Agenda and minutes

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority - Friday, 29th April, 2022 1.00 pm

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

Contact: Trudy Bedford 

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140.

Apologies for Absence

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of:

 

LCR Combined Authority

Mayor Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool City Council and Portfolio Holder for Education, Skills, Equality and Diversity

 

Associate Member

Councillor Ian Moran, Warrington Borough Council

 

Co-opted Members

Emily Spurrell (Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner).

 

Deputy Portfolio Holders

Councillor Kate Groucutt, Inclusive Economy and Third Sector

Councillor Trish Hardy, Housing and Spatial Framework

Councillor Shelley Powell, Culture, Tourism and the Visitor Economy

Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins, Digital Connectivity and Inclusion  

 

 

141.

Declarations of Interest

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Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest declared.

142.

Minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 4 March 2022 pdf icon PDF 205 KB

The minutes of the meeting held on 4 March 2022 are attached for approval.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED - The minutes of the meeting of the LCR Combined Authority held on 4 March 2022 were agreed as a correct record.

143.

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 and in doing so welcomed Halton Borough Council’s new Chief Executive, Stephen Young to his first Combined Authority meeting.

 

The Metro Mayor also reported that this would be the last meeting in which Deputy Portfolio Holder Councillor Louise Whitley would be in her role, explaining that she would be retiring as a Councillor and wished her all the best for the future. 

 

The Metro Mayor explained that last month, he had joined the Mayor of Greater Manchester on the UK’s first ever Mayoral trade mission to Ireland supported by the Department for International Trade. He reported that the delegation had received a tremendous reception whilst over there and were very kindly looked after by the President (the Uachtaráin), the Taoiseach, the Tanaiste and members of the Irish government. The delegation had also visited Belfast and a number of innovative businesses which may present opportunities for collaborations in low carbon technologies. The Metro Mayor also noted that officers were continuing conversations with the businesses the delegation had met to identify potential future investment and trade opportunities and reciprocal meetings would be arranged in the North West later in the year.

 

The Metro Mayor reported that during March, the Good Business Festival had finally come to fruition as an ‘in-person’ event after so many false starts due to Covid. He praised the event recognising that it provided a fantastic opportunity to be able to meet with businesses ‘face-to-face’ and to put the focus of ‘ethical business’, at the heart of the discussions.

 

The Metro Mayor was equally very grateful that the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner had invited him to visit the brand-new Merseyside Police headquarters, which was a state-of-the-art workplace. 

 

On the 18 March, the Metro Mayor and several hundred other people, had attended a memorial service in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to celebrate and remember the life of the late, great Gerry Marsden who sadly passed away  in early 2021 during the covid lockdown. The Metro Mayor explained that Gerry was a close personal friend of his and also a fantastic ambassador for the City and City Region and he was dearly missed. The Metro Mayor explained that later this month the Ferry Terminal would be renamed after Gerry, in his honour.

 

Prior to the Memorial Service, the Metro Mayor had attended a demonstration outside the Port of Liverpool to show his support and solidarity with P&O workers who had been sacked without notice or consultation. The Metro Mayor hoped that the Government would carry out their threats to take legal action against P&O. He stated that these practices had absolutely no place in the City Region and that he would continue to advocate for those affected.

 

The Metro Mayor explained that the Innovation Prospectus had been launched in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 26 April and had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 143.

144.

Constitution Review pdf icon PDF 214 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer.

 

To be presented by Louise Outram, Deputy Chief Legal and Deputy Monitoring Officer.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Monitoring Officer, which proposed several amendments following a comprehensive review of the Constitution.

 

Jill Coule, Chief Legal Officer and Monitoring Officer explained that the Constitution had been substantially reviewed, which had resulted in several amendments being proposed. Members attention was drawn to appendix one which set out provisions for dealing with Motions.

 

It was also reported that several other changes were being proposed which included:

 

·             A delegation be given to the Monitoring Officer in consultation with the Metro Mayor or the Chair of the relevant Committee to approve the replacement of Members on either the Combined Authority or its Committees.

