Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 10th December, 2014 7.00 pm

Venue: Bury Town Hall

Contact: Chris Shillitto  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

C. 502

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 Parnell declared a personal interest in Minute C.373(1) ‘Notice of Motion – Impact of the TTIP,’ as his wife is employed by an NHS Trust.

 

                    6. The following Councillors declared personal interests in Minute C.373(1), ‘Notice of Motion – Impact of the TTIP,’ as they are members of the Unite the Union:-

 

                        Councillors Daisy Bailey, Matt Bailey, Bury, Carter, Connolly, Frith, Haroon, Isherwood, Kerrison, Lewis, Mallon, Parnell, Quinn, Shori, Simpson and Tariq.

 

C. 503

MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 22 October 2014 (Copy attached)

 

Minutes:

              RESOLVED:

 

            That the minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 22 October 2014 be signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record. 

 

C. 504

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 thanked everyone for their kind words following the theft of the Mayoral Chains and members passed on their best wishes to Mr Jet Vyas.

 

            The Mayor paid tribute to those who showed support for Remembrance Sunday and gave thanks to those who supported the Civic Ball.

 

            Members observed a brief silence in tribute to Joshua “Super Josh” Wilson who passed away recently. 

 

            The Mayor wished all present a happy Christmas and Chanukah.

 

C. 505

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 41 KB

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 the receipt of two written questions as follows:-

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Disabled access to the Public Gallery in the Council Chamber.

Mr A Miller

Councillor Connolly

2.

Issues relating to the area around Openshaw Fold Road, Warth.

Miss S Boyd

Councillor Connolly

 

            On inviting questions from members of the public present, the following issues were raised:-

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

3.

Discussions with members of the Reinstate Bury Central Library Campaign.

Mr  R Abrahamsenmsen

Councillor Connolly

4.

Recycling Policy.

Mr P Husband

Councillor Connolly

5.

Collection of Domestic Waste.

Mr G Keely

Councillor Connolly

6.

Promoting of Radcliffe Market.

Ms N Haydock

Councillor Connolly

7.

Government Grant to support Waste Collection Service.

Ms R Duberry

Councillor Connolly

8.

Special Needs Transport.

Mr V Hagan

Councillor Connolly

9.

Car parking around Gigg Lane on match days and impact on public transport.

Mr M Harling

Councillor Connolly

 

C. 506

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES

There are no recommendations of the Cabinet or Council Committees for consideration  

Minutes:

            It was reported that there were no recommendations of the Cabinet or Council Committees for consideration.

 

C. 507

LEADER'S STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 56 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.

Employee Sickness

Councillor Gunther

Councillor Holt

2.

Expenditure on Highways

Councillor Parnell

Councillor Isherwood

3.

Household Recycling Rates

Councillor Noel Bayley

Councillor Isherwood

4.

Fair Deal for Bury

Councillor S Smith

Councillor Connolly

5.

Administration Charge for additional grey bins

Councillor Hodkinson

Councillor Isherwood

6.

Surplus Garage Sites

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Shori

7.

Industrial Action – Fire Brigade Unions

Councillor James

Councillor Connolly

8.

Major road repairs and congestion on M60

Councillor Mallon

Councillor Isherwood

9.

Road Safety in Radcliffe East

Councillor Matt Bailey

Councillor Isherwood

10.

Theft of Mayoral Chains

Councillor Walton

Councillor Connolly

11.

Mental Health Concordat

Councillor Grimshaw

Councillor Tariq

12.

Learning Disability Partnership

Councillor Haroon

Councillor Tariq

13.

Springs Estate – Stock Transfer

Councillor John Smith

Councillor Shori

14.

Broadband Supply – Affetside and Hawkshaw

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Connolly

15.

Garage sites in Ramsbottom

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Shori

16.

Bury’s Funding Settlement

Councillor Nuttall

Councillor Connolly

17.

Road Repairs

Councillor Hussain

Councillor Isherwood

18.

Illegal parking outside schools

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Isherwood

19.

Budget for Children and Young people

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Campbell

20.

Budget Consultation

Councillor Nuttall

Councillor Connolly

21.

