Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 4th November, 2020 6.00 pm

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

Contact: Liz Drogan 

Items
No. Item

1.

To receive apologies for absence

2.

To order that the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 9th September 2020 be signed as a correct record pdf icon PDF 470 KB

3.

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

4.

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

5.

To receive communications relating to the business of the Council

6.

To receive and note petitions received relating to the business of the Council pdf icon PDF 119 KB

(time limit 20 minutes)

7.

Leader's Annual Statement

8.

Youth Council

(time limit 20 minutes)

 

There was no Youth Council business received.

9.

Questions Time

9a

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 240 KB

The following public question was not reached in the time allocated.

9b

Questions to Leader and Cabinet

(time limit 30 minutes)

9c

Questions on Cabinet Minutes pdf icon PDF 277 KB

(time limit 15 minutes)

 

24thAugust 2020 (reconvened 28th August 2020)

28th September 2020

Urgent Key Decisions

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9d

Questions on Joint Arrangements pdf icon PDF 415 KB

(time limit 15 minutes)

 

Greater Manchester Transport Committee                      14 August 2020

 

Greater Manchester Waste and Recycling                     22 July 2020

Committee

 

Greater Manchester Combined Authority                        2 September 2020

                                                                                                25 September 2020

 

AGMA Executive Board                                                      31 July 2020

                                                                                                9 September 2020

 

Police, Fire and Crime Panel                                             20 July 2020

 

Commissioning Partnership Board                                   23 July 2020

                                                                                                24 September 2020

 

MioCare Board                                                                     23 July 2020

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10.

Progress Update on the Oldham Review of Safeguarding Practice pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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11.

COVID-19 Update pdf icon PDF 423 KB

12.

Notice of Administration Business

(time limit 30 minutes)

 

Motion 1

 

Councillor Shah to MOVE and Councillor Surjan to SECOND:

Recover, Retrain, Rebuild

The Council notes that the Chancellor has announced a patchwork of schemes to provide support to jobs and companies which have been affected by coronavirus restrictions and has rushed out changes to previous measures as it has become apparent that infection rates continue to rise and more and more areas will be enter Tiers 2 and 3 .

The Council believes that while the Job Retention Scheme was a historic investment of taxpayers' money to avert widespread job losses, this massive, unprecedented investment will, essentially, go to waste as millions of people, including thousands in the Borough of Oldham, who have suffered throughout the Covid-19 crisis, now face the very real prospect of unemployment as their jobs are not viable to return to at this moment in time under Covid-19.

While this Council acknowledges that support to Tier 2 jobs and businesses has been backdated to areas including Oldham which have been under restrictions since July 2020, it regrets that support will have come too late to save some otherwise viable jobs and businesses.

This Council believes we need a strategy that focuses on recovering jobs, retraining workers and rebuilding our country. This strategy must involve:

1) A job Recovery Scheme that allows staff to work reduced hours, with the Government subsidising a proportion of wages for the rest of the week. The scheme should be designed to reward companies who bring back more workers part-time, rather than bringing some back full-time and letting others go.

2) A nationwide Retraining Strategy for the unemployed and those facing unemployment. This strategy must help those whose hours have been cut to increase their skills to retrain and enable people who have lost jobs to transition into new work.

3)  A business Rebuilding Scheme which must give businesses, who have taken advantage of Government loan schemes, the payments for which start in March, the confidence and security that they will be able to continue operating past March 2021, or else a whole new set of businesses and workers may well be pushed back underneath then.  

 

The Council therefore resolves to instruct the Chief Executive to write to the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to revisit their scheme, work with business and trade unions and create one that will help our towns, borough and country recover, retrain and rebuild.

 

Motion 2

 

Councillor Ball to MOVE and Councillor Hulme to SECOND:

Remembrance Sunday will be the 8th November 2020.

The Royal British Legion, supported by the Council, traditionally organises commemoration events at the Oldham War memorial and at 6 other locations across the borough. It is with great regret that this Council notes that it will not be possible in 2020 to hold the public services which have been well attended for many years.

The Council has worked with the Royal British Legion, the police and faith groups to decide how to pay  ...  view the full agenda text for item 12.

13.

Notice of Opposition Business

 (time limit 30 minutes)

 

Motion 1

Councillor Sykes to MOVE and Councillor Williamson to SECOND:

20’s Plenty in 2020

This Council notes that:

·         speed limits on Britain’s residential roads are 60% higher than in Europe.

·         more than half of all road accident casualties occur on roads with 30mph limits.

·         that a pedestrian is 7 times more likely to die if they are hit by a vehicle travelling at 30 miles per hour than they are at 20 mph and 10 times more likely if aged 60 or older.

·         reducing speed limits on residential roads has been found to reduce the incidence of accidents, the numbers of fatalities and serious injuries that result, and air pollution.

·         over 20 million citizens live in local authorities in the UK, including five authorities in Greater Manchester, which have adopted or are adopting a default speed limit of 20mph on residential roads.

·         the default speed limit of 20mph has been adopted by other local authorities without the implementation of physical calming measures.

·         in February 2020, road safety experts from 130 countries adopted the ‘Stockholm Declaration’ recommending 20mph / 30kph as the preferred default speed limit on residential roads and, in August 2020, the UN General Assembly endorsed this recommendation.

 

This Council recognises that:

·         If we are to ‘build back better’ after Covid-19, one of our key concerns must be to address all aspects of public health.

·         This should include lowering the default speed of motor vehicles driven on our residential roads to reduce the danger to residents.

·         Such a measure should be boroughwide and comprehensive.

 

This Council therefore resolves to:

·         Seek in principle to implement a borough-wide 20 mph speed limit on residential roads.

·         Ask the Overview and Scrutiny Board to look again at the practicalities and timescale of introducing such a scheme, in consultation with the 20’s Plenty Campaign, for consideration by full Council at the earliest possible opportunity.

 

 

Motion 2

 

Councillor Al-Hamdani to MOVE and Councillor Hazel Gloster to SECOND:

Let’s make street harassment a crime

This Council is committed to making our Borough a safer place for everyone.

Council notes:

 

        Public sexual harassment is the most common form of violence against women and girls, restricting their freedom of movement and expression;

        That in surveys two-thirds of women and girls report they have faced street harassment in the UK;

        That street harassment in the UK is not covered by any specific offence, unlike in Portugal, Belgium and France;

        That stopping street harassment would be a powerful step in tackling inequality and keeping women safe;

        The incredible work of Our Streets Now, and their petition which has attracted over 200,000 signatures to make street harassment a specific crime;

        That according to a report by Our Streets Now, only 14 per cent of pupils have been taught about public sexual harassment at school, and that 47 per cent of them would not report an incident of public sexual harassment to their school because they were afraid or feared they  ...  view the full agenda text for item 13.

14.

Update on Actions from Council pdf icon PDF 148 KB

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15.

Council Size Submission - Electoral Review of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council pdf icon PDF 230 KB

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