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65.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 32 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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    Minutes:

    Further to the Council’s Code of Conduct Councillor Sheerin, declared a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of agenda item 17 (Rochdale Township Funds) insofar as the Committee considered an application for funding (RP/17/14) from Link4Life, as he had been appointed by the Council to the Board of Link4Life. Councillor Sheerin took no part in the discussion or determination of this particular funding application.

66.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 60 KB

    To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee held on 20th January 2015.

    Minutes:

    DECIDED – That the minutes of the meeting of Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee (Delegated Sub-Committee), held 20th January 2015, be approved as a correct record.

67.

Balderstone and Kirkholt Community Meeting pdf icon PDF 70 KB

68.

Castleton Area Forum pdf icon PDF 45 KB

69.

Healey Area Forum pdf icon PDF 65 KB

70.

Kingsway Area Forum pdf icon PDF 66 KB

71.

Norden Area Forum pdf icon PDF 66 KB

72.

Sparth Area Forum pdf icon PDF 71 KB

73.

Rochdale Township Clean and Green Priority Group pdf icon PDF 71 KB

74.

Shawclough Road, Rochdale

    Resubmission of report due to technical oversight

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    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment Services that advised Members of objections received to the proposed ‘No Waiting At Any Time’ with peak time loading restrictions on Shawclough Road and some side streets in the Healey Ward.

     

    The recommendations in the report were presented as to comply with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the Council was required to consider: all objections submitted during the 28 day consultation period before ‘Making’ a Traffic Regulation Order. The Committee was asked to make a decision in respect of the objections received so that the scheme to impose ‘No Waiting At Any Time’ restrictions with peak time loading restrictions can be progressed. Members were also advised that the proposed Order had been deemed, by the Director of Economy and Environment Services, to be strategic in nature and should be dealt with in accordance with Section F2 of the Council’s Scheme of Delegation to Township Committee, insofar as the Committee had delegated power to confirm the proposals and the Order. However, if the Committee wish not to confirm the proposals and Order, the matter must be referred to Cabinet for a decision.

     

    Alternatives considered: None.

     

    The Committee considered the views of Mr. P. Sunderland who addressed the Committee on behalf of the objectors to the proposals.

     

    DECIDED – That consideration of the report be deferred to the next scheduled meeting of the Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee on 16th June 2015.

    Eligible for call-in: No.

75.

Entwisle Road, Belfield Road and Reservoir Street, Objections Received to 20mph Zone pdf icon PDF 484 KB

76.

Spotland Road, Rochdale pdf icon PDF 702 KB

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    The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment Services that advised Members of an objection received to the proposal to alter parking arrangements on a short section of a long established parking bay on Spotland Road in Spotland and Falinge Ward close to Mitchell Street, Rochdale.

     

    The recommendations were presented as to comply with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the Council was required to consider all objections submitted during the 28 day consultation period before ‘Making’ a Traffic Regulation Order. The Committee was also asked to make a decision in respect of the objection received so that the scheme to impose a time limit on a section of the parking bay can be progressed. Members were also asked to note that in considering the report, the proposed Order had been deemed, by the Director of Economy and Environment Services to be strategic in nature and should therefore be dealt with in accordance with Section F2 of the Council’s Scheme of Delegation to Township Committee. The Committee had delegated power to confirm the proposals and the Order. However, if the Committee wish not to confirm the proposals and Order, the matter must be referred to Cabinet for a decision.

     

    Alternatives considered: None.

     

    The Committee considered the views of Councillor Shefali Farooq Ahmed, a Spotland and Falinge Ward Councillor, who addressed Members in support of the proposals contained in the report.

     

    DECIDED – That the Traffic Regulation Order Borough of Rochdale ((Civil Enforcement of Traffic Contraventions) (Various Streets) (Rochdale Township) Order 2008) (Amendment) (No. 87) Order, outlined in Section 7 of the submitted report, be implemented as advertised.

    Eligible for Call-in: Yes

     

77.

Caldershaw Road Pedestrian Crossing survey results pdf icon PDF 488 KB

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    The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment Services that presented the findings of a recent survey into providing a controlled crossing location on Caldershaw Road, Rochdale.

     

    The Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee, at a previous meeting, had instructed the Council’s Highways Service to investigate the introduction of a pedestrian crossing, to undertake surveys to determine pedestrian and vehicular flows as to whether the area meets the national standards for the introduction of a controlled crossing point. The resultant survey recorded the number of vehicles travelling in each direction and also the number of pedestrians who crossed the road within a 100 metre length of carriageway.  From this data a pedestrian crossing analysis took place in line with Department for Transport guidelines to determine whether or not a controlled crossing is justifiable on the basis of desire lines and conflict between vehicles and pedestrians wishing to cross.

