Decisions by Committees, Councillors and Officers

A list of all decisions published by the Council for the year to date is below.

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Decisions

04/12/2023 - Heywood Township Funds 2023/24 ref: 2422    For Determination

Members to be updated on revenue and capital expenditure, commitments and balances of Heywood Township Funds 2023/24 and enable the allocation of funds to proposed projects.

Decision Maker: Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 04/12/2023 - Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee

Decision published: 05/12/2023

Effective from: 13/12/2023

Decision:

The Sub-Committee gave consideration to a report which provided an update on revenue and capital expenditure, commitments and balances of Heywood Township Funds 2023/24 to assist the allocation of funds to proposed projects.

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not to allocate funds to the proposed projects. Heywood Township funds were available to allocate to projects that benefitted Heywood community and environment.

 

Resolved

 

  1. That the expenditure, commitments and balances for Heywood Township revenue and capital funds, as detailed in Appendices 1, 1A and 2 of the report be noted.

 

  1. That the decisions taken under delegated authority as detailed in Appendix 3 of the report, be noted.

 

 

  1. That it be noted that the Townships and Communities Manager had assessed proposed projects to be considered for funding against the criteria of eligibility for the Heywood Township Fund, the priorities of the Township and any specific risks identified, as detailed in Appendix 4 of the report.

 

  1. That the Townships and Communities Manager, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Sub-Committee, be delegated authority to make decisions on any deferred projects.

 

  1. That applications for Heywood Township Funds 2023/2024, as outlined at Appendix 4 of the submitted report, be agreed as follows:

 

 

Reference

Applicant

Decision

HP/14/23

Heywood War Memorial restoration

 

Approved - £7,200 from Project Funds for the restoration of Heywood War Memorial to improve the condition and visual appearance of this Grade II listed monument for its centenary in 2025.

 

HTC/02/23

Replacement of Queen’s Park Toddler Play Area safety surface

 

 

 

 

Withdrawn – a Capital funding bid would be sought to carry out the proposed works.

HTC/05/23

Green Lane waiting restrictions

 

Approved - £2,500 from Capital Fund for the introduction of No Waiting At Any Time (NWAAT) restrictions on Green Lane near to its junction with Manchester Road, Heywood.

 

HTC/06/23

Banks Croft waiting restrictions

 

Approved – £2,500 from Capital Fund for the introduction of No Waiting At Any Time (NWAAT) restrictions along Banks Croft, Heywood.

 

 

 

6.    That a vote of thanks to Councillor Peter Malcolm be placed on record for the work he had undertaken in relation to the restoration of Heywood War Memorial.

 

7.    That the Township Officer be requested to seek further information regarding the possibility of road closure costs being paid centrally by the Council rather than being paid for by Townships.

 

Reasons for the decision

 

Management of the Heywood Township Fund was delegated to the Heywood Township Delegated Sub-Committee. The allocation of funds to events and projects benefitted the Heywood Township community and environment.

 

Eligible for Call-In: Yes

 

Wards affected: Hopwood Hall; North Heywood; West Heywood;

Lead officer: Sharron Worrall


04/12/2023 - Early Intervention Prevention Grant (EIPG) Grant Agreement    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Children's Services

Decision due date: 04/12/2023

Lead officer: Sharon Hubber

Notice of decision: 04/12/2023


28/11/2023 - NHS Contracts 2024/25 ref: 2423    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision published: 04/12/2023

Effective from: 12/12/2023

Decision:

The Board discussed declarations of interest and agreed that all Board Members could stay in the meeting room during consideration of this agenda item. However, only Council’s Elected Members and NHS Greater Manchester Representatives took part to the decision on this matter.

 

The Board considered a report of the Associate Director of Transformation and Delivery, NHS Greater Manchester (GM) Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) which sought approval in principle of the proposed intentions for the NHS contracts which were due to expire in 2024/25. The list of contracts was outlined at appendix 2 of the report.

 

The Senior Officer was in attendance to present the report and answered the questions of the Board.

 

Resolved:

1.    That the locality contract intentions, as outlined in appendix 2 of the report, be approved in principle;

2.    That it be noted that these contract intentions are subject to approval from NHS Greater Manchester;

3.    That it be noted that the financial (STAR) process and any procurement or waiver applications require approval from NHS Greater Manchester team.

 

Alternatives considered and rejected:

As per paragraph 4 of the report.

 

Reason for decision:

To enable the contract approval process to progress with NHS Greater Manchester for the Integrated Care Board’s approval.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Nichola Thompson


28/11/2023 - Public Health Commissioning Intentions 2024/25 ref: 2424    Recommendations Approved

To set out the commissioning intentions for 2024/25 in relation to public health contracts and grants

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision published: 04/12/2023

Effective from: 12/12/2023

Decision:

The Board discussed declarations of interest and agreed that all Board Members could stay in the meeting room during consideration of this agenda item. However, only Council’s Elected Members and NHS Greater Manchester Representatives took part to the decision on this matter.

 

The Board considered a report of the Director of Public Health which sought approval of Public Health Commissioning Intentions 2024/25.

 

The Head of Commissioning attended the meeting to present the information and answered the questions of the Board.

 

The Chair sought and received assurance that all the appropriate procurement processes had been followed and all contracts represented good value for money.

 

Resolved that the recommendations outlined at point 2 of the report be approved.

 

Alternatives considered and rejected:

Alternatives had been considered when developing all of the recommendations in this report. The recommendation for each element ensured that high quality services were delivered in the borough, best value was achieved and, where possible, stability for staff and service users was prioritised.

