The Committee scrutinised a report of the Director of Economy and the Director of Neighbourhoods which presented the positions of their respective Directorates at the end of Quarter Two (30th September 2016) and of the activities contained in the Economy Directorate Plan 2016/17 and the Neighbourhoods Directorate Plan 2016/17.
In terms of the Economy Directorate 91.67% (22 out of 24) of the actions included in the Directorate Plan 2016/17 are not yet due for completion but were on target for successful completion. Of the two other actions one was successfully completed and the other was not completed by the target date, his latter action related to proposed heritage and public realm projects (specifically including the Rochdale River reopening scheme and the Middleton Townscape Heritage initiative) which the Committee were advised was progressing.
The Director of Economy also submitted an additional appendix to his report that provided Members with performance information on the activities of the Rochdale Development Agency which are undertaken on behalf of the Council, for the first two quarters of 2016/17 (April - September).
In terms of the Neighbourhoods Directorate 78.57% (22 out of 28) of the actions included in the Directorate Plan 2016/17 are not yet completed but are on course to be successfully completed. Of the remaining six actions two were completed successfully and by the target date whilst the other four (relating to the New Place Branding Project; developing a strategy to bring forward a supply of good quality housing sites in the Borough; the roll-out of the eRIC project; and the Transport Asset Management Plan) had not been completed by their target date. These four actions had been given revised completion dates in light of their unexpected delay and the meeting was advised that the Director of Neighbourhoods was confident that these revised target dates would be successfully reached.
Members sought clarification on a number of issues that were raised in the report, including seeking assurances that Marks and Spencer were committed to maintaining a presence in Rochdale town centre. The Committee were advised that Marks and Spencer had given assurances about their future operations in Rochdale. A Member asked for clarification as to the future development of the indoor and outdoor markets in Rochdale town centre including possible locations. Various locations had been put forward as potential sites for both markets including The Butts, The Walk and Yorkshire Street. The meeting was advised that the tender was about to be let for the Market’s Operators licence. The Director of Economy undertook to keep Members updated with regard to issues relating to the market.
The Chair requested that the Council’s ICT Service be requested to amend the Council’s performance management template so that Councillors can identify lead officers for each Council objective and so that reports can be stored on the Member’s Intranet pages. The Chair also referred to previous versions of the performance report management template, including dashboards, which had been approved by the Council, in July 2015, which had not yet been fully implemented.
DECIDED – That (1) the report be noted;
(2) the Council’s ICT Service be requested to amend the performance management reporting template so that Councillors can identify lead officers for each Council objective and also enabling reports to be stored on the Member’s Intranet pages;
(3) the Head of Corporate Policy and Performance be requested to review the Council’s performance management template, including dashboards, which was approved by the Council, at its meeting on 15th July 2015, with a view to it being rolled out for consideration of performance management reports at future meetings of Overview and Scrutiny Committees.