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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.
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 at the meeting.
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence
The Committee received apologies from Councillor Ragan and Councillor Maqsood prior to the meeting.
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
There were no public representations at the meeting.
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 16th June 2022.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 16th June 2022 be confirmed as a correct record.
To note any matters arising from the previous minutes
Councillor Dye and Councillor Tudor requested that they be able to exchange their Champion roles.
RESOLVED: That Councillor Dye will now hold the position of Children’s Services Champion, and Councillor Tudor will hold the position of Employment, Skills and Welfare Champion.
To receive the update report of the Head of Locality Partnerships on the budget position for the Wellbeing Fund, Youth Activity Fund, Capital Budget, as well as the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget for 2022/2023.
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 as well as the Capital (CRIS) and Community Infrastructure Levy Budget for 2022/23.
The Committee noted the following;
· That the figure of £2,200 entered for paragraph 20 is incorrect, and the amount proposed for 12th celebration of RadhaRaman Folk Festival 2022 is £2,100. This application received £500 from Gipton and Harehills, and £1,050 from Burmantofts and Richmond Hill.
· The Skelton Grange application under Item 26 had some small corrections. It received £896.97 from the Burmantofts and Richmond Hill.
· Youth Activities Fund consultation has been promoted at Breeze events.
Projects set out in the report and supplementary information were discussed and determined as follows:
RESOLVED: That the following be agreed:
a. To note details of the Wellbeing Budget (Table 1) (paragraph 19)
b. That the funding proposals within the report (Paragraph 20 - 34) be determined, as detailed above.
c. To note details of Delegated Decision Notice (Paragraph 35)
d. To note details of Declined Projects (Paragraph 36)
e. To note details of Monitoring Information
f. To note details of the Youth Activities Fund (Table 2) Paragraph 37)
g. To note details of the Small Grants & Skips Budget (Table 3) Paragraph 40)
h. To note details of the Capital Budget (Table 5) Paragraph 41)
i. To note details of the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget
To receive an update from the Leeds United Foundation Team on the LUFC Kicks programme.
The Committee received a presentation from the Operations Executive of the Leeds United Foundation, the charitable arm of Leeds United football team.
The presentation outlined the following:
· The charity aims to create safer and stronger communities through the power of football
· The charity operates work connected to one of three pillars: health, participation and education
· A video presentation was included which had been featured on Match of the Day, demonstrating the charity working with children and young people in East Leeds participating in an environment which aims to foster an inclusive environment and increase self esteem
· 1200 children have been engaged in the past year
Regarding the Inner East, projects included:
· Healthy holidays which included providing food staples and holiday activities
· Soccercise for women
· Over 50s walking football
· Kicks drop in sessions
· Fit Fans, for improving healthy lifestyles
RESOLVED: That the contents of the report and presentation were noted.
To receive the report of the Executive Manager of Asset Management, which will update Members on their work in the Inner East area, as well as giving feedback.
The report of the Executive Manager, Highways provided the Inner East Community Committee with an update on the Highways Annual Improvement Consultation.
The presentation which was appended to the submitted report was shown at the meeting and the Community Committee were invited to make comments.
The Community Committee were informed of the following points:
· The consultation on next years’ programme closed on 2nd September. Lists of the proposed works had been provided to Councillors and Parish Councils at the start of July requesting comments.
· Members were provided with an explanation of the Well-Managed Highway Infrastructure Code of Practice. 36 recommendations include: Lifecycle Plans, Inspections, Risk Management and Defect Repair.
· Explanation of how the Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Strategy aligns with the corporate vision and contributes to the vision for Leeds. It was noted that key factors of the strategy in Regional Context, Sustainability and Climate Emergency and Communication and Engagement.
· Funding allocations include City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements (CRSTS) and Leeds Capital.
· Members noted that the service is currently undertaking more preventative work which is surface dressing. It was noted that the life of a road is generally 10 years.
· Each year all Members receive lists of roads requiring work and the priority given to them. Members are requested to make comments. Members were advised that all emails are noted and responded to.
The Committee discussed the following points arising from the presentation:
· There are 3,000km of road in Leeds, sections of which are managed in 250m bundles. More specific details relating to Inner East will be supplied.
· The quality of streets in deprived areas was discussed, especially Cross Catherine Street in Burmantofts, where issues with the sub-base is causing the surface to fail quicker. Full reconstruction has not yet been allocated.
· Areas with lower usage, such as cul-de-sacs, will be resurfaced less frequently in order to maintain the highest possible level of well-maintained road in the city.
· Issues with road markings not being repainted are being addressed by each resurfacing gang having its own lining crew. Road marking can be done in any weather, and safety critical markings will always be done even through winter.
