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Agenda and minutes

The Former Cabinet Member for Economic and Development Services - Oct 2000 to May 2005
Monday, 21st February, 2005 9.00 a.m.

Venue: 3rd Floor conference room, Bailey House, Rawmarsh Road, Rotherham

Contact: Democratic Services Manager 

Items
No. Item

177.

Minutes of a meeting of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel held on 21st January, 2005 pdf icon PDF 11 KB

-         to receive the minutes and note the matters highlighted therein.

Minutes:

The following report was submitted:-

 

Health, Welfare and Safety Panel

21st January, 2005

 

Present:-  Councillor R. S. Russell (in the Chair); Councillors Darby, Hall, Jackson, Senior, G. Smith and Walker. and Mrs. S. D. Brook (NASUWT), Mr. J. W. Clay (ATL), Mr. R. Foster (NUT), Mrs. C. Maleham (UNISON), Mr. M. Martin (UCATT) and Mr. K. Moore (AMICUS)

 

Apologies for absence:- Apologies were received from Councillors Burke,Pickering, Sharman, Whelbourn, Mr. G. Curd (UCATT), Mrs. L. Heywood (UNISON), Mr. C. Oldfield (TGWU) and Mrs. H. C. Smith (UNISON).

 

 

177(18) 

Minutes of the meeting of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel held on 15th October, 2004

 

 

Resolved:- That the minutes of the previous meeting of the Health, Welfare and Safety Panel, held on 15th October, 2004, be approved as a correct record for signature by the Chairman.

 

 

177(19) 

Statistics of Accidents, Injuries and Incidents of Violence to Employees

 

 

The Principal Health and Safety Officer submitted a chart summarising reported accidents to all employees, occurring from the first quarter in 2002 to the fourth quarter in 2004. Emphasis was placed upon the accurate recording all accidents.

 

Resolved:- That the information be noted.

 

 

177(20) 

Health and Safety Bulletin

 

 

Consideration was given to the Health and Safety Bulletin, containing recent articles and reports of legal cases relating to health and safety. Thirteen recent health and safety articles and cases were highlighted.

 

The following issues were discussed in detail:-

 

(a) a report would be submitted in respect of the safety aspects of employees working on the vehicles used to collect recycled materials from households; and

 

(b) schools would be invited to participate in first aid training for teachers.

 

Resolved:- That the Principal Health and Safety Officer distribute copies of the bulletin throughout the Authority.

 

 

177(21) 

Reports on Visits of Inspection held on 3rd December, 2004

 

 

Consideration was given to matters arising from the visits of inspection made by the Panel on Friday, 3rd December, 2004.

 

The report included the responses provided by Service Areas to the various issues raised at the inspections.

 

Particular reference was made to:-

 

(a) DinningtonPrimary School

 

Concerns were expressed about the adequacy of the opening and closing mechanism for the high level windows.

 

Safety measures needed to be installed to reduce vehicle speed along the driveway leading to the school car park.

 

(b) Kiveton Outreach building

 

Improvements were required to the toilets for people with a disability.

 

(c) RawmarshRosehillJunior School

 

The playground steps required repair urgently.

 

(d) Vision Panels in Internal Door Windows

 

The Health, Welfare and Safety Panel agreed that vision panels in internal door windows should not be obscured by notices, posters, etc.

 

(e) ThryberghCountry Park

 

The arrangements for the security of cash within the Country Park office needed to be improved.

 

(f) Whiston Grange

 

This SpecialSchool would be visited again by the Panel on 11th March, 2005.

 

 

177(22) 

The Management of Contractors Working for the Council (HSE Improvement Notice Relating to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 177.

178.

Minutes of a meeting of the Rotherham Local Development Framework Steering Group held on 28th January, 2005 pdf icon PDF 15 KB

-         to receive the minutes and note the matters highlighted therein.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting of the Rotherham Local Development Framework Members’ Steering Group held on 28th January, 2005.

 

Resolved:-  That the minutes be received.

179.

Minutes of the meeting of the Tourism Panel held on 7th February, 2005 pdf icon PDF 13 KB

-         to receive the minutes and note the matters highlighted therein.

Minutes:

The following report was submitted:-

 

Tourism Panel

7th February, 2005

 

 

Present:- Councillor Walker (in the Chair); Councillors Boyes, Hall and Littleboy.

 

together with:-

Mr. Colin Scott, Rotherham Chamber of Trade

 

And the following officers:-

 

Julie Roberts

Town Centre & Markets Manager

Joanne Edley

Tourism Manager

Dawn Runciman

Events & Promotions

Marie Hayes

Commercial & Promotional Manager, ECALS

Emily Knowles

Twinning Officer

 

 

179(19) 

Apologies for Absence

 

 

Apologies were received from:-

 

Councillor G. Smith

Cabinet Member, Economic and Development Services

Guy Kilminister

Manager, Libraries, Museum and Arts

 

 

 

179(20) 

Minutes of the previous meeting held on 20th December, 2004

 

 

Resolved:-  That the minutes of the previous meeting of the Tourism Panel held on Monday, 20th December, 2004, be approved as a correct record.

