Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Friday, 19th October, 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

76.

Apologies

Minutes:

            Apologies for absence were received from Councillor I Moran (Associate Member), Councillor G Neal (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation), Councillor E Spurrell (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Criminal Justice), Nick Atkin (Mayoral Advisor: Social Housing Growth), Professor Dame Janet Beer (Mayoral Advisor: Higher Education), Reverend Canon Dr Ellen Loudon (Mayoral Advisor: Community and Voluntary Sector), Gideon Ben-Tovim OBE (Mayoral Advisor: Natural Environment), Barbara Spicer (Mayoral Advisor: Social Housing Growth), Sara Wilde-McKeown (Mayoral Advisor: Visitor Economy) and Lynn Collins (Chair of FASJAB).

77.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest had been submitted by a Member: -

 

Personal Interest

 

Councillor

Agenda Item

 

Nature of Interest

 

D Long

12 – Liverpool City Region Single Investment Fund (Minute No.87)

Local Authority nominated to the Joint Venture Parkside Regeneration

 

 

 

 

78.

Minutes of the meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority held on 21 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Minutes:

            RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 21 September 208 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Metro Mayor.

79.

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 reflected on the recent announcement by Councillor P Davies that he would not be standing for re-election at the local elections in May 2019. The Metro Mayor reported that Councillor P Davies had chaired the LCR Combined Authority from its inception in 2014 and was pivotal in securing the historic devolution deal for the City Region. He thanked Councillor Davies for the dedication and commitment he had given in supporting the work of the Combined Authority and looked forward to working with him over the remainder of this term of office.

 

          The Metro Mayor informed the LCR Combined Authority that today was Wear Red Day, which was a national day of action by show Racism the Red Card. The day encouraged schools, businesses and individuals to wear red and donate £1 to help facilitate the delivery of anti-racism education for young people and adults throughout England, Scotland and Wales. He reported that all funds raised enabled the campaign to work with young people and adults across the UK to challenge racism in society and he welcomed the opportunity for the LCR Combined Authority to offer its support to the campaign.

 

          The Metro Mayor stated that he had this week attended MIPIM UK, along with representatives from Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. The event provided an opportunity to promote the City Region as one of the leading places for investment in the UK, by displaying the major future investment and infrastructure plans for the City Region. During the two and a half days at MIPIM UK, major projects such as Knowsley’s Shakespeare in the North and Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter were showcased. The Metro Mayor also stated that he had set out the City Region’s proposal for the ‘One Front Door’ approach for inward investment. He reported that the feedback from delegates had been positive to the ‘One Front Door’ approach. He concluded that a significant amount of interest had been generated which demonstrated the potential the City Region had to offer.

 

          The Metro Mayor explained that he had conducted a public question time event in Sefton during October 2018. He reported that he had been asked a wide range of questions but of particular concern to residents in Sefton were issues relating to congestion and air quality. He went on to explain that one of his election pledges was for the Metro Mayor to be accessible as possible and enable the public to share their concerns directly to him. Sefton was the last of the public question time events to be held in each of the six boroughs of the City Region and he advised the Combined Authority that he would continue them on a rolling basis across the whole region in the coming months.

 

          The Metro Mayor reflected upon the recent successful visit of the Giants for a third time to Liverpool and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 79.

80.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Corporate Plan (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 128 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning, which presented the Corporate Plan 2018-20 for approval.

 

            Kirsty Pearce, Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning, informed Members that the Corporate Plan was a high-level document, which set out the overall ambition for the LCR Combined Authority including key strategic priorities, ambitions, objectives and key actions.

 

            RESOLVED – That the Corporate Plan 2018-20 as set out in Appendix 1 to the report now submitted be agreed.

81.

'Strengthening Local Enterprise Partnerships' A Ministerial Review of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) pdf icon PDF 213 KB

To consider a report from the Managing Director of the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report from the Managing Director of the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership which set out the requirements of the recently published review of LEPs by Government Ministers. The report also summarised the implications for the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership and the LCR Combined Authority.

 

            Mark Basnett, Managing Director, LCR Local Enterprise Partnership, informed Members that the outcome of the review would seek to strength the role of LEP’s. This review provided an opportunity for the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership and the LCR Combined Authority to formalise the responsibilities between both bodies. A formal response was required by the LEP to Government Ministers by the end of October 2018, subsequently a further report would be brought to a future meeting.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the contents of the report and the approach adopted be noted;

 

(ii)          authority be delegated to the Interim Head of Paid Service to agree with the LEP the response to Government on the LEP where it pertains to the Combined Authority.

82.

