Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Friday, 14th December, 2018 10.30 am

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

Contact: Trudy Bedford  0151 330 1330

Items
No. Item

108.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

            Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Mayor J Anderson OBE, Councillor I Moran, Councillor T Hardy (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Housing and Spatial Planning), Councillor S Powell (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Culture, Tourism and Visitor Economy), 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), L Berger MPR (Mayoral Advisor: Mental Health), K Farrell (Mayoral Advisor: Homelessness), G Ben-Tovim OBE (Mayoral Advisor: Natural Environment), B Spicer (Mayoral Advisor: Social Housing Growth) and S Wilde-McKeown (Mayoral Advisor: Visitor Economy).

109.

Minute's Silence

Minutes:

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram referred to the recent sad passing of Carole Hudson CBE, who was Chief Executive of St Helens Council from 1991 to 2015 and had been instrumental in the establishment of the Combined Authority.

 

The Combined Authority observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to Carole Hudson CBE.

 

110.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

            It was reported that nor Declarations of Interest had been received.

111.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 16th November 2018 pdf icon PDF 177 KB

Minutes:

            RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority held on 16 November 2018 be approved as a correct record subject to the inclusion of Lynn Collins, Chair of FASJAB, in attendance for this meeting.

 

         

 

112.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

To receive updates from the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

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 preparations to ensure the City Region was ready for the outcome of the Brexit process were proceeding at a pace. He referred to the recent discussions with Ministers at the Department for Exiting the European Union where he had stressed to them how important the European Union was to the City Region as a major trading partner. He highlighted that over 60% of the City Region exports were with the European Union and some of the major industries, which included chemicals and automotive, had strong supply chains with France and Germany. The Metro Mayor went on to express his extreme concern that the Treasury’s own analysis showed that of the current deals available, none of them would be positive for the City Region or the UK’s economy.

 

            The Metro Mayor explained that he and Asif Hamid MBE, Portfolio Holder: Business Growth and Brexit, had asked Combined Authority Officers, the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership and constituent Local Authorities to step up preparations with Central Government to ensure that the City Region was prepared for all eventualities following the outcome of Brexit. The Metro Mayor also stressed the importance of the City Region demonstrating on a global stage that it was open for business. To support this, the Combined Authority was informed that the Metro Mayor, Leaders and Mayor had committed to the City Region hosting an International Business Festival in 2020, following the success of the 2018 event. A tender exercise to identify an organisation to deliver the International Business Festival 2020 was currently being prepared and further details would be available in the New Year.

 

            The Metro Mayor reported that the procurement process for the new Mersey Ferry had been posted this morning. He highlighted that it marked the start of the next chapter of the Mersey Ferries long and rich history and this process would provide a much needed upgrade to the current fleet and safeguard the Mersey Ferry for future generations as well as enhancing the customer experience.

 

            The Metro Mayor explained that at a future meeting of the Combined Authority, Members would be asked to commit to the project’s delivery and approve the preferred supplier following the completion of the procurement process for the Mersey Ferry. Furthermore, the Metro Mayor summarised a number of factors which would influence the procurement process, however, it was stressed that this process would be expedited as quickly as possible.

 

            The Metro Mayor reflected on the third visit of the Giants ‘Liverpool’s Dream’ to the City Region in which an independent report found that the event had attracted 1.3 million visitors to Liverpool and Wirral and generated £60.6 million for the local economies. With regards to the independent report, the Metro Mayor explained how it had validated the decision by the Combined Authority to invest £5million into the 2018 Cultural project and how  ...  view the full minutes text for item 112.

113.

Mersey Tidal Project Update and Overview of Phase Two (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 344 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Commercial Development and Investment and the Portfolio Holder: Energy and Renewables.

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report which provided an update on the progress of the Mersey Tidal project. The report also sought approval of a phase two budget which would resource the project and progress the development of a detailed Outline Business Case (OBC).

 

            Councillor R Polhill, Portfolio Holder: Energy and Renewables, informed the LCR Combined Authority, that consultation had been undertaken with key stakeholders and regulators to inform the Outline Business Case. Furthermore, a procurement process to appoint external advisors to support the Mersey Tidal project was underway and a request for £850,000 was being sought to resource for the project. It was envisaged that the appointment of external advisors would take place in February 2019. The project would be following the HMT Green Book appraisal process and further reports would be brought to future meetings of the LCR Combined Authority.

