The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods that presented details of progress in the third quarter of 2105/2016 (October - December) towards targets contained in the Neighbourhoods Directorate and the Economy Directorate Plans for 2015/16.
The Director of Economy updated Members on the proposed Solar Farm at Chamber House Farm, Heywood, which he advised would not now be progressed due to changes imposed by the government to the subsidy regime. However he undertook to keep residents in the area updated on any future developments. In considering the report a Member requested that all future meetings of the Rochdale Township Planning Sub-Committee be attended by a Legal Officer due to the contentious nature of a large proportion of applications that are considered by that Sub-Committee.
The Director of Neighbourhoods updated the Committee on the flooding incident that caused much damage to Rochdale, including the town centre and to parts of the Pennines Township on 26th December 2015. He advised of how the floods had affected the Council’s ICT system, leading to a temporary shut-down of the Council’s computer network and the Borough’s Emergency Plan had been adapted in light of experiences caused by the flooding incident. The Director also reported upon improved refuse collection rates and procedures for the procurement of school meals contracts.
DECIDED – That the report be noted.