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Items
No. Item

26.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Members must indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they must declare an interest.  Members must verbally give notice of their interest at the meeting and complete the form attached with this agenda. 

 

Members are also advised to take advice with regard to any matter where there is potential bias or predetermination in any business to be considered at the meeting and whether they should take part in decision making at the meeting.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any discloseable pecuniary interest; personal interest and/or prejudicial interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest or prejudicial interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Councillor Clegg declared a personal interest in agenda item 8 (The Need for Extra Year 7 Secondary School Places: 2017 – 2026) as he is Chair of Hopwood Hall College’s governing body.

 

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Councillor Dearnley declared a personal interest in agenda item 7 (The Need for Extra Reception Class Places 2016 – 2019) as he is a member of the governing body of St. Andrew’s Church of England Primary School.

 

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Councillor Emsley declared  personal interests in agenda item 7 (The Need for Extra Reception Class Places 2016 – 2019) and in agenda item 8 (The Need for Extra Year 7 Secondary School Places: 2017 – 2026) as she is a member of the governing bodies at Stansfield Hall Primary School and Wardle Academy respectively.

27.

Open Forum

Half an hour has been set aside for members of the public to raise any issues relevant to the business of the Committee and the Township.

Minutes:

No items were raised in the Open Forum session.

28.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held 3rd August 2016.

Minutes:

DECIDED –That the Minutes of the meeting of the Pennines Township Committee held 3rd August 2016 be approved as a correct record.

29.

Revenue Budget Update 2017/18 to 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 281 KB

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Resources which updated Members on the Revenue Budget 2017/18 to 2019/20.The report had also sought from the Cabinet authority to seek a delegation to accept the Government’s offer of a four-year funding settlement.

 

The Committee were advised that the report had previously been considered by the Cabinet at its meeting on 12th September 2016, where the recommendations contained therein were approved.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for Call-in: No.

30.

Savings Programme 2017/18 and 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 319 KB

Minutes:

The Committee were consulted on a report of the Director of Resources which identified a series of initial savings proposals which aimed to reduce the assumed funding gap of £38.8million over the next two years to set a balanced budget. Members of the Committee were also requested to consider the budget position for Rochdale Council and the funding requirements for 2017/18 and 2018/19 and in doing so noted the steps to be taken which would lead to the submission of a budget to the Budget Fixing Council meeting on 1st March 2017.

 

The report included an indicative timetable of the consultation process for the two groups of savings proposals that will be considered by the Council.

  

Members were advised that this report had previously been considered by the Cabinet on 12th September 2016 and by the Employment and Equalities Committee on 13th September 2016 where the proposals were approved for a 45 day consultation period. The report was being submitted to all four of the Township Committees as part of that consultation process.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for Call-in: No.

31.

Local Council Tax Support Scheme - Review of Scheme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 348 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Resources that asked Members to consider three proposals as part of a consultation process that had been approved by the Cabinet on 11th July 2016. The three proposals were: an update on the current Scheme and comparison of schemes across Association of Greater Manchester Authorities; the legislative requirements to review the scheme and consultation implications; and the funding implications for a change to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme in 2017/18.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for Call-in: No.

32.

The Need for Extra Reception Class Places 2016 - 2019 pdf icon PDF 624 KB

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Children’s Services which highlighted that there was a need to keep under review the demand for extra Reception class places in each of the Borough’s four Township areas from September 2016 to September 2019. The purpose of the report was to present an update on the current admission position for September 2016 and to put forward proposals to address the need for any further extra Reception Class places up to September 2019.

 

The Committee were advised that in recent years there had been a continuing increase in the number of children born across the Borough, and who in turn will require Reception Class places when they reach school age. Data presented in the report at Borough and Township level showed the different demand pressures in each of the four Townships. The available data indicated that whilst there had been a decrease in the number of children born for admission to primary school in September 2019, there was still a need to consider additional places in some parts of the Borough to ensure there were enough places overall.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for Call-in: No.

33.

The Need for Extra Year 7 Secondary School Places: 2017 - 2026 pdf icon PDF 283 KB

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Children’s Services that analysed the requirement to keep under review the necessity for extra Year 7, secondary places across the Borough from September 2017 onwards. The purpose of this report therefore was to set out proposals that would address the ongoing need for further secondary school places.

 

In recent years there had been an increase in the number of children born in each of the Borough’s four Townships, and this increase in numbers would eventually move through to the secondary education sector. The demand for places is affected by cross boundary movement with significant numbers of children seeking places at schools outside the Borough.

 

Members were informed that there were 16% fewer Year 7 children in the Rochdale Township secondary schools than were in Year 6. Outward movement from Rochdale Township is to Bury, Lancashire and Pennines Township. There were currently 4% more Year 7 children in Pennines secondary schools than were in Year 6. The inward movement was mainly from Rochdale Township and Calderdale. The projected pupil numbers reflected these trends.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for Call-in: No.

34.

Road Safety Competition

Minutes:

The Committee were informed that the Friends of Hare Hill Park in Littleborough had  organised a road safety competition in which local children would design a poster that would be made into an advisory sign and installed within the park. The purpose being to raise awareness for motorists that children were playing close by in the hope that they would reduce their speed and drive more carefully through the park.

 

The five winning designs, chosen by Members of the Committee were created by the following children: Felicity Shepherd, Maisie Harrison, Mia, Rebecca Ashton and Freya Luke.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for Call-in: No