Constitution - Part 2D - Local Committees



1.1 The six Local Committees are based on district council boundaries and their membership includes all members whose electoral divisions fall within the Local Committee area. The size of each Local Committee therefore varies.

1.2 The six Local Committees take decisions on a wide range of local issues within policies set by the Council and/or Cabinet.

2.1 Local Committees have Executive and Non-Executive functions. Executive decisions of Local Committees are subject to call-in. (Glossary of Terms (PDF 153kb)

2.2 Local Committees, in exercising their functions (both executive and non-executive), must comply with the Council's Budget and Policy Framework and the policies of the Council as adopted and endorsed by the Council or Cabinet.

2.3 A Local Committee is able to arrange for its functions to be carried out by an officer of the County Council.

Executive Functions

2.4 The executive functions of the Local Committees are to:

(a) Produce an Area Plan and Area Delivery Plans which help shape services and places within the area.

(b) Consider and approve proposals for local economic initiatives.

(c) Receive quarterly reports on the performance management of services devolved to Local Committees.

(d) Provide oversight of the services provided or procured by the County Council, including assessing local needs for money advice (including debt advice support commissioned externally) across their area, the value of current services to local communities in the context of the Council's policies and plans and the needs for future provision and procurement services.

(e) Support the development of debt rescue and money advice including the development of Credit Unions across their area.

(f) Encourage community engagement and enable communities to make their voices heard, the local committee will:

(i) Make arrangements to secure dialogue with communities within their area by:

• Establishing and operating Neighbourhood Forums

• Working with district and parish councils, PCT, police and other community bodies serving the interests of their area.

• Regularly review the operation of these arrangements and make changes to secure the improvement of community engagement throughout their area.

(ii) Consider and address issues raised through, liaison groups, parish and town councils and other community bodies and make relevant recommendations to Cabinet, and to partners.

(iii) Co-ordinate for the Council processes for consultation and engagement with local communities and arrange consultation with communities on matters referred to them by the Council, the Cabinet, another Committee or County Council officers.

(iv) Lead on the Council's local participatory budgeting work, ensuring that this activity positively contributes towards the prioritisation of budgets.

(v) Liaise on behalf of local communities with County Council departments and other public bodies and utilities.

(vi) Pursue local initiatives that will encourage and support local communities in their relationships with the Council, County Council services and with other public bodies.

(vii) Contribute to the formulation of all strategies, plans and policies of the Council with reference to the circumstances and characteristics of their area.

(g) Exercise the powers and duties of the County Council in respect of school crossing patrols.

(h) Determine applications for grants, loans and contributions to outside bodies, voluntary organisations, individuals or third sector organisations (which are not specifically delegated to an officer) within a policy approved by the Cabinet.

(i) Approve grants on the recommendation of bodies or persons approved by the Local Committee to make recommendations in respect of grants for the Local Committee area, where the proposed grant is more than £ 5,000.

(j) Make grants to third sector organisations to meet part or the whole of the cost to the organisation of leasing County Council premises within a policy approved by the Cabinet.

(k) Make a financial subsidy to third sector organisations leasing premises from the Council.

(l) Nominate local authority governors to maintained schools.

(m) Determine the level and nature of community engagement and empowerment work in the area.

(n) Annually review the impact of the Local Committee and wider County Council community consultation, engagement and empowerment activity within their area, and develop an action plan to improve the local effectiveness of these activities.

(o) Allocate, in accordance with the guidance agreed by Cabinet (on 3 March 2011), funds from the 0-19 services budget in order to support positive activities, both targeted and mainstream, designed to improve outcomes for children and young people and reduce inequalities and, in doing so, ensure that projects should address at least one of the following criteria:

(i) Providing access to play, recreational, leisure or outdoor activities.

(ii) Providing access to care or educational activities.

(iii) Providing access to safe and enjoyable places for children and young people to go.

(iv) Providing access to holiday, weekend or out of school activities.

(v) Enabling children and young people's involvement and participation e.g. forum, youth council, engagement, empowerment, decision-making.

(vi) Supporting children and young people to take part in volunteering or community action.

The maximum individual amount that an officer may be authorised by the Local Committee to allocate shall be £ 5,000. Any allocation made by an officer must be reported to the next meeting of the Local Committee.

(p) Approve Local member scheme proposals, i.e. projects which offer benefits to communities in the electoral division concerned and help resolve local issues already identified through local community engagement and in line with the priorities within the Council Plan, and specific local priorities within the Area Plan for the Local Committee area.

