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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.
There were no declarations of interest.
Greater Manchester Police - Update
Paul Wood (Greater Manchester Police) and Mark Reynolds (Community Safety Team) updated the Township Committee on activities and initiatives that were undertaken by Greater Manchester Police in the Rochdale Township Division.
The Committee were advised that Greater Manchester Police had undertaken several operations over the previous weekend in Rochdale town centre, which were designed to combat anti-social behaviour. Members of the Committee were advised that there would be an increased police presence over the coming weeks within the Town Centre to continue to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Members of the Committee in discussing the presentation sought details of what practical measures would be required to enforce proposed Public Space Protection Orders in the Town Centre.
Following requests by Members at the meeting of Rochdale Township Committee held on 11th January 2017 that, in light of a number of serious road accidents that had occurred in Rochdale Township the Police be requested to undertake exercises designed to increase road safety and to decrease the number of motor accidents in the Township and to monitor traffic movements. Representatives of Greater Manchester Police advised Members of support received from tactical traffic units in the Township and that further consideration would be given to practical support in the coming months.
Resolved – That the Greater Manchester Police update be noted and welcomed.
Up to 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 matters were raised during the open forum:
a) Metrolink closure
Cllr Brett sought clarification on when the full Metrolink service to the Town Centre would resume following disruption due to an unsafe building on Drake Street and requested regular updates be provided to all stakeholders as to the progress of the works.
The Director of Neighbourhoods undertook to ensure all stakeholders were kept informed as to developments with the situation and information would be circulated as soon as possible.
b) Former Turner Brothers site
Mr M. Cotes addressed the Township Committee seeking updated information in relation to a recently completed contamination survey and related matters on the site.
The Director of Neighbourhoods provided a comprehensive response to questions and advised that these would also be sent in writing directly to Mr Cotes.
c) Taxi matters in Rochdale Town Centre
Mr M. Hussain addressed the Township Committee requesting if additional taxi ranks would be included as part of plans for planned developments in Rochdale Town Centre; requesting that representations be made by the Township Committee for a new taxi rank on Fleece Street, Rochdale; expressing concerns over taxi’s dropping off in illegal points around the Town Hall and of vehicles registered in Rossendale are still taking business in Rochdale Town Centre.
The Chair advised that Mr Hussain would receive a written response to each question from the relevant Council Officers.
Mr D. Clayton addressed the Township Committee seeking an update on the number of allotments created within the Township in the previous twelve months.
The Chair advised that Mr Clayton would receive a written response to each question from the relevant Council Officers.
e) Rochdale Market
Mr C. Harker addressed the Township Committee seeking information on the tendering process to run the relocated market, specifically why the group of stall holders known as the New Rochdale Pioneers had not been successful in their bid.
The Chair advised that Mr Harker would receive a written response from relevant Council Officers.
Ms H. Phipps addressed the Township Committee raising concerns over travellers visiting the Borough, highlighting issues of anti-social behaviour at Greenbank Common and Cronkeyshaw Common. Ms Phipps requested the Township Committee apply for an injunction banning Traveller communities from entering the sites. Furthermore Ms Phipps advised that the designated traveller site at Croft Shifa was not being utilised as it wasn’t turfed.
Ms Phipps was advised that the Council’s Legal Services were looking at options for exclusion but that gathering the necessary information would take time. The Chair advised that a comprehensive response in writing would be sent to Ms Phipps.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting of Rochdale Township Committee held 11th January 2017.
Further to minute 51 (a) of the meeting held on 11th January 2017, Members requested the addition of comments relating to the amount of provision available for female only sessions, particularly women of faith sessions, for which the current allocation was limited.
In relation to minute 55, relating to Rochdale in Bloom, Members were advised that a report had been considered at the Rochdale Township Action and Resources Sub-Committee meeting held on 7th March 2017 and that a further report regarding proposals for the event in 2017/18 would be brought to a future meeting.
Resolved – That with the amendment to minute 51 (a) noted above, the minutes of the meeting held on 11th January be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
Minutes of the meeting of Rochdale Township Action and Resources Delegated Sub-Committee held 7th March 2017.
Resolved – That the minutes of the Rochdale Township Action & Resources Sub-Committee meeting held on 7th March 2017, be noted.
