Agenda and draft minutes

Inner South Community Committee - Wednesday, 7th September, 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: St Georges Centre - First Floor - Lynne Barthorpe Room - 62 St Georges Rd, Middleton, Leeds LS10 4TQ

Contact: Governance Services 

Items
No. Item

15.

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)

Minutes:

There were no appeals.

 

 

 

16.

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:

Minutes:

There was no exempt information.

 

 

17.

Late 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)

Minutes:

There were no late items but there was a supplementary document distributed in regard to Item 9 – Age Friendly Strategy & Action Plan

 

 

 

18.

Declaration of Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.

Minutes:

Councillor Carlisle declared a disclosable pecuniary interest for Agenda Item 11, Inner South Community Committee Finance Report, as his wife is employed by St Luke’s Cares. The organisation had applied for Wellbeing funds. Councillor Carlisle left the meeting before the discussion of this application and took no part in the discussion or decision making.

 

 

19.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Truswell and Cllr Maloney

 

 

20.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 282 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 29th June 2022

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2022 be confirmed as a correct record subject to the following amendments:

-  Minute 10 Cllr Burke appointed as Health & Wellbeing Champion

-  Minute 13 Cllr Burke appointed as Beeston, Cottingley & Middleton Cluster partnership

 

21.

Open Forum

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.

Minutes:

On this occasion, no matters were raised by members of the public

 

 

22.

Inner South Community Committee Update Report pdf icon PDF 273 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Locality Partnerships providing an overall update on the work that the Communities Team is engaged in, based on priorities identified by the Community Committee. It also provides opportunities to request further information on a particular issue.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships updated members on the work in which the Communities Team was engaged in based on priorities identified by the Community Committee.

 

The following points were discussed:

 

·  Councillor Almass, the community champion for Children & Families provided an update on recent work. Since the last meeting of the Inner South Community Committee there has been two subgroup meetings. A Youth Summit has been arranged on the 8th of November at the Civic Hall which will engage young people with the council & democracy.

·  Councillor Iqbal, the community champion for Environment & Community Safety will be conducting a subgroup meeting in due course and had nothing to report during the meeting.

·  Councillor Burke, the community champion for Health and Wellbeing provided an update on recent work. A subgroup meeting had been held but no one was in attendance, involvement from the community and local councillors would be needed. The Vitamin D campaign was ongoing and was noted to have been effective and important for the community.

 

Inspector Perry from West Yorkshire Police updated members on recent crime prevention initiatives within the Inner South of Leeds. Key areas were as follows:

 

·  Difficulties the Police faced in tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) related to motorbikes and how there was a balance in reducing ASB for residents while also recognising the danger posed to members of the public and the rider. It is common for the riders to wear balaclavas and be difficult to identify. West Yorkshire Police were currently reviewing their tactical policies for motorbike related crimes. Recently the police had recovered nineteen stolen motorbikes in the area.

·  Community involvement is needed to tackle issues of ASB related to unauthorised traveller encampments. Evidence is needed to support claims of ASB, and a shared communication strategy is important.

·  Trap houses are prevalent within the Inner South of Leeds. A ‘cuckooing’ forum has been set up which covers multiple districts and help from private landlords would speed up the process for tackling trap house related ASB.

·  The day of action initiative had been effective in reducing the number of weapons there are on the streets. Positive results were shared on police force social media accounts and reached 150,000 local people.

 

The Community Committee discussions included:

·  Members were mindful of the trend for crime to increase during the winter and anticipated preparations for this.

·  Burglary is worrying for citizens and reassurance for them should be maximised, this can be implemented through crime prevention advice and targeting burglary prosecutions. 

·  Positive police work needs to be publicised to decrease the bad perception of the police and community engagement events were essential.

 

Cllr Burke passed on her thanks and appreciation for Sergeant Lunn for his Police work in the local community.

 

RESOLVED – To note the content of the report

 

 

23.

Age Friendly Strategy & Action Plan pdf icon PDF 255 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Public Health providing an update on the refresh of the draft Age Friendly Strategy & Action Plan 2022-2025

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Director of Public Health presented 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 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:
    • The Age Friendly Ambassador Programme
    • Becoming a Dementia Friend
    • Age and Dementia Friendly Businesses
    • The Come in and Rest Scheme
    • 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:
    • 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
    • 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 financial contribution to support voluntary groups to provide hot nutritious meals and social activities for older people in a communal environment for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 23.

24.

