Agenda and minutes

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62.

Declarations of Interest

    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.

    Minutes:

    Further to the Council’s Code of Conduct, Councillor Cecile Biant and Councillor Surinder Biant each declared a personal interest in respect of agenda item 9 (“Denehurst Park Masterplan”), as they were both members of the Friends of Denehurst Park group.

63.

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:

     

    a.    Community Safety – Dew Meadow Close

    The Township Committee received a petition from Mr Steve Greenwood, requesting the overgrown pathway to the rear of the bungalows on Dew Meadows Close and Mountside Close to be permanently closed off where it meets Bentley Street and Heights Lane. It was stated that the pathway was only used by criminals. The bungalows on both Dew Meadows Close and Mountside Close were occupied mainly by elderly and vulnerable people with quite a few living alone. There have been many break-ins of properties and damage to properties and acts of vandalism caused. The Community Safety Officer advised that he had contacted the land owners, Peel Holdings Limited, about the possibility of closing the pathway off as the residents were requesting and discussions were progressing.

     

    b.    Taxi Issues

    The Township Committee was addressed by Mr. Hussain and Mr. Younis regarding issues appertaining to taxis and private hire vehicles in Rochdale town centre. They requested information as to why taxi vehicles could not use Smith Street and Drake Street? The Head of Highways Services replied that taxi vehicles could not use these two roads because of objections that had been received, on grounds of safety from Transport for Greater Manchester. The Chair suggested that the Head of the Council’s Highways Service be requested to convene a meeting involving the Chair and Vice Chair of the Rochdale Township Committee, representatives of the Council’s Licensing and Highways teams, representatives of Transport for Greater Manchester and representatives of the Borough’s licensed public hire and private hire trades to discuss the issues raised in relation to taxi vehicles using Smith Street and Drake Street.

     

    In response to a query from the taxi driver’s representatives the Head of Highways Services confirmed that Baillie Street was not closed permanently but was closed on a temporary basis because of works associated with the opening up of the River Roch. The taxi driver representatives requested that a Hackney Carriage Stand be appointed at Fleece Street, Rochdale between the hours of 7.00pm and 7.00am? The Head of Highways Services reported that a Traffic Regulation Order was presently being processed that would, if approved, provide more space for Hackney Carriage vehicles in Rochdale town centre.

     

    DECIDED – That that the Head of the Council’s Highways Service be requested to convene a meeting involving the Chair and Vice Chair of the Rochdale Township Committee, representatives of the Council’s Licensing and Highways teams, representatives of Transport for Greater Manchester and representatives of the Borough’s licensed public hire and private hire trades to discuss issues raised in relation to taxi vehicles using Smith Street and Drake Street.

     

    c.    Flooding in Bamford

    The Township Committee was addressed by Mrs S. Rothwell regarding flooding that had occurred, on 26th December 2015 in the Norden area of Rochdale, which was caused by water rising from blocked gullies.

     

    The Chief Executive replied that Peel Holdings Limited owned a proportion of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 63.

64.

Greater Manchester Police - Update

    Minutes:

    Representatives of Greater Manchester Police and M. Reynolds (Community Safety) 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. 

     

    Specific operations were being undertaken, or had recently been undertaken to counter off-road biking, crime/anti-social behaviour on the Metrolink service, burglaries in Rochdale town centre, drug misuse and shoplifting.

     

    The Committee discussed the presentation in detail, generally welcoming the reduction in serious crime across the Township during the three month period that was covered, noting that the Community safety Officer would circulate to them the quarterly latest statistical information relating to crime patterns in the Rochdale Township.

     

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

65.

Revenue Budget 2016/17 to 2018/19 - Update pdf icon PDF 308 KB

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Resources which advised of a report that had previously been considered by the Cabinet on 15th December 2015 which updated Members on the implications of the Autumn Statement and Spending Review for 2015 and the risks around the budget.

     

    The budget forecast was based on known and anticipated levels of spending and resources.  Significant budget risks were identified within the report.

     

    DECIDED – that the Revenue Budget 2016/17 to 2018/19 - Update report be noted.

    Eligible for call in – no.

66.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 101 KB

    -       To consider the minutes of the meeting held on 25th November 2015.

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered the minutes of their most recent meeting held on 25th November 2015. Councillor O’Neill referred to Minute 46 (Declarations of Interests) confirming that he had declared his interest because he was a member of the Co-operative Party and not, as the minute may have implied, a member of the Dale Co-operative Society.

     

    DECIDED – That subject to the above mentioned amendment, the Minutes of the meeting of Rochdale Township Committee held 25th November 2015 be approved, as a correct record.

67.

