Venue: Bamford Chapel, Norden Road, Rochdale OL11 5PQ. View directions
Contact: Val White - Tel 01706 924858
Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
Chair welcomed all to the meeting, he explained that Stuart Hay has
now taken up a secondment to a different role, and introduced Val
White to the forum. The Chair thanked
Stuart for all his hard work and commitment for the Bamford
Code of Conduct PDF 77 KB
of the code of conduct was circulated with the papers, and all were
asked to abide by the code for the duration of the
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising PDF 66 KB
It was claimed that the
stretch that was recently re-surfaced is below standard and
residents asked what is going to happen?
Action (1) Arrange site visit and request Highways
inspection if necessary (Val White)
Pot-holes on Greenvale
Despite a number of reports no
repairs have been carried out. It was
understood that a full re-surface is planned, but no further
details were given.
Action (2) Establish what the plans are regarding
resurfacing of Greenvale (Val White)
There were complaints that drains are badly
blocked in many areas, and claims that these drains have not been
cleaned for a number of years.
Particularly problematic areas include Bury & Rochdale Road,
Clay Lane near the Treatment Works, Edenfield Road (bus terminus to
Norden Way) and Norden Rd/Bagslate Moor Road.
Action (3) Request inspection and clearance of drains
Residents requested assurances that all
blocked gulleys would be cleared before planned
re-surfacing takes place.
Action (4) Clarity timescale for re-surfacing and
request gulley clearance (Val White)
All actions/updates from the last meeting were given
Police and Community Safety
Parking on grass
There are problems with
vehicles parking fully on the kerb on Norden Road between Norford
Way and The Grapes Public House. There
are also claims that speeding is still a problem, and that the
electronic speed sign is less effective now.
Action (5) Increase patrols with a view to taking
enforcement action re parking and speeding (PCSO Taylor)
Partners And Communities Together Meetings
PCSO Taylor explained that the PACT meetings are designed to allow
residents to meet with Police and partners to identify three
priorities each month that they would like agencies to focus on.
Residents were informed that if nobody
from their area attends, their issues won’t be
raised. Some residents felt that the
meetings are not publicised well enough.
There have been a number of
burglaries recently where gold has been targeted, and some
residents felt that the lack of a Homewatch scheme had led to a
breakdown in communication. The forum
was informed that the Homewatch scheme is due to re-launch on
10th March 2014, venue to be confirmed. Insp. Khan had also agreed to do a walk about in
the area but has not yet done so. The
Police are currently running two anti-burglary initiatives;
Operation Ulysses involves issuing notices to properties
surrounding victims of burglary asking occupants to be extra
vigilant, and Operation Glacier which is a plain clothes
Residents of Diggles Lane asked for a
number of considerations including CCTV cameras, improved lighting
and permission to erect higher fences.
PCSO Taylor would liaise with the Community Safety Officer to
arrange a visit and a survey of the area, and recommendations
around what can and cannot be done.
Action (6) Liaise with Community Safety Officer to
arrange visit (PCSO Taylor)
Man In Van
It was reported that a man has been driving
around offering new mattresses to people. The advice to any resident approached by this
person is to refuse to engage with him, take the vehicle
registration number and report the incident along with a
description to the Police on 101.
The next meeting will take
place on Monday 14th April 2014, 10am at Rochdale Town
Hall, all were welcome and encouraged to attend.
£1,000 from the Ward Fund
has been allocated to a tree planting scheme, however, the forum
was informed that this is a relatively small amount and that the
original project suggested was not feasible. The forum was still keen to pursue this and agreed
to keep the funding committed with a view to adding more funds from
the ward fund next year.
9th Heywood Scout Group
Ruth Doyle attended
the forum to thank Ward Members for supporting a bid for funding
for camping equipment for the group. A
large number of items from cooking utensils to tents was purchased
and has already been used. The Scouts
are extremely grateful for this support, and photographs of recent
activities are available.
Ward Fund Update
The forum was informed that
ward funds have been allocated not only to the Scout Group, but to
Rochdale Olympic Gym Club, ‘SLOW’ markings on Norden
Road, railings on Roch Valley Way, tree planting, and a barrier for
the area opposite Highfield Hospital to prevent anti-social
behaviour. Highfield Hospital have
contributed to the cost. There is a
small amount of funding still available, and PCSO Taylor will be
submitting a bid for a scheme with the Cadets.
Bus Shelter – Norden
A request for a bus shelter outside La Dolce Vita
Restaurant was made, this has been requested previously but no
response has been received.
Action (7) Contact TfGM to request assessment of
suitability for a shelter (Val White)
Pelican Crossing – Norden
Residents reported that the pelican crossing takes
far too long to change when pedestrians are waiting to cross which
often results in traffic clearing whilst the pelican is on red, and
the traffic lights changing to red when there is no longer anybody
waiting to cross.
Action (8) Enquiry whether timings can be changed (Val
Leaflets detailing consultation plans for
a wind farm at Rooley Moor Road were
made available, and residents were encouraged to read the proposals
and attend events if they wished to be involved.
Bamford Green & Copse
There were reports of litter and
tipping, and residents asked whether a hit team could attend and
Action (9) Arrange clean up at Bamford Green & Copse (Val White)
Martlett Avenue 20mph
There were concerns that the 20mph zone doesn’t
cover a large enough area and questions were asked with regard to
extending the scheme. It was explained
that this scheme is now complete and that the only opportunity to
extend the scheme would have been during the consultation
period. To make any amendments at this
stage would require a new Traffic Regulation Order, and there are
no funds available to proceed with such a scheme.
Date and time of next meeting
2nd June 2014