Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Leigh Webb  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

1.

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.

2.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 98 KB

3.

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.

4.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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.

5.

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Committee/Date

Subject

     Recommendation

Licensing and Safety Panel

10 January 2019

Changes to Constitutional Make-up and Frequency of Panel Meetings/Daytime Meetings

(Report attached)

 

To accept the proposals, in whole and seek Council approval with regard to altering the frequency of and Constitution of Licencing and Safety Panel meetings dealing with Hackney Carriage and Private Hire matters.

 

 

Cabinet – 12 March 2019

Mayoralty 2019/20

That Councillor Holt be proposed as Mayor of the Borough for 2019/2020

Democratic Arrangements Forum

1 April 2019

Meetings Timetable 2019-20

(Report attached).

That the Timetable of meetings for 2019/20 be approved.

HRA Panel 4 April 2019

Pay Policy Statement 2019-20

(Report attached).

To follow.

 

Additional documents:

6.

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 123 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.

7.

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 55 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:

8.

NOTICES OF MOTION

The following Notices of Motion have been received:-

 

(i)      Better Buses

 

This Council notes that:

 

Buses account for around 80% of public transport journeys across Greater Manchester and are an important service to connect our residents and communities.

Whilst still the biggest provider of public transport, bus usage is decreasing. Since deregulation in the 1980s, bus use has gone down by 40% across Greater Manchester, while in London where they have a regulated network, it has doubled.

Under a deregulated service, private bus companies in Greater Manchester can set up, change and remove services when they like with little or no consultation or notification. This has led to vital but less profitable routes across the borough being cut or dependent on Local Authorities to subsidise.

A deregulated bus service has contributed to some of our largest public transport issues seen across the borough:

The decrease in bus services and usage has contributed to the increase in cars and traffic on our borough’s roads. This has caused an increase in air pollution, contributing to an increase in health issues and wear and tear on our roads, impacting the quality of the road network.

Due to the ongoing reduction in bus services, many of our communities, rural villages and some larger suburban areas are being cut off from the rest of the borough, particularly in the evening. This means that residents who do not drive have a further difficulty to access employment or leisure facilities and is impacting some of our more vulnerable residents who are unable to have their own mode of transport.

In areas where there isn’t a robust and regular bus network, residents are dependent on more expensive modes of transport such as private car ownership or taxis. This is creating pockets of transport poverty across the borough and limiting access to leisure, education and employment opportunities.

Despite Pilsworth being one of borough’s largest employment sites, there is no direct bus from Bury to Pilsworth and the lack of public transport in this area is further restricting access to employment opportunities.

Under a deregulated bus service, fares have increased by an average 55% in the last ten years making affordability more difficult for the poorest in our borough.

A regulated bus service could:

 

·            Introduce a smart ticketing and daily cap, making public transport more affordable and accessible.

·            Set and enforce the timetabling of buses across Greater Manchester, so buses are far more reliable and link up with other modes of transport.

·            Provide access to comprehensive easy-to-find fare and timetable information.

·            Profits from popular routes could be used to subsidise less busy routes, so all communities receive a good service.

·            The network could be expanded to run desperately needed evening and weekend services.

·            Introduce Greater Manchester standards of accessibility for disabled users.

This council resolves to:

 

Fully support the re-regulation of bus services across Greater Manchester.

When the Mayor of Greater Manchester formally consults on bus regulation later this year, this council will help distribute the consultation in our public  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

9.

SCRUTINY REVIEW REPORTS AND SPECIFIC ITEMS "CALLED IN" BY SCRUTINY COMMITTEES

10.

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).

11.

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 6 published since the last ordinary meeting of the Council, providing four clear working days’ notices has been given of the question.