Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Microsoft Teams

Contact: Julie Gallagher  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

C. 57

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:

Before the start of the meeting the Mayor’s Chaplain Rev Jez Hackett conducted prayers and held a moment of thought with Members of the Council present at the virtual meeting.

         

The following declarations of interest were made at the meeting in relation

to items on the agenda.

 

1. Councillor Quinn declared a personal interest as relatives worked for the NHS, CAB and he was a member of Unite.

 

2. Councillors Vernon, Hussain, Rafiq and Susan Southworth declared a

personal interest in the Lib Dem motion as they owned rental properties.

 

3. Councillors L. Smith declared a personal interest in the Lib Dem motion as she owned a rental property and a relative worked for the NHS.

 

4. Councillor Black declared a personal interest as she was a member of Bury Met Arts Board.

 

5. Councillor D Jones declared a personal interest for the joint authority

policing questions as he received a pension from GMP.

 

6. Councillor Whitby declared a personal interest in the Lib Dem motion as she owned a rental property and was a Member of a trade union.

 

7. Councillor Silberger declared a personal interest in the Lib Dem motion and would not be voting on it.

 

8. Councillor Simpson declared a personal interest on a motion as she was an NHS employee.

 

9. Councillor S. Wright declared a personal interest as a relative worked for a school in the Borough.

 

10. Councillor Leach declared a personal interest on a motion as she was an NHS employee.

 

11. Councillor Holt declared a personal interest on a motion as he was tenant in the private rented sector.

 

C. 58

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 46 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 20 May 2020. (Copy attached).

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the Meeting of Council held on the 20th May 2020 be

signed by the Mayor as a true and correct record.

 

C. 59

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 was sad to report on the recent death of former Councillor, Barry Theckston and Mr Mervyn Magnall.

 

Former Councillor Theckston served as a Conservative Member on the

Council in 1992 to 1996 and again in 1999 to 2012. 

 

Mr Magnall was the driving force behind creating links between Bury and Woodbury in the US, a town established by a Bury resident Henry Wood in 1682 and named after the ‘Wood family from Bury’. Mervyn’s work led to the towns becoming twinned in 2007, for which he was later

made an Honorary Life Citizen of Woodbury.

 

As a mark of respect, Members of Council observed a one minute silence.

 

The Mayor reported that a Council Officer had been awarded the prestigious Greater Manchester High Sheriff Special Recognition Award. Dominic Press, the Council’s Senior Dispute Resolution Officer within Legal Services, had been recognised for his outstanding activity and contribution to the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Mayor was also pleased to report that two Bury voluntary groups had received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service: DCaff by Greenmount Village Community, a dementia friendly café, and Eagles Wings, a mutual support group for asylum seekers and local people. The award had also been received by local HIV charity, George House Trust, which the Mayor

would be supporting as one of the charities in his Mayoral year.

 

The Mayor thanked all those Council staff who had been working during the current Covid 19 pandemic and councillors expressed their appreciation with a round applause held virtually.

 

C. 60

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:

There had been no questions received in advance of the meeting however,

one member of the public was in virtual attendance at the meeting and

asked a verbal question.

 

The member of the public asked a question to the Leader of the Council and as this had not been submitted in advance within the required notice period, no supplementary question was permitted

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered By

1.

Concerns with Council
finances and justification of transformation by the Leader.

Ms Judi Sheppard

 

Councillor E O’Brien

 

C. 61

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES

If any.

Minutes:

No recommendations were reported.

 

C. 62

LEADER'S STATEMENT AND MEMBER QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 135 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.

 

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council, Councillor O’Brien, made a statement on the work undertaken by himself and the Cabinet 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.

Could the leader    Exclude home and mobile based business from the discretionary funding?

Cllr Y Wright

Councillor O’Brien

2.

What support this Council has given to

Bury businesses throughout lockdown,

including how the discretionary grant

fund has been used?

Cllr Richard Gold

Councillor Black

3.

Financial shortfall dealing with Covid 19 and how much will be covered by central government funding.

Cllr Sandra Walmsley

Councillor O’Brien

4.

The Councils plans regarding parking charges both in Bury Town Centre and across the townships.

Cllr N Jones

Councillor O’Brien

5.

How is the Council monitoring whether Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available and being used in all care settings, including residential and domiciliary? 

Cllr Powell

Councillor Simpson

 

 

 

 

 

 6.

Support for rough sleepers during the Covid-19 crisis and what support is in place to help end homelessness once

and for all?

