Agenda and minutes

Venue: Phoenix Centre - L/Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way, Heywood, OL10 1LR

Contact: Alison James  4711

Items
No. Item

31.

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:

There were no declarations of interest.

32.

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 as part of the Open Forum:-

 

a)         Heywood Old Road, Birch

Mr Gary Louden addressed the Committee in relation to concerns that he had previously raised about HGV traffic on Heywood Old Road, Birch and whether, linked to the proposed Junction 19 Link Road proposals, a weight restriction could be placed between Coronation Avenue and Whittle Lane to alleviate concerns with HGV’s in the Birch area.

 

Mr Louden was advised that the planning application for the Junction 19 Link Road had now been submitted and that representations such as this should be made through the appropriate channels.

 

33.

Presentation - Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

Minutes:

The Township received a presentation from the Assistant Director, (Planning and Development) relating to the Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy.

 

The Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy was a new statutory development plan for Greater Manchester which would, as a minimum:-

·         Determine the amount and distribution of land which would be needed for new homes and employment development over the next 20 years, as well as identifying broad ‘strategic growth’ areas for development across Greater Manchester;

·         Identify the necessary infrastructure (such as transport links and community facilities) which would be required to support development in those locations;

·         Identify ways that the city-region’s green spaces can be protected alongside development so that great places where people want to live, work and visit can be developed;

·         Ensure all Districts share the benefits of economic growth.

 

Details about the proposals for the Rochdale Borough were presented.

 

The Committee were informed that consultation on the proposals would run from 31st October – 23rd December 2016 and additional Township Drop in events would be held – in Heywood this would be on 7th December 2016 from 3.30pm – 6.30pm at the Phoenix Centre.

 

In response to questions from members of the public, the Assistant Director informed the Committee that:-

·         Transport considerations formed a key element of the Spatial Strategy to support the proposals;

·         There were proposals relating to the rural economy within the Strategy;

·         Air Quality targets were built into the Strategy;

 

DECIDED – that the presentation relating to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework be noted.

Eligible for call in – no, item presented for information only.

34.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Heywood Township Committee Held on 19th September 2016 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 19th September 2016.

Minutes:

DECIDED – that subject to the inclusion of Councillor Dutton in the list of apologies for the meeting, that the Minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 19th September 2016 be approved as a correct record.

35.

Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee - Minutes pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To note the minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee held on 4th October 2016.

Minutes:

DECIDED – that the Minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee held on 4th October 2016 be noted.

36.

Townships in Bloom/Heywood in Bloom pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which updated the Committee on environmental landscape improvement projects achieved in 2016 across the Township and on improvements to the grounds and streets maintenance programmes and methods of work. 

 

The report also highlighted the impact of these improvements in raising the Council and Township profile/winning Britain in Bloom Awards and suggested potential further improvements for 2017.

 

The Chair invited Ellen Wintle-Yates and colleagues from Heywood in Bloom to address the Committee to provide an update on Heywood’s excellent performance at the recent Britain in Bloom Awards.

 

The Committee congratulated and thanked all those involved in the projects carried out across the Township which had improved the environment for local residents and which had been acknowledged in the large number of awards for Heywood at the Britain in Bloom Awards.

 

It was agreed that Members would meet separately with Offices from the Neighbourhoods Directorate to consider projects for 2017.

 

DECIDED – (1) that the environmental projects and the improvements to the grounds and streets maintenance programmes for 2016 as detailed within the submitted report be noted;

(2) that the Committee congratulates and places on record it’s thanks to all those involved in the excellent performance of Heywood at the recent Britain in Bloom Awards;

(3) that a meeting of Members and Officers from the Neighbourhoods Directorate be arranged to consider projects for 2017.

Eligible for call in – no, item presented for information only.

 

 

 

37.

Township Highways Champion Report - Verbal Update

Minutes:

Councillor Beswick, the Heywood Township Highways Champion, updated the Committee on matters that had been considered by the Township Highways Champions, which included:-

·         122k was to be spent on the structural patching programme on 31 streets in Heywood which would improve the condition of 3904m2 of carriageway;

·         The winter service programme was in operation between October and March;

·         It had been requested that any specific issues such as delays in progressing schemes be reported to the Highways Champion;

 

DECIDED – that the report of the Heywood Township Highways Champion, Councillor Beswick, be noted.

Eligible for call in – no, item presented for information only.

38.

Playing Pitch Strategy pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which presented the draft Playing Pitch Strategy for consultation purposes.

 

The Strategy had been produced in accordance with the Sport England Playing Pitch Strategy Guidance.  The guidance was very rigid in its approach and strategies that deviate from this are not viewed favourably by the national governing bodies (NGBs) for the major pitch sports.  The NGBs and Sport England are required to sign off the strategy.

 

The aim of the strategy was to make sure that there was an adequate supply of good quality, accessible grass and artificial pitches in the Borough to meet current and future demands for formal pitch sports. 