     

    The survey revealed that the site did not meet the established national criteria for the introduction of a controlled crossing point.  Members were advised that a School Crossing Patrol point had been established on Caldershaw Road outside the school for many years, unfortunately cover has been intermittent over the last twelve months. The current permanent patrol has been in operation since 15th September 2014. 

     

    Alternatives considered: Other crossing facilities have been considered, such as a zebra crossing. As with a Puffin crossing the values for installing such a facility fall short of the required justification values and a facility may potentially have a detrimental effect on the Council’s accident reduction targets, as it introduces a potential accident spot at a location where few accidents existed previously. The Council’s current policy on the allocation of School Crossing Patrols and Controlled Crossing points is that if a site meets the criteria for the introduction of a Controlled Crossing, then to avoid any possible conflict, the School Crossing Patrol will cease operation, with staff being re-located to another unfilled point.

     

    DECIDED – That the introduction of a pedestrian crossing on Caldershaw Road, Rochdale, not be proceeded with, as the site does not meet the national criteria for the introduction of a controlled crossing point.

    Eligible for Call-in: Yes.

78.

Queen Victoria Street, Rochdale pdf icon PDF 929 KB

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    The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment services that advised Members of an objection received to a proposal to introduce ‘No Waiting At Any Time’ restrictions on part of Queen Victoria Street, Rochdale in the Balderstone and Kirkholt Ward, on the approach to its junction with Oldham Road.

     

    The recommendations were presented as to comply with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the Council was required to consider all objections submitted during the 28 day consultation period before ‘Making’ a Traffic Regulation Order. The Committee was also required to make a decision in respect of the objection received so that the Traffic Regulation Order can be progressed and the new restrictions introduced or abandoned.

     

    Alternatives considered: The alternative to the proposal presented in the Director’s report laid out in this report is to continue with the current level of restriction on the highway by not introducing the proposed Traffic Regulation Order. The Committee was asked to note that the proposed Traffic Regulation Order was a consequence of indiscriminate parking along the length of road concerned affecting pedestrians wishing to cross the road, driver visibility and road safety. To address the issue it is necessary to introduce the proposed Order.

     

                            DECIDED – That the Traffic Regulation Order Borough of Rochdale (Civil Enforcement of Traffic Contraventions) (Various Streets) (Rochdale Township) Order 2008) (Amendment) (No. 89) Order, as outlined in Section 7 of the submitted report,  be implemented as advertised.

    Eligible for Call-in: Yes.

     

     

79.

Bentley Street Area, Objections received to proposed 20mph speed limit pdf icon PDF 485 KB

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    The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy and Environment Services that advised Members of objections and comments received in response to the published proposals to introduce a 20mph speed limit in the Bentley Street area of Rochdale and to present the response of the Council’s Highways Officers.

     

    The recommendations in the report were presented as complaints have been received from local residents with regards to the speed of vehicles using Bentley Street.  To determine the extent of this problem the Rochdale Township Action and Resource Committee had previously provided funds to carry out speed surveys at two locations on Bentley Street. These surveys were carried out over a week long period from the 5th to the 13th March 2014. Results of the surveys indicated that the average speeds in a westerly direction were 25.5mph and in an easterly direction were 26mph. Interrogation of accident data shows that there have been no recorded personal injury accidents within the area in the last three years.

     

    Alternatives considered: The introduction of a 20mph zone with the use of traffic calming had been considered.

     

                            DECIDED – That the Borough Of Rochdale (Bentley Street & Various Surrounding Streets, Rochdale)(20 Mph Speed Limit) Order, be implemented as advertised.

    Eligible for call-in: Yes.

80.

Rochdale Clean Green Report pdf icon PDF 473 KB

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    The Committee considered a report of the Interim head of Customers and corporate Services that asked Members agree that the allocation of £110,000 to Rochdale Township for environmental improvements be used to commission two dedicated Clean & Green Teams for a period of 23.5 weeks.

     

    The recommendations were presented as at the Budget Fixing Council meeting, on 24th February 2015, the Leader of the Council had announced an amount of £250,000 to be allocated to the Townships in order to address issues around the environment.  The funding was proposed to be used from April to address areas of concern identified by the Townships.  The fund was to be divided between the Townships based on percentage of population in line with the Township Revenue Fund. The weekly cost of a Clean and Green Team, based on one branded vehicle and three operatives, was £2,340. Rochdale Township’s allocation of £110,000 would fund two teams, each team for 23.5 weeks.

     

    Alternatives considered: Allocation of funds to community groups could be considered, however it was acknowledged that there would be additional issues to consider, including the standard of work required, monitoring of the standard of work carried out, and the potential for revenue costs to the Environmental Management Service if groups did not remove and dispose of waste.

