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18.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 220 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 24 May 2017 for signature by the Mayor as Chairman.

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That the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 24 May 2017, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

 

19.

Announcements

To receive any announcements from the Mayor, Leader of the Council, Members of the Executive, Chairmen of Scrutiny Committees and the Head of Paid Service.

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(a)        London Terrorist Attacks and the Grenfell Tower Disaster

 

Since it was the first meeting of the Council since the terrible terrorist attacks in London and the Grenfell Tower Fire, which had occurred in June, the Mayor invited the Council to stand in silence to remember all the victims of these appalling tragedies.

 

(b)        Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours

 

The Mayor took the opportunity to recognise those citizens and persons connected with Trafford, who had recently been named in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours List, namely:

 

Mrs. J.L. Hartley of Bowdon, awarded Companion of the Order of the Bath for services to the development of Universal Credit;

 

Mr. R.J. Bailes of Old Trafford, awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Sport and the community in Old Trafford; and

 

Mr. Edward Davenport and Mrs. Jean Davenport, foster carers for Trafford, each awarded the citation of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to children and families.

 

On behalf of the Council, the Mayor conveyed congratulations for their achievements and deserved recognition.

 

(c)        Councillor John Smith

 

The Mayor announced that Councillor John Smith had tendered his resignation, with effect from 28 July, and consequently it was his last meeting of the Council.

 

The Council joined with the Mayor in wishing Councillor Smith every happiness for the future and thanked him for his dedicated work, not only for the residents of Bucklow St. Martins, the ward he has served since 2007, but for the Borough of Trafford as a whole.

 

Councillor Smith returned thanks and offered his best wishes to Members as the Council looked to address the issues facing local authorities.

 

(d)    Mrs. Kelly Dooley – Public Relation’s Manager

 

The Mayor indicated that, after 10 years with the Council, Mrs. Kelly Dooley, Public Relations Manager, was attending her last Council Meeting before leaving to take up a new job. Members of the Council conveyed their best wishes for her future.

 

(e)    Scrutiny Committee Update

 

Councillor M. Young, Chairman of Scrutiny reported that since the last report to Council, Members had attended a Scrutiny Workshop for the North West held in Preston in June. In addition, Trafford would be hosting the next Strategic Scrutiny Network meeting in November 2017. At the 5 July Committee meeting Members also received two important presentations on Crisis Management and Fire Safety in Trafford.

20.

Questions By Members

This is an opportunity for Members of Council to ask the Mayor, Members of the Executive or the Chairman of any Committee or Sub-Committee a question on notice under Procedure Rule 10.2.

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The Mayor reported that 5 questions had been received under Procedure Rule 10.2.

 

(a)        Councillor Wright asked the following question for which he had given notice:

 

“Please will the Executive Member responsible for Adult Social Care advise on what the average time taken for the provision and set up of care packages in the community for people in Partington (M31 postcode) is from the time any patient from a local hospital is deemed medically fit to be discharged from hospital but requires a care package at home?”

 

Councillor Stephen Anstee, the Executive Member for Adult Social Care advised that currently the Council does not routinely record waiting times by where people live, therefore, the information requested was not available. However, he explained that all local delays were recorded diligently in accordance with national guidance. The Council monitored daily capacity reports which identified hospital delays by placement and referrer, i.e. which hospital, or part of the health and social care system, i.e. Ascot House. Data from other reports summarised the home care position. The Executive Member stressed that the Council and its teams continued to work extremely hard to eliminate all delays across the Borough and certainly in Partington.

 

As a supplementary question, Councillor Wright enquired as to the efforts made by the Council to Government to ensure that residents in his ward were not left in hospital waiting for a social care package because of the postcode they lived in.

 

Councillor Stephen Anstee indicated that he would be happy to follow up on individual cases and was aware of the unique challenges in Partington because of the geographical isolation of the area. The Council was working to remedy this through the creation of a new system for care at home and a new career pathway for Trafford residents wanting to enter the social and health care profession, to be piloted in Partington. The model included salaried staff, providing an opportunity to develop skills in health care as part of a career progression programme. Different methods of recruitment were to be used in an attempt to attract those that may not have considered this type of work before. The design of this scheme would inform the wider Greater Manchester approach to commissioning support at home and was expected to improve the use of staff time by testing a locality based approach together with improving the recruitment and retention of staff and importantly providing a timely service to local residents with improved outcomes. With a go-live date of September 2017, the Executive Member was happy to provide more information to ward Councillors as the scheme progressed.