·             Provision be included to cancel Combined Authority and Committee meetings by the Head of Paid Service in consultation with the Chair and the Monitoring Officer.

·             In the absence of the Head of Paid Service the Executive Director Place (Deputy Chief Executive) will be able to exercise any delegation or power on behalf of/in place of the Head of Paid Service.

·             Authority be delegated to the Audit and Governance Committee to sign off the Combined Authority’s accounts.

 

RESOLVED – That:

 

(a)    the contents of the report and the Constitution as currently published be noted;

(b)    the provisions on Motions attached as Appendix 1 be approved;

(c)    the ongoing review of the Constitution be noted;

(d)    Appendix 1 to the Combined Authority to update the Standing Orders upon motions be approved;

(e)    the Standing Delegations to the Monitoring Officer (Part 3 Section G) as per paragraph 3.7 with regard to the process to handle replacement Members of the Combined Authority or any of its Committees be approved;

(f)     the proposed changes to the Constitution as set out in paragraphs 3.8 (cancellation of meetings) and 3.9 (absence of the Head of Paid Service) of this report be agreed;

(g)    the delegation to the Audit and Governance Committee in respect of the annual accounts as outlined in paragraph 3.11 be approved;

(h)    it be noted that further reports on the Constitution will be presented in the new municipal year to ensure that the Constitution reflects good practice and supports effective governance;

(i)     this Combined Authority supports the petition launched by ADSO and LLG on 5 January 2022 with regard to remote and hybrid meetings; and

(j)     the Metro Mayor write to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities calling upon the Government to change the law to allow Councils/ Combined Authorities the flexibility to hold such meetings when they deemed appropriate within agreed rules and procedures.

145.

Stakeholder Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 323 KB

To consider the report of the Monitoring Officer.

 

To be presented by Louise Outram, Deputy Chief Legal and Deputy Monitoring Officer.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Monitoring Officer which sought to establish a Sub-Committee of the Combined Authority, known as the Stakeholder Sub-Committee.

 

Jill Coule, Chief Legal Officer and Monitoring Officer reported that following a review of the Combined Authority’s companies and subsidiary organisations it was felt appropriate that a Stakeholder Sub-Committee be established to provide primary oversight and scrutiny of the Companies and it would also be a Sub-Committee of the Combined Authority.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)        the establishment of a Stakeholder Sub-Committee be approved and the terms of reference for this Sub-Committee be included into the Combined Authority Constitution, as set out in Appendix 1 to this report; and

 

(b)    the February 2018 Lawyers in Local Government best practice guidance on the Governance of Local Authority Interests in Companies be noted, as set out in Appendix 2 to this report.

146.

Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) Request for Material Changes to Previously Agreed Projects pdf icon PDF 457 KB

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

 

To be presented by Aileen Jones and Councillor Williamson.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery which sought approval to process material change controls in respect of the following previously agreed Strategic Investment Fund projects:

 

·         Cambridge Road Project, Sefton

·         A562 (Key Route Network), Liverpool

·         Buckley Hill Brownfield Land Project, Sefton

·         Walking and Cycling Project, Wirral

·         Hydrogen Bus Trial Project, Merseytravel

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    the material change to the Cambridge Road Project in Sefton as indicated in paragraphs 3.1-3.3 be agreed;

(b)    the material change to the A562 (KRN) Project as requested by Liverpool City Council in paragraphs 3.4-3.8 be agreed;

(c)    the material change to the Buckley Hill Brownfield Land Project in Sefton as indicated in paragraphs 3.9-3.13 be agreed;

(d)    the additional grant funding for the Walking and Cycling Project as requested by Wirral Metropolitan Council in paragraphs 3.14-3.21 be approved;

(e)    the additional grant funding for the Hydrogen Bus Trial Project as requested by Merseytravel in paragraphs 3.22-3.28 be approved;

(f)     the change to the Everton Football Club Project in respect of the funding ask of the Combined Authority in paragraphs 3.29-3.32 be noted; and

(g)    delegated authority be granted to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Planning with regards to changes to projects delivered under the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund in paragraphs 3.33-3.36 be agreed.

