Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 9th September, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Bury Town Hall

Contact: Leigh Webb  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

C. 282

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 Kelly declared a personal interest in relation to Question 4, Leader’s Statement and Cabinet Question Time, as an employee of the Care Quality Commission.

 

6.           Councillor R E Walker declared a personal interest in matters relating to Central Library and the Sculpture Centre as the Treasurer of the Re-instate Bury Central Library Group.

 

7.           Councillor Walmsley declared a personal interest in relation to Question 3, Leader’s Statement and Cabinet Question Time, as an employee of Capita (O2) and Member of Communication Workers Union.

 

8.           Councillors Briggs, Quinn and Hussain declared personal interests in relation to Item 10 Notice of Motion - Bury Magistrates and County Court, as serving Magistrates.

 

9.           Councillors Daly, James and Shori declared personal interests in relation to Item 10 Notice of Motion - Bury Magistrates and County Court, as practising Solicitors appearing at Bury Magistrates and County Court.

 

C. 283

MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting of Council held on 1 July 2015 be signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record. 

 

C. 284

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:

1.   The Mayor offered congratulations to Queen Elizabeth II on becoming the longest serving Monarch.

 

2.   The Mayor informed Members of the recent death of Mr Neville Neville.

 

C. 285

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 the receipt of six written questions as set out below:

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Council Chamber Accessibility

Mr A Miller

Councillor Connolly

2.

Support for Refugees

Ms A McKay

Councillor Connolly

3.

Foster Carers

Mr V Hagan

Councillor Connolly

4.

Inconsiderate Parking ( Bury FC Matchdays)

Mr M Harling

Councillor Connolly

5.

Flooding Rochdale Road

Mr R Dixon

Councillor Connolly

6.

Recycling

Mr I Henderson

Councillor Connolly

 

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

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

7.

Practical Steps to Support Refugees

Ms M Ricketts

Councillor Connolly

8.

Parking Issues – Walmersley Rd

Ms N Afilal

Councillor Connolly

9.

Recreational Facilities in Ramsbottom

Ms K Leach

Councillor Connolly

 

 

C. 286

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 213 KB

Committee/Date

Subject

Recommendation

1. Minute CA.151

Cabinet 8 July 2015

Risk Management Annual report  2014/15

(Report attached)

  1. That approval be given to re-affirm support for the Council’s approach to Risk Management.
  2. That the progress made throughout 2014/15 and the actions planned for 2015/16 be noted.

2.Minute CA.157

Cabinet 8 July 2015

Treasury Management Annual Report 2014/2015 (report attached)

That the Council, in accordance with CIPFA’s Code of Practice on Treasury Management, notes the report.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

1.    Minute CA.151 of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 8 July 2015 – Risk Management Annual Report 2014/15

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

     i.        That approval be given to re-affirm support for the Council’s approach to Risk   Management.

 

    ii.        That the progress made throughout 2014/15 and the actions planned for 2015/16 be noted.

 

2. Minute CA.157 of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 8 July 2015 – Treasury Management Annual Report 2014/15

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Council, in accordance with CIPFA’s Code of Practice on Treasury Management, notes the report.

 

C. 287

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 75 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.

            

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

 

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered by

1.

Sculpture Centre 

Councillor R Walker

Councillor Heneghan

2.

Budget Cuts

Councillor O’Brien

Councillor Shori

3.

Capita O2 Job Losses

Councillor Kelly

Councillor Connolly

4.

Elmhurst CQC Report

Councillor Grimshaw

Councillor Simpson

5.

Ramsbottom Skate Park

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Isherwood

6.

Domestic Abuse Strategy

Councillor Fitzwalter

Councillor Tariq

7.

Disability Sports Provision

Councillor Adams

Councillor Simpson

8.

Creative Living Centre

Councillor Black

Councillor Lewis

9.

Refugees

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Connolly

10.

Union Subscriptions

Councillor Caserta

Councillor Walmsley

11.

Recruitment of Apprentices 

Councillor Mallon

Councillor Holt

12.

Police Numbers

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Connolly

13.

Made in Bury Business Fair

Councillor James

Councillor Connolly

14.

Bin Collection Vehicles

Councillor Hodkinson

Councillor Isherwood

15.

