Agenda and draft minutes

Council - Tuesday, 30 June 2020 6.30 p.m.

Contact: Inge Booth 

Link: View the live stream of the meeting here

Items
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C/1

Chairman's Introduction

Minutes:

Following confirmation that the live stream of the meeting had commenced, the Chairman welcomed everyone to the first virtual meeting of South Lakeland District Council.

 

The Chairman referred to the new Government legislation allowing councils to conduct remote meetings and explained in detail to all taking part, and for the benefit of members of the public observing, the procedures for the meeting.

 

The Chairman further referred to the fact that the Council’s Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) would be proposing to Council further amendments to its Virtual Meeting Procedures under Agenda Item No.2(i).  These would relate to alternative ways in which to vote at virtual meetings and the implications of technology failures on Members’ voting ability.

 

He then asked the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) to carry out a roll call, during which all Members present indicated by which means they were taking part and confirmed that they were able to see (where practicable) and hear all Members participating in the meeting.  The Chairman referred to officers present who would introduce themselves when asked to address the meeting.

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 634 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 25 February 2020.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 25 February 2020.

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Emergency Non-Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 338 KB

To receive the following Emergency Non-Executive Decisions taken by the Chief Executive between 30 March and 29 May 2020 in accordance with Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution 3. (B 1) (1.1) and to note any spending outside any budgetary provision:-

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Note - Councillors Tom Harvey and John Holmes had raised with the Monitoring Officer prior to the meeting, for the purpose of transparency, the fact that they were involved in organisations that had applied for a discretionary grant.  This item was, however, purely to receive emergency non-executive decisions which had already been made, so they were able remain in the meeting during the discussion and voting on the matter.

 

The Legal Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) referred to Agenda Item No.2(i) relating to an Emergency Non-Executive Decision (009) taken by the Chief Executive in relation to Remote Meetings Protocol, Procedure Rules, Public Participation and Privacy.  She was suggesting the inclusion of additional wording to the Virtual Meeting Standing Orders to accommodation feedback from Members following a number of virtual meetings now having taken place.  The first addition was to allow the vote to be taken, in addition to roll call, by the affirmation of the meeting if there was no dissent (by assent).  The second was to address voting and interruption in technology, so that:-

 

           in relation to Licensing, Planning or other quasi-judicial  matters, each Member must confirm that they have heard without interruption the entire proceedings and full discussion in relation to the item and asking  members to state ‘for’, ‘against’, or ‘abstain’ to indicate their vote when their name is called; and

 

           in relation to all other Council meetings, Members are to confirm that they are sufficiently informed to properly cast their vote and asking  members to state ‘for’, ‘against’, or ‘abstain’ to indicate their vote when their name is called.

 

Councillor Andrew Jarvis, Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder, moved that the Emergency Non-Executive Decisions be received, that any spending outside budgetary provision be noted and, in addition, that the changes raised by the Monitoring Officer in relation to Emergency Non-Executive Decision 009 outlined above be approved.  He was seconded by Councillor Giles Archibald.

 

No Member having raised concern when asked by the Chairman, it was

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the Emergency Non-Executive Decisions taken by the Chief Executive between 30 March and 29 May 2020 in accordance with Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution 3.(B 1) (1.1) be received;

 

(2)        any spending outside any budgetary provision be noted; and

 

(3)        the changes raised above by the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) be approved and the Constitution amended accordingly.

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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:

No questions, representations, deputations or petitions had been received from members of the public in respect of this meeting.  In response to a query, however, Members were informed that seven individuals were currently observing the live stream of the event.

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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:

No declarations of interest were raised.

C/6

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:

There were no excluded items on the Agenda.

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Chairman's Announcements pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To receive announcements by the Chairman (a list of official engagements undertaken by the Chairman and Vice-Chairman between 26 February and 30 June 2020 is attached for information).

Minutes:

The Chairman drew attention to the list of official engagements undertaken by himself and the Vice-Chairman between 26 February and 20 June 2020.  He further referred to the recent sad loss of Bharath Rajan, former District Councillor, Ulverston Town Councillor and Mayor of Ulverston and extended sympathy, on behalf of Members, to Bharath’s family and friends.

