Agenda and minutes

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19.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 32 KB

    Members must indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they must declare an interest.  Members must verbally give notice of their interest at the meeting and complete the form attached with this agenda. 

     

    Members are also advised to take advice with regard to any matter where there is potential bias or predetermination in any business to be considered at the meeting and whether they should take part in decision making at the meeting.

     

    Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any discloseable pecuniary interest; personal interest and/or prejudicial interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest or prejudicial interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interests.

20.

Greater Manchester Police - Update

    Minutes:

    Inspector Pawson and Sergeant Nicolson updated the Township Committee on activities and initiatives that were currently being pursued and prioritised by Greater Manchester Police in the Rochdale Township Division. In particular their update focused on burglaries, anti-social behaviour and the policing of community events.

     

    Whilst generally across the Township the crime figures were continuing to show reduced levels, concerns were expressed about day-time burglaries in the Kirkholt area, theft of vehicles and theft from vehicles (especially the theft of number plates) which was causing particular concern in the Kingsway Ward. Other issues included various forms of anti-social behaviour including the use of motorbikes and alcohol abuse. Anti-social behaviour by young people was giving cause for concern in the Township’s Castleton Ward and the Police had deployed additional resources to attempt to counter this.    

     

    There had been reported In response to comments made about burglaries and how they were being addressed, Inspector Fern informed the Committee that Greater Manchester Police aimed to respond to reported incidents within two hours.

     

    The Committee received a detailed statistical report that gave Members a breakdown of crimes committed in each of the Township’s nine Ward and how also how the figures had been collated.

     

    DECIDED – That the Greater Manchester Police update be noted and welcomed.

21.

Open Forum

    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 issues were raised in the Committee’s Open Forum session:

     

    Greenbank Road/Cronkeyshaw Common

     

    Representatives of residents of Greenbank Road, Rochdale addressed the Township Committee asking Members to take action against travellers who were occupying sections of Greenbank Road and Cronkeyshaw Common, Rochdale.

    In this regard the Committee were addressed by Mr. Addy, Mr. Phipps and Mrs. Phipps who informed the Committee of numerous incidents of anti-social behaviour, rubbish, criminal damage and disturbances.

    The residents’ representatives challenged the Council as to the costs associated with removing travellers from sites, stating that the costs of removing travellers on was around £5,000. The residents stated that this was the fifth set of travellers to use Cronkeyshaw Common since November 2013.

    Inspector Pawson of Greater Manchester Police advised that the police were aware of the issue but that they had to follow the law, and due process, when it came to moving people on. Inspector Pawson advised the Committee that a travellers’ caravan was a dwelling house and as with other dwelling houses they could not enter that property unless they possessed the appropriate warrant.


    Members of the Committee discussed the matter in detail and were sympathetic to the plight of the residents.

     

    Councillors were appalled to hear what the residents are going through with many of them "ashamed" that law abiding and tax paying residents have to go through these issues on a daily basis.

    The residents raised the possibility of Cronkeyshaw Common being fenced-off to stop travellers with vehicles entering the site. However the Director of Economy and Environment advised that this may not be permissible as the land was “common land” and common land couldn’t legally be fenced-off.

    It was proposed that the residents form a Friends Group to allow them to apply for funding and to allow them to come together with the council to find funding options for a reasonable way of solving the problem, and that a multi-agency “task group” be established to look more generally into the issue of travellers comprising representatives of the Police, the Community Safety, Planning and Environmental Management Services of the Council, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and elected members of Rochdale Township.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the representatives of the residents of Greenbank Road, Rochdale be encouraged to form a Friends Group to allow them to apply for funding from the Rochdale Township Fund thereby allowing them to explore funding options for a reasonable way of solving the problems caused by travellers in the Greenbank Road/Cronkeyshaw Common area of Rochdale;

     

    (2) a multi-agency “task group” be established to look more generally into the issue of travellers comprising representatives of the Police, the Community Safety, Planning and Environmental Management Services of the Council, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and Councillor Nickson on behalf of the elected members of Rochdale Township.

     

    (3) that the task group, referred to in (2) above, be requested to submit a progress report to the next scheduled meeting of Rochdale Township Committee on 10th September 2014.

22.

Budget 2015/16 to 2017/18 Guidelines and Timetable pdf icon PDF 528 KB

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report and received a presentation from the Director of Finance which provided details of the budget guidelines and timetable to be used in preparing the detailed 2015/2016 budget and provisional budgets for 2016/2017 and 2017/2018.

     

    The Council is legally obliged to set a balanced budget. The budget setting process is complex and must be undertaken in a planned way. It is equally important that assumptions used in the preparation of the budget are agreed, reasonable and consistently applied by all services.

