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Contact: Tracey Knight - Tel. 01706 922227
Introductions, Apologies and Code of Conduct PDF 80 KB
Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced himself,
Councillors and Officers to the first meeting of the newly merged
Milnrow, Newhey and Firgrove
Area Forum. Everybody was asked to abide by the code of conduct for
the duration of the meeting.
Apologies were received from Councillors Blundell, Brett,
Butterworth, Hussain, Kelly (RBC), C. Houston, M. Hopkinson, S.
Leach, D. Dawai and I.
PACT - Greater Manchester Police
Police introduced themselves and gave the following updates.
There has been an
increase in burglaries since the last meeting; the number is almost
double. This increase is the usual trend during the summer
Vehicle crime has also risen, however, five vehicles have been
recovered from one address. Off-road bike reports have increased
significantly due again to the time of year. A resident reported
off-road bikes driving dangerously on Rochdale Road. Firgrove. Residents were advised to report all off-road bike
nuisance to the Police on 101.
confirmed that dash cam footage can be used as evidence providing
it is of good quality.
A recent traffic operation saw
motorists ticketed and fined for offences. Another vehicle has hit
the garden wall of a Kiln Lane property. The Police asked whether
speed humps may help with the situation.
Action 1: Establish if installing speed humps would be
an option (Tracey Knight)
The Police advised that a well-known individual had
been given a two year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO). Leaflets
will be distributed locally advising of the prohibitions. Breaches
of the Order should be reported to the Police.
Summer Security Advice
Residents were again
reminded to lock doors and windows; don’t
be an easy target for opportunist thieves.
PACT Priority for Milnrow
Minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising PDF 84 KB
minutes of the last meeting were agreed as a true record. Matters
arising would be addressed in the Open Forum.
Hollingworth Academy Community Update - Darren Randle
Randle thanked the forum for the opportunity to share with them the
schools achievements and future vision. There has been 50 years of
education provided on the site. The school has seen many names
during these times; it is now called Hollingworth Academy.
There have been a number of successes over the years; more recently
in 2014 they were awarded ‘School of the Year’ and in
2015 were awarded the ‘National Centre of Excellence’.
The school is popular within the community and is usually
oversubscribed. As is expected with a comprehensive school, it does
bring its challenges, however, this only provides an opportunity
for overcoming difficulties and embracing new challenges.
Members of the forum were invited to visit the school during peak
times to witness the well organised environment and feel the warmth
within. The school is a PFI building and is available for community
The school has worked closely with
Rochdale Borough Council when they identified a shortage of
secondary school places. The planned extension will be complete by
July 2016 in time for the new academic year. The building will
house six IT suites, a pupil inclusion unit, a year 11 study
centre, a commercial bakery, a construction training room, hair and
beauty salon and a multi faith prayer room. It will also meet the
estimated expected demand for student places.
There has been a number of concerns raised regarding the purpose of
the new school extension. It was reiterated that the purpose of the
extension was never to be a pupil referral unit, a mosque or a
special needs centre. Concerns arose due to a clerical error on the
original planning application that stated the purpose of the
extension was for a student referral unit. The Head Teacher categorically denied that this
was the purpose and requested the matter be confirmed as correct by
the Council’s Planning Department.
Action 2: Confirm this information with Planning
A number of concerns were raised about the lack of
parking and the impact of this with additional places. The level of
people’s frustration is appreciated by the school who are
proactive in trying to lessen the impact for neighbours. It was
agreed that the issue and responsibility lies with the drivers who
should be more considerate.
Action 3: Request parking enforcement during peak times
Q. Are there any plans to offer sixth form
education at the school?
A. No, the academy wouldn’t want to compete with the already
established top rated Rochdale Sixth Form College.
Q. How will having a bakery and salon facilities affect the
curriculum for students?
A. These new facilities will be an enhancement and not a
replacement; the curriculum will be fulfilled.
Q. Who are the additional students and where are they from?
A. The intake will follow the usual selection criteria and
Public Engagement Initiative Presentation - Rose Bennett
unforeseen circumstances this item was withdrawn, however, the
forum was asked to forward their ideas and suggestions in the
freepost envelope provided on how to help the Council deal with the
financial challenges they are currently facing.
Kiln Lane Traffic
A Council Highways Officer has met with Ward Councillors to
discuss residents’ traffic and safety concerns. As a result
they have produced a short, medium and long term options paper
(made available for the meeting).
Short term – upgrade and replace any existing
damaged warning signs on the approach to Kiln Lane.
Medium term – re-model the junction of
Wildhouse Lane/Kiln Lane by acquiring
the cottages and modifying the road layout. Funding would need to
be identified to move this forward (plan supplied).
Long term – development of a long term plan
to identify a possible relief road to encourage traffic from
Littleborough/Todmorden to use an alternative route to the M62
avoiding the B6225.
The forum was advised that the use of rumble strips is not an
option due to the close proximity of residential properties.
A discussion took place regarding the number of accidents involving
drink drivers. It was understood that the Council cannot legislate
A resident said that in their opinion the medium term option would
exacerbate the dangers as vehicles would increase their speed
knowing that they don’t have to stop at the junction.
Action 4: Feedback resident’s comments to
Highways (Tracey Knight)
Broomfield Terrace Rat Run
Broomfield Terrace has become a
rat run since the installation of traffic lights at the
Huddersfield Road/Newhey Road junction.
The resident is concerned that it is a residential area and the
increase and speed of traffic is a danger and is becoming
Action 5: Report to Highways and request their advice
Silver Hill Blind Bend
A resident expressed her concerns
regarding the blind bend on Silver Hill. She believes it is
dangerous and could cause an accident.
Action 6: Report concerns to Highways and request their
advice (Tracey Knight)
Willows Lane/Princess Road Traffic Issues
reported speeding vehicles in this area. She believes it would help
the situation if it was made one-way traffic with vehicles entering
Princess Road and exiting Willows Lane via Heatley Road.
Action 7: Report to Highways and request advice
regarding one-way system (Tracey Knight)
Princess Road Chemical Smell
It was reported that there is
a strong chemical smell in the area.
Action 8: Speak to Councillor Blundell for further
information and take the appropriate action (Tracey Knight)
Rochdale Road Pavements
It was reported that there are
potholes on the pavement outside 155 Rochdale Road, Firgrove. The resident was made aware that there is
specific criteria regarding the depth a pothole needs to be before
it is filled.
Action 9: Report to Highways to request action as
necessary (Tracey Knight)
An update was
provided for the meeting by a resident – ‘the
Milnrow Council Offices Clock Tower was
made part of the Butterworth Hall conservation area in 2006, this
was after a planning application was submitted to reduce/demolish
said tower, soon after that the application was withdrawn by the
applicant. Not only the tower is covered but the whole building
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Any Other Business
other business was raised.
Date and time of next meeting
December 2015 at 7pm in Milnrow Cricket
Club (to be confirmed)
March 2016 at 7pm in Milnrow Cricket