 

(b)        Councillor Andrew Western asked the following question for which he had given notice:

 

“Following a recent letter from Kate Green MP and myself regarding the proposals for Flixton's greenbelt set out in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the Leader of the Council responded stating that "it is not possible to speculate, determine or advise on the status of the original proposed allocations ahead  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.

21.

Membership of Committees

To note the following change to the Membership of Committees, as agreed by the Chief Executive under delegated authority:

 

Councillor Carter replaced Councillor Baugh as a substitute Member of Planning and Development Management Committee, with effect from 10 July 2017.

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Further to the change to the Membership of Committees notified on the Council Summons, the Mayor advised the Council of the outside body nominations notified to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on 25 July 2017, in respect of its 3 new Scrutiny Committees.

 

RESOLVED: That the Council notes the following appointments, as agreed by the Chief Executive under delegated authority:

 

(a)        Councillor Carter replaced Councillor Baugh as a substitute Member of Planning and Development Management Committee, with effect from 10 July 2017;

 

(b)        Corporate Issues and Reform GMCA Scrutiny Committee – Councillor Nathan Evans as 1st preference and Councillor Wright;

 

(c)        Economy, Business Growth and Skills GMCA Scrutiny Committee – Councillor Holden as 1st preference and Councillor Brotherton; and

 

(d)        Housing, Planning and Environment GMCA Scrutiny Committee – Councillor Chilton as 1st preference and Councillor Sharp.

22.

Capital Investment Fund pdf icon PDF 233 KB

To consider a joint report of the Executive Member for Investment, Executive Member for Corporate Resources and the Chief Finance Officer which is expected to be referred to Council by the Executive on 24 July 2017.

 

(Note: A related report is to be considered later at this meeting following the exclusion of the press and public.)

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The Council considered a joint report of the Executive Member for Investment, Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Chief Finance Officer, together with a confidential appendices report which had been recommended from the Executive Meeting held on 24 July 2017. The Council was recommended to increase the Capital Investment Fund, established to support the acquisition of investment assets, in line with a proposed Investment Strategy, detailed in the appendices report. The Part B Appendices report set out the financial details of the proposed Capital Investment Fund and presented an executive summary of the Property Investment Strategy.

 

The Council proceeded to determine the matter without the need to exclude the press and public.

 

RESOLVED - That the Council:

 

(1)    Approves and adopts the Summary Investment Strategy, as detailed in Appendix 1 to the Part B Appendices report.

 

(2)    Approves the increase to the Capital Investment Programme in 2017/18 as detailed in Appendix 2 to the Part B Appendices report.

 

(3)    Approves the governance structure and reporting and monitoring arrangements proposed for an Investment Management Board (IMB) as detailed in Paragraphs 15 of the Capital Investment Fund report.

 

(4)    Approves the setting up of an Investment Management Company to manage investments where appropriate and delegates authority to the Director of Legal and Democratic Services, in consultation with the Chief Executive and the Executive Member for Investment, to take all necessary steps to establish a company with the powers to invest and manage investments in line with the Summary Investment Strategy.

 

(5)    Delegates decision making in accordance with the provisions of the Summary Investment Strategy to the IMB.

 

(6)    Approves the amendment to the Minimum Reserve Provision policy, as outlined in Paragraph 19 of the Capital Investment Fund report.

 

(7)    Approves the changes to the Prudential Borrowing indicators, as set out in Appendix 2 to the Part B Appendices report.

 

(8)    Approves the changes to the Treasury Management investment counterparty limits, as detailed in Appendix 3 to the Part B Appendices report.

23.

Accounts and Audit Committee Annual Report to Council 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 417 KB

To note a report of the 2016/17 Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Accounts

and Audit Committee.

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The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Accounts and Audit Committee for 2016/17 submitted a report summarising the work undertaken by the Committee during the year and its impact. The report also provided assurance to the Council on the fulfilment of the Committee’s responsibilities.

 

In providing a summary of the report, the 2016/17 Committee Vice-Chairman also recognised the work of officers and the external auditor throughout the year.

 

RESOLVED: That the report be noted.

24.

Annual Scrutiny Report 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 232 KB

To note a report of the 2016/17 Scrutiny Committee Chairmen.

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The Chairmen of Scrutiny Committee and Health Scrutiny Committee submitted a report presenting the Annual Scrutiny Report to Council which detailed the previous year’s work and the work programmes of each Committee for the year ahead.

 

The Chairman of Scrutiny Committee thanked the Chairman of Health Scrutiny Committee and the respective Vice-Chairmen for leading on the work as well as all Members, Co-opted Members and officers for their contributions and expertise.

