Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Michael Garraway 

Items
No. Item

45.

Apologies

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Burke, Beswick, Farnell Hornby and McCarthy.

46.

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 interests.

47.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 259 KB

To authorise the signing of the minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 16 December 2020 and 3 March 2021

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved:

That the minutes of the meetings of Council held on 16th December 2020 and 3rd March 2021 be approved and signed by the Mayor as correct records.

48.

Public Questions and Petitions

To receive petitions and questions from members of the public, where these have been received in accordance with the Petitions Scheme and/or Council Procedure Rules.

Minutes:

There were no submitted questions or petitions.

49.

Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To consider the following three motions submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.

Motion 1

To be moved by Councillor Hartley, seconded by Councillor O'Neill

The Council is asked to note the results of an investigation undertaken by the Daily Mail Newspaper, the results of which were published on 28th February 2019, finding that “half of British police stations have closed in just 10 years". A further key finding was that: At least 667 stations with front counters, allowing the public to talk to officers have been shut down since 2010”.

The Council notes that since 2010, there have been closures of many police stations across the country. On a local level this has had a detrimental impact, with police stations in the Borough, notably in Littleborough and Heywood, either having to permanently close or to close for public use.

The Council therefore resolves to request that the Chief Executive write to the Treasury and to the Home Office, requesting that the levels of police funding be significantly increased, thus on a more local level giving Greater Manchester Police more resources to fight crime, increase its presence and to keep residents safe.

Motion 2

To be proposed by Councillor Joinson, seconded by Councillor Donna Williams.

The Council notes that the Government has recommended a pay increase of just 1% to the NHS Pay Review body.

The Council notes that NHS staff across the Borough, including Council staff who work co-operatively with the NHS, have put their lives at risk without question throughout the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, and indeed before.

The Council believes that these workers deserve to be recognised, not just with claps, but with pay and conditions worthy of the sacrifices they have continually made.

The Council resolves that the Chief Executive writes to the Treasury, and the Department of Health and Social Care, asking that the Government urgently review its decision in this regard and instead to recommend a pay award that reflects the sacrifices that these workers are making on a daily basis behalf of their local communities.

Motion 3

To be proposed by Councillor Cocks, seconded by Councillor O’Rourke

The Council notes that in 2020 the Local Government Association reported that nationally fly-tippingincidents have increased by approximately 50% over the six period from 2013 to 2019. In 2012/13 there were 714,631 reported instances of fly-tipping, rising to 1,072,431 in 2018/19.

In this Borough, Councillors have observed a steady increase over recent years with some Members reporting fly-tipping on the FixMyStreet app on a daily basis.

The Council believes that a new approach to fly-tipping is urgently needed, especially in light of the information noted above and that local residents effectively need to have access to a motor vehicle in order to utilise the designated waste and recycling sites, a fact that is made harder as Heywood and Pennines Township areas do not host such facilities.

The Council also believes that the current penalties for industrial scale fly tippers are  ...  view the full agenda text for item 49.

Minutes:

a)    Police Station Closures

It was moved by Councillor Hartley and seconded by Councillor O’Neill that:

 

“The Council is asked to note the results of an investigation undertaken by the Daily Mail Newspaper, the results of which were published on 28th February 2019, finding that “half of British police stations have closed in just 10 years".

 

A further key finding was that: At least 667 stations with front counters, allowing the public to talk to officers have been shut down since 2010”.

The Council notes that since 2010, there have been closures of many police stations across the country. On a local level this has had a detrimental impact, with police stations in the Borough, notably in Littleborough and Heywood, either having to permanently close or to close for public use.

 

The Council therefore resolves to request that the Chief Executive write to the Treasury and to the Home Office, requesting that the levels of police funding be significantly increased, thus on a more local level giving Greater Manchester Police more resources to fight crime, increase its presence and to keep residents safe.”

 

On being put the vote, the motion was carried and it was resolvedaccordingly.

 

b)    Pay Awards for NHS employees

It was moved by Councillor Joinson and seconded by Councillor Donna Williams that:

 

“Council notes that the Government has recommended a pay increase of just 1% to the NHS Pay Review body.

 

The Council notes that NHS staff across the Borough, including Council staff who work co-operatively with the NHS, have put their lives at risk without question throughout the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, and indeed before.

