Agenda

Cramlington, Bedlington and Seaton Valley Local Area Council - Wednesday, 21st July, 2021 4.00 pm

Venue: Meeting Space - Block 1, Floor 2 - County Hall. View directions

Contact: Heather Bowers 

Note: Due to Covid restrictions only those who have registered and are actively participating will be allowed access to the meeting. Any member of the press or public may view the proceedings of this meeting live on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/NorthumberlandTV. Any questions from the public should be submitted to Democraticservices@northumberland.gov.uk by 12 noon on the working day before the meeting. 

Items
No. Item

1.

MEMBERSHIP AND TERMS OF REFERENCE

The committee is asked to note the following membership and terms of reference for the Cramlington, Bedlington & Seaton Valley Local Area Council which were agreed by Council on 26 May 2021.

 

The membership is made up of the county councillors who represent the 12 electoral divisions in the Cramlington, Bedlington and Seaton Valley area.

 

Chair: M D Swinburn

Vice Chair: S Lee; Vice Chair (Planning): R Wilczek

Quorum – 4

 

Conservative

Labour

Non Aligned 

Liberal

Democrat

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Independent 

W Daley 

L Bowman 

S Lee

?C Taylor 

C Dunbar 

R Wilczek 

M Robinson 

P Ezhilchelvan 

 

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D Ferguson 

 

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B Flux 

P Scott 

M Swinburn 

 

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(1)        To enhance good governance in the area and ensure that the Council’s policies take accout of the needs and aspirations of local communities and do not discriminate unfairly between the different Areas.

 

(2)        To advise the Cabinet on budget priorities and expenditure within the Area. 

 

(3)        To consider, develop and influence policy and strategy development of the Council, its arms-length organisations, and other relevant bodies, to ensure that they meet local requirements and facilitate efficient and transparent decision making.

 

(4)        To receive information, consider and comment on matters associated with service delivery including those undertaken in partnership agencies, affecting the local area to ensure that they meet local requirements, including matters relating to community safety, anti- social behaviour and environmental crime. 

 

(5)       To consider and refer to Cabinet any issues from a local community perspective with emerging Neighbourhood Plans within their area, and consider local planning applications as per the planning delegation scheme.

 

  

(6)    To consider and recommend adjustments to budget priorities in relation to Local Transport Plan issues within their area, and to make decisions in relation to devolved capital highway maintenance allocations. 

(7)   To engage, through the appropriate networks, with all key stakeholders from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors to facilitate the delivery of area priorities. This will include undertaking regular liaison with parish and town councils. 

 

(8)    To inform, consult and engage local communities in accordance with Council policy and guidance, through the appropriate networks. 

  

(9)    To, as appropriate, respond or refer with recommendations to local petitions and councillor calls for action. 

 

(10)  To make certain appointments to outside bodies as agreed by Council. 

 

(11)  To determine applications for grant aid from the Community Chest, either through Panels for individual Local Area Councils, or through the Panel of Local Area Council Chairs for countywide applications. 

 

(12)  To refer and receive appropriate issues for consideration to or from other Council Committees, and as appropriate invite Portfolio Holders to attend a meeting if an item in their area of responsibility is to be discussed. 

 

(13)   To exercise the following functions within their area:- 

 

(a)    the Council’s functions in relation to the survey, definition,maintenance, diversion, stopping up and creation of public rights of way. 

(b)      the Council’s functions as the Commons Registration Authority for common land and town/village greens in Northumberland. 

(c)    the Council’s functions in relation to the preparation and maintenance of the Rights  ...  view the full agenda text for item 1.

2.

PROCEDURE AT PLANNING MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 120 KB

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

4.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 437 KB

Minutes of the meeting of the Cramlington, Bedlington & Seaton Delaval Local Area Council held on 17 March 2021 as circulated, to be confirmed as a true record and signed by the Chair.   

5.

DISCLOSURE OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

Unless already entered in the Council’s Register of Members’ interests, members are required to disclose any personal interest (which includes any disclosable pecuniary interest) they may have in any of the items included on the agenda for the meeting in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted by the Council on 4 July 2012, and are reminded that if they have any personal interests of a prejudicial nature (as defined under paragraph 17 of the Code Conduct) they must not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must leave the room. NB Any member needing clarification must contact Legal Services, on 01670 623324. Please refer to the guidance on disclosures at the rear of this agenda letter.

6.

