Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Friday, 24th August, 2018 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Trudy Bedford  0151 330 1330

Items
No. Item

48.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

          Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillor P Davies, Councillor I Maher, Mr A Hamid MBE, Rt Hon Jane Kennedy (Portfolio Holder – Criminal Justice), Councillor I Moran (Associate Member), Councillor T O’Neill (Associate Member), Councillor J Fairclough (Substitute Member), Councillor P Hardy (Deputy Portfolio Holder –Housing & Spatial Planning), Councillor G Neal (Deputy Portfolio Holder – Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation), Councillor P Sinnott (Deputy Portfolio Holder - Public Service Reform and Further Devolution), Councillor E Spurrell (Deputy Portfolio Holder – Criminal Justice), Councillor G Wood (Deputy Portfolio Holder – Energy and Renewables), Professor Dame Janet Beer (Mayoral Advisor – Higher Education), Luciana Berger MP (Mayoral Advisor – Mental Health), Reverend Canon Dr. Ellen Loudon (Mayoral Advisor – Community & Voluntary Sector), Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE (Mayoral Advisor – Natural Environment), Barbara Spicer (Mayoral Advisor – Social Housing) and Sara Wilde-McKeown (Mayoral Advisor – Visitor Economy).

49.

Acceptance of Additional EU Grants and Extensions of Existing Programme (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer and Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment, Apprenticeships and Skills.

50.

Liverpool City Region Single Investment Fund (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 133 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Head of Paid Service and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation.

Additional documents:

51.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

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

52.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 27 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 157 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 27 July 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Metro Mayor.

53.

LCR Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

Minutes:

          Metro Mayor S Rotheram provided the LCR Combined Authority with a summary of some of the key activities he had undertaken in recent weeks.

 

          The Metro Mayor provided Members with an update on the situation regarding Northern Rail and Transpennine Rail Services. He reflected upon the sustained problems both on Northern Rail and Transpennine Rail Service during the summer which have caused significant disruption to people’s lives. He reported that as the City Region’s representative on the Transport for the North Board he along with other Northern Leaders had asked that the Government appoint a representative to address the poor performance on the network. He also informed Members that he had argued for compensation be provided to passengers and that £500,000 compensation had been secured for Southport due to the impact of the distribution on its visitor economy.

 

          The Metro Mayor also highlighted the recent announcement that Eurkea! Mersey, Wirral and the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Halton had both secured funding from the Inspiring Science Fund. Eureka! Mersey had been awarded £3m to support a science discover centre for 0-14 year olds at the existing Spaceport attraction in Seacombe. Whilst the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Halton would receive £754,600 to launch their Catalyst for a Future generation project.

 

          In conclusion, the Metro Mayor reflected on the announcement that the criminal charges had been dropped against Sir Norman Bettison, in relation to the events during and after the tragedy at Hillsborough. As a long-standing supporter of the Campaign for Justice, his thoughts were with the bereaved families and survivors of the Hillsborough disaster.

 

         

54.

Supporting year of action in the Environment 2019 across the Liverpool City Region pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning.

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning which outlined how the Combined Authority would engage in a local ‘Year of Action on the Environment’ 2019.

 

          Huw Jenkins, Lead Officer – Transport, reported that the ‘Year of Action on the Environment’ was a national initiative, which coincided with the 70th anniversary of National Parks and the centenary of the Forestry Commission. The aim of the project was to encourage people from all backgrounds to become involved in projects to improve the natural world. At a City region level, the project was supported by Nature Connected, the Local Nature Partnership which was chaired by Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE who was also the Mayoral Advisor for the Natural Environment.

 

          Members were informed that in supporting the Year of Action there would be no direct costs to the LCR Combined Authority. It was anticipated that the Authority’s support would be through in-kind attendance at events, speeches, launches and joint promotions and communications, along with suitable branding and publicity for activities that were led by the LCR Combined Authority.

 

          In conclusion, it was reported that the Environment Agency was a key partner in the promotion of the Year of Action and would be able to support the Authority with existing tools, expertise and contributions.

 

          Mayor J Anderson OBE welcomed the Year of Action, however, he emphasised the importance of securing funding from the Environment Agency to support the work to be undertaken as outlined in the report now submitted.

 

          RESOLVED – That the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority support a Liverpool City Region Year of Action on the Environment 2019, in recognition of the value this would add in support of the Authority’s policy frameworks and commitments on the low carbon economy and protection and enhancement of natural environment assets.

