Venue: St Mary's (Balderstone) Church, Oldham Road, Rochdale OL11 2HB. View directions
Contact: Rachel Hudson
Introductions and Apologies/Code of Conduct PDF 15 KB
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
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.
PACT Meeting - Greater Manchester Police
Crime statistics (taken
for the past 3 months compared to last
Burglary - Reduced by 47%
Criminal damage – Slight increase of 5% (two more this year
than last year)
Vehicle crime – Increase of 93% (types of crime show the
increase is from theft of motor vehicle. GMP have seen an
increase over the past few weeks and vehicle crime is a priority
for the ward already. The main area of
concern is around Oldham Road towards St
Cuthbert’s. Linked in with the Kingsway Ward to look at joint
Anti-Social Behaviour – Reduced by 20%. In April GMP carried
out several joint warnings with RBH.
One family also evicted due to ASB.
GMP are aware of the issue with
mini motors in the area. As stated on
previous occasions, GMP are unable to
pursue the bikes due to riders not wearing helmets. GMP have recently
identified two riders over the past two weeks when officers have
driven passed them and they have not had their hoods
up. Statements have been submitted and
these individuals will be summoned. GMP
continue to share posts on social media
and submit any intelligence they may receive. It was confirmed there are four ongoing cases
which should be going to Court and they have identified an address
GMP believe off-road bikes are kept.
GMP constantly working with RBH.
New policing model came into force
beginning of May 2016. The model
retains one neighbourhood police officer and four PCSOs for the
area as well as a dedicated Sgt, Richard Shelton, and also a
dedicated Inspector, Rick Webb. The
team all now work the same shift pattern. This arrangement will allow GMP to tackle problems
as a team and work together more, joining up at weekends to tackle
ASB issues. The shift is made up of
both Kirkholt and Kingsway officers as
In May, PCSO Holland and PC Walsh (Kingsway) attended a group
called FAST at Holy Family School that provides support for
vulnerable families. The group spoke to
families about staying safe and GMP’s role in the
Over the past few months GMP has attended St Mary’s Primary
School to complete several talks regarding internet safety,
stranger danger, etc.
In May the Maker Space project on Kirkholt (run on Mondays) was nominated for the KYP
Diversity in Education Award and they won. It is a great achievement for all
involved. The project looks to help get
people back in to employment or education and is a drop in session
for vulnerable adults or a place to meet people.
Q Garden Buddies – a few months ago PCSO Holland applied for
funding and secured £1,000. The
project is called Buddies and aims to help give confidence to
vulnerable adults/families and is run on Mondays
12-2pm. Adults attend with mental
health, learning difficulties, unemployment, drug and alcohol
issues and can partake in gardening, painting, etc. or simply
chat. GMP aim to
attend most Mondays. Also in
attendance are ...
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Councillor Nickson informed
the forum she is a governor at two local schools; St
Cuthbert’s and Holy Family, and she has been involved in a
lot of work in both along with GMP. She
holds a weekly surgery drop-in Tuesdays at 2pm (Councillor
Farnell’s is on Saturdays). A
recent meeting with the new area Sgt Shelton was very
The Christmas Tree Switch On Event will be held on Thursday 24
November 2016 at 3.30–6pm on The Strand and everyone
attending can obtain a free cone of chips from Ken’s Chippy
after the switch on. The event will be
funded from the Councillor’s Ward Funds. The theme this year for the event is ‘Around
the World in Eighty Days’ to reflect the international nature
of the community. (The Christmas Party
event will be held at St Thomas’ Church from 3.30pm and the
switch on will be at 6pm).
Councillor Farnell updated
the forum on the meeting with Sgt Shelton and the three main issues
ASB on Oldham Road
Vandalism of parks
Motorcycles and bikes
and how extra resources are going in to tackle the
The pedestrian crossing on Queensway near Daventry Road will be
updated to a puffin crossing.