Rochdale Township Action & Resources Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 77 KB

    -       To note the minutes of the meeting of the Rochdale Township Action & Resources Sub-Committee held on 1st December 2015.

    Minutes:

    DECIDED – That the Minutes of the meeting of Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee (Delegated Sub-Committee), held 1st December 2015, be noted.

68.

Off-Street Parking Tariff and Operational Hours Order pdf icon PDF 206 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods that sought retrospective approval for the Highways Service to promote, advertise and implement a traffic order to regulate the use of the Rochdale town centre Off-Street car parks.

     

    The purpose of the Director’s report was to inform the Committee of the objections and their contents so that they can make a decision to approve or reject the proposals following consideration of the objections and responses. The report outlined a proposal for the introduction of a traffic order to regulate the use of the Rochdale town centre off-street car parks, which had been advertised in the local media 11th November 2015. Objections have been received to the proposals and the Highways and Engineering Service’s response to these objections were detailed in the Committee’s report.

     

    Under the proposals detailed in the Committee’s report Rochdale’s town centre Off-street parking places (except those designated to ‘permit holders only’) will continue to be free for the first three hours. To prevent motorists moving between car parks, thus obtaining additional free hours, the ‘town centre’ Off-street car parks have been clustered together to form one large zoned car park. Those car parks being: Milton Street West which becomes Town Centre Car Park Zone A; Penn Street Lower which becomes Town Centre Car Park Zone B; Baillie Street which becomes Town Centre Car Park Zone C; Penn Street Upper which becomes Town Centre Car Park Zone D. These car parks will be renamed ‘Town Centre Car Park’ zones A, B, C and D and the Order will specifically prevent a vehicle moving from one zone to another. It would therefore become an offence to obtain more than one free 3 hour ticket in the same charging period. Milton Street East will be designated a ‘Permit Only’ car park and hence a motorist will need to first purchase a RBC permit to use the car park. Enforcement of the Traffic Orders will be by Rochdale Borough Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers.

     

    Alternatives considered: not changing the existing tariff order Off-Street Parking Tariff and Operational Hours Order.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the Committee notes the report;

    (2) the Committee retrospectively approves the promotion of the Order, pursuant to paragraphs 3.6 and 5.1 of the submitted report;

    (3) the committee approve funding for the promotion of this Order to be financed via the Corporate Highways Budget, rather than via the Rochdale Township Fund;

    (4) the Committee having given due consideration to all of the objections to the Order, notes the responses issued thereon by the Director of Neighbourhoods and determines to overrule the objections that have been received and thereby authorises the Director of Neighbourhoods to proceed with the implementation of the Order.

    Eligible for Cal-in: Yes

69.

Disposal of Surplus Land adjacent to Spotland Library, Ings Lane, Rochdale pdf icon PDF 137 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods that sought Members approval for the release of the land adjacent to Spotland Library, Ings Lane, Rochdale for disposal as set out in the plan that was attached to the submitted report at Appendix 1.

     

    The land in question was approximately 0.05 hectares in size and under the Unitary Development Plan it was classed as being within the Defined Urban Area.  The site is located on Ings Lane next to the junction with Edenfield Road. The site is surrounded by residential development to the east, west and south and it is adjacent to Spotland Library. The site comprises an undeveloped greenfield land, which has historically been managed as part of the library site, but which adds no intrinsic value to the library. Consultation with the Council’s Planning Service had highlighted that residential development of this site would be supported.

     

    Alternatives considered: to retain this site in its current use. Retention of this site, it was felt, would not secure capital receipts or beneficial development, nor reduce the Council’s financial and/or environmental liabilities. In its current condition, the site adds little to the recreational or visual amenity of the area. The site is currently vacant. Retaining this site in its current use carries the risk of liabilities such as fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and regular or ad hoc maintenance obligations.

     

    In considering the report Members of the Committee gave due consideration to the comments that Mr Faulkner and Mrs Walton had made during the Open Forum Session of this meeting in relation to this particular agenda item.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the land is declared surplus to the Council’s requirements and released for disposal;

    (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.

    Eligible for Call-in: yes.

70.

Disposal of Land - 180 Rugby Road, Rochdale pdf icon PDF 1 MB

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods that sought Members approval to the disposal of the former Children’s Home at 180 Rugby Road, Rochdale.

     

    The Committee were advised that the former Children’s Home at Rugby Road has been declared surplus to operational requirements.  The Council’s Children’s Social Care Services had made changes to the way the services are delivered to Children with Disabilities in the borough which has led to the closure of the respite care facility. The Service had made changes to the way services are delivered at Rugby Road.  The building and location of the respite care facility are more suitable for the delivery of the revised service and there are advantages to the service being co-located alongside the outreach service that operates from the respite care facility site 

     

    The Respite Care Service will be jointly delivered with Oldham Council and had ceased operations at its current location in December 2015.  It was therefore proposed that the Rugby Road service will relocate as soon as possible thereafter.  This would then leave the Rugby Road premises surplus to operational needs.