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Leader's Announcements

To receive any announcements by the Leader of the Council.

Minutes:

Councillor Giles Archibald, Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, first paid tribute to the dedication of officers following the onset of Covid-19 and for the amazing work carried out in many areas, including setting up and running virtual meetings, payment of grants, housing the homeless and continuation of refuse collection.  He praised the collaborative work being carried out across all tiers of local government, paying particular tribute to Cumbria County Council and the leadership of Colin Cox, Director of Public Health for Cumbria, in addressing the crisis.  Councillor Archibald asked for his thanks to be recorded and passed on following the meeting.  In addition, he expressed thanks to Members for their work in local communities and for the cross-party collaboration throughout the emergency.  Councillor Archibald expressed pride in all Members who were a credit to public service.

 

Councillor Archibald also took the opportunity to inform Members that Councillor Eric Morrell had stepped down from his role as Cabinet Member and Customer and Commercial Services and People Portfolio Holder and that Councillor Philip Dixon had taken on the role.  Councillor Archibald thanked Councillor Morrell for his great service and achievements during his time as Portfolio Holder - he would be missed on Cabinet.

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Revenue and Capital Outturn 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 250 KB

To consider the Council’s financial performance for 2019/20 and movements to and from reserves and the carry forward of budgets to 2020/21.

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Minutes:

The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder, Councillor Andrew Jarvis, presented the Revenue and Capital Outturn 2019/20 report which set out in detail the Council’s financial performance for 2019/20 and the impact on reserves.  The report had been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 22 June 2020.  Cabinet at its meeting on 24 June 2020 had recommended that Council approve the contributions to and from reserves detailed in Appendix 1a to the report.

 

In presenting the report, Councillor Jarvis raised the fact that this was an unparalleled time for local government funding.  Not only was there the uncertainty over the structure of future funding, but also the ongoing challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic.  He pointed out that the Finance Team had been fully stretched throughout this period, particularly with their work on large amounts of Government grants being paid through the Council, as well as ensuring control of the Council’s finances more generally at this time.  He took the opportunity to thank the Finance Lead Specialist, the Finance Specialist and all in the Team for their work which was a reflection of the professionalism and dedication of the team.

 

Councillor Jarvis turned first to the Revenue Budget which highlighted that, after taking the carry-forwards into consideration, the Council had an over-spend of £89,000.  He pointed out, however, without Covid, the Council would have balanced the budget for the year.

 

Councillor Jarvis next addressed capital expenditure, which showed a significant re-profiling.  Of the revised Capital Budget of £7.2m, £4.1m had been spent in the year.  The majority of this under-spend related to schemes where the Council was working with other parties or was reliant on other parties.  The impact of this re-profiling would be presented in July 2020 as part of the preparation of the Medium Term Financial Plan, which would also include the impact of slippages due to Covid-19 and the related reprioritisation of schemes.

 

Councillor Jarvis drew attention to Appendix 1a to the report which showed the detailed movement on reserves and the comparison with the budget.  Overall, this showed a little over £2.1m being added to reserves and nearly £3m of reserves being utilised, most significantly for funding the Customer Connect project, prior-year carry-forwards and Locally Important Projects expenditure.  The Council continued to be in a strong position with its reserves as of the end of the year.  The detailed position by reserve, together with the outlook for reserves, would be presented in the updated Medium Term Financial Plan.

 

Councillor Jarvis, in closing, alluded to the more serious issue of the finances in 2020/21 and beyond which he would turn to in July.

 

Councillor Jarvis having moved the recommendations contained within the report was seconded by Councillor Matt Severn.

 

The Chairman read out the proposal and asked the meeting if the motion was agreed.  There being no dissent, it was

 

RESOLVED – That the following be approved:-

 

(1)        the contributions to and from reserves detailed in Appendix 1a to the report; and

 

(2)  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/9

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2019/20 Annual Treasury Management Report pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To consider treasury performance during 2019/20 against the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Treasury Management Annual Report 2019/20 was presented by Councillor Andrew Jarvis, the Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder.  The report reviewed the treasury activities and the actual prudential and treasury indicators for the 2019/20 financial year, meeting the requirement of the Local Government Act 2003, the CIPFA Code of Practice on Treasury Management and the CIPFA Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities.

