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 (Township Officer substituted in the
absence of the Chair and also minuted
the meeting) welcomed everyone to the meeting. Attention was drawn to the code of conduct and a
summary of which was read out. All
attendees were asked to abide by the code for the duration of the
PACT Meeting - Greater Manchester Police
An update was provided on
the Oldham Road, Balderstone Park/library wall and anti-social
behaviour issue. Damage was caused to a
motor vehicle and graffiti to the library. A PCSO met with the Council’s Community
Safety Officers and discussions were held regarding the possibility
of installing CCTV on Balderstone Library. GMP also met with Environmental Management about
the option of erecting a fence on top of the stone
wall. GMP will keep this matter as a
Concerning the previously reported issues regarding theft from
motor vehicles, GMP reported that there had only been one recent
incident since September which may be down to the fact high-vis
patrols had been stepped up along with leaflet drops and door
Surgeries are held at the Kirkholt Drop-in Centre every two weeks on a
A traffic operation has been carried out by GMP on Queensway (near
to the petrol station) by traffic PCSOs. Three vehicles were seized with no insurance, nine
vehicles stopped for mobile phone use, two vehicles stopped for
drivers not wearing seatbelts and one vehicle stopped for
Statistics for the ward (past three months compared to
Burglaries - Reduced by 32%
Criminal damage – Increased by 64%
ASB – Decreased by 33%
Vehicle crime – Decrease of 4%
Residents raised queries concerning disabled blue badge enforcement
and off-road bikes.
Rochdale Council Budget Challenge
A presentation was given by Victoria Bradshaw
(Finance, Rochdale Borough Council) about the huge financial
challenges and difficult choices to be made about how to spend
public money. Since 2010 savings of
£159 million have been agreed. By
2019 approximately £38.8 million more needs to be
saved. With the community’s help,
ideas and support, the Rochdale Borough can be made a great place
to live, work, do business and visit.
The Council faces the task of having to decide where and how to
reduce services or increase income, and they need to make sure
resources are spent as efficiently and effectively as
Residents were encouraged to put forward their views, opinions and
suggestions for improvements/savings.
Questions were asked relating to the appointment of a Chief
Executive and whether it was necessary, whether the Council could
apply for foreign aid, contingency plans for future flooding and
also the new retail development planned for the Town
Councillor Meredith thanked
all the residents who attended the Christmas event at Kirkholt and also those who attended the Wonderland
event at Balderstone Library.
Balderstone Library is open on Christmas Day from 11.30am–1pm
and everyone is invited for a late Christmas breakfast with board
games, carols, music and conversation.
A Lego Club & Coding Club at Balderstone Library have both been great successes along with the new
changing rooms and football pitches in the area.
Councillor Meredith reported he had received several emails over
the past few weeks from residents about the Wainhomes development and flooding concerns
relating to the planning permission and the culvert. A request will be submitted to the Council’s
Planning Department for an urgent review to ensure proper defences
will be in place.
Burnedge – GM Spatial Framework
– Councillor Meredith advised that there is currently no
access to this site in question. A
meeting for the public could be held in the New Year in order to
put forward a response to challenge Oldham Council who is dealing
with the matter.
Bungalows at Rhodes
Crescent – RBH have been contacted to thin and prune the
trees which block light to residents’ houses.
Mornington Road – The dip in the road near to the garages has
been causing issues. This matter has
been escalated to the Council’s Highways Department.
St Mary’s Primary School – The new play area has been a
great addition for the children.
Friends of Balderstone Park – A meeting is to take place in
January regarding plans for the improvements to the park and
library involving a new community room, kitchen and changing
Former Balderstone Park – Plans are almost finalised ready
for submission. There is a need for
more members to join the committee and interest is welcome.
Million has now appointed a Developmental Worker to assist groups
and bring in new members.
Two major housing planning applications to be dealt with are the
100 affordable homes at the Ruskin Road site and 150 units on the
former Balderstone School site.
The Strand – Demolition to start in the New Year and it will
take eight weeks before the new building work can commence on the
eight new shops, flats and state of the art community
hub/Police/RBH rooms along with youth and training
rooms. The project is a joint
initiative with the Council and RBH and will be an amazing facility
for the community.
CCG Health Authority – A commitment has now been received to
build a new health facility situated on the roundabout that will
include a doctor’s surgery, dentists, a chemist and health
Kirky Kitchen, St Thomas’ Church
– A great social meeting point, Kirky Kitchen is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays and
the time is charged for how long you stay as opposed to what is
eaten/drank whilst there.
Apologies have been received from the newly appointed
The first phase of the programme is now coming to an
end. Two projects have been achieved
which have encouraged people back into employment. Community grants have been made available and the
new skate park was funded which has been a massive success.
The ethos of Kirkholt Million is to
reach out to the community to comment and decide on how the monies
are spent and what is funded.
Suggestions are now welcome on the next phase for 2017/2018 and can
be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped
off into the drop-in box.
No Housing Officer was in attendance at the forum.
Residents can contact the Township
Officer with any issues and they will be emailed through to
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.
A resident from Queens Drive complained about trees (sycamores) to
rear of her property which block light and she experiences problems
with overhanging branches and fallen leaves.
Action: Raise issue with Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (Rachel Hudson)
A resident asked for Rochdale Boroughwide Housing to be contacted about none
attendance of a representative for the last two area
forums. The Township Officer advised
apologies were submitted last forum but the matter will be noted
and it was reiterated that Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and the Council work in
partnership and can advise each other about any
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising PDF 82 KB
minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a true
St Cuthbert’s RC High
School propose to create a memorial to
former student Chloe Cockton with a
memorial bench and a plaque. Councillor
Nickson has allocated the balance of her Member’s Fund
towards the scheme and the meeting gave their support to contribute
the shortfall of £418.01 from Balderstone & Kirkholt Ward Funds.
Access to Springhill Playing Fields
Residents raised concerns again about Springhill Playing Fields
being fenced off and gated by the football club which deny the
public access to the land. The club has
advised the reason for these measures is persistent dog
fouling. The residents state they do
not oppose the football club maintaining and improving the land or
erecting fencing, only that they had restricted public
Councillor Farnell commented that the land is not public open space
and has always housed formal sports with the club happy to co-exist
alongside the local community to enjoy.
However, despite attempts by the club to keep dogs off the land,
the matter still persists. The club is
legally entitled to fence off the land and has a duty of care for
the players and children using the facility. The whole area is not being fenced off nor are dog
walkers being denied full access.
Residents complained about the lack of responses to letters
previously submitted at Committee.
Councillor Farnell asked for an email to be sent for his attention
and he will address each point as part of a reply.
Gilbrook Way Culvert
Broad Lane Action Group has issues
regarding the Wimpey-owned land and will continue to discuss
matters with Wainhomes.
Date and time of next meeting
Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 6.30pm
Venue: Kirkholt Community Church,
Daventry Road, Rochdale