Venue: Bamford Chapel, Norden Road, Rochdale OL11 5PQ. View directions
Contact: Stuart Hay - Tel: 01706 922230
Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
welcomed all to the meeting.
Code of Conduct PDF 15 KB
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 the last meeting and matters arising PDF 70 KB
minutes of the last meeting held on Monday 28 October 2019 were
agreed as an accurate record and the following updates were
BurnthorpeClose with Murrayfield junction road surface and
All the Highways issues were reported and inspected as part of
Highways Day of Action (Martlet Avenue,
Burnthorpe Close with Murrayfield,
Jowkin Lane with Norden
Road). Concerning the numerous faults
reported following the resurfacing of Martlet Avenue, defect
notices to the contractor were applied. The contractor is aware of all outstanding areas
where remedial works will be required and they will reinstate these
areas in the Spring season as the application process is weather
dependent and cannot now be re-applied in the winter
season. The works carry a two year
guarantee period in which the contractor will carry out any
necessary repairs to Highways satisfaction or completely resurface
at their own expense.
The blocked gullies were also listed as defects, passed to the
contractor to investigate and cleared. A further back sweep programme of all micro asphalt
areas was completed at the expense of the contractor.
Environmental Management Enforcement Officer, Mick Ball, visited
the addresses on Northdene Drive and confirmed the hedges were
overhanging and obstructing the highway for pedestrian
use. He wrote to both property owners
under Section 154 of the Highways Act 1980 giving them fourteen
days to cut the hedges back to the property boundaries.
If this work is not carried out within
the timescale, the property owners would be issued a further Notice
that if the hedges are not cut back then Rochdale Council will
undertake the work under default and charge the property
owners. There is no
action he can take concerning the burnt out hedge on Greenvale at
Norford Way which is an eyesore as is not obstructing the
Malvern Street West closure
Conflicting advice has been
obtained about the closure of Malvern Street West to prevent rat
running, namely that the work had been ordered from the contractors
versus the purchase of land necessary to complete was still
outstanding. Highways will be asked to
clarify the situation.
Police And Communities Together
Martin Giblin and PCSO 71119 Becky
Renshaw presented the crime statistics from the date of the last
forum on 28 October 2019 to today’s date and gave the
Opportunist burglaries offender(s) are using unknown implement
to force entry via doors/sheds and outbuildings. Nine shed break ins mainly on Hinton Close and
Birdy estate throughout the period. Primary times are 0000 – 0600 hours.
Items stolen include power tools and
MO as the residential burglaries, power tools and motor vehicle
targeted with conflicting MOs at mainly evening times.
Theft from motor vehicle
target location is around Bamford Precinct and surrounding area.
Prime time during the
Theft of motor vehicle
Neighbourhood Team conducted plain clothes patrolling at peak times
between 2200 – 0300 hours. In
addition, the team have provided updates and crime prevention
advice to the area via Home Watch coordinators, initiated
additional Whats App Groups and GMP social media.
Serious concerns have been
expressed due to speeding on Bury Road and Norden Road.
Neighbourhood PCSOs conducted a speed watch on Bury Road on the
afternoon of Saturday 18 January 2020.
Approximately 118 vehicles checked with an average speed of 31.4
mph. Letters have been produced to be
delivered to those over the 40 mph limit in that area. Officers have asked the community again for
volunteers to carryout future Neighbourhood Speed Watches.
Half Acre Lane
The Neighbourhood Team have
conducted high visibility patrols on Roch Valley Way and through
the Half Acre Lane where the no entry sign is located. These patrols have been at different times and days
however no issues sighted whilst patrolling.
PC Giblin and PCSO
Renshaw are re-introducing a surgery for the Bamford Ward with the
first surgery being held on Thursday 20 February 2020 at Bamford
Chapel 11am – 12pm. Also an
afternoon surgery possibly at Tesco’s is being
Pulse policing is an operation
where the police on night shifts as a whole team in Rochdale visit
various different hot spot areas which may be having problems with
issues such as ASB and burglaries, and to provide reassurance in
**Residents were reminded that due to the nature of the burglaries
consideration should be given to changing their routines.
In addition, review their home
security, in particularly access points, lighting, alarms and
ensuring all keys are kept in a safe place**
Home assessments have been
conducted around selected areas which were at high risk from the
burglaries - mainly Birdy estate, Hinton Close and South View.
The assessments consisted of providing
homes with the opportunity to have the security of windows, doors
and sheds upgraded free of charge through the Council.
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Ward Councillors Report
Hawthorn Road grit
The burnt out grit bin on Hawthorn
Road has been replaced.