 

            Councillor G Wood, Deputy Portfolio Holder: Energy and Renewables, sought clarity on the thinking which had gone into the Tidal project to understand and address its potential environmental impacts and benefits.

 

            In response to Councillor G Wood’s question, Councillor R Polhill informed the LCR Combined Authority that the reference case for the project focused on the potential for an offshore tidal lagoon, which would create one of the largest clean energy power plants. This volume of clean energy would have a transformational effect on the City Region’s drive to reach zero net carbon by 2040. This would meet a large percentage of the City Region’s energy demand for power, mobility, heat and industrial energy if linked into an energy system including offshore wind and hydrogen.

 

            Councillor R Polhill explained how the Mersey Estuary and the Liverpool Bay were both recognised as areas of environmental significance and sensitivities. The tidal nature of both areas was delicate and interlinked and its protection was a key priority for the project.

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram reflected upon the environmental considerations of the project in comparison to other energy projects such as fracking. In doing so he identified the tidal project as the only viable way to reach the carbon neutral targets of the Combined Authority by 2040.

 

            Councillor G Wood asked whether the project had been reviewed by any local marine or energy projects and if so, what lessons could be learnt from this.

 

            Councillor R Polhill reported that the City Region had developed a strong track record over recent years in creating systems which had allowed a large-scale infrastructure projects to be successfully delivered in the Mersey and Liverpool Bay. Over the past five years the Mersey Gateway bridge, Liverpool 2 container terminal and Burbo Bank windfarm had all demonstrated that it was possible to maintain and support the marine ecosystems during and after construction.

 

            Councillor Polhill informed the LCR Combined Authority that the City Region was fortunate to have some of the world’s leading research centres dedicated to the marine environment based in the City Region. With organisations such as the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 113.

114.

Sustainable Urban Development ERDF Acceptance of Funding (*Key Decision) pdf icon PDF 231 KB

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Director of Integrated Transport and the Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality which sought approval to accept a total of £10,308,260, which comprised of £8,348,493 for green cycle and walk corridors and £1,959,767 for a low emission engine for the new Mersey Ferry.

 

            Councillor L Robinson, Portfolio Holder: Transport and Air Quality, explained that the LCR Combined Authority had been awarded £10,308,260 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). In doing so he highlighted the numerous funding opportunities received from the European Union which had supported a number of City Region and transport network programmes, including the refurbishment and building of train stations across the City Region, the development of Queens Square bus station in Liverpool and a number of ferry assets.

 

            Councillor L Robinson informed the LCR Combined Authority that the £8,348,493 would be invested in the LCR Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (SUD) to create green walking and cycling corridors across the City Region, which equated to 55.2 kilometers of improved cycle and walking paths and 49 hectare of green space. He explained that this would create a cycling super highway by 2021 enabling cyclists to ride from Speke to Southport, connecting Seacombe and Leasowe and providing improvements to St Helens. The emphasis of the programme was to embed cycling and walking opportunities across the transport network.

 

            Metro Mayor S Rotheram acknowledged that as part of the process of programmes, such as SUD, an improved engagement with the cycling community was required.

 

            Councillor R Polhil, welcomed the ERDF and the proposals within the SUD programme, particularly as the funding would enable the cycling network to be significantly improved across the City Region.

 

            Councillor L Robinson highlighted that the design and delivery of the SUD programme would be shared with stakeholders at a forthcoming user group meeting. Furthermore, one of the priorities of the programme was to deliver a low carbon agenda by making cycling an attractive and sustainable mode of transport in the City Region. 

 

            Councillor D Long, welcomed the 6.3 kilometers of cycling and walking paths within St Helens, along with the additional green space it would provide.  He highlighted how these improvements would also help to improve air quality across the City Region.

 

            Rt Hon Jane Kennedy sought clarity on what provision would be made to improve road safety as a consequence of the SUD programme. She welcomed the report but stressed the importance of ensuring the appropriate safety measures were in place to reduce the number of incidents involving cyclists across the City Region.

 

            Councillor L Robinson acknowledged that this was a challenge for the network. He explained that this programme supported a segregated cycling network and for it to be used by cyclists it had to reflect the needs of the cycling community.

