Agenda

Council
Wednesday, 3rd November, 2021 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 Special meeting of Council held on 8th September 2021 and the Ordinary Meeting held on 8th September 2021 be signed as a correct record pdf icon PDF 187 KB

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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.

Greater Manchester Policing Plan

7.

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

(time limit 20 minutes)

 

There are no peitions to note.

8.

Leader's Annual Statement

9.

Youth Council

(time limit 20 minutes)

 

There is no Youth Council business to consider.

10.

Questions Time

10a

Public Questions

(time limit 15 Minutes)

10b

Questions to Leader and Cabinet

(time limit 30 minutes)

10c

Questions on Cabinet Minutes pdf icon PDF 231 KB

(time limit 15 minutes)

 

23rd August 2021

13th September 2021

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10d

Questions on Joint Arrangements pdf icon PDF 260 KB

(time limit 15 minutes)

 

GM Waste and Recycling Committee

13th July 2021

GM Health and Social Care Partnership

30th July 2021

Health and Wellbeing Board

22nd June 2021

GM Transport Committee

20th August 2021

GMCA

25th June 2021

10th September 2021

Miocare

14th July 2021

National Peak Park Authority

2nd July 2021

 

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11.

Notice of Administration Business

(time limit 30 minutes)

 

Motion 1

Councillor Shah to MOVE and Councillor Chadderton to SECOND:

Violence Against Women and Girls

This Council notes the shocking prevalence of violence against women and girls, most recently made visible by the appalling murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. This is fuelled by a toxic culture of misogyny, with a recent report from the APPG for UN Women finding that 71% of women of all ages in the UK have experienced some form of sexual harassment in a public space.

Tackling the violence and misogyny in society is a long-term challenge that requires a collective response, from the online companies that enable the sharing of harmful and abusive content to employers not doing enough to address inequality in the workplace.

This Council welcomes the recent publication of Greater Manchester’s Gender-Based Violence Strategy, which sets out a ten-year plan that includes every part of our society. In Oldham we also take a partnership approach to addressing gender-based violence, aiming to prevent future abuse (including by educating young people about healthy relationships), addressing the behaviour of those who have perpetrated abuse and providing support to survivors. The Council is looking to strengthen this approach further, with a new Domestic Abuse Strategy following work with the charity SafeLives to review Oldham’s current activity.

Where violence is committed against women and girls, it is important we have a robust response from our police to deliver justice. This Council notes the appalling statistic revealed by the Government’s End-to-End Rape Review that only 1.6% of rape cases brought to the police result in a charge.

The fresh approach brought by the new Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police since his appointment is important if we are to rebuild faith that justice will be served. The disbanding of GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit in 2017 as part of a transformation in favour of omni-competence raised questions about the priorities of the force at the time.

This Council resolves to ask the Chief Executive to write to Chief Constable Stephen Watson:

·         Welcoming the improvement plan he has produced for Greater Manchester Police, including a recognition of the importance of Think Victim training, and acknowledgement that there has been a lack of focus on support for those most vulnerable.

·         Welcoming the move away from the notion of omni-competence, and requesting information about what this will mean for specialist support for the victims of sexual violence

·         Requesting information about what training officers generally are given to support the victims of sexual violence given the reports of women being treated poorly by non-specialist officers of GMP in the past

This Council also resolves to work cross-party to promote the consultation on Oldham’s Domestic Abuse Strategy, which is published this week.

 

Motion 2

Councillor Jabbar to MOVE and Councillor Hulme to SECOND:

COP26

This Council notes the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), taking place in Glasgow, which aims to:

·         Secure global net zero emissions by the middle of the century, thereby sustaining the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 11.

12.

Notice of Opposition Business

(time limit 30 minutes)

 

Motion 1

Councillor Murphy to MOVE and Councillor H Gloster to SECOND:

Save Our Rivers

This Council notes that:

·         Every river in England is now polluted beyond legal limits; with the Environment Agency rating only 14% as Good in 2019.

·         Our local rivers, the Beal, Irk, Medlock, and Tame all failed the most recent test for chemical pollution carried out by the agency.

·         This chemical pollution is mostly caused by sewage discharges from water companies and the run-offs of nutrients from farms.

·         The Rivers Irk and Tame are particularly threatened by further sewage-water discharges.

·         Government funding to the Environment Agency to monitor river quality and regulate farms and water companies has dropped 75% since 2010/11.

·         Farms are now almost never inspected, water quality is rarely tested, and water companies can pump raw sewage into rivers with virtual impunity.

·         In addition, tyre rubber particles, metals from brake pads, and hydrocarbons from vehicle emissions, wash off road surfaces and into rivers, endangering wildlife and potentially introducing carcinogenic material into the water supply.

Council believes that, as host nation of COP-26 (the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021, the UK Government should commit to:

·         Restoring Environment Agency budgets

·         Increasing inspections of water companies and farms, and rigorously prosecuting offenders.

·         Funding local and highways authorities to introduce treatment systems to prevent road pollutants from entering our water courses.

Council resolves to request the Chief Executive write to:

·         The Environment Minister calling for the Government to make these commitments as host nation of COP-26.

·         The Chief Executive of United Utilities calling for further urgent action to address the impact of waste-water discharges on our local rivers, particularly the Irk and Tame.

·         The Regional Director of the National Farmers’ Union requesting clarification on the action being taken locally by farmers to prevent the run-off of nutrients into our rivers.

·         The charity River Action expressing this Council’s support for their campaign to restore the health of Britain’s rivers.

With our three MPs to be copied into this correspondence and asked for their support.

 

Motion 2

Councillor Lancaster to MOVE and Councillor Woodvine to SECOND:

South Pennines National Park

This Council notes that: 

  • the UK Government’s commitment to protect 30% of our land by 2030, an ambition now shared by all G7 Members following the recent Summit in Cornwall, is very welcome 
  • the South Pennines, covering much of Saddleworth, Crompton Moor and Moorside in our Borough, ought to be included in any additional protected land allocation and can significantly contribute to meeting this national 30% target 
  • South Pennines Park (formerly ‘Pennine Prospects’) and other groups campaigning for a Regional Park for the South Pennines have undertaken significant and applaudable work, but this proposal would not provide equal status and support as is enjoyed by the other ten existing National Parks in England 
  • the South Pennines was first considered for National Park designation in the original Hobhouse Committee of seventy years ago, and its  ...  view the full agenda text for item 12.

13.

Covid-19 Response Update pdf icon PDF 351 KB

14.

Update on Actions from Council pdf icon PDF 148 KB

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15.

District Leads 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 544 KB

Report to follow.

16.

Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 261 KB

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17.

Organisational Framework pdf icon PDF 150 KB