Ward Councillors are
increasingly concerned about the delay by Highways in carrying out
schemes Members have funded. The
funding has been agreed for most if not all of the below works and
some of the delays are now over two years. Ward Councillors will chase up all these works and
report back to the next Bamford and Oakenrod Area Forum on Monday
27 April 2020.
Malvern Street closure
The funding and agreement with residents to close
the end of Malvern Street onto Sandy Lane to prevent rat runs were
obtained three years or so ago now. Residents contact the Ward Councillors frequently
and attend the Bamford & Oakenrod
Forum regularly to ask about progress. There have been two latest and contradictory
updates; one that the Rochdale Council’s Legal Services are
still considering it and the other that the work has been
Footpath between Bury Road and Northdene Drive
Horse riders using this
footpath is the issue and the last update was Rochdale
Council’s Legal Services were considering it. This scheme has been going on for two years and
residents and horse riders also attend the Forum to complain about
A bollard has been
funded to be placed on the pavement on Norden Road near the Grapes
Public House. Ward Councillors were
informed that the contractors had agreed an appropriate placement
area and the bollard had been purchased; after months there is no
bollard and no update.
No progress has been made on
the Traffic Regulation Order or the painting of yellow lines on the
corners of Spencer Lane, Arnside Drive and Wordsworth Way.
Also there is one ordered for
Springbank Lane, however, this is a
more recent scheme.
In addition, there has been no progress on Traffic Regulation Order
or painting of yellow lines at the bottom of Elbut Lane to prevent
hospital staff using the main road as a car park. There is great urgency here as sight vision is
impaired and traffic is blocked.
Two resident parking issue questionnaires are outstanding: one for
Mansfield Road and one for Chadwick Hall Road.
Councillors have not yet had sight of a commissioned survey, in the
possession of Highways, into the dangerous junction at Bury Road,
Sandy Lane and Roch Valley Way. After
years of petitions, letters, residents’ complaints at the
Forums, funding was provided over three years ago for a survey to
be carried out by Highways and TfGM to investigate the junction to
provide a safe pedestrian crossing.
Land at the old Butterworth Fold
A third planning
application, reference number 19/00643/FUL, following two refusals,
to build a house eight times the size of the average house on Green
Belt land at the old Butterworth Fold Farm is not yet decided and
there is no Planning Committee date set. Objections can still be submitted right up to the
day of any Planning Committee. There
are currently 90 public comments on the application with 74 of
those being objections.
Greater Manchester Spatial Framework
The Spatial Framework is currently at a standstill
and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has stated it is
not his decision but that of all local Councils.
Council Recycling Centres
decision to restrict the number of times residents can deposit
items at the Council Recycling Centres was questioned with comments
that it would increase fly tipping. Councillor Sullivan stated the matter was up for
discussion at the next Full Council Meeting and she will
Martlet Avenue resurfacing
The centre white lines have never
been replaced following the resurfacing of Martlet
Avenue. Highways will be asked to
reinstate the lines.
Councillor Sullivan will meet residents at her next
surgery to discuss parking and demarcations at Oulder Hill shops.
Bamford Precinct parking
Parking at Bamford Precinct has worsened and the
location is very often chronically congested. The area is privately owned and Rochdale Council
has no powers whatsoever to control the car park.
A request will be made to have
the old Bamford Christmas tree removed as soon as possible.
Good news for Bamford Green is that
Section 106 Planning monies from Butterworth Grange will fund the
development of the back of The Green consisting of levelling off,
clearance, installation of paths and a natural walking park area.
The question of ownership of the road
dissecting The Green into Bamford Mews was again raised.
Conflicting advice has been given in
the past as to whether the road is privately owned or not with some
informed it is owned by Rochdale Council, so clarification will be
sought. The Friends of Bamford Group
continue to work hard and the group’s Annual General Meeting
will be taking place on Wednesday 22 January 2020 at 7.30pm in The
Councillor Sullivan will
arrange for the resurfacing of Greenvale to be place on the list to
be carried out.
Bamford Ward Councillors hold a surgery
from 10.30am to 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in
Bamford Chapel, although they often go beyond 11.30am. Ward Councillors contact details are available on
the Council website:
Councillor Jane Howard
Telephone: 07870 172144
Telephone: 07710 297377
Councillor Pat Sullivan
Telephone: 0161 762 1129 or 07967 985240
Rochdale Borough Council
Stuart Hay, Township Officer
Telephone: 01706 922230
Mick Ball, Public Realm Inspector
Telephone: 01706 922634
Community Safety, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour Officer
Telephone: 01706 924979
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Date and time of the next meeting
at 6.30pm in Bamford Chapel
27 April 2020
20 July 2020
12 October 2020