Agenda and minutes

Failsworth & Hollinwood District Executive
Thursday, 17th January, 2019 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Sian Walter-Browne  Email:

No. Item


Apologies For Absence


There were no apologies for absence received.


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 in Item 7 of the Agenda, GMP Failsworth and Hollinwood Police report by virtue of her husband being employed by Greater Manchester Police.



Public Question Time

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


Eleven public questions were received.


Question 1 – Graham Priestley


“I am asking why the land associated with the youth club on James Street couldn’t be used as a old people’s home or old people bungalows. If this was done it would free up houses occupied by pensioners. Any houses built for families would put even more pressure on local services ie schools, health centre and local parking. Here’s hoping for a positive response”.


Cllr Garry responded that, in order to reduce the occurrence of anti-social behaviour in the locality, the Council would shortly commence the demolition of the existing vacant buildings and were considering the appropriate form of residential development for the cleared site in terms of both scale and specific type of accommodation.


As part of the process of drawing up a new five-year housing strategy for the period 2019-2024, the Council would also be undertaking an extensive public consultation between February and March this year.


Cllr Fielding added that there had been a planning application in relation to the site that it had not been possible to approve. The borrowing cap to build houses had recently been lifted and sites were being considered for future housing. The biggest population growth group had been identified as the over-60’s, who did not need residential care but may prefer smaller bungalows and the Council would be looking to provide housing to meet their needs.


Question 2 – Brian Aldred


“We would like to thank councillors Garry, Fielding and Davis for their hard work in getting Ollerton Drive and Oak Road in Failsworth repaired. We have friends on Oak Road and when we used to visit we always thought it was in a very bad way. It is much better now it has been repaired but some people were moaning on facebook about something to do with the budget for it. Do councillors know what their problem was?

For the record we are very pleased this work has been done and couldn't care less how it was paid for. Thanks once again”.


Cllr Davis responded that Councillors work all round their areas and received many comments about the roads. Ward Councillors were proud to have improved many roads this year and had contributed from their personal local budgets to enable this. He did not know what the comments from people on social media were about.


Cllr Fielding responded that Oak Road was an example of a project partly funded by local Councillors and residents had said they were very grateful for this. The Council had allocated a budget of £12 million over three years and Ward Members would be able suggest projects for inclusion.


Question 3 – Marcus Kilcoyne


“The Failsworth christmas lights switch on was a lovely traditional event with a brass band and carols. Thank you to the organisers for putting this on. Whilst I was disappointed that the market at the Royal Oak pub did not take place; the news that later emerged that the pub was suspected  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 147 KB

The Minutes of the Failsworth and Hollinwood District Executive held on 11th October 2018 are attached for approval.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 11th October 2018 be approved as a correct record.



Failsworth & Hollinwood Budget Report pdf icon PDF 136 KB


Members gave consideration to a report of the District Co-Ordinator which advised the Failsworth and Hollinwood District Executive of the budgets aligned for the 2018/2019 municipal year.


RESOLVED that the funding allocated to the Failsworth and Hollinwood District Executive for the municipal year for 2018/2019 be noted.


Failsworth & Hollinwood 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.


Petition pdf icon PDF 21 KB

To inform the District Executive of a petition received.


RESOLVED – that Petition Reference 2018-22: containing objections to 28 Knowl Street Hollinwood becoming an HMO (Hollinwood Ward), received on 13th December 2018, be noted.


Public Questions to Meetings of the District Executive pdf icon PDF 70 KB


The District Executive gave consideration to a report which informed them of amendments to the Council’s constitution in relation to the submission of public questions to meetings of the District Executives.


RESOLVED that the report on the submission of public questions be noted.



Date and Time of Future Meeting

The date of the future Failsworth and Hollinwood District Executive meeting for the 2018/19 Municipal Year will be Thursday 14th March 2019, at 7.00pm


RESOLVED – That the next meeting of the Failsworth and Hollinwood District Executive will be 7.00pm, Thursday 14th March 2019, at Failsworth Town Hall.