Agenda and minutes

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Welcome, Introductions and Apologies


The Chair welcomed all to the meeting.


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 77 KB


The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 5 December 2016 were agreed as an accurate record and the following updates were given.

Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy
The formal consultation on the first draft of the Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy was extended and closed on 16 January 2017.  Every submission will be considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority before a revised plan is published for a further public consultation.  As part of this consultation process, Rochdale Borough Council will review the consultation feedback received and make changes to the current proposals where necessary.

Bamford Green
Funds were not allocated for the installation of additional Bird Beak fencing on Bamford Green.

Cycle Lane Parking Restrictions
Civilian Parking Enforcement Officers can issue Fixed Penalty Notices to vehicles parked in a cycle lane during its times of operation only where the cycle lane is edged with a solid white line and not where edged with a broken white line.  It will be clarified whether Blue Badge holders are allowed to park where there is a solid white line on a cycle lane.


Police And Communities Together


PC 17077 Walsh outlined the crime statistics for the last quarter.  He stated there have been significant reductions in burglary and thefts from motor vehicles, however, criminal damage had risen but this was due to three specific locations being repeatedly targeted.

Burglary continues to be the priority and three offenders were arrested in Bamford for three burglaries and a robbery.  One offender was arrested in Dukinfield in a motor vehicle stolen from Bury Road and two offenders were arrested for a burglary on Bury Road.

Anti-social behaviour reports were down; there were fifteen reports from the Norden Road, Martlet Avenue area and Springfield Park.

Traffic and speeding initiatives were carried out on 24 February 2017:

1030 to 1115 hours in the vicinity of Springfield Park - no offenders
1130 to 1155 hours Birchfield Drive - one offender using a mobile phone
1200 to 1245 hours Manchester Road one way system - no offenders
1300 hours onwards, Martlet Avenue 20 mph zone - 107 vehicles monitored, 12 travelling over 22mph, one offender using a mobile phone. Those speeding were advised as the speed gun used was not calibrated to prosecute.

There had been late night robberies at the Cricket Club and Bowling Club where offenders targeted the evenings takings.  An update will be sought.

The need to secure property and vehicles was stressed as an example was given where a vehicle was left insecure and when the owner returned property from the vehicle was strewn around.  A resident reported that an offender had moved all the plant pots around the house searching for house keys underneath.  Diane Lodwig will be asked if she can supply free lighting timer switches.


Care UK


The presentation on the Integrated Elective Call Programme was cancelled as the start date has been delayed.


Open Forum


Green belt land
Angela Smith, Chair of the Bamford Green Belt Action Group, gave an update to the forum.

The full and detailed objection submission, which included air pollution, proximity to transport network and numbers of projected builds as raised in this forum, is under consideration and it is a question now of waiting until summer time when the next draft Spatial Framework Plan is published and put in to consultation.  Two representatives of the Action Group met with three of the Greater Manchester Mayoral candidates representing the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.  All three candidates want the process to be community led, appeared positive, but did not make any promises.

A protest rally at 1pm on Saturday 1 April 2017 outside Manchester Town Hall has been organised and coordinated by all the Action Groups.

The Rochdale Conservative Members requested the Council to withdraw the plans to massive applause from the public gallery.

The Action Group will hold a fund raising coffee and cake morning with a raffle and Easter Egg Tombola at Bamford Chapel on Saturday 8 April 2017, and they are considering asking for regular donations as the Action Group has already paid £1,200 to a Barrister for three hours work and currently has £1,300 funds left.  The cost to employ a specialist Planning Barrister required for a Public Enquiry, if it comes to that, would be £20,000.

The Greater Manchester Strategy needs to be agreed by all ten of the combined Greater Manchester Local Authorities, if any one or more do not agree, it will not be accepted by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.  The Government has the intention to make clear what criteria would meet exceptional circumstances.

Many thanks were given to Angela as an individual and the Action Group as a whole for the massive amount of time put in, their hard labour and detailed, thorough and extensive work.

Bamford Old Hall Land Planning Application
The resubmission of the Planning Application to build a very large dwelling on land at
Bamford Old Hall is potentially scheduled to be on the agenda of the next Planning and Licencing Committee to be held at 6.15pm on Tuesday 28 March 2017.  The agenda and papers are not yet fixed or published but can be monitored on Rochdale Council’s website either on Planning Application number 16/00478/FUL or on Council and Democracy Agendas, Reports and Minutes/Planning and Licencing Committee.

Council Tax
Council Tax in the Rochdale Borough will increase by 4.99% for 2017/18, 3% of which is the Adult Care precept.

The Discretionary Crisis Fund was outlined and can be applied for online at or by telephone 01706 532222, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm.

All suggestions submitted as part of the Rochdale Borough Council Budget Challenge, as presented to the last forum, had been considered.

The Ward Councillors hold a surgery from 10.00am to 11.00am on the first Thursday of each month here in Bamford Chapel (although they often go beyond 11.00am).

Ward Councillors contact details  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Date and time of next meeting


Monday 12 June 2017 at 6.30pm in Bamford Chapel