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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 18 (“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.


Greater Manchester Police - Update


    Inspector Hughes, Sergeant Clewson (Greater Manchester Police and M. Reynolds (RMBC – Community Safety) 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.


    The Committee was updated on the Township’s crime figures for the second quarter 2014/15 (June – September). The Committee noted that Kingsway remains one of the three highest volume wards for anti-social behaviour and vehicle crime, but had dropped out of the worst three for burglaries. The police representatives added that they were to hold a “street briefing” in the Kingsway ward, on 7th November 2014, to which Kingsway ward Councillors were welcome to attend. The report noted an increase in burglaries in the Balderstone and Kirkholt ward. The Committee were updated on a recent spate of burglaries in the Township’s Healey ward, which had resulted in a series of arrests being made in the Bacup area.


    DECIDED – That the report 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.    Rochdale Township Green Infrastructure Action Plan

    The Township Committee was addressed by Mr. J. Oliver and Mr. R. Thornley of the Rochdale Footpaths and Ramblers Association seeking confirmation as to when the Action Plan would be published and implemented. The Director of Economy and Environment confirmed that the Action Plan was due to be published in December 2014 and he undertook to submit a written answer to some of the more specific issues that were raised during considerations of the two gentlemen’s questions.


    b.    20mph Speed Limits in Residential Areas

    Mrs H. Andrews addressed the Township in relation to the report on the Committee’s agenda in relation to the introduction of 20mph speed limits in residential areas of Rochdale Township. (minute 52, below, refers). The Committee undertook to consider Mrs Andrews’ comments during their consideration of this matter.


    c.    TBA Turner Brothers

    Further to minute 35(d) of the Township Committee’s meeting held 10th September 2014, Mr Coats addressed the Committee regarding the TBA Turner Brothers Working party and sought confirmation of the Council’s involvement in the operations of the Working Party. The Director of Economy and Environment undertook to submit a written response to Mr. Coats’ questions and the Committee undertook to consider Mrs Coats’ comments during their consideration of this matter (minute 53, below, refers).


20mph speed limits in Residential Areas pdf icon PDF 498 KB

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    The Township considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment Services which advised Members of the benefits, risks and costs associated with the introduction of 20mph speed limits in all residential areas in Rochdale Township.


    The Director of Economy and Environment reported that the process of introducing 20mph zones (with traffic calming) had been ongoing over the last 12 years in numerous residential areas of Rochdale. These have not always been popular with residents but they could be justified as they had been proven to reduce accident numbers by around 60% (especially those involving vulnerable road users such as children, pedestrians and the elderly). These areas were traditionally targeted after interrogation of the recorded personal injury accident database, so that the areas with the worst accident records were addressed first. This has provided effective use of Local Safety Scheme monies in an endeavour to meet Department for Transport targets set for 2010. The Director undertook to write to Members of the Committee with further details on this matter.


    By using this targeted approach Rochdale was one of the few authorities in Greater Manchester to meet Department for Transport targets for the reduction in accident numbers in 2010. There was, it was reported, a growing movement throughout the country to introduce 20mph speed limits in all residential areas, as there is a perception that this will make areas more attractive to residents and encourage more walking and cycling. In this regard, whilst considering the report, the Committee took careful note of the remarks of Mrs. Andrews, in the Open Forum session (above).


    The Committee were advised that presently there were 46 20mph zones in Rochdale Township covering areas such as Kirkholt, Milkstone, Deeplish, Wardleworth, Industry Road and the Meadway estate in Castleton, which are self-enforced insofar as they included a series of traffic calming measures such as rod humps.


    The Committee considered the report in detail, and whilst agreeing that the introduction of 20 mph zones in all residential areas was a desirable aspiration, however, practically it would not for a variety of legal and financial reasons be possible to do, wholesale across the Township.


    DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;


    (2) the Director of Economy and Environment Services be requested to write to Members of the Committee detailing the Local Safety Scheme that is detailed in the report on this matter.

    Eligible for Call-in: No.


TBA - Update

    The Director for Economy and Environment to report


    The Director of Economy and Environment verbally updated the Committee in relation to the TBA Turner Brothers site in Rochdale.


    The Director advised that officers in his Directorate were working to resolve the various serious issues that appertained to this site and in this regard the officers were committed to keeping Members updated via the Rochdale Township Committee and the Spotland and Falinge Area Forum. 


    The Director referred to the TBA Working Party which met to discuss specific issues related to this site. The Director confirmed that this body was not clerked or serviced by officers of Rochdale Borough Council and that currently the Group did not have a functioning constitution or terms of reference. He added that responsibility for the development of a constitution and terms rested with the Group itself and not the Council.


    The Committee considered the verbal update of the Director and in doing so took careful note of the remarks of Mr. Coats, on this matter, made during the Open Forum session (above).


    DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;


    (2) the Director of Economy and Environment be requested to prepare a written briefing note upon the matters which he verbally updated Members, and that the briefing note be circulated to Members of the Rochdale Township Committee at the earliest opportunity.