International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Anti-Semitism pdf icon PDF 226 KB

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

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority where informed that at their meeting of 21 September 2018, Members requested that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) detention of anti-Semitism be officially adopted. Accordingly, Members attention was drawn to section 3.3 of the report now submitted which set out the IHRA working definition for approval.

 

            RESOLVED – That the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism, with examples be adopted.

83.

Liverpool City Region Skills Investment Statement 2019-2020 (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 152 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning and the Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment, Skills and Apprenticeships.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning and the Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment, Skills and Investments which sought approval of the Liverpool City Region Skills Investment Statement 2018/19 of local needs.

 

          Kirsty Pearce, Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning, reported that this was an important document for the City Region as it set out an ambitious plan of activity and actions which aimed to improve the skills level, economic output and employment opportunities for residents and businesses across the City Region. Furthermore, the Statement reflected upon the need to focus on training provision in the City Region and changes in the labour market as well as providing a wider context for the commissioning of training provision.

 

          Councillor I Maher, Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment, Skills and Apprenticeships, brought Members attention to the Actions for Immediate implementation as detailed in Appendix One to the report now submitted. These actions would be the key focus for the next 12 months and the Employment and Skills Board would be tasked with monitoring their progress.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the Liverpool City Region Skills Investment Statement 2019/2020 of local needs as set out in Appendix One to the report now submitted be endorsed; and

 

(ii)             the Employment and Skills Board be requested to monitor the progress of the delivery of those actions throughout 2019/20.

         

84.

Adult Education Budget Commissioning Plan (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 489 KB

To consider the report of the Project Director – Adult Education Budget Transition.

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Project Director – Adult Education Budget Transition which provided an update on the progress achieved in relation to the devolution of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) from the 2019/20 academic year. Furthermore, the report also set out the proposed commissioning approach for the City Region’s devolved AEB, including the procurement timeline.

 

          Sue Jarvis, Project Director – Adult Education Budget Transition, reported that the LCR Combined Authority would formally take responsibility for the AEB for the City Region with effect from 1 August 2019. Indicative indications of the Adult Education Budget for the City Region were approximately £52million per year, it was anticipated that the final figure would be available in January 2019.

 

          Members were informed that the strategic ambition for the AEB was set out in the Liverpool City Region Skills Strategy 2018-2023. The recommended commissioning approach for the AEB had been informed by a soft market testing exercise which attracted responses from a range of Colleges, Local Authorities and Independent Training providers. From this exercise, it was proposed that the LCR Combined Authority adopt a dual approach to commissioning the AEB. This would involve a combination of grant funding agreements and procured contracts for services, with the Liverpool City Region Further Education Colleges and Local Authorities receiving funding through grant funding and a tendering process for all other providers.

 

          Members attention was drawn to Appendix Two of the report which explained how the AEB would adapt to innovation and flexibility, whilst ensuring that the process didn’t duplicate existing arrangements. In conclusion, Members were advised that post devolution of the AEB a stronger relationship with training providers and further education colleges would be in place to ensure a local approach to providing skills training was developed.

 

          Councillor I Maher, Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment, Skills and Investment, explained that this was a significant milestone for the LCR Combined Authority, as this was a key aspect of the Devolution Agreement. He highlighted that the process of devolution for the AEB had taken a significant amount of time and indicated that through this process leaners would be best served as the training provision would reflect local needs, and would be directly influenced by the Combined Authority. In summary, Councillor Maher drew Members attention to the direct correlation between the devolution of the AEB and being able to drive forward the Area Based Review, which this Combined Authority was the first to develop.

 

          Members welcomed the report and stressed how the delivery of adult training would have the greatest impact by being determined by local need and not pre-determined by Central Government.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the proposed commissioning approach for Liverpool City Region’s devolved Adult Education Budget as set out in Sections 4-7 of the report be approved;

 

(ii)             officers be authorised to enter into a negotiated grant commissioning process for 2019/20 with the indigenous Liverpool City Region Colleges and Local Authority providers currently grant funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 84.

85.

'One Front Door' pdf icon PDF 198 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Commercial Development and Investment and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Director of Commercial Development and Investment and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation which outlined the findings from the review of inward investment capability across the Liverpool City Region.

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram informed Members that he had shared the ‘One Front Door’ proposals at the recent MIPIM event and they had been well received by the business community.

 

            Mark Bousfield, Director of Commercial Development and Investment, informed Members that the ‘One Front Door’ model would provide the opportunity to increase business investment and high quality jobs in the City Region. The model would be supported by a small team of inward investment and place marketing specialists and was not designed to replace the existing investment and growth teams already established in Local Authorities. The purpose of the ‘One Front Door’ team would be to increase the number of investment inquiries and to improve the fruition of these inquiries.

