Decisions

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Decisions published

25/03/2020 - Award of Lease for Braithwaite Fold Caravan Park ref: 4300    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 25/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/03/2020

Effective from: 04/04/2020

Decision:

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the heads of terms of lease be approved, initially for 25 years, for the future operation of the Braithwaite Fold Caravan site;

 

(2)        the contract be awarded to the successful bidder as identified in the Part II Appendix 2 to the report; and

 

(3)        the terms of the lease be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services in conjunction with the Finance Lead Specialist (Section 151 Officer) and the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer).

 

Reasons for Decision

 

To assist in the delivery of the Council Plan – Economy and Culture – Encouraging a sustainable environment and inclusive economy.  The current operator has helped grow the site, attracting more visitors to the area, in turn encouraging secondary spend with neighbouring stakeholders.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

To re-tender the management agreement to see if other suppliers would be interested in running the site on behalf of the Council. This has been discounted as it is felt that the current tendering portal covers a wide area and therefore it is unlikely to bring about a different result.

 

For the Council to run the site in house. Due to the required recruitment process, it is not felt that this is an appropriate alternative option.

 

To dispose of the land. This is not felt to be a suitable option due to the lost revenue the Council would incur through sale of the land.


25/03/2020 - Reconfiguration of South Lakeland House and Kendal Town Hall ref: 4301    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 25/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/03/2020

Effective from: 04/04/2020

Decision:

Summary

 

The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder raised the issue of the Coronavirus emergency which clearly had the potential to disrupt the implementation of the project, however, still urged that the recommendation be approved.  The Council would need to work closely with the successful contractor regarding Government advice on health and safety at work, as well as any constraints imposed upon them and in the light of constraints.

 

The Leader thanked the Operational Lead for Delivery and Commercial Services and all officers who had worked on the Scheme.  He was delighted that the projected was moving ahead.

 

The Labour Group Leader supported the proposal and, in addition to points already raised, drew attention to the resulting benefits for residents.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the contract for construction works to reconfigure and refurbish South Lakeland House and Kendal Town Hall be awarded to the recommended contractor as identified in the Part II Appendix 1 to the report;

 

(2)        authority be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services and to the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) to enter into, on behalf of the Council, an appropriate contract with the successful tenderer for the construction works; and

 

(3)        the appointment of Lambert Smith Hampton and sub-consultants through the Bloom procurement framework to project manage the scheme within the agreed budget be approved and authority delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services and to the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) to enter into the appropriate contracts.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

Investment in South Lakeland House and Kendal Town Hall will:-

 

·         provide office space to support the Council’s Customer Connect Programme;

·         create new modern town centre offices for other businesses;

·         provide a MintWorks2 for new Small and Medium sized Enterprises;

·         deliver much needed refurbishment of Kendal Town Hall;

·         provide much improved working facilities for all employees, both SLDC and KTC;

·         provide disabled access to all areas of SLDC offices;

·         enable a joint reception area in the front of the Town Hall;

·         open up more meeting room space for community groups; and

·         generate income and reduce ongoing maintenance costs for the Council.

 

In addition, the decision will assist in the delivery of the Council Plan priorities, as follows:-

 

Economy –

 

·         Engagement with the private sector and public sector partners will be central to the Council’s approach to helping grow and develop the economy.

·         We will when opportunities present themselves make best use of our property portfolio to support economic growth, through the use of our current and future asset base.

·         Through our economic development strategy we will continue to build on our traditional strengths, and pioneer new industries that make the most of our place. We will promote new ways of working so that businesses can compete and reach their potential whilst enjoying everything that is special about living in South Lakeland.

 

Environment –

 

·         We will reduce the Council’s carbon emissions by reducing our energy use through the efficient management of our land and buildings and be an exemplar to others.

·         We will support Cumbria County Council and local partners with their strategies for active travel.

