Venue: Castleton Community Centre, Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3AF. View directions
Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel No. 01706 924343
Introductions & Apologies/Code of Conduct PDF 15 KB
Introductions were made and all were welcomed to the
meeting. The code of conduct was
circulated. All attendees were asked to
abide by the code for the duration of the meeting.
Apologies: T. Brogan, R. Davison, Councillor
Rashid, D. Lodwig (Rochdale Council) and PC M. Farmer
Minutes of last meeting/Matters arising/Updates PDF 79 KB
minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
Greater Manchester Police
Apologies were noted from PC Farmer (GMP). An update and figures were later provided as
September 2017: Burglaries 5
October 2017: Burglaries 9
November 2017: Burglaries 5
PC Farmer now covers Norden, Bamford
and Castleton as an area police officer. A new PCSO called Lauren Whelan covers Castleton.
PC Farmer spends a lot of her time now
out on warrants, arrests and files for court which leaves the PCSOs
on each area to do high-visibility patrolling, reassurance visits
and visits in relation to crimes. PC
Farmer has completed cannabis warrants which were positive.
YCA (youths causing annoyance) has increased slightly again on
Moorpark. PCSO Whelan has attended the
youths’ addresses and advised them in front of parents.
YCA has also occurred on Newchurch Street near to the chip shop.
There has been report of a couple of wheelie bin fires on Croydon
information in relation to this from local residents to be passed
to either PCSO Whelan or PC Farmer.
Burglaries in Castleton have been around the new estate off
Manchester Road. Houses have been
targeted for the high powered vehicles on their driveways.
A home watch scheme has been started
which is growing across the whole estate. Information is passed to residents from police if
any suspicious activity is reported. All residents are reminded to lock all doors and
windows, remove valuables from view, leave lights on timer switches
and do not leave keys on display or in locks.
A Christmas party will be held at the community centre this year on
13 December 2017 between 12-2pm. All
are welcome to come along for a coffee, raffle and listen to pupils
from St Edwards’s Primary School singing carols.
Residents are always encouraged to
attend PACT meetings to report police and crime related
issues. The meetings for the rest of
the year are as follows:
21 November 2017
19 December 2017
All meetings take place at Castleton
Community Centre at 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Robinson attended the forum to speak about the Castleton
Masterplan. He advised the forum that
the previous Masterplan had centred on the train station and that
there had been increased levels of patronage to bring the line back
through Castleton in recent years.
Since this time the Council has secured funding from different
resources to complete a feasibility works/study for the viability
of opening up the arch to the railway bridge. Land has also been secured for a car park and
platform. It was concluded from the
study that the arch could be opened up so all that it is waiting
for now is for Network Rail to sign it off. It was also commissioned to look into the
condition of the rail line to support the Castleton extension of
the East Lancs railway’s heritage
line from Heywood into Castleton. It
was discovered that the line is capable of supporting the
All of this information signifies that the Masterplan needs
renewing. The Council would give 6-12
months to consult on the different site allocations for development
of land and open space. Attendance at
the forum will be scheduled in again around March of next year to
update residents on the Network Rail decision and any
Residents raised questions about whether ELR are aware of safety
concerns at Tetrosyl and queried
whether there would ever be a legal requirement for public
consultation to be held before planning departments consider major
Discussions were held about residents’ ongoing concerns over
the Tetrosyl site particularly the
extra HGV vehicles using Royle Barn
Road. Planning permission for the use
of the site has not changed so this cannot be restricted or
controlled. It was advised that there
could be the potential for traffic management to be included in the
new Masterplan. A request for several
other sites to be included in the Masterplan was discussed,
and Maltings Lane.
Residents requested the contact details for HSE to write to them
about their concerns. Contact for HSE:
Harvey Tucker, HSE, 2.2 Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle L20
7HS. Email email@example.com. Tel No. 020 3028
3858. The HSE reference for the
application at Tetrosyl is
Councillor Sheerin can address any matters on behalf of anyone as
requested to do so and any future meetings with the HSE could be
arranged via Councillor Sheerin.
