Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 3rd February, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Bury Town Hall

Contact: Leigh Webb  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

C. 693

MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the last meeting of the Council held on 9 December 2015

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting of Council held on 9 December 2015 be signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record.

 

C. 694

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. Councillor Connolly further declared a prejudicial interest in Minute C.697 below, Recommendations of Cabinet and Council Committees, and took no part in the discussion or vote relating to Mayoralty 2016/2017

 

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.   Councillors Hodkinson, Hussain, Nuttall, Sarah Southworth, Susan Southworth and Wright declared prejudicial interests in relation to the Private Renters Notice of Motion as property landlords and left the Chamber during consideration of this item.

 

6.   Councillor Fitzwalter declared a prejudicial interest in relation to the Private Renters Notice of Motion as she and her husband were property landlords and left the Chamber during consideration of this item.

 

7.   Councillors J Daly, J Walker and R Skillen declared prejudicial interests in relation to the Private Renters Notice of Motion as private tenants in Bury and left the Chamber during consideration of this item.

 

8.   Councillor Isherwood declared a prejudicial interest in relation to the Private Renters Notice of Motion as his wife is a property landlord and also declared a prejudicial interest in relation to the Rail Franchise Notice of Motion as a shareholder in Alstom Transport Ltd.  Councillor Isherwood left the Chamber during consideration of both items.

 

9.   Councillor Walmsley declared a personal interest in relation to the private Renters Notice of Motion as a tenant in a private rented property in Bury.

 

10.                Councillor R E Walker declared a personal interest in respect of the Rail Franchise  Notice of Motion as his son is employed by a rail company

C. 695

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 paid tribute to Henry Donn and Tracy Neville following their recognition in the Queen’s New Years Honours List

 

2.   The Mayor passed on the commiserations and sympathies of the High Sheriff, Sharman Birtles, to the victims of recent flooding in the Borough

 

3.   The Mayor reported that over £2500 had been raised from the Mayoral Ball with donations still coming in.

 

4.   The Mayor, on behalf of the Council, wished Councillor Cassidy a speedy recovery from her recent operation.

 

5.   The Mayor informed Members of the recent death of ex- Council Director, Mr John Benson.

 

C. 696

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 four written questions as set out below:

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Insurance for Flood Victims

Ms K Leach

Councillor Connolly

2.

Business Case Radcliffe Leisure Centre/Civic Venue

Ms N Haydock

Councillor Connolly

3.

Extension of Metrolink

Mr A Thew

Written Response

4.

Flooding Harwood Road

Mrs Plow

Councillor Connolly

 

 

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

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Divestment into Renewable Energy

Ms N McGarry-Gribben

Councillor Connolly

2.

Dog Fouling (Tottington)

Mr A Luxton

Councillor Connolly

3.

Radcliffe Flood Volunteer Handover

Ms W Williams

Councillor Connolly

 

4.

Culvert (Harwood Road) 

Mr M Whittaker

Councillor Connolly

5.

Culvert Ownership (Harwood Road)

Mr A Thomson

Councillor Connolly

6.

Flooding (Rochdale Road)

Mr R Dixon

Councillor Connolly

 

 

C. 697

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Committee/Date

Subject

Recommendation

Minute CA.626

Cabinet 13 January 2016

Mayoralty 2016/17

That Councillor Mike Connolly be proposed as the Mayor of Bury 2016/2017.

 

 

Minutes:

Minute CA.626 of the meeting of the Cabinet on 13 January 2016 – Mayoralty 2016/2017.

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Councillor M Connolly be proposed as the Mayor of Bury 2016/2017

C. 698

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 61 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.

Higher Education Pupil Numbers 

Councillor James

Councillor O’Brien

2.

Schools Funding

Councillor J Walker

Councillor O’Brien

3.

Settlement Figures

Councillor Skillen

Councillor Shori

4.

EU Referendum

Councillor R Walker

Councillor Connolly

5.

Locality Plan

Councillor Bayley

Councillor Shori

6.

Domestic Violence

Councillor Preston

Councillor Tariq

7.

Human Habitation Rules

Councillor James

Councillor Shori

8.

Fly Tipping

Councillor Gunther

Councillor Isherwood

9.

Delayed Discharges

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Shori

10.

1% Rent Reductions

Councillor Fitzgerald

Councillor Shori

11.

Flood Damage

Councillor Preston

Councillor Connolly

12.

Stonewall Top 100 Employers

Councillor Susan Southworth

Councillor Holt

13.

Members Room Refurbishment

Councillor Harris

Councillor Holt

14.

Hate Crime

Councillor Jones

Councillor Tariq

15.

Pharmacy Budgets

Councillor Mallon

Councillor Shori

 

Due to the lack of time to answer questions 16 to 36 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.

Looked After Children Funding

Councillor Gunther

Councillor Connolly

2.

Tax Havens

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Connolly

3.

