Agenda and minutes

Venue: Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

Contact: Michael Garraway, Head of Governance  Email: michael.garraway@rochdale.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

58.

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:

Councillor Blundell declared a personal interest in relation to a submitted question regarding Manchester Airport, as a member of the Board of the Airport Group.

59.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 160 KB

To authorise the signing of the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 23 February 2022.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

That the minute of Council held on 23 February 2022 be approved as a correct record.

60.

Notices of Motion

Motion 1

Time for the Fair Game manifesto in football

 

To be moved by Councillor and seconded by Councillor

 

This Council believes that football, the national game in the UK, is currently in crisis. COVID-19 has devastated the revenue of many lower-league clubs, with the loss of some notables, and dozens more clubs teetering on the brink of survival. Frequently bad management has gone unnoticed or ignored and clubs are run unsustainably, putting at risk all the history, heritage, and economic benefit they bring to an area – often in pursuit of short-term gain.

 

Council believes that football clubs are not ordinary businesses; they are historic sporting institutions that are both a civic and community asset, and a source of pride and unity, in their hometown or city.

 

Council therefore supports Fair Game, a national campaign that seeks radical reform of the way football is managed and run, specifically its call for:

  • An independent regulator for the sport.
  • A refocus on ‘values’ rather than profit.
  • The establishment of a Sustainability Index, which will reallocate the payments made to clubs to reward those which are run well, respect equality standards and properly engage with their fans and their community.
  • Fans to be given the final say on any proposed change to a club’s ‘crown jewels’, including the club’s name, nickname, colours, badge and the geographical location from where the club plays.

 

The Council also notes that former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP is about to publish a Government-commissioned fan-led review into football governance and believes that some of its findings will mirror Fair Game’s aspirations.

 

As a Co-operative Council, we would also like to see football clubs co-operatively owned by their fans, rather than owners with no connection to a town or with more interest in extracting profits from the club, rather than the team’s on-pitch performance.

 

The Council therefore resolves to:

  • Declare its support for the Fair Game manifesto, ‘Solutions for our National Game’, and calls on other councils to join us in our support.
  • Request the Chief Executive to write to the Minister for Sport, our local Members of Parliament, and the Chair of the Local Government Association Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, asking them to support and work towards implementing Fair Game’s manifesto and the findings of the fan-led review led by Tracey Crouch MP.
  • Investigate how best Councils can support the registration of their local football clubs as Assets of Community Value and facilitate their future purchase and operation, when the opportunity arises, as fan-owned co-operatives.

 

Motion2

Situation in Ukraine

 

To be moved by Councillor N. Emmott, Seconded by Councillor S. Smith

 

This Council asks the Leader and Chief Executive to express the following sentiments on behalf of the Council and the people of Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, and the Pennines urgently and in writing:

 

·         To the Russian Ambassador in the UK, asking that he requests his Government to withdraw troops from Ukraine immediately.

·         To the Ukrainian Ambassador in the UK, expressing the Council’s support and solidarity, and  ...  view the full agenda text for item 60.

Minutes:

1.    Time for the Fair Game manifesto in football

 

It was moved by Councillor Anstee and seconded by Councillor Dearnley that:

 

The Council believes that football, the national game in the UK, is currently in crisis. COVID-19 has devastated the revenue of many lower-league clubs, with the loss of some notables, and dozens more clubs teetering on the brink of survival. Frequently bad management has gone unnoticed or ignored and clubs are run unsustainably, putting at risk all the history, heritage, and economic benefit they bring to an area – often in pursuit of short-term gain.

 

Council believes that football clubs are not ordinary businesses; they are historic sporting institutions that are both a civic and community asset, and a source of pride and unity, in their hometown or city.

 

Council therefore supports Fair Game, a national campaign that seeks radical reform of the way football is managed and run, specifically its call for:

  • An independent regulator for the sport.
  • A refocus on ‘values’ rather than profit.
  • The establishment of a Sustainability Index, which will reallocate the payments made to clubs to reward those which are run well, respect equality standards and properly engage with their fans and their community.
  • Fans to be given the final say on any proposed change to a club’s ‘crown jewels’, including the club’s name, nickname, colours, badge and the geographical location from where the club plays.

 

The Council also notes that former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP is about to publish a Government-commissioned fan-led review into football governance and believes that some of its findings will mirror Fair Game’s aspirations.

 

As a Co-operative Council, we would also like to see football clubs co-operatively owned by their fans, rather than owners with no connection to a town or with more interest in extracting profits from the club, rather than the team’s on-pitch performance.

 

The Council therefore resolves to:

  • Declare its support for the Fair Game manifesto, ‘Solutions for our National Game’, and calls on other councils to join us in our support.
  • Request the Chief Executive to write to the Minister for Sport, our local Members of Parliament, and the Chair of the Local Government Association Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, asking them to support and work towards implementing Fair Game’s manifesto and the findings of the fan-led review led by Tracey Crouch MP.
  • Investigate how best Councils can support the registration of their local football clubs as Assets of Community Value and facilitate their future purchase and operation, when the opportunity arises, as fan-owned co-operatives.

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

 

2.    Situation in Ukraine

 

It was moved by Councillor N. Emmott and seconded by Councillor S. Smith that

 

The Council asks the Leader and Chief Executive to express the following sentiments on behalf of the Council and the people of Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, and the Pennines urgently and in writing:

 

61.

Members' Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To receive quarterly reports from Members of the Cabinet, Chairs of Township Committees and Chairs of Overview and Scrutiny Committees and to permit questions from Members of the Council.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members presented their reports responding to questions and remarks from Members of the Council, where appropriate:-

a)    The Leader of the Council;

b)    Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health;

c)    Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Sustainability;

d)    Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Wellbeing;

e)    Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education;

f)     Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate;

g)    Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications;

h)    Cabinet Member for Communities and Cooperation;

i)     Cabinet Member for Environment and Facilities;

j)     Cabinet Member for Highways and Housing;

k)    Chair of Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee;

l)     Chair of Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee

m)  Chair of Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

RESOLVED

That the reports be noted.

62.

Vote of thanks

To acknowledge achievements of retiring Members of the Council.

Minutes:

The Council noted that this would be the last meeting of the Council attended by Councillors Martin, Joinson, Nolan, Cocks, Hornby, Hartley, Heakin, Nickson and Dutton; as they were not seeking re-election at the forthcoming Municipal Elections and thanked them for their services to the Council.

 

Members of the Council recorded their thanks and appreciation for the services of Councillor Aasim Rashid as Mayor of the Borough for the 2021/22 Municipal Year in both his Civic role and as Chair of the Council.