Agenda and minutes

Inner South Community Committee - Wednesday, 11th February, 2015 5.30 pm

Contact: Phil Garnett 0113 395 1632 

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To consider any appeals in accordance withProcedure 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 themeeting)


There were no appeals against the refusal of inspection of documents.



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 resolutions to exclude the 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 late items submitted to the agenda for consideration.



To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2011 and paragraphs 13-16 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.


No declarations were made.



To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Iqbal and Congrieve.


MINUTES - 26th November 2014 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 26th November 2014.


RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 26th November 2014 were approved as a correct record.





In accordance with Paragraphs 4.16 and 4.17 of the Area 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 Area 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 accordance with the Community Committee Procedure Rules, the Chair allowed a period of up to 10 minutes for members of the public to make representations or ask questions on matters within the terms of reference of the Community Committee. 


The following issues were raised:


  • Vehicles parking on double yellow lines and on the path at a garage on Dewsbury Road which is both dangerous and stops people accessing the path; and
  • Concern that a new school being built should not have windows facing the motorway or if it does they should be triple glazed and be unable to be opened.

·  After bins have been collected there is often rubbish left on the streets and that care should be taken to sweep this up following collection of rubbish;

·  The footpaths in Cross Flats Park are in poor repair;

·  That shops on Dewsbury Road often leave big bins at the front instead of the rear of the premises making it hard for people to walk past.


The Committee noted all comments and agreed to take up these matters.


RESOLVED – The Committee resolved to address all the concerns raised by members of the public.


Wellbeing Report February 2015 pdf icon PDF 397 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Assistant Director (Citizens and Communities)


The report of the Assistant Chief Executive (Citizens and Communities) provided the Community Committee with the following:


  • Details of the Wellbeing Budget position.
  • An update on both the revenue and youth activities fund elements of the Wellbeing budget.
  • Details of revenue projects agreed to date.
  • Details of Youth Activities Fund agreed to date.
  • Details of project proposals for consideration and approval.
  • The current position of the Small Grants Budget.


The Area Officer presented the report.


Members’ attention was brought to the following:


  • Remaining balances for the Revenue Wellbeing Budget for 2014/15.
  • Remaining Balances for the Youth Activities Fund Delegation 2014-15 – remaining funds could be carried forward to next year
  • The following project proposals:

o  Litter bins for various locations in Middleton - £2,500

o  Inner South Wellbeing Pack Scheme - £4,000

o  Woodhouse Hill Allotments Project £12,000

o  Befriending Project £2,500




(a)  That the report be noted

(b)  That the revenue projects already agreed be noted.

(c)  That the Activities fund elements of the wellbeing budgets be noted.

(d)  That the following Wellbeing applications be approved.

o  Litter bins for various locations in Middleton - £2,500

o  Inner South Wellbeing Pack Scheme - £4,000

o  Woodhouse Hill Allotments Project £12,000

o  Befriending Project £2,500 – subject to Councillors receiving further information about this project

(e)  That the Small Grants position be noted



Inner South Community Committee Summary of Key Work Report pdf icon PDF 330 KB

To receive and consider the attached report of the Assistant Director (Citizens and Communities)


The Area Officer  presented a report of the Assistant Director (Citizens & Communities) which presented Members with a summary of key work which the Area Support Team has been engaged in based on priorities identified by the Community Committee that were not covered elsewhere on the agenda.


Led by Community Committee Champions, Members discussed the following:


Children & Young People


The Children’s and Families Sub Group will be reviewing applications for Youth Activities Funding on 19th March. It was noted that 12,000 leaflets to be printed and circulated to help encourage more children into more activities.


Employment, Skills and Welfare


The Committee were informed that there will be a number of job opportunities coming to the Inner South due to developments such as the expansion of the White Rose Centre.


The Committee considered the request to ring fence £6,000 from the 2015/16 budget allocation to the Inner South Employment, Skills and Welfare Board to fund small programmes of partnership work or initiatives identified by the Board. Initiatives to be approved by Members.


The Committee were also informed about the Welfare Reform Workshop held on 4th December 2015 and discussed the need to prepare for possible future cuts to welfare benefits.


Environment and Community Safety


Members were informed about the push to get the Council to work geographical across boundaries.


The Committee noted the improvements to safety over the bonfire weekend as a result of the multi-agency co-ordinated Operation Flame.


Members were informed of the Community Committee workshop to be held on 19th March, 6pm to 8pm, which will discuss the new Zonal working arrangements that share being implemented by the Environmental team.  An electronic invitation has been sent to all Inner South Members.


Health and Wellbeing


Staffing issues to support work in this area were noted.


Members were informed that efforts are ongoing to reduce the number of people using GPs who don’t necessarily need to and who could use other service available.


The South East Health and Well Being Partnership are planning to meet to discuss domestic violence which was inspired by the recent Community Committee workshop on the issue.


The South East Clinical Commissioning Group area in the process of developing a mental health strategy to help identify services that need to be improved.


Adult Social Care


The Committee were informed that the Older People’s Working Group was established o 13th January 2015 where terms of reference were agreed.


The Committee noted the various activities available for older people in the area but that GP’s are not always aware of what exists. It was requested that all GP’s surgeries in the Inner South are be contacted and informed of the activities and support available to older people.


It was highlighted that there was already a coach full of people committed to attend the Older Persons Celebration Day on Thursday 5th March 2015 at the Civic Hall, Leeds.


RESOLVED – The Committee resolved that:


(a)  That the report be noted;

(b)  £6,000 from the 2015/16 budget allocation  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.


Date and Time of Next Meeting

7.00pm Wednesday 26th March 2015


7pm, 25th March 2015.