Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

23.

Apologies

24.

Declarations of Interest

    Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

25.

Urgent Items of Business

26.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 74 KB

27.

Objections to Traffic Order - Blackpits Road & Edenfield Road, Rochdale pdf icon PDF 406 KB

    Cabinet will be requested to consider objections to a proposed Traffic Order at  Blackpits Road and Edenfield Road, Rochdale.

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which presented objections to a proposed traffic regulation order (TRO) at Blackpits Road and Edenfield Road, Rochdale.

     

    In considering the submitted report, Cabinet considered representations from Mr Morrell and Mr Newnham objecting to the proposed TRO and Mr Warwick in support of the proposed TRO.

     

    Alternatives considered:

     

    It was the opinion of highways officers that both the restrictions proposed for parts of each of Blackpits Road and Edenfield Road were justified to the extent originally proposed in the TRO scheme.

     

    In place of the proposed No Waiting At Any Time restriction on the bends, an alternative could be the use of double white lines placed along the centre line of Edenfield Road, which would have the same effect of preventing stopping and parking, whilst allowing loading/unloading and boarding/alighting from vehicles, however, the enforcement of such markings would be carried out by Greater Manchester Police and contraventions could incur a 3 points driving licence penalty in addition to a penalty charge, and thus more severe that the parking penalty for kerbside waiting restrictions enforced by the Council contained in the proposed Order under consideration.

     

    A double white line system would be a more severe restriction with greater penalties than that currently proposed and furthermore when consulted Greater Manchester Police did not support such a system.

     

    Decision:

     

    That the proposed Traffic Regulation Order at Blackpits Road and Edenfield Road Rochdale be implemented in full, without modification and as originally proposed.

     

    Reason for the decision:

     

    A decision was sought in order to progress and implement the scheme.

    Eligible for call in - yes

28.

Approval of Revised Statement of Community Involvement for Public Consultation - Item Withdrawn

29.

Draft Allocations Development Plan Document - Consultation pdf icon PDF 108 KB

    Cabinet will be requested to consider the Draft Allocations Development Plan Document.

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Economy which sought approval of the Draft Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) for consultation purposes.

     

    Alternatives considered:

     

    The Allocations DPD is the next stage of the Council’s Local Plan which is a statutory requirement placed on all local authorities.  To not produce an Allocations DPD would mean that the Local Plan was out of date.  Having an up to date Local Plan was important to guide development within the borough and provided a basis for planning decisions.

     

    In considering the report, Cabinet requested that the consultation commence by 1st September 2018 and that details of which sites had already secured planning permission be included within the Plan.

     

    Decision:

     

    1.    That the proposed draft Allocations Development Plan Document (and accompanying evidence base) be approved as the basis for public consultation;

     

    2.    That the Head of Planning be authorised to make any final editorial changes to the document in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing.

     

    Reason for the decision:

     

    Following adoption of the Core Strategy there was a requirement upon the Council to set out through a Site Allocations DPD how the Council would deliver land to meet the agreed scale of economic growth.  Public consultation was an important part of that process both legally and in terms of meeting the requirements of the adopted Statement of Community Involvement.

    Eligible for call in - yes

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30.

Capital Investment In Schools 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 129 KB

    Cabinet will be requested to consider capital spend funded by a specific Department of Education Grant to enable the development and growth of Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) schools’ provision within the Rochdale Borough.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Children’s Services which sought approval for proposed expenditure in accordance with the Council’s Financial Regulations for a specific Department of Education Grant to enable the development and growth of Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) provision within the Rochdale Borough.

     

    In presenting the report, the Director of Children’s Services informed Cabinet that the amount of grant received was £600k in total.

     

    Alternatives considered:

     

    The decision to accept the Grant to enable the growth of ASC provision lay with Cabinet in accordance with the Council’s Financial Regulations.

     

    Decision:

     

    That the capital spend funded by a specific Department of Education Grant to enable the development and growth of Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) schools’ provision within the Rochdale Borough be approved.