 

Reason for decision:

To ensure that the Council remained contractually compliant in relation to the services in scope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Adam Sutcliffe


30/11/2023 - Rochdale North Township Funds 2023/24 ref: 2421    Recommendations Approved

Members to be updated on revenue and capital expenditure, commitments and balances of Rochdale North Township Funds 2023/24 and enable the allocation of funds to proposed projects.

Decision Maker: Rochdale North Township Delegated Sub-Committee

Made at meeting: 30/11/2023 - Rochdale North Township Delegated Sub-Committee

Decision published: 04/12/2023

Effective from: 12/12/2023

Decision:

The Sub-Committee gave consideration to a report of the Townships Business Officer which provided an update on revenue and capital expenditure, commitments and balances of Rochdale North Township Funds 2023/24 and to enable the allocations of funds to proposed projects.

 

Members were informed that the Rochdale North Township Capital Funds available for allocation was £2,078 and that the Rochdale North Township Revenue (Projects) Funds available for allocation was £27,782.

 

Concerns were raised in relation to the current capital budget not being sufficient to fund the applications that had been received. It was suggested by Members that applicants be informed of insufficient funds available prior to future Rochdale North Township Delegated Sub-Committee meetings.

 

Alternatives considered:
Members were asked to decide whether or not to approve the allocations of funds to projects as appropriate.

 

Resolved:

1.    That consideration be given to reviewing the Rochdale North Township Delegated Sub-Committee terms of reference with regard to applications for funding exceeding the funds available;

 

2.    That the expenditure, commitments and balances of the Rochdale North Township Revenue and Capital Funds, as detailed in Appendices 1 and 2 of the submitted report, be noted;

 

3.    That the decisions made under delegated authority as detailed in Appendix 3 of the submitted report be noted;

 

4.    That the Sub-Committee notes that the Townships and Communities Manager has assessed the proposed projects to be considered for funding against the criteria of eligibility for the Rochdale North Township Fund, the priorities of the Township and any specific risks have been identified within the report;

 

5.    That the Townships and Communities Manager, in consultation with the Chair, Vice Chair and opposition spokesperson of the Sub-Committee, be given delegated authority to make decisions on any deferred projects;

 

6.    That applications for Rochdale North Township Funds 2023/2024 as outlined at Appendix 4 of the submitted report be dealt with as follows:

 

 

Reference

Applicant

Decision

RP/16/23

 

Dales Volleyball Club

Approved - £3,120 from Revenue (Projects) Funds for a men’s volleyball club.

 

RP/19/23

 

Rochdale Underwater Hockey Club

 

Approved - £2,058 from Revenue (Projects) Funds to help with the promotion of Rochdale Underwater Hockey Club.

 

RP/20/23

 

Kashmir Youth Project

Approved - £3,000 from Revenue (Projects) Funds for the delivery of local BAME sewing classes.

 

RP/21/23

 

Parkrun UK

Approved - £4,800 from Revenue (Projects) Funds to provide a weekly junior parkrun at Falinge Park.

 

RP/23/23

 

Caring and Sharing

Application deferred to the next meeting.

 

RP/26/23

 

Basa Rochdale CIC

Approved - £2,550 from Revenue (Projects) Funds for the delivery of a 10 week health and wellbeing programme.

 

TC/22/23

 

Bangladesh Association & Community Project

 

Application deferred to the next financial year.

TC/26/23

 

Central Rochdale Ward Councillor

 

Application deferred to the next financial year.

TC/27/23

 

Spotland & Falinge Ward Councillors

 

Application deferred to the next financial year.

TC/31/23

 

Central Rochdale Ward Councillors

 

Application deferred to the next financial year.

TC/33/23

 

Spotland & Falinge Ward Councillors and Spotland & Falinge Area Forum

 

Refused - the application would be referred to Highways to seek alternative funding.

 

TC/34/23

 

Wardleworth Community Centre

 

Application deferred to the next financial year.

 

 

Reasons for the decision:

Management of the Rochdale North Township Fund is delegated to the

Rochdale North Township Delegated Sub-Committee.

 

Rochdale North Township Funds are allocated to projects that benefit the

Township’s community and environment, and realise the Township priorities.

 

To enable the Sub-Committee to monitor and review the use of the Rochdale

North Township Funds to ensure continued efficient and effective use of the

funds.

 

Eligible for Call-In: Yes

Wards affected: Central Rochdale; Healey; Norden; Spotland and Falinge;

Lead officer: Sharron Worrall


01/12/2023 - Quality, Safety and Safeguarding

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Lead officer: Nichola Thompson

Notice of decision: 06/12/2023

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - view reasons


01/12/2023 - “Additional Stop Smoking Funding 2024/25 – 2028/29”

To approve proposed local use of additional central government funding for local stop smoking services.

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 26/03/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: William Townsend

Notice of decision: 21/12/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/12/2023 - 2024-25 Discretionary Business Rate Relief Policy    Recommendations Approved

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate/Director of Corporate Services

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 13/02/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: carolyn goddard

Notice of decision: 21/12/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/12/2023 - The Future We Deserve: Rochdale Borough’s Anti-Poverty Strategy 2024-2029    Recommendations Approved

Locality Board is recommended to:

Note and provide comments on this strategy

Support the approach outlined in it.

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 23/01/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Whitehead

Notice of decision: 21/12/2023

Reason for urgency:
The report had been published on the Forward Plan titled 'Anti-Poverty Strategy' since 12th May 2023.

The title of the report had since changed to 'The Future We Deserve: Rochdale Borough's Anti-Poverty Strategy 2024-2029'.