 

South Lakeland District Council need to ensure we are adequately equipped to provide the best, most cost effective service for the communities we serve.  This will be met through a skilled workforce, ensuring that the staff have the ability to work efficiently working with more digital skill and a more flexible co-ordinated approach.  The places project will help the Council equip its staff to put the Customer at the heart of everything we do.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

·         Continue with the current position and do nothing – this is not recommended when considering the significant cost to maintain the building, the inefficient use of space, the loss of opportunity to refurbish the Town Hall and the economic benefits to the area.  This would still require significant additional expenditure to be added to a future capital programme to maintain South Lakeland House and Kendal Town Hall in an acceptable condition.  Following the emerging discussions on devolution and combined authorities, whilst doing nothing may be an option for those reasons, it is still reasonable to proceed with the scheme whilst those discussions continue to take place, as any options would require a base in the centre of Kendal and we would be best placed to provide office accommodation for any new Council structure brought forward and proposed.  If, in future, South Lakeland House was not required, the space occupied by the Council could be split into smaller units at little cost to accommodate more small and medium sized enterprises. 

 

·         A shared public sector hub option, co-locating with the County Council and Lake District National Park Authority on the County Hall site was fully explored but ruled out on cost grounds. Concern was also raised at the time with potential use of the South Lakeland House site with no obvious or viable use found for the site.

 

·         Undertake the work over a longer phased approach. This has been dismissed because of the increased cost that a longer phased approach would incur.  It would be difficult to manage contractually, and cause greater disruption for the organisation and the Council would be unable to benefit from the proposed income which would, therefore, make the scheme unviable.


25/03/2020 - Non Attendance at Council meetings - Approval of reason for non-attendance ref: 4304    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 25/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/03/2020

Effective from: 25/03/2020

Decision:

Summary

 

The Council’s Monitoring Officer introduced the report.  Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972 provided that councillors who had not attended a meeting in any six-month period since their last attendance automatically ceased to be a Member of the Council.  The Act provided that this automatically applied, unless the failure to attend was a reason approved by Council.

 

The reason was updated to add the wording “, or who could not meet the attendance requirements due to the Council’s decision to follow Government advice by deferring or cancelling meetings.”

 

Cabinet was, therefore, being asked to approve the updated reasons for non-attendance during the declared pandemic.  For the health reason to apply and for it to be recorded, councillors would be requested to contact the Monitoring Officer.  In the event that councillors did not contact the Monitoring Officer providing this reason, normal rules would continue to apply.  For the reason of cancellation or deferral of meetings to apply, this would be a matter of record and apply automatically.

 

The Monitoring Officer explained that an emergency non-executive decision process was also being put into place.

 

It was clarified that the report had been sent to all Party Leaders and no comments had been made.  Consultation had been after publication of the report.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the updated reasons for non-attendance at meetings in any six month period during the declared pandemic outlined at paragraph 3.2 to the report be approved, namely, during the declared pandemic, any councillors who are unable to attend Council meetings having followed Government, Public Health England and NHS advice relating to COVID-19, or who could not meet the attendance requirements due to the Council’s decision to follow Government advice by deferring or cancelling meetings, will have an approved reason for non-attendance at Council meetings; and

 

(2)        all Members who find themselves in this situation and who are unable to attend Council meetings having followed Government, Public Health England and NHS advice relating to COVID-19 be requested to inform the Monitoring Officer as and when this occurs (for the reason of cancellation or deferral of meeting to apply, this will be a matter of record and apply automatically).

 

Reasons for Decision

 

Those councillors who have not attended a meeting in any six month period since the last attendance at a meeting will have an approved Council reason for non-attendance and will not automatically cease to be a Member of the Council.

 

Councillors assist the Council in the discharge of its functions and in decision-making.  The Council’s decision-making processes help it to achieve the aims and objectives of the Council’s priorities.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

To continue to apply Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972.  However, non-attendance may be on receipt of professional advice, or due to cancellation or deferral of meetings, and it would seem unfair in these circumstances for the rules of non-attendance to apply with automatic cessation of the role of councillor.


25/03/2020 - Emergency Executive Decision-Making ref: 4303    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 25/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/03/2020

Effective from: 25/03/2020

Decision:

Summary

 

The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder asked Cabinet to support his decision to delegate to the Chief Executive any decision which was related to the COVID 19 Global pandemic emergency, or that was urgent or that would be necessary or expedient, or which would otherwise protect the Council’s interests.  This delegation of powers would be in consultation with the Leader of the Council and relevant Portfolio Holder.

