Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

78.

Mayor's Announcements

79.

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.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations of interest.

80.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 138 KB

81.

Motor Neurone Disease Charter pdf icon PDF 38 KB

    A representative of the Motor Neurone Disease Charter to attend to deliver a presentation to Members.

    Minutes:

    Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed, Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, and Councillor Sheerin, Assistant to the Portfolio Holder for Adult Care, introduced Greg Broadhurst of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association who was attending the Council to seek support for the Motor Neuron Disease Charter.

     

    Mr Broadhurst advised the Council that MND was the name given to a group of related diseases affecting the motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord.  It affects people in different ways so no two people have the same symptoms or experience.  The MMND Association is a charitable body supporting those with a diagnosis of MND and those close to them.

     

    The MND Charter was introduced as a statement of the respect, care and support that people with MND and their carers deserve and should expect.  The Association was running a Charter signing campaign as the first step towards making sure everyone understands these priorities of care and pledges to work towards the Charters vision of the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

     

    The key issues within the Charter are:-

    1.    People with MND have the right to an early diagnosis and information;

    2.    People with MND have the right to access quality care and treatments;

    3.    People with MND have the right to be treated as individuals and with dignity and respect;

    4.    People with MND have the right to maximise their quality of life;

    5.    Carers of people with MND have the right to be valued, respected, listened to and well-supported;

    and the full text of the Motor Neurone Disease Charter is available on the website of the Motor Neuron Disease Association (www.mndassociation.org). 

     

    DECIDED – That (1) Mr Broadhurst be thanked for his presentation to the Council;

    (2) the Motor Neurone Disease Charter be supported, and individual Members of the Council be encouraged to give their personal support to the Charter.

82.

Public Questions and Petitions

83.

Notice of Motion - PFI Street Lighting Contract pdf icon PDF 42 KB

    Minutes:

    The following Motion, of which Notice had been given in accordance with Council procedure rule 11, was moved by Councillor Brett and seconded by Councillor Rodgers:-

     

    “This Council is hugely disappointed with the operation of the PFI Street Lighting Contract with Eon.

     

    In particular, Members of Council are concerned about Eon’s-

     

    1. Lack of information and consultation with Ward Members
    2. Inadequate information given to residents before posts are relocated
    3. Failure to engage constructively with Ward Members to resolve problems
    4. Failure to respond to residents’ complaints
    5. Placing of new lampposts in inappropriate locations
    6. Unwillingness to respond to reasonable requests from residents to re-site lampposts which are causing considerable inconvenience

     

    Council instructs the Chief Executive to summon Eon’s Head of the Street Lighting Contract to a meeting with Members in order that these concerns can be raised, and to make it abundantly clear that failure to make immediate improvements to the service to the borough’s residents will result in the Council seeking to terminate its contract with Eon.”

     

    Upon being put to the vote the Motion was declared to be carried.  It was therefore

     

    DECIDED – That this Council is hugely disappointed with the operation of the PFI Street Lighting Contract with Eon.

     

    In particular, Members of Council are concerned about Eon’s-

     

    1. Lack of information and consultation with Ward Members
    2. Inadequate information given to residents before posts are relocated
    3. Failure to engage constructively with Ward Members to resolve problems
    4. Failure to respond to residents’ complaints
    5. Placing of new lampposts in inappropriate locations
    6. Unwillingness to respond to reasonable requests from residents to re-site lampposts which are causing considerable inconvenience

     

    Council instructs the Chief Executive to summon Eon’s Head of the Street Lighting Contract to a meeting with Members in order that these concerns can be raised, and to make it abundantly clear that failure to make immediate improvements to the service to the borough’s residents will result in the Council seeking to terminate its contract with Eon.

84.

Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 466 KB

85.

Living Wage pdf icon PDF 470 KB

86.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 67 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.

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    Minutes:

    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 Children, Schools and Families

    (d)        The Cabinet Member for Adult Care

    (e)        The Cabinet Member for Community, Culture and Tourism

    (f)        The Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment

    (g)        The Cabinet Member for Public Health and Regulation

    (h)        The Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Neighbourhoods

    (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 Chair of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    (p)        Representative to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority

    (q)        Representative to the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority

    (r)        Representative to the Armed/Reserve Forces

    (s)        Representative to Transport for Greater Manchester.

     

    Reporting Members thanked, as appropriate, Assistant Portfolio Holders, Shadow Portfolio Holders, Committee Members and Officers for their support during that past Municipal Year.

     

    DECIDED – That the reports be noted.

87.

Votes of Thanks

    Minutes:

    The Council noted that this would be the last meeting of the Council attended by Councillors Bethell, Danczuk, Darnbrough and Godson as they were not seeking re-election at the forthcoming Municipal Elections and thanked them for their services to the Council.

     

    Members of the Council recorded their thanks and appreciation for the services of Councillor Carol Wardle as Mayor of the Borough for the 2014/15 Municipal Year in both her Civic role and as Chair of the Council.

88.

Exclusion of Press and Public

    To consider excluding the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

    Minutes:

    DECIDED – That the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items of business since it is likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, information relating to the business or financial affairs of any particular person (Including the authority holding that information).

89.

Greater Manchester Housing investment Fund

Minutes:

The Council received a report of the Cabinet seeking the agreement of the Council to the decision of the Cabinet taken at a meeting held on 23rd March 2015 for the Council to enter into a Deed of Indemnity to Manchester City Council in respect of the Greater Manchester Housing Investment Fund.  The Council noted that the proposal had been considered and supported by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at a meeting held on 26th March 2015.

 

DECIDED – That the decision of the cabinet to enter into a Deed of Indemnity to Manchester City Council in respect of the Greater Manchester Housing Investment Fund be confirmed.