Anticipated restriction: Open


01/12/2023 - Rochdale Borough Serious Violence Strategy

Decision Maker: Informal Cabinet, Cabinet

Decision due date: 23/01/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Chris Highton, Lianne Davies

Notice of decision: 18/12/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/12/2023 - Town Hall Business Plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/03/2024

Lead officer: Mark Robinson

Notice of decision: 14/12/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


01/12/2023 - Go Neutral: Schools Solar PV – Powering our Schools

To outline the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s ‘Powering Our Schools’ project and the benefits of Rochdale Borough Council participating in this.

To seek the approval of Cabinet to participate in the Powering Our Schools project and collective purchase scheme and for the proposed schools to be included within this.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 23/01/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Mark Bramah

Notice of decision: 13/12/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/12/2023 - Atom Valley Investment Zone

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 28/05/2024

Lead officer: Mark Robinson

Notice of decision: 07/12/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


30/11/2023 - General Exception Notice - Traffic Management Act 2004 (Part 6) - Update on Enforcement Programme and Constitutional Amendment

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Lead officer: Nathan McKendrey

Notice of decision: 30/11/2023

Reason for urgency:
Chair of Communities, Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee informed via email on 30th Nov 2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


30/11/2023 - Rochdale Town Centre Heat Network: Detailed Project Development - Memorandum of Understanding between the Secretary of State for Energy Security & Net Zero and Rochdale Borough Council    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Director of Corporate Services

Decision due date: 30/11/2023

Lead officer: Director of Corporate Services

Notice of decision: 30/11/2023


28/11/2023 - Housing Allocation Policy Review – Key Principles and Recommendation to Consult ref: 2420    For Determination

To review the Housing Allocation Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 30/11/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing / Director of Neighbourhoods that set out the ongoing review of the Council’s Housing Allocation Policy.

 

Resolved - That the consultation on the proposed changes to the Allocations Policy, as detailed at Appendix 1 of the report, to start as soon as was reasonably practicable and to run for a fourteen-week period be approved.

 

Reason for decision

 

Agreement on the approach outlined in the report and the feedback from the consultation would enable officers to further progress the policy review and develop a draft policy document.

 

The Council had a duty to consult on significant policy changes to its housing scheme, in accordance to Section 166A(13) of the Housing Act 1996.

 

Alternatives considered

 

Details of the alternative options considered were set out in the exempt report.

 

Lead officer: Stuart Morris, Helen Bellis


28/11/2023 - Children’s Services Q2, 2023/24 Revenue Monitoring Update ref: 2414    For Determination

To inform Cabinet, and the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, of the Children’s Services current forecast 2023/24 financial position, detail of issues that are impacting on the directorate, and an update on the recovery plan.
The report contains detail of:
• Q1, 2023/24 financial position
• Q2, 2023/24 financial position
• 2023/24 recovery plan
• Medium term recovery plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education / Director of Children’s Services that provided a forecast for 2023/24 of the financial position and detailed issues impacting the Children’s Service directorate.

 

Resolved - That the financial and related service data, and plans for the remainder of 2023/24 and the medium term be noted.

 

Reason for decision

 

To update Cabinet on the financial position of the directorate as effective budget management was critical to ensuring financial resources were spent in line with the budget, and were targeted towards the Council’s priorities.

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not to consider the Children’s Services Q2 2023/24 Revenue Monitoring Update – this option was not recommended as financial reporting ensured the Council complied with CIPFA’s Financial Management Code and its standards for management of financial resources in the short, medium and long term.  Management of financial resilience to meet unforeseen demands on services, and management of unexpected shocks within financial circumstances.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Sharon Hubber


28/11/2023 - Capital Programme 2024/25 to 2028/29 ref: 2412    For Determination

1.1 To update on the Council’s Capital Programme 2023/24, which is now £118.361m as described in section 5.1.

1.2 To outline the Council’s proposed Capital Programme 2024/25 to 2028/29, as a basis for consultation (Section 5.2).

1.3 To outline to Members’ the risks of borrowing to finance the Capital Programme and its long term impacts on the longer term financial sustainability of the Council and Treasury Management Strategy (TMS), as discussed in section 5.3.

1.4 Some of the assumed external funding included in the programme is still subject to clarification from Government and other sources and in some cases may involve bids for funds. It is therefore recommended that all approvals are subject to confirmation of funding allocations.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services that provided an update in relation to the Council’s Capital Programme 2024/25 to 2028/29.

 

Resolved

 

  1. That the proposed changes to the Capital Programme 2023/24, which was now £118.361m be noted.

 

  1. That the Capital Programme for 2024/25 of £170.050m and provisional programmes for 2025/26 to 2028/29, as a basis for consultation, subject to confirmation of grant funding allocations, as detailed in Appendix 1 be approved.

 

  1. That the additional revenue cost of new capital schemes and inflation was £0.152m in 2024/25 rising to a future year full year effect of £0.845m by 2028/29 be noted.

 

  1. That a review of the phasing of the existing Capital Programme and the use of £3.3m of Capital Receipts to fund shorter life schemes had resulted in reduced revenue costs of circa £1m in 2024/25 and 2025/26, with reduced savings across future years. And that this had resulted in a net revenue cost reduction in 2024/25 (£0.854m) and 2025/26 (£0.701m), and a net revenue cost increase in 2026/27 (£0.384m) be noted

 

  1. That the next steps of the consultation process which would take place over the autumn 2023 be approved.

 

 

Reason for decision

 

Cabinet was required to recommend a balanced 2024/25 Revenue Budget to Budget Council, and provisional budgets for 2025/26 to 2026/27.