 

Note – All Executive powers vests in the Leader as the “Senior Executive Member” under Section 9E of the Local Government Act 2000, and the Leader can authorise any executive member or officer to take decisions at any time.

 

In relation to Resolution (5) below, the Constitution stated that the call-in procedure should not apply where a decision being taken by the Cabinet was urgent and any delay likely to be caused by the call-in process would, for example, seriously prejudice the Council’s or the public’s interests.  In accordance with paragraph 16(j) of the Constitution, the Head of Paid Service had agreed that the decision proposed was reasonable in all the circumstances and for it to be treated as a matter of urgency and that the call-in process should be waived.

 

The Leader of the Labour Group expressed strong support for the measures being taken.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        Cabinet supports the Leader’s decision to delegate to the Chief Executive any executive decision in this COVID 19 Global pandemic emergency or that is urgent or that would be necessary or expedient, or which would otherwise protect the Council’s interests, including key decisions (this would be in consultation with the Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder);

 

(2)        Cabinet notes the Leader’s decision and agrees that in the event that the Chief Executive is not available that this responsibility will be delegated to such persons whom the Chief Executive has authorised in writing;

 

(3)        Cabinet notes the Leader’s decision and agrees that in the event that the Leader is not available that this responsibility to be consulted will be delegated to the Deputy Leader or such other Portfolio Holder whom the Leader has authorised in writing;

 

(4)        Cabinet agrees that the relevant Director (or appointed Deputy) has the authority to award contract awards up to the value of £100,000 following consultation with relevant Portfolio Holder, Section 151 Officer and Monitoring Officer (all other contract awards will be addressed by the delegation at Resolution (1) above); and

 

(5)        Cabinet agrees to the establishment of a COVID 19 grant scheme with an allocated budget of £95,000 for those assisting with supporting the most vulnerable during this pandemic. Cabinet delegates the criteria and process for administering the fund to the Chief Executive.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The decision will ensure that the Council continues to be flexible with decision-making and continue to deliver the Council’s priorities at an unprecedented time.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

Retain Leader and Cabinet decision-making without providing further options to delegate decision-making with the potential for Members to attend the Council’s offices to take decisions and risk infection despite social distancing measures.  There is the potential for the Council’s reputation to be damaged in the event that decisions cannot be made swiftly.


25/03/2020 - Parking subsidy agreement for Buxton Place Car Park, Ulverston ref: 4302    For Determination

Agreement with Ulverston BID and Ulverston Town Council to subsidise parking within Buxton Place Car Park.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 25/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 27/03/2020

Effective from: 04/04/2020

Decision:

Summary

 

The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder presented the report informing Members that the Council had been approached in November 2019 by Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID, and asked to consider a subsidised parking scheme where the Town Council and BID would jointly subsidise the parking within Buxton Place Car Park.  The principle behind this was that they wanted to encourage dwell time of visitors and shoppers to the town.

 

The proposed subsidised parking scheme comprised of new parking rates of £0.50 for one hour and £1.00 for two hours, with Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID paying the difference between the new rate and original rate (‘the Scheme’).  Therefore, Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID would subsidise the reduced parking rates at a cost of £0.70 for one hour and £1.20 for two hours.

 

The Council currently had a reduced rate car parking tariff in Stockbridge Lane Car Park within Ulverston which offered parking all day for £1.00.  The proposed Scheme for Buxton Place was to encourage shoppers to come into Ulverston following the opening of a new Marks and Spencer’s store and an Aldi store.

 

Following a review of the car parking tickets sold in Buxton Place Car Park in the 2018/2019 financial year, it was reasonable to assume the number of ticket sales as an accurate base data to agree the subsidy required.  In 2018/2019, there had been 28,828 one hour duration tickets sold and 12,701 two hour duration tickets sold.  An annual subsidy payment of £35,420.80 from Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID would be made and fixed payment for the first 12 months proposed. 

 

There was potential that users from other car parks would move to Buxton Place Car Park from those at Brewery Street or Theatre Street.  This was, therefore, a risk to the Council, with a fixed payment to be agreed for the first 12 months but, equally, this scheme would hopefully bring additional cars to the Town and, therefore, compensating for any potential loss in revenue.

