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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 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:-
There were no items which required the exclusion of the press or public.
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 the Committee was in receipt of a supplementary pack relating to agenda item 7 minutes – the meeting notes from the Consultative meeting of Inner East Community Committee held 15th December 2021. These had been provided to Members prior to the meeting and published to the Council’s website.
Declaration of Interests
To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.
There were no declarations of interest.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Arif, Councillor Drinkwater, Councillor Khan, Councillor Maqsood and Councillor Ragan.
As such the meeting was inquorate and it was noted that the Committee would make recommendations in respect of matters requiring a decision. Those matters would then be ratified at the next Committee meeting or dealt with through the agreed Delegated Decision process.
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
The Committee noted apologies received from the group of young people who had intended on speaking.
Residents in attendance were invited to speak and the following matters were raised:
Issues in the Crossgates Area/Pool Estate – Two residents provided the Committee with the following reports/incidents :
- Anti-social behaviour in the area caused by groups of young people/children, sometimes at lunchtimes. Sgt Morrit responded that the information would be passed to the local Neighbourhood Policing Team to try identify the people involved.
- An overgrown and dangerous pathway from the community centre needing attention/clearance. It was noted that this could be reported and a request made to clear the debris.
- Dog fouling on the estate and around the school. It was noted that this had been raised previously by a number of residents and advisory stickers will be put on lamp posts
- Subsidence caused by a tree to the pathway near the school grounds which had been reported by the neighbouring resident but no action had yet been taken
- Car parking on grass verges creating mud on the footpath. A Local Ward Councillor responded that they were aware of this issue, however there was no easy solution as it is not possible to tarmac/concrete over the verges
- Comments made on 8-point plan on bulky items collections webpage will be reported back to the service.
Additionally, the Committee discussed what could be done to help people living under the poverty line with rising fuel costs. It was noted that fuel poverty issues will be included in the Council Tax Notice to include information on measures such as how to contact a “green doctor” and how to get debt advice. Following the success of the LS14 Trust food pantry, there were plans to establish a food pantry in the Crossgates Shopping Centre.
The Committee thanked residents for raising the matters at the meeting.
To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held Wednesday, 21st September 2021.
Members noted receipt of a supplementary pack containing the notes of the Consultative meeting of the Inner East Community Committee held on 15th December 2021.
21st September 2021 Minute 20 (Minutes/Alternative Dispute Resolution) – The Committee noted comments made by Councillor Grahame referencing Anti-Social Behaviour Legislation in relation to Alternative Dispute Resolution, and an ongoing case in the Burmantofts & Richmond Hill ward.
RECOMMENDATION – That the minutes of the meeting held 21st September 2021 and the notes of the meeting held 15th December 2021 be approved
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 2021/22.
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 (CIL) Budget for 2021/22.
Members were advised that the following projects had been considered and approved since the Inner East Community Committee held on 15th December 2021:
· Knee Rail – Cromwell Street, Lincoln Green – 16/12/21
· Educational Trip for low income Families – 16/12/21
· SCOT Projects – 16/12/21
· Nowell Mount Community Centre, Activity the Space – 16/12/21
· Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Community Anchor – 16/12/21
· Playbox & Friends – 27/10/21
· CCTV – Temporary Ashton Street – 18/01/22
· Let’s Read (Nowell Mount After School Club) – 28/01/22
Members were invited to consider the following projects:
Members received the following information:
The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships is to bring 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 provided the Community Committee with an update of the work in which the Communities Team is engaged in, based on priorities identified by the Community Committee.
The following matters were highlighted and discussed:
Queens Platinum Jubilee – Information was provided on planned celebrations and events, along with road closures and how to apply for funding to support events, including a poster at Appendix 1 to share.
Children and Families – The Youth Summit was planned for Autumn 2022, so that discussions would inform the budget spend for 2022/23. The report included a QR code to link to the YAF Consultation Survey to gather the views of and engage with young people prior to the Summit. A request to include the QR code on the Community Committee Facebook page was noted.
Health, Wellbeing & Adult Social Care
– Councillor Jenkins updated the Committee on Leeds’
“Marmot City” status to tackle inequality, focussing on
young/early years so that people get the best start through good
health and a longer life; and also focussing on the elderly so that
they can eat well, get health checks and access a GP. It was noted
that the presentation on Domestic Violence and Abuse planned for
this meeting would be presented to the June Committee.
Councillor Hussain raised his concerns over the impact of poor housing in both the private rented sector and social housing on the long-term health of tenants, particularly children. Councillor Jenkins reported on the intention to roll-out Selective Licensing across the city – to register landlords and ensure Decent Home standards. The Committee noted comments on the shortage of social housing, the impact of funding cuts on the ability of local authorities to undertake works to LA homes, and the impact of the rise in the cost of living on private tenants. The Committee requested a report on Selective Licensing be brought to a future meeting.
Employment, Skills & Welfare – Members noted an increase in the number of Universal Credit claimants to 9,773 (from 5,658) during the March 2020 to November 2021 period. Councillor Grahame thanked officers for the successful bid to the Leeds Community Foundation for funding for the “Developing You” programme – a learning disabilities pre-employment project.
Environment & Community Safety – The report contained current case statistics provided by the Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT) and Serious and Acquisitive Crime Demand statistics submitted by West Yorkshire Police (WYP) for the three Inner East wards.
Sergeant Morrit discussed the comparative figures for each ward for the reporting periods of December 2021 – January 2022 and January 2022 – February 2022. Members noted the figures provided in the “Change column” required amendment. He reported the priorities for the three wards remain unchanged:
· Burmantofts & Richmond Hill – disrupt young people’s involvement in knife crime and street gangs
· Gipton & Harehills – improve community engagement, address street drinking and drug supply
· Killingbeck & Seacroft – address youth anti-social behaviour/misuse of motorcycles and to reduce the level of hate-based crime. ... view the full minutes text for item 36.
The report of the City Solicitor is to request Members to give consideration to agreeing the proposed Community Committee meeting schedule for the 2022/23 municipal year.
The report of the City Solicitor requested Members to give consideration to agreeing the proposed Community Committee meeting schedule for the 2022/23 municipal year.
The report advised that the Procedure Rules state that there shall be at least four ordinary or ‘business’ meetings of each Community Committee in each municipal year and that a schedule of meetings will be approved by each Community Committee. The report sought to schedule 4 Community Committee business meetings for 2022/23 on Thursday evenings whilst ensuring an even spread of Committee meetings throughout the forthcoming municipal year. The proposed dates were presented at paragraph 7 of the report.
RECOMMENDATION – To recommend approval to the following meeting dates for the next municipal year: