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 the last meeting and matters arising pdf icon PDF 71 KB


The minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 5 August 2019 were agreed as an accurate record and the following updates were given.

Burnthorpe Close with Murrayfield junction road surface
Highways were asked to inspect the junction of Burnthorpe Close with Murrayfield as this location needed attention following resurfacing works as it was uneven with pot holes and water was accumulating.  Some pot holes were repaired but it still remains uneven.  Councillor Smith will request that Highways include it, together with the junction of Jowkin Lane and Norden Road, for a visit in tomorrow’s Highways Day of Action in the Ward.

Norden Road footpath overgrown hedge
The hedge along Norden Road has been cut back.

Malvern Street West closure
The work to close Malvern Street West was ordered some time ago and Highways are chasing up the contractor to get the work expedited.


Police And Communities Together


PCSO Sana Haider is being moved to another area in Rochdale and she was thanked for her hard work, efforts and high visibility whilst serving the Bamford area.  Sana’s replacement will be PCSO 71119 Becky Renshaw who is very experienced and she have several weeks to work with Sana and hand over.

PC Martin Giblin, PCSO Sana Haider and PCSO 71119 Becky presented the crime statistics from the date of the last forum on 5 August 2019 to today’s date 28 October 2019.







Burglary residential




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Opportunist burglaries offender(s) are using unknown implements to force entry and also smash rear patio doors, windows and conservatory.  Prime time is between 1800 hours to 2400 hours.  Primary target areas were Bury Road, Norden Road, Bagslate and Birdy Estate.  Various items stolen include jewellery and cash.

Community burglary




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Similar MO as the residential burglaries.  Homes effected are Half Acre Residential Care Home and Springfield Park Residential Care Home.  Attempt to gain entry via patio doors.

Criminal damage




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Primary target area was Bagslate Moor Road at various times

Theft from motor vehicle




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Primary target area is Bury Road, Half Acre Road and Marland.  Items taken were electric goods.  Prime time was between 1700 to 0100 hours.

Theft of motor vehicle




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The Neighbourhood Team will continue with high visibility patrols in the areas of concern along with leaflet cocooning in areas of demand at peak times.  In addition, the team have provided updates and crime prevention advice to the area Home Watch Coordinators, Whats App Groups and GMP social media.

Theft from motor vehicles
The Bamford Team together with colleagues from the Spotland area have been carrying out high visibility patrols in the Oulder Hill, Hudson Walk and Cemetery areas during the day as both areas had experienced a number of incidents.  One suspected offender has been recalled back to prison for a non-related incident.  Another group of males have been identified by area officers as carrying out similar incidents.

Pulse policing
Pulse policing is an operation where a mobile team on night shifts is formed comprising of Officers from other areas within Rochdale.  The team patrol various different hot spot areas which may be having problems regarding issues such as anti-social behaviour or criminality, and they provide reassurance in the area.

GMP reminded residents that due to the nature of the burglaries consideration should be given to changing their routines.  In addition, residents were asked to review their home security, in particularly access points, lighting, alarms and ensuring all keys are kept in a safe place

Dark nights
With Christmas around the corner, safety is really important now the clocks have gone back as it gets dark around 6pm, so a reminder was given to close windows and doors and carry on with crime prevention activities.  There will be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Open Forum


Martlet Avenue resurfacing
Concerns about the standard of the recent re-surfacing of Martlet Avenue was raised.  It is not known whether the contractors have actually finished or not, but four photographs were submitted highlighting one drain blocked, one drain covered over with tarmac (leaving just a small hole), resurfacing not finished off at the kerb edge and tarmac falling apart at the corner of Martlet Avenue and Bamford way.  Highways will be sent further photographs and they will be asked to inspect the area.  Councillor Smith will request these locations are all visited as part of tomorrow’s Highways Day of Action in the Ward.

Overgrown hedges
Environmental Management Enforcement Officer, Mick Ball, will contact a resident direct about overgrown hedges on private properties on Northdene Drive which are encroaching on two thirds of the pavement and severely limiting pedestrian access.  He will also be asked to give his opinion on whether any action can be taken concerning a burnt out hedge on Greenvale at Norford Way which is an eyesore.

Bamford Ward Councillors hold a surgery from 1030 am to 1130am 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 Jane Howard
Telephone: 07870 172144

Angela Jennifer Smith
Telephone: 07710 297377

Councillor Pat Sullivan
Telephone: 0161 762 1129 or 07967 985240

Rochdale Borough Council Officers:

Stuart Hay, Township Officer
Telephone: 01706 922230

Mick Ball, Public Realm Inspector
Telephone: 01706 922634

Mark Reynolds, Community Safety, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour Officer
Telephone: 01706 924979
Email: m

Greater Manchester Police

PCSO Renshaw


Date and time of the next meeting


Monday 20 January 2020 at 6.30pm in Bamford Chapel