Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 6th April, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Bury Town Hall

Contact: Leigh Webb  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

C. 843

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.   

 

C. 844

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To receive and approve as a correct record, the Minutes of the Meeting of Council held on 24 February 2016

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting of Council held on 24 February 2016 be signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record

C. 845

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 Councillors Cassidy, Fitzwalter, Isherwood and Wiseman for their service to the Council, as they are not seeking re-election in the forthcoming local elections.

 

2.   The Mayor informed Council of the Gallipoli Church Service which is to be held on 17 April 2016 at Bury Parish Church

 

The Mayor informed Members of the recent death of ex- Council employee Mrs Mary Wood and of Mr Ray Fitzwalter, husband of Councillor Fitzwalter

C. 846

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 two written questions as set out below:

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Culvert – Harwood Road

Mrs K Wood

Councillor Connolly

2.

Faith based literature and community relations

Mr  A Boroda

Councillor Connolly

                                                             

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

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Junction of Scobell Street and Bury Road

Mr P Graham

Councillor Connolly

2.

Alt House Bar

Ms E Morgan

Councillor Connolly

3.

Police Cuts, Ramsbottom Police Station

Ms K Leach

Councillor Connolly

 

4.

Joy riding – Metrolink Car Park (Nuttall Avenue)

Ms D Green

Councillor Connolly

 

C. 847

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Committee/Date

Subject

Recommendation

Human Resources and Appeals Panel

17 March 2016

Pay Policy Statement

(Report attached)

That the Human Resources and Appeals Panel recommends that the Pay Policy Statement for 2016/2017 be approved by Council

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Meeting of the Human Resources and Appeals Panel held on 17 March 2016 – Pay Policy Statement.

 

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

 

        RESOLVED:

 

          That the Pay Policy Statement for 2016/2017 be approved

C. 848

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 83 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.

Monitoring Children in Residential Care 

Councillor D’Albert

Councillor Heneghan

2.

Local Authority School Land

Councillor J Walker

Councillor Heneghan

3.

School Academies

Councillor James

Councillor Heneghan

4.

Impact of Budget

Councillor Mallon

Councillor Shori

5.

Energy Supply

Councillor Caserta

Councillor Shori

6.

GM Spatial Strategy

Councillor Kerrison

Councillor Walmsley

7.

Flood Defence Monies

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Connolly

8.

Investment in Prestwich

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Connolly

9.

Bullying at Work

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Holt

10.

Domestic Refuse

Councillor R Walker

Councillor Connolly

11.

Public Meeting (Floods)

Councillor Parnell

Councillor Connolly

12.

Tackling Bullying and Harassment at Work

Councillor Fitzgerald

Councillor Holt

13.

Elective Home Education

Councillor Susan Southworth

Councillor Heneghan

14.

Road Markings in Ramsbottom

Councillor Hodkinson

Councillor Isherwood

15.

Upgrade of Play Areas

Councillor Susan Southworth

Councillor Isherwood

16.

3G Football Pitches

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Simpson

 

 

Due to the lack of time to answer questions 17 to 20 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.

Parking Bays – Prestwich High Street Regeneration

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Connolly

2.

Consultation Process -  Prestwich High Street Regeneration

Councillor Black

Councillor Connolly

3.

Budget Cuts/Tax Havens

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Connolly

 

C. 849

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 130 KB

(A)        A report from the Council’s representative on the work of Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority, 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 the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee 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.

Mobile Ticketing App

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

2.

Party Election Material Quotes

Councillor Pickstone

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

 

C. 850

MEETINGS TIMETABLE 2016/2017 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Report attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Meetings Timetable for 2016/2017 be approved.

C. 851

NOTICES OF MOTION

The following Notices of Motion have been received:-

 

(i)                  Investigatory Powers Bill

 

This Council notes:

 

-          the Investigatory Powers Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech in May 2015,  currently receiving consideration by Parliament.

 

This Council recognises :

 

-          the need for our security and police services to have appropriate powers to maintain national security and tackle crime, but

 

The Council believes:

 

-          that these powers need to be appropriately balanced by the basic right for individual privacy and by appropriate judicial process and oversight.

 

This Council is therefore particularly opposed to powers outlined in the Bill which seek to:

 

-          force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecoms companies must keep records of everyone’s communication data related to browsing history, phone calls, text messages, gaming, social media activity, IMs, and more for 12 months;

 

-          authorise the use of bulk or thematic surveillance warrants, which would give authorities the power to access the personal information of thousands of people at once who “share a common purpose” or “carry out a particular activity”.

