Venue: Castleton Community Centre, Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3AF. View directions
Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel 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.
Appointment of Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary
attendance at the forum were asked to put forward any nominees to
give representation for the roles. A
copy of the constitution was both available and referred to; in
order to outline that membership of the forum shall be open to
representatives of voluntary organisations or businesses based in
Castleton and individual residents of Castleton. As there was more than one nominee for the post of
Chair, both were asked to present their information and
experiences, etc to the
forum. The group then cast their
votes. Maggie Magner received 17 votes. Steve Sanderson received 7 votes. Maggie Magner was
appointed as Chair. One person was put
forward for the position of Vice Chair, that being Sheila
Whitworth. It was agreed that the
Township Officer in attendance at each forum will act as Secretary,
taking the minutes.
Minutes of last meeting/Matters arising/Updates PDF 75 KB
minutes of the previous meeting were approved.
Nixon Street junction
A resident requested
the Council’s Highways Department improve the phasing of the
lights at the junction of Nixon Street turning as traffic
frequently miss the lights. Another
resident raised the matter of an obstruction causing an issue when
exiting Partington Street. The matter was raised by Councillor Hornby with
the Highways Department and she is awaiting an
Chaucer Street blocked gullies
It was reported
that three grids/gullies needed flushing/cleaning out as they were
causing flooding on Chaucer Street. The
matter was escalated to the Council’s Highways Maintenance
Department requesting they contact the resident. The update received after the forum was
they had cleaned the gullies on Chaucer
Street in December 2017 and they are clear and running.
The request appears to refer to the
gullies in the alley at the side of the property. This location is not public Highway and they have
been informed it is private. As such
any drainage would be the responsibility of the land owner and the
Highways Maintenance Department are not able to clean these
Heywood Road street
Issue raised stating a conifer tree is hindering the
illumination near to the children’s play area/Sackville
Street. The matter was escalated by D
Lodwig, Public Realm Officer.
The site of the former
A matter was raised about the future planning proposals for this
site. A request was made to Councillor
Hornby to call the planning application in so that Members can
insist that hours of construction/working can be specified and also
that a S106 agreement can be factored in to ensure the site will be
tidied up, neighbouring property side elevations bricked up and the
adjacent pavement reinstated.
Councillor Sheerin advised the meeting that the newly submitted
planning application will be being scrutinised. It was drawn to his attention to also request that
the owners/developers make the site safe.
Castleton Home for the
A resident requested an
update on this matter from the Council.
Councillor Sheerin advised there may be an interested party wishing
to purchase these premises.
Manchester Road junction with Heywood
It was reported that cars
are parking on double yellow lines after 5pm at this
location. The matter was escalated to
the Council’s Parking Services to increase enforcement
patrols in this area.
Cherrington House, Cherrington Drive
resident raised concerns about the condition of the road near to
Cherrington House on the bend of the
road. The matter was escalated to the
Council’s Highways Maintenance Department requesting they
inspect the area. Update received was
the condition of the road does not meet the Council’s remit
or criteria for requiring repairs.
The resident was not happy with this response and
wishes for the matter to be raised again.
A query was raised
as to the future development plans for the park. Update received from the Council’s
Environmental Management Department: ‘in 2015 we got together
with the local community, did some consultations and worked
view the full minutes text for item 3.
Greater Manchester Police
update was provided as follows:
Type of Crime
from motor vehicle
of motor vehicle
meetings have started this month as a virtual meeting
online. The first one started off with
a few teething problems at first but then went rather
well. These virtual meetings will continue and commence in other
neighbourhood teams areas. The access
to this meeting online will be sent out a few days prior to the
meeting on the Facebook page for both GMP Pennines and GMP Rochdale
by way of a link. The link will give
residents access to the chat room where queries can be
The PACT dates for the rest of the year are as follows:
5 June 2018
3 July 2018
28 August 2018
25 September 2018
23 October 2018
20 November 2018
18 December 2018
A male has been arrested this week for a series of burglaries and
commercial burglaries around Castleton, Bamford and
Rochdale. He admitted to 8 residential
burglaries and 13 commercial burglaries. He has been charged and remanded.
PC Michelle Farmer (GMP) will be looking at doing some surgeries in
Castleton in the next few weeks which will be advertised online and
also in the community centre and shops.
