Venue: St Mary's (Balderstone) Church, Oldham Road, Rochdale OL11 2HB. View directions
Contact: Katie Moore - Tel. 01706 924770
The chair introduced himself to the forum and thanked everyone for attending. 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.
Apologies were received from Environmental Management, Councillor Kathleen Nickson, Jean Briggs, Gemma Wood (RBH) and Debbie Chadwick (Youth Services).
PACT Meeting - Greater Manchester Police
· Burglary plain clothes initiatives were carried out due to an increase in burglary offences. Leaflet drops were conducted in hotspot areas to remind people to keep windows and doors locked and to buy light timers, etc.
· A presentation was delivered to Sunflowers Nursery on Platting Lane around personal safety and how the police can help.
· Neighbourhood Surveys have been carried out. These surveys are done on a quarterly basis and it gives members of the public an opportunity to tell officers how they think their local officers are doing and any issues they may have.
· A Safe Plate event was held in April. This event involved replacing number plate screws with safety screws.
Residents were reminded that during the summer months be extra
vigilant, keeping doors and windows locked when leaving properties
1. Off road bikes - The Off Road Bike Team has been contacted and present on the estate. No seizures were made unfortunately. Intelligence has been received on who was riding the main offending bike; the individual is to be located.
2. Balderstone Park/Library - The building work has now stopped so the skip/scaffolding, etc has been removed reducing the number of problems. Patrols and advice was given out at the time of the issues raised.
3. Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Well i’th’ Lane - Issues were reported near to Iceland and Wellfield Surgery. Two youths have been identified and contact has been made with their families. Other members of the group identified have been referred to partner agencies and are being dealt with for criminal matters.
PACT priorities were set for the next quarter:
1. Off road bikes- to remain as a priority.
Information was displayed on the new proposed community hub building at the Public Service Reform Event held at Kirkholt Community Church. The feedback from the attendees was very positive.
Discussions have been had with the traders who will be required to move to another unit temporarily while the first phase of demolition takes place. We are hoping to have finalised the plans for the temporary relocations in the next 6 weeks. We are supporting traders and community uses to ensure that there can be a continuity of business and service.
We are shortly to begin registering the remaining RBH residents in the B and C blocks for rehousing and supporting them in those moves. There is a dedicated officer within RBH who is a point of contact for the residents.
Surveys have been carried out on the B and C blocks including pre-demolition surveys, asbestos surveys, bat surveys and investigations in the utility connections and location of services.
Timescales - it is hoped a planning application will be submitted early summer. We would like all temporary moves of traders, etc to be completed this year, with demolition work being able to start early 2017. The construction of the new Strand and community hub can follow straight after that and we would hope it would be completed in autumn 2017.
· All of the RBH residents within the demolition area have now been rehoused. There are some properties in private ownership within the area still and we are discussing acquisition with those owners currently.
· Similar to The Strand, we have been carrying out a large number of surveys recently to ensure we have all the necessary information for demolition work to commence.
· Our neighbourhood housing officers and caretakers are carrying out regular inspections to ensure homes are secure and to remove any fly tipping, etc.
· We are likely to demolish the homes in two phases with the properties at the Balderstone Road/Kildare/Friars being done first, moving up towards Rudyard and Hill Top as a second phase.
· The contract for the demolition is due to go out to tender by the end of this month and we would expect to be able to start the demolition late summer for the first phase with the second phase following later this year.
· We are currently looking at how we will secure the areas after demolition with consideration being given to installing a ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a true
Discussions were held concerning the next meeting agenda. It was agreed to include the following presentations/updates:
· Environmental Management
· Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
· Kirkholt Million
· Kingsway Park High School.
Deborah Ball (Head Teacher of Kingsway Park High School) invited attendees to have a tour of the school. It was suggested that the next meeting be held at the school which would encompass this. Transportation was discussed and a minibus service was offered by the school. If was agreed that anyone needing transport should contact the Township Office and a pick-up point will be identified.
Daventry Road Planting
· Following a discussion around potholes, it was confirmed that Queensway is due to be resurfaced this year.
· Unfortunately, Councillor Nickson was unable to attend the meeting; she is currently recovering from an operation. Attendees would like to send their best wishes to Councillor Nickson.
Action 4: Send best wishes to Councillor Nickson on behalf of the attendees of the community meeting (Katie Moore)
· Councillor Meredith was welcomed and introduced as the new Councillor for the ward.
· Ward surgeries will be held every Saturday at 10am in Balderstone Library and every Monday at 12.30pm at the Rochdale Boroughwide Housing Office, The Strand.
· Ward funds are now available for projects/schemes for this financial year. This matter will be discussed at future meetings.
· Discussions are ongoing with Eon regarding the problems with street lighting on Oldham Road.
· Planning permission has been granted for an all-weather pitch at St Cuthbert’s School.
· There are two operational Clean and Green Teams in the Township. Any grot spot areas can be reported to Ward Councillors or the Township Office.
· New toddlers play equipment has been installed at Dicken Green.
· The War Memorial in Balderstone is due to be restored.
· The Rochdale Boroughwide Housing Junior Warden project is currently disbanded as they could not get enough volunteers. Ward Councillors are having discussions with Rochdale Boroughwide Housing to try and restart the project.
· Section 106 monies have become available following the housing development on the former Sandbrook School site. The money is currently assigned for the skate park should Kirkholt Million be unsuccessful with their current funding bid.
Residents were invited to the upcoming Poppy Picnic to raise money for the Royal British Legion. This event will be held on 21 June 2015, 1pm-4pm at Balderstone Park.
Date and time of next meeting
Balderstone and Kirkholt Community