Virtual, Council
Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: TEAMS Meeting

Contact: Liz Drogan 

No. Item


To receive apologies for absence


Attendance and declarations of Interest


To order that the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 15th July 2020 be signed as a correct record pdf icon PDF 576 KB


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 pdf icon PDF 22 KB

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Electronic Voting at Council pdf icon PDF 26 KB


Youth Council

(time limit 20 minutes)

There is no Youth Council business to consider.


Questions Time


Public Questions

(time limit 15 Minutes)


Questions to Leader and Cabinet

(time limit 30 minutes)


Questions on Cabinet Minutes pdf icon PDF 236 KB

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22nd June 2020

7th July 2020

20th July 2020

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Questions on Joint Arrangements pdf icon PDF 421 KB

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AGMA Executive Board                                          26 June 2020


Greater Manchester Transport Committee          10 July 2020


GM Waste and Recycling Committee                  12 March 2020


Health and Wellbeing Board                                  12 November 2019


Greater Manchester Combined Authority            26 June 2020

                                                                                    31 July 2020


MioCare Board                                                         23 April 2020


Peak Park District Authority                                   3 July 2020

                                                                                    24 July 2020


Police and Crime Panel                                          30 June 2020

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Notice of Administration Business

(time limit 30 minutes)


Councillor Roberts to MOVE and Councillor Dean to SECOND:


Planning for the Future motion

This council notes the Government’s extension of permitted development rights and the recent publication of a white paper on planning reform, “Planning for the Future.”

The proposals in the white paper are to replace the established planning system with a new system whereby land is classified into “growth,” “renewal” or “protection” zones, with outline permission granted automatically where a development meets the criteria for the relevant zone. This will fundamentally undermine democratic local control.

This council notes the significant concerns raised by key bodies to the proposals. The Royal Institute of British Architects have suggested that the plans are “shameful” and would do “almost nothing to guarantee the delivery of affordable, well-designed and sustainable homes.” Homelessness charity Shelter have argued that social housing “could face extinction” if the proposals go ahead. The Town and Country Planning Association have noted the success of the current system for volume house builders, the huge number of permissions granted that remain undelivered, and the threat the proposals make to local democracy.   

This council agrees that such a fundamental attack on democratic rights in the planning system demands cross party support and undertakes to consult all elected Members in formulating a response.

This council resolves to ask the Chief Executive to respond to the Planning for the Future consultation, to include the following; 

·         Oldham Council’s rejection of the proposals in the strongest form

·         The range of sites in Oldham that have planning permission but are not currently being taken forward by developers

·         The additional barriers to development arising from the cost of Brownfield land remediation and the need for sustainable subsidy to make sites viable

·         The importance of a robust planning process, with democratic control at its heart, to safeguard local communities and promote local priorities

·         The need for quality, affordable homes in Oldham, and the risk that the new proposals will fail to deliver, particularly with the removal of S.106 contributions that the National Housing Federation notes are the single biggest contributor to new affordable homes in the country

·         That affordability varies across the country and that the proposals in the White paper offer nothing for those needing housing at a social rent.

·         The outcomes agreed through the cross-party consultation.



Notice of Opposition Business

(time limit 30 minutes)


Motion 1


Councillor Hamblett to MOVE and Councillor H Gloster to SECOND:

Not every Disability is Visible

This Council notes that:

  • The charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK is encouraging venues providing accessible public toilets to install new signage.  This is to help stop stigma and discrimination towards people with ‘invisible illnesses’ such as Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • There have been instances nationally where such individuals using an accessible toilet have been accused by staff members of being ineligible to use them.
  • These signs have two standing figures and a wheelchair user with the words Accessible Toilet and the logo ‘Not every disability is visible’.
  • The Government has decided recently that large accessible toilets for severely disabled people - known as Changing Places - will be made compulsory for large new buildings, such as shopping centres, supermarkets, sports and arts venues, in England from 2021.

Council resolves to:

  • Ensure that accessible toilets on Council premises bear these signs.
  • Ask town and district centre retailers and leisure outlets to do likewise with their accessible public toilets.
  • Seek advice from the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK on the information and training we should provide to Council Staff members.  This is so they understand these illnesses and to prevent potential embarrassment for those who suffer with them.
  • Ensure that any Changing Places toilets in our buildings are properly signposted for visitors.
  • Ensure that the requirement to provide new Changing Place toilets is included within the Council’s future plans for new public buildings in the Borough.


Motion 2


Councillor Williamson to MOVE and Councillor Al-Hamdani to SECOND:

Let’s all do our bit to tackle litter

Council is committed to tackling litter in our Borough and to working for cleaner streets and public spaces across our communities.

Council notes that:

·         The Keep Britain Tidy Campaign offers local authorities the opportunity to become a member of a Network, which provides access to specialist advice and support.

·         Keep Britain Tidy is hosting the Great British September Clean-Up from 11-27 September.

·         The campaign is also promoting a Love Parks campaign and a Charity Bin sponsorship scheme whereby the monies raised from recycling cans deposited in designated local authority bins is contributed to local charities.

·         Several national supermarket chains are now operating trials of reverse vending machines, where customers are rewarded for returning used cans and bottles for recycling.

·         The Government department DEFRA has also previously published a voluntary code for local businesses and local business partnerships to sign up to and reduce the litter that results from fast food businesses.

Council recognises that:

·         Whilst we are committed to tackling litter in our Borough, and to working for cleaner streets and public spaces across our communities, we cannot do this alone.

·         In the battle for cleaner streets and public spaces, we must involve the public and our business partners in a co-operative effort.

·         There are community champions and organisations commendably ‘doing their bit’.

·         The Keep Britain Tidy and DEFRA initiatives provide extra opportunities and an  ...  view the full agenda text for item 11.


Covid-19 Update pdf icon PDF 386 KB


Update on Actions from Council pdf icon PDF 149 KB

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Council Motion: Making a Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals pdf icon PDF 152 KB

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Statement of Community Involvement pdf icon PDF 159 KB

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Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 440 KB