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Items
No. Item

28.

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 interest.

29.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 72 KB

30.

Presentation - Public Space Protection Order

    The Director of Neighbourhoods to report

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered a presentation by the Director of Neighbourhoods detailing the consultation responses received to the proposed Rochdale Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order.  

     

    The Committee were informed that following consultation a number of items included within the original scope of the Order would not be included within the final recommendation to Cabinet.  Alternative mechanisms had been identified to deal with issues relating to distribution of printed material/leaflets and for the Control of commercial or charity collection or soliciting for money in the street. The Director of Neighbourhoods identified areas of geographically expansion from those originally proposed.   

     

    Decision: That the presentation be noted.

31.

Discretionary Crisis Fund and Local welfare Provision - 6 month performance report pdf icon PDF 696 KB

    To scrutinise the performance of the Discretionary Crisis Fund for the first 6 months of 2017/18 together with information with regard to the food bank and the community projects funded by the Innovation Fund.

    Minutes:

    The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which informed Members of the Discretionary Crisis Fund’s performance for the first 6 months of 2017/18 and provided data on some of the food banks in the Borough for the same period.

     

    The Discretionary Crisis Fund offered support of those setting up home when resettling from temporary accommodation that may need help in acquiring essential household items. The scheme also provided a mechanism to make small crisis awards for those who found themselves in financial difficulty for emergency household fuel or clothes.

     

    Members of the Committee, in scrutinising the report, asked for consideration to be given as to the how the fund could be better promoted to increase awareness of the fund within Wards where there is known to be a need of support but the numbers of applications remain low.

     

    Members raised concerns over the amount of support being offered to foodbanks in Middleton when compared to other parts of the Borough.  

     

    Decision – That (1) the report be noted;

    (2) Contact be made with Middleton food banks to establish if the fund can provide assistance.

32.

Housing Strategy 2017-2020 pdf icon PDF 100 KB

    To scrutinise the Council’s Housing Strategy 2017-2022 which sets out the Council’s housing ambitions for the next 5 years.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods detailing the Council’s Housing Strategy 2017-2022, which sets out the Council’s housing ambitions for the next 5 years.  The strategy contains 5 key strategic objectives including; increasing the supply of new homes; making better use of our existing properties; developing a range of housing options; protecting the most vulnerable; and contributing to health & wellbeing.

     

    In response to Members questions the Assistant Director (Planning) detailed the impact of demolishing property when set against new build targets.  Members sought assurance that the target build on brownfield sites was realistically achievable and questioned whether the transport infrastructure would support the development sustainably. 

     

    Decision: That (1) the report be noted;

    (2) the Assistant Director (Planning) provide statistics detailing the number of new build properties by Council Tax band and a breakdown of which postcodes people are moving from when moving in to a new build property in the Borough.

33.

Communities, Regeneration & Environment Directorate Plans 2017-18 Quarter 2 Performance Update pdf icon PDF 128 KB

34.

Environmental Enforcement Policy Update

    Verbal Update to be provided

    Minutes:

    The Committee received a presentation from Director of Neighbourhoods updating on forthcoming amendments to the Enforcement Policy.

     

    Members were informed that both changes to legislation and the proposed Rochdale Town Centre Public Protection Order were driving necessary amendments to the existing Policy.

     

    Decision: That the presentation be noted.

35.

Waste Collection Policy Update

    Verbal Update to be provided.

    Minutes:

    The Committee received a presentation from the Waste & Recycling Programme Manager updating on forthcoming amendments to the Waste Collection Policy.

     

    Members questioned policies relating to rural garden waste disposal and sought clarification as to alternative solutions considered.  Members requested an update on changes to the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal levy and how that aligned to Policy development.

     

    Decision: That the presentation be noted.

36.

Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 67 KB

    To review the Committee’s work programme.

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2017/18. 

     

    Members sought clarification as to when the playing pitch strategy would be considered by the Committee.  Members sought clarification as to the reasons the Winter Resilience report had not been brought before the Committee.

     

    Decision: That the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2017/18 be noted

37.

GMCA Scrutiny Minutes pdf icon PDF 129 KB