     

    DECIDED – That the Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee approve the funding of two dedicated Clean & Green Teams for a period of 23.5 weeks.

    Eligible for Call-in: Yes.

81.

Rochdale Township Funds 2014/15 pdf icon PDF 479 KB

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    The Interim Head of Customers and Corporate Services presented a report which updated the Committee on revenue and capital expenditure, commitments and balances of Rochdale Township Fund 2014/2015, to enable the Committee to allocate funds to proposed projects.

     

    The recommendations contained in the report were presented as the management of the Rochdale Township Fund was a function delegated to this Committee to determine. Rochdale Township Funds were designed to be allocated to projects that benefit the Township’s communities and environment and which realise the Township’s stated priorities. The Committee monitors and reviews the use of the Rochdale Township Funds to ensure continued efficient and effective use of the Township’s Funds.

     

    The Committee were asked to note the expenditure, commitments and balances for the 2014/2015 Rochdale Township Revenue and Capital Funds and the balances of £12,537 (Capital Fund) and £4,836 (Revenue Fund) as detailed in Appendices 1 and 2 and the decisions made under delegated authority as detailed in Appendix 3 to the submitted report.

     

    Alternatives considered: in considering the report, Members will decide whether or not to approve the allocation of funds to projects/schemes as appropriate.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the expenditure, commitments and balances for Rochdale Township Revenue and Capital Funds, as detailed in Appendices 1 and 2 of the submitted report be noted;

    (2) the decisions made under delegated authority as detailed at Appendix 3 of the submitted report be noted;

    (3) the Committee notes the summaries of evaluation information for projects as detailed at Appendix 4;

    (4) the Committee notes that the Principal Townships Officer had assessed the proposed projects to be considered for funding against the criteria of the Rochdale Township Fund, priorities of the Township and that any specific risks had been identified as detailed in Appendix 4 of the submitted report;

    (5) the Principal Townships Officer, in consultation with the Chair, Vice Chair and opposition spokespersons of the Committee, be given delegated authority to make decisions on any deferred projects;

    (6) the proposed schemes as detailed in Appendix 5 of the submitted report be dealt with as follows:-

    a) RP/17/14 – approve an allocation of £1,500.00 to Link4Life towards the cost of funding the Rochdale Township Big Games Event 2015, to be held on Saturday, 11th July 2015 at Broadfield Park and Touchstones, Rochdale

    b) RP/18/14 – approve an allocation of £2,014.80 to Milkstone and Deeplish Ward Councillors towards the cost of a Recycling Education Programme

    c) RP/19/14 – approve an allocation of £300.00, to a local resident, towards the cost of installing one bollard outside 51 Osborne Road, Rochdale.

                d) CG/04/14 – approve an allocation of £10,307.60 to the Clean and Green Priority Group, for a litter campaign in the Rochdale Township, to be funded from the Clean and Green Priority Fund 2014/2015.

    Eligible for Call-in: Yes.

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Community Centre Monitoring pdf icon PDF 483 KB

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    The Committee considered a report of the Interim Head of Customers and Corporate Services updated Members on the community centre monitoring process for the first two quarters of 2014/2015 (April – June 2014 and July - September 2014).

     

    The Committee was advised that a community centre monitoring process had been developed in consultation with the Community Base Network and had been implemented in April 2012. In April 2014, the following information was also requested: an action plan highlighting how the activities and services of each community centre will meet the priorities of the Council; a signed funding agreement between the Council and the governing body of the community centre; a copy of all the policies in place at each community centre; and a copy of the most recent annual accounts

     

    This is followed up by a request of the following information on a quarterly basis: a spreadsheet with information of forecasts for outputs and outcomes for each quarter and figures for what has been achieved; a distinction of whether the activities are those developed by staff at the community centre or those where the community centre is also hired; and a breakdown for the funding used in each quarter is also provided.

     

    Monitoring information has been received from the following community centres: BACP, Castlemere Community Centre, Deeplish Community Centre, KYP, North Area Partnership, Rochdale Women’s Welfare, Sparth Community Centre, Spotland Community Centre, Sudden Community Centre and Wardleworth Community Centre Monitoring Visits were also taking place to verify and enhance the community centre monitoring process.  

     

    In respect of Castlemere Community Centre Members were advised of a carbon monoxide leak that had occurred at the Centre. Members of the Committee expressed their concerns at this and requested that a report be presented to a future meeting of this Committee detailing safety issues at this Community centre.

     

    DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;

                (2) a report be presented to a future meeting of the Committee detailing safety issues at Castlemere Community Centre.

    Eligible for Call-in: No.