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The Mayor noted that on 4th August 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany. This year marks the centenary of that date, and Rochdale Borough is proud to be undertaking commemorative events related to World War I throughout the next four years. All residents of Rochdale Borough are to be encouraged to take part in the ‘Lights Out’ campaign, which invites everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4th August, leaving on a single light or candle for this shared moment of reflection.
The Mayor commented on Councillor Robinson’s current circumstances and the Council agreed to send their best wishes to Councillor Robinson and family at this time.
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.
There were no declarations of interest
League of Young Voters - Presentation to Council
Members received a presentation from Christopher Marland, Leon Hollinrake, Mariam Waseem and Ciaran Cox, members of or representatives to Youth Councils and/or the UK Youth Parliament, reporting on activities undertaken under the banner of the European Union supported League of Young Voters, highlighting campaign activities both undertaken and planned to encourage young people to register to vote and to engage in the democratic process.
Members welcomed the efforts of young people to encourage other young people to become engaged in the democratic process and wished the League of Young Voters’ campaign success, particularly in light of the pending changeover to individual voter registration. The Mayor and the Council thanked the representatives for their presentation to the Council meeting and invited a further presentation on the results of the Campaign and their forthcoming activities.
Armed Forces - presentation
Major Twumasi-Ankrah (known as T-A) from the Household Cavalry made a brief report to the Council. The Council was thanked for its support to the Armed Forces through the Community Covenant and initial comment was made to the type of support that the Armed Forces could offer to local authorities that could form the basis of future consideration. Members of the Council and local residents were invited to a series of presentations that were to be made in the Council’s offices on the following day.
Major Twumasi-Ankrah was thanked for his presentation to the Council.
To authorise the signing of the minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 4th June 2014.
DECIDED – That the minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 4th June 2014 be approved as a correct record.
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.
There were no matters for consideration under this item.
Notices of Motion
To consider Motions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.
There were no matters for consideration under this item.
Local Policy on Political Groups
Report to follow.
The Mayor advised that this item was to be withdrawn from the agenda.
The Council considered a report on the provisions of the Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) Regulations 1990 as they relate to the establishment of political groups on the Council.
DECIDED - That the Council notes the establishment of a new political group on the Council, Rochdale First Group and the appointment of Councillor Shefali Farooq Ahmed as Leader of that Group.
The Council received a report on the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and the Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) Regulations 1990 as they relate to the composition of Committees and Sub-Committees and presenting a review of the political balance requirements for the Municipal Year 2014/15 in accordance with political balance requirements.
The report further contained proposals of the Leader of the Council that were moved by Councillor Farnell and seconded by Councillor Brett as to the allocation of seats under adjustments required to achieve political balance and the allocation of a seat to the Liberal Democrat member of the Council contrary to the requirements of political balance.
The proposal of the Leader of the Council included allocation of the three seats required to be allocated to the Rochdale First Group to achieve political balance as being on the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Employment and Equalities Committee and the Dispute Committee.
Councillor Shefali Farooq Ahmed and Councillor Farooq Ahmed moved an amendment to that allocation proposal such that the Rochdale First Group be allocated seats on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the Employment and Equalities Committee and the Standards Committee, with other seats identified under adjustments required to achieve political balance being allocated to the Labour Group. Upon being put to the vote the amendment was declared to be lost.
The proposals, as detailed within the submitted report were voted upon.
DECIDED – That (1) Councillor Rush, the Liberal Democrat member, be allocated a place on the Licensing and Regulatory Committee as a variation to the requirements of political balance;
(2) the revised political balance allocation for 2014/15 as detailed within the appendix to the submitted report be agreed;
(3) the allocation of seats for 2014/15 as detailed within the appendix to the submitted report be agreed;
(4) the arrangements for Committees and Sub-Committees with a membership of three, such as Licensing Sub-Committees, Appeals Committees etc, be appointed on the basis of two members from the Labour Group and one further member from other eligible members of the Council or as may be determined by the Acting Chief Executive in exceptional circumstances looking to achieve political balance over time.
A report was presented requesting that the Council note the confirmed appointments to Committees, Sub-Committees, Joint Committees, other Council bodies and outside bodies 2014/15 following the exercise of delegated powers agreed by the Council at the Annual Meeting held on 4th June 2014 and consider any revised appointments as required following the earlier consideration of the agenda item related to the review of political balance arrangements.
The Leader of the Rochdale First Group indicated that Councillor Shefali Farooq Ahmed would serve on the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Councillor Farooq Ahmed would serve on the Employment and Equalities Committee.
