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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.

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    Further to the Council’s Code of Conduct, the Chair, Councillors Sultan Ali declared a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 16 (“Land at Ann Street/Milkstone Road, Rochdale), as he had a close family member involved in the narrative of the report, and he left the room during the consideration of this agenda item, vacating the Chair, in favour of the Vice Chair, Councillor O’Neill.


    Further to the Council’s Code of Conduct, Councillors Holly and Sheerin each declared a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 8 (“Friends of Springfield Park – Option for Mereside House), as they had been appointed by the Council to the Board of Link4Life and Councillors Holly and Sheerin both left the room during the consideration of this agenda item.


    Further to the Council’s Code of Conduct, Councillors Holly and Sheerin each declared a personal interest in respect of agenda item 12 (“Capital Programme 2015/16 to 2016/17), as they had been appointed by the Council to the Board of Link4Life.


Greater Manchester Police - Update


    Inspector Pawson 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 the increased number of burglaries in the Kirkholt area, anti-social behaviour in Castleton, especially around Keswick Street, a spate of burglaries in the Township’s Kingsway Ward and a number of burglaries in the Shawclough area of Rochdale that had resulted in a number of arrests being made.


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


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.


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


    a.    Hackney Carriage Access to Drake Street, Rochdale

    The Committee was addressed by Mr Matloob Hussain, on behalf of the Borough’s licensed Public Hire (Hackney Carriage) trade, who requested that Hackney Carriage vehicles be permitted to use the lower part of Drake Street, Rochdale. Other issues raised by Mr Hussain including taxis using cobbled streets, which he said were dangerous for passengers and the fact that by not using Drake Street, the fare to passengers is increased, because of de-tours around the town centre, which causes problems for the licensed drivers.  The Director of Economy and Environment reported that discussions were held around an experimental traffic order to allow hackney carriages along Drake Street. The Director added that the issues raised by Mr Hussain could be part of a wider consultation exercise that would have to take place with Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Police. The Committee considered the possibility of receiving a further report on this matter and, after a vote amongst the Members present it was agreed that a further update report would not be necessary.

    DECIDED – That the existing traffic regulations on Drake Street should remain in force and that a further report on this matter was note required.


    b.    Traffic Build up Outside ASDA

    Mr Finnegan had submitted a question regarding the build-up of traffic outside the ASDA store at Rochdale.

    DECIDED – That the Director of Economy and Environment be requested provide Mr Finnegan with a written answer to his question.


    c.    20 MPH Speed Limits in Residential Areas

    Ms. Helen Andrews addressed the Township seeking clarification on the Council’s current policy regarding 20 MPH speed limits in residential areas and asking if such a policy could be introduced on a Borough-wide basis, to save lives, reduce injuries and allow the Council to advertise itself as being a “safety first” Council.

    DECIDED – That the Director of Economy and Environment be requested to submit a report to the next meeting of Rochdale Township, on 5th November 2014, detailing all pertinent issues, including costs, associated with introducing 20 MPH speed limits in all residential areas in the Rochdale Township. 


    d.    TBA Working Party

    Mr. Mick Coats asked the Committee if the TBA Woking party was still operating, if so, when the next meeting would be held and what issues would be considered at such a meeting?

    DECIDED – That (1) the Director of Economy and Environment be requested to submit a comprehensive report to the next available meeting of Rochdale Township Committee, on 5th November 2014, and also to the next meeting of Spotland and Falinge Area Forum, updating Members on issues affecting the TBA Turner Brothers Site, including the possibility of a small sub-group of Rochdale Township Committee Members being established to lead on issues relating to the TBA Turner Brothers Site.


    e.    Council Procedure Rules

    Mr Carl Faulkner addressed the Township Committee regarding Council Procedure Rules CP16.3, CP16.4  ...  view the full minutes text for item 35.


Presentation - Public Health/Big Life


    The Chair welcomed Joanne Walby, the Assistant Director of the Big Life Group who had been invited to the meeting to address Members about the work which the Group was undertaking, not just in Rochdale Township, but across the whole of the Borough, and beyond.


    The Big Life Group was launched in April 2002 with the mission to “Change the World”. Since then the Group has succeeded at growing social businesses and has created opportunities for people who have had a raw deal in life to change their lives.


    The Group’s latest business plan contained their objectives and targets which will help them to help more people to change their lives in the years ahead. The Group had four key objectives, which were: Creating opportunities for people to change their lives; doing good business; improving what we do; and influencing.


    The Committee asked questions of the presenter.


    DECIDED – That the presentation be noted and welcomed.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB


Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 66 KB


Rochdale Township Planning Sub Committee pdf icon PDF 57 KB


Friends of Springfield Park - Option for Mereside House pdf icon PDF 523 KB


    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment which advised Members of the aspirations of the Friends of Springfield Park to develop Mereside House, for as a café and community facility, and to seek the meeting’s approval for a two year option period to allow the Friends Group to find the necessary funding.


