Macclesfield Town Council
Services Committee Minutes 11th May 2020
Due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 restrictions and in line with the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 this meeting was held remotely, broadcast on youtube.com and can be viewed on the Macclesfield Town Council youtube.com channel.
Minutes of the meeting held on 11th May 2020 at 7pm
Consideration of the implications relating to Covid-19 transmission will be taken across all items on this agenda.
- Cllr Janet Jackson MBE
- Cllr Sarah Bennett-Wake
- Cllr Chris Wilcock
- Cllr Fiona Wilson
- Cllr Mick Warren
- Cllr Neil Puttick
- Cllr Fin Shenton
Also in attendance was Cllr David Edwardes.
1. Apologies for Absence
2. Declarations of Interest
Cllr Warren declared a nonpecuniary interest in agenda item 7.6 as an allotment holder
Cllr Jackson declared a nonpecuniary interest in agenda item 15 as a trustee of the Silk Heritage Trust
Cllr Puttick declared a nonpecuniary interest in agenda item 15 being involved with LIT through Artspace
The meeting will be adjourned to invite comments and questions from the public. The meeting will then be reconvened.
NOTE: There were no public speakers or questions
3. Minutes of the Services Committee Meeting Held on 27th January 2020
RESOLVED: That the minutes are approved as a true record of the meeting
4. Matters Arising From the Minutes
5. Abandoned Services Committee Meeting 23/03/2020
The abandoned meeting and associated delegated decisions were noted for ratification at Full Council
6. Community Engagement and Events
6.1 Community Engagement
Members expressed thanks to the Community and Engagement Officer for the work relating to the council’s response to Covid-19 pandemic.
6.2 Events Update
RESOLVED: That the Service Level Agreement for the cancelled Bikeathon is honoured, recognising the work carried out to prepare for the event and readiness for delivery.
6.3 Community Plan
The report and delay to progress due to the Covid-19 pandemic was noted
7. Asset & Service Provision
7.1 Weston Community Centre
The insurance claim was noted
7.2 Christmas Lights
7.3 Floral Displays
A. That the proposed additional planters are purchased and included in the future floral displays
B. That the watering of floral displays is delivered by a seasonal ranger to also support the ranger service where possible
C. That the council seeks to develop and promote a town front garden/display competition delegated to the Community and Engagement Officer and Cllr Warren
7.4 Public Toilets
The decision to progress the sub-soil agreement was noted prior to council ratification
7.5 See Macclesfield
It was agreed to seek progress towards self management of the Knowsley Road site.
7.7 Street Sports
The decision to fund the retention of the service provider was noted prior to council ratification
7.8 Police Drugs Intervention
The decision to fund the project was noted prior to council ratification
8. Parks & Play Areas
8.1 Windmill Street
Delayed progress due to Covid-19 pandemic was noted
8.2 South Park Pavilion
8.3 Future Forest
RESOLVED: That the land agent fees are approved
8.4 2020/21 Play Area Funding
RESOLVED: That the committee recommends the delivery of refurbishment and improvement works at play areas recommended by ANSA in Hurdsfield and Broken Cross.
8.5 Rugby Drive
RESOLVED: That the principle to receive the Rugby Drive playing fields from Cheshire East Council is approved, subject to details and business case, for final consideration by full council
9. Public Realm
9.1 Public Realm Furniture
A. That the additional town centre recycle bins are approved
B. That the replacement town centre general waste and litter bins are approved.
9.2 Town Ranger
The committee noted the opportunity to review the Ranger Service
9.3 Provision of Dog Foul Bag Dispensers
9.5 Community Enforcement Officers
The engagement with Cllr Bennett-Wake was noted
10. Town Centre
10.1 Footfall Mapping Data
10.2 Town Centre Free Wifi Data
11. Bus Services
11.1 Working Group
The working group was noted, its current membership, the need for terms of reference and engagement with potential co-optees in the community.
12. Knife Angel
RESOLVED: that the council progresses a locally relevant project in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner
14. Silk Heritage
14.1 Silk Road Monument
Noted that the silk road monument will progress to formal planning consideration.
14.2 Visits & Engagement
There have been none
15.1 LIT Festival
RESOLVED: That the decision is deferred to seek further detail from the organisers on the following:
- The schools involved in the outreach and engagement
- Details of the benefits to the wider community
- Details of virtual options and proposals
- Details of alternative proposals for the Christmas Lights Switch on event
- Details of how the organisers will work in partnership with Macclesfield Town Council
- Further details of any involvement and engagement with children and young people.
16. Member Items
16.1 Chainsaw Sculptures – Cllr Alift Harewood
The item was deferred to seek ward-specific budgets for community enhancements
17. Date, Time and Place of Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Services Committee will be held at 7pm on 20th July 2020 at a location and format to be confirmed subject to relevant current Covid-19 guidance
Meeting closed at 9:07pm
Chair Cllr Janet Jackson MBE
Clerk Mr P Turner