Cllr Beth Mortenson

Cllr Cummins

7.

Black Lives Matter campaign and how the Council will support our black, Asian and minority ethnic communities across Bury.

Cllr Grimshaw 

Cllr Rafiq

8.

Can the Leader of Producing a Bury local plan.

Cllr Harris

Councillor O’Brien

9.

Highways Agency public

consultation be further extended for

the proposed M60 changes.

Cllr Tegolo

Cllr Lucy Smith

 

 

 

 

 

Due to the lack of time to answer questions 10 to 26 inclusive, the Chair gave an undertaking that copies of those questions and responses would be made available to all Councillors via the Council meeting page in the website.

 

The Council Constitution now allows each Councillor to ask one verbal question on the work of the Cabinet since the date of the last Council meeting, or on issues contained in the Leader’s Statement.

 

The Chair asked Members to refrain from asking questions which they have submitted to this evenings meeting as a written question.

 

No.

Issue

Questioner

Answered by

1.

Could the leader  Agenda item 7 xvii the decision via EPG on the 29th June- distribution of the remaining 25% infection prevention control grant to care at home (domiciliary care) and supported living providers.

Cllr Caserta

Councillor Simpson

2.

Leader’s report Covid data, could this be explained and how it will

impact in Bury.

Cllr   Walsh

Councillor Simpson

3.

Bury Market discretionary grants and how other LA’s in Greater Manchester are helping their markets.

Cllr N. Jones

Councillor Black

4.

Aero space job redundancies in the North West and the union campaign to safeguard these jobs.

Cllr A Quinn

Councillor O’Brien

5.

Shortage of housing stock.

Cllr Kersh

Councillor O’Brien

6.

Arts and culture for Government funding rescue package.

Cllr Thomas

Councillor Black

 

C. 63

REPORT ON SPECIAL URGENCY pdf icon PDF 119 KB

A report from the Leader is attached.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor O’ Brien and seconded by Councillor Tariq.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council noted the Executive Key Decisions that had been taken as urgent items and which were exempted from call-in.

 

C. 64

SCB COUNCIL VOTING REPORT pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Report from the Deputy Monitoring Officer attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor O’ Brien and seconded by Councillor Tariq.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

(1)That Council approved the revised membership, voting and quoracy arrangements for the Strategic Commissioning Board as set out in the attached report to the Board on 8 June 2020; and

 

(2)That Council approved the revised Strategic Commissioning Board Terms of Reference.

 

C. 65

APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM MONITORING OFFICER pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Pickstone and seconded by Councillor O’ Brien

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Janet Witkowski be designated as the Council’s Interim Monitoring Officer and Council Solicitor with immediate effect until a new Assistant Director of Legal and Democratic Services is appointed.

 

C. 66

NOTICES OF MOTION

(i)            COVID-19 Recovery:

 

The Council Notes:

 

COVID-19 has had an adverse effect on the communities here in Bury. This Council needs to place on record its thanks to the key workers, residents, businesses and organisations for going above and beyond. This Borough owes you a debt of gratitude. Now is the time to plan for the recovery phase, to support our residents and local businesses, in the changing need for public services.

 

Bury Council requires a plan to prepare and kickstart the economic recovery following the impact of COVID-19 and provide our residents and businesses with a strategic vision for the future. The plan should involve all stakeholders in order to develop the best possible forward plan for the council, our residents and businesses.

 

The Council resolves:

The Council therefore resolves to create “The Bury MBC COVID-19 Recovery Plan”.

 

The Bury MBC COVID-19 Recovery Plan will focus on:

 

? Economic impact, recovery & growth for our high streets, Bury Market and businesses

 

? Residents - improving the skills-base to lift wages for lower income residents and adapt to the changing needs of local businesses

 

? Health and Social Care delivery

 

? Financial resilience and ensuring minimal waste of taxpayers' money to ensure money reaches frontline council services such as bins, highways and tackling flytipping which saw an increase over lockdown.

 

? Transformation of Bury MBC to ensure that we deliver services efficiently and more accessible to residents.

  • A review in to the spatial framework and our environment - with an inevitable economic slowdown, there will be less of a need for housing. Lockdown has made us appreciate the environment we have around us and the council should recognise what we can do to enhance it to deliver health benefits for our residents.

Progress updates should be provided to the Joint Executive team on a weekly basis and the Cabinet as a standing item each month. A report will be presented at the September Full Council Meeting.