55.

Liverpool City Region Digital Infrastructure Action Plan Update pdf icon PDF 132 KB

To consider a report from the Lead Officer: Digital and Innovation and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Lead Officer: Digital and Innovation which set out the progress on the development of a Digital Infrastructure Action Plan (DIAP) for the Liverpool City Region.

 

          John Whaling, Lead Officer – Digital and Innovation, reported that the purpose of the DIAP was to deliver Metro Mayor Rotheram’s vision for the City Region to be the most digitally inclusive region in the UK. Members were informed that the key objective of the DIAP was to create a fibre ‘superspine’ to interlink the key assets of the GTT transatlantic internet fibreoptic cable landing at Southport, the Hartree Centre and IBM’s high performance computing and artificial intelligence capabilities at Daresbury, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, and the four Global Digital Exemplar NHS Trusts in the City Region. The DIAP would enable the acceleration of the development of more extensive local fibre spines and access networks.

 

          Members were informed that the DIAP was being developed in consultation with the six Local Authorities, Merseytravel and the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership. Accordingly, Members attention was drawn to paragraph 3.10 of the report now submitted which set out a series of inter-related approaches identified to deliver the DIAP. Appendix 2 to the report now submitted set out the next steps for the DIAP, which included the production of a detailed Delivery Plan, further market engagement and undertaking economic benefit modelling and applying this to the City Region.

 

          Councillor L Robertson-Collins, Deputy Portfolio Holder – Education, Employment, Apprenticeships and Skills, welcomed the DIAP, however, she highlighted that approximately 20% of residents across the City Region were digitally excluded and sought reassurance on how the DIAP would seek to address this imbalance.

 

          The LCR Combined Authority was informed that the creation of the superspine was intended as a catalyst to drive forward digital inclusivity across the City Region. Local Authorities and other public bodies would have greater control on where digital infrastructure would be located and a joined up approach would be developed to remove digital exclusion.

 

          Metro Mayor S Rotheram welcomed the highly ambitious project and reflected upon the assets the City Region already had to capitalise on the creation of the superspine. He placed on record his thanks to those staff from the constituent Local Authorities and from the LCR Combined Authority who had been pivotal in the development of the DIAP to date.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the progress contained in Appendix 1 to the report now submitted with regard to developing a Digital Infrastructure Action Plan for the delivery of a fibre ‘superspine’ network be noted;

 

(ii)             in principle approval be granted to the proposed approaches highlighted in the background section, and the next steps outlined in Appendix 2 to the report now submitted, to progress delivery; and

 

(iii)           authority be granted to the Interim Head of Paid Service and the Monitoring Officer, in consultation with Metro Mayor S Rotherham, the Portfolio Lead: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation to develop an appropriate  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.

56.

Combined Authority Appointment pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Head of Paid Service.

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Interim Head of Paid Service which recommended that Councillor Joe De’Asha (Labour), St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, be appointed to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

          RESOLVED – That Councillor Joe De’Asha (Labour), St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, be appointed to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

57.

Public Question Time

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 and valid questions will be circulated at the meeting.

 

Members of the public who wish to submit questions are asked to contact Democratic Services either by:

 

Email: democratic.services@merseytravel.gov.uk

Telephone: 0151 330 1330

In writing: Democratic Services, Merseytravel, No.1 Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L3 1BP.

 

A pro-forma will be supplied which for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on Monday 20 August 2018.

 

Minutes:

          The Metro Mayor reported that no public questions had been received.

58.

Petition and Statements

Members of the public who wish to submit a single petition or statement in accordance with Meetings Standing Orders No.11 are asked to contact Democratic Services either by:

 

Email: democratic.services@merseytravel.gov.uk

Telephone: 0151 330 1330

In writing: Democratic Services, Merseytravel, No.1 Mann Island, PO Box 1976, Liverpool, L3 1BP.

 

A pro-forma will be supplied which for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on Monday 20 August 2018.

 

 

Minutes:

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

59.

Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 12 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 230 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Transport Committee held on 12 July 2018 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

60.

Minutes of the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee held on:-

61.

15 September 2017 pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee held on 15 September 2017 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

62.

19 January 2018 pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee held on 19 January 2018 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

63.

14 February 2018 pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Appointments and Disciplinary Committee held on 14 February 2018 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.