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8.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

9.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 214 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 26 May 2020

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held on 26th May 2020 be approved and signed as a correct record.

10.

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.

11.

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:

The Leader indicated that he had accepted an urgent item of business onto the Agenda, New Schools – Disposal of Schools Sites that would be considered at Agenda Item 10.

12.

Items for Exclusion of Public and Press

To determine any items on the agenda, if any, where the public are to be excluded from the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no items for the exclusion of press and public.

13.

Financial Implications of the Covid-19 Outbreak pdf icon PDF 411 KB

To consider the attached report from the Chief Finance Officer

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer which updated Members on the forecast financial position relating to the impact of Covid-19 on the Council’s General Fund and Collection Fund, and Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group. The report also outlined the actions required in order to mitigate the financial impact of Covid-19.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That the financial impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the Council and the funding provided by the Government to help mitigate this be noted;

 

2.    That the utilisation of the emergency funding of £13.6m provided by the Government to mitigate the additional expenditure/loss of income resulting from Covid-19, as detailed in Section 5.2. of the report be approved;

 

3.    It be noted that possible financial support for Link4Life, the Council’s culture and leisure provider, has been included within the additional cost projections relating to Covid-19 and that a report will be brought to Cabinet in July 2020 updating members on Link4Life’s recovery plans as it emerges from lockdown;

 

4.    That the actions required in order to mitigate the longer term financial implications of Covid-19, as outlined in Section 5.5. of the report be noted;

 

5.    That the financial impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), as detailed in Section 5.6. of the report be noted;

 

Reason for the recommendations

 

To approve the usage of the emergency Government funding to mitigate the additional expenditure/loss of income resulting from the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

To approve further actions required in order to mitigate the financial impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not applicable.

 

Eligible for call in - yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.

Greater Manchester Clean AIr Plan Update / Progress Report pdf icon PDF 495 KB

To consider the attached report from the Director of Neighbourhoods

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which set out the progress that has been made following the Government’s response to Greater Manchester’s Outline Business Case to tackle Nitrogen Dioxide Exceedances at the Roadside (OBC), and the implications of pandemic management policies (the extent of which are not yet fully understood) for the 10 Greater Manchester (GM) local authorities in relation to the schedule of work and statutory consultation on the Clean Air Plan and the link to taxi and private hire common minimum licensing standards (MLS).

 

Resolved

 

1.    That the progress of the Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan be noted;

 

2.    That the progress in the development of the Clean Commercial Vehicle and Hardship funds be noted;

 

3.    That the initial funding award of £41m for clean vehicle funds to award grants or loans to eligible businesses be noted;

 

4.    It be noted that the Government has accepted the need for vehicle replacement funds for Hackney Carriages, and Light Goods Vehicles, but has requested further development of shared evidence on the needs within that complex sector before responding and does not support the sustainable journeys measure;

 

5.    It be noted that TfGM is seeking confirmation that the funding award for Bus Retrofit is a continuation of Clean Bus Technology Funds to be distributed as soon as possible as per previous arrangements;

 

6.    It be noted that the government will not support electric vehicle charging infrastructure through Clean Air monies but have committed to work with GM on securing funding from OLEV;

 

7.    That the position that the GM Local Authorities will move to a statutory public consultation on the GM Clean Air Plan as soon as reasonably practicable be agreed;

 

8.    That the position that the GM Local Authorities’ decision to commence a public consultation should be taken once there is a clear timeframe for exiting lockdown and moving to the next phase of the COVID-19 response be agreed;

 

9.    It be noted that the implementation of a GM CAZ is delayed to 2022 with a revised implementation date to be confirmed in the consultation commencement report;

 

10.That the DfT’s positioning paper “Decarbonising Transport – Setting the Challenge” be noted;

 

 

11.That the assessment of the possible impacts of COVID-19 to inform a technical briefing note for decision makers be noted;

 

12.It be noted that the GM local Authorities intend to consult on GM’s proposed MLS, alongside the Clean Air Plan consultation and the position for consultation, on when taxi/PHV fleets should be Zero Emission Capable be agreed.

 

Reasons for the recommendations

 

The report provides a comprehensive update on the development of the GM Clean Air Plan, it sets out a proposal for public consultation in light of COVID-19 implications, and highlights that the implementation of a GM Clean Air Zone is delayed to 2022.

 

It recaps on work undertaken to date, highlighting new work to develop a Clean Commercial Vehicle Fund and a new Hardship Fund. 

 

It also includes a summary of correspondence between  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

Section 106 - Formal Sport pdf icon PDF 327 KB

To consider the attached report of the Director of Economy

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Economy which sought approval for the allocation of funds from relevant Section 106 receipts to fund Formal Sport improvements identified across the Borough, the deallocation of funds from a project that is unviable and notified members of funds allocated under delegated powers.

