To receive any announcements from the Leader.
The Leader reminded Members that, at its meeting on 5 February 2020, the Cabinet had expressed full support for the Ulverston Business Improvement District (BID) renewal. He took the opportunity to inform Members that he had recently been advised that, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the BID renewal had been rescheduled. The Council Officer, which was the Director of Customer and Commercial Services, and the Ballot Holder, which was the Operational Lead Support Services, had confirmed the new timetable with Civica Election Services and the Ulverston BID company. The ballot would now take place between Thursday, 24 September, and Monday, 22 October 2020, with the result due to be announced by 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 23 October 2020. The current Ulverston Business Improvement District five year term, originally from 3 September 2015 to 2 September 2020, had been extended to 23 October 2020 (the ballot result day) under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 - Section 79. The Leader suggested that any queries should be directed to either the Director of Customer and Commercial Services or to the Operational Lead Support Services.
The Leader next informed Members that, for purely personal reasons, Councillor Eric Morrell would, following this meeting, be stepping down from his role as Portfolio Holder for Customer and Commercial Services and People. Councillor Morrell had taken up this role in May 2019, following the end of his term as Chairman of the Council. During this time, Councillor Morrell had overseen a number of large areas of work, including on the Customer Connect Programme, frontline services, work leading to the adoption of the Council’s Parks and Open Spaces Strategy, the introduction of the Public Spaces Protection Order, as well as the Customer Strategy which appeared as an item later on in the Agenda for this meeting. The Leader thanked Councillor Morrell for his hard work and dedication during his time as a Cabinet Member – he has been an excellent community leader and portfolio holder. The Leader informed Members that he had asked Councillor Philip Dixon, and that he had agreed, to take up the role of Customer and Commercial Services and People Portfolio Holder with effect from the end of this meeting. The Leader understood that Councillor Dixon might be observing the live stream of the meeting and took the opportunity to welcome him back, in advance, to Cabinet. Council would be informed of the changes at the meeting on 30 June.
The Leader finally took the opportunity, on behalf of Cabinet, to thank Council officers for the excellent work carried out following the onset of COVID-19. The work covered many areas, including housing the homeless, payments of grants and re-opening town centres, and, following the Government announcement on the previous day, there was more to be done. The Leader further thanked Members for their collaboration and collegiality during the emergency. He closed, referring to the hard hit economy of Cumbria and South Lakeland, and to the work being carried out to address this by the Council, the Economy, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder and the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership. He also highlighted the fact that a meeting was due to be held on the following day between Cumbria Leaders and the Northern Powerhouse Minister, Simon Clarke, to discuss the economic revival of the area.