Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 9th December, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Bury Town Hall

Contact: Leigh Webb  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

C. 541

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 the Local Authority Trading Company, Persona.

 

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. Councillor Mallon also declared a personal interest in respect of the EU Referendum Notice of Motion as an employee of a company involved in Joint European Projects

 

5. Councillor R E Walker declared a personal interest in respect of Question 19 to the Leader as a member of the Restore Bury Central Library Group.

 

6. Councillor Preston declared a personal interest in respect of the EU Referendum Notice of Motion as her daughter is employed in a research position funded by the European Union.

 

C. 542

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the last meeting of the Council held on 21 October 2015.

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting of Council held on 21 October 2015 be signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record

C. 543

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 welcomed Councillor Keeley to his first Council meeting following his election to serve as a Member for the Tottington Ward.

 

2.   The Mayor paid tribute to all those who showed their support for Remembrance Sunday.

 

3.   Thanks were extended to all those who supported the Mayor’s Ball on Friday 4th December.

 

4.   As this was the last Council meeting of the calendar year, the Mayor wished all Members a happy Christmas and Hanukah.

 

The Mayor informed Members of the recent death of ex- Council Director, Mr Ian Cheetham. Members of the Council stood in silent tribute to Mr Cheetham.

C. 544

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 no questions had been received in advance of the meeting.

 

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

 

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Parking/Traffic  Issues Walmsley Road

Ms A McKay

Councillor Connolly

2.

Allocation of Resources to Whitefield and Parking Restrictions

Ms D Green

Councillor Connolly

3.

Policing at Synagogues and Religious Centres following Paris attacks

Mr O Kersh

Councillor Connolly

 

4.

Outstanding Responses to Safeguarding Questions 

Mr I Henderson

Councillor Connolly

 

C. 545

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 404 KB

Committee/Date

Subject

Recommendation

Cabinet 25 November 2015

Treasury Management Mid year Review 2015-2016

(Report attached)

That approval be given to amend the 2015/16 Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement to enable the Council to provide for Minimum Revenue Provision on previously supported General Fund borrowing at 2% in equal annual instalments over a 50 year period commencing 1 April 2015, subject to confirmation with the Council’s External Auditors

Licensing and Safety Panel - 3 December 2015

Gambling Act 2005 Triennial Policy Review

(Report attached)

Minute to follow.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

1.  Minute CA.CA.510 of the meeting of the Cabinet on 25 November 2015  Treasury Management Mid Year Review

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

That approval be given to amend the 2015/16 Minimum Revenue Provision Policy Statement to enable the Council to provide for Minimum Revenue Provision on previously supported General Fund borrowing at 2% in equal annual instalments over a 50 year period commencing 1 April 2015, subject to confirmation with the Council’s External Auditors.

    

 

2. Minute LSP.528 of the meeting of the Licensing and Safety Panel on 3 December 2015 – Gambling Act Policy Review

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

   

That the amended Statement of Principles, as set out in the report, be approved without amendment.

 

C. 546

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 67 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.

Highway Works Bolton Rd West 

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Isherwood

2.

Comprehensive Spending Review

Councillor Mallon

Councillor Shori

3.

Anaerobic Digestion Plant

Councillor Fitzwalter

Councillor Walmsley

4.

GM Spatial Framework

Councillor Susan Southworth

Councillor Walmsley

5.

Bus Lane Fines

Councillor R Walker

Councillor Walmsley

6.

Social Care Precept

Councillor Sarah Southworth

Councillor Shori

7.

Apprentice Levy

Councillor Holt

Councillor Walmsley

8.

Joint Commissioning

Councillor Bayley

Councillor Black

9.

Homophobic Bullying

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Heneghan

10.

Christmas Parking

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Walmsley

11.

Living Wage 

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Simpson

12.

Made in Bury Business Awards

Councillor Sarah Southworth

Councillor Connolly

13.

Purple Flag Status

Councillor Jones

Councillor Connolly

14.

Leaf Clearance by Volunteers

Councillor Wright

Councillor Isherwood

15.

Education Services Grant

Councillor O’Brien

Councillor Shori

16.

Children’s Rights Service

Councillor Parnell

Councillor Heneghan

17.

Road Markings in Ramsbottom

Councillor Hodkinson

Councillor Isherwood

18.

Unsafe Parking outside Schools

Councillor D’Albert

Councillor Isherwood

19.

International Arts Festival

Councillor R Walker

Councillor Heneghan

              

 

Due to the lack of time to answer questions 20 to 22 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.

Unfair Criticism of Staff

Councillor Holt

Councillor Connolly

2.

Adolescent Support Unit

Councillor Susan Southworth

Councillor Heneghan

3.

Leisure Facilities

Councillor Daly

Councillor Shori

 

C. 547

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 68 KB

(A)        A report from the Council’s representative on the work of Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Councillor Quinn.

(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 Quinn, 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 questions had been received in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.2.

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered by

1.

Night time Bus Services

Councillor D’Albert

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

2.

