Agenda and minutes

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Items
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22.

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 Code of Conduct for Councillors and voting co-opted Members, Councillor Rush declared a personal interest in the Agenda item – Heywood Station and the East Lancashire Railway as a Council representative on the East Lancashire Railway Board and did not vote on the item.

23.

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:

The following matter was raised during the Open Forum:-

 

a)         Anti-Social Behaviour – Waterfold Lane, Heap Bridge

The Township Committee were addressed by the Chair of the Heap Bridge Residents Committee about numerous instances of anti-social behaviour including fly tipping, speeding vehicles and criminal activities that were taking place in the Waterfold Lane area of Heap Bridge. The issues were attributed to the opening of a gate that enabled access to the lane for the anti-social behaviour to take place.

 

The Township Committee was informed that numerous attempts had been made to resolve the issues and that despite the efforts of local Ward Councillors, Police and local residents that the anti-social behaviour continued to occur.

 

The Township Committee requested the Assistant Director (Planning & Development) to review what agreements were in place with regard to the gate and access at Waterfold Lane and to present options to the Committee on a solution to the issues taking place in the area which could include a physical barrier or permanent closure.

 

 

 

24.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 27th July 2016.

Minutes:

DECIDED – that the minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 27th July 2016 be approved as a correct record.

25.

Heywood Station and the East Lancashire Railway pdf icon PDF 719 KB

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Economy which informed Members of proposals for the improvement of visitor facilities around the Heywood station area, and further associated improvements to exploit the heritage of the railway in conjunction with the East Lancashire Railway Trust. The report also sought approval for the allocation of a sum of £20,000 of Section 106 monies to support the programme of visitor improvements, in particular to support the installation of a themed children’s play area alongside a buffet coach and other visitor and public realm improvements.

 

A report to Heywood Township in late 2014 detailed several physical improvements which could be made to enhance the accessibility and visitor facilities around Heywood station, linked to the installation of a café coach facility, including the development of a play area.  The report acknowledged that the siting of the café coach and development of a play area, which will have a railway theme and encourage dwell time at the station would provide some momentum and support further investment by the railway in a programme of events at Heywood.  

 

Township funds had previously been allocated towards the installation of a buffet coach at the station. Alongside the buffet coach, the next stage of the project would be to install a play area and provide visitors with a picnic area thus offering a more appealing offer in Heywood.  Discussions had taken place with Heywood in Bloom to enhance the planting around the station in 2017 as part of these works and to include the station in this project.  The play area would incorporate a new railway themed children’s play area with a separate smaller facility for toddlers, set around outdoor seating and an elevated viewing area. 

 

Members of the Committee reiterated previous comments about their preference for local residents being involved in the provision of the buffet coach at the station and the Assistant Director (Planning and Development) agreed to forward the comments on to the ELR Board.

 

DECIDED – that (1) an allocation of £20,000 from Section 106 monies held within Heywood Township for the provision and maintenance of recreational open space be approved towards the design and construction of a heritage railway themed children’s play area at Heywood station, as part of a wider Destination Plan to improve visitor facilities and public realm around the station. 

(2) that the intention to present further reports to Township Members on proposals to encourage investment and regeneration around the Heywood station area be noted.

Eligible for call in - yes

 

 

 

 

26.

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 had been approved.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for Call-in: No.

 

27.

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.

 

In response to a question from Fr. P Daly about proposal CS-2017-305, Rationalisation of the funding for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), the Committee were informed that young people would still be able to access support through the Healthy Young Minds Service.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for Call-in: No.

 

28.

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.

 

29.

The Need for Extra Year 7 Secondary School Places from 2017 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.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for Call-in: No.

 

 

30.

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.

 

It was noted that proposals to increase the Published Admission Number at St Joseph’s RC Primary School had been agreed by both the Governing Body and the Diocese.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for Call-in: No.