Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 22nd October, 2014 7.00 pm

Venue: Bury Town Hall

Contact: Chris Shillitto  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

C. 372

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members of the Council are requested to declare any interests which they have in any items or issues before the Council for determination.

 

Minutes:

                    1. Councillor Connolly declared a personal interest in any item which related to staffing as his partner is an employee of Bury Council.

 

                    2. Councillor Jones declared a personal interest in any item which related to staffing as his wife is an employee of Bury Council.

 

                    3. Councillor Bevan declared a personal interest in any item which related to staffing as his wife is an employee within a Bury School.

 

                    4. Councillor Mallon declared a personal interest in any item relation to staffing as his partner is an employee within a Bury High School.

 

                    5. Councillor Walton declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in Minute C.383, Question on the work of the Greater Manchester Pension Authority, and left the meeting during consideration of this item.

 

 

C. 373

MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 10 September 2014

Minutes:

          RESOLVED:

 

            That the minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 10 September 2014 be signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record. 

 

C. 374

MAYORAL COMMUNICATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

To receive communications from the Mayor and any announcements by the Leader of the Council or the Chief Executive on matters of interest to the Council.

 

Minutes:

 

            The Mayor reminded Members of the forthcoming Remembrance Sunday Service on 9 November 2014 and the forthcoming Civic Ball on 6 December 2014.

 

C. 375

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

To answer questions from members of the public, notice of which has been given, on any matter relevant to the Council or its services to the community.  Up to 30 minutes will be set aside for this purpose.  If time permits, further questions will be invited from members of the public present.

 

Minutes:

            The Mayor reported that there no written questions had been submitted. On inviting questions from members of the public present, the following issues were raised:-

 

 

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

Repairs service provided by Six Town Housing

Mr V Hagan

Councillor Connolly

Traffic Congestion on Croft Lane, Bury

Mr S Mahmood

Councillor Connolly

Access problems for buses around Gigg Lane, Bury on match days.

Mr M Harling

Councillor Connolly

 

C. 376

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Committee/Date

Subject

Recommendation

1. Licensing and Safety Panel – 6 October 2014

Amendment to Scheme of Delegation to Licensing and Safety Panel(Report attached)

To approve changes to the Council Constitution as set out in the report which relate to the determination of public/private hire licences and policy issues within the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005.

2. Licensing and Safety Panel – 6 October 2014

Delegation to Licensing and Safety Panel with regard to Council School and College Contracts (Report attached)

To approve a delegation to the Licensing and Safety Panel to undertake reviews of drivers working on Council school and college contracts.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(1)Minute LSP.350 of the Licensing and Safety Panel held on 6 October 2014 – Amendment to Scheme of Delegation to Licensing and Safety Panel.

 

                    It was moved by Councillor Jones and seconded by Councillor Walmsley and it was:-

 

                       RESOLVED:

 

That changes to the Council Constitution, as set out in the report, and which relates to the determination of public/private hire licences and policy issues within the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005, be approved.

 

                    (2) Minute LSP.349 of the Licensing and Safety Panel held on 6 October 2014 – Delegation to Licensing and Safety Panel with regard to Council School and College Contracts.

 

                        It was moved by Councillor Jones and seconded by Councillor Walmsley and it was:-

               

                       Resolved:

               

                    That a delegation to the Licensing and Safety Panel to undertake reviews of drivers working on Council School and College Contracts, be approved.

 

C. 377

LEADER'S STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 40 KB

          To receive a Statement from the Leader of the Council on the work of the Cabinet and to answer written questions from Members of the Council to the Leader and Cabinet Members on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties which affect the Borough, provided the necessary written notice has been given.

 

          Verbal questions on the work of the Cabinet since the last Council meeting will be allowed subject to a limit of one question per Councillor.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(a) Written questions (Notice given)

 

                    The Leader of the Council, Councillor Connolly, made a statement on the work undertaken by him since the date of the last Council meeting.  The Leader and the relevant Cabinet Members answered questions raised by Councillors on the following issues:

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered by

1.

The Local Assistance Welfare Budget

Councillor O’Brien

Councillor Walmsley

2.

Care for the Over 65’s

Councillor Adams

Councillor Shori

3.

The Bury Core Strategy

Councillor Whitby

Councillor Walmsley

4.

Waste Collection Arrangements

Councillor Caserta

Councillor Isherwood

5.

Road Repairs

Councillor Southworth

Councillor Isherwood

6.

NHS Funding and Dementia Care

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Shori

7.

Support for Carers

Councillor John Smith

Councillor Shori

8.

Government Funding for Schools

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Campbell

9.

Revised Bin Collection Service

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Isherwood

10.

Fair Deal for Bury

Councillor Parnell

Councillor Connolly

11.

