Agenda, decisions and minutes

Bradford South Area Committee
Thursday, 26th September, 2019 5.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 3 - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Yusuf Patel 

Items
No. Item

13.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

Minutes:

No disclosures of interest in matters under consideration were received.

14.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on XXXXX 2019 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Yusuf Patel – 01274 434579)

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 27 June 2019 be signed as a correct record.

15.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Yusuf Patel - 01274 434579)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict documents.

16.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

To hear questions from electors within the District on any matter this is the responsibility of the Committee. 

 

Questions must be received in writing by the City Solicitor in Room 112, City Hall, Bradford, BD1 1HY, by mid-day on XXXXX 2019.

 

(Yusuf Patel - 01274 434579)

 

Minutes:

There were no questions submitted by the public.

17.

THORNTON ROAD, QUEENSBURY - OBJECTIONS TO PROPOSED DISABLED PERSONS PARKING PLACE pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “F”) which sets out an application for a Disabled Persons Parking Place for 28 Albert Road, Queensbury (parking place to be located on Thornton Road) which has resulted in objections.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the Bradford South Area Committee determines whether or           not to allow the installation of a Disabled Persons Parking Place     on Thornton Road, Queensbury.

 

(2)       That the applicant and objectors be informed accordingly.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Regeneration and Environment

 

(Andrew Smith - 01274 434674)

 

 

Minutes:

 

The Strategic Director Place submitted a report (Document “F”) which set out an application for a Disabled Persons Parking Place for 28 Albert Road, Queensbury (parking place to be located on Thornton Road) which had resulted in objections.

 

The Principal Engineer highlighted that the matter had been discussed by the Area Committee on a number of occasions and deferred to enable different options to be explored, and following advertising of the proposals, seven objections had now been received, which were detailed in the report.

 

A number of the objectors were present at the meeting and a spokesperson stated that the applicant had lived in the area for a number of years and that he had access to a number of vehicles. She added that the proposed parking place would be installed directly outside her house, however the applicant had a tendency to park in a number of locations in the vicinity and therefore residents could not understand how the proposed location would assist the applicant.

 

A Member and Ward Councillor for the area acknowledged that a number of concerns had been expressed around the proposals and that the location would cause additional issues, by narrowing that part of Thornton Road, and he suggested that a possible location could be found on Chapel Street.

 

In response to a question why the parking place was not being proposed outside the applicant’s house, it was stated that given the existing double yellow lines adjacent to Albert Road, the location was not considered suitable and that parking was already at a premium in the area.

 

A Member suggested that Ward Councillors speak to the applicant and the objectors so that an amicable solution could be found, however Members felt that proposed location was not viable and it was therefore:

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the Bradford South Area Committee upholds the objections          and refuses an application for the installation of a disabled   Person Parking Place on Thornton Road, Queensbury.

(2)       That the applicant and objectors be informed accordingly.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director Place

 

 

18.

VARIOUS SITES IN BRADFORD SOUTH - TRO OBJECTIONS pdf icon PDF 4 MB

The Strategic Director Place (Document “H”) which set out objections and a petition received to a recently advertised Traffic Regulation Order for various parking restrictions in the Bradford South constituency.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the objections be overruled and the Order be sealed and    implemented as advertised.

 

(2)       That the objectors and lead petitioner be informed accordingly.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Regeneration and Environment

 

(Andrew Smith - 01274 434674)

 

Minutes:

The Strategic Director Place submitted a report (Document “H”) which set out objections and a petition received to a recently advertised Traffic Regulation Order for various parking restrictions in the Bradford South constituency.

 

In relation to Beckside Road, the Principal Engineer explained that the main objection and petition received were on the grounds that the proposed waiting restriction would take away parking provision in the area and he suggested that a possible relaxation of the proposed hours could be looked at, if it was permissible within the existing Order.

 

In respect of Cemetery Road, Bradford Park Avenue had now withdrawn their objection on the proviso that further waiting restrictions and disabled parking places are looked at in the vicinity of Horsfall Stadium.  An objector to the original proposals echoed the comments and added that the club was trying to encourage supporters to use the existing car parking at the rear of the club and discourage parking on Cemetery Road.

