Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Friday, 20th April, 2018 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Trudy Bedford  0151 330 1330

Items
No. Item

165.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Mayor J Anderson OBE, Councillor A Moorhead, Councillor T O’Neill (Associate Member), Professor Dame J Beer (Mayoral Advisor – Higher Education), 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).

166.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

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

167.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 9 March 2018 pdf icon PDF 193 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Combined Authority held on 9 March 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Metro Mayor.

168.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

To receive updates from the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

Minutes:

Metro Mayor S Rotheram brought to the attention of the LCR Combined Authority, a silhouette which was adjacent to him in the Authority Chamber. He reported that the silhouette formed part of the ‘There But Not There’ project which commemorated the fallen during the First World War.

 

He also reported that preparations were underway to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Navy, Zeebrugge Raid on 23 April 1918. The Royal prefix was granted to the Mersey Ferries Iris and Daffodil for their service at Zeebrugge.

The Metro Mayor informed the Combined Authority that Transport for the North had held its inaugural meeting as a statutory body here in Mann Island on the 5 April 2018. He highlighted that this was a significant opportunity for the City Region which emphasised the Combined Authority’s central role in driving forward a pan-Northern approach to strategic transport investment. Furthermore, he reiterated the importance of securing a new, faster line to Manchester, which along with Councillor Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport, he would be lobbying to deliver.

 

The Metro Mayor reported that he had represented the City Region at the recent MIPIM conference. He set out how this was an excellent opportunity to showcase the wealth of world class assets that every area across the City Region had to offer. He reported that this had been a successful week which had generated interest from investors.

 

The Metro Mayor highlighted that he had been involved in two community engagement visits since the last meeting of the LCR Combined Authority. He reported that in March he had visited Company Shop in St Helens, which utilised food, which would otherwise go to waste, from every major brand in the UK. The food was then sold at discounted prices to it members who included those who work in the emergency services, NHS and food manufacturing organisations.

 

The Metro Mayor also reported that he had visited the World of Glass in St Helens to support the Glass Futures project. The project received Government support to establish a national hub based in St Helens, focussed solely on promoting the UK at the forefront of global glass manufacturing. He reflected upon the importance of this project for both St Helens and the City Region.

 

In conclusion, the Metro Mayor also explained how he had visited the Catalyst Science Museum in Halton with Derek Twigg MP. He welcomed the work the museum had undertaken to educate local school children about Halton’s historical relationship with science and innovation and the museums exciting plans to become rooted within the local community.

169.

Transport for the North draft Strategic Transport Plan pdf icon PDF 123 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Portfolio Holder: Transport and the Lead Officer: Transport which set out the consultation by Transport for the North on its Draft Strategic Transport Plan.

 

Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport, reported that Transport for the North had become a statutory body on 1 April 2018. As such the draft Strategic Transport Plan would be a statutory document which informed Transport for the North’s priorities. He reported that a response had been prepared on behalf of the Combined Authority which was attached as Appendix One to the report now submitted. In summary, Councillor Robinson emphasised the importance of ensuring greater connectivity for HS2 but also from West to East. He welcomed the visibility of the Visitor Economy sector within the Plan and explained how the consultation response also sought clarity on securing a sustainable multi model solution for freight.

 

Rt Hon Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, welcomed the consultation response. However, she suggested that the consultation response should reflect the importance of addressing the safety of the pedestrians and cyclists.

 

RESOLVED – That -:

 

(i)         the establishment of Transport for the North as a statutory body as of 1 April 2018 be noted;

 

(ii)        the response to the consultation on the Draft Strategy Transport Plan, as set out at Appendix One to the report now submitted be noted; and

 

(iii)       additional comments on the draft Strategic Transport Plan, and any changes to the response to the consultation, be submitted to Transport for the North as a supplementary response.

 

170.

Bus Alternative Delivery Options - Strategic Outline Business Case (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 232 KB

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

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered the report of the Portfolio Holder: Transport and the Lead Officer: Transport which summarised the Strategic Outline Business Case (SOC) for the Alternative Delivery Model for bus. The SOC had been developed to consider the options for bus service delivery within the Liverpool City Region as set out in the Bus Services Act 2017.

