Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 13th July, 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Bury Town Hall

Contact: Leigh Webb  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

C. 128

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:

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

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.  

 

5.   Councillor S Wright declared a personal interest in any item which related to staffing as his wife is an employee within a Bury School.

 

6.   Councillor Quinn declared a personal interest in respect of item 8, Notices of Motion (EU Referendum) as his daughter is employed at the EU Parliament.

 

7.   Councillor Shori declared a personal interest in any item which related to staffing as his partner is an employee of Bury Council.

 

8.   Councillor Kelly declared a personal interest in Leader’s Question Time (Q21) as an employee of the Care Quality Commission.

 

C. 129

MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 53 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the last meeting of the Council held on 18 May 2016.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting of Council held on 18 May 2016 be signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record.

 

C. 130

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 all those who attended the Mayoral Sunday Church Service.

C. 131

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 three written questions as set out below:

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Fracking

Ms K Leach

Councillor Shori

2.

Fracking

Mr  P Jenkins

Councillor Shori

3.

Missing No Through Sign, Ebury Street

Mr S Wheeler

Councillor Shori

                                                            

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

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Six Town Housing Performance

Mr V Hagan

Councillor Shori

2.

Fracking

Ms J Ross

Councillor Shori

3.

Lack of grass cutting at Gypsy Brook

Ms K Delaney

Councillor Shori

 

 

C. 132

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Minutes:

There were no recommendations of Cabinet or Council Committees.

 

C. 133

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 267 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.

Minutes:

(a)                   Written question (Notice given)

 

             The Leader of the Council, Councillor Shori, 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.

Apprenticeship Scheme 

Councillor Mallon

Councillor Lewis

2.

Elected Member Safety

Councillor Adams

Councillor Shori

3.

Transfer of Business Rates

Councillor Caserta

Councillor Shori

4.

2015/2016 Accounts

Councillor Cummings

Councillor Lewis

5.

Neighbourhood Working

Councillor Grimshaw

Councillor Tariq

6.

Charges for Additional Grey Bins

Councillor Kersh

Councillor Quinn

7.

Post referendum funding

Councillor Kelly

Councillor Lewis

8.

UKIP Poster

Councillor J Walker

Councillor Shori

9.

Victoria Wood

Councillor D’Albert

Councillor Shori

10.

Datong

Councillor R Walker

Councillor Shori

11.

Loss of EU Funding

Councillor O’Brien

Councillor Shori

12.

Parklife Illegal Campsite

Councillor James

Councillor Quinn

13.

Ramsbottom Library

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Walmsley

14.

Parklife Costs

Councillor James

Councillor Quinn

15.

New Housing in Prestwich

Councillor Bayley

Councillor Walmsley

16.

Safety on Kirklees Trail

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Quinn

17.

Flood Defences

Councillor Preston

Councillor Shori

18.

Academisation of Schools

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Briggs

 

Due to the lack of time to answer questions 19 to 37 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.

Libraries Review

Councillor Gunther

Councillor Walmsley

 

2.

AGMA – 7 Day GP Services

Councillor Caserta

Councillor Shori

 

 

C. 134

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 29 KB

(A)        A report from the Council’s representative on the work of Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel, Councillor Shori

(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 Shori, the Council’s representative on the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel 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.

Metrolink Delays

Councillor D’Albert

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

2.

Assumptions Around Fare Increases

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

3.

Impact of EU Referendum on Pension Fund

Councillor S Wright

Councillor Grimshaw

(Representative on GM Pension Fund Advisory Board)

4.

Future of Recycling Following EU Referendum

Councillor Mallon

Councillor Quinn

(Representative on Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority)

 

C. 135

NOTICES OF MOTION

The following Notices of Motion have been received:-

 

(i)                 EU Referendum

 

This Council notes the views of the people in our Borough, who by a clear and decisive majority expressed their wish to leave the European Union institution at the national referendum held on the 23rd June 2016.

 

This Council will therefore respect the views of all of the Bury electorate who participated in the referendum and gave their views.  However, this Council will resolve to work together on a cross party basis with the Government to make the transition to life outside the EU institution as smooth as possible.

 

We also need to ensure that we keep a strong and positive relationship with our European neighbours and in particular with the towns of Angouleme, Schorndorf and Tulle who are our European twinning partners.

