Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 28th July, 2021 6.00 pm

Venue: Bury College, Sports Hall, Market Street Bury, BL9 0BG

Contact: Democratic Services  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

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.

3.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 123 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 19th May 2021.

4.

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.

5.

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.

6.

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 745 KB

Committee/Date

Subject

     Recommendation

Democratic Arrangements Forum – 17th March 2021

Council Streaming Arrangements

Following adoption of the Council Motion in October 2012 in which Members agreed to stream meetings of Full Council, the Group Leaders recommend to Council that streaming of meetings going forward would include in addition to Full Council; meetings of the Council’s Cabinet, the Planning Control Committee as well as meetings of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Health Scrutiny Committee and the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee.

 

Standards Committee Interviews

Appointment of Independent Persons

Council agrees to the appointment of the following Independent Persons to the Council’s Standards Committee:

Craig Ainsworth and Stuart Birtwell

Cabinet 21st July

Clean Air

Agree the recommendations contained within the report (Point 2.1 to 2.20)

Please note all appendices are contained within the link in the covering report

 

7.

PLACES FOR EVERYONE PLAN pdf icon PDF 819 KB

Report attached. 

Additional documents:

8.

BOUNDARY COMMISSION REVIEW pdf icon PDF 329 KB

Report attached.

Additional documents:

9.

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 332 KB

To receive a report 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, Cabinet Members and Chair of a Committee 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. (30 Minutes)

 

A member may ask a verbal question of the Leader, any Member of the Cabinet or Chair of a Committee about any matter on the Council agenda and which the Council has powers or duties or which affects the Borough.  Only one verbal question per Councillor. (15 minutes)

 

Additional documents:

10.

COMBINED AUTHORITY REPORT AND QUESTIONS TO THE COUNCIL'S COMBINED AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVES pdf icon PDF 564 KB

(A)        A combined authority update report is attached, for information

(B)        Questions (if any) on the work of the Combined Authority to be asked by Members of the Council for which the necessary notice has been given in accordance with Council Procedure Rules.

11.

NOTICES OF MOTION

(i)     Public Consultation

 

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

Bernstein, Brown, Caserta, Cropper, Dean, Gartside, Harris, Lancaster, Hurst, Hussain, N Jones, Lewis, McBriar, Rydeheard, Vernon, Y Wright

 

Public Consultations are a vital way of getting residents involved and influencing important local decisions. Consulting ensures better decisions, builds understanding and helps progress towards consensus and should be at a stage when there is still scope to influence policy outcome. Considering stakeholders’ views early into the process, stimulates debate and helps ensure all policy options are taken into account. 

 

 This Council Believes: 

 

1) The Labour Council is not fully engaging with residents. 

  

2) Recent consultations such as on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and Housing Strategy were not fully inclusive and the Brandlesholme Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme non-existent.  Any consultation must engage before a decision has been made and consultees must be able to influence the decision outcome of the consultation. 

  

3) Conducting important consultations such as the Housing Strategy during the height of pandemic is not acceptable as these consultations relied solely on digital communications and Social Media shutting out the digitally inactive residents in our 6 Towns.   

  

4) Current consultation relies predominantly on people looking for information and visiting Council and social media platforms. A more proactive approach, i.e. direct mail shot would encourage greater involvement. 

 

This Council believes it is important to consult people, not just on general priorities but on specific proposals and resolves to: 

  

1) Listen to and engage with all residents and not the selected few. 

  

2) Ensure groups that need to be included in consultations are included with the option to either send a consultation response back digitally or via a paper-based copy free of charge. 

  

3) Having engaged with them, be clear about why we have taken a decision and communicate it. 

  

4) Update and implement Bury’s Consultation strategy

(ii)    Delivering Increased Solar Power

 

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

Powell, Tegolo and S Wright.

 

Bury Council commits to implementing a programme of initiatives aimed at increasing its number of solar (photo-voltaic) installations and making it easier for residents and business owners to install them.

Council notes and recognises:

·         The significant environmental and economic benefits of solar panel installation

·         That solar power can be utilised to help the borough achieve its stated commitment to be a Carbon Neutral authority

·         That the North West as a region is lagging behind on solar panel numbers and is below the national average for installations

·         That a number of local authorities have been successful in driving up the number of solar powered homes through initiatives aimed at providing bespoke installation services at no immediate cost to residents

Council is therefore committed to:

·         Increasing the amount of solar generated power in the Borough, as part of a broader shift to being a carbon neutral borough

·         Investigate schemes, including those delivered by other local authorities, to help residents and local businesses assess  ...  view the full agenda text for item 11.

11a

Urgent Emergency Motion

Following consultation with the Mayor and the Council’s Monitoring Officer they have agreed that the following Emergency Motion will be considered:

 

Motion received in the names of:

Councillors C Boles, N Boroda, S Butler, C Cummins, U Farooq, R Gold, J Grimshaw, S Haroon, M Hayes, T Holt, K Leach, G McGill, C Morris, B Mortenson, E O’Brien, K Peel, T Pilkington, A Quinn, D Quinn, T Rafiq, A Simpson, L Smith, T Tariq, K Thomas, S Walmsley, C Walsh and M Whitby.

 

“The Council is asked to note that women in public life - and especially women of colour - are routinely the targets of unacceptable behaviour and abuse, which is often aimed at silencing women's voices. The violence is never acceptable, and that those who serve the public should not have to carry out their work while being intimidated by thugs.

The Council is therefore asked to resolve:-

i) To condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the recent arson attack on the Leader of Oldham Council, Councillor Arooj Shah.

ii) To continue to work alongside the police and criminal justice system, in our own Borough, to protect victims and prevent violence and harassment.

iii) To instruct the Chief Executive to fully implement Bury Council's recent equality review

 

 

 

12.

MOTION TRACKER pdf icon PDF 269 KB

A report setting out progress in respect of Motions passed at the last meeting of Council is attached for information.

 

13.

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

14.

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).

15.

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