Agenda and minutes

Housing and Communities Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 25th January, 2018 6.45 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Penrith

Items
No. Item

HCc/32/1/18

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Thompson.

HCc/33/1/18

Minutes

To sign the minutes HCc/21/11/17 to HCc/31/11/17 of the meeting of this Committee held on 23 November 2017 as a correct record of those proceedings (copies previously circulated).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes HCc/21/11/17 to HCc/31/11/17 of the meeting of this Committee held on 23 November 2017 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record of the proceedings.

HCc/34/1/18

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of the existence and nature of any private interests, both disclosable pecuniary and any other registrable interests, in any matter to be considered or being considered.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Clark made a personal explanation in respect of the Portfolio Holder’s update as she was a member of the Castle Park Working Group.

 

Councillor Temple made a personal explanation in respect of the Portfolio Holder’s update as he was a member of the Castle Park Working Group.

HCc/35/1/18

Portfolio Holder Update pdf icon PDF 178 KB

To receive a verbal update and ask questions of the Communities Portfolio Holder (portfolio plan attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from and asked questions of the Communities Portfolio Holder. The following points were made during the presentation:

 

·         An update was given on the progress of the Castle Park Heritage Lottery Fund bid. Heritage Lottery Fund have removed the Parks for People fund which was aimed at refurbishment of parks, so from this point onwards any applications should be made to the main Heritage Lottery Fund, which will lead to more competition for funds. The new application must be submitted by 15 March 2018.

·         Members of the Committee raised concerns that Castle Park’s tennis courts would not form part of the bid for Heritage Lottery Funding. The Leisure and Communities Manager clarified that any funding to upgrade the tennis courts would need to come from an other organisation such as Sport England, and that two separate bids for funding could not be progressed at the same time.

·         A total of eight villages had expressed an interest in being involved with the Community Outreach Pilot Scheme (Active Fit 4 All), with the final villages selected being Shap and Dufton. Greenwich Leisure Limited are providing back-up staffing for the scheme. The Leisure and Communities Manager would like to expand the scheme, to enable other fitness opportunities such as Walk for Health schemes to be established, but funding challenges mean that the success of the current scheme needs to be evaluated before it can expand.

·         Members queried what progress had been made regarding Penrith Football Club. The Communities Portfolio Holder explained that although the Football Club is a tenant of the Council the operation of the club is not the responsibility of Eden District Council, however the Club continues to have issues with the building. The Council has and continues to provide advice and support to the Club. The football pitch itself is now at a standard as required within the terms of the lease.

·         There had been 18 applications for the next tranche of money for the Eden Community Fund.

·         The Communities Portfolio Holder was now Eden District Council’s representative on the North Cumbria Community Safety Partnership.

 

RESOLVED that the presentation be noted (a copy of the presentation is attached as Appendix 1 to these minutes).

 

The Communities Portfolio Holder and the Leisure and Communities Manager left the meeting at 7.38pm.

HCc/36/1/18

Scrutiny Coordinating Board Update

To receive a verbal update from the Chairman.

Minutes:

The Vice-Chairman provided a verbal update on the work of the Scrutiny Co-ordinating Board and it was RESOLVED that the update be noted.

HCc/37/1/18

Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee Report

To receive a verbal update from Councillor V Taylor.

Minutes:

The Committee received a verbal update from Councillor Taylor in relation to the Cumbria Health Scrutiny Committee. Concern was raised over the lack of progress by Cumbria County Council regarding care homes within the County.

 

RESOLVED that a letter be written by Councillor Taylor on behalf of the Committee, expressing the Committee’s concerns regarding care home provision within the County, and that the update be noted,

HCc/38/1/18

Housing and Community Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To consider the attached report of Chairman of the Committee

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered report G8/18 of the Chairman of the Committee which set out the current and possible future agenda items for the Housing and Communities Scrutiny Committee.

 

After consultation with the Health and Housing Services Manager, it was recommended that the best way forward regarding member input into the Housing Supplementary Planning Document would be to set up a small working group made up of members from the Housing and Communities Scrutiny Committee, to work directly with the Housing team. The Health and Housing Services Manager would inform officers when work was due to commence on this document.

 

RESOLVED that the work plan be noted.

HCc/39/1/18

Any Other Items which the Chairman decides are urgent

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business from the Chairman at this meeting.

HCc/40/1/18

Date of Next Scheduled Meeting

22 March 2018

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Committee was confirmed as 22 March 2018.