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Members must indicate at this stage any items on the agenda in which they must declare an interest. Members must verbally give notice of their interest at the meeting and complete the form attached with this agenda.
Members are also advised to take advice with regard to any matter where there is potential bias or predetermination in any business to be considered at the meeting and whether they should take part in decision making at the meeting.
Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Council's adopted Code of Conduct, they must declare the nature of any discloseable pecuniary interest; personal interest and/or prejudicial interest required of them and, in the case of any discloseable pecuniary interest or prejudicial interest, withdraw from the meeting during consideration of the item, unless permitted otherwise within the Code of Conduct.
In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Councillor Dutton declared a personal interest in relation to application reference HTC/06/15 - Hamer Street Parking Restrictions, insofar as a relative manages the Crown Inn. Councillor Dutton took no part in the discussions or voting on this matter, vacating the Chair in favour of Councillor Beswick (in the absence of the Vice Chair Susan Emmott who had sent her apologies).
Councillor Rush declared a personal interest in relation to application reference HW/06/15 –Hornets Sporting Foundation Origin Series - by virtue of his as his association with Rochdale Hornets RFLC.
Councillor Wardle declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in relation to application HTC/01/15 – Summit Estate 20mph scheme - by virtue of ownership of a property in the area covered by the scheme. Councillor Wardle left the room during consideration of this item, taking no part in the discussions or voting on this matter..
To consider the minutes of the meeting of the Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee held on 22nd September 2015.
DECIDED – that the minutes of the Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee held on 22nd September 2015 be approved as a correct record.
The Township Committee considered a report of the Director of Resources which informed the Members of the saving proposals for 2016/17 and 2017/18 which have service delivery implications and sought comments as part of the public consultation process.
The recommendations were put forward as, based on current assumptions, the Council needed to make savings of £37 million over the next two years to set a balanced budget and the proposals presented were intended to reduce the estimated funding gap.
In terms of alternatives considered, consideration had been given to a number of options in developing proposals and within each individual proposal report any alternatives considered were noted. To do nothing was not considered to be an option as the Council is required to set a lawful budget. Cabinet Members could decide not to implement the proposals and provide alternative options to enable a balanced budget to be achieved.
The report formed part of consultation being undertaken with the public, stakeholder groups, staff and service users as appropriate. The proposals represented ‘Group 2’ savings proposals with consultation commencing on 24th November 2015 and will complete on 8th January 2016, the consultations following a process outlined in paragraph 3.2 to the submitted report.
In response to proposal CC103 Members expressed a view that the overall level of resource which the Council devotes to the Crime and Disorder agenda, should be reduced to the level of statutory duties only as this is primarily a Police matter.
The Committee expressed their thanks to the Cabinet Members and the Leadership Team for their efforts in compiling the savings programme for consultation.
DECIDED – That the savings proposals as detailed within the submitted report be noted.
The Director of Neighbourhoods presented a report which updated the Sub-Committee on revenue and capital expenditure, commitments and balances of Heywood Township Fund 2015/2016, to enable the Sub-Committee to allocate funds to proposed projects.
The recommendations contained in the report were presented as the management of the Heywood Township Fund was a function delegated to this Sub-Committee to determine. The Heywood Township Funds were designed to be allocated to projects that benefit the Township’s communities and environment and which realise the Township’s stated priorities. The Sub-Committee monitors and reviews the use of the Heywood Township Funds to ensure continued efficient and effective use of the Township’s Funds.
The Sub-Committee were asked to note the expenditure, commitments and balances for Heywood Township revenue and capital funds as detailed in Appendix 1, 1A 2 and 2A the decisions made under delegated authority as detailed in Appendix 3 to the submitted report and to consider and approve, defer or refuse the allocation of funds to proposed projects detailed in Appendix 4.
Members of the Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee were requested to note the Principal Townships Officer’s assessment of the proposed projects to be considered for funding against the criteria of eligibility for the Heywood Township Fund, priorities of the Township and any specific risks identified.
Alternatives considered - in considering the report, Members were asked to decide whether or not to approve the allocation of funds to projects/schemes as appropriate.
The Sub-Committee considered the views of a representative of the Friends of Tourcoing Association who addressed the Sub-Committee in relation to application HE/07/15 – Celebration of 50 Years of civic twinned town friendship.
The Sub-Committee considered the views of Mr N Wood who addressed the Sub-Committee in relation to application HW/06/15 – Hornets Sporting Foundation Origin Series
The Sub-Committee considered the views of Ms H Parkinson who addressed the Sub-Committee in relation to application HTC/08/15 – Higher Lomas Lane improvements
DECIDED – That (1) the expenditure, commitments and balances for Heywood Township Revenue and Capital Funds, as detailed in Appendices 1, 1A 2 and 2A of the submitted report be noted;
(2) the decisions made under delegated authority as detailed at Appendix 3 of the submitted report be noted;
(3) it be noted that the Principal Township Officer had assessed the proposed projects to be considered for funding, against the criteria of the Heywood Township Fund, priorities of the Township Plan and any specific risks had been identified, (as detailed in Appendix 4 of the submitted report);
(4) the Principal Townships Officer, in consultation with the Chair, Vice Chair and opposition spokespersons of the Committee, be given delegated authority to make decisions on any deferred projects
(5) applications for Township Funds, (as outlined in appendix 4 of the submitted report); and as, verbally updated by the Township Management Officer, be dealt with as follows:-