Agenda and minutes

Funding Committee
Tuesday, 28th February, 2017 11.00 am

Venue: Avondale Leisure and Target Fitness Centre, Heath Bank Road

Contact: Stephen Fox  (0161 474 3206)

No. Item


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To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 November 2016.


The Minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meeting held on 22 November 2016 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Declarations of Interest

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


Councillors and officers were invited to declare any interests they had in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.


No declarations of interest were made.


Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public to exclude the public during consideration of agenda items which contains information “not for publication by virtue of Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


RESOLVED – That in order to prevent the disclosure of information which was not for publication relating to the financial or business affairs of the any particular person (including the authority), the disclosure of which would not be in the public interest, would not be fair and would be in breach of Data Protection principles, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of agenda item 6 ‘Finance and Performance Report’ ( see Minute 6 below)


Urgent Decisions

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


No urgent decisions were reported.


Public Question Time

Members of the public are invited to put questions to the on any matters within the powers and duties of the Committee (Questions must be submitted no later than 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting on the card provided.  These are available at the meeting. You can also submit via the Council’s website at


Members of the public were invited to put questions to the Chair on any matters within the powers and duties of the Area Committee, subject to the exclusions set out in the Code of Practice.


No public questions were submitted.


Finance and Performance Report

To consider a report of the Managing Director, Life Leisure.


The Funding Committee are invited to consider and comment on the report.


Officer Contact: Kate Egdell on email:


The Managing Director, Life Leisure submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) providing the Committee with an update in respect to the current financial  status of the trust including on-going risks and concerns, budgets for the past 3 years and further details on the 2016/2017 variances. The report provided information in repect to cost savings acheieved, grants and management fees and ongoing risks and concerns moving forward. Of particular concern were the leases and Councillors agreed that they wished to consider a more detailed report on this issue at the next meeting.


As the meeting was held at Avondale Recreation Centre, Councillors took the opportunity to have a tour of the facilities on offer and were particular impressed with the offer at the centre which included an AlterG anti gravity treadmill which enabled people with injuries or mobility problems to continue to exercise. Councillors heard about the innovative approach that had been adopted through the promotion of a ‘Health Hub’ which saw a complete overhaul of the physical environment and programming. Membership at the centre now exceeds 1500 and it was hoped that in the near future, similar initiatives would be rolled out in other parts of the borough.


RESOLVED- (1) That the report be noted and the General Manager, Life Leisure be thanked for his presentation and the tour of the facilities.


(2) That the Corporate Director for Place Management and Regeneration be requested to submit a report to the next meeting providing information in respect to future leasing of premises.


Dates of Future Meetings

Councillors are requested to confirm a date for the next meeting.


RESOLVED – That the Democratic Services Manager be requested to make arrangements for a meeting to be held in May 2017.