    Eligible for call-in: No.


Coroner's Service - Presentation

    Coroners and Registrars Manager to present.


    The Committee considered a presentation from the Acting Chief Executive (Coroners and Registrars Manager) that informed Members of the role of the Coroner’s service and highlighted some of the challenges and issues facing the service in the immediate future.


    The Committee were advised that the Coroner was an independent judicial officer presiding over a Court of Record within the English Judicial system. The Coroner discharges his or her duties under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and makes inquiries into violent or unnatural deaths, sudden deaths of unknown cause, and deaths in custody, which may include holding an inquest in open court.


    There were four coronial districts in Greater Manchester, three of which are hosted by Rochdale, Bolton and Stockport councils. Rochdale hosts on behalf of Oldham and Bury, whilst Bolton hosts for Wigan and Salford, and Stockport hosts for Tameside and Trafford. Manchester operates its own service. Costs are shared between Rochdale, Oldham and Bury relative to the population sizes.


    DECIDED – That the presentation be noted.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 90 KB


Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee pdf icon PDF 61 KB


Rochdale Township Planning Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 64 KB


Disposal of surplus land - various sites pdf icon PDF 495 KB

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    The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment Services which sought to obtain Township’s approval for the release of a number of surplus plots of land in Rochdale for disposal.


    The Committee were advised that the Director of Economy and Environment was continually reviewing Council-owned assets to identify sites that might be surplus to requirements and suitable for development and/or disposal. The sites described in the report had been identified as having potential for disposal for development and capital receipts. It is proposed that they are released for disposal on the open market. In respect of all the sites the Head of Planning had prepared briefs for developers, outlining the appropriate development options.


    It was proposed that the interest within the Borough for plots of land for self-build residential development was explored by reserving two of the sites for this purpose. Particular terms and conditions of sale will need to be introduced in order to ensure completion of the development. It was noted that the disposal of some of these sites may previously have been considered and rejected by Members. In such cases, where there is a reasonable prospect of a successful sale, it is considered appropriate that Members should have the opportunity to periodically review previous decisions in the light of changed circumstances.  In addition, the financial challenges facing the Council require a pragmatic approach to maximise capital receipts.


    DECIDED – That (1) the Land at Cut Lane/Caldershaw Road, Rochdale, be released for disposal;


    (2) the request to release Land at Bentley Street/Sweet Briar Close, Rochdale, be refused;


    (3) the Land at Noon Sun Street, Rochdale, be released for disposal;


    (4) the Land adjacent to 27 Brookdale, Rochdale be released for disposal;


    (5) the Land at Swift Road, Rochdale, be released for disposal;


    (6) the Land at Belfield Lane, Rochdale, be released for disposal;


    (7) the Land at Holly Street and Badger Lane, Rochdale, be released for disposal;


    (8) the Land at Parkfield Steet and Gilbrook Way, Rochdale, be released for disposal.  

    Eligible for Call-in: Yes.


Disposal of Surplus Property Assets -Townhead Offices, Rochdale pdf icon PDF 605 KB


    The Township considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment Services that sought to attain the Committee’s approval to release the subject premises for disposal.


    The recommendations in the report were presented as the Council was encouraged by the Government to release surplus assets, and to continually review its need to hold land and property assets. The disposal of surplus assets assists the Council in its provision of services by producing capital receipts and reduces borrowings and grant reliance and assists in achieving the Efficiencies targets. The disposal of surplus assets reduces the Councils liabilities and the release of development opportunities encourages economic activity in the Borough. As a result of the reorganisation of Children’s Services and the Council’s asset rationalisation objectives, Townhead Offices have been closed and the staff had been relocated elsewhere, principally in the refurbished Fashion Corner offices.


    Alternatives considered: the continued retention of this building had been considered. However, the building is in poor condition, requiring significant investment to bring it up to the required standard, and the space is no longer needed for operational purposes.


    DECIDED – That the Townhead Offices, shown edged red on the plan appended to the submitted report, be declared surplus to requirements and be released for disposal at market value.

    Eligible for Call-in: Yes.


Rochdale Township Highways Capital Programme 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 487 KB


    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment which sought to inform Members of the recommended Highways Capital Programme 2015/2016 for the Rochdale Township.


    The Highways Capital Programme had been based both on the network condition data and visual site inspections made by engineers. The Committee was informed that the programme aimed to address the highest priority sites within the Township with the most suitable carriageway or footway remedial works within the allocated capital budget.


    DECIDED – That (1) the proposed Rochdale Township Highway Capital Programme 2015/2016 be approved;

    (2) where events external to the Council require rapid response or agreement in principle, the Highways Services Manager be authorised to vary the programme in consultation with the Portfolio Holder and the Chair of Rochdale Township Committee.

    Eligible for call in – no.


