Agenda and minutes

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To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Burke and Councillor Robinson.


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.


The Chair advised of the following urgent items of business:-


a)    Councillor Robinson had asked that it be brought to the attention of the Committee of the help that residents in Alkrington had provided to a homeless person and asked that they be thanked for their assistance;


b)    There was an update on the Neighbourhood Plan that had been considered at the last meeting of the Committee in that the Committee were now being asked to note that following advice from the Council’s Planning Solicitor, in relation to Minute 82, Page 14 of the Agenda and the application for a Neighbourhood Plan, that the proposed plan would go out to consultation as originally submitted and that the concerns expressed by the Committee at the last meeting would form a submission to that process;



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 the exclusion of the public and press.


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 matter was raised as part of the Open Forum:-


a)    Long Street/Wood Street


Mr D Lappin referred to the matter of cars contravening the one way system at Wood Street/Long Street and taxis parked on Burton Street.


Inspector Wood informed the Committee that an operation had been undertaken in this area but limited resources prevented a constant presence.


It was suggested that joint operations between the Police and enforcement officers may be of some benefit.


Metro Moneywise Credit Union pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Presentation by representatives of Metro Moneywise Credit Union


The Committee received a presentation from a representative of Metro Moneywise, Ms. C. Murphy, on Metro Moneywise including its association with Rochdale Borough Council, outlining its benefits and key services.




The work of the Metro Moneywise Credit Union be commended by the Committee and the presentation be noted and welcomed.


Minutes - Middleton Township Committee pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting of Middleton Township Committee held on 11th October 2018.




That the Minutes of the meeting of the Middleton Township Committee held on 11th October 2018 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record.


Minutes - Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub Committee pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To note the Minutes of the meeting of the Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub Committee held on 13th February 2019.



That the minutes of the meeting of Middleton Township Devolved Funding and Devolved Services Sub-Committee held on 13th February 2019 be noted.


Objections to Traffic Regulation Order - Lodge Street, Boarshaw Road and Morton Street, Middleton pdf icon PDF 4 MB

To consider objections to a proposed Traffic Regulation Order on Lodge Street, Boarshaw Road and Morton Street, Middleton.


The Township Committee considered the report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which had advised that there had been a request from the Township to investigate the introduction of parking restrictions at Lodge Street, Middleton. Members of the public had reported issues of obstructive parking at Lodge Street / Boarshaw Road in the vicinity of Morton Street. It was reported that parking occurred near to the junction and on both sides of the main road and that this interfered with the flow of two-way traffic and affected visibility at the junction.


New parking restrictions were drafted and approved by ward members. The restrictions were formally promoted and during the consultation period the Council received one letter of objection to the proposal.


The objector reported that the restrictions would unnecessarily reduce the number of available on-street parking spaces for customers.


The report outlined the reasons for the proposal, the objections received and a response to the objections.


In considering the submitted report, the Chair invited the objectors to address the Committee.



In light of the matters raised by the objectors at the meeting relating to the usage of the bus stop adjacent to the businesses on Lodge Street that consideration of the proposed traffic regulation order be deferred to enable further investigations to take place.


Eligible for call in – no


The Need for Extra Primary School Places 2019 - 2023 pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To consider proposals for additional Primary School Places at schools in the Borough.

Additional documents:


The Township Committee was consulted on a report of the Director of Children’s Services which advised that there was a need to keep under review the need for extra class places in each of the Borough’s Townships. The purpose of the report was to set out proposals to address the need for extra Reception Year places. Pupil place planning sought to ensure that the Townships were kept aware of school spaces and pupil numbers within their area and to aid local government decision making.




That the report be noted.


Reasons for the recommendations:


The Council has a statutory duty to provide education and school places to all school aged children living in the borough and consequently has a duty to plan adequately for predicted pupil numbers.


Eligible for Call-in: No


The Need for Extra Year 7 School Places 2019-2028 pdf icon PDF 115 KB

To consider proposals for extra Year Seven school Places in the Borough.

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The Township Committee were consulted on a report of the Director of Children’s Services which outlined strategies for managing the predicted shortfall in year 7 places for the intake years of 2019 and 2020. Appropriate staff in Children’s Services were working to aid the Department for Education and any successful academy to open a new school in the Borough for September 2021 for future places that are needed.