 

The Council was required to set a balanced budget for 2024/25 by 11th March 2024.  The Capital Programme was a key element of the budget setting process.

 

Alternatives considered

 

The Council was legally obliged to set a balanced budget. The budget setting process was complex and must be undertaken in a planned way. It was equally important that assumptions used in the preparation of the budget were agreed, reasonable and consistently applied by all services.

 

A number of alternative elements of the Capital Programme had been considered in the development of the programme, the one which was presented was of the most strategic/community value and was aligned with the Council’s priorities, and therefore formed the basis for consultation, on the understanding that any alternatives offered during the process would be considered.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Samantha Smith


28/11/2023 - Council Tax Empty Property Charges 2024-25 ref: 2410    Recommendations Approved

Approval of the Council Tax Empty Property Charges 2024-25

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services that sought approval to remove Council Tax discounts provided by the Council in relation to empty properties.

 

 

Resolved

 

That Cabinet approve, for submission to Council on 13th December 2023:

 

  1. The removal of Council Tax discounts provided in respect of empty properties.

 

  1. A change to the date from which the 100% Council Tax Empty Property premium was applied from two years after the property became empty to one year.

 

  1. The application of a Council Tax premium in respect of second homes with effect from 1 April 2025.

 

  1. That the Chief Finance Officer, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate be authorised to agree the Council’s Empty Property Discount Policy and its Empty Property Premium Waiver Policy should the outcome of Government consultation on the Levelling Up and Regeneration bill provide for any changes to the draft bill.

 

Reason for decision

 

There were defined classes of property that were to be awarded a statutory exemption from Council Tax if they became empty.

 

On 1 April 2013, Government gave local authorities power to determine the level of empty property discounts (Sections 11 and 12 of the Local Government Finance Act 2012) and the power to charge a premium of 50% where a property has been empty in excess of two years.

 

In addition to statutory exemptions the Council was able to apply a range of local policies.

 

Alternatives considered

 

To continue with the existing empty property discounts i.e empty property premium could remain payable after two years and a premium in respect of second homes could not be applied.  This option was not recommended as Government had identified additional measures needed to make improvements.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: carolyn goddard


28/11/2023 - Rochdale Riverside - Financial Update 2023/24 ref: 2418    Recommendations Approved

To provide Members with an update on the financial performance of the Rochdale Riverside Retail & Leisure Development

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services that provided an update regarding the financial position for Rochdale Riverside Retail and Leisure Development.

 

Resolved - That the Rochdale Riverside Financial Update 2023/24 report be noted.

 

Reason for decision

 

To update Cabinet on the financial position of the Council, to ensure that budget pressures were identified and corrective action was taken, to ensure that financial resources continued to be spent in line with the budget, and to enable decisions to be taken in full knowledge of all relevant financial implications.

 

To ensure Cabinet was aware of the anticipated financial performance of the Rochdale Riverside scheme over the next 10 years, including an understanding of business risk and opportunities

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not to consider the report – this option was not recommended as the report was provided for information to update on the financial position of the Council.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michelle Ashworth (for commercial,Economy & Resources)


28/11/2023 - Setting the Business Rate Base 2024-25 ref: 2411    Recommendations Approved

Report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate/Chief Finance Officer

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services that sought approval to submit a report to Council to agree setting the Business Rate Base 2024-25.

 

Resolved

 

That Cabinet approve, for submission to Council on 13th December 2023:

 

  1. The draft Business Rate baseline figure of £77.171m for 2024/25, subject to any changes which may result from:

 

·         The provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2024/25.

 

·         The issue of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) guidance on completion of the 2024/25 Business Rates baseline return (NNDR1), due in January 2024.

 

  1. That the Chief Finance Officer, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate, be authorised to conclude and agree the final Business Rates baseline return (NNDR1) due on 31 January 2024, should the final information yet to be received from DLUHC change the baseline figure for 2024/25.

 

  1. That the precepts payment schedule detailed in paragraph 5.2.2 of the report be approved.

 

Reason for decision

 

The Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/452) require billing authorities to notify the Secretary of State and their major precepting authority of their calculation of non-domestic rating income for the following financial year and the estimated surplus/deficit on the Collection Fund by 31 January each year.

 

The figures were produced subject to the DLUHC guidance being published and provided, following which the figure in the report may have to be revisited.

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not to consider the Business Rate Base 2024-25 - this option was not recommended as it was a statutory requirement for the Council to calculate and approve a Council Tax base each financial year.

 

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: carolyn goddard


28/11/2023 - Exclusion of Press and Public ref: 2416    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 28/11/2023

Decision:

That, in accordance with the provisions under Section 100(A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following items of business. Reason for the Decision: Should the press and public remain during consideration of the items, there may be a disclosure of information that was deemed to be exempt under Part 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 


28/11/2023 - Calculation of the 2023-24 Taxbase ref: 2409    Recommendations Approved

To agree the statutory Council Tax Base for 2023-24

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services that sought approval to submit a report to Council to agree the calculation of the 2024-25 Council Tax base.

 

Resolved

 

That Cabinet approve, for submission to Council on 13th December 2023:

 

1.    The Council Tax base expressed as “Band D equivalent properties”, be recommended as 58,500 for 2024/25 (2023/24: 57,552) as detailed at Appendix 1 of the report.

 

2.    The Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2024/25 remained unchanged.

3.    The proposed precepts payment schedule detailed in paragraph 5.3.3 of the report

 

 

Reason for decision

 

Rochdale Borough Council, as a Council Tax billing authority, was required each year to make statutory calculations specified in Section 31B of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (as amended). The Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012 required authorities to calculate the Council Tax base (number of taxable properties), expressed as "Band D equivalent properties". Approval of the calculations was required by 31 January in each financial year.

