Agenda and draft minutes

Policy Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 22nd March, 2022 5.00 pm

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

Contact: Constitutional Services 

No. Item


Apologies For Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Curley and Hobin.



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.


There were no declarations of interest received.



Public Question Time

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


There were no public questions received.



Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 330 KB

The Minutes of the meetings held on 27th January 2022 and 8th February 2022 are attached for approval.

Additional documents:


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on 27th January 2022 and 8th February 2022 be approved as a correct record.



Reviewing Neighbourhood Structures

Verbal Update


The Committee discussed the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Neighbourhood Structures. Members noted that since 2010, GMP had gradually lost Officers within the Force that resulted in hard to deal with situations and a loss of knowledge of the areas. Stability was lost as Higher Officers would leave after a short time before relationships with the Council and Members could be formed. Members explained that there was previously an Area Action Team with representations from all areas, which included the police, housing and the Council. The team was no longer around which was a disappointment as Members felt that the work undertaken by the team stopped offences from reaching worse stages.


Training of new Police Officers took two years. Members felt that lots of non-emergency work fell onto Social Workers and PCSO’s were not taken seriously in the Borough. Members had been informed that the Police have agreed to attend the District Partnership meetings and did send Officers to Homewatch meetings when possible. GMP wanted to engage and help Communities by establishing closer working. Members agreed that the Council Frontline services needed to be aligned with the Police to gain strengthened services for the Borough.


RESOLVED that the update be noted and a workshop be set up with Greater Manchester Police.