Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Rochdale Town Hall

Contact: Elaine Newsome 

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No. Item

9.

Mayor's Communications

    To receive any communications from the Mayor.

    Minutes:

    Major Edmund Gartside

     

    The Mayor referred to the recent passing of Major Edmund Gartside, an Honorary Freeman of the Borough and on behalf of the Council expressed the condolences of the Council to Major Gartside’s family. A moments silence was observed in remembrance of Major Gartside.

10.

Apologies

11.

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.   

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the following declaration of interest be noted:-

     

    Councillor Kelly declared a personal interest in minute 17, below – Members Quarterly Reports - insofar as the reports attached thereto referred to funding bids made to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

12.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 120 KB

13.

Public Questions and Petitions

14.

Notices of Motion

    The Council is asked to consider the following three Motions that have been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10:

     

    a)            Appointment of Township Chairs

    It will be moved by Councillor Dearnley and seconded by Councillor Sullivan that:

     

    “For many years, the Borough’s four Township Committees were able to appoint their own Chairs at the start of each Municipal Year. Whilst appreciating that this was contrary to the rules in the Council Constitution, it was in the spirit of devolution and was a practice that worked well for all Townships.

     

    I therefore move that Council formalises this devolved arrangement and delegates responsibility for the appointment of Township Committee Chairs to the Township Committees, at their first meetings of each future Municipal Year; and that the Constitution be amended to reflect this”

     

    b)           Northern Rail

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

     

    “The travelling public of Greater Manchester have had to put up with levels of inconvenience and disruption on the region’s railways way beyond what is acceptable.

     

    Along with our MPs and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Rochdale Council has made it clear that it is unacceptable that our commuters are being treated like second class citizens.

     

    The introduction of the emergency timetable, which is due to finish at the end of July, has stabilised things to some extent with less last minute cancellations, this is inevitable as there are less trains timetabled.

     

    This situation has been compounded by the continually postponed plan to electrify the line between Manchester and Leeds.

     

    It is worth noting that Northern have not hit a performance target since 2006.

    That is simply unacceptable.

     

    Therefore, I call upon the Council to continue, along with our MPs and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, to exert pressure on Northern Rail and the Government, until we get not just a decent level of service but the level of service we were promised when the franchise was awarded.”

     

    c)            Tyred Campaign

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

     

    “On Monday 10 September 2012 a coach bound for Liverpool carrying 53 people from the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight, left the road and crashed into a tree instantly killing Michael Molloy (18), Kerry Ogden (23) and the coach driver, Colin Daulby (63), and left others with life-changing injuries.

     

    The inquest into the crash found that the front nearside tyre which was actually older than the coach itself, at 19 years, was responsible for the crash. In 2014, Liverpool City Council unanimously agreed on a motion in support of Michael’s mother Frances calling for a change in the law requiring a ban on tyres older than six years on commercial vehicles. Despite the widespread public and political support for this campaign, no change in the law has been made, shamefully leaving others at risk from faulty and dangerous tyres.

    Council notes that Frances Molloy has launched “Tyred” – the official campaign to pressure  ...  view the full agenda text for item 14.

    Minutes:

    a)    Appointment of Township Chairs

     

    It was moved by Councillor Dearnley and seconded by Councillor Sullivan that:

     

    “For many years, the Borough’s four Township Committees were able to appoint their own Chairs at the start of each Municipal Year. Whilst appreciating that this was contrary to the rules in the Council Constitution, it was in the spirit of devolution and was a practice that worked well for all Townships.

     

    I therefore move that Council formalises this devolved arrangement and delegates responsibility for the appointment of Township Committee Chairs to the Township Committees, at their first meetings of each future Municipal Year; and that the Constitution be amended to reflect this”

     

    On being put to the vote, the motion was declared to be declared to be LOST

     

    b)    Northern Rail

     

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

     

    “The travelling public of Greater Manchester have had to put up with levels of inconvenience and disruption on the region’s railways way beyond what is acceptable.

     

    Along with our MPs and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Rochdale Council has made it clear that it is unacceptable that our commuters are being treated like second class citizens.

