Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Stuart Hay - Tel No. 01706 922230 

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Welcome, Introductions and Apologies


The Chair welcomed all to the meeting.  Apologies were sent by Councillor James Gartside.


Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 15 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 70 KB


The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 13 June 2016 were agreed as an accurate record and the following updates were given.

Blocked drains
Resident states she has written to the Officer In Case, John Ashley, about the culvert next to 662 Bury Road and had no reply, and also a large hole has been filled in, whether permanent or temporary she is not sure, and she is concerned that this may wash away and block the culvert.  She asked that the Officer in Case, John Ashley, contacts her.  Also the brambles on Council land at the side of her house have still not been cut back, although some other work has been done.
Action: Request brambles be cut back and Officer in Case makes direct contact (Stuart Hay)

Parking near Bamford Academy School
The forum was informed of actions taken concerning the indiscriminate parking and obstructions, particularly at dropping off and picking up times, in the vicinity of Bamford Academy School.  Parking Services were requested to conduct enforcement visits in regulated areas and GMP non-regulated areas.  PCSOs Whelan and Taylor had visited and advised the School, patrolled the area and liaised with their Traffic Wardens for enforcement.

Japanese Knotweed
Environmental Management will treat all the Japanese Knotweed on Council land as highlighted.  Further Knotweed on the footpath opposite St Michael’s Church has been identified and it will be reported for treatment.  A problem with Mares Tail growing through various pavements was also highlighted and specific locations, when notified, will also be reported for treatment.

Oulder Hill Drive trees
The two dead Rowan trees on Oulder Hill Drive have been removed and Environmental Management will replant in autumn.

Roch Valley Way Litter Bins
The requirement for additional litter bins on Roch Valley Way and the funding thereof is being considered by Environmental Management.

Murrayfield Potholes
The potholes on Murrayfield and at its junction with Norden Road have been repaired, but there was a request to further inspect Norden Road at the junction with Murrayfield as it is still in a poor state of repair.
Action: Request inspection of road junction (Stuart Hay)

Queens Park Road/Bury and Rochdale Old Road Traffic Lights
The faulty traffic lights at Queens Park Road and Bury and Rochdale Old Road were reported to Urban Traffic Control and repaired.

Blocked drain on Clay Lane
The drain on Clay Lane near the Water Treatment works was inspected and cleared and further improvement work may take place.

Head of Licensing tasked out visits to Mojitos Wine Bar but it still remains a problem with drinking outside and on the pavement and the resultant noise.
Action: Inform Licensing and request further visits (Stuart Hay)


Police And Communities Together


PCSOs Ashley Phillips and Leanne Palmer summarised the crime figures for the last quarter.

Good news, burglary dwelling has been significantly reduced.  Offenders have been targeting homes of the elderly and homes where the occupiers were away.  Rochdale Council’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Officer, Diane Lodwig, is available for home visits to provide crime prevention advice and give out devices such as timer switches and window tamper alarms and these devices are also available from Police Stations.  Two more prolific burglars had been arrested yesterday in a vehicle stolen by burglary following a Police pursuit and they were remanded in to custody.  It is anticipated they will receive lengthy custodial sentences.  Also one member of a team of four burglars working out of Wrexham had been arrested.

Numerous speeding initiatives had taken place at different locations; the number of vehicles involved and offenders were highlighted.  Hundreds of vehicles were monitored and relatively few were speeding, but again it is acknowledged that as Police are compelled to wear High Visibility uniform which is clearly obvious this slows down motorists.  Further speeding initiatives are planned.

Police And Community Together meeting priorities remain burglary and speeding motor vehicles.


Open Forum


Bridge Juniors Football Club
Barry Woodburn, Bridge Juniors Football Club Secretary, gave a presentation on what the club provides each week for 700 youngsters, male and female, aged from four to eighteen and until this year, the only providers of disability football and an FA Exemplar Club. The club has over 100 volunteers who all give their time of up 10 to 15 hours every week to provide five hours NHS target hitting physical activity per individual.

Barry explained what the club do to clean up after matches and encourage their visitors to park vehicles sensibly and considerately and to deter visitors from parking indiscriminately in the area.  The club issues a bin bag to all managers and instructs them to clear up their pitch after every game, and the club provides a skip which is available seven days a week all year around and it is used by lots of people not connected to the club and is emptied whenever full.  The site is not a closed one and is used by people not connected to the club who camp out, party and drink and leave a lot of waste behind.  The club clear up shovel fulls of dog excrement every Saturday morning and they are responsible for cutting the grass.  There used to be waste bins on site but these were constantly being filled with dog waste and were removed.

A discussion over the education of site users took place; the club does what it can.  All club members and parents are issued with a Code of Conduct which covers cleanliness and considerate parking of motor vehicles, both the club and League website lead with advice on considerate parking.  The road leading to Bamford Mews is a private road and has no Highways status at all and cannot be enforced.  Residents of The Mews could consider closing the road off; they would not need a road closure as it is not a highway, but there are planning issues and a Planning Officer is available for advice should it be required.

Councillor Jane Howard had received photographs of motor vehicles parked all over the part of Bamford Green not protected by Bird Beak fencing and consideration will be given to installing such fencing.

The club strives to be a community friend and anyone is welcome to visit between 8am and 1pm any Saturday.  A suggestion was made for the club to publicise everything discussed through the media and Streetwise magazine.
Action: Enquire into installation of Bird Beak fencing to match the fencing around the rest of The Green (Stuart Hay)

Rochdale Rugby Club ASB
Numerous complaints have been made about noise, anti-social behaviour, none licensed events and lack of any club control of social functions at Rochdale Rugby Club and concerns expressed about the proposed installation of an outdoor balcony which could make the problems even worse.  Residents are collating evidence and Licensing is aware.  Licensing Officers have attended but it was felt at the wrong times when  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Date and time of next meeting


Monday 5 December 2016 at 6.30pm in Bamford Chapel