Agenda and draft minutes

Lake Administration Committee - Friday, 22 January 2021 10.00 a.m.

Contact: Committee Services 

Link: View the live stream of the meeting here

Items
No. Item

LA/13

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

Following confirmation that the live stream of the meeting had commenced, the Chairman welcomed everyone to the virtual meeting of South Lakeland District Council’s Lake Administration Committee.

 

The Chairman referred to the new Government legislation allowing councils to conduct remote meetings and explained in detail to all taking part. He then invited Members and Co-optees of the Lake Administration Committee to introduce themselves, to advise whether they were taking part by video or audio and to confirm that they were able to see (where practicable) and hear all Members participating in the meeting.  All Members present, including the Chairman himself, having indicated that this was the case, he referred to officers present at the meeting who would introduce themselves when asked to address the meeting.

LA/14

Minutes pdf icon PDF 435 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 2 October 2020 (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 2 October 2020.

LA/15

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 –

 

Councillor Philip Dixon declared a non-pecuniary interest in Minute No.LA/20 Encroachment Application to replace two wooden jetties at the Low Wood Marina, Windermere; and

 

Councillor Roger Bingham declared a non-pecuniary interest in Minute No.LA/20 Encroachment Application to replace two wooden jetties at the Low Wood Marina, Windermere.

LA/16

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:

RESOLVED – That the items in Part II of the Agenda, item LA/23, be dealt with following the exclusion of the press and public.

LA/17

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/18

Progress Report

To consider a verbal update on progress relating to decisions made at previous meetings of the Committee.

Minutes:

The Operational Lead Delivery and Commercial Services provided a verbal update on progress made on decisions taken at previous meetings of the Committee. He informed Members that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic had meant that the work of the Windermere Lake Action Plan Steering Group had been temporarily paused with attention turning to how to recover from the effects of the pandemic. Moreover, he informed the Committee that the Authority is at current undergoing a restructuring and that he expects all new teams to be in post by 31 March 2021. He concluded that he would be reporting to the Committee as soon as work is able to be continued with regards to the Windermere Lake Action Plan.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

LA/19

2021/22 to 2025/26 Draft Budget pdf icon PDF 153 KB

To consider the latest draft budget estimates for Lake Windermere for 2021/22 to 2025/26.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Finance Lead Specialist presented the 2020/21 – 2021/25 Draft Budget which provided Members the opportunity to consider the funding available to deliver Lake Services.

 

The Finance Lead Specialist drew particular attention to the enormous impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Council’s finances and resources. Normal service expenditure is around £20 - 30 million, whereas during the year of 2020, £130 million of grants had been distributed to businesses and individuals. COVID-19 will further cost the Council approximately £2 million on top of government support.

 

RESOLVED – That the latest draft estimates be noted prior to their submission to Council for approval as part of the overall Draft Revenue Budget 2021/22 to 2025/26. 

LA/20

Encroachment Application 1 & 2 Lakeshore Boat Houses, Storrs Park, Windermere pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider an application to replace the existing boathouse and jetties at 1&2 Lake Shore Boathouses  and to replace the boathouse and one replacement wooden jetty at unit two Bellman Landing.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Service Delivery Manager presented a report outlining an application to replace two existing boat houses and three jetties seeing as they are in a dilapidated condition and require replacement. The application provided details of the construction of 1&2 lakeshore boathouse Bellman Landing which will consist of a new boathouse, wet dock and 3 bedroom living accommodation and two replacement traditional wooden jetties with wooden piles. Measuring 46m2 for the boathouse and 123m2 for the two jetties, covering an area of 181.5m2 approximately, with all measurements being subject to a survey upon completion. The report highlighted that the application had had full planning consent by the Lake District National Park Authority and the Environment Agency.

 

RESOLVED – That the Lake Administration Committee delegate the authority to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services to grant permission, subject to the completion of revised private encroachment agreements for the following:

(1)  Installation of a replacement boathouse with living accommodation. To include two wooden jetties and wet dock and 1&2 Bellman Landing;

(2)  Installation of replacement boathouse with day room, wet dock and one wooden jetty at unit 2 Bellman Landing.

LA/21

Encroachment Application to replace two wooden jetties at the Low Wood Marina, Windermere pdf icon PDF 125 KB

To consider an application to replace two wooden jetties at the Water Sports Centre Low Wood.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Note – In the interest of openness and transparency, Councillor Philip Dixon (South Lakeland District Council) declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item of business by virtue of the fact that the Councillor has connections with the applicant.

 

Note – In the interest of openness and transparency, Councillor Roger Bingham (South Lakeland District Council) declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item of business by virtue of the fact that the Councillor has connections with the applicant.

 

The Service Delivery Manager presented a report outlining an application to replace the two wooden jetties at the water sports centre which is situated on the Eastern shore of Windermere. The jetties are to be used to aid the launching and retrieval of sailing boats from the lake. The application provided details of the construction of the two jetties to be a traditional construction with timber piles Jetty (A) measuring 61m2 approximately. Jetty (B) measuring 17.5m2 approximately.  This represents an overall encroachment of 78.5m2. These measurements will be subject to a survey following completion. The report highlighted that the application had had full planning consent by the Lake District National Park Authority and the Environment Agency.

 

RESOLVED – That the Lake Administration Committee delegate the authority to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services to grant permission, subject to the completion of revised commercial encroachment agreement for the following:

(1)   Replace Wooden Jetty (A);

(2)   Replace Wooden Jetty (B).

 

Note – at this point in the proceedings Councillor Philip Dixon and Councillor Roger Bingham were reconnected to the meeting and confirmation was obtained from these Councillors that they were able to hear all Members participating in the meeting.

LA/22

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/23

Update on commercial leases and annual encroachments

To update Members on Commercial Leases and Annual Encroachments.

Minutes:

- Paragraph 1,2,3,5
- Information relating to any individual.  
- Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual. 
- Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)
- Information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.

 

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Solicitor) presented a report which provided Members with an update regarding commercial leases and annual encroachments around the Lake.

 

Members welcomed this positive report.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.