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Approximately 8 representatives of the local community attended the meeting.
Chairs Opening Remarks
The Chair welcomed all to the Inner North East Community Committee (INECC), and brief introductions were made.
Further to minute 25, of the meeting held 2nd September 2019, the Chair informed the Committee that Councillor Dowson would be leading on the formal agenda items, in her capacity as Deputy Chair (INECC), for the duration of the meeting.
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 refusal.
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:-
There were no exempt 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)
There were no formal late items of business. However, Supplementary information had been circulated to Members at the commencement of the meeting, regarding Agenda Item 9 – Finance Report.
Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary 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
There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence
Apologies of absence had been received from Councillors Goddard, Taylor, and Rafique.
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.
In accordance with the Community Committee Procedure Rules, the Chair allowed a period of up to 10 minutes for members of the public to make representations or ask questions within the terms of reference of the Community Committee.
No matters were raised on this occasion.
To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held 2nd December 2019.
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the previous meeting held Monday 2nd December 2019, be approved as an accurate record.
To consider the report of the City Solicitor seeking approval of a proposed schedule of dates and times for Inner North East meetings during the 2020/21 Municipal Year. The report asks Members to consider venues.
The Committee considered the report of the City Solicitor setting out a proposed schedule of meetings for the forthcoming 2020/21 municipal year for Members’ consideration:
· Monday 22nd June 2020 at 6pm
· Monday 7th September 2020 at 6pm
· Monday 30th November 2020 at 6pm
· Monday 1st March 2021 at 6pm
Members discussed venue arrangements, and requested that efforts be made to hold meetings in alternate wards. Additionally, a suggestion was made that the next formal Community Committee meeting be held in Roundhay.
RESOLVED – To agree the Committee’s meeting schedule for the 2020/21 municipal year as detailed at point 7 of the submitted report and to be included within the Council’s Diary for the same period.
To consider the report of the Head of Stronger Communities, introducing a verbal update from Parks and Countryside, regarding the Towards a Leeds Parks & Greenspaces Strategy 2020-2030.
(An update will be provided at the meeting)
Amy Beswick, Local Government Officer, and Michael Kinniard, Development Manager, was in attendance. Members were provided with a PowerPoint presentation regarding the draft Towards a Leeds Parks and Greenspaces Strategy 2020-2030. The following information was covered as part of that update:
· Aims over the next 10 years;
· Feedback from a consultation engagement (held Nov 2019 – Feb 2020);
· Survey statistics and responses;
· Background context;
· What will be included/excluded in the draft strategy;
· Research findings from the Leeds University Residents Survey 2016.
As part of the update, officers invited local residents to answer questions (listed below) as part of a discussion group, to gather additional information.
Members of the Inner North East Community Committee, together with local residents, responded by highlighting the following:
· The importance of green spaces and open areas for mental health aspects;
· Parks and open spaces provided a benefit to the quality of life, including local events held in the community;
· It was identified that there was a variety of park users whom attended the parks, including disabled and vulnerable people;
· The history behind parks, and commemorations of wartime anniversaries;
· Apprenticeship schemes and the involvement of younger people;
· Maintenance and drainage issues;
· Protecting greenspaces and identifying joined up areas;
· The closure of local amenities and the restoration of buildings in need of repair.
Members were informed that the draft strategy would be completed by the end of the year.
RESOLVED – To note the information provided at the meeting, together with comments raised as part of discussions.
To consider the report of the Head of Stronger Communities that introduces an update from the NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) regarding local urgent treatment centres and public awareness campaigns.
The report of the Head of Stronger Communities introduced a report, regarding an update that outlined the progress made by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in establishing Urgent Treatment Centres (UTC) in Leeds as well as public awareness campaigns.