 

The Local Government Finance Act 1992 prescribed the procedures to be adopted in setting precept payment dates. The Act required billing authorities to notify precepting authorities of a proposed payments schedule. The notification was required before 31 December in respect of the following financial year. The final payments schedule was then confirmed by 31 January.  The calculation of the tax base had to be made by 31 January and notified to the major precepting and levying authorities.

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not to consider calculation of the 2023-24 Tax base report – this option was not recommended as it was a statutory requirement for the Council to calculate and approve a Council Tax base each financial year.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: carolyn goddard


28/11/2023 - Touchstones - Capital Project ref: 2417    Recommendations Approved

To gain delegated approval to enter in to contract with the main construction contractor, once the procurement process has been concluded.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing / Director of Economy that provided an update on the progress of the Touchstones Capital Investment Project.

 

Resolved - That the recommendations as set out in the exempt report, be approved.

 

Reason for decision

 

In order to meet the Arts Council funding deadline and to continue to meet the terms of agreement, the project must remain on programme.

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not to proceed with the Capital Project – this option was not recommended as the existing Touchstones building would remain as it was and the Arts Council Grant funding would be lost.

 

Wards affected: Central Rochdale;

Lead officer: Oliver Boaler


28/11/2023 - New Children's Homes ref: 2415    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval for the purchase of 4 new children's homes; two for children with disabilities

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education / Director of Children’s Services that sought approval to enter into negotiations to purchase new homes to accommodate children who were cared for by the local authority.

 

Resolved

 

  1. That the proposal to enter into negotiations for the in-principle purchase of two 4/5-bedroomed homes to be converted to residential children’s homes be approved.

 

  1. That spend of up to £1.4m for the purchase and refurbishment of two 4/5-bedroomed homes to be converted to residential children’s homes be approved.

 

  1. That the Director of Economy, in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services, be authorised to enter into negotiations and agree terms for the purchase of the premises, for the purpose of two children’s homes, with approval to the agreed terms being delegated to the Director of Children’s Services.

 

  1. That the Director of Neighbourhoods, in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services, and the Director of Corporate Services be authorised to undertake procurement, appoint contractors and enter into legal agreements for the refurbishment of the premises to make it fit as children’s homes.

 

  1. That the Assistant Director of Legal and Governance be authorised to enter into the necessary legal documentation.

 

  1. That the proposal for future decisions regarding the homes to be delegated to the Director of Children’s Services, in consultation with the portfolio holder, the Director of Corporate Services and the Leader of the Council be approved.

 

 

Reason for decision

 

Cabinet on the 1st October 2019 approved a 5 year strategy for children’s social care. The Strategy involved a Greater Manchester wide innovation programme to deliver improvements across the wider area through three strands. The ACT: Achieving Change Together programme for vulnerable adolescents; the “No Wrong Door” edge of care programme to reduce the number of children in residential care; and the Strengthening Families pre-birth service for mothers who have previously had children removed.

 

Cabinet on 14th February 2023 noted, that following the Covid-19 pandemic, there had been a significant increase in the number of children coming into care. Whilst significant additional measures were being undertaken to address these pressures, there was a significant, current and pressing need to address the lack of sufficient in-borough placements to meet the needs of our cared for children in Rochdale.

 

Cabinet on 22nd November 2022 approved the Capital Programme to be distributed for consultation, the full programme was then approved at Budget Setting Council on 22nd February 2023. The programme included a capital spend allocation of £1.4m for residential children’s homes.

 

Each of the two homes would provide places for up to three children, with live in carers. Together the new houses would provide up to six additional places for cared for children within a home style environment in the borough. This had the potential to reduce the cost of external placements by £466k annually with the caveat that the council had a duty to find the most appropriate setting for each child.

 

Alternatives considered

 

The alternative to investing the capital sums into providing two council run children’s homes was to continue to depend on extremely expensive external residential care provision. This option was not recommended as it would lead to an increase in the children’s social care financial deficit position.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Fay Davies


28/11/2023 - Discretionary Fees and Charges 2024/25 ref: 2413    Recommendations Approved

The report details the proposed Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2024/25 as a basis for consultation

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services that detailed the proposed Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2024/25 as a basis for consultation and listed the charges which were proposed to be exempt or different from the general 5% increase.

 

Resolved

 

  1. That the updated Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2024/25, as a basis for consultation be approved.

 

  1. That it be noted that a 1% change to the Discretionary Fees and Charges would mean an increase or decrease of £40k. Any change to the % increase could be considered as part of the consultation.

 

  1. That the charges exempt from the general 5% increase, as set out in paragraph 5.3 of the report be approved.

 

  1. That the different % increases, as set out in paragraph 5.4 of the report be approved.

 

  1. That the proposed new Discretionary Fees and Charges, as set out in paragraph 5.5 of the report be approved.

 

 

Reason for decision

 

The fees and charges set out in the report had been proposed by each Directorate, taking into account the 5% general uplift in Discretionary Fees and Charges. It was recommended that no uplift be applied to the fees and charges detailed in paragraph 5.3 of the report.

 

It was recommended that the fees and charges in paragraph 5.4 were uplifted by the amounts stated in the report. It was also recommended that the new fees and charges in paragraph 5.5 of the report be approved for consultation.

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not to review or increase fees and charges – this option was not recommended as it would potentially reduce the income available to the Council and make it more difficult to achieve a balanced budget.

