Agenda and minutes

Inner North East Community Committee - Monday, 7th December, 2015 6.30 pm

Venue: The Community Hub, Ground Floor, The Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3EX

Contact: Helen Gray 0113 247 4355  Informal Workshop to be held after the formal business meeting has concluded

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Chairs Opening Remarks


The Chair welcomed all present to the meeting and brief introductions were made.



Appeals Against Refusal of Inspection of Documents

To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules (in the event of an Appeal the press and public will be excluded).


(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance Services at least 24 hours before the meeting).


There were no appeals against the refusal of inspection of documents



Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public

1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.


2  To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.


3  If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-

   RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as follows:-


The agenda contained no exempt information



Late Items

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration


(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)


No formal late items of business were added to the agenda however a schedule containing a précis of the Wellbeing grant applications was tabled at the meeting for ease of reference (minute 43 refers)



Declarations of Disclosable Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-18 of the Members’ Code of Conduct


No declarations of disclosable interests were made



Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence


No apologies for absence were received.



Open Forum

In accordance with Paragraphs 4:16 and 4:17 of the Community Committee Procedure Rules, at the discretion of the Chair a period of up to 10 minutes may be allocated at each ordinary meeting for members of the public to make representations or to ask questions on matters within the terms of reference of the Community Committee. This period of time may be extended at the discretion of the Chair. No member of the public shall speak for more than three minutes in the Open Forum, except by permission of the Chair.


No matters were raised under the Open Forum.



Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held 21st September 2015


RESOLVED - That, subject to the amendment of minute 33 to delete the second sentence, the minutes of the previous meeting held 21st September 2015 be agreed as a correct record



Matters Arising

To note any matters arising from the minutes


There were no matters arising.



Wellbeing Budget report pdf icon PDF 309 KB

To consider the report of the East North East Area Leader setting out the Inner North East Community Committee Wellbeing budget, including details of any new projects for consideration


Additional documents:


Lee Griffiths, Area Officer, presented a report providing an update on the current budget position and any decisions taken under delegated authority. The report also sought consideration of applications for funding from the Inner North East Community Committee (CC).


A schedule of the comments made by the Members Wellbeing Advisory Groups on the applications received was tabled at the meeting.


a)  To note the current balances for 2015/16 and the spend to date against these budgets

b)  To note the delegated decisions made in relation to Wellbeing applications since the last meeting of the Inner North East Community Committee on the 21st September 2015 as follows:



Amount Awarded

Youth Activity Fund

Bonfire Night Extravaganza

Deen Project


Chapel Allerton ward budget

Chapeltown Flower Planter

Chapeltown Festive Market

Chapel Allerton Festive Lights

Roundhay ward budget

Roundhay ward Festive Lights

Moortown ward budget

New Grit bin/refills 














c)  That, having considered the Wellbeing Advisory Group’s recommendations and the applications submitted, the following be approved:


Amount Awarded

Moortown Ward budget

Moortown Community Garden


Chapel Allerton Ward Budget

Reginald Centre LCD Screen


Youth Activity Fund

Zest in the Community

Craft For Kids 

Chapeltown Community Activity Week

Meanwood Friday Night Club & Activity Week

Prince Phillip Activity Week

RJC – Booster Ballet Sessions and Dance Camp

Grand Ambitions















DEFER for further discussion



Community Committee Update Report pdf icon PDF 316 KB

To consider the report of the East North East Area Leader which provides an update on the work programme of Inner North East Community Committee, its recent successes and current challenges

Additional documents:


Lee Griffiths, Area Officer, presented a report which provided an update on the work programme of the Inner North East CC, its recent success and challenges. The report also outlined the main issues discussed by the Member advisory sub groups and the progress of the Neighbourhood Improvement Partnerships.


A copy of the Performance Management Framework was included within the report along with information on recent community events, communications and social media and the challenges and opportunities ahead. The CC Champions also addressed the meeting providing additional information on work undertaken in their specific portfolios


The following local issues were raised:

·  The progress of the development of the proposed Queenshill local Improvement Partnership

·  The roll out of 20mph zones in the area due to planned school expansions and associated highways works

·  Acknowledgement of the work undertaken by the friends of Allerton Fields group

·  Events held on the theme of domestic violence awareness since the last meeting and discussion on the use of the funds set aside by the CC to support local activities raising awareness of domestic violence in each ward

·  The work undertaken by the 3rd Sector to create a local bespoke Directory since the workshop on social isolation

·  Future European funding opportunities aimed at supporting the local economy and helping people into work. It was noted that GIPSIL was leading the expression of interest for Leeds’ bid. The role of the third sector and partners to support the bid was emphasised.

·  Recognition of the areas’ arts and culture heritage and the opportunities for the locality to be involved in Leeds' City of Culture 2023 bid. It was agreed that a report would be brought to a future meeting considering how the Inner North East locality could benefit, host and support the bid

RESOLVED - To note the contents of the Update report and the comments made by Members



East North East Employment and Skills Plan 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 336 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Communities & Partnerships (Employment and Skills) which provides a summary of the East North East Employment and Skills Plan outcomes for 2014/15. The report also describes the revised structure of the East North East Employment and Skills Board and Plan for 2015/16 based on local employment and skills intelligence.



