Venue: Brimrod Methodist Church, Roch Valley Way, Rochdale OL11 4PZ. View directions
Contact: Stuart Hay - Tel No. 01706 922230
Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
Introductions were made and all were welcomed to the
Code of Conduct PDF 15 KB
referred to the code of conduct and asked all to abide by the code
for the duration of the meeting.
Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising PDF 100 KB
minutes of the previous meeting on Thursday 8 December 2016 were
agreed and the following updates were given.
An update on High Birch
supplied by Nicola Rogers was given to the forum.
It is understood that works undertaken by Mr Zaman have now ceased
on the site. The Health and Safety
Executive is the enforcing authority and they have visited the site
during the works, spoken directly to Mr Zaman and provided both
verbal and written advice about the works being undertaken.
The Health and Safety Executive’s advice to Mr Zaman is based
on the low level of contamination identified on the site.
They advised the contractor to ensure
the materials are sufficiently dampened as a precaution in order to
prevent any asbestos fibres from becoming airborne, and to sheet
the material over during transportation for similar reasons.
The Health and Safety Executive were unable to say that there is a
risk which would justify prohibiting the disturbance of the
material. Also the Health and Safety
Executive say they cannot carry out a meaningful investigation into
the issue of the discrepancy between the two asbestos reports due
to the time elapsed since the surveys were completed, the various
possible scenarios and an opinion that they will be unable now to
establish the reasons for those differences.
The Environmental Agency is the enforcing authority for the
transportation of waste materials. The
Environmental Agency’s Enviro-crime Unit were notified about
the transportation of material in unmarked vehicles from the
site. The Environmental Agency
confirmed in writing that while further enquiries are continuing,
the material from this site has been removed by a registered waste
The committee meeting to decide the planning application is
currently scheduled for 28 March 2017.
Nicola appreciates concerns remain high for this site and will do
her best to answer queries. She has had
direct communication with the lady regarding water seeping into her
garden which has been dealt with.
Police and Communities Together
Dean Stott gave a presentation on the Greater Manchester Police
Citizen’s Contract where the public are being consulted on
the future of policing. He presented
how crime was changing, funding is stretched, reduced resources,
the need for making best use of resources, five areas of priority
and how neighbourhood policing will be central. A scenario based on problems caused by
inconsiderate, bad neighbours was presented and discussed as to
what Police involvement, if any, there should be which concluded
that various Council Officers should deal with the matters.
An electronic questionnaire together
with the presentation will be sent to all ward contacts with an
email address and hard copies were available.
Sergeant Rhys Ibbotson reported the crime statistics since the last
Two Burglary Operations had been conducted as the number of
offences was showing an increase. The
Operations resulted in three significant arrests of prolific
offenders: one burglar was caught in the act in a house on
Marland. One of these offenders was given a four year
custodial sentence and another is due to appear in Court in three
weeks’ time where it is hoped and anticipated he will receive
a four to five year custodial sentence. Since these arrests there have been no further
Vehicle crime has reduced with a low number of recorded
Traffic and speeding initiatives were
carried out on 24 February 2017:
1030 to 1115 hours in the vicinity of Springfield Park - no
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
Further speeding initiatives will be carried out including on a
highlighted problem along Bury Road from the cemetery to The
Winston Churchill and a Camera Enforcement Vehicle will be
Anti-social behaviour at Brimrod Methodist Church was reported and
will be dealt with.
The Bamford Ward Police And Communities
Together priorities will be abuse of the No Entry into Manchester
Road, obstructions on Bamford Way and burglary will continue to be
Residents note the update provided at this meeting following on
from the last forum, however, they remain very concerned at the way
the High Birch site is being dealt with. A full response to the questions posed at the last
forum sent to Mr Birchenough by Nicola Rogers was available to all.
He has since asked several more
questions to which Nicola Rogers is currently compiling a
Residents were not in agreement that the site had thus far been
cleared to standards as material was removed in uncovered wagons
with debris being left on the road. Also residents want to know what the continuing
Environmental Agency enquiries are and whether the site owner will
still have to fence the site off as mentioned at the last forum or
whether as the site is being cleared with a development proposal
the owner will not have to fence off the site. Nicola Rogers will be asked to ring a specific
There is no buy back clause.
Councillor Howard has been in constant touch with the Planning
Officer in the case, David Allen, who will speak with any resident
wanting to contact him and will be writing to residents following
revised plans. Councillor Howard will
arrange a visit together with him to three residents directly
affected by building lines and whose properties are in very close
proximity to the proposed development.
The agenda and papers for the next
Planning and Licencing Committee to be held at 6.15pm on Tuesday 28
March 2017 are not yet fixed or published but can be monitored on
the Council’s website either on the Planning
Application or on Council and Democracy/Agendas, Reports and
Minutes/Planning and Licencing Committee.
Manchester Road fly tipping
A massive amount of fly tipping at the rear of
Manchester Road has been reported and a resident is meeting with
Environmental Health tomorrow morning. Diane Lodwig was aware of the fly tipping and she
has arranged for a Hit Team to clear it.
future Area Forums – Email notifications
As a direct result of the
Council’s savings proposals it will no longer be possible for
the Township Office to post invite letters and agendas for area
forums. Residents were encouraged to
supply their email address to receive notifications of dates of
future meetings, agendas and minutes. Meeting details can be accessed via the
Council’s web site
was noted that two attendees of this meeting had not received the
usual text notification but had been told about the meeting by
Ward Councillors contact details are available on the
Councillor Ian Duckworth
Telephone: 01706 648393
Councillor Jane Howard
Telephone: 07870 172144
Councillor Pat Sullivan
Telephone: 0161 762 1129 or 07967 985240
Rochdale Council Officers:
Township Officer - Stuart Hay
Telephone: 01706 922230
Community Safety, Crime Prevention Officer - Diane Lodwig
Telephone 01706 922226
Date and time of the next meeting
8 June 2017 at 6.30pm in Brimrod Methodist Church