Wednesday, 11th September, 2019 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL

Contact: Liz Drogan 

No. Item


To receive apologies for absence


To order that the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 10th July 2019 be signed as a correct record pdf icon PDF 292 KB


To receive declarations of interest in any matter to be determined at the meeting


To deal with matters which the Mayor considers to be urgent business


To receive communications relating to the business of the Council


To receive and note petitions received relating to the business of the Council

(time limit 20 minutes)


There are no petitions to note.


Youth Council

(time limit 20 minutes)


There is no Youth Council business to consider.


Question Time


Public Questions

(timelimit 15 minutes)


Questions to Leader and Cabinet

(time limit 30 minutes)


Questions on Cabinet Minutes pdf icon PDF 185 KB

(time limit 15 minutes)


24th June 2019

22nd July 2019



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Questions on Joint Arrangements/Partnerships pdf icon PDF 447 KB

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Greater Manchester Health and Care Board

31st May 2019


Greater Manchester Transport Committee

12th July 2019


Greater Manchester Waste and Recycling Committee

14th March 2019


National Park Authority

5th July 2019 (AGM)

19th July 2019


Mio Care Board

11th March 2019


Greater Manchester Combined Authority

28th June 2019



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Notice of Administration Business

(time limit 30 minutes)


Motion 1

Councillor Shah to MOVE and Councillor Chauhan to SECOND:



This Council notes with concern

(i)             the Indian Government’s decision to remove Article 370 and 35A from the Indian Constitution, which grants special status to Indian-controlled Kashmir, the recent movement of troops into Kashmir and the imposition of travel restrictions and a communications blackout affecting landlines, mobile phones and the internet.

(ii)            The Human Rights abuses in both Indian and Pakistani administered Kashmir as detailed in the United Nations Human Rights Commission reports of 2018 and 2019

This Council recognises that this unilateral action affects many Oldham residents with family and friends living in Kashmir who are concerned for their safety and well being.

This Council believes that the UK Government and international community should use all diplomatic and economic measures at their disposal to influence the Indian and Pakistan Governments to:

1.Ensure that democracy is respected and that the Kashmiri people are at the heart of any negotiation or settlement of this issue

2.Ensure that United Nations Security Council resolutions on Kashmir are respected, including UNSCR 47 which refers to the people of Jammu and Kashmir having the right to self-determination.

3. Respect the 1972 Simla Agreement which refers to the future of Jammu and Kashmir being determined by peaceful means.

4. Ensure that the rule of law is upheld and human rights are protected by lifting the telecommunications black out and allowing independent, international observers to the region.

5. Support the assistance of a United Nations Special Envoy for Kashmir in facilitating a peaceful and sustainable future for Kashmir and all its peoples.


Council resolves to ask the Chief Executive to write to

  1. the Prime Minister registering the Council’s concern at the action of the Indian Government and urging the UK Government to press for a resolution of the crisis based on the principles outlined in this motion
  2. the Borough’s three MPs thanking them for the action that they have already taken and ask them to use all parliamentary measures at their disposal to support the principles outlined in this motion.


Motion 2

Councillor Jabbar to MOVE and Councillor Hulme to SECOND:


Oldham’s Urban Forest

This Council notes the following results from the i-Tree eco projects as detailed in the report “Valuing Oldham’s Urban Forest”:

-          There are over 465,000 trees in the Borough of Oldham.

-          The Borough’s trees remove around 65 tonnes of pollution from Oldham’s air each year.

-          Oldham’s trees store more than 65,000 tonnes of Carbon and sequester a further 3000 tonnes per annum.

-          Trees in Oldham help cause 200,000m3 of stormwater runoff to be avoided.

Council further notes that Oldham is located in the proposed Northern Forest, an area spanning the whole of the North of England where it is proposed to plant 50 million new trees to increase tree cover from 7.6%, a figure which is well below the European average.


Recognising the benefits of trees to our Borough and our  ...  view the full agenda text for item 9.


Notice of Opposition Business

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Motion 1

Councillor Harkness to MOVE and Councillor Murphy to SECOND:


Declaring a Climate Emergency

This Council notes:

·       That the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) holds that climate change represents ‘an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet.’

·       That the overwhelming weight of scientific evidence points to climate change being man-made.

·       The harmful effect that climate change has on our lives, natural habitats and eco-systems.

·       The IPCC’s call to governments and civil society to take urgent action to address climate change.

·       The resolutions made by over 100 UK local authorities and the UK Parliament in declaring climate emergencies.

·       The commitment under the 5-Year Environment Plan by the ten Greater Manchester authorities to become carbon-neutral by 2038.

·       Rochdale, Wigan, Bury, Salford, Manchester city, Trafford & Stockport Metropolitan Boroughs have all declared a climate change emergency, Oldham Brough should too.


This Council welcomes:

·       The ambitious commitment at the July 2019 Council of the Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Resources and Low Carbon to make the Council carbon-neutral by 2025.

·       The opportunity provided by the expiry of the Council’s current Climate Change strategy in 2020 to make new and more ambitious commitments to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2025.


This Council therefore resolves to:

·       Declare a Climate Emergency and publicise why this declaration has been made to the people of our Borough, our media outlets and our statutory, voluntary and business sector partners to enlist their support in taking collective action in addressing climate change.

·       Solicit the views and ideas of our staff, elected members, our partners and the general public in helping to craft a new Climate Change Strategy to replace our current strategy in 2020.

·       Identify clearly within this Strategy the ambition for this Council to become carbon-neutral by 2025.

·       Sign up to the UK100 Pledge to commit to consuming energy from renewable sources, including renewable energy generated by the Council itself.

·       Re-establish a cross-party Climate Change Strategy Group to oversee the delivery of the new strategy in partnership with the Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Resources and Low Carbon.

·       Ask the Chief Executive to write to the relevant Ministers, the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the Leaders of the other Greater Manchester authorities seeking their endorsement of our Climate Emergency declaration and our ambition to become carbon-neutral and requesting of central government the powers and financial resources to enable us to become carbon-neutral.


Motion 2

Councillor Williamson to MOVE and Councillor C Gloster to SECOND:


Closing the Loophole

This Council believes that our duty to protect our young people is paramount. Any chance of a slippage in the law that leaves young people unsafe or at threat of exploitation must be rectified.

Council notes that:

·       The NSPCC (the National Society for the Protection of Children against Cruelty) has recently reported that in the last four years police in England have recorded 1,025 crimes of Abuse of Position of Trust of a Sexual Nature

·       The  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.


Update on Actions from Council pdf icon PDF 102 KB

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Brexit Update pdf icon PDF 289 KB


Treasury Management Review 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 706 KB


Organisational Framework : Update pdf icon PDF 100 KB


Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report pdf icon PDF 195 KB