A resident reported overhanging
bushes/trees near to the former Woolworth’s Club which were
impeding users of the pavement.
Action: Townships to raise with the Council’s
Environmental Management Department
Royle Barn Road
It was reported that
there is a high volume of litter along Royle Barn Road.
Action: Townships to escalate with the Council’s
Environmental Management Department
Haulage firm traffic
Discussions held about a
haulage firm in the area applying for use as an operating centre
and whether the vehicles will use the Tetrosyl site, adding to the vehicle movements and
associated issues. Objections can only
be made if a resident is situated in direct vicinity of the site
Chaucer Street grids/gullies
A resident reported three grids/gullies need
flushing or cleaning out as they are causing
to report the issue to the Council’s Highways
Noxious fumes have
been noted coming from some industrial units on Royle Barn Road, near to the astro centre and woodland area. The smell is a regular occurrence (2-3 times per
week) and the odour is similar to a resin/bonding agent.
Residents also commented that there is a frequent chemical smell
near to a factory situated near to the railway bridge on Gypsy Lane
near the canal side.
Action: Councillor Sheerin requested that residents
note the unit/factory site’s name for the matters will be
reported to the Council’s Environmental Health
Partington Street parking
A resident asked about the feasibility of putting
double yellow lines at the top of Partington Street (adjacent to Heywood Road) to
prevent cars parking on corners.
Discussions arose about the enforcement of cars parked on corners
being a police matter and not the Council’s remit.
Action: Councillor Sheerin to escalate matter to PC
Farmer (GMP) to see if anyone can speak to the vehicle
circulated a diagram from the visible impact assessment by owners
Robert Scott for the re-submitted application received in Planning
for an extension to the warehouse on Cowm Top to make it 50 yards longer. Councillors are objecting to the proposal.
Councillor Sheerin also advised that plans to build a battery to
store electricity in containers behind Kirklee Road looks likely to be approved.
Friends of Carnegie Castleton
‘True Serenity’ business will take a large space usage
within the building when completed hopefully within the next 12
months. There is also the hope to put a
historic centre within the building to display Castleton’s
excellent industrial heritage. More
fund raising is required. A
‘Lancashire Night’ will be held within The Blue Pits
Inn on Saturday 25 November 2017 to raise money.
Friends of Castleton Station/Support the Oldham,
Rochdale & Manchester Rail Lines/East Lancs Railway
Recent surveys carried out
on pensioners’ use of the station.
‘Babes in the
Wood’ pantomime will commence in February. The Christmas fair will be held on 26 November
2017 at 12pm featuring Father Christmas, raffles and Gaelic coffee
Rochdale Township in Bloom
An amazing judging
day was experienced at the Southport festival and attended by the
Mayor. Rochdale swept the board for
awards, with Castleton’s Railway Station winning a silver
gilt. Children from local primary
schools; St Gabriel’s, St Edward’s and Castleton
Primary School had all helped in planting flowers, which looked
amazing this year.
The Rochdale Township won top marks and gold this year and will now
proceed to represent the North West in next year’s
competition ‘Britain in Bloom’. What an achievement!
Any Other Business
Councillors updated the
residents at the forum in GMP’s absence that they had
escalated matters to GMP regarding teens kicking balls near to Moor
Park, Castleton. Parents have been
addressed and matters have ceased.
Residents were advised that the Council can also assist in matters
of similar anti-social behaviour complaints and can deploy the
local Public Realm Inspectors to assist residents alongside
officers from GMP.
Castleton Swimming Pool
updated that the swimming pool is up and running and recommended
its use to residents as it is an excellent facility in the
village. Times of opening are displayed
at the baths.
Castleton Christmas Lights Switch On Event
event will be held on Monday 27 November 2017 at 6pm at the
Christmas tree at the side of the Carnegie Building and afterwards
10.30am–11.30am at the following venues:
First Saturday in month – St Aiden’s Church Hall
Second Saturday in month – Castleton Community Centre
Third Saturday in month – Chesham Community Room
Fourth Saturday in month – Castleton Community
Date & time of next meeting
27 February 2018 at 7pm
Castleton Community Centre