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Decisions published

21/06/2021 - Application to licence a Hackney Carriage Vehicle contrary to Vehicle Age Limit Policy ref: 4571    For Determination

Application to licence a Hackney Carriage Vehicle
contrary to Vehicle Age Limit Policy

Decision Maker: Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 21/06/2021 - Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committee

Decision published: 20/07/2021

Effective from: 21/06/2021

Decision:

The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) presented a report asking the Sub-Committee to consider an application for the renewal of a Hackney Carriage vehicle licence contrary to the vehicle age limit policy. He drew Members’ attention especially to the impact that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic had had on the Applicant’s trade.

 

The Applicant presented their case.

 

The Applicant answered questions raised by Sub-Committee Members and the Principal Specialist (Health and Environment).

 

The Applicant summarised their case.

 

The Applicant presented the vehicle to Members, one person at a time.

 

The Sub-Committee, supported by the Legal, Governance and Democracy Specialist (Monitoring Officer) then withdrew to consider the application.

 

The meeting was reconvened at 14.23 p.m. and the Legal, Governance and Democracy Specialist (Monitoring Officer) communicated the Sub-Committee’s decision.

 

The Sub-Committee having heard the facts of the case, having reviewed the personal references and heard the representations made by the Applicant, having carefully considered the circumstances of the application and the SLDC Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy –

 

RESOLVED – That the application to licence a Hackney Carriage Vehicle contrary to the Vehicle Age Limit Policy be granted for the vehicle bearing the registration mark BK59 UFW. The evidence presented to Members at the hearing and documents contained within the report showed that:

 

a. The Applicant’s vehicle already undergoes a four-monthly MOT tests in accordance with the Council’s Policy due to the vehicle being over 8 years old;

 

b. The Applicant’s vehicle was last MOT tested on 10th March 2021 which passed without any identifiable problems;

 

 c. The Applicant’s Hackney Carriage Inspection for the vehicle, attached at Appendix 1 of the report, did not identify any problems;

 

d. The Engineers report and inspection, which was conducted on 10th March 2021, did not identify any problem;

 

e. The Applicant’s vehicle is said to be compliant with the parameters set by ‘Euro 4 (EC2005) (please note we have moved to Euro 6);

 

f. Members are satisfied with the explanation and reasons provided by the Applicant for wanting to extend the Hackney Carriage Vehicle Licence for a further one year. Namely, that the Applicant is a professional driver whose sole source of income is from working as a Hackney Carriage driver. That the Applicant has been affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic which has led to less passenger footfall from Oxenholme Train Station, thus affecting the Applicant’s finances;

 

g. Members are satisfied with the current state of the vehicle in light of the evidence before them; and

 h. This application is Applicant’s second extension request beyond the Council’s Ten Years Age Limit for Hackney Carriage Vehicle.

 

The Committee wish to raise with the Applicant the Euro 6 requirements.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Rowland Wilson


21/06/2021 - Application to licence a Private Hire Vehicle contrary to Vehicle Age Limit Policy ref: 4570    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 21/06/2021 - Licensing Regulatory Sub-Committee

Decision published: 20/07/2021

Effective from: 21/06/2021

Decision:

The Principal Specialist (Health and Environment) presented a report asking the Sub-Committee to consider an application for the grant of a Private Vehicle Hire Licence, explaining that, if granted, this would require the Council to dispense with the current vehicle age limit policy, as the vehicle in question was more than five years old and was not a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

 

The Applicant presented their case, noting that there has been much interest in Vintage Lakeland Tours, which he hoped to offer with the granting of the Private Vehicle Hire Licence.

 

The Applicant answered questions raised by Sub-Committee Members and the Principal Specialist (Health and Environment).

 

The Applicant presented the vehicle to Members, one person at a time.

The Sub-Committee, supported by the Legal, Governance and Democracy Specialist (Monitoring Officer) then withdrew to consider the application.

 

The meeting was reconvened at 11.41 a.m. and the Legal, Governance and Democracy Specialist (Monitoring Officer) communicated the Sub-Committee’s decision.

