Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Friday, 9th March, 2018 1.00 pm

Venue: Authority Chamber - No.1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP

Contact: Trudy Bedford  0151 330 1330

Items
No. Item

150.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Mayor J Anderson OBE, Councillor T O’Neill (Associate Member), Councillor I Moran (Associate Member), Rt Hon Jane Kennedy, Reverend Canon Dr Ellen Loudon (Mayoral Advisor – Voluntary and Community Sector) Barbara Spicer (Mayoral Advisor – Social Housing Growth), Kate Farrell (Mayoral Advisor - Homelessness), Luciana Berger MP (Mayoral Advisor – Mental Health) and Lynn Collins (Chairperson of the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board).

151.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

It was reported that no declarations of interest had been received.

152.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 2 February 2018 pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 2 February 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairperson.

153.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

To receive updates from the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

Minutes:

Metro Mayor S Rotheram informed the LCR Combined Authority that as this was National Apprenticeship week he had visited construction apprentices at Liverpool John Moores University and digital apprentices at Cyber Frog to promote the work the Combined Authority was undertaking to increase access to apprenticeships across the City Region. Furthermore, to support the promotion of apprenticeships he and Councillor I Maher, Portfolio Lead: Skills and Apprenticeships, had launched the LCR Apprenticeship Growth Plan which committed the LCR Combined Authority to a target of 20,000 apprenticeship starts per year.

 

Metro Mayor S Rotheram reflected upon the recent launch of the Households into Work programme. This programme involved a new team of 24 advocates who would help 800 unemployed families across the City Region into work. The advocates would be based in each of the six Local Authority areas and would work with the families to identify barriers to employment and develop a bespoke package of intensive support to help each individual back into the workplace.

 

The Metro Mayor reported that on Friday 23 February 2018 a Housing Summit was held which challenged housebuilders to make the City Region an exemplar of innovation, sustainability and design excellence. Mayor J Anderson OBE, Portfolio Lead: Housing also spoke at the summit explaining the great work Liverpool City Council was undertaking by building 10,000 new homes through the City Council’s ‘Foundations’ Housing Company.

 

He also reported that his latest community engagement day had taken place on the Wirral, where he had met students from Bebington High School, heard about Wirral Council’s plans for growth, discussed energy policy at a roundtable event with local business leaders and saw the latest blueprints for the £4.5bn development for the Wirral Waters scheme.

 

The Metro Mayor went on to reference his recent engagement at the Liverpool City Region Health and Wellbeing summit held at Knowsley. He explained how the summit had provided an opportunity for experts to share their experience and best practice to improving health and wellbeing across the City Region. Councillor A Moorhead, Portfolio Lead: Health, was also in attendance at the summit and together they had signed a pledge to build a “dementia friendly” city region.

 

In conclusion, the Metro Mayor reported that an influential report by global design and infrastructure consultancy Arcadis had identified the Liverpool City Region as one of the UK’s top four growth hot spots. It was acknowledged that this was an encouraging report and confirmed that devolution was providing a significant opportunity for the City Region.

154.

Liverpool City Region Single Investment Fund (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Policy, Finance and Resources, Digital and Innovation and the Interim Head of Paid Service.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered a report which sought approval on the Full Business Case for the Key Route Network which had been submitted for funding from the Single Investment Fund, specifically Local Growth Fund Three.

 

Mick Noone, Director of Integrated Transport, Merseytravel, reported that the Full Business Case built on the commission the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority had previously agreed, with respect to the Key Route Network. This commission sought to improve the effectiveness and performance of the Key Route Network and to commit up to £25million, from the £40million allocated to the Transport Theme, of Local Growth Fund 3 monies.

 

Members attention was drawn to Appendix One of the report now submitted, which set out the appraisal of the bid and highlighted that the scheme had a very high Benefit Cost Ratio of 9.90 and comprised of 15 preferred interventions which were set out at Annex A to the report now submitted.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)         the Full Business Case in relation to the Key Route Network Invest for Growth Programme be agreed and award an aggregate of £25,109,044 capital of LGF3 funding to seven delivery organisations to take forward 15 discrete interventions; and

 

(ii)        authority be granted to the Interim Head of Paid Service to negotiate detailed terms and conditions of the grant funding agreement in consultation with the Combined Authority Interim Monitoring Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer. Any material variations to the project(s) as detailed in this report be referred back to the Combined Authority for consideration.

