Agenda and draft minutes

Council
Wednesday, 5th July, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Bury Town Hall

Contact: Leigh Webb  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

C. 53

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 Jones declared a personal interest in any item which related to staffing as his wife is an employee of Bury Council.

 

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

 

3.   Councillor Mallon declared a personal interest in any item which related to staffing as his wife is an employee within a Bury High School.

       

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

 

5.   Councillor R E Walker declared a personal interest in relation to Cabinet Questions relating to the Library Service as a member of the Re-Instate Bury Central Library Group.

 

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

 

7.   Councillors Bevan and Daly both declared a personal interest in respect of the Liberal Democrat Notice of Motion, relating to Homlessness, as private landlords.

 

8.   Councillors Hodkinson, Susan Southworth, Hussain, Whitby and Y Wright declared a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of the Liberal Democrat Notice of Motion, relating to Homlessness, as private landlords and left the Chamber during consideration of this item.

 

9.   Councillor Connolly declared a personal interest in respect of the Liberal Democrat Notice of Motion, relating to Homlessness, as a tenant of a private landlord.

 

10.                Councillor J Walker declared a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of the Liberal Democrat Notice of Motion, relating to Homlessness, as he is employed by an estate agent, and left the Chamber during consideration of this item.

 

C. 54

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Council held on 17 May 2017 be signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record.

C. 55

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:

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

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Resignation of Chief Executive

Mrs A Keeley

Councillor Gunther

2.

Social Housing Concerns

Mr V Hagan

Councillor Shori

3.

Outstanding Housing Repairs

Mrs Z Akhtar

Councillor Shori

4.

Fly Tipping

Mr B Pinder

Councillor Shori

 

 

C. 56

ELECTION OF COUNCILLOR 2017

To report on the outcome of the Council By-election, held on 8 June 2017, for the Radcliffe East Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury:-

 

Ward

Councillor Elected

Radcliffe East

Karen Leach

 

Minutes:

The Mayor reported the election of a Councillor following a by-election held on 8 June 2017 as follows:-

 

Ward

Councillor Elected

Radcliffe East

Karen Leach

 

C. 57

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Minutes:

There were no recommendations from Cabinet or Committees of the Council.

 

C. 58

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 184 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.

Grass Cutting 

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Quinn

2.

Smoking Reduction

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Simpson

3.

A56 Works

Councillor Black

Councillor Quinn

4.

LED Lighting

Councillor Adams

Councillor Quinn

5.

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

Councillor Gartside

Councillor O’Brien

6.

CCTV and Fly tipping

Councillor Mallon

Councillor Kelly

7.

GM Transformation Fund

Councillor Preston

Councillor Simpson

8.

Library Service

Councillor Keeley

Councillor Briggs

9.

Daily Mile

Councillor Kerrison

Councillor Simpson

10.

Purple Flag

Councillor Preston

Councillor Kelly

11.

Chief Executive Recruitment

Councillor Hankey

Councillor Shori

12.

Council Parks

Councillor S Wright

Councillor Quinn

13.

Terrorism

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Tariq

14.

Council Funding

Councillor J Walker

Councillor O’Brien

15.

Food Banks

Councillor R Walker

Councillor  Kelly

16.

Education in Prestwich

Councillor Bayley

Councillor Briggs

 

 

 

Due to the lack of time to answer questions 17 to 32 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.

Library Provision

Councillor Gartside

Councillor Shori

2.

HRA Costs

Councillor Caserta

Councillor Shori

3.

MP’s originating from Bury

Councillor Holt

Councillor Shori

4.

A56 Endorsements

Councillor Quinn

Councillor Shori

5.

Sculpture Centre

Councillor R Walker

Councillor Kelly

6.

Fly Tipping

Councillor Bevan

Councillor Quinn

7.

Tottington Library

Councillor Daly

Councillor Shori

 

C. 59

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 158 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

Minutes:

(a)        Councillor Bayley, the Council’s representative on the Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority gave a verbal report on the work of the Panel 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.

First Bus Subsidies

Councillor O’Brien

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

 

C. 60

NOTICES OF MOTION

(i)                 Ending Homelessness

 

This Council notes:

 

1     The national scandal of homelessness, with official figures showing over 4,000 people sleeping rough and over 250,000 people in some form of homelessness.

 

2     That figures for sleeping rough have increased by nearly 50% in the last two years.

 

3     That Greater Manchester as a sub-region has a particular homelessness problem, with Manchester having the 4th highest rates of rough sleeping in the country.

 

Council is committed to:

 

4     ENDING homelessness, for example using the criteria supported by the homelessness charity Crisis:

·         no one sleeping rough

·         no one living in shelters, hostels or other emergency accommodation without a plan to move into suitable and settled housing within an agreed appropriate timescale

·         no one homeless as a result of leaving the care system, prison or other state institution

·         everyone at immediate risk of homelessness gets the help that prevents it happening.

