Agenda and minutes

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Welcome, Introductions and Apologies


Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 23 KB


Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising pdf icon PDF 79 KB


    The minutes of the previous meeting on Thursday 17 March 2016 were agreed, and the following updates were given:

    Half Acre Lane
    The proposal to fund the permanent closure of Half Acre Lane at Roch Valley Way will be considered at the Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee meeting at 1815 hours on Tuesday 28 June 2016 in the Training and Conference Suite, First Floor, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale  OL16 1XU and the public can attend.  A link to the agenda and papers: Agenda for Rochdale Township Action and Resources Sub Committee on Tuesday, 28th June, 2016, 6.15 pm

    Should the scheme be approved, it would be subject to a fourteen day call in period and thereafter Highways would prepare the papers then advertise the scheme in the local press and put up notices in the area which will give consultation and response details.  Stuart Hay has undertaken to do a letter drop to the estate in addition to Highways’ actions should it get to that stage.  There is no set percentage figure for the number of objections to effect any decision, it is the actual content of all objections taken together that the Elected Members will consider however many or few.

    The internet link to view all previous Area Forum minutes was given out.

    The GMP Neighbourhood Team are intending to run an enforcement operation against contravention of the No Entry signs tomorrow from 1600 to 1800 hours and repeating it next Monday 20 June 2016.

    Comments were made against the proposal, summarised by residents’ spokesperson Bill Brown who read out the following statement:

    “The Council are proposing that Half Acre Lane be closed as the solution to illegal drivers travelling against the ONE WAY system. There are over 200 properties within the area that will be affected by the proposed closure. The residents living within this area have all been advised by myself of the Council’s proposed plan to close the Lane to all traffic both up and down the lane and many of them want to oppose the closure.

    We do not believe that the Highways Department have fully considered the impact on traffic movements within the local area that the proposed closure would create.  All residents that would normally use the lane to travel to Rochdale or towards the M62 Motorway would only be able to use Half Acre Road or Chadwick Hall Road.  Those drivers using the Half Acre Road junction to Bury Road (currently at busy times turning right against the traffic is difficult) will have a much greater problem as those that would have previously used the lane will now increase the number of vehicles wanting to join Bury Road. As more vehicles wait to make this turn, traffic will build up on Half Acre Road causing delay and frustration for those wanting to turn either Right or Left. It is the proximity of this Junction to the Traffic Lights at the Cemetery cross roads with the subsequent build  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Police and Communities Together


    Police Sergeant Richard Shelton provided the crime statistics for the previous three months and gave details of the six burglary dwellings that had occurred. Two prolific offenders had been arrested.

    There had been two thefts from motor vehicle, one where the offenders reached in and stole the Sat Nav whilst the victim was sat in the vehicle and another where the offender broke a window to steal two handbags that were on show.

    Seven reports of youth nuisance and off road biking in Mandale Park have been received and an operation will be conducted by the Neighbourhood Team.

    Complaints of vehicle obstructions being caused at Marland Hill School at dropping off and picking up times were made.  GMP could be called on the 101 number and would, if able, attend to assess whether an actual obstruction was being caused.

    The Police And Community Together priorities for the next quarter will be burglary dwellings and speeding on Bury Road.


GP Care Services


    Gail Whitehead, Chief Officer of GP Care Services, gave a presentation about the Boroughwide service, commissioned by HMR Clinical Commissioning Group as a pilot scheme lasting until March 2017 and she made literature available to all.  The service is intended to give additional access to primary care, namely GPs and Practice Nurses, as not all people for a variety of reasons can attend GPs Surgeries during core hours (normally 0830 to 1800 hours).  The additional service is available from 1830 to 2100 hours Monday to Friday, 0800 to 1800 on Saturdays and 1000 to 1300 hours on Sundays.  A scoping exercise was carried out in the Borough and as a result four Surgeries were selected, Birtle View in Heywood, Peterloo in Middleton, Littleborough Group Practice and the Kingsway Practice.