Council Finances/Trade Union Salaries/Rising Unemployment

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Connolly

4.

Marketing Holidays in Flood Hit Areas

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Connolly

5.

Waterside Demolition Costs

Councillor Daly

Councillor Connolly

6.

EU Migrants

Councillor Parnell

Councillor Connolly

 

C. 699

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 101 KB

(A)        A report from the Council’s representative on the work of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, 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 Fire and Rescue Service 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.

Cycle Alert System

Councillor D’Albert

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

2.

Radcliffe Bus Station

Councillor Parnell

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

3.

Single Recycling Schemes

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Quinn (Representative on Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority)

 

C. 700

NOTICES OF MOTION

The following Notices of Motion have been received:-

 

(i)                 Flooding

 

"This Council pays tribute to all the Council Officers, emergency services  and volunteers  for their heroic  and selfless work in helping those devastated by the Boxing Day floods which hit our borough.

 

It calls on the Government to reverse the savage cuts to all  these services especially  to this  Council, the fire and police service and the Environment Agency  which threaten the maintenance of infrastructure and the ability to help those in need in a crisis,  and to recognise the need to act now to mitigate the effects of climate change.

 

It also calls on the Government to apply immediately  for the £125 million available  for flood relief from the EU solidarity Fund which incredibly it has so far failed to do."

 

          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

         

(ii)                Fair Deal for Private Renters

 

Council notes

 

1                     The important contribution private-rental property makes to our housing market in Bury (nearly 14% at the last survey);

2                     That some private rented homes fall beneath a decent standard and there is a continuing problem with rogue landlords in a minority of cases;

3                     That private renters spend a higher proportion of their income on housing than in with other tenures, and that moving costs can be prohibitively expensive, with high letting fees and large deposit requirements.

 

Council calls on the Government

 

1.           To carry on work started in the last Parliament to tackle rogue landlords, revenge evictions.

2.           To move towards a system where letting of homes in the private rented sector to be professionalised through the licensing of landlords;

3.           To provide proper funding for local authorities to enable them to support tenants through improved housing and legal advice.

 

Council Resolves

 

1.           To look to significantly increase the take-up and awareness of the Landlord Accreditation Scheme (currently less than 1.5% of rented properties).

2.           To consider the business case for extending the Paperless Bond facility to a wider group of potential tenants in financial need.

3.           To continue to work, together with Six Town Housing, to look at how the Council can help bring empty properties into use through assisting with private sector renting, in return for nomination rights.

4.           To write to the Borough’s MPs to inform them of this motion and ask to support this issue in their work.

 

In the names of Councillors T Pickstone and M D’Albert

 

(iii) Rail Franchises

 

This Council Meeting welcomes the Government’s announcement on 9 December, 2015 that the new Northern and TransPennine Express Franchises have been awarded, in a massive boost to rail services bringing the  ...  view the full agenda text for item C. 700

Minutes:

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

 

(i)     Flooding

 

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 Fitzwalter and seconded by Councillor Quinn:

 

"This Council pays tribute to all the Council Officers, emergency services  and volunteers  for their heroic  and selfless work in helping those devastated by the Boxing Day floods which hit our borough.

 

It calls on the Government to reverse the savage cuts to all  these services especially  to this  Council, the fire and police service and the Environment Agency  which threaten the maintenance of infrastructure and the ability to help those in need in a crisis,  and to recognise the need to act now to mitigate the effects of climate change.

 

It also calls on the Government to apply immediately for the £125 million available for flood relief from the EU solidarity Fund which incredibly it has so far failed to do."

            

It was moved by Councillor Gartside and seconded by Councillor Daly as an amendment:-

 

That the Motion be amended by the deletion of paragraphs 2 and 3 and the substitution of:

 

“This Council recognises the £200 million pounds direct emergency funding provided by Government to all flood affected areas and notes that this was needed immediately rather than having to rely on funding applications from the EU which will take several months to be processed. In Bury’s case we welcome the 1.5 million pounds of direct funding assistance by the Government, which is more than many of our surrounding councils.

 

We also welcome the Government’s continued work to recognise climate change through “Climate Change Adaption Reporting” and to reduce the effects of climate change through the 2015 Paris Agreement, the Natural Capital Committee, and further investments in clean air and water.

 

           “Council welcomes the announcement by Government that all forms funding assistance, including that of the EU Solidarity fund, will be pursued to help with Britain’s flood relief effort and flood defences”

 

Prior to the vote on the amendment, 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 amendment:

 

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, M Wiseman and Y Wright

       

 Against the amendment:

 

 Councillors  P Adams, N Bayley  ...  view the full minutes text for item C. 700

C. 701

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. 702

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. 703

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 5 (2015/16)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 5 (2015/16)

Minutes:

There were no written questions asked on the delegated decisions of the Committees or Scrutiny Committee contained in the Digest of Decisions 5 (2015/16).