147.

Strategic Investment Fund – LCR Angel Network: pdf icon PDF 308 KB

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

 

To be presented by Aileen Jones and Councillor Williamson.

 

The appendix to this report will be considered in public and press excluded session.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and Executive Director of Investment and Delivery which sought approval to award Strategic Investment Funding to support the development and delivery of the LCR Angel Network.

 

Councillor Janette Williamson explained that £500,000 of Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) revenue was sought to fund the LCR Angel Network project over a five-year timeline. The project would scale up the existing LCR Angel Network, which was currently managed by not-for-profit funder, Merseyside Special Investment Fund. Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF) would also be matching the Combined Authority’s investment with a further £500,000. 

 

Councillor Williamson explained that Angel Investors provided crucial mentoring and equity finance for new and emerging entrepreneurial businesses. The project would establish a platform to convene, share and facilitate a diverse range of development opportunities with Angel investors. It would work closely with other economic recovery plan projects and other existing business support. The project would adopt industry best practice on diversity and inclusion following close collaboration with the UK Business Angel Association who were at the forefront of national policy in this area. The project would create opportunities and eliminate barriers for both business leaders and Angel investors from under-represented groups in the Liverpool City Region. 

 

Asif Hamid MBE supported the comments made by Councillor Williamson and explained that this project was a key priority for the City Region by bringing together both the MSIF and Growth Platform in a joined-up approach supported by the Combined Authority.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    £0.5m from SIF Gainshare Revenue for the Project be approved; and

 

(b)    delegated authority be granted to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery to finalise negotiations of detailed funding terms and associated agreements for the Project specified at (a) above in consultation with the Combined Authority Monitoring Officer and Executive Director of Corporate Services.

148.

Skills Bootcamps Funding pdf icon PDF 219 KB

To consider the report of the Portfolio Holder: Education and Skills and the Executive Director Investment and Delivery.

 

To be presented by Aileen Jones and Mayor Anderson.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder: Education, Skills Equality and Diversity and the Executive Director Investment and Delivery which sought approval to establish a dynamic purchasing system to disperse £8.1m of Department for Education (DfE) grant funding for the development of higher-level skills in growth sectors.

 

Councillor Louise Whitley (Deputy Portfolio Holder: Education, Skills Equality and Diversity) introduced the report and explained that the Combined Authority had been awarded funding from the DfE to deliver the rollout of Skills Bootcamps following the success of the Digital Skills Bootcamps. The Bootcamps targeted training in forecasted high growth sectors including green, construction, digital, rail and engineering and aimed to supply employers with the skills to grow or diversify. They were also targeted at people who were unemployed so that they could gain skills which would be in demand providing high value jobs and employment. 

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    the implementation of a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to act as the procurement vehicle for provider awards relating to Government Bootcamps funding be approved, in principle;

(b)    authority be delegated to the Executive Director Investment and Delivery, in consultation with the Monitoring Officer to approve successful awards from the procurement process on the DPS whilst requiring that an audit trail of all call-offs from the DPS and approvals of any award is maintained by the Procurement Department and the Skills & Apprenticeship, Digital Skills team respectively; and

(c)    authority be delegated to the Combined Authority Treasurer to finalise negotiations of detailed terms of the funding and associated agreements in consultation with the Combined Authority’s Monitoring Officer and the Executive Director Investment and Delivery.

149.

City Region Sustainable Transport Settlements and Levelling Up Fund pdf icon PDF 332 KB

To consider the report of the report of the Executive Director for Development and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality.

 

To be presented by Aileen Jones and Councillor Robinson.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality and the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery which provided an update on the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) list of schemes development funding and resource requirements. 

 

Councillor Liam Robinson reported that this settlement marked a key milestone for the Combined Authority in delivering it’s transport ambitions for the City Region and Members approval was sought to accept £710million from Government to deliver the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) programme.