 

The Sub-Committee having heard the facts of the case, having reviewed the personal references and heard the representations made by the Applicant, having carefully considered the circumstances of the application and the SLDC Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy –

 

RESOLVED – That: -

(1)   the application to licence a Hackney Carriage Vehicle contrary to the Vehicle Age Limit Policy be refused for the vehicle bearing the registration mark YW 7340. For the reasons outlined below; and

(2)  the application for an exemption from the requirements to display private hire plates and signage because of the nature of the vehicle and signage is refused for the vehicle bearing the registration mark YW 7340. The Sub Committee decision on the first application being refused this application is also refused there being no licence approved.

 

Reasons for Decisions:

 

Application to licence a Private Hire Vehicle contrary to the Vehicle age policy.

 

The Sub Committee considered the report and appendices presented to the Committee, the representations from the applicant Mr Heaps and all responses to questions asked by the Sub Committee members. The Sub Committee also were taken round the vehicle by the applicant. 

 

The Sub Committee having considered the provisions of The Local Government ( Miscellaneous Provisions ) Act 1976 and all other relevant Legislation and the Councils Policies made the following decision:

 

That the application is REFUSED as the Sub Committee were not satisfied that the issuing of the licence would be safe under Section 48 (a) ( iv) of the Local Government ( Miscellaneous Provisions ) Act 1976.

 

Firstly due to the absence of seat belts in the vehicle for passengers, this was considered to be a safety risk to passengers and further the applicant had not adequately considered child passengers and arrangements for their safety.

 

Secondly the absence of a break test report.

 

Thirdly the absence of hazard warning lights.

 

The Sub Committee also noted the absence also of an up to date V5.


19/05/2021 - Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972 - Dispensations ref: 4569    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) informed Members that due to the impact of social distancing regulations and the expiry of legislation that allowed virtual meetings, a reduced attendance had been agreed for the Annual Meeting of the Council. She added that as a number of Members had been impacted by this, the Council had approved a blanket dispensation for members for non-attendance at the Council meeting on 19 May 2021 due to safety reasons and following Covid guidance.

 

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) highlighted that the proposed dispensation meant that Members who had been impacted by the agreed non-attendance at the Annual Meeting, the six month period for non-attendance under Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972 commenced the day after this Council meeting, i.e. on 20 May 2021.

 

Councillor Philip Dixon moved that the report be received and was seconded by Councillor Tom Harvey.

 

It was unanimously

 

RESOLVED – That a blanket dispensation for members for whom it had been agreed will not be in attendance, the six month period to begin on the day after the meeting i.e. 20 May 2021 be approved.


19/05/2021 - Discharge of Executive Functions ref: 4557    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

RESOLVED – That the report from the Leader on the Scheme of Delegation for the discharge of the Executive functions of the Council, circulated at the meeting and published on the Council’s Website, be received.


19/05/2021 - Appointment of Deputy Leader and Members of the Cabinet ref: 4556    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

Further to C/7a above, the new Leader, Councillor Jonathan Brook, confirmed details of those Members appointed to Cabinet and their relevant Portfolios.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)   It be noted that the Leader has confirmed the following Cabinet portfolios and appointments:-

 

(a)   Councillor Robin Ashcroft – Economy, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder;

 

(b)   Councillor Jonathan Brook – Promoting South Lakeland and Innovation Portfolio Holder;

 

(c)   Councillor Helen Chaffey – Housing Portfolio Holder;

 

(d)   Councillor Phillip Dixon – Customer and Locality Services Portfolio Holder;

 

(e)   Councillor Andrew Jarvis – Finance and Assets Portfolio Holder;

 

(f)     Councillor Dyan Jones – Climate Action and Biodiversity Portfolio Holder; and

 

(g)   Councillor Suzie Pye – Health, Wellbeing and Poverty Alleviation Portfolio Holder; and

 

(2)   It be noted that the Leader has appointed Councillor Andrew Jarvis as Deputy Leader.


19/05/2021 - Leader, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Appointments and Discharge of Executive Functions ref: 4554    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021


19/05/2021 - Representation on Outside Bodies 2021/22 ref: 4568    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

Further to EX/017 (2006/07), Council was asked to consider appointments to/appoint representatives to serve on outside bodies.

 

It was proposed and seconded that Councillor Pete McSweeney be re-appointed to the Cumbria Police and Crime Panel.

 

It was proposed and seconded that together with the Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Jarvis be appointed as the Council’s representative on the Local Government Association General Assembly.