Fast food outlets

Councillor Wright

Councillor Walmsley

22.

Radcliffe Town Centre

Councillor Daisy Bailey

Councillor Walmsley

23.

Radcliffe Leisure Centre and Pool

Councillor Matt Bailey

Councillor Shori

24.

Capital Investment Programme

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Connolly

 

  Due to the lack of time to answer questions 18 to 24 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)

 

25.

Funding Settlement and representations to Government

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Connolly

26.

Voluntary Groups

Councillor Fitzwalter

Councillor Connolly

27.

Recycling Charging Policy

Councillor Gunther

Councillor Isherwood

28.

Use of technology for information on waste collection days

Councillor Tariq

Councillor Connolly

29.

Recycling Rates and comparative information

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Isherwood

30.

Publication of information on Trade Union Facility Time

Councillor Caserta

Councillor Connolly

31.

Impending budget cuts and impact on Council

Councillor Parnell

Councillor Connolly

32.

Ramsbottom Independent Small Shop Competition

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Connolly

33.

Use of food banks in Bury

Councillor James

Councillor Connolly

34.

Fostering and action taken

Councillor Daly

Councillor Campbell

35.

Domestic Waste Recycling and use of 240cc bins

Councillor Bury

Councillor Isherwood

 

 

 

 

C. 508

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 62 KB

(A)     A report by the Council’s Representative on the work of the Committee for Greater Manchester Transport, Councillor Noel Bayley.

 

(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 Noel Bayley, the Council’s representative, on the Committee for Greater Manchester Transport, gave a verbal report on the work of the Committee 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.

Homophobic Violent Crime

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Connolly (Representative on the Police and Crime Panel)

2.

The “Cycling Ambition Cities” Initiative

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Noel Bayley (Representative on the Greater Manchester Transport)

3.

96 Bus Service

Councillor Heneghan

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

 

C. 509

DEVOLUTION AND GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR:IMPLICATIONS FOR BURY pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Report attached

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            A report of the Leader was submitted which set out the implications for Bury Council of the recent Agreement with Government to devolve functional and fiscal responsibilities, alongside a staged approach to Greater Manchester governance arrangements.

 

It was moved by Councillor Connolly and seconded by Councillor Shori that the recommendations be approved.

 

With 32 voting for, 11 against and 4 abstaining it was:

 

Resolved:

 

1. That the principles which have guided Greater Manchester’s approach to devolution and governance changes be endorsed.

 

                    2. That the Devolution Agreement and the significant switch in powers and access to resources it represents, which will have a positive impact on those who live and work within Bury and Greater Manchester, be welcomed.

 

3. That the proposed changes in governance, including an Appointed Mayor as the eleventh Member of GMCA as a transition to a Directly Elected Mayor for Greater Manchester, be supported.

 

                    4. That the balance between new powers to be vested in the GMCA, as well as new powers to be vested in the directly elected Mayor, who will be the Chair of the GMCA and accountable to the Cabinet of Leaders in the exercise of those powers; and the Mayor and the Cabinet being the subject of scrutiny by the GMCA Pool, be noted.

 

                    5. That the proposed governance arrangements reflect the circumstances within Greater Manchester, which has a long track record of collaboration amongst the local authorities and with business.

 

                    6. That the Government and the range of local stakeholders be reminded that Bury and Greater Manchester will remain fully committed to greater fiscal devolution and to working with other UK City Regions and London in particular to make  the case for this over the coming months.

 

7. That the GMCA be recommended to conclude the statutory review of  Governance arrangements as soon as possible, to enable a final scheme to be submitted to the Secretary of State as a pre-requisite to the changes being made to the Statutory Orders to give effect to the transitional arrangements.

 

8. That authority be delegated to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Leader to respond formally to the GMCA consultation on devolution in the terms set out in this report; and to finalise on behalf of Bury Council, the Council’s response to the final terms of the Governance arrangements including the terms of the Statutory Order.

 

C. 510

LOCAL SCHEME OF COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT 2015/2016 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Report Attached

Minutes:

A report of the Leader was submitted which provided an update on the local Council Tax Support Scheme and set out recommendations to continue to deliver a local scheme within the available budget.