 

Councillor Robinson explained that the Combined Authority had previously agreed the Highways Maintenance element of the CRSTS and confirmation of the full settlement would allow the Combined Authority to undertake a range of initiatives to help deliver a London-style transport system. Furthermore, Councillor Robinson also stated that the Combined Authority would also be submitting its Levelling Up Fund Business case which would fund bus, active travel and highways interventions in Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    funding from DfT of £710m for City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) and £6,235,000 capacity funding for 2022/23 for the CRSTS programme be accepted;

(b)    funding from DfT of £37.52m which included £794,310.00 capacity funding to deliver Levelling Up Fund (LUF) schemes be accepted;

(c)    the development funding and resource requirements for CRSTS to facilitate programme development and delivery be approved;

(d)    submission of the Levelling Up for Recovery Business Case to Government be approved; and

(e)    authority be delegated to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery in consultation with the Executive Director - Corporate Services, the Executive Director – Place, the Chief Legal Officer and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality, to disburse funds and develop funding agreements to delivery partners, in order to award development funding to progress CRSTS and LUF schemes. Noting that all schemes seeking funding would be presented back to the Combined Authority for consideration before capital funding was released.

150.

North West Energy Hub pdf icon PDF 125 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director for Investment and Delivery and the Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy.

 

To be presented by Aileen Jones and Councillor Baines.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder Climate Emergency and Renewable Energy and Executive Director of Investment and Delivery which sought approval for the transfer of the NW Energy Hub to the Combined Authority, rebranding and the allocation of additional funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

Councillor David Baines advised that the report formalised the transfer of the newly renamed North-West Net Zero Hub from the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership into the Combined Authority. The Hub had been funded by BEIS and the transfer to the Combined Authority aligned to the net zero pathway goals and emerging action plan. The Hub would continue to provide support not just for the six local authorities but also across the wider North-West helping to develop net zero projects and supporting funding bids.

 

RESOLVED - that:

 

(a)    the transfer of the North West Energy Hub from the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Platform to the Combined Authority be approved;

(b)    the change of name to the North West Net Zero Hub be approved;

(c)    the change of focus and increased emphasis on zero carbon be noted;

(d)    a delegation to the Director of Investment and Delivery in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Climate Emergency & Renewable Energy and the Executive Director Corporate Services be approved to allocate core and any additional funding allocated from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for the North West Net Zero Hub, currently c£2.5m.

151.

LCR Freeport Full Business Case pdf icon PDF 369 KB

To consider the report of the Executive Director of Corporate Services and the Portfolio Holder for Business Support.

 

To be presented by John Fogarty and Asif Hamid MBE.

 

The appendix to this report will be considered in public and press excluded session.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Business Support and the Executive Director of Corporate Services which sought approval of the LCR Freeport Full Business Case.

 

John Fogarty, Executive Director Corporate Services, informed Members that the Full Business Case for the Freeport had been submitted to Government in accordance with Governments deadlines.  The Business Case reflected the City Region’s priorities and played into the region’s strategic location facing westward towards North America and its connectivity as a region within the UK. 

 

It was reported that as well as securing potential inward investment of a very high significant level, Freeport status would also protect the existing jobs and industries in the City Region. Furthermore, the Business Case emphasised the importance of seeking inward investment which supported inclusive growth and also contributed to the zero carbon targets.

 

Members were informed that the Business Case included a gateway process which would allow the Combined Authority to focus on key priority sectors, and high value employment opportunities. It would also enable the adoption of the Fair Employment Charter and a focus on social value, training and skills and the benefits of Freeport status would be felt across all communities within the City Region.

 

Mr Asif Hamid MBE stated that the Freeport provided the City Region with a unique opportunity to enhance the excellent value proposition it had got within its international investment and also its manufacturing export especially with the US and Canada which was the City Region’s largest source of inward investment. The Freeport and the status of the City Region would attract global investment, and it could also be used as an opportunity to attract high value jobs. Furthermore, Mr Hamid MBE stressed the importance of ensuring that Freeport status enhanced the City Region’s proposition to the world both in terms of IT infrastructure and artificial intelligence. He did appreciate that there had been concerns expressed around maintaining social value and sustainability, about standards in Freeport generally and job creation but he confirmed that he was committed to ensuring that Liverpool City Region Freeport would be a force for  good.

