Introductions and Code of Conduct PDF 23 KB
Andy Dawson introduced
himself to the forum and thanked everyone for attending.
Members of the forum was asked if anyone would like to chair the
Kingsway Area Forum in the absence of Sharon Taylor. Martin Hazelhurst came
forward to chair the meeting and forum members were asked if there
were any objections. No objections were
The chair introduced himself to the forum, gave introductions and
thanked everyone for attending. Attention was drawn to the code of conduct, a
summary of which was read out to the forum and residents were
informed that there was a more detailed copy on the back of the
meeting agenda. All attendees were
asked to abide by the code for the duration of the meeting.
Minutes from the last meeting/updates PDF 85 KB
The minutes of the
previous meeting were agreed and all previous actions were
There are a lot of weeds on Robbies Common.
Action 1: Katherine Metcalfe from the Youth Service
offered to carry out a litter pick with youths on a
There is Japanese knotweed
all along Broad Lane. Residents say it
was reported three weeks ago but nobody has been to look at
it. Steve Pyke from Environmental
Management sent an update to say it has been passed on to the
manager who deals with it, however, residents expressed their
disappointment at the lack of response. It was mentioned that it was too late to carry out
any treatment this year and will have to wait until 2014.
Charlotte Street/Oldham Road Land
have overgrown again.
Action 2: Katherine Metcalfe from the Youth Service
offered to work with youths and a new member of staff from Kingsway
Park High School.
Greater Manchester Police and Community Safety
PC David Gurr was welcomed to the forum.
Residents were provided with various advice leaflets, booklets and
contact details such as the Join the Doorstep Crimefighting Team which encourages residents to
report doorstep crime and bogus callers. Residents were encouraged to ring 101, 0161 872
505 or 999 in the case of emergencies.
Costcutters on Oldham Road wanted to
extend their licensed hours to between 0600 and 0000
hours. A statement submitted with
regards to the impact this would have, especially in summer months,
of the street drinkers being able to obtain alcohol even
earlier. It was explained it would
affect users of the canal and the new residents on Woodbine
Street. The new license extension was
The arrest of a male on Ouldfield
Close, Newbold for possession of
cannabis with intent after information from the public was received
has led to the discovery of a large amount of cannabis in an
address. GMP are acting upon
information given as soon as they can.
Increased patrols on Newbold and
Belfield estates to deal with ASB and burglary offences running up
Operation Glacier - Patrols allocated to the Belfield area for
burglary offences. Belfield Engagement
Day and Neighbourhood issues. House to
house visits by local police, and members of outside agencies such
as Environment, Fire and Youth Officers.
Multi agency meeting on Newbold estate
to look at dealing with ASB issues on the estate and encouraging
people to report incidents.
Leaflets, security plug-in timers and handbag bells were handed out
at the meeting. Information was
provided regarding the Police Shop in Rochdale Town Centre which is
there to provide advice and an opportunity to speak with
Residents were provided with the following Crime Update stats for
the last three months:
Burglary Dwelling – 33 (one down on previous three
Burglary others – 45 (up on previous three months)
Residents were encouraged not to leave items on show such as tools
and ladders. These items should be
locked away as well as garden sheds and garages should also be kept
Robbery of personal property – 7 (same as previous three
Theft from motor vehicles - 28 (same as previous three
It was mentioned that youths are hanging around the shops on Prince
Street at night.
Action 3: Increase patrols (PC David Gurr)
PC David Gurr, PCSO Victoria
Bird and PCSO Dean Harper was thanked for attending the forum.
Blue Orchid - Starting a Business
No representative from
Blue Orchid turned up to the forum.
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
Cath Palin from Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) spoke to the meeting
about the services and support available through RBH and she
provided leaflets for various meetings such as Tenants &
Residents Association, Neighbourhood Panels, etc. She was welcomed to the forum.
The leaflet on “Our Choice” which is about spending of
£20,880 in various neighbourhoods was also
mentioned. The amount of funding is
based on the number of RBH properties in the neighbourhood and the
Decision Day Event is on Saturday 1 February 2014 between 1-4pm at
Heywood Civic Centre. Residents were
asked to contact 01706 273898 or email email@example.com if they
have intentions of attending.
