Agenda and minutes

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35.

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.

 

36.

Withdrawal of Item of Business

Minutes:

In accordance with Council procedure rule 2.2 the Chair indicated that agenda item 8– Procedures for the Open Forum – would be withdrawn for consideration at a future meeting.

 

37.

Presentation - Demesne Community Centre - Dementia Group

Minutes:

The Township Committee received a presentation by the Demesne Community Centre ‘Let’s Just Dance Dementia’ project for which the Township had recently provided funding.

 

Open sessions are held on a weekly basis for people who are living with or at risk of dementia together with their partners, family members and carers. The dance classes are designed to encourage social interaction, expression and communication.

 

DECIDED – That the presentation be welcomed and noted

38.

Presentation - GM 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 Middleton this would be on Monday 12th December 2016 from 3.30pm - 6.30pm at Middleton Library.

 

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

·         In the event of the release of land for development within the Green Belt, the delivery policy within the strategy made clear the expectation that, for higher value uses, the expectation will be that any infrastructure necessary to support the release of land in that area would be met by the development and this will need to be factored into the value of that land.

·         The GMSF proposes that 72% of the homes required would be met from brownfield sites but the details around the mix and tenure of accommodation, including  the potential number of affordable rental properties to be built during the plan period could not at this stage be determined. These would be brought forward at a later stage.

·         Transport considerations formed a key element of the Spatial Strategy to support the proposals, including what new investment in transport might be needed to accommodate growth to support land allocations;

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

·         Residents and other stakeholders within the Township are invited to provide comments on the Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy before the 23rd December 2016;

 

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

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

 

39.

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 –

 

 

Birch Bin

In response to a local resident with regard to a bin which had been knocked over several years ago by vehicle and was still waiting on replacement the Township was advised that a replacement bin will be requested for the area.

 

Trees on Heywood Old Road and Weight restriction sign at the bottom on Whittle Lane

In response to queries from a resident regarding the replanting of three mature trees which had been felled three years ago and weight restriction signs which were missing from bottom of Whittle Lane the Townships & Engagement Officer undertook to respond in writing.

 

HGV Weight Restrictions in Birch

In response to concerns raised by a resident 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, Heywood and Whittle Lane in Birch to alleviate concerns with regard HGV traffic in the Birch area.

 

The meeting 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.

 

Keepmoat Development Mosedale Road

In response to concerns raised by residents of Mosedale Road with regard to the location of the access to a proposed new estate close to their houses the Assistant Director Planning & Development advised that residents would be notified when the planning application was advertised in order that they may make written representations on the proposals. 

 

The Voice of Middleton Elected Members on the Council

In response to a question as to whether councillors speak up for Middleton residents at the Council meetings the Chair responded that the elected Members always represented their residents and that two Middleton Township members had a voice in the Cabinet.

 

Bowlee Playing Fields

Chair of the Bowlee Friends Group raised concerns with regard to the reference to Rochdale AFC developing facilities at Bowlee Playing Fields in the Playing Pitch Strategy and that the interests of the Friends of Groups had not been recognised in the document.

 

The Assistant Director - Place advised that all the comments raised during consultation would be noted and made available to the Cabinet before a final decision on the strategy was made.

 

 

40.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Middleton Township Committee held on 15th September 2016.  

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Middleton Township Committee held on 15th September 2016 be approved as a correct record.

 

41.

Minutes of Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To note the minutes of the meetings of the Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub-Committee held on the 5th October and the 17th November 2016

Additional documents:

Minutes:

DECIDED – that the Minutes of the meetings of the Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Services Sub-Committee held on 5th October and 17th November 2016 be noted.

42.

Township Highways Champion Report - Verbal Update

Minutes:

Councillor West, the Middleton Township Highways Champion, updated the Committee on matters that had been considered by the Township Highways Champions, which included the following information for the Middleton Township:-

 

·         Structural patching has been planned on 55 streets in Middleton with a total estimated spend of spend of £177,000. The patching programme will improved the condition of 5639m2 of carriageway within the township.

 

·         51 defective gullies had been identified as part of the drainage repair programme and will be replaced within quarter 3.

 

·         10 highways capital schemes are due to be completed in Middleton by the end of the financial year with a total estimated spend of £756,000

 

DECIDED – that the report of the Middleton Township Highways Champion, Councillor West, be noted.

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

 

43.

Capital Programme 2017/18 to 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 300 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.

 

44.

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 which had been agreed by Cabinet at the meeting held 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 as 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.

 

45.

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;

· Adult Care;

· Early Help and Schools;

· Public Protection;

· Planning and Building Control;

· Neighbourhoods;

 

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).

 

During consideration of the report Members expressed concerns with regard to the proposed level of increase in the fees charged for burials and cremations.  The Committee requested that consideration be given to additional information on funeral planning being made available to residents. 

 

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.

 

46.

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.

 

In considering the report Members expressed concerns that the proposed hub site for Middleton was the Bowlee Playing Fields as this is not centrally located and has limited transport links from other areas of the Township. Concern was also raised that the strategy had not addressed diversity issues.

 

A local resident expressed concerns regarding the proposal by Rochdale AFC to develop 3G facilities at Bowlee Playing Fields.  The Committee requested that further information be presented to Members of the Middleton Township Committee regarding this proposal.

 

The Chair invited Members and residents to provide comments on the draft Playing Pitch Strategy before the 31st December 2016 via the Council’s consultation hub as detailed in the submitted report

 

DECIDED – (1) that the draft Playing Pitch Strategy be noted and 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.

 

47.

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.

 

 

48.

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 public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following item of business since it is likely, that in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, namely information relating to the business or financial affairs of any person (including the authority holding that information).

 

49.

Tonge Hall Restoration

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy the purpose of which was to request the consent from Middleton Township Committee to dispose of land adjacent to the building for development with any proceeds used to support works to restore the Hall.

 

DECIDED – that (1) the progress made thus far in restoring Tonge Hall be noted;

(2) the Assistant Director Planning & Development be authorised to explore, in partnership with Historic England, the potential of an ‘enabling development’ as detailed in the submitted report to support the full restoration of the building;

(3) the release of the land for disposal be authorised.

(4) the marketing of the opportunity for an ‘enabling development’ on some, or all, of the land to support the restoration of Tonge Hall be authorised;

(5)  the intention that further detailed reports detailing the feasibility of an enabling development, the outcome of any marketing activity and the terms of any transaction for the land are to be submitted to a future meeting of the Middleton Township Committee be noted.

(6) the Assistant Director (Legal Governance and Workforce) be authorised to undertake the necessary legal works.

Eligible for call in - Yes

50.

Hopwood Hall Restoration

Minutes:

The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Economy which sought approval of an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Start-up Grant to assist the creation of a new body which would undertake the restoration of Hopwood Hall.

 

DECIDED – that (1) the Director of Economy or nominee in consultation with the Director of Resources or nominee be authorised to agree the final terms of a Start-up Grant Partnership Agreement with Mr Hopwood Depree as detailed appendix 1 to the submitted report;

(2) the Director of Economy or nominee be authorised to make an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Start-up Grant on behalf of Mr Hopwood Depree.

(b) the Council is to act as the ‘accountable body’ for the Start-up Grant on the terms as set out in the Partnership Agreement as detailed appendix 1 to the submitted report be noted.

2.5       To authorise the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce) to prepare and execute the Partnership Agreement on the Council’s behalf.

Eligible for call in - Yes