Venue: Newbold Baptist Church, Milnrow Road, Rochdale OL16 5DW. View directions
Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel: 01706 924343
Introductions and Apologies/Code of Conduct 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 80 KB
minutes of the previous meeting were agreed and the following
updates were provided.
Waithlands/Witley Road Junction
missing from the signpost has not been replaced. Highways have them on the list for order.
Residents reported the sign (directing to the
canal) on the footpath has not been replaced. Highways have them on the list for order.
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
Action 1: Request that parking around the Premier Store
near Charlotte Street be included in this joint operation (Rachel
Milnrow Road and Croxton Avenue Speed
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
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. ...
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Greater Manchester Police - PACT meeting
Crime Statistics – Last
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
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
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.
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
Action 5: Arrange visit to premises with local Beat
Officer (Rachel Hudson) Litter/Fly-Tipping
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
Talking to the Council about receiving assistance
with clean-ups, in terms of lending equipment and removing bags of
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
Residents were encouraged to report grot spots direct to
the Council which would allow the hit-teams to be deployed:
telephone 0300 303 8884.
Milnrow Road/Kenworthy Street –
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
Kenworthy Street Alley
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
Action 8: Speak to Environmental Management to see
whether properties can be leafleted regarding fly-tipping (Rachel
Action 9: Refer alley gate concerns to Burglary Reduction Officer
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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
transfer the fields to Kingsway Park High School has now been
Date and time of the next meeting
Newbold Baptist Church, Milnrow Road,