Venue: Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street, Rochdale OL16 2EP. View directions
Contact: Gary Finch - Tel: 01706 924817
The meeting was chaired by Beryl Lloyd.
Everyone was welcomed to the Forum and reminded to observe and respect the code of conduct for the duration of the meeting.
Apologies had been received from Councillors Ali Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed and Roger Hartley.
PACT meeting - Greater Manchester Police
PCSO Barlow and PCSO Palmer attended the meeting for this item.
The Forum was informed that the following incidents had been reported in the Ward in the last three months:
Residential Burglary – 15 – same period last year 19
Burglary Other – 8 – same period last year 9
Robbery – 4 – same period last year 8
Theft from person – 5 – same period last year 4
Theft from dwelling – 4 – same period last year 10
Theft of pedal cycle – 0 – same period last year 2
Theft from vehicle – 22 – same period last year 8
Theft of a vehicle – 7 – same period last year 7
Criminal damage – 42 – same period last year 27
Figures for criminal damage now includes damage to vehicles, previously it did not.
It was also reported that anti-social behaviour is a recurring problem to the rear of Dunhelm, off Entwistle Road and two cannabis farms have recently been identified (Quarry Street and Greenbank Road)
It was commented that given the reduction in resources faced by GMP the statistics provided were reasonably good.
The following issues were raised;
1. A resident raised concerns about the anti-social behaviour that is taking place on the Central Leisure Car Park. This primarily involves vehicles being raced at high speeds. These incidents occur on a regular basis and carry on until the early hours of the morning. It was also commented by GMP that there is evidence of drug/sexual activity.
The Forum was informed that the major stakeholders in this issue – Council, Link 4 Life and GMP – where aware of the problems being experienced and attempts were being made to arrange a meeting to resolve this situation. GMP commented that there seemed to be some confusion with regards to land ownership around the leisure centre and whose responsibility it was to take action. However it was hoped this could be resolved.
2. A resident also informed the Forum that he believed a scam was going on in the Ward. This involved residents being approached by contractors to repair damp problems within their homes with the possibility of claiming compensation. The resident had more information / evidence which would be passed to the police.
The Township and Engagement Officer commented that he had
received an email, earlier in the day which basically concurred with the
information being presented by the resident. It was agreed that the
email should be forwarded to GMP.
The minutes of the Area Forum meeting held on Monday 8th January 2018 were approved as a correct record.
The Forum was updated on the applications for financial support that had been received. It was reported that:
1. Funding had been agreed for the installation of two benches on the green space adjacent to Hector Avenue.
2. Funding had been partially agreed for the outdoor exercise equipment. The shortfall in funding for this project will be considered at a future meeting of Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee later in the year. The Forum was also informed that no decision had been made on where this equipment would be sited, however South Street Play Area had been visited. Residents at the meeting where encouraged to put forward ideas as to where the equipment could be placed.
3. Financial support to improve drainage on the footpath that runs across the play area on South Street, adjacent to the Mosque will be considered at Rochdale Township Action and Resources Committee in March 2018.
4. Financial support has been agreed for a traffic survey to be undertaken on Howard Street in response to the petition submitted by residents requesting speed humps to be installed on the street.
Residents raised the following issues:
1. Concerns were raised about the number of blocked gullies in the Ward. Selby Street, Morley Street, Entwistle Road and Water Street were provided as examples. These issues would be reported.
2. A resident raised concerns about vehicles speeding on Greenbank Road. It was commented that a recent traffic survey undertaken on Syke Road and Dewhirst Road (both run adjacent to Greenbank Road) found very little evidence of speeding. It was also commented that in some cases speeding is subjective and based on perception. It does not necessary mean that a large number of vehicles are speeding.
3. A resident also raised a concern about the size of the speed humps on Entwistle Road. It was commented that all traffic calming measures would be within agreed / approved regulations / standards.
4. Environmental Managements, Clean and Green Team were thanked for the work they have undertaken in the Ward.
5. Concerns about the standard and quality of some of the pot hole repairs that are carried out.
A representative from Wardleworth Community Centre informed the Forum of a number of up and coming events:
1. Science Extravaganza – 18th March 2018 – 11am – 5pm
2. Tea and Chat Session – every Friday – 1.30pm – 3pm
3. Basic IT Courses are planned to be run at the Centre, however specific details are not known at this stage.
4. Learning Club – every Saturday 11am – 2pm.
Date and time of the next meeting
Area Forum dates for the forthcoming year will be circulated as soon as possible.