Homelessness

Councillor Jones

Councillor Shori

16.

House Building

Councillor Skillen

Councillor Shori

17.

Markets in the Borough

Councillor Preston

Councillor Connolly

18.

Fly-tipping

Councillor D’Albert

Councillor Isherwood

19.

Charitable Donations through Payroll

Councillor Gunther

Councillor Walmsley

20.

Electoral Registration

Councillor Fitzgerald

Councillor Walmsley

21.

Trading Standards

Councillor Parnell

Councillor Walmsley

22.

Parking in Prestwich

Councillor Black

Councillor Walmsley

23.

Corporate Procurement

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Walmsley

24.

Confidential Information

Councillor Bayley

Councillor Connolly

25.

Psychoactive Substances

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Simpson

26.

Sculpture Centre Accessibility

Councillor R Walker

Councillor Heneghan

27.

Uncollected Council tax

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Walmsley

28.

S106 Monies Play Areas

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Walmsley

29.

Handling Sensitive Personal Information

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Walmsley

30.

Japanese Knotweed

Councillor Hodkinson

Councillor Isherwood

31.

Council Trees

Councillor D’Albert

Councillor Isherwood

 

 

Due to the lack of time to answer questions 16 to 31 inclusive, the Leader gave an undertaking that copies of those questions and responses 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 Leader’s Speech and the work of the Cabinet since the last Council meeting (without Notice)

 

1.

Corporate Financial Monitoring Report

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Shori

2.

Anti-Semitic Attack – Bowker Vale

Councillor James

Councillor Tariq

3.

Access to Nuttall Park (Unadopted Rd)

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Isherwood

4.

Revenue Outturn (recycling)

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Isherwood

5.

Physical Activity and Sports Strategy

Councillor Daly

Councillor Simpson

 

 

 

C. 288

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 145 KB

(A)         A report from the Council’s representative on the work of Transport for Greater Manchester, Councillor 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 Bayley, the Council’s representative on Transport for Greater Manchester, gave a verbal report on the work of the Authority to all Members of the Council.

 

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

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered by

1.

Smart Ticketing

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

2.

Patterns of Use at Household Recycling Centres

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Quinn (Representative on the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority)

3.

Legal Highs

Councillor D’Albert

Councillor Connolly (Representative on the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel)

 

 

C. 289

BURY TOWN CENTRE - REVIEW OF BUS LANES pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Report attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A report of the Leader of the Council was submitted in response to a motion regarding the review of town centre bus lanes passed by Council on 1st April 2015.

 

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

 

With 35 voting for and 11 abstaining it was:

 

Resolved:

 

1.           That, in light of the current Lidl proposal to realign Bolton Road and Victoria Street, the sections of bus lane on Bolton Road be left in situ. The bus lane at Victoria Street be realigned and the new layout, which should make the bus lane easier to negotiate by drivers, be reviewed after 6 months.

 

2.          With regard to the bus lane at Manchester Road the termination point of the bus lane be moved approximately 20 metres south. In addition the bus stop at the end of the lane also be relocated further south.

 

3.          That the bus lane on Rochdale Road be experimentally suspended for up to 18 months and reviewed after 6 months. In addition to this the effects of the experimental suspension are reviewed after 6 months.

 

4.          That Council notes the comments in paragraph 2.4 about wider traffic management issues.

 

C. 290

MEMBERSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION OF GREATER MANCHESTER AUTHORITIES pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Report attached.

Minutes:

A report of the Leader of the Council was submitted setting out details of a request from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to become a full member of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) in its own right. The report outlined the background to this issue, the implications and the impact on voting rights. 

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

1.   That Council agrees to GMCA becoming a full member of AGMA in its own right.

 

2.   Council notes that further consequential amendments to the AGMA constitution may be agreed by AGMA as a result of the admission of an eleventh member of AGMA.

 

3.   Council notes that Tony Lloyd, Mayor of the GMCA, will be enabled to vote at GMCA meetings.

 

C. 291

NOTICE OF MOTION

The following Notice of Motion has been received:-

 

Bury Magistrates and County Court

 

“This Council is of the view that having a legal centre in Bury is vital to our residents and important to our town centre from both a social and economic point.

