Venue: Authority Chamber - No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP
Contact: Trudy Bedford 0151 330 1330
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Mayor J Anderson OBE, Councillor A Moorhead, Rt Hon Jane Kennedy, Barbara Spicer (Mayoral Advisor – Social Housing Growth), Luciana Berger MP (Mayoral Advisor – Mental Health), Sara Wilde-McKeown (Mayoral Advisor – Visitor Economy), Kate Farrell (Mayoral Advisor – Homelessness), Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE (Mayoral Advisor – Natural Environmental).
Declarations of Interest
It was reported that no declarations of interest had been received.
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority held on 8 December 2017 be approved as a correct record.
Metro Mayors Announcements
Metro Mayor S Rotheram congratulated Professor Janet Beer on receiving a DEB in the New Year’s Honours List. He also took the opportunity to welcome Lynn Collins, Chairperson of the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board to her first meeting of the LCR Combined Authority.
The Metro Mayor reflected on the recent announcement of the collapse of Carillion, in particular sighting the concerns regarding the ongoing development of the Royal Liverpool Hospital. He reported that a joint letter from himself and Mayor J Anderson OBE had been sent to the Prime Minister. Theresa May, expressing their concerns regarding the collapse of Carillion and seeking assurances that those businesses who had provided goods and services to Carillion would also be supported.
The Metro Mayor highlighted that the shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, the shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Peter Dowd MP had yesterday been in the City Region where they had been informed of the Combined Authority’s plans to develop a tidal energy project in the river Mersey and had also visited Orsted’s off-shore wind facility in Birkenhead. Furthermore, the Shadow Chancellor gave a public commitment that a future Labour Government would look to use funding from the proposed regional investment bank to support the plans for the Mersey tidal project.
The Metro Mayor reflected on the Liverpool 2018 cultural events programme which had been unveiled to mark ten years since the city’s year as European Capital of Culture. He reported that the Combined Authority had supported Liverpool City Council and Liverpool 2018 with £5 million from the Single Investment Fund which would contribute towards the delivery of more than 40 events and festivals across the City Region.
The Metro Mayor also reported that the Combined Authority had recently appointed a specialist consortium to deliver an action plan detailing how to achieve the pledge to make the City Region the most digitally connected in the UK. The Digital Infrastructure Plan would map the City Region’s existing infrastructure assets, identify opportunities to best use those assets and suggest potential operating models for the City Region’s digital infrastructure. Following an open tender, the contract was won by a specialist consortium formed by CBN Limited and Adroit Economics. The project would be managed by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. The Metro Mayor highlighted that his vision for ensuring the best internet connectivity speeds in the country would be to link the two central resources within the City Region which were the GTT transatlantic cable in Southport and the Hartree Centre in Daresbury.
The Metro Mayor informed the Combined Authority that he had held a community engagement day in Liverpool, where he had visited ‘Can Cook’ in Speke and the Royal British Legion. In also reported that he had met with the world leading company ‘Ad Lib’ who provided sound and lighting equipment to some of the biggest artists and events across the globe and employed 150 people locally.
In conclusion, the Metro Mayor reported ... view the full minutes text for item 129.
International Business Festival (IBF) 2018
To receive a presentation from Max Steinberg CBE, Liverpool Vision Chief Executive, on the plans for the International Business Festival 2018.
Max Steinberg CBE, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision provided a verbal presentation to the LCR Combined Authority, which set out the following:-
· Reflected on the scale and importance of the International Business Festival 2018 to the City Region with a target of attracting 30,000 delegates globally to the Festival;
· Reported that each day of the three week Festival would have a theme and would be supported by speakers and a programme to support this. With 100 international organisations signed up to exhibit at the Festival;
· Explained how the ‘Futures Stage’ was developing and to date had confirmed a number of significant speakers with further announcements to be made in February. Furthermore, the Festival floor layout had been designed by Wayne Hemmingway and the Festival would be ticketed with a charge of £50 per ticket;
· Summarised the involvement of UK Business Angels Association who had been influential in securing investors to participate in the Festival; and
· Reported that HRH The Duke of Cambridge was the Patron for the Festival.
Ian McCarthy, Festival Director, provided the following update to Members of the LCR Combined Authority:-
· Reinforced the benefits the Festival brought to the City Region and explained the vision for the Festival to become part of the international business calendar;
· Highlighted how the Festival aimed to create a legacy for young people across the City Region through an Integrated Youth Strand and providing 1,000 free tickets eligibly to people between 16-24 years old;
· Summarised the evaluation which had been conducted following IBF 2014 and 2016 and explained how this had informed the framework for 2018 which had been agreed with Central Government; and
· Set out the return on investment which the City Region hoped to benefit from as a consequence of the 2018 Festival. Furthermore, to maximise this opportunity business delegation management and tours would be held across the City Region to demonstrate the opportunities to business.
conclusion, Max Steinberg CBE requested that a further presentation
be provided to a future meeting
outlining the key topics for each day of the festival along with
sharing the speakers programme.
