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
R. Holland (GMP) thanked
the forum for its support over the last 11 years before her
imminent departure to work in Manchester. The Chair thanked her for her commitment to the
area and also the forum and wished her well on behalf of
The priorities at the last forum included off-road
bikes. GMP has now developed an
off-road motorbike team who can be requested as and when required
but cannot pursue riders due to danger. Reassurance visits have been made to the
elderly/vulnerable residents regarding ASB in Balderstone
Park/Library and PCSOs have been patrolling hot-spot areas at
evening. Statistically on figures from
last year, domestic burglary is down 20%, non-domestic burglaries
is down 75% and anti-social behaviour is also reduced. GMP are recording a lot more crimes so that
provides even better figures.
Officers attended the Kirkholt Million
event held in Balderstone Park in August. GMP’s ‘problem solving car’ was
taken to the event and it received a positive response from
Rochdale PCSOs have been involved in a pilot exercise where repeat
call-out addresses were visited in order to investigate the root
problems of matters, ie domestic
violence, anti-social behaviour, and consider the actual causes and
see if any partnership agencies can assist. Referrals are made and a reduction in demand has
been noted at certain addresses due to this new
approach. GMP has now assigned one PCSO
to this initiative for the borough of Rochdale each day which is
being piloted for the next few months.
Statistics for the ward (past three months and compared
to last year)
Residents raised concerns about anti-social behaviour by
students from St Cuthbert’s High School around the Crompton
Avenue area along with littering issues. It was reported GMP had allocated a PCSO, R.
Adams, who had given talks to pupils on ASB. Councillor Nickson commented she had been recently
impressed by local children at the skate park event who came to her
and reported an issue of concern, ie
finding empty drugs bags. The children
clearly want their park enhanced so it is a safer place and
respected. Another matter raised direct
with GMP concerned an issue of verbal abuse to a resident at the
Springhill playing fields.
PACT Priorities agreed were:
Oldham Road/Crompton Road – St
GMP surgeries are held at the Kirkholt Drop-in Centre, Kirkholt every second Tuesday 10-11am with the next
one on 20 September 2017. One or two
PCSOs are always in attendance. Dates
of surgeries are displayed on GMP’s website (Rochdale North),
Facebook and Twitter.
HMR Circle Tea & Talk Sessions
Update provided by HMR
Circle was read out by the Township Officer. Tea and Toast Sessions are still operating from
Balderstone Library on the second Thursday of every 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. Leaflets detailing next sessions
were available for information.
Weekly surgeries are held at Balderstone
Library on Saturdays at 10am and Kirkholt Drop-In Centre on Tuesdays at 2pm
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 through local exhibitions. It will involve bringing together 22 nationalities
in the ward. Workshops will be held at
The Strand with free transport provided to Touchstones
A community event with a ‘Western’ theme will be held
on Monday 20 November 4-6pm at St Thomas’ Church and it will
incorporate the Christmas tree switch-on at The Strand (start at
4pm). The event will be completely free
to all residents offering food (Halal & vegetarian included)
and activities for children along with singing and dancing to
An appeal to all residents was made by Councillor Nickson to look
out for one another and take an interest in their neighbour’s
health and well-being to ensure all is ok after the death of a
young child on the estate whose family may have benefitted from a
greater sense of community spirit.
Sandbrook Park residents along with the
school head teacher have arranged a meeting to discuss concerns
about parking issues.
Dean Farm, Balderstone
– A planning permission was submitted. Councillors opposed this due to factors of flooding
and noise issues for residents. The
matter will be going to consultation.
Pothole issues – An extra £2million
investment. Lower end of Queensway is
in the pipeline to be resurfaced.
The Strand Health Centre – Building works nearly
Recent casework has involved traffic management working with
residents on Queens Drive regarding motorists driving onto ends of
gardens. Parking Services have been
involved. Other involvement is with the
homelessness committee of the Council regarding sofa-surfing and
universal credit issues with what we can do as a Council along with
other partnership agencies to alleviate these problems.
Councillor Farnell stated
it was good to see regeneration and investment across the ward
along with road surfacing.
Daventry Road new flats are now occupied. 11 were constructed for the
Hill Top Drive development is also selling the houses very well and
other developments are in the pipeline at the former Balderstone
School site and a planning application in for a new extension to
the library and school fields.
Fit, Feed & Read event held at Balderstone Library throughout
the school summer holidays was a huge success with plans to repeat
this initiative next year.
Discussions are being held between the Council and Rochdale
Boroughwide Housing regarding
maintenance of grounds on the estate.
Agreement will be made for one of the two organisations to lead on
this which will hopefully aid productivity, time and
C. Mottershead gave a brief update.
The Balderstone Park event held in August was a great success and a
feedback meeting to reviews comments made about the event will be
The document detailing the second phase to deliver the plan will be
presented at the next meeting.
N. Morris (who manages the community partnership) in attendance.
She advised the forum that the
community hub will be on target to open late spring
2018. A public drop-in session will be
held on Thursday 28 September 5-7pm where the public will have
access to the plans and an exhibition and they will be able to
leave comments. The hub will be a state
of the art community centre with full Wi-Fi and it will continue to
provide support services with a full problem solving team housed
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising PDF 68 KB
minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a true
raised concerns about the quality of the grass cutting at the
Oldham Road and Crompton Avenue areas in Balderstone. Councillor Farnell said he will escalate the
matter with the Council’s Environmental Department.
The meeting discussed the reducing attendance
numbers and suggestions were made to increase advertisement and
awareness of the meeting. Ideas were
more social media advertising by the Council and GMP, more posters
in churches and community buildings, and residents to reach out to
others and advise of the services available.
Date and time of next meeting
Tuesday 5 December 2017 at 6.30pm
Venue: St Mary's (Balderstone) Church, Oldham Road, Rochdale
Agendas and minutes of the meetings are available on the
Council’s website www.rochdale.gov.uk/councilmeetings under
heading ‘Councilors and committees’ and ‘Agendas,
reports and minutes’.