Highways - Annual Improvement Consultation pdf icon PDF 97 KB

To receive and consider the attached report which provides the Inner South Community Committee with an update on the Highways Annual Improvement Consultation.

Minutes:

The report of the Executive Manager, Highways provided the Outer West 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.

·  Explanation of how the Highway Infrastructure Asset Management Strategy aligns with the corporate vision and contributes to the vision for Leeds.

·  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 ten years.

·  The service is continually reviewing all streets, and these are added to a sheet with a colour code to show what stage of repair the road is in. All roads are inspected by an engineer and a scoring system is used and checked over a three-year cycle. The service wish to get to the position that only 10% of roads are in poor condition.

·  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 Community Committee discussions included:

·  As part on the three-year cycle, local amenities should be taken into account when prioritising road works.

·  Connectivity between other services will allow a better allocation of resources when it comes to improving and maintaining the Leeds road network. Examples of this were clean neighbourhoods could assist with sweep ups after road surfacing, housing Leeds often have poor quality carparks due to them not being officially part of the road network, better cross department communication or adoption of these roads into highways jurisdiction may improve this.

 

RESOLVED – To note the content of the report and presentation.

 

Cllr Ed Carlisle left the meeting at 16:19 during consideration of this item.

 

 

25.

Inner South Community Committee Finance Report pdf icon PDF 306 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Locality Partnerships which provides an update on the budget position for the Wellbeing Fund, Youth Activity Fund Capital Budget, as well as the Community Infrastructure Levy budget for 2022/23.

Minutes:

The Head of Locality Partnerships submitted a report to update the Community Committee on the budget position for the Wellbeing Fund, Youth Activity Fund (YAF), Capital Budget as well as the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget (CIL) for 2022/23.

 

 

Projects set out in the report were discussed, and agreed as follows:

 

Project Title

Ward

Amount

Decision

 

Hunslet Grit Bins

 

Hunslet & Riverside

 

£531.66

 

Agreed

 

 

Pepper Road Park Benches (CIL)

 

 

Hunslet & Riverside

 

£5,472

 

Agreed

 

Beggars Hill landmark lectern (CIL)

 

 

 

Beeston & Holbeck

 

 

£1,200

 

 

Agreed

 

Middleton Rugby Engagement Project – 2022

 

 

 

Middleton Park

 

 

£6,209

 

 

Rejected

 

Commemorative Bench

 

 

 

Hunslet & Riverside

 

 

£1,837

 

 

Agreed

 

Rise & Shine Youth Provision

 

 

Beeston & Holbeck, Hunslet & Riverside and Middleton Park

 

 

 

£9,560

 

 

Deferred

 

 

Members were informed of the following points:

 

·  Since the last Community Committee on 29th June 2022, several projects were approved by DDN as set out in paragraph 26 of the submitted report.

·  An outline of Wellbeing Revenue and Projects 2022/23 as set out in Table 1 of the submitted report. The remaining amount for the Wellbeing Fund for this municipal year was noted.

·  Since the last Community Committee meeting 0 project applications have been declined.

·  An outline of the Youth Activities Fund (YAF) 2022/23 as set out in Table 2 of the submitted report. The remaining amount for YAF for this municipal year was noted.

·  The Committee has allocated £2,463.15 through Small Grants. There is a remaining balance of £4,036.68

·  The Committee has allocated £1,770.68 through Skips. There is a remaining balance of £2,229.32

·  An outline of the CIL budget as set out in Table 6 of the submitted report. The remaining amount of CIL for this municipal year was noted.

The following was discussed:

·  A detailed consideration of the YAF budget will be considered at the next meeting, taking the next municipal years funding into account.

·  Comments were received regarding the Mini Breeze festival held in Beeston from members of the public and it was noted that the festival finished earlier than scheduled and customers were unsatisfied. As the Mini Breeze festival had received money from the YAF budget there will be an enquiry.

·  The request for funding from St Luke’s Care home was deferred as it was felt there was a reliance on old figures for future provision and more information was needed on the school contribution.

 

 

RESOLVED – To:

a) Consider and approve projects as set out above

b) Note details of the Wellbeing Budget position (Table 1)

c) Note details of the Youth Activities Fund position (Table 2)

d) Note details of the Small Grants Budget (Table 3)

e) Note details of the Community Skips Budget (Table 4)

f) Note details of the Capital Budget (Table 5)

g) Note details of the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget (Table 6)

 

 

26.

Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note the date and time of the next meeting as 30th November 2022 at 2pm

Minutes:

To note the date and time of the next meeting as 30 Nov 2022 at 2pm