Agenda

Council Meeting
Thursday, 22nd October, 2020 6.00 pm

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Note: In the light of government guidance on social-distancing and the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this meeting will be held remotely. The press and public are able to follow the proceedings by watching our live webcast of the meeting. You can do so following the directions above, or by clicking on View the Webcast below. 

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Formalities and Announcements

1.(i)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 345 KB

To approve as a correct record and order that the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 17 September 2020 be signed.

1.(ii)

Urgent Decisions

To report any urgent action taken under the Constitution since the last meeting of the Council.

1.(iii)

Mayor's Announcements

To receive announcements from the Mayor.

1.(iv)

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they may have in any of the items on the Summons for the meeting.

2.

Community Engagement

2.(i)

Public Question Time

To receive any questions from and provide answers to the public in relation to matters relevant to the Council’s activities.

2.(ii)

Petitions and Presentations

To receive petitions, and by prior arrangement, receive delegations and presentations from members of the public, community groups or partnership organisations.

 

No such arrangements have been made for this meeting.

2.(iii)

Joint Authorities

(a)       Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel

 

Councillor Amanda Peers to answer questions, if any, on the business of the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Panel.

 

(b)       Greater Manchester Combined Authority

 

The following councillors to answer questions (if any) on the business of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority:-

 

Greater Manchester Combined Authority            - Councillor Elise Wilson

Greater Manchester Transport Committee          - Councillor David Meller

Greater Manchester Waste Committee                - Councillor Roy Driver

3.

Policy Framework and Budget

3.(i)

Youth Justice Plan 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 951 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Children, Family Services & Education.

4.

Annual Report on Complaints relating to Councillors Conduct in 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To consider a report of the Strategic Head of Service & Monitoring Officer (Legal & Democratic Governance)

5.

Leader's Report and Cabinet Question Time

5.(i)

Cabinet Business

To receive a report from the Leader of the Council and other members of the Cabinet on the conduct of Cabinet business since the last Council Meeting.

5.(ii)

Questions

To answer questions from Councillors addressed to the Cabinet Leader or other members of the Cabinet, in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 11.

5.(iii)

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To receive the Minutes of the Cabinet held on 28 September and 6 October 2020 (pages) and the record of executive decisions taken since the last Council Meeting, (schedule enclosed, decisions previously circulated) and consider any recommendations they contain.

Additional documents:

6.

Scrutiny

To receive a report from the Chairs of the Scrutiny Committees on the conduct of Scrutiny business.

6.(i)

Scrutiny Business

To receive a report from the Chairs of the Scrutiny Committees on the conduct of Scrutiny business.

6.(ii)

Questions

To answer questions from Councillors addressed to the Scrutiny Chairs, in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 11.

6.(iii)

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To receive the Minutes of the following Scrutiny Committees:-

 

Adult Social Care & Health – 24 September 2020

Children & Families – 23 September 2020

Communities & Housing – 21 September 2020

Corporate, Resource Management & Governance – 22 September 2020

Economy & Regeneration – 24 September 2020

Scrutiny Co-ordination – 5 October 2020

Additional documents:

7.

Ordinary and Area Committees

7.(i)

Regulatory Business

To receive a report from the Chairs of the Planning & Highways Regulation; Licensing, Environment & Safety; and Audit Committees on the conduct of their business since the last Council Meeting.

7.(ii)

Questions

To answer questions from Councillors addressed to the Chairs of Ordinary and Area Committees, in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 11.

7.(iii)

Minutes pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To receive the minutes of the following Ordinary and Area Committees:-

 

Ordinary Committees

 

Audit – 9 September 2020

Health & Wellbeing Board – 23 September 2020

Licensing, Environment & Safety – 9 September 2020

Licensing, Environment & Safety Sub – 8 October 2020

Planning & Highways Regulation – 10 September 2020

 

Area Committees

 

Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South – 1 October 2020

Central Stockport – 1 October 2020

Cheadle – 29 September 2020

Heatons & Reddish – 30 September 2020

Marple – 30 September 2020

Stepping Hill – 29 September 2020

Werneth – 28 September 2020

Additional documents:

8.

Motions - Notice of which have been given under Council Meeting Procedure Rule 12

8.(i)

Re-opening Stockport Central Library and transparency about any future closure plans

This council meeting notes:

 

·           that Stockport Central Library is currently closed due to COVID and the need for social distancing; and

·           the mixed messages coming from the Cabinet regarding whether there are plans for this closure to become permanent, arising from the recent consultation on opening the One Stockport Hub in Merseyway.

 

This council meeting further notes that the much-loved Stockport Central Library:

 

·           was built during 1913 and 1914, following a Carnegie endowment totalling £15,000, equivalent to over £1.2m today;this amount was 50% higher than the original offer, following a design submission by Bradshaw, Gass and Hope in Bolton that the Carnegie Assessor determined was worthy of a “premium”, subject to Stockport funding and building a branch library elsewhere in the town for £2,000 (£161k today); and

·           the building was given Grade II listing in April 2017 as “a good example of civic architecture”, with “a strong, well-proportioned composition”, “a mature example of free-Classicism”, and “as a good example of a Carnegie library” with a “prominent contribution to the streetscape, and group-value with other listed civic buildings in close proximity”.

 

This council meeting welcomes recent clarification that there are no current plans to permanently cease library services from the Central Library, but notes no long term assurance has been given about possible future use of this important site and shares residents’ concerns that the library may not re-open.

 

Notwithstanding the warm words said about the architectural importance of the building by the Cabinet, and accepting that provision may need to be interrupted at present due to COVID, this council meeting believes that a commitment is needed for the provision of publically-accessible library services to continue in our Central Library unless and until any alternative plans are made public and there has been a proper and transparent public consultation.

 

This council meeting therefore resolves:

 

·           to re-open Stockport Central Library as soon as social distancing restrictions have been removed; and

·           not to permanently close or remove library services from Stockport Central Library unless and until there has been a proper public consultation that makes this intention clear and sets out the alternative plans for the building so that Stockport residents can have their say.

 

Moved by:      Councillor Iain Roberts

Seconded by:           Councillor Louise Ankers