The Head of Communities and Partnerships, Employment & Skills, submitted a report which provided an update on the progress of the work of the ENE Employment & Skills Board in 2014/15 for the ENE area as a whole and specific to the Inner North East locality. The report also set out the revised structure of the Board and ENE Employment & Skills Plan for 2015/16.


Councillor G Hussain, Community Champion for Employment & Skills, introduced the report on annual progress made against the E&S Action Plan.


Michelle Anderson, LCC Children's Services, Employment & Skills Projects and Programmes, attended the meeting and gave a detailed presentation on the contents of the report, the work undertaken by the Employment and Skills Board so far and the background to the change in the priorities for the future. Keri Evans also attended the meeting. Key issues were discussed:

·  The Boards’ future focus on identifying realistic and deliverable priorities, the aim being to focus on quality with fewer priorities but resulting in a greater impact

·  Future priority of maximising the number of local employers in the ENE developing apprenticeships and routes into employment to support young people

·  The opportunities from the European Structural Investment Fund which offered different funding aimed at employment & skills

·  The impact of Adult skills funding changes from grant aid to loans, noting that delivery of ESOL reminded critical some residents to access employment

The CC discussed the following:

·  The importance of accurate school leavers data collection

·  Concern that funding for ESOL courses had been withdrawn after courses had commenced. It was noted that ESOL courses were being provided by community groups but on an ad-hoc basis

·  Language and communication were recognised as key for employability

·  The impact of long term unemployment on mental health


In conclusion, the role of residents was identified as key in providing information on future priorities to local ward Councillors to inform the Board. Additionally, the role of Community Hubs as a base for collaboration between service providers and residents was highlighted


a)  To note the content of the report and agree to receive an annual update from the Employment and Skills Board

b)  To thank the officers for their presentation and note the work undertaken so far.

c)  To express best wishes to Michelle Anderson for her future role and to note and welcome Keri Evans as Michelle’s replacement for the ENE area



Community Hubs pdf icon PDF 373 KB

To consider the report of the Inner and Outer N/E Community Hub Manager which provides an update on the development of the Community Hub Model with specific reference to the Inner North East area.


Nick Hart, Manager of ENE Centres, presented a report outlining the development of the Community Hub model across Leeds, with specific reference to the Compton Centre, seeking discussions on additional services that could be delivered from Community Hubs and other 'pop-up' or mobile hubs in the locality.


The report highlighted the early successes in the locality in respect of delivery of job shops, employment outcomes and the library service and outlined the services provided by partner organisations at the Hub. Additionally, proposals to appoint a Partnership Development Worker were highlighted whose remit would be to liaise between the LCC and North Leeds CCG in order to prioritise health and social prescribing.


The meeting received two presentations, the first from the Office of Fair Trading in relation to debt management and support offered by the LCC Illegal Money Lending Team based in community hub drop-in sessions; and the second showing a report from "Made in Leeds" on ‘Children’s Takeover Day' 20th November 2015 when Wykebeck Primary School pupils attended the Reginald Centre, LS7 experiencing an adults' working day.


Dr Babu, GP based at the Westfield Medical Centre, Reginald Centre LS7, then gave a brief presentation providing more detail on the role of the Partnership Development Worker to bridge the gap between General Practice, Council and community services. Dr Babu also highlighted the role of volunteer community champions who had knowledge and understanding of local communities


A comment expressing concern over the lack of banking and financial facilities in the locality was noted for further discussion during the informal workshop to follow


a)  To note the content of the report

b)  To note the success to date of the implementation of the Community Hub Model at the Compton Centre

c)  To note the challenges faced by staff and services at the Compton Centre and note the comments made seeking to address those challenges

d)  That the comments made by the Committee in respect of additional services that could be delivered from the Community Hubs and other ‘pop up’ locations in the area be noted.

e)  To note that a facilitated workshop will take place following the formal meeting to capture ideas to take forward.



Community Comment

To receive any feedback or comments from members of the public on the reports presented to this Community Committee meeting.


A time limit for this session has been set at 10 minutes.


Due to the number and nature of queries it will not be possible to provide responses immediately at the meeting. However, members of the public shall receive a formal response within 14 working days



The Chair noted the opportunity for members of the public to give feedback and/or queries on the reports presented during the formal part of the CC meeting, the intention being that a written response would be provided within 14 days. The following comments were raised and discussed:

Employment and Skills – A member of the public addressed the meeting outlining the informal support she offered to local young men seeking employment and highlighted the issue of previous criminal record as a barrier to gaining employment. She identified a gap in support for the over 24's and the wider impact unemployment had on an area. In response, the work undertaken by the Job Centre and Social Justice Team was outlined as well as information on the anticipated European funding which would target ex-offenders as a priority group in need of support.

Regeneration – Whether the regeneration of the city centre brought positive benefits to the suburbs. Information was provided on the work undertaken by the Council to build relationships with developers to ensure that local people were employed on city centre schemes.



Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note the date and time of the next meeting as Monday 14th March 2016. The start time and venue to be confirmed.



RESOLVED - To note the date and time of the next meeting as Monday 14th March 2016. The start time and venue to be confirmed



Chairs Closing Remarks


In closing the meeting, Councillor Taylor thanked everyone for their attendance and invited all to attend the informal workshop which would now commence to further discuss the theme of Community Hubs and consider future provision in the Inner North East locality