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Items
No. Item

80.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Daalat Ali, Blundell and Rowbotham.

81.

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 interests.

82.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 27th November 2018.

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 27th November 2018 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

83.

Implementation of New Pay Spine 2019 pdf icon PDF 6 MB

To consider the implementation of a new pay spine.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce)/Monitoring Officer that provided Members with details of the implementation of the National Joint Council pay agreement for 2018 - 2020 including the introduction of a new national pay spine on 1st April 2019 and the outcome of formal consultation with the recognised trade unions.

 

Alternatives considered:

 

There was no alternative to applying the New Pay Spine. Agreements that had been reached by the NJC were collective agreements that were to be incorporated into the Council’s employees’ contracts of employment and thus automatically applicable. The New Pay Spine was to replace the current spine in its entirety and therefore all employees were to be assimilated across from their current spinal column point (SCP) to the new corresponding SCP in April 2019. The Council did have options however as to how to implement this arrangement, which were detailed within the report.

 

Resolved:

 

The Cabinet approves the proposal for implementing the New Pay Spine, detailed below, following the outcome of consultation with the trade unions:

(a)          Incremental progression be applied and then assimilated to the new SCP, using SCPs with the exception of ‘new’ points.

(b)          To remove SCP2 from the overlap at Grade 1/2 for a 3 point scale for Grade 1 and a 2 point scale for Grade 2.

Reasons for the decision:

 

The recommendation outlined in the report would enable the Council to implement the nationally agreed pay spine for employees covered by the National Joint Council for Local Government Workers.

 

Eligible for Call-in: Yes.

84.

Section 106 - Rutherford Park Pitch Extension pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To consider the allocation of Section 106 funding.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Economy that sought approval to allocate funds totalling £195,000 for the extension of a football pitch at Rutherford Park, Wardle. These funds related to Section 106 contributions received by the Council for improvements to formal sport facilities in the Borough.

 

Alternatives considered:

 

The Council was required to spend Section106 Formal Sport contributions in accordance with legal agreements and with local and national planning policy. Not delivering projects as set out in Section106 legal agreements would result in contributions being returned to developers and a loss of facilities for the residents of the borough.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Cabinet approves the allocation of £195,000 to extend a football pitch at Rutherford Park, Wardle.

 

Reasons for the decision:

 

Rutherford Park is the home of Wardle FC, a large club that provides both open age and junior football. However pitch demand currently significantly exceeded capacity at Rutherford Park. The creation of a second full size pitch would increase playing capacity for both open age and junior football.

 

Contributions had been identified from the development of the former Birch Hill Hospital site and development at Tarnside Close, Smallbridge. Both of these developments will contribute to demand for formal sports provision in the Pennines Township area, particularly in the Wardle and West Littleborough Ward.

 

Eligible for Call-in: Yes

85.

The Borough of Rochdale (15 Lakeside, Littleborough) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To consider a proposed Compulsory Purchase Order.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which informed Members that 15 Lakeside was a partially completed single-storey dwelling on Lakeside, situated close to the shore of Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough. It has never been occupied since construction began in 1998, and remained incomplete.

 

The Council has attempted to engage with the owners since 2007, and have encouraged them to complete the property and either occupy or sell it, since 2007. It was understood that there were severe structural problems with the property. The property detracts from the appearance of the surroundings of Hollingworth Lake and has a negative amenity impact on one of the borough’s most attractive beauty spots.

 

The Council has attempted to use other mechanisms to bring the property into use, including the Empty Dwelling Management Order procedure and passing on details of parties interested in purchasing the property. Despite this, there are no signs of works being undertaken.

 

The Council was aware of a long-running dispute with their builder and insurer which has been adjudicated by the Financial Ombudsman. It was therefore proposed to make a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) using the powers utilised in Sections 17 and 18 of the Housing Act 1985 to acquire the land that was shown edged red on the plan at Appendix 1, of the report, in order to bring the property into use as housing.

 

The Housing Services Manager and the Chair of the Cabinet both advised that they had, subsequent to the publication of the agenda for this meeting, received representations from the applicant requesting time to make remedial action to prevent the enactment of the recommendations in the report.

 

Alternatives considered:

 

Officers could continue to engage with the site’s owners but it was considered that the risk of the site remaining vacant in the medium-to-long-term was too high to proceed without CPO.

 

Resolved:

 

1.     The making of the “Borough of Rochdale (15 Lakeside, Littleborough) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019” utilising powers contained in Sections 17 and 18 of the Housing Act 1985 be approved.

2.     The Assistant Director of Legal, Governance and Workforce and the Director of Economy be authorised to undertake the necessary legal procedures and associated action in relation to the Order listed in the report at paragraph 1 and described in Appendix 1.

3.     The Cabinet confirms that it has considered the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998, namely, reaching a view that there will not have been a breach of the Act if compulsory acquisition of the land within the Orders described in the report at paragraph 1 and Appendix 1 is authorised.

4.     Resolutions 1, 2 and 3 to take effect if the owner of the property (15 Lakeside, Littleborough) does not take reasonable and expeditious steps to comply with requests of the Housing Services Manager to either improve or sell the property.

 

Reasons for the decision:

 

The Cabinet was advised that the property in question was located just off the shore of Hollingworth Lake, a picturesque body of water  ...  view the full minutes text for item 85.

86.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider that the press and public be excluded from the remaining part of the meeting pursuant to Section 100(A)4 of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that discussions may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the provisions of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.

Minutes:

Decision:

 

That the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business, in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

Should the press and public remain during the following item of business as there may be a disclosure of information that is deemed to be exempt under Part 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

87.

Procurement of the South Heywood Area Wide Improvement Programme

To consider matters relating to the procurement of the South Heywood Area Wide Improvement Programme.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Neigbourhoods that sought approval from the Cabinet to progress the project for the South Heywood Area Wide Improvement Programme proposals, for a new link road from Junction 19 of the M62 motorway through Heywood to Pilsworth Road, through to the next stages of procurement, tender award and construction.

 

Alternatives considered:

 

Other options contained within the report were considered and subsequently decided against.

 

Resolved:

 

1.               The Cabinet confirms its consideration of the various options set out at Appendix A of the Director of Neighbourhood’s report and the reasons for the recommended procurement route that is set out in Section 4 of the report.

2.               The Cabinet confirms its approval of the option to use a competitive procurement process utilising OJEU rules for the appointment of a single contractor to construct the J19 Link Road and to authorise officers to commence this process as soon as is practical.

3.               The Cabinet delegates authority to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Director of Resources and the Portfolio Holder for Environment to award the contract to construct the J19 Link Road to the successful bidder.

4.               The Cabinet notes the work currently undertaken to date into the available procurement options and the current preferred option to undertake an OJEU compliant open tender process to appoint a single contractor to construct the J19 Link Road.

 

Reasons for the decision:

 

In June 2015 Cabinet had granted approval to design and plan the South Heywood Area Wide Improvement Programme proposals for a new link road from Junction 19 of the M62 motorway through Heywood to Pilsworth Road. The design process was nearing completion and consequently approval was required to progress the project through to the next stages of procurement, tender award and construction.

 

This authority would allow the early and timely appointment of resources to carry out any additional works which may be required in advance of the main contract works which may be required to deliver the J19 Link Road site works.

 

Eligible for Call-in: Yes.