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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 26 KB

    Members are requested to indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they intend to declare an interest.  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 personal or discloseable pecuniary interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

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    Councillors Brett and O’ Neill declared personal and prejudicial interests in respect of agenda item 9 (Denehurst Park (Rochdale) Limited (DPRL)) by virtue of being Council appointed Directors of the company and left the meeting for the consideration of that item.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 77 KB


Calendar of Meetings 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 131 KB

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    The Council considered the proposed Council Calendar of Meetings for the 2016/17 Municipal Year.


    DECIDED – That (1) the calendar of meetings for the 2016/17 Municipal Year, as submitted, be agreed;

                (2) the Chief Executive be authorised to amend the calendar as necessary after consultation with the appropriate Cabinet/Committee Chairs.


Medium Term Financial Strategy 2015 to 2019 Update pdf icon PDF 143 KB


Revenue Budget 2016/17 - 2018/19 - Local Government Act 2003 Requirements pdf icon PDF 701 KB

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    The Council considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer relating to the requirements under the Local Government Act 2003.  The Council was required to consider the opinion of the Chief Finance Officer regarding the robustness of the budget as proposed and the adequacy of general balances and reserves prior to the setting of the budget. 


    It was the opinion of the Chief Finance Officer that the proposed budget was robust and that the proposed level of general balances and reserves were adequate.  An option to maintain or reduce the level of balances or reserves had not been recommended by the Chief Finance Officer given the risk assessment presented in the report, and this position had been endorsed by the Cabinet when agreeing that General Balances for 2016/17 be set at £12M.


    The Council considered a notified remark from a Member of the Council in respect of the report of the Chief Finance Officer.

    DECIDED – That the report be noted and the approach to general balances included in the report, including the setting of general balances at £12m for 2016/17, be endorsed.


Revenue and Capital Budget and Council Tax pdf icon PDF 130 KB

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    The Council considered the report of the Cabinet presenting recommendations regarding the Revenue Budget, Capital Budget and Council Tax 2016/17, together with the Pay Policy Statement and the Treasury Management Strategy Statement.


    The Council received the relevant minutes of the meetings of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee held between July 2015 and February 2016 when considering budget related matters, submitted further to Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rule BPF1.4(a), together with the responses of the Cabinet in respect of referrals relating to budget proposal issues, further to Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rule BPF1.2(g).


    In moving the Motion and recommendations as presented in the submitted report of the Cabinet, Councillor Farnell sought and received the consent of the Council, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13.8(a), to alter the Motion to the effect that:-




    Additional Revenue Funding Requirements:


    Reinstate the Saving Proposal CC103 Community Safety Team (reinstate the Crime and ASB officer posts)




    Total Additional requirement




    To be Funded by:


    Community Safety Non staffing Budgets




    Total Additional Revenue Funding / Saving




    Net Variance



    It was therefore moved by Councillor Farnell and seconded by Councillor Brett that


    (1)    Therevenueestimatesfor2016/2017assubmittedintheBudgetReport other than as altered by the re-instatement of saving proposal CC103 Community Safety Team (re-instatement of the Crime and ASB posts at a cost of £76k to be funded from Community Safety non-staffing budgets (resulting in a nil variance from the total budget estimate as presented)) be approved.

    (2)    ThedecisionoftheCabinettoset the level of CouncilTax increase at 1.75%be approved.

    (3)    The decision of the Cabinet to accept the Council Tax Flexibility Offer and set a separate precept of 2% for Adult Social Care pressures be approved.

    (4)    It  be  noted  that,  at  its  meeting  on  12th January  2016,  the  Planning and  Licensing Committeecalculatedtheamountof52,114asitscounciltaxbase fortheyear2016/17inaccordancewithSection31Bof  ...  view the full minutes text for item 67.


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.


    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, namely information relating to the business or financial affairs of any particular person (including the person holding that information).


Denehurst Park (Rochdale) Limited


    The Council received a report advising of the decisions of the Cabinet made at a meeting held on 11th February 2016 and the implications for the Council appointed Directors in respect of Denehurst Park (Rochdale) Limited.


    DECIDED – That (1) the approvals given by the Cabinet at the meeting held on 11th February 2016 relating to Denehurst Park (Rochdale) Limited be noted;

    (2) it be noted that the approvals will only be enacted on agreement of all parties;

    (3) it be noted that that the Council appointments of Councillor Allen Brett and Councillor Shaun O’Neill as Council representatives to Denehurst Park (Rochdale) Limited will fall on the sale of the Council’s shares in that company.