 

A cross-party working group will be established to monitor and track the progress of the recovery. The Group will remain in operation as long as there is a need for a recovery response to COVID-19. The plan will be evidence based and will closely monitor the impacts and the effectiveness of the responsiveness of Bury Council in a post-COVID world.

 

In the names of Councillors R Caserta, P Cropper, J Daly, I Gartside, D Gunther, J Harris, S Hurst, K Hussain, N Jones, G Keeley, O Kersh, I Schofield, D Silbiger,  D Vernon, R Walker, and Y Wright

 

(ii)          Securing a Fair Deal for Private Renters and Selective Licensing

 

This Council Notes:

 

1.       The significant contribution that private-rental property makes to the borough’s housing market.

2.       That poor housing management and low standards in the sector can lead to the failure of a local housing market. Low demand and antisocial behaviour can result in unsettled communities, along with other social and economic problems.

3.       That private renters spend a higher proportion of their income on housing than with other tenures,  ...  view the full agenda text for item C. 66

Minutes:

(i)        COVID-19 Recovery

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

 

Councillors R Caserta, P Cropper, J Daly, I Gartside, D Gunther,

J Harris, S Hurst, K Hussain, N Jones, G Keeley, O Kersh,

I Schofield, D Silbiger,  D Vernon, R Walker, and Y Wright

                      

It was moved by Councillor N. Jones and seconded by Councillor Caserta that:-

 

This Council Notes:

 

COVID-19 has had an adverse effect on the communities here in Bury. This Council needs to place on record its thanks to the key workers, residents, businesses and organisations for going above and beyond. This Borough owes you a debt of gratitude. Now is the time to plan for the recovery phase, to support our residents and local businesses, in the changing need for public services.

 

Bury Council requires a plan to prepare and kickstart the economic recovery following the impact of COVID-19 and provide our residents and businesses with a strategic vision for the future. The plan should involve all stakeholders in order to develop the best possible forward plan for the council, our residents and businesses.

 

This Council resolves:

 

The Council therefore resolves to create “The Bury MBC COVID-19 Recovery Plan”.

 

The Bury MBC COVID-19 Recovery Plan will focus on:

 

? Economic impact, recovery & growth for our high streets, Bury Market and businesses

 

? Residents - improving the skills-base to lift wages for lower income residents and adapt to the changing needs of local businesses

 

? Health and Social Care delivery

 

? Financial resilience and ensuring minimal waste of taxpayers' money to ensure money reaches frontline council services such as bins, highways and tackling flytipping which saw an increase over lockdown.

 

? Transformation of Bury MBC to ensure that we deliver services efficiently and more accessible to residents.

 

? A review in to the spatial framework and our environment - with an inevitable economic slowdown, there will be less of a need for housing. Lockdown has made us appreciate the environment we have around us and the council should recognise what we can do to enhance it to deliver health benefits for our residents.

Progress updates should be provided to the Joint Executive team on a weekly basis and the Cabinet as a standing item each month. A report will be presented at the September Full Council Meeting.

 

A cross-party working group will be established to monitor and track the progress of the recovery. The Group will remain in operation as long as there is a need for a recovery response to COVID-19. The plan will be evidence based and will closely monitor the impacts and the effectiveness of the responsiveness of Bury Council in a post-COVID world.

 

On being put, with 19 voting for, 28 voting against and with the Mayor abstaining, the Mayor declared the substantive motion lost.

 

(i)        Securing a Fair Deal for Private Renters and Selective Licensing

 

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

Councillors M Powell, T Pickstone, C Tegolo and S Wright  ...  view the full minutes text for item C. 66

C. 67

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

If any

 

Minutes:

There were no items reported.

C. 68

COMBINED AUTHORITY UPDATE pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Questions, if any.

Minutes:

The Chair reported due to the lack of time this item could not be dealt with.

 

Councillor Gold who was a Council representative on the combined authority board would circulate copies of those questions raised along with the responses which would also be made available to all Councillors via the Council meeting page on the website.

C. 69

DELEGATED DECISIONS OF THE COUNCIL COMMITTEES

Questions on the delegated decisions made by the Regulatory Committees and Scrutiny Committees published since the last ordinary meeting of the Council, providing four clear working days’ notices has been given of the question.

 

 

Minutes:

No questions were asked on the delegated decisions made by the Regulatory Committees and Scrutiny Committees published since the last ordinary meeting of the Council.

 

THE WORSHIPFUL THE MAYOR

 

 

Note:

The meeting started at 7.00 pm and ended at 10.16pm