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Items
No. Item

15.

Apologies

16.

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:

    Councillor Kelly declared a personal interest in minute 22, below – Economy Directorate Plans 218/19: Quarter 2 Performance Update - insofar as the report attached thereto referred to funding bids made to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  

17.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 66 KB

    Minutes of the meeting of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held 27th September 2018.

    Minutes:

    Resolved: That the Minutes of the meeting of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, held 27th September 2018 be approved and signed by the Chair, as a correct record.

18.

Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership Update

    Presentation by the Head of Neighbourhoods Services

    Minutes:

    The Committee received a joint presentation from the Director of Neighbourhoods (Head of Neighbourhood Services) and Greater Manchester Police which updated Members on the work of the Rochdale Borough Safer Communities Partnership. It was a statutory duty of a local authority to have a Community Safety Partnership (CSP) - Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act1998 dictated that a responsible authority must consider the implication on crime anddisorder on all of their day to day activities.

     

    A part of the CSP included the work of the Town Centre Wardens who had responsibility for enforcing the Public Space Protection Orders that were currently in force in Rochdale’s designated town centre area and a new responsibility included responsibility for the co-ordination of domestic abuse.

     

    A recently undertaken survey of residents in the Borough found that the majority of people think that the way Rochdale Council work together with the police and other groups had stayed the same. Feeling safe when walking the streets in the town centre produced some mixed views on stayed the same and got worse but most people feel safe in their neighbourhood during both the day and at night. The issues that people thought had got worse over the last three years included:Drug dealing and substance misuse; Dangerous driving; Theft – including from homes and sheds and other theft; Vehicle crime; anti-social behaviour and Cybercrime.

     

    The current Community Safety Plan expired at the end of 2018. It was deemed that the current plan was not ‘fit for purpose’ due to changes in threat, risk and harm. There had in the Plan been no reference to domestic abuse and included various outdated performance measures. Thus there were requirements for a new strategic assessment including a restructure of the Council’s Community Safety function. The next steps and key milestones for the Safer Communities Partnership included consultation and consideration of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Plan Outcomes Framework that was due to be undertaken in November and December 2018. The aims and objectives for the Sub-Groups were due to be completed by February 2019, with measures of success and performance framework to be agreed in March 2019. These various issues would feed into the refreshed Community Safety Plan that was due to be drafted and submitted to the Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership Board for approval at its meeting on 23rd April 2019.

     

    Resolved:

    1.    The report be noted.

    2.    The Director of Neighbourhoods be requested to submit a detailed report to the next meeting of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, on 24th January 2019, reviewing and assessing the impact of the recently introduced Public Space Protection Orders in Rochdale’s town centre.   

19.

Discretionary Crisis Fund and Local Welfare Provision 6 Month Report pdf icon PDF 223 KB

    To consider an update on the Discretionary Crisis Fund and Local Welfare Provision

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods that outlined the first six months provision of the Discretionary Crisis Fund (DCF); detailing applications to the scheme, the reasons why and what awards were made. The report also details the successes of the community based projects funded by the Local Welfare Provision budget. Access to the Rochdale and Heywood Food Banks is also included in the report.

     

    The DCF provided ‘white goods’ and basic furniture in support of those setting up home when resettling from temporary accommodation; for example when fleeing domestic abuse or leaving temporary homelessness accommodation. The Fund also provides a mechanism to make small crisis awards for those who find themselves in financial difficulty; for example, to provide emergency household fuel, or for an emergency clothes allowance

     

    The local welfare provision also funds, alongside the DCF, small contributions to a number of Food Banks within the borough and grant funds a number of community based projects.

     

    In considering the report a Member sought information as to the consequences arising from the rollout of Universal Credit, which had led to an increase in the demand for white goods (fridges, freezers etc).

     

    The Committee were informed that the contract for the administration of the DCF was due expire on 31st March 2019 and the Housing Officer undertook to meet with Members of the Committee, outside of the Committee’s formal structures to discuss issues relating to this contract.