 

There would also be an option within the legal Agreement for both parties to review the Agreement after 12 months, with a break clause and possibility to renegotiate the subsidy.  This ensured that the Agreement continued only where the Scheme was deemed to be a success for the first 12 months.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the proposal for subsidised parking at Buxton Place Car Park, Ulverston, be approved; and

 

(2)        authority be delegated to the Director of Customer and Commercial Services and the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) to prepare and enter into an appropriate agreement for subsidised parking at Buxton Place Car Park, Ulverston, and to prepare the required Traffic Regulation Order.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

To assist in the delivery of the Council Plan – Economy and Culture – Developing town centres which are attractive and accessible for living, working, culture and leisure.  This project is a pilot project to determine if cheaper parking in Ulverston will protect Town Centre shops and businesses from a drop in footfall from the newly opened out of town supermarkets.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

Refuse to enter into an agreement with Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID and keep the parking rates at status quo. This is not recommended as the Council prides itself on working with Town and Parish Councils and remains very committed to the localism agenda.  The Council understands that Ulverston Town Council and Ulverston BID have the support from Ulverston Town Centre users and BID levy payers for the Proposal to be taken forward.

Wards affected: Ulverston East; Ulverston West;


18/03/2020 - Introduction of Public Space Protection Order for Staveley with Ings Parish Council ref: 4298    For Determination

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 18/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 20/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

Decision:

Summary

 

The Customer and Commercial Services and People Portfolio Holder presented a report seeking the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) on Parish Council-owned land at Staveley Playground.  The PSPO would focus on the control of dogs.  A consultation process had established that there was support to introduce a PSPO for dog control.

 

The Customer and Commercial Services and People Portfolio Holder drew attention to an earlier decision made by Cabinet on 11 September 2019 (CEX/44 (2019/20) refers) regarding the introduction of PSPOs in several locations, including Staveley-with-Ings.  That report had, however, contained an error resulting in the decision at CEX/44 approving the introduction of a dog exclusion restriction in relation to Staveley Playground as opposed to an intended dogs on lead restriction.

 

The Legal Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring) outlined amended wording for Recommendation (2).

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That the following be approved:-

 

(1)        the introduction of a PSPO in a defined area on Parish Council-owned land for a dogs on lead restriction at Staveley Playground; and

 

(2)        the deletion of reference to a dog exclusion restriction at Staveley Playground within the PSPO approved at Resolution (1) of CEX/44 of the meeting of Cabinet held on 11 September 2019.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

The introduction of a PSPO links directly to the Well Being and Environment elements of the Council Plan and delivers under Work across boundaries, Creating balanced communities, Sustainable environment.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

The alternative option would be to not introduce a new PSPO, however, the consultation responses have established that this restriction is wanted and required.  Therefore, not to introduce a new PSPO is not a recommended option.

Lead officer: Nicola Metcalfe


18/03/2020 - Cross-a-Moor Roundabout ref: 4299    For Determination

Recommendation to the cabinet that Highways England Growth and Housing Fund (GHF) £3.050,000 will be included within the Council Budget for 2019/20 and 2020/21 and to prevent the fund being lost.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 18/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 20/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

Decision:

Summary

 

The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder introduced the report which explained that the South Lakeland Local Plan had allocated a range of significant housing sites in South Ulverston.  Planning applications had started to come forward and construction had begun on one site, with developer commitment to deliver on others.  There remained, however, a significant capacity constraint at the junction of the A590/Pennington Lane/Main Road (Cross-a-Moor junction), and a new roundabout was required.

 

The Cross-a-Moor junction improvement project would enable the construction of a new roundabout, delivered by Highways England, unlocking private sector investment and the development of !,062 new homes at Swarthmoor, Ulverston.

 

The funding secured so far consisted of a grant of £3,050,000 from Highways England Growth and Housing Fund, £1.735m through Section 106 developer contributions and £300,000 from South Lakeland District Council (included in the Capital Programme last approved by Council on 25 February 2020).

 

A tripartite legal agreement for the scheme between Highways England, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council (as accountable body on behalf of Cumbria Local Economic Enterprise) had been prepared, but had not yet been finalised due to the requirement for final works costs to be agreed between all parties and for any gaps in funding to be addressed.

