Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

17.

Amendments to the Agenda and additional items of business

    Minutes:

    The Chair advised the Committee that agenda item 4 – Presentation of Budget 2016/17 to 2018/19 Guidelines and Timetable – had been withdrawn from the agenda and the item would be considered at the next meeting of the Township Committee.

     

    The Chair advised the Committee that three additional items of business would be accepted onto the agenda on the grounds of urgency, namely an update from Greater Manchester Police, on the grounds that the update was relevant to existing issues and the information was required by Members now to enable strategically joint approaches to those issue; an item to consider excluding the press and public for the consideration of the third item for the disposal of land adjacent to 69-71 Whitworth Road, Rochdale, on the grounds that the proposed sale may be effected should a decision not be reached at this meeting of the Committee.

18.

Declarations of Interest

    Members are requested to indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they intend to declare an interest.  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 personal or discloseable pecuniary interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

19.

Greater Manchester Police Update

    Minutes:

    Sergeant P. Cannon, PC’s S. Rodgers and B. Walsh (Greater Manchester Police) updated the Township Committee on activities and initiatives that were undertaken by Greater Manchester Police in the Rochdale Township Division, in partnership with the Council’s Community Safety Team.

     

    Particular reference was made to efforts and initiatives to counter street begging, burglaries and anti-social behaviour. The Police had achieved some significant successes in this regard and though there had been an increase in the number of burglaries across the Township which was, in part, attributed to a return to the area of certain individuals from incarceration.  

     

    A specific operation had been undertaken around Stoneyfield park following concerns expressed by members of the public which had resulted in an engagement exercise being undertaken with local youths and other groups.

     

    The Committee were informed of measures that the Police had executed drugs warrants following the discovery of cannabis farms within the Township.

     

    Members discussed the presentation in detail, generally welcoming the reduction in serious crime across the Township during the three month period that was covered. .

     

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

20.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 83 KB

    -       To consider the minutes of the meeting held on 27th May 2015.

    Minutes:

    Further to minute 5(c) of the meeting held on 27th May 2015, the Chair requested a report on the current position of the former TBA site be brought to the next meeting of the Committee. 

     

    Further to minute 6 of the meeting held on 27th May 2015, referring to minute 83 (a) of the meeting held on 4th March 2015, the Chair informed the Committee site visit would take place prior to the next meeting and a further update would be provided.

     

    DECIDED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 27th May 2015 be approved as a correct record.  

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 matters were raised during the open forum:

     

    a) Medina Cash and Carry cash machine

    Mr Sohail Ahmad informed the Committee he believed the recently installed cash and carry to the side of Medina Cash and Carry on Tweedale Street did not have planning permission; and raised questions around cars parking on yellow lines at the site.

     

    The Chief Planning Officer advised he would investigate and inform the Committee and Mr S. Ahmad accordingly.

     

    b) Stoneyfield Park

    Mr Sohail Ahmad requested increased Youth Service activities be undertaken at the park.

     

    c) Speakers Corner

    Mr Khan addressed the Committee requesting the establishment of a speaker’s corner in Rochdale Town Centre. 

     

    The Chair requested this be passed to the Director for Economy and Environment for further consideration.

     

    d) Heritage Assets

    Further to minute 9 of the meeting held on 27th May 2015 Mr Faulkner raised objections to the future sale of Heritage assets within the Township and raised concerns over the Committees decision in relation to Partnership House.

     

    Members of the Committee advised Mr Faulkner that Partnership House had been discussed in various forums through which they had received assurances over concerns he was now raising.    

     

22.

Budget 2016/17 to 2018/19 Guidelines and Timetable pdf icon PDF 532 KB

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Finance which provided details of the budget guidelines and timetable to be used in preparing the detailed 2016/17 budget and provisional budgets for 2017/18 and 2018/19.

     

    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.

     

    The budget forecast has been based on a number of assumptions, known levels of expenditure and anticipated levels of resources. The budget assumptions at this stage of the process are based on intelligence received from a number of sources including proposals made locally. Final confirmation of these assumptions will not be received/finalised until November/December this year.  There are a number of areas of the Council’s budget where risks to the projections contained in this report have been identified.

     

    A Member sought assurance that inflationary provision was included within all contractual arrangements entered into by the Council. 

     

    DECIDED – that the budget 2016/17 to 2018/19 guidelines and timetable be noted.

23.

The Need for Extra Special School Places- Consideration of consultation responses and Publication of Statutory Proposals pdf icon PDF 878 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Children’s Services which sought the views of the Committee on the statutory proposals for the provision of extra places at Redwood Special School, Newlands Special School and Springside Special School.

     

    The recommendations were put forward as there has been an increase in the number of children born in the Borough, and this will reflect an increase in demand for special school places, as it has for mainstream school places. At the same time Redwood Secondary Special School has seen an increase in the number of children with statements transferring from mainstream settings into Year 7 and also an increase in demand from children joining the school at Year 12.