 

RESOLVED: That the report be noted.

25.

Year End Corporate Report on Health and Safety - 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 pdf icon PDF 503 KB

To note a report of the Executive Member for Corporate Resources.

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The Executive Member for Corporate Resources submitted a report providing information on council wide health and safety performance and trends in workplace accidents. The report also provided a summary of other key developments in health and safety for the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

 

RESOLVED: That the report be noted.

26.

Motion Submitted by the Labour Group - George H Carnall Leisure Centre

 

This Council notes the strength of feeling of many residents in the M41 area regarding the proposed closure of George H Carnall Leisure Centre in Davyhulme.

 

Council recognises that:

 

   Leisure centres are a vital tool in improving the health and wellbeing of residents

  George Carnall is a valued community facility in the Davyhulme area

  This Centre provides a wide range of services many of which are not routinely available at other leisure centres in Trafford

  Urmston Leisure Centre has limited physical scope for expansion on a compact and already well-used site

  Consultation to date has been extremely poor with many residents complaining of a lack of information and open dialogue with Trafford Leisure CIC

 

Council therefore makes clear its opposition to the proposed closure of George H Carnall Leisure Centre and undertakes to revisit this proposal with Trafford Leisure CIC, with a view to keeping the facility open.

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(Note: Councillor Lamb declared a personal interest in this item, being a member of the Trafford Leisure Trust Company Board and remained in the meeting during consideration of the matter.)

 

It was moved and seconded that:

 

“This Council notes the strength of feeling of many residents in the M41 area regarding the proposed closure of George H Carnall Leisure Centre in Davyhulme.

 

Council recognises that:

 

   Leisure centres are a vital tool in improving the health and wellbeing of residents

  George Carnall is a valued community facility in the Davyhulme area

  This Centre provides a wide range of services many of which are not routinely available at other leisure centres in Trafford

  Urmston Leisure Centre has limited physical scope for expansion on a compact and already well-used site

  Consultation to date has been extremely poor with many residents complaining of a lack of information and open dialogue with Trafford Leisure CIC

 

Council therefore makes clear its opposition to the proposed closure of George H Carnall Leisure Centre and undertakes to revisit this proposal with Trafford Leisure CIC, with a view to keeping the facility open.”

 

It was moved and seconded as an amendment that:

 

“This Council notes the strength of feeling of many residents in the M41 area regarding the proposed closure of George H Carnall Leisure Centre in Davyhulme.

 

Council recognises that:

 

  Leisure centres are a vital, but not the only, tool in improving the health and wellbeing of residents;

  George H Carnall is a valued community facility in the Davyhulme area;

  This centre provides a wide range of activities, some of which are not presently available at other leisure centres in Trafford, but that needs to be considered in the context of the future sustainability of accessible, modern facilities for residents of Davyhulme, Urmston and Flixton;

   Urmston Leisure Centre, although located on a compact site, has been identified for and is able to accommodate expansion. This is why Trafford Leisure have proposed a significant investment at Urmston with many of the activities at George H Carnall being relocated there or to other local premises. The Urmston site also has wet side facilities which are important to the future sustainability of the centre, however;

   Users have complained about a lack of information and open dialogue with Trafford Leisure about the closure and agree that this aspect should be re-visited.

 

Council therefore acknowledges the concerns expressed by users of George H Carnall  and undertakes to continue the discussion with a view to ensuring a solution is brought forward that provides all residents of Davyhulme, Flixton and Urmston with accessible, modern and fit for purpose local leisure provision.”

 

Following a debate on the matter, the amendment was put to the vote and declared carried.

 

It was moved and seconded as a second amendment that:

 

“This Council notes the strength of feeling of many residents in the M41 area regarding the proposed closure of George H Carnall Leisure Centre in Davyhulme.

 

Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

Motion Submitted by the Labour Group - Fire Safety (Grenfell Tower Tragedy)

 

The Council Notes:

 

   The terrible and avoidable loss of life in the Grenfell Tower Fire on 14th June 2017 – our thoughts are with the families and friends of those that died in the horrific fire.  Our thoughts are also with the survivors who have been traumatised and left homeless as a result of this tragic event.

   We also note the understandable concerns about fire safety raised by residents in high rise tower blocks around the country. The Council believes that every resident, regardless of type of tenure, should, as a matter of right, feel safe and secure in their own home.

 

Council therefore calls on the Government:

 

   To abandon the “one in, two out” rule (introduced by the Coalition Government) for regulations.

