Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Katie Davies, Committee Services Officer  Email: Katie.Davies@Rochdale.Gov.UK

Items
No. Item

10.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Iftikhar Ahmed and Michael Holly.

11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Members are requested to approve the Minutes of the Rochdale North Township Committee meeting held on Wednesday 22 June 2022.

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the Minutes of the meeting of Rochdale North Township Committee held on 22 June 2022 be approved as a correct record.

12.

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 received.

13.

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 exclusion of public and press.

14.

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 received.

15.

Open Forum

Thirty minutes 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 members of the public were in attendance and therefore no items were raised in the open forum.

16.

Prevention Strategy and Helpline pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider a presentation of the Public Health representative on Rochdale Borough’s prevention strategy and a new helpline service.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation of the Public Health Specialist and the Public Health Programme Officer on Rochdale Borough’s All-Age Prevention Strategy and a new helpline service.

 

The Public Health representatives attended the meeting to present the information and address the questions of the Committee.

 

Officers informed of how the Council had worked with partner organisations and residents to remove inequalities and improve factors that keep life on track to prevent crisis such as good relationships in a good home, meaningful work and sufficient income, learning opportunities, culture and social life, neighbourhood environment and having an active lifestyle.

 

Officers highlighted how the prevention strategy was built on the learning from the Covid-19 pandemic and how different organisations had come together in their role to support people through listening and acting on what mattered to them. The strategy will aim to run until at least 2025 and will focus on providing better information for staff and better information for people so that solutions can be more easily navigated.

 

Officers informed that conversations between the Council and partner organisations about a prevention network started in July 2022, to look at a helpline/single point of access to connect people with advice, information and support (e.g. for loneliness, volunteering, cost of living etc.). The helpline is due to be launched in November 2022 and will be an important way of supporting the recovery of the borough, whilst complementing other ongoing initiatives.

 

Members raised concerns for those who do not have access to online or telephone services, and effectively managing the influx in demand of those seeking support once the service is advertised. Officers informed the Committee that a model for each Township will be developed in partnership with stakeholders which would include in person support through drop in provision and home visits.

 

Resolved:

  1. That the prevention strategy and new helpline service be noted;
  2. That the Public Health representatives provide an update at a future Rochdale North Township Committee meeting.

17.

Draft Council Corporate Plan pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider a presentation of Corporate Policy representatives on refreshing the Council’s Corporate Plan.

Minutes:

The Committee received presentation from Policy Advisers on refreshing the Borough and Council Corporate Plans from 2023 to 2026.

 

Policy representatives informed the Township Committee of a new local plan to help map future Council priorities and create a borough of which we can all be proud. The plan will set out ambitions for improving Rochdale and meeting the needs of the people who live, work and visit the town.

 

With rising costs, increased demand for services and further reductions in government funding, a plan about how the Council will deliver services now and in the future will also be developed.

 

As part of the consultation process, Policy Advisers will engage with businesses, diverse communities and protected groups, hold stakeholder sessions with partners, conduct online and face-to-face consultations, and attend local groups such as Action Together Wednesday Weekly to help ensure the plans reflect local community needs and aspirations.

 

Key questions for the public during the consultation process will include what do you like about living in Rochdale and what would make it better, whereas sectors will be asked more specific questions in relation to what issues they may be facing, and what makes them want to operate or work in the borough.

 

Policy Advisers asked Committee Members what they thought the priorities should be for Rochdale and what the Council could do better in future.

 

The online consultation process for views to be shared will close on 29 November 2022. The face-to-face consultation period will end in December 2022, followed by a Cabinet and leadership session on the outcome of the consultation in January 2023.

 

Resolved that the Council Corporate Plan presentation be noted.

18.

Proposal for Township based and funded environmental deployable CCTV pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To consider a report of the Environmental Action Unit Manager.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Environmental Action Unit Manager for the proposal for Township based and funded environmental deployable CCTV.

 

The Environmental Management Officer advised that fly tipping nationally and locally was a significant problem and a strategy had been prepared to tackle fly tipping in the borough along with an action plan. Rochdale North Township Committee had committed £15,200 towards deployable CCTV cameras.

 

Environmental Management instead proposed to finance an additional deployable CCTV camera in order to extend the trial. The camera would be deployed to hotspot areas within the borough using the data gathered through an operational system (Alloy).

 

The Committee was informed that early feedback from the trial included:

·         Deployable units provided relief from fly tipping in hotspot areas with a notable drop off in fly tipping within the sight line of the units.

·         That when units were removed there was a relief from fly tipping initially, although in some instances there was a spike where those who had been deterred noticed the absence of the unit and took the opportunity to fly tip immediately.

·         That effective use of deployable CCTV was resource intensive.

·         That most fly tips caught by the units had demonstrated wilful tipping by local residents who have taken precautions not to get caught, for example concealing their identity, not tipping near their own property or tipping at night.

·         That it was unlikely CCTV would generate income in fines from enforcement action at such a level as to be cost neutral due to the deterrent effect.

 

The Environmental Management Officer advised that part of the trial had stalled as the deployable CCTV camera was required to be moved to combat behaviour in other areas of the borough and it had not yet been possible to redeploy the camera. As the camera had to be fixed to a street lighting column, it was a legal requirement that the deployment of the camera must be completed by Street Lighting or the Contractor and neither had been available to carry this out. Members were informed that Environmental Management would like to investigate other models of CCTV camera that could be procured which would allow the deployment, management and maintenance of the cameras to be completed within Environmental Management.

 

The Environmental Management Officer advised that a steering group was looking into CCTV systems across the borough to determine what is fit for purpose in each area.

 

Alternatives considered:

That the fund of £15,200 not be de-committed back to Rochdale North Township Funds and remain with Environmental Management.

 

Resolved:

1.    That the £15,200 funds be de-committed from Environmental Management for the deployable CCTV camera scheme and the money returned to the Rochdale North Township Funds, with Central Rochdale Ward Funds returned as originally allocated and the remainder of the funds to be distributed equally between the four wards – Central Rochdale, Healey, Norden and Spotland and Falinge;

2.    That the deployable CCTV camera trial continue with the existing camera and that Environmental Management finance an additional CCTV  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.

19.

Appointments to the Norman Barnes Fund pdf icon PDF 312 KB

To consider the appointment of Trustees to the Norman Barnes Fund.

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report that requested Members appoint three Trustees to the Norman Barnes Fund as the term of office of the current Trustees had expired.

 

The Norman Barnes Fund is a charitable fund for the welfare of the elderly in the former County Borough of Rochdale. Applicants to the fund must be aged over 60 years old and live in Rochdale, Castleton, Norden or Bamford.

 

Members were informed that in accordance with the Trust Deed, appointments are made by the Council (the Rochdale North Township Committee and Rochdale South Township Committee) and that two nominative Trustees would be appointed from Rochdale North Township, and three nominative Trustees would be appointed from Rochdale South Township, for a period of four years each in agreement with the Chair of the committees.

 

Alternatives considered:

There were no alternative options. If Trustees were not appointed, meetings of the Trust may not be quorate and applications for funding could not be considered.

 

Resolved:

That Councillor Shaun O’Neill and Councillor Shah Wazir be appointed as Trustees to the Norman Barnes Fund for a period of four years each.