Agenda and minutes

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To receive any apologies for absence.


There were no apologies for absence.


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 interest.


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 items for exclusion of press and public.


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.





The following matters were raised as part of the Open Forum:


a)    Guildford Grove/ Acresfield Road

Ms L Woolfall raised the matter of fencing being fly tipped at the rear of Guildford Grove/ Acresfield Road.


The Head of Environmental Management would be requested to look into this matter.


b)    Litter Bins

Ms L Woolfall asked for litter bins to be installed adjacent to the Boxing Club on Stannycliffe Lane.


The Head of Environmental Management would be requested to look into this matter.


c)     Horses at Dingle

Ms L Woolfall raised the issue of horses on the Dingle. The Committee were informed that there were licences in place and the landowner was engaging with the Council.


Burnside Community Centre - Skills Training Update



That the presentation be deferred until a future meeting of the Committee.


Youth Service Update


The Committee received a presentation from Diane Higgins and Jill Amos relating to Youth Service activity in Middleton.


The presentation included voice recordings of young people who participated in the Springvale Youth Group.


The presentation also covered a number of other projects such as charity fundraising, out-reach work and diversional activities.


Members of the Committee welcomed the presentation and thanked Officers for the work that they undertook with children and young people.



That the presentation be noted.    




1001 Days



That the presentation be deferred until a future meeting of the Committee.



Middleton Draft Allocations Plan


The Township Committee received a presentation for the Director of Economy regarding the Borough’s Draft Allocations Plan. The Allocations Plan contains the sites to deliver the scale of growth set out in the Borough’ Core Strategy that was adopted in 2016.  The Allocations Plan also designates areas for particular types of development, such as employment and also areas where development may be restricted, recreational open spaces for example. The Allocations Plan therefore forms part of the Local Plan for Rochdale, together with the Coe Strategy and the Greater Manchester Minerals Plan.


The key issues covered in the presentation were: housing, employment, retail centres across the Borough’ green belt and green infrastructures and transport.


The proposals, set out in the Allocations Plan, are currently subject to a public consultation exercise that commenced on 10th September 2018 and will conclude on 5th November 2018 and which includes a number of public ‘drop-in’ sessions. Following the close of the consultation exercise all comments received will be considered in the production of the finalised version of the Plan that is due to be published for consultation in the summer of 2019.


Members of the Committee commented on various proposals within the Middleton Township area.



That the presentation be noted.    


Our Rochdale the Online Directory of Services


The Township Committee received a presentation from Mr. M. Hicks (HMR CCG) regarding ‘Our Rochdale’ an online directory of health and social care services, that are provided by the NHS in the Borough and by the Children’s and Adults Directorates of Rochdale Borough Council. The service was designed to give help and advice, if needed, to the website’s visitors and was proving to be very popular with several thousand visits to the website each month.


At the conclusion the presenter was asked questions by the members present and he was thanked for an informative presentation.


Members of the Committee referred to the forthcoming retirement of Dianne David, Assistant Director, Adult Care and wanted to place on record their thanks to Dianne for her many years of professional service to the Council.



That the presentation be noted.



Minutes - Middleton Township Committee pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of the Middleton Township Committee held on 7th June 2018.



That the minutes of the meeting of Middleton Township Committee held on 7th June 2018 be approved, as a correct record.


Minutes - Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To note the Minutes of the meeting of the Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub-Committee held on 4th July 2018.



That the minutes of the meeting of Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub-Committee held on 4th July 2018, be noted.



Neighbourhood Planning - Application for Thornham St. John's Neighbourhood Area & Forum pdf icon PDF 5 MB

To consider an application for a Neighbourhood Area and Forum.


The Committee considered the report of the Director of Economy which stated that the Localism Act 2011 introduced new planning provisions enabling designated Neighbourhood Forums to prepare planning policies for a designated Neighbourhood Area, for consideration by the relevant local authority and by an independent examiner.


The Council had received two applications at a very early stage of neighbourhood planning– one to designate a Neighbourhood Area in Thornham St. John’s, Castleton and another to establish a Thornham St. John’s Neighbourhood Forum.  The report made recommendations regarding the determination of both applications, specifically within the context for assessing the suitability of the proposed Neighbourhood Area and Forum.


Alternatives considered:


Alternatives to producing a neighbourhood plan were discussed with the community group and included:

         Using other planning tools such as seeking to influence an emerging local plan; commenting on planning applications; get involved in pre-application discussions; influencing design and development briefs.

         Producing a parish plan or community plan (though these do not have any status as statutory planning policy).

         Developing a community project and raise funds for its delivery.


However, none of the above alternatives were considered appropriate for the requirements of the group.  In addition, where a community group can meet the basic conditions for preparing a neighbourhood plan, the Council has a duty to consider and support the preparation of that plan. 


In considering the report, Members of the Committee outlined some concerns they had with the suggested geographical boundary of the proposed Plan and Proposed Forum.


The Committee also received representations from Mr Gordon Tilstone in support of the Plan and the Forum.




That the Township Committee approves as the basis for public consultation the proposed Thornham St. John’s area boundary subject to the boundary being revised to be curtailed at Bentley Avenue and the Thornham St. John’s Forum neighbourhood application.


