Council Meeting
Thursday, 17th September, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Webcast - Remote Meeting. View directions

Contact: Damian Eaton.  (0161 474 3207)

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. 


No. Item


Formalities and Announcements

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To approve as a correct record and order that the Minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 9 July 2020 be signed.

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Urgent Decisions

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

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Mayor's Announcements

To receive announcements from the Mayor.

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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.

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Community Engagement

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Public Question Time

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

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Petitions and Presentations

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


Beacon Counselling


To consider a presentation from Beacon Counselling in relation to their activities in the borough.

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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


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Policy Framework and Budget

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Annual Treasury Management Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 352 KB

To consider a report of the Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Resources, Commissioning & Governance.

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Appointment of Director of Public Health pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To consider a report of the Chief Executive.

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Clean air consultation including unified taxi licensing report pdf icon PDF 589 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Adult Care & Health.

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Stockport Climate Emergency Strategy pdf icon PDF 8 KB

To consider a report of the Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport.

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Stockport Local Access Forum - Membership

To appoint Kathy England and Zoe Smith as members of the Stockport Local Access Forum.

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Leader's Report and Cabinet Question Time

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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.

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

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 176 KB

To receive the Minutes of the Cabinet held on 28 July 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.

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

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Scrutiny Business

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

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

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To receive the Minutes of the following Scrutiny Committees:-


Adult Social Care & Health – 16 July 2020

Children & Families – 15 July 2020

Communities & Housing – 13 July 2020

Corporate, Resource Management & Governance – 14 July 2020

Economy & Regeneration – 16 July 2020

Scrutiny Co-ordination – 27 July 2020

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Scrutiny Review Topic Selection - 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To consider a report of the Statutory Scrutiny Officer.

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Ordinary and Area Committees

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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.

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

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Minutes pdf icon PDF 146 KB

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


Ordinary Committees


Audit – 12 August 2020

Contributors – 23 July 2020

Funding – 29 July 2020

Health & Wellbeing Board – 15 July and 12 August 2020

Licensing, Environment & Safety Sub – 1 September 2020

Member – 6 July 2020

Planning & Highways Regulation – 2 July and 6 August 2020


Area Committees


Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South – 23 July and 20 August 2020

Central Stockport – 23 July and 20 August 2020

Cheadle – 21 July and 18 August 2020

Heatons & Reddish – 20 July and 17 August 2020

Marple – 22 July, 19 August and 2 September 2020

Stepping Hill – 21 July and 18 August 2020

Werneth – 20 July and 17 August 2020

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

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Government planning proposals and the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework pdf icon PDF 103 KB

This council meeting notes with great concern the white paper “Planning for the Future”, published by the government just after parliament rose for its summer recess in August.


This council meeting believes these proposals:


·         would completely change local residents’ involvement with housing and other developments in their own area, only being consulted on Local Plans including zoning proposals of where developments would be allowed, but having no say whatsoever about individual development proposals;

·         would also remove local control from councillors over planning, including much less detailed Local Plans and much more centralised development management policies;

·         lose funding opportunities for local infrastructure and affordable homes;

·         give too much control to developers, who already have a history of not delivering developments after gaining planning permission; and

·         given the current government’s ideological stance and majority in the House of Commons, are very likely to become law.


This council meeting notes that, once passed into law, these planning proposals would require Stockport to have a compliant new Local Plan within 30 months, demonstrating 5 years’ land supply and reviewed at least every 5 years.  This deadline would be extended by just 12 months if a current-style plan had been adopted within the preceding three years, which is not the case in Stockport.


This council meeting further notes that the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF), which is due to be voted on by the ten participating Local Authorities in the coming months, go out for its final public consultation this autumn and be submitted for Inspection next year:

·         does not comply with the new approach to planning and, without considerable new work, would not produce a valid Local Plan under the proposed changes;

·         allocates a land supply of 17 years, requiring the identification of much more development land, including in the Green Belt, than would be needed in a 5 year plan, that this additional land is likely to be the most attractive to developers and undermines this council’s “Brownfield first” approach to development; and

·         would not prevent this council from needing to start development of a new-style Local Plan almost immediately after adoption.


This council meeting therefore resolves to withdraw from the GMSF forthwith, turning our attention instead to developing our own five year Local Plan, mindful of the likely new requirements  to be imposed by central government, to ensure that we are compliant within 30 months of the new legislation coming into force.  


