Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - Friday, 18th November, 2022 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Jonathan Vali 

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68.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received on behalf of:

 

LCR Combined Authority

 

Mayor Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool City Council

Councillor Jane Corbett, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool City Council

Councillor Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council

Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council

 

Co-opted Members

 

Emily Spurrell, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner

 

Associate Member

 

Councillor Russ Bowden, Leader of Warrington Council

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, Leader of West Lancashire Council

 

Deputy Portfolio Holders

 

Councillor Marion Atkinson

Councillor Kate Groucutt

Councillor Trish Hardy

69.

Declarations of Interest

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

70.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 14 October 2022 pdf icon PDF 244 KB

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RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 14 October 2022 were agreed as a correct record.

71.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Announcements and Updates

To receive updates from the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

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Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram provided Members with an update on his recent activities and key developments since the last meeting of the LCR Combined Authority.

 

The Metro Mayor referenced the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget Statement delivered the day before the meeting, and his belief it would cause grave concern for local councils and residents in the City Region through further cuts to public services and taxation that would erode the disposable income of the most vulnerable in the community.

 

In relation the Chancellor’s announcement on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, the Metro Mayor reiterated the message he had provided to previous Secretaries of State for Transport, that leaders in the North would not settle for euphemistic language to disguise ‘cheap’ solutions and cancellation of much needed investment.

 

The Metro Mayor referred to the recent announcement of the first new Mersey Ferry for over 60 years, providing a greener and more energy efficient vessel for this important transport link. The iconic ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ played a significant part in the tourism industry and was an important part of the identity of local people. The Metro Mayor confirmed that, subject to final negotiations, the contract would be signed with Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, which would ensure that the investment would supports jobs, apprenticeships and development opportunities for local workers.

 

The Metro Mayor referenced the difficulties of procurement of the new vessel linked to Brexit and stated that he was working with Unions and Mick Whitley MP to call on the Government to address the problems with current procurement legislation, particularly in light of promises made about greater flexibilities post-Brexit.

 

The Metro Mayor highlighted the ongoing disruption to rail travel between Liverpool and Manchester, and beyond, caused by delays and cancellations and the detrimental impact this had on residents’ lives and the local economy. He confirmed that he had, in conjunction with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, called on the Government to:

 

  • remove the rail franchise from TransPennine Express following poor performance;
  • give operators the financial and negotiating scope needed to address such issues
  • work with operators and Trade Unions to agree a pathway to a return to rest day working, and
  • review the contract awarded to Avanti, and recent bonus payments, in light of poor performance.

 

The Metro Mayor reported on a recent visit from Indro Mukerjee, CEO of Innovate UK, to the City of Liverpool College for the signing of a partnership agreement that would result in the Liverpool City Region becoming one of two pilot locations for Innovate UK’s £15m Launchpad programme, aimed at driving innovation beyond South East England. This agreement would support the Combined Authority’s target of spending 5% of the City Region’s GDP on Research & Development by 2030. The Metro Mayor attributed this agreement in part to City Region’s Innovation Prospectus, launched earlier in the year, that highlighted the potential to add £41.7bn to the local economy and create 44,000 jobs.

 

The Metro Mayor highlighted a recent meeting with the Micheál Martin, the Irish Taoiseach, during which  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.

72.

Business Support Policy Framework pdf icon PDF 318 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director Policy, Strategy and Government Relations and the Portfolio Holder: Business Support.

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Policy, Strategy and Government Relations and the Portfolio Holder for Business Supportsetting out a proposed Business Support Policy Framework which would underpin an integrated and inclusive business support ecosystem that was focused on the needs of individual businesses throughout their life cycle.

 

Asif Hamid, Portfolio Holder for Business Support, emphasised that this Framework was the outcome of the positive work of the LCR Combined Authority to harmonise the complexities of the business support eco-system in the City Region, that would allow for greater collaboration and support the requests for further devolution around business support.

 

RESOLVED – That the Business Support Policy Framework, as set out in the appendix to the report, be approved.

 

73.

Strategic Investment Fund - Race Equality Hub Phase 2 pdf icon PDF 306 KB

To consider a report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holders for Policy, Reform and Resources and the Inclusive Economy and the Third Sector.

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holders for Policy, Reform & Resources and the Inclusive Economy & the Third Sector seeking approval for funding of £2.3m for the second phase of the Race Equality Hub project.

 

Councillor Williamson, Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector, highlighted the highly innovative programme of work that would be delivered through the Hub that would meet the Combined Authority’s vision for a fairer and more inclusive City Region. The proposed investment would provide a range of important services to employers, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority residents and businesses across the city region, including careers, leadership and business start-up support.

 

The Metro Mayor welcomed the report and thanked officers for their hard work in bringing forward these proposals, which had been a considered response to the systematic discrimination highlighted by the murder of George Floyd in 2020. 

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(i)             approval be given to the provision of funding of up to £2,303,231 for the second phase of the Race Equality Hub project, previously agreed in principle at the Combined Authority meeting on 23 July 2021, subject to satisfactory development of this second phase;

 

(ii)            the proposed initial structure of the Race Equality Hub, with the Combined Authority entering into legal agreements on behalf of the Hub supported by an “unincorporated association” providing the necessary independence and Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority representation be noted;

 

(iii)          delegated authority be granted to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery to finalise negotiations of detailed funding terms, legal structures, and associated agreements for the second phase of the Race Equality Hub project specified at (i) above in consultation with the Chief Legal Officer and the Treasurer; and

 

(iv)          the proposal for a bespoke scheme of delegation to be developed over time when volume, scale and levels of activity associated with the Hub are more clearly established be noted, with such scheme of delegation being brought to the Combined Authority for future consideration.