Sculpture Gallery

Councillor Bury

Councillor Lewis

12.

Day Care Services

Councillor Mallon

Councillor Shori

13.

Land for Commercial Development

Councillor Nuttall

Councillor Connolly

14.

Refuse Collection – Additional Recycling Bins

Councillor Carter

Councillor Isherwood

15.

Children’s Centres

Councillor Whitby

Councillor Campbell

16.

Concerns in Heaton Park

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Connolly

17.

Children’s Centres – Consultation

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Campbell

18.

Public Accessible Defibrillators

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Shori

19.

Bury Light Night

Councillor James

Councillor Lewis

20.

Payment of Invoices

Councillor FitzGerald

Councillor Connolly

21.

Planning Performance

Councillor Heneghan

Councillor Walmsley

22.

Car Parking in Bury Town Centre

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Connolly

23.

Housing Benefit Fraud

Councillor Kerrison

Councillor Walmsley

24.

Infectious Diseases

Councillor Mallon

Councillor Shori

25.

Public Transport Services

Councillor Stella Smith

Councillor Isherwood

 

            Due to the lack of time to answer questions 13 and 16 to 25 inclusive, the Leader gave an undertaking that copies of those questions will be circulated to all Councillors.  The Leader also gave an undertaking to make these available on the Council Web Site.

 

                       (b) Oral questions on the work of the Cabinet since the last Council meeting (without Notice)

 

26.

Future Service Options for Social Care Provider Services

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Shori

27.

NHS Contracts

Councillor Parnell

Councillor Connolly

28.

Festivals within Bury

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Connolly

29.

Achievement of excellence by Hoyles Nursery School

Councillor Daly

Councillor Connolly

 

C. 378

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 19 KB

                   (A)     A report by the Council’s Representative on the work of the                Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor                     Matthews.

 

(B)     Questions (if any) on the work of the Joint Authorities to be asked     by Members of the Council for which the necessary notice has been   given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.2.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(a) Councillor Matthews, the Council’s representative, on the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, gave a verbal report on the work of the Authority to all Members of the Council.

 

                    (b) The following question had been received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.2.

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered by

1.

Bus Services – Real Time Passenger Information 

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Noel Bayley (Representative on the Committee for Greater Manchester Transport)

2.

Bus Services between Ramsbottom and Bolton

Councillor Southworth

Councillor Noel Bayley (Representative on the Committee for Greater Manchester Transport)

 

 

C. 379

CHILDREN IN CARE PLEDGE pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Report Attached

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            A report of the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People was submitted which presented for consideration Bury’s Promise to Children and Young People in Care.

 

            It was moved by Councillor Campbell and seconded by Councillor Heneghan and it was:

 

 

 

 

              Resolved:

 

            That Bury’s Promise to Children and Young People in Care, as agreed by the Corporate Parenting Board, be endorsed.

 

 

C. 380

AMENDMENTS TO THE COUNCIL CONSTITUTION - FILMING OF MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Report attached

Minutes:

            A report of the Assistant Director – Legal and Democratic Services was submitted which sought amendments to the Council Constitution to reflect provisions which came into force on 6 August 2015 under the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014.  Specifically, the Regulations state that whilst a meeting of a local authority is open to the public any person attending is permitted to report on the meeting, and should be afforded reasonable facilities for doing so.

 

            It was moved by Councillor Connolly and seconded by Councillor Shori and it was:-

 

              Resolved:

 

            That the Assistant Director – Legal and Democratic Services be delegated approval to amend the Council Constitution and Council Procedure Rules to reflect the provisions set out in the report

 

C. 381

NOTICES OF MOTION

The following Notice of Motions have been received:- 

 

1. Waste Collection and Recycling

 

In view of the number of petitions and other forms of protest submitted by members of the general public  relating to the policy decision to collect the residual bins from domestic properties within Bury on a three weekly basis, this Council resolves to refer this decision back to the Cabinet Member for         reconsideration.

 

This Council recognises there are many other ways of collecting waste which will achieve the required level of recycling in Bury by 2016.

 

 

 

         In the names of Councillors I Bevan, R Caserta, J Daly, I Gartside, D Gunther, R Hodkinson, K Hussain, S Nuttall, R Walker, J Walton and Y Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Fostering

 

This Council celebrates the achievements we have made, regarding the increase of in house foster carers, as we recognise that this brings better outcomes for our children and is more cost effective. Unfortunately, demand is still high and we need to use this council meeting to raise and discuss this issue and to ask this council as corporate parents to promote fostering within all avenues.  From this debate there will also be a full all members briefing. I urge this council to debate this motion in full, supporting the council in its endeavours.