 

Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport, reported that the Bus Services Act 2017 supported the bus related elements of the Liverpool City Region Devolution Agreement. He noted that the outcome of the SOC had determined that there was a case for intervention of the Bus Service across the City Region. Accordingly, the report set out a number of intervention options available which could be taken forward to the next stage, which was an Outline Business Case. The LCR Combined Authority was informed that the option’s available to be progressed to Outline Business Case where:-

 

(1) Enhanced Partnership (EP);

 

(2) Franchising;

 

(3) Retention of the LCR Bus Alliance (Reference Case).

 

In conclusion, Members were informed that the development of an Outline Business Case would take approximately 12-24 months to complete as a strong evidence base was required.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)               the contents of the report summarising the Strategic Outline Case for the Bus Alternative Delivery Model be endorsed;

 

(ii)              the development of an Outline Business Case for the Bus Alternative Delivery options, to assess in detail the potential for either an Enhanced Partnership, a Franchising scheme or the continuation of the existing LCR Bus Alliance be approved;

 

(iii)            the progression from a Strategic Outline Case to an Outline Business Case requires the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to issue statutory notices in respect of the assessment of the Enhanced Partnership and Franchising options be noted;

 

(iv)            relevant data be requested from the Liverpool City Region bus operators in line with the Bus Services Act (2017) in order to inform the Enhanced Partnership and Franchising options; and

 

(v)             a further report be presented in due course which summarises the outputs of the Outline Business Case, and additional reports as required as the OBC progresses.

 

171.

Clean Bus Technology Fund 2017-19 (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 218 KB

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

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Transport and the Lead Officer: Transport which sought approval to accept £2,996,863 of funding from Defra/Department of Transport (DfT) Joint Air Quality Unit under the Clean Bus Technology Fund.

 

Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport reported that this funding would ensure 149 vehicles would be installed with retrofit technology which aimed to reduce NOx emissions by over 50%.

 

Deputy Mayor A O’Byrne sought clarity on what contribution the bus operators would be making to this process. Members were informed that the bus operators would be supplying the labour to install the retrofit technology.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)               the success of the Combined Authority in securing the Clean Bus Technology Funding from Defra/DfT be noted; and

 

(ii)              the acceptance of £2,996,863 Clean Bus Technology Funding be approved.

 

172.

Proposal for Distributing Additional Pothole Action Fund Allocations for 2017/18 and 2018/19 (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 128 KB

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

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Transport and the Lead Officer: Transport which sought approval of the distribution of the additional Pothole Action Fund allocation of £921,055 received in February 2018 and the £1.86 million announced on 26 March 2018.

 

Councillor L Robinson: Portfolio Holder – Transport reported that the Transport Advisory Group recommended that the additional allocations of the Pothole Action Fund be distributed to constituent Local Authorities via the same Department for Transport formula as adopted for the previous allocation of funding. He stressed that the additional funding received from Central Government was welcomed however, significant additional funding was required from Central Government to ensure that all potholes and road surfaces could be repaired.

 

Deputy Mayor A O’Byrne highlighted that this was a national problem which required further funding from Central Government to ensure the roads where repaired. To facilitate this process it was suggested that the collection of road tax duties should be devolved to the LCR Combined Authority.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)               the proposed distribution of the additional allocations of Pothole Action Fund of £921,055 received in February 2018 and £1.86million announced on 26 March 2018 to Liverpool City Region constituent local authorities to help repair potholes and for flood resilience as detailed within the report now submitted be approved; and

 

(ii)              funding agreements be developed between the Combined Authority and the constituent Local Authorities to ensure these funds are used for their intended purpose and in line with the Department for Transport’s funding conditions.

 

173.

Consent to legislation to enable devolution of Adult Education Budget (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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

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 outlined the process for agreeing the Devolution Order which was required to enable full devolution of the Adult Education Budget from the start of the 2019/20 academic year. The report also set out the timescale for doing this.

 

Councillor I Maher: Portfolio Holder – Skills and Apprenticeships reported that the devolution of the Adult Education Budget formed a significant part of the devolution deal for the Combined Authority. It was anticipated that the devolved budget would be in the region of £52 million from 1 August 2019. Preparations where commencing to enable the establishment of the Order by Parliament and ensuring the appropriate consent was achieved across the constituent Local Authorities.

