Venue: Bamford Chapel, Norden Road, Rochdale OL11 5PQ. View directions
Contact: Stuart Hay - Tel No. 01706 922230
Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
welcomed all to the meeting.
Code of Conduct 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
Minutes of last meeting and matters arising PDF 74 KB
The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 5
September 2016 were agreed as an accurate record and the following
updates were given.
The Officer dealing with the Bury Road culvert made
contact with the complainant direct.
The pot holes on
Murrayfield and at its junction with Norden Road have been repaired but the road remains
uneven with dips in and will be further reported to Highways.
Head of Licensing tasked out visits to
Mojitos Wine Bar to deal with drinking outside, on the pavement and
the resultant noise.
The cost of installing matching
bird beak fencing around the remainder of Bamford Green would be
£5,650. Other cheaper and less
aesthetic alternatives could be considered such as wooden bollards
at £25 each or boulders at £100 each but these as
previously reported have maintenance liabilities and been
Northdene Drive, Rochbury Close & Bury
Road Footpath & Street Light
The footpath from Northdene Drive to
Rochbury Close to Bury Road has been
cleaned and the street light at the end of the path
Police And Communities Together
The Police advised there is an ongoing investigation,
following a very recent Police pursuit,
into a road traffic collision on Sandy Lane involving a stolen
motor vehicle in which two females were injured.
Burglary dwelling continues to be the Ward Police And Community Together meeting priority as is
speeding motor vehicles.
In the last three months there have been eleven burglaries in
September, mostly committed between 1300 to 1630 hours, ten in
October mostly overnight and twelve in November. The method of entry is via forcing rear patio doors
and windows with the hotspots being along the Bury Road corridor.
Operations are in place to tackle the
issue and Patrol Plans will cover the hotspot areas. There have been six burglars arrested recently and
current intelligence suggests offenders are a mixture of locals and
out of towners. All were urged to
report any suspicious circumstances.
Speeding initiatives took place on Norden Road on 22 September in which three
offenders were prosecuted for not wearing a seat belt, four for
using mobile phones and twenty one advised for speeding. On 13
October five were prosecuted for not wearing a seat belt, ten for
using mobile phones and ten advised for speeding. There was a strong opinion that drivers using
mobile phones for any reason should be severely punished with an
example given of a lorry driver receiving a twelve year custodial
sentence for killing a pedestrian whilst using a phone.
A Community Speed Day took place in November on Bury Road and there
was a request to conduct further speeding initiatives on Bury Road
preferably during the evening. PCSO
Taylor will look into this matter. Publicity after speeding initiatives is conducted
via social media.
The 20mph speed limit at Bamford Academy School is permanently in
operation and is not restricted to school times.
Police advised where vehicles are parked near to junctions the
Police could consider prosecuting for causing an obstruction; each
case is decided on its own merits. Rochdale Council Enforcement Officers can only take
action where parking restrictions are in place.
Police reported there have been some thefts from persons at Heywood
Morrison’s where shoppers are distracted by one offender
whilst another does the stealing from handbags. There was a theft of motor vehicle at Aldi where
the owner was distracted at the back of the car and another
offender drove off in the vehicle.
A user of an Automated Cash Machine was distracted by being told he
had dropped some money, whilst his actual money was stolen.
Watch word is stay vigilant.
Vehicles parked on a cycle lane can only be enforced by Rochdale Council Enforcement Officers
if a Traffic Regulation Order is in place; in the absence of an
Order the lane is advisory. PCSO Taylor
will check the GMP policy on prosecuting for an obstruction and
enquiries will be made with Highways as to whether any cycle lanes
in the Borough are covered by a Traffic Regulation
Mathilde Vautier from
PossAbilities Homeshare outlined the three year Lottery funded
scheme launched on 17 July 2016. Homeshare is a
householder who has a spare room plus a home sharer who provides
support in return. The householder is
willing to let someone live with them in return for ten hours of
personalised social support which might be shopping, cleaning,
going out for a meal, gardening or whatever the householder thinks
would give them a better quality of life. The home sharer benefits from access to cheap
accommodation and providing activities that can enhance their C.V.
Householders and home sharers pay a
small monthly management fee for the arrangement to be supervised
and ensure the safety of both parties. A first match has been made in Heywood and it is
reported to be going very well with a second imminent. The scheme covers the whole of Greater Manchester
and any home owner is eligible. Safety
is paramount and all parties are checked, interviewed and two
references required before clearance. The first meeting of the parties is supervised and
all arrangements are monitored. For
more information visit the website www.possabilities.org.uk, telephone 01706 626747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rochdale Council Budget Challenge
presentation on Rochdale Council’s current savings proposals
was given by Tim Buckley, Rochdale Council Finance Manager.
The proposals can be viewed on the
Council’s website www.rochdale.gov.uk/savings and comments
can be submitted to email@example.com or post to
Freepost RTKH-UCCB-JSJU, Rochdale Borough Council, Public
Consultation, PO Box 100, Rochdale OL16 9NP. Consultation closes at
1700 hours on Monday 9 January 2017.
Green belt land
Serious concerns were expressed at the last forum
about a resubmitted planning application to
build a house approximately sixteen times larger than an average
sized house on green belt land at the back of land at the junction
of Norden Road and Bury and Rochdale
Old Road. Comments were made about the
loss of Rochdale’s green belt land and precedent setting for
further developments. A hand out was
made available to all giving further detail and location.
There was an overwhelming consensus
that this development does not fit any of the criteria to allow it
to proceed on green belt land. The
original application was supported by a Planning Officer but was
refused at Committee. Councillor
Duckworth put forward a very good case against the development.
The resubmitted application saw a
minimal reduction in size only to approximately fifteen times the
size of an average sized house. Field
number 574 on the plan is not currently used but does support
wildlife. Any development is a matter
of taste, but some considered this proposal resembled a large pre
fab and it is totally out of character for the area.
Two hundred and fifty people attended a meeting in November at
Bamford Chapel about the Spatial Framework proposals following The
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government promoting
the sale and use of green belt land. At
this meeting it was very clearly stated by all that the development
of green belt land is not wanted in Bamford and that precious green
space must be protected.
Another meeting took place last Friday at the Bowling Club when an
Action Committee on the development of green belt land was set up
and they agreed a full and comprehensive objection report on all
points will be submitted. All were
urged in any case to submit individual objections and comments and
the importance of so doing stressed to protect the area for our
children and our children’s children. There will be media
coverage of the campaign. Councillor
Duckworth attended a Greater Manchester Conservative Council
Leaders meeting last week at which Tory Mayoral candidate, Sean
Anstee, was present. Councillor Duckworth made very clear his views
against the acquisition of green belt land.
All Spatial Framework documents can be
views on the Council’s website or in Libraries and the
Council’s Spatial Framework consultation events are being
held between 3.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at The
Phoenix Centre, Heywood, Thursday 8 December 2016 at Milnrow Cricket Club and Monday 12 December 2016 at
Consultation ends at 5pm on Friday 23 December 2016. Comments can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org,
telephone 01706 924252 or write to Strategic Planning, Number One
Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU.
Councillors hold a surgery from 10am to
11am on the first Thursday of each month here in Bamford Chapel
(although they often go beyond 11am).
Ward Councillors contact details are
available on the Council website:
Councillor Ian Duckworth
Telephone: 01706 648393 ...
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Date and time of next meeting
March 2017 at 6.30pm in Bamford Chapel