    The recommendations were presented as the Council’s Asset Strategy states that the Council is required to ensure that property based decisions are made on the basis of financial efficiency and value for money and  that the letting of properties for the use of the voluntary sector ensures transparency, consistency, and value for money across all groups and all properties. Allowing the Friends of Springfield Park to develop the facility will encourage residents to achieve their potential and contribute to their community in accordance with the aspirations of the borough’s community strategy. The environment in which people live has an important influence on wellbeing, safety, health, education, inclusion, community cohesion and equalities. The use of this property as a café will help to create a high quality natural and built environment; a place which residents, businesses and visitors find fit for purpose and for all to enjoy; the café, in Springfield Park, would create a local employment opportunity.


    Mr. Logan, a representative of the Friends of Springfield Park, addressed the Township Committee, speaking in favour of the proposals contained in the report.


    DECIDED – That the Committee agrees to a 30 year lease at a peppercorn rent, subject to a fully funded business case being presented within two years.


    Eligible for Call-in: Yes.


Review of polling stations and polling districts pdf icon PDF 477 KB


Local Council Tax Support Scheme - 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 551 KB


Heywood and Castleton Masterplan pdf icon PDF 514 KB


    The Township Committees considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment that detailed progress being made on the implementation of regeneration proposals that were set out in the Heywood and Castleton Masterplan, including the extension of the East Lancashire railway from Heywood to Castleton.


    The report informed Members of proposals being brought for the improvement of visitor facilities around the Heywood station area, and further associated improvements to exploit the heritage of the railway as part of the Heywood Station Conservation Area and also informed the Committee Members of progress being made with the private sector and East Lancashire railway to assemble and develop land around Castleton station, including the negotiation of Section 106 contributions to support improvements to Castleton station, and the delivery of the East Lancashire railway extension to Castleton


    The Director’s report sought the Committee’s endorsement for the work undertaken to date, and to note the intention to present further progress updates and reports for decision to implement the Masterplan.


    DECIDED – That the Committee, in noting the report, wholeheartedly, support the proposals contained in the submitted report.


    Eligible for Call-in: No.



Capital Programme 2015/16 to 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 141 KB


    The Director of Finance Services consulted the Township Committee on the Capital on the Capital Budget setting process for 2015/16 - 2017/18.


    The Township Committee were requested to review the Capital Programme for 2015/16 to 2017/18 which had been approved by Cabinet for consultative purposes, at its meeting on 28th August 2014.


    DECIDED - That the report be noted.


    Eligible for Call in – No.


Savings Programme 2015/16 and 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 156 KB


Changes to process for LA governor appointments pdf icon PDF 491 KB


    The Director of Children’s Services submitted a report that detailed changes to Local Authority Governing Body appointments that are due to come into effect by 31st August 2015, as a result of the School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (Amendment) Regulations 2014. These Regulations require that all maintained school governing bodies should be constituted under the School Governance (Constitution) Regulations 2012, by 1st September 2015, when the current regulatory framework is due to be revoked.


    In considering the report, Members expressed their dismay at the proposals contained therein, feeling that it took away from the Township a crucial decision making role from Members, who presently were able to nominate Members and citizens to school governing bodies; and that safeguards existed to remove governors who were not performing up to the requisite standard.


    DECIDED – That the Committee reluctantly accepts the government proposals but request a continuation of the current process of reporting to Township Committees Local Authority governor vacancies in order to seek nominations and that consideration be given to include a delegation to a Township Chair to seek nominations via e-mail from Ward Councillors, where required.


    Eligible for Call-in: No.


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.


    DECIDED – That the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business since it is likely, that in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that 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 person (including the authority holding that information).


    N.B. Councillor O’Neill in the Chair.


Land at Ann Street/Milkstone Road, Rochdale


The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment which advised Members on the current position and interest received in respect of land at Ann Street/Milkstone Road, Rochdale.


DECIDED – That (1) the Director of Economy and Environment Services be authorised to enter into negotiations with the adjacent owner to bring forward a comprehensive redevelopment of the Council’s site and adjacent landholdings for a retail and residential redevelopment scheme, with the proviso that the scheme must incorporate the car parking requirements for Nye Bevan House, it being anticipated that this would generate a capital receipt for the Council.


(2) the site be encouraged to be sold by way of a development agreement to ensure that the development is completed;


(3) it should be emphasised that, as part of the negotiation process to develop the site, access and egress of vehicles needs to be taken into account to reduce the risk to children and parents accessing St. John’s School from Ann Street, Rochdale and the overall emphasis on reducing the parking issues in that area should also be incorporated into the final development plan.