 

            Councillor P Davies, Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation welcomed the proposals and thanked Officers for the detailed proposals contained in the ‘One Front Door’ model. He highlighted that the model would seek to reduce confusion and provide the appropriate support to those looking to invest into the City Region. He reiterated that the ‘One Front Door’ model would not detract from the investment teams already established in Local Authorities but would seek to add value.

 

            Mr A Hamid MBE, Chair of the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership, welcomed the introduction of the ‘One Front Door’ model and informed Members that the business community welcomed the establishment of this model.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the proposal for the creation of a One Front Door Team be accepted in principle as detailed in Appendix A to the report now submitted;   

 

(ii)          authority be delegated to the Director of Commercial Development and Investment to establish a costed business plan as well as protocols, service level agreements and engagement structures that underpin the One Front Door Team; and

 

(iii)         a detailed plan and funding request be presented to a future meeting for consideration.

86.

Launch of the Strategic Investment Fund Round II pdf icon PDF 787 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Commercial Development and Investment and the Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report which outlined the actions being undertaken to launch a new Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) Round II.

 

          Mark Bousfield, Director of Commercial Development and Investment, informed Members that before launching Round II, funding still remained available from the first SIF funding round. It was proposed that this funding would be moved to uncommitted funds in Round II. 

 

          Furthermore, it was reported that in preparation for SIF Round II a review of SIF Round One had been undertaken. This review had identified that the following was required to support SIF Round II:-

 

·       updating the Investment Strategy;

·       providing appropriate organisational support to managing SIF Round Two; and

·       improving the project development capacity to identify projects at an early stage.

 

Councillor P Davies, Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation, reported that the approach to SIF Round II was a sophisticated process for the deployment of the funds.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the proposed approach to closing the Round I pipeline, noting that projects “timed out” of Round I can move directly into Round II be agreed;

 

(ii)             the allocation of pre-development funding to support Round II  investment be approved;

 

(iii)           authority be delegated to the Combined Authority Lead Officers to finalise the terms presented;

 

(iv)           those commissioned projects that are acceptable to every Combined Authority member be approved, noting every project’s requirement to comply with the assurance framework and value for money expectations and to receive final Combined Authority approval; 

 

(v)             the approach to calling projects under Round II be approved; and

 

(vi)           authority be delegated to the Combined Authority Lead Officers to finalise the call language in collaboration with the six Local Authority Chief Executives.

87.

Liverpool City Region Single Investment Fund (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Commercial Development and Investment and Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Note:That, in accordance with Section 28(2) of the Localism Act 2011, Councillor D Long declared a personal interest in the following item and remained in the meeting.)

 

          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Director of Commercial Development and Investment and Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation which sought approval for the awarding of a maximum capital grant of £23,790,786 to the Parkside Link Road project.

 

          Mark Bousfield, Director of Commercial Development and Investment, informed Members that a Full Business Case application had been received from St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council in relation to the Parkside Link Road project. He reported that a detailed appraisal had been undertaken in line with the Single Investment Fund Assurance Framework. The project was of great significance to the City Region and involved the construction of a new 3.3km road linking Junction 22 of the M62 and the local road network around Newton-le-Willows. The creation of the link road would support the re-development of the former Parkside colliery site into a new large-scale employment site.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the Full Business Case in relation to the Parkside Link Road be awarded Single Investment Fund in the sum of a maximum capital grant of £23,790,786 subject to the conditions contained in Appendix 1, paragraph 2.9 of the report now submitted be approved;

 

(ii)             the project perform under the timing and delivery requirements to be established by the Combined Authority in its grant funding agreement; and

 

(iii)           authority be granted to the Interim Head of Paid Service to negotiate detailed terms of the ensuring grant funding agreement with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer and Combined Authority Treasurer.

 

Following consideration and determination of this matter, Councillor D Long, Leader of St Helens Council, welcomed the approval of the recommendations for this project and highlighted how the project would be of strategic importance for the City Region. Councillor Long thanked Officers from the LCR Combined Authority and St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council for their work in developing the project and in conclusion, set out how the re-development of the former Parkside colliery site aimed to delivery 6,000 jobs and approximately £856 million to the local economy.

88.

