Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Bury Town Hall

Contact: Julie Gallagher  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 OF THE COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 11th September 2019.  (Copy Attached).

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

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 444 KB

Committee/Date

Subject

     Recommendation

Cabinet – 11th December 2019

TREASURY MANAGEMENT STRATEGY MID YEAR REVIEW 2019/20

It is recommended that, in accordance with CIPFA’s Code of Practice on Treasury Management, the report be noted and forwarded for consideration and the next meeting of full Council due to be held on the 22nd January 2020

Licensing and Safety Panel – 9th January 2020

REVIEW OF VEHICLE SIGNAGE AND DRIVERS BADGE

1.           That the Council’s Policy relating to the size of the vehicle licence plate on the front of a licensed Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle be modified to reduce the size of the front plates.

2.          That the new sized plates be introduced for newly licensed vehicles and licence renewals, from April 2020.

3.That the current Council policy relating to the size requirements for identification badges for Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle remains

Licensing and Safety Panel – 9th January 2020

TESTING OF TINTED GLASS ON VEHICLES TO BE LICENSED AS HACKNEY CARRIAGES/PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES

1.           That the Council’s Policy requirements relating to vehicle tints for rear windows on vehicles licensed as Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles be amended to provide that licensed vehicles may only have manufacturer’s factory fitted tints (“privacy glass”).

2.                That the new policy requirement be introduced for newly licensed vehicles only

Cabinet – 13th January 2020

 

MAYORALTY

That Councillor Pickstone be proposed as Mayor of the Borough for 2020/2021

 

Additional documents:

6.

POLLING DISTRICT AND POLLING PLACES REVIEW pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Report attached.

Additional documents:

7.

LOCAL SCHEME OF COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Report attached.

8.

NOTICES OF MOTION

The following Notices of Motion have been received:-

 

(i)                                         Islamophobia and Anti Semitism

 

“Bury Council is proud of its diversity, it is a huge asset and a source of great strength. A substantial proportion of its residents are Muslim, who are an integral part of its make-up, playing a huge role in all aspects of Bury’s life.

Bury Council has a strong history of promoting cohesion and welcoming people from all over the world. Its residents have always united and supported each other in the fight against racism and discrimination in all its forms, including adopting the IHRA definition of Anti-Semitism.

 

Data published by the Home Office in the annual report on hate crime 2017-18 shows that over half, 52%, of religious hate crime victims are Muslims. The terrorist attacks against the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand and the Finsbury Park Mosque in Islington have highlighted the severe Islamophobic attacks that Muslim communities in the UK and around the world are faced with. The charity Tell Mama reported that in the week after the NZ attack killing 50 innocent worshippers, Islamophobic incidents increased by almost 600 per cent in the UK.

 

Bury Council also acknowledges that Islamophobia is not a recent phenomenon and that we must do more as a society to tackle this rising form of intolerance and persecution.

 

In light of this, Bury Council expresses its gratitude for the work done by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims to produce a definition of Islamophobia.

 

This Council therefore welcomes, endorses and adopts the working APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) definition of Islamophobia, including all of its examples in full, cited as follows:

 

"ISLAMOPHOBIA IS ROOTED IN RACISM AND IS A TYPE OF RACISM THAT TARGETS EXPRESSIONS OF MUSLIMNESS OR PERCEIVED MUSLIMNESS."

 

Contemporary examples of Islamophobia in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in encounters between religions and non-religions in the public sphere could, considering the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

•      Calling for, aiding, instigating or justifying the killing or harming of Muslims in the name of a racist/fascist ideology, or an extremist view of religion.

•      Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Muslims as such, or of Muslims as a collective group, such as, especially but not exclusively, conspiracies about Muslim entryism in politics, government or other societal institutions; the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and claims of a demographic ‘threat’ posed by Muslims or of a ‘Muslim takeover’.

•      Accusing Muslims as a group of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Muslim person or group of Muslim individuals, or even for acts committed by non-Muslims.

•      Accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or exaggerating Islamophobia, ethnic cleansing or genocide perpetrated against Muslims.

•      Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the ‘Ummah’ (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin, or to the alleged priorities  ...  view the full agenda text for item 8.

9.

LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME

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.

10.

JOINT AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY THE COUNCIL'S REPRESENTATIVE AND QUESTIONS

(A)        A report from the Council’s representative on the work of Transport For Greater Manchester, Councillor Mortenson.

(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

11.

COUNCIL MOTION TRACKER pdf icon PDF 41 KB

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

 

12.

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

13.

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).

14.

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 ** 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 **