Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Friday, 16th November, 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

95.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr A Hamid MBE, Rt Hon J Kennedy (Portfolio Holder: Criminal Justice), Councillor I Moran (Associate Member), Councillor T O’Neill (Associate Member), Councillor S Powell (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism & Visitor Economy), Councillor N Nicholas (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Transport & Air Quality), Councillor L Robertson-Collins (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Education, Employment, Apprenticeships and Skills), Councillor E Spurrell (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Criminal Justice), Professor Dame J Beer (Mayoral Advisor: Higher Education), Luciana Berger MP (Mayoral Advisor: Mental Health), Reverend Canon Dr E Loudon (Mayoral Advisor: Community and Voluntary Sector), G Ben-Tovim OBE (Mayoral Advisor: Natural Environment), S Wilde-McKeown (Mayoral Advisor: Visitor Economy) and Lynn Collins (Chair of FASJAB).

96.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

          It was reported that no Declarations of Interest had been received.

97.

Minutes of the LCR Combined Authority meeting held on 19 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 19 October 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Metro Mayor.

98.

Liverpool City Region 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 reported that the Strategic Investment Fund had been formally launched on 9 November 2018. The Fund was a £500million investment to help transform the economy, create high quality jobs and boost the living standards for the City Region. The Metro Mayor continued by outlining that bids which demonstrated a positive social impact and the promotion of inclusive growth for the City Region would be welcomed and organisations which fulfilled the following criteria would be prioritised:-

·         Using local labour;

·         Paying a real living wage;

·         Recognising Trade Unions;

·         Offering apprenticeships; and

·         Supporting underrepresented groups.

 

He concluded by setting out his ambition for the Strategic Investment Fund which he hoped would set the bar nationally for how devolution could deliver real benefits for local residents.

 

The Metro Mayor informed the Combined Authority of the recent Global Parliament for Mayors event which he, Mayor J Anderson OBE, Metro Mayors from other Combined Authorities and over 80 Mayors from across the world had attended in Bristol. He advised that over the course of the two day event he had discussed with other Metro Mayors how collectively they could lobby Central Government for further powers and funding to be devolved to the regions. He had also attended a Metro Mayors and Core Cities Leader’s summit with Mayor J Anderson OBE, to discuss how core cities and city regions could work together to tackle common problems such as air quality, transport and skills.

         

         

99.

LCR Combined Authority Staffing Structure pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Corporate Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Director of Corporate Services which sought approval of the appointment of the LCR Combined Authority Chief Executive. It was reported that the LCR Appointments and Disciplinary Committee had met on 8 November 2018 and where recommending that the current Interim Head of Paid Service, Frank Rogers, be appointed to the position of the LCR Combined Authority Chief Executive.

 

            RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)        Frank Rogers be appointed to the position of the LCR Combined Authority Chief Executive; and

 

(ii)       the structure chart, attached at Appendix One to the report now submitted, for the LCR Combined Authority Senior Management Team be noted.

100.

Housing First Funding Award pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Planning and the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning.

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Planning and the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning which sought approval of a £7.7million Housing First funding award from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

 

Councillor D Long, Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Planning referred to the announcement from Central Government to award the LCR Combined Authority £7.7million to fund a Housing First programme to address the issue of homelessness across the City Region. He outlined that the fund would be for a three year period and would be undertaken with Local Authorities who had the statutory responsibility for housing functions. In conclusion, he explained that a further report would be brought to the Combined Authority setting out the proposals for deploying the funds for Housing First schemes.

 

Councillor P Hardy, Deputy Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Planning, welcomed the report and a timely implementation of the Fund to support vulnerable people.

 

RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)        the £7.7million Housing First Fund, which covers a three year period from 2018/19-2020/21 in the form of a section 31 grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government be agreed; and

 

(ii)          a report be presented to a future meeting of the LCR Combined Authority which sets out the principles and priorities for deploying the funds for Housing First schemes and how this agenda will be linked with the wider housing and homelessness strategic priorities of the Combined Authority and constituent Local Authorities.

 

101.

Tackling poor Air Quality across the Liverpool City Region pdf icon PDF 231 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality and the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Director of Policy and Strategic Commissioning and the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality which sought agreement to establish an advisory Liverpool City Region Air Quality Task Force.

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram welcomed the report and in doing so recognised the importance of improving air quality across the City Region. He also highlighted that this issue was one of his pledges and along with the recommendations arising from the work undertaken by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee during the last municipal year.

 

            Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality explained that air quality was one of the greatest challenges facing the City Region. He reported that in July 2017, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee had presented a number of recommendations in relation to improving Air Quality in the City Region, one of which was to establish a City Region Air Quality Task Group. It was recognised that excellent work in relation to addressing air quality was being undertaken by the Local Authorities and the purpose of this Task Group would be to develop a strong partnership model, involving experts and local authority officers, to support the Combined Authority in its role to tackle poor air quality.

 

            Councillor C Thomas, Deputy Portfolio Holder: Policy, Resources, Strategy and Delivery, welcomed the report and informed the Combined Authority that she had participated in the review of Air Quality conducted by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. She also suggested referred to the recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which proposed that the Metro Mayor S Rotheram, on behalf of the LCR Combined Authority be the political champion to improve Air Quality.