 

The level of external debt had remained at £12.8m, below the Capital Financing Requirement of £18.5m.  This showed that the Council had not funded revenue activity through borrowing, a key prudential indicator.  This had been a prudent strategy which was constantly under review so as to avoid incurring higher borrowing costs in the future when the Council might not be able to avoid new borrowing.  Interest Receipts from the Council’s Investments had brought in £61,000 more income than budgeted for, as the Council benefited from fluctuations in market rates as a result of changing market expectations on the next move by the Monetary Policy Committee regarding the Bank of England base rate and a stepped maturity profile for deposits.  Interest payable on borrowing had been in line with budget as no new borrowing had been expected or taken in 2019/20 as a result of using internal cash balances to fund capital rather than borrowing.  Looking forward, the COVID-19 outbreak had introduced a large amount of uncertainty into the market.  Officers would keep this under constant review with support from the Council’s external treasury advisors, Link Asset Services.  The current strategy of using internal cash balances to fund prudential borrowing continued to minimise the interest rate gap (where loans cost more than investments earn) and to help reduce counterparty risk.

 

The report had been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 22 June 2020.  Cabinet, at its meeting on 24 June 2020, had recommended that Council approve the 2019/20 Treasury Management Annual Report.

 

Councillor Jarvis thanked officers for their work in this area, pointing out that their careful management of the Council’s borrowing and cash balances was critical to minimise the risk that it faced, while achieving the best possible returns to support the broader work of the Council.

 

Councillor Jarvis having moved the recommendations contained within the report was seconded by Councillor Doug Rathbone.

 

Councillor Mark Wilson raised a question which he had submitted to Councillor Jarvis prior to the meeting:-

 

“With reference to paragraph 3.7, The Future, will the Portfolio Holder and the Authority develop in the next financial year ways in which residents can benefit from using our “under borrowing” capacity?  Organise ways that we can access funds to help develop schemes that meet their and SLDC plans, as outlined in the Carbon Reduction Plan.  In short, borrow more and become a broker in helping residents to borrow and invest in green infrastructure for their houses, solar panels, better insulation, power generation and flood prevention measures.”

 

Councillor Jarvis responded, emphasising that being underborrowed did not mean that there was a pot  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/10

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Lancaster and South Cumbria Joint Committee pdf icon PDF 257 KB

Subject to approval by Cabinet on 24 June 2020 of the establishment of a Joint Committee with Barrow Borough and Lancaster City Councils covering all respective administrative areas to promote the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the areas, to consider amendments to the Council’s Constitution and an update to the Council’s Scheme of Delegation in Part 3 of the Constitution.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, Councillor Giles Archibald, presented the report which referred to the fact that, in 2017, Barrow Borough Council, Lancaster City Council and South Lakeland District Council had approved a joint statement of intent to work collaboratively to drive forward agreed approaches to economic development across the Lancaster and South Cumbria Economic Region.  This statement had been rooted in the findings of 2016 economic study work which had confirmed the region as a functioning economic area with a combined Gross Value Added comparable to other major North West economic centres. Strengths had been identified in the sectors of marine engineering, energy generation, nuclear skills, advanced manufacturing and higher education.  The conclusion had been that development opportunities could be better identified and realised working strategically across administrative boundaries.

 

In June 2019, the three authorities had produced and launched a prospectus ‘Driving Growth Together’ at an event at Lancaster University, attended by a wide range of businesses, agencies, authorities and media from across the region. The prospectus and approach to collaborative working had been well received.  The authorities had subsequently produced an outline proposal for a growth deal, and had presented it to the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse ahead of the Convention of the North, held in September 2019. This collaborative approach had successfully raised the profile of the region amongst the Northern Powerhouse, Ministers and local MPs and had outlined potential investments in infrastructure, the business environment and place.

