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31.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 26 KB

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.

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Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests.

 

32.

Agenda Items

Minutes:

The Chair indicated that the following items of business be withdrawn from the agenda: - item 8 (Corporate Priority Setting – Survey and Process) and agenda item 11 (Rochdale Town Centre East Redevelopment Update). In respect of Rochdale Town Centre East Redevelopment Update – The Chair indicated that an informal briefing of Committee Members will be held special informal session will be held at a later date.

33.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 102 KB

To consider the minutes of the Meeting of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held 23rd September 2015.

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held 23rd September 2015 be approved, as a correct record.

34.

Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Work Programme 2015/2016 pdf icon PDF 67 KB

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The Committee scrutinised a report of the Head of Legal and Governance Reform which presented the updated Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2015/16, which was established by the Council on 19th May 2015.

 

Members of the Committee requested that relevant Portfolio Holders be invited to future meetings to present reports that are relevant to their areas of responsibility.

 

DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;

(2) relevant Portfolio Holders be invited to future meetings of the Committee to present reports that are relevant to their areas of responsibility.

35.

Performance Monitoring of Registered Provider Partners pdf icon PDF 199 KB

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The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which provided Members with an update on the performance of the Council’s Registered Provider Partners in 2014/15 across a range of initiatives and joint work through the Strategic Housing Partnership.

 

The Committee, in discussing the report, considered the frequency that this report be submitted in the future. A Member sought clarification in relation to general repairs to properties and requested that further detailed information on the eight registered housing providers, detailed in the report, be included in future reports to the Committee.

 

DECIDED – That (1) The report be noted

(2) future reports to the Committee on this subject be presented annually rather than on a six monthly cycle;

            (3) that future reports to the Committee on this subject include more detailed information on the eight registered housing providers that are detailed in the submitted report.

36.

Food and Feed Plan 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

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The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods for the Food and Feed Service Plan 2015/16, prior its submission to the Cabinet on 2nd November 2015. The report identified variations from the 2014/15 Service Plan and future developments for the Service.

 

Members commented on the audit report appended to the Food and Feed Plan which stated that the Food Standard’s Agency (‘FSA’) has been critical of the Council’s food standards in the past. Members also commented that there were gaps in inspections and that some local takeaway restaurants in the Borough were not adhering to all food safety standards. Members also enquired if there was enough staffing resources to ensure the Food and Feed Plan would be met.

 

The Committee were advised that recent meetings with the FSA were very positive and the FSA were very complimentary of the efforts the Council was making. The Committee were also informed that an extra funding from the FSA of £70,000 would be available to ensure all inspections would be carried out in a diligent and efficient manner and that the extra funding would ensure that additional staffing resources are available.

 

Members also noted that the format of the report was unclear and that it was intended to use a more cohesive structure in future reports. It was suggested that appropriate Officers work with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee and staff in the Governance and Committee Services Team to ensure that a revised template is in use for future presentations of this report.

 

DECIDED – That (1) report be noted

            (2) The Cabinet at its meeting on 2nd November 2015 be recommended to formally approve and adopt the Food and Feed Plan 2015/16;

            (3) appropriate officers in consultation with the Chair and Voice Chair of the Committee, be requested to review and amend the report format for future reports.

37.

Rochdale Development Agency Quarter 2 2015 - 2016 Performance Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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Minutes:

The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods which provided Members with performance information on the activities of the Rochdale Development Agency (RDA) which are undertaken on behalf of the Council, for the second quarter of 2015/16. (July-September)

 

In considering the report a Member of the Committee enquired about plots in Kingsway and if any new developments were pending. The Committee were advised that one of the plots detailed in the submitted report would be suitable for future use as a hotel.

 

DECIDED – That the report be noted.

38.

Directorate Plans 2015-16: Quarter 2 Performance Update pdf icon PDF 211 KB

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The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Neighbourhoods that presented details of progress in the second quarter of 2105/2016 (July – September) towards targets contained in the Economy and Environment Directorate Plan 2015/16 and the Communities section of the Customers and Corporate Services Directorate Plan 2015/2016.

 

Members of the Committee stated that the report should be reformatted to ensure that the information is clear and the indicators are consistent with the report and also to reflect the revised directorate structure that has recently been implemented across the authority.

 

DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;

            (2) the Head of Legal and Governance Reform be requested to revise the reporting template for the submission of reports to future meetings of the Committee to reflect the revised directorate structure that has recently been implemented across the authority.

39.

Corporate Priority Setting - Survey and Process pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Please can Members give prior thought to the attached questionnaire, particularly the listed key objectives under each priority of People, Place and Prosperity? Consider if these are still important and are the right things for the Council and its partners to focus on over the next three years. Please rank those that are and think about what else is important to include. This preparation will support the priority setting process and the effective use of the digital voting system which will be used in the meeting to record your views. 

 

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Minutes:

DECIDED – That this item be withdrawn from the agenda.

40.

GMCA/AGMA Scrutiny Pool pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting held 10th July 2015.

Minutes:

DECIDED – That the minutes of the meetings of the AGMA Scrutiny Pool held on 10th July 2015, be noted.

 

41.

Rochdale Town Centre East Redevelopment Update

Minutes:

DECIDED – That this item be withdrawn from the agenda and considered further at an informal session of Members of the Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, in consultation with the Director of Economy.