Agenda, decisions and minutes

Cabinet Member for Environment
Monday, 7th October, 2013 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Suite 1 & 2, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Cherry Foreman  Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

11.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

12.

Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

13.

Public Speaking Time/Open Session

In accordance with Procedure Rules Nos.11 and 35 a period of 10 minutes is allocated for members of the public to address the meeting on any matter relating to the work of the body in question.  Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes but the Chairman or person presiding will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned where there are a number of speakers. Members of the public are not required to give notice to use this facility. However, as a matter of courtesy, a period of 24 hours’ notice is encouraged.

 

Members of the public wishing to ask a question at the meeting should provide at least three clear working days’ notice in writing and should include the question with that notice. This will enable an informed answer to be given.

 

 

Minutes:

No members of the public were present.

14.

Community Transport Association Partnership Agreement pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To consider the establishment of a Partnership Agreement with the Community Transport Association.

Decision:

1.    That approval be given to the establishment of a partnership arrangement with the Community Transport Association (CTA).

 

2.    That the Borough Solicitor, or an authorised signatory within the Legal Section, be authorised to sign the Partnership Agreement.

 

3.    To officers be authorised to take all necessary action to implement and monitor the Partnership Agreement until 30 June 2014.

 

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the establishment of a Partnership Agreement with the Community Transport Association (CTA) to support the development and implementation of community and voluntary sector transport initiatives across Cheshire East.

 

It was reported that Local communities were often best placed to identify their own transport needs and in some cases had the capacity to develop local solutions, particularly for those who did not have access to public or private transport.  The Council was seeking innovative, creative ideas for community transport initiatives which were operated “by the community, for the community”; the types of schemes which might be supported included community bus schemes, village minibus services, voluntary car schemes or shopmobility services to meet an identified need and enable people to access local services.

 

The CTA was a national, independent, “not for profit” organisation that had been working with community transport organisations for more than 20 years. They were recognised as the voice of voluntary and community transport in the UK and were uniquely placed to offer a range of support and advice services, training and resources to local community groups in Cheshire East.

 

The CTA team had an in-depth understanding of the governance, financial, and operating environment of community transport, with knowledge of the latest best practice schemes across the UK. They were also the leading training provider in all aspects of community transport and had developed the CTA Quality Mark which covered five areas of organisational performance, i.e.: governance, transport operations, personnel, health and safety, and corporate social responsibility.

 

The CTA would support the launch and implementation of the Transport & Accessibility Grant Scheme, subject to approval by the Cabinet in October. The Partnership would support grant applicants to develop their ideas into robust Business Plans with future viability and sustainability built into the proposals from the outset, as well as appropriate governance, health and safety and other quality marks and safeguarding measures.

 

RESOLVED

 

1.    That approval be given to the establishment of a partnership arrangement with the Community Transport Association (CTA).

 

2.    That the Borough Solicitor, or an authorised signatory within the Legal Section, be authorised to sign the Partnership Agreement.

 

3.    To officers be authorised to take all necessary action to implement and monitor the Partnership Agreement until 30 June 2014.