     

    Members of the Committee thanked the School Planning and Organisation Manager and his staff for all their work on this matter and the way in which the report had been compiled.

     

    DECIDED – that the proposals to enlarge and provide additional places at Redwood Special School, Newlands Special School and Springside Special School as detailed within the submitted report be supported.

24.

The Need for Extra Reception Class Places 2015-2018 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Children’s Services which informed the Committee that there was a need to keep under review the need for extra Reception class places in each Township from September 2016 to September 2018. The purpose of this report was to present an update on the current admission position for September 2015 and to put forward proposals to address the need for any further extra Reception Class places up to September 2018.

     

    The recommendations were put forward as in recent years there has been a continuing increase in the number of children born across the Borough, who in turn will want Reception Class places. Data presented in the report at Borough and Township level shows there are different demand pressures in each Township, and that provisional data indicates that there is a decrease in the number of children born for admission to primary school in September 2018.

     

    DECIDED –  that the strategy and proposals to meet any expected increase in demand for Reception Class places in the period to September 2018 as detailed within the submitted report be supported.

25.

Key Route Network pdf icon PDF 489 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      \ The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Economy and Environment which informed the Committee about of the decision of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) for the introduction of a Key Route Network (KRN) on strategic integrated highways across Greater Manchester and to advise members of the management arrangements, in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) for introducing a Greater Manchester KRN, which will be managed and funded centrally forming highway corridors and routes across Greater Manchester that will support the Greater Manchester Strategy and enable growth..

     

    DECIDED – that the decision of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to introduce a Key Route Network be noted.

26.

Disposal of Land at Hamer Lane, Rochdale pdf icon PDF 476 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report from the Director for Economy and Environment seeking approval for the release of the land at Hamer Lane, Rochdale. 

     

    The Committee were informed that it had been agreed in principle with the adjacent business that they will purchase the land for car parking for use in connection with their business and that the purchaser would pay the market value for the plot of land. 

     

    Alternatives considered: To retain the site in its current use though this would not secure a capital receipt, nor reduce the Council’s financial and/or environmental liabilities.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the land is released for disposal;

    (2) the Head of Legal & Governance Reform be authorised to carry out the legal work in connection with the disposal;

    (3) the Purchaser pays the Council’s legal and surveyor’s costs.

27.

Disposal of Lane at Wellington Place and Ramsay Street, Rochdale pdf icon PDF 476 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report from the Director for Economy and Environment seeking approval for the release of the land at Wellington Place and Ramsay Street, Rochdale.

     

    The Committee were informed that land was formerly the site of 51-59 Ramsay Street. The properties were acquired as part of the Housing Market Renewal Programme and have since been demolished. The current nature of the site is an un-grassed open area and the site was no longer required as part of the Housing Market Renewal programme and it has been agreed in principle that the site should be offered for sale to the adjacent business for car parking in association with the business.. The purchaser will pay market value for this site.

     

    Alternatives considered: To retain the site in its current use though this would not secure a capital receipt, nor reduce the Council’s financial and/or environmental liabilities.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the land is released for disposal;

    (2) the Head of Legal & Governance Reform be authorised to carry out the legal work in connection with the disposal;

    (3) the Purchaser pays the Council’s legal and surveyor’s costs.

     

     

28.

Townships Plan 2015-16 pdf icon PDF 476 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered the report of the Interim Head of Customers and Corporate Services that provide Members with details of work undertaken in the context of the Townships Plan during 2014/15 and to ask Members to approve the Townships Plan for 2015/16 and to inform Members of schemes and projects, funded and coordinated by Townships, in response to the priorities identified in the Townships Plan.

     

    The Townships Plan includes strategies and objectives identified to meet the priorities identified by each Township. It also guides and directs the use of devolved budgets including the Township Funds for the financial year 2015/16. Members approved the Townships Plan for 2015/16 in March 2014. Members received an update on progress with the plan in January 2015.

     

    DECIDED – that the progress and achievements during 2014/15 in response to priorities identified in the Townships Plan for that period be noted.

29.

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 public be excluded 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, 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 particular person (including the person holding that information).

30.

Land adjacent to 69-71 Whitworth Road, Rochdale

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Director for Economy and Environment seeking approval for the disposal of a parcel of land adjacent to 69-71 Whitworth Road, Rochdale by way of a lease for a term of 836 years to the occupier of 69-71 Whitworth Road.

 

Alternatives considered: Members considered putting the site into auction as a freehold, rather than leasehold, with the drawback that the Council would have considerably less control over future development of the site. Members were informed the Council could retain the site though there would be costs in relation to maintenance of the land and financial liability for any act that may occur on the land.

 

DECIDED – That (1) 69-71 Whitworth Road, Rochdale be released by way of a lease for a term of 836 years to the occupier of 69-71 Whitworth Road;

(2) the Head of Legal Services be requested to carry out the legal work in connection with the disposal;

(3) the Purchaser pays the Council’s legal and surveyor’s costs.