Agenda and minutes
Venue: The Bainbridge Room, The Copeland Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven. CA28 7SJ
Contact: Clive Willoughby Tel: 01946 598328
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from:
Councillors: Graham Calvin, Fred Gleaves, Mike Hawkins, Steven Morgan, Sam Pollen, Carl Walmsley and Eileen Weir.
Officers: Julie Betteridge (Director of Growth and Inclusive Communities).
Declarations of Interest in Agenda Items
There were no declarations of interest made at this point in the meeting.
Consideration was given to the Copeland Local Development Scheme 2019.
In moving the report, which was seconded by Councillor David Moore, Councillor Michael McVeigh advised that the Strategic Planning team was now fully staffed. It was also stated that three workshops had been held, to which all Members had been invited.
During the discussion that followed, Councillor Sam Meteer asked if any previous representations made would be carried forward and was advised that they would. The Chief Executive also stated that a call for additional sites would be made to inform the new planning process.
Councillor Sam Meteer asked if the Strategic Planning Team was now at its full complement and was assured it was.
RESOLVED:- that the Local Development Scheme be approved as the Council’s work programme for producing the new Copeland Local Plan 2017-2035.
Consideration was given to the Local Plan Issues and Options draft.
Councillor Michael McVeigh moved the report, which was seconded by Councillor David Moore.
Councillors then had the opportunity to ask questions on the report.
Councillor Dave Banks stated that the map shown on page 61 of the agenda report was meaningless as the detail was impossible to read. Councillor Andy Pratt then stated that it was clearer when read on the tablet, as the page could be expanded.
Councillor Dave Banks further stated that on page 108 of the agenda report, Sneakyeat Industrial Estate was missing from the list and he would like it included.
Councillor Banks asked if there was any scope for developing land around the West Cumbria Mining site with small units that could support the industry.
With regard to Question N1 on page 116 of the agenda report, Councillor Banks referred to Option 2 – Direct workers moving offsite to Whitehaven, and stated he would like to see them directed to all the main towns, not just Whitehaven.
Councillor Banks stated that the potential of providing indoor market/ business start-up provision was well overdue.
In response, Councillor David Moore stated that this was the start of the process and all comments were welcome.
Councillor Jackie Bowman expressed her thanks to the Strategic Planning team for their hard work and for facilitating the Member’s workshops.
In conclusion, the Chief Executive stated that this is one of the most important strategic documents this Council has and encouraged all Members to contribute to the consultation.
RESOLVED:- that the Local Development Scheme be considered and it be agreed that the Strategic Planning team commence an eight week public consultation on the Issues and Options document.
Consideration was given to the updated Strategic Asset Management Plan, which had been recommended for approval by the Executive at their meeting on
16 September 2019.
The Strategic Asset Management Plan was last updated in October 2013.
Councillor David Moore moved the report, which was seconded by Councillor Andy Pratt.
Councillor Dave Banks was amazed at the number of assets the Council owned and that he had received the details for the Parton area. He asked that a list for each Councillor be provided.
In response, Councillor David Moore suggested that only Councillors who had a good reason for requiring a detailed map should make that request.
Councillor Sam Meteer asked why the 186 Community Assets shown in the table on page 245 of the agenda report was showing a value of £0.
Councillor Moore advised that as these were Community Assets and not for sale, therefore no commercial value had been attached to them.
Councillor Sam Meteer then asked who decided what was a ‘surplus asset’.
In reply, Councillor Moore stated that any decision to dispose of a ‘surplus asset’ would be made by Council.
Councillor Felicity Wilson thanked officers for the report and asked if there was an accurate list of assets, such as works of art, and if those valuations were up to date.
Councillor Moore in response stated that the report was referring to land and property assets and that other assets would be held in a separate list.
The Chief Executive and Head of Financial Resources then provided details of how lists were held of other assets.
In a supplementary question, Councillor Felicity Wilson expressed concern at the number of art works that had been loaned out for long periods and would like a detailed list of those assets.
The Chief Executive asked Members if they were aware of such items, they highlight these to the Officers.
Councillor Sam Meteer noted that on page 260 of the agenda report, Whitegate play area shows as ‘Whitehaven’, should this not be ‘Egremont’?
Councillor Joan Hully referred to page 259 and Cleator Moor Market Square which states ‘includes free parking’ and requested that it be noted that Copeland do not pay for the free parking, this is paid for by Cleator Moor Town Council and Regen.
Councillor Hully then declared an interest due to being a Cleator Moor Town Councillor.
Councillor Brian O’Kane asked for clarification regarding the ownership of Cartgate in Crow Park within the Allotments section.
Councillor Moore confirmed that these were transferred to Whitehaven Town Council.
RESOLVED:- that the updated Strategic Asset Management Plan be approved.
Consideration was given to changes to the Council’s Constitution.
Councillor David Moore moved the report, which was seconded by Mayor Mike Starkie, and stated that the report had already been to the Standards and Ethics Committee for approval.
Councillor Sam Meteer asked for clarification regarding point 2.9.3 on page 287 of the agenda report, was this just Full Council or any committee meeting of the council.
In response, Councillor David Moore confirmed it was any committee meeting of the council.
Councillor Sam Meteer then referred to point 3.10.2 on page 291 of the agenda report and made a suggestion to change the wording to allow children as young as eight to sign a petition if the subject affected that age group directly.
(Note: Councillor John Kane joined the meeting at this point)
Councillor Jackie Bowman stated that there was no mention of training in the document and within point 2.9.9 on page 288, the Mayor should be included.
Councillor Hugh Branney stated that legally age 10 is the age of understaning of what is right and wrong, therefore 10 should be the appropriate age to sign a petition.
Councillor Sam Meteer asked for clarification regarding point 7.4.2 on page 305 of the agenda report and who decides if the Mayor has a ‘need to know’.
Councillor Moore confirmed this would be the Monitoring Officer.
Councillor Sam Meteer referred to Page 339 of the agenda report and suggested that the Nationally Significant Infrastructures Projects Panel be deleted as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects are not dealt with by this Council. He was also stated that ModGov has deleted this panel.
In response, Councillor Moore confirmed that the Nationally Significant Infrastructures Projects Panel still exists, but only sits if a proposal is received under the National Infrastructure Projects. Copeland is not the decision maker but does respond to consultation. The NSIPs Panel is also on ModGov although has not met recently.
a) The proposed layout of the Constitution be approved,
b) the consequential changes made in Part 2 – Articles 2, 9 & 11 and Part 3.10 be noted,
c) The changes proposed in Articles 2, 3, 5, 7 and 13 be approved, and
d) The Director of Corporate Services and Commercial Strategy be granted delegated powers to amend the Constitution accordingly to ensure regulatory compliance and process updates, including revisions for any necessary incidental or consequential changes.
Date and Time of the Next Meeting
The next meeting of Council will be held on Monday 2nd December 2019 at 2.00pm in Cleator Moor Civic Hall and Masonic Centre, Market Square, Cleator Moor. CA25 5AR
The next meeting of Council will be held on Monday 2nd December 2019 at 2:00pm in Cleator Moor Civic Hall and Masonic Centre, Market Square, Cleator Moor. CA25 5AR.