 

Work was currently taking place to refine and focus proposals for a growth deal type programme to attract significant public investment to transformational growth projects and importantly drive Covid-19 resilience to the region’s economy.  This required a strong case, backed by demonstrable collaborative action, supported by visible commitment and accountability.  As such, it was considered beneficial to establish a formal arrangement between the three councils to drive this, reinforcing the sense of developing a functional economic area.  The proposal was to establish the Lancaster and South Cumbria Economic Prosperity Board.   This would be established as a Joint Committee, using powers under the Local Government Acts 1972 and 2000 and under the Local Authorities (Arrangement for the Discharge of Functions) (England) Regulations 2012.  The proposed Joint Committee’s Procedure Rules were presented in Appendix 1 to the report. The Joint Committee’s remit would be to provide political and democratic accountability.  Membership would comprise two members from each constituent authority.  The Joint Committee would be able to co-opt members or non-authority members up to a maximum of three.  If a member was co-opted ,this would need to be a Cabinet member under the 2012 Regulations.  Each of the constituent authorities would rotate the hosting of the joint committee. Initially, Lancaster City Council would host the Joint Committee.  Meetings would be no less than quarterly in frequency.  The Joint Committee would not hold funds or monies on behalf of the constituent authorities.

 

The approach utilised existing powers available to the constituent authorities and was considered to be an optimal  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/11

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Carbon Reduction Target and Green Team Update pdf icon PDF 162 KB

To consider updates to the South Lakeland District Council Climate Change Policy and progress on the Climate Change Action Plan.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Dyan Jones, Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder, together with the Strategy Specialist (Sustainability) introduced the report and displayed a presentation on the screen highlighting that climate change was an existential threat to our way of life.  Action was needed to tackle climate change at international, national and local level to help to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on our communities and communities around the world.

 

The Council had declared a Climate Emergency in February 2019 and had adopted a Climate Change Policy which committed the Council to play its part in meeting emissions targets set internationally and through UK Carbon budgets.  Adoption of the carbon reduction targets recommended in this report would ensure that South Lakeland would make its contribution to addressing the International Panel on Climate Change (2018) recommendations to limit global warming to 1.5°C.  In showing a lead on this important issue, the Council hoped to influence other local authorities, Government and other stakeholders to play their part.

 

The proposal was to adopt carbon reduction targets for South Lakeland District Council as an organisation and to support a Cumbria-wide target which had been recommended by an expert report as necessary to meet international targets, as follows:-

 

           to commit the Council as an organisation to be seeking to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2030; and

           to support a Cumbria wide target of Carbon Neutrality by 2037 and to take the necessary steps within its powers and resources to achieve this.

 

The Covid-19 emergency had provided experience of working across sectors, across organisations and across boundaries to address a serious, complex threat to our lives and our local economy.  The opportunity existed to capture that learning and to apply it to the greater but longer term threat of climate change.

 

Council was further being asked to note the progress on the Climate Change Action Plan and the approval of the establishment of a Climate Change Community Fund.  The proposal in this regard was that the Council would provide a community grant of an initial £20,000.  The funding had to be spent to benefit the local community on addressing the climate emergency.  The fund would support up to 50% of costs (up to a maximum of £5000) for voluntary and community groups who wished to deliver community based carbon reduction projects.  The full funding criteria were attached at Appendix 2 to the report, with the application form at Appendix 3.  The fund would be funded from existing climate change resources.  In being asked to note progress, attention was drawn to the revised copy of Appendix 1 to the report, the Climate Change Action Plan, which had been updated following comments raised during consideration of the document by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 22 June 2020 and by Cabinet on 24 June 2020.

 

In closing, the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder thanked the Strategy Specialist (Sustainability) and officers for their work.

 

Councillor Jones having moved the recommendations contained within the report was seconded by  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/12

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Adjournment of Meeting

Minutes:

The meeting was adjourned for a health break at 8.30 p.m. and reconvened at 8.40 p.m., when the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) carried out a roll call, during which the same Members who had originally joined the meeting confirmed that they were present.

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Amendments to the Scheme of Delegation relating to Procurement Matters and Applications for Grant Funding pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To consider amendment of the Constitution as regards the Scheme of Delegation relating to Procurement matters and Applications for Grant Funding.

Minutes:

Councillor Philip Dixon, Customer and Commercial Services and People Portfolio Holder, introduced the report, which explained that the Council had a Procurement Schedule and Capital Programme which was presented and agreed by Cabinet and approved by Council at regular intervals.

