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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: The Venue, 650 Manchester Road, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, S36 1AJ

Contact: Philippa Burdett, Democratic Services  Email: philippa.burdett@sheffield.gov.uk

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No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

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Minutes:

1.1

An apology for absence was received from Councillor Penny Baker.

 

2.

Exclusions of Public and Press

To identify items where resolutions may be moved to exclude the press and public.

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Minutes:

2.1

There were no items that excluded the public and press.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Members to declare any interests they have in the business to be considered at the meeting.

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Minutes:

3.1

Councillor Julie Grocutt declared a personal interest in item 8 of the agenda ‘Stocksbridge Towns Fund update’ by virtue of her being a member of the Stocksbridge Towns Fund Board.

 

4.

Minutes of Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 167 KB

To approve the minutes of the Committee held on 9 March, 2022 and 18 May, 2022.

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4.1

RESOLVED: that the minutes of the previous meetings held on 3 March, 2022 and 18 May, 2022 were agreed as accurate records.

 

5.

North Local Area Committee Action Plan pdf icon PDF 241 KB

Verbal update by David Luck, Community Services Manager.

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5.1

David Luck, the North Community Services Manager, gave an overview of proposed actions for the North East Local Area Committee.

 

In September and October 2021, initial consultations were held both online and in person to gain residents views on the priorities for their areas. Three main priorities were noted: highways and transport, clean and attractive environment, and the wider issue of a vibrant community life.

 

In addition to Local Area Committee funding, ‘ward pots’ funding was also available for local projects, and applications were welcome from groups with projects that might benefit from this funding.

 

Around £6,000 of funding had been made available to support celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

 

5.2

The Committee noted the information now reported as part of the presentation.

 

6.

North Local Area Committee Budget Report pdf icon PDF 288 KB

Report of David Luck, Community Services Manager.

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Decision:

6.1

Each Local Area Committee has a £100,000 budget to address local priorities, identified within their respective Community Plans.  This report sets out initial details of the proposed spending within this £100,000 budget during the 2022/23 financial year. 

 

 

6.2

RESOLVED: that the North Local Area Committee:

(i)             notes the proposed anticipated expenditure against the £100,000 budget to address local priorities in the North Local Area Committee Community Plan in 2022/23, as detailed in the report, and in particular:-

 

·       agrees that a grant of £11,302 be awarded to High Green Development Trust for the development of a youth base; and

·       approves a budget of £25,000 for parks improvements.

 

(ii)      to the extent that it is not covered by existing authority, authorises the Community Services Manager to make decisions on expenditure relating to the priorities set out in the report provided that:

 

·        the decision is taken in consultation with the Local Area Committee Chair;

·        the decision may not approve expenditure on any element in excess of the anticipated limit for that element set out in the report; and

·        a report detailing the delegated spending decisions taken by the Community Services Manager is presented to the next Local Area Committee meeting.

 

(iii)     agrees the attached action plan as a basis to develop future projects/ activity.

 

 

6.3

Reasons for Decision

 

 

 

The North Local Area Committee is asked to note the proposed allocation of funding to the projects identified to enable detailed planning to commence and delivery to begin in the coming months.

 

 

6.4

Alternatives Considered and Rejected

 

 

6.4.1

Decisions on any expenditure above the existing authority to the Community Services Manager could be reserved to the Local Area Committee but this would delay delivery of priority actions to address specific issues identified in the Community Plan.

 

6.4.2

All decisions on expenditure to support Community Plan priorities could be delegated to officers.  However, this would restrict the Local Area Committee’s ability to monitor its delegated budget and delivery of the Community Plan.

 

Minutes:

6.1

The North Community Services Manager, David Luck, gave an overview of how the Local Area Committee budget was intended to be distributed across the themed priorities, referring to the “Report of North Local Area Committee proposed spending 20222-23”.

 

6.2

Each Local Area Committee had a £100,000 budget to address local priorities, identified within their respective Community Plans.  This report set out initial details of the proposed spending within this £100,000 budget during the 2022/23 financial year. 

 

6.3

Funding of up to £5,000 would be available for smaller projects upon agreement and approval by the North Local Area Committee.

 

6.4

Councillor Julie Grocutt queried whether members needed to declare an interest in items on the agenda relating to their ward. She wished to ensure that residents were aware of the work of councillors within their area.

 

The Chair responded by saying that he felt that there was an expectation that ward councillors would have knowledge on work within their ward.

 

6.5

Councillor Levery noted his thanks to the High Green Development Trust for providing the space for the proposed project and felt that it would provide a focus for young people.

 

6.6

Councillor Chinchen noted that the document referenced digital inclusion and advised that there were plans to hold a ‘pop up’ event in Stocksbridge Library in September, which would offer expertise to support both basic learning and digital schemes.

 

6.7

Mark Whittaker, a representative of Stocksbridge Town Council (for Deepcar) and Deputy Mayor of Stocksbridge explained that activity was ongoing for pulling together a ‘friends’ groups of Fox Glen park. A public meeting was due to be held in Stocksbridge Town Hall.

 

6.8

Laura Walker, a resident of Grenoside, advised that a Friends of Grenoside Park group had been set up aiming to seek views from residents around the renovation needs of the park.

 

6.9

RESOLVED: that the North Local Area Committee:

 

(i)             notes the proposed anticipated expenditure against the £100,000 budget to address local priorities in the North Local Area Committee Community Plan in 2022/23, as detailed in the report, and in particular:-

 

·       agrees that a grant of £11,302 be awarded to High Green Development Trust for the development of a youth base; and

·       approves a budget of £25,000 for parks improvements.

