Venue: Moss Street Youth Centre, Moss Street, Rochdale. View directions
Contact: Katie Moore - Tel. 01706 924770
Introductions and Apologies/Code of Conduct PDF 23 KB
The 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.
Apologies were received from
Councillors Ali and Brosnan, E.King and Environmental Management.
Minutes from the last meeting/updates PDF 70 KB
of the meeting held on 5 March 2015 be approved as a correct record
subject to the following two amendments - removal of Rosefield Crescent re: Fly-tipping and to add
healthy and safety concerns to Rosefield Crescent Double Yellow Line
Traffic Warden Presence- Bertha Road/Rosefield Crescent and Milnrow Road
This issue was reported to Highways who advised that
the areas were put onto the traffic enforcement’s hotspot
New Street Sign Moss Street
the street sign had been replaced earlier in the year and is
currently on the list for cleaning.
Speed Restriction Sign - Junction of Witley Road/Milnrow
A resident at the forum
advised that the sign is now pointing in the correct
Newbold Tram Stop
An update was provided by PC
Walsh. Please refer to Greater Manchester Police agenda item.
Feedback collected from the
last forum was provided to Eon. A response from Eon was
The signs are not cleaned they are just
Crescent - Works on Rosefield Crescent are not yet complete as still
waiting for the designs to come back.
Issues have been reported regarding site conditions
at Woodbine Street, Moss Street and Margaret Avenue. These areas
have all been dealt with and closed.
No entry sign- junction of Milnrow Road/Pine
Response from PCSO Bird -
This is difficult to manage as those going the wrong way have to be
caught doing it. There are a limited number of Traffic Officers who
are covering the entire force. Agreed to try and keep an eye out in
The Clean and Green Team
completed a clean-up of the site reported.
Greater Manchester Police - PACT meeting
(Taken for past 3
months compared to last year)
Burglary dwelling: 28 (areas include Sandfield and Newbold. Some of the incidents have
occurred due to insecure properties. Residents are reminded to lock
doors and keep windows closed when unoccupied).
Burglary other (business premises): 11
Theft from motor vehicles: 63
Criminal Damage: 99
Overall, there has been a significant increase in the last three
categories. Residents are encouraged to contact 101 or 999 on
emergency if they see anything suspicious or have any information.
Reporting of crimes can be done anonymously.
In response to theft from motor vehicles officers will be looking
to run some safe plate sessions and these will be advertised in due
The police are working hard to address the crimes reported for
example; property was recovered from a street robbery in the town
centre. Overall, intelligence from the public is key in helping the police tackling crime.
It was reported there has been a massive increase in groups of
young people in the area involved in anti-social behaviour. One
area in particular having problems with youth nuisance is around
the Newbold Tram Stop. The police, in conjunction with partner
agencies and Metro, have put measures in place to address the
problems. A dedicated team has been established and they treat the
area as a hot spot with plain clothes operations taking place.
Members of the group causing nuisance have been identified and
intervention work has been carried out by the police. Extra CCTV
has been installed.
PC Walsh advised of a street robbery that had occurred at the tram
stop and he confirmed the offenders were charged. A resident raised
their concerns about it being dark when you walk from the stop
towards Witley Road. Katie explained
that this issue had been raised before and is not Council land. The
area where lights had been previously requested is unadopted. The resident
highlighted that there is lighting at the end of Witley Road near to the former Housing Offices
however it is not always on at night.
Action 1: Enquire into ownership of lighting and land
owners (Katie Moore)
Street drinking particular around Locks 49/50 was
discussed. It was advised that Dispersal Orders will be put in
A discussion was held about drug dealing in the area. PC Walsh
assured residents that they do try and patrol and explained the
warrants process. A resident reported drug dealing at Waithlands Road (near to the canal). PC Walsh
advised that he would try and arrange a patrol in the area.
The PACT meetings were discussed and agreed that an update would be
provided at the next meeting. PACT priorities for the ward
Criminal damage and ASB
Theft from motor vehicles
was held about the trees on Waithlands
Road being overgrown and restricting light in the area. It was also
felt that the situation has caused a rat problem. The meeting was
advised that an officer had been to look at the trees and agreed
work needed to be carried out. Councillor Ahmed requested
Environmental Management be contacted to check what position the
job is on the waiting list.
Action 2: Contact Environmental Management (Katie
A report was
received of a couch that had been left at the Kingsway Bridge
(Waithlands Road area near to Gordon
Riggs). This issue prompted a discussion about the Council’s
Bulky Waste Scheme where residents are able to request collection
of bulky waste (costs vary depending on items). Tipping was also
reported at the Crawford Street Car Park. Since the meeting a
request was made for the removal of items left on McNaught Street.
Action 3: Request Environmental Management to remove
the couch (Katie Moore)
Rosefield Crescent Double Yellow
Following on from the last meeting, residents
stressed their concerns about Rosefield
Crescent and the health and safety issues they feel are caused by
not extending the double yellow lines at the corners of
Rosefield Crescent and Bertha Road. The
residents felt that by vehicles parking on the corners it is
creating blind spots when turning on and off Milnrow Road. Katie advised that this issue had
been raised with Highways and by extending the yellow lines; it
could displace parking further down Rosefield Crescent to the possible annoyance of
Action 4: Scheme to be discussed with Ward Councillors
latest development on Kingsway is a new building for a local
company called WCCTV who started on site last week and should be
finished by Christmas. It is a new facility being built in front of
the CR Laurence Unit. This company currently has around 35
employees and are hoping to recruit over the next few years as they
expand into the 12,000 square foot unit.
A planning application was approved in March for a further 63
houses to be built next to the existing housing on site. This
development will include some 1 and 2 bedroomed houses which will
provide the area with a range of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroomed houses to
cover all requirements. These houses should have a starting price
of approximately £100k for the 1 bedroomed house. The developers
should be on site early next year.
The Kingsway Area Forum Sub Group was discussed with new
appointments made for 2015/16. The new sub group was agreed as
follows: M.Topham, S.Curzon, E.Curzon,
D.Wilkinson, Councillor S.Ahmed, Councillor D.Ali and Councillor L.Brosnan.
The forum was informed about the upcoming Equalities Listening
Event which is due to take place on Tuesday 16 June 2015 at
Middleton Arena from 9.15am.
Date and time of the next meeting
Thursday 3 September 2015 at 6.30pm
Moss Street Youth Centre, Moss Street, Rochdale