 

Approval was sought for the transfer of the remaining amount of Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund Grant - £2,878,357 – by the end of March 2020 and for this to be held in a separate account by the Council until the scheme progressed.  The Council would retain the interest on the monies held.  The final scheme costs were still required to be agreed and finalised and the Council was not committing to fund any further financial contributions by signing this agreement.

 

The Finance and Resources Portfolio Holder explained that the Council would make it clear that it was not the Lead Authority and that it had no additional responsibilities arising from this decision.

 

The Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder, in support of the recommendation, stated this was a significant decision of great importance.  There was a need for this development.  It would contribute to the Council priorities and facilitate economic growth and increase the potential for housing within the area.  All to accord with its Local Plan priorities.  In highlighting the alternative option that funding would be lost and the scheme would not be delivered, he supported the proposal.  The Council was stepping forward and taking the responsibility and he considered it to be a very important decision.

 

Note – The proposal met the definition of a key decision in the Council’s Constitution as it would incur income above £100,000.  Due to the matter having just arisen, it had not been possible for the proposal to be included in a Forward Plan at least 28 clear days before the decision was to be made.  In accordance with paragraph 15 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules in Part 4 of the Constitution, the Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s had been informed that the taking of the decision was urgent and could not reasonably be deferred because of the need to secure the funding allocated by Highways England.

 

In addition, the Constitution stated that the call-in procedure should not apply where a decision being taken by the Cabinet was urgent and any delay likely to be caused by the call-in process would, for example, seriously prejudice the Council’s or the public’s interests.  In accordance with paragraph 16(j) of the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules within Part 4 of the Constitution, the Chairman of the Council had been consulted and had agreed that the decision proposed was reasonable in all the circumstances and for it to be treated as a matter of urgency and that the call-in process should be waived.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the remaining grant amount of £2,878,357 be accepted from Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund;

 

(2)        the Growth and Housing Fund monies be released back to the project owner (Highways England) for the delivery of the improvements when notice is served by Highways England; and

 

(3)        authority be delegated to the Section 151 Officer to sign the letter accepting the monies and repayment terms.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

This is a financial decision which assists in the funding of Cross-a-Moor junction improvement which will ensure delivery of over 1,000 dwellings in south Ulverston on sites allocated in the adopted Local Plan.  It will, thus, assist in the Council’s priority for delivering housing, affordable house and economic growth.  The scheme is, therefore, significant for the delivery of the Council Plan and the delivery of around 20% of planned housing provision in the Local Plan to 2025.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

Do not approve the recommendation – The amount of £2,878,357 would be lost, as it is a requirement of this grant funding that the money has been transferred out of Highways England’s accounts by 31 March 2020.  There is no alternative partner to accept the GHF grant and this would leave the project with a significant deficit and a high risk of non-delivery.  If the scheme does not proceed, it will reduce both the amount of housing that can be delivered in the south of Ulverston and the growth potential in the area in the next Local Plan review.  Reduced housing development will also reduce affordable housing provision, reduce wider benefits for economic growth and reduce income from Council Tax, New Homes Bonus and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Wards affected: Ulverston East; Ulverston West;

Lead officer: Anna Brisley, Matthew Williams


18/03/2020 - Carbon Reduction Target and Green Team Update ref: 4297    For Determination

The Council declared a Climate Emergency in February 2019 and adopted a Climate Change Policy. This report updates members on work being carried out at County Level to advise on targets, seeks the adoption of carbon reduction targets for SLDC as an organisation and for Cumbria as a whole and updates members on the more immediate carbon reduction work through the Climate Change Action Plan being undertaken by the Green Team.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 18/03/2020 - Cabinet

Decision published: 20/03/2020

Effective from: 18/03/2020

Decision:

Summary

 

The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder referred to South Lakeland District Council having declared a Climate Emergency in February 2019.  At the same time, it had adopted a Climate Change Policy setting out a strategic approach to reducing the Carbon footprint both of the District Council and of the District as a whole.  An Action Plan had been prepared containing a series of measures to guide implementation of the Policy.  At the same time, three series of climate conversations had been held and the feedback from these had fed into various iterations of the Action Plan.