 

Resolved

 

1.    That the allocation of funds from relevant Section 106 receipts to provide new or improved formal sports facilities at Balderstone Park, Royle Bowling Club, Sutherland Road, Bowlee Pavilion and Middleton Gymnastics Club, totalling investment of £455,889, plus the ring-fencing of future contributions of £16,142 be approved;

 

2.    That the deallocation of funding for works to changing rooms and football pitches at Cleweth Road (£112,579), which has become unviable and reallocate to the project to provide facilities for Middleton Gymnastics Club be approved;

 

3.    That the allocation of £2,071 for provision of a storage container and drainage works at Dearnley Playing Fields, which was approved by the Portfolio Holder in consultation with Wardle and West Littleborough ward members be noted.

 

Reason for the recommendation

 

Whilst the locations for which these sums were to be used was ring fenced within the various s106 agreements for the site, in accordance with the relevant Council policies, the allocation of s106 Formal Sport contributions received from new residential developments are considered on a strategic and Boroughwide basis.  As such, this requires Cabinet approval.

 

The recommendations relating to the allocation of Formal Sport contributions in the report are guided by the Playing Pitch Strategy in consultation with elected members for the wards in which the contributions are generated.

 

Alternatives considered

 

The Council is required to spend s106 Formal Sport contributions in accordance with legal agreements and local and national planning policy. Not delivering projects as set out in s106 legal agreements would result in contributions being returned to developers and a loss of facilities for residents of the borough.

 

Eligible for call in - yes

 

 

  

 

 

16.

Bury and Rochdale Youth Justice Service pdf icon PDF 226 KB

To consider the attached report from the Director of Children’s Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Children’s Services which outlined the outcome of an Inspection of Bury and Rochdale Youth Justice Service by HM Inspectorate of Probation in March 2020.

 

The multi-agency partnership that makes up Bury and Rochdale Youth Justice Service is integrated and led on behalf of the two local authority areas by Rochdale Borough Council.

 

HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection of Bury and Rochdale Youth Justice Service (YJS) in March 2020. The report was published on 9th June.

 

The service works with 10 to 18-year-olds at  risk of becoming involved in criminal activity on a preventative basis, those serving court sentences as well as those who have received conditional cautions or community resolutions.

 

The Inspectorate looked at 12 aspects of the YJS’s work and awarded an overall rating of ‘Good’.

 

Resolved

 

1.    That the successful outcome of the inspection and that the action plan that has been produced in response to the recommendations in the inspection report will be implemented against the agreed timescales and monitored against progress by the Youth Justice Management Board be noted.

 

Eligible for call in - no

 

 

 

 

17.

New Schools - Disposal of School Sites pdf icon PDF 233 KB

To consider the attached report of the Director of Children’s Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cabinet considered the report of the Director of Children’s Services which advised that the Rochdale borough is in the process of getting three new central government delivered Academy Free schools. To facilitate this process the council has been working towards finding and delivering good sites for the schools that meet local need.

 

A Department for Education, DfE, Capital Delivery team is now in place for the proposed secondary school in Middleton. Final red line boundary for the site is now nearing agreement and negotiations are ongoing with regard to agreeing the Heads of Terms. Cabinet approval is required for the disposal. The disposal of the school site land will be by way of a lease for a Term of 125 years at a peppercorn rent. The DfE’s model lease will be used.

 

Resolved

 

1.     That approval be given to the disposal, by way of a 125 year lease, of  part of the grazing land site at Bowlee, Middleton, which is shown edged red on the plan at appendix 1 to the report, for the purpose of the new secondary school in Middleton. The school site will be between a minimum of 54,000 sq m and a maximum of 67,500 sq m as required by current school building guidance for a 900 pupil place secondary school.

 

2.     That the Director of Economy and the Director of Resources, acting jointly, be given delegated authority for final sign off of the Heads of Term for the secondary school in Middleton.

 

3.     That the Assistant Director of Resources (Legal, Governance and Workforce) be authorised to carry out all necessary legal work in connection with the disposal.

 

Reasons for the recommendation

 

The local authority has a statutory duty to offer every child living in the borough, and who applies, a school place. Birth rates have been increasing for the last 15 years and secondary schools in the Rochdale Borough have reached capacity. The town of Middleton has and is continuing to see increasing new housing, and with outstanding Primary schools locally, has seen large rises in pupil numbers. Numbers of pupils are expected to continue to rise until 2027/28.

 

With Rochdale Sixth Form College (RSFC), continuing to be outstanding and a national leader in sixth form provision, the local authority is in a privileged position with Altus Education Partnership, the RSFC trust, opening the new secondary school in Middleton.

 

Delivering the new school site and aiding the process of the new school delivery is important for families looking for outstanding school provision in the area, and will encourage families to settle in the Rochdale Borough and facilitate improvements in education and therefore wider employability skills in residents.

 

 

Alternatives considered

 

None. School cohorts within Middleton have continued to rise, with natural birth rates being boosted from families moving into the area and an increase in new housing locally. Existing secondary schools in the area have been expanded over the last few years and no further expansions are possible. Current government legislation dictates new schools must be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.