Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Peter Thompson  924717

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To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bell, Burke, Robinson, Rowbotham and Peter Williams.


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.   


There were no declarations of interests.


Urgent Items of Business

To determine whether there are any additional items of business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chair decides should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.


There were no urgent items of business.


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.



The following matters were raised in the open forum –


a.    Removal of Privets, Langley, West Middleton

The Township received a question from Ms. Eaton-Dykes regarding the removal of privets, by Riverside Housing Association, from numerous areas of land in the Langley area of west Middleton, to be replaced by fencing. As well as the adverse visual impact, Ms Eaton-Dykes felt that the actions of Riverside Housing Association would have a negative effect on physical and mental wellbeing, air pollution, wildlife, habitat and nature. The reply to Ms. Eaton-Dykes emphasised that whilst the Township Members were sympathetic to the questioner’s concerns and would continue to raise maintenance issues with Riverside Housing Association, when and where it was appropriate to do so, there was little influence that they could bring to bear as the land in question was owned by Riverside Housing Association. It was suggested that representations in this regard be forwarded to that Housing Association’s management board.


b.    Students at Hopwood Hall College

The Township received a question from Ms. O’Mara regarding students from Hopwood Hall College who often converged on Hopwood Woods displaying anti-social behaviour, leaving litter, smoking cannabis, obstructing and sometimes intimidating other people in the locality. Inspector K. Williams (GMP) and the Council’s Senior Youth Officer undertook to pursue this matter with Ms. O’Mara.


c.    Municipal Election – May 2018

The Township received a question from Ms. O’Mara regarding the selection process for the Labour Party’s candidate at the 2018 Rochdale Borough Council election in the North Middleton Ward. The Committee, in noting the question advised that the matter was not in the remit of the Township Committee and that responsibility for the choice of election candidates rested with the local Labour Party.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Middleton Township Committee held on 3rd August 2017


The Committee considered the minutes of the last meeting held 3rd August 2017. A Member referred to minute 21 (Township Planning Panels) and requested that the cutting of grass verges at the Hollin estate, in the Township’s Hopwood Hall Ward, be included as a priority for Section 106 funding.


Decision: That (1) the Minutes of the meeting of the Middleton Township Committee held on 3rd August 2017 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record;

(2) improvements to the damaged grass verges and the undertaking of preventative measures, such as the introduction of bollards, to help to protect verges from vehicles churning up the immediate area, in the Township’s Hopwood Hall Ward, be included as a priority for Section 106 funding.


Disposal of Surplus Land - adjacent to 77 Spring Vale, Middleton pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Additional documents:


The Township Committee considered a report that sought to obtain approval for the release of land that was adjacent to 77 Spring Vale, Middleton for disposal as set out in the plan that was attached to the report.


Alternatives considered: to retain the site in its current use. Retention of this site will not secure a capital receipt or a beneficial development. The Council’s financial liabilities would not be reduced as it would have to continue to maintain the land in a reasonable order.


Decision: (1) the land is declared surplus to the Council’s requirements and is released for disposal;

(2) the Acting Director of Resources, be requested to carry out the legal work in connection with the disposal;

(3) the purchaser pays the Council’s legal and surveyor’s costs.


Reasons for the recommendation: The site comprises a vacant parcel of land adjacent to 77 Spring Vale. The site is well vegetated with some larger trees to the rear of the plot. The Council’s Tree and Woodland Development Officer has advised that none of the specimens are worthy of protection. The site is surrounded by open space to the north, housing to the south and east and an electricity substation to the west. Initial discussions with the Council’s Planning service has highlighted that residential development of this site would be supported.


Eligible for Call-in: Yes.


Revenue Budget Update 2018/19 to 2020/21 and Saving Programme 2018/19 to 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 588 KB

To consider the latest position regarding the Council’s Revenue Budget for 2018/19 to 2020/21, and Savings Proposals in order to meet the budget gap for 2018/19 and 2019/20.


