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                                      12 JANUARY 2006

                                      TWINNING POLICY


SPECIFIC WARDS AFFECTED

None

EXEMPT/CONFIDENTIAL ITEM

No


1      DECISION REQUESTED

1.1 That the following Twinning Policy be adopted by the Borough Council:-

       ”Macclesfield Borough Council would consider cooperating with groups wishing to
       form friendship links or twinning, provided it is in the best interest of the borough and
       has no impact by way of cost to the council tax payer”.


2      BACKGROUND

2.1 The full Council considered a report and recommendations from the Twinning Panel
    on 21 July 2005, and agreed that the matter be deferred and referred to the
    Resources Policy Development Committee to develop and propose a Twinning Policy
    for Macclesfield Borough Council.

       The Resources Policy Development Committee considered this matter at its meeting
       held on 20 October 2005, and following detailed discussions agreed to propose a
       Twinning Policy as worded in paragraph 1 above.


3      RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROPOSED DECISION

       There are no risks associated with the proposed decision.

4      OTHER IMPLICATIONS

       Financial          - None
       Staffing           - A limited amount of office time would be required
       Legal              - None
       Assets             - None
       Policy             - A Twinning Policy will be established
       Equality           - None
       Crime and Disorder- None
       Other implications - None



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5      APPENDICES

       Resources Policy Development Committee Report – 20 October 2005 – Appendix A

Director (Environment) - Emma Alexander                  Tel Ext No: 4700

Head of Service (Administration) – Lindsey Parton        Tel Ext No: 4215

The Contact Officer for this report is Lindsey Parton.

TRACKING/PROCESS:

Consultation                 Ward Members        Partners

Panel                        Overview & Scrutiny Cabinet               Council
Twinning Panel –             Resources Policy Dev -                    21.7.05 &
4.11.04, 24.11.04,           – 20.10.05                                12 .1.06
 7.1.05 & 8.6.05

BACKGROUND PAPERS


The following list of documents were used to complete this report and are available for
public inspection for four years from the date of the meeting from the Contact Officer
named above

None




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