 

-          Establish power to grant warrants for surveillance to the Home Secretary, without a proper process of judicial approval or oversight.

 

This Council resolves to:

 

-          Write to the Home Secretary, and to both of our Members of Parliament, expressing the concerns of this Council as outlined above.

 

- Circulate information on this resolution through the communications, giving residents information on how they can campaign against the Bill in its current form.

 

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

 

 

 

 

(ii)                Hate Crime

 

The number of anti-Semitic, other religious and racially-motivated crimes in Greater Manchester reported to the Police increased by nearly one third in the year to September 2015.  Greater Manchester now has the second highest rate for any conurbation in the country behind London. 

 

These incidents isolate and marginalise individuals and communities on the basis of prejudice against faith and culture and reduce the quality of life both for the targets of the hate crimes, and for all residents of Bury.

 

Bury Council therefore resolves to:

 

(1) Condemn, in the strongest terms, recent acts of violence and hate crimes targeted against the Jewish and Muslim communities in the Borough of Bury;

 

(2) Urge all political parties in Bury to take swift and firm action against anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia, and discrimination that might exist within their own organisations and membership;

 

(3) Provide ongoing support for the Jewish and Muslim communities in Bury; and

 

(4) Invite the Greater Manchester Lead for Crime and Policing to address the full Council on a regular basis on the work being done to tackle this issue.

 

          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

 

(iii)              Mental Health Challenge

 

This council notes:

 

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.

 

The World Health Organisation predicts that depression will be the second most  ...  view the full agenda text for item C. 851

Minutes:

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

 

(i)       Investigatory Powers Bill

   

    A motion had been received and set out in the Summons in the names of:-

 

                    Councillors  M D’Albert and T Pickstone

 

 

                     It was moved by Councillor Pickstone and seconded by Councillor D’Albert that:-

 

          This Council notes:

 

The Investigatory Powers Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech in May 2015, currently receiving consideration by Parliament.

 

          This Council recognises :

 

The need for our security and police services to have appropriate powers to maintain national security and tackle crime, but

 

          The Council believes:

 

That these powers need to be appropriately balanced by the basic right for individual privacy and by appropriate judicial process and oversight.

 

Council is therefore particularly opposed to powers outlined in the Bill which seek to: Force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecoms companies must keep records of everyone’s communication data related to browsing history, phone calls, text messages, gaming, social media activity, IMs, and more for 12 months;

 

Authorise the use of bulk or thematic surveillance warrants, which would give authorities the power to access the personal information of thousands of people at once who “share a common purpose” or “carry out a particular activity”.

 

Establish power to grant warrants for surveillance to the Home Secretary, without a proper process of judicial approval or oversight.

 

          This Council resolves to:

 

Write to the Home Secretary, and to both of our Members of Parliament, expressing the concerns of this Council as outlined above.

 

Circulate information on this resolution through the communications, giving residents information on how they can campaign against the Bill in its current form.

                     

             It was moved by Councillor Walmsley and seconded by Councillor Haroon  as an amendment:-

 

             That the Motion be amended as follows:

 

        Paragraph 2 – Remove “but” and replace with “and the major implications the proposed Bill has on individual privacy for members of the public.”  

 

 

 

 

Paragraph 3  -   Add  “The Powers must be transparent, necessary and proportionate and must be accompanied by strong safeguards and independent scrutiny therefore must be built in.  The Powers should also only be used in connection with the investigation of the most serious crime or to protect in life-threatening situations.”

 

        Paragraph 7 – Add “which must include the following:

 

- Justification from the Home Secretary on the Governments significant extension of powers in the widening of access to Internet Connection Records which will include information about website accessed beyond those related to communications services and illegal material;

-Ask the Home Secretary to consider whether the Powers in connection with their collection and use is proportionate and justified;

-Write to Ivan Lewis MP for Bury South and David Nuttall MP for Bury North to make them aware of the Council position and ask that this be represented in Parliament”

 

             The amendment was put to the vote and with 41 voting for, 7 against with the Mayor abstaining was declared carried.

 

             The substantive motion was put to the vote and with 41 voting for, 7  ...  view the full minutes text for item C. 851

C. 852

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. 853

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. 854

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 ** 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 **

Minutes:

There were no written questions asked on the delegated decisions of the Committees or Scrutiny Committee contained in the Digest of Decisions 6 (2015/16).