Venue: Bamford Chapel, Norden Road, Rochdale OL11 5PQ. View directions
Contact: Stuart Hay
Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Apologies have been received from Councillor Colin Lambert and
Code of Conduct PDF 23 KB
The Chair outlined the code of conduct.
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising PDF 75 KB
The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday
3rd June 2013 were agreed as an accurate record and the
following updates were given:
Sandy Lane, Bury Road and Roch Valley Way Junction
Councillors have continued to request a scheme to make improvements
for pedestrians at the junction of Sandy Lane, Bury Road and
Roch Valley Way. There are several current outstanding requests in
the Borough and at a cost of £240K no scheme is likely in the
foreseeable future. GMP will show a
presence to deter traffic light jumpers.
GMP has been patrolling Bury Road and War Office Road to deter
speeding vehicles and Metro Counters are awaited.
The bins around the football pitch at the rear of Bamford Green have been removed as the club were
not emptying them. A copy Lease has
been requested to examine responsibilities on the club to clean up
and maintain the area and also if parking restrictions
apply. The bins were provided by the
Ward Councillors and should be re-sited at locations of their
choosing, one of which is on Martlett
Avenue around the drop zone area of the Precinct.
Action: Request the re-siting of a bin on Martlett Avenue (Stuart Hay)
School 20mph zone
The 20mph area around St Michael’s School is complete and
ready for the new school year. Highways
are working with the school to make sure the illuminated signs are
used at optimum times including special events and the Casualty
Reduction Team are introducing a new Zig Zag campaign this
month. Part of the scheme included the
continuation of double yellow lines on the east side of Queens Park
Road right down to the bridge, opposite the school, still allowing
vehicles to park only on the school.
The use of the land at the side of the school as a car park has
been looked at previously and is not feasible. Community Safety will deploy their liveried
enforcement vehicle, fitted with cameras, to combat illegal
parking, it is not calibrated to enforce against speeding.
Work on the Bamford Primary 20mph
scheme is ongoing now.
Water tanks under Bamford
United Utilities have submitted two planning
applications in relation to the installation of water holding tanks
under Bamford Green and residents are
not opposed to the installation as it is intended to ease flooding
in the area. However, residents are
very concerned that the twelve months work involves the use of
heavy plant and equipment to remove 700 cubic tons of earth using
the private road dissecting The Green to Bamford Mews and the long lasting damage that may
be caused to the road for which the residents are
responsible. There is confusion over
what United Utilities plans actually are, regards both the
installation of holding tanks and the upgrade of the drains down
the length of Norden Road, as some
residents have been informed work is imminent and yet others
received a letter saying that the work will not now proceed due to
view the full minutes text for item 3.
Police and Community Safety
One Home Watch Coordinator had received no
communication from GMP for a very long time and questioned whether
the whole scheme was still operating. They are and are to be developed and PCSO Taylor
will address the communication issue. Eon are demanding £100 to put back existing
Home Watch signs on new lamp posts that were removed from the old
ones. It was felt this is unacceptable
and they should be replaced like for like as part of the
Action: Request Head of Street Lighting to take up with
Eon (Stuart Hay)
A commercial Luton van has been parking on Highlands
Road, it was doing legally but a resident contacted the firm and
asked them to park elsewhere on the road more sensibly which they
have done since.
There has been recent suspicious activity on Crimble Lane. Diane
Lodwig has already informed GMP who
made some arrests for theft of copper and she will inform GMP of
the latest activity.
The cause of the explosion at number 28 War Office Road is still
The incident at the Post Office was a failed attempt robbery.
There were four male offenders, the
glass screen withheld a sledge hammer blow, the Post Master
activated the alarm and the offenders fled empty handed.
There have been four burglaries in the Ward in the last month and
with the dark nights drawing in a
reminder was given to switch on lights and lock up.
The road resurfacing on Wordsworth
Way stopped half way down at Bamford
Way, and the pot holes at the junction with Rochbury Close are very bad. Councillor Sullivan will check to see if the
resurfacing programme included the whole of Wordsworth Way and
report the pot holes in any case.
The trees on Martlett Avenue, some private and some Council, are
obstructing the footpath and need cutting back. Mick Ball from the RMBC Enforcement Team has been
active in other areas of the Ward in getting residents to cut back
their own offending trees and a request made for him to do the same
on Martlett Avenue. The trees in the garden of the unoccupied house on
the corner of Canterbury Close are blocking the footpath and the
Hawthorn tree on Norden Road at the
junction with Highlands Road is obstructing the newly installed
street light and these also need cutting back.
Action: Request Environmental Management Enforcement
assessment and cut back (Stuart Hay)
Overgrown vegetation is obstructing the
following ginnels: from Bury Road to Northdene Drive, from Hawthorn Road to Diggles Lane, particularly at the steps, and from
Kemp Avenue to Finsbury Street and at the rear of Greenshank
Action: Request Environmental Management clearance
Mojitos Wine Bar noise pollution
Complaints of noise pollution from Mojitos Wine Bar were made, loud
music till midnight, and noise from people using the tables and
chairs outside. Councillor Sullivan
will take to Licensing.
A6045 Heywood Old Road Proposed
Several people have expressed concern over a Birch
Village resident’s proposal to close the A6045 Heywood Old
Road at Birch Village between Langley Lane and Whittle Lane due to
Heavy Goods Vehicles, this would be to the detriment of
Bamford and Norden commuters. It
was stressed that this is a resident’s proposal only.
A report from Highways is actually
being presented to the Heywood Township Committee this night and
the Middleton Township Committee this Thursday 5th
September 2013. This report is to
request funding for an Origin and Destination Survey to assess if
or what the problem is and to come up with a solution. The total cost of the survey would be £45,000
with equal contributions of £15,000 from the two Townships
and from Highways. Norden Ward Councillor Peter Winkler is attending
Middleton Township Committee. All
concerned will be kept updated.
Council Tax increase
A discussion over the increase of over three
percent in this year’s RMBC
Council Tax, due to the Precept, took place.
Way No Entry Signs
A request was made to have No Entry
Signs installed on safety grounds at Roch Valley Way at the junction with Manchester
Road and Edinburgh Way to support the No Entry road markings
already there as vehicles still regularly drive or attempt to drive
in to Roch Valley Way against oncoming
Action: Request Highways consider (Stuart
Bamford Ward News
Date and time of the next meeting
6.30pm on Monday 25th November 2013
at Bamford Chapel