 

Tom O’Brien, Chair of the Freeport Board, reaffirmed that as Chair he was committed to all points which had been raised and particularly in relation to creating quality jobs. He explained that a pathway would also be required in terms of skills and bringing people back into the labour market so that they could access the good jobs that would be created. Furthermore, the Fair Employment Charter and social value would be used to make sure that this programme would be underpinned in the best possible way. He noted that the region would benefit from the resources of central government, and he therefore felt that it was appropriate that best use was made of those resources. However, he felt that it should also be fashioned so that it met the needs of all six local authorities and the City Region as a whole to make it a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 151.

152.

Acceptance and Allocation of Homelessness Funding and Delivery Model for Housing First pdf icon PDF 137 KB

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

 

To be presented by Aileen Jones and Councillor Morgan.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Spatial Framework and the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery which sought approval for the receipt and allocation of funding for Housing First, Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme and Rough Sleeping Initiative 5.

 

Councillor Graham Morgan stated that the report set out how the Combined Authority would build on the excellent work to date on the existing Housing First Programme. He explained that over the last three years the local led approach had helped to provide affordable long-term accommodation to those who experienced rough sleeping, with over 200 individuals supported to date with  accommodation but also with support to help them meet their wider ambitions in life.

 

Councillor Morgan explained how the next allocation of funding from the government would be used to extend this support over the next three years, which would help broaden the reach of the support and continue to make a real difference to lives across the City Region.

 

Dr Aileen Jones, Executive Director Investment and Delivery, stated that this report related to three different strands of homelessness funding. The first was seeking approval to accept, subject to confirmation from Government, £8.8m of funding to continue the delivery of the Housing First Programme until March 2025.

 

The report also sought approval to accept £627,000 for the continued delivery of the Assertive Outreach Service across the City Region which provided vital support to people who were rough sleeping and it also helped to improve their health and housing outcomes providing risk reduction, health and related services.

 

In December 2021, the Combined Authority had secured £1.5m capital funding alongside £1.1m revenue through the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme. The funding had helped to purchase 16 properties and much needed one bedroomed properties for rough sleepers and for those people at risk of rough sleeping across the City Region. The report was seeking to use the £1.1m revenue to fund intensive support to the tenants of those properties through a competitive tendering process.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    grants of up to £8,855,456 from Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) including £5,933,511 to continue the Housing First Programme to March 2024, and a further £2,573,626 through the Rough Sleeping Initiative (RSI) Fund to continue the programme to March 2025, subject to confirmation by Government that such funding be approved be accepted;

(b)    the continuation of direct delivery of the Housing First programme through the Combined Authority and in partnership with Local Authorities be approved;

(c)    the acceptance of up to £627,004 through the Rough Sleeping Initiative 5 programme and allocates £502,864 to commission the delivery of the service in Halton, Knowsley and St Helens be approved;

(d)    the commissioning of complex support for individuals to be housed in properties purchased through the Resonance Homelessness Fund, to be funded from the Rough Sleeping Accommodation Programme revenue funding of £1.1m which was accepted by the Combined Authority in January 2022 be approved; and

(e)    the delegated decision (DD)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 152.

153.

Liverpool City Region Cycle Counter Replacement Programme pdf icon PDF 305 KB

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

 

To be presented by Richard McGukkin and Councillor Robinson.

 

The appendix to this report will be considered in public and press excluded session.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder Transport and Air Quality and the Executive Director of Place which sought approval for the appointment of the successful bidder to provide new cycle counters and associated works to replace the existing end of life network of automatic cycle counters across all six Constituent Authorities.