Moved by:     Councillor Mark Hunter

Seconded by:           Councillor Lisa Smart

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Rose Hill Marple

This Council notes:


Northern's decision to temporarily suspend the Rose Hill Marple railway line from Monday 14th September, leaving passengers at Rose Hill Marple and Woodley with no rail services onto Manchester Piccadilly.


This Council recognises:


That as a result of this suspension, services stopping at Marple, Romiley, Bredbury, Brinnington and Reddish North will likely see an increase in passengers on these already regularly short formed and often congested trains;


That during this COVID-19 pandemic, reducing rail services makes social distancing more difficult; and


This could permanently damage local trust and confidence in the Greater Manchester public transport network, putting more pressure on our already congested roads as people have little option but to resort to car usage. 


This Council further recognises:


That the impact of this suspension on the residents of Stockport will be significant, particularly on young people returning to school or college, older people in an established routine and those with caring responsibilities;


That rail travel is the third most environmentally friendly way to travel, after walking and cycling, with the greenhouse effect of gas emissions per kilometre on railway transport 80% less than cars making a similar journey; and


Increasing rail travel can directly contribute to the reduction of carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere, supporting plans to achieve cleaner air in Greater Manchester.


This Council resolves to:


Call on the Chief Executive to write to the Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris outlining Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council’s opposition to the temporary suspension of services;


To ask the Rail Minister to contact the Rail North Partnership, who manage the Northern franchise; and to


Demand that services on the Rose Hill Marple line are restored immediately.


Moved by:                  Councillor Matt Wynne

Seconded by:           Councillor Tom Dowse

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Protection against eviction and homelessness for private renters affected by Covid-19

This motion calls on the Council to lobby the Government to bring forward legislation to scrap Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, known as ‘no fault’ evictions, and suspend Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988, for rent arrears built up due to the economic shock of Covid-19.


Rent arrears have tripled since the onset of coronavirus. An estimated half a million households are in debt to their landlord, and this number is likely to increase as the furlough scheme is wound down in Autumn and further job losses are announced.  Without financial support, thousands more renters will face homelessness.  Research by Generation Rent shows over half of renters are worried about eviction, and a third are very worried about their ability to pay the rent.[1]


This Council notes:


·         The Government pledged to scrap Section 21 in their manifesto and the last election.

·         The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pledged "no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home"

·         Local authorities are the on the front line of our fight against coronavirus. Many councils across the country have warned that homelessness services are preparing for an increase of cases after the eviction ban is lifted.

·         The governments in Scotland and Wales have recognised that, with the virus undefeated and the economic outlook uncertain, renters need additional protection from eviction to help them stay safely in their homes. But the UK Government is continuing with evictions as normal. 


This Council agrees that:


·         No one should lose their home due to the economic impact of covid-19. The Government must  bring forward temporary legislation to make sure no renter’s home is at risk.

·         Now is the time for the Government to deliver on their pledge to end ‘no fault’ evictions, where tenants can be forced to leave their home for no good reason.


This motion calls on the Council to:


·         Write to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, asking them to commit to bringing forward temporary legislation to scrap Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, and suspend Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988, for rent arrears built up due to the economic shock of Covid-19.

·         Write to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, asking them to release the findings for the ‘A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords and tenants’ consultation, which closed in October 2019.

·         Support Generation Rent’s No Home At Risk campaign and work with them to deliver more affordable, secure and safer homes in the private rented sector.


Moved by:      Councillor Sheila Bailey


Seconded by:           Councillor Mark Roberts




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Raise Awareness of Type 2 Diabetes in Stockport and its preventative measures

This Council notes


·         Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar levels to become too high.

·         There are two main types of diabetes:-


Type 1

The body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. It can develop quickly over weeks or even days’ Its causes are unknown and it is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. No lifestyle changes can be made to lower the risk of Type 1 diabetes


Type 2

The body often produces enough insulin, but the body’s cells are resistant and do not react to normal levels of insulin


·         Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes with about 90% of all diabetic adults suffering from this form.

·         Many people have Type 2 diabetes for years without realising it, because its early symptom may not be noticeable.


This council further notes


·         The role of insulin in diabetes:

·         The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a panel of hormones, the most important being insulin, which is produced by small organelles within the pancreas (a gland behind the stomach).


When food is digested and enters the bloodstream, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into the cells, where it is broken down to produce energy. In a patient with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose (Type 1 diabetes), or the insulin produced does not work properly (Type 2 diabetes). Increased levels of adipose tissue (stored fat) is the major cause of this insulin resistance.