 

It was proposed and seconded, that Councillor Rachael Hogg be re-appointed as the Council’s representative to North West Local Authorities Employers’ Organisation, with Councillor Phillip Dixon to be re-appointed as the Council’s substitute on the Organisation.

 

It was proposed and seconded that Councillor Robin Ashcroft be re-appointed as the Council’s representative on the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Management Board.

 

The current terms of appointment for the Members of the Council on both the Lake District (two places) and Yorkshire Dales (one place) Parks Authorities had not yet expired.

 

Voting having been taken, it was subsequently

 

RESOLVED – That appointments to/appointment of representatives to serve on outside bodies for 2021/22 (or for terms otherwise stated) be made as follows:-

 

(1)  Cumbria Police and Crime Panel – Councillor Pete McSweeney;

 

(2)    Local Government Association General Assembly – Councillor Jonathan Brook (Leader of the Council) and Councillor Andrew Jarvis

 

(3)  North West Local Authorities Employers’ Organisation – Councillor Rachael Hogg, with Councillor Phillip Dixon as substitute Member; and

 

(4)  Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Management Board – Councillor Robin Ashcroft.


19/05/2021 - Political Balance, Allocation of Committee Places, Appointment of Chairs and Vice-Chairs and Scheme of Delegation ref: 4559    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, Council gave consideration to the political balance of the Council and to the committees and size of committees for the forthcoming year.  Prior to the commencement of the meeting, Members had been provided with a revised copy of Appendix 2 to the report (Size and Seats to be allocated to Political Groups on Committees), in addition to proposed committee memberships lists as agreed with the Group Leaders.

 

Members had formed into three groups for the purpose of allocating committee places.  The groups and their number of Members were as follows:–

 

Liberal Democrat – 33 Members

Conservative – 14 Members

Labour – 3 Members

 

In addition there was one Green Party Member on the Council.

 

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) to the Council asked Council to approve the list of the committee allocations, proportional to the Council membership, together with the nominations to each Committee as circulated at the meeting.  Nominations received for Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen to each Committee had also been circulated at the meeting. Nominations to the County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, taken from the proposed membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, had also been included.

 

Councillor Jonathan Brook, seconded by Councillor Andrew Jarvis, moved recommendations (1) to (7), (9) and (10) as set out within the report.

 

With regard to recommendation (8) and the appointment of chairmen and vice-chairmen to committees, Councillor Jonathan Brook, seconded by Councillor Andrew Jarvis, moved the Liberal Democrat Group nominations as circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting, namely:-

 

Committee

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Audit

Stephen Coleman

Tracy Coward

Human Resources

Rachael Hogg

Janet Willis

Licensing/Licensing Regulatory

Helen Ladhams

Alvin Finch

Overview and Scrutiny

Vicky Hughes

Doug Rathbone

Planning

Pete McSweeney

Malcolm Lamb

Standards

Chris Hogg

Matt Severn

 

Councillor Tom Harvey, seconded by Jeanette Jenkinson, moved the Conservative Group nominations as circulated prior to the meeting, namely:-

 

Committee

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Audit

Kevin Lancaster

Kevin Lancaster

Human Resources

Pat Bell

Pat Bell

Licensing/Licensing Regulatory

Kevin Holmes

Kevin Holmes

Overview and Scrutiny

Janette Jenkinson

Janette Jenkinson

Planning

John Holmes

John Holmes

Standards

Tom Harvey

Tom Harvey

 

The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) clarified that the Conservative Group nominations for each committee showed the same Member for both Chairman and Vice-Chairman and explained that, should the Liberal Democrat nomination for Chairman be carried, then the Conservative Group nomination would become the nominee for Vice-Chairman.

 

With regard to recommendation (10) and the appointment of a representative and a substitute, from the membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to Cumbria County Council’s Health and Scrutiny Committee, Councillor Jonathan Brook, seconded by Councillor Mark Wilson, moved the Liberal Democrat Group nominations as circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting, namely Councillor Vicky Hughes (representative) and Councillor Ali Jama (substitute).

