Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 1st April, 2015 7.00 pm

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Contact: Chris Shillitto  Democratic Services

Items
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C. 852

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 which related to staffing as his wife is an employee within a Bury High School.

 

5.     Councillor Quinn declared a personal interest in Minute C.860, “Notice of Motion – Employment for the Disabled,” as he is a member of the Downs Syndrome Association.

 

6.     Councillor Rothwell declared a personal interest in Minute C.856 (3), “Pay Policy Statement,” and Minute C.860, “Notice of Motion – Employment for the Disabled,” as he is a Life Retired Member of UNISON.

 

7.     Councillor Walmsley declared a Prejudicial Interest in Minute C.857, “Leader’s Statement and Cabinet Question Time,” in the event of any discussion regarding Minute CA.700 of the meeting of Cabinet on 11 February 2015, “Chesham Primary School – Extension and Remodelling – Capital Project Stage 2 Approval,” as she is a Governor of that School.

 

C. 853

MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 101 KB

          To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting of the Budget Council held on 25 February 2015.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the Meeting of the Budget Council held on 25 February 2015 be signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record. 

 

C. 854

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 and paid tribute to Councillors Bury, Campbell, Cummings, Frith, Rothwell, John Smith and Walton who were not seeking re-election; reported that over £500 had been raised for the Mayoral Charities at a Quiz Night on 22 March 2015; informed members of Gallipoli 100 and arrangements for Gallipoli Sunday.

 

 

C. 855

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 38 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 four written questions as set out below:-

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Issues surrounding proposed BL9 Weekender

Ms S Smith

Councillor Connolly

2.

Empty dilapidated properties in private ownership

Ms G Greene

Councillor Connolly

3.

Handling of petition on Children’s Centres and action taken in response to errors made.

Ms S Crosby

Councillor Connolly

4.

Petition on Children’s Centres and the democratic  process.

Ms P Minsky

Councillor Connolly

 

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

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

5.

Temporary swimming pool in Radcliffe.

Ms C Preston

Councillor Connolly

6.

Steps taken to deal with fly tipping.

Ms N Afilal

Councillor Connolly

7.

Parking issues in Ramsbottom.

Ms K Leach

Councillor Connolly

 

 

 

C. 856

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Committee/Date

Subject

Recommendation

1. Minute CA.696 -  Cabinet – 11February 2015

Changes to the Anti- Fraud and Corruption Strategy including  the Whistleblowing Policy

(Report attached)

1.           That approval be given to accept the report containing the changes to the Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy Including the Whistleblowing Policy.

2.           That approval be given to delegate authority to the Executive Director of Resources and Regulation, in consultation with the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member (Finance), to make minor changes to the Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy as required. 

2. Minute CA.698 -  Cabinet – 11February 2015

Proposal for Mayor of Bury 2015/2016

To note that Councillor Stella Smith would be proposed as the Mayor of Bury for 2015/2016.

3. Minute HRA      - Human Resources & Appeals Panel – 18 March 2015

Pay Policy Statement

(Report attached)

To approve the Pay Policy Statement for 2015/2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

1.   Minute CA.696 of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 11 February 2015 – Changes to the Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

That approval be given to accept the report containing the changes to the Anti - Fraud and Corruption Strategy Including the Whistleblowing Policy;

 

2. That approval be given to delegate authority to the Executive Director of Resources and Regulation, in consultation with the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member (Finance), to make minor changes to the Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy as required. 

 

3. Minute CA.698 of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 11 February 2015 – Proposal for Mayor of Bury 2015/2016

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Councillor Stella Smith be congratulated on being proposed as the Mayor of Bury for 2015/2016.

 

4. Minute HRA.02 of the meeting of the Human Resources and Appeals Panel held on18 March 2015 – Pay Policy Statement

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Pay Policy Statement for 2015/2016 be approved.

 

 

C. 857

LEADER'S STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 44 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 question (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.

 

He also paid tribute to the Mayor for the way in which she had chaired Council meetings during the current Municipal Year; and to Councillor John Smith who was standing down after serving in a number of roles, including Deputy Leader.

 

Councillor Gartside paid tribute to Councillor Walton who was standing down after serving as a local government officer and councillor for 55 years. 

 

Councillor John Smith responded by thanking political colleagues and officers for their support.

