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34.

Mayor's Communications

    To receive any communications from the Mayor.

    Minutes:

    The Mayor informed the Council of the recent passing of former Heywood Councillor Beatrice Owen. Council Members observed a period of silent reflection to remember former Councillor Owen and her contribution to the Borough.

35.

Apologies

36.

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:

    Declarations of interest were made as follows:-

     

    Councillor Brosnan declared an interest in the Agenda Item – Savings Programme 2019/20 to 2020/21 and left the room during consideration of the item;

     

    Councillor Rashid declared an interest in the Agenda Item – Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2019/2020 and left the room during consideration of the item;

37.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 81 KB

38.

Public Questions and Petitions pdf icon PDF 28 KB

    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:

    A question had been submitted by Mr Mark Birkett as detailed in the published supplementary papers.

     

    As Mr Birkett was not present to ask his question, the Leader provided a verbal response and undertook to provide a written response to Mr Birkett.

     

    RESOLVED

    1.         That the submitted public question be noted.

     

     

39.

Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 44 KB

    The Council is asked to consider the following four Motions that have

    been submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10:

     

    a)    It will be moved by Councillor Kelly and seconded by Councillor Davidson that:

     

    This Council notes that the Rochdale - Oldham Metrolink tram line has the highest number of acts of crime and anti-social behaviour and the highest level of fare evasion across the network. Most worryingly, several of these criminal acts have in recent months been of an extremely violent nature. As a result, passengers have become fearful of travelling on the line and resentful of fare evaders.

     

    The Council welcomes the recent crackdown on such activities during Operation Infinity when Metrolink staff, Police officers and the Council’s Public Safety Team worked together to apprehend offenders and deter undesirable behaviour. However  the resources devoted to this operation were finite and the operation was time-limited, and there is public and elected member concern that, without ongoing enforcement, the progress made on making tram travel safer will be reversed.

     

    Council recognises that other tram networks in the UK, such as those in Nottingham and in Wolverhampton-Birmingham, operate with on-board conductors, and that the merits of having these staff include:

     

             Increased Revenue Collection as conductors are able to check tickets and passes, and collect outstanding fares from passengers on-board the tram

     

             Improved Passenger Safety as the conductor represents a visible on-board presence to deter criminal and anti-social behaviour and can ensure that passengers are able to board or alight safely

     

             Better Customer Service as the conductor can respond in person to passenger queries and to requests for assistance, such as aiding passengers with disabilities or push-chairs Council notes that these are the same reasons that the RMT trades union cites in seeking the retention of guards on trains in its ongoing dispute with Northern Rail.

     

    Given the reasons outlined above, and in light of the estimate that £9 million in revenue is lost across the Metrolink network in fare evasion, Council believes that there is merit in introducing conductors on the Rochdale - Oldham Metrolink tram line as a pilot project, and for an evaluation to be conducted after a trial period of 12 months of its impact, with a view to making conductors permanent should the results prove favourable. Council therefore resolves to ask the Chief Executive to write to the Chief Executives of Transport for Greater Manchester and Metrolink outlining its position and requesting the introduction of conductors on the Rochdale - Oldham line as a pilot.

     

     

     

    b)    It will be moved by Councillor Taylor and seconded by Councillor Stott that:

     

    This Council recognises that everyone has a right to feel safe and secure. However, with a marked rise in recorded crime, that right is under threat; more so across Greater Manchester when compared with other parts of the country.

     

    We feel that it is our duty as a Council to challenge this and demand a fairer, more equitable distribution of the overall policing budget.  ...  view the full agenda text for item 39.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    a)            It was moved by Councillor Kelly and seconded by Councillor Davidson that:

     

    “This Council notes that the Rochdale - Oldham Metrolink tram line has the highest number of acts of crime and anti-social behaviour and the highest level of fare evasion across the network. Most worryingly, several of these criminal acts have in recent months been of an extremely violent nature. As a result, passengers have become fearful of travelling on the line and resentful of fare evaders.

