Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Rooms 2 & 3, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford M32 0TH

Contact: Alexander Murray, Governance Officer 

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To receive and, if so determined, to agree as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 12 January 2022.



RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held 12 January 2022 be agreed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.



Members to give notice of any interest and the nature of that interest relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the adopted Code of Conduct.



A maximum of 15 minutes will be allocated to public questions submitted in writing to Democratic Services ( by 4 p.m. on the working day prior to the meeting. Questions must be relevant to items appearing on the agenda and will be submitted in the order in which they were received.



To consider a report from Trafford Housing Trust.

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The Director of Development for Trafford Housing Trust (THT) introduced the item and apologised for the continued delays on the cladding replacement programme. Since the last meeting there had been an issue with the colour of the cladding received, which had led to additional delays and the scaffolding remaining on Pickford court. THT had an interim solution that would be put in place to enable the scaffolding to be removed before the permanent changes were made.


The Director of Development for THT acknowledged THT had not been perfect in their communications with residents during the replacement of the cladding. However, the Committee were assured that THT had done as much as they could to maintain communications and the Director of Development for THT listed the methods they had used to communicate with residents during the programme of works. The Committee were also informed that THT had only received 13 formal complaints during the past year regarding the tower blocks.


The Vice Chair asked whether the dates given would categorically be met, as there had been deadlines set before which had been missed. The Director of Development for THT responded that he could not say categorically that the works would be completed by the dates given. With the information available those dates were the expected completion dates, although unforeseen circumstances could lead to further delays.


Councillor Dagnall asked whether the insulation was removed from flats in the blocks. The Director of Property Services for THT responded that insulation had been removed for a very limited number of properties.


Mr Stevenson was given an opportunity to ask his questions which had been submitted to the Committee and THT.  In addition to his questions Mr Stevenson informed the Committee of the impact the works had on the people living within the high rises, especially when there were incidents where the fire brigade were called to the flats, and explained the anxiety the delays in work had caused.


The Director of Development for THT noted and agreed with the points raised by Mr Stevenson and empathised with his experience. The Director of Development for THT was not able to give the exact details of when a piece of advice was given to THT by GMFRS due to the way the organisations worked together, where they will be on site visits or at minutes of meetings, which made it difficult to track when specific piece of advice was received. GMFRS had not served any actions against THT during the time, due to the Trust having met all the guidance that had been given.


Councillor Dagnall asked about the difficulties the trust faced in understanding, interpreting, and implementing the advice given relating to the ACM cladding and whether the trust thought of hiring an industry expert to aid in the dealing with that information. The Director of Development for THT responded that the trust had adjusted all their policies in line with the learning that they gained from GMFRS and expert advice.


Councillor Newgrosh noted the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.



To consider a report from the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

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The Corporate and Commercial Lawyer introduced the revised Contract Procedure Rules presentation.  The presentation provided an overview of the report and appendices, which had been circulated as part of the agenda. The presentation covered what the Contract Procedure Rules were, the reasons they were under review, the review process, key amendments made to the rules, and the approval journey they had to go to be adopted by Trafford and the other STAR Procurement authorities. Following the presentation, the Chair went over the recommendations in the report, which were agreed by the Committee.


RESOLVED: That the Contract Procedure Rules be noted and the recommended changes approved.




To consider a report from the Director of Growth and Regulatory Services.


The Director of Growth and Regulatory Services introduced the report circulated to the Committee in response to feedback received in January. The Director of Growth and Regulatory Services went through the background of the programme, which had started in the early 2000s with the closure and subsequent opportunity to redevelop the shell refinery. Plans were made in 2012 which led to the need for improved transportation links to deal with the increased demand the plans would create. The Executive agreed in 2021 that the road network in Carrington needed to be improved and it became formal policy. In September 2021 the preferred route for a road within Carrington, to provide some of the needed improved transportation links, was selected. 


The Director of Growth and Regulatory Services gave an overview of the budget details around the programme and the building of the road. The funding currently identified would be adequate for the planned works. However, that funding would not be adequate to deliver the completed road and the programme team were working to identify funding to address the full costs of completing the road. The Director of Growth and Regulatory Services went over the sections of the report relating to the carbon footprint of the road works and recognised that one of the main disbenefits of the chosen path was that it would go through arable land.


The Director of Growth and Regulatory Services went through the next steps of the programme of works, which would include full formal consultation and the need to engage with a number of groups to inform the design and the planning application. The Director of Growth and Regulatory Services suggested that the Committee could be involved in the engagement with the public, as well as opportunities around finance and the business case before they were submitted to the Executive. There were also opportunities for the Committee to be involved with the redesign of the existing motorway.


Following the overview, the Chair noted that it was going to be a long process and expressed that public engagement was a good area for the Committee to be involved in.


The Vice Chair stated that he felt the decision around the route chosen had been done with an inadequate level of consultation and it should be addressed in discussions with residents over the remainder of the project.


