Venue: Castleton Community Centre, Manchester Road, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 3AF. View directions
Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel: 01706 924343
Introductions and 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 76 KB
minutes of the previous meeting held on 12 March 2019 were approved
and the following updates given.
had requested an inspection to the area outside the park as
potholes still exist. Highways have now
marked up these potholes and they will be repaired as part of the
resurfacing works to be carried out there in the future.
Cherrington Drive road surface
resident again raised the issue that there is still subsidence to
the pavement and roadway outside number 7.
Action 1: Township Officer to
raise the matter again with Highways as
Greater Manchester Police
Castleton PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting was
incorporated into the forum.
Forthcoming PACT dates for 2019 are as follows:
Farmer gave an update on the crime statistics since the last forum
in March 2019. She reported there have
been 12 burglary dwellings, 7 commercial burglaries, 28 thefts from
motor vehicle, 9 thefts of motor vehicle and 8 reports of
anti-social behaviour incidents.
Several cannabis farms in the ward have been raided by officers
recently with approx. 30+ plants being removed at
addresses. One plant alone can be sold
on the street at a value up to £1,000.
Another safe number plate initiative event was held and it was well
attended with over 20 vehicles being seen by officers.
The forum previously raised concerns over speeding on Manchester
Road and a multi-agency operation ‘Considerate’ will be
run again this month which will address the issues of speeding, no
vehicle documentation, not wearing seat belts, use of mobile phones
and vehicle worthiness.
The priorities agreed at last month’s PACT meeting were
vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) and GMP can report
that both of these issues have reduced in numbers. Officers have recently spent a lot of time around
the Moor Park Avenue area, which has been a hot spot for ASB for a
number of months. Reports of incidents
of ASB have been reduced due to officers speaking to youths and
bringing matters to the attention of their parents. A derelict garage was identified as a hotspot for
youths congregating in and around, and GMP along with the Council
have been in contact with the owners to tackle this
issue. Problems concerning littering,
fly tipping and abandoned cars have also all been addressed.
All residents were reminded to be aware of home and vehicle
security, and not to leave valuables or tools on show in vehicles
as there had been a spate of thefts recently. A Homewatch newsletter
is produced every month by GMP and emailed to Homewatch members. New
members are always encouraged to join up and get involved in the
initiative. G. Shahzad from the
Rochdale Area Neighbourhood Watch Scheme attended and spoke at the
forum about the importance of the involvement of public to the
A ‘Safe for Summer’ scheme will be run again by GMP,
GMFRS and the Council, also working with partners Link4Life and the
Youth Service. This scheme is run
within the school summer holiday period and is also rolled out by
all 10 other local authorities in Greater Manchester. The initiative looks at reducing any possible
risks to children and involves officers
visiting children insecondary schools to
advise on safe practices to adopt in their holidays for example
around reservoirs, etc.
PC Farmer stressed to residents the importance of reporting all
matters and their attendance at PACTs in order to validate the need
for support and ...
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Rochdale Environmental Action Group
A representative from REAG
attended the forum and he advised residents that the group meet
every Saturday between the hours of 10-11.30am to target the
clear-up of litter/fly-tipping in any areas put forward by
residents or deemed necessary.
Residents are advised to make suggestions of any areas of concern
to the group.
The extension works to the
knee rail fencing previously installed to prevent vehicles driving
on to the Common was raised again by a resident. It was queried as to why the fencing is incomplete
in places or appears not fully finished. GMP and the Council advised that not all areas
needed protection as some are not accessible by cars due to levels
and also the area still needs to remain accessible to the public as
it is essentially a Common. The cost
was also a factor as it would have cost thousands to enclosure the
full perimeter, so the areas deemed most at threat were protected
as a priority first.
Councillor Sheerin spoke about the
Council’s efforts regarding tackling the issue of fly
tipping/littering within the ward of Castleton. Fines have been given out recently to commercial
premises that regularly leave out used/unwanted large electrical
items on the streets, not ensuring their proper disposal,
ie fridges, and also venues that hold
sporting events who do not ensure the full clear up of litter
No planning application
has been received yet for the land to the rear of Leander Drive and
Friends of Carnegie Castleton
The building was officially opened by the new Mayor,
Councillor Billy Sheerin of Castleton, and is host to a solicitors, a virtual reality studio, a museum and
a reading room. The downstairs area is
open to the general public.
Friends of Castleton Station/Support the Oldham,
Rochdale & Manchester Rail Lines/East Lancs Railway
The cancellation of morning services has been the
subject of a recent STORM campaign. The
group are also trying to raise funds to pay for the installation of
notice boards at the station via Tesco tokens given to shoppers at
the store when buying goods.
Children from the school
choir recently attended the Mayor making ceremony at Rochdale Town
Rochdale Township in Bloom
date for Rochdale Township in Bloom this
year is 26 July with the route starting in Rochdale centre and
arriving in Castleton by lunchtime. The
group are hoping to carry out more work within the Thornham area
this year and they are aiming to retain the gold medal as awarded
in previous years.
Any Other Business
No further matters
Date and time of next meeting
9 September 2019 at 7pm in Castleton Community Centre.