Venue: Castleton Community Centre, Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3AF. View directions
Contact: Valery White - Tel No. 01706 924858
Introductions & Apologies/Code of Conduct PDF 15 KB
Introductions were made and all were welcomed to the
meeting. The code of conduct was
circulated. All attendees were asked to
abide by the code for the duration of the meeting.
Minutes of last meeting/Matters arising/Updates PDF 95 KB
minutes of the previous meeting held on 4 September 2018 were
approved and the following updates given.
Permission and approval from the HSE
The Chair wrote a very
detailed letter on 29 September 2018 on behalf of the forum with a
full chronology since 1 March 2015 to MP Liz McInnes with a request for her to assist in the
speedy progression of the matter, but had only received a holding
response from Councillor Neil Emmott.
A letter dated 23 November 2018 from David Rogers, Group General
Counsel of Tetrosyl Limited to Rochdale
Council’s Director of Economy, John Searle, was read out.
The letter gave no detail and stated
they are operating below the lower tier COMAH (Control of Major
Accident Hazards) thresholds and hence it is not currently subject
to these regulations but hope to obtain an upper tier COMAH Licence
in the New Year.
Pending an update from Councillor Neil Emmott, the Chair will write
a further letter to Rochdale Council’s Chief Executive, again
on behalf of the forum, expressing the concerns of the community
and requesting that at that high level pressure is actually put on
the Health and Safety Executive to police Tetrosyl and establish the actual situation, levels
and type of storage.
Street – House cellars flooding due to lack of resurfacing
The resurfacing work has
all been completed to a high standard and thanks were given.
Hotel – Allegation of unauthorised change of use to
Rochdale Council’s Housing Standards Team is
investigating and they have been asked for an update.
Cherrington Drive road surface
Highways have been asked to inspect
the poor resurfacing work, assess and carry out remedial repairs
and they have been chased up for an update.
Road fly tipping
tipping has been removed, the area cleaned up and all graffiti
Chesham Avenue road surface
All the remedial repair work has been
Silk Street – Lorries parking opposite
repair work to the footpath and kerb edges has been carried
out. Councillor Hornby has escalated
the congestion issues to Highways.
Former Carcraft Site fly
The area has been
cleared and cleaned up.
Alley gate at Alexander Street/Partington Street/Jameson Street – Fly
tipping and bins issues
All fly tipping was removed and
the skip, but further fly tipping has taken place which will also
be removed. This situation is a work in
progress and Rochdale Council’s Enforcement Team is serving
Notice on the residents.
Royle Road/Gypsy Lane Corner sewerage smell
Health has been asked for an update on the pungent sewerage smell
at the corner of Woolworth’s Club, next to the electricity
Smalley Street/Station Approach Junction –
Vehicles Driving Up No Entry
Highways have assessed
the junction signage and report that the current signage is
adequate and the issue is a moving traffic offence which is a
matter for the Police to enforce.
The Farewell/Royle Barn
Road – Damage to kerb edges ...
view the full minutes text for item 2.
Greater Manchester Police
Farmer gave the crime statistics since the last forum. She reported there have been fifteen burglary
dwellings, nine thefts from motor vehicle and five thefts of motor
She has met with the Ward Councillors and Highways over speeding
issues on Manchester Road and read out the following Highways
“Any requests for Speed Cameras, fixed or mobile and Red
Light Cameras have to go through a strict criteria set by The
Government. This criteria is based on
the number of recorded personal injury accidents over the last
three years which are speed related or red light running, current
vehicle speeds and the provision of a safe place for equipment to
be sited and in the case of a mobile site a vehicle has a safe and
legal area to park. Any potential site
has to have a history of road casualties over the last three year
period available which have been linked to speeding or in the case
of traffic signals, red light running. Speed surveys would also have to be undertaken to
check the average speeds and the 85%ile. Looking at the latest collision records for
Manchester Road, the area would not reach the required number of
points to meet the criteria for a Fixed Camera Site, it may meet it
for a mobile site, although the majority of collisions are not
speed related. A mobile site would also
have to have speed surveys and be assessed for a safe, legal and
visible place for a mobile van to be located. The traffic signals would not meet the criteria
for a red light running camera as there have been no recorded
Community Speed Watch Operations have been carried out , the speed
gun used is not calibrated and cannot be used as evidence to
enforce, but written warnings can and they have been sent to
offending vehicle owners.
