Highways & Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member – Minutes – 8 April 2014

116  (63) HUMBER & WOLDS RURAL COMMUNITY COUNCIL: VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking approval to award a grant to for the Humber & Wolds Rural Community Council (HWRCC).

HWRCC provided a voluntary car service for elderly or disabled people who needed to make essential car journeys but could not use public transport and had no car of their own or anyone who could take them.

The service arranged for volunteers to provide journeys using their own cars.  The user paid the driver’s expenses for the trip, usually a sum between the bus fare and taxi fare.

The service was based in Barton upon Humber and helped people living in rural parts of North Lincolnshire.  It provided journeys within the area and to outside destinations such as hospitals.  The service was very highly valued by users.

The council had grant aided the service for 18 years; the payment in 2013/14 was £13,575.  The money covered the cost of a paid staff member who acted as a broker between the clients who rung up to request transport and the volunteers who provided it.  The funding also covered telephone charges and a share of accommodation expenses.

So far the voluntary car service had only catered for people living in the rural parts of North Lincolnshire.  However, they also received requests for travel from people living in Scunthorpe and Bottesford.  The service believed that an increase in the grant funding for 2014/2015 to £15,000 would allow them to cover all of North Lincolnshire.

Resolved – That the proposal to provide a grant of £15,000 in 2014/15 to the Humber & Wolds Rural Community Council to support the voluntary car service be approved.

117 (64) FEE STRUCTURE FOR LANDOWNERS DEPOSITS RELATING TO PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY AND GREENS – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking to recommend a fixed fee per application for landowner deposits relating to public rights of way or greens.

A public right of way or green could come about through landowner dedication.  Dedication could be express or implied.  The essence of implied dedication, whether for a public right of way or green, was continual use for a set period without force, secrecy or permission.  The ability to deposit a statement declaring he or she had no intention to dedicate therefore protected the landowner’s interests.

Both the council and the landowner making the application had legislation to comply with when an application was made.  The reasonable fee that could be levied on the applicant recompensed officers for time spent, mileage costs incurred and any other indirect costs.

The report gave details on what the council was required to do for each individual application.

Currently two registers recorded landowner deposits and declarations of non-intention to dedicate.  These were for public rights of way and greens respectively.  However, landowners could make joint applications for a given piece of land.  Joint applications would therefore be treated as a single one for charging purposes.

Resolved – (a) That the sum of £225.00 per application be approved; (b) that the fee be added to the register of current fees, and (c) that the fee be reviewed annually, in order to ensure that it remained representative of the costs of the service.

118 (65) FEES AND CHARGES 2014-2015 HIGHWAYS AND NEIGHBOURHOODS PORTFOLIO – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking to fix the level of fees and charges for the financial year 2014/2015 in relation to the council’s Highways and Neighbourhoods Cabinet Portfolio.

Services were required to consider fees and charges on an annual basis.  Fees and charges should be considered in line with the relevant charging policies.

Changes to fees and charges should also take into account recovery of cost and budgeted inflation whenever possible.

The proposed fees and charges could also be influenced by service/council objectives.

Resolved – That the fees and charges for 2014/2015, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report, be approved.