     

    DECIDED – that the report be noted.

    Eligible for call-in: no.

23.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 72 KB

    To consider the minutes of the meeting held on 11th June 2014.

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered the minutes of the last meeting held 11th June 2014.

     

    Further to Minute 7, the Committee were advised that a report detailing the TBA Turner Brothers site, Rochdale was being prepared and would be considered, in the first instance by the Cabinet and then the Township Committee in due course.

     

    Further to Minute 11, the Committee were advised of amendments that were required to the membership of the Township’s Planning Sub-Committee and to their Regeneration Working Group.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) subject to the amendment of the person appointed to the governing body at Spotland Primary School (minute 14 refers) from “Ajjhal” to Tajjamal, the minutes of the meeting of Rohdale Township Committee held 11th June 2014 be approved as a correct record;

     

    (2) Councillor Shakil Ahmed be replaced as a Member of Rochdale Township Planning Sub-Committee by Councillor Danczuk and that Councillor Danczuk be replaced as a substitute member of the same Sub-Committee by Councillor Shakil Ahmed;

     

    (3) Councillors Sultan Ali and O’Neill be added to the membership of the Regeneration Working Group.

24.

Rochdale Township Action & Resources Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 67 KB

25.

Rochdale Township Planning Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 65 KB

26.

Need for Additional Secondary School Places 2015-2024 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee were consulted on a report of the Director of Children’s Services which requested that Members give their view on the need for extra secondary school places from 2015 to 2019.

     

    The recommendations were put forward as there is a need to consider providing additional Year 7 Secondary School places from 2015 across all townships in the Borough. The Local Authority convened a stakeholder working group to look at the issues, to put forward proposals to meet the demand and to consult publicly on them.

     

    The Committee noted that specific proposals for Rochdale Township were to provide an extra 60 places that will be needed to meet proposed demand in 2018 and 2019. The four schools in Rochdale Township to be possibly considered for the extra 30 places each are Falinge Park, Kingsway Park, Matthew Moss, and St.Cuthberts’ RC High School. Consideration was also required to be given to a further 60 extra places to meet growth across both the Pennines and Rochdale Townships for 2018 and 2019.

     

    There is a need to consider providing additional Year 7 Secondary School places from 2015 across all townships in the Borough. The Local Authority convened a stakeholder working group to look at the issues, to put forward proposals to meet the demand and to consult publicly on them. 

     

    The number of children expected to require Year 7 places in secondary schools across the Borough is expected to increase from 2,263 this school year to an estimated 2,819 by September 2019. The level of demand varies across the Borough and in some areas will continue beyond 2020. Attached to the Committee’s report was a copy of a consultation report, which puts forward a number of options to make sure there will be sufficient extra places to allow for parental preference and future within-year movements. The view of the stakeholder working group was that extra places could be provided by expansion on current school sites.

     

    DECIDED – that the report be noted.

     

    Eligible for call-in: no.

27.

WW1 Commemorations and Capital Funding Report pdf icon PDF 481 KB

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report of the Acting Chief Executive which provided an update on Rochdale’s commitment to the Armed Forces Community Covenant, the Boroughwide World War One commemoration projects/events that have taken place or planned in the coming months and which informed Members of progress on allocating each Township’s £20,000 Corporate Capital fund to schemes.

     

    DECIDED – That the report be noted;

     

    Eligible for call-in: no.

28.

S.106 Open Space - Rhodes Crescent Land Improvements pdf icon PDF 493 KB

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment which set out the amount of Section 106 public open space monies accrued within Rochdale Township as at of 31st March 2014 and to report on major Section 106 public open space contributions for Rochdale Township likely to be collected within the first two quarters of 2014/2015. The report sought approval for the allocation of funds from a relevant Section 106 receipt to match fund an open space improvement project in the Kirkholt are of Rochdale.

     

    Members of the Township were reminded that at a previous meeting, on 4th                          September 2013, the Committee had resolved to allocate a sum of Section 106 Open Space money towards improvements to Robinson Common in the Township’s Kingsway Ward. Members requested that this matter be subject to a further report, to a future meeting of the Committee.                       

     

    DECIDED – that (1) the current resources held within the Rochdale Township Section 106 Public Open Space budget, as of 31st March 2014,  be noted;

     

    (2) the Section 106 Public Open Space contributions likely to be received in the first two quarters of 2014/2105 be noted;

     

    (3) the Township Committee approves the allocation of £6,206.00 of Open Space contribution to match fund Open Space improvements in Kirkholt, Rochdale;

     

    (4) the Director of Economy and Environment be requested to submit a report to a future meeting of the Committee detailing proposals to utilise funds towards improving Robinson Common in Rochdale Township’s Kingsway Ward.

