Venue: Bamford Chapel, Norden Road, Rochdale OL11 5PQ. View directions
Contact: Stuart Hay - Tel. 01706 922230
Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
Chair welcomed all to the meeting and sadly informed of the passing
of Forum stalwart and faithful attendee, Jim Taylor, an ex engineer
who took a keen interest in the standard of road repairs.
He will be remembered with
Apologies were received from Councillor
Jane Gartside Keith Butler, Linda Kerford, Mr and Mrs Akhtar.
Code of Conduct PDF 23 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 96 KB
minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 2 June 2014 were agreed
as an accurate record and the following updates were given.
A Highways’ update on the alleged
sub-standard resurfaced stretch of Bamford Way that is possibly under litigation is
Action: Obtain Highways’ progress report (Stuart
Potholes 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. Potholes need repairing in the meantime.
Action: Request potholes be repaired and seek timescale
for resurfacing (Stuart Hay)
All drains on Norden Road, Bagslate
Moor Road and at The Treatment works have been inspected and
cleared where necessary.
A Highways’ update on the completion of
Norden Road resurfacing is still
Action: Obtain Highways progress report (Stuart
Home Watch signs
The Home Watch signs on Cranbourne Avenue have been replaced.
Bus Shelter – Norden
The request for the siting of a bus shelter on
Norden Road is still awaiting a
patronage count which Transport for Greater Manchester did say
would be a lengthy process. An update
will be requested for the next meeting on the possible
Action: Request update from Transport for Greater
Manchester (Stuart Hay)
Traffic lights at junction Bury Road, Roch Valley Way and Sandy
PC 4099 Wynne had conducted
several enforcement visits to catch motorists failing to conform to
red traffic signals at the junction of Bury Road, Roch Valley Way and Sandy Lane as a
Mick Ball has requested Peel Holdings cut back
the hedge obscuring the illuminated speed sign on Norden Road but the work is yet to be done and will
be chased up.
Action: Request cut back of hedge (Mick
Bury Road Bus
JC Decaux have advised that the bus shelter facing
Wood Top Avenue is currently deglazed due to pavement works at the
location and outstanding electrical work after the completion of
which the shelter will be re-glazed. There is no timescale for this.
The slow road markings on Norden Road at its junction with Jowkin Lane are still to be done, they were funded
a considerable time ago and need doing.
Action: Request painting of road markings soonest
Spring Bank Lane Pavement
Further repairs have been made
to Spring Bank Lane footpath and the whole lane has been put on the
forward works programme for footway slurry sealing.
Police And Communities Together
Bamford Ward Police And Communities
Together meeting had taken place immediately before this meeting
and the Policing priorities decided upon are burglary and abuse of
the No Entry restrictions into Sudden Village from Manchester
There have been four recent significant arrests of persistent
offending burglars, two caught on positive DNA results from blood
left at the scenes of burglaries on Bamford Way and Holborn Street and two caught in a
vehicle stolen during the course of a burglary.
The Police were commended for putting information out to Home Watch
schemes and PCSO Taylor is trying to extend the scheme.
They were also commended for crime
reduction advice given on Broadhalgh
Avenue where overgrown hedges were cut back giving more visibility
to residents. No one has yet been
arrested for the Hawthorn Road incident.
A request for CCTV to be installed on Diggles Lane was made and one of the residents has
offered the use of their property to site it. Residents have fitted numerous security lights but
still feel vulnerable especially as dark nights are approaching.
PCSO Taylor will liaise direct with the
residents in partnership with Diane Lodwig from RBC Community Safety.
A vehicle used in the commission of a burglary on Spring Bank Lane
was secreted on the lane at the end. Residents would like bollards fitting to prevent
vehicles from using this part of the lane and Councillor Sullivan
has already requested Highways to scope using Township Funds.
Questions were asked about the proposed Oulder Hill 20mph speed limit area that
£11,500 has been allocated to implement. The Police are in favour of any action that
improves road safety and reduces casualties. A map of the proposed area was available.
The scheme does not cover main arterial
roads and it is currently undergoing consultation. The consensus of opinion was in favour of a 20mph
The Grapes Pub on Norden Road had an
event a couple of Sundays ago when excessive noise went on until
19:45 hours, well after the time allowed. A resident’s phone call direct to the
premises resulted in staff being obnoxious. PCSO Taylor would liaise with Licensing.
Further comments on Mojitos Wine Bar were made. Councillor Sullivan is dealing with all issues
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469 Bus Service
The withdrawal by Rossendale Transport of the daytime number 469
Bus Service is of major concern as it has left a square mile of
residents with no service at all. Many
people were dependant on it and now have to walk long distances
crossing very busy main roads to get to the nearest service which
some residents are not able to do and some school pupils have been
left stranded. Councillors have
received a large volume of complaints.
The service was withdrawn without much, if any notice. Peter Garvey from the Greater Manchester Transport
Campaign stated there should have been at least fifty six
days’ notice to the North West Traffic
Commissioner. The ludicrous situation
is now that Rossendale Transport and the First Group Plc are
competing on one route and neglecting the other vital service in
the area. Councillor Duckworth is
meeting with Transport for Greater Manchester on Wednesday 10
September 2014 at Piccadilly. All with
any suggestions, comment or ideas are to contact Councillor
Duckworth direct by any means so as he can be fully representative
at his meeting with Transport for Greater Manchester to seek a
solution or compromise to reintroduce the service. The issue is very important and Councillor
Duckworth informed all that anyone can also contact the Council
Leader or one or both of the two Elected Members sitting on the
Transport Group, namely Councillor Philip Burke or Councillor
Unsolicited telephone calls
receiving many unwanted and unsolicited telephone calls, one even
had an unsolicited call requesting money to stop unsolicited
calls. Residents were advised to use
number recognition, if not known do not answer or let it run its
course so it costs the caller.
Alternatively, assertively ask questions as to who they are and
where they got your number from as this has worked for some in
Bamford Green Belt
representing the Bamford Green Belt
Action Group, summarised a leaflet that was available to all
(document attached to minutes) on the case to preserve local green
belt land and against a planning application to build on local
green belt land. The deadline for
objections is Friday 5 September 2014.
Both Councillors Duckworth and Sullivan could not and did not make
any comment given their positions so as not to predetermine any
future decision making process.
Date & Time of Next Meeting
1 December 2014