     

    Reason for the decision:

     

    In 2016 Rochdale underwent a Joint Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Inspection.  The inspection identified specific areas for improvement. In addition, areas had been identified to ensure that the best outcomes for children and young people with SEND were achieved and to fully meet legislative requirements.  Acceptance of the DfE grant would help to further develop provision to enable improvements.

     

    Eligible for call in - yes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

31.

Savings Programme 2019/20 to 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

    Cabinet will be requested to consider Savings Proposals for 2019/20 to 2020/21.

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer which presented recommendations regarding Savings Proposals in order to meet the budget gap for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

     

    In presenting the report, the Chief Finance Officer advised that subject to decisions made on the individual savings proposals that it was anticipated that there would be an ongoing budget gap of £1.896m to be identified, after savings of £1.704m ongoing and £0.2m one off.

     

    Alternatives considered:

     

    The Council was legally obliged to set a balanced revenue budget. The budget setting process was complex and must be undertaken in a planned way. Whilst budgets were prepared in accordance with the approved guidelines a number of alternative options relating to savings proposals and budget pressures were considered as part of the overall budget setting process.

     

    Consideration had been given to a number of options in putting forward the savings proposals contained in the report and the report outlined any alternatives. To do nothing was not considered to be an option as the Council was legally required to set a balanced budget.

     

    Cabinet Members could decide not to implement the proposals and provide alternative options to enable a balanced budget to be achieved.

     

    Decision:

     

    That the saving proposals contained in the report and the consultation timetable and process as detailed in the report be noted.

     

    Reason for decision:

     

    Cabinet members were required to recommend a balanced Revenue Budget and Capital Programme 2019/20 to Budget Council and provisional budgets for 2020/21 to 2021/22. The Council was required to set a balanced budget for 2019/20 by the 11th March 2019.  To enable the achievement of this statutory requirement, savings proposals were considered to reduce the expenditure of the Council.

    Eligible for call in – no

     

32.

Exclusion of Press and Public

    To consider that the press and public be excluded from the remaining part of the meeting pursuant to Section 100(A)4 of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that discussions may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the provisions of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.

    Minutes:

    Decision:

     

    That the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following two items of business, in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

     

    Reason for Decision:

     

    Should the press and public remain during debate on these two items there may be a disclosure of information that is deemed to be exempt under Parts 1 and 4 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

     

33.

Savings Programme 2019/20 to 2020/21

    Cabinet will be requested to consider Savings Proposals for 2019/20 to 2020/21.

    Minutes:

    Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer which presented recommendations regarding Savings Proposals in order to meet the budget gap for 2019/20 and 2020/21.

     

    In presenting the report, the Chief Finance Officer advised that subject to decisions made on the individual savings proposals that it was anticipated that there would be an ongoing budget gap of £1.896m to be identified, after savings of £1.704m ongoing and £0.2m one off.

     

    Alternatives considered:

     

    The Council was legally obliged to set a balanced revenue budget. The budget setting process was complex and must be undertaken in a planned way. Whilst budgets were prepared in accordance with the approved guidelines a number of alternative options relating to savings proposals and budget pressures were considered as part of the overall budget setting process.

     

    Consideration had been given to a number of options in putting forward the savings proposals contained in the report and the report outlined any alternatives. To do nothing was not considered to be an option as the Council was legally required to set a balanced budget.

     

    Cabinet Members could decide not to implement the proposals and provide alternative options to enable a balanced budget to be achieved.

     

    Decision:

     

    That the following savings proposals be approved for consultation:-

    ·         NH-2019-20-013 (Neighbourhoods)

    ·         NH-2019-20-020 (Neighbourhoods)

    ·         NH-2019-20-022 (Neighbourhoods)

    ·         NH-2019-20-024 (Neighbourhoods)

     

     

    Reason for decision:

     

    Cabinet members were required to recommend a balanced Revenue Budget and Capital Programme 2019/20 to Budget Council and provisional budgets for 2020/21 to 2021/22. The Council was required to set a balanced budget for 2019/20 by the 11th March 2019.  To enable the achievement of this statutory requirement, savings proposals were considered to reduce the expenditure of the Council.

    Eligible for call in – no