    The Council welcomes the recent crackdown on such activities during Operation Infinity when Metrolink staff, Police officers and the Council’s Public Safety Team worked together to apprehend offenders and deter undesirable behaviour. However  the resources devoted to this operation were finite and the operation was time-limited, and there is public and elected member concern that, without ongoing enforcement, the progress made on making tram travel safer will be reversed.

    Council recognises that other tram networks in the UK, such as those in Nottingham and in Wolverhampton-Birmingham, operate with on-board conductors, and that the merits of having these staff include:

               Increased Revenue Collection as conductors are able to check tickets and passes, and collect outstanding fares from passengers on-board the tram

               Improved Passenger Safety as the conductor represents a visible on-board presence to deter criminal and anti-social behaviour and can ensure that passengers are able to board or alight safely

               Better Customer Service as the conductor can respond in person to passenger queries and to requests for assistance, such as aiding passengers with disabilities or push-chairs Council notes that these are the same reasons that the RMT trades union cites in seeking the retention of guards on trains in its ongoing dispute with Northern Rail.

    Given the reasons outlined above, and in light of the estimate that £9 million in revenue is lost across the Metrolink network in fare evasion, Council believes that there is merit in introducing conductors on the Rochdale - Oldham Metrolink tram line as a pilot project, and for an evaluation to be conducted after a trial period of 12 months of its impact, with a view to making conductors permanent should the results prove favourable. Council therefore resolves to ask the Chief Executive to write to the Chief Executives of Transport for Greater Manchester and Metrolink outlining its position and requesting the introduction of conductors on the Rochdale - Oldham line as a pilot.”

     

    An amendment to the motion was moved by Councillor Brett and seconded by Councillor Burke as follows:-

     

    This Council notes that the Rochdale - Oldham Metrolink tram line has had problems. There is ongoing dialogue regarding these matters with the Council leaders, MPs, Chief Executives, TFGM, GMCA and senior officers in GMP who have a shared understanding of the ongoing work to deal with these issues affecting the Rochdale & Oldham Line Following the meeting in July that Cllr Burke helped to set up, GMP worked with TFGM to further enhance the ongoing operation on the Metrolink, under the title Operation  ...  view the full minutes text for item 39.

40.

Setting 2019/20 Business Rates Base pdf icon PDF 120 KB

    To consider the setting of the business rates base for 2019/20.

    Minutes:

    The Council considered the recommendations of Cabinet in relation to the setting of the Business Rates baseline for 2019/20 in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1988 and the Non-Domestic Rating Regulations 2013 and to approve the precept payment dates for 2019/20.

     

    RESOLVED

    1.     The draft Business Rate baseline figure of £62.382 million for 2019/20, be approved, subject to any changes which may result from:

    a.     The provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2019/20.

    b.     The issue of the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) guidance on completion of the 2019/20 Business Rates baseline return (NNDR1), due in January 2019.

    2.     The Chief Finance Officer, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance, to be authorised to conclude and agree the final Business Rates baseline return (NNDR1) due on 31st January 2019, should the final information yet to be received from MHCLG change the baseline figure for 2019/20.

    3.     That the precepts payment schedule detailed in the report be approved.

41.

Calculation of the Council Tax Base for 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 162 KB

    To consider the statutory council tax base calculation for 2019/20.

    Minutes:

    The Council considered the recommendations of Cabinet in relation to the calculation of the Council Tax Base for 2019/20, specifically, for the Local Council Tax Support Scheme to remain unchanged for 2019/20; to agree the statutory council tax base calculation for 2019/20, calculated in accordance with The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012 as part of the Budget 2019/20 process; and to approve the precept payment dates for 2019/20.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.     That the Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2019/20 remains unchanged;

     

    2.  That the Council tax base expressed as “band D equivalent properties”, be 55.176 for 2019/20 (53,537 in 2018/19) as detailed at Appendix 1 of the report;

     

    3.  The proposed precepts payment schedule detailed in the report be approved.

42.

Council Tax Empty Property Charges pdf icon PDF 103 KB

43.

Council Tax Discount for Care Leavers pdf icon PDF 96 KB

44.