 

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

 

                        Resolved:

 

                    1. That the scheme introduced with effect from 1 April 2013 be continued without change from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

 

                    2. That agreement of the specific legal wording of the local regulations enacting the Council Tax Support Scheme set out in the report be delegated to the Executive Director of Resources and Regulation in consultation with the Leader of the Council.

 

C. 511

CORPORATE PARENTING BOARD - ANNUAL REPORT pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Report attached

Minutes:

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

 

                        Resolved:

 

                    That the Corporate Parenting Board Annual Report be endorsed.

 

C. 512

NOTICES OF MOTION

          The following Notice of Motions have been received:- 

 

          1. Impact of the TTIP

 

          This Council believes that:

 

1.     The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership(TTIP)negotiations are potentially catastrophic for public services as the EU/US representatives are negotiating to hand over the right to regulate inthe public interest without transparency      or accountability to their electorates.

 

        2.    Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms                          would make it hard for any government to                                            reverse liberalisation and           privatisation without being                           sued by foreign investors.  So  whatever           voters                             actually wanted, the trade treaty would place major                           barriers in the way of government giving expression to                      their           democratic will.

 

          This Council resolves to:

 

          1.    Write to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills raising our serious concerns      about the TTIP.

 

          2.    Offer support to the campaign by Unite to defend the NHS          which is drawing attention to the potential impact of the TTIP.

 

          3.    Write to all borough/district councils in Lancashire to urge           them to joinus in opposing the potential impact of the TTIP.

 

          4.    Write to the County Councils Network and Local Government      Association to urge themlobby on behalf of all Local Authorities on      the potentialimpact of theTTIP.

 

          5.    Do all we can to publicise the dangers arising from this trade      agreement for our NHS and other public services and jobs.

 

 

 

 

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.       

 

 

 

1.   Bury Central Library

 

          This Council commits itself to the principle of reinstating a Central     Library worthy of a Metropolitan Borough as soon as practicable          so      that appropriate provision for a           larger Lending Stock, Reference         Works, Reading Facilities, Separate Children's Area, Study          Space and other facilities are restored in place of the much reduced   and very cramped provision currently on offer.

 

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

 

Minutes:

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

 

1. Impact of the TTIP

 

               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.

 

              In accordance with Council Procedure Rule 14.7(a), permission was given for the motion as set out to be altered, and it was moved by Councillor Parnell and seconded by Councillor Simpson:

 

This Council believes that:

 

1. the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations are potentially catastrophic for public services as the EU/US representatives are negotiating to hand over the right to regulate in the public interest without transparency or accountability to their electorates.

 

2.  Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms would make it hard for any government to reverse liberalisation and privatisation without being sued by foreign investors. So whatever voters actually wanted, the trade treaty would place major barriers in the way of government giving expression to their democratic will.

 

This Council resolves to:

 

1. Write to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills raising our serious concerns about the TTIP.

 

2. Offer support to the campaign by Unite to defend the NHS which is drawing attention to the potential impact of the TTIP.

 

3.  Write to all metropolitan borough/district councils in the North West to urge them to join us in opposing the potential impact of the TTIP.

 

4. Write to the County Councils Network and Local Government Association to urge them lobby on behalf of all Local Authorities on the potential impact of the TTIP.

 

         5. Do all we can to publicise the dangers arising from this trade    agreement for our NHS and other public services and jobs.

 

              On being put, with 34 voting for, 11 against and one abstention, the motion was declared carried.

 

 

 

2. Bury Central Library

 

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 Walker and seconded by Councillor Gartside:

 

              “This Council commits itself to the principle of reinstating a Central Library worthy of a Metropolitan Borough as soon as practicable so that appropriate provision for a larger Lending Stock, Reference Works, Reading Facilities, Separate Children’s Area, Study Space and other facilities are restored in place of the much reduced and very cramped provision currently on offer.”

 

On being put, with 11 voting for, 34 against and  ...  view the full minutes text for item C. 512

C. 513

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. 514

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:

There were no questions received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.2.

 

C. 515

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 3 (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 3 (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 3 (2014-2015).