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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
statistics for the ward (past
three months and previous three months)
Anti-social behaviour - Youths were climbing on the roof of Sandbrook Primary School and kicking tiles
off. Other incidents involved derelict
houses on Rudyard Road which Rochdale Boroughwide Housing are going to secure and issues
with off-road bikes in Balderstone Park which GMP are continuing
attempts to identify offending drivers, calling on assistance of
the general public with information.
– The majority of incidents
occurred on Kildare Crescent and Oldham Road.
– Update on the previously reported
incidents of distraction burglaries involving the elderly; a male
offender was arrested by GMP the following day and has recently
been charged and received a sentence of over 5 years.
Vehicle crime – Due to incidents of theft
using vehicles with stolen number plates, PCSOs from GMP have been
organising a number of ‘safe plating’ days whereby
residents can bring their vehicles to have their number plates
installed with tamper-proof screws. The
next event is on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 11-1pm to be held at the
Shell Garage on Queensway.
– Residents in attendance raised
the issue of speeding vehicles in the area of Weston Avenue and
Stiups Lane. GMP advised they are aware of the borough wide
problem, advising that the reduction in staff/traffic police
officers in recent years has not helped, however, a new PCSO is
looking at carrying out a number of traffic operations and he will
be advised to take a look at this area.
Residents were also advised of the Ward Councillors intention to
fund a speed survey, in collaboration with Kingsway Ward
Councillors, which will assess the areas of Kingsway, Turf Hill
Road, Broad Lane and Shaw Road, Rochdale.
Casework has recently involved dealing with school
appeals and parents who have not secured their ‘choice’
high school mostly due to the fact that they are offered on a
nearest school by location basis, as opposed to choice.
Britain in Bloom is coming
to the Balderstone and Kirkholt ward
for the first time. The route will
cover the length of Queensway, turning right onto Oldham Road then
left up Broad Lane arriving at Springhill Hospice. The local judging will be held on 3 and 4 July
2018, with the national judging held later in the
summer. Councillors, schools, churches
and community groups have been informed and all getting involved.
The priority for residents is to ensure that the
route is litter free. A request to all
businesses is please look clean and presentable and residents were
asked to please spread the word.
Not present for
Not present for
event will be held at the Sandbrook
School on Saturday 23 June 2018 at 11-3pm and it will feature a
whole range of games and table football, food stalls, cream teas
and a petting farm involving small animals.
N. Morris attended and provided an update. The new community hub being built on The Strand is
now nearing completion with a handover date set for 30 July
2018. The ground floor will house all
services from the previous Kirkholt
Drop-In Centre along with two interview rooms and a large community
hall and office on the first floor. The
building will have six retail units with all businesses open by
September 2018. A community café
facility has gone out to tender. Two
bed residential accommodation within the
building is available to rent and is currently being
advertised. RBH intend on arranging a
party when the building is fully open and also a Christmas party
will be organised. There has been some recent disruptions due to building
works connected to the new health centre, and residents were asked
to contact RBH if anyone has any issues.
Residents raised a query about a road through to Hill Top Drive
which was previously illustrated on initial plans. RBH advised that this does not have current
planning approval and depends on further development of land for
additional housing as specified by Planning.
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising PDF 74 KB
minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a true
Hill Top Drive overhanging
branches on Hill Top Drive previously reported was escalated to
Housing. Update received from a Council
Officer; “I visited the site on 17 May 2018 during our
scheduled walkabouts. At that time the
trees were seen to need no work. This
was under the RBH policy. I have not visited the site since but
from memory the trees will not have changed much in that time.
Again if instructed to carry out work
then I will”.
Residents were advised
that the remit of Public Realm Inspectors is to deal with any
environmental and anti-social behaviour issues in their respective
areas. These issues include dealing
with any incidents of fly tipping, accumulations of waste on
private land, highway obstructions, abandoned vehicles, dog
fouling, commercial waste, alleyway problems, and monthly gateway
inspections. From an anti-social
behaviour perspective, they deal with a wide range of issues from
off-road biking to complaints of football being played in the
street. There are also three Town
Centre Wardens who tackle low level environmental issues in the
town centres (littering, A-board issues, etc) and who will be enforcing the Rochdale Town
Centre Public Space Protection Order 2018 when it comes into
New Medical Centre
A resident informed the
meeting that the building of the new medical centre will commence
Fit, Feed & Read
This year’s Fit,
Feed and Read programme, delivered in partnership with Link4Life,
will be offered for children across locations in the borough
starting on Monday 30 July 2018 and running throughout the summer
holidays. Balderstone Library will
again be one of the locations of this fantastic scheme. The aim of the programme is to provide a meal for
those children who may not eat when not at school during the summer
holidays and encourage reading and engagement; including the
take-up of the Summer Reading Challenge. It is also hoped it will increase the number of
5-11 year olds accessing local library services.
H. Sutcliffe attended
and advised since the last meeting the group had applied for and
been successful in making the playing fields and surrounding area
an ‘asset of community value’. The group made a plea to local Ward Councillors
for funding for signage for the ACV status for the area which
carries vast historical and archaeological relevance. To add to this an application has now been
submitted to the Council’s Legal Department for
‘village green’ status.
They have also been working alongside Council Officers in
identifying and opening up footpaths in the area, including one
from the Hospice to the tearooms (former Craven Heifer Public
House). Volunteers have been carrying
out clean-ups of paths most Saturday mornings under the guidance of
a Ranger from the Council and they would welcome any residents to
join them in the task force.
Action: Signage request to be raised with Councillor Meredith
Date and time of next meeting
Tuesday 18 September 2018 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 the heading
committees’ and then ‘Agendas, reports and