    The additional service can be accessed either by ringing one’s own Practice or ringing the single point of contact number managed by BARDOC.  The service is aimed at non urgent complaints and will be triaged by BARDOC (you will not necessarily get to see your own GP or Practice Nurse, but your medical records will be available to whichever Doctor or Nurse you see provided you consent and your own GP can view any consultation you have).  Diagnostics can be done through blood test and ECGs.

    All thirty three GP Surgeries in the Borough are covered and appointments can be booked up to a month in advance.  Receptionists have a list of the nearest available Chemists to dispense any prescriptions.

    It is expected that by the end of the pilot scheme GP Surgeries will stay open later, although there is a shortage of GPs coming through the system.


Tree of Time: Rochdale Borough Timebank


    Sean Heron, Senior Development Officer from Rochdale Solutions, outlined the purpose of the Rochdale Borough Timebank.  The Timebank is a way for organisations, groups, enterprises and individuals to share resources, skills and knowledge without money changing hands.  The scheme is commissioned until August.  Full safeguarding checks are in place and a Timebank Coordinator is always in attendance.  A leaflet explaining the Timebank was made available to all together with a skills exchange questionnaire and an application form.


Open Forum


    Cotton Lane Grass Verges
    The grass verges on Cotton Lane have not been cut this year and they have reached two feet high.  The verges have been cut year on year until now.
    Action: Request grass verges are cut (Stuart Hay)

    Manchester Road Drains
    All the drains on Manchester Road in Sudden Village are blocked again.
    Action: Request inspection and clearance (Stuart Hay)

    Manchester Road Weeds
    Manchester Road in Sudden Village is also full of weeds which need treating or removing.
    Action: Request treatment of weeds (Stuart Hay)

    Oulder Hill Drive Area 20mph Zone
    The Oulder Hill Drive area is now covered by a 20mph zone.  Councillor Duckworth has proposed a Boroughwide scheme.

    Unsafe property on Manchester Road
    The property No. 381, Manchester Road, Sudden (near the chippy) is insecure and dangerous with water running in it, youths entering it and rubbish in the back attracting rats.  It is thought the property was purchased by Rochdale Council/Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.
    Action: Request property is made safe and secured (Stuart Hay)

    Mini Car Floral Display
    The planted up mini car placed at the entrance to Sudden Village in the last couple of days was funded by Rochdale Council’s Environmental Management.  A CCTV camera had been installed to monitor it.

    Friends of Springfield Park Update
    Dave Logan provided a Friends of Springfield Park update:

    The deep potholes on the Springfield Park exit road are marked out by Rochdale Council and hopefully will be filled in very soon.

    The new mere pathway should have the more secure fencing installed as soon as the ground has dried out enough to take the concrete post inserts.

    The Friends of Springfield Park group worked very hard together with the Springhill Hospice, and were very well supported by the local shoppers and won the top amount of £12,000 to be spent on a commemorative garden strip, behind the grass events courts, in conjunction the Hopwood Hall college apprentices as a project, but this will take quite some time to finish.

    The Friends of Springfield Park has been given a grant of £50,000 of Section 106 money to renovate the running track for the casual use of all the community.

    The Springfield Park Junior Football Club run by Lee Cockerill and Gary Eaton, after only around 18 months, has in excess of 120 youngsters, boys and girls, who now train on and play their games for much of the year on the pitch in the centre of the running track.

    Finally, with the acquisition of the latest amounts of money above, the Friends of Springfield Park will have raised and spent well in excess of £250,000 in the park inthe last 3 to 4 years.  All of this has been achieved with tremendous help from our very supportive Ward Councillors, Pat Sullivan, Jane Gartside and Ian Duckworth and Jane Howard, together with the support of many other Councillors too, as well as many of the Officers in the Rochdale Council Environmental Management Section  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


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