 

The Council Plan adopted in December 2019 set a strategic priority of meeting the challenge of Climate Change as well as a number of actions, details of which were included in the report and outlined under “Reasons for Decision” below.

 

In March 2019, the Council, along with all other Cumbrian authorities and the National Parks, had adopted the Cumbria Public Health Strategy.  That Strategy included a key aim of becoming a “carbon neutral” county and to mitigate the likely impact of existing climate change.

 

In response to the above, the Director of Public Health had convened a Climate Change Working Group on which were represented all Cumbrian Local Authorities and National Park Authorities, representatives of the business community, environmental groups and statutory undertakers.  That group had been tasked with identifying a deliverable carbon reduction target for the County and priority actions for delivery.

 

The Climate Change working group had commissioned a study to identify the County’s current carbon footprint and recommend appropriate targets. This report was still being finalised.  Early indications were, however, that, if a consumption based approach was adopted, which looked not just at emissions from energy consumption but also at embedded emissions in goods purchased and food consumed by residents and visitors, a 2030 target was unachievable for the County as a whole.  A 2037 target was ambitious but achievable and targets of 2040 and 2045 would be more achievable, but harder to justify in terms of meeting national targets and addressing the issue with sufficient urgency.

 

Meeting the 2037 target would require major technological change, behavioural change, land-use change and resource for delivery, much of which would be outside the direct influence of South Lakeland District Council.  Meeting the target would require very substantial reductions in the use of gas, oil and solid fuel heating, electricity to be substantially decarbonised, substantial increases in carbon absorption through land management, major improvements to energy efficiency in buildings, and the phasing out of petrol and diesel vehicles.

 

In setting a carbon target, there were issues which needed to be scoped out.  South Lakeland and Cumbria could have little influence on emissions from through traffic on the M6.  Similarly, the footprint of international air travel for visitors to Cumbria was difficult to attribute or quantify directly.

 

The engagement of local and national partners would  be critical.  Much remained to be done to understand the full implications of meeting the target and to influence Government and other partners to play their part in making sure it was achieved.  Nonetheless, a clear stance by South Lakeland District Council would help to add impetus and influence other partners.  On balance, it was felt that the adoption of a 2037 target struck the right balance between making a real impact on the problem, being deliverable and driving the necessary immediate action.

 

At the same time as this strategic work had been undertaken, SLDC had developed an Action Plan looking at the measures it could implement directly to address its own carbon footprint and to influence others in the short to medium term.  The full Action Plan was attached as Appendix 1 to the report.  From what had already been achieved, it was felt that South Lakeland District Council as an organisation could achieve production based carbon neutrality by 2030.

 

The Leader read out a submission from the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder who stated that we were living in extraordinary times and it was becoming increasingly clear that the time for ‘business as usual’ was over. This Council recognised this urgency.  She pointed out that the way in which climate was changing was serious and unprecedented.  The Council understood the measures required and challenges faced in mitigating this change.  Doing a little was not enough and the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder said that, quite simply, we owed it to our children, grandchildren and our great grand children to do what we could.  The vision for Cumbria - a clean, green, carbon neutral Cumbria, was something good, an ambition to be endorsed, and it was now necessary for all to work together boldly to achieve as much as possible within this next decade, in ways not done before.  Making the right steps now and engaging with the right partners would make a difference.  This was why, as described in 3.3 of the report, the Council had been working collaboratively to identify a deliverable carbon reduction target for Cumbria.  She said that this Council had a proven record of working with others in a positive, proactive manner.  This was why it had commissioned, along with County and Districts, the Carbon Baseline for Cumbria Draft Report, and this report now recommended that Cumbria could become carbon neutral by 2037.  There was no disputing the seriousness of this target and getting there was going to take some willpower and stamina.  It meant radical changes in behaviour.  The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder said that, as a district Council, we looked to 2030 as a target for areas under our control.  This was a call to action - both for us, our officers, and the communities we served and live in.  However, she was sure all would agree with him that ‘thinking globally, acting locally’, had to be at the centre of everything the Council did - its plans and policies.  The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder wanted this Council to lead the way, to do all it could to inform, influence, and implement ideas and actions, schemes and strategies, plans and ambitions, working alongside businesses and communities in South Lakeland.  She highlighted the recommendations contained within the report which spoke plainly about our ambitions here at South Lakeland and more broadly working with County and encouraged Members to approve them.

