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12.

Declarations of Interests

13.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 107 KB

    To authorise the signing of the minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 17th May 2017

    Minutes:

    The Council considered the minutes of the annual meeting of the Council held on 17th May 2017.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That, subject to an amendment to minute 9 (Appointments to Committees) to the effect that ‘Councillors Gartside and Holly be included in the membership of the Borough Regeneration Steering Group, and Councillors Dearnley and Paolucci-Escobar be included in the membership of the Democratic Structures Working Group’, the minutes of the Council meeting held on 17th May 2017 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

14.

Public Questions and Petitions

    To receive a petition, in accordance with Council Procedure Rules, from Mr. R. Parker on behalf of tenants and residents of College Bank flats, Rochdale.

    Minutes:

    The Mayor welcomed Mr Robin Parker, on behalf of tenants and residents of College Bank Flats, Rochdale and received from him, a petition to Council opposing proposals by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing to demolish four of the seven high rise blocks at College Bank, Rochdale, commonly known as the ‘seven sisters’. Mr. Parker addressed the Council in relation to this matter and the Deputy Leader of the Council responded.

15.

Notices of Motion

    The Council is asked to consider the following two Motions that have been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11:

     

    a.    Condemning Terrorism and Hate Crimes

     

    It will be moved by Councillor Zaheer and seconded by Councillor Emsley that:

     

    “This Council unequivocally condemns the recent terror attacks at the Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Borough Market and Finsbury Park.

     

    The aim of terror attacks is to cause devastation and to drive a wedge between communities

     

    The Council pays tribute to Greater Manchester Police and the Metropolitan Police and the emergency services for their hard work and dedication in dealing with these attacks.

     

    The Council also notes that hate crime has risen sharply over recent years and this is something we also condemn.

     

    To let distrust and hatred grow between our communities would be to let terrorists think they can win. We as a council and the wider community cannot let that happen.”

     

    b.    Homelessness

     

    It will be moved by Councillor Robinson and seconded by Councillor O’Rourke that:

     

    “The Council notes that, according to Crisis:

    • On average, homeless people die at just 47 years old.
    • People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence. More than one in three people sleeping rough have been deliberately hit or kicked or experienced some other form of violence whilst homeless.
    • Homeless people are over nine times more likely to take their own life than the general population.

     

    The Council believes that homelessness needs urgent action in order to remedy it.

     

    The Council therefore resolves to:

     

    1)  Work with the Mayor of Greater Manchester to help achieve is aims of:

     

    • Building specialised supported accommodation for young people with access to education, volunteering and employment opportunities.
    • Expanding mental health and rehabilitation programmes across Greater Manchester, including re-building community mental health support, recovery-led accommodation and arts programmes.
    • Bringing empty properties back in to use for people threatened with becoming homeless.

     

    2) Continue to implement the youth homelessness actions agreed by Council at its meeting on 23/1/2013.”

    Minutes:

    a.    Condemning Terrorism and Hate Crimes

     

    It was moved by Councillor Zaheer and seconded by Councillor Emsley that:

     

    “This Council unequivocally condemns the recent terror attacks at the Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Borough Market and Finsbury Park.

     

    The aim of terror attacks is to cause devastation and to drive a wedge between communities.

     

    The Council pays tribute to Greater Manchester Police and the Metropolitan Police and the emergency services for their hard work and dedication in dealing with these attacks.

     

    The Council also notes that hate crime has risen sharply over recent years and this is something we also condemn.

     

    To let distrust and hatred grow between our communities would be to let terrorists think they can win. We as a council and the wider community cannot let that happen.”

     

    On being put to the vote, the motion was declared to be carried and it was RESOLVED accordingly.

     

    b.    Homelessness

     

    It was moved by Councillor Robinson and seconded by Councillor O’Rourke that:

     

    “The Council notes that, according to Crisis:

    • On average, homeless people die at just 47 years old.
    • People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence. More than one in three people sleeping rough have been deliberately hit or kicked or experienced some other form of violence whilst homeless.
    • Homeless people are over nine times more likely to take their own life than the general population.

     

    The Council believes that homelessness needs urgent action in order to remedy it.