 

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, O Kersh, S Nuttall,  I Schofield, D Silbiger,  R Walker, and Y Wright

 

(ii)                Fracking

 

This Council acknowledges the growing public concern that unconventional gas extraction entails significant risks to the environment and to the health and wellbeing of neighbouring communities. These include, but are not limited to, earth tremors, potential air pollution, pollution of water resources and increased industrialisation of the countryside. There appears to be insufficient regulation and scrutiny of current unconventional gas extraction operations in the UK and as a consequence these operations risk irreversibly polluting fragile water courses, established nature and tourism activities.

 

Council further recognises that fracking may have a detrimental effect on house prices, as well as building insurance within the vicinity of fracking wells.  Additionally, an investigation by Greenpeace found that many fracking licenses have been issued to companies linked to offshore tax havens, raising questions about the purported economic benefits of shale gas extraction and any potential tax benefits to the Treasury.

 

There is also concern that exploration and extraction of fossil fuels by unconventional means can undermine investment in a safe and secure renewable energy future. The Conservative Government have been diverting incentives and investment away from renewable energy sources, while at the same time encouraging and supporting non-renewables such as fracking.

 

It is the duty of the Council to protect the health and wellbeing of residents and the integrity of our natural environment and to play its part in supporting sustainable energy for future generations. Bury Council has already demonstrated a commitment to providing clean, green energy and in accordance with this commitment:

 

 

i)             Council will not allow any exploratory drilling, fracking or coal-bed extraction on land it owns or controls.

 

(ii)         Whilst this Council is unable to introduce planning policies seeking a presumption against fracking because of national planning policy introduced by Central Government, the Council will nevertheless ensure in accordance with the law that there is a rigorous criteria for assessing planning applications for the exploration or extraction of gas, including the practice commonly known  ...  view the full agenda text for item C. 135

Minutes:

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

 

(i)       Fracking

 

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

 

              Councillors P Adams, N Bayley, J Black, S Briggs, R Cathcart,  M Connolly, A Cummings, E FitzGerald, J Grimshaw, S Haroon, T Holt, M James, D Jones, J Kelly, S Kerrison, J Lewis, A Mckay, J Mallon, A Matthews, E O’Brien, N Parnell, C Preston, A Quinn, R Shori, R Skillen, S Smith,  Sarah Southworth, Susan Southworth, T Tariq, J Walker, S Walmsley and M Whitby.

 

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

 

                                  This Council acknowledges the growing public concern that unconventional gas extraction entails significant risks to the environment and to the health and wellbeing of neighbouring communities. These include, but are not limited to, earth tremors, potential air pollution, pollution of water resources and increased industrialisation of the countryside. There appears to be insufficient regulation and scrutiny of current unconventional gas extraction operations in the UK and as a consequence these operations risk irreversibly polluting fragile water courses, established nature and tourism activities.

 

    Council further recognises that fracking may have a detrimental effect on house prices, as well as building insurance within the vicinity of fracking wells.  Additionally, an investigation by Greenpeace found that many fracking licenses have been issued to companies linked to offshore tax havens, raising questions about the purported economic benefits of shale gas extraction and any potential tax benefits to the Treasury.

 

    There is also concern that exploration and extraction of fossil fuels by unconventional means can undermine investment in a safe and secure renewable energy future. The Conservative Government have been diverting incentives and investment away from renewable energy sources, while at the same time encouraging and supporting non-renewables such as fracking.

 

    It is the duty of the Council to protect the health and wellbeing of residents and the integrity of our natural environment and to play its part in supporting sustainable energy for future generations. Bury Council has already demonstrated a commitment to providing clean, green energy and in accordance with this commitment:

 

 

i)       Council will not allow any exploratory drilling, fracking or coal-bed extraction on land it owns or controls.

 

(ii)   Whilst this Council is unable to introduce planning policies seeking a presumption against fracking because of national planning policy introduced by Central Government, the Council will nevertheless ensure in accordance with the law that there is a rigorous criteria for assessing planning applications for the

 

exploration or extraction of gas, including the practice commonly known as fracking.  Planning applications will be assessed against appropriate planning policies and relevant material planning considerations to ensure that any such application is considered in appropriate detail. Council will oppose strongly any attempt to weaken or override its powers as a planning authority when considering any applications for fracking.

 

(iii)  Council agrees to consult with  ...  view the full minutes text for item C. 135