 

The Leader and the relevant Cabinet Members answered questions raised by councillors on the following issues:

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered by

1.

The Government’s recent budget proposals.

Councillor Gunther

Councillor Connolly

2.

Traffic issues in Bury Town Centre.

Councillor James

Councillor Connolly

3.

High Speed Broadband in Affetside.

Councillor Carter

Councillor Walmsley

4.

Extra Care Provision.

Councillor Haroon

Councillor Shori

5.

Planning Control Committee Meetings

Councillor Wright

Councillor Walmsley

6.

Improvement of play areas.

Councillor FitzGerald

Councillor Isherwood

7.

Plain packaging of cigarettes

Councillor Black

Councillor Shori

8.

Regeneration of Prestwich

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Black

9.

Road conditions in Radcliffe East.

Councillor Matt Bailey

Councillor Isherwood

10.

Bury Art Gallery – Cafe Provision

Councillor Walker

Councillor Lewis

11.

Prestwich Parking Strategy

Councillor O’Brien

Councillor Black

12.

Increased demand for food caddies and bags

Councillor Whitby

Councillor Isherwood

13.

Household Projection figures and the Green Belt

Councillor FitzGerald

Councillor Walmsley

 

14.

Cycling Lanes in Bury

Councillor Hussain

Councillor Isherwood

15.

Planning Appeal – Anaerobic Digestion Facility

Councillor Fitzwalter

Councillor Walmsley

16.

Road Works on Church Street West, Radcliffe

Councillor Parnell

Councillor Isherwood

17.

Pupil Learning Centre

Councillor Southworth

Councillor Campbell

18.

Road Works and -Traffic delays in Radcliffe Town Centre

Councillor Daisy Bailey

Councillor Isherwood

19.

Unemployment and associated issues

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Walmsley

20.

Burrs Country Park

Councillor Southworth

Councillor Lewis

21.

Universal Credit Scheme

Councillor Whitby

Councillor Walmsley

22.

Impact of cuts to Social Fund

Councillor Kerrison

Councillor Walmsley

23.

Planning Appeal – Anaerobic Digestion Facility – Thanks to Officers

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Walmsley

24.

Price of alcohol

Councillor Jones

Councillor Simpson

25.

Medicalised Social Problems

Councillor Tariq

Councillor Shori

26.

Community Mental Health Teams

Councillor Tariq

Councillor Shori

27.

Streetsafe” Programme

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Isherwood

28.

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival

Councillor Hodkinson

Councillor Lewis

29.

Visit Bury Tourism Website

Councillor Noel Bayley

Councillor Lewis

30.

Prestwich Car Parking Strategy

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Black

31.

Sculpture Centre

Councillor Walker

Councillor Lewis

32.

Educating children on dangers of extremism and radicalisation

Councillor Hussain

Councillor Campbell

33.

Park Ranger Service

Councillor Matt Bailey

Councillor Isherwood

34.

Remodelling of A56 through Prestwich Village

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Walmsley

 

 

Due to the lack of time to answer questions 17 to 34 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  ...  view the full minutes text for item C. 857

C. 858

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 27 KB

          (A)     A report by the Council’s Representative on the work of the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Councillor Cummings.

 

          (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 Cummings, the Council’s representative, on the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, gave a verbal report on the work of the Panel 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.

Prestwich City View Cycle Route

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Noel Bayley (Representative on the Greater Manchester Transport)

2.

Fires on recycling/waste sites

Councillor Pickstone

Stella Smith (Representative on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority)

3.

Frequency of the 98 Bus Service

Councillor Walker

Councillor Noel Bayley (Representative on the Greater Manchester Transport)

4.

Changes to bus services in Bury South

Councillor O’Brien

Councillor Noel Bayley (Representative on the Greater Manchester Transport)

 

 

C. 859

MEETINGS TIMETABLE 2015/2016 pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report of the Leader was submitted which asked members to consider the Timetable of Meetings for 2015/2016.

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the timetable of meetings for the 2015/2016 Municipal Year, as set out in the report, be approved.

 

 

C. 860

NOTICES OF MOTION

The following Notice of Motions have been received:-     

 

1.   Employment for the Disabled

 

“That this Council recognises the increasing social and economic hardship experienced by people with disabilities in our communities & specifically the lack of     employment opportunities in comparison to those people without disabilities.