Reasons for the recommendation:


To comply with the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), specifically regulations 5 and 8. The application of a neighbourhood Area and Forum will enable the community to begin the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.


Application for an Order Modyfying the Definitive Map and Statement to include a Footpath Running from Middleton Road (Adjacent to 300) to Siddal Farm Middleton pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To consider whether the Council should proceed with an order to add a footpath to the definitive map and statement.

Additional documents:


Under section 130 Highways Act 1980 the Council has a duty to protect and assert the rights of the public to the use and enjoyment of any highway defined on the map of rights of way and supporting statements.  The Council are also required to maintain and keep under review a map, the Definitive map, and statement showing the public footpaths and bridleways in its area. 


One of the circumstances in which the map can be modified is the expiration of any period such that the enjoyment of the way by the public during that period raises a presumption that the way has been dedicated as a public right of way.  Section 31 of the Highways Act 1980, provides that any way over land which has been actually enjoyed by the public, as of right and without interruption for a full period of 20 years, shall be deemed to have been dedicated as a public right of way unless there is sufficient evidence that there was no intention to dedicate the way for public use.


Any person may apply to the Council under section 53(5) of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 for an order to be made to modify the Definitive Map and Statement to include a path or way.  Such an application must contain the evidence on which the applicant relies; the applicant must notify the landowner of the application.


The Council received such an application to claim a right of way running over land from Middleton Road, Middleton adjacent to number 300 Middleton Road, Middleton to Siddal Fold Farm, Middleton as a result of the use of the route by the general public being questioned and obstructed by the land owner. The location of the route used was shown by a thick black line on the attached map to this report.  The evidence provided indicated that the path/way had been used by the public as of right for over twenty years and that there was a case to make the order.


Alternatives considered:


The only alternative would be to decline to make the order.  This would mean that the Council was in breach of its duty and would entitle the applicant to appeal to the Secretary of State under paragraph 4 of Schedule 14 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 against the Council’s decision.


Members of the Committee advised that this particular matter may also form the border with Heywood Township.




1.     That the Council proceeding with a definitive map and statement modification order under section 53(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as detailed within the submitted report be approved;


2.     That if no objections are received to the order, that the order be confirmed as an unopposed order under paragraph 6 of Schedule 15 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and if relevant objections are received that the order be referred to the Secretary of State for confirmation.


3.     That the Head of Legal be authorised to make an Order under the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 83.


Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To consider a review of polling districts and places.


The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Resources which outlined that the statutory review of Polling Districts and Polling Places was underway and the consultation period ended on 27 July 2018.


A final report on any recommendations arising from the review would be taken to full Council on 17 October 2018 for approval.


The only recommendation relating to Middleton Township related to the correct polling station being assigned to properties on Wood Street that had been raised by Councillor Neil Emmott.


Alternatives considered:


Any alternative polling districts or polling stations proposed during the consultation period will be considered.




That the proposed changes to polling districts and polling places within the Township arising from the review be noted.


Reasons for the decision:


The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 included a new provision altering the timing of statutory reviews of parliamentary polling districts and polling places. This meant that all local authorities were required to complete a statutory review between 1 October 2013 and 31 January 2015.

Subsequent compulsory reviews must be started and completed within the period of 16 months that starts on 1 October of every fifth year after 1 October 2013.


The review must be completed and implemented by the end of December 2018, so for the changes to be included in the register on 1 December this year, Full Council must consider and confirm the proposals at their meeting on 17 October 2018.




Consultation on the review by the Townships Review Steering Group pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To consider proposals for the future operation of the Council’s Township Committee structure.

Additional documents:


The Township Committee received a report of the Assistant Director (Information, Customers and Communities) which advised members that in January 2018, the four Township Committee Chairs and a cross-party group of Elected Members had formed a working group to look at how the Council engages with local communities, and on the workings of the Townships.


The group was facilitated by Sir Steve Houghton, Leader of Barnsley Council, and officers from the Local Government Association. Its purpose was to consider the following in the context of cooperative values – self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, and behaviours playing a key part in the future role of the Townships.


The report of the Township Review Members Panel contained a number of recommendations for consideration - which were attached at Appendix 1 to the Committee’s report. The views of the Township Committee’s membership were sought as part of the consultation exercise, noting that any changes to the Township Committee governance structure would be subject to approval by full Council.


The report detailed six specific recommendations:

a.  Members to have a broader role in having oversight of issues such as Health and Social Care and other issues at a township level, and should play a stronger role in developing more resilient communities.

b.  Continued recognition of different needs and priorities throughout the Borough, across townships and at a neighbourhood level.

c.  Members to have a role in encouraging co-creation within communities

d.  A re-structure of the Rochdale Township (the establishment of two Township Committees to cover the current nine Rochdale Township Wards)

e.  Consideration to be given to developing greater core capacity of Township staffing levels

f.  Creation of Ward Alliances


In considering the submitted report, Members of the Committee commented that the current thematic groups were felt to be working well and that the Ward Alliances would not be appropriate for Middleton.



That the report be noted.