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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 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:-
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 late items. However, there was supplementary information in relation to Agenda Item 8 - Lifelong Learning Community Courses.
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS’
To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.
No declarations of interests were made at the meeting.
Apologies For Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs S Lay and E Bromley.
To receive the minutes of the previous meeting held on 5th June 2023 for approval as a correct record.
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 5th June 2023, be approved as a correct record.
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.
On this occasion there were no speakers for the Open Forum.
The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships provides the Outer North West Community Committee with an update on what Leeds University could offer Adults who wants to return back to education and to gather input from Elected Members and residents.
The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships provided the Outer North West Community Committee with an update on what Leeds University could offer Adults who want to return back to education and to gather input from Elected Members and residents.
In attendance for this item were:
· Fiona Chapel – Leeds University
· Esther Bissell – Leeds university
This presentation updated the Community Committee on what the Community Outreach Team could offer in terms of courses in the community. The Lifelong Learning Centre is a multi-disciplinary school offering undergraduate courses, and a specialist service supporting mature and part-time learners across the University of Leeds.
The courses focus on students from under-represented groups and those without traditional qualifications. The centre provides support for current and prospective mature, part-time and Foundation Level students, and apprentices. The team work with community organisations and education providers in areas of low participation in higher education in Leeds and West Yorkshire to create opportunities for adults to access higher education.
The following points were highlighted from the presentation:
· The team offer positive messages on the benefits of further or higher education, explain and provide information on finance and entry qualifications, give impartial information, advice and guidance for adults without degrees and provide role models for adults from under- represented groups in higher education.
· The community engagement approach offers long term and sustainable support to the communities they work with.
· The team offer taster sessions which are useful and relevant to the group and provide assistance with visits to the university.
· Support is provided to the community and adult learning organisations through university volunteers and research.
· The centre can offer webinars which are free, host special degree programmes and apprenticeships.
In response to questions from the Community Committee the following information was provided:
· Once a person has a degree the team would want them to go into graduate work, as this is how the success of the centre is measured. The centre would help with preparation for interviews including advice on what to wear and keep in touch with students.
· Advice is given to all students in relation to course costs and on how it is repaid.
· The centre ensures that any gaps in qualifications such as maths are supported.
· The centre raises awareness of the courses on offer to all communities which would start with ‘jump start’ courses which would require English language at ESOL level for them to be confident in informal chats and group sessions. It was noted that there were funding rules, and this is dependent on residency and length of time they have been in this country. The team do work with partner agencies such as immigration and refugee services.
RESOLVED – To note the content of the report and presentation.
Cllr Flynn left the meeting at 13:55 at the end of this item.
The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships provides 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 2023/24.
The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships provided 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 2023/24.
The report was presented by the Locality Officer who provided the Committee with the following points:
· There was currently a remaining balance of £58,366.29 in the Wellbeing budget. A full breakdown of the projects was listed in Table 1
· The Youth Activity Fund had a remaining balance of £11,996. Table 2 of the report provided a list of projects to date.
· Table 3 provided information on Small Grants and skips for each ward.
· There was a capital budget of £43,611.80 available to spend. Members were advised that Table 4 of the report showed the capital allocation summarised and broken down by ward. It was noted that the figures would be reviewed and a more up to date balance would be sent to Members once the figures had been received for the April injection to the Capital budget. It was also noted that the Capital budget would be receiving another injection in November.
· At present there was £367,792.11 available to spend in the Community Infrastructure Levy. A summary and break down by ward were provided in Table 5.
· Members were asked to consider the following projects:
Members discussions included:
· In relation to Paragraph 31 it was noted that Members were not in support of the project proposed by West Yorkshire Police. Members were of the view that they should have been briefed about this project and briefed about the overall strategy for the Outer North West area. It was the view that this project could be funded from another source.
· In relation to Paragraph 32 it was noted that the Cricket Club were sending a revised application.
· In relation to Paragraph 33 Members requested that clarification was required to ensure that the defibrillator includes batteries. It was also suggested that a sign should be placed on or near to the defibrillator saying who had funded it.
· In relation to Paragraph 34 it was noted that the Aireborough Rugby Union Football Club had not approached the current Guiseley and Rawdon Councillors for funding of this application. It was also noted that £5,000 of match funding had been found but this was not in the submitted application. It was suggested that discussions should also be had with the Otley and Yeadon Ward Members as the pitch was close to their ward boundary. Members also requested information on the long-term usage of the ... view the full minutes text for item 22.
The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships brings to members’ attention an update of the work which the Communities Team is engaged in, based on priorities identified by the Community Committee. It also provides opportunities for further questioning, or to request a more detailed report on a particular issue.
The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships presented an update on the work of the Localities Team.
The Locality Offer presented the report and the Community Committee Champions provided updates on the work of the sub-groups.
Environment and Community Safety
· There was concern that the police were understaffed in the Outer North West area.
· It was the view that the anti-social behaviour information should be kept to a summary only for the Update Report.
· Members were to be invited to a meeting on the refuse route review to discuss any local issues. It was noted that the route review was to start week commencing 18th September, and it was suggested that the Chair write to the Chief Officer, Environmental Services in relation to the concerns raised by Outer North West Members.
· Parks and Countryside project work was ongoing across the wards. The briefing had been good, and the concerns raised by councillors were understood and there would be ongoing maintenance and repairs.
· It was noted that work on a number of HAP projects had now stopped due to increasing costs of materials and the process of bidding may need to happen again.
· The subject of leaf clearance to be discussed at the next sub-group meeting.
· A Circular Economy Working Group had been arranged for Saturday 21st October 2023, invites had been sent to all Councillors of the Outer North West area
Children and Families
· The first meeting had discussed:
o Vaping among young children and the impact in the Outer North West area.
o Dental provision for children
o School places – Aireborough Learning Partnership Trust were to be invited to the December meeting of the Community Committee. It was suggested that an additional meeting of the Community Committee be convened to discuss this matter.
Health and Wellbeing
· This sub-group had met in July and an update had been provided on the matters discussed at that meeting which including Vaping, World Suicide Prevention Day, and Winter Vaccines: Rollout.
Employment, Skills and Welfare
· Figures in relation to employment and Universal Credit were provided in the Update Report.
· Members were of the view that events and career fairs were needed in the Outer North West area. It was noted that there was a Digital Careers Fair taking place at Leeds First Direct Arena on 26th September.
· A briefing note for Members was requested on Universal Credit and the figures to be clarified for the Outer North West area.
It was noted that the Transport sub-group was still to meet.
All Outer North West Wards agreed to keep the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and to monitor it.
Members were of the view that they would have liked to have been more involved with the planning of events, feedback suggested events worked especially well where they built on what was already happening, and there may be options for community Committees to work on similar events in the future.
Members were of the view that these ... view the full minutes text for item 23.
Date and Time of next meeting
To note the next meeting scheduled for Monday 4th December 2023, at 1:00pm.
RESOLVED – To note the next scheduled meeting of the Outer North West Community Committee is on 4th December 2023, at 1pm. Venue to be confirmed.