DECIDED – That the confirmed appointments to Committees, Sub-Committees and Joint Committees 2014/15; to other Council bodies 2014/15; and to outside bodies, be noted and confirmed as follows -
Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Conservative Group (2) Councillors Clegg and Holly
Labour Group (9) Councillors Bethell, Boriss, Susan Emmott, Linden, O’Neill, O’Rourke, Rashid, Martin Rodgers, Zaheer
Non-Elected Voting Members (voting rights in relation to education matters only)
Church Representatives Dr Cosgrove, Rev Dr Mwailu and Rev M Wall;
Parent Governor Representatives (Two vacancies)
Chair – Councillor Holly
Vice Chair – Councillor Linden
Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Conservative Group (2) Councillors Darnbrough and Stott
Labour Group (9) Councillors Sultan Ali, Emsley, Greenall, Hartley, Nickson, Robinson, Martin Rodgers, Zaheer, Zaman and one Labour member to be confirmed
Rochdale First Group (1) Councillor Shefali Farooq Ahmed
Chair – Councillor Robinson
Vice Chair – Councillor Stott
Audit and Risk Management Committee
Conservative Group (2) Councillors James Gartside and Jane Gartside
Labour Group (7) Councillors Butterworth, Dutton, Susan Emmott, Heakin, Joinson, O’Rourke, Rashid
Chair – Councillor O’Rourke
Vice Chair – Councillor Butterworth
Licensing and Regulatory Committee
Conservative Group (2) Councillors Stott and Sullivan
Labour Group (8) Councillors Shakil Ahmed, Bell, Surinder Biant, Susan Emmott, Hartley, O’Neill, Sheerin and West
Liberal Democrat (1) Councillor Rush
Chair – Councillor Susan Emmott
Vice Chair – Councillor Bell
Three Members appointed from the full membership of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee and to be appointed on the basis as agreed under the Review of Political Balance item. Chair to be appointed at the meeting.
Conservative Group (1) Councillor Clegg
Labour Group (6) Councillors Bethell, Linden, Murphy, O’Neill, Robinson and West
Rochdale First Group (1) Councillor Farooq Ahmed
Chair – Councillor Murphy
Vice Chair – Councillor Bethell
Charitable Trustee Committee
Conservative Group (1) Councillor Neilson
Labour Group (4) Councillors O’Neill, Joinson, Nickson and Sheerin
Chair and Vice Chair to be appointed at the first meeting of the Committee
Conservative Group (1) Councillor Winkler
Labour Group (6) Councillors Daalat Ali, Beswick, Surinder Biant, Emsley, Joinson and Murphy
Independent Persons (non-voting): Mr. AUnderdown and Ms. A Taylor
Chair and Vice Chair to be elected members and appointed at the first meeting of the Committee
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The Council received a report seeking agreement to the delegation of responses to statutory consultation in respect of Development Consultation Order applications made under s42 of the Planning Act 2008 to the Licensing and Regulatory Committee.
DECIDED – That the Licensing and Regulatory Committee be given delegated authority to respond to statutory consultations in respect of Development Consultation Order applications made under s42 of the Planning Act 2008, with Officers being authorised to take any decisions of a technical and administrative nature as may be required in order to support a full and robust response from the Council in respect of such consultations.
A report was presented asking that the Council agree to update the terminology used in the Governing Document of the James Handley Bequest, removing any question that the Council might be fettered in its appointment of the Charitable Trustee Committee by a requirement to appoint the Mayor and the avoidance of any potential future doubt as to the ability of the Council to act. The Council was requested to exercise the statutory power of amendment contained within Section 280 of the Charities Act 2011 to alter the administrative powers in the governing document of the James Handley Bequest.
DECIDED – That the Council, in exercise of powers under s80 of the Charities Act 2011, amends the Governing Document of the James Handley Bequest by the rewording of the provision such that “the residue of the Estate is given to the Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of Rochdale for the benefit of the Art Gallery” to read as “the residue of the Estate is given to the Council of the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council for the benefit of the Art Gallery”;
(2) the Charity Commission be advised accordingly.
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.
Members presented their Quarterly Reports and received questions from Members of the Council as follows:-
(a) The Leader of the Council
(b) The Cabinet Member for Finance
(c) The Cabinet Member for Adult Care
(d) The Cabinet Member for Public Health and Regulation
(e) The Cabinet Member for Community, Culture and Tourism
(f) The Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Neighbourhoods
(g) The Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families
(h) The Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment
(i) The Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Employment
(j) The Chair of Heywood Township Committee
(k) The Chair of Middleton Township Committee
(l) The Chair of Pennines Township Committee
(m) The Chair of Rochdale Township Committee
(n) The Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee
(o) The Representative to the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority
(p) The Representative to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority
(q) Representative to Transport for Greater Manchester
(r) Representative to the Armed/Reserve Forces.
DECIDED – That the reports be noted.