 

155.

Liverpool City Region Culture and Creative Strategy (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 315 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Economic Development and Culture and the Lead Officer: Culture.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered a report which sought approval of the Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2048.

 

The Liverpool City Region Devolution Deal included the establishment of a Cultural Partnership and the development of a Cultural Strategy. The Cultural Partnership held its first meeting in April 2017 and Appendix Two of the report now submitted set out the membership of the Partnership.

 

In this respect, Councillor P Davies, Portfolio Holder: Economic Development and Culture provided the following presentation:-

 

·        Explained the benefits culture could bring to the City Region, which included generating economic investment through the creation of jobs and providing a broad culture programme;

·        Provided an overview of the Strategy which would support the progress of the devolution deal and confirmed that the Strategy had undergone extensive consultation with key stakeholders;

·        Outlined the three key deliverable outcomes of the Strategy which included:-

 

o   Borough of Culture initiative;

o   Annual Liverpool City Region Cultural Awards; and

o   Region wide events

 

·        Set out the next steps, which included:-

 

o   St Helens being the first Borough of Culture to coincide with the towns 150th anniversary; and

o   The LCR Culture and Creativity Strategy would be launched in May 2018.

 

Councillor P Davies reported an annual allocation of £300,000 was being sought from the Combined Authority to support the implementation of the Strategy and in particular the three key deliverables.

 

In conclusion, Councillor P Davies paid tribute to Phil Redmond, Chair of the Cultural Partnership, for his vision in steering the Partnership and the Strategy. He also thanked key Officers for the significant contribution they had made in delivering and supporting the Cultural Partnership and Strategy.

 

Members welcomed the report and acknowledged the significant inward investment and opportunities culture programmes brought to the many communities across the City Region.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)         the Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Strategy as set out at Appendix One to the report now submitted be agreed;

 

(ii)        to support the delivery of three key elements of the three year action plan, including Boroughs of Culture, LCR Cultural Award and Region Wide Events through a contribution of £300,000 from the Mayoral Priority Budget in 2018/19 be agreed; and

 

(iii)       that this be an annual contribution from the Mayoral Priority Budget, pending the availability of external funding.

 

156.

Proposals for the Creation of a major road network pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Transport and the Interim Head of Paid Service.

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered a report from the Portfolio Holder: Transport and the Interim Head of Paid Service which set out the proposals for an open consultation by the Department for Transport (DfT) on its proposals for the creation of a Major Road Network (MRN).

 

Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport, highlighted that the Major Road Network would be focused on key ‘A’ roads across the City Region by providing transformative solutions to those which are the most economically important to local authorities. He reported that a draft consultation response had been prepared which focused on the core principles of a Major Road Network, clarity on the match funding process, how traffic flow would be circulated and the role of the Combined Authority and other national bodies. The draft response also suggested that the proposed funding allocation of £20million should be lowered.

 

In conclusion, Councillor Robinson reported that the draft response to the proposals for the creation of a Major Road Network would be circulated to Members.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)           the consultation that is underway in respect of the Major Road Network be noted; and

 

(ii)         delegated authority be granted to the Interim Head of Paid Service, in conjunction with the Metro Mayor, to develop and submit a response to the consultation on behalf of the Authority ahead of the deadline of 19 March 2018.

 

157.

Liverpool City Region Skills Strategy (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 156 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Skills and Apprenticeships and the Lead Officer: Skills and Apprenticeships.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Portfolio Holder: Skills and Apprenticeships and the Lead Officer: Skills and Apprenticeships which presented the Liverpool City Region Skills Strategy for approval.