     

    The introduction of the emergency timetable, which is due to finish at the end of July, has stabilised things to some extent with less last minute cancellations, this is inevitable as there are less trains timetabled.

     

    This situation has been compounded by the continually postponed plan to electrify the line between Manchester and Leeds.

     

    It is worth noting that Northern have not hit a performance target since 2006.

    That is simply unacceptable.

     

    Therefore, I call upon the Council to continue, along with our MPs and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, to exert pressure on Northern Rail, Network Rail and the Government, until we get not just a decent level of service but the level of service we were promised when the franchise was awarded.”

     

    An amendment to this motion from the Conservative group which added the words ‘Network Rail’ to the final paragraph, above, was accepted by the mover and seconder of the original motion.

     

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

     

    c)    Tyred Campaign

     

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

     

    “On Monday 10 September 2012 a coach bound for Liverpool carrying 53 people from the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight, left the road and crashed into a tree instantly killing Michael Molloy (18), Kerry Ogden (23) and the coach driver, Colin Daulby (63), and left others with life-changing injuries.

     

    The inquest into the crash found that the front nearside tyre which was actually older than the coach itself, at 19 years, was responsible for the crash. In 2014, Liverpool City Council unanimously agreed on a motion in support of Michael’s mother Frances calling for a change in the law requiring a ban on tyres older than six  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

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Attendance at Meetings pdf icon PDF 94 KB

    The Council is required to consider and authorise an absence from attendance at meetings in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972.

    Minutes:

    Council received a report that was seeking consideration and authorisation of an absence from attendance at meetings in accordance with S85 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972.

     

    Where a member is unable to attend any meeting of the authority for a period of 6 consecutive months following the date of their last attendance, they automatically cease to be a member of the authority, unless Council has resolved to approve a reason for an extended absence.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    Council could resolve not to approve the reason for absence and waive the requirements of the 1972 Act.

     

    RESOLVED

    That Council resolves, having regard to the circumstances of the absence of Councillor Carol Wardle from Council meetings, to waive the requirements of Section 85 (1) of the Local Government Act 1972.

     

    Reasons for the decision:

    The authorisation of absences is a matter for Full Council to determine. 

16.

Appointment of Chief Executive to role of Accountable Officer for HMR CCG pdf icon PDF 98 KB

    The approval of Council is sought to amend the Chief Executive’s contract to allow additional contractual arrangements with National Health England/HMR Clinical Commissioners Group to facilitate the integration of certain Council and HMR CCG functions as previously agreed by the Cabinet in July 2017.

    Minutes:

    The Council considered a report that sought approval to amend the Council’s Chief Executive’s contract to allow additional contractual arrangements with National Health England/HMR Clinical Commissioners Group to facilitate the integration of certain Council & CCG functions as agreed by the Cabinet in July 2017.

     

     

    The approach recommended in the report involved a separate contract for the Accountable Officer role for a fixed term basis and was proposed to maximise the opportunity for the borough whilst minimising the risk for all parties in accordance with legal requirements.

     

    Alternatives considered:

    Other models have been considered but the option adopted has been done so on the basis of legal advice, practical considerations and a balance of the potential risks. 

     

    Resolved:

    That Council approves the undertaking by its Chief Executive of the additional role of Accountable Officer HMR CCG (Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group) for a fixed term period until 31st March 2020.

     

    Reasons for the decision:

    Council is required to approve changes to the contractual arrangements of the Chief Executive and appointment to the Accountable Officer role constitutes such a change.  

17.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 87 KB

    To receive quarterly reports from Members of the Cabinet, Chairs of Township Committees and Chairs of Overview and Scrutiny Committees and to permit questions from Members of the Council.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Members presented their Quarterly Reports responding to questions and remarks from Members of the Council:-

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

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Corporate and Resources

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Environment

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Planning, Development, Development and Housing

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business and Skills

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Children's Services

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Adult Care

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture

    ·         The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing

    ·         The Chair of Heywood Township Committee

    ·         The Chair of Middleton Township Committee

    ·         The Chair of Pennines Township Committee

    ·         The Chair of Rochdale Township Committee

    ·         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 a Representative to Transport for Greater Manchester

18.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority pdf icon PDF 438 KB