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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 77 KB
minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 5 December 2016 were
agreed as an accurate record and the following updates were
Greater Manchester Spatial Strategy
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.
Funds were not allocated for the
installation of additional Bird Beak fencing on Bamford
Cycle Lane Parking Restrictions
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
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
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
1115 hours in the vicinity of Springfield Park - no offenders
1130 to 1155 hours Birchfield Drive - one offender using a mobile
1200 to 1245 hours Manchester Road one way system - no
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.
presentation on the Integrated Elective Call Programme was
cancelled as the start date has been delayed.
Angela Smith, Chair
of the Bamford Green Belt Action Group, gave an update to the
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
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
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
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
Council Tax in the Rochdale
Borough will increase by 4.99% for 2017/18, 3% of which is the
Adult Care precept.
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
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
June 2017 at 6.30pm in Bamford Chapel