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There were no declarations of interest.
Presentation - NHS Restructure
The Committee considered a presentation from Dr Michael Taylor relating to proposals to merge York House Surgery and Argyle Street Surgery in Heywood. Dr Taylor advised that for the foreseeable future, patients should not experience any major changes in the frontline services they received and that the main changes would be to the ‘back office’ functions.
Dr Taylor also gave an overview of proposals relating to how Greater Manchester Devolution would have an impact for local residents in relation to General Practice provision in Heywood.
DECIDED – that Dr Taylor be thanked for his presentation.
Presentation - Youth Service
The Committee considered a presentation relating to the Youth Service in Heywood. Diane Higgins, Lead Youth Worker, updated the Committee on youth service provision in Heywood and Kirsty McGrory spoke about the different activities and events that the Youth Forum was involved with.
DECIDED – that Diane Higgins and Kirsty McGrory be thanked for their presentation.
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.
The following matters were raised as part of the Open Forum:-
a) Fly Tipping
The Committee considered questions from Mrs J Lees and Dr M Corns about the amount of fly tipping in Heywood.
Mrs Lees made specific reference to incidences at Heywood Cricket Club and Crimble Lane/Crimble Woods and requested details of the costs to the Hewyood Township. Mrs Lees also suggested that the costs of the Council removing large household items was too high and that residents may be using cheaper alternatives that could be contributing to increased incidents of fly tipping.
Both Mrs Lees and Dr Corns also asked what was being done to alleviate this problem.
The Township and Engagement Officer read out a response from the Council’s Environmental Management Service which stated that fly tipping was a concern to the Council and that a combination of site clearance and environmental enforcement was used to alleviate the problem and that this was from a central budget and not from Heywood Township resources. Prosecution of offenders was also undertaken where appropriate.
b) Friends of Queen Park
Mr W Lomax sought the Committee’s support for a project to convert one of the tennis courts at Queen’s Park into a multi-use games area. The Committee requested further details on the project.
c) Voluntary Groups
Mr H Mills suggested that it would be useful for Heywood voluntary groups to meet and join together on projects like funding bids. Members supported Groups working together. Councillor McCarthy, the Council’s Armed Forces Lead Member agreed to take up any issues that Armed Forces/Veterans Groups may be having with the appropriate Officers.
Matters relating to dog fouling and dogs being let off leads in the Heywood Gardens of Remembrance were also raised.
d) M62 Motorway – Junction 19
Mr Cursaro spoke about concerns he had raised on previous occasions about noise nuisance near his home on Middleton Road from contractors working at Junction 19 of the M62 Motorway and that he had not received any correspondence on the issues he had raised. The Highways Manager undertook to look into why Mr Cursaro had not received any letters about the issues he had raised. Inspector Hanlon also confirmed that Police Officers had looked into parking in the area and had been instructed to issue tickets where appropriate.
In response to a comment from Mr Cursaro about a lack of bins in the Middleton Road area, Councillor Beswick confirmed that Eon would be replacing any bins they had removed from lamp posts and other additional bins had been ordered.
e) M62 Junction 19 Link Road
Mrs A Jones asked what progress was being made in regard to the proposed M62 Junction 19 link road as she had not heard anything despite living in the area potentially affected. The Highways Manager informed the Committee that the scheme was still in the design stage and that he would contact Mrs Jones direct with an update.
To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 4th January 2016.
The Minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 4th January 2016 were considered.
In regard to Minute 55 – Heywood Township Highways Maintenance Programme 2016 – 2018, North Ward Councillors confirmed that a meeting had taken place with Officers about proposals for the Starkey Street/Bamford Road/Queens Park Road area and that a report setting out all the options would be circulated to all Members of the Committee for consideration in due course.
DECIDED – that the Minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 4th January 2016 be approved as a correct record.