Agenda and minutes

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36.

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.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

37.

Greater Manchester Police Update

    Minutes:

    Inspector Webb (Greater Manchester Police) and M. Reynolds (Neighbourhoods Directorate) updated the Township Committee on activities and initiatives that were undertaken by Greater Manchester Police in the Rochdale Township Division.

     

    In response to Members questions the Director of Neighbourhoods confirmed that the crime figures for Rochdale Town Centre provided to members of the Committee would, in future, be separated from the Ward figures.

     

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

38.

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 matter was raised in the Committee’s Open Forum session:

     

    a)    Use of Springhill/Craiglands Fields

    The Township Committee considered the views of Mr H Sutcliffe who addressed the Committee objecting to proposals to put a fence around the football pitch, which was being proposed to restrict the use of the pitch to football and stop dog waste being deposited on the field.   

     

    Further to consideration of this item at the meeting of the Committee held on 21st September, the Leader of the Council advised that Legal Services were undertaking a comprehensive review of the site in order to establish access and rights of the site; and that this information would be provided to all parties in due course. 

39.

Presentation - Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

    Minutes:

    The Township received a presentation from the Assistant Director, (Planning and Development) relating to the Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy.

     

    The Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy was a new statutory development plan for Greater Manchester which would, as a minimum:-

    · Determine the amount and distribution of land which would be needed for new homes and employment development over the next 20 years, as well as identifying broad ‘strategic growth’ areas for development across Greater Manchester;

    · Identify the necessary infrastructure (such as transport links and community facilities) which would be required to support development in those locations;

    · Identify ways that the city-region’s green spaces can be protected alongside development so that great places where people want to live, work and visit can be developed;

    · Ensure all Districts share the benefits of economic growth.

     

    Details about the proposals for the Rochdale Borough were presented.

     

    The Committee were informed that consultation on the proposals would run from 31st October – 23rd December 2016 and additional Township Drop in events would be held at Area Forums.

     

    DECIDED – that the presentation relating to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework be noted.

40.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB

41.

Rochdale Township Action & Resources Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 68 KB

    To note the minutes of the meeting of the Rochdale Township Action & Resources Sub-Committee meeting held on 4th October 2016.

    Minutes:

    DECIDED – that the minutes of the meeting of the Rochdale Township Action & Resources Sub-Committee held on 4th October 2016 be noted.

42.

Sale of Land at Trub Street / Manchester Road Castleton pdf icon PDF 684 KB

    Minutes:

    The Council received a report from the Director of Economy seeking approval for the disposal of an area of land at Trub Street, Castleton on the open market.   The Committee were requested to confirm any buyer pays the Council’s legal and surveyor’s costs in respect of any agreed disposal of the site; and the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance & Workforce) be authorised to carry out the legal work in connection with any disposal of the site.

     

    The reasons for the recommendations being the site had been deemed surplus to requirements and disposal would generate a capital receipt.

     

    Alternatives considered: The report provided two alternative options for consideration, namely that the site could be retained as amenity grassland; or the site could be retained and sold at some time in the future.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the land identified within the submitted report at Trub Street, Castleton be disposed on the open market;

    (2) The Buyer pays the Council’s legal and surveyor’s costs in respect of any agreed disposal of the site;

    (3) The Assistant Director (Legal, Governance & Workforce) be authorised to carry out the legal work in connection with any disposal of the site.

43.

Playing Pitch Strategy pdf icon PDF 153 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which presented the draft Playing Pitch Strategy for consultation purposes.

     

    The Strategy had been produced in accordance with the Sport England Playing Pitch Strategy Guidance.  The guidance was very rigid in its approach and strategies that deviate from this are not viewed favourably by the national governing bodies (NGBs) for the major pitch sports.  The NGBs and Sport England are required to sign off the strategy.

     

    The aim of the strategy was to make sure that there was an adequate supply of good quality, accessible grass and artificial pitches in the Borough to meet current and future demands for formal pitch sports. 

     

    The strategy covers all the main pitch sports – football, hockey, lacrosse, rounders, rugby league and rugby union.  It was Boroughwide and looked at pitches in council ownership, on school sites, owned by sports clubs and other providers.

     

    In total over 300 pitches had been reviewed and assessed and consultation had been undertaken with over 500 playing teams, education establishments, leagues and governing bodies.

     

    The strategy was set in the context of the Council’s corporate plans and set out how the Playing Pitch Strategy could help deliver the corporate objectives.  It also looked at the changing national picture and priorities for sports and physical activity.

     

    DECIDED – (1) that the draft Playing Pitch Strategy be supported;

                (2) that residents and other stakeholders within the Township be invited to provide comments on the draft Playing Pitch Strategy before the 31st December 2016.

44.

Proposed Discretionary Fees & Charges 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

45.

Savings Programme 2017/18 and 2018/19 - Group 2 Savings Proposals pdf icon PDF 239 KB

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Resources which presented the proposed Group 2 savings proposals that had been agreed by Cabinet on 21st November 2016 for consultation purposes as part of the strategy to reduce the funding gap. Based on current assumptions, the Council needed to make savings of £38.8m over the next two years to set a balanced budget.

     

    Consultation on the proposals would be undertaken with the public, stakeholder groups, staff, unions and service users as appropriate. Consultation on the Group 2 proposals had commenced on 24th November 2016 and would conclude on 9th January 2017.

     

    DECIDED –that the proposed Group 2 savings proposals that had been agreed by Cabinet on 21st November 2016 for consultation purposes and as detailed within the submitted report be noted.

46.

Capital Programme 2017/18 to 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 300 KB

    Minutes:

    The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Resources, which provided details of the 2017/18 Capital Programme and provisional Capital programmes for 2018/19 and 2019/20, as detailed in Appendix 1 to the submitted report.

     

    Cabinet had considered the proposed Capital Programme for 2017/18 and provisional programme for 2018/19 and 2019/20 on 3rd October 2016 and approved it as a basis for consultation.

     

    DECIDED – that the proposed Capital Programme for 2017/18 and provisional programme for 2018/19 and 2019/20 as detailed within the submitted report be noted.

47.

Proposed Removal of BT Payphone Box pdf icon PDF 151 KB

48.

Township Highways Champion Report - Verbal Update

    Minutes:

    Councillor O’Neill, the Rochdale Township Highways Champion, updated the Committee on matters that had been considered by the Township Highways Champions, which included:-

    • Structural patching has been planned on 69 streets in Rochdale so far with a total estimated spend of spend of £301k. The allocated work will improve the condition of 10119m2 of carriageway within the township;
    • The winter service programme was in operation between October and March;
    • 93 defective gullys have been identified as part of the drainage repair programme and will be replaced within quarter 3.

     

    DECIDED – that the report of the Rochdale Township Highways Champion be noted.