Agenda

Council - Wednesday, 24th November, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Bury Town Hall

Contact: Julie Gallagher  Democratic Services

Items
No. Item

1.

Prior to the commencement of the formal business of the meeting Members are asked to convey their thanks to Colonel Eric Davidson

2.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

3.

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.

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MINUTES pdf icon PDF 178 KB

5.

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.

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PUBLIC QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 407 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.

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RECOMMENDATIONS OF CABINET AND COUNCIL COMMITTEES pdf icon PDF 654 KB

Committee/Date

Subject

     Recommendation

Democratic Arrangements Forum – 6th October 2021

Appointment of Co-opted members to the Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Committee

The Democratic Arrangements Forum recommends to Council, following consultation with the Chair of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee, that one Trade Union and one Young Person (chair of the Youth Cabinet) be appointed as co-opted non-voting Members of the Committee.

 

Employment Panel – 2nd November 2021

Business Growth & Infrastructure Department Leadership Structure

Employment Panel Recommends to Council:

1.   That the Executive Director (Place and Housing) role (Band H) is redesignated as Executive Director (Place) which has been evaluated at Band G (amended) of the Council’s Chief Officer structure.

2.   Recommend to Council that the Assistant Director of Housing role (Band C) is deleted and a Director of Housing role established. This role has been evaluated at Band F of the Council’s Chief Officer structure. The proposed role will report directly to the Chief Executive.

 

Licensing and Safety Committee

11th November 2021

Review of Statement of Principles under the Gambling Act 2005

That the Licensing and Safety Committee notes the report and recommends that Council accept and adopt the proposed Statement of Principles as set out in Appendix 1 to the report without amendment.

 

Licensing and Safety Committee

11th November 2021

Common Minimum Licensing Standards- Stage 2 (vehicles)

That the Licensing and Safety Committee notes the report and recommends that Council approve and adopt the following;

 

The recommendations presented in Section 4 (Lead Officer Recommendations) for each proposed standard for implementation except for Vehicle Proposed Standard 5 in relation to Vehicle Livery.

 

That in relation to Vehicle Proposed Standard 5 (Vehicle Livery), Bury Council having carried out further consultation with taxi drivers and operators and following this, it’s recommended that the Council implements the following GM livery standards proposed below:

 

That all vehicles will:

Display permanently affixed licence plates on the front and back of the vehicle

That all PHVs will:

Only display stickers provided by the licensing authority (at cost) which will bear the operator name and phone number, ‘advanced bookings only’, ‘not insured unless pre-booked’ and the licensing authority logo (the design, dimensions and placement of the stickers on the vehicle is to be determined at a future date)

Display those stickers on both rear side doors and the back window

 

Not use any magnetic stickers

 

That any decision regarding the implementation of the proposed ‘GM approved’ bonnet sticker will be delayed for a period of 2 years while more work is carried out with the trade and GMP to address the concerns raised by the trade relating to antisocial behaviour.

 

That existing vehicle livery standards in Bury will be retained until the new GM livery design, dimensions and placement are confirmed and procured. Ahead of the changes, the existing lively standards will be reviewed to accommodate the GM livery.

Cabinet 17th November 2021

Freedom of the Borough

That Cabinet recommend to Council that they bestow an Honorary Freedom  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

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REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT REMUNERATION PANEL pdf icon PDF 685 KB

Report attached.

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BOUNDARY COMMISSION REPORT pdf icon PDF 321 KB

Report attached.

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BURY COUNCIL CONSTITUTION UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 978 KB

Report attached.

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LEADER' STATEMENT AND CABINET QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 306 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)

 

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COMBINED AUTHORITY REPORT AND QUESTIONS TO THE COUNCIL'S COMBINED AUTHORITY REPRESENTATIVES pdf icon PDF 586 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.

 

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13.

NOTICES OF MOTION pdf icon PDF 268 KB

(i) Stop the Council Tax Squeeze

A motion had been received and set out in the Summons 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 Chancellor and Conservative Government have openly admitted that this winter will be tough for many as we see soaring energy prices, rising costs in shops and cuts in Universal Credit. With the Bank of England warning a possible rise of inflation as high as 5%, many people across Bury are facing a real cost of living crisis – one that has been exacerbated by last month’s Budget.

Despite a 10% hike in national insurance on workers and businesses, local councils across the country are facing no other but to also raise council tax next year in order to maintain frontline services - in fact, the Government’s spending figures for local government rely on councils doing so, it is there in black and white in the Budget.

The council notes:

  • That direct funding to local government has been cut year on year by the Conservatives with a cut to Bury Council of over £100 million so far since 2010.
  • That the Conservative Government’s latest Budget expects us to raise Council Tax by 3% in order to increase our spending power.
  • Even with this hike in Council Tax, Bury Council will still be forced to make around £18m in cuts by the financial year 2023/24.

This council resolves to:

 

  1. Call on the Government to stop the squeeze and fund Bury Council directly to avoid increases in council tax.
  2. Call on the Government to reverse tax cuts on banks and consider a windfall levy on individuals and enterprise whose wealth grew exponentially in the pandemic.
  3. Write to Bury’s Conservative MPs asking them to co-sign a letter demanding true levelling up for Bury, by restoring our direct funding grant so that Council Tax payers don’t have to bear an even heavier burden of funding vital local services, which should be funded by Government.

 

 (ii)  Supporting our wonderful high streets over the festive period

 

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

 

The Council recognises:

 

Bury Council notes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on residents and businesses across the borough over the last two years. The Borough owes a debt of gratitude to our key workers, residents, businesses and organisations for all that they have done through the pandemic.

 

As the festive period approaches the Council must do all it can to support our fantastic independent businesses across the borough and our high streets

 

The Council notes:

 

The Government  ...  view the full agenda text for item 13.

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COUNCIL MOTION TRACKER pdf icon PDF 368 KB

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

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15.

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

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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).