Savings Programme 2019/20 to 2020/21 - Update following consultation pdf icon PDF 187 KB

    This report provides Council with an update on the results of consultation on the proposed Savings Programme 2019/20 to 2020/21.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Council considered the recommendations of Cabinet in relation to a report that provided Members with an update on the results of consultation on the proposed Savings Programme 2019/20 to 2020/21.

     

    In presenting the report, the Leader put forward an amendment to proposal NH-2019-20-022 Review of grant funded Community Centres.

     

    It was proposed to amend the proposal for 2020/21 and future years in that from 2020/21 onwards, the 14 community centres will receive approximately 25% of the funding they receive now (total funding for all centres of £100,000) and will again be able to bid into a transition fund of £93,540.

     

    As a consequence, the proposed amendment would reduce from 2020/21 the recurrent savings delivered from the proposal by £100,000 per annum.

     

    The Leader also recommended that savings proposal NH-2019-20-013 - Review of voluntary sector grant to homelessness prevention services should not now go ahead.

     

    RESOLVED

    1.         That the Council determines the submitted savings proposals as follows:

    ·         NH-2019-20-013 Review of voluntary sector grant to homelessness prevention services – not approved;

    ·         NH-2019-20-022 Review of grant funded Community Centres – approved as amended above;

    ·         NH-2019-20-024 Review of the budget for the provision of social and welfare advice and legal services – approved as submitted.

45.

Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Trust inclusion in the Outside Bodies List and First Appointment pdf icon PDF 94 KB

    To ask Council to consider including the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Trust in the Outside Bodies List and the First Appointment to the Trust.

    Minutes:

    The Council received a report of the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce) that sought approval for the inclusion of the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Trust on to the Council's Outside Bodies List as a partner organisation and to nominate one Member to act in the capacity as a co-opted Trustee. It was noted that the role comes with no officer or director duties.

     

    RESOLVED

    1.     Approval be given for the inclusion of the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Trust on to the Outside Bodies List.

    2.     Councillor O’Neill be appointed as the Council representative to the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Trust until May 2020 as a co-opted trustee.

    3.     With effect from May 2020 an annual appointment to the Great Manchester Fire Service Museum Trust be made at the Annual meeting of the Council.

46.

Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 98 KB

    To ask Council to consider the Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2019/2020.

    Minutes:

    The Council received a report inviting consideration of the nomination of the Deputy Mayor for 2019/2020, presenting an established method for appointing to this position and advising of a resulting nomination from the Labour Group.

     

    RESOLVED:

    That Councillor Rashid be nominated as Deputy Mayor for the 2019/2020 Municipal Year, and the nomination go forward to the next Annual Meeting of the Council.

47.

Applications for Registration as a Village Green pdf icon PDF 100 KB

    To ask Council to consider amending how Applications for Registration as a Village Green are dealt with.

    Minutes:

    The Council considered arrangements for the processing and determination of applications for registration of land as a village green.

     

    RESOLVED

    The Council approves the following delegations and that Part 3 of Constitution be amended accordingly:

    a.    The Assistant Director (Legal Governance and Workforce) in consultation with the Chair of the Planning and Licensing Committee be authorised to determine non-contentious applications for registration of land as a town or village green under the Commons Act 2006 and/or such applications which receive no objections.

    b.    The Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee shall be authorised to determine, with such appropriate advice and assistance as necessary, applications for registration of land as a town or village green under the Commons Act 2006 which the Assistant Director (Legal Governance and Workforce) in consultation with the Chair of the Planning and Licensing Committee refer to it as being contentious and/or the subject of objections.

48.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 55 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.

    Minutes:

    Members presented their Quarterly Reports responding to questions and remarks from Members of the Council:-

    • The Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Finance
    • The Cabinet Member for Planning, Development and Housing
    • The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing
    • The Cabinet Member for Environment
    • The Cabinet Member for Resources
    • The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business and Skills
    • The Cabinet Member for Children's Services
    • The Cabinet Member for Adult Care
    • The Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture
    • The Chair of Heywood Township Committee
    • The Chair of Middleton Township Committee
    • The Chair of Pennines Township Committee
    • The Chair of Rochdale Township Committee
    • Overview and Scrutiny Committee report of the Chairs

     

    RESOLVED:

    That the reports be noted.