 

The Council therefore notes with concern the Ministry of Justice’s proposals to close Bury Magistrates Court and Bury County Court with workloads being transferred to Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and Manchester Civil Justice Centre respectively.

 

The Council is of the view that the proposals will have a negative impact on a range of issues including travel times and costs for clients; witnesses and magistrates; Police efficiency; arrangements for social security tribunals; the loss of local jobs; and the loss of business rates income to the Council. Insufficient information is provided on value for money arising from the proposals.

 

The Council is also disappointed that the consultation takes no account of the benefits that could be obtained by incorporating the proposals into a wider review of the public estate across Greater Manchester nor any account of the opportunities provided to the region through the devolution agenda or on the opportunities for integrating the Courts into the other local buildings.

 

The Court is an integral part of Bury town centre and the Council also expresses concern that the consultation fails to provide assurance around the future of the site nor does it give details or timescales for alternative uses for the site.

 

The Council therefore resolves to consult widely with all stakeholders within Bury and to lead on the preparation of a response representing as wide a range of views as possible.

 

The Council also calls on the Chief Executive to write to the Ministry of Justice asking that the proposals be deferred so that the Courts can be included within the One Public Estate review of public assets that is being undertaken by the 10 Greater Manchester Councils.”

 

In the names of Councillors  M Connolly, I Gartside and T Pickstone

Minutes:

A  Notice of Motion was received and set out in the Summons.

 

Bury Magistrates and County Court

 

A motion had been received and set out in the summons in the names of Councillors M Connolly, I Gartside and T Pickstone

 

It was moved by Councillor Connolly and seconded by Councillor Gartside:-

 

 

“This Council is of the view that having a legal centre in Bury is vital to our residents and important to our town centre from both a social and economic point.

 

The Council therefore notes with concern the Ministry of Justice’s proposals to close Bury Magistrates Court and Bury County Court with workloads being transferred to Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and Manchester Civil Justice Centre respectively.

 

The Council is of the view that the proposals will have a negative impact on a range of issues including travel times and costs for clients; witnesses and magistrates; Police efficiency; arrangements for social security tribunals; the loss of local jobs; and the loss of business rates income to the Council. Insufficient information is provided on value for money arising from the proposals.

 

The Council is also disappointed that the consultation takes no account of the benefits that could be obtained by incorporating the proposals into a wider review of the public estate across Greater Manchester nor any account of the opportunities provided to the region through the devolution agenda or on the opportunities for integrating the Courts into the other local buildings.

 

The Court is an integral part of Bury town centre and the Council also expresses concern that the consultation fails to provide assurance around the future of the site nor does it give details or timescales for alternative uses for the site.

 

The Council therefore resolves to consult widely with all stakeholders within Bury and to lead on the preparation of a response representing as wide a range of views as possible.

 

The Council also calls on the Chief Executive to write to the Ministry of Justice asking that the proposals be deferred so that the Courts can be included within the One Public Estate review of public assets that is being undertaken by the 10 Greater Manchester Councils.”

 

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

         

2.  Refugee Crisis

 

With the agreement of the Mayor, a motion was submitted at the meeting in the names of P Adams, N Bayley, J Black, S Briggs, , D Cassidy, M Connolly, E FitzGerald, L Fitzwalter, J Grimshaw, S Haroon, P Heneghan, T Holt, A Isherwood, M James, D Jones, J Kelly, S Kerrison, J Lewis, J Mallon,

A Matthews, E O’Brien, N Parnell, C Preston, A Quinn, R Shori, A Simpson, R Skillen, Sarah Southworth, Susan Southworth, T Tariq, J Walker, S Walmsley and M Whitby.

           

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

“This Council believes that the humanitarian crisis on the borders of Europe  ...  view the full minutes text for item C. 291

C. 292

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. 293

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. 294

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 published  since the last ordinary meeting of the Council, providing four clear working days’ notices has been given of the question.

 

Members are asked to bring to the meeting their copy of Digest 2.

Minutes:

There were no written questions asked on the delegated decisions of the Committees or Scrutiny Committee contained in the Digests of Decisions 8 (2014/15) and Digest 1 (2015/16).