   To set up a programme to have Sprinkler Systems fitted in all High Rise Flats in the Country (the case for sprinklers has been made; there haven’t been any fire deaths in buildings where sprinklers have been fitted).

   To ensure that in the future any cladding fitted to High Rise Flats should be of high quality Fire-Resistant Material approved by the Fire Service to a uniformed national standard.

   To ensure that the Fire Service should have overall responsibility for fire safety for High rise Flats, which includes the flats, corridors, public spaces, fire alarm, safety advice to tenants; and the Fire Service should provide Fire Safety Assurance for Residential High Rise Flats.  All High Rise Blocks should be inspected by the Fire Service at least once every two years and inspected following a major refurbishment.  (Fire Service are the experts, they are trusted and respected by the public and are public servants rather than private fire assessors who are out to make a profit).

   That New High Rise Flats should be regulated to ensure they are built to include all of the above, and in addition they should be built with at least two Stairwells within the building.

   Should urgently review the fire regulation Orders and fully fund the Fire Service to re-enable planning and building control applications to be reviewed by the Fire Safety Service on a risk- assessed basis.

   Will need to recognise that extra Government financial resources will need to be made available to Fire & Rescue Services to enable them to provide for the necessary workload that this will entail.

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It was moved and seconded that:

 

“The Council Notes:

 

   The terrible and avoidable loss of life in the Grenfell Tower Fire on 14 June 2017 – our thoughts are with the families and friends of those that died in the horrific fire. Our thoughts are also with the survivors who have been traumatised and left homeless as a result of this tragic event.

   We also note the understandable concerns about fire safety raised by residents in high rise tower blocks around the country. The Council believes that every resident, regardless of type of tenure, should, as a matter of right, feel safe and secure in their own home.

 

Council therefore calls on the Government:

 

   To abandon the “one in, two out” rule (introduced by the Coalition Government) for regulations.

   To set up a programme to have Sprinkler Systems fitted in all High Rise Flats in the Country (the case for sprinklers has been made; there haven’t been any fire deaths in buildings where sprinklers have been fitted).

   To ensure that in the future any cladding fitted to High Rise Flats should be of high quality Fire-Resistant Material approved by the Fire Service to a uniformed national standard.

   To ensure that the Fire Service should have overall responsibility for fire safety for High rise Flats, which includes the flats, corridors, public spaces, fire alarm, safety advice to tenants; and the Fire Service should provide Fire Safety Assurance for Residential High Rise Flats.  All High Rise Blocks should be inspected by the Fire Service at least once every two years and inspected following a major refurbishment.  (Fire Service are the experts, they are trusted and respected by the public and are public servants rather than private fire assessors who are out to make a profit).

   That New High Rise Flats should be regulated to ensure they are built to include all of the above, and in addition they should be built with at least two Stairwells within the building.

   Should urgently review the fire regulation Orders and fully fund the Fire Service to re-enable planning and building control applications to be reviewed by the Fire Safety Service on a risk-assessed basis.

   Will need to recognise that extra Government financial resources will need to be made available to Fire and Rescue Services to enable them to provide for the necessary workload that this will entail.”

 

It was moved and seconded as an amendment that:

 

“The Council is deeply saddened by the terrible and avoidable loss of life in the Grenfell Tower Fire on 14 June 2017. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those that died in the horrific fire. Our thoughts are also with the survivors who have been traumatised and left homeless as a result of this tragic event.

 

We also note the understandable concerns about fire safety raised by residents in high rise tower blocks around the country.

 

The Council believes that every resident, regardless of type of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 27.

28.

Motion Submitted by the Labour Group - Trafford Pride

 

This Council welcomes the introduction of a Trafford Pride event, held for the first time as part of the Altrincham Festival this year. The celebration provided a fantastic opportunity to show support and solidarity with Trafford’s LGBT community, and was well received by residents. Council places on record our thanks to the organisers of Trafford Pride and affirms our willingness to support this event so that it can grow and thrive in the future.

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It was moved and seconded that:

 

“This Council welcomes the introduction of a Trafford Pride event, held for the first time as part of the Altrincham Festival this year. The celebration provided a fantastic opportunity to show support and solidarity with Trafford’s LGBT community, and was well received by residents. Council places on record our thanks to the organisers of Trafford Pride and affirms our willingness to support this event so that it can grow and thrive in the future.”

 

Following speeches in support, the Motion was agreed with the unanimous consent of the Council.