The redevelopment of the Strand has been delayed due to relocating
issues for the chip shop and chemist. Hopefully the demolition will commence over summer
with a final completion in around 12-18 months. It will be a state of the art community hub and a
base for everyone on the estate.
Kirkholt Bowling Club – the
number of children attending the facility is increasing and the
full operation is run by volunteers.
Friends of Balderstone Park – Councillor Farnell advised that
the skate park had been funded by Section 106 monies from the Broad
Lane development and the Council are hoping to spend more of the
monies on improvements to the park and library.
Working Men’s Club – The club will be demolished.
No finalised plans are available yet
concerning what to do with the site.
Hill Top School Site – 150 units of which 3 streets are to be
named after national painters; Lowry, Constable and Stubbs.
Councillor Surgery – New date of Saturdays at 10am.
Queensway Snooker Club – The former premises on Platting Lane
is now a high-end nursery retailer and the business has spent a lot
of money on the upgrade of the building – great news that
investment is taking place in the area.
Referendum – Thursday 23 June 2016 – make sure your
Balderstone School Site – Gleeson’s are buying the land
but no planning permission has been received for this former school
provided an update on the missing post box on Hartley
Lane. He has chased up the matter with
the Post Office and he has been informed that they do not know
where it has gone and they are not intending on replacing it.
Recent flooding – Residents reported ... view
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of Time: Rochdale Borough Time bank (Sean Heron)
Sean Heron from
Rochdale Solutions provided an introduction to this model of
working. Time banking is a way to get
vulnerable adults within the community to swap skills and time for
services received instead of it costing money. It builds up resources available by opening up
access to more organisations and helps the community work together
to connect and build relationships.
Information on how to contact the organisation was
Barbara Harrison gave an update on the
Kirkholt Million Project. The first two years of the project have been spent
consulting residents on what they wanted the project to achieve in
its first two years.
A) Skate Park
Good News – The Skate Park will be completed by the end of
next week and an event held on Saturday 6 August 2016 at
12.30-3.30pm will celebrate its opening.
Kirkholt Million has set aside a sum of
money to provide apprenticeships for Kirkholt residents. A
contract for a training provider was submitted to tender and
Groundwork won the bid. Historically,
funding for apprenticeships has mainly been for people aged between
16–24 years old. Kirkholt Million have
worked with Groundwork to develop apprentice opportunities for
residents aged 24+. The group are celebrating their second round of
C) Community Grants
Kirkholt Million is starting a new
phase of community grants for community groups. The scheme hopes to
assist people with rent issues in order to meet extra costs.
Kirkholt Million currently employs two
workers and is in the process of advertising a part-time job for a
Community Engagement Officer to work with voluntary community
groups and residents of Kirkholt.
Kevin Johnson sent his apologies and he asked if
there were any updates/issues raised by residents, Townships would
email them through to him and he will assist.
Tree outside 104-106 Balderstone Road –
Residents advised that since the last forum, a branch has fallen
off this tree and also the property guttering adjacent is full of
leaves – can this be addressed?
3 Hill Top Drive – Two trees at the front of
the property have grown extensively and are now blocking out light
– can this issue be addressed?
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising PDF 73 KB
minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a true
Councillors raised a query over previous PACT statistics being
inaccurate. Townships have looked into
this matter and the printed minutes are a true depiction of
statistics from GMP which were clarified with officers after the
New Medical Centre
reported that she had been informed there are future plans for a
medical centre on the estate and enquired further with
Councillors. Councillor Farnell advised
the forum that he will obtain an update on this matter and report
back at the next forum, although the full process may be slow due
to the fact that it involves the health service.
St Thomas’ Church Community
Residents were informed of the launch of a
community café at St Thomas’ Church on Tuesday 5 July
2016 at 1-3pm. The café will be
open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Date and time of next meeting
Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 6.30
Venue: Kirkholt Community Church,
Daventry Road, Rochdale