Agenda and minutes

Lake Administration Committee - Friday, 6 October 2017 10.00 a.m.

Venue: The Marchesi Centre, Holly Road, Windermere LA23 2AF. View directions

Contact: Paul Rogers 

Items
No. Item

LA/16

Minutes pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 30 June 2017 (copy attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 30 June 2017.

LA/17

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.

LA/18

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the item in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the item in Part II of the agenda be dealt with following the exclusion of the press and public.

LA/19

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 before the commencement of 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.

LA/20

Progress Report pdf icon PDF 8 KB

To consider an update on progress relating to decisions made at previous meetings of the Committee, as at 27 September 2017.

Minutes:

The Director People and Places presented a report updating Members on progress made on decisions taken at previous meetings of the Committee. He referred to the situation relating to Windermere Management Strategy as outlined in the report, and informed Members that the item on the Agenda relating to Windermere – Lake Action Plan 2017-2022 would update the Committee on the matter.

 

The Director People and Places advised that a meeting of the Lake User Forum had taken place on 25 September 2017 and a copy of the minutes for the meeting would be circulated to Members for information once received. He informed Members that the remit of the User Forum in relation to Lake Action Plan and how the Forum would interact with the Plan together with issues on the Lake had been raised at the meeting and would be discussed further at a meeting of the Forum in early November.

 

With regard to works relating to the shower block at Ferry Nab Boathouse, the Lake and Parking Services Officer advised that work to rectify floor levels together with the installation of new doors would be completed within the next two weeks.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

LA/21

Windermere - Lake Action Plan 2017-2022 pdf icon PDF 321 KB

To consider adopting the Windermere Lake Action Plan 2017-2022.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director People and Places presented a report which requested the Committee to consider adopting the draft Windermere Lake Action Plan 2017-2022. The Plan set out the key new actions to be undertaken to secure and improve the environment of Lake Windermere and land immediately around its shores and improve the community and economic benefits the Lake provided. It was intended that the draft Plan would build on the achievements of the two previous five year Lake Plans.

 

The Director People and Places circulated an updated ‘designed’ final draft version of the Lake Action Plan to Members at the meeting.

 

Appendix 1 to the Agenda report had been revised as follows which was reflected in the final draft version circulated at the meeting:-

 

(i)      a map was included on page 22;

(ii)      minor amendments had been made to paragraph 5.3;

(iii)     the words ‘Figure 1’ had been included in the second paragraph on page 34;

(iv)    a map was included as Map 2 on page 37.

 

The Director People and Places emphasised that the draft Plan would be considered by the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) on 19 October and by Cabinet on 25 October 2017.

 

The Director People and Places informed Members that it was the aim of the Plan to promote partnership and collaborative working and deliver a positive future for the Lake. The Plan recognised that there were other partnerships and strategic plans which guide and facilitate projects and actions which benefit the Lake and surrounding communities and environments. The draft Plan before the Committee did not seek to duplicate or restate the fundamentals of those partnerships and strategic plans. The draft Plan focused on a series of breakthrough actions which were not covered elsewhere and were set out in the Plan. Although the focus and scope of the draft Plan had not been wholly supported by all respondents to the consultation, the Windermere Strategy Working Group had advised that the Plan be presented for adoption as it would focus attention on the resources and delivery of the key actions. The draft Plan had, however, been revised in response to consultation.

 

The Director People and Places emphasised that the draft Plan set out a series of breakthrough actions which would develop various schemes for future consideration. Bids for resources would need to be made at that time. He drew attention to the suggestion in the report that an Action Plan Delivery group be established and would include Lake users and other group representatives to coordinate actions and other initiatives. It was proposed to establish a Member Steering Group comprising representatives from LDNPA and Lake Administration Committee to oversee and review the Action Plan. The Steering Group would evolve from the Windermere Management Strategy Working Group.

 

Several Members felt that the draft Plan was clear and straight forward and commended the draft Plan.

 

Councillor Sue Sanderson, Chairman of the Committee, informed Members that to deliver the actions proposed in the draft Plan would require collaborative  ...  view the full minutes text for item LA/21

LA/22

Lake Windermere Fees and Charges 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 171 KB

To consider proposals for Fees and Charges relating to Windermere Lake and the Lake Wardens from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Community and Leisure Manager presented a report which requested the Committee to consider proposals for Fees and Charges relating to Windermere Lake from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

 

RESOLVED – That the Fees and Charges as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, be approved.

LA/23

Press and Public

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12 A of the Act as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 by virtue of the paragraphs indicated.

LA/24

Update on Commercial Leases and Encroachments

To update Members about commercial leases and annual encroachments around the Lake and the current position in relation to debt recovery actions.

Minutes:

The Solicitor to the Council presented a report which provided Members with an update about commercial leases and annual encroachments around the Lake and the current position in relation to debt recovery actions. Progress on debt recovery had been maintained and significant reductions had been made since the previous report. She would be reporting to the next Committee meeting with regard to longer term encroachment agreements.

 

Several Members expressed their thanks to the legal team for its work in achieving the substantial reduction in outstanding debts.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

LA/25

Re-Admission of Press and Public

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the press and public be re-admitted to the meeting.