 

 

179(21) 

Matters Arising

 

 

There were no matters arising not covered on the agenda.

 

 

179(22) 

Tourism Projects

 

 

The Tourism Manager reported on the following:-

 

(i)             Visitor Guide – a new guide was being prepared to be published in March 2005.

 

(ii)            Group Travel Folder – this was being prepared to take to the Group Travel Exhibition on 26th February, 2005 in Bolton.

 

(iii)           Locations for Coach Parking – following negotiations with SYPTE, RUFC, Magna, Liquid/Diva etc several sites had been identified that could be used for coach parking subject to the sites’ own requirements.

 

The Tourism Office would operate as a central booking system and it was proposed to monitor demand.

 

Members commented that drop-off points in the town centre needed to be identified so that businesses were aware of these locations.  There also needed to be liaison with the Traffic Wardens.

 

Resolved:-  That a progress report be submitted to the Tourism Panel in six months time.

 

(iv)           Tourism Plan – the Tourism Manager was currently visiting providers of tourism services and in discussion with other sections within the Council connected with tourism.

 

(v)            Conference – “Fitness for Purpose” – ideas had been gained about how to take the quality of the accommodation product further in conjunction with health and safety, fire and environmental health services etc in order to ensure they met the legal requirements.

 

(vi)           DMO for South Yorkshire – there were on-going discussions with partners, and the draft marketing strategy had been sent to the Tourism Manager for the Council to comment on.

 

 

179(23) 

Events Programme - Update

 

 

The Events and Promotions Officer reported on the following:-

 

(i)             Ice Magic – 12th to 19th February, 2005

 

The British Champion would be at the opening.  Marketing material had already been placed around the town and information distributed.

 

(ii)            Continental Market – discussions were taking place to find a new operator to provide the best product and best value.

 

Members discussed linkages with Town Twinning, Rotherham Show and the Rotherham Festival.

 

Reference was made to the objectives, logistics, timing etc. and it was pointed out that a cost/benefit analysis would need to be carried out.

 

The view was expressed that there could be further linkages with schools  ...  view the full minutes text for item 179.

180.

Pre-Draft Regional Spatial Strategy pdf icon PDF 21 KB

Head of Planning and Transportation to report.

-         to update Members on regional planning matters and to seek endorsement of the consultation response to the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report, presented by the Head of Planning and Transportation Service, updating Members on regional planning matters, and seeking endorsement of the consultation response to be submitted to the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly on Pre-Draft Regional Spatial Strategy.

 

The following issues were highlighted:-

 

- alternative scenarios of different patterns of development in the region and in South Yorkshire: (a) responding to market forces; (b) matching need with opportunity; (c) managing the environment as a key resource;

 

- the potential reduction in the Council’s housing requirement;

 

- the need for a review of land allocated for employment purposes;

 

- the issue of road user charging and parking policy;

 

- potential renewable energy targets;

 

- health impact assessments.

 

Members commented on several issues included within the report:-

 

- the review of the Green Belt;

 

- the provision of affordable housing;

 

- disused railway lines which had served former colliery sites.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That the completion of RPG12 Selective Review and the South Yorkshire Leaders’ agreement to the South Yorkshire Spatial Strategy Vision be noted.

 

(2)  That the consultation response to the Pre-Draft Regional Spatial Strategy, as now discussed and amended, be endorsed.

 

(3)  That the report be forwarded for information to the Corporate Management Team, the Cabinet, the Regeneration Board and the Regeneration Scrutiny Panel.

181.

Petition Requesting the closure of an adopted footpath - Eilam Close to Wortley Road, Kimberworth (Footpath No. 3) pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Countryside and Rights of Way Officer to report.

-         to report receipt of a petition requesting path closure.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report, presented by the Countryside and Rights of Way Officer, relating to the receipt of a petition requesting the closure of an adopted footpath extending from Eilam Close to Kimberworth Public Footpath No. 3, on crime prevention grounds.

 

A plan showing the location of the path was appended to the report.

 

Reference was made to current legislation and the current trial of public footpath closures.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That the petition be noted.

 

(2)  That the request for closure be not acceded to at this time, and that matters of public nuisance continue to be reported to the local Police.

 

(3)  That the closure request be considered in the future on completion of the current trial of public footpath closures.

182.

Petition requesting the closure of an adopted footpath - Holly Crescent to Dalton (Footpath No. 7) pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Countryside and Rights of Way Officer to report.