 

Following a vote, it was subsequently

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)  the political balance of the Council as set out in the report at paragraph 3.2 and Appendix 1 to the report, be noted;

 

(2)  the committees, and Terms of Reference for those committees, as detailed in Table 2, Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution, be approved for the forthcoming municipal year;

 

(3)  the delegation of Council functions and Proper Officer appointments be confirmed, as set out in Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution;

 

(4)  the size of the committees and the seats of each committee to political groups be approved and allocated in accordance with the table set out below:-

 

Liberal Democrat

Conservative

Labour

Green Party Member

Committees (64 places)

41

18

4

1

Audit (6)

4

2

0

0

Human Resources (9)

6

2

1

0

Licensing Regulatory (15)

10

4

1

0

Overview and Scrutiny 13)

8

4

1

0

Planning (14)

8

4

1

1

Standards (7)

4

2

1

0

 

(5)  seats on those committees which are not subject to political balance rules be allocated in accordance with Appendix 2 to the report;

 

(6)  seats on those committees that are not subject to political balance rules be allocated as set out below:-

 

 

Liberal Democrat

Conservative

Labour

Green Party Member

Committees (31 places)

20

9

2

0

Lake Administration (24 Members in total  16 District Councillors)

10

5

1

0

Licensing (15)

10

4

1

0

 

(7)  nominations of councillors to serve on each committee, which were circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting be received;

 

(8)  consideration be given to the appointment of chairmen and vice-chairmen of the committees listed in the documents circulated prior to the commencement of the meeting;

 

(9)  the delegation of executive functions, as confirmed by the Leader and set out in Part 3(4) of the Council’s Constitution, be noted; and

 

(10)                consideration be given to the appointment of a representative and a substitute, from the membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, to Cumbria County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee for the forthcoming year.


19/05/2021 - Annual Reports from Representatives on Outside Bodies 2020/21 ref: 4567    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

Further to Minute EX/015 (2006/07), annual reports for 2020/21 from Council representatives on outside bodies which had been submitted for inclusion on the agenda were presented.

 

Members thanked those who had submitted annual reports adding that the reports received provided a comprehensive picture of the outside bodies.

 

Councillor Jeanette Jenkinson informed Members that she was proud that the Council encourages towns to join the Business Improvement District Scheme (BID) and requested that the Economy, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder write to the outgoing Chairman and Treasurer to thank them for their outstanding service.

 

Councillor Thom Harvey added that it was good to see a comprehensive set of reports providing details on outside bodies.

 

RESOLVED – That the annual reports for 2020/21 from Council representatives on outside bodies be received.


19/05/2021 - Annual Report of Standards Committee 2020/2021 ref: 4563    For Determination

Standards Committee Annual Report 2020-21

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

Council considered the Annual Report of the Standards Committee for the municipal year 2020/21, which was presented by Councillor Matt Severn, the Chairman of the Committee. He thanked the Independent Person, Members of the Committee and officers for their work throughout a challenging period. Councillor Severn thanked Parish Councillors of the district for their service and added that he felt that South Lakeland District Council offered a high level of standards and again thanked officers for delivering an impressive service.

 

It was unanimously

 

RESOLVED – That the 2020/21 Standards Annual Report be received.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Linda Fisher


19/05/2021 - Draft Calendar of Meetings 2021/22 ref: 4560    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

The Council gave consideration to the draft Calendar of Meetings for the period May 2021 to July 2022.

 

RESOLVED – That, subject to the alterations highlighted at the meeting and outlined above being, made the Council’s Calendar of Meetings covering the period May 2021 to July 2022 be approved.


19/05/2021 - Shadow Executive ref: 4558    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

Councillor Tom Harvey, Leader of the Conservative Group expressed his thanks to Councillors Coleman, Archibald and Wilson for their exemplary service and welcomed Councillors Brook, McSweeney and Webster to their new roles. Councillor Harvey advised that the Portfolio titles of the appointed Shadow Executive, would be confirmed following the Annual Meeting of the Council.

 

Further to Minute C/8 (2019/20), the Chairman reiterated the invitation for the new Leader of the Labour Group to attend Cabinet meetings in a shadow capacity.

 

RESOLVED - That the following appointments to the Shadow Executive be noted:-

 

·        Councillor Pat Bell;

·        Councillor Roger Bingham;

·        Councillor Tom Harvey;

·        Councillor John Holmes;

·        Councillor Kevin Holmes;

·        Councillor Helen Irving; and

·       Councillor Jeanette Jenkinson.


