Agenda and minutes

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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 27 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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    There were no declarations of interest.


Open Forum (6.15-6.45pm)

    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 items were raised in the open forum –


    a)    Highways matters in Norden

    The Chair advised the Township Committee of a submitted question by Mr Morrell on behalf of the Norden Area Forum, which sought clarification on communication between Highways Officers and the Area Forum.  The Chair requested the Head of Highways respond in writing to Mr Morrell.  


    b)    Use of Springhill/Craiglands Fields

    The Township Committee considered the views of Mrs Matthews, Ms Ridgeway and Mr Wilson who each separately address the Committee in relation to a dispute over the use of Springhill playing fields.  The Leader of the Council advised that Legal Services had been requested to establish a comprehensive understanding of the ownership, usage, access and rights of the site; and that this information would be provided to all parties in due course.     


    In considering the item Members of the Committee highlighted further areas in the Township where dog fouling was of concern and requested a report be brought to the next meeting of the Township Committee detailing current policies and enforcement action for dealing with the matter.


    DECIDED – That the Director of Neighbourhoods be requested to report to the next meeting of the Township Committee detailing existing policies related to dog fouling and enforcement.


    c)    Greater Manchester Police

    Inspector Williams and Sergeant Twydale of Greater Manchester Police updated the Township Committee on activities and initiatives which had been undertaken by Greater Manchester Police in the Rochdale Township Division during the first quarter of 2016.




Minutes pdf icon PDF 78 KB


Rochdale Township Planning Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 66 KB


Local Council Tax Support Scheme - Review of Scheme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 348 KB


Revenue Budget Update 2017/18 to 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 281 KB


Savings Programme 2017/18 and 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 319 KB


    The Committee were consulted on a report of the Director of Resources which identified a series of initial savings proposals which aimed to reduce the assumed funding gap of £38.8million over the next two years to set a balanced budget. Members of the Committee were also requested to consider the budget position for Rochdale Council and the funding requirements for 2017/18 and 2018/19 and in doing so noted the steps to be taken which would lead to the submission of a budget to the Budget Fixing Council meeting on 1st March 2017.


    The report included an indicative timetable of the consultation process for the two groups of savings proposals that will be considered by the Council


    Members were advised that this report had previously been considered by the Cabinet on 12th September 2016 and by the Employment and Equalities Committee on 13th September 2016 where the proposals were approved for a 45 day consultation period. The report was being submitted to all four of the Township Committees as part of that consultation process.


    DECIDED – That the report be noted.


The Need for Extra Reception Class Places 2016-2019 pdf icon PDF 624 KB


    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Children’s Services which highlighted that there was a need to keep under review the demand for extra Reception class places in each of the Borough’s four Township areas from September 2016 to September 2019. The purpose of the report was to present an update on the current admission position for September 2016 and to put forward proposals to address the need for any further extra Reception Class places up to September 2019.


    The Committee were advised that in recent years there had been a continuing increase in the number of children born across the Borough, and who in turn will require Reception Class places when they reach school age. Data presented in the report at Borough and Township level showed the different demand pressures in each of the four Townships. The available data indicated that whilst there had been a decrease in the number of children born for admission to primary school in September 2019, there was still a need to consider additional places in some parts of the Borough to ensure there were enough places overall.


    DECIDED – That the report be noted.


The Need for Extra Year 7 Secondary School Places from 2017 pdf icon PDF 283 KB


    The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Children’s Services that analysed the requirement to keep under review the necessity for extra Year 7 secondary places across the Borough from September 2017 onwards. The purpose of this report therefore was to set out proposals that would address the ongoing need for further secondary school places.


    In recent years there had been an increase in the number of children born in each of the Borough’s four Townships, and this increase in numbers would eventually move through to the secondary education sector. The demand for places is affected by cross boundary movement with significant numbers of children seeking places at schools outside the Borough.


    Currently there are 16% fewer Year 7 children in the Rochdale Township secondary schools than were in Year 6. Outward movement from Rochdale Township is to Bury, Lancashire and Pennines Township


    DECIDED – That the report be noted.