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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 the
last meeting included off-road bikes. A
resident again raised questions regarding any planned operations to
reduce off-road bikes. A PCSO advised
GMP Rochdale had requested figures from the Police Data Analyst on
stats of locations and times and occurrences, etc and once this information is received a
co-ordinated plan/operation to tackle the problem will be put
together. A resident expressed concerns
as he stated that mini motors had been a problem now for more than
4 years on Balderstone Park and he stated he had not witnessed any
form of Police presence at prolific times. A PCSO noted all of the concerns and advised she
would escalate to her Sergeant. Local
ward Councillors advised that they had recently had a meeting with
another local Sergeant regarding this very matter. The Councillors were advised that GMP experience
frustrating problems because they cannot make chase to stop
offenders due to safety. GMP
rely on members of the public to witness
these incidences and note details and descriptions of the riders
and their bikes and always report it to the Police. Also if residents know where the bikes are stored
it should be reported – even anonymously – so that GMP
can seek to seize the bike and arrest the offenders. The problem with off-road bikes occurs in other
wards all over the Borough.
Councillor Nickson stressed the importance of ‘crimes against
a person’ also being reported to GMP so that vulnerable
groups in the community like the elderly or those experiencing
domestic violence, grooming, etc are
GMP warned residents of recent occurrences of a female individual
entering local elderly residential homes under pretence of being a
‘carer’ and being buzzed through the door or
tail-gating those who were already entering. Premises are being visited by officers to warn
staff and residents to be mindful.
Distraction burglaries have also been an issue across the Borough
recently, whereby individuals have been targeting elderly
residents’ individual private properties.
Strand businesses have expressed concerns over excessive parking
occurring outside their premises which are due to building works to
the new ‘hub’. GMP advised
they can assist in getting vehicles moved if necessary and have
done so recently with abandoned cars.
GMP reported that because of recent events in Manchester, local
Police officers have been called upon to support divisions in
Greater Manchester, resulting in a reduction in staff.
PACT Priorities agreed were;
ASB/Youths Causing Annoyance (Balderstone Park and
Reassurance for the elderly/vulnerable
Surgeries are held alternatively at the Kirkholt Drop-in Centre and Balderstone Library
fortnightly on a Friday at 10-11am.
Dates of surgeries are displayed on GMP’s website (Rochdale
North), Facebook and Twitter.
Statistics for the ward (past three months and compared
to last year)
Dean Farm, Balderstone
– A planning permission was recently submitted and is
awaiting an outcome. He has asked for
an update regarding the drainage and management and of the
Pothole issues – A recent request for filling in of potholes
at the Shell Garage site has now been sorted.
The Strand Health Centre – Building works are still to
commence. The requisition of land to be
used for the construction of the new Strand Health Centre has been
agreed at Township Committee.
Recent casework has involved Hartley Lane and traffic management
concerning residents’ complaints.
Parking services have assisted too.
A project called ‘A
Sense of Place and Community’ will be held this year in the
ward which will enable residents to celebrate and share their
cultural heritage. It will involve
bringing together 22 nationalities in the ward.
A Christmas event involving a switch-on for the tree is also under
Weekly surgeries are held
at Balderstone Library on Saturdays at 10am and Kirkholt Drop-In Centre on Tuesdays at 2pm.
The Strand – Redevelopment works are underway for the new
community centre and shops. The health
centre has been agreed.
Hilltop Drive – New houses are being built as part of a large
redevelopment phase. Works are moving
forward with the former Balderstone School site including the
addition of a new road.
School – Parking issues due to expansion
of the school. Working with Parking Services and Police.
Kirkholt grass cutting –
Complaints have been received about the quality of the actual
cutting. Matter is being addressed with
Platting Lane – Works to be carried out at the
Bulky Waste Amnesty – If residents live in the ward and they
have bulky items they wish to get rid of, an amnesty is planned in
July involving the collection of large items of waste for FREE.
This bulky waste amnesty is to be
funded by Balderstone & Kirkholt
Ward Councillors using Ward Funds. Where possible, unwanted bulky
items will be recycled. Good
quality items fit for reuse will be collected and set aside for
people who are looking for affordable furniture in their
home. Dates of
collection on 24 July, 31 July and 7 August 2017.
Fit, Feed & Read – This initiative was run last year at
Smallbridge Library with tremendous
success. Fit, Feed & Read will be
rolled out across the Borough to several other sites including
Balderstone Library and it will commence 24 July 2017. Sessions will be held on Mon/Thur/Fri from 11am to 2.30pm and on Tue from 11am
No one in attendance as B. Harrison has now moved out of the
area. C. Mottershead gave a brief
update. A new spending plan has
recently been submitted which detailed plans for the next three
years (years 1 and 2 were successful spent). Public engagement is still needed along with
funding. Two members of staff are still
employed as caseworkers at present.
No officers in attendance. A resident
expressed disappointment at the lack of attendance stating it is
getting to be a regular occurrence at the meeting. Councillor Meredith to address
this issue with officers.
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising PDF 79 KB
minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a true
presentation was given by K. Ho. Tea
and Toast Sessions are still operating from Balderstone Library on
the third and fourth Thursdays of each month at 10.30am-11.30am and
they are a chance for residents to hear from different local health
and well-being services, meet new people and enjoy a drink of tea
or coffee and a biscuit for completely free.
Date and time of next meeting
Tuesday 19 September 2017 at
Venue: Kirkholt Community Church,
Daventry Road, Kirkholt, Rochdale
Agendas and minutes of the meetings are available on the
Council’s website www.rochdale.gov.uk/councilmeetings under
heading ‘Councillors and
committees’ and ‘Agendas, reports and