19/05/2021 - Vice-Chairman ref: 4553    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

It was proposed by Councillor Jonathan Brook and seconded by Councillor Jarvis that Councillor Matt Severn be appointed Vice-Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

 

Following a vote, it was

 

RESOLVED – That Councillor Matt Severn be appointed Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.


19/05/2021 - Chairman ref: 4552    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

The outgoing Chairman, Councillor Stephen Coleman, presided over the election of the Chairman of the Council for the ensuing Council year.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Jonathan Brook and seconded by Councillor Andrew Jarvis that Councillor Pete McSweeney be elected Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.

 

The outgoing Chairman, Councillor Stephen Coleman paid his respects to former Councillor Avril Dobson who had recently passed away.

 

Councillor Coleman thanked officers and Members for their assistance and support throughout his time as Chairman of the Council.

 

Following a vote, it was

 

RESOLVED – That Councillor Pete McSweeney be elected Chairman of the Council for the ensuing year.


19/05/2021 - Appointment of the Leader of the Council ref: 4555    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

It was proposed by Councillor Archibald and seconded by Councillor Jarvis that the constitution be amended at Part 4.1 (1.1).

 

Following a vote, it was

 

RESOLVED – That the constitution be amended to provide at Part 4.1 (1.1) (f) as follows to replace the existing wording “elect the Leader (in the year which the current Leader’s term of office expires) with “elects a Leader if so required”. To insert the following, a new Part 2 7.12 “The election of a Leader will take place at the Annual or Ordinary Council Meeting”.

 

Further to Minute C/057 (2010/11), the Council was asked to appoint a Leader of the Council, pursuant to Article 7.03 of the Council’s Constitution, for the balance of his or her term of office as a Councillor in accordance with Part 2 Article 7.08 of the Constitution.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Giles Archibald and seconded by Councillor Andrew Jarvis that Councillor Jonathan Brook be appointed Leader of the Council.

 

Following a vote, it was

 

RESOLVED – That Councillor Jonathan Brook, be elected as Leader of the Council for the balance of his term of office as a Councillor in accordance with Part 2 Article 7.08 of the Constitution.


19/05/2021 - Review of Local Code of Governance ref: 4564    For Determination

This report is presented to update the Council’s Local Code of Governance to ensure the Council's systems of internal control are effective.

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

Council considered the Review of Local Code of Governance, which was presented by Councillor Stephen Coleman, the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He reminded Members of the importance of carrying out this review and highlighted minor changes set out in the report.

 

Councillor Coleman moved that the report be received and was seconded by Councillor Matt Severn.

 

It was unanimously

 

RESOLVED – that the review of the Local Code of Governance is received and the proposed changes set out in the Appendix 1 to the report are approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Helen Smith


19/05/2021 - Chair of the Audit Committee's Annual Report 2020/21 ref: 4562    For Determination

To summarise the activities of the Audit Committee during the 2020/21 Council year.

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

The Annual Report from the Audit Committee, which summarised the activities of the Committee during 2020/21, was presented by Councillor Stephen Coleman the Chairman of the Committee.

 

Councillor Coleman informed Council that the Committee continued to provide robust challenge with regard to the Council’s activities and thanked the Finance Team for their hard work to keep the Audit Committee working effectively.

 

Councillor Coleman moved that the report be received and was seconded by Councillor Severn

 

It was unanimously

 

RESOLVED – That the 2020/21 Audit Committee Annual Report be received.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Helen Smith


19/05/2021 - Scrutiny Annual Report 2019-21 ref: 4565    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

The Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Councillor Vicky Hughes, presented the Scrutiny Annual Report 2019-2021. The report was required by the Council’s Constitution, and provided an opportunity for the Committee to demonstrate the work that it had undertaken during the past year, and to outline the work planned for 2021/22.

 

Councillor Hughes moved that the report be received and was seconded by Councillor Chaffey.

 

It was unanimously

 

RESOLVED – That the Scrutiny Annual Report 2019-21 be received.

