Venue: Moss Street Youth Centre, Moss Street, Rochdale. View directions
Contact: Katie Moore - Tel No. 01706 924770
Introductions and Code of Conduct PDF 23 KB
chair introduced himself to the forum
and thanked everyone for attending.
Attention was drawn to the code of conduct, a summary of which was
read out. All attendees were asked to
abide by the code for the duration of the meeting.
Following a restructure in the Council’s Township Team, it
was advised that Katie Moore will now be supporting the Kingsway
ward. The forum wanted to pass on their
thanks to Andy Dawson who really supported the ward. A resident explained that they had sent an email to
the Council’s Acting Chief Executive about the restructure
and had received an email from the Lead Township Officer in
response. The resident would like a
response from the Acting Chief Executive to address the issues that
Action 1: Contact Acting Chief Executive to discuss
matters raised (Katie Moore)
The chair also welcomed Lindsay Dunn who was in
attendance to represent Environmental Management. It was advised that Lindsay would pass on any of
the issues raised and would be on hand to answer enforcement
Minutes from the last meeting/updates PDF 73 KB
Belfield Lane Grit Bin
was asked whether anyone had identified any unused and/or damaged
grit bins for relocation. Katie advised
that no action could be taken at this time without a bin being
Moss Street Fire
PCSO Bird advised that residents do
not need to worry; the men at the address were arrested.
Percy Street - Missing Stone Flags
A Land Registry
search was conducted to establish ownership of the
alleyway. The search result for the
alley between Percy Street and Crown Street was “no
registered estate”. This means
that ownership has not yet been registered at HM Land
Registry. The property will be vested
in someone's ownership but until a trigger event occurs, i.e. a
sale, there is no requirement for the owner to voluntarily register
his/her ownership at the Land Registry and it will remain an
unregistered title. The Council has no
legal responsibility to repair the alleyway. There are further investigations that can be taken
to try and establish ownership and Katie suggested that if anyone
would like to discuss this matter further then to speak to her
after the meeting or contact 01706 924770.
Litter and Highways Report
At the last meeting a
resident reported potholes in Lower Place. Katie advised that specific street names need to
be given to Highways in order for them to be assessed. The resident who originally raised this was not at
the area forum. This action will be
carried over to the next meeting.
Litter was also reported opposite Newbold Islamic Centre.
Environmental Management confirmed that the waste and contaminated
bins have been removed, some domestic waste bins are still out on
the pavement. The alleyway has been
cleared by residents and it looks much better.
Potholes in alleyway off Stiups
This matter has been reported to Highways.
An enforcement officer has visited the
site. Katie invited residents from
Weston Avenue to contact her as it is thought a site visit is
needed with residents so specific issues can be identified.
Street Lighting Services has been
contacted and they have stated that they need the exact numbers of
the lampposts as the technicians work in the daytime so are unable
to identify lighting columns that are not working because they are
off during the day.
Learning Disability Services
A discussion was held
about the newly developed Learning Disability Services located
behind Morrison’s supermarket. It
was suggested that there was a proposal to separate areas within
the unit to enable the delivery of individual care, however, has
remained one large space with one small area in it. It was agreed to get some clarity on reasons for
the move and if there is any new design proposals for the facility
Action 2: Provide feedback on issues raised around the
relocation of Learning Disability Services. (Katie
Greater Manchester Police and Community Safety
the last three months figures have gone down for burglary, burglary
other, and robbery (including bicycle thefts). There has been some vehicle theft and it was
advised that personal belongings should not be kept in view.
A resident suggested wiping windows to
remove marks from sat navigation systems.
A resident reported ongoing problems at Lock 49 (behind Woodbine
Street). PCSO Bird advised they will be
working with RBC’s Licensing Team to investigate where
alcohol is being bought from and to encourage shop owners to work
with them in preventing ASB. PCSOs will
also be teaming up with police officers as at the moment their role
only allows them to move people on. It
was agreed to look into issuing a dispersal order, however,
residents were informed that there are other options that can be
used first such as Section 27, which gives police the power to remove
an individual from an area for up to 48 hours.
Residents reported that people have
been running over garage roofs (damaging roof panels) belonging to
houses on Rosefield Crescent.
This has been reported to the police
but it was asked whether MetroLink
could be contacted to look at installing a fence to block off
access to the garages.
Action 3: (1) Invite TfGM
to next meeting (Katie Moore)
(2) Councillor Ahmed to raise issue at transport meeting
(Councillor Shakil Ahmed)
Ward Councillors enquired into whether there are any
plans for another Operation Ramadan. Previously extra patrols were organised which
allowed a strong police presence to be maintained around mosques,
and local officers worked closely with religious establishments,
youth workers and volunteers to resolve issues. It was thought that a similar operation will be in
A resident thanked the police for their hard work.
read out three issues that were sent for the open forum before the
meeting. These issues included parking
on Milnrow Road, development of
Robbie’s Common and litter.
Milnrow Road Parking
Katie advised the forum that a scheme for
Milnrow Road had been approved and
awaiting a start date from Highways.
Robbie’s Common Development
consultation event about the development of Robbie’s Common
is being held for residents on Thursday 3 July 2014, 6pm, Moss
Street Youth Centre, Rochdale. All
Ward Councillors and Council officers
have carried out site visits and noted the problems with litter in
the area need to be addressed. It has
been agreed that this issue will be raised with Rochdale
Boroughwide Housing, Great Places and
Rosefield Crescent 20mph zone
Residents requested a 20mph zone on
Action 4: Raise issue with Highways to look at
feasibility (Katie Moore)
Kingsway Road 20mph zone
There were concerns that there
was not a presence of 20mph zones (school zones) on Kingsway
Action 5: Raise issue with Highways to review school
20mph zones and signage on Kingsway Road (Katie
advised that a Ward Capital Fund scheme has been supported.
The scheme is for the installation of K
Barriers at Buersil Avenue to stop
motorcycles using the alleyway.
Katie invited new members to join the Kingsway Sub-group.
It was agreed that this group would
only meet on an ‘as and when’ needs basis.
The chair informed the forum of a new system that is being put in
place to register for voting; Individual Electoral
Registration. Registration will now
have to be done on an individual basis rather than per household.
Further information can be found on the
A review of the roads in the borough is
taking place. Residents were asked to
contact Ward Councillors if they would like to report potholes or
suggest an area for resurfacing. Watkin Street and
Charter Street were raised.
Action 6: Councillor Ali to report to Highways
(Councillor Daalat Ali)
Community First - Information/Update
Emma King from the Community First Panel provided an
update. Grants are available for any
community group with a bank account and constitution to apply for
– grants from £500 to £2,500 for any activities
that meet the community priorities:
Clean - Work with local people to achieve a high
standard of cleanliness in our area.
Green - Develop community projects to increase and
improve our green spaces.
Communities - Increase pride by developing a sense
of belonging, and positive shared identity with our
Engagement - Encourage residents and community
groups to get involved in projects to meet local needs.
Aims - To work together to make Kingsway a great
place to live, work and play.
the last round of funding and there is about £15,000
Date and time of the next meeting
Thursday 25 September 2014 at 6.30pm
Venue: To be confirmed