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Mayor's Communications

Council to receive any representations from the Mayor


The Mayor informed Council that, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 22.2, all items of business on the published agenda are to be deferred to a future meeting, with the exception of agenda item 7 (Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2020/2021) and agenda item 23 (Council Size Report for the Electoral Review of Rochdale).


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 interests.



To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Ali Ahmed, Sultan Ali, Beswick, Boriss, Brett, Burke, Cocks, Davidson, Dutton, Neil Emmott, Susan Emmott, Farnell, Gartside, Holly, Hornby, Howard, Hussain, Joinson, Malcolm, Martin, Massey, McCarthy, Meredith, Mir, Nickson, Nolan, O’Rourke, Paolucci, Robinson, Rowbotham, Rush, Angela Smith, Susan Smith, Taylor, Wardle, Wazir, West, Donna Williams, Peter Williams, Winkler and Zaheer.


Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To appoint the Borough’s Deputy Mayor  for 2020/2021


The Council received a report inviting consideration of the nomination of the Deputy Mayor for 2020/2021, presenting an established method for appointing to this position and advising of a resulting nomination from the Labour Group.



That Councillor Ali Ahmed be nominated as Deputy Mayor for the 2020/2021 Municipal Year, and the nomination go forward to the next Annual Meeting of the Council.


Council Size Report for the Electoral Review of Rochdale pdf icon PDF 107 KB

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The Council was informed that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) was undertaking a review of Rochdale Borough Council’s (the Council) local government electoral arrangements. The outcome of the review was to be implemented for the 2022 Council elections.


The first part of the review determined the Council’s size. To help inform the LGBCE decision on Rochdale’s Council Size, the council had produced a submission for LGBCE, which requested that the Council size remains at twenty Wards with three Councillors per Ward.


This recommendation had been made as it was considered that in the future, this was needed to ensure that Councillors could continue to fulfil their duties in relation to community leadership, democratic representation, governance and scrutiny, in consideration of the already high levels of case work and the increasing demands of partnership working and oversight with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Health and Social Care Integration as well as forecasted population growth.


The Council’s submission had been informed by reviewing Councillor’s meeting and decision-making commitments, casework loads, community engagement work, forecast population growth, engagement with all Councillors and comparisons to other local authorities. The full reasoning for the submission was set out in the appended submission document. The report had previously been presented to the council’s Audit and Governance Committee, a s meeting on 9th March 2020, where the proposals contained with the report were agreed in principle and the committee recommended that this meeting of the Council formally approve the proposals.



 The Council approves the Council Size Submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.


Vote of Thanks


Members of the Council recorded their thanks and appreciation for the services of Councillor Sheerin as Mayor of the Borough for the 2019/2020 Municipal Year in both his Civic role and as Chair of the Council.