 

Resolved –

(1)       That the objection in respect of Beckside Road be overruled but           that officers consult with Legal Services to determine if a minor    reduction in the proposed restriction hours (subject to             consultation with the affected frontage) is permissible within the           existing Order.

(2)       That it be noted that the objection in respect of Cemetery Road             has been withdrawn.

(3)       That the 2018/19 Bradford South various sites Traffic Regulation          Order be sealed and implemented as advertised subject to any     subsequently agreed modifications to the restriction times on        Beckside Road .

(4)       That the Bradford South Area Committee gives approval to         prepare and advertise a Traffic Regulation Order for further      waiting restrictions and disabled persons parking places in the      vicinity of the Horsfall Stadium as part of the 2019/20 Bradford   South various sites TRO.

(5)       That the objectors be informed accordingly.

ACTION: Strategic Director Place

 

19.

HARTINGTON TERRACE, BRADFORD- REQUEST FOR A DISABLED PERSONS PARKING PLACE pdf icon PDF 3 MB

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “G”) which sets out an application for a Disabled Persons Parking Place where the application does not meet all the criteria.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the Bradford South Area Committee determines whether or           not to allow the installation of a Disabled Persons Parking Place     at 41 Hartington Terrace.

 

(2)       That the applicant be informed accordingly.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Regeneration and Environment

 

(Andrew Smith - 01274 434674)

 

Minutes:

The Strategic Director Place submitted a report (Document “G”) which set out an application for a Disabled Persons Parking Place where the applicant did not meet all the criteria.  Members were in broad support of the proposal and it was therefore.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the Bradford South Area Committee approves the installation       of a disabled Person Parking Place at 41 Hartington Terrace.

 

(2)       That the applicant be informed accordingly.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director Place

 

20.

LIBRARIES UPDATE

A verbal update will be provided on Libraries.

 

(Jacqui Buckley - 01274 437835)

 

 

Minutes:

A verbal update was provided on Libraries.  During the verbal update the Change Assurance Manager stated that in order to retain a comprehensive library network, the Council needed to radically re-think the way in which it currently delivered these services.  There were a range of options that could be considered to support delivery including a reduction in opening hours; using more volunteers to provide “add on services”; increase the use of technology eg self service at some libraries; relocating libraries into other areas, buildings, shared services, partnering with other organisations to share costs including community groups, health organisations and parish and town councils.

 

It was stressed that all the options will need to be carefully considered alongside the individual library performance data, the needs analysis data and financial /cost data to determine which option is the most suitable for each library as well as any other options.

 

It was important that the service engaged with all stakeholders, staff and residents as well as elected members to help shape future proposals.

 

The engagement questionnaire was currently being developed and will include as an example an ask for respondents to determine which of the domains are a priority to them, or to what extent they agree with our consideration of options to reduce opening hours etc.  External validation of our approach was currently being undertaken by Bradford University and the DCMS.

 

In recognition of our responsibilities to engage with hard to reach groups, plans were currently being developed to include a number of additional focus groups and targeting of schools to increase participation of our young people.

In recognition of our diverse communities we will take advise on making the questionnaire available in a number of languages and individual group session will be undertaken with staff and trade unions.

 

In conclusion it was stated that using the data from both the library needs assessment and feedback from engagement, a robust review of the option will be available during October and early November.

 

The consultation will include a wide range of activities such as public consultation, use of social media, dedicated focus groups for hard to reach groups, drop in session at accessible venues, online promotion and feedback forums.

 

The Chair thanked the officer for providing a comprehensive update on the future of libraries and suggested that she works closely works with the Area Coordinators’ office during the consultation process so that it is effective and comprehensive.

 

During the discussion Members suggested that the busier supermarkets in the south area could be utilised as a consultation feedback venue.

 

A Member suggested that it was important to ensure that hard to reach groups were consulted fully as there was a tendency to overlook them.