 

74.

Strategic Investment Fund - LCR Seed Fund pdf icon PDF 341 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holders for Inclusive Economy and the Third Sector and Business Support.

 

The appendix to this report is exempt and will be considered as a Part Two item.

 

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holders for Inclusive Economy & the Third Sector and for Business Support seeking approval to award £10.1m of Strategic Investment Funding for the LCR Seed Fund, alongside £5m co-investment from non-for-profit Merseyside Special Investment Fund.

 

The report contained information ‘not for publication’ by virtue of paragraph 3 of Section 12B of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) in its appendix that was circulated to members of the LCR Combined Authority only.

 

Councillor Williamson, Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector, emphasised the contribution the Seed Fund would make to the Combined Authority’s objective to create a stronger, fairer and cleaner City Region, through investment in local entrepreneurs and businesses to grow the local economy.

 

Asif Hamid, Portfolio Holder for Business Support and Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership welcomed the proposals to support growing businesses and expressed thanks to those involved in their development.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(i)         approval be given to £10m capital investment in the LCR Seed Fund (the fund), to be managed via a Limited Partnership arrangement between the CA, MSIF and the procured Fund Manager in line with good market practice;

 

(ii)        approval be given to £0.1m from SIF Gainshare Revenue being allocated for the establishment of the Fund;

 

(iii)       the £5m contribution to the Fund from MSIF be noted; and

 

(iv)      delegated authority be granted to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery to finalise negotiations of detailed funding terms and associated agreements for the fund specified at (i) above in consultation with the Chief Legal Officer and Treasurer.

 

75.

Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) Request for Material Changes to Previously Agreed Projects pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and the Third Sector.

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy & the Third Sector seeking approval for changes to the controls for the Vynova project in Halton previously agreed by the LCR Combined Authority.

 

Councillor Williamson, Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy & Third Sector, reported that the £3m of support previously provided by the LCR Combined Authority to support the £80m upgrade to the Vynova Runcorn plant, had help to directly secure 100 jobs, with a further 1000 jobs secured in the supply chain. She emphasised that the proposed extension, necessitated by delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, would have no adverse financial impact to the Combined Authority.

 

RESOLVED – That the material change to the Strategic Investment Fund allocation requested by the Vynova project sponsor (Vynova Runcorn Limited), that includes an extension to the timeline for delivery as set out in paragraphs 3.1 – 3.3 of the report, be approved.

76.

Brownfield Land Fund update pdf icon PDF 340 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director for Delivery and Investment and the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Planning.

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Planning updating the Combined Authority on progress with the £60m Brownfield Land Fund and seeking approval of a revised pipeline of projects.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(i)         the process for allocating additional Brownfield Land Funds and the indicative funding amounts set out in Table 1, until all funding is fully allocated, be approved;

 

(ii)        increased allocation for North Huyton Revive Phase 5 project in Knowsley and the Taskers project in Liverpool be approved, subject to due diligence and Full Business Case preparation;

 

(iii)       authority be delegated on the terms set out in this report to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Planning, Chief Legal Officer and the Treasurer to approve funding for each of the further shortlisted projects following review of Full Business Cases and recommendations from the Strategic Investment Fund Internal Panel; and

 

(iv)      authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery to finalise negotiations of detailed funding terms and associated agreements for each approved project, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Planning, Chief Legal Officer and the Treasurer.

 

77.

LCR Bus Service Improvement Plan - Annual Update pdf icon PDF 290 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director – Place and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality.

 

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Executive Director of Place and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality providing the annual update on the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) and proposing changes to the Plan for the coming year.

 

Councillor Robinson, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality, emphasised that while the amount of funding received from the Department of Transport as part of the BSIP had been disappointing, it had been used to support the £2 fares and extended the ‘My Ticket’ scheme, both of which would help hard pressed families. The revised BSIP would support the work to re-regulate buses and improve key bus routes, including the deployment of hydrogen-powered vehicles, the latter having recently been named ‘best bus in show’ at the recent Euro Bus Expo 2022.

 

The Metro Mayor welcomed the report and highlighted the further success of the LCR Connects project that recently won the Best Public Sector Project at the INCA (Independent Networks Cooperative Association) Awards.

 

RESOLVED - That

 

(i)         the revisions and updates to the 2021 Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) be noted;

 

(ii)        the significant gap between the LCR’s ambition for bus as set out in the 2021 BSIP, and the funding that was awarded by Government in support of its aims, be noted;

 

(iii)       the revised BSIP be approved and adopted;

 

(iv)      the 2022/23 BSIP funding allocation of £2,486,633 and future BSIP funding of £9,807,765 from the Department for Transport be accepted;

 

(v)        authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Place in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality to complete the revised BSIP submission and submit to the Department of Transport; and

 

(vi)      authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Corporate Services to sign the 2022/23 BSIP grant determination letter and return it to the Department for Transport.

78.

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@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk

Telephone: 0151 330 1330

In writing: Democratic Services, LCR Combined Authority, 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 14 November 2022.

 

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There were no questions submitted by members of the public.

79.

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@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk

Telephone: 0151 330 1330

In writing: Democratic Services, LCR Combined Authority, 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 14 November 2022.

 

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There were no petitions or statements submitted by members of the public.

80.

Minutes of meeting Thursday, 7 July 2022 of LCR Transport Committee pdf icon PDF 367 KB

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The Minutes of the LCR Transport Committee held on 7 July 2022 were noted.