The Township Committee were consulted on a report of the Interim Director of Resources which detailed the current position regarding the Council’s Revenue Budget for 2018/19 to 2020/21.


Alternatives considered:  None, this item is presented for information purposes.


Decision: That the Revenue Budget position for 2018/19 to 2020/21 and the potential risks around the Revenue Budget be noted;


Reason for decision: The Council is required to set a balanced budget for 2018/19 by no later than 11th March 2018.


Eligible for call in – no.


Discretionary Fees & Charges 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To consider proposed fee and charge levels, by service, for 2018/19.

Additional documents:


The Township Committee was consulted on a report of the Interim Director of Resources that outlined proposed discretionary fees and charges across the authority for 2018/19; the report having been considered initially by the Cabinet at is meeting on 14th September 2017 (minute 46 refers). 


Alternatives considered:  Not to review or increase the authority’s fees and charges. This would potentially reduce the income available to the Council and make it more difficult to achieve a balanced budget.


Decision: (1) the report be noted;

(2) the Committee recommends that the £50 fee for residents parking permits (reference R0836) be removed and that the Cabinet be advised accordingly.


Reason for decision: The Authority undertakes an annual review of discretionary fees and charges as part of the budget setting process. It is a requirement of this process that Elected Members agree a general level of increase for all income streams taking into account the prevailing rate of inflation. For the 2018/19 financial year, Elected Members were asked to agree an increase of 2.0%, wherever possible to ensure that the Authority sets a balanced budget for the forthcoming year (2018/19).


In considering the report a Member suggested that the £50 fee for residents parking permits (reference R0836) be removed.


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


Capital Programme 2018/19 to 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 250 KB

To consider the Capital Programme Proposals 2018/19 to 2020/21.


The Township Committee were consulted on a report of the Interim Director of Resources that sought the views of Members on the Council’s proposed Capital Programme 2018/19 – 2020/21.


Alternatives considered: None. Consultation on the proposed Capital Programme is a legal requirement.


Decision: That the Capital Programme and provisional programmes for 2019/20 and 2020/21, be noted.


Reasons for decision: The Council is legally obliged to set a balanced budget.  Budgets are prepared in accordance with the approved guidelines.


Eligible for call in – no


Future Compulsory Purchase Order Programme - Presentation

To receive a presentation about Compulsory Purchase Orders.


The Township Committee received a presentation from the Director of Neighbourhoods which detailed a new rolling programme of compulsory purchase actions involving largely high profile sites and buildings. The programme was anticipated to run for three years with one million pounds per annum included within the Capital Programme.


Alternatives considered: None – the presentation was designed to introduce Members of the Committee to the proposals.


Decision: That the presentation be noted.


Reasons for the Decision: the presentation was for information purposes.


Eligible for call in - no


Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider that the press and public be excluded from the remaining part of the meeting pursuant to Section 100(A)4 of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that discussions may involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in the provisions of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and public interest would not be served in publishing the information.


Decision: 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.


Reason for Decision: Should the press and public remain during the debate on this item there may be a disclosure of information that is deemed to be exempt under Part 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.


Compulsory Purchase Order Programme

To consider any potential sites within Middleton Township.


The Director of Neighbourhoods requested that Members of the Committee identify potential sites within the boundaries of Middleton Township that could be considered as a suitable site for a Compulsory Purchase Order.


Alternatives considered: None at this stage. Members may be requested to consider the merits of each application for Compulsory Purchase Order at a later stage.


Decision: That (1) the sites identified by the Township Committee Members be put forward as part of the Compulsory Purchase Order Programme;

(2) Update reports on the development of sites for Compulsory Purchase Order be presented to future meetings of the Middleton Township Regeneration and Transport Group.


Reason for decision: There needed to be a legal justification for proceeding with a Compulsory Purchase Order, factors can include the number of complaints received by Members, loss of visual amenity, development requirements and gateway considerations.


Eligible for Call-in – no.