Agenda and minutes

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33.

Mayor's Communications

Council to receive any communications from the Mayor.

Minutes:

The Mayor permitted the Leader of the Council, Councillor Neil Emmott and the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Councillor Daalat Ali, to address the meeting regarding Covid-19 and the Omicron variant of the virus.

 

The Mayor reminded Council that the former Member and Mayor of the Borough in 2015/2016, Surinder Biant, had passed away in November. November 2021 also saw the untimely passing of former Councillor Peter Brown.

 

Council observed a period of silence, as a mark of respect.

34.

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:

Councillor Holly declared a personal and prejudicial interest in minute 42, below – Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2022/2023 and he left the room during the consideration of this item.

35.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Shakil Ahmed, Anstee, Bamford, Besford, Beswick, Blundell, Brett, Cocks, Dale, Davidson, Dutton, Susan Emmott, Emsley, Iram Faisal, Gartside, Hartley, Heakin, Hornby, Hussain, Joinson, Martin, Philip Massey, McCarthy, Mir, Nolan, Paolucci, Rana, Robinson, Rowbotham, Sheerin, Angela Smith, Terrance Smith, Taylor, Donna Williams, Peter Williams, Winkler, Wraighte, Zaheer and Zaman.  

36.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To approve the Minutes of the meeting of Council held 13th October 2021

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the minutes of the meeting of Council held 13th October 2021 be approved and signed by the Mayor as a correct record.

37.

Public Questions and Petitions

To receive petitions and questions from members of the public, where these have been received in accordance with the Petitions Scheme and/or Council Procedure Rules.

Minutes:

There were no submitted questions or petitions for this meeting of Council to consider.

38.

Notices of Motion

To consider Motions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11:-

 

a.     Motion 1 - Anti-social Behaviour on Public Transport

To be moved by Councillor Burke and seconded by Councillor Wazir

 

While this council fully supports the Mayor of Greater Manchester in his quest to create a fully-integrated public transport network that benefits all areas of Greater Manchester, it cannot be overlooked that crime and anti-social behaviour continues to be a serious problem on our buses, trains and trams.

  

This council believes that the problem is becoming so serious that it has become a barrier that is preventing some of our residents using public transport, which they may depend upon to go about their daily business. The situation is therefore endangering some of our most vulnerable residents. It is also this council’s conviction that the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s ambitions cannot be realised until the problems associated with anti-social behaviour, on the public transport network, are tackled head on.

 

As Members we will probably all have heard of adverse experiences suffered by our constituents, some of us will have experienced crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport first hand and the local media reports such instances on a daily basis.

 

Mr. Mayor, examples of such behaviours include: seats and windows being damaged, gangs of youths marauding the network at night unchallenged – often intimidating other passengers. There are instances of drug and alcohol usage, emergency brakes having to be used, ticket machines at stations being wrecked and assaults on passengers and staff. These attacks are often carried out by perpetrators who feel that they face little or no risk of being caught or being brought to face justice.

 

 We feel that enough is enough. The people of our borough deserve better.

 

Whilst we note that there has been investment in policing for the network, we know that officers can be diverted to other areas of work leaving staff and passengers afraid and alone.

 

We strongly believe that the only thing that will remedy this grave situation is a full-time and dedicated policing unit to cover the transport network and properly crackdown on the irresponsible louts and vandals that are making passengers’ lives such a misery.

  

With that in mind, we call upon the Mayor of Greater Manchester to provide the funding that is needed to keep the public safe”

 

b.    Motion 2 - College Bank Flats, Rochdale

To be moved by Councillor Sultan Ali and seconded by Councillor Meredith

 

“Two years ago, Rochdale Borough Councillors signed a letter to Rochdale Boroughwide Housing which expressed concerns at proposals to demolish the ‘Seven Sisters’ high-rise flats at College Bank, Rochdale. This motion, therefore seeks to reaffirm those concerns.

 

The housing crisis, we feel, is spiralling out of control. Currently across the Rochdale Borough, there are 8,000 residents who are on waiting lists for a home. Approximately 950 calls per week are received by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing’s Homeless and Allocations Team. All this whilst around 300 much needed social homes lay dormant.  ...  view the full agenda text for item 38.

Minutes:

a.     Anti-social Behaviour on Public Transport

 

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

 

While this council fully supports the Mayor of Greater Manchester in his quest to create a fully-integrated public transport network that benefits all areas of Greater Manchester, it cannot be overlooked that crime and anti-social behaviour continues to be a serious problem on our buses, trains and trams.

  

This council believes that the problem is becoming so serious that it has become a barrier that is preventing some of our residents using public transport, which they may depend upon to go about their daily business. The situation is therefore endangering some of our most vulnerable residents. It is also this council’s conviction that the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s ambitions cannot be realised until the problems associated with anti-social behaviour, on the public transport network, are tackled head on.

 

As Members we will probably all have heard of adverse experiences suffered by our constituents, some of us will have experienced crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport first hand and the local media reports such instances on a daily basis.

 

Mr. Mayor, examples of such behaviours include: seats and windows being damaged, gangs of youths marauding the network at night unchallenged – often intimidating other passengers. There are instances of drug and alcohol usage, emergency brakes having to be used, ticket machines at stations being wrecked and assaults on passengers and staff. These attacks are often carried out by perpetrators who feel that they face little or no risk of being caught or being brought to face justice.

 

 We feel that enough is enough. The people of our borough deserve better.

 

Whilst we note that there has been investment in policing for the network, we know that officers can be diverted to other areas of work leaving staff and passengers afraid and alone.

 

We strongly believe that the only thing that will remedy this grave situation is a full-time and dedicated policing unit to cover the transport network and properly crackdown on the irresponsible louts and vandals that are making passengers’ lives such a misery.