 

Since April 2016, the Council’s Constitution had permitted officers to conduct and conclude the contracting process without further approval, providing it was in line with the Procurement Schedule.  The report sought to clarify processes and the thresholds and required actions relating to contract awards above the Key Decision threshold.  Where a procurement process was over budget, then approval would still be required in accordance with the Financial Procedure Rules.  Where an officer sought approval for a waiver or exemption under the Contract Procedure Rules, this was also included in the Procurement Schedule.

 

In addition, the Council could apply for grant funding from time to time, and clarification of the process to be followed and the authorisation process for such matters was required.

 

The proposed amendments, which would ensure transparency, were included within the report.

 

In presenting the report, Councillor Dixon thanked Councillor Eric Morrell, former Customer and Commercial Services and People Portfolio Holder, for his contribution to the report which had been produced during his time on Cabinet.  He further thanked the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) for her work on the report.

 

Councillor Dixon having moved the recommendations contained within the report was seconded by Councillor Morrell.

 

The Chairman read out the proposal and asked the meeting if the motion was agreed.  There being no dissent, it was

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the proposed amendments to the Council’s Constitution outlined in Table 1, paragraph 3.3 of the report, be approved; and

 

(2)        the Monitoring Officer be authorised to make the required amendments to the Council’s Constitution and Scheme of Delegation, Part 3, Responsibility for Functions.

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Continuation of the Appointment of the Independent Person pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To consider the continuation of the appointment of Mr David Tweddle as the Council’s Independent Person.

Minutes:

Councillor Philip Dixon, Customer and Commercial Services and People Portfolio Holder, presented the report, moving the recommendation contained therein.

 

Independent Persons fulfilled a statutory role in relation to Members’ conduct issues.  The Independent Person supported the Council’s Monitoring Officer in processing complaints about Members of South Lakeland District Council and all the town and parish councils.

 

The Council had appointed Mr David Tweddle as Independent Person for a four year period with effect from 1 July 2012, the appointment having been extended for a further term of four years in July 20016.  Mr Tweddle’s present term of office was nearing expiry and, due to the Covid-19 situation, the Standards Committee had not met, which was why the matter was being reported directly to Council.  In addition, there was presently some uncertainty regarding the future of the Standards Regime, and it was, therefore, considered preferable for the appointment to continue, Mr Tweddle having been trained and understanding the role, rather than trying to recruit and appoint a new person during this time.  Mr Tweddle had indicated in principle that he would be happy to continue with the role should Members be minded to so approve.

 

Councillor Dixon referred to the Code of Conduct and to the high level of standards maintained by Members of South Lakeland District Council.  He expressed gratitude for the work of the Standards Committee and for Mr Tweddle’s service

 

Councillor Matt Severn, Chairman of the Standards Committee, commended Mr Tweddle’s diligence, and seconded the proposal.

 

The Chairman read out the proposal and asked the meeting if the motion was agreed.  There being no dissent, it was

 

RESOLVED – That the continuation of the appointment of Mr David Tweddle as Independent Person, with effect from 1 July 2020, for a period of four years, be confirmed.

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Leader's Announcements and Cabinet Question Time, including the Composite Report of the Cabinet (1 Hour Maximum) pdf icon PDF 287 KB

Council is asked to receive the Executive Reports from the Leader and Cabinet and to deal with any questions raised by Members to the appropriate Cabinet Members on the contents of the reports.

 

To receive announcements from the Leader and, in accordance with Paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, to deal with any questions to the Leader and/or Portfolio Holders on any topic which is within the jurisdiction or influence of the Council and is relevant to their Portfolio.  Any Member who poses a question will be entitled to ask one supplementary question on the same topic.

 

Members are encouraged to give 24 hours’ written notice of questions to the Solicitor to the Council of questions to be raised under the Agenda Item.  If no notice is received, then the Portfolio Holder can reserve the right to give a written answer.  Where written notice of questions has been given, these will be taken first.  Should a Member wish to ask more than one question, questions should be listed in order of priority.  If more than one Member sends in a question, these will be taken in alphabetical order of Members’ names, alternated from meeting to meeting.  Each question and each response is restricted to three minutes.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Giles Archibald, Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, presented the Cabinet Members’ Executive Reports.

