Agenda and minutes

Venue: Bamford Chapel, Norden Road, Rochdale OL11 5PQ. View directions

Contact: Stuart Hay - Tel: 01706 922230 

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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 84 KB


The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 4 December 2017 were agreed as an accurate record and the following updates were given.

Blocked drains
Highways report that the problematic drain on Clay Lane near the Treatment Plant was sealed over and actually backfilled as it was not connected to any drainage pipework at all.  There is no intention to connect that drain as it would be too costly to do so to the nearest suitable drain.  The question was asked why the drain was ever installed in the first place if never connected up.  Concern expressed that despite two further drains on Clay Lane, which are actually uphill, there is still the situation where surface water run-off from surrounding acres of land can run like a river down150 metres of tarmac road with potential to cause floods.  Drainage Engineers and Highways Maintenance have been further asked if there are any plans to improve drainage along the lane in any other way, such as a soakaway.

Friends of Bamford Group
Following the Friends of Bamford Group presentation at the last meeting, the group have organised an event to celebrate Lancashire on Saturday 14 April 2018 at the Bowling Club, which has already almost sold out, and advertised in Streetwise Magazine.

The Carol singing on the Green was very well attended despite bad weather and plans for this year’s event include a brass band.

Overhanging bushes and shrubbery
The Public Realm Inspector, Diane Lodwig, contacted the complainant direct about the overhanging bushes and shrubbery, inspected the area and the householder has cut them back.

The Bamford Greenbelt Action Group
The Bamford Greenbelt Action Group anniversary walk on Saturday 20 January 2018 was very well attended despite the heavy rain, wind and fog with in excess of 150 in attendance plus dogs.  Granada Reports covered the event on the evening news.  Another Walk is planned for June 2018.

Last Monday members attended a creative writing initiative at Bamford Academy where all facets of the Greenbelt were discussed and researched and very receptive pupils produced written work; some of which may be sent to The Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Six members of the group were to attend a conference last Saturday but did not make it.  No MPs nor the Mayor of Greater Manchester attended.

The group is meeting this Wednesday and they will conduct an exercise on dealing with various scenarios which may present themselves.

Norden Road junction traffic lights
Transport for Greater Manchester had the
Urban Traffic Control Team check the operating system and traffic lights on Norden Road at Bury and Rochdale Old Road and reported back that everything was operating normally.  This response provoked a lively response about the poor timings of Automated Traffic Signals in the area with massive levels of queues causing pollution and a lack of coordination between sets of lights; there was a request to have pollution monitored.  Concerns will be reported back to Transport for Greater Manchester who will also be asked to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.


Police And Communities Together


Greater Manchester Police Inspector Robert MacGregor introduced himself as the new Neighbourhood Inspector responsible for the Bamford area amongst others.  He outlined recorded crime statistics since the last meeting in December 2017:

·           Nine residential burglaries; four of which were adjoining garages where no access to the house had been gained and four where the occupiers were not present, access gained via patio doors and windows.  

·           Thirteen thefts from motor vehicles where a large proportion of them namely eight were left insecure.

·           Three reports of anti-social behaviour.


Police And Community Together meeting priorities are residential burglary and theft from motor vehicles.  A work van was broken in to on Scarfield Drive whilst the work was ongoing and a house door handle tried by a hooded person who ran off upon seeing the occupier who in turn was really upset and frightened

An Operation around the Clay Lane area is in place following reports from residents about suspected criminal activity.

GMP had conducted speed checks in the area and Fixed Penalty Notices for speeding and use of a mobile phone were issued.  The casualty based criteria for installing an Enforcement Speed Camera was outlined.  The last speed survey in the area showed that the average speed in the area was 24mph; it was accepted that the average did not reflect the speed of those drivers wantonly speeding.  Residents can report the details of persistent offenders highlighted during the meeting.  Councillor Sullivan would like to organise Community Speed Checks; the high visibility nature required for health and safety certainly acts as a deterrent.

Irresponsible and dangerous parking of vehicles continues to be a big problem around the Oulder Hill Precinct area.  Nearby residents are often being blocked in and the pavement obstructed completely.  Also along Norden Road where builders’ vehicles are blocking the pavement causing pedestrians to either go on the carriageway to get passed or where possible walk on private gardens.  Areas where parking restrictions are in place, Rochdale Council Civilian Enforcement Officers are responsible for enforcement and where there are no restrictions, the Police are responsible for enforcing obstructions and dangerous parking such as close to junctions.  Police Officers attending will judge each case individually.  It is unlikely a Police Officer will be despatched to each and every report of a vehicle perceived to be causing an obstruction, but reports should still be made and where a Police Officer cannot be allocated, intelligence will be built.  Civilian Enforcement Officers have been noticed patrolling the restricted part at Oulder Hill and have issued Fixed Penalty Notices.

Inspector MacGregor highlighted limited Police resources; numbers of Officers in the Greater Manchester Force have reduced from 8,000 to 6,100 at present.  All incoming calls are graded on threat and harm risk.  He will work with the community in identifying their needs directly, through the forums and Police And Community Together meetings.  He is working with the Special Constabulary to allocate high visibility patrols.  PCSO Nick Haile is covering the area whilst PCSO Colin Taylor is  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Open Forum


Street Cleaning Customer Satisfaction Survey
Rochdale Borough Council’s Street Cleaning Service Customer Satisfaction Survey was explained and available to all to complete.  Two further surveys will follow later in the year; one on Refuse Collection Services and the other on Parks, Open Spaces and Horticultural Services.  Several surveys were handed in at the end of the meeting.

Malvern Street West Closure
One objection was received to the closure of Malvern Street West.  Rochdale Township Action & Resources Sub Committee considered the objection and decided to approve the scheme and it will be implemented.  An update will be requested from Highways and the resident contacted direct.

Bin collections status
Councillor Howard gave information on bin collections following the disruption caused by the severe weather.

Norden Road potholes
Two very deep potholes were reported on Norden Road, one near Porritt Close and the other near Burnthorpe Close.  An inspection and repair will be requested.  It was asked if there are any plans to resurface Norden Road.  The Resurfacing Forward Programme will be checked.

Rochdale Council is committing a £12million budget to resurface the roads and repair footpaths over the next three years.

The Ward Councillors hold a surgery from 10am to 11am on the first Thursday of each month 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

Councillor Jane Howard
Telephone: 07870 172144

Councillor Pat Sullivan
Telephone: 0161 762 1129 or 07967 985240

Rochdale Borough Council Officers:

Stuart Hay, Township Officer
Telephone: 01706 922230

Diane Lodwig, Public Realm Inspector
Telephone: 01706 922226


Date and time of next meeting


Monday 4 June 2018 at 6.30pm in Bamford Chapel