RESOLVED – That the presentation from Max Steinberg CBE and Ian McCarthy be noted.
To consider the report of the Lead Officer: Energy and Renewables.
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Lead Officer: Energy and Renewables which set out the progress made in achieving the nomination to host the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy funded local Energy Hub for the North West.
Mr A Hamid MBE informed the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy had recognised that there was a lack of capacity to bring forward investable energy projects. Therefore to address this Central Government had provided funding for two years for a single authority to manage a regional fund. Central Government had asked the five Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) from across the North West to nominate a lead LEP to host the Hub on behalf of the North West.
Accordingly, Liverpool City Region had been identified as the preferred host location.
He highlighted that this was an excellent opportunity for the City Region and wished to place on record his thanks to Officers from the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership in their efforts to secure the nomination of a host location for the North West. In conclusion, he reported that the final confirmation was subject to ministerial approval which was expected in February 2018.
RESOLVED – That:-
(i) the proposed scope of activity of the North West Local Energy Hub be noted;
(ii) in principal approval be given to the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership to manage the funding on behalf of the North West; and
(iii) authority be delegated to the Lead Officer: Energy and Renewables to identify which Combined Authority partner organisations play what role in respect of project delivery.
Portfolio Update - Policy, Finance, Digital and Innovation
To receive an update from the Portfolio Lead on the priorities for this portfolio.
Metro Mayor S Rotheram, Portfolio Holder for Policy, Finance, Digital and Innovation, provided a presentation to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority which set out the work to date within his portfolio. The presentation highlighted the following:-
· Set out the vision for the Liverpool City Region with regards to Innovation and Digital;
· Summarised the LCR Innovation Ecosystem and highlighted some key achievements which have been achieved since May 2017;
· Outlined the ambitious, yet achievable objectives for the City Region of which some of them where:-
· Become the UK’s hotspot for developing and marketing ideas;
· Develop the best, integrated, ultrafast digital connectivity in the UK;
· Become the most digitally inclusive place in the UK;
· Improve on the ‘D’ aspect of R&D across the City Region;
· Establish the City Region as the best place in the UK to start and grow a digital and creative business;
· Take full advantage of the transformational opportunities afforded by the materials chemistry capability;
· Consolidate the City Region’s position as an international Centre of Excellence for tackling Infectious Disease;
· Harnessing the world-leading High Performance Computing and Cognitive Computing capabilities; and
· Leading the UK in the development and application of industrial digitisation technologies.
· Set out the challenges in implementing the ambitious objectives and outlined the priorities for 2018 which would work towards achieving the objectives outlined above.
RESOLVED – That the presentation be noted.
To consider the report of the Lead Officer: Transport.
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Lead Officer: Transport which sought endorsement of the Liverpool City Region Rights of Way Improvement Plan.
Councillor L Robinson, Chairperson of the Transport Committee, reported that there was a statutory obligation for all local highway authorities to prepare a Rights of Way Improvement Plan. Historically the five Merseyside Local Authorities and Merseytravel had produced a combined Plan and Halton Borough Council had a separate Plan. However, with the creation of the LCR Combined Authority the Plans for each of the constituent Councils have been combined to create a single Rights of Way Improvement Plan for the Liverpool City Region. Furthermore, each Constituent Council would retain the responsibility for delivering the plan in their respective areas.
RESOLVED – That the Liverpool City Region Rights of Way Improvement Plan as set out Appendix One to the report now submitted be endorsed.
Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions which have been submitted in accordance with Meetings Standing Orders No. 11. A period of 30 minutes will be allocated for this item. Copies of valid questions will be circulated at the meeting,
Public questions should be submitted to Knowsley Council Democratic Services by 5.00pm on Monday 15 January 2018.
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In writing to: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Democratic Services, PO Box 26, Municipal Building, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley LE6 9YU.
Members of the public were given the opportunity to submit questions in accordance with Meetings Standing order No. 11.
The Metro Mayor reported that two questions had been received, however those who had submitted the questions were not in attendance at this meeting. Copies of the questions had been circulated to Members of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and were also available in the public gallery and confirmed that a written response to each of the questions would be provided within 10 working days.
The questions circulated within the public gallery had both been submitted by Mr J McArdle and where:-
‘In an age of austerity, shouldn’t we be looking again at value for money and whether we really need the structure of a directly elected Metro Mayor at public expense?’
‘Will the Metro Mayor use his influence to open decision making across the region to allow ordinary, working people to have their say?’
Petitions and Statements
Members of the public will be given the opportunity to submit a single petition or statement in accordance with Meetings Standing Orders No.11. Petitions and Statements should be submitted to Knowsley Council Democratic Services by 5.00pm on Monday 15 January 2018..
By email to: email@example.com
In writing to: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Democratic Services, PO Box 26, Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9YU.
The Metro Mayor reported that no petitions or statements had been received.
RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Transport Committee held on 7 December 2017 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.