-         to report receipt of a petition requesting path closure.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report, presented by the Countryside and Rights of Way Officer, relating to the receipt of a petition requesting the closure of an adopted footpath extending from Holly Crescent to Dalton Public Footpath No. 7, on crime prevention grounds.

 

A plan showing the location of the path was appended to the report.

 

Reference was made to current legislation and the current trial of public footpath closures.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That the petition be noted.

 

(2)  That the request for closure be not acceded to at this time, and that matters of public nuisance continue to be reported to the local Police.

 

(3)  That the closure request be considered in the future on completion of the current trial of public footpath closures.

183.

Cherry Tree Road Estate, Wales - Traffic Calming pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Schemes and Partnerships Manager to report.

-         to report the results of consultations.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report, presented by the Schemes and Partnerships Manager, relating to the results of consultations carried out regarding the proposed traffic calming scheme on Cherry Tree Estate, Wales.  It was reported that two formal letters of objection had been received from residents of the Cherry Tree Estate.

 

Details of the objections were set out in the report, and the Schemes and Partnerships Manager gave a response to each.

 

A location plan, illustrating the proposed scheme, was appended to the report.  It was pointed out that the scheme was in line with the Council’s policy of improving road safety and was designed to introduce a 20 mph zone.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That the objections to the use of road humps on Cherry Tree Estate, Wales, be not acceded to, and the residents be informed of the intention to proceed with the scheme.

 

(2)  That support for the scheme be reiterated and the scheme be implemented.

184.

Development of Highways Asset Management Plan pdf icon PDF 41 KB

Principal Network Engineer to report.

-         to consider proposals for the development of Highways Asset Management Planning.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report, presented by the Network Principal Engineer, relating to the Department of Transport’s encouragement for local authorities to prepare Transport Asset Management Plans.

 

The report outlined proposals to develop asset management planning for highways in Rotherham. Initially, consultants would be engaged to undertake a health check of the Council’s data, systems and processes. This analysis would enable evidence of the Council’s progress on the introduction of asset management planning to be included within the Local Transport Plan 2 submission in July, 2005.

 

A further report would be submitted to a future meeting of the Cabinet Member and Advisers, on completion of the health check analysis.

 

Further information on public satisfaction and priorities for the highway service would be obtained as part of the 11th Rotherham Reachout survey.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That the development of a Highways Asset Management Plan for Rotherham, as described in the report now submitted, be supported.

 

(2)  That the report be referred to the Regeneration Scrutiny Panel for information, and the Scrutiny Panel be asked to nominate three Members to assist the Cabinet Member and Advisers for Economic and Development Services in contributing to the development of the plan.

185.

Implications of the Road Safety Bill pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Schemes and Partnerships Manager to report.

-         to report on the implications of the Road Safety Bill.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report, presented by the Schemes and Partnerships Manager, relating to the implications of the Road Safety Bill for the Council, as introduced in the House of Commons on 30th November, 2004.

 

The report outlined the provisions within the Bill, including drink driving, speeding, penalties and enforcement, driver training, driver fatigue and driver and vehicle licensing.  The view was expressed that there were not expected to be any significant financial implications for the Council.

 

The views of the South Yorkshire Planning and Transportation Steering Group and the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership were also reported.

 

Resolved:-  That the implications of the Road Safety Bill for the Council be noted.

186.

Northfield Lane, Wickersley - Crossing Facilities pdf icon PDF 21 KB

Schemes and Partnerships Manager to report.

-         to consider the construction of a zebra crossing and extend existing island.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report, presented by the Schemes and Partnerships Manager, relating to proposals to construct a zebra crossing outside Wickersley Northfield Junior and Infants school, to improve pedestrian crossing facilities at the junction of Northfield Lane and the A631 Bawtry Road and to introduce a gateway feature at the change of speed limit to the north of Northfield Lane.

 

The proposals were illustrated on Drawing No. 122/Northfield/SK/01.

 

It was pointed out that the proposals were in line with the objectives of the South Yorkshire Local Transport Plan and aligned with the Council’s Road Safety and Speed Management strategies for improving road safety.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That the necessary consultations be undertaken regarding the proposed works.

 

(2)  That authority be given for the detailed design to be progressed and, subject to a satisfactory design being produced and no objections being received, the measures be implemented.

 

(3)  That the scheme be funded from the Local Transport Plan Integrated Transport Programme for 2005/2006.

187.

Performance Indicators 3rd Quarter Results April - December 2004/2005 pdf icon PDF 29 KB

Executive Director to report.

-         to report on the 3rd Quarter results.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report, presented by the Best Value Officer, detailing the performance indicators set against agreed targets and priorities for the third quarter 2004/2005.