PC Farmer explained that there are already approved locations for
the siting of mobile enforcement vehicles which are used and will
continue to be used. She is planning in
the New Year to replicate the recently publicised Operation
Considerate, during which a large number of vehicles were seized.
The Operation will involve other
agencies and address the issues of speeding, no vehicle
documentation, not wearing seat belts, use of mobile phones and
vehicle worthiness. Highway plans are
being developed for Manchester Road in the next eighteen months
which will reduce lane width and naturally slow vehicles
Public Realm Inspector, Diane Lodwig, is obtaining quotes to
install knee rail around the lower points of Kingsland Common to
prevent vehicles driving on to it; installation of a knee rail
around the entire common would be too costly. Consideration is being given to allowing the grass
around the perimeter to grow to three or four feet, leaving the
centre to be used socially.
Long standing anti-social behaviour and drug abuse around the canal
bridge was discussed and the area is being patrolled. The presence of shrines is a delicate subject
view the full minutes text for item 3.
Lane and Cowm Top Lane fly
Two fly tipping hotspots
reported at Trows Lane and Cowm Top Lane with some of it builder’s
waste. Public Realm Inspector, Diane
Lodwig, is aware of the problem and she has visited the location
and inspected for evidence. All
residents were requested to report the fly tipping but not to touch
it as they can ruin the evidential integrity.
A recent Government report on
air pollution highlighted two areas in Castleton, namely Manchester
Road and Edinburgh Way, as exceeding their limit for Nitrogen
Oxides which is a concern to the community. Motorways are exempt. The Association of Greater Manchester Authorities
are looking at the problem overall and Councillor Sheerin will
raise the issue at their next group meeting, together with the
impact of increasing use of wood burners also with Rochdale
Council’s representative on the Combined
No report received.
Friends of Carnegie Castleton
The Friends group are taking up the Lease on 1
January 2019 and they will be moving in to the old Reading Room
which will be bigger than it was due to the removal of items such
as a sink. It is planned to open up as
a Heritage Centre on the 1 April 2019.
A solicitors firm will occupy the top floor. More members and volunteers would be most
Friends of Castleton
Station/Support the Oldham, Rochdale & Manchester Rail
Lines/East Lancs Railway
raising is ongoing and proving hard work. A heritage style information board, similar to
Sowerby Bridge or Littleborough
Station, will cost in the region of £3,800 which is currently
beyond means. £200 has been
received from Northern Trains and £200 from Community Rail
Partnership. The Cooperative Community
Fund for local causes has been applied to and an official answer is
awaited, as is a response from Tesco.
STORM are engaged in two campaigns, the
poor air quality at Victoria Station, particularly around platforms
five and six under the Arena and missing trains. MP Liz McInnes was
written to about these issues on 14 November 2018 but no response
has been received yet. Every newsletter
is also sent to her office.
Anyone is welcome to go on the STORM website to report any issues
or bad service. Four trains stop in
Castleton two in each direction, other trains come through nearly
empty without stopping when it could collect waiting passengers
from cancelled trains. The wait at
Rochdale Station for a connecting train to Littleborough is twenty
minutes when the two journeys together are only six minutes.
The Notability Choir will
be performing at 7pm on Friday 14 December 2018. £5 a ticket including
mulled wine and Christmas cheer.
Rehearsals for the Dick Whittington Pantomime are well under
Rochdale Township in Bloom
year’s achievements have been phenomenal. The North West In Bloom Judges were so impressed
with Castleton that they put forward both the Railway Station and
the new Memorial Gardens to be part of the Rochdale entry in to the
National Britain In Bloom contest where as finalists Rochdale was
awarded a Gold medal in Belfast that Councillor Sheerin was very
pleased to accept.
A celebratory event was held in Rochdale Town Hall where the
voluntary sector effort was recognised and rewarded with prizes
such as Volunteer of the Year. The
People’s Choice was won by Castleton War Memorial.
Any Other Business
Thanks were given to
the Ward Councillorsfor funding the additional World War One
commemorative silhouette in the grounds of St. Aidan’s Church
which adds to the area.
10.30am–11.30am at the following venues:
First Saturday in month – St Aidan’s Church Hall
Second Saturday in month – Castleton Community Centre
Third Saturday in month – Chesham Community Room
Fourth Saturday in month – Castleton Community
Date & time of next meeting
5 March 2019 at 7pm in Castleton Community Centre.