 

In the names of Councillors  P Adams,  N Bayley, J Black, S Briggs, P Bury, G Campbell, S Carter, D M Cassidy, M Connolly, A J Cummings, E FitzGerald L Fitzwalter, J Frith, J Grimshaw, S Haroon, P Heneghan, T Holt, A Isherwood, M A James, D Jones, S Kerrison, J S Lewis, A K Matthews, J Mallon, E O’Brien, N A Parnell, A Quinn, K Rothwell, R Shori, A Simpson, S Smith, J Smith, S Southworth, T Tariq,  S Walmsley and M Whitby.  

 

Minutes:

        Two Notices of Motion have been received and set out in the Summons.

 

          1.      Waste Collection and Recycling 

 

        A motion had been received and set out in the Summons in the names of:-

 

            Councillors I Bevan, R Caserta, J Daly, I Gartside, D Gunther, R Hodkinson,
K Hussain, S Nuttall, R Walker, J Walton and Y Wright

 

            It was moved by Councillor Gunther and seconded by Councillor Gartside:

 

            “In view of the number of petitions and other forms of protest submitted by members of the general public  relating to the policy decision to collect the residual bins from domestic properties within Bury on a three weekly basis, this Council resolves to refer this decision back to the Cabinet Member for reconsideration.

 

            This Council recognises there are many other ways of collecting waste which will achieve the required level of recycling in Bury by 2016.”

 

              It was moved and seconded that the vote be now put and this was declared carried.

 

              Prior to the vote on the motion, in excess of eight Councillors requested that voting be recorded to show how each Member cast their vote, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 17.5.

 

        The result of the vote was a follows:-

 

          For the motion:

 

            Councillors I Bevan, R Caserta, J Daly, I Gartside, D Gunther, R Hodkinson,
K Hussain, T Pickstone , R Walker, J Walton and Y Wright.

 

              Against the motion:

 

            Councillors P Adams, D Bailey, M Bailey, N Bayley, J Black, S Briggs, P Bury, G Campbell, S Carter, D M Cassidy, M Connolly, A J Cummings, E FitzGerald, J Grimshaw, S Haroon, P Heneghan, T Holt, A Isherwood, M A James, D Jones, S Kerrison, J S Lewis, J Mallon, A K Matthews, E O’Brien, N A Parnell, A Quinn, K Rothwell, R Shori, J Smith, S Smith, S Southworth,  S Walmsley and M Whitby.

 

              Abstaining from the motion:

 

            The Worshipful the Mayor.

 

              The Mayor declared the motion lost.

 

              2. Fostering

 

            A motion had been received and set out in the Summons in the names of:-

 

            Councillors P Adams, N Bayley, J Black, S Briggs, P Bury, G Campbell, S Carter, D M Cassidy, M Connolly, A J Cummings, E FitzGerald, L Fitzwalter, J Frith, J Grimshaw, S Haroon, P Heneghan, T Holt, A Isherwood, M A James, D Jones, S Kerrison, J S Lewis, A K Matthews, J Mallon, E O’Brien, N A Parnell, A Quinn, K Rothwell, R Shori, A Simpson, S Smith, J Smith, S Southworth,  T Tariq, S Walmsley and M Whitby.

 

              It was moved by Councillor Campbell and seconded by Councillor Heneghan:

 

            “This Council celebrates the achievements we have made, regarding the increase of in house foster carers, as we recognise that this brings better outcomes for our children and is more cost effective. Unfortunately, demand is still high and we need to use this council meeting to raise and discuss this issue and to ask this council as corporate parents to promote fostering within all avenues.  From this debate there  ...  view the full minutes text for item C. 381

C. 382

SCRUTINY REVIEW REPORTS AND SPECIFIC ITEMS "CALLED IN" BY SCRUTINY COMMITTEES

Minutes:

            There were no Scrutiny Review Reports or specific items “called in” by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to be considered at this Council meeting.

 

C. 383

QUESTIONS ON THE WORK OF OUTSIDE BODIES OR PARTNERSHIPS

 

          Questions on the work of outside bodies or partnerships on which the Council is represented to be asked by Members of the Council (if any).

 

Minutes:

            The following question had been received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.2.

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered by

1.

Investments in Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Grimshaw (Representative on the Pension Fund Advisory Committee)

 

C. 384

DELEGATED DECISIONS OF THE COUNCIL COMMITTEES

          Questions on the delegated decisions made by the Regulatory Committees and Scrutiny Committees contained in the Digest of Decisions 2 (2014/15) published since the last ordinary meeting of the Council, providing four clear working days’ notice has been given of the question. 

 

Members are asked to bring to the meeting their copy of Digest 2 (2014/15).

 

 

Minutes:

            There were no written questions asked on the delegated decisions of the Committees or Scrutiny Committee contained in the Digest of Decisions 2
(2014-2015).