Agenda and minutes

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

Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel: 01706 924343 

No. Item


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


    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 65 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.
    Action: Contact Highways to request urgent action/update (Rachel Hudson)

    Waithlands Road
    Residents reported the sign (directing to the canal) on the footpath has not been replaced.
    Action: Contact Highways to request urgent action/update (Rachel Hudson)

    Milnrow Road
    Residents requested more details from Parking Services/GMP as to what times the area is being monitored.
    Action: Contact Parking Services to obtain information (Rachel Hudson)


Greater Manchester Police - PACT meeting


    PC Walsh provided last three months of the crime statistics:

    Burglary dwelling:

    ·           28 incidents

    ·           Belfield and Newbold hotspot areas

    ·           6 insecurethe restwere forcedentry

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    Burglary non-dwelling:

    ·           29 incidents

    ·           Belfield/Turf Hill/Oldham Road hot spot areas - 3 last night Oldham Road J/W Kingsway

    ·           3 x Lower Place School

    ·           3 x Moss Industrial Estate Woodbine Street



    ·           7 incidents

    ·           Oldham Road/Count Street/Woodbine Street

    ·           Monday 7 November 2016 at 1345 hours - Female knocked to ground on Oldham Road near to Fishwick Street and bag taken. Offender chased but not detained. White male in a chequered shirt. Enquiries ongoing

    ·           One domestic related, one related to school children and one relating to a taxi driver being robbed where three offenders have been arrested and are on bail


    Criminal Damage:

    ·           44 incidents

    ·           5 x Damage to vehicle on Percy Street, offender arrested

    ·           Several on Ansdell Road which was related to a family/neighbour dispute. Tenancy warnings have been issued by RBH

    ·           Youths throwing stones at vehicles on Oldham Road


    Theft from Motor Vehicle:

    ·           23 incidents

    ·           Belfield and Newbold hot spot areas

    ·           Most have left items on show

    ·           Worker’s tools also taken



    ·           65 incidents

    ·           Lock 50

    ·           Oldham Road near Balderstone Park

    ·           Newbold Estate

    ·           David Wilson Estate - 4 incidents - Park Wedgewood Close, youths stopped and removed from area details taken


    Total Incidents/Crimes:

       Jun-Sep -1284 Incidents (2015 - 1377) Crimes 336 (2015 - 428)

       Sep-Dec -1036 Incidents (2015 - 1375) Crimes 342 (2015 - 395)


    GMP Initiatives:

    Milnrow Road – A Traffic Operation was carried out by way of a mobile speed camera on 23 September 2016 in a response to concerns from residents regarding speeding and traffic incidents.  GMP Traffic Police have been cut dramatically over the last few years resulting in less cover in and around the Borough.  In three hours 13 fixed penalty notices were given and two vehicles had no insurance/MOT.  No one was caught speeding but this may have been due to the fact that the operation was carried out early morning when traffic was slower due to delays, etc.

    Milnrow Road and Croxton Avenue Speed Surveys
    GMP have approached Highways about conducting speed surveys on A640 Milnrow Road and Croxton Avenue to determine the extent of the problem.  The forum expressed their support to fund the surveys from Kingsway Ward Funds.

    St Peter’s Primary School – CCTV was installed by the school due to problems last year with intruders accessing the roof.  As a result of this, one prolific offender was arrested and fined resulting in no more ASB issues at the school.

    Driving offence email scam – GMP advised residents of a scam being circulated via email advising people they have committed a driving offence.  Advice is to delete the email and not click on any links within it.  GMP never send emails regarding offences; they would be hand  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Open Forum


    Belfield Lane area
    A resident asked for praise and thanks to be communicated to the senior managers within Environmental Management regarding the improvements made recently to the Belfield Lane area of the Kingsway ward.  She advised the meeting that the area has dramatically improved due to a very responsive fly-tipping removal team, along with a fabulous effort by the litter pickers and the sweepers.
    Action: Forward comments to Environmental Management (Rachel Hudson)

    Belfield Lane street lights
    A resident complained about very poor emissions from some street lights as a result of being located within the vicinity of conifer trees.  The lights are situated on route to the housing estate walking from the railway bridge.
    Action: Contact Street Lighting with concerns about light levels (Rachel Hudson)

    Belfield Lane
    Residents advised GMP of speeding along this stretch of road.  Speed bumps are inadequate and not fit for purpose.
    Action: Raise concerns with Highways (Rachel Hudson)

    Unauthorised use of premises
    A resident expressed concern about a house on Milnrow Road that had historic complaints relating to unauthorised use as a car breakers/repairs business.  Planning Enforcement Officers have been monitoring/investigating the matter.  Resident requested they attend his property to view from his perspective.
    Action: Planning Enforcement to be asked to contact resident (Rachel Hudson)

    Milnrow Road shops parking
    Residents requested an update from Parking Services on how many tickets issued and how frequent do they patrol the area.
    Action: Parking Services to be asked to supply information (Rachel Hudson)

    Worsley Street Parking
    A resident raised concerns about parking on Worsley Street and the blocking of rear access to properties.  A majority of cars are apparently associated with the MOT garage situated on the same street.  The resident was advised if there are no road markings then any obstruction of the highway or access is a matter for GMP.

    Leach Street speeding
    A resident advised vehicles are speeding along Leach Street from Moss Street.  Queried whether speed bumps could be installed on this road.
    Action: Contact Highways to seek advice about speeding concerns (Rachel Hudson)

    Milnrow Road surface problems
    A resident read out a letter he had sent to P O’Gorman at Rochdale Council’s Highways Services concerning road surface issues outside his property on Milnrow Road.  The road is cracking and heavy goods vehicles have made the surface uneven and cause neighbouring properties to experience vibrations and shaking as a result.
    Action: Contact P O’Gorman to obtain a response to issues raised (Rachel Hudson)

    Michael Faraday Avenue
    Residents advised that youths had been causing nuisance by throwing stones from in front of the warehouse situated on Michael Faraday Avenue.  A question was raised as to who owns this land.  Councillor Daalat Ali requested the matter is escalated to the local Community Safety Officer.
    Action: Report concerns raised to Community Safety Officer (Rachel Hudson)

    Newbold Moss/Klondike
    Residents attended the forum to speak about issues concerning land to the rear of their properties on Newbold Moss – known as the Klondike.  They  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Ward News


    Bulky Waste Amnesty Scheme
    An update was provided to residents on Councillor Brosnan’s ‘Bulky Waste Amnesty Scheme’. The scheme involved the collection of large refuse items to assist the ongoing problem of fly tipping and it was funded by Township ward funds.  The amnesty was rolled out in three sessions with collections on 22 September, 29 September and 6 October.  90 households made use of the scheme, taking all places available and four tonnes of waste was collected for recycling/disposal.

    Greater Manchester Spatial Framework
    Councillor Daalat Ali advised residents of the consultation on the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.  P
    ublic consultation on the draft version of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework runs from 31 October to 23 December 2016. Comments are welcomed on this document and supporting background documents. Views submitted will be considered and a final draft will be published in 2017 when another period of consultation will be held.  For more information visit website


Date and time of the next meeting


    Thursday 16 February 2017 at 6.30pm
    Newbold Baptist Church, Milnrow Road, Rochdale