Merging of Greater Manchester Pension Fund into Investment Funds

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Grimshaw(Representative on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund Advisory Committee)

 

 

C. 548

CORPORATE PARENTING BOARD - ANNUAL REPORT pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Heneghan and seconded by Councillor O’Brien and it was:-

 

Resolved:

 

That the Corporate Parenting Board Annual Report be endorsed.

 

C. 549

LOCAL SCHEME OF COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Minutes:

A report of the Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Finance and the Cabinet Member for Resource and Regulation 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 Walmsley 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 2016 to 31 March 2017.

 

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, the Cabinet Member for Finance and Housing and the Leaders of the two other political parties represented on the Council.

 

C. 550

NOTICES OF MOTION

The following Notices of Motion have been received:-

 

(i)                  Additional Residual Waste Collections

 

This Council notes that the Corporate Financial Monitoring Report, approved by Cabinet on 25th November, refers to reducing Brown Bin collections in the winter months.  In doing this, the report indicates a moderate saving of £35,000 which is to be used to offset the current projected overspend on refuse collection. 

This Council notes that projected overspends are usually over cautious and are brought under control by the end of the financial year.

Therefore, this Council resolves to utilise the extra capacity to allow additional collections of the grey residual waste bins, where necessary, over the Christmas period when many households will be dealing with extra non-recyclable packaging.

 

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

 

(ii)                The EU Referendum

 

Council welcomes the upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, planned to take place before the end of 2017, and the opportunity it provides for a debate on this issue with the people of Bury.  Council notes that the EU has many benefits for Bury.

 

Council also acknowledges the major role of the European Union in advancing many of the social and employment rights we now take for granted - the guarantee of four weeks paid annual leave, strong health and safety protection in the workplace, statutory maternity rights and paid parental leave and protection from discrimination, to name just a few.

 

Council notes with concern the many risks involved in leaving the European Union and the impact leaving the EU would have not only on jobs and investment in Bury but also on the employment, social and consumer rights and protections our residents enjoy as a result of EU membership.

 

Council believes that the UK should remain a member of the EU and endorses this as a policy position of Bury Council.

 

Council requests the Chief Executive table a report at a future meeting of Full Council quantifying the social and economic benefits to residents of Bury of the UK remaining a member of the EU, to include grants, investment, and jobs dependent on the single market, and the social and economic costs to Bury of the UK leaving the EU.

 

Council also requests that the Chief Executive explores ways in which the Council, working with partners, could better promote European investment in local projects, organisations and businesses and report the findings to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

Council further recommends to the Cabinet that the council hosts a summit bringing together representatives from trade unions, local businesses, universities and civil society organisations to discuss the referendum campaign and the impact possible outcomes would have on the borough of Bury.

 

          In the names of Councillors  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  ...  view the full agenda text for item C. 550

Minutes:

Three Notices of Motion had been received and set out in the Summons.                                                      

(i)       Additional Residual Waste Collections

 

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, M Hankey, J Harris, R Hodkinson, K Hussain, G Keeley, S Nuttall, R Walker, and Y Wright

 

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

 

This Council notes that the Corporate Financial Monitoring Report, approved by Cabinet on 25th November, refers to reducing Brown Bin collections in the winter months.  In doing this, the report indicates a moderate saving of £35,000 which is to be used to offset the current projected overspend on refuse collection. 

 

This Council notes that projected overspends are usually over cautious and are brought under control by the end of the financial year.

 

Therefore, this Council resolves to utilise the extra capacity to allow additional collections of the grey residual waste bins, where necessary, over the Christmas period when many households will be dealing with extra non-recyclable packaging.

 

The motion on being put with 15 voting for and 30 against was declared lost.

 

(ii)      The EU Referendum

 

 A motion had been received and set out in the summons in the names of

Councillors 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 Whitby and seconded by Councillor Preston that :-

 

Council welcomes the upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, planned to take place before the end of 2017, and the opportunity it provides for a debate on this issue with the people of Bury.  Council notes that the EU has many benefits for Bury.

 

Council also acknowledges the major role of the European Union in advancing many of the social and employment rights we now take for granted - the guarantee of four weeks paid annual leave, strong health and safety protection in the workplace, statutory maternity rights and paid parental leave and protection from discrimination, to name just a few.

 

Council notes with concern the many risks involved in leaving the European Union and the impact leaving the EU would have not only on jobs and investment in Bury but also on the employment, social and consumer rights and protections our residents enjoy as a result of EU membership.

 

Council believes that the UK should remain a member of the EU and endorses this as a policy position of Bury Council.

 

Council requests the Chief Executive table a report  ...  view the full minutes text for item C. 550

C. 551

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. 552

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. 553

DELEGATED DECISIONS OF THE COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Questions on the delegated decisions made by the Regulatory Committees and Scrutiny Committees contained in the Digest of Decision 4 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 4

Minutes:

There were no written questions asked on the delegated decisions of the Committees or Scrutiny Committee contained in the Digest of Decisions 4 (2015/16).