 

(ii)       to the extent that it is not covered by existing authority, authorises the Community Services Manager to make decisions on expenditure relating to the priorities set out in the report provided that:

 

  • the decision is taken in consultation with the Local Area Committee Chair;
  • the decision may not approve expenditure on any element in excess of the anticipated limit for that element set out in the report; and
  • a report detailing the delegated spending decisions taken by the Community Services Manager is presented to the next Local Area Committee meeting.

 

(iii)  agrees the attached action plan as a basis to develop future projects/activity.

 

6.10

Reasons for Decision

 

The North Local Area Committee is asked to note the proposed allocation of funding to the projects  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Stocksbridge Towns Fund update

Verbal update by Amanda Holmes, Communications Officer.

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7.1

Amanda Holmes, Communication Officer, updated the Local Area Committee on the Stocksbridge Towns Fund. In 2019, the Government announced a £3.6 billion fund investing in towns as part of plans to level up many regions. Sheffield City Council was the responsible authority and set up Stocksbridge Towns Fund. A board was formed in early 2020 and an engagement process began about what should be included in the Towns Fund bid. This coincided with the first national Covid19 lockdown, and engagement was carried out online and via local newspapers.

 

7.2

Regeneration of Stocksbridge town centre, in particular the High Street, was considered a main priority due to concern about being left behind since the opening of Fox Valley in 2016.

 

7.3

The engagement process also highlighted that skills and education were felt to be a priority. It was noted that there were no post-16 opportunities within the area, and extra provision was now being investigated.

 

7.4

Health and wellbeing was the third priority noted. A number of projects were being looked at, including major investment in Stocksbridge Leisure Centre to provide a hydrotherapy pool as a potential regional facility. Further investment was planned to regenerate Oxley Park, including a new skate park and a 3G sports pitch to support teams that otherwise had to travel out of the area. There were also plans to develop new trails and a cycle network to link up with footpaths in the area.

 

7.5

The next steps involved putting a business case together for sign-off by the Towns Fund Board on 22 July, which would then be submitted to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. The total funding available was around £24.1 million and, if secured, projects would begin to be tendered around December 2022 and work was hoped to commence in spring 2023. A regular newsletter and social media sites would keep residents updated.

 

7.6

Amanda Holmes confirmed that priority discussions were ongoing with the Council’s library team to seek a temporary location for Stocksbridge Library. Parking options were also being considered, and a full survey was being carried out on the options that were available.

 

7.7

The Chair thanked Amanda for her contribution to the meeting.

 

7.8

David Luck advised that there would be a short break in the formal meeting of around 20 minutes to give the opportunity for attendees to meet in small informal groups to discuss the Stocksbridge Towns Fund proposals, and for residents of other wards to discuss issues of concern with their local councillors.

 

7.9

The meeting resumed, and the following feedback was provided:

 

7.9.1

Stocksbridge

  • Suggestion of charging facilities for bikes.
  • Hub for cycling and secure storage.
  • Possible provision of a cinema in the new hub
  • Parking provision at proposed 3G pitch.
  • Concerns about housing developments and the need for street cleaning.
  • Possibilities for a multi-storey car park.
  • Speeding was of concern at the Hole House Lane junction.

 

7.9.2

Stannington

8.

Public Questions and Petitions

To receive any questions or petitions from members of the public.

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8.1

Question 1 – Emma Collins

 

Lound Side school Academy PTA, recently approached the Road Safety team at Sheffield City Council, to ask them if they could put out no waiting cones.

 

This would be at school opening and closing times, in the hope that it would make a safer environment around the school, trying to alleviate antisocial parking at school times.

 

The answer received was negative in that this would not be allowed.

 

1.       Does the officer and department who made this decision have any alternative proposal to make?

 

2.       How many complaints have been made that relate to the placing of cones outside of schools?

 

3.       Which school have these complaints been made against

 

In response, the Chair noted that safer roads were an objective within the Community Plan and was an issue throughout Sheffield. Many parents were still using cars for transporting their children to school, despite activity and education from schools. He advised that Parking Services had limited resources to enforce parking restrictions outside schools and that Councillor Woodcock had met with officers to discuss these concerns.

 

Councillor Woodcock advised that the use of cones would be to emphasise no parking and had no legal standing. The cost of providing these for both the infant and junior buildings would be around £900. Loundside Infant and Junior School informed parents about safe parking. He had met with senior technicians in Highways earlier that day to look at options. A factor to consider when looking at options was maintaining access at all times to a nearby bus stop. Costings had been given to install 14 bollards at approximately £650 per bollard. Other strategies had been tried, including police officer attendance, but there were issues in finding a safe position to park as the site was on the brow of a hill. The possibility of further educating parents on safer parking was mentioned.

 

Councillor Grocutt, as Co-Chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Committee, was aware that there were currently vacancies for school crossing wardens that were struggling to be filled.

 

Councillor Gamble Pugh agreed that the provision of bollards was an expensive option and believed that the limited hours on offer to school crossing wardens was a barrier to recruitment, and that ways of attracting interest in these posts should be pursued.

 

The Chair advised that a full answer would be provided to the question raised, and the issue would be escalated to the relevant Policy Committee if necessary.

 

8.2

Question 2 – Adam Hurst

 

The Chair read out a question from Adam Hurst, who was in attendance to participate in the discussion:

 

  1. Could the Committee inform me of when and how the decision for the Staindrop Lodge Hotel to be allocated for use for Asylum Seekers was made
    1. The extent to which the council was informed and whether the change of use was subject to Planning Regulations
    2. Any consultation with local residents
    3. What support is being offered to people currently resident at Staindrop Lodge.

Councillor Levery gave  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.