Agenda and minutes

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To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bell and Wardle.


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.   


In accordance with the Code of Conduct for Councillors and Voting Co-Opted Members, Councillors Joinson, West and Peter Williams declared personal interests in the agenda item Middleton Town Centre Activity Update, as they had been appointed as Council representatives on the Board of the Middleton Town Centre Management Company.



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.


Items for Exclusion of Public and Press

To determine any items on the agenda, if any, where the public are to be excluded from the meeting.


There were no private items of business.


Middleton In Bloom Silver Award/Empty Properties

Chair to report


Councillor Neil Emmott, Cabinet Member for Housing & Environment thanked all those involved in Middleton in Bloom who had recently secured a silver award in the first year of entering the awards.


Councillor Emmott also updated the Committee on the great progress that had been made over the past 18 months with regard to reducing the number of empty properties across the Borough from approximately 3000 to 800.


Open Forum

Up to 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 as part of the Open Forum:-


a)    Empty Buildings


Mr T Ettenfield asked about the status of empty buildings on Wood Street, Long Street and Warwick Mill and London House.


In response, it was reported that the buildings on Wood Street had not been let and a planning application was expected for refurbishment which was required.  The vacant land at Long Street was under the control of the Council and its sale was currently being considered.  The owners of Warwick Mill and London House were reviewing uses for the buildings.


b)    CVS


In response to a question from Mr T Ettenfield about how the recent collapse of CVS would affect Middleton, it was reported that some services like the volunteer driver service, the Health and Wellbeing Alliance and the volunteer placement service had been continued. Work would continue to identify other services previously provided by CVS.


c)    Bowlee


Mr E Larmett from the Friends of Bowlee asked about a decision made by the Council’s Cabinet in December about using council owned land for a free school at Bowlee and asked what consultation would be undertaken and why the item had been considered in private at the Cabinet meeting.


In response, the Assistant Director (Place) informed the Committee that there would be engagement with stakeholders in due course and that in order to meet the requirements for a bid for a free school, a site had to be named prior to bids being submitted. The item had been considered in private as it related to the business affairs of an external organisation.


d)    Open Forum Questions


The Township and Engagement Officer informed the Committee that written questions had been received from Mr T Linden, Ms S. Stevens, Ms P Dale and Ms P Hickey who could not be present at the meeting and that written answers would be sent direct to each question.








Minutes pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting of Middleton Township Committee held Thursday, 30th November 2017.



That subject to the amendment of the word “Holton” to “Hilton” in Minute 42 (1) that the minutes of the meeting of the Middleton Township Committee held on 30th November 2017 be approved and signed as a correct record.


Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub Committee pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To note the Minutes of the meeting of Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub-Committee held Wednesday, 10th January 2018.



That the minutes of the meeting of Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub-Committee, held on 10th January 2018, be noted.



Middleton Town Centre Activity Update Report pdf icon PDF 1 MB

A report from Middleton Town Centre Management Company updating members on activities in the Township.


The Township Committee received a report from Middleton Town Centre Management Company Limited that detailed the various events and activities that the Company had arranged or facilitated in the period 1st October 2017 to 31st January 2018.



That the report be noted.


Eligible for Call-in: No



Highways Indicitive 2 Year Work Programme Middleton pdf icon PDF 118 KB

The Committee is asked to consider the 2018 - 2020 Highways and Structures Capital Programme

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which sought approval of the 2018-20 highways and structures capital programme for the Middleton Township.


Alternatives considered:


The alternative to carrying out the programme would be to maintain the asset on a worst first basis. This approach was a lot more expensive than carrying out preventative maintenance and was deemed by the Department for Transport (DfT) as being inefficient which could lead to a reduction in funding from the DfT.


In considering the report, it was noted that the Oldham Road (Elm Street – Mills Hill Road) scheme was in the East Middleton Ward and that the Wood Street scheme (Long Street – Long Street) was in the South Middleton Ward.


Councillor Neil Emmott, Portfolio Holder for Housing & Environment undertook to raise the issue of there being no schemes identified for the Hopwood Hall Ward within the report.




1.    That the 2018-20 highways and structures capital programme for  Middleton Township as detailed within the report be approved;


2.    That where events external to the Council require rapid response or agreement in principle, that the Head of Highways be authorised to vary the programme in consultation with the Portfolio Holder and the Chair of the Township committee.


Reason for decision:


The recommended programme had been put together based on network condition data, engineer site visits and guidance issued by the Department for Transport (DfT). The programme aimed to maximise the improvement to the network by carrying out the most efficient and cost effective engineering works to the asset.


The programme had been produced to ensure maximum efficiency and cost benefit which would satisfy an element of the DfT self-assessment questionnaire which would enable Rochdale to receive the maximum budget allocation available from the DfT.


Eligible for call in - yes