 

The strategy covers all the main pitch sports – football, hockey, lacrosse, rounders, rugby league and rugby union.  It was Boroughwide and looked at pitches in council ownership, on school sites, owned by sports clubs and other providers.

 

In total over 300 pitches had been reviewed and assessed and consultation had been undertaken with over 500 playing teams, education establishments, leagues and governing bodies.

 

The strategy was set in the context of the Council’s corporate plans and set out how the Playing Pitch Strategy could help deliver the corporate objectives.  It also looked at the changing national picture and priorities for sports and physical activity.

 

DECIDED – (1) that the draft Playing Pitch Strategy be supported;

            (2) that residents and other stakeholders within the Township be invited to provide comments on the draft Playing Pitch Strategy before the 31st December 2016;

Eligible for call-in – no, item presented for consultation purposes only.

39.

Proposed Removal of BT Payphone Box pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Economy which provided details of the receipt of a letter from British Telecom (BT) confirming its intention to remove a total of 27 payphones boxes across the Borough as listed in the appendix to the submitted report.

 

The report sought views on the proposals to be forwarded to BT, together with any public views received by the Council before the consultation expiry date.

 

DECIDED – that the report be noted.

Eligible for call-in – no, item presented for consultation purposes only.

40.

Proposed Discretionary Fees & Charges 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

·         Resources;

·         Adult Care;

·         Early Help and Schools;

·         Public Protection;

·         Planning and Building Control;

·         Neighbourhoods;

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered reports from the Council Directorates as listed below, outlining proposed discretionary fees and charges for 2017/2018 for that had been approved by Cabinet on 31st October 2016 for consultation purposes.

·                   Resources;

·                   Children’s Services;

·                   Adult Care;

·                   Planning and Building Control;

·                   Neighbourhoods;

·                   Public Protection Service;

 

The Authority carries out an annual review of discretionary fees and charges as part of the budget setting process. For the 2017/18 financial year, Cabinet had agreed to an increase of 5.0% on discretionary fees and charges, wherever possible, to ensure that the Authority sets a balanced budget for the forthcoming year (2017/18).

 

DECIDED – that the proposed discretionary fees and charges for 2017/2018 for the Council Directorates listed above as detailed within the submitted reports, be noted.

Eligible for call-in – no, item presented for consultation purposes only.

41.

Savings Programme 2017/18 and 2018/19 - Group 2 Savings Proposals pdf icon PDF 248 KB

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Resources which presented the proposed Group 2 savings proposals that had been agreed by Cabinet on 21st November 2016 for consultation purposes as part of the strategy to reduce the funding gap. Based on current assumptions, the Council needed to make savings of £38.8m over the next two years to set a balanced budget.

 

Consultation on the proposals would be undertaken with the public, stakeholder groups, staff, unions and service users as appropriate. Consultation on the Group 2 proposals had commenced on 24th November 2016 and would conclude on 9th January 2017.

 

DECIDED –that the proposed Group 2 savings proposals that had been agreed by Cabinet on 21st November 2016 for consultation purposes and as detailed within the submitted report be noted.

Eligible for call-in – no, item presented for consultation purposes only.

 

 

 

 

 

42.

Capital Programme 2017/18 to 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 298 KB

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Resources, which provided details of the 2017/18 Capital Programme and provisional Capital programmes for 2018/19 and 2019/20, as detailed in Appendix 1 to the submitted report.

 

Cabinet had considered the proposed Capital Programme for 2017/18 and provisional programme for 2018/19 and 2019/20 on 3rd October 2016 and approved it as a basis for consultation.

 

DECIDED – that the proposed Capital Programme for 2017/18 and provisional programme for 2018/19 and 2019/20 as detailed within the submitted report be noted.

Eligible for call-in – no, item presented for consultation purposes only.

 

 

 

 

 

43.

Disposal of Surplus Land at Mary Street, Heywood

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Economy which sought approval for the release of land adjacent to a residential property at Mary Street, Heywood for disposal as set out within the report and plan appended to the submitted report.

 

DECIDED – (1) that approval be given to the land at Mary Street, Heywood being declared surplus to the Council’s requirements and being released for disposal as detailed within the submitted report;

 

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

 

(3) that the purchaser be required to pay the Council’s legal and surveyor’s costs associated with the disposal of the land.

Eligible for call in - yes

 

 

44.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider excluding the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

DECIDED – that the Press and Public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business, in accordance with the provisions of Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended as there may be a disclosure of information that is deemed to be exempt under Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

45.

Land at Bamford Road , Heywood

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Economy which sought approval for the release of land at Bamford Road, Heywood for disposal as set out within the report and plan appended to the submitted report.

 

DECIDED – (1) that approval be given to the release of land at Bamford Road, Heywood as detailed on the plan appended to the submitted report for disposal at market value;

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

Eligible for call in - yes