Agenda and minutes

Venue: Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street, Rochdale OL16 2EP. View directions

Contact: Andy