Liverpool City Region Single Investment Fund Skills Capital Women's Technology Training Ltd (Enterprise Futures 2) pdf icon PDF 192 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Commercial Development and Investment.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            Members of the LCR Combined Authority considered a report which highlighted that at a meeting of the Authority on 18 August 2017, the Women’s Technology Training Ltd had been granted SIF funding for the delivery of Enterprising Futures 2 project. The original application had indicated that the project was to be delivered across two sites which included Blackburne House and Faulkner Street.

 

            It was reported that the Faulkner Street site had faced a number of issues which had delayed the project and the applicants were requesting that the ring-fenced grant allocation be assigned in its totality to the Blackburne House site only.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the recommendations of the external appraisers report be noted; and

 

(ii)          the allocation of the full grant to one site only be approved and remove the new training floor space output from the post project monitoring and evaluation plan.

89.

Prioritising Brownfield Housing Sites pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning which set out the Authorities approach to prioritising the development of Brownfield housing sites in the context of the LCR Combined Authority Brownfield Land Register and the ongoing work with Homes England.

 

          Councillor D Long, Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Planning, reported that the purpose of the report was to commit to a Brownfield First approach to housing development in the City Region. He highlighted that Brownfield land was often difficult to build upon and would require significant investment to remediate the land.

 

          Metro Mayor S Rotheram, welcomed the report and reiterated the significant cost of the remediation of Brownfield land. He highlighted that the Combined Authority had held positive discussions with Homes England and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding working together across the City Region.

 

          RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)              the Liverpool City Region approach of prioritising the development of Brownfield housing sites be endorsed; and

 

(ii)             the approach to secure funding for the development of Brownfield sites be supported. 

90.

The Condition of the Key Route Network (KRN): Key Issues and Next Steps pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report which provided an update on the key issues arising from the Highways Infrastructure Asset Management Plan (HIAMP), which had been commissioned in relation to the Key Route Network (KRN) of local roads.

 

            Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality, informed Members that over the past 18 months detailed work had been undertaken to assess the condition of the Key Route Network and inform the disbursal of the £3million to support the Key Route Network. Member’s attention was drawn to Appendix 5, Option 2A of the report now submitted, which detailed the proposed allocation of the funding. In conclusion, Councillor Robinson reported that further legal work would be undertaken including the development of a Section 111 Agreement.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the key issues arising from the Highways Infrastructure Asset Management Plan (HIAMP) developed by Capita and Xais in respect of the Key Route Network, in particular the very significant maintenance backlog, affecting Liverpool most acutely, and the importance of a preventative maintenance life cycle planning regime in providing best value-for money be noted;

 

(ii)          a follow-up report be presented to a future meeting setting out  the  main funding and operational implications associated with this evidence base and suitable models to allocate funding to support the effective management on the KRN in the future;

 

(iii)         authority be delegated to the Authority’s Monitoring Officer to progress a section 111 legal agreement with the six constituent local authorities to confirm the responsibility for the KRN remains with the constituent local authorities until otherwise proposed, and subsequently agreed, to avoid any ambiguity or confusion around liabilities; and

 

(iv)         delegate the disbursement of the pre-agreed £3 million allocation in 2018/19 to support the maintenance of the KRN to the Authority’s Treasurer, as per Option 2a (the allocation of 25% of fund by need and 75% by KRN length), as set out within the table in Appendix Five and as per the rationale in section 5.3 of the report now submitted be agreed

91.

Combined Authority Budget Monitoring Statement and Treasury Management Position Update to 30 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 545 KB

To consider the report of the Treasurer.

 

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Treasurer which provided a financial update on the revenue and capital activity for the period April to 30 September 2018 and also provided an update on the treasury management activity.

 

            John Fogarty, Treasurer, informed Members that the Combined Authority was performing within the original budget allocation for 2018/19, in a challenging financial climate. He also sought Members approval for the release of £1.25 million from the Transport Infrastructure Reserve to Merseytravel to support the delivery of the smart ticketing work stream.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            the contents of the Combined Authority Budget Monitoring Statement be noted;

(ii)          the revised revenue budget for the Combined Authority be approved;

(iii)         the release of £1.25 million from the Transport Infrastructure Reserve to Merseytravel to support the delivery of the smart ticketing work stream be approved;

(iv)         the contents of the Treasury Management position update be noted; and

(v)          the updated Treasury Limits and Prudential Indicators be approved.

92.

Public Question Time

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 and valid questions will be circulated at the meeting.

 

Members of the public who wish to submit a 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 and must be returned by the deadline of Monday 15 October 2018.

Minutes:

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

93.

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 and must be returned by the deadline of Monday 15 October 2018.

 

Minutes:

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

94.

Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 6 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 189 KB

Minutes:

            RESOLVED – That the minutes of the Transport Committee held on 6 September 2018 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.