Steering Group Meeting
1st July 2004
The Steering Group meeting of the Oldham Partnership was held on 1st July 2004 at Civic Centre,
Oldham. Items discussed included:
• Sustainability Appraisal • Community Cohesion Partnership
• Performance Management • Housing Market Renewal
• Community Radio • Annual Report
It was announced at the beginning of the meeting that David Bouchier had resigned from his post as
Head of the Oldham Partnership Support Team. Thanks were given to David for the work he had
undertaken on behalf of the Oldham Partnership, and David in turn thanked the partnership for the
support he had received.
Sustainability Appraisal of the Community Strategy
Matters Arising from Executive Group meeting 17th June 2004
Bill Edwards, Environment Partnership, had presented an item to the Executive Group that
proposed an approach to a Sustainability Appraisal of the new Community Strategy, and also a
workshop using a simulation tool that would help with this. Volunteers are still needed as it is
hoped that all thematic partnerships will be able to attend this workshop in September.
Matters Arising from Executive Group meeting 17th June 2004
David Bouchier, Oldham Partnership Support Team, outlined the
process that had been undertaken by the Audit Commission during their
review of the Performance Management System of the Oldham
Partnership. The Audit Commission has produced a report detailing the
strengths and weaknesses of the system, with suggestions for the next
steps to be taken.
Action: This report to be circulated with the minutes from this meeting
of the Steering Group
Two meetings to be arranged to review these next steps, one
for the Executive Group (19th July) and one for the Steering Group (a
date to be in September)
Dave McGealy, Oldham Community Broadcasting, gave a presentation about plans for Community
Radio in Oldham, and distributed a promotional CD.
Dave outlined the characteristics and benefits of Community Radio, and gave an overview of
the Oldham Community Radio trial (22 February – 20 March 2004) including the schedule of
programmes. Dave then went on to ask for support from the Oldham Partnership for a proposal to
introduce Oldham Community Radio on a more permanent basis, and for help and guidance in
finding funding in the first 3 years. The Steering Group unanimously supported the project, the
group felt that it provided a very cost effective communication tool for the borough, and that
Oldham should have a community radio station in the future.
For more information about the project please contact Dave McGealy on
Community Cohesion Partnership
Howard Sutcliffe, Community Cohesion Partnership, gave an update on the ‘Away Day’ that had
been held earlier that day.
The conclusions of this day included agreement that the three main purposes of the
Community Cohesion partnership are:
• to focus and obtain serious commitment to Community Cohesion;
• to scrutinise the Partnerships role in Community Cohesion; and
• to undertake a creative ideas generation role.
Document Circulated: ‘Forward Together – Building Confident
Communities: Oldhams Community Cohesion Strategy and Action
Craig Russell, Oldham MBC, presented this report that
included three documents to be used to sign-up to the Forward
Together Strategy and Action Plan. Thematic Partnerships of the Oldham Partnership, and other
individuals, organisations and groups who can contribute to Community Cohesion, are asked to be
a part of this sign-up process and return submissions to Craig and the Community Cohesion team.
The sign-up process for thematic partnerships includes:
• Meetings that will take place over the next month to cover each thematic area
• Each partnership is asked to attend a workshop to detail Action Points they want to drive
• Each partnership is asked to complete an Action Plan by 12th August, and complete sign-up
prior to the Steering Group meeting in September
Agreed: Input from the Area Committees will be included at a later stage
Housing Market Renewal
Document Circulated: ‘Relationship between Housing Market
Renewal (HMR) Executive and Oldham Partnership’
Michele Carr, Oldham MBC, presented this report which was
• detail the outcomes of the joint Oldham and Rochdale LSP
meeting, and the action which needs to be taken;
• improve the understanding about the relationship between
the Oldham Partnership and the HMR Executive; and
• emphasise the importance of achieving full spend of HMR
A discussion highlighted the following points.
• It is urgent that we ensure that HMR plans move forward as scheduled to ensure funding is
utilised to its full potential.
• The focus for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) is on physical regeneration.
• The Neighbourhood Panels will be established in advance of the commencement of the 2nd
Oldham Partnership Annual Report
Document Circulated: ‘Draft Annual Report for the Oldham Partnership, June 2004’
Andrew Fletcher, Oldham MBC, presented the first draft of the annual report that has been
developed. Government Office North West (GONW) will use this report for the Annual Review.
The Oldham Partnership will also use it, and a different version will be produced to be made
available to the public in September.
The Steering Group Meeting was attended by representatives of: Children and Young People’s
Partnership, Community Cohesion Partnership, Cultural Partnership, Environment Partnership,
Health and Social Care Partnership, Local Learning Partnership, Oldham Against Crime
Partnership, Oldham Housing and Investment Partnership, Town Centre Partnership, Voluntary,
Community and Faith Partnership, East Oldham Area Committee, Failsworth and Hollinwood Area
Committee, and West Oldham Area Committee.
Documents circulated for this meeting of the Steering Group can be obtained by contacting Michelle Renshaw
at the Oldham Partnership Support Team on 0161 615 5024 or
The next meeting of the Steering Group is to be held on Thursday 2nd September
2004, Saddleworth Suite, Civic Centre, 6pm.