Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

42.

Apologies

43.

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:

     

    In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Councillor Butterworth declared personal interests in agenda item 9 (Property Assets of Dr Chadwick's Trust) insofar as he was a Member of the Council’s Charitable Trustees Committee.

44.

Urgent Items of Business

    To determine whether there are any additional items of business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair decides should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

    Minutes:

    There were no urgent items of business for the Committee to consider.

45.

Open Forum

    Up to half an hour has been set aside for members of the public to raise any issues relevant to the business of the Committee and the Township.

    Minutes:

    The following issue was raised during the Township Committee’s Open Forum session:

     

    Rakewood Road, Littleborough/Hollingworth Lake

    Mr. N. Stanley and Ms. S. Mills addressed the Township Committee seeking information as to when proposals for the development of a footpath at Rakewood Road, Littleborough will be brought forward and details about the involvement of Link4Life in the management of facilities at Hollingworth Lake.

     

    The Township Committee were advised that there would be a ‘shared spaces’ area to operate at Rakewood Road, similar to a traffic system that currently operated in Poynton, Cheshire where motorists, cyclists and pedestrians shared the town centres streets in an effort to control the traffic, to reduce congestion and to increase safety for all users. This matter was due to be the subject of a successful funding bid to the Pennines Delegated and Funding Sub-Committee. 

     

    The Township Committee were advised that as part of a revision to Link4Life’s management agreement they had assumed managerial responsibility for certain facilities at and around Hollingworth Lake, for a 12 month trial period.

46.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 75 KB

47.

Chair of Pennines Township Delegated & Funding Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 92 KB

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered a report of the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Human Resources) which advised that a vacancy existed following the resignation of Councillor Blundell as the Chair of the Pennines Township Delegated and Funding Sub-Committee on 13th December 2017. The Council’s Constitution dictated that the appointment of a Chair for this Sub-Committee rested with the Pennines Township Committee.

     

    Alternatives considered: None. It is delegated to the Township Committee to determine its own sub-structure including the Chair of its Delegated and Funding Sub-Committee.

     

    Decision:

    That Councillor Amna Mir be appointed Chair of Pennines Township Delegated and Funding Sub-Committee for the remainder of the 2017/18 Municipal Year.

     

    Reason for the decision:

    It is the responsibility of Pennines Township Committee to appoint a Chair of any constituted Sub-Committee of the parent Committee.

     

    Eligible for Call-in: No.

48.

Highways Indicative Two Year Work Programme - Pennines Township pdf icon PDF 118 KB

    To consider the 2018 - 2020 Highways and Structures Capital Programme in respect of the Pennines Township.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods, the purpose of which was to afford Members the opportunity to consider the 2018 - 2020 highways and structures capital programme.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    The alternative to carrying out this programme would to maintain the assets (as detailed in the submitted report) on a ‘worst first’ basis. This approach was considered to be more expensive than carrying out preventative maintenance and was deemed, by the Department for Transport, as being inefficient and as such could lead to Rochdale Borough Council getting a reduction in funding from the Department for Transport.

     

    Decision:

    1.    The Committee approves the 2018 - 2020 Highways and Structures Capital Programme insofar as it affects the area covered by Pennines Township

    2.    Where events that arise which are external to the Council and require a rapid response, or agreement in principle, the Township Committee authorises the Council’s Head of Highways to vary the programme, insofar as it affects the area covered by the Pennines Township, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Housing and the Chair of Pennines Township Committee.

     

    Reason for the decisions:

    The programme which was detailed in the submitted report was put together based on network condition data, engineer site visits and guidance issued by the Department for Transport. The programme aimed to maximise the improvement to the network by carrying out the most efficient and cost effective engineering works to the asset. The programme had been produced to ensure maximum efficiency and cost benefit which should satisfy the relevant element of the Department for Transport’s self-assessment questionnaire which would enable Rochdale Borough Council to receive the maximum budget allocation available from the Department for Transport.

     

    Eligible for Call-in: No.

49.

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:

    To exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business since it is likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, namely information relating to the business or financial affairs of any particular person (including the person holding that information).

50.

Property Assets of Dr Chadwick's Trust

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy the purpose of which was to set out the current position with regard to the assets of the Dr Chadwick Trust and the implications to the Pennines Township of the resolutions of the Trustees, the Charitable Trustee Committee (minute 55 of that Committee’s meeting held 6th November 2017 refers).

 

Alternatives considered:

To either retain or dispose of the Trust’s assets, as set out in the submitted report.

 

Decision:

1.            The Township Committee notes the intention of the Charitable Trustee Committee to dispose of its freehold reversionary interest in the land edged black (on the plan appended to the report) during the first half of 2018.

2.            The Township Committee notes the intention of the Charitable Trustee Committee to dispose of its interest in Plot E (on the plan appended to the report) and that the Trustees propose to postpone this sale until April 2018 to give the Council or Township further opportunity to consider the purchase of the site for the development of a car park.

3.            The Township Committee notes that the Charitable Trustee Committee is proposing to formalise the unauthorised disposal of Plot D to Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and that the Trustees propose to postpone this sale until April 2018 to give the Council or Township opportunity to consider the purchase of the site for the development of a car park.

4.            The Township Committee notes and acknowledges the position of the Charitable Trustee Committee in relation to Plot C (detailed on the plan attached to the report)

5.            The Township Committee resolves not to make funds available for any of the projects set out in the submitted report.

 

Reasons for the decision:

The Council has a duty to advise the Township Committee of the Charitable Trustee Committee’s intentions in relation to the area detailed in the submitted report.

 

Eligible for Call-in: No.