November meeting of CCC's Copeland local committee

Cumbria County Council's local committee for Copeland met this morning (Tuesday 16th November 2021) at Cleator Moor town hall.

Full details of the agenda and papers for the meeting can be found on the county council website by following this link:

Agenda for County Council Local Committee for Copeland on Tuesday, 16th November, 2021, 10.15 am | Cumbria County Council

The main items discussed were:

I) A presentation from "Family Action" on the services they have been commissioned to provide to support children and families in Copeland

II) We approved the draft Highways budget for the forthcoming year

III) Also during the discussion on highways local members raised a number of local issues - for example I raised the delay fixeing the streetlights in Fairladies, St Bees.

IV) A number of grants were approved to local charities and projects. many of them using the local committee share of the government money from the "Contain Outbreak" fund to help communities recover from the impacts COVID-19.

V) Under nuclear issues the discussed local committee representation on the community partnerships reviewing the possibility of a Geological Disposal Facility of GDF for nuclear waste.

We passed two resolutions on the subject

a) the first, reiterating the local committee view that the County Council should take up representation on the partnerships, which has been offered, was passed nem con with all the Conservative councillors and one Labout councillor voting in favour and the other two Labour councillors who were present abstaining.

b) the second resolution called on the Leader of the council to apologise for likening the head of the process to a a "vexatious complainant" for daring to ask a second time if the council wanted to take up representation (after it had been accurately reported in the press that full council had passed a motion urging that this should happen.) The vote on this one went on party lines with the Conservatives voting in favour and the Labour councillors against.

I shall perhaps add that this was originally all one motion but seperate votes on the two parts of it were taken at my suggestion, so that the local Labour councillors would not be forced to vote against the first part, which they've hardly made any secret that they agree with, because party discipline would force them to vote against the second part.



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