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Items
No. Item

24.

Minutes Silence

Minutes:

The Committee observed a period of silence in respect of Honorary Alderman Maureen Rowbotham who passed away recently. Mrs Rowbotham had served as a Member of the Council for the Middleton North Ward from 2004-2012. She had been awarded the title of Honorary Alderman, which is awarded to past councillors who had given outstanding service to the Borough, at an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council held on 26th July 2016.

25.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 26 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:

Councillors Bell and West declared personal interests in item 6 - The Need for Extra Reception Class Places 2016-2019 - by virtue of their being Primary School Governors.

26.

Presentation- Greater Manchester Police

Minutes:

The Township Committee received a presentation regarding the Greater Manchester Police Public Enquiry Counter Review from Jonathan Mason, the Project Manager for the PEC Review Project within the Transforming Policing Services programme at GMP.

 

The Committee was advised that Greater Manchester Police were in the process of reviewing the service that some of their public counters provide and were consulting with staff, local authorities and the general public to gain their views on the options that were being proposed prior to the implementation of any permanent changes.

 

The Committee was informed that there was a proposal to reduce the number of Public Enquiry Counters (PEC) from 22 to 12 and reduce the opening hours of the remaining PEC’s in line with the pattern of demand. This proposal included the closure of the Middleton Police station Public Enquiry Counter.

 

Alternative support was proposed to be provided through

·         Improved signposting, advice and guidance on the website and via the telephone

·         An online lost property system

·         A yellow telephone outside police stations for advice or to report crimes

·         Alternative PEC provision within the local authority area (available at Rochdale Police Station)

·         Continued access to local policing

·         Future improvements to the GMP website / customer contact.

 

Consultation on the proposals was due to end on 26th September and the views of the public were sought at any of the Public Enquiry Counters, by email to PEC.ProjectTeam@gmp.police.uk on line at:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GMPconsultationsurvey  or at the engagement events on 17th and 21st September from 11.00am – 2.00pm in Middleton Shopping Centre.

 

DECIDED - That the presentation be noted.

27.

Open Forum (6.15-6.45pm)

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 matters were raised in the open forum –

 

Middleton Cycle Route

 

In response to a written question regarding the tarmac surfacing of thee cycle route at Hopwood Woods the Highways Services Manager undertook to provide a written response to the query.

 

School Place Planning

 

In response to a number of questions regarding School Place planning relating to items 6 and 7 on the agenda the Assistant Director of Early Help and Schools advised that places were allocated in adherence to the School Admission Code which is a statutory requirement. Parents were advised to apply within the advertised timescales and that there would be a media campaign to ensure that parents were aware of the deadlines for applications for admission to both Secondary and Primary Schools.  The Assistant Director of Early Help and Schools undertook to provide a full written response to the questions raised.

 

Future Use of ‘Harry’s Hut’

 

In response to a residents query regarding an application to use the former scout hut on Long Street known locally as ‘Harry’s Hut’ for a commercial venture the Chair advised that the Township Committee had resolved at a previous meeting that the premises should be retained only as a  community/meeting venue.

 

Removal of York stone paving on Mellalieu Street

 

In response to a question regarding the use of the original York stone pavement on Mellalieu Street the Highways Services Manager advised that following an investigation it had been concluded that the original York stone paving had been uncovered as reported but that the paving was deep enough for to be overlaid with the new tegula paving and that it provided a very solid base. It had been decided that the stone paving was therefore not to be removed.  The contractors had been asked if any had already been removed and they had responded that it had not.

 

The Committee was advised that there photographic evidence could be provided that showed the stone had been removed by the contactors and the Highways Services Manager undertook to further investigate this matter further.

 

The wall in Jubilee Park

 

In response to a written question as to why the work to the wall in Jubilee Park has not required planning permission the Committee was advised that the work constitutes a repair and as such is a permitted development.

