Venue: Middleton Library, Long Street, Middleton M24 1AF
Contact: Lauren Mason - Tel. 01706 923124
Welcome and Introductions
were welcomed to the meeting by the Chair, Councillor Donna
Williams, and introductions took place.
It was requested that mobile phones were switched off and put on to
silent. Lauren gave a reminder for
everyone to ensure they had signed in.
Apologies were noted as above.
Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising
All items to be covered under the agenda.
Waste Services Presentation
Bowerman introduced himself and advised that his role is Waste
Services and Workshop Manager. As part
of his role he manages 24 winter rounds and 26 summer rounds during
the warmer months. Middleton is on a
Tuesday round and operates, as in other areas, a week round during
which week 1 is waste, week 2 is paper recycling and week 3 is
plastic and metals.
Street Cleaning, Clean & Green
No items raised as all issues were covered under the above section.
Andrew Entwistle advised of the following:
· The Box Office has been reinstated at Middleton and is available every weekday from 10am – 2pm. It is currently a three month trial and the viability will be reviewed at the end of the trial. Andrew explained that before any performance the Box Office opens one hour before for ticket purchases.
· Andrew advised that Link4Life are currently recruiting an Events Manager to work across three sites including Middleton Arena.
· Swimming lessons are continuing to increase to ensure that lessons are available for those who wish to access them.
· Andrew advised that the Beth Tweeddale Academy is continuing to grow and it is doing really well.
· This year’s pantomime was a great success and a lot of positive feedback has been received, again this offer continues to grow year on year, as does its popularity.
Councillor Martin queried with Andrew how Link4Life
is competing with the low cost providers such as Exercise4Less.
Andrew advised that they have a
different offer and sit in the middle ground, between the lower
cost offer and the more exclusive gyms such as David Lloyd.
Andrew explained that Link4Life offer a
different package to both providers with GP referrals, different
classes and activities such as the swimming offer.
Public Realm Officers
Unfortunately, the Public Realm Officers weren’t able to attend the meeting, but Lauren advised any issues raised in this meeting will be passed on to them via email.
Residents advised that a ‘Better Buses’ petition is
being circulated, and asked any of those who wished to sign the
petition to do so at the end of the meeting. Linked to the petition, a public meeting regarding
bus regulation and the Better Buses for Greater Manchester is
taking place on Wednesday 6 February 2019 at 6.30pm – 8.30pm
in Manchester Art Gallery.
Middleton Town Centre Management Company
· MTCMCo. continue to inspect and monitor Middleton Gardens sending regular reports to Rochdale Council and Middleton Township Office.
· Issues are ongoing with fly tipping and pigeon feeders and Victoria advised that she has tried to arrange meetings with the Public Realm Inspectors, but hasn’t yet managed to meet with them to discuss concerns. It was agreed that Lauren would email the Public Realm Inspectors and request a meeting be arranged.
· Middleton Town Centre won a Silver award, which all agreed was fantastic given this is the first year that the Town Centre had entered the competition.
· Victoria advised that there were issues with the Christmas tree that was installed in Middleton last year, but reported that within 24 hours of raising concerns with Councillor Donna Williams and the Township Office the tree was replaced.
· Work is ongoing with local businesses to try and install brackets on the shop fronts to enable Christmas trees to be installed.
· A resident advised that there are still ongoing issues with vehicles parking in the disabled parking areas near to McDonalds. Victoria stated that she has no control over this issue and only Parking Enforcement Officers are able to ticket vehicles contravening parking regulations. A discussion also took place regarding the poor state of the paving in this area. Residents were informed that a site visit took place late last year and funding has been allocated to improve this route into the Town Centre.
Friends of Middleton View
· The Friends of Middleton View advised that around 10 years ago Middleton Township funded a knee rail fence around areas of Tonge Fields, and unfortunately this fencing has now neared the end of its life. A Township grant application has been submitted by the group for consideration in February 2019.
Friends of Jubilee Park
· The Friends of Jubilee Park advised that works to the Exedra are due to start this week, with the fencing now installed to protect the public from accessing the works area.
· The group was congratulated on the works which have taken place in the park, and all agreed that the park is looking fantastic.
· The Friends of Wince Brook advised that they have submitted two applications to Middleton Township for pathway works. In addition to applying to Middleton Township, the group have also applied to Tesco ‘Access for All’ grant and confirmed they will be listed as a possible group in the store from March, and asked everyone to support them when receiving tokens in store.
· Work is ongoing at Rhodes Lodges, and the group were thanked for their work and continued support in various parts of Middleton.
· The existing Chairman of the Friends of Alkrington Woods advised that he has served in the role for the last 16 years, and unfortunately membership has dwindled in that time. When recently approached to redevelop the group he fully supports the ... view the full minutes text for item 9.
Any other business (not already discussed on the agenda)
Councillor West asked that the scheme discussed earlier on the agenda, funded by Township for Burton Street, is chased up by Lauren (Action: Agreed Lauren to contact Highways for a scheme start date).
Dates of future meetings
Wednesday 20 March 2019