Agenda and minutes

Cabinet Sub-Committee (LIF)
Wednesday, 24th October, 2012 6.30 pm

Venue: Crompton Suite, Civic Centre, Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL. View directions

Contact: Liz Frier  0161 770 4705

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chair

The Panel is asked to elect a Chair for the duration of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That Councillor Akhtar be appointed Chair for the remainder of the 2012/2013 Municipal year.

2.

Apologies For Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence received.

3.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received.

4.

Urgent Business

Urgent business, if any, introduced by the Chair

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business received.

5.

Public Question Time

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

Minutes:

There were no public questions received.

6.

Minutes of Previous Meeting

The Minutes of the meeting held on 23 January 2012 are attached for approval.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on the 23rd January 2012 be approved as a correct record.

7.

District Investment Fund Update

Minutes:

The Cabinet Sub-Committee gave consideration to a report of the Executive Director, Neighbourhoods which provided Members with a progress update on the various projects against the actions agreed at the meeting on the 23rd January 2012.

The Committee were provided with details of each project as of 24th October 2012.

It was reported that six of the projects had yet to start or have work commissioned. The projects were:

  1. Chadderton – Rugby MUGA Playing Fields
  2. West Oldham Berriesfield Children’s play area
  3. West Oldham – Holts Village Community Allotments
  4. Saddleworth and Less – Community Allotments
  5. East Oldham Beckett Meadows
  6. East Oldham Clarkesfield Pitch

Members expressed concern at the delay with the listed projects and wanted assurances from each District Partnership that each project would be completed this financial year or the funding would be withdrawn and reallocated.

It was further reported the Street Scene and Public Realm department may not have the capacity to undertake some of the projects due the majority of all projects relating to parks and Open spaces. An assessment would be made and if required, works would be commissioned if the ‘in house’ teams did not have the capacity.

Options/Alternatives Considered

None

RESOLVED: That

  1. Each District Partnership would be contacted and advised that 1st April 2013 was the final date for project completion.
  2. The District Partnership funding needed to be identified and agreed for those projects where the funding had not been committed. If the contribution was not made within this financial year the District Investment Funding would expire. Each District Partnership would have the option to allocate funding from the 2012/13 budget.
  3. Each District Partnership was to appoint a lead Members to oversee the projects.
  4. Each District Partnership was to provide a work programme and feasibility assessment if required for each project and commission the works where capacity issues existed.