Venue: Sparth Community Centre, Norman Road, Rochdale OL11 4HS. View directions
Contact: Andy Dawson - Tel No. 01706 924859
Introductions and Code of Conduct PDF 23 KB
were welcomed to the meeting and introductions took
place. The Chair referred to the code
of conduct and asked all to abide by the code for the duration of
the meeting. Apologies were received
from Councillor Linden, Councillor Zaman, G. Wood, T. Lonergan and M. Imran.
Minutes from last meeting PDF 63 KB
The minutes of the
last meeting were agreed as a true and accurate record. It was noted that G. Rush should read G. Rushton
in those present at the last meeting.
Matters arising from previous minutes
The issue was reported to Ian
Trickett, it is currently being investigated.
Action (1) Report progress to the forum (Tony
Heath Street Rear
The missing lock reappeared for a short
time; the issues are still ongoing. Welding a lock and chain to the gates may be a
solution. Residents shared their fears
and concerns about the impact this is having on their safety and on
their home insurance.
Action (2) Provide residents with new lock and keys for
alley gates (Tony Thomas)
Action (3) Request letter be sent to residents reiterating their
responsibilities (Tracey Knight)
Former Castle Pub
No improvements or action appears to
have been taken.
Action (4) Establish whether Gez has issued the owner
with a ‘notice to improve’ (Tracey Knight)
Norman Road Trees
This issue was reported incorrectly at
the last meeting; the overgrown trees are located at the top of
Sparth Bottoms Road and are owned by
Action (5) Serve notice on Great Places to request
trees are cut back (Tony Thomas)
Greater Manchester Police
update was provided regarding current crime statistics.
The forum was informed that there had
been no recorded ‘burglary dwellings’ since January
2014, this is a noticeable reduction.
There are currently no PACT priorities set for this area because
residents do not attend the PACT meetings. The forum was encouraged to attend the PACTS to
raise issues and actively engage in the policing where they
It was reported that mini moto’s
are causing a nuisance in the area. Youths are riding without helmets on surrounding
streets and roads with no regard for their own safety or that of
others. The Police stressed the
importance of reporting crimes of this nature.
Any Other Business
The young people have been working on
two projects and wanted to update the forum on their
Day took place on 23rd March 2014 and the event was organised
by the group. Activities included a
treasure map, bouncy castle, health checks and many
more. The group are keen to be involved
in arranging more events; Kenny suggested that they volunteer at
the Summer Festival held in August. The
event raised a total of £200 for Sport Relief, the volunteers
were thanked for their time and effort, and everyone agreed the
event was a success.
Recycling Bike Project is a joint project in
partnership with Rochdale Pioneers Museum. Young people are recycling bicycle parts into a
moving, interactive sculpture. The
group have learnt new skills and are working towards a level 2
national accreditation in art. The
sculpture will be displayed at the Pioneers Museum in time for the
Tour de France later in the year.
It was reported at the last meeting
that builders’ waste had been dumped in the alley at the rear
of Heath Street. Following inspection,
Tony reported that there wasn’t sufficient waste dumped to be
able to serve notice, furthermore the
Council wouldn’t remove waste of this type.
It was reported that cars were
parking alongside bollards on Norman Road sometimes causing an
obstruction for larger vehicles in the process. Other incidents of indiscriminate parking were
discussed. The forum was advised when
to contact parking enforcement and when to contact the
Clean-up off Norman Road
Thanks were given to
Tony for his swift response in arranging a clean-up on the fields
off Norman Road.
Date and time of the next meeting
Wednesday 18 June 2014
Sparth Community Centre