The Township Committee considered a report from the Director of Neighbourhoods seeking approval for the disposal of Council owned land at The Strand to enable the development of a new Health facility.
Alternatives considered and discounted: Members could determine to hold on to the site or dispose of for an alternative use. However these were discounted on the grounds that the development of a new health centre at the Strand is in accordance with the HMR Clinical Commissioning Group estate and primary care strategy to provide high quality, flexible space to maximise primary care and community services under one roof for Kirkholt residents, reducing Accident and Emergency attendance and bringing services closer to patients. This will accompany The Strand Regeneration Project which is the first phase of a wider redevelopment of Kirkholt which will include additional housing and proposed new community facilities.
Resolved – That the land identified in appendix 1 of the submitted report on The Strand, Kirkholt, be approved for disposal to NHS Property Services for the development of a new Health Centre.
The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy detailing the amount of section 106 public open space funds accrued within the Township and seeking approval of allocation of funds for open space improvements in Healy, Central Rochdale and Milkstone & Deeplish Wards.
Alternatives considered: Members were able to confirm or decline the proposed schemes or suggest alternative schemes provided they met the requirements of national and local policy obligations and the parameters of the legally binding unilateral undertakings arising from section 106 agreements.
In considering the report Members of the Township Committee expressed concern over a lack of consultation with Ward Members in the consideration of allocating section 106 monies.
Resolved – That (1) £99,000 of section 106 contributions received from a residential development on Dean Street be used for improvements to the Rochdale Quaker Burial Ground and Ball Street Gardens;
(2) the request for section 106 funds for the proposed repair of footpaths around Syke Common Pond be approved;
(3) the request for funds for the proposed improvements at St Chad’s Gardens and Deeplish Improvements be declined and Environmental Management be informed that the Township Committee requests that the work should be undertaken by Environmental Management repair funds;
(4) the Chief Planning Officer be requested to distribute a list of outstanding section 106 monies and address the matter of Member consultation for the allocation of section 106 funds.
The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which requested the Committee to note and approve the highways work programmes which were proposed to take place during the 2017-2018 financial year for Rochdale Township.
The programmes were appended to the submitted report and included the following:-
The recommendations were put forward as Members had already approved year 2 of the 2016/18 two year highways maintenance programme.
The remaining programmes had been identified by using asset management good practice which was deemed by the Department of Transport (DfT) to be the most efficient way of managing highways assets.
No alternatives programmes had been considered as part of the process. The programmes had been put together using the principles of asset management with the aim of improving the Townships assets in the most efficient way possible.
Resolved – That (1) Year 2 of the 2016 -2018 Approved Highways Maintenance Programme be noted;
(2) the 2017-18 Patching Programme be brought back to a future meeting of the Township Committee following a review of the schemes by Members;
(3) the 2017-18 Drainage Repair Programme be approved as detailed in the submitted report;
(4) the 2017-18 Bridges and Structures Maintenance Programme be approved as detailed in the submitted report.
The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which sought approval of the Township Plan for 2017-19.
The Township Plan identified priorities determined by each Township’s Councillors as a focus for action over the next two years. The plan gathered aspirations and ideas together as a focus for decision makers, Council services, partner agencies and the voluntary and community sector active in the Rochdale Borough.
Alternatives considered: The Township Plan 2017-19 included strategies and objectives identified to meet the priorities identified by each Township. It is developed to guide, direct and detail the use of devolved budgets, including Township Revenue Funds, for the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19. Members were requested to identify any alternative issues for inclusion within the Plan.
Members of the Township Committee expressed concern on the process of Highways schemes approved by Members of the Township Committee and the Actions & Resources Sub-Committee. Members requested the Director of Neighbourhoods report on the process for approving and scheduling of such schemes including the communication of progression to Members.
Resolved – That (1) the detail included in the Townships Plan 2017-19 as appended to the submitted report be noted;
(2) the consultation undertaken in developing the Township Plan, be noted;
(3) the plan be approved to enable a focus on local priorities in line with the Council’s three key priorities – Prosperity, People and Place;
(4) the Director of Neighbourhoods report on the process for approving and scheduling of such schemes including the communication of progression to Members.