 

 

 

Lead officer: Howorth Karen ( for Adult Care Directorate & Public Health & Integrated Directorate )


28/11/2023 - Revenue Budget Update 2024/25-2026/27 and Medium Term Financial Strategy ref: 2408    Recommendations Approved

To provide an update on the Revenue Budget 2024/25 to 2026/27 and to provide an update on the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services that provided an update on the Revenue Budget 2024/25 to 2026/27 and the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy.

 

Resolved

 

1.    That the updated Revenue Budget Position 2024/25 to 2026/27, including the forecast budget gap for 2024/25 being £3.600 million be noted.

 

2.    That it be noted that further work was required to set a balanced budget at Budget Council in February 2024, following the announcement of the provisional and final settlement.

 

3.    That the update regarding the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy be noted.

 

 

Reason for decision

 

Cabinet was required to recommend a balanced 2024/25 Revenue Budget to Budget Council, and provisional budgets for 2025/26 to 2026/27. The Council was required to set a balanced budget for 2024/25 by 11th March 2024.

 

The Revenue Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy were key elements of the budget setting process.

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not to consider the Revenue Budget and Medium Term Financial Strategy – this option was not recommended as the Council was legally obliged to set a balanced budget. The budget setting process was complex and must be undertaken in a planned way. It was equally important that assumptions used in the preparation of the budget were agreed, reasonable and consistently applied by all services.

 

 

 

Lead officer: Howorth Karen ( for Adult Care Directorate & Public Health & Integrated Directorate )


28/11/2023 - Q2 23/24 Finance Update ref: 2407    Recommendations Approved

To update members on Q2 Financial Position of council

 

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate / Director of Corporate Services that set out the Council’s forecast 2023/24 financial position as at the end of September 2023.

 

Resolved

 

1.    That the forecast 2023/24 financial positions for Revenue, Capital, and the Collection Fund as at the end of September 2023, as detailed in section 5 of the report, be noted.

 

2.    That Cabinet noted the £6,870k forecast overspend reported by the Children’s Directorate, and that a recovery plan was being developed that would be reported alongside the Finance Update report.

 

3.    That the Budget Pressures requests as detailed in section 5.4 of the report be approved and the Chief Finance Officer, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate, be authorised to increase the level of Budget Pressures allocated to offset Children’s Services legal costs, if required.

 

4.    That the update on the Health and Social Care Pooled Budget as detailed in section 5.5 of the report be noted.

 

5.    That the net Capital budget changes of £11,240k, as detailed in section 5.6.1.of the report be noted.

 

6.    That the Capital re-phasing of £36,790k into future years detailed in section 5.6 and Appendix B (2) of the report be noted.

 

7.    That the request to switch capital budgets within Economy, Corporate and Neighbourhoods directorates as detailed in section 5.6.3 of the report be approved.

 

8.    That the request to switch £972k budget from the Capital Investment Fund to fund a number of schemes within the directorates as detailed in section 5.6.3 of the report be approved.

 

9.    That the Property Growth Fund update set out in section 5.8 of the report be noted.

 

10.That the Treasury Management update for Quarter 2 in section 5.9 and Appendix C of the report be noted.

 

Reason for decision

 

To provide an update on the financial position of the Council, as effective budget management was critical to ensuring financial resources were spent in line with the budget and were targeted towards the Council’s priorities.

 

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not to consider the Q2 23/24 Finance Update – this option was not recommended as the Council’s financial reporting complied with CIPFA’s Financial Management Code and its standards to ensure management of financial resources in the short, medium and long term, the management of financial resilience to meet unforeseen demands on services and management of unexpected shocks within financial circumstances.

 

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Samantha Smith


28/11/2023 - Property Growth Fund Performance & Risk - Q2 2023/24 ref: 2419    Recommendations Approved

To inform Members of the performance of the Property Growth Fund as at Q2 2023/24, and update on the associated risks

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 28/11/2023 - Cabinet

Decision published: 29/11/2023

Effective from: 07/12/2023

Decision:

Consideration was given to a report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing / Director of Economy that provided an update regarding the performance of the Council’s property investments and highlighted any associated risks.

 

Resolved - That the report, including the assessment of risk with regard to the property portfolio included at paragraph 10 and Appendix 2 of the report be noted.

 

Reason for decision

The report was provided for information. Awareness of the financial implications of the Council’s property investments was essential to enable informed decision-making.

 

Alternatives considered

 

Not to consider the report – this option was not recommended as the report was provided for information to update on the financial position of the Council’s property investments.

 

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michelle Ashworth (for commercial,Economy & Resources)


22/11/2023 - Third Party Loan    Item Deferred

Special Urgency Decision

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 28/11/2023

Lead officer: Julie Murphy

Notice of decision: 22/11/2023

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
The Chair of Corporate Overview and Scrutiny agreed to the report being considered with less than 28 days' notice being provided before the decision was taken.

It was agreed that the decision could not reasonably be deferred and that the Call-In process would be waived.

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The report will contain sensitive financial information.


08/11/2023 - Atom Valley Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing Centre

To seek approvals to progress the Atom Valley Sustainable Materials & Manufacturing Centre at Kingsway Business Park.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: Kingsway;

Lead officer: Neil Eccles

Notice of decision: 08/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
The report will contain commercially sensitive information.