          Council therefore resolves:

 

1     Write to our two MPs, urging them to support action at a Government level, including:

 

-   Adequately funding local government and local health services enable them to properly undertake their duties to tackle homelessness and causes of homelessness

 

-          Ensuring that the benefits system is contributing to stopping homelessness, not causing it

 

-          Addressing issues in housing provision, including providing for longer and more stable private rental periods

 

2     Support tackling homelessness at a Greater Manchester level, including:

 

-          Supporting the Homelessness Action Network created by the Greater Manchester Mayor

 

-          Working together as ten boroughs, and using our devolved powers to collectively bring an end to homelessness as an urgent priority.

 

-          Ensuring that a revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has appropriate and affordable housing as a core priority.

 

3     Ensure that Bury, and our Team Bury partners, are doing everything we can to contribute to ending homelessness by asking the Leader to bring a report to Cabinet outlining how our local services are working to secure and end homelessness in the Borough.

 

In the names of Councillors M D’Albert, T Pickstone and S Wright.

 

(ii)                Summerseat

 

 

1. In December 2015 the iconic Waterside Building in Summerseat collapsed in to the River Irwell due to unprecedented flooding.

 

2. Since that date the Waterside Bridge has been closed to motor vehicular traffic.

 

3. Residents and business in Summerseat have suffered great inconvenience and disruption as a result of the aforementioned. Many feel their day-to-day existences have become intolerable due to the increased traffic flow on Rowlands Road and Railway Street, the appalling state of local roads and inconsiderate / speeding motorists.

 

THIS COUNCIL BELIEVES:

 

1. The response of BURY MBC to this problem has been inadequate and far too slow. The interests of local residents have been viewed as a secondary consideration against the ongoing legal dispute between the Council and the owner of the Waterside site.

 

2. That prompt and effective action must be taken by Bury MBC to reassure Summerseat residents and all interested parties, that there will be no further delay and work to restore  ...  view the full agenda text for item C. 60

Minutes:

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

 

(i)       Ending Homelessness

 

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

 

Councillors M D’Albert; T Pickstone and S Wright

 

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

 

This Council notes:

 

1  The national scandal of homelessness, with official figures showing over 4,000 people sleeping rough and over 250,000 people in some form of homelessness.

 

2  That figures for sleeping rough have increased by nearly 50% in the last two years.

 

3  That Greater Manchester as a sub-region has a particular homelessness problem, with Manchester having the 4th highest rates of rough sleeping in the country.

 

Council is committed to:

 

4  ENDING homelessness, for example using the criteria supported by the homelessness charity Crisis:

·         no one sleeping rough

·         no one living in shelters, hostels or other emergency accommodation without a plan to move into suitable and settled housing within an agreed appropriate timescale

·         no one homeless as a result of leaving the care system, prison or other state institution

·         everyone at immediate risk of homelessness gets the help that prevents it happening.

Council therefore resolves:

 

1     Write to our two MPs, urging them to support action at a Government level, including:

 

-          Adequately funding local government and local health services enable them to properly undertake their duties to tackle homelessness and causes of homelessness.

-          Ensuring that the benefits system is contributing to stopping homelessness, not causing it

 

-          Addressing issues in housing provision, including providing for longer and more stable private rental periods

 

 

2     Support tackling homelessness at a Greater Manchester level, including:

 

-          Supporting the Homelessness Action Network created by the Greater Manchester Mayor

 

-          Working together as ten boroughs, and using our devolved powers to collectively bring an end to homelessness as an urgent priority.

 

-          Ensuring that a revised Greater Manchester Spatial Framework has appropriate and affordable housing as a core priority.

 

3     Ensure that Bury, and our Team Bury partners, are doing everything we can to contribute to ending homelessness by asking the Leader to bring a report to Cabinet outlining how our local services are working to secure and end homelessness in the Borough.

 

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

 

Retain:

 

This Council notes:

 

1    The national scandal of homelessness, with official figures showing over 4,000 people sleeping rough and over 250,000 people in some form of homelessness.

 

2  That figures for sleeping rough have increased by nearly 50% in the last two years.

 

3  That Greater Manchester as a sub-region has a particular homelessness problem, with Manchester having the 4th highest rates of rough sleeping in the country.

 

Council is committed to:

 

4    ENDING homelessness, for example using the criteria supported by the homelessness charity Crisis:

 

·     no one sleeping rough

·     no one living in shelters, hostels or other emergency accommodation without a plan to move into suitable  ...  view the full minutes text for item C. 60

C. 61

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. 62

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. 63

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 1 (2017/18) 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 1 (2017/18).

Minutes:

There were no written questions asked on the delegated decisions of the Committees or Scrutiny Committee contained in the Digest of Decisions 6 (2016/17) and Digest of Decision 1 (2017/18).