· Members raised concerns regarding Yorkshire Stone not being replaced, and it was confirmed that due to a lack of materials that conservation areas have to be prioritised.
RESOLVED: That the contents of the report and presentation be noted.
To receive and the consider the report of the Director of Public Health on the Age Friendly Leeds Strategy & Action Plan 2022-2025.
The report of the Director of Public Health presented to the Inner East Community Committee the refresh of the draft Age Friendly Strategy and Action Plan 2022-2025 to gain feedback. The report also requested support and promotion of the work of Age Friendly within the city.
The Community Committee were provided with the following points:
· Around 1 in 3 people are aged 50 and over. The number of Leeds residents aged 80 and over will increase by about 50% in the next 20 years.
· Age Friendly Leeds is one of the eight priorities in the Best Council Plan 2020-2025. The vision for Leeds is that it is a place where people age well, older people are valued, respected, appreciated and seen as assets.
· The draft Age Friendly Leeds Strategy 2022-25 has been reviewed and refreshed which has been informed by The State of Ageing in Leeds report. The process has been overseen by the Age Friendly Board chaired by Cllr Jenkins. The role of the Board is to provide strategic leadership and set the strategic direction for the Age Friendly Leeds work programme and ensure that the objectives are being met.
· Leeds is a member of the World Health Organisation Age Friendly Cities programme and has used and adapted the framework to identify and address barriers to the well-being and participation of older people.
· The strategy sets out six key priority areas: housing; public and civic spaces; travel and road safety; active, included and respected; healthy and independent ageing and employment and learning. Each of the priorities is headed by a domain lead. Domain leads have been identified and are working to implement the actions set out in the plan. The domain leads will feedback on a quarterly basis.
· The Leeds Older Peoples Forum (LOPF) gives practical ways for the local community to become involved to strengthen the age friendly approach and Councillors were invited to support and encourage people and businesses to get involved in:
o The Age Friendly Ambassador Programme
o Becoming a Dementia Friend
o Age and Dementia Friendly Businesses
o The Come in and Rest Scheme
o Leeds Older People’s Age Friendly Steering Group
· Public Health are working with partners to support older people in Leeds to be as resilient as possible this winter. It was recognised that the cost-of-living crisis together with the impact that the cold weather can have on older people will require an approach to ensure proactive and preventative support is provided to those most at risk this winter. It was noted there are a range of services to support older people during cold weather including:
o Information and Advice Service run through Age UK Leeds who can offer information and advice on a range of issues such as:
§ Money Matters
§ State Benefits
§ Housing Rights
§ Consumer issues
· Home Plus Leeds – whose aim is to enable and maintain independent living through improving health at home.
· Lunch Clubs – Public Health fund the annual Lunch Club Grants offering a ... view the full minutes text for item 27.
The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships 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 updated the Committee on work undertaken by the Communities Team on the behalf of the Community Committee and provided an opportunity for Members to provide feedback. This report provided updates on some of the key activities between Community Committee meetings and functions delegated to Community Committees including Community Champions roles, community engagement, partnership and locality working.
In attendance were:
• Inspector Chantel Patrick, West Yorkshire Police
• Sergeant Alex McDonald, West Yorkshire Police
• Area Manager for Housing, Leeds City Council
The following items were discussed:
• The Committee needs to develop its local partnership work in regard to employment and skills.
• The Police presented their portion of the report, particularly the efforts to locate stolen motorbikes, prosecute those that steal them and where relevant, work with council housing services where the perpetrators are council tenants.
• The prevalence of drugs in Inner East led to discussion of the different ways to contact the police include the newsletter, Crimestoppers, 999 and 101. The usage of portals helps the police build intelligence.
• The Housing representative touched on the work that the police are doing relating to anti-social behaviour and how this segues into their work. A large challenge for their team is managing expectations of the eviction process for problem tenants. The idea to create a standard document to be shared for people going through this process was discussed.
• Social Media details will be distributed to all Councillors ahead of the next meeting.
RESOLVED: That the contents of the report be noted by the Committee.
To discuss which Officers the Inner East Community Committee would like to invite in the coming Municipal year.
The Committee received the report of Head of Locality Partnerships relating to the forthcoming municipal year future planning.
The following was noted:
· That the next meeting of the Community Committee will take place within the Killingbeck and Seacroft ward;
· That the urgent treatment centre for East Leeds could be invited to attend a future meeting, potentially relating to Domestic Violence.
RESOLVED: To note the contents of the report.
Date and Time of next meeting
To note that the next scheduled meeting of Inner East Community Committee will be on Thursday 8th December 2022 at 6pm, venue to be confirmed.
RESOLVED: That the next meeting shall be held on Thursday 8th December at 6pm, with a venue to be decided.