Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

90.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

91.

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.

92.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held 12th February 2020.

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet, held 12th February 2020, be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record.

93.

Objections to Traffic Order - Spotland Road, Rochdale pdf icon PDF 836 KB

Report considered by Rochdale North Township Delegated Sub-Committee on 16th January 2020 now referred to Cabinet for determination.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which detailed proposals to introduce some evening peak waiting and loading restrictions on the south side of Spotland Road (A680), which had been advertised with two objections received.

 

Rochdale North Township Delegated Sub Committee had considered a report regarding this matter on 16th January 2020 and the Members did not feel able to support the proposals, hence the referral of the matter to Cabinet for determination. The Chair of Rochdale North Township Delegated Sub Committee, Councillor O’Neill, was in attendance to address cabinet on the reasons why the Sub-Committee was unable support the recommendations detailed in the report.

 

The Sub Committee’s report explained the background to the proposal and commented upon the points made by the objectors, which formed separate background documents attached at Appendix 1 to the report.

 

Alternatives considered:

The restrictions proposed in the submitted report were intended to prevent vehicles parking when the tidal flow out of Rochdale was at its greatest during the evening peak and were the minimum believed necessary to improve approach capacity at the junction and allow the network to operate more efficiently. Also it was reported that widening Spotland Road to create an additional traffic lane was not a possibility without demolition of property and therefore was far beyond the scope of the proposal to introduce some restrictions for part of the day.

 

Resolved:

Cabinet resolves not to implement the proposed Traffic Regulation Order, Borough of Rochdale ((Civil Enforcement of Traffic Contraventions) (Various Streets) (Rochdale Township) Order 2008) (Amendment) (No.169).

 

Reasons for the decision:

The recommendations detailed in the submitted report were presented as it felt that the proposed restrictions would reduce congestion on the network by easing the obstruction issues caused by both right turning vehicles and parked vehicles, allowing westbound ahead movements to flow un-restricted.

 

Officers in the Council’s Highways Service had noted issues with parked vehicles on the south side of Spotland Road between Holland Street and Julia Street. As part of a scheme to improve the efficiency of key routes across the network, funding had been received from Transport for Greater Manchester to promote new restrictions in this location.

Eligible for Call-in: No

94.

Growth Plan pdf icon PDF 97 KB

 Assistant Director – Planning – to report

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Assistant Director (Economy) which informed Members that the Growth Plan set out the Council’s strategic priorities for the regeneration and economic growth of the Borough.  The Plan included existing Council priorities and programmes and was to be used to highlight major growth opportunities and to attract external investment and funding.  The Cabinet was requested to endorse the Plan as a basis for discussions with potential funding partners and investors.

 

Alternatives considered:

The Cabinet was advised that the Borough had to compete for inward investment and external funding. The Growth Plan made clear the Borough’s growth priorities for external partners and investors.  The alternative would be to not have a Growth Plan which would put the Borough at a disadvantage and would prevent the Council from clearly explaining or promoting the Borough for inward investment when there were opportunities to attract external funding or investment. The Growth Plan was therefore a clear commitment from the Council that it wants to promote the economic growth and well-being of the Borough.

 

Resolved:

1.     The Cabinet endorses the 2020-2030 Growth Plan which will form a significant part of the Council’s contribution to the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy 2040 and the Council’s new Corporate Plan - Prosperous People and Places 2019-2022.

2.     The Cabinet agrees to delegate any final changes to the Plan to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader of the Council and the relevant Portfolio holder

3.     The Cabinet notes the intention to bring any further updates to Cabinet on the Plan to reflect any emerging investment and development opportunities

Reasons for the decision:

The Growth Plan as intended to be a 10 year high level document setting out the borough’s strategic priorities for physical regeneration and development.  The Plan was strategic and was to be used as a lobbying document to attract public and private sector funding to support the economic growth and regeneration of the Borough as well as to highlight the borough’s growth opportunities to external investors and partners.

Eligible for call-in: yes

95.

Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) Service pdf icon PDF 121 KB

Director of Neighbourhoods to report

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which described that the Council commissions a support service for high risk victims of domestic abuse, which is delivered by the charity Victim Support (VS), based within Rochdale Police station. This commissioned service is funded jointly by Public Health and the Neighbourhoods Directorate as well as being supplemented by Greater Manchester Combined Authority grant funding.

 

The service provided support for high risk victims through trained Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) and the provision is currently as follows: 3.8 x FTE IDVA posts – funded within the core contract and 1 x FTE temporary IDVA post – funded from budget pressures.