 

Members’ attention was drawn to:-

 

BV156 – public areas in public buildings being accessible to people with a disability

 

BV99 – road accident casualties

 

Members also commented on:-

 

BV106 – building homes on previously developed land

 

BV109 – major planning applications determined in 13 weeks – (nb: developers were allowed a period of five years from the date of planning permission, within which to begin construction works)

 

LPI31 – informing the Health and Safety Executive of reportable injuries

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That the position of the results with comparison to targets be noted.

 

(2)  That the performance indicators third quarter results for 2004/2005 be noted.

 

(3)  That the Council’s position in comparison with the Audit Commission 2003/2004 All England Upper Quartile Results be noted.

188.

Petition - Traffic Congestion - Davian's Fish Shop - Middle Lane pdf icon PDF 18 KB

-                  to note receipt of the above petition and request that the traffic congestion issue be investigated.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report relating to the receipt of a petition regarding air pollution and traffic congestion in the vicinity of Davian’s Fish Shop at Middle Lane, Clifton, Rotherham.

 

It was noted that the issue of air pollution had been referred to the Cabinet Member for Housing and Environmental Services.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That the petition be noted.

 

(2)  That the Head of Streetpride investigate the issue of traffic congestion referred to and submit a further report to the next meeting of the Cabinet Member for Economic and Development Services.

189.

Revenue, Fee Billing, Trading and Capital Resources Budget - Monitoring Report for 2004/2005 pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Executive Director of Economic and Development Services submitted a report relating to the performance against budget of the Economic and Development Services Programme Area for the period April, 2004 to January, 2005. Specific reference was made to the following issues:-

 

-           the portfolio of property assets

-           the cost of Winter maintenance

-           procurement savings

 

Resolved:- (1) That the anticipated out-turn position for the Economic and Development Services Programme Area budgets, as at January, 2005, be noted.

 

(2) That the report be referred to the Regeneration Scrutiny Panel for information.

190.

EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

The following items are likely to be considered in the absence of the press and public as being exempt under those paragraphs, indicated below, of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972:-

Minutes:

Resolved:-  That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in those paragraphs, indicated below, of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

191.

Orgreave Community Fund

Head of Planning and Transportation to report.

-                  to approve the procedure for release of monies from the fund.

(Exempt under Paragraphs 5 and 8 – grants and expenditure)

Minutes:

Further to Minute No. 101 of the meeting of the Cabinet Member for Economic and Development Services held on 18th October, 2004, consideration was given to a report, presented by the Head of Planning and Transportation Service, relating to a proposed procedure for the release of monies from the Orgreave Community Gain Fund.

 

Resolved:-   (1)  That the report be noted and the proposal that the allocation of the total sum of the residual monies from the original Orgreave Planning Gain Fund and the additional funding to be provided by UK Coal (a total of £182,000) be divided between the local Parish Councils and the remainder be open to bids from local community groups, be approved.

 

(2)  That £36,000 each shall be allocated for the Treeton, Catcliffe, Orgreave and Aston-cum-Aughton Parish Councils and an allocation of £18,000 made for Brinsworth Parish Council; the Parish Councils should co-ordinate the submission of suitable bids; the remainder shall be available for local community groups to bid for.

 

(3)  That the bids be assessed against the originally agreed criteria (in conjunction with the Heads of Legal Services and Financial Services), reported back to this Delegated Powers Meeting for approval and referred to Regeneration and Planning Boards for information;  the procedure adopted for the release of monies from the original fund shall be adhered to.

 

(4)  That an annual report detailing the balance of the fund shall be reported to the Cabinet Member and Advisers for Economic and Development Services and the allocations amended if necessary.

 

(5)  That the Orgreave Liaison Committee be informed of the bids submitted and any comments incorporated into the report to the Cabinet Member and Advisers for Economic and Development Services; updates shall be reported to each liaison meeting regarding the status of the Fund.

 

(Exempt under Paragraphs 5 and 8 of the Act – report related to grants and finance)

192.

Delivering Rotherham Town Centre Renaissance

Development Team Manager to report.

-                  to seek authority to engage staff.

(Exempt under Paragraphs 1 and 8 of the Act – staffing and expenditure)

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report, presented by the Development Manager, relating to the forthcoming publication of the Rotherham Town Centre Masterplan, during March 2005.

 

It was reported that eight major areas of work were already being carried out in the Development Team and it was explained that this work would expand, necessitating the recruitment of additional staff.

 

Details of the posts required, were set out in the report, together with projected costs for years 2005, 2006 and 2007.

 

Resolved:-  (1)  That approval be given to recruit to the new posts, as detailed within the report now submitted, for the delivery of the Town Centre regeneration proposals.

 

(2)  That funds be made available from the Capital Programme to enable the immediate recruitment of the posts.

 

(3)  That future income from Rotherham Town Centre developments, grant funded administration fees and other funding bodies be used to minimise the impact on the Capital Programme.

 

(Exempt under Paragraphs 1 and 8 of the Act – report related to staff and finance)