 

RESOLVED: That this Council welcomes the introduction of a Trafford Pride event, held for the first time as part of the Altrincham Festival this year. The celebration provided a fantastic opportunity to show support and solidarity with Trafford’s LGBT community, and was well received by residents. Council places on record our thanks to the organisers of Trafford Pride and affirms our willingness to support this event so that it can grow and thrive in the future.

29.

Motion Submitted by the Conservative Group - Supporting Local Businesses in Trafford

 

This Council notes that since its inception in 2013 a total of £274,000 has been awarded from the Town Centre Loan Scheme (TCLS) to Trafford businesses across the borough. The funding has helped to support 28 new businesses, create 118 local jobs and has seen a total of £1.18 million leveraged as a result of the scheme.

 

Following the success of the TCLS, in April 2017 Council notes that the Executive approved a new, revised Town Centre Business Growth Programme to further reduce vacancy rates and stimulate business growth and jobs including expanding the range of activities covered by loan finance to marketing for new and existing businesses and training to help companies upskill their workforce.

 

The Council puts on record its support for these initiatives and commits to promoting them to the local business community.

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It was moved and seconded that:

 

“This Council notes that since its inception in 2013 a total of £274,000 has been awarded from the Town Centre Loan Scheme (TCLS) to Trafford businesses across the borough. The funding has helped to support 28 new businesses, create 118 local jobs and has seen a total of £1.18 million leveraged as a result of the scheme.

 

Following the success of the TCLS, in April 2017 Council notes that the Executive approved a new, revised Town Centre Business Growth Programme to further reduce vacancy rates and stimulate business growth and jobs including expanding the range of activities covered by loan finance to marketing for new and existing businesses and training to help companies upskill their workforce.

 

The Council puts on record its support for these initiatives and commits to promoting them to the local business community.”

 

Without debate, the Motion was agreed by general consent.

 

RESOLVED: That this Council notes that since its inception in 2013 a total of £274,000 has been awarded from the Town Centre Loan Scheme (TCLS) to Trafford businesses across the borough. The funding has helped to support 28 new businesses, create 118 local jobs and has seen a total of £1.18 million leveraged as a result of the scheme.

 

Following the success of the TCLS, in April 2017 Council notes that the Executive approved a new, revised Town Centre Business Growth Programme to further reduce vacancy rates and stimulate business growth and jobs including expanding the range of activities covered by loan finance to marketing for new and existing businesses and training to help companies upskill their workforce.

 

The Council puts on record its support for these initiatives and commits to promoting them to the local business community.

30.

Motion Submitted with Cross-Party Support - Stretford Meadows

 

This Council is aware of proposals by a land owner to develop industrial units and warehousing on the area known as Stretford Meadows (the land that lies north of the M60 and south of Stretford and the B5213). In light of this proposal, Trafford Council reaffirms its commitment to Stretford Meadows as a green space which serves and is accessible to all of Trafford’s communities. The Council will continue to implement strategies to enhance this area, Stretford and the wider Mersey Valley.

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(Note: Councillor Cordingley declared a personal interest in this item, as an allotment holder in the area and remained in the meeting during consideration of the matter.)

 

It was moved and seconded that:

 

“This Council is aware of proposals by a land owner to develop industrial units and warehousing on the area known as Stretford Meadows (the land that lies north of the M60 and south of Stretford and the B5213). In light of this proposal, Trafford Council reaffirms its commitment to Stretford Meadows as a green space which serves and is accessible to all of Trafford’s communities. The Council will continue to implement strategies to enhance this area, Stretford and the wider Mersey Valley.”

 

Following speeches in support, the Motion was agreed with the unanimous consent of the Council.

 

RESOLVED: That this Council is aware of proposals by a land owner to develop industrial units and warehousing on the area known as Stretford Meadows (the land that lies north of the M60 and south of Stretford and the B5213). In light of this proposal, Trafford Council reaffirms its commitment to Stretford Meadows as a green space which serves and is accessible to all of Trafford’s communities. The Council will continue to implement strategies to enhance this area, Stretford and the wider Mersey Valley.

31.

Motion Submitted by the Labour Group - Remembering Srebrenica

 

This Council:

 

   Notes that 2017 is the twenty-second anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which saw over 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by Serbian nationalist forces.

 

   Notes that in 2009 the European Parliament passed a resolution that 11 July should be recognised as the day of commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide all over the EU; and in 2015 urged the development of educational and cultural programmes that promote an understanding of the causes of such atrocities and raise awareness about the need to nurture peace and to promote human rights and interreligious tolerance.