DETERMINATIONS OF PLANNING APPLICATIONS pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To request the committee to decide the planning applications attached to this report using the powers delegated to it.??? 

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Please note that printed letters of objection/support are no longer circulated with the agenda but are available on the Council’s website at??http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Planning.aspx? 

 

 

7.

20/03225/COU pdf icon PDF 342 KB

Retrospective permission for partial change of use of downstairs of property to childcare in a domestic setting with proposed front driveway (amended 07.06.2021) 

41A Southward, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, Northumberland, NE26 4DQ 

 

 

8.

20/03863/VARYCO pdf icon PDF 309 KB

Variation of conditions 2 (materials) and 3 (approved plans) pursuant to planning permission 18/00515/FUL in order to install a flat roof rather than a pitched roof 

41A Southward, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, NorthumberlandNE26 4DQ

 

9.

APPEALS UPDATE pdf icon PDF 169 KB

For Member’s information to report the progress of planning appeals.  This is a monthly report and relates to appeals throughout all 5 Local Area Council Planning Committee areas and covers appeals of Strategic Planning Committee. 

10.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

To reply to any questions received from members of the public which have been submitted in writing in advance of the meeting. Questions can be asked about issues for which the Council has a responsibility. (Public question times take place on a bimonthly basis at Local Area Council meetings: in January, March, May, July, September and November each year.) 

 

As agreed by the County Council in February 2012, the management of local public question times is at the discretion of the chair of the committee.  

 

Please note however that a question may possibly be rejected if it requires the disclosure of any categories of confidential or exempt information, namely information: 
 

  1. relating to any individual; 
  1. which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual; 
  1. relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person 
  1. relating to any labour relations matters/negotiations; 
  1. restricted to legal proceedings 
  1. about enforcement/enacting legal orders 
  1. relating to the prevention, investigation of prosecution of crime. 
     

And/or: 
 

  • is defamatory, frivolous or offensive;  
  • it is substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting of this or another County Council committee in the past six months;  
  • the request repeats an identical or very similar question from the same person; 
  • the cost of providing an answer is disproportionate;  
  • it is being separately addressed through the Council's complaints process; 
  • it is not about a matter for which the Council has a responsibility or which affects the county; 
  • it relates to planning, licensing and/or other regulatory applications 
  • it is a question that town/parish councils would normally be expected to raise through other channels. 

 

If the Chair is of the opinion that a question is one which for whatever reason, cannot properly be asked in an area meeting, he/she will disallow it and inform the resident of his/her decision.  

 

Copies of any written answers (without individuals' personal contact details) will be provided for members after the meeting and also be publicly available. 

 

Democratic Services will confirm the status of the progress on any previously requested written answers and follow up any related actions requested by the Local Area Council. 

 

11.

PETITIONS pdf icon PDF 130 KB

This item is to: 

 

(a)Receive any new petitions: to receive any new petitions. The lead petitioner is  entitled to briefly introduce their petition by providing a statement in writing, and a response to any petitions received will then be organised for a future meeting; 

          

(b)Consider reports on petitions previously received: Petition for additional parking at Mayfield Dale, Cramlington. 

 

(c) Receive any updates on petitions for which a report was previously   considered: any updates will be verbally reported at the meeting. 

 

12.

LOCAL SERVICES ISSUES

To receive a verbal update from the Area Managers from Technical Services and Neighbourhood Services in attendance about any key recent, ongoing and/or future planned Local Services work for the attention of members of the Local Area Council, who will also then have the opportunity to raise issues with the Area Managers. 

 

The Area Managers have principal responsibility for highway services and environmental services, such as refuse collection, street cleansing and grounds maintenance, within the geographic boundaries of the Local Area Council. 

 

13.

APPOINTMENTS TO OUTSIDE BODIES pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To make appointments to outside body organisations within the Local Area Council’s remit.? A list of outside bodies is attached to the agenda for consideration.? 

 

 

14.

MEMBERS' LOCAL IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES 2021-2022 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

The Members Local Improvement Schemes for Cramlington, Bedlington & Seaton Valley Local Area Council are provided for information only. 

15.

LOCAL AREA COUNCIL WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To note the latest version of agreed items for future Local Area Council meetings (any suggestions for new agenda items will require confirmation by the Business Chair after the meeting)   

16.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 18 August 2021 (Planning only).

 

 

17.

URGENT BUSINESS