     

    Members asked about the provision of services provided by the foodbanks that were located in Middleton and sought information as to the provision of funding for the two foodbanks.

     

    Resolved:

    1.     The report be noted

    2.     The Housing officer make arrangements to liaise with the Chair of the Committee regarding proposal for the renewal of the contract for the administration of the Discretionary Crisis Fund.     

    3.     The Housing officer be requested to make contact with the two foodbanks that are located in Middleton regarding their access to funding.

20.

Economy Directorate Plans 2018-19: Quarter 2 Performance Update pdf icon PDF 125 KB

    Quarter 1 and 2 Performance update – Economy Directorate

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Economy which advised of the progress at the end of Quarter 2 (30th September 2018) towards the achievement of the targets contained in the Economy Directorate Plan 2018/19.

     

    The Director updated the Committee with regard to Rochdale Market. The Council had decided to not to renew the licence that had been granted to market operators Market Asset Management, Quarterbridge, were removed from the market leaving Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Development Agency running the market for the foreseeable future. A new indoor Market Hall head opened for business on Monday, 12h November 2018 including a café and four stalls. However members of the Committee expressed their dissatisfaction with the current condition of the outdoor market noting that this still needed some work to improve the situation and the Committee discussed possible future arrangements for Markets across the Borough in some detail, seeking clarification as to the costs to the Council in respect of managing Rochdale Market and developments at Middleton Market.

     

    Members of the Committee noted that the NISA store that had recently opened in Rochdale town centre had closed without notice. The Director of Economy undertook to investigate the reasons behind the closure of the store and to notify Members of the Committee accordingly.

     

    A Member of the Committee sought clarification on the proposed residential strategy for Rochdale town centre and was advised that a written update would be provided to Members of the Committee.

     

    Resolved:

    1.     The report be noted

    2.     The Director of Economy be requested to investigate the reasons behind the closure of the NISA store in Rochdale town centre and to notify Members of the Committee of those reasons accordingly

    3.     The Director of Economy be requested to write to Members of the Committee updating Members on the proposed residential strategy for Rochdale town centre

21.

Neighbourhoods Directorate Plan 2018-19: Quarter 2 Performance Update pdf icon PDF 118 KB

    Quarter 1 and 2 Performance update – Neighbourhoods Directorate

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which advised of the progress at the end of Quarter 2 (30th September 2018) towards the achievement of the targets contained in the Neighbourhoods Directorate Plan 2018/19.

     

    In considering the report a Member requested an update on action point N18017 (Increase Enforcement Activity), in relation to injunctions against Travellers in the Borough. The Director undertook to provide a written answer to Members of the Committee in relation to this matter.  

     

    A Member requested an update on proposals detailed in the report regarding the delivery of the link road at junction 19. In this respect the Committee was advised that a report on this matter was due to be presented to the Council’s Cabinet in the near future.

     

    Resolved:

    1.     The report be note;

    2.     The Director of Neighbourhoods be requested to write to Members of the Committee providing an update on enforcement action that had been taken against Travellers in the Borough.

22.

Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Work Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 63 KB

    To consider the Committee’s Work Programme 2018/19

    Minutes:

    The Committee considered its Work Programme for 2018/19.  The Chair requested that a report updating Members on Community Centres in the Borough be presented to the next meeting on 24th January 2019. Members of the Committee expressed disappointment that the Director of Economy and the Director of Neighbourhoods were not in attendance at the meeting and requested that they attend the next meeting, to be held on 24th January 2019.

     

    Resolved:

    1.    The Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

    2.    The Director of Neighbourhoods be requested to submit a report to the Committee’s next meeting, on 24th January 2019, reviewing the provision of community centres in the Borough.

    3.    The Director of Economy and the Director of Neighbourhoods be requested to attend the Committee’s next scheduled meeting on2 4th January 2019.