 

Councillor I Maher, Portfolio Holder: Apprenticeships and Skills reflected upon the importance of apprenticeships and skills within the devolution agreement. He reported that the draft Skills Strategy had been considered by the Combined Authority in December 2017, subject to a final consultation process. That consultation process generated 35 responses which contained over 200 detailed comments which had been considered as part of the drafting of the revised version of the Strategy. Members’ attention was drawn to section 3.2 of the report now submitted which set out the key changes to the Strategy.

 

It was further reported that the draft Skills Strategy included an outline performance framework with supporting performance measures. However, it was noted that given the wider economic uncertainty, it was difficult at this time to be more precise on the performance framework and measures. The annual Skills Summit would provide the opportunity to report on the performance framework and action plan for the Strategy. Councillor Maher also highlighted that the report sought approval for grant funding for the implementation of the Adult Education Budget.

 

In conclusion, he provided a number of examples of good practice which had already been delivered in providing support to people to access skills and apprenticeships across the City Region and where set out in Appendix One to the report now submitted.

Mr A Hamid MBE, welcomed the report and recognised the significant hard work which had been undertaken in the development of the Strategy. He highlighted that improving skills was key for businesses across the City Region. Therefore in recognition of this he proposed that the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership Board also consider the action plan to implement the LCR Skills Strategy.

 

            RESOLVED – That:

 

(i)               the work undertaken in the development of the Liverpool City Region Skills Strategy be noted;

 

(ii)             the Liverpool City Region Skills Strategy attached at Appendix One to the report now submitted be approved;

 

(iii)       a draft action plan be considered at the next meeting of the Employment and Skills Board;

 

(iv)       the implementation funding from the Department for Education to support preparations for the devolution of the Adult Education Budget be welcomed and the grant offer be accepted in principle;

 

(v)        authority be delegated to the Director of Corporate Services to agree the final claims; and

 

(vi)       the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership Board consider the LCR Skills Strategy action plan at timely intervals.

 

158.

Approval to progress Urban Development Fund (UDF) Applications from European Structural and Investment Funds (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 234 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Policy, Finance and Resources, Digital and Innovation and the Leda Officer: European Issues.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Policy, Finance and Resources and Digital and Innovation and the Interim Head of Paid Service which sought approval to progress an application to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, for the establishment of an Urban Development Fund.

 

It was reported that an Urban Development Fund would provide an opportunity to draw from the City Region’s European Structural and Investment Fund allocation to support property, Research and Development and low carbon investments. The Fund would operate as a loan for investors and developers. This approach would provide the Combined Authority with greater control to align European Regional Development Fund monies with Chrysalis and Single Investment Fund.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)               an application of £25million be progressed to the Local Growth Team of the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government for the establishment of an Urban Development Fund;

 

(ii)        delegated authority be granted to the Interim Head of Paid Service, in conjunction with the Treasurer and the Metro Mayor to complete and submit the required application documentation to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government; and

 

(iii)       a follow-up report on the progress of the bid and any associated actions, including financial and staffing implications be brought to future meetings.

 

 

159.

Scrutiny review of the Liverpool City Region Spatial Development Strategy pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider the report of the Liverpool City Region Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Lead Officer: Scrutiny.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee which set out the findings of the scrutiny review of the Liverpool City Region Spatial Development Strategy.

 

Metro Mayor S Rotheram reported that this was the first completed review to be undertaken by the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee and took the opportunity to thank Members of the Committee for undertaking the review and providing a number of recommendations for consideration.

 

Councillor S McGuire, Chairperson of the LCR Overview and Scrutiny Committee, reported that the aim of the review was to consider the process for preparing the Liverpool City Region Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) programme by understanding the stages which needed to be achieved to ensure the adoption of the LCR Spatial Development Strategy.

 

A variety of evidence had been presented during the course of the review, which included understanding best practice from other areas, in particular, the Greater London Assembly. The evidence sessions had confirmed that the creation of a Spatial Development Strategy for the City Region would be challenging, particularly to achieve the timescale as set out in the devolution deal. However, it was noted that it was important to keep Government engaged in the Plan process and updated on the achievement of key milestones. Furthermore, the evidence sessions had also confirmed that there was a positive relationship across the Constituent Councils which would bode well for the delivery of the Spatial Development Strategy.

