Agenda and minutes

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No. Item

C 19/41

Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from:


Councillors Fred Gleaves, Tom Higgins, Sam Meteer and Carl Walmsley.


Officers: Sarah Pemberton (Director of Corporate Services and Commercial Strategy (Monitoring Officer)), Clive Willoughby (Democratic Services Officer).


C 19/42

Declarations of Interest in Agenda Items


No declarations of interest were made.


C 19/43

Exclusion of Press and Public


RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded for the following item of business in view of likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


C 19/44

Cumbria Coastal Activities Centre - Request To Act As Accountable Body


Before introducing the report, Mayor Mike Starkie welcomed Celia McKenzie, the Chief Executive of the Harbour Commission, to the meeting and thanked her for joining us.


Mayor Mike Starkie introduced the report recommending that Council acts as an accountable body on behalf of Whitehaven Harbour Commission for the Cumbria Coastal Activities Centre project.


The report was seconded by Councillor David Moore.


During the consideration of this item members asked for further details and clarification on the following points:-


·         Was there to be a financial burden on the Council – not as the accountable body, which includes a provision for the reimbursement of officer time.

·         Was there to be any impact on services provided by the Beacon – the project would be complimentary to the Beacon and they are included in constant communication to ensure no negative impact.

·         Was there to be an impact on the Miner’s Memorial – the memorial will be moved to a new, more suitable, location.

·         Was the weather considered when the slipway was designed – the slipway was prepared by expert Maritime designers and the weather was considered.

·         Was the liability of the building for the Whitehaven Harbour Commission and the running of the building for a community interest company – that is a correct summary for the liability and running of the building.

·         Was there to be any repercussions for the Council should the project overrun – the terms and conditions that Copeland will sign ensure that there was no additional liability and are a key part of considerations.

·         Was there to be disabled access to both the building and the activities – yes, it is a coastal community centre for everyone, regardless of ability.

·         Was there to be any governance from the Council in running the project –this is a Harbour Commission project, we will remain close, but not be on the Board.

·         Was there to be a councillor appointed to the interest group – not at the moment. We are focusing on the initial stages of the project, with a member of staff on the advisory group.

·         Was there to be any alternative energy sources considered for the project - the heating of the premises and the water used in the facility will come from a water source heat pump within the inner harbour. Solar and wind were investigated but neither were a financially feasible option.

·         Was there to be any plans regarding tackling environmental issues included in the project – a Sea Bin was installed in April which was a success and over the next 18 months another six will be installed to remove particulate pollution. An active eye is also being kept on heavy metal pollution.

·         Was there to be any collaboration with youth groups – currently in discussion with the Harbour Youth Project, Britain’s Energy Coast’s (BEC) Young Professionals, the Sea Cadets and a new member of the Harbour Commissioner’s staff who will work with young people.

·         Was there to be any plans to consider changing the Harbour into a  ...  view the full minutes text for item C 19/44


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