Venue: Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street, Rochdale OL16 2EP. View directions
Contact: Andy Dawson - Tel. 01706 924859
Introductions and Code of Conduct PDF 23 KB
chair introduced herself to the forum
and thanked everyone for attending. Attention was drawn to the code
of conduct, a summary of which was read out. All attendees were
asked to abide by the code for the duration of the meeting.
The chair would like it minuted that
the regular chair, Emily Bannister, is no longer able to carry out
the role of chair for the Central Area Forum and would like to wish
Emily well for the future and thanked Emily for all her work
carried out for the forum.
The chair asked members of the forum if anyone would like to chair
the Central Area Forum in the future. Those people interested
should contact Andy Dawson at the Township Office.
Minutes from last meeting/matters arising/updates PDF 50 KB
minutes of the previous meeting of the 29th November
2012 were approved as a true record.
Update of previous
Township Office has had a reduced budget for printed
materials, and so we need to continue to explore other options for
promotion and publicity. Townships are currently in the
process of looking at ways to improve the development of the
The council is
making changes to the layout and location of web pages, and for a
while there may be duplicated pages and shortcuts that no longer
work. Old pages removed and new ones are in the process of being
developed to standardise current procedures.
Many of the
ward’s lighting columns will be replaced in April/May 2013,
starting with the concrete ones.
Residents should watch out for letters from the Lighting Team and
respond on issues affecting them.
Heybrook School crossing drainage
pavement near the crossing over Yorkshire Street gets flooded. The
drains were cleared last time this was reported, but can you fix
the dips in the pavement that form puddles that freeze over in
Highways have arranged for 8 road gullies and 3 footpath gullies to
be cleared tomorrow, Friday 22nd March.
They will be inspected in wet weather and if ponding remains, an
engineer will inspect the area concerned and get back to me with
West Street/South Street
These are in need of
attention. The relaying of the
alleyways on West Street and South Street has been passed over to
the Highways section and, at present, these jobs are not on their priority list.
Councillor Ali feels that he is going round in circles trying to
get this resolved and has contacted the portfolio holder for
highways to try and progress.
Action 1. Contact Highways and obtain an update (A. Dawson)
Greater Manchester Police and Community Safety
(Emergency 112, Other 101 and Neighbourhood Office 0161 856
PCSO Christine Hardman introduced herself.
The figures for the last thirty days were read out to the
Criminal damage is the highest at 12.
Assault stands at nine. Six of
which relate to incidents at Brownhill
There is a white caddy type van with no writing and orange lights
on a 06 number plate circulating the area which may be involved in
these burglaries. If anyone sees a van fitting this description
they should contact the police.
Drug Offences – GMP have changed the way they
are policing. Neighbourhood police have their own C.I.D. officers
and it has quickly proved beneficial.
GMP Senior leadership team have no concerns and are pleased with
how things are progressing.
Bamford and Norden are the worse areas being targeted by
Councillor Ali says the community is in shock at the robbery of a
shop on Ramsay Street. Councillor Ali asked if there could be extra
surveillance over the next few weeks.
The forum was informed that plain clothes officers are targeting
offenders in the area, following them to observe their
Action 2. Increase surveillance in the area (GMP)
Christine was thanked for the updates.
Councillor Ali said that the litter in the area is a
big issue. Litter is being dumped every week on the corner of
Yorkshire Street and Edmund Street. On average there are five to
six bags left.
The forum agreed that the offenders will be local people.
Action 3. Contact Environmental Management Enforcement Officers to remove
rubbish and have a look for evidence with a view to prosecution (A.
A resident pointed out that the kick pitch on
Greenbank Road is full of rubbish and
that it needs a litter pick. The resident suggested that the team
who tend to the bowling green could spend half an hour picking up
the litter to help clear the site.
Action 4. Contact Environmental Management and ask the question (A.
The grass verge/footpath on Greenbank Road is being driven on by cars.
Action 5. Arrange a site meeting with Councillor Ali and Beryl Lloyd (A.
A resident said that the refurbished footpath on
Greenbank Road is very good. However
the contractors who did the work damaged her windowsill.
Action 6. Contact Highways and ask them to investigate (A.
Corbett St/Ramsay St, Mariaha
Fashions bins are collected at the end of the terraced houses. The
bins are filled to near over flowing and as a
consequence spills onto the floor and the over-spilt rubbish
is not picked up by the bin men.
Action 7. Contact Environmental Management and as what their policy is in
relation to picking up over-spilt rubbish (A. Dawson)
Action 8. Send a letter out to the residents asking them not to
over fill their bins (Environmental Management)
On Ball St people have tried to throw mattresses over the
Action 9. Contact Environmental Management and ask to visit the site (A.
Residents complained about rubbish/fly tipping generally
in the area and alley gated alleys were used to dump rubbish
particularly behind 37 and 39 Selby Street.
Ann-Marie from Regenda addressed the
forum and said that questionnaires had been given out and in the
responses nobody had mentioned the rubbish/fly tipping.
There is going to be another questionnaire specifically asking
questions about the problem. They will be sent out to schools,
mosques as well as stopping people in the street. This will take
place on the 17th and 18th May 2013 and help
with filling in the forms will be given. This is in addition to the walk-about every three
A resident mentioned the need for educating the residents on fly
tipping and dropping general rubbish however the forum was informed
that it is basic common sense that throwing litter on the floor and
leaving bags of rubbish in the street will make the area look
untidy. Residents must take ownership of the problem and respect
the area in which they live.
The forum was also informed that if someone purchases a large
appliance the company from which the appliance was purchased should
remove the old appliance ... view the
full minutes text for item 4.
Environmental Management and Enforcement Update
Unfortunately there were no updates available to
present to the forum.
The forum was
informed that NHS 111 is a Department of
Health (DH) developed vision of a single point of access for urgent
care. The single point of access seeks to improve and simplify
access to non-emergency health care by providing a memorable
three-digit telephone number that is free to the caller.
NHS 111 will provide advice to those people who have an urgent
health need that isn’t life-threatening or an
There is a two sided A4 sheet available
on the signing in desk which provides more information.
forum was told that there are leaflets available which could
potentially save them money on energy bills.
On the 9th April 2013 each energy provider will bid for
custom by offering their cheapest energy deal. The best value
provider will then be chosen and that deal offered to all those who
have signed up to the scheme. Once you receive the offer you can
decide whether to accept or decline. There is no obligation to take
up the offer.
for receiving applications is tomorrow 22nd March 2013.
Anyone who would like to be considered for funding should have
their application in to a panel member.
Date and time of the next meeting
Thursday 20 June 2013 at Wardleworth