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 were received from Councillor Colin Lambert and Beryl
Code of Conduct PDF 23 KB
The Chair outlined the code of conduct.
United Utilities - Bamford Green
United Utilities had agreed to attend this meeting
but now state they are changing their plans and will not now
attend. Councillor Duckworth will
ensure any amended plans will go before the Planning Committee.
United Utilities had previously
undertook to not start any work until they had consulted local
residents and acknowledged this Forum was one of the ways they
would do so. Concerns were they could
just turn up in January and start work. Questions were asked on exactly how the underground
tanks actually worked. United Utilities
will be invited to the next meeting to answer any questions and be
informed of the Forum’s views.
Action. Invite United Utilities to the next meeting
Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising PDF 63 KB
The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 2nd
September 2013 were agreed as an accurate record and the following
updates were given.
Mojitos Wine Bar
Councillor Sullivan outlined
the work she had been doing to address complaints of noise nuisance
from the Wine Bar. She has been in
regular contact with them and they had agreed to keep the glass
partition shut whenever any entertainment was on. Also she arranged a Noise Nuisance Officer to
visit and assess the situation, but he found no offences being
committed. Residents state he has been
visiting at the wrong times. His name
is Paul Fletcher and he wants to work with residents. He can be contacted direct and visits will
continue; complaints must be made.
Councillor Sullivan will continue to work on the issue. Licensing has considered the matter and there are
no other issues apart from noise complaints, and to conduct a
Councillor Sullivan highlighted
Ward Funds which need to be allocated by the following Friday
30th November 2013 and asked for ideas to be submitted
before then. The road to the Community
Centre was mentioned but United Utilities are working there
Blue Orchid Management Consultants
are the largest provider of Business Start Up Support in the North
West and received funding from RMBC, The European Regional
Development and DWP to run a service in the Borough. Based at the Unique Enterprise Centre on Belfield
Road, Rochdale, they are holding ‘Open For Business’
drop in sessions in Rochdale Library every Thursday where experts
are there to offer advice and guidance, Business Workshops and
Networking Events. Contact details were
One of the bins removed from
the football pitch has not yet been sited on Martlett Avenue and will be chased up. Beryl Bulcock who gave
her apologies raised this issue together with Mojitos, spoken about
at this meeting, and the state of Swallow Drive, referred to
Action. Chase up placement of bin (Stuart
Dropped kerb on Martlett
The reply from Highways regards the last kerb not
to be dropped on Martlett Avenue was
read out: “I arranged for the dropped
kerbs to go in the following locations: two facing each other on
Martlett Avenue near Swift Road
junction, two on each corner of Woodcock Close, two on each corner
of Curlew Close and two on each corner of Lapwing Close, giving 8
in total, as per Stephen Granville’s original request to you
in August last year. This enables
people in wheelchairs, motorised scooters, etc to travel along Martlett Avenue as far as the shopping precinct,
where they can then travel down the footpath that leads into the
precinct car park.
In regard to the footpath once it’s in the precinct’s
car park area, I don’t know if any part of the kerb there is
dropped to enable disabled access onto the car park but the
footpath there isn’t adopted by us and ...
view the full minutes text for item 4.
Police and Community Safety
Questions were asked as to what is happening with
Home Watch schemes as contact from Police had ceased since 2011.
A GMP Force Wide survey has been done
and it is likely to be re launched. PCSO Taylor will raise the issue with his
supervisor and report back.
The house subject to an explosion on War Office Road has not been
worked on since, the cause of the explosion was questioned as was
any progress on rebuilding.
Action. Obtain update from Building Control (Stuart
House burglaries have
increased in the area around Bamford
Way, Curlew Close and Norden Road.
There have been ten in the last three
weeks, no discernible pattern, but M.O. is to kick in the bottom
UVPC door panels. Suspects are two
teams of four and three. Any suspicious
circumstances must be reported.
The incident in Sunny’s Chip
Shop, Heywood was a serious assault with a baseball bat and machete
used. The attack does not appear to be
random and the victim’s injuries are not life
Bogus callers are on the increase. Community Safety and the Police are highlighting
this to vulnerable groups and will visit the Chapel Luncheon Club
on Wednesday to talk about it and give advice.
Pub and club burglaries are also on the increase.
The Camera Enforcement Vehicle had visited War Office Road and
Norden Road and had a deterrent effect
on speeders and had enforced against the use of mobile phones and
seat belt offences. Red textured road
slow down warnings are to be painted on Norden Road and have proved effective elsewhere in
slowing drivers down.
Bad, dangerous and inconsiderate parking around school areas at
dropping off and picking up times are to be addressed by increased
and concentrated Civilian Enforcement visits. PCSO Taylor will also visit.
do not blow leaves off the footpath into the road. The incident cited was an unknown individual.
Leaves around The Chapel had been cleared up by Chapel
users. Road Sweepers can be requested
for any location.
Mansfield Road Parking
Parking on Mansfield Road is a problem. Noted the strip of land running between it and
Belgium Street is privately owned. Mick
Ball from Environmental Management had got the owner to repair and
replace some defective and dangerous fencing, but it is not known
what the owner’s intentions are as the last Planning
Application was in 2008 and has lapsed.
Use of the central green as a parking area has been looked at
previously and cannot be used. Most
residents were against removing the greenery and there are services
and drains underneath. The area does
not fit the criteria for a residents only parking area, which
ironically are not popular with most residents anyway.
Strategy for Flood Risk Management
the RMBC consultation on the Strategy for Flood Risk Management
were made available. The deadline for
any comments is 29th November 2013. Also contact details of Sarah Parkington from the Flood Forum were given out as
she would welcome contact from anybody wanting to speak about
flooding at any time.
Queens Park Road Bridge
The safety and
integrity of the Queens Park Road Bridge was questioned as it is
believed by some to be already weak with tons of concrete blocks on
it. It was asked if there are any
plans, condition reports or surveys on it.
Action. Obtain situation report (Stuart Hay)
Resident Ruth Doyle highlighted an example of a severe Planning
process problem, which was far less than adequate and very
unsatisfactory. She attempted to
contact the Planning Officer in charge of a neighbour’s
application and was advised by both the Council’s Switchboard
and Planning Office that no one by that name worked in Planning,
and there was no reply or return call from a mobile
number. Ruth was given incorrect
information and the plan was passed without her being able to make
an appropriate objection. She was later
told the Officer did work for Planning but on very limited
hours. Councillor Sullivan has written
to Mark Widdup who appointed an
A resident was in favour of
planting trees as the advantages are, they remove particulates,
ameliorate temperatures, reduce flooding risk, soak up Carbon
Dioxide and are nice to look at, and some cities such as London and
New York are planting thousands. The
resident thought the Ward Funds referred to could be used to plant
them. It is a fact that the Council are
well behind in the management and maintenance of its trees with
some causing damage and obstructions, as highlighted on
Martlett Avenue and any location would
have to be very carefully selected. The
resident will contact Councillor Sullivan direct.
Vermin on Norford Way and
Rats have been sighted in broad daylight on
Norford ... view the
full minutes text for item 6.
Date and time of the next meeting
6.30pm Monday 17th February 2014 at