Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

15.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Daalat Ali and Councillor Robinson.

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:

There were no declarations of interest.

17.

Urgent Items of Business

To determine whether there are any additional items of business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair decides should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items of business.

18.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To approve the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held 30th July 2019.

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 30th July 2019 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

19.

Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership Community Safety Plan 2019 - 2022 pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To present the Council’s revised Community Safety Plan

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which presented the council’s revised Community Safety Plan that is formulated and delivered by the Community Safety Partnership.

 

Alternatives considered:

 

There are no alternatives, the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has a duty under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to draw up and implement a strategy for reducing crime and disorder in their area.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That the Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership Community Safety Plan 2019 – 2022 be approved.

 

Reasons for the decision:

 

The Crime and Disorder (Formulation and Implementation of Strategy) Regulations 2007 set out the way in which the responsible authorities should carry out their functions as a CSP under Section 6 of the Act, and require the preparation of a partnership plan for the local government area, setting out the CSP’s priorities.

 

The current plan covers the period of 2015 – 2018.  A new plan is required to outline the priorities that are to be the focus of delivery plans by responsible authorities.

 

Eligible for call in - yes

20.

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:

Resolved:

 

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 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.

21.

Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Programme

For Cabinet to consider recommendations on a Local Full Fibre Networks Programme.

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which informed Members of the successful bid by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to the Government’s Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) for £23.8m Local Full Fibre Networks funding (LFFN).

 

Rochdale Borough Council, as part of GMCA, were requested to establish appropriate delegated authority to ensure the successful implementation of the procurement, contract and subsequent works and services to 67 mandatory sites and an optional 32 additional sites.

 

Alternatives considered:

 

The Council’s current solution, procured in 2015, provides for superfast network connectivity but not at the speeds available to Fibre connections based on this proposal with GMCA.

 

The Council can extend the current contract for a further 2 years in 12 months increments. Following this, the Council would have to re-tender for a new solution. Although the current provision was cheaper to install, with minimal disruption, it has not significantly improved connectivity for the wider borough, only focussed on public sector provision.

 

The cost of running a separate independent tender exercise would not comply with the overall GMCA strategy and would not make use of the Central Government Grant funding available to GMCA for investment into fibre technology across the region, including the Rochdale borough.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That a maximum capital investment of £926,000 to connect a minimum of 67 mandatory sites across the Borough be approved;

 

2.    That the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Resources, be granted delegated authority to agree to the Inter Authority Agreement (IAA) that sets out the local authority role and processes for the implementation of the LFFN Programme and minimise disruption, when it is published;

 

3.    That the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Resources and the Director of Resources, be granted delegated authority to enter into a contract with the supplier for the fibre connection of public sites and premises in Rochdale under the Greater Manchester Local Full Fibre Networks Programme following the outcome of the tendering process;

 

4.    That the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Resources and the Director of Resources, be granted delegated authority to approve the final capital funding commitment up to a maximum of £926,000 which will fund the connection of at least 67 mandatory sites within the local authority area and up to 32 additional sites.

 

5.    That the Assistant Director – Legal, Governance and Workforce be authorised to advise appropriate Council Services and execute such legal documents on behalf of the Council to ensure the delivery of this programme.

 

 

Reasons for the decision:

 

In March 2018, Greater Manchester secured 25% of the UK LFFN funding pot to connect over 1,300 public sector sites across Greater Manchester.

 

The grant offer from DCMS requires Greater Manchester to spend the £21.3M DCMS LFFN funding by the end of March 2021. This is a challenging timescale, which requires the LFFN to be procured during Q1 2019/20 to allow sufficient time for network build of over  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.