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.
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 1st December
2014 were agreed as an accurate record and the following updates
Bamford Way Surfacing
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
A date for Greenvale to be
resurfaced is still to be established.
Action: Obtain timescale for resurfacing (Stuart
Unsatisfactory patch repairs have been carried
out on Norden Road at the junction with
Martlet Avenue, the whole junction
needs resurfacing properly. The drains on Norden Road are blocked again as are the ones on
Clay Lane near to the Treatment Works.
Action: Request drains be cleared and work completed on
the road surface at the junction (Stuart Hay)
Traffic lights at the
junction of Bury Road, Roch Valley Way and Sandy
Highways’ response to the request for a traffic light
enforcement camera to be fitted at Bury Road, Roch Valley Way and Sandy Lane was read
“Red light cameras fall into
the same category as speed cameras and are unfortunately tarred
with the same adverse publicity. As a result all new sites must be
justified on accident numbers before they can be introduced.
The criteria states that there must be at least one killed or
serious injury accident (KSI) in the direction of travel plus at
least five more slight injury accidents or one other KSI in the
last 3 years.
We currently have one KSI recorded plus another recent fatal but
both offending vehicles that contravened the red lights were
travelling in different directions, one from Sandy Lane and one
from Bury Road. As such the site wouldn’t meet the set
criteria for a red light camera.
I appreciate the concerns of the forum as red light running is
becoming a big problem and I have been carrying out a piece of work
at key junctions to try and justify a new site but as yet have been
The other big drawback is that if a new site met the criteria the
cost of installation would be for the authority to
Given that no enforcement camera can be
installed due to lack of criteria and that no physical measures can
be installed on arterial roads to slow down traffic, it was
requested that Highways conduct an investigation in to what can be
done and what allowable measures for an arterial road to slow down
traffic, such as textured road surfacing, or rumble strips could be
employed to make the junction safer. A date for the installation of
the agreed traffic island near to Pegasus Court was requested and
an update on the specialist investigation in to the fatal Road
Traffic Collision on the 9th November 2014 was
Action: Raise all points with Highways to address
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Police And Communities Together
PC Claire Wright explained that crime figures for the
previous quarter were down, with seven thefts of motor vehicles and
five burglaries where rear doors and patio doors are the point of
entry for offenders. Known burglars are subject to a targeted
Police Operation. There have been two incidents of note that are
very rare indeed. In the first incident
a house was set on fire on Bittern Close where all forensic
evidence form a suspect burglary was completely destroyed which was
possibly the intention of the offenders and the second where a
young girl was locked in a cupboard by the offenders. There are no
leads in either case at the moment.
Regular updates are being given to Home Watch Schemes and there are
a lot of volunteers to run the schemes.
Non emergency incidents can be reported
on telephone number 101 and the local Rochdale North Policing Team
on 0161 856 9961.
Kate Chapman from Streetwise Magazine highlighted the
second anniversary of the Magazine in February 2015, the Magazine is being really well received in
the whole area. The vision is the need for a Community Magazine to
reflect local life, the advertisements contained in the magazine
pay for the production costs. A lot of hard work has been done to
link with community groups and more are getting in touch, and this
work will continue. Springhill Hospice,
Friends of groups, charities including the Mayor’s, and
churches have coverage. Ward Councillors recently used the magazine
to promote the temporary bus service provision following withdrawal
of the 469 bus service. Any group was urged to make contact,
details of two arose at the meeting, namely The Rochdale Circle
which is dedicated to providing social and physical activities for
the over fifties and St. John The Baptist Church in Birtle would also be contacted.
The quality of content was complimented by the meeting and several
examples were given where traders advertising in the Magazine had
been used very successfully.
Street life on line is not connected to Streetwise Magazine at
An overview of the spending of Bamford Ward Funds for
this financial year was given. Many local groups have benefited and
schemes done which otherwise would not have taken place.
Land off Swift
The proposal to sell a piece of Council land off Swift Road is a
real concern to many residents. A vast amount of hard work has been
conducted by residents to prevent any sale. Councillor Sullivan
outlined that the land has been available for community use for
decades, evidenced by many residents, and the piece of land is
referred to in some residents’ property deeds as a village
green, although it is not registered as such. Councillor Sullivan
has initiated enquiries to establish the status of the land and
what conditions or covenants are applicable. She has raised it at
Township Committee who have delegated an
investigation and will visit the area. Residents have held
meetings, Bamford Village Green Group have been informed and
involved and a petition is ongoing. A press article is to appear
this week. It was stressed how very important and precious this
piece of land is to the community and how it needs to be kept as
such. The meeting overwhelmingly and wholeheartedly supported the
cause and gave evidence of community use. Both Bamford and
Norden Wards have a very low ratio of
play areas for under 12 years and scored very low in a survey,
hence funding was put towards revamping the park in Norden. It is very important that the whole
community supports the cause and not just residents adjacent as it
is the whole community who use it.
Rumours of any proposed sale of Bamford Green are not true as it is
left in perpetuity to the community and the only work proposed is
United Utilities to install an underground water holding tank to
The proposed 20 miles per hour zone
was delayed due to objections and then negotiations with EON over
signage installation that is all sorted. The works have been
ordered with Balfour Beatty and the installation of the signs and
road markings are awaited.
The pedestrian crossing on
Norden Road near Bamford Precinct
appears to have developed a fault as the timing is massively out.
Although the crossing monitors traffic flow it is not operating for
inordinately long periods.
Action: Request inspection of crossing controls (Stuart
Kissing gates at Jowkin Lane and
Peel Holdings have
agreed with Councillor Sullivan and Mick Ball from Environmental
Management to remove the overly high stiles on the path between
Jowkin Lane and Hollin Lane and will replace them with kissing
Street light faults
There is a street light
outside 4 Bell Meadow Drive which is not working, and two on
Highlands Road, one outside number 6 and the other at the junction
with Caithness Road which have been switched on permanently since
Action: Report faults to EON (Stuart
Additional street light on Highfield Road
The path between 10 and 12 Highfield Road is in complete darkness
and a request was made for an additional light to be
Action: Request Street Lighting considers
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Date & Time of Next Meeting
8th June 2015