 

Providence Chapel

 

In response to a written question regarding future plans for Providence Chapel the Committee was advised that there are no current proposals for the redevelopment of the site and the Council is awaiting further proposals from the property owner and a timetable for this approved demolition to take place. 

 

The old Rectory

 

In regard to a written question regarding the future of the old Rectory on Mellalieu Street the Township was advised that the property was privately owned and therefore the Council was not currently aware of any future plans for the property.

 

Cankey’s Ginnel

 

In response to a written question from a local resident regarding the possibility of installing lighting or CCTV  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Minutes - Middleton Township Committee pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To consider the minutes of meeting of the Middleton Township Committee held on 21st July 2016.

Minutes:

DECIDED – that the Minutes of the meeting of the Middleton Township Committee held on 21st July 2016 be approved as a correct record.

 

29.

Minutes - Middleton Township Planning Sub Committee pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To note the minutes of the meetings of the Middleton Township Planning Sub- Committee held on 6th July and the 3rd August 2016

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Minutes:

DECIDED – that the minutes of the meetings of the Middleton Township Planning Sub-Committee held on the 6th July and the 3rd August 2016 be noted.

 

30.

The Need for Extra Reception Class Places 2016-2019 pdf icon PDF 624 KB

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Children’s Services which informed the Committee that there was a need to keep under review the need for extra Reception class places in each Township 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 recommendations were brought forward as in recent years there had been a continuing increase in the number of children born across the Borough, who will, in due course, require Reception Class places. The data presented in the report, at both Borough and Township level, showed that there are different demand pressures in each of the 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 sufficient places overall.

 

DECIDED – that the report be noted

Eligible for call-in - no

31.

The Need for Extra Year 7 Secondary School Places from 2017 pdf icon PDF 283 KB

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Director of Children’s Services the purpose of which was to inform the Members that there was a need to keep under review the need for extra Year 7 secondary school places across the Borough from September 2017 onwards and to set out proposals to address the ongoing need for further secondary school places.

 

The recommendations were put forward as in recent years there had been a continuing increase in the number of children born across the Borough who would turn will need Secondary School places. The data presented in the report, at both Borough and Township level, shows there are different demand pressures in each of the Townships. 

 

DECIDED – that the report be noted.

Eligible for call in - no

 

32.

Local Council Tax Support Scheme - Review of Scheme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 348 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Director of Resources which formed part of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme consultation process with proposals as approved by Cabinet on the 11th July 2016 for consultation.

 

The recommendations were put forward as Schedule 1A of the Local Government Finance Act 2012 requires local authorities to consider whether to revise or to replace its Local Council Tax Support Scheme each year. Any revisions or a replacement scheme must have been considered and agreed no later than 31st January 2017 for operation from 1st April 2017.

 

DECIDED – that the report be noted.

Eligible for call-in - no

 

33.

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 provided an update on the 2017/18 to 2019/20 Revenue Budgets.

 

The recommendations in the report had been presented to the Cabinet, at its meeting on 12th September 2016, were put forward as the Council is legally obliged to set a balanced revenue budget. The budget setting process is complex and must be undertaken in a planned way. Whilst budgets are prepared in accordance with the approved guidelines a number of alternative options relating to savings proposals and budget pressures were considered as part of the overall budget setting process. Budget forecasts are based on known and anticipated levels of spending and resources; significant budget risks were identified within the report.

 

DECIDED – that the Revenue Budget Position for 2017/18 to 2019/20 be noted;

Eligible for call in – No.                                                                                                                                                            

 

34.

Savings Programme 2017/18 and 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 319 KB

Minutes:

The Director of Resources submitted a report which informed the Township Committee of the saving proposals for 2017/18 and 2018 /19 and to seek comments thereon as part of the public consultation process. Based upon current assumptions it was estimated that saving proposals of £38.8m were required over the next two years to set a balanced budget

 

The Committee were advised that the proposals which had service delivery implications were appended to the submitted report and were available on the Council website for comment as part of the public consultation process.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

Eligible for call-in:  No