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Appeals Against Refusal of Inspection of Documents
To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rules 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.
Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of 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 was no exempt information.
To identify items which have been admitted ti the agenda by the Chair for consideration.
(the special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)
There were no late items. Supplementary information for Agenda Item 8, Inner North West Finance Report had been published and circulated prior to the meeting.
Declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests
To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct
There were no declarations of disclosable pecuniary interests.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor J Bentley.
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 order to facilitate the Open Forum whilst Community Committees were being held remotely, the process had been adapted so that members of the public were able to submit written representations in advance of the meeting on any matter which fell within the Committee’s terms of reference.
The following submissions had been made:
· Do you have any plans for dealing with broken glass and graffiti around Ash Road area?
· Are there plans to start charging students Council Tax …due to continual amounts of rubbish left?
· Is there a possibility of parking permits for residents who live around the stadium area?
In response it was reported that with regards to broken glass this needed to be reported and Cleansing would be able to clear this up. The Universities did ask students to be responsible but not all these problems may be related to students.
There had been an Anti-Graffiti Group meeting and one would be held again as soon as possible. The police had been involved and some arrests had been made and not all culprits were local. There were some obstacles and time delays in getting graffiti removed including getting the permission of landowners/homeowners where it was on private property.
The issue of Council Tax for students was central government policy and not under the control of the Council.
Parking permits would be re-visited when a formal public meeting could be held. There were many complex issues to review.
· What can be done to deal with anti-social behaviour from HMOs and flats?
· Landlords do not enforce action, University doesn’t take effective action, LASBT Overwhelmed
· Resident health and wellbeing is suffering
In response it was reported that there was a lot of ongoing work with the Universities, Student Unions, the Council and the police. Issues had worsened due to the pandemic and closure of bars. The universities had funded extra patrols in the area. There had been fines and fixed penalty notices issued. People suffering from persistent noise disturbance could request noise monitoring equipment that would assist in providing evidence of anti-social behaviour.
Yacob Ahmed (There had also been several other submissions regarding the Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme in Headingley and Hyde Park) :
· The introduction of the LTN comes at great detriment to the wellbeing of the community, and is detrimental to emergency response time
· Thorough and effective consultation is required for such radical changes , not via website
· Everyone’s needs have not been considered
· MPs (Benn, Sobel) were not considered ,
· Petition of 1000 signatures to reverse the LTN changes
Headingley and Hyde Park Ward Councillors responded and informed the meeting that they had done a walking tour of the area and had upcoming meetings with Highways to see what could be amended. There had been a two to three month consultation in the lead up to this scheme and these were legal traffic orders that would take some time to amend. It was advised to submit comments via the Connecting Leeds website.
Further issues ... view the full minutes text for item 6.
To confirm as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 12 March 2020
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 12 March 2020 be confirmed as a correct record.
To receive and consider the attached report of the Head of Stronger Communities
The report of the Head of Stronger Communities presented the Community Committee with an update on the budget position for the Wellbeing Fund, Youth Activity Fund, Capital Budget as well as the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget for 2020/21.
Marcia Cunningham, Localities Officer presented the report.
Issues highlighted included the following:
· Wellbeing budget position – this was currently £2,884.09
· Table 1 – details of projects agreed this year - there had been some funding returned as it had not been possible to provide the projects due to the pandemic. These were the Eatwell Café, Wellbeing Group for Women and Mums Time to Shine
· Covid 19 Spending – an additional £10,000 had been set aside towards tackling the pandemic in the area – £5,809.95 remained and a ward by ward breakdown was given.
· Details of DDNs since the last meeting of the Committee.
· Projects for funding:
o Art Camp UK - Xmas Camp Extravaganza – £700 requested
o North West One Family Services Team - Home Learning Project - £1,500 requested
o North West One Family Services Team - Chatterbox Language Packs - £750 requested
o Cultural Arts Heritage Circle - Nubian Noire £197 requested from Little London & Woodhouse Ward
o Mental Health First Aid Training - £1,500 requested
· Members discussed the applications. Further to the request from Cultural Arts Heritage Centre it was reported that a similar event was funded earlier in the year although it was unsure whether this event took place due to the lockdown. There were also concerns regarding the funding of projects whilst Tier 3 restrictions still applied.
· Youth Activities Funds – remaining balance was £442.60. Some projects had not yet commenced and there was the possibility of funds being returned.
· Small grants and skips budget - £1,227.13 remained.
· Capital Budget - £15,298.32 remained.
· Community Infrastructure Levy budget - £40,778.62 remained.
(1) That details of the Wellbeing Budget position be noted.
(2) That monitoring of funded projects be noted.
(3) That details of the Youth Activities Fund position be noted.
(4) That details of the Small Grants & Skips budget be noted.
(5) That details of the Capital Budget be noted.
(6) That details of the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget be noted.
(7) That the following projects be approved:
o Art Camp UK - Xmas Camp Extravaganza – £700
o North West One Family Services Team - Home Learning Project - £1,500
o North West One Family Services Team - Chatterbox Language Packs - £750
o Cultural Arts Heritage Circle - Nubian Noire - £500 suggested and agreed in principle from subject to further information being sought.
o Mental Health First Aid Training - £1,500
To receive and consider the attached report of the Head of Stronger Communities.
The report of the Head of Stronger Communities brought Members’ attention to an update of the work which the Communities Team was engaged in, based on priorities identified by the Community Committee. It also provided opportunity for further questioning, or to request a more detailed report on a particular issue.
Marcia Cunningham, Localities Officer presented the report.
The Children’s and Families Sub Group had met in November to discuss the Youth Summit which would be held in the New Year. This would be a virtual event. YAF funding was also discussed and it was proposed not to have the usual funding round for next year due to the problems with the provision of events this year.
It had been agreed at the Community Committee Chair’s forum that the Youth Summits would be held during January to March. Members expressed concerns that engagement would be preferable later in the year when it was possible that face to face meetings could be held.
There had been meetings of the Environment Sub Group where the problems with graffiti had been discussed. There had also been discussions regarding noise nuisance with the anti-social behaviour team and the police.
Further issues highlighted in the report included updates on Health and Wellbeing; Housing; spending from the Covid 19 Funds and the social media update.
RESOLVED – That the report be noted.
Date and Time of Next Meeting
Thursday, 11 March 2021 at 6.00 p.m.
Thursday, 11th March 2021 at 6.00 p.m.