Councillor Axford asked how secure the funding listed within the report was. The Director of Growth and Regulatory Services responded that the planning obligation funds were secured. The other areas of funding were subject to funding agreements with conditions, except for £2M of advanced funding from Homes England which had lesser conditions attached.


Councillor Axford noted the figures of other transport developments in 3.7 of the report and how the funding for a road compared to developing the Metrolink. The Director of Growth and Regulatory Services responded that the examples given were to demonstrate that relatively small transport developments were still expensive and gave an example of the Poynton Relief Road,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.



To receive a presentation from the Executive Member for Finance and Governance.


The Executive Member for Finance and Governance went through the presentation circulated as part of the agenda. The Committee were informed of the work that had been done to reduce the budget gap during the year. The presentation also included details of the increased budget pressures since the budget Scrutiny exercise.


The Executive Member for Finance and Governance went over the reserves and how they were expected to be used over the course of the year. The Committee’s attention was drawn to the fact that a large amount of the reserves had been COVID reserves and the Committee were asked to note they would be greatly reduced in the coming years. The Committee were assured that the reserves were being utilised to deliver further savings going forward.


The Executive Member for Finance and Governance went through the key budget risks facing the Council which included the reset of business rates and the fair funding review, the delivery of the Council’s savings programme, and the increase in energy costs and inflation. 


The Finance and Change Board had held a scoping meeting to discuss what the Board would deliver. The Executive Member for Finance and Governance suggested that the Committee may want to consider how they would like for the Finance and Change Board to involve Scrutiny in the work it was undertaking.


The Vice Chair thanked the Executive Member for the quality of the report and asked that additional information about the Finance and change Board be provided when the details became available.


Councillor Dagnall asked about the vacancy protocol and whether that meant the Council had not been filling vacancies. Councillor Ross responded that the council had put in a freeze to help close the budget gap. However, it had been recognised that the freeze had placed additional stress on staff. The Executive Member for Finance and Governance suggested that this may be an area the Committee wished to look at in greater detail. Councillor Dagnall noted the additional work staff were doing and asked if additional wellbeing support was being put in place. The Executive Member for Finance and Governance responded that wellbeing of staff was a key concern of the Executive and while there were several schemes to support and reward staff it was an ongoing task.


Councillor Carter asked for an update on the progress of the 50 lowest funded authorities in approaching the government for more funding. Councillor Carter noted in the presentation that it stated that the use of reserves was not sustainable and asked for further clarification. Councillor Carter also asked whether there was any indication as to what the staff pay awards would be for the coming years. The Executive Member for Finance and Governance responded that he had not received an update regarding the increase in funding to a fairer threshold following the request made to Michael Gove. With regards to the reserves the Council could no longer continue to use the reserves in the way they had done up until this  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.



To consider the attached report.

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The Chair gave a brief overview of the review that was done that lead to the report and handed over to the Governance Manager to add any further details. The Governance Manager asked members to note paragraph 2 and the positives that were found by the review around the general culture and attitude of the Council towards Scrutiny. The Governance Manager added that as the Council had all the required elements to deliver high quality Scrutiny it would be more of an evolution of the process, building on what was already good and elevating it to being excellent. 


Councillor Carter noted the recommendations for increasing the level of engagement with the public and raised some concerns about asking the public through social media to comment about areas being considered by Scrutiny. The Governance Manager clarified that the Committee would receive possible topics to cover from the public and the Committee would then review them and decide if they should be considered.


Councillor Carter also noted the timeline around the start of implementing the changes and if this was deliverable. The Chair responded that it would be a phased approach with some elements coming in from the start of the year and other elements brought in later.


Councillor Jerrome welcomed recommendation 8, which stated that there would be an annual review of Scrutiny, and the continual improvement that would lead to. 


Councillor Dagnall spoke about the role that consultation with other Ward Members and the public had played in the task and finish group around Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller visits and how she felt it was important for residents to feed into the Committee.


Councillor Axford Expressed how much she had enjoyed being part of the Scrutiny review and how it was of key importance to increase the level of communication between the Committee and the public.


Following the discussions, the Chair moved the recommendations of the report and they were agreed.


RESOLVED: That the report be noted and recommendations agreed.




To consider the attached report.

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The Chair introduced the report and explained that following agreement by the Committee the report would be submitted to the Executive to receive a response to the recommendations.


The Vice chair spoke the good work that had been done by the group and approved the recommendations within the report.


Following a brief discussion the recommendations were moved by the Chair and agreed by the Committee.


RESOLVED: That the report and its recommendations be approved and submitted to the Executive for a response.




For Members to suggest and discuss items for the 2022/23 municipal year.


The Chair informed the Committee that a suggestion had been made by councillor Carter around parking and the impact of Manchester united games on the area. Councillor Carter informed the Committee that since he made his suggestion the club had made a statement regarding redevelopment but spoke about making a great experience for fans but didn’t mention the experience of residents in the area.


The Committee agreed that this suggestion should be considered as an item to be considered in the next municipal year.


RESOLVED: That the impact of events at Old Trafford Stadium on the surrounding area be considered as a possible item for the Committee in the 2022/23 municipal year.