Revenue Budget 2015/16 - 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 585 KB

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    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Finance which updated Members on the preparation of the 2015/2016 – 2017/2018 budgets. Further to the submitted report the Director of Finance advised that the government had been requested to review their decision to reduce the funding available for the Discretionary Crisis Fund.


    The recommendations were presented to the Cabinet to provide an update on the development of revenue budgets for 2015/2016 to 2017/2018 and seeking decisions as to whether to accept the Council Tax Freeze Grant in 2015/2016.


    The Committee noted that the report had been previously considered by the Cabinet at its meeting on 29th September 2014.


    DECIDED – That (1) the Revenue Budget Position for 2015/2016 to 2017/2018 be noted;

    (2) the potential risks around the budget, as shown at paragraph 5 to the submitted report, be noted;

    (3) the decision of the Cabinet to approve current assumptions in relation to the continuing development of revenue budget 2015/2016 – 2017/2018 be noted;

    (4) the budget changes to contribute towards the savings target be noted;

    (5) the decision of the Cabinet to accept the Council Tax Freeze Grant for 2015/2016 be noted;

    (6) the decision of the Cabinet to provide £400k for the Discretionary Crisis Fund, subject to any further indication from the government in relation to the Fund, be noted.

    Eligible for call in – no.


Proposed Discretionary Fees and Charges 2015/2016 pdf icon PDF 509 KB


Guidelines and Standards for Residential Development and Hot Food Takeaway Uses Supplementary Planning Documents - Drafts for Consultation pdf icon PDF 499 KB


Christmas and New Year Waste Collections pdf icon PDF 481 KB


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 three 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 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); information relating to any consultations or negotiations, or contemplated consultations or negotiations, in connection with any labour relations matter arising between the authority or a Minister of the Crown and employees of, or officer-holders under, the authority; and information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings.


    (Councillor O’Neill in the Chair)


Disposal Land High Street, Rochdale


The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment Services that sought approval to dispose of land at the site of the former Salvation Army Hostel, Providence House, High Street, Rochdale. The Committee was also being asked for the site to be marketed and the submitted report detailed the offers that had been received.


DECIDED – That (1) the Council sells the land of the former Salvation Army Hostel on High Street, Rochdale by way of a long – leasehold interest to the R.S.P.C.A who currently occupy the adjacent site;


(2) the Committee confirms that it has considered the offers detailed in the submitted report and agree to open discussion with the RSPCA  to develop their Facility.

Eligible for Call-in: Yes.


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.


In considering this report the Committee noted that this item had previously been determined at the Township’s last meeting on 10th September 2014 (minute 48 refers), which was called-in by two Members of the Council, and was then discussed at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 16th October, who resolved that this item be referred back to this Committee for further consideration.


DECIDED - That (1) Rochdale Township’s current decision to lease the land be suspended, whilst officers explore all options for this site in accordance with paragraph 2.3 of the submitted report and in accordance with the options outlined in paragraph 4 of the submitted report;


(2) due to the further interest that has now been received in respect of the site, outlined in paragraph 4, of the submitted report, the Committee authorises officers in the Directorate of Economy and Environment to explore and evaluate all financial, legal and planning implications of the options for the development site in greater detail, on the condition that a further report on this matter be submitted to the Committee’s meeting scheduled to be held on 4th March 2015;


(3) the Committee notes that a number of options that are outlined for this site in Paragraph 4 of the submitted report will form the basis of the future report to Committee, on 4th March 2015, and will also include reference to the interests received for the Council’s land; all options would be for the Committee to consider.

Eligible for Call-in: Yes


Issues relating to a property in Castleton


The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment Services which advised Members of issues and actions taken to date in respect of a property in Castleton. The report informed the Committee of the Council’s duty to act in relation to specific works, directly related to the property in question.


DECIDED - That (1) the Committee notes the issues referred to in the submitted report;

(2) the Committee notes the works, in relation to the report, that the Council has a duty to carry out;

(3) the Committee authorises officers to serve Notices requiring the improvement of the property in question and, in the event of non-compliance, to acquire the property for retention and repair by means of a Compulsory Purchase Order;

(4) in the event of non-compliance with the Notices requiring improvement, it is further recommended that the Committee;

a) Authorise the making of the Borough of Rochdale CPO 2014 for the acquisition and subsequent disposal of the property for retention and improvement utilising the powers within Section 17 and Section 18 of the Housing Act 1985

b) As a consequence of (a) above the approval of the Council’s Cabinet be sought to authorise a delegation to the Head of Legal Services to negotiate, agree and execute as appropriate any  incidental and ancillary documentation to give effect to this instruction.

(5) the Township Committee notes the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998, namely reaching a view on whether there is a breach of the Act in place in the requirements of Notices requiring the improvement and/or compulsory acquisition of the property in Castleton, which is detailed in the submitted report.

Eligible for Call-in: yes.

NB: Councillor Bethell asked that his vote against the decisions in relation to this report be noted and recorded.


Councillor Holly requested that his abstention in relation to decision (5), above, be noted and recorded.