Venue: Kirkholt Community Church, Daventry Road, Rochdale OL11 2HZ. View directions
Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel: 01706 924343
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
Priorities raised at last
forum were vehicle crime and off-road bikes.
A resident raised a question concerning any planned operations to
reduce off-road bikes. Officer advised
GMP’s dedicated off-road bike unit patrol team will be put in
place in the future with a specific operation planned for the
Summer months using officers in high
visibility and also plain clothes. The
public were urged to report ALL incidences on the 101
line. GMP is also working closely with
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing to
identify bikes at local addresses which may threaten tenancies as a
GMP are talking to local schools to warn
pupils about using their mobile phones online and giving safety
guidance and advice regarding sexual predators.
GMP are working closely with Community
Safety concerning the recent issue of youths hiding behind
Balderstone Park wall and targeting cars with missiles and
Surgeries are held at the Kirkholt Drop-in Centre and also Balderstone Park
Library. Dates of surgeries are
displayed on GMP’s website (Rochdale North), Facebook and
Statistics for the ward (past three months and compared
to last year)
Dean Farm, Balderstone
– A planning permission was recently refused by the Council
so no development will be proceeding on the land.
Burnage Spatial Framework – The second consultation is taking
place, and matter would cost too much so is being shelved.
Pot-hole issues – The Council has committed an extra
£1million to improving roads this financial year. Residents raised queries regarding
The Strand Health Centre - Discussions are being held regarding the
new health centre and a survey taking place to see which services
can be brought back to Kirkholt. Podiatry was
A large community event is
being organised for this summer along with a series of other events
to build relationships between the communities and bring residents
Three young women have died within the ward in tragic circumstances
in the past year so as part of the community project, consideration
will be given to establishing a place where people can go to
remember them, reflect and pay their respects.
Weekly surgeries are held
at Balderstone Library on Saturdays at 10am and Kirkholt Drop-In Centre on Tuesdays at 2pm.
Residents were urged to advise the Council of pot-hole issues which
can then be added to a list.
Summer planting – The Council’s Environmental Services
are busy planting across the ward and borough, and a grant has been
secured to do a public artistic display at the roundabout on
Recent projects funded within the ward (ideas always
St Mary’s CE Primary School (Balderstone)
– create a community allotment and fenced-off area
Kitchen – soft-play area
Q Gardens – grant for garden
Balderstone Library – re-painted and new rug
Harrison not in attendance. The ethos of the 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 email@example.com or handed
Groundwork are running a SIA work course
(security badge) which will be fully paid for with travel
Community groups can enter the It’s a Knock-Out Community
Challenge to be held in Falinge Park on Sunday 13 August
2017. Funds raised for their favourite
charity or own group.
Apologies were given for the lack of recent attendance at forums by
RBH which was due to staff shortages.
Response to a resident’s queries on tree matters – Need
to direct their issues to the local Neighbourhood Housing Officer
but be aware that due to budgets, not all works can be permitted
and jobs are prioritised.
Parking issues on The Strand – Any specific complaints/issues
regarding contractors should be reported to the drop-in centre and
matters will be addressed immediately.
Works are on schedule for the new development to be completed by
this time next year. The first floor of
the centre will be solely for community use.
Kirkholt Pantry – There are pots
of money available from the RBH Community Fund which is open to any
community group to apply for.
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising PDF 73 KB
minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a true
Previous matters raised at the last
forum by residents concerning RBH and issues regarding trees have
been addressed and responded to direct.
Hartley Lane/Queens Drive – Highways/Parking
Issue (Additional Item)
Chair agreed the inclusion of this additional item concerning
residents’ complaints about parking issues near to their
properties/blocking their driveways.
Allegations were made that the drivers were teachers/staff at the
local school (Sandbrook Primary
School). The Headteacher was in attendance and she advised
residents that she has requested that her staff park their vehicles
elsewhere and urged residents to report any matters to the
school’s reception, quoting registration details, and staff
will be spoken to. It was advised that
works are currently being undertaken at the school resulting in the
car parking facilities being out of bounds. Once the works are completed, staff will have car
spaces to use. Some residents advised it is also parents who are
collecting children from the school causing issues. A Highways Officer was in attendance and several
solutions were discussed.
Residents’ previous recommendations for a
residents’ only parking area were dismissed as
Highways advised this would just push the problem elsewhere on the
estate. A ‘No Waiting at Any
Time’ restriction could be put in place but it would also
penalise the residents too.
Councillor Farnell was pleased to hear that once works at the
school were finished, the availability of parking spaces would
alleviate the congestion. However, he
stated that the problem was a matter that the school itself needed
to address and advise staff to car share and parents to be more
considerate when parking or park further away from the school and
walk in. The Headteacher advised she had no restriction on staff
working at the adjacent Sure Start
Centre/Crèche. S. Bowness of
Rochdale Council’s Early Help & School also in attendance
stated that the issues would be addressed accordingly.
Councillor Meredith suggested Community Safety monitor the
situation along with the local PCSOs to inform car users of the
situation and also Township could pay for a survey to be carried
out by Highways to assess the parking/traffic/congestion
situation. A ‘friends of’
group could be set up by the school and the Headteacher urged residents to join or come and
speak to her. The Highways Officer did
recommend an option whereby a grassed verge in front of the nearby
bungalow area could be used for parking (subject to funding).
A request to be
made to Parking Services to up patrols in the
Council Tax Leaflet
enquired how many departments do the Council have as per the
Council Tax leaflet information. The
resident was advised the Government require local Councils to
produce the leaflet and the information is also displayed on the
Council’s website. There are five
departments; Finance, Children, Adult, Environment & Highways
and Public Health.
The resident asked how many quangos Rochdale Council have and they
were informed none.
Information concerning future Area Forums – Email
As a direct result of the
Council’s savings proposals it will no longer be possible for
the Township Office to post letters and agendas for area
forums. Residents were encouraged to
supply their email address to receive notifications of dates of
future meetings, agendas and minutes.
Also information can be accessed via the Council’s website
Date and time of next meeting
Tuesday 20 June 2017 at 6.30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Oldham Road, Balderstone,