Lead officer: Rachel Ireland, Linda Fisher


19/05/2021 - Annual Review of the Call-In and Urgency Provisions 2019-21 ref: 4566    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

In accordance with paragraph 16 (j)(ii) of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules, a report on the operation of the provisions relating to call-in and urgency during the municipal year 2020/21 was presented to Council by Councillor Vicky Hughes, chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

Councillor Hughes reported that the urgency procedure had been used 19 times in the previous twelve months, with all reports being taken to Cabinet and Council and were distributed to all Members.

 

Councillor Hughes moved the recommendation contained within the report and was seconded by Councillor David Webster.

 

It was unanimously

 

RESOLVED – That the contents of the 2020/21 Annual Review of the Constitution’s Call-in and Urgency Provisions be noted.

Lead officer: Linda Fisher, Rachel Ireland


19/05/2021 - Annual Report 2020/21 ref: 4561    For Determination

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 19/05/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 19/05/2021

Decision:

The Annual Report detailed the Council’s significant projects and achievements over the last 12 months. The Report reflected the Council Plan priorities and looked back at the Organisation’s successes and achievements from 2020/21, whilst showing a future plan of how the Council would work together to make South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore. Once approved by Council it would be published on the Council’s website with links to the Council Plan.

 

In moving that the report be received, the Leader, Councillor Jonathan Brook, thanked the Chief Executive and Officers for their work over the past year, also recognising the work carried out by Cabinet Members, both present and past. In seconding the motion, Councillor Giles Archibald echoed the Leaders’ thanks to officers.

 

RESOLVED – that the Annual Report 2020/21 be approved.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Dan Hudson


20/05/2021 - Public Space Protection Orders ref: 4545    For Determination

Decision Maker: Delegated Executive Decisions

Made at meeting: 20/05/2021 - Delegated Executive Decisions

Decision published: 13/07/2021

Effective from: 21/07/2021

Decision:

(Director of Customer and Commercial Services)

 

Summary

 

Consideration was given to the approval for the reinstatement of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) focused on the control of dogs. These PSPOs had been in force since 1st March 2018 and lasted for a period of 3 years. A consultation process supported the view that these orders should be renewed and added that amendments to the existing PSPOs were required. Additionally, a new Order was proposed to prevent the use of barbeques and the lighting of bonfires on SLDC Parks and Open Spaces.

 

The report noted that enforcement of the PSPOs was to be focused on prevention through awareness using leaflets, signs and targeted enforcement in hot spots with the support of Locality Officers, community groups and Community Police Officers. The report further noted exemptions to the PSPOs which included but were not limited to people registered as blind under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948.

 

The PSPO review was consulted on with an online questionnaire which was advertised from 12 January 2021 to 09 March 2021. Due to Covid restrictions SLDC were unable to carry out any face to face activities.

 

Decision

 

(1) To approve the reinstatement of a PSPO in defined areas across the district which are identified in Appendix 1 for the following restrictions:-

·        Fouling of land by dogs restriction

·        Dogs on lead by direction restriction

·        Dogs on lead restriction

·        Dog exclusion restriction

·        Number of dogs walked by an individual restriction, limited to five dogs.

·        Dogs on leads restriction in Rothay Park Children’s Playground.

 

(2) To approve a new PSPO for the following areas:-

·        Dog exclusion on a Sports Pitch where no other facilities are available. This includes:

o   Jubilee Fields Kendal

o   Wattsfield, Kendal

o   Netherfield, Kendal

o   Dean Gibson, Kendal

·        Dog exclusion on the paddock at Maryfell, Sedbergh.

·        Dogs on leads restriction when crossing Kendal Golf course.

·        Dogs on leads at the car park at Jubilee Fields Endmoor.

·        Dogs exclusion on Jubilee Playing Fields Endmoor.

·        Barbeques and Bonfires are not permitted on SLDC owned Parks and Open Spaces

o   Rayrigg Meadow, Windermere

o   The Glebe, Bowness

o   Lightburn Park, Ulverston

o   Nobles Rest, Kendal

o   Abbot Hall, Kendal

o   Borrans Park, Ambleside

 

(3) To approve that subject to review if all requirements are satisfied a PSPO can be extended for a further three years.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The PSPOs ensured that South Lakeland was a better place to live, work and explore by looking after the environment for all to enjoy and considering health implications of dog fouling in parks and open spaces.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

The report stated that the consultation responses had established that these restrictions were required and not making them was not a recommended option.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Polly Straker