The Council’s Schools Organisation and Planning Team were currently in discussions with schools about any additional places offered for September 2019. It was anticipated that the numbers of additional places would change from those presented in the submitted report for ‘own admission’ authority schools. The government had made an announcement to say they were going to fund all special school applications that “meet the criteria”. Rochdale Council has submitted an expression of interest to have a new secondary special school specializing in Autism and Communications special needs. The Committee was asked to note the plans for extra capacity for September 2020.




That the report be noted.


Reasons for the recommendation;


Since 2005 the number of pupils in schools has been rising steadily. Extra capacity has been created in both the Primary and Secondary school estates. 11 of the 12 secondary schools in the Borough have had building expansions or taken numbers over their Pupil Admission Number. Two schools are currently undergoing building works but have already raised their Published Admission Number to take extra children. No further secondary school expansions are in the pipeline and two new schools are required to be built in the Borough; one in the north Pennines and one in Middleton.


Middleton New Allotment Provision pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To consider new allotment provision in Middleton.

Additional documents:


The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which advised that across the Borough there were currently 524 allotment plots which was not considered to be not enough to meet current demand. As at 25th February 2019 there were 985 people on the waiting list for an allotment in the Borough, more than quadruple the figure in 2015.  Allotment plots were presently allocated at the rate of 30 plots per year through natural turnover and, on average, the Council received 160 new applications for allotments year on year.  The waiting time had therefore increased significantly from seven years in 2015 years ago to a potential 33 years if the demand was to remain at its present level.  


The Council’s Environmental Management Service had been tasked with creating 100 new plots a year, every year, for the next five years.  This had been approved by the Cabinet with provisionally allocated Capital funding to enable delivery. Each Township had been asked to identify viable sites within their boundaries. The Environmental Management Service had been working with the Council’s Planning and Estates services to create a list of potential sites.


The Committee were being asked to approve that formal consultation be held regarding the potential use of the following sites for new allotment provision:


1.         North of Croftgates Road, Rhodes;

2.         Part of Clough Road / Brassey Street recreation ground;

3.         Part of Mount Road / Penrhyn open space;


Alternatives considered:


A variety of sites across the Township had already been considered and declined at the shortlisting stage by officers for technical reasons. In addition Members were invited to nominate additional sites for technical testing to see if they were viable options.




1.  The Committee approves that the following sites be approved, for consultative purposes, as potential sites for allocation for new allotment provision in Middleton Township: North of Croftgates Road, Rhodes;Part of Clough Road / Brassey Street recreation ground; Part of Mount Road / Penrhyn open space;


2.     Members of the Committee be requested to liaise with appropriate officers in the Council’s Environmental Management Service regarding areas for potential use as allotment sites, in their Wards.


 Reasons for the decision:


The recommendations in the report would enable the Council to work towards meeting recommendations of Government standards on how many allotment plots should be provided and would also enable the Council’s Environmental Management Service to make progress towards its target of achieving an additional 500 allotment plots across the Borough.


Eligible for call-in: Yes


Middleton Grass Verge Maintenance pdf icon PDF 571 KB

To consider grass verge maintenance in Middleton.

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The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which examined proposals for cutting grass verges across the Township. The proposals outlined in the report were intended to: deliver cost savings, develop a suitable habitat for wildlife; improve the appearance of the Township; minimise the need to mow; enable the trialling of new models for how verges are to be maintained; deliver floral verges in the summer months; and to retain a neat finish in the winter months after flowers have faded. The appendix to the report detailed a series of locations across the Borough where the proposed grass cutting could occur.


As part of the process to implement the programme, the Director of Neighbourhoods reported upon the intended use of a growth retardant chemical to slow the rate of grass growth and therefore reduce the frequency of mowing.  This would mainly be used on verges where Traffic Management Orders were required. Members expressed their concern at the proposed use of the growth retardant chemicals.


In considering the report, South Ward Councillors requested that two roundabouts being put forward in that Ward be replaced by a scheme on Mainway.


Members were also informed of the importance of butterflies, bees and other insects and wildlife which would be promoted by the increased use of wildflower areas.


Alternatives considered:


To cease mowing entirely: this option not to be pursued except for rural/informal areas where that method will not look out of place.




1.      The Township Committee approves the shortlist of sites detailed in the appendix to the report (subject to a site meeting relating to the South Ward schemes) in the appended document, for the grass verge management scheme, on the condition that the growth retardant chemicals are not used.


Reasons for the decision:


To enable the Council’s Environmental Management Services to improve the quality of grass verges in terms of floral features, wildlife habitat value and to reduce pollution whilst delivering budget savings.


Eligible for Call-in: Yes