Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Stuart Hay - Tel. 01706 922230 

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Welcome, Introductions and Apologies


The Chair welcomed all to the meeting and introduced PC 4409 Catherine Wynne from GMP as the new Beat Officer for the area.  Apologies were received from Councillor Jane Gartside, S. Grindrod, R. Mallinder. Mr. and Mrs Akhtar.


Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 23 KB


A copy of the code of conduct was circulated with the papers, and all were asked to abide by the code for the duration of the meeting.


Minutes of last meeting and matters arising pdf icon PDF 59 KB


The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 17 February 2014 were agreed as an accurate record and the following updates were given:

Bamford Way - Surfacing
Highways Maintenance were requested to inspect the stretch of Bamford Way that was recently re-surfaced to below standard and to make good where necessary. There may be ongoing litigation and a progress report will be requested.
Action (1) Obtain Highways progress report. (Stuart Hay)

Pot-holes on Greenvale
Greenvale is on the forward works programme, however, a new contract is to be negotiated and no date is yet available for the works to be done.
Action (2) Establish what the plans are regarding resurfacing of Greenvale. (Stuart Hay)

Blocked drains
The drain near to The Treatment Works was cleared using high technical equipment but is now blocked again as are several on Norden Road and Bagslate Moor Road.
Action (3) Request inspection and clearance of the drains. (Stuart Hay)

Norden Road Re-surfacing
Norden Road resurfacing took place in March 2014 and it was agreed to a high standard but also questioned whether the work is complete as it finished abruptly with work on the pavement opposite the end of Martlett Avenue appearing to be unfinished and still outstanding.  The kerbs in that area were replaced but the road surface including the anti-skid surface is badly eroded.  It was also asked if and when the stretch down to Bury and Rochdale Old Road would be done because the kerbs along that length have virtually disappeared.  It was asked if and whether any delay, if that is the case, is connected to potential United Utilities works on The Green and if that is the reason why the pavement had not been surface finished, but it was pointed out that access to The Green by United Utilities would be off road via the Bamford Mews Road.
Action (4) Enquire with Highways (Stuart Hay)

Parking on grass verges and burglaries
Parking on the grass verges of Norden Road and burglaries in the Diggles Lane area were updated in the Police and Community safety section.

Bus shelter – Norden Road
Transport for Greater Manchester were requested to assess the suitability for the siting of a bus shelter on Norden Road, they have made two replies one on 21 February 2014 and the other on 6 May 2014, direct to Councillor Ian Duckworth, both of which were read out:
Before we install a shelter, we consult the Local Authority Highways Department who are responsible for providing and maintaining roads and footpaths throughout the borough and Greater Manchester Police, who ensure that a shelter would not block sight lines or affect traffic flows.  We also talk to local residents and local councillors before we make our final decision whether to install a shelter at a bus stop.

Our final decision is based on a number of things including:


·       whether the pavement is wide enough;

·       the number of passengers using a bus stop in a 12 hour period;

·       what type  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Police and Community Safety


Parking on grass verges
Mick Ball has written to residents on Mansfield Road but has no powers to deal with parking on the footpath as some residents on Norden Road are doing.  PC Wynne will conduct vehicle checks and visit houses along Norden Road to raise the issue.  The Police rule of thumb is that if there is sufficient room to pass with a pram or wheel chair they will not consider it an obstruction and each case is considered individually.  Some are parking on Norden Road in contravention of double yellow lines and this issue will be passed on to Civilian Enforcement to visit.

Reducing burglaries is a number one priority and recent burglaries have taken place from garages and sheds.  Operation Ulysses is pro-actively targeting the eight top offenders with twice daily disruption and intelligence gathering visits and a plain clothed patrolling plan including the use of pedal cycles.  There had been no apparent promotion of any Home Watch Schemes since the last meeting at which it was stated one was to be launched.  The promotion of Home Watch was to have started this very day but its appears staff were diverted elsewhere.  A leaflet had been put out by GMP regarding burglaries with a contact email address to which residents had replied but received no response, which looks bad and questions the purpose of putting it out.  The investigation into the violent burglary on Hawthorn Road is still ongoing, but there is nothing further to report as yet.

The Home Watch sign outside 9 Cranbourne Road has never been replaced following the installation of the new street lighting.
Action (5) Request EON replace the sign. (Stuart Hay)

The GMP Force Off Road Unit will be in the area for two days this week to combat anti-social use of off roaders and all were urged to report any instances on the 101 number.

Some statistics were circulated and it was clarified that of two serious crimes on the list, namely a rape and threats to solicit murder which really concerned residents.  One was historic and the other of a domestic nature where the public were never endangered.  PC Wynne will report to the next meeting as to whether the crime trend is increasing or decreasing.

PC Wynne is regularly out and about on patrol but gave an assurance that if anyone wants to speak to her they can call 101 and leave a message and she will get in touch.


Streetwise Magazine


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Open Forum


Traffic lights at junction Bury Road, Roch Valley Way and Sandy Lane
Drivers are blatantly, persistently and dangerously failing to stop at red traffic lights at the junction Bury Road, Roch Valley Way and Sandy Lane.
Action (6)  GMP to enforce. (PC Catherine Wynne)

Norden Road Speed Sign
The illuminated speed sign on the left hand side of Norden Road going towards the precinct from Bamford Chapel is completely obstructed by the overgrown hedge.
Action (7) Arrange cut back of hedge. (Mick Ball)

Bury Road Bus Stop
The bus stop on Bury Road facing Wood Top Avenue was smashed up a while back and has not been repaired as yet.
Action (8) Arrange inspection and repair to shelter. (Stuart Hay)

Norden Road Signs/Road Markings
The Elected Members continue to fully support the installation of slow signs and road markings on Norden Road at its junction with Jowkin Lane adjacent to Bamford Chapel where user groups cross from the large car park, and have asked for them to be progressed.
Action (9) Request progress from Highways. (Stuart Hay)

Spring Bank Lane Pavement
Residents are grateful for the repairs done to the footpath on Spring Bank Lane in the vicinity of number ten but report that the pavement is in a very poor state of repair and is breaking up in several places along the length of it.
Action (10) Request inspection. (Stuart Hay)

Weeds on Spring Bank Lane
The cobbled part of Spring Bank Lane is weed ridden, and it was questioned whether it was adopted or not but the Council have cleaned it previously.  Mick Ball explained that the weed spraying programme is currently under way across the Borough.


Date & Time of Next Meeting


Monday 1 September 2014
Bamford Chapel