Venue: Brimrod Methodist Church, Roch Valley Way, Rochdale OL11 4PZ. View directions
Contact: Stuart Hay - Tel: 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 63 KB
minutes of the previous meeting on Thursday 7 December 2017 were
agreed and the following update was given.
Fly tipping on Holborn Street,
Chelsea Street and Manchester Road has been all removed.
A large amount of fly tipping was
dumped and cleared up several times since the last meeting.
Public Realm Inspectors, Diane Lodwig
and Lee Wardle, proactively ensure the estate is cleaned up
supplemented by weekly litter picks and attendance of mechanical
street sweepers. A large number of
rubbish bags dumped on Dixon Fold was reported. Diane will remove it and explained that the bin men
do not remove such bags as a properly equipped team does and
evidence is sought rather than simply throwing them in to a bin
Refreshed road markings at the
junction of Holborn Street and Finsbury Street are still
Cotton Lane water problem
arranged a clean-up of Cotton Lane and chippings to be put down.
The work has been delayed due to bad
weather and will be chased up.
A National Press article referred to
a recently agreed Greater Manchester Highway Safety Inspection
Framework policy document that addresses safety inspections and
intervention criteria. This document
identifies 40mm level difference in the highway as the defect
investigatory level which requires the street inspector to
undertake a risk assessment of the pothole and identify a priority
repair response time for the pothole based upon the outcome of the
risk assessment. Currently, Rochdale
Borough Council is operating at a lower level of 35mm difference
investigatory level. The risk
assessment and repairs response times are the same apart from for a
category 1, which the Greater Manchester document identifies as
needing a response within 2 hours and Rochdale’s is currently
The Greater Manchester policy identifies the minimum investigatory
levels and response times. Rochdale has
more onerous investigatory levels and response times and currently
there are no plans to revise the existing policy on dealing with
Rochdale Borough Council is
committing a £12million budget to resurface the roads and
repair footpaths over the next three years.
Mayfair Gardens has
been swept and cleaned.
Roch Valley Way speed survey
The speed survey
on Roch Valley Way is being conducted at this moment. Results will be shared with the forum. Councillor Sullivan would
like to organise Community Speed Checks. The Police are willing to facilitate it and the
high visibility nature required for health and safety certainly
acts as a deterrent.
Transport for Greater Manchester confirm via their
Urban Traffic Control Team that the CCTV camera covering the
Manchester Road bus lane, Sudden is for monitoring only and is not
used at all for enforcement and no Fixed Penalty Notices have been
Police and Communities Together
Greater Manchester Police Inspector Robert MacGregor
introduced himself to this Monday’s Bamford and Oakenrod Area Forum as the new Neighbourhood
Inspector responsible for the Bamford area, amongst others.
He was unable to make this meeting, but
he is clear on his desire to work with the community and wanted his
contact details circulating Robert.MacGregor@gmp.pnn.police.uk
No other Police Officer from the P1 Neighbourhood Team could make
the meeting, but PCSO Nick Haile (who is currently covering Bamford
Ward as well as Norden and Castleton
due to the absence of PCSO Colin Taylor) had provided the crime
figures for this area since the last meeting. There had been five residential burglaries.
Entry was gained by windows and patio
doors and in one of the cases by an open window. One of the burglaries was from a garage.
Nine thefts from motor vehicles were
reported with four thefts from left insecure vehicles and two
thefts of motor vehicles. There had
been five reports on anti-social behaviour. Nick asked for any concerns or issues to be sent to
Police And Community
Together priorities are burglary and theft of motor vehicle.
Nick urges all to please be aware of security and lock their
properties and vehicles and not to leave valuables on show.
A bogus male caller posing as a Council worker in a high visibility
jacket obtained £60 from an elderly resident in Heywood to
remove rubbish bags which he dumped around the corner. Diane Lodwig offered to conduct crime prevention
Street Cleaning Customer Satisfaction
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
Holborn Street fly tipping
Fly tipping has been reported in the ginnel in the
vicinity of 70 Holborn Street and a massive amount on the land at
the rear of that row of houses. Diane
Lodwig will check for evidence and then have it cleaned up.
Brimrod Lane damaged grass verge
The grassed area on Brimrod Lane has
been seriously damaged by vehicles driving and parking on to it.
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing will be asked to make it good
and also consider measures to either provide hard standing car
parking or grasscrete or prevent
vehicles from driving on to it, which has been asked previously but
no funding was available at that time.
Drains on old Manchester Road
in Sudden Village are completely blocked and clearly packed solid
to the top. It is a persistent problem
with them blocking and a request was made to have them cleaned and
Rochdale In Bloom
Dan Hall asked for
volunteers to help in any way they can with In Bloom to brighten up
the area with planting schemes. The
four baskets are to be returned to the village green near the
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
Public Realm Inspector - Diane Lodwig
Telephone: 01706 922226
Date and time of the next meeting
31 May 2018 at 6.30pm in Brimrod Methodist Church.