 

             RESOLVED – That:-

 

(i)            in line with the draft Terms of Reference as set out in Appendix Two to the report now submitted, an advisory Liverpool City Region Air Quality Task Force be established; and

 

(ii)          one political lead be nominated to the Liverpool City Region Air Quality Task Force from each of the constituent local authorities.

102.

Portfolio Holder Update for Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation

To receive an update from Councillor P Davies – Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation on the key developments within the remit of his portfolio.

Minutes:

          Councillor P Davies, Portfolio Holder: Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation, provided a presentation to the LCR Combined Authority, which outlined the following developments within his portfolio:-

 

·         Explained that the portfolio centred on the strategies and resources of the Combined Authority, which included the Strategic Investment Fund and the Local Industrial Strategy;

 

·         Reported that a work plan had been developed which set out nine clear objectives to be achieved over the next two years. The work plan was supported by a small strategic team who reported on progress on a monthly basis.

 

·         Summarised the detail of the work plan as follows:-

 

o     Strategic Investment Strategy had been agreed;

o     Launch of the One Front Door programme, which was supported by the completion of the Internationalisation Strategy and a review of the current business growth offer;

o     Developing a Local Industrial Strategy;

o     Launch and commitment of the Strategic Investment Fund Round II;

o     Development of a Town Centre programme with an allocation of £1million for each of the Local Authorities;

o     Production of inclusive growth principles and models;

o     An audit of the public purse, which would involve an analysis of how public funds are spent across the City Region;

o     Delivery of digital infrastructure which included the deployment of a full fibre network, 6 digital exchanges with at least one in each of the constituent Local Authorities and a dig once stewardship;

o     Identifying innovation and commercialisation initiatives by working with Higher Education institutions to identify academic excellence and translate this into a commercial proposition.

 

Metro Mayor S Rotheram, welcomed the presentation and reflected upon the progress which had been achieved in a relatively short space of time. Councillor D Long, acknowledged the introduction of the Town Centres programme fund in particular highlighting the work which had already commenced in St Helens.

 

RESOLVED – That the presentation and comments raised be noted.

103.

High Speed 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail Update pdf icon PDF 718 KB

To consider a report from the Director of Integrated Transport and the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered the report of the Director of Integrated Transport and the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality which provided an update on the work being conducted by Transport for the North.

 

          Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality, explained that the LCR Combined Authority had been one of the founding members of Transport for the North when it was established in 2014. He advised that Transport for the North had established a number of workstreams which the Combined Authority had been engaged in, one of which was smart ticketing.

 

          Councillor L Robinson explained the role of Transport for the North (TfN) in helping to transform the transport network across the North of England.  TfN had promoted a significant number of transport issues on behalf of the North of the Country. Some of which included the increased and timely movement of freight across the North of the country, the creation of the Northern Powerhouse Railway and the benefits this train connectivity would bring to the City Region, particularly if it included proposals for the West/East train line and a new HS2/NPR hub station in Liverpool. 

 

          In conclusion, Councillor L Robinson brought Members attention to a report recently commissioned by the LCR Combined Authority which was based on the proposals of HS2, which if achieved could generate a £15 billion GVA uplift for the City Region.

 

          Mayor J Anderson OBE, emphasised the importance of the HS2 programme delivering the increased capacity across the train infrastructure, particularly as this would significant reduce congestion across the key road network in the City Region. Furthermore, he suggested that with the ongoing expansion of the Liverpool Port consideration should also be given to creating an underground road network to alleviate traffic congestion.

 

          Councillor I Maher, referred to the recent announcement that the judicial review brought by Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council regarding the proposals to build a dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley had failed. He highlighted that the in area surrounding Rimrose Valley the life expectancy was significantly less compared to those residents who lived elsewhere in the Borough. He referred to the growing development of the Port of Liverpool which would increase congestion on the roads around the Port along with the reduction of air quality for residents. In conclusion, he explained that a long term solution to congestion was required, such as the development of a tunnel for the area which would improve the quality of life for local residents.

 

          Mayor J Anderson OBE reiterated the importance of challenging Peel Ports, the owners of the Port of Liverpool, to assist in addressing the issue of congestion particularly when the volume of traffic would increase as a direct result of the increased capacity at the Port.

 

          Metro Mayor S Rotheram emphasised the importance of the development of the rail infrastructure to allow the movement of freight on rail which would in turn reduce the volume of traffic on the roads across the City Region.

 

          RESOLVED –  ...  view the full minutes text for item 103.

104.

Appointments to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 15 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer.

Minutes:

          The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Monitoring Officer which sought approval for a number of appointments to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

          RESOLVED – That Councillor Jeanette Banks (Labour – St Helens MBC), Councillor Jimmy Jackson (Labour – St Helens MBC) and Councillor Adrian Jones (Labour – Wirral MBC) be appointment to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

105.

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 12 November 2018.

Minutes:

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

106.

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.

 

The single petition or statement for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on Monday 12 November 2018.

Minutes:

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

107.

Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 4 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

Minutes:

          RESOLED – That the minutes of the Transport Committee held on 4 October 2018 were received and confirmed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.