 

In accordance with paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, the following written questions had been submitted to the meeting:-

 

From Councillor Judy Filmore to Councillor Giles Archibald, Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder - “I very much welcome the report on carbon reduction throughout South Lakeland and the emphasis on the need to not do business as usual.  My question is how will the proposed Kendal Relief Road lead to a carbon reduction?”

 

Councillor Archibald responded by saying that, before a final decision was made on the proposed road, an environmental impact assessment would have to be undertaken.  He pointed out that road building often came with an environmental price tag.  Councillor Archibald pointed out, however, that this road had the potential to reduce pollution and relieve congestion in Kendal Town Centre which had several areas with high levels of air pollution.  The proposal would reduce wear and tear on roads not originally built for heavy goods vehicles and would allow for smoother flow of traffic in town; several junctions were currently overburdened during the morning and afternoon peak.  Councillor Archibald was unable to provide a scientific analysis, however, informed Members that some assessment would be carried out and that these matters would be weighed up in the balance when the decision came to be made.

 

Councillor Tom Harvey raised a Point of Order on the procedure around questions on the content of the Executive Reports and written questions in relation to Cabinet Question Time, as he understood that verbal questions on Executive Reports should be taken first.  The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer), however, explained that the process being followed accorded with paragraph 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure.

 

Councillor Eamonn Hennessy to Councillor Jonathan Brook, Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder - “With the ongoing COVID pandemic and the associated deteriorating economic conditions, I am concerned that with the imminent lifting of the moratorium on evictions, and the ending of the furlough period, that we will see a significant spike in homeless presentations across South Lakeland.  What measures is the Council taking to ensure that any individuals and families made homeless in the coming months will receive the help they need and be housed in appropriate accommodation and that those already housed under the COVID provisions will not simply be returned to the streets when Government funding comes to an end?

 

Councillor Brook pointed out that the question raised was relevant not only for this Council, but for every housing authority across the Country.  The scourge of homelessness was an issue that affected thousands of families nationally and, if it was not dealt with decisively now, it had the potential to spiral out of control with devastating effects that would be felt for years to come.

 

Councillor Brook detailed the local context.  South Lakeland had seen an increase of around 40% in the numbers approaching  ...  view the full minutes text for item C/16

C/17

Minutes of Meetings

To receive Chairmen’s comments (if any notified) in respect of the minutes of the Committee meetings held between 13 January and 1 May 2020.

Minutes:

No comments or questions had been received in respect of the minutes of committee meetings held between 13 January and 1 May 2020.

C/18

Questions to Chairman of the Council or Chairman of any Committee or Sub-Committee

To deal with any questions under Rule 10.6 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, of which due notice has been given and/or the Chairman allows as a matter of urgent business and which are in relation to any matter over which the Council has powers or duties or which affect the area.

Minutes:

No questions had been received under Rule 10.6 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure.

C/19

Urgent Decisions pdf icon PDF 359 KB

In accordance with Paragraph 17.3 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules, to receive details of any urgent Executive Decisions taken since the last meeting of Council on 25 February 2020.

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That the details relating to urgent Executive Decisions taken since the last meeting of Council on 25 February 2020 (CEX/100, CEX/104(5) and CEX/117 (2019/20)9)) be received, in accordance with paragraph 17.3 of the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules.

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Emergency Delegated Executive Decisions pdf icon PDF 776 KB

To note the following Emergency Delegated Executive Decisions taken by the Chief Executive between 30 March and 6 May 2020 in accordance with the Leader’s decision noted by Cabinet at CEX/104 (2019/20):-

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Ian Wharton, a District Ward Member for Broughton and Coniston, provided a brief update with regard to Agenda Item No.18(f) and the Emergency Delegated Executive Decision 006 regarding entry of the Farmers Arms, Lowick, onto South Lakeland District Council’s list of successful nominations as Assets of Community Value.

 

RESOLVED – That the Emergency Delegated Executive Decisions taken by the Chief Executive between 30 March and 6 May 2020, in accordance with the Leader’s decision noted by Cabinet at CEX/104 (2019/20), be noted.