Venue: Sparth Community Centre, Norman Road, Rochdale OL11 4HS. View directions
Contact: Katie Moore - Tel No. 01706 924770
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, Councillor Zaheer and M
Minutes from last meeting PDF 52 KB
minutes of the last meeting were agreed as a true and accurate
record. It was noted that S
Fairclough should have been listed as
being present at the last meeting.
Matters arising from previous minutes
The issue was reported to Ian
Trickett, and instruction was given to have
the drains cleared. This has been
Heath Street - provide residents lock and keys for
Thomas has provided a lock, key and chain. At the meeting it was agreed that Kenny would sort
out the supply of keys. Residents were
asked to let Kenny know the number required. PCSO Hall wanted to remind residents that they are
responsible for purchasing their own keys.
Action 1: Confirm numbers of keys needed for new lock
for alley gate with Kenny Farrar (Residents of
Heath Street –
request letter be sent to residents to reinforce their
It was agreed for
this to be chased up and to be actioned before the next
Action 2: Chase up letters for Heath Street (Katie
Former Castle Pub
Gez Wood confirmed
that a letter has been sent to the owner suggesting that there will
be dire consequences if they fail to carry out repairs, however, at
this time the property is not deemed bad enough for a notice.
It was agreed for Tony to
visit the site and establish whether a notice can be served to cut
the trees back at the top of Sparth Bottoms Road. An update will be provided at
the next forum.
Action 3: Conduct site visit to establish whether a
notice can be served (Tony Thomas)
Greater Manchester Police PDF 86 KB
update was provided regarding current crime statistics:
Domestic burglary - two reports
have been received in the last month.
Both were separate cases with no pattern identified.
Burglary other - 3 crimes in
business dwellings (one of which was in the last 6 weeks).
Criminal Damage - 4 crimes have
The forum were encouraged to attend the PACT meetings which are
community meetings to raise issues and actively engage in the
policing where they live. If they are
not attended there is a risk that they will be
cancelled. A resident stated that they
would attend but wasn’t sure when they were. PCSO Aziz circulated a list of dates (see
attachment to these minutes).
An update was provided on concerns raised at the last forum around
mini moto’s. Seven incidents have
been reported in the last month and possible locations
identified. The police stressed the
importance of reporting crimes of this nature.
Youth Service - Presentation
presentation was provided by the Sparth
Youth Group who along with members of the Play Scheme Project
have been involved in a ‘Recycle
Project’. This project has been
supported by Co-op Pioneers, Sparth
Community Centre and RBC Youth Services. Using old bicycle parts the group have been
creating a large art piece which has been centred on Tour de
France. The art work will be displayed
outside Rochdale Pioneers Museum with a
launch event being held on Saturday 28 June 2014 from 12pm at the
museum (Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad
Any Other Business
Residents reported a fridge freezer in the alleyway of Heath
Street. There was some concern that
without the lock, people have been walking up and down the alleyway
late at night looking into gardens. It
is recommended that if there is criminal activity this should be
reported to the police.
Residents reported sightings of rats going towards Albion
Action 3: Conduct site visit to address issues raised
around Heath Street and Albion Road (Tony Thomas)
St Albans Terrace
A resident wanted to make the area forum
aware of a current spate of thefts of cast iron grids that are
being taken from the front of properties. This activity has left the holes being exposed and
been covered by plastic cones/fences to make people aware.
Tony Thomas advised that he had written
to some of residents with details of a contractor who supplies
grids but has not received any responses. The police informed the forum that should this
happen, each individual would have to report the crime to the
police (Note: it should be the home owner rather than neighbour).
If reports have been made this will be
flagged up for the police to look at and be seen as a current
Action 4: Conduct site visit to assess current
situation as it was suggested that more have been taken than
originally thought (Tony Thomas)
Action 5: Search system to identify if reports
have been made (GMP)
Manchester Road - Double yellow lines
Concerns were raised around not being able to park outside
houses due to the implementation of double yellow lines.
Objections had been sent to
Highways, however, no responses were
received. It was agreed for Gez Wood to
obtain further details from residents at the end of the
Action 6: Seek advice from Highways and Ward
Councillors on scheme and look to provide responses to residents
who have enquired (Gez Wood)
Individual Electoral Registration
Katie informed the forum
of a new system that is being put in place to register for voting.
This will now have to be done on an
individual basis rather than per household.
Action 7: Send details of the registration process to
Kenny Farrar (Katie Moore)
Date and time of the next meeting
Wednesday 24 September, 2014
Sparth Community Centre