Agenda and draft minutes

Failsworth & Hollinwood District Executive
Thursday, 14th March, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Failsworth Town Hall, Oldham Road, Failsworth, M35 0FJ. View directions

Contact: Elizabeth Drogan  Email:

No. Item


Apologies For Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Fielding.


Urgent Business

Urgent business, if any, introduced by the Chair


There were no items of urgent business received.


Declarations of Interest

To Receive Declarations of Interest in any Contract or matter to be discussed at the meeting.


Councillor Garry declared a personal interest at Item 7 of the

agenda by virtue of the employment of her spouse by Greater

Manchester Police


Public Question Time

To receive Questions from the Public, in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.


Five public questions were received.


Question1 – Warren Bates


“At the last DE a resident Mrs Barbara Collins said she last attended a DE in spring 2018. And has never returned since.?


She said also in her very long “public question” that she witnessed a certain Facebook page that encouraged residents to attend DE meetings and disrupt them. It seems to have taken Mrs Collins over twelve months to respond according to her very serious long public question.


She also said in part of her long public question. That she had noticed the same” face book page group” obviously her being a member. Continually to encourage members to attend and disrupt DE meetings that was the reason for her question and she has never attended a DE since.


In response through the chair and other Labour Cllrs speaking on behalf of our “openness and transparency” council who welcomed her serious concerns, in the interest of local democracy. “The council will now review district workings” and accepted her concerns with no evidence whatsoever , the council wanted to be able to discuss and debate local issues meaningfully without disruption.


My Questions are.


(1) Because of the controversy and response from attendees on the night and since, who witnessed and heard this residents concerns, and because it was a “highly sensitive” public question which was read out and “in my opinion “ was incorrect and erroneous”


(2) Can we have a update on the intended and promised revue of district workings tonight please.”


The Chair informed Mr Bates that number (1) would not be responded to as it was a statement, not a question. 


Cllr P Jacques responded to number (2) that the review was ongoing and had not yet concluded.


Question 2 – Warren Bates


“My “local priorities “ are the following policing ,education, n h s  housing, transport just to name a few.


Also we were promised our own M R I scanner, in our health centre many years ago it hasn’t arrived yet.


Local Labour Cllr Elaine Garry with the full support of her labour colleagues has promised that £40,000 will be spent on the upkeep of the local cemetery.

Allowed to deteriorate under their watch in my opinion, and states publicly further investment will be forthcoming.


I would be grateful for the Cllr to explain where the money will come from and how much”.


Cllr P Jacques replied that, in relation to the scanner, this was for the NHS to provide and the Council had no control over this. With regards to the cemetery, local councillors had lobbied to move this up the list of priorities and the work had been undertaken. All the work had been completed and £110,000 had been spent in total.


Question 3 – Sonja Jones


“What plans are in place to address the increasing demand on community services in Failsworth including schools, GP and dental needs?


We have an increasingly elderly population in Failsworth.


We already have an increase in the local population  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 148 KB

The Minutes of the meeting of the Failsworth and Hollinwood District Executive held on 17th January 2019 are attached for approval.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Failsworth and Hollinwood District Executive held on 17th January 2019 be approved as a correct record.



Failsworth & Hollinwood Budget Report pdf icon PDF 144 KB


Consideration was given to a report of the District Co-Ordinator, which provided Members with a summary of the budget, including the ward budget and the individual Councillor budgets.




1.    The report be noted.

2.    The allocations as detailed in the report be agreed.


Failsworth & Hollinwood Neighbourhood Police Report pdf icon PDF 985 KB


The District Executive gave consideration to a report of the Greater Manchester Police, Oldham Division, Local Policing Team, Failsworth, Hollinwood and Limeside.


RESOLVED that the Local Policing Team, Failsworth, Hollinwood and Limeside report be noted.


Date and Time of Next Meeting

The date of the next meeting of the Failsworth and Hollinwood District Executive will be Thursday 13th June 2019, at 7.00pm.


RESOLVED – That the next meeting of the Failsworth and Hollinwood District Executive will be 7.00pm, Thursday 13th June 2019, at Failsworth Town Hall.