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.
Apologies were received from Linda Kerford,Diane Lodwig,
Martin Coupe, Maureen Coupe and Mick Ball.
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 61 KB
minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 1 September 2014 were
agreed as an accurate record. A request
was made to include Councillors’ contact details in future
minutes 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 still outstanding.
Action: Obtain Highways’ progress report (Stuart
Potholes on Greenvale
Greenvale has been patch repaired and a date will
be established on the forward works programme for it to be
Action: Obtain timescale for resurfacing (Stuart
Norden Road Resurfacing
Highways’ update on the completion of Norden Road resurfacing is still outstanding.
Works have been ongoing on the
Action: Obtain Highways’ progress report (Stuart
Bus Shelter –
Update on the potential siting
of a bus shelter on Norden Road was
provided. A passenger count was
undertaken on 1 July 2014 and amounted to 19 passengers counted
within a period from 0700 hours to 1900 hours and the criterion was
not met. However, bearing in mind
information put forward by Councillor Duckworth concerning an
increased service along Norden Road
from 27 July 2014, Transport for Greater Manchester have agreed to
re-do the passenger count at this location and will report back on
Traffic lights at the
junction of Bury Road, Roch Valley Way
and Sandy Lane
There continues to be
persistent contravention of the red traffic lights at the junction
of Bury Road, Roch Valley Way and Sandy
Lane. GMP will continue to conduct
enforcement visits and the possibility of installing enforcement
cameras will be investigated. Buses
often park near the junction which reduces visibility.
Action: Police to enforce and installation of
cameras be looked in to (Stuart Hay)
Norden Road Speed
The hedge on Norden Road has been cut back.
Bury Road Bus Stop
The bus shelter facing Wood
Top Avenue has been replaced.
The slowdown road markings on
Norden Road have been completed
although are disappointing in size.
Police And Communities Together
PC Kathryn Wynne handed out a quarterly crime
statistics document for the Bamford
Ward. The policing priority is burglary
dwellings, burglaries and attempts have occurred on Bury Road,
Bamford Way, Norford Way, War Office Road, Canterbury Close and
Woodcock Close. Operation Dark Nights
is ongoing to combat the problem with extra resources, and hot spot
patrolling and a team dedicated to burglary set up which will
continue in to the New Year, conducting proactive target offender
visits, intelligence gathering. A team
of offenders from Heywood and Bacup are
being targeted. Access to properties in
forty percent of the burglaries were through insecure rear doors.
The need for good security was stressed
as it was also for motor vehicles as several thefts from insecure
motor vehicles have occurred.
The Rochdale Borough’s Drug and Alcohol Service Directory was
highlighted and available to all.
Some drivers race along Bury Road even speeding on the wrong side
of the road passed central islands. Any
vehicle registration mark, full or part, should be passed on to the
Police. A specialist investigation in
to the fatal Road Traffic Collision on Sandy Lane on 9 November
2014 was ongoing.
PCSO Colin Taylor is reinvigorating Home Watch Schemes in the area
and will be sending out alerts and information.
Representative from Streetwise Magazine was not in
Peel Energy/Scout Moor Wind Farm Proposals
Stephen Snowdon, a representative from
Peel Energy Ltd gave details of the proposed expansion to Scout
Moor Wind Farm. After giving some of
the background around the business of Peel Holdings, he explained
that the original expansion was to consist of an additional 26
turbines and that this would have been decided at a national level.
Following consultation the plans now
consist of an additional 16 turbines of up to 115m high, and this
plan will be decided by both Rochdale and Rossendale Councils.
Further details can be obtained on the
The Highway Code states that you must not park in a
cycle lane with a solid white line during hours of operation, the
Police could consider it an obstruction.
A discussion about vehicles parking in contravention of parking
restrictions and on the pavement took place. Where there are any parking restrictions Civilian
Enforcement Officers are responsible and this includes the
footpath. Officers will conduct
enforcement visits at any location requested where there are
restrictions in place and any new restrictions are put on their
patrolling plan. Parking on the
footpath or where there are no restrictions is the responsibility
of the Police who can consider an obstruction offence. Each case is judged on its own merit and the rule
of thumb is that if a pram or disabled vehicle can get passed then
it would not be deemed an obstruction.
Parking at Oulder Hill shops is chaotic. Councillor Sullivan reported a scheme has been
approved and funded to address this problem and improvements will
be made in the near future.
Japanese Knotweed is growing
on the banks of the River Roch and is growing near to properties.
Council policy and advice was explained
and responsibility for the areas where it is growing will be
established to plan how to tackle the problem. The ongoing research in to the use of insects to
control it is not that successful.
Action: Establish responsibility to plan solution
469 Bus Service
The withdrawal of the 469 Bus Service
continues to be fought by the Ward Councillors. Everyone agreed the provision of the Heywood
Community Bus from 14 December 2014 at £1 a journey is not a
solution at all, it is a helpful stop gap. The Councillors continue to lobby Transport for
Greater Manchester and Councillor Sullivan is to meet with the
Director of Rossendale Buses run by Rossendale Council.
Over a thousand leaflets were put out
to promote the petition and thanks given to all those who signed
it. A further thousand leaflets will go
out publicising the Heywood Community Bus provision.
Anyone can run a deregulated bus and only subsidised services can
be influenced by Transport for Greater Manchester. It is unthinkable to have an arterial road without
a bus service, it needs at least a twenty minute service.
Ward Councillors’ Surgeries
Councillors hold a surgery from 1000 hours to 1100 hours on the
first Thursday of each month here in Bamford Chapel, although they
often go beyond 1100 hours.
Ward Councillors’ contact details are available on the
Councillor Ian Duckworth - Telephone 01706 648393,
Jane Gartside - Telephone 01706 658443 or 07812 228281
Pat Sullivan - Telephone 0161 762 1129 or 07967 985240
Date and Time of Next Meeting
9 March 2015