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Declarations of Interest

    Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary, personal or personal and prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests relating to items on this agenda and/or indicate if S106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.   


    In accordance with the Code of Conduct for Councillor and Voting Co-Opted Members Councillors Joinson, West and Peter Williams declared personal interests in agenda item 8 (Middleton Town Centre Management) insofar as they had been appointed as Council representatives on the Board of the Middleton Township Management Company.


Urgent Items of Business

    To determine whether there are any additional items of business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair decides should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.


    There were no urgent items of business for the Township Committee to consider.


Items for Exclusion of Public and Press


Open Forum

    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 in the open forum –


    a.    Playing Pitch Strategy

    The Township received a question from Mr. T. Linden which sought feedback on a recent consultation exercise that the Council undertook with regard to a Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS) and to decisions made in this regard by the Cabinet. Mr. Linden also commented on questions that he had posed to the Middleton Environment and Culture Forum that had gone unanswered.


    Answers to Mr. Linden’s questions were submitted by the Assistant Director (Place) advising of the Cabinet’s decision …’That the Playing Pitch Strategy be approved for further consultation and the final sign off of the strategy be delegated to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Housing and the Environment.’ Subsequently a number of changes had been made by Sport England relating to housing growth. It was anticipated that final sign-off of the PPS would be completed in early December 2017.


    The Council had contacted Spot England for advice on how to approach Phase 2 of the PPS work and Link4Life had also raised the need for an indoor sports facilities strategy and they in turn had sought the advice of Sport England. If work in this regard was to go ahead then a project team would need to be in place, which would include representation from the Link4Life and the Council (including the Public Health team).


    To ensure that the PPS action plan was implemented a PPS co-ordinator role has been established to ensure delivery.


    b.    Parking Permits

    The Township Committee was asked, by Mr. O’Mara, to consider introducing a residents parking scheme outside numbers 2 to 8 John Lee Fold. The Highways Officer reminded the Committee of the Council’s current policy in this regard (which would require a minimum of 50 parking places to be available for such a scheme to proceed). However the Highways Officer did undertake to liaise with residents and East Middleton Ward Councillors on this matter, to try to achieve an amicable and workable solution.


    c.    Speeding traffic at Mill Fold Road, Middleton

    Mr. Bamford addressed the Township Committee, expressing his concerns at vehicles traveling along Mill Fold Road in excess of the speed limit and despite existing traffic calming measures on this road. Mr. Bamford was concerned at the high numbers of ‘4x4’, ‘off road’ and ‘quad bikes’ vehicles that appeared to be causing the majority of the problems at this location. The Committee noted that responsibility for taking enforcement action against speeding vehicles rested with the police and in this regard Inspector K. Williams, on behalf of Greater Manchester Police advised that the police would investigate this matter, resources permitting. It was suggested that this matter could be referred to the Council’s Public Realm Inspector for Middleton to monitor the situation and if necessary take the appropriate action.   


    d.    Lakeland Court, Langley

    The Township Committee considered an issue that was raised by Mr. T. Linden in respect of the shops at Lakeland Court, Langley, Middleton.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB


Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub Committee pdf icon PDF 73 KB

    Minutes of the meeting of Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub Committee held: Wednesday, 18th October 2017



    That the minutes of the meeting of Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub-Committee, held 18th October 2017, be noted.


Middleton Town Centre Management pdf icon PDF 221 KB

    A six month update on activity by Middleton Town Centre Management Company


    The Township Committee received a report from Middleton Town Centre Management Company Limited that detailed the various events and activities that the Company had arranged or facilitated in the period 1st April to 30th September 2017.



    That the report be noted.


    Eligible for Call-in: No.


Objections to Traffic Regulation Order – On-Street Permit Parking Places (Disabled Bay) (24 hours) – Middleton pdf icon PDF 3 MB

    To consider objections to a proposed Traffic Regulation Order - On-Street Permit Parking Places (Disabled Bay) (24 hours) – Middleton.


    The Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods advising of objections received to a proposed Traffic Regulation Order - On-Street Permit Parking Places (Disabled Bay) (24 hours) - Middleton; and recommending approval of the Order as advertised.


    Alternatives considered: To alter or refuse to make the Order in light of representations received during the consultation period.


    In considering the report the Township Committee considered written and verbal objections to the proposed Order in respect of Wince Close, East Middleton Ward.


    Decision: That: -

    1.    the Traffic Regulation Order, Borough of Rochdale ((Civil Enforcement of Traffic Contraventions) (Various Streets) (Middleton Township) Order 2008) (Amendment) (No.57) be approved as advertised and permit parking bays for qualifying disabled badge holders be introduced at Holton Walk, South Middleton Ward to the north side from a point 5 metres east of its junction with Boardman Lane for a distance of 5.5 metres in an easterly direction.

    2.    The proposals in respect of Wince Close, East Middleton Ward be refused and therefore withdrawn from the Traffic Regulation Order  


    Reason for decision: Applications and locations were measured against the Council’s approved disabled parking policy and road safety criteria. Using the proposed mechanism for permit bays, as detailed in the submitted report, allows the Council to charge individuals or organisations a fee for administering the process.


    Eligible for Call-in: Yes.


The Need for Extra Primary School Places 2017- 2020 pdf icon PDF 163 KB


The Need for Extra Year 7 School places 2017- 2027 pdf icon PDF 148 KB

    To consider proposals relating to the need for Extra Year 7 School places from 2017- 2027.

    Additional documents:


    The Committee considered a report of the Director of Children’s Services which presented information on the School Place Planning from 2017 to 2027 for secondary places. The Township Committee was 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 need Secondary School places. Data presented in the report at Borough and Township level showed there were different demand pressures in each of the Borough’s four Township areas.


    The Committee was informed that the report was being submitted to the four Township Committees for consultative purposes and any views thereon expressed by Members would be considered by the Cabinet at its meeting on 19th December 2017.


    The Committee was advised that there had been a consistent net movement into both Heywood and Middleton Townships with more children attending secondary schools in these areas than attended primary schools. Current forecasts showed that the existing large cohorts in primary years move through into secondary with the growth in numbers forecasted to stabilise after 2023. A Free School bid was currently being put together by Hopwood Hall College, supported by the Altus Trust which was the Multi Academy Trust set up by Rochdale Sixth Form College, with the aim of it being submitted in September 2017. It was reported that without this new school in the area the pupils currently attending primary schools may be without secondary places to go to.


    The Chair permitted Mr. T. Linden to address the Committee in respect of this item.


    Alternatives considered: To not increase places available could leave the Council at risk of not meeting statutory responsibilities in education provision.


    Decision: That the Township Committee supports the proposals to:

    a)    Provide an additional 30 places at Siddal Moor in existing accommodation from 2018.

    b)    Consult on an additional 30 (60 total) places at Siddal Moor by extending school from 2019;

    c)    Establish a new 180 place Free school in the Middleton area by 2020.

    d)    Provide a further report identifying the need for additional building at existing schools to address the shortfall in extra spaces.


    Reason for decision: To enable Townships awareness of school spaces and pupil numbers within their area and to aid local decision making.


    Eligible for Call-in: No.