Venue: Council Chamber, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford
Contact: Ian Cockill Governance Officer
Note: UA92 Open Event - A Special Event for Trafford Councillors - Before the Council meeting, Members are invited to a tour of the new UA92 Campus and a presentation by UA92 Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Craig Gaskell. The event is being held 5.30p.m. - 6.30 p.m. at the UA92 Campus, Brian Statham Way, Old Trafford, M16 0PU.
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To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting of the Council held on 27 November 2019 for signature by the Mayor as Chair of the Council.
To receive any announcements from the Mayor, Leader of the Council, Members of the Executive, Chairs of Scrutiny Committees and the Head of Paid Service.
Questions By Members
This is an opportunity for Members of Council to ask the Mayor, Members of the Executive or the Chairs of any Committee or Sub-Committee a question on notice under Procedure Rule 10.2.
Membership of Committees and Outside Bodies
To note the following membership changes to Committees and Outside Bodies necessitated by Council Patel’s appointment to the Executive, as agreed by the Chief Executive under delegated authority:
(a) Accounts and Audit Committee
With effect from 10 January 2020, Councillor Winstanley was appointed as a member of the Accounts and Audit Committee and Councillor Lloyd appointed the Committee’s Vice-Chair.
(b) Planning and Development Management Committee
Councillor Hartley was appointed to the Planning and Development Management Committee, with effect from 10 January 2020 and as a consequence, his substitute position on the Committee would remain vacant unless otherwise notified.
(c) GMCA Greater Manchester Culture and Social Impact Fund Committee
Councillor Patel was nominated as a replacement for Councillor Baugh on 15 January 2020.
(d) AGMA Statutory Functions Committee
Councillor Patel was nominated as a replacement for Councillor Baugh on 15 January 2020.
To consider a report of the Corporate Director of Governance and Community Strategy.
Petition Requesting Crossing on Barrington Road, Altrincham
To consider the following petition requiring debate:
“The Council is requested to give consideration to a crossing on Barrington Road, Altrincham.
The section where Sandiway Road / Gaskell Road intersect Barrington Road is used by many as a daily crossing point and is extremely dangerous. Traffic flow is often heavy in both directions, especially at peak travel times. Often pedestrians are forced to cross and wait in the middle of the road before a vehicle will stop to allow safe crossing. Many school children must cross this busy road each day to get to some of the local primary and secondary schools and increasingly have to wait longer to cross. There is concern that a serious accident could occur if a safe crossing is not made available.
Currently, there is only one crossing point on Barrington Road (at the junction with the A560, opposite Altrincham Methodist Church) which is insufficient for a road of this length, with such high volumes of traffic. This road is one of the main routes in and out of Altrincham Town Centre and people would be encouraged to walk and cycle more around this area if crossing this road was easier.
A crossing point, wherever is safest, around the aforementioned junction would also help cars and cyclists to safely pull out of Gaskell Road and Sandiway Road onto Barrington Road. On the Bee Network map, Barrington Road is already marked as a red ‘severance line’, cutting across significant ‘desire lines’ between local communities, parks, businesses and schools at the junction with the above two roads. The road here is also very wide, long and straight so traffic often appears to travel well in excess of the speed limit. Also, the large radius of the junctions with Gaskell Road and Sandiway Road enables cars to turn without needing to slow down significantly, while leaving pedestrians with a very wide expanse of road to cross before reaching safety.
There is a great deal of support for the proposal and it is hoped that a crossing will be considered.”
Note: In accordance with the Council’s Petition Scheme, a petition containing more than 500 signatures will be debated by the Council. The petition organiser will be given five minutes to present the petition and then it will be discussed by the Council for a maximum of 15 minutes.
To consider a report of the Corporate Director of Governance and Community Strategy and Monitoring Officer.
To note a report of the Executive Member for Finance and Investment.
To consider the following motions submitted in accordance with Procedure Rule 11:
Motion Submitted by the Labour Group - Commitment to Supporting Disabled People and Re-Adoption of the Social Model of Disability
This Council recognises that in recent years, as a result of austerity, many disabled people have seen a reduction in the support and help available to them. We believe this to be completely unacceptable and seek to restore equality of opportunity for disabled residents in order to create a fully inclusive Borough.
Trafford Council embraces and upholds its duty, under the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equalities Duty of 2011 and seeks to eliminate all discrimination on the grounds of Disability, whilst fostering good relationships.
