Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday, 10th April, 2019 7.00 pm

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Contact: Leigh Webb  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

C. 432

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 S Wright declared a personal interests in any matter relating to staffing as his wife is employed in a Bury School.    

       

2.      Councillors Gartside, N Jones, Harris and Y Wright declared personal interests in respect of Item 6, Leader’s Question Time, as members of Bury Folk Keep It Green.

 

3.     Councillor Quinn declared a personal interest in relation to Item 6, Leader’s Question Time as his son and daughter in law work for the NHS.

 

4.     Councillors Leach and Simpson declared personal interests as they are employed by the NHS.

 

C. 433

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting of Council held on 20 February 2019 be signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record.

 

C. 434

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 reported on a recent visit to holocaust memorial sites in Poland.

 

The Mayor thanked the staff and organisers involved in the Bury Pride event, to be held on 13 April.

 

The Mayor reminded Members that the Gallipoli Service would be held on 28 April at the Parish Church.

 

The Mayor paid tribute to Councillors D’Albert, Hodkinson, James, Kelly, Preston and Skillen who are not seeking re-election in May.

 

C. 435

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.

Minutes:

The Mayor reported the receipt of three written questions as set out below:

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Orthodox Jewish Community

Mr R Gold

Councillor Shori

2.

Bury Housing Target

Mr S Turner

Councillor Shori

3.

Foster Care Ambassadors

Ms H Atkinson

Councillor Briggs

 

 

 

 

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

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Dog Fouling

Ms D Green

Councillor Quinn

2.

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF)

Mr C Russell

Councillor Shori

3.

GMSF

Mr S Cluer

Councillor Shori

 

4.

Springwater Park, licensing of dog walkers

Mr T Brice

Councillor Quinn

                                               

 

C. 436

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:

Minutes:

Meeting of the Licensing and Safety Panel held on 10 January 2019 – Changes to the Constitutional Make-up and Frequency of Meetings

 

It was moved by Councillor D Jones and seconded by Councillor Shori that:-

               

Council accept the proposals with regard to altering the frequency and constitution of licensing and safety panel meetings dealing with hackney carriage and private hire matters.

 

It was moved by Councillor Kersh and seconded by Councillor N Jones as an amendment to:-

 

Retain the current constitutional arrangements

 

On being put, with 19 voting for, 31 voting against and with the Mayor abstaining, the Mayor declared the amendment lost.

 

On being put, with 31 voting for, 19 voting against and with the Mayor abstaining, the Mayor declared the substantive motion carried.

 

Meeting of the Cabinet held on 12 March 2019 – Mayoralty 2019/2020

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Council note that Councillor Trevor Holt has been proposed as Mayor of Bury for 2019/20

 

Meeting of the Democratic Arrangements Forum held on 1 April 2019 – Timetable of Meetings 2019/20

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

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

 

Meeting of the Human Resources and Appeals Panel held on 4 April 2019 – Pay Policy Statement 2019/2020

 

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

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the Pay Policy Statement for 2019/20 be approved.

 

C. 437

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.

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.

No Outsiders Programme

Councillor James

Councillor Briggs

2.

Railings on Walmsley Road  

Councillor Sarah Southworth

Councillor Kelly

3.

GMSF Advertising costs 

Councillor N Jones

Councillor O’Brien

4.

Flood Defences

Councillor Skillen

Councillor Quinn

5.

Single Use Plastics

Councillor Thomas

Councillor Quinn

6.

GMSF Housing Targets

Councillor Harris

Councillor O’Brien

7.

Volunteering

Councillor Whitby

Councillor Tariq

8.

IT Strategy

Councillor J Walker

Councillor Kelly

9.

Brexit Preparations

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Shori

10.

GMSF

Councillor Daly

Councillor O’Brien

11.

Climate Change Strikes

Councillor Preston

Councillor Quinn

12.

Victoria Wood Statue

Councillor Hayes

Councillor Kelly

13.

GMSF

Councillor Daly

Councillor O’Brien

 

Due to the lack of time to answer questions 12 to 23 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.

Withdrawal of Notice of Motion

Councillor Silbiger

Councillor Shori

2.

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival 

Councillor Hodkinson

Councillor Shori

3.

Bury Pride

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Shori

4.

Flood Defences/Tree Felling

Councillor Cathcart

Councillor Quinn

5.

Water Fountains - Whitefield

Councillor N Jones

Councillor Quinn

6.

Extra Care Scheme – North of the Borough

Councillor Y Wright

Councillor Shori

7.

Planned Free School

Councillor Daly

Councillor Shori

8.

Selection Criteria Water Fountains

Councillor Kersh

Councillor Quinn

9.

Radcliffe Town Centre Regeneration

Councillor Leach

Councillor Shori

 

 

 

 

 

C. 438

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:

Minutes:

(a)        Councillor Quinn, the Council’s representative on the Greater Manchester Waste Authority reported 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.

Queens Road Depot

Councillor Walmsley

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

2.

Hate Crime

Councillor Walmsley

Councillor Tariq (Representative on Police and Crime Panel)

3.

Hate Crime

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Tariq (Representative on Police and Crime Panel)

4.

Subsidised Bus Emissions

Councillor Pickstone

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

5

Heywood Link

Councillor D’Albert

Councillor Bayley (Representative on Transport for Greater Manchester)

 

C. 439

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 C. 439

Minutes:

Notices of Motion published in the Summons for the meeting had been withdrawn following advice provided by the Council Solicitor relating to Purdah.

 

C. 440

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. 441

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. 442

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.

 

Minutes:

There were no written questions asked on the delegated decisions of the Committees or Scrutiny Committee contained in the Digest of Decision 4 (2018/19).