(q) Determine and deliver the following programmes, within agreed budgets, policies and standards:

(i) General highway maintenance including routine cyclical maintenance, street lighting and hard surfacing urban rights of way.

(ii) Non-principal road structural maintenance. including; general minor works, danger reduction schemes, sustainable transport (cycling and walking) schemes individual value.

(iii) Grass cutting, street lighting, and verge maintenance.

(iv) Such part of the principal road structural carriageway maintenance budget as may be delegated by Council (the funds to be available only for this purpose).

(v) Maintenance of cycleways.

(vi) The delivery, within agreed budgets, of programmes for priority transport improvement schemes and principal road structural maintenance schemes.

(r) Exercise the powers and duties of the Council relating to the maintenance of Public Rights of Way (subject to existing delegation agreements with other authorities).

(s) Name and determine the opening hours of local libraries.

(t) Apart from Local Strategic Partnerships or bodies fulfilling that role, to make appointments to outside bodies not dealt with by the Council or the Cabinet.

(u) Exercise the powers and duties of the County Council, under Parts I, II, and IV of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 within their Area, EXCEPT THAT:

(i) In relation to Traffic Regulation Orders ('TRO's') which involve the introduction of on-street parking charges , and those TRO's which involve the changes to restrictions to accommodate the on-street parking charges, (which have been delegated to the Corporate Director - Economy and Highways) the Committee's role will be limited to the initial identification of areas and streets; and

(ii) TROs which involve the introduction of charging for on-street residents permits, (which have been delegated to the Corporate Director - Economy and Highways) are excluded.

(v) Authorise the making of applications to the Magistrates' Court for stopping up or diversion of highways within their Area, under the Highways Act 1980.

(w) Consider and determine grants for public transport services within their area.

(x) Exercise the Council's functions in respect of locally based Trusts.

(y) Authorise any powers exercisable under the Cycletracks Act 1984.

(z) Publish schemes for the making up and adoption of private streets under Part XI of the Highways Act 1980.

(aa) Up until 20 October 2017 (when existing Gating Orders become Public Spaces Protection Orders), authorise the variation or revocation of existing gating orders where the restrictions imposed by the orders are no longer expedient in all the circumstances for the purpose of reducing crime or anti-social behaviour

(bb) Consider any Public Spaces Protection Orders proposed to be made by the relevant District/Borough Council under sections 59 to 75 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which restrict a public right of way.

(cc) Apply to the Secretary of State for area designation under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

(dd) Determine the Council's position in respect of a proposal to establish a Business Improvement District in their area and to authorise an officer to exercise the Council's vote in the ballot relating to that proposal.

Non-Executive Functions

2.5 The non-executive functions of the Local Committees are to:

(a) Consider reports on resilience planning for their area;

(b) At least annually to performance monitor the local impact of Council services and make recommendations to improve both the Council's performance and local social, environmental and economic well-being.

(c) Consider all relevant inspections reports and to make recommendations to the Council, Cabinet or Scrutiny Boards as appropriate;

(d) Support the development of community empowerment through locality working (incorporating community engagement, community governance and responsive management) within their area and to make recommendations to the Council, Cabinet or Scrutiny Boards as appropriate;

(e) At least annually as part of its area planning work, receive community profiles - including local perceptions on services - which articulate local needs and opinion;

(f) Engage in the review, development and redesign of neighbourhood services in their areas, and make recommendations to Council, Cabinet or Scrutiny Boards as appropriate;

(g) Engage in area property reviews, in line with the Council's Asset Management Strategy.

(h) Receive regular reports on local neighbourhood services and make recommendations to Council, Cabinet or Scrutiny Boards on improvements - in light of knowledge about local communities, needs and opportunities in the area.

3.1  The membership of the Local Committees is set out in the table below.

County Council Local Committee for AllerdaleMembership: The 16 County Councillors elected for the Allerdale area
County Council Local Committee for Barrow in FurnessMembership: The 11 County Councillors elected for the Barrow in Furness area
County Council Local Committee for CarlisleMembership: The 18 County Councillors elected for the Carlisle area
County Council Local Committee for CopelandMembership: The 12 County Councillors elected for the Copeland area
County Council Local Committee for EdenMembership: The 9 County Councillors elected for the Eden area
County Council Local Committee for South LakelandMembership: The 18 County Councillors elected for the South Lakeland area

N.B. for Local Committee Budget Transfers see part 5G Financial Standing Orders FR2 'Control of Resources' paragraph 10 "Local Committee Budget Transfers".