Moreover, Trafford Council embraces the Social Model of Disability, which moves away from viewing disability as an impairment; understanding that people are disabled by the barriers they face in society. The social model recognises the barriers that make life harder for disabled people. By seeking to remove these barriers, this Council strives to create equality; thus offering disabled people more independence, choice and control.
In reinforcing the Social Model of Disability, this Council recognises that barriers for disabled people can be:
• Organisational – including where the set-up of an organisation or system can create obstacles and problems for disabled people.
• Physical - where the physical design or layout of buildings and public spaces can create barriers, rendering them inaccessible to disabled people.
• Attitudinal - where there is a failure to consider or understand the requirements of disabled people. Or where there is conscious or unconscious bias or negative attitudes towards disabled people; creating a hostile, unwelcoming or discriminatory environment.
In recognising the value of the Social Model of Disability, Trafford Council believes that inclusivity and accessibility must be at the heart of all we deliver.
Trafford Council pledges to support disabled people in Trafford by re-adopting the Social Model and so strive in its policies and practices to create inclusive neighbourhoods and communities. We strive to remove barriers, whether Organisational, Physical or Attitudinal; thus enabling Disabled People to fully participate in and benefit from all Trafford’s opportunities, facilities and activities.
Motion Submitted by the Labour Group - Fireworks
Many members will have received the model motion from RSPCA members and supporters who are rightly concerned about the impact of fireworks on pets and livestock. It is generally regarded that this is a growing problem in residential areas and can be seen as a type of anti-social behaviour.
Short of banning fireworks at this stage, we need to look at a range of measures to mitigate the public nuisance and adverse effect on animals. We have been made aware of the work done by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Greater Manchester Anti-Social Behaviour Unit (GMASBU) on the 2019 TREACLE campaign for responsible use of fireworks.
We therefore call upon this Council to:
1. Recognise and adopt the TREACLE initiative which is produced by GMFRS and GMASBU to promote safe practices for the enjoyment of fireworks.
2. Support and actively promote the 2020 TREACLE campaign which will be launched in mid-October to coincide with the sale of fireworks in the shops and raise awareness of safe practices and the enforcement powers of the police, fire service and trading standards.
3. Call on the government to look at the whole area of fireworks in residential areas to see if any legislative changes would be appropriate.
Motion Submitted by the Labour Group - National Joint Council (NJC) Pay: a Fully Funded, Proper Pay Rise for Council and School Workers
This Council notes that:
- Local government has endured central government funding cuts of nearly 50% since 2010.
- Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost 60p out of every £1 they have received from central government.
- The 2019 Local Government Association (LGA) survey of council finances found that 1 in 3 councils fear they will run out of funding to provide even their statutory, legal duties by 2022/23. This number rises to almost two thirds of councils by 2024/2025 or later.
- The LGA estimates councils will face a funding gap of £8 billion by 2025.
- Faced with these cuts from central government, the local government workforce has endured years of pay restraint with the majority of pay points losing 22 per cent of their value since 2009/10.
- At the same time as seeing their pay go down in real terms, workers experience ever increasing workloads and persistent job insecurity. Across the UK, an estimated 876,000 jobs have been lost in local government since June 2010 – a reduction of 30 per cent. Local government has arguably been hit by more severe job losses than any other part of the public sector.
- There has been a disproportionate impact on women, with women making up more than three quarters of the local government workforce.
This Council believes:
- Our workers are public service super heroes. They keep our communities clean, look after those in need and keep our towns and cities running.
- Without the professionalism and dedication of our staff, the council services our residents rely on would not be deliverable.
- Government funding has been cut to the extent that a proper pay rise could result in a reduction in local government services.
- The government needs to take responsibility and fully fund increases in pay; it should not put the burden on local authorities whose funding has been cut to the bone.
This Council resolves to:
- Support the pay claim submitted by UNISON GMB and Unite on behalf of council and school workers for a £10 per hour minimum wage and a 10 per cent uplift across all other pay points in 2020/21.
- Call on the Local Government Association to make urgent representations to central government to fund the NJC pay claim.
- Write to the Chancellor and Secretary of State to call for a pay increase for local government workers to be funded with new money from central government.
- Meet with local NJC union representatives to convey support for the pay claim.
- Encourage all local government workers to join a union.