Agenda and minutes

Lake Administration Committee - Friday, 29 June 2018 2.00 p.m.

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

Contact: Committee Services 

Items
No. Item

LA/1

Chairman

To elect a Chairman of the Committee for the ensuing year.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That Councillor David Williams be elected as Chairman of the Committee for the ensuing year.

LA/2

Vice-Chairman

To elect a Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the ensuing year.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That Councillor Matt Brereton be elected as Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the ensuing year.

LA/3

Minutes pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 13 April 2018 (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 13 April 2018.

LA/4

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 were raised.

LA/5

Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 238 KB

(a)  To note the following Terms of Reference for the Lake Administration Committee in accordance with the Council’s Constitution:-

 

“The functions of the Council in relation to the management of land at Lake Windermere pursuant to an agreement dated 1 April 1975 between the Council, Windermere Parish Council and Lakes Parish Council as set out in Regulations 2(10) of the Functions Regulations.”

 

(b)  To note the Agreement for the Constitution of the Lake Administration Committee as agreed in 1975 (copy attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Terms of Reference and the Agreement for the Constitution of the Lake Administration Committee be noted.

LA/6

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/7

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.

LA/8

Windermere Lake Users Forum pdf icon PDF 36 KB

To receive a report from the Chair of the Lakes Users Forum.

Minutes:

A report had been submitted by Carole Shaw, the Chairman of the Windermere Lake User Forum (WLUF). The report outlined the forum’s concerns that the new Lake Action Plan for Windermere no longer recognised WLUF as a partner, advised that there was a possibility of an association of lake users coming into being and expressed concern for the future co-ordination of management of the lake. The Director People and Places informed Members that the Lake Action Plan recognised the importance of involvement and engagement of stakeholders and was moving towards a broader engagement. He concluded by stating that the Plan was focused and demonstrated a link to the wider strategy and programme in the area.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be received.

LA/9

Progress Report pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To consider an update on progress relating to decisions made at previous meetings of the Committee, as at 15 June 2018.

Minutes:

The Director People and Places presented a report updating Members on progress made on decisions taken at previous meetings of the Committee, with particular focus on the developments regarding the Windermere Lake Action Plan. He informed Members that in late July 2018 there would be a meeting of the Steering Group which would consider the delivery of the Windermere Lake Action Plan.

 

Members agreed that the site visit to Ferry Nab, which had taken place prior to the Committee meeting, had been very useful and thanked Officers for arranging the visit.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

LA/10

Appointments to Outside Bodies 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To consider annual reports from Members appointed to serve on outside bodies during 2017/18 and to nominate representatives to serve on outside bodies for the forthcoming year, 2018/19.

Minutes:

The Solicitor to the Council introduced a report which requested nominations for Members to act as representatives to the Windermere Lake Action Plan Steering Group. Members were informed that the membership of the Steering Group would comprise Members of the Lake Administration Committee and would include two South Lakeland District Council Members and one Member each from Lakes Parish Council and Windermere Town Council.

 

RESOLVED – That the following representatives be appointed to serve on the Windermere Lake Action Plan Steering Group for the forthcoming year:-

 

·         Councillor Gill Gardner (South Lakeland District Council);

·         Councillor Andrew Butcher (South Lakeland District Council);

·         Councillor Leslie Johnson (Lakes Parish Council); and

·         Councillor Jennifer Borer (Windermere Town Council).

LA/11

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/12

Update on Commercial Leases and Annual Encroachments

To update Members on commercial leases and annual encroachments.

Minutes:

The Solicitor to the Council presented a report which provided Members with an update regarding commercial leases and annual encroachments around the Lake and the current position in relation to debt recovery actions. She explained that work continued on resolution of debts and informed Members that a report on the proposal for longer term encroachment agreements would be presented at the next Committee meeting. In addition the Solicitor to the Council further proposed that the reporting period for Update on Commercial Leases and Annual Encroachments be reduced to six monthly.

 

Members expressed their thanks to the Legal Team and the former Task and Finish Group for their work in achieving the continued reduction in outstanding debts.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the report be noted; and

 

(2)        the reporting period of the Update on Commercial Leases and Annual Encroachments be reduced to six monthly.

LA/13

Re-Admission of Press and Public

Minutes:

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