 

            Councillor G Morgan welcomed the report, in particular the connection from Prescot to Runcorn which would provide a safe opportunity to cycle through some scenic parts of the City Region, as well  ...  view the full minutes text for item 114.

115.

Appointment to the Transport Committee pdf icon PDF 14 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer.

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Monitoring Officer which sought approval of the appointment of Councillor Dot Johnson (Knowsley MBC) to replace Councillor Norman Keats (Knowsley MBC) on the Transport Committee.

 

            RESOLVED – That Councillor Dot Johnson (Knowsley MBC) be appointed to the Transport Committee.

116.

Draft Committee Timetable 2019-20 pdf icon PDF 14 KB

The draft Committee timetable for 2019-20 is attached for consideration and approval.

Minutes:

            The LCR Combined Authority considered the draft Committee timetable for 2019/20.

 

            RESOLVED – That the draft Committee timetable for 2019/20 be approved.

117.

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. Copies of 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, PO Box 1976, No. 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP.

 

A proforma will be supplied for the submission of public questions which for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on Monday 10 December 2018.

 

 

Minutes:

Members of the public were given the opportunity to submit questions which had been submitted in accordance with Meetings Standing Order No. 11.

 

Metro Mayor S Rotheram reported that one question had been received from Councillor T Crone. In this respect, Councillor T Crone, directed the following question to the LCR Combined Authority:-

 

"To keep global temperature increase to below two degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels, there must be an absolute global cap on the amount of CO2 that humanity can emit in the future. Has anyone calculated the limit on how much can be emitted by the Liverpool City Region to make its "fair" contribution to the Paris Agreement commitment of ensuring global temperatures increase by less than two degrees centigrade? If not will the Combined Authority commit to undertaking this analysis to ensure carbon reduction plans are made with robust science-led targets?"

 

The Metro Mayor thanked Councillor Crone for his question and invited Councillor R Polhill, Portfolio Holder: Energy and Renewables to provide a response.

 

Councillor R Polhill confirmed that tackling climate change and protecting our environment was a key priority for the Combined Authority.

 

He explained that the City Region was blessed with some unique natural assets, including the river and coastline, which provided the potential to be the cleanest and greenest city region in the country.

 

He reported that the UK government had agreed a national target to reduce carbon levels by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels as part of its commitment to tackle emissions from greenhouse gases. In addition to this, the Liverpool City Region’s ambition was to be zero carbon by 2040.

 

He explained that there were many current work programmes being undertaken by the Combined Authority which would make a positive contribution to carbon reductions and tackling climate change. These included the Mersey Tidal Power commission, supporting wind and solar power, exploiting the potential of hydrogen engines and reducing emissions from buses and ferries.

 

Councillor Polhill also advised that the Combined Authority was looking at further projects which could reduce emissions as part of the Transforming Cities Fund.

 

In relation to the specific study mentioned, Councillor Polhill advised that he had asked Officers to examine the issue further and provide a fuller response to Councillor Crone within 10 working days. 

 

Metro Mayor S Rotheram referred Councillor Crone to a number of documents in the City Region relating to Mersey Tidal power, Sustainable Urban Development Fund, Rolling Stock improvements and Air Quality. Furthermore, work on solar energy, off shore wind farms, hydrogen caption and harnessing the power of the Mersey were further examples of work to reduce emissions in the City Region. In conclusion, he welcomed the excellent question from Councillor Crone and shared his environmental concerns, however, he acknowledged that they also had to be addressed on a national and global level. 

 

            In accordance with Meeting Standing Order No.11 Councillor Crone, asked the following supplementary question.

 

            ‘I accept all that has been said, however it is possible to invest in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 117.

118.

Petitions and Statements

Members of the public who wish to submit a single position 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, PO Box 1976, No. 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP.

 

The single petition or statement for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on Monday 10 December 2018.

 

Minutes:

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

119.

Minutes of the Transport Committee held on 1 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 148 KB

Minutes:

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

120.

Seasons Greetings

Minutes:

As this was the last meeting of the LCR Combined Authority prior to the Festive Season, Metro Mayor S Rotheram took the opportunity to extend his best wishes to Members and officers for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.