Agenda and minutes

Venue: The Old Police Station, Hind Hill Street, Heywood, OL10 1AQ

Contact: Peter Thompson  Senior Governance and Committee Services Officer

Items
No. Item

11.

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.

12.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 15th February 2021 and 13th July 2021.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Further to minute 6 of the meeting held on 13 July 2021, it was confirmed that Councillors Beswick and McCarthy were not members of the Heywood Magic Market Board.

 

RESOLVED

That the minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Committee held on 15 February 2021 and 13 July 2021 be approved as a correct record.

13.

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:

Consideration was given to matters raised by local residents in the local forum.

 

Heywood Environment Group

A representative from the Heywood Environment Group addressed the Township Committee who informed Members of activities that the Group had undertaken to improve the environmental appearance of Heywood. He also asked about proposals to ‘regenerate Heywood town centre, further to Councillor Blundell’s contribution to the last meeting of the  These activities included clearing up alleyways and litter picks.

 

Councillor O’Rourke, in his capacity as portfolio holder for Environment and Facilities advised the meeting of work that the Council was doing to improve the environmental aspect of Heywood and the wider Borough and he emphasised the importance of environmental improvements under the Council’s new leadership including the recent allocation of bulky goods waste skips in the Town Centre. In terms of improving and cleaning alleyways, it was noted that some of the responsibility for this rested with the Borough’s social housing providers such as Rochdale Borough Wide Housing and the Guinness Trust.

 

Heywood in Bloom

Representatives from Heywood in Bloom addressed the Township Committee in light of g having been awarded five gold awards for this year’s North West in Bloom competition.

 

Heywood’s accolades included a gold medal in the ‘town centre’ and ‘large town’ categories whilst Queen’s Park was awarded gold for best large park.

Additionally the Heywood book received best feature in a public place.

 

Care Homes

Mrs Coates addressed the Township Committee seeking a response to a number of questions relating to Care Homes within the borough.

 

a)    We all agree the Care Homes/Agencies are understaffed, carers are underpaid and overworked and not able to give the care they wish to.  Perhaps it would address many problems if the council adopted the policies and conditions for services which mirrors terms and condition in the Health Service both reflecting salary, training, career progression and an accountable body on standards should be developed.

b)    What part does the council play in ensuring monitoring of services are of an acceptable standard, ie food, heating, chairs, personal hygiene and activities?  It has been suggested that the council budget restricts what standards you can commission, however our relatives should not be used as fodder for private enterprise because of this issue.  What oversight is there from the council, and specifically the councillors, on the conditions within the local care service or care homes in their wards?  What powers do the councils have regarding the care homes in our local authority and how often does the council make checks on the conditions within these care homes?

c)    Are councillors scrutinising the commissioned homes complaints and ombudsman’s reports on a regular basis and ensuring changes are made?  If so how regularly do councillors meet with the dissatisfied families and try to address issues with officers present?  Do they make public the council’s findings on the conditions in these homes?

d)    I feel I need to explain the disappointment when we asked for support from our elected members regarding our  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.

14.

Community Safety Presentation

Safer Communities Manager, Neighbourhood Services, to present

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a presentation on behalf the Director of Neighbourhoods setting out

15.

Heywood Township Funds 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To consider Heywood Township Funds 2021/22.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report from the Director of Neighbourhoods which presented a review of the Township revenue and capital expenditure during 2020/2021 and provided options for the allocation of funds for 2021/2022. Members were also requested to consider the terms and conditions for the Heywood Township Funds and to agree delegation arrangements concerning funding decisions.

 

Alternatives considered

In considering the report, the Sub-Committee would consider whether or not to approve the allocation of funds to projects as appropriate.

 

RESOLVED

1.    That the expenditure, commitments and balances for Heywood Township revenue and capital funds at financial year end 2020/2021 be noted;

2.    That the findings of the review of Township Funds 2020/2021 and evaluations received to date for some of the projects funded be noted;

3.    That the allocation of Heywood Township Funds to funding streams in 2021/2022 be approved;

4.    That the terms and conditions for Heywood Township revenue and capital funds for 2021/2022 be approved;

5.    That the delegation arrangements for Heywood Township Funds 2021/2022, as detailed at paragraph 4.6 of the submitted report, be approved.

6.    That the application from Heywood Cricket Club for £4,500 be approved.

7.    That the application from the Youth Service for £8900 for the YARD be approved.

 

Reason for recommendation

Management of the Heywood Township Fund is a function that has been delegated to the Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee to determine. Heywood Township Funds are allocated to projects that benefit the Township’s community and environment and which will realise the Township priorities.

16.

Highways LTP Capital Programme 2022/24 pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To consider the Highways LTP Capital Programme 2022/24.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Highways / Director of Neighbourhoods which sought approval for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 of the two year local transport plan (LTP) funded capital programme; and the 2 year bridges and structures capital maintenance programme.

 

Members were informed that additional funding for resurfacing had been announced and that additional roads for inclusion should be sent directly to the Highways Manager.

 

Alternatives considered

The programme has been developed according to Department for Transport guidance and in line with other Greater Manchester Authorities.  Any amendments would be as a result of the grading undertaken to determine priorities.

 

RESOLVED

1.    That the local transport plan funded capital programme be approved for 2022/23 and 2023/24.

2.    That the bridges and structures capital maintenance programme be approved for 2022/23 and 2023/24.

 

Reason for resolution

The schemes that have been selected have been put together based on the principles of asset management which use network condition data, engineer inspections, life cycle planning and cost efficiency to produce the most efficient highway improvement over the course of the programmes.

17.

Secondary School Places 2022 - 2025 pdf icon PDF 276 KB

To consider Secondary School Places 2022 – 2025.

Minutes:

A report detailing the capacity of school places in the secondary school sector, across the borough.

 

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education / Director of Children’s Services, consulting the Township Committee on the proposed allocation of secondary school places 2022-2025.

 

RESOLVED

That Cabinet be advised the Heywood Township Committee supports the recommendations as detailed within the submitted report.

18.

Need for Primary School Places 2022-25 pdf icon PDF 267 KB

To consider Primary School Places 2022-25.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education / Director of Children’s Services, consulting the Township Committee on the proposed allocation of primary school places 2022-2025.

 

Inflows of pupils arriving into the borough after the start of Reception intake, and in higher year groups, have been higher than ever since January 2021, leading to significant pressures in older primary school year groups. These ‘in-year’ school applications plateaued towards the end of the 2019/20 due to the pandemic, but had risen to be above previous levels.

 

RESOLVED

That Cabinet be advised the Heywood Township Committee supports the recommendations as detailed within the submitted report.