·         Diabetes affects more than 4.5 million people in the UK. This is more than any other serious condition in the UK, and more than dementia and cancer combined. Almost 3.6 million people have been diagnosed in the UK. About 1 million people are estimated to have diabetes but have not been diagnosed. Every day around 700 people are diagnosed with diabetes; one person every two minutes.


·           Only 30% of people believe that diabetes is a serious condition

·           Diabetes is extremely serious. Every week diabetes leads to:

  • more than 169 amputations of limbs
  • 680 strokes
  • 530 heart attacks
  • almost 2000 cases of heart failure
  • over 500 premature deaths
  • A diabetes sufferer is at risk of diabetic retinopathy, leading to blindness
  • Uncontrolled diabetes can also lead to problems with neuropathy within the digestive tract, leading to faecal incontinence


Comorbidities with diabetes are


  • Hypertension – 57%
  • Obesity – 34%
  • Coronary Heart Disease – 17%
  • Depression – 16%
  • Current smoker – 16%
  • Chronic kidney disease – 14%
  • Anxiety – 12%
  • Fall – 10%
  • Type 2 diabetes is not a directly inherited disorder, however, there is a genetic predisposition to Type 2 diabetes. The children of a diabetes sufferer are statistically more likely to develop the disorder. This should act as an early warning, but a healthy lifestyle and weight control can mitigate this.
  • Once contracted, there is no cure for diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be managed into remission with lifestyle changes, healthy eating, regular exercise and achieving a healthy body weight. Type 1 diabetes cannot be manged in this way.


This Council resolves to ask Public Health to


  • Circulate leaflets and posters to GP surgeries, notice boards in supermarkets and reception areas of public spaces informing the public of the consequences of developing diabetes
  • Advertise the new NHS Diabetes Prevention Program online self-referral model that is available until March 2021
  • Place a verbal or written report concerning diabetes onto the agendas of Area Committees
  • Campaign for British soap operas to develop storylines on diabetes to further raise awareness among the public


Moved by:                  Councillor John Wright


Seconded by:           Councillor Dena Ryness

Councillor Chris Gordon

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Weekly Green Bin Collection pdf icon PDF 142 KB

This Council Meeting recognises the extraordinary circumstances created by the Covid19 global pandemic and the necessity of a number of service changes to waste and recycling collections over the last 6 months.


This Council Meeting further recognises the response of Stockport’s bin crews who have done an outstanding job in difficult circumstances. The workforce have shown commitment and flexibility, including the training of additional HGV drivers, which has enabled a service to continue throughout.


This Council Meeting also recognises the understanding and cooperation shown by Stockport residents during this period where there have been a number of changes to their usual waste and recycling schedules. The majority of Stockport residents have fully supported the bin collection crews and have been very appreciative of their continued service.


This Council Meeting notes that Stockport is a green and leafy Borough, with large semi-rural areas and that this Council is committed to enhancing the urban environment with a greening roads programme due to deliver an additional 2100 trees planted by the end of 2021.


This Council Meeting notes that according to recent ONS statistics 91% of Stockport properties have gardens or private outdoor space. Access to gardens and outdoor space has played an increasingly important role in many people’s lives and helped to support their health and wellbeing during and since lockdown.


This Council Meeting further notes that the autumn leafing season is fast approaching and that leaf drop can cause a number of issues, hazards and inconveniences to residents, to vulnerable road users, pedestrians and cyclists. Allowing and encouraging residents to self-collect leaf drop means fewer leaves being blown or pushed onto roads and pavements.


The currently reduced green bin collection service, which has fallen from long established weekly to fortnightly collection has resulted in many residents having full green bins and additional leaves and other food or garden waste which remains uncollected. The current plans for a fortnightly green bin collection for the next six months is likely to be insufficient to meet many Stockport residents needs and while residents may make efforts to compost, this backlog is only likely to be exacerbated by autumnal leaf fall.


This Council Meeting therefore requests the Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport;


·         Pass on the thanks of Members to the staff and crews of TLC and Council Officers for their hard work during exceptional circumstances; and

·         To reinstate a weekly green bin collection as soon as possible and during the October to December leafing season to assist residents, keep our green Borough safe and tidy and to prevent a backlog during the autumn.


Moved by:      Councillor Brian Bagnall

Seconded by:           Councillor Mike Hurleston

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