 

Councillor Liam Robinson stated that the City Region had been monitoring cycle usage with automated equipment at several different locations since 2006. As a number of those pieces of equipment were now reaching the end of its natural life consideration was being given as to how it could be renewed. As part of that equipment was no longer manufactured it now seemed to be an opportune time to look at the supplier agreements in place and to renew that equipment. The report was seeking approval for a single supplier framework that each of the six district authorities could come to individual arrangements with to renew equipment across the region over the years ahead.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    the provision by the Combined Authority of a single supplier framework agreement for a period of 2 years (plus up to 2 x 1 year extensions) commencing in February 2022 be approved, with an upper limit on the contract value of £3,000,000,) to replace the existing network of obsolete cycle counters across the LCR be approved;

(b)    it be noted that the six Combined Authority’s Constituent Authorities would individually enter into contractual arrangements with the successful bidder under the framework contract to carry out any works.

154.

Strategic Investment Fund - Kings Dock, Liverpool pdf icon PDF 210 KB

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

 

To be presented by Aileen Jones and Councillor Williamson.

 

The appendix to this report will be considered in public and press excluded session.

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The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector and the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery which sought approval to provide repayable support grant of SIF to Liverpool City Council for consultancy activities in respect of the proposed master planned design and sale of seven sites at Kings Dock, Liverpool.

 

Councillor Janette Williamson stated that the report recommended the provision of £1m of investment from SIF to create detailed development plans for the Kings Dock on Liverpool waterfront. It was reported that the City Council owned seven plots around the dock and wanted to ensure that there was a high quality of development on this site. It was currently anticipated that the plots could provide up to 700 homes as well as commercial and leisure uses complementary to existing development on the waterfront. The funding would allow the City Council to undertake design work including master planning, the necessary site investigations prior to identifying partner(s) to take these plans forward. Furthermore, under the proposed approach the Council would retain control over the quality of future developments.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    the provision of repayable assistance of up to £1,000,000, from the Strategic Investment Fund (“SIF”) in support of master plan and design work, in advance of the phased sale to third parties of each of 7 sites at Kings Dock, Liverpool be approved;

(b)    delegated authority be granted to the Executive Director of Investment and Delivery to finalise negotiations of detailed funding terms and associated agreements in consultation with the Monitoring Officer and the Executive Director of Corporate Services.

155.

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.

 

Public questions must be submitted via the following link:- https://moderngov.merseytravel.gov.uk/ecSDDisplay.aspx?NAME=SD386&ID=386&RPID=4784361

 

Public questions which for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on Monday, 25 April 2022.

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There were no questions submitted by members of the public.

156.

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.

 

Petitions and statements must be submitted via the following link:-

https://moderngov.merseytravel.gov.uk/ecSDDisplay.aspx?NAME=SD462&ID=462&RPID=4784369

 

The single petition or statement for this meeting must be returned by 5.00pm on Monday, 25 April 2022.

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There were no petitions or statements received.

157.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

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RESOLVED - That members of the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the under-mentioned items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as contained in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information)(Variation) Order 2006.

158.

Bringing Merseyrail New Fleet into Service

To consider the report of the Executive Director for Corporate Services and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality.

 

To be presented by John Fogarty and Councillor Robinson.

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder Transport and Air Quality and the Executive Director Corporate Services which sought approval to a number of variations to the original business case for the new fleet which had been approved in November 2016. 

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    the contents of this report be noted;

(b)    it be recognised that the impact of COVID and other factors on both the programme timetable and the operating environment had necessitated significant changes to the original business case;

(c)    a revised date into service for the first units of the new fleet of September 2022 be approved; and

(d)    the further recommendation set out in paragraph 6.1.11 of the report be approved.

159.

Active Travel Capital Funding:

To consider the report of the Executive Director for Corporate Services and the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality.

 

To be presented by John Fogarty and Councillor Robinson.

Minutes:

The LCR Combined Authority considered a report of the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Air Quality and the Executive Director of Corporate Services which sought approval for the acceptance of Local Authority Capital Fund 2021/22 and disbursement of funds across the six Constituent Authorities and Merseytravel.

 

RESOLVED - That:

 

(a)    the anticipated Local Authority Capital Fund from the Department for Transport as identified in paragraph 3.6 be noted; and

 

(b)  upon confirmation of funds the disbursement of these funds to the Constituent Authorities and Merseytravel be approved as indicated in paragraph 4.1, Table 1.