The Communications Manager, NHS Leeds CCG, was in attendance and provided an overview of the report along with some background context. Members were informed of the following:
· The difference between urgent centres, and emergency departments and the options available;
· Leeds had been used as a pilot, and it had been identified that 5 UTCs would be proposed;
· Two ‘co-located’ centres alongside A&E at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and St. James Hospital;
· Three community based centres at St. George’s UTC, Wharfdale Hospital and a third likely in the Seacroft area;
· The opening hours of the UTCs are proposed between 8am – 11pm;
· The UTCs can be accessed directly though the NHS 111 service.
During discussions, a number of matters were raised, including:
· Concern that patients would use the centres inappropriately, should they not be able to book doctor appointments.
· The importance of educating children on the options available to them. Members heard that leaflets and guidance would be provided in the UTCs, and online.
· In response to a query about the level of resources and staffing, Members were informed of the appropriate measures that had been put in place regarding COVID-19, and were advised to continue using the 111 service.
· A member of the public raised concern with a company called Optum, specifically regarding their involvement with the NHS. The Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults added that she was unaware of this, and requested that the details be provided to her.
The Deputy Chair thanked the Communications Manager for his attendance and update.
RESOLVED – To note the contents of the report, together with comments raised during the meeting.
To consider the report of the Head of Stronger Communities that provides an update regarding the budget position for the Wellbeing Fund, Youth Activity Fund as well as the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget for 2019/20.
The repot of the Head of Stronger Communities provided the Community Committee with an update on the budget position for the Wellbeing Fund, Youth Activity Fund as well as the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget for 2019/20.
Members’ attention was drawn to the following key points of the report:
· Point 19 and Table, which showed the Wellbeing revenue spend and balance;
· Point 20 showed 2 projects considered and approved by DDN – Love Meanwood Project and Chapel Allerton Park Signage;
· Table 2 presented the Youth Activity Fund and the supported projects, and the remaining balance;
· Table 3 presented the remaining balances for the Community Skips Budget 2019/20;
· Point 27 provided the remaining capital budget for 2019/20.
Members considered the following projects and amounts:
a) That details of the Wellbeing Budget position (Table 1) be noted;
b) That details of the Youth Activities Fund position (Table 2) be noted;
c) That details of the Community Skips Budget (Table 3) be noted;
d) That details of the Capital Budget be noted;
e) That details ... view the full minutes text for item 55.
To consider the report of the Head of Stronger Communities providing an update on some of the key activities between Community Committee meetings and functions delegated to Community Committees, Community Champions roles, community engagement, partnership and locality working.
The report of the Head of Stronger Communities provided the Committee with an update which the Communities Team is engaged in, based on priorities identified by the Community Committee.
Appended to the submitted report included a copy of the Facebook Highlights, and the Inner North East Community Committee Spring 2020 Newsletter.
The Localities Officer in attendance provided an overview of the report. Members were also provided with the opportunity to provide further feedback from the various sub-groups.
Members discussed a number of matters, including:
· Air BNB. It was identified that this was becoming more of an issue across the wards, and had been a significant issue across the Country.
· Community Defibrillator Project. Members commended the decision of approving 54 new defibrillators, to be installed across the city. The Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults informed the Committee that the defibrillators would be situated outside, and training can be offered on how to use them.
RESOLVED – To note the contents of the report, and comments made by Members during discussions.
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 Community Committee meeting, the intention being that the written response would be provided within 14 days. The following comments were raised and discussed:
A local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) was in attendance, and provided an update on a new messenger system that has been launched by the police called "West Yorkshire Community Alert". The Committee were informed it will enable members of the public to keep in touch with local police updates. Public registration is free and people can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and/or prevention advice direct via email, text or voice message.
A Community Champion from the Co-op was in attendance, and informed the Committee of ways to apply for local community project funding (spring 2020), for charities and local community groups.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
To note the date and time of the next formal meeting is proposed as Monday, 22nd June 2020 at 6 p.m.
RESOLVED – To note the date and time of the next meeting as Monday, 22nd June 2020 at 6 p.m.