Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Friday, 21st September, 2018 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Trudy Bedford  0151 330 1330

Items
No. Item

64.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

            Apologies for absence were received from Councillor I Maher, Rt Hon Jane Kennedy, Councillor I Moran (Associate Member), Councillor S Powell (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism & Visitor Economy), Councillor L Robertson-Collins (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment, Apprenticeships and Skills), Councillor E Spurrell (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Criminal Justice), Councillor C Thomas (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Policy Resources, Strategy & Delivery), Professor Dame Janet Beer (Mayoral Advisor: Higher Education), Luciana Berger MP (Mayoral Advisor: Mental Health), Reverend Canon Dr Ellen Louden (Mayoral Advisor: Community and Voluntary Sector), Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE (Mayoral Advisor: Natural Environment), Barbara Spicer (Mayoral Advisor: Social Housing Growth) and Sara Wilde-McKeown (Mayoral Advisor: Visitor Economy)

65.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

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

66.

Minutes of the meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority held on 24 August 2018 pdf icon PDF 152 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – that the minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 24 August  2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Metro Mayor.

67.

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 in relation to his recent Ministerial meetings held in London on 10th September 2018 where he met with officials and ministers in the Treasury and DCMS and with the Secretary of State for Transport and discussed further powers and funding for the city region. He reported that he had positive discussions with senior officials at DCMS about the plans for a digital fibre spine and a team from the Department would be visiting the city region before Christmas 2018 to begin joint-work on the project. He reported that he also met with the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling and discussed the issues facing Northern Transport and in particular on Northern rail. Chris Grayling signed his support for cross-rail for the North and also for the city region to take further control of the Merseyrail network and despite talks on this issue being at an early stage, the Metro Mayor informed Members that further updates would be provided to the Combined Authority in due course. He also reported on his discussions with the Treasury, where he raised the ongoing issues of the Royal Liverpool hospital and expressed to Ministers the huge concerns that people in the city region have about the situation with the new hospital and that it was simply unacceptable that 18 months ago, the first issues were raised about the project and it is no closer to a solution. He reported that Ministers have promised that they would be willing to examine possible funding solutions for the hospital and that he would be holding them to that promise.

 

The Metro Mayor also reported that alongside Mayor Joe Anderson and Councillor Phil Davies, he had the unique experience of meeting with Jean-Luc Courcoult and his team from Royal de Lux on Monday as they looked ahead to the third and final instalment of the Giants saga in the Liverpool City Region which was just two weeks away. He reported that on the Giants two previous visits to Liverpool it attracted crowds from far and wide and generated almost £80m for the local economy, but more importantly, brought together families, friends and neighbours to enjoy the spectacle and had inspired debate and discussion as only the best art could do. He also informed Members that the third and final instalment of the series promised to be even bigger and better and that he was delighted that on this occasion the Giants would be able to traverse the city boundaries and take a trip over the Mersey to the Wirral.

 

The Metro Mayor also reported that on Monday 17th September 2018 he met with the Jewish Leadership Council and representatives of the Jewish community from across the City Region. Everyone was concerned about the latest figures from the Community Security Trust, which showed that nationally  ...  view the full minutes text for item 67.

68.

Rolling Stock Update: Industrial Issues pdf icon PDF 127 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, Frank Rogers which provided an update on the ongoing industrial issues on the Merseyrail Network and provided a summary of the progress made by all parties in seeking a formal reconciliation.

 

Councillor L Robinson, Chair of the Transport Committee informed the meeting that it was ‘good news’ and a product of negotiations and dialogue that had been long overdue and thanked everyone for their involvement including the officers and RMT Union and local TU representatives. He reported that it has been agreed in principle and there was still more work to be done and that he anticipated that it would be completed over the coming months and was looking forward to the complete agreement for both users and staff.

 

Councillor Derek reiterated the views of Councillor Robinson and thanked everyone for their contributions and asked that the ongoing discussions be monitored to observe the impact of the finance and ensuring it could be delivered and that the Merseyrail franchise is accepted.

 

The Metro Mayor, reminded Members that it was the first rolling stock owned by an authority and the Combined Authority was taking the lead on transport issues across the UK.

 

RESOLVED – that the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority:

 

(i)            recognise the positive progress arising from the conciliation process initiated by the Metro Mayor that started in April 2018 and is still ongoing;

 

(ii)          thank all parties to this process for the positive and constructive way in which a resolution to this dispute is being sought;

 

(iii)         note that the Metro Mayor, on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, has reached an agreement in principle, with the RMT and Merseyrail Electrics which formally commits all parties to seeking a sustainable and affordable way to extend the coverage of a second person on Merseyrail services beyond that anticipated by the current agreement;

 

(iv)         note that the agreement in principle recognises that all parties are in agreement that the proposed method of train despatch that will be adopted once the new fleet is operational is both safe and appropriate to the Merseyrail network;

 

(v)          note that it was always the case that there would be a range of staff on the new trains but recognise that extending the coverage of a second person on each train is nonetheless desirable in that it will enhance the customer experience and assist in revenue protection;

 

(vi)         note that the business case presented to the Combined Authority meeting on 16 December 2016 remains valid;

 

(vii)        note that there remain significant financial risks to the Combined Authority that need to be addressed before any operational changes to the agreed mode of operation for the new fleet can be formally approved by all parties;

 

(viii)      authorise officers to explore options for maintaining a second person on each train once the new fleet is operational and to ensure that any options presented to the Combined Authority by Merseytravel are accompanied by a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 68.

69.

Disposal of the Land at Back Gilmoss Lane, Liverpool pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To consider a report from Merseytravel.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a Merseytravel report presented by Jill Coule, Chief Legal and Monitoring Officer that sought approval for Merseytravel to dispose of the land at Back of Gilmoss Lane, Liverpool.

 

RESOLVED – that the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority approves the sale by Merseytravel of the land at Back Gilmoss Lane.

70.

Producing the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Corporate Plan pdf icon PDF 134 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, Kirsty Pearce which explained the approach and scope being used to produce the LCR Combined Authority Corporate Plan for 2018-2010.

 

RESOLVED – that the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority:

 

a)    agree the approach for producing the Corporate Plan for 2018- 2020; and

 

b)    agree that the Corporate Plan be brought to the LCR Combined Authority meeting in October 2018 for consideration and endorsement.

71.

Combined Authority Appointment pdf icon PDF 8 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, Frank Rogers which recommended that Councillor Gill Neal, St Helen’s Metropolitan Borough Council be appointed to the ESIF Committee.

 

RESOLVED – That Councillor Gill Neal, St Helen’s Metropolitan Borough Council be appointed to the ESIF Committee.

72.

Public Question Time

Members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask questions which had 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 question 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 17 September 2018.

Minutes:

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

73.

Petitions 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 17 September 2018.

 

Minutes:

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

74.

Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 9 August 2018 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Transport Committee held on 9 August 2018 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

75.

Minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 7 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 25 October 2017, 24 January 2018, 18 April 2018 and 1 August 2018 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.