Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Rochdale Town Hall

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Items
No. Item

60.

Apologies for Absence

    To receive any apologies for absence.

    Minutes:

    Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Ali Ahmed, Shakil Ahmed, Daalat Ali, Sultan Ali, Bell, Beswick, Blundell, Boriss, Brosnan, Butterworth, Dutton, Susan Emmott, Farnell, Hartley, Heakin, Hornby, Hussain, Martin, McCarthy, Meredith, Nickson, O’Neill, Rashid, Rush, Smith, Wardle, Wazir, West, Donna Williams and Zaheer.

61.

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:

    There were no declarations of interests.

62.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 72 KB

63.

Public Questions and Petitions

64.

Notices of Motion

    The Council is asked to consider the following Motion that has been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10 -

     

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

     

    This Council notes the significant disruption often caused by third party organisations who carry out street works, digging up sections of the highway or footpaths.  Whilst Local Authorities have some powers in relation to this type of activity and Rochdale Council endeavours to use the existing powers of the local authority to optimal benefit, we consider that the current powers are insufficient and should be extended so that all highways authorities are able to work more efficiently with cable and utility companies to better plan and programme street work activities, particularly around highway and footpath excavations; and that advance notice requirements are strengthened so that our communities have more time to prepare for any local disruption.

     

    This Council calls on the Chief Executive to contact the Secretary of State for Transport outlining our concerns and calling for a review of the statutory provisions for local authorities and third party organisations.

    Minutes:

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

     

    “This Council notes the significant disruption often caused by third party organisations who carry out street works, digging up sections of the highway or footpaths. Whilst Local Authorities have some powers in relation to this type of activity and Rochdale Council endeavours to use the existing powers of the local authority to optimal benefit, we consider that the current powers are insufficient and should be extended so that all highways authorities are able to work more efficiently with cable and utility companies to better plan and programme street work activities, particularly around highway and footpath excavations; and that advance notice requirements are strengthened so that our communities have more time to prepare for any local disruption.

     

    “This Council calls on the Chief Executive to contact the Secretary of State for Transport outlining our concerns and calling for a review of the statutory provisions for local authorities and third party organisations.”

     

    An amendment to the Motion was moved by Councillor Brett and seconded by Councillor Malcolm such that the Motion be approved subject to the deletion of all words after the words “any local disruption” to insert the following new paragraphs:-

     

    “Any new provisions should also include powers to protect disabled residents who quite often find themselves imprisoned in their own homes caused by inconsiderate contractors working in the street outside their property.

     

    “Furthermore, new powers are required urgently in view of the substantial additional investment this Labour Council is making in improving the borough’s roads and footpaths. It is not acceptable for Council taxpayers for roads recently resurfaced to be then dug up by cable and utility companies only a few weeks later.

     

    “An extra £12million is to be spent over the next two years, and combined with existing highways maintenance budgets, will mean a total of £18million being invested in improving the borough’s highways over this period, plus an further £5million spent on day-to-day repairs. Compare this spending to the wholly inadequate and lamentable potholes grant of £247,000 awarded to the council by central government last month.”

     

    Upon being put to the vote, the amendment was declared to be carried.

     

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

65.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 188 KB

66.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority pdf icon PDF 432 KB

67.

Vote of Thanks

    To thank retiring Members for their service rendered.

    Minutes:

    The Council noted that this would be the last meeting of the Council for Councillors Bell, Surinder Biant, Clegg, the Mayor - Councillor Duckworth and Furlong and Members of the Council recorded their thanks and appreciation to them.

     

    Members of the Council recorded their thanks and appreciation for the services of Councillor Duckworth as Mayor of the Borough for the 2017/18 Municipal Year in both his Civic role and as Chair of the Council.