01/11/2023 - Traffic Management Act 2004 (Part 6) - Update on Enforcement Programme and Constitutional Amendment

Further to a successful Designation Order application to Government, update on progress and potential next steps subject to Cabinet approval.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Nathan McKendrey

Notice of decision: 30/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/11/2023 - Property Investment Risk Update 2023/24

To update Members on the risks and rewards associated with the Council's property and non-treasury investment activities

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 23/01/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Michelle Ashworth (for commercial,Economy & Resources)

Notice of decision: 27/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


01/11/2023 - Adult Social Care Budget Strategy 2024/25 to 2025/26    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Martin Lawton

Notice of decision: 17/11/2023

Reason for urgency:
The report was formerly titled 'Adults Social Care Improvement and Efficiencies Strategy' on the Forward Plan and has since been retitled 'Adult Social Care Budget Strategy 2024/25 to 2025/26'

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


01/11/2023 - New Children with Disabilities Homes

Report seeks approval for purchase two homes to be used as care homes for children with disabilities. The report seeks approval for spend of a DfE grant funding of £0.939m alongside Council matched funding of £1.114m.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Fay Davies

Notice of decision: 16/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt


01/11/2023 - Client Financial Affairs Policy    Recommendations Approved

Proposed updates to the Client Financial Affairs Policy

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Hayley Ashall

Notice of decision: 15/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/11/2023 - Careline Retender    Abandoned

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 05/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Hayley Ashall

Notice of decision: 14/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


01/11/2023 - Greater Manchester Fairer health for all Framework - Engagement Draft

1.1. This paper outlines opportunities for Rochdale partners to input and shape priorities for co-ordinated action on health inequalities across Greater Manchester, responding to the proposed principles, targets and metrics in the Greater Manchester Fairer Health for All Framework; and opportunities to co-design intelligence and leadership tools and resources that will enable neighbourhood and locality partners in delivery of Rochdale’s locality plans.

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Peter Varey

Notice of decision: 10/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


01/11/2023 - Rochdale Development Agency (RDA) Agreement for Service/Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/03/2024

Lead officer: Paul Moore

Notice of decision: 29/11/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


28/09/2023 - Need for Secondary School Places 2024 - 2028

Detail of school places to meet statutory requirement to offer a school place to every Secondary child in the borough

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Heywood Township Committee, Pennines Township Committee, Rochdale South Township Committee, Rochdale North Township Committee, Middleton Township Committee

Decision due date: 12/02/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Fay Davies

Notice of decision: 31/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/09/2023 - Need for Primary School Places 2024 - 2027

To detail the sufficiency of school places across the borough to meet statutory duty to offer all children a school place

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Heywood Township Committee, Middleton Township Committee, Rochdale North Township Committee, Rochdale South Township Committee, Pennines Township Committee

Decision due date: 12/02/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Fay Davies

Notice of decision: 31/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/09/2023 - Corporate Parent Strategy 2023-2026

The purpose of this report is to inform cabinet how the local authority will fulfill its duties as a corporate parent over the next 3 years, ensuring the well-being and development of children in its care.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Rachel Meyrick

Notice of decision: 27/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/09/2023 - Real Living Wage Task and Finish Report

To receive a report from the Health, Schools and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 28/05/2024

Lead officer: Hayley Ashall

Notice of decision: 26/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/09/2023 - Provider Fees 2024/25 - Consultation    Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

To start the conversation with commissioned providers for the agreed fees for 2024/25.

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board, Informal Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Hayley Ashall

Notice of decision: 26/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


28/09/2023 - Rochdale BC Printers / Multifunctional Devices (MFDs)    Abandoned

To seek approval and a Key Decision to go out to market for new printer / MFDs

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 27/02/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: shah talib

Notice of decision: 24/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


28/09/2023 - Affordable Housing - Big Help Group    Abandoned

To obtain permission to partner with Big Help Group (BHG) on an affordable delivery programme funded by up to £10m from BHG.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/03/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Stuart Morris

Notice of decision: 20/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


28/09/2023 - Affordable Housing (Immediate Requirements)    Abandoned

To obtain permission for delegated and revised powers to acquire properties

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/03/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Stuart Morris

Notice of decision: 20/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


28/09/2023 - Housing Delivery

To update Cabinet on the housing crisis and to seek permission to continue to explore certain housing delivery vehicles.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Stuart Morris

Notice of decision: 20/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


28/09/2023 - Additional Licensing - Houses of Multiple Occupation

To approve the principle of re-introducing additional licensing of HMOs in the private rented sector and to approve commencement of a statutory public consultation.

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Informal Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Stuart Morris

Notice of decision: 20/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/09/2023 - Homelessness Programme - Single Homelessness Accommodation (SHAP)

To agree for Rochdale Borough Council to accept Capital and Revenue from Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities, and Homes England,to deliver 28 Units of Accommodation for Young People aged 18-25 at risk or experiencing Homelessness.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Hannah Courtney-Adamson

Notice of decision: 09/10/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


31/08/2023 - Acquisition of property at Miall Street, Rochdale (Station South)

The purpose of the report is to seek approval for the Council to proceed with the acquisition of a privately owned property on Miall Street in support of the ongoing proposals for Station South.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 28/05/2024

Wards affected: Milkstone and Deeplish;

Lead officer: Beverley Hirst

Notice of decision: 14/09/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


31/08/2023 - Extensions Policy for Foster Carers, SGO Carers and Adopters

Proposal for a new policy which provides a structure and process by which foster carers, SGO carers and Adopters can seek financial support from the LA to extend their properties to provide additions fostering placements or additional bedrooms for children exiting care through a plan of permanence via adoption or SGO.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/12/2023

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Julia Hassall

Notice of decision: 13/09/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


31/08/2023 - Hopwood Old Hall - Repair Grants    Abandoned

To gain delegated authority to receive and spend external grant funding for the external and internal repair and restoration of Hopwood Old Hall, Middleton.

