{meta} Agenda for Council on Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 9.30 am


Venue: 100 Embankment - Cathedral Approach, Salford, M3 7NJ. View directions

Contact: Mike Relph, Senior Democratic Services Advisor 


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Any announcements or special business (including the submission of any urgent business) introduced by the Chair.

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Apologies for absence

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Declaration of Interests

(Members must indicate which specific agenda item any declaration relates to.)


Disclosure by Members of “Disclosable Pecuniary Interests” (as defined by The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012), and Members’ “Personal Interests” in accordance with paragraph 12.1 of Salford City Council’s Code of Conduct for Members.  


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9.40 am

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Minutes of meeting held on 15 September 2021 pdf icon PDF 163 KB

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9:45 am

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Receipt of Petitions/Communications

When submitting petitions, elected members are requested to provide contact details (preferably including an email address) for the lead petitioner to which correspondence can be sent.


Petitions should also clearly state what issues they concern and any potential actions which are being sought.

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9.50 am

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Blackfriars and Trinity By-Election - 4 November 2021 pdf icon PDF 130 KB

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9.55 am

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Membership of Committees and Panels and Representatives on Outside Bodies 2021/22 - Amendments (verbal)

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Salford City Council Constitution - Proposed Amendments pdf icon PDF 236 KB

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10.05 am

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Independent Remuneration Panel - Review Members Allowances Scheme pdf icon PDF 281 KB

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10.15 am

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Gambling Act 2005 - Statement of Policy 2022 pdf icon PDF 134 KB

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10.20 am

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Treasury Management - Mid Year Update 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 656 KB

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10.25 am

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Audit and Accounts Committee Annual Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 538 KB

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10.30 am

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Notice of Motion

Unlocking the Potential of Local High Streets


To be moved by Councillor Jim King and seconded by Councillor Adrian Brocklehurst.


This Council believes that healthy high streets are essential for community cohesion, civic pride, employment, shopping, services and leisure. But many shops and businesses were struggling even before the Covid pandemic: high street retail employment fell in more than three-quarters of local authorities between 2015 and 2018 according to the Office of National Statistics and more than half of all UK consumers were shopping online before the pandemic.


This Council notes that retail is among the sectors most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and retail workers have been on the frontline of the crisis throughout. The almost complete shutdown of non-essential shops between March and June 2020 has hit businesses hard, and the need for social distancing has changed the way many businesses operate, reducing footfall. The pandemic has accelerated what, in many cases, has been a longer trend of lower footfall and changing shopping habits. As the Portas Review a decade ago acknowledged, the form and function of many high streets needs to radically change if they are to adapt and survive.


This Council welcomes the willingness of Government to acknowledge the problems and come forward with initiatives in response to these challenges such has the furlough scheme, the Covid support business loans, and the High Street Taskforce.


This Council resolves to:


·         Write to the Government to urge them to undertake an urgent review of how best to support high street businesses recover from the pandemic and level the playing field between online and high street businesses, to make it fair and sustainable for all.


·         Sign up to the Co-operative Party’s Unlock the High Street Campaign and explore what local action can be taken to revive our high streets now as the pandemic seems to be declining.


·         Sign Salford City Council up to the Co-operative Party’s campaign to devolve the Towns Fund, Levelling Up Fund, UK Shared Prosperity Fund and other national funding pots, to give local communities, councils and regions the ultimate say in how it is spend in their area.

·         Explore the creation of Community Improvement Districts to reconnect communities with the levers that drive economic development in town centres and create an equal partnership of business and community organisations to galvanise action at a local level.

·         Make any data held by the council on ownership of high street properties public and in an accessible format, so that community groups seeking to buy empty shops through a community share offer have the information they need to do so and is Information Governance compliant.

·         Make full use of s215 planning enforcement powers where empty units are attracting antisocial behaviour or creating an eyesore on the high street


·         Proactively contact landlords of vacant premises (and work with relevant business organisations, Landlord Associations and BID managers) to explore meanwhile use options and/or encourage alternative rental models (e.g. turnover rather than market rent) to enable new co-operatives, SMEs, social enterprises and  ...  view the full agenda text for item 12.

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10.40 am

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Statement of the Elected City Mayor

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interval 10.55 am

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Please note in relation to items 14 , 15, 16 and 17 below, it is requested that, wherever possible, any questions are submitted in writing and e-mailed to the Democratic Services Section at decisionmakingandscrutiny@salford.gov.uk

by no later than 48 hours before the meeting (i.e. by 9.30 am on Monday, 15  November 2021).


11.15 am

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General Questions or Comments to the Elected City Mayor

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11.40 am

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General Questions or Comments to Cabinet Members on the discharge of responsibilities within their portfolios

·         Cllr Tracy Kelly - Statutory Deputy City Mayor and Lead Member for Housing, Property and Regeneration 

·         Cllr John Merry - Deputy City Mayor, Lead Member for

Adult Social Care

·         Cllr Sharmina August - Inclusive Economy, Anti-Poverty, and Equalities

·         Cllr Jim Cammell - Lead Member for Children’s and Young Peoples Services 

·         Cllr Bill Hinds - Lead Member for Finance and Support Services

·         Cllr David Lancaster - Lead Member for Environment, 

Neighbourhoods and Community Safety

·         Cllr Mike McCusker - Lead Member for Planning

and Sustainable Development


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12.10 pm

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General Questions or Comments to Chairs of Scrutiny Panels

·         Cllr Gina Reynolds - Overview and Scrutiny Board

·         Cllr Adrian Brocklehurst - Children’s Scrutiny Panel

·         Cllr Stuart Dickman - Community and Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Panel

·         Cllr Tanya Burch - Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel

·         Cllr Robert Sharpe - Growth and Prosperity Scrutiny Panel


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12.20 pm

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General Questions or Comments on the discharge of functions of Joint Authorities and Outside Bodies

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Scheduled Reports from Board Members pdf icon PDF 218 KB

The following reports are submitted for information with the intention they be noted. Members who have any questions, or require further information on the contents of these reports, are in the first instance advised to contact the representatives respectively indicated:


·         The Lowry Centre Trust (City Mayor and Councillor Hinds)

·         Manchester Port Health Authority (CouncillorsBrocklehurst, Nkurunziza, Rowland and Warmisham)

·         Salford Unemployed Community Resource Centre* (Councillors Hinds, Linden and John Walsh)

*to follow


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