Agenda item

Notices of Motion

To consider Motions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11:-

 

a.     Motion 1 - Anti-social Behaviour on Public Transport

To be moved by Councillor Burke and seconded by Councillor Wazir

 

While this council fully supports the Mayor of Greater Manchester in his quest to create a fully-integrated public transport network that benefits all areas of Greater Manchester, it cannot be overlooked that crime and anti-social behaviour continues to be a serious problem on our buses, trains and trams.

  

This council believes that the problem is becoming so serious that it has become a barrier that is preventing some of our residents using public transport, which they may depend upon to go about their daily business. The situation is therefore endangering some of our most vulnerable residents. It is also this council’s conviction that the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s ambitions cannot be realised until the problems associated with anti-social behaviour, on the public transport network, are tackled head on.

 

As Members we will probably all have heard of adverse experiences suffered by our constituents, some of us will have experienced crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport first hand and the local media reports such instances on a daily basis.

 

Mr. Mayor, examples of such behaviours include: seats and windows being damaged, gangs of youths marauding the network at night unchallenged – often intimidating other passengers. There are instances of drug and alcohol usage, emergency brakes having to be used, ticket machines at stations being wrecked and assaults on passengers and staff. These attacks are often carried out by perpetrators who feel that they face little or no risk of being caught or being brought to face justice.

 

 We feel that enough is enough. The people of our borough deserve better.

 

Whilst we note that there has been investment in policing for the network, we know that officers can be diverted to other areas of work leaving staff and passengers afraid and alone.

 

We strongly believe that the only thing that will remedy this grave situation is a full-time and dedicated policing unit to cover the transport network and properly crackdown on the irresponsible louts and vandals that are making passengers’ lives such a misery.

  

With that in mind, we call upon the Mayor of Greater Manchester to provide the funding that is needed to keep the public safe”

 

b.    Motion 2 - College Bank Flats, Rochdale

To be moved by Councillor Sultan Ali and seconded by Councillor Meredith

 

“Two years ago, Rochdale Borough Councillors signed a letter to Rochdale Boroughwide Housing which expressed concerns at proposals to demolish the ‘Seven Sisters’ high-rise flats at College Bank, Rochdale. This motion, therefore seeks to reaffirm those concerns.

 

The housing crisis, we feel, is spiralling out of control. Currently across the Rochdale Borough, there are 8,000 residents who are on waiting lists for a home. Approximately 950 calls per week are received by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing’s Homeless and Allocations Team. All this whilst around 300 much needed social homes lay dormant. If Rochdale Boroughwide Housing will not take appropriate action to remedy this situation then it is incumbent on this Council to act in a manner that protects the interests of our residents. Therefore, this Council requests that the Chief Executive of Rochdale Borough Council should:

1.     Write to the Chief Executive of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing requesting that they reconsider their proposals to demolish the Seven Sisters high-rise flats at College Bank, Rochdale.

2.     Write to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to ask if the Government will permit Rochdale Borough Council to open its own ‘Housing Revenue Account’, with no attached debt.

3.     Authorise that officers explore every available avenue, together with the Seven Sister Support Group, to seek to retain much needed social homes in Rochdale’s town centre area.”

Minutes:

a.     Anti-social Behaviour on Public Transport

 

It was moved by Councillor Burke and seconded by Councillor Wazir that:

 

While this council fully supports the Mayor of Greater Manchester in his quest to create a fully-integrated public transport network that benefits all areas of Greater Manchester, it cannot be overlooked that crime and anti-social behaviour continues to be a serious problem on our buses, trains and trams.

  

This council believes that the problem is becoming so serious that it has become a barrier that is preventing some of our residents using public transport, which they may depend upon to go about their daily business. The situation is therefore endangering some of our most vulnerable residents. It is also this council’s conviction that the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s ambitions cannot be realised until the problems associated with anti-social behaviour, on the public transport network, are tackled head on.

 

As Members we will probably all have heard of adverse experiences suffered by our constituents, some of us will have experienced crime and anti-social behaviour on public transport first hand and the local media reports such instances on a daily basis.

 

Mr. Mayor, examples of such behaviours include: seats and windows being damaged, gangs of youths marauding the network at night unchallenged – often intimidating other passengers. There are instances of drug and alcohol usage, emergency brakes having to be used, ticket machines at stations being wrecked and assaults on passengers and staff. These attacks are often carried out by perpetrators who feel that they face little or no risk of being caught or being brought to face justice.

 

 We feel that enough is enough. The people of our borough deserve better.

 

Whilst we note that there has been investment in policing for the network, we know that officers can be diverted to other areas of work leaving staff and passengers afraid and alone.

 

We strongly believe that the only thing that will remedy this grave situation is a full-time and dedicated policing unit to cover the transport network and properly crackdown on the irresponsible louts and vandals that are making passengers’ lives such a misery.

  

With that in mind, we call upon the Mayor of Greater Manchester to provide the funding that is needed to keep the public safe”

 

On being put the vote, the motion was carried and it was RESOLVED accordingly.

 

b.    College Bank Flats, Rochdale

It was moved by Councillor Sultan Ali and seconded by Councillor Meredith that:

 

“Two years ago, Rochdale Borough Councillors signed a letter to Rochdale Boroughwide Housing which expressed concerns at proposals to demolish the ‘Seven Sisters’ high-rise flats at College Bank, Rochdale. This motion, therefore seeks to re-affirm those concerns.

 

The housing crisis, we feel, is spiralling out of control. Currently across the Rochdale Borough, there are 8,000 residents who are on waiting lists for a home. Approximately 950 calls per week are received by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing’s Homeless and Allocations Team. All this whilst around 300 much needed social homes lie dormant. If Rochdale Boroughwide Housing will not take appropriate action to remedy this situation then it is incumbent on this Council to act in a manner that protects the interests of our residents. Therefore, this Council requests that the Chief Executive of Rochdale Borough Council should:

 

1.     Write to the Chief Executive of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing requesting that they reconsider their proposals to demolish the Seven Sisters high-rise flats at College Bank, Rochdale.

2.     Write to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to ask if the Government will permit Rochdale Borough Council to open its own ‘Housing Revenue Account’, with no attached debt.

3.     Authorise that officers explore every available avenue, together with the Seven Sister Support Group, to seek to retain much needed social homes in Rochdale’s town centre area.”

 

On being put the vote, the motion was carried and it was RESOLVED accordingly.