Agenda and minutes

Venue: Newbold Baptist Church, Milnrow Road, Rochdale OL16 5DW. View directions

Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel: 01706 924343 

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Introductions and Apologies/Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 15 KB


    All were welcomed to the meeting and apologies were noted.  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.


Minutes from the last meeting/updates pdf icon PDF 80 KB


    The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed and the following updates were provided.

    Waithlands/Witley Road Junction
    Sign missing from the signpost has not been replaced.  Highways have them on the list for order.

    Waithlands Road
    Residents reported the sign (directing to the canal) on the footpath has not been replaced.  Highways have them on the list for order.

    Milnrow Road
    Parking Services Update - a joint enforcement operation with GMP and the Civil Enforcement Officers has now been arranged, however, for obvious reasons the dates and times cannot be disclosed in advance.  There was positive feedback both from the Police and the Civil Enforcement Officers last time and therefore it is anticipated this operation will prove to be as beneficial.

    GMP further update – PC Walsh has spoken to the Safety Camera Team regarding: deploying a mobile speed camera van.  Unfortunately, there is a strict criterion which has to be met in order for a site to be approved by the local authority and enforcement to take place and the location mentioned at the forum doesn’t meet the criteria at this stage.  This criteria includes a certain amount of incidents involving serious injury or death in a particular time period and speed surveys showing a certain percentage of vehicles going well above the speed limit.  He was advised however, that the traffic PCSOs may be able to deploy with a speed gun to areas of local concern so this has been requested on Milnrow Road, Croxton Avenue and Sir Isaac Newton Way.  If they are able to do this any results will be collated and reported back to future area forums.
    Action 1: Request that parking around the Premier Store near Charlotte Street be included in this joint operation (Rachel Hudson)

    Milnrow Road and Croxton Avenue Speed Surveys
    These surveys have been carried out and we are awaiting the results.

    Belfield Lane Street Lights
    The forum was informed that an inspection was carried out on Belfield Lane columns 10, 11 and 12.  Residents disputed the response in particularly regarding column 12, which they say is affected by the presence of a conifer that stops the light shining down onto the highway.
    Action 2: Request follow-up inspection with recommendation to view from the bridge towards the column (Rachel Hudson)

    Unauthorised use of premises – Milnrow Road

    The forum was informed that Planning Enforcement have provided an update to state that they are monitoring the property and can only take action when the vehicles present at the property do not belong to the owner and give rise to suspicion of possible business use.  At present there are no breaches of planning.  Residents were unhappy with this response stating that there is clearly an operational business at these premises, and requested that alternative enquiries take place.  The MP suggested that this issue could be taken as an opportunity to demonstrate effective partnership working and that enquiries could be made with other authorities around how they tackle similar issues.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.


Greater Manchester Police - PACT meeting


    Crime Statistics – Last Quarter
    Burglary dwelling –22 offences, mainly in the Belfield, Sandfield and Newbold areas.
    Burglary other – 31 offences, up from 21 in the previous quarter.  Mostly businesses targeted for cash floats, and focussed on the Sandfield, Newbold and Lower Place areas.  Plain Clothes operations are taking place during weekends and early hours of weekdays.
    Robbery – offences reduced to 3 from 8 in the previous quarter.
    Taking from a motor vehicle – offences reduced to 15 from 25, mainly targeting sat nav systems.
    Criminal damage – reduced to 49 from 60.
    Anti-Social Behaviour – down to 60 incidents from 87, mainly around Newbold, Oldham Road, Lower Place and Beswick Royds Street.

    There have been two offenders convicted for offences recently, receiving sentences of 4 years and 18 months respectively.

    Presentation – GMP Citizen’s Contract
    Greater Manchester Police is improving the way it works to meet the challenges it faces and provide the best possible service.  The organisation needs to save a further £44m in the next four years.  They are developing a Citizen’s Contract which will outline what GMP will do and what they need members of the public to do, to enable Greater Manchester to be a safer place.  Residents’ views are invited and will be used to help shape policing in the next four years up to 2020.  The Township Office will electronically distribute surveys to all residents on the mailing list which can be completed and returned to GMP.  Residents reiterated that the main concern in the Kingsway Ward is speeding on Milnrow Road, and asked that this be addressed.  The officer present undertook to attempt to increase patrols in the area.


Open Forum


    Worsley Street Parking
    Concerns were again raised in relation to local garages parking vehicles in the area, making access to driveways difficult for residents.  GMP stated ‘difficulties’ do not constitute an obstruction.  In the absence of parking restrictions the local authority is unable to take any enforcement action.  The MP suggested that a Council Officer could visit the premises with a Police Officer to discuss the concerns of residents and to encourage the business to be a good neighbour, whilst explaining the options open to the Council in terms of parking restrictions which would have a negative impact on all that work and reside in the area.
    Action 5: Arrange visit to premises with local Beat Officer (Rachel Hudson)
    Some positive information was given with regard to initiatives recently led by residents in the ward, they include:

    ·           Clean up with the Canal & Rivers Trust.  The Trust has agreed to clean up the canal tow-path on a quarterly basis.

    ·           Discussion with Morrisons and TfGM resulting in their agreement to cut back the shrubs and clean up the path between the tram stop and the store.

    ·           Talking to the Council about receiving assistance with clean-ups, in terms of lending equipment and removing bags of collected rubbish.

    There were concerns that rubbish bags are being rifled through and their contents left strewn on footpaths and tow paths.  The concerns were particularly in relation to whether the activity is being carried out by homeless people looking for food.  It was acknowledged that there are many reasons why this could be happening and it shouldn’t be assumed it is related to homelessness.

    Kingsway Retail Park – The area at the rear of the retail park is untidy, dirty and unsightly.  The MP asked that a letter be written to the landlord to ask them to liaise with the businesses and to require them to take responsibility for the rear of their stores.
    Action 6: Write to landlord on behalf of the area forum (Rachel Hudson)

    Residents were encouraged to report grot spots direct to the Council which would allow the hit-teams to be deployed: email, telephone 0300 303 8884.

    Milnrow Road/Kenworthy Street – Additional Bin
    Councillor Ali supported a request for an additional litter bin in the vicinity of the off licence; preferably one with a lid to stop litter blowing around the streets.
    Action 7: Arrange installation of additional lidded litter bin – agree location with Councillor Daalat Ali (Rachel Hudson)

    Kenworthy Street Alley Gates
    Fly-tipping at the rear of Kenworthy Street is a recurrent and unacceptable problem.  Residents were informed that this problem is not something that the Council can clean up or enforce.  There were also safety concerns regarding the alley gates; one will not lock and the other appears unsafe.
    Action 8: Speak to Environmental Management to see whether properties can be leafleted regarding fly-tipping (Rachel Hudson)
    Action 9: Refer alley gate concerns to Burglary Reduction Officer (Val White)

    Information concerning future Area Forums – Email notifications  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Ward News


    Robinson’s Common
    Plans are in progress to develop the common into community use.  Surveys have been completed and the final project will result in a kick-pitch and community allotments.

    Bulky Waste Amnesty
    A further scheme has been funded from ward funds; this time the focus will be on the Belfield and Croxton areas.

    Lower Place Playing Fields
    Agreement to transfer the fields to Kingsway Park High School has now been reached.


Date and time of the next meeting


    To be confirmed
    Newbold Baptist Church, Milnrow Road, Rochdale