Welcome and Introductions
were welcomed to the meeting by the Chair of the meeting,
Councillor Donna Williams, and introductions took
place. It was requested that mobile
phones were switched off and put on to silent. Lauren gave a reminded for everyone to ensure they
had signed in.
Councillor Donna Williams also advised that the agenda would
change, with Transport being moved to agenda item 4.
Apologies were noted as above.
Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising
All items to be covered under the
Roberts introduced himself and explained that TfGM is responsible
for operational planning of transport, with accountability for
school services, Ring & Ride and non-commercial
services. Nick explained that TfGM hold
a £15 million budget, but advised that although this may
sound a lot the service has received a 20% reduction in funding and
find themselves facing many budget
Nick explained that the majority of bus services in Greater
Manchester (GM) is operated
commercially, so providers are themselves responsible for fares,
routes and timetables. Nick advised
that there is a regular meeting of the bus network committee, which
Councillor Burke attends in his role as Transport Representative
for Rochdale Borough Council. This
committee considers changes and reductions in services and the
views of the public are represented at this meeting.
Nick advised under the GM Mayor there are other options being
looked at for the ‘buses bill’, which in London is a
de-commercialised bus network. Nick
stated that there is also a decline in public transport use, and
this situation is having an impact on bus services.
Stey and John from First Bus introduced
themselves, and they advised that the financial strain is also
being felt by operators, with the current climate challenging and
difficult. Also there are lots of
changes coming including the sale of the Queens Road depot to a new
operator. Over the last few years,
First Bus have improved punctuality and safety of their bus
services with lots of new technology being introduced, which is in
part about speeding up the journey for customers resulting in less
John and Stey advised that some of the
issues they face relate to buses becoming clogged up in city centre
traffic. This situation then creates a
bottle-neck of buses which eventually are all ‘freed’
up at the same time, and causes issues for passengers.
Stey advised that in this area there
has been problems with vandalism, which
then causes issues throughout the whole network. Vandalism can result in a bus being withdrawn from
the network, repair issues, loss of time whilst awaiting GMP, and
dependant on the level of vandalism, can remove the bus from the
network for around 24 hours. Both
officers advised that there are not a huge amount of problems, but
when these do arise they can affect the whole system, and can be
Stey advised that if, for example,
there is a problem in the city centre, which is going to cause a
number of buses to be late, they have no way of relaying this
information to customers on the ground quickly. A question was raised regarding the use of
digitalised bus stops as Members knew there was a pilot some years
ago. John and Stey advised that this never continued and any
improvements to bus stops would come under the remit of TfGM.
Councillor Burke advised that current cuts such as the 415 will
leave whole communities cut off from the transport network, and it
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Street Cleaning, Clean & Green
officer present and no items raised.
discussion took place about the Box Office at Middleton Arena.
Andrew advised that whilst this matter
is still at trial phase, the majority of people are still booking
tickets online. As it is under review,
it was agreed that Andrew would update further at the next
Public Realm Officers
Lodwig introduced herself and she advised that the Public Realm
Inspector role no longer existed; the team have been split into
Enforcement Officers working for Environmental Management and Crime
& ASB Officers in the Community Safety Team. The Crime & ASB Officer covering Middleton is
Glyn Broady and he can be contacted via the Township Office.
Councillor West raised concerns with Diane regarding fly tipping at
All Saints and Martyrs Church on Wood Street. Diane advised that unfortunately as this location
is private land, Rochdale Council cannot remove the fly tipping as
it is the responsibility of the landowner. (After note: The fly tipping was removed the
following day by Rochdale Council following a discussion with
A discussion took place regarding concerns raised by Councillor
Martin about ongoing fly tipping issues. Diane advised that wherever possible Environmental
Management will look to identify the offender who has dumped the
rubbish. All fly tipping incidents
attended are checked for evidence of who has dumped the waste, and
where evidence is available a prosecution will be investigated and
where possible pursued. If a
prosecution is successful then wherever possible the team will
arrange a press release as this serves as a reminder to people that
fly tipping can carry a hefty consequence.
The large amount of fly tipping which recently took place at
Warwick Mill was discussed. Diane
stated that this issue was investigated by Stephen Pyke and she
isn’t able to provide an update.
It was agreed that Diane would ask Stephen for an update.
Concerns were raised about ongoing issues in the Town Centre,
particularly in relation to people feeding pigeons. It was agreed that Diane would meet with Victoria
Davies from Town Centre Management to look at the various ongoing
issues in the Town Centre.
Councillor Martin advised that she had a great deal of praise for
officers from Environmental Management and it was agreed that her
comments would be fed back to the team via Diane. Diane was thanked for attending the
Middleton Town Centre Management
Victoria advised that she has developed a great working
relationship with Diane Lodwig and visits will be arranged on a
regular basis to deal with any issues in relation to the Town
Councillor Martin queried how Middleton Market is performing and
she was advised by Victoria that December and January are always
difficult months for markets, but it is continuing to grow.
Victoria stated new backing sheets for the market have been ordered
and these will update the markets and also serve to protect the
traders from poor weather conditions.
Friends of Middleton View
The Friends of
Middleton View advised that their application to Township for
funding to repair the knee rail fence was successful, and the grant
should be paid within the next few days. Works will be undertaken by the Green
The Friends of group stated that there are ongoing issues at
Tonge Fields regarding fly-grazing,
which they have previously discussed with Lauren. Unfortunately, without knowing who the owner
is/having an address for the owners there is very little that
Rochdale Council can do. The Estates
Team have written to the last known tenant’s address with no
success. The group have been advised
that they should contact the RSPCA if the horses are in danger.
It was agreed that if anyone is able to
provide information regarding the horses’ owner and their
address, this information can be passed to Lauren confidently to be
shared with the Estates Team.
Friends of Jubilee Park
All works to the
Exedra are now complete and look fantastic. The group were thanked for their ongoing work in
keeping the park looking as good as it does.
Friends of Wince Brook
The Friends of Wince
Brook advised that during the very heavy rains on Saturday 16 March
2019, Wince Brook did flood and all four bridges within the brook
were submerged in water.
A grant application to Township was successful and £7,100 was
approved to create new pathways. These
paths won’t be situated near to the river as Wince Brook is a
The group have also applied to Tesco Bags of Help, and they will be
in stores in March and April. Everyone
was asked to use their tokens to help the group receive funding as
these funds will be used with the Township grant towards the
A discussion took place regarding what will be used to create the
pathways, as the recent heavy rain washed away some of the cinder
pathways. The group advised that some
of the boardwalks will be removed and replaced.
The Green Volunteers usually
meet on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and this morning was
spent repairing pathways in Alkrington
Friends of Alkrington
Since re-launching the group, the Friends of
Alkrington Woods have now got a bank
account and constitution in place.
One of the first schemes the group are looking to develop is a
scheme around the McBride’s Wood area, which is the nearest
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Any other business (not already discussed on the agenda)
Some of the groups asked if they could share email addresses
with each other, and they were advised that at the next meeting a
sheet will be provided on the table which groups can complete if
they wish to share their contact details with other
Dates of future meetings to be confirmed via email
meeting dates to be advised.