 

In conclusion, Councillor S McGuire, thanked Committee members for their active and engaging role during the course of the review. She also thanked witnesses and officers for their contribution to the review.

 

Councillor B Grunewald, Portfolio Holder: Spatial Planning, Environment and Air Quality, thanked the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for their work and recommendations. He referred to Appendix Two of the report now submitted which set out the Combined Authorities proposed actions to the recommendations.

 

Councillor B Grunewald responded to the concerns identified by the Scrutiny review relating to the issue of capacity. He reported that the Combined Authority was undertaking a recruitment process to appoint to the position of the Head of Planning. Furthermore, since the review had concluded the Combined Authority had been awarded £200,000 to support the development of the Spatial Plan. In conclusion, he confirmed that Officers would provide timely updates to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the progress of the implementation of the review recommendations.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)         the report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee attached at Appendix A of the report now submitted be welcomed; and

 

(ii)        the draft response attached at Appendix B to the report now submitted be agreed and be reported back to the next available meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

160.

Combined Authority Budget Monitoring Statement 1st October 2017 to 31st December 2017 (Quarter 3) pdf icon PDF 251 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Policy, Finance and Resources, Digital and Innovation and the Treasurer.

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Policy, Finance and Resources, Digital and Innovation and the Treasurer which provided a budget update on the third quarter of 2017/18.

 

Members were informed that the revenue expenditure for 2017/18 largely focused on transport matters which remained within budget. Furthermore, the overall budget for the LCR Combined Authority was performing within its original budget allocation for 2017/18 and the risk of a material overspend remained low.

 

RESOLVED – That the contents of the LCR Combined Authority Budget Monitoring Statement be noted.

161.

Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 335 KB

Members of the public will be given an 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 should be submitted to Knowsley Council Democratic Services by 5.00pm on Monday 5 March 2018. Copies of valid questions will be circulated at the meeting.

 

By email to: trudy.bedford@knowsley.gov.uk

 

In writing to: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Democratic Services, PO Box 26, Municipal Building, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley LE6 9YU.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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, from two separate individuals.

 

The first question was from Mr Shortall who was not in attendance at this meeting. A copy of the question had been circulated to Members of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and was also available in the public gallery. The Metro Mayor confirmed that a written response to each of the questions would be provided within 10 working days.

 

Question One - Mr B Shortall

 

‘Will the Metro Mayor adopt the following and ask Local Authority Members of the Liverpool City Region to also comply:-

 

1.     That at least 10% of new build homes in the City Region must meet the needs of wheelchair users as stated in Liverpool City Council’s Local plan; and

 

2.     That all housing applications in the City Region must comply with Category 2 of the Approved Document M prior to approval.1’

 

 

The Metro Mayor reported that the second question had been submitted by Mr Woodcock. In this respect, Mr Woodcock, directed the following question to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority:-

 

Question Two – Unlock Democracy

 

‘Unlock Democracy values the opportunity at every meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to be able to ask questions when having given the required notice. We would also welcome a similar arrangement at the important Overview and Scrutiny Committee which has unfortunately been inquorate at its last two meetings. Could this question time provision be a regular item on the agenda of these meetings also?’

 

The Metro Mayor reported that a full written response would be provided within 10 working days.

162.

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 5 March 2018.

 

By email to: trudy.bedford@knowsley.gov.uk

 

In writing to: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Democratic Services, PO Box 26, Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9YU.

Minutes:

The Metro Mayor reported that no petitions or statements had been received.

163.

Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 1 February 2018 pdf icon PDF 158 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Transport Committee held on 1 February 2018 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

164.

Minutes of the LCR Appointments and Disciplinary Committee meeting held on 29 January 2018 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee held on 29 January 2018 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

 

Minutes 150 to 164 be received as a correct record on the 20th day of April 2018. Chairperson of the Combined Authority

(The meeting closed at 1.38 pm)