 

Metro Mayor S Rotheram welcomed the report and highlighted that there were still a number of omissions from the Order, relating to apprenticeships, adult offender learning, and training or education for young people aged 16-18. He confirmed that as part of future devolution discussions with Central Government it would be emphasised that these omissions should also be devolved to the LCR Combined Authority.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)               the requirements to provide consent for the draft legislative Order to enable the transfer of Adult Education Budget powers to the Combined Authority from the start of the 2019/20 academic year by July 2018 be noted; and

 

(ii)              authority be delegated to the Lead Officer: Skills and Apprenticeships in consultation with the Metro Mayor and Portfolio Lead: Skills and Apprenticeships to agree the final Order on the basis that this is in line with the existing principles of the City Region’s Devolution Agreement.

 

174.

Liverpool City Region Visitor Economy Strategy pdf icon PDF 162 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 of the Portfolio Holder: Economic Development and Culture and the Lead Officer: Culture which sought to formalise the working relationship between the City Region’s Visitor Economy Board (VEB) and the LCR Combined Authority.

 

Councillor P Davies: Portfolio Holder - Economic Development and Culture reported that the City Region’s visitor economy contributed over £4bn to the local economy and supported 51,000 jobs across the City Region. He reported that the VEB had set the content for the Visitor Economy Strategy and paid tribute to Sara Wilde-McKeown who chaired the VEB. He referred to the Visitor Economy Strategy and Destination Management Plan which was attached at Appendix One to the report now submitted.

 

The Strategy set out a number of important targets which would be instrumental in growing the sector and recognised that a key challenge the sector faced was securing core funding. The Strategy highlighted a number of options for identifying core funding, which included exploring the potential for the City Region to be a pilot tourism zone.

 

Councillor D Long welcomed the report and highlighted the importance of ensuring the heritage of the City Region was reflected within the work of the Visitor Economy.

Metro Mayor S Rotheram welcomed the report and acknowledged the important impact culture had across the City Region.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)               the current Liverpool City Region Visitor Economy and Investment Strategies to 2025 be adopted;

 

(ii)              the City Region’s Visitor Economy Board be the delivery board for these strategies and that it be directly linked to the governance arrangements of the LCR Combined Authority; and

 

(iii)            the review of regional delivery structures to ensure they are resourced and fit for purpose be supported.

 

175.

External Audit Plan 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority considered a report from the Treasurer which set out the external audit plan for 2017/18 from KPMG, the External Auditors.

 

RESOLVED – That the external audit plan of work for 2017/18 be noted.

176.

Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 206 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 16 April 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 Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9YU.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members of the public were given the opportunity to submit question in accordance with Meetings Standing Order No.11.

 

The Metro Mayor reported that three questions had been received, from two separate individuals. The first two questions were from Mr Shortall. In this respect, Mr Shortall, directed the following two questions to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority:-

 

Question One

 

I welcome the publication of the LCR Skills Strategy; however what actions are being implemented to improve the employment rate in respect of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) and Disability categories across the Liverpool City Region?

 

Question Two

 

The Liverpool City Region needs a transport service that is fit for purpose. Could the Metro Mayor enforce social responsibility of cross subsidised bus routes across the City Region?’

 

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

 

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

 

Question Three

 

‘Please could you inform me of the estimated timescales by which the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will agree a Local Plan and whether for the Wirral part of the LCRCA region whether this will be done jointly with Wirral Council in its capacity as Local Planning Authority?’

 

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

177.

Petitions and Statements

Members of the public will be given an opportunity to submit a single petition or statement in accordance with Meetings Standing Orders No.11. A period of 30 minutes will be allocated for this item. Copies of valid petitions or statements should be submitted to Knowsley Council Democratic Services by 5.00pm on Monday 16 April 2018. Copies of valid petitions and statements 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 Buildings, Archway Road, Huyton, Knowsley, L36 9YU.

  

Minutes:

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

178.

Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 2 March 2018 pdf icon PDF 267 KB

Minutes:

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

 

Minutes 165 to 178 be received as a correct record on the 31st day of May 2018. Chairperson of the Combined Authority

 

(The meeting closed at 1.35 pm)