purpose of the report is to receive a performance update.  The Council must note successes, monitor progress and take action where appropriate.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: John Davies


16/09/2019 - Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence University of Cumbria - Ambleside Campus ref: 4200    For Determination

Application for the Grant of a Premises Licence - University of Cumbria - Ambleside Campus

Decision Maker: Licensing Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 16/09/2019 - Licensing Sub-Committee

Decision published: 28/10/2019

Effective from: 16/09/2019

Decision:

The Licensing Officer presented a report which requested consideration of an application for a premises licence in respect of the University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus in light of representations which had been submitted by interested parties.

 

The Environmental Health Officer addressed the Sub-Committee and explained that he had been working with the University, following previous enforcement action, and informed the Sub-Committee Members that improvements had been noted and that there had been a reduction in the number of complaints received. He went on to outline details of the proposed noise management plan and informed Members that it had been recommended that the noise management plan be included in the site management plan, which was being considered by the Lake District National Park planning department and other interested parties.

 

Mr Chris Hodgson, a local resident and owner of a bed and breakfast, addressed the Sub-Committee.  He explained he was not objecting to the application and that he recognised the benefits of clear guidelines when controlling and managing the environment. He went on to raise concerns regarding that fact that there were currently insufficient staff resources on site to control and manage the environment. He highlighted details of the anti-social behaviour previously experienced and acknowledged that there had been a 12 month stable period. However, with the introduction of a new facility, he had further concerns. Mr Hodgson went on to outline his proposals which included a clear resource and site management plan which would ensure no sites were left without a management resource.

 

Ms Marjorie Waddecar, a local resident and secretary of Greenbank and Castlefield Resident’s Association, addressed the Sub-Committee. She informed Members that she was representing 158 households of properties adjacent to the university campus and that the neighbourhood was home to young families and older residents, all of whom were concerned regarding nuisance, noise, lighting and music. She stated that the residents were not objecting to the provision of the licence and that they would feel reassured if respect and consideration was shown to them and the premises was correctly and appropriately supervised.  Ms Waddecar went on to outline concerns regarding general supervision of students using the premises and the numbers of security staff currently employed by the university. She acknowledged that the university had worked hard to monitor and supervise activities in recent years and hoped that this would continue.

 

Ms Emma Bales and John Powell, the joint Applicants, addressed the Sub-Committee and responded to concerns raised by Mr Hodgson and Ms Waddecar during their address and responded to further questions. Mr Powell clarified that the licence application was for the whole of the campus and went on to outline the proposed opening hours and the management and security provision.

 

The Licensing Officer responded to questions raised by the Sub-Committee.

 

The joint Applicants responded to questions raised by the Sub-Committee.

 

In his closing statement Mr Chris Hodgson stated that concerns raised could be mitigated with a detailed resource and management plan to ensure that no areas would be left without a staff presence.

 

Note – The Sub-Committee passed a resolution to adjourn the meeting to exclude the press and public in making its decision, pursuant to Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 by virtue of the paragraph indicated:-

Paragraph 5 – Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.

 

The Sub-Committee, supported by the Legal, Governance and Democracy Specialist then withdrew to consider the application.

 

The meeting was reconvened at 11.26 a.m.

 

The Licensing Officer responded to a further question raised by the Sub-Committee Members.

 

Note – The Sub-Committee passed a resolution to adjourn the meeting to exclude the press and public in making its decision, pursuant to Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 by virtue of the paragraph indicated:-

 

Paragraph 5 – Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.

 

The Sub-Committee, supported by the Legal, Governance and Democracy Specialist then withdrew to further consider the application.

 

The meeting was reconvened at 11.33 a.m. and the Chair of the Sub-Committee communicated the Sub-Committee’s decision.

 

The Sub-Committee considered the application and what had been said carefully and also had regard to the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy and, in particular, paragraph 5.6.

 

Having regard to the Licensing Objectives, the reasons for reaching the decision were the prevention of public nuisance.  The Licensing Sub Committee was satisfied that the conditions imposed would serve to further the licensing objectives contained within the Licensing Act 2003 and the statutory guidance.

 

RESOLVED – That the application be granted subject to the standard mandatory conditions and to the following conditions:

 

(1)        The applicant will supply a noise management plan to the Environmental Protection Department which requires the approval in writing of the Environmental Protection Department and be complied with at all times.

 

(2)        All waste collections should take place between the hours of 8.00am and 7.00pm.

Lead officer: Karen Partington