 

A Member stated that although the views of users was important, a wider perspective from non users was also important in shaping library services, as this perspective might give you information on the reasons why there was low usage of the library service.

 

Resolved –

 

That the verbal update on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.

21.

YOUTH SERVICE UPDATE - BRADFORD SOUTH pdf icon PDF 225 KB

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report  (Document “J”) which gives an update on the work undertaken by the Youth Service in the Bradford South Area in the past 12 months and outlines the direction of travel for the next 12 months.

 

Recommended –

 

That the work undertaken by the Youth Service in the Bradford South Area as detailed in Document “J” be welcomed.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Children’s Services

 

(Mick Charlton - 01274 431155)

Minutes:

The Strategic Director Place submitted a report  (Document “J”) which gave an update on the work undertaken by the Youth Service in the Bradford South Area in the past 12 months and outlined the direction of travel for the next 12 months.

 

A number of young people who had participated and benefited from the activities of the Youth Service were present at the meeting to share their experiences with the Area Committee, and how this had acted as a catalyst for them completing their education and in certain situations progressing into full time work, as well as contributing to the welfare and change in the area they lived in.

 

A partner organisation who had done some dedicated work in Tong gave an account of the work undertaken with young people whose dads were in prison, and encouraging them to maintain contact by writing letters.

 

Members welcomed the testimonies of the young people and the excellent work done by the Youth Service, despite cuts being made to the service over a number of years.

 

Resolved –

 

That the Youth Service and the young people be thanked for attending and sharing their experiences and for the work undertaken in the last 12 months with Partners.

 

ACTION:  Strategic Director Place

22.

STRONGER COMMUNITIES STRATEGY AND DELIVERY PLAN pdf icon PDF 110 KB

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report(Document “I”) which asked Members to note the progress made on the Stronger Communities Delivery Plan, produced by the Bradford Stronger Communities Partnership. 

 

Recommended –

           

Bradford South Area Committee is asked to note the progress of the Bradford Stronger Communities Delivery Plan.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Regeneration and Environment

 

(Zahra Niazi - - 01274 436082)

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Strategic Director Place submitted a report(Document “I”) which asked Members to note the progress made on the Stronger Communities Delivery Plan, produced by the Bradford Stronger Communities Partnership. 

 

The Integration Strategy Programme Lead gave an overview of the activities undertaken, which were detailed in the report and invited Members suggestions on the strategy and delivery plan and issues encountered in the different wards.

 

In welcoming the progress made and the activities undertaken to date, Members suggested that inclusion was key to delivering a successful programme.

 

The Lead officer acknowledged that the complex social economic barriers inherent in the City were the very aspects the programme was intending to tackle. One of the main components of the Programme was to improve routes and opportunities into work by improving language skills as well as tackle any other barriers that may exist.

 

Resolved –

 

That the Bradford South Area Committee welcomes the progress made in delivering the Stronger Communities Delivery Plan in such a short time and that Members comments, suggestions and concerns be taken on board.

 

ACTION:       Strategic Director Place

 

23.

2019/20 BRADFORD SOUTH YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CHEST GRANTS pdf icon PDF 160 KB

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “K”) which details the Youth and Community Chest Grants awarded from applications received prior to the 31 May 2019 deadline.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the wide range of applications from groups, organisations            and individuals across Bradford South are noted and welcomed.

 

(2)       That the Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office continue to             ensure the effective allocation of the Youth and Community Chest          budget by providing appropriate advice and support to applicants.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Corporate

(Mick Charlton - 01274 431155)

Minutes:

The Strategic Director Place will submitted a report (Document “K”) which detailed the Youth and Community Chest Grants awarded from applications received prior to the 31 May 2019 deadline.

 

Resolved –

 

(1)       That the wide range of applications from groups, organisations             and individuals across Bradford South be noted and welcomed.

 

(2)       That the Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office continue to             ensure the effective allocation of the Youth and Community Chest          budget by providing appropriate advice and support to applicants.

 

ACTION: Strategic Director Place