To request delegated authority to procure the necessary contracts to deliver the project from design through to practical completion and enter in to contract with the design team and construction contractors.

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Informal Cabinet

Decision due date: 27/02/2024

Wards affected: South Middleton;

Lead officer: Georgina McAuley

Notice of decision: 13/09/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


31/07/2023 - Castleton BeeNetwork Phase 2 Consultation & Approvals    Abandoned

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 27/02/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Chris Woods

Notice of decision: 31/08/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


31/07/2023 - Locality Operating Model

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 23/01/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kuiama Thompson

Notice of decision: 23/08/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


31/07/2023 - Prescribing Expenditure

Statutory Responsibility and Governance Proposal for Medicines Related Decision

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 01/04/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Nichola Thompson

Notice of decision: 23/08/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


31/07/2023 - Strategic Housing - Compulsory Purchase Order

Permission to obtain a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) is required before proceeding legally. The relevant site is the site of a former public house located within the East Middleton ward of Middleton Township

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 28/05/2024

Wards affected: East Middleton;

Lead officer: Nicola Carter

Notice of decision: 15/08/2023

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons


28/06/2023 - Capital Investment and Disposal Strategy for 2024/25    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval for the 2024/25 Capital Investment and Disposal Strategy, which outlines how the Council will meet the requirements of the relevant legislation, codes of practice and guidance that form the Prudential Framework.

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Informal Cabinet, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 13/02/2024

Lead officer: Howorth Karen ( for Adult Care Directorate & Public Health & Integrated Directorate )

Notice of decision: 26/07/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/06/2023 - Treasury Management Strategy 2024/25    Recommendations Approved

This report seeks approval for the 2024/25 Treasury Management Strategy (TMS) which outlines how the Council will meet the requirements of the relevant legislation, codes of practice and guidance that form the Prudential Framework.

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Informal Cabinet, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 13/02/2024

Lead officer: Howorth Karen ( for Adult Care Directorate & Public Health & Integrated Directorate )

Notice of decision: 26/07/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/06/2023 - Budget Report and Medium Term Financial Strategy 2024/25 to 2026/27    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Informal Cabinet, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 13/02/2024

Lead officer: Howorth Karen ( for Adult Care Directorate & Public Health & Integrated Directorate )

Notice of decision: 26/07/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/06/2023 - Local Government Act 2003 Requirement 2024/25    Recommendations Approved

It is a legal requirement under Section 25 of the Local Government Act 2003 for this report to be presented to Council for consideration immediately prior to setting the Budget and Council Tax. The recommendations aim to ensure that Council is aware of the opinion of the Chief Finance Officer regarding the robustness of the budget as proposed and the adequacy of general balances and reserves.

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Informal Cabinet, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 13/02/2024

Lead officer: Howorth Karen ( for Adult Care Directorate & Public Health & Integrated Directorate )

Notice of decision: 26/07/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/06/2023 - Discretionary Fees and Charges 2024/25    Recommendations Approved

This report details the proposed Discretionary Fees and Charges for 2024/25

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Informal Cabinet, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 13/02/2024

Lead officer: Howorth Karen ( for Adult Care Directorate & Public Health & Integrated Directorate )

Notice of decision: 26/07/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


31/05/2023 - Rochdale Station Square

To seek approval to commence procurement and award contract for works to Station Square

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/03/2024

Wards affected: Milkstone and Deeplish;

Lead officer: Matt Gilray

Notice of decision: 15/06/2023

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt


31/05/2023 - Q3 23/24 Finance Update

To update members on Q3 Financial Position of council

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 19/03/2024

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Samantha Smith

Notice of decision: 01/06/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


27/04/2023 - Estates Strategy (neighbourhoods) (LCO BP)

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 04/2024

Lead officer: Councillor Daalat Ali

Notice of decision: 15/05/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


27/04/2023 - Neighbourhood's Strategy (LCO BP)

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 04/2024

Lead officer: Councillor Daalat Ali

Notice of decision: 15/05/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


27/04/2023 - Emotional non-attendance at school Strategy (LCO BP)

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 26/03/2024

Notice of decision: 15/05/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


27/04/2023 - Serious Violence Strategy (LCO BP)

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 26/03/2024

Lead officer: Lianne Davies

Notice of decision: 15/05/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


27/04/2023 - Enhanced Care Home Model Strategy (LCO BP)

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 27/02/2024

Lead officer: Hayley Ashall

Notice of decision: 15/05/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


27/04/2023 - Learning Disability & Autism Strategy (LCO BP)

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 27/02/2024

Lead officer: Hayley Ashall

Notice of decision: 15/05/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


27/04/2023 - Preparing for adulthood integrated transition strategy (LCO BP)

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 27/02/2024

Lead officer: Martin Lawton, Charlotte Mitchell

Notice of decision: 15/05/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


27/04/2023 - Children's Autism Strategy (LCO BP)

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 27/02/2024

Lead officer: Sajjad Miah, Charlotte Mitchell

Notice of decision: 15/05/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


27/04/2023 - Anti-poverty strategy

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 23/01/2024

Lead officer: diane preston

Notice of decision: 12/05/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


27/04/2023 - End of Life Strategy

Decision Maker: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Locality Board

Decision due date: 01/04/2024

Lead officer: Louise Steele

Notice of decision: 12/05/2023

Anticipated restriction: Open


28/10/2022 - Central Retail Park 'Station Gardens' Development

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision due date: 28/05/2024

Wards affected: Central Rochdale;

Lead officer: Matt Gilray

Notice of decision: 24/11/2022

Anticipated restriction: Fully exempt  - view reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an indivdual.