This Council Notes that nationally only 46.5% of people with a disability of working age are in employment compared to 76% of those without a disability (Source DWP & Office of Disability Issues).

This Council accepts it has a duty to use the powers available to it (including but not limited to regulation, commissioning and procurement) to generate         employment opportunities and work with our partners in both the public and        private sector to create a ‘level’ playing field of opportunity for those with a disability living within the Borough.

This Council resolves to:-

 

·       Hold a Jobs Summit within the next municipal year, with invitees including public sector employers, Bury Chamber of Commerce, The Best of Bury and the borough’s Colleges with the aim to produce a 3 year-plan to improve awareness of individual disabilities, offer training and create employment opportunities. The 3 year plan will be monitored by the Borough’s Health & Wellbeing Board.

·       Lead by example with regard to its own recruitment & procurement processes to actively remove the cultural barriers to employing a person with a disability.”

 

 

          In the names of Councillors  R Shori, M Connolly, A Simpson,    T Tariq, D Jones, A Cummings, J Grimshaw, A Quinn, J Black,       P Adams,  E O’Brien and N Parnell.

 

 

 

2. Bus Lanes

 

THIS COUNCIL notes that traffic congestion on the approaches to, and in Bury town centre has become a serious issue for residents in recent months and that the bus lanes are contributing to the problem.

THIS COUNCIL RESOLVES TO:

1.            Undertake both a detailed assessment study of the impacts of the suspension of, and possible removal of, bus lanes in and around the town centre, and a wider review of transport issues and opportunities along the key bus corridors into the town centre.

2.            Review the financial implications of removing the bus lanes on both a temporary and a permanent basis.

3.            Report back to full Council within 6 months with the findings of the study.”

 

 

           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 Motions were received and set out in the Summons.

 

1.      Employment for the Disabled

 

A motion had been received and set out in the Summons in the names of Councillors P Adams, J Black, A J Cummings, J Grimshaw, D Jones, E O'Brien, N A Parnell, A Quinn, R Shori, A Simpson and T Tariq.

 

It was moved by Councillor Shori and seconded by Councillor Quinn:-

 

“That this Council recognises the increasing social and economic hardship experienced by people with disabilities in our communities & specifically the lack of employment opportunities in comparison to those people without disabilities.

 

This Council Notes that nationally only 46.5% of people with a disability of  working  age are in employment compared to 76% of those without a disability (Source DWP & Office of Disability Issues).

 

This Council accepts it has a duty to use the powers available to it (including but not limited to regulation, commissioning and procurement) to generate  employment opportunities and work with our partners in both the public and private sector to create a ‘level’ playing field of opportunity for those with a disability living within the Borough.

 

This Council resolves to:-

 

·         Hold a Jobs Summit within the next municipal year, with invitees including  public sector employers, Bury Chamber of Commerce, The Best of Bury and the borough’s Colleges with the aim to produce a 3 year-plan to improve awareness of individual disabilities, offer training and create employment opportunities. The 3 year plan will be monitored by the Borough’s Health & Wellbeing Board.

 

·         Lead by example with regard to its own recruitment & procurement processes to actively remove the cultural barriers to employing a person with a disability.”

 

On being put, with no-one voting against and no abstentions, the Mayor declared the motion carried unanimously.

 

2.      Bus Lanes

 

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 notes that traffic congestion on the approaches to, and in Bury town centre has become a serious issue for residents in recent months and that the bus lanes are contributing to the problem.

 

THIS COUNCIL RESOLVES TO:

 

Undertake both a detailed assessment study of the impacts of the suspension of, and possible removal of, bus lanes in and around the town centre, and a wider review of transport issues and opportunities along the key bus corridors into the town centre.

Review the financial implications of removing the bus lanes on both a temporary and a permanent basis.

Report back to full Council within 6 months with the findings of the study.”

       

On being put, with no-one voting against and no abstentions, the Mayor declared the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

C. 861

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. 862

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. 863

DELEGATED DECISIONS OF THE COUNCIL COMMITTEES

          Questions on the delegated decisions made by the Regulatory Committees and Scrutiny Committees contained in the Digests of Decisions 6 and 7 (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 6 and 7 (2014/15).

 

Minutes:

There were no written questions asked on the delegated decisions of the Committees or Scrutiny Committee contained in the Digests of Decisions 6 and 7 (2014-2015).