Another leaflet was handed out to residents regarding the
Waithlands and Channing Street film
premiere to be held on 16 January 2014, 7.30pm at Moss Street Youth
Centre. RBH recently commissioned a
media company to film around Waithlands
and Channing Street and to ask a small number of local people about
their area. To confirm a place
residents were encouraged to phone the Engagement Team on 01706
& Grass Verges Removal
Residents were concerned that
there were no bins in the area for dog walkers to dispose of dog
waste. The proposal to tarmac the area
next to the Crawford Arms to remove the grass verges was mentioned
and a number of waste bins were proposed to be installed in that
location. Councillors asked for the
costs to do the work. The forum was
informed the costs received was £8220.96 and further
alternative costs have been requested due to the high management
fees of £1,233.14. The forum
agreed with seeking alternative costs that represented value for
Action 4: Contact Environmental Management and query
the number of bins in the area (A. Dawson)
Turf Hill Road & Kingsway Junction Traffic Lights
resident asked what work was being carried out on Turf Hill Road
and Kingsway Junction. They were
informed that traffic lights were being installed which raised
concerns that they hadn’t been consulted.
Kingsway/Queensway/Oldham Road Junction
issue of the Kingsway/Queensway/Oldham Road junction was
mentioned. A resident said that it is
dangerous and needs looking at again as he nearly had an accident
on a number of occasions. There was
mixed views on the junction with others saying they had never had
any problems. The residents were
informed that a number of site meetings had taken place and that
there was nothing further that could be done. TfGM are the
organisation that deals with these issues and they will need to be
contacted by the concerned resident.
Action 5: Contact TfGM
Fly tipping on Witley Road
resident mentioned that there is fly tipping on Witley Road.
Action 6: Contact Environmental Management (A.
Belfield Lane Grit Bin
The provision of a grit bin on
Belfield Lane was brought up. Residents
were informed that the grit bin serving a small number of homes on
Belfield Close was going to be relocated to the junction of
Belfield Close and Belfield Lane which would also serve Nursery
Gardens. Residents mentioned that the
grit bin is required further up the road. The forum was informed
that the allocation for new grit bins had been used up in the
2012/13 year’s allocation.
However, if a grit bin is identified in an area that no longer
requires one, Highways will relocate it. This situation also applies to damaged grit
Action 7: Identify an un-used and/or damaged grit bin
for re-location and inform the Township Office (Councillors &
Moss Street Youth
Update provided by Katherine
Metcalfe. During the update Katherine
confirmed she would organise a litter pick with the youths to be
carried out on Robbies Common on a
Street Lighting Renewal
informed that the renewing of the street lighting columns in the
Kingsway ward was soon to take place.
Residents should soon receive a leaflet through the door providing
contact information should there be any queries. Residents can also visit the Council website for
Back Care Yoga Sessions
Mary Price mentioned
that she has attended The Back Care Yoga sessions held by Link4Life
after obtaining a leaflet handed out at the last Kingsway Area
Forum and in doing so she has benefitted greatly. The Back Care Yoga sessions are a weekly class on
Tuesdays between 4.15pm and 5.00pm at Rochdale Leisure
Centre. It is a basic yoga session
focusing on poses that mobilise, strengthen and help ease muscle
tension in the back, which aims to provide you with all the
knowledge you need to manage your back pain condition on a daily
basis with the benefit of an instructor led session each
week. Costs £4.25 per session and
is open to everyone.
Greene King pub
The planning application for
the Greene King pub was approved in July and work has now started
on site for both the pub and the access road. The pub should be completed by the end of February
and open in mid-March. It will be a
Hungry Horse pub and will employ around 40 staff. They are committed to employing local residents as
part of the planning consent and will work with the Council’s
Employment Links Partnership to secure local jobs.
Kingsway Business Park Employment
numbers have increased over the past few months with the seasonal
increase at JD Sports and Asda/Wincanton. Around
1800 staff are now working on Kingsway, with approximately 70% from
the Borough. A meeting has been
arranged with JD Sports to discuss their employment practices in
The stop opened in February and
figures show that in August alone over 1800 passengers used the
Kingsway stop. The Kingsway Link bus
service, which was re-launched in February, and now operates 7 days
a week from 5am until 11pm, has experienced a significant increase
in passenger numbers with over 1400 trips taken in
October. Both services are seen as
providing a successful alternative to car use to get to and from
Kingsway for local residents and employees from further
Middleton to Kingsway bus service
originally a trial service, is to be made permanent, enabling the
28 passengers to secure sustainable employment at the business
park. This works alongside the Kingsway
Link which also runs a direct service to Heywood and covers the
Railway and bus stations.
The 2nd annual Kingsway run took
place on Sunday 22 September 2013, and was very successful with
around 250 competitors across the 5k, 10k and two children’s
races. ... view the
full minutes text for item 6.
Community First - Information/Update
is still available for projects run by existing groups across the
Ward under the Kingsway First, Community Development Foundation
funding stream. The next meeting will
be around mid-January 2014, so if anyone has any ideas for projects
they can submit their proposals in the next 4 weeks to the
group. Projects are needed to take up
the funding so it’s not lost. The
deadline for submitting applications is March 2014.
Date and time of the next meeting
Thursday 13th March
Belfield Community School, Samson Street,