It will be a drop in surgery so all residents are
Unauthorised parking on double yellow
A resident raised again
the matter of vehicles being parked on double yellow lines and
asked if Parking Services can up enforcement in the area.
Action: Request the Council’s Parking Services
Department to up patrols in the area.
Tetrosyl – Planning Permission
and approval from the HSE
A resident raised the issue that
Tetrosyl have still not gained full
approval in terms of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) nor
the Council’s Planning Department. Councillor Sheerin advised Tetrosyl are allowed to work up to a certain
threshold limit before requiring certification from the HSE, which
is how they are operating. A request
was made to chase up the Council’s Planning Department for an
Action: Councillor Sheerin to speak to the Planning
Officer to gain a further update.
GMP – PACT meetings changing to virtual
Councillors and residents expressed their concerns
with this move stating that they feel they are losing vital contact
with the local community police in the village. Councillor Sheerin stated he was really unhappy
with the decision which has been taken with no community
Action: Contact GMP to advise concerns of the forum and
Smalley Street – House cellars flooding due to lack of
Residents on Smalley Street (13 houses -
numbers 43-67) advised they are experiencing flooding to their
cellars. The problem has been reported
to United Utilities and after investigating the matter, they were
advised that it is due to defective surfacing outside their
properties and the liability sits with the Council’s Highways
Raise the matter with the Council’s Highways Department to
inspect and assess the situation.
Castleton Hotel – Allegation of unauthorised change of use to
clarification on the use of these premises as it was alleged
families were being housed in the premises.
Action: Escalate the matter for further investigation
within the Council.
A planning application for the
extension to the warehouse at Cowm Top
will go in front of Elected Members next month. It is understood that they wish to pay specific
attention to the visual impact of the development and request a
planting scheme requirement to be attached and maintained for a
period of 10 years after approval.
Friends of Carnegie Castleton
The building is still drying
out. A sign placed in the window with
Estate Agent’s details does not mean it is for sale or let
but is purely a contact for any enquiries regarding the use of the
building. The recent ‘May
Pole’ event went really well with dancers from Castleton
School of Dancing in attendance.
Friends of Castleton Station/Support the Oldham,
Rochdale & Manchester Rail Lines/East Lancs Railway
Shelters at the station have
recently disappeared and it has been advised that they will be
replaced. New timetable came into play
on Sunday. Fiasco experienced across
the UK regarding changes to timetables with Northern Rail laying
the blame on Network Rail and electrification. New information boards containing the
station’s history are being looked at. Appeal made to residents to contact the Friends of
group if they hold any artefacts of the station. Talks will be held in the local primary schools on
the danger of playing near railways in readiness for the school
holidays. Sponsors are being sought for
the hanging baskets at the station.
The recent ‘Ceili’ night held was a success. The summer fair held at the partner church at St
Johns, Rochdale will be on 16 June 2018.
Next meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of
the month at the Woolworth’s Club, Castleton.
Rochdale Township in Bloom
Judging date will be 4 July 2018. Meeting for the full committee will be held
Thursday 24 May 2018 at Castleton Community Centre at
Any Other Business
A representative from
the magazine ‘Revive’ attended the forum, advising
residents to contact her with anything that they may like featured
within it. They cover the areas of both
Castleton and Norden and can advertise
events or businesses which can feature in ‘Rochdale
Life’ magazine too. Contact is
either Caroline or Rebecca.
Floral tributes – Council’s
A resident raised a query about the Council’s
policy on the removal of floral tributes within the
Borough. It was advised that there was
no ‘policy’ in place as the Council, along with any
partnership agencies involved, always sought to liaise closely with
any families to ensure sensitive attention is paid to their wishes
before anything was removed.
Castleton Swimming Baths
residents to use the fantastic facility recently re-opened in the
Councillor Billy Sheerin - appointment of Deputy
Councillor Rashid advised the forum of the recent
news of the appointment to Deputy Mayor of local ward Councillor
Clean up Castleton
A member of the newly
formed group ‘Clean up Castleton’ attended and advised
the forum of their recent activities in the ward and their
initiative to make Castleton a cleaner place to live and
work. Residents are welcome to join the
group and attend to assist with future litter picks. More information can be obtained by contacting
Mike Cullen on 07938 642089 or
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
4 Sept 2018 at 7pm
Tuesday 4 December 2018 at 7pm