     

    Alternatives considered: the service could remain at Rugby Road and the Respite Care premises could be sold.  The whole of the Respite Care premises however would not be available as there were no plans to relocate the Outreach Service. This would make the asset difficult to sell.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the Committee approves the disposal of the asset;

                (2) the Head of Legal and 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.

    Eligible for Call-in: Yes.

71.

Denehurst Park Masterplan pdf icon PDF 132 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods that updated members on the draft Denehurst Park Masterplan and sought the Committee’s approval to formally adopt the Plan.

     

    The Committee were reminded that the Denehurst Cemetery Extension was opened in September 2015 being built on part of Denehurst Park. The Council had previously agreed a sum of £372,950 for improvements to the remainder of the Park. Consultations with the community and other stakeholders (such as Friends of Denehurst Park, the Council’s Community Safety Team and Greater Manchester Police had been undertaken resulting in a revised draft masterplan that was submitted to the Committee and that was detailed in the Committee’s report.

     

    Alternatives considered: None.

     

    DECIDED – That the Committee approves the Masterplan as detailed in the submitted report, subject to any minor amendments as the scheme develops.

    Eligible for Call-in: Yes.

72.

Proposed extension to Rochdale Canal Site of Biological Importance (SBI) pdf icon PDF 813 KB

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy that informed Members of proposed changes to a Site of Biological Importance (SBI) in Rochdale Township, namely Rochdale Canal SBI. Members were asked to approve the changes and the consequent update of the local SBI register for planning purposes.

     

    The recommendations were presented as the proposed changes would ensure that the SBI covers the new section of the Rochdale Canal created as part of the Canal’s restoration, and this will help to protect the biodiversity value of the canal, as will the addition of a section of woodland at Dicken Green, Rochdale.

     

    The Council had recently received a report form the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit in respect of their 2014 SBI review. In it the following changes to the Rochdale Canal SBI in Rochdale Township were proposed: Inclusion of a new spur of the Rochdale Canal at Trub, Castleton (where the canal goes under the M62 motorway) in the SBI; and the addition into the SBI of some woodland alongside the canal at Dicken Green, Rochdale. These changes to the SBI would help to protect the biodiversity of the Canal, because they would be taken into account in planning decisions which may affect the Canal.

     

    Alternatives considered: to not make the changes to the SBI which the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit are recommending would leave important habitats vulnerable, especially because they would not be taken into account in decision making in respect of planning applications which may affect them.

     

    DECIDED – That the Township Committee approves the change to the SBI and the SBI register as detailed in the submitted report, for planning purposes.

    Eligible for call-in: Yes

73.

Rochdale Township - Highways Maintenance Programme 2016 - 2018 pdf icon PDF 141 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which requested that Members consider approving the recommended 2016-2018 highway maintenance programme for Rochdale Township.

     

    The recommended Highways Maintenance Capital Programme had been compiled based on network condition data and visual site inspections by engineers. The programme aims to address the highest priority sites within Rochdale Township with the most suitable carriageway or footway remedial works within the allocated capital budget. Members were advised that that this is a two year programme with opportunities for cost savings and flexibility around delivery in order to deal with the constraints with working on a live highway network.

     

    Following agreement of the work programmes, delivery of the schemes is being co-ordinated with the street lighting PFI programme, other highways schemes, planning applications, other RMBC schemes and third party utility works. Should it become necessary to delay or postpone a scheme in the agreed programme, this would be done by the Council’s Head of Highways Service following consultation with the Portfolio Holder and the Chair of the Township Committee.

     

    Appendix A of the submitted report provided details of the proposed schemes for Rochdale Township’s Highway Capital Programme 2016 - 2018.

     

    A budget of approximately £2.4 million is available, for the Borough, for the Highway Capital Programme over the two year period, 2016 - 2018. Confirmation of the final budget allocation will be from the Department for Transport. The budget is to be allocated between the Borough’s four Townships based on population size and Rochdale Township will receive an allocation of £1,073,000 (44%). This value may change dependant on the final allocation from the Department for Transport.

     

    DECIDED – that (1) the proposed Rochdale Township Highway Maintenance Capital Programme to be delivered in 2016 - 2018 be approved;

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

    Eligible for call in – yes.

74.

Guidelines and Standards for Residential Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) pdf icon PDF 150 KB