Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

52.

Declarations of Interest

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 a declaration form. 

 

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.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

53.

Open Forum

Minutes:

Mr Topham sought clarification regarding why the reports following the air pollution tests (carried out in 2015 and 2016 at the Fothergills site in Littleborough) had not been released.  Councillor Emsley agreed to look into the matter and provide feedback to Mr Topham.

54.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To consider the minutes of the Pennines Township Committee meeting held on 10th January 2017.

Minutes:

DECIDED –That the Minutes of the meeting of the Pennines Township Committee held on 10th January 2017 be approved as a correct record.

55.

Pennines Township Delegated and Funding Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To note the minutes of the Pennines Township Delegated and Funding Sub-Committee meeting held on 8th March 2017.

Minutes:

DECIDED –That the Minutes of the meeting of the Pennines Township Delegated and Funding Sub-Committee held 8th March 2017 be noted.

56.

Flood Presentation

The Community Flood Resilience Officer and The Secretary of the Littleborough Civic Trustto deliver a presentation.  

Minutes:

The Community Flood Resilience Officer delivered a presentation updating Members in relation to the flood resilience schemes in the area including the “Slow the Flow” natural flood risk management and the proposals for future capital work with the Council and the Environment Agency.

 

The Secretary of the Littleborough Civic Trust provided an update in relation to his attendance at the National Flood Forum’s National Annual Conference - “Are We Planning to Flood”, in London on 1st Feb 2017. 

 

The Chair of the Committee acknowledged the good work and thanked all those involved.

 

DECIDED – that the presentation be noted.

57.

British Red Cross 'Open Arms' Project pdf icon PDF 119 KB

Amy Glendinning, the British Red Cross Campaign co-ordinator, to deliver a presentation about the project.

Minutes:

DECIDED – that this item be withdrawn. 

58.

Disposal of Surplus Land Adjacent to 5 Brickfield Street, Rochdale pdf icon PDF 137 KB

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy which sought the Township approval for the release and disposal of the surplus land adjacent to 5 Brickfield Street, Rochdale.

 

The recommendations for the release and disposal of the land were presented as it was deemed surplus to requirements and would not secure a capital receipt.  Furthermore, the site carried the risk of liabilities such as fly tipping, anti-social behaviour and regular or ad hoc maintenance. 

 

Alternatives considered by the Committee were to retain the site in its current use as retention of the site would not secure a capital receipt or beneficial development, nor reduce the Council’s financial and/or environmental liabilities.

 

Members discussed a number of issues relating to the process and condition of sale and agreed that the land be sold.

 

DECIDED - that (1) approval be granted for the release and disposal of the surplus plot of land adjacent to 5 Brickfield Street, Rochdale as detailed in the report. 

(2) The Head of Legal Services be requested to carry out legal work in connection with the disposal.

(3) The purchaser pays the Council’s legal and surveyor’s costs.

Eligible for call in - yes

59.

Local listing. Honresfeld House, Littleborough pdf icon PDF 137 KB

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy which sought the Township approval to include Honresfeld House in Littleborough for Grade II locally listed status.

 

The recommendations to include Honresfeld House in Littleborough for Grade II locally listed status were presented as Honresfeld House needed protection from potentially harmful future development. The house had retained some significant high quality interior features and the large stone building had retained some original external features.  The building remained in its original setting and was vacant.  Its significance was now at risk due to the risk of theft, vandalism and potential unsympathetic development. The property did not fall within the boundaries of a conservation area and Historic England did not consider it significant enough to be nationally listed. Local listing would give this building some protection.

 

Alternatives considered by the Committee were to not approve the recommendation to include Honresfield House for Grade II locally listed status and risk alteration or even demolition of Honresfeld House.

 

DECIDED - that approval be granted for the Council’s Conservation and design team to recommend Honresfeld House for local listing in order to provide protection from potentially harmful future development.

Eligible for call in - yes

60.

Pennines Township Highways Work Programme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 142 KB

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Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which requested the Committee to note and approve the following highways work programmes which were proposed to take place during the 2017-2018 financial year for the Pennines Township:

 

Ø  Year 2 of the 2016 - 2018 Approved Highways Maintenance Programme;

Ø  2017-18 Patching Programme

Ø  2017-18 Drainage Repair Programme;

Ø  2017-18 Bridges and Structures Maintenance Programme;

 

The report also requested that where events external to the Council required a rapid response or agreement in principle, the Head of Capital Projects and Highways be authorised to vary the programme in consultation with the Portfolio Holder and the Chair of the Pennines Township Committee.

 

The recommendations were put forward as Members had already approved year 2 of the 2016/18 two year highways maintenance programme.

 

The remaining programmes had been identified by using asset management good practice which was deemed by the Department of Transport (DfT) to be the most efficient way of managing highways assets.

 

No alternatives programmes had been considered as part of the process. The programmes had been put together using the principles of asset management with the aim of improving the Townships assets in the most efficient way possible. 

 

DECIDED – (1) that Year 2 (2017-2018) of the 2016 -2018 Approved Highways Maintenance Programme be noted;

(2) that the 2017-2018 Bridges and Structures Maintenance Programme be approved as detailed in the submitted report.

(3) that the 2017-2018 Indicative Patching Programme be approved as detailed in the submitted report

(4)  that the 2016-2017 Drainage High Risk Flood Sites Programme be approved as detailed in the submitted report;

(5) that the 2016-2017 Drainage Wet Spot Improvement Programme be approved as detailed in the submitted report and

(6) that the 2017-2018 Drainage Repair Programme be approved as detailed in the submitted report.

(7) that where events external to the Council require a rapid response or agreement in principle, the Head of Capital Projects and Highways be authorised to vary the programme in consultation with the Portfolio Holder and the Chair of the Pennines Township Committee.

Eligible for call in - yes

61.

Townships Plan 2017-19 pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which requested the Committee to note and approve the Township Plan 2017-2019.

 

The recommendations were put forward as Members were consulted on the development of a new Township Plan following and introduction of the new Corporate Plan. 

 

The Townships Plan identified priorities determined by each Township’s Councillors as a focus for action over the next two years.  This plan gathers aspirations and ideas together as a focus for decision makers, Council services, partner agencies and the voluntary and community sector active in Rochdale Borough.

 

The Townships Plan 2015 and 2016 had now expired.  The Townships Plan 2017-19 included strategies and objectives identified to meet the priorities identified by each Township.  It would also guide, direct and detail the use of devolved budgets, including Township Revenue Funds, for the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19.

 

The Townships Plan formed part of the Council’s policy framework.  The plan was a ‘live’ document that would evolve and change to meet new opportunities and initiatives, and would be updated to reflect how funds were allocated across the Townships in line with the identified priorities.

 

Alternatives considered – none.

 

Members agreed that young people be included within the Township Priorities.

 

DECIDED – (1) that the detail included in the Townships Plan 2017-19 as appended to the submitted report be noted;

(2) that it be noted that the plan has been developed in consultation with the Leader, the Portfolio Holder and the Township Chairs.  Consultation had also taken place with additional Elected Members in line with Township Chairs’ recommendations;

(3) that the plan be approved to enable a focus on local priorities in line with the Council’s three key priorities – Prosperity, People and Place and

            (4) Young people be included within the Township Priorities.

Eligible for call in - Yes