     

    The Council therefore resolves to:

     

    1)  Work with the Mayor of Greater Manchester to help achieve is aims of:

     

    • Building specialised supported accommodation for young people with access to education, volunteering and employment opportunities.
    • Expanding mental health and rehabilitation programmes across Greater Manchester, including re-building community mental health support, recovery-led accommodation and arts programmes.
    • Bringing empty properties back in to use for people threatened with becoming homeless.

     

    2) Continue to implement the youth homelessness actions agreed by Council at its meeting on 23/1/2013.”

     

    On being put to the vote, the motion was declared to be carried and it was RESOLVED accordingly.

16.

Decision of the Chief Executive under Special Urgency Provisions pdf icon PDF 96 KB

    The Council is asked to note details of urgent decisions taken between 17th May and 12th July 2017, as required within the Council’s Constitution. 

    Minutes:

    The Council considered a report of the Chief Executive which detailed urgent decisions taken between 17th May and 12th July 2017, as required within the Council’s Constitution. 

     

    Both the Cabinet and the Chief Executive had taken urgent decisions to enable a funding bid from the National Productivity Investment Fund to progress within the required timescales.  The fund will support a scheme for additional transport investment on the basis it would reduce traffic congestion on the highway network and support economic growth in South Heywood.

     

    The reason for special urgency for each decision being that, any delay likely to be caused by convening a meeting of the Council would have prejudiced the Council’s and/or the public’s interests.  The Council was not able to convene a meeting to consider this matter within the required timescales.

     

    The decision of Cabinet to approve the submission of a bid for grant funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund towards improvements of the road network in South Heywood; and the use of £3m of Capital Receipts to fulfil the required levels of match funding for a bid to the National Productivity Investment Fund, be noted.

     

    That the Chief Executive confirmed a total of £3 million of unallocated Capital Receipts, £1.5m in 2018/19 and £1.5m in 2019/2020, from the sale of Council owned land has been approved as match funding for a bid to the National Productivity Investment Fund, be noted.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)  The decision of Cabinet to approve the submission of a bid for grant funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund towards improvements of the road network in South Heywood; and the use of £3m of Capital Receipts to fulfil the required levels of match funding for a bid to the National Productivity Investment Fund, be noted.

     

    (2)  That the Chief Executive confirmed a total of £3 million of unallocated Capital Receipts, £1.5m in 2018/19 and £1.5m in 2019/2020, from the sale of Council owned land has been approved as match funding for a bid to the National Productivity Investment Fund, be noted.

17.

Capital Programme, 2017/20 - Commercial Investment Fund pdf icon PDF 104 KB

    The Council is asked to consider the 2018/19 Capital Programme allocation to the Commercial Investment Fund.

    Minutes:

    The Cabinet received a report of the Director of Economy that recommended the 2018/19 Capital Programme allocation to the Commercial Investment Fund of £20m is brought forward into 2017/18 to supplement the existing approved allocation for 2017/18.

     

    The reason for the recommendation was to ensure that the fund can be used to its greatest effect in fully benefiting from available opportunities and maximising the revenue savings that might be achieved.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    (1)  The Council approves the proposal to bring forward from the 2018/19 capital programme allocation for the Commercial Investment Fund;

     

    (2)  The Council authorises carrying forward into 2018/19 any unspent proportion of the £30 million allocation.

18.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 117 KB

    To consider the Leader’s quarterly report.

    Minutes:

    Members presented their Quarterly Reports as follows, and received and responded to questions and remarks from Members of the Council:-

     

    ·         The Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Regeneration

    ·         The Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member for Corporate and Resources

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Employment

    ·         The Deputy Leader and the Cabinet Member for Children's Services

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Adult Care

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Planning and Development

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture

    ·         The Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    ·         The Chair of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    ·         The Chair of the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    ·         Report of the Representative to the Armed/Reserve Forces

    ·         Report of the Representative to the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

    ·         Report of a Representative to Transport for Greater Manchester

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the reports be noted.

19.

Update on the Greater Manchester Devolution Agreement pdf icon PDF 109 KB

20.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority pdf icon PDF 77 KB