 

The Council believes that these workers deserve to be recognised, not just with claps, but with pay and conditions worthy of the sacrifices they have continually made.

 

The Council resolves that the Chief Executive writes to the Treasury, and the Department of Health and Social Care, asking that the Government urgently review its decision in this regard and instead to recommend a pay award that reflects the sacrifices that these workers are making on a daily basis behalf of their local communities and asking the Government to urgently consider mental health support, along with conditions of service.”

 

On being put the vote, the motion was carried and it was resolvedaccordingly.

 

c)     Fly-tipping

It was moved by Councillor Cocks and seconded by Councillor O’Rourke that:

 

 

 

“Council notes that in 2020 the Local Government Association reported that nationally fly-tipping incidents have increased by approximately 50% over the six year period from 2013 up to 2019. In 2012/2013 there were 714,631 reported instances of fly-tipping, rising to 1,072,431 in 2018/2019.

In this Borough, Councillors have observed a steady increase over recent years with some Members reporting fly-tipping on the FixMyStreet app on a daily basis.

The Council believes that a new approach to fly-tipping is urgently needed, especially in light of the information noted above and that local residents effectively need to have access to a motor vehicle in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 49.

50.

Recruitment of Director of Children's Services pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To consider a report of the Chief Executive

Minutes:

Council was advised that the post of the Director of Children’s Services will become vacant on 31st July 2021 following the retirement of the incumbent. The Council therefore considered a report, of the Chief Executive, requesting approval to recruit to the vacant post.

 

Resolved:

That approval be given to the recruitment to the post of Director of Children’s Services within the existing Directors salary range of £102,754 to £132,225.

51.

Establishment of a Committee to prepare a Joint Development Plan Document ‘Places For Everyone’ pdf icon PDF 338 KB

To consider a report from the Cabinet Member for a Thriving Economy

Minutes:

Council received a report of the Director of Economy regarding a proposal to establish a Committee to prepare a Joint Development Plan Document ‘Places for Everyone’. On 11th December 2020, following the withdrawal of Stockport Council from the production of the Greater Manchester Plan for Jobs, Homes & the Environment, the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the AGMA Executive Board agreed to consider producing a joint Development Plan Document of the nine remaining Greater Manchester districts, and asked officers to report back to their Council outlining the implications of this.

 

The Director of Economy’s report provided further details on the next steps in relation to that joint plan of the nine Greater Manchester districts, to be known as “Places for Everyone”, including the required decisions by individual Districts to initiate this process.

 

Resolved:

1.       Council approves the making of an agreement with the other eight Greater Manchester councils (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) to prepare a joint development plan document to cover strategic policies including housing and employment land requirements and, as appropriate, strategic site allocations and Green Belt boundary amendments and associated infrastructure across the nine districts.

2.       Council agrees that the Leader be the district lead Member for the joint committee and that the Portfolio Holder for a Thriving Economy (or equivalent position) be the nominated deputy to attend and vote as necessary.

3.       Council notes that the Cabinet will be asked to delegate the formulation and preparation of the draft joint development plan document to a joint committee of the nine Greater Manchester authorities.

4.       Council notes that a further report will be brought to Full Council seeking approval to submit the joint development plan document to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

52.

Calendar of Meetings 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Corporate Delivery

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Council considered a proposed Council Calendar of Meetings for the 2021/2022 Municipal Year.

 

Resolved:

1.    The Calendar of Meetings for the 2021/2022 Municipal Year, as submitted, be approved.

2.    The Chief Executive be authorised to amend the Calendar as necessary in consultation with the appropriate Committee Chairs or the Council’s Leader.

53.

Nomination of Deputy Mayor 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 150 KB

To consider a report from the Cabinet Member for Corporate Delivery

Minutes:

Council considered a report of the Chief Executive that requested confirmation of Councillor Ali Ahmed’s nomination to the position of Deputy Mayor for the 2021/2022 Municipal Year.

 

Resolved:

That Councillor Ali Ahmed be nominated to the office of Deputy Mayor for the 2021/2022 Municipal Year.

54.

Retiring Members

Minutes:

Council noted that Councillors Boriss, Farnell, Malcolm and Warne would not be seeking reelection in the forthcoming Local Elections.

The Mayor and Members thanked the retiring Members for their service to the Council and to the Borough.