Venue: Spotland Methodist Church, Rooley Moor Road, Rochdale OL12 7ES. View directions
Contact: Gary Finch - Tel: 01706 924817
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and requested that the Forum respect the Code of Conduct for the duration of the meeting.
Apologies had been received from Councillor Cocks, Mr and Mrs Ashworth, Karen and Paul Salisbury, J. Addy, A. Meek, B. Patterson and Mr and Mrs Rawsterne.
Greater Manchester Police including PACT meeting
PC Phil Jones, GMP attended the meeting for this item.
The Forum was informed that crime incidents in relation to burglaries, theft of motor vehicles, theft from motor vehicles and anti-social behaviour had decreased over the past three months.
Residents raised the following concerns:
- Speeding vehicles (cars and mopeds) – Rooley Moor Road, Cutgate Road, Edenfield Road, Tenby Street, Mellor Street and Trengrove Street where identified as problematical areas.
- Off – road motor bikes – The top of Rooley Moor Road was identified as a particular hot spot for this type of activity.
Residents where encouraged to report incidents of this nature. However the Forum was informed that GMP currently has a no pursuit policy. In response to a question the officer informed the Forum that the use of drones was being considered to assist in combatting this particular nuisance.
It was also reported that Operation Dragster is being funded again which will hopefully help to address this problem.
- Problems accessing 101 – A number of residents stated that reporting incidents on 101 was difficult therefore it was viewed as not a particularly effective service.
PC Jones did state that residents could use his email address to report incidents or use 0161 856 8549.
- In response to a question the officer confirmed that it was impossible to investigate all reported incidents and that prioritisation took place.
- Drug dealing – Residents reported incidents of drug dealing – Churchill Street, Spotland Road and Tenby Street being identified.
The Forum was informed that reducing drug dealing activity was difficult to address because of the size of the problem. However residents where encouraged to report incidents via the usual methods.
- Anti-social behaviour (ASB) – Residents raised concerns about ASB in the Ward – Phoenix Street, Ings Lane, Spotland Road (near phone box), Denehurst Park, Churchill Street and Woodstock Street being identified as troublesome areas.
The officer advised he would report the above. He also encouraged residents to continue reporting such incidents via the usual methods.
It was agreed that the PACT priorities for the following three months will be:
Off road-bikes, ASB (Phoenix Street, Churchill Street and Woodstock Street) and Speeding (Cutgate Road)
The Chair thanked GMP and all emergency services for all their efforts during the recent terrorist attacks. This was endorsed by the Forum.
The minutes of the Area Forum held on Thursday 30th March 2017 were approved as a correct record subject to the following change:
Remove – The placement of a planter at the corner of Churchill Street.
Insert – The planter at the corner of Churchill Street / Rooley Moor Road to be re-planted.
The following updates were provided:
- Meanwood School Fencing
The Forum was informed that two meeting had taken place between Jason Addy and Township Officers and both parties were hopeful that further progress could be made.
A meeting of the Friends of Denehurst Park was due to be held on the 20th July which would determine if the fencing could be sited in the park. If the Friends Group did not want the fencing an alternative site would need to be identified as would a third party who satisfied Rochdale Township terms and conditions to sponsor the project.
- Hedges on Ings Lane
The Township and Engagement Officer informed the Forum that he had visited the site and understood the concerns raised regarding the condition of the fencing. Following discussion it was agreed that this issue was not considered a priority for financial support at this time.
- Land at the Junction of Edenfield Road / Ings Lane
It was reiterated that a decision had been made to sell the land, therefore it could not be leased. It was expected that a ‘for sale’ sign would be positioned on the land soon.
- Safety barrier – junction of Sandy Lane / Viking Street
The Forum was informed that this project was being progressed. Discussions had also taken place about the possible placement of a safety barrier near to 147 Edenfield Road (corner of Edenfield Road / Sandy Lane)
- Section 106 Funds
It was reported that the Section 106 Funds available to the Ward had to be committed by June 2020 and that the support offered by the Forum for the development of Ings Lane play area had been relayed to Environmental Management and the Section 106 Officer.
A resident then raised concerns about the recent report that had been presented to Planning and Licensing Committee on the 3rd July requesting the Committee to modify the Section 106 Agreement that relates to the former Alexander Drew Site, Mellor Street, Rochdale. The request sought to remove the requirement to make financial contributions towards off-site local open space, outdoor sports provision and junction improvement works.
Following an exchange of views about this proposal and residents questioning the reliability of some of the narrative within the report the Forum was reminded that a decision on this request was deferred by the Committee pending further information.
The Township and Engagement Officer was requested to find out what the process was for initiating Section 106 Agreement modifications.
The Forum was informed that for 2017/2018 financial year funds allocated to the Ward were as follows:
Ward Funds - £8000
Members Funds - £6000 (Each Ward Councillor had an allocation of £2000)
Information was also presented to the meeting which identified the projects / initiatives that were supported in the Ward during 2016/2017. This information can be accessed via the link below.
The following issues were raised by residents:
In response to a number of questions raised at the last Forum in relation to TBA the following statement from Rochdale Council was circulated;
- The RBC commissioned air sampling – we have met with our contractor who is currently preparing the report for us. As soon as we get the report we will make it available to the public.
- The site owner’s intrusive site survey – work has finished on site and the contractor is preparing the final report for the site owner. The site owner has said they will share the report with the Council. We have no timeframe on this.
- Large scale fly-tipped materials on site – the Environment Agency are undertaking a criminal investigation into the waste / disposal chain. They have said they will not provide any information which may compromise their investigation. All regulators have a duty to pursue all avenues of investigation and this can be seen as protracted. However the Environment Agency have confirmed that they are now drawing towards a conclusion, unless any new avenues are opened up.
- Small scale fly-tipped materials onto site in the Woodlands Road area (tyres and household materials) – all this waste material has been cleared by the site owner.
With regards to the question about the safety of the buildings; as the site is privately owned the site owner is responsible for the site and the buildings contained within. The Council is aware of the concerns of residents and has worked with partner agencies (GMFRS and GMP) and residents representatives and have developed an emergency response plan specifically for this site should anything happen (like another fire).
With regards to physical safety, people should not be trespassing onto site or into the buildings. The owner has 24 hr site security to prevent unauthorised access.
The above statement prompted a lengthy discussion on the way in which the Council has handled the ongoing TBA situation with the following concerns / comments being raised;
- What action has been taken regarding the Illegal tipping that has taken place on the site?
- Will survey results be made available to the public?
- What responsibility does the local authority have with regards to the building’s safety?
- Lack of openness and transparency between the local authority and residents in discussions about the TBA site.
- The Local Authority has a duty of care.
A resident also circulated a questionnaire which the Township and Engagement Officer agreed to pass to the appropriate Officer within the Council. A link to the questionnaire is provided below.
The Forum also expressed the view that they were dissatisfied with the way in which the Council had dealt with the TBA situation and angry and frustrated with the amount of time it has taken to publicise survey results.
2. Cutgate Road
A resident asked what had happened to the Cutgate Road traffic survey that was completed sometime ago.
Date and time of next meeting
The date of the next meeting is Thursday 24th August 2017, commencing 7pm, Spotland Methodist Church.