 

   Applauds the work of those involved in the pursuit of justice for the victims and their surviving relatives, including the International Commission of Missing People (ICMP) and the Mothers of Srebrenica, whose courage and humility in the face of unthinkable horror is an inspiration to us all.

 

   Commends the work of the charity, Remembering Srebrenica, in raising awareness of this tragic and preventable genocide and working in communities across Britain to help them learn the lessons of Srebrenica.

 

The Council resolves to:

 

   Offer support to Remembering Srebrenica delegates from Trafford who visited Bosnia on the ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ education programme and have been working tirelessly in the community to raise awareness of the genocide and learn the lessons of Srebrenica.

 

   Support Srebrenica memorial events in July each year throughout Trafford as part of the UK-wide Remembering Srebrenica Memorial Week.

 

      Support the work of Remembering Srebrenica in communities across Trafford to learn the lessons from Srebrenica to tackle hatred and intolerance to help build a better, safer and more cohesive society for everyone.

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It was moved and seconded that:

 

“This Council:

 

   Notes that 2017 is the twenty-second anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which saw over 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by Serbian nationalist forces.

 

   Notes that in 2009 the European Parliament passed a resolution that 11 July should be recognised as the day of commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide all over the EU; and in 2015 urged the development of educational and cultural programmes that promote an understanding of the causes of such atrocities and raise awareness about the need to nurture peace and to promote human rights and interreligious tolerance.

 

   Applauds the work of those involved in the pursuit of justice for the victims and their surviving relatives, including the International Commission of Missing People (ICMP) and the Mothers of Srebrenica, whose courage and humility in the face of unthinkable horror is an inspiration to us all.

 

   Commends the work of the charity, Remembering Srebrenica, in raising awareness of this tragic and preventable genocide and working in communities across Britain to help them learn the lessons of Srebrenica.

 

The Council resolves to:

 

   Offer support to Remembering Srebrenica delegates from Trafford who visited Bosnia on the ‘Lessons from Srebrenica’ education programme and have been working tirelessly in the community to raise awareness of the genocide and learn the lessons of Srebrenica.

 

   Support Srebrenica memorial events in July each year throughout Trafford as part of the UK-wide Remembering Srebrenica Memorial Week.

 

   Support the work of Remembering Srebrenica in communities across Trafford to learn the lessons from Srebrenica to tackle hatred and intolerance to help build a better, safer and more cohesive society for everyone.”

 

Following speeches in support, the Motion was agreed with the unanimous consent of the Council.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)        That this Council:

 

   Notes that 2017 is the twenty-second anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which saw over 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by Serbian nationalist forces.

 

   Notes that in 2009 the European Parliament passed a resolution that 11 July should be recognised as the day of commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide all over the EU; and in 2015 urged the development of educational and cultural programmes that promote an understanding of the causes of such atrocities and raise awareness about the need to nurture peace and to promote human rights and interreligious tolerance.

 

   Applauds the work of those involved in the pursuit of justice for the victims and their surviving relatives, including the International Commission of Missing People (ICMP) and the Mothers of Srebrenica, whose courage and humility in the face of unthinkable horror is an inspiration to us all.

 

   Commends the work of the charity, Remembering Srebrenica, in raising awareness of this tragic and preventable genocide and working in communities across Britain to help them learn the lessons of Srebrenica.

 

The Council resolves to:

 

   Offer support to Remembering Srebrenica delegates from Trafford who visited Bosnia on the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Motion Submitted by the Conservative Group - United Utilities and Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works

 

This Council is aware that many residents in Davyhulme, Flixton and Urmston have suffered increasing instances of unacceptable odours originating from Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works (Davyhulme WwTW). This issue, that blights the lives of so many people particularly in the summer months, must be effectively resolved as a matter of urgency and it is noted that in addition to officers from Trafford’s Environmental Health Department, the Environment Agency has also visited the site.

 

Council notes that over £200 million is currently being invested at the site as a modernisation project, and over £20 million has already been invested in odour control at Davyhulme.

 

Whilst several thousand people have already been contacted by United Utilities, the information provided has been insufficient and further proactive detail must be provided in the future.

 

The current timescales are that the new systems should be commissioned by the end of this year, with full testing completed by mid-2018, which will allow for decommissioning of the old plant.

 

On behalf of residents Council expect United Utilities to adhere to these dates and will require additional contingency plans to be more effective in future.

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RESOLVED: That, the time being 9.17 p.m., consideration of this Motion be deferred to the next meeting of the Council.