Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Friday 17th January, 2020 1.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Allerdale House. View directions

Contact: Ian Hinde  01900 702544

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 06 December 2019.


The minutes of the meeting held on 06 December 2019 were signed as a

correct record.


Declaration of Interests

Councillors/Staff to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, other registrable interest or any other interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda, in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.


None Declared



To answer questions from members of the public – submitted in writing or by electronic mail no later than 5.00pm, 2 working days before the meeting.


None Received


Public Participation

To hear representations from members of the public on items which appear on the agenda – submitted in writing or by electronic mail no later than 5.00pm, 2 working days before the meeting.


None Recevied


Presentation from the Head of Place Development on recent development to support town centres


The Head of Place Development attended the meeting to provide an update to members on recent developments to support town centres.


Members were advised of the facelift scheme and that grants had been provided to businesses in Silloth and Aspatria to carry out cosmetic improvements to properties. Going forward the scheme will look to continue but may be funded differently.


The Officer also explained to members that funding for improvements may be available from the Borderlands Scheme and that a funding bid will be made for Wigton and Silloth.


Since events had been brought ‘in house’ Allerdale has successfully run Taste Cumbria (both summer and winter) and feedback has been excellent. The Workington Christmas Market was also popular and events like these are important additions to town centres to support economic activity.


The Head of Development then discussed the Towns Fund and that Workington was under consideration to receive up to £25 million funding.  Funding will apply to projects in the Workington Town Centre Area. To meet government requirements, a Town Deal Board has been set up with John Coughlan from TSP Engineering appointed Chair, with the first board meeting scheduled for 24 January 2020.


Members asked questions of the officer in relation to the future of town centres and whether caps can be introduced to limit certain business types.


The officer explained the future was unclear but that town centres are changing away from traditional shopping, the challenge is to think about town centres differently. In relation to the capping of business types it is not possible, as the planning regime permits changes of use within the provision of the Use Classes Order.
















Presentation from the Programme Director for Maryport Regeneration


The Programme Director attended the meeting to deliver a presentation to members on the Maryport Regeneration Scheme.


Members were provided with an overview of the progress made to date with an update on priority projects which included Curzon Street, Senhouse Street, the Harbour, the Prom and the implementation of a new calendar of events. To assist the officers with and to provide a link to residents the Maryport Advisory Group has been created, which is split into two areas, ‘Town Centre’ and ‘Waterfront’.


To support the regeneration programme officers have made a bid for funding from the Future High Street Fund. The initial expression of interest was successful and the team will now develop a business case.  The decision to award funding or not will be made in autumn 2020. An announcement on further funding from the Historic England Heritage Action Zone Fund was expected in March 2020.


The officer then went on to explain the national issues that are affecting high streets, including online sales and footfall decreases, which in turn affects retail employment and the local economy.


Members were also advised of further plans for Maryport including pedestrianisation, digitalisation, the reuse of buildings, and improvements to the arrival and access to Maryport.


Members then asked questions in relation to potential funding for existing businesses, the Maryport Conservation Area and community engagement.







To determine future work by the Committee in response to these presentations


Members discussed potential options to support the ongoing work in Maryport and Workington including the implementation of a Task and Finish Group but came to the conclusion that this would be duplicating the work of the already implemented Workington Town Board and Maryport Advisory Group.


Update on the Reedlands Road project


The Head of Place Development provided an update to members, advising that the project had been delayed due to the site being on an area of mine working, but that appropriate site investigations have now been completed and the project is proceeding.



Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 170 KB


The Programme Director for Maryport provided members with further information in relation to the creation of a new Housing Company. The company aims to address housing shortages in the Borough whilst generating an income for the Council. An initial three properties have been marked for re-development in Keswick and Maryport which will create holiday lettings and residential units.


The Head of Place Development then clarified the Executive decision to move the market operation ‘in-house’, members were advised that this move will increase Allerdale’s profit share and reduce management fees. An options appraisal had been undertaken and the management of the markets will complement and create opportunities for the Place Development Team.


Members noted the contents of the Forward Plan



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Members were asked to consider items for the 2020/21 work programme and discussed the content of the remaining meetings to be held in 2019/20.


Task and Finish Group/Working Group Updates


Updates were provided to members of the work of the task and finish groups,


·  Climate Change Group – a climate workshop was held on the morning of 17 January 2020 which included representatives from local schools and various climate change groups. The group will present its report at the next overview and scrutiny meeting, 21 February 2020.


·  Procurement Group – the group has continued to meet with officers and are awaiting the release of further documentation


·  Future Waste Management Group – officers have begun the TUPE work and are working with employees of the current waste contractor


·  Budget Group – the group are going to have fortnightly meetings and will report at the next meeting, members were encouraged to participate in budget conversations.