Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

18.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Nolan, Councillor Robinson, Councillor Sue Smith and Councillor Terry Smith.

19.

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.   

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

20.

Peter Brown

Minutes:

The Committee were informed of the sad news of the recent death of former long serving Middleton Councillor, Peter Brown and observed a moment of silence in respect of his passing.

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 109 KB

To consider the minutes of the meetings of the Middleton Township Committee held on 15th July 2021 and 19th August 2021.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meetings of the Middleton Township Committee held on 15th July 2021 and 19th August 2021 were considered.

 

With regard to the minutes of the meeting held on 19th August 2021, Councillor Donna Williams commented that she was still a member of the Middleton Town Centre Management Board/Middleton Market Board.

 

Resolved:

1.      That the minutes of the meetings of the Middleton Township Committee meetings held on 15th July 2021 and 19th August 2021 be approved and signed as a correct record.

22.

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.

 

 

 

Minutes:

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

 

a)    Historic Pillars at Archer Park

 

A number of local residents were in attendance to ask about progress with regard to rectifying damage to the historic pillars at Archer Park which had been raised previously with the Committee.

 

The Senior Highways Officer acknowledged and apologised for the delay in progress but was able to confirm that that quotations for the work were currently being sought and that the damage to the pillars would be repaired as soon as possible.

 

b)    Speeding on Sefton Road

In response to concerns from local residents relating to speeding traffic in the Sefton Road area, the Senior Highways Officer agreed to meet with residents on site to discuss the concerns that had been raised.

 

 

23.

Objection to Proposed Traffic Order, Installation of Zebra Crossing, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton pdf icon PDF 383 KB

To consider an objection to a Proposed Traffic Order - Installation of Zebra Crossing, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which advised that a representation had been received via Members which had raised concern around pedestrian safety (including use by vulnerable road users) along the traffic calmed 20mph section of Kirkway, south of its junction with Kingsway.

 

Middleton Township subsequently approved the investigation and development of an appropriate scheme.

 

Through a subsequent site meeting with Members, a Zebra crossing scheme was developed and advertised in accordance with Member aspirations for enhancing pedestrian safety at the point of an established desire-line to the south of the junction.

 

The approved scheme was advertised formally through a Notice of Intent posted on 2nd September 2021. Two objections were received and the report provided consideration and appropriate recommendation in relation to the scheme.

 

Alternatives considered:

The Committee could decide not to introduce the crossing along the desire-line as proposed then the original concerns raised through Township will not be appropriately addressed.

 

The Committee could seek to change the location of the crossing and it would require the legal process to be re-undertaken. It is not thought there are any suitable alternative locations near to the desire line along Kingsway to positon the crossing.

 

If the Committee approves the zebra crossing at its proposed location there is a requirement to remove the existing raised junction plateau and replace it with a flat-top road hump at the crossing point.

 

Resolved:

1.    That the objections to the proposed scheme as detailed within the submitted report be noted;

2.    That the Traffic Regulation Order, (Borough of Rochdale, (Kirkway, Middleton), (Proposed Installation of Zebra Crossing)) be implemented as advertised and as detailed within the submitted report;

3.    It be noted that approving the scheme will require an amendment to the existing traffic calming features which will require a further period of public consultation and that should any objections be received that consideration and determination of any objections be delegated to the Director of Neighbourhoods in consultation with the Chair of Middleton Township Committee and the Portfolio Holder for Highways and Facilities.

 

 

 

 

Reasons for the decision:

The scheme is promoted and recommended as part of the Council’s statutory responsibility to ensure that its highways operates safely and efficiently for all road users.

24.

Highways LTP Capital Programme 2022/24 pdf icon PDF 126 KB

To consider the Highways LTP Capital Programme 2022/24.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Housing and Highways / Director of Neighbourhoods which sought approval for the 2022/23 and 2023/24 of the two year local transport plan (LTP) funded capital programme; and the 2 year bridges and structures capital maintenance programme.

 

Members were informed that additional funding for resurfacing had been announced and that additional roads for inclusion should be sent directly to the Highways Manager.

 

Alternatives considered

 

The programme has been developed according to Department for Transport guidance and in line with other Greater Manchester Authorities. Any amendments would be as a result of the grading undertaken to determine priorities.

 

Resolved

 

1.    That the local transport plan funded capital programme be approved for 2022/23 and 2023/24.

 

2.    That the bridges and structures capital maintenance programme be approved for 2022/23 and 2023/24.

 

 Reason for the decision:

 

The schemes that have been selected have been put together based on the principles of asset management which use network condition data, engineer inspections, life cycle planning and cost efficiency to produce the most efficient highway improvement over the course of the programmes.

25.

Secondary School Places 2022 - 2025 pdf icon PDF 276 KB

To consider Secondary School Places 2022 – 2025.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education / Director of Children’s Services, consulting the Township Committee on the proposed allocation of secondary school places 2022-2025.

 

Resolved:

 

1.    That Cabinet be advised that the Middleton Township Committee supports the recommendations as detailed within the submitted report.

26.

Need for Primary School Places 2022-25 pdf icon PDF 267 KB

To consider Primary School Places 2022-25.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education / Director of Children’s Services, consulting the Township Committee on the proposed allocation of primary school places 2022-2025.

 

Inflows of pupils arriving into the borough after the start of Reception intake, and in higher year groups, have been higher than ever since January 2021, leading to significant pressures in older primary school year groups. These ‘in-year’ school applications plateaued towards the end of the 2019/20 due to the pandemic, but had risen to be above previous levels.

 

 Resolved:

 

1.    That Cabinet be advised that the Middleton Township Committee supports the recommendations as detailed within the submitted report.