     

    Eligible for call-in: Yes.

29.

Gracie Fields strategy pdf icon PDF 504 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment that informed Members of the work being undertaken, within Rochdale Town Centre with, and on behalf of interested stakeholders, to develop a Gracie Fields strategy to commemorate the Rochdale-born singer and actress.

     

    The Committee were reminded that Gracie Fields was born in Rochdale in 1898 and became an internationally recognised actress and singer. She performed all around the world and died in Italy in 1979. She is well cherished by Rochdale residents and is an important figure for the town.

     

    A memorial stone to Gracie Fields is currently located on Molesworth Street, on the site of the house where she was born, which has since been demolished. The commemorative stone is located in an unattractive industrial area and is in need of enhancement and to give it much greater prominence. The landowner has expressed support for works to develop a fitting memorial and options existed to consider an enhanced design in this area. Parts of the frontage of the site were safeguarded as the land will be required to enable the safe passage of construction vehicles taking turbines from the M62 through this junction and onwards to the approved Crook Hill wind farm in the spring of 2015.

     

    The Rotary Club of Rochdale had contacted the Council to discuss proposals for a new monument within the town centre. A representative of the Rotary Club attended a previous Township meeting and a £3,000 contribution towards this work was secured from the Rochdale Township Fund.  Through the Blue Plaque strategy for Rochdale, Officers were aware of a number of requests for blue plaques to commemorate Gracie Fields and it is felt timely and appropriate to pull these various community requests together into a coherent programme of work, in conjunction and with the agreement of these community groups and the Township Committee. The Gracie Fields Strategy combines these initiatives to create a coherent and complementary strategy. It has been developed with The Rotary Club of Rochdale, The Rotary Club of Rochdale East, Rochdale Cultural Heritage Group (RoCH) and the Gracie Fields Appreciation Society. The Chairman of the Gracie Fields Appreciation Society, Mr Sebastian Lassandro, was in attendance and addressed the meeting in support of proposals to install a fitting memorial to Gracie in Rochdale town centre.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the Township Committee supports the work being carried out to develop the Gracie Fields Strategy in Rochdale town centre which includes: new blue plaques, the installation of a Gracie Fields statue, and enhancements to the existing Gracie Fields memorial stone; linked by a heritage trail.

     

    (2) the Township Committee notes that further reports will be brought before Members for consideration at future meetings of the Committee regarding the identification of funding opportunities to implement proposals within the Gracie Fields strategy.

     

    Eligible for call-in: No.

     

     

30.

Exclusion of Press and Public

    To consider excluding the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

     

     

     

     

    Minutes:

    DECIDED – that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business as it is likely that there would be disclosure of exempt information as outlined in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) namely:-

    Information relating to any individual; Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual; Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

31.

Rationalisation of the Investment Portfolio - Disposal of Under-Performing Garage Sites

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment that sought approval the disposal of a number of garage sites across the Borough. The Committee noted that this report was being presented to the Council’s other three Township Committees.

 

The recommendations were presented as a result of a review of the garage site portfolio in accordance with the Council’s corporate objectives and approved Asset Strategy.

 

DECIDED – that (1) approval be given to the garage sites detailed on the schedule, appended to the submitted report, being sold on the open market;

 

(2) before being offered on the open market, a number of the sites, as indicated on the schedule, be offered to the existing garage tenants, possibly by way of joint ownership; the sale to be at market value for garage purposes, plus payment of the Council’s legal and surveyors’ fees;

 

(3) where the sites are offered to the tenants the offer remains open for a period of three months;

 

(4) all disposals are subject to the existing tenancies, except those sites which have development potential, as identified on the attached schedule, which shall be offered for sale with vacant possession.

 

Eligible for call-in: yes.

32.

Rationalisation of the Investment Portfolio - Disposal of Residential Ground Rents

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment which sought approval for the disposal of a number of residential freehold reversions. The Committee noted that this report was being presented to the Council’s other three Township Committees.

 

The recommendations were presented as a result of a review of the residential ground rent portfolio in accordance with the Council’s corporate objectives and Asset Strategy.

 

DECIDED – that (1) approval be given to offer the Council’s freehold interest in the properties detailed in the submitted report by private treaty to the Council’s current lessee of each property at market value plus payment of the Council’s legal and surveyors’ fees;

 

(2) where the Council’s lessees decline the offer to purchase the respective freehold interest that a further report be submitted to the Committee to enable decisions to be taken on how to proceed.

 

Eligible for call-in: yes.