Agenda and minutes

Venue: Castleton Community Centre, Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3AF. View directions

Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel No. 01706 924343 

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Introductions & Apologies/Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 15 KB


Minutes of last meeting/Matters arising/Updates pdf icon PDF 76 KB


    The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and the following updates were given.

    Manchester Road
    Road surface issues have previously been raised with the Council’s Highways Department.  Councillor Sheerin informed the forum that the new Highways programme for 2017-18 will be released in due course.

    Junction Inn
    The premises now have a new tenant with a 5 year lease on the building.

    Castleton Home for the Elderly
    The Council is considering taking further action.


Greater Manchester Police


    PACT Priorities
    The current priorities are as follows:

    ·           Vehicle crime

    ·           Anti-social behaviour

    ·           Burglary


    Residents were encouraged to attend PACT meetings to report Police and crime related issues.  The meetings for the rest of the year are as follows:

    Future PACT meetings


    All meetings take place at Castleton Community Centre at 7.00pm – 8.00pm

    4 July

    1 August

    26 September

    24 October

    21 November

    19 December


    Crime Statistics


    Mar 2017

    Apr 2017

    May 2017





    Theft from motor vehicle




    Theft of motor vehicle




    Burglary (others)




    Anti-social behaviour





    Burglaries across the ward
    An Officer reported that the burglaries this month occurred mainly around the Bolton Road area and at the bottom-end of Castleton.  A reminder for residents and their relatives to keep their property doors and windows closed and also be mindful that your movements may be being watched.  Also a reminder for people to empty vehicles and clean off sat-nav marks from window screens, which could give an indication they are present within the car.  Burglary prevention devices were available for all residents to take including window shock alarms, magnetic door chimes and UV marker pens.  Warning to not open your door to individuals unless ID has been seen and verified, including that of the Police as GMP Oldham has had police officer uniforms stolen.

    Speeding vehicles
    A metric counter was placed on Manchester Road (past the motorway bridge) because of reports of speeding and a serious road traffic accident which occurred a couple of months ago.  Awaiting feedback and results.  Primary schools in the area will be asked to design a poster which will be displayed at the side of roads to make motorists aware of the danger of speeding.  This initiative has already been implemented within Bury and it is hoped using children to create a poster, it may have more of an impact.

    Missing children
    GMP alerted the members of the forum to a number of missing children and they were asked to be vigilant and report any possible sightings.  The details are also displayed on Facebook and in Rochdale Observer.

    ASB issues
    GMP reported that the ASB issues that had been occurring over the past few months in Castleton have calmed down, probably due to the fact Police visited a number of youths and also spoke to their parents.  Individuals with prolific records who were known to be causing issues have been caught and action has been taken.  Lots of high-visibility patrols have also been carried out and offenders spoken to.


Open Forum


    Council’s Public Realm Inspector – Castleton
    Residents were introduced to D. Lodwig who is the newly appointed Council’s Public Realm Inspector for the Castleton ward, having covered neighbouring areas of Heywood, Norden and Bamford previously.  Her role is to support the Police with anti-social behaviour and crime issues and to also support the Council’s Environmental Management Department on issues like litter, fly-tipping, dog-fouling and footpaths, etc.  She can be contacted on 01706 922226 or via email at

    Royle Barn Road/Tetrosyl/Walkers
    Several residents raised concerns again regarding wagons using the road as it was reported that operations are doubling and operating 24/7 now.  Questions were raised about the dangerous goods vehicle licence operation, water-pollution risks in the event of fire, air pollution/monitoring, light emission and also the fact that the wagon drivers are driving too fast.  Councillor Sheerin updated the forum on answers he had received regarding some points of concern.  He stated Environment Health Officers had attended to assess and take readings concerning light emissions.  On the back of this action, he had met with the site manager and agreed that the lights will be switched off and only used in emergency situations.  Concerning hazardous substances and pollution, the Health & Safety Executive has been investigating and assessing matters and in due course will report on their findings.  Air pollution will be monitored and assessed and area coverage of these stations is being considered for expansion by GM currently which may result in greater coverage for Rochdale.  Councillor Sheerin will make reference to concerns about the size of the wagons in relation to speed in the form of a letter direct to the companies to advise of the 20 mph limit.

    Crescent Road
    A resident expressed concerns about derelict buildings attracting children playing inside and the lighting of fires.

    Post Office Information
    Renovation works to be carried out between 10–27 July 2017, so the post office will close and the nearest premises are Kirkholt or Sudden.




    Castleton EC Residents
    No update.

    Friends of Carnegie Castleton
    Outside of the building has now been finished and the new roof is on.  The building will take 12 months to dry out inside.  A fund raising auction is taking place 28 July 2017 at The Woolworths Club at 7.30pm.

    Friends of Castleton Station/Support the Oldham, Rochdale and Manchester Rail Lines
    Appeal made for extra support to those who already tend to the station.  A new timetable has been implemented for trains to Blackburn and Chester.  A recent proposal to reduce rush-hour services needs support and recognition to increase services not decrease.

    St. Gabriel’s
    As St Gabriel’s Church is a combined Parish along with St John’s (that is currently undergoing works causing them to close) parishioners are causing parking issues on Smalley Street.  With an event being held on Sunday, people are advised to park on Royle Barn Road instead.

    East Lancs Railway
    Efforts are still being made to try and bring the iconic railway line to Castleton and also to secure land to be used as a car park.

    Rochdale Township in Bloom
    A donation of £100 has been made by Rochdale Lions to fund flowers to be placed at the train station – planting with local school children will take place over the next week.  Judging will take place on 1 August 2017.


Any Other Business


    Castleton Swimming Baths
    The swimming baths have been closed for some time now due to an outbreak of Legionella Disease; the second incident being in the shower heads with a further inspection finding it within the pipework throughout the building too.  Councillor Sheerin advised the residents of the excellent news that the baths will now be taken over privately and re-opened once all works to make them safe have been completed.  Plans to extend are also being explored.


Date & time of next meeting