  

With that in mind, we call upon the Mayor of Greater Manchester to provide the funding that is needed to keep the public safe”

 

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

 

b.    College Bank Flats, Rochdale

It was moved by Councillor Sultan Ali and seconded by Councillor Meredith that:

 

“Two years ago, Rochdale Borough Councillors signed a letter to Rochdale Boroughwide Housing which expressed concerns at proposals to demolish the ‘Seven Sisters’ high-rise flats at College Bank, Rochdale. This motion, therefore seeks to re-affirm those concerns.

 

The housing crisis, we feel, is spiralling out of control. Currently across the Rochdale Borough, there are 8,000 residents who are on waiting lists for a home. Approximately 950 calls per week are received by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing’s Homeless and Allocations Team. All this whilst around 300 much needed social homes lie dormant. If  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

Gambling Licensing Policy Statement 2022-2025 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To consider the Gambling Licensing Policy Statement 2022-2025.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council received a report of the Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability/Director of Neighbourhoods which outlined the Council’s statutory obligation to adopt and publish a Gambling Licensing Policy, in accordance with Section 349 of the Gambling Act.

 

The report also outlined the results of consultation on the Council’s draft Gambling Licensing Policy Statement and sought agreement from the Council on amendments where necessaryand to formally adopt the Gambling Licensing Policy.

 

Resolved:

1.     Council notes the response and comments received from the consultation process;

2.     Council approves the proposed amendments to the draft policy in response to the consultation feedback; and

3.     Council approves adopts the revised Gambling Licensing Policy Statement 2022-2025.

40.

Calculation of the 2022/2023 Council Tax Base pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Council is requested to agree the statutory Council Tax Base calculation for 2022/2023

Minutes:

The Council considered the recommendations of the Cabinet in relation to their recommendation to approve the statutory Council Tax Base calculation for 2022/2023, calculated in accordance with The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012 as part of the 2022/2023 Estimates process; for the Local Council Tax Support Scheme to remain unchanged for 2022/2023; and approval of the precept payment dates for 2022/2023.

 

Resolved:

1.      The Council Tax base expressed as “Band D equivalent properties”, be recommended as 56,232 for 2022/2023 (54,637 - 2021/2022) as detailed at Appendix 1 of the submitted report.

2.      The Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2022/2023 remain unchanged.

3.      The precept payment schedule be approved as follows:

 

20th April 2022

20th October 2022

20th May 2022

21st November 2022

20th June 2022

20th December 2022

20th July 2022

20th January 2023

22nd August 2022

20th February 2023

20th September 2022

20th March 2023

 

41.

Setting the Business Rate Base - 2022/2023 pdf icon PDF 164 KB

Council is requested to set the Business Rates Baseline for 2022/23 and also to agree precept payment dates for 2022/2023.

Minutes:

The Council considered the recommendations of the Cabinet in relation to their recommendation to approve the setting of the Business Rates baseline for 2022/2023 in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1988 and the Non-Domestic Rating Regulations 2013 and to approve the precept payment dates for 2022/2023.

 

Resolved:

1.     The draft Business Rate baseline figure of £65.329m for 2022/2023, be approved subject to any changes which may result from: the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2022/23; and the issue of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) guidance on completion of the 2022/2023 Business Rates baseline return (NNDR1), due in January 2022.

2.     The Chief Finance Officer, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate, to be authorised to conclude and agree the final Business Rates baseline return (NNDR1) due on 31st January 2022, should the final information yet to be received from DLUHC, change the baseline figure for 2022/2023.

3.     That the precepts payment schedule be approved as follows:

 

20th April 2022

20th October 2022

20th May 2022

21st November 2022

20th June 2022

20th December 2022

20th July 2022

20th January 2023

22nd August 2022

20th February 2023

20th September 2022

20th March 2023

 

42.

Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2022/2023 pdf icon PDF 116 KB

Council is asked to nominate a Conservative Group Member to the position of Deputy Mayor for the 2022/2023 Municipal Year

Minutes:

The Council received a report inviting consideration of the nomination of the Deputy Mayor for 2022/2023, presenting an established method for appointing to this position and advising of a resulting nomination from the Conservative Group.

 

Resolved:

That Councillor Holly be nominated as Deputy Mayor for the 2022/2023 Municipal Year, and the nomination go forward to the next Annual Meeting of the Council.

43.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 597 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council moved and the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health seconded, that the reports detailed below (a – r) be moved en-bloc. The meeting was advised that those Members who had submitted written questions would receive a written answer in due course and that these questions and their responses would be published on the Council’s website.

 

a.    The Leader of the Council

b.    Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health

c.    Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability

d.    Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Wellbeing

e.    Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education

f.     Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate

g.    Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications

h.    Cabinet Member for Communities and Cooperation

i.      Cabinet Member for Environment and Facilities

j.      Cabinet Member for Highways and Housing

k.    Chair of Heywood Township Committee

l.      Chair of Middleton Township Committee

m.  Chair of Pennines Township Committee

n.    Chair of Rochdale North Township Committee

o.    Chair of Rochdale South Township Committee

p.    Chair of Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee

q.    Chair of Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee

r.     Chair of Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

Resolved:

That the reports be noted.

44.

Decisions taken under Special Urgency Provisions pdf icon PDF 111 KB

To receive a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate.

Minutes:

Council considered a report which detailed executive decisions taken under special urgency provision, by the Chief Executive. Special urgency provisions were enacted in circumstances where a time limited decision was required but when there not sufficient opportunity to call a meeting of the relevant body.  These powers were only used in exceptional circumstances. The Chief Executive had taken ten special urgent decisions in the reporting period.

 

Resolved:
that the report be noted.