 

Alternatives considered:

The alternatives included to continue the service as currently resourced, which in March 2020 was due to reduce further to 3.8 FTE IDVAs and accept the associated risks; or to consider a limited increase and continue to fund the budget pressure funded IDVA post until March 2021 at a cost of £45,908. This would result in 4.8 FTE IDVAs until March 2021.

 

Resolved:

1.            The Cabinet approves the proposed increased funding for one year only from budget pressure funding of £183,632 to increase the number of IDVA professionals by 4 FTE’s until March 2021, whilst a needs assessment is undertaken and longer term, financial issues are identified.

2.            That the decision be reviewed by the Cabinet in June 2020.

 

Reasons for the decision:

The Director of Neighbourhoods reported that domestic abuse was a key priority for the Council and the Safer Communities’ Partnership. A service review had found that there was a significant increase in referral rates to the IDVA service in comparison to the estimated demands set out in the initial tendering exercise back in 2015/16.The national charity ‘Safelives’ have advised that the acceptable level of provision for the IDVA Service in Rochdale based on the current high risk demand should be 8 FTE IDVAs.

Eligible for Call-in: Yes

96.

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 three items 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 three items 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.

97.

Utilities Contracts Renewal

Director of Neighbourhoods to report.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods, which sought authority to delegate approval to enter into a utilities contract for the supply of NHH & HH electric and gas contract by the 1st April 2020.

 

Alternatives considered:

Appendix 1 of the report detailed alternative options available for consideration.

 

Resolved:

1.                  Delegated authority be granted to the to the Director of    Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Chief Finance Officer and the Cabinet Member with responsibility for the Environment Portfolio, to enter into a contract with the utility supplier whoprovides the most economically advantageous tariff for Non Half Hourly (NHH), Half Hourly (HH) for Electric and Gas contracts.

2.                  The Cabinet notes that as recommended by STAR, procurement, quotes received to date would suggest that a three year fixed price contract commencing 1st April 2020 will be entered into via the (Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) for the supply of gas; a two year contract, via the Trident framework for the supply of NHH electricity (Trident SSE) and the HH electricity (Trident Haven) also commencing 1st April 2020.

3.                  The Cabinet notes that officers are continuing discussions with STAR in regard to consumption levels as detailed in appendix 1 of the report, in order to finalise the contract. 

Reasons for the decision:

The annual cost for energy was set to increase by at least 10% according to industry feedback. The current contract for NHH, HH Electric and Gas expires 31st March 2020, RBC will be subject to out of higher contract rates (deemed rates) if the Council does not enter into a new contracts commencing 1st April 2020.

Eligible for Call-in: Yes

98.

Rochdale Riverside - Phase Two

Director of Economy to report

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Economy, which outlined proposals for Phase 2 of the Rochdale Riverside project.

 

The site is owned by the Council and has outline planning permission for a number of uses including residential, hotel and offices, and will be available for development from Easter 2020 onwards once the construction of Rochdale Riverside retail and leisure development, Phase 1, has been completed. 

 

Alternatives considered:

Various alternatives were presented in the Director of Economy’s report .

 

Resolved:

The Cabinet approves the recommendations detailed at Paragraph 2 of the Director of Economy’s report relating to the enabling works and the detailed scheme design for Rochdale Riverside Phase 2 and to approve the required budget.

 

Reasons for decision:

The recommendations in the report were presented to ensure the timely delivery of Rochdale Riverside Phase 2 and to maintain momentum of the town centre strategy, it was expedient to make progress on the enabling works contract and the scheme design.

Eligible for Call-in: Yes

99.

Central Retail Park

Director of Ecoomy to report

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report of the Director of Economy regarding proposal for the Central Retail Park site in Rochdale. This site, he advised, presented a major opportunity to support the on-going regeneration of Rochdale town centre. The Proposal was to deliver a high quality residential led mixed-use scheme to catalyse the Station Gateway masterplan and maintain the momentum of the regeneration strategy for Rochdale town centre.

 

Alternatives considered:

Various alternatives were presented in the Director of Economy’s report .

 

Resolved:

The Cabinet approves the recommendations detailed at Paragraph 2 of the Director of Economy’s report relating to the detailed scheme design for Central Retail Park and to approve the required budget.

 

Reasons for decision:

The recommendations in the report were presented to ensure the timely delivery of the Central Retail Park scheme and to maintain momentum of the Town Centre strategy, it is expedient to make progress on the enabling works contract and the scheme design.

Eligible for Call-in: Yes.