 

The Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder agreed with the sentiments of the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder.  He fully endorsed the comments made and the need for an aggressive target.

 

Decision

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        Council be recommended to amend its Climate Change Policy to:-

 

(a)        commit the Council as an organisation to be seeking to achieve net carbon neutrality by 2030; and

 

(b)       support a Cumbria wide target of Carbon Neutrality by 2037 and to take the necessary steps within its powers and resources to achieve this; and

 

(2)        progress on the Climate Change Action Plan be noted.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

To assist in the delivery of the Council Plan adopted in December 2019 which sets a strategic priority of meeting the challenge of Climate Change as well as the following actions:-

 

           working with partners to develop energy saving and energy efficiency initiatives;

           providing energy advice and additional support to households at risk of fuel poverty;

           implementing the Cumbria Public Health Strategy;

           promoting environmental technologies and the green economy;

           working to achieve a carbon neutral South Lakeland;

           promoting sustainable and active transport including cycling and walking;

           conserving and enhancing the biodiversity of the District; and

           phasing out the use of single-use plastics.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

The Council could choose not to adopt a climate change target, or to adopt a later date to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 or 2045.

 

Clearly there is a global risk in failing to address the challenges of Climate Change in increased severe weather events and flooding, increased refugee flows, competition for water resources, impacts on food production and many others.  The actions South Lakeland takes must be seen in the context of global solutions to a global problem.  However the global issue will only be addressed if local communities, local authorities, County and sub-regional bodies and national Governments take ownership of it.  South Lakeland’s actions, whilst they may have limited impacts in themselves, help to build resolve and influence others.  Non-adoption of a target or adoption of later targets would reduce the impetus for action locally.

Lead officer: Hannah Girvan


12/03/2020 - Asset of Community Value - Castle Inn, Kendal ref: 4296    For Determination

To consider a nomination to list Castle Inn, Castle Street, Kendal as an asset of community value.

Decision Maker: Delegated Executive Decisions

Made at meeting: 12/03/2020 - Delegated Executive Decisions

Decision published: 13/03/2020

Effective from: 24/03/2020

Decision:

(Director of Customer and Commercial Services)

 

Summary

 

Consideration was given to a nomination from an unincorporated body to enter the Castle Inn, Castle Street, Kendal onto South Lakeland District Council’s list of Assets of Community Value. Castle Inn Kendal Open for the Future (CIKOFF) nominated the asset and were set up specifically for this purpose.

 

The nomination stated that the Castle Inn had been a small but important part of Kendal’s social fabric since the early 1700’s with its main, non-ancillary use being a public house. The group stated that up until its closure, the Castle Inn remained a thriving and important part of the community in this area of the town and that due to its location, the public house acted as a popular place for residents and people visiting the Castle Street Centre to meet. CIKOFF believe that very little work would need to be done for the pub to reopen and begin operating due to the renovations to the building following Storm Desmond in 2015. CIKOFF had taken advice from the Plunkett Foundation, specialists in community pub start-ups, giving the group access to advice and other resources going forward.

 

It was considered that the Castle Inn met the criteria necessary to be accepted as an asset of community value. The evidence provided indicates that in the recent past the use of the building as a public house, furthered the social wellbeing of the local community who could use it as a meeting place and to socialise. It was clear that this nomination was in the spirit of the legislation that gave communities the right to nominate assets.

 

Decision

 

The Castle Inn, Castle Street, Kendal be entered onto South Lakeland District Council’s list of successful nominations of Assets of Community Value.

 

Reasons for Decision

 

Assets of Community Value relate to the Council Plan’s key priority ‘Health and Environment’ which improves quality of life by working with communities to reduce isolation and loneliness.

 

The nomination empowers customers and communities to achieve the Council’s visions and values.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

 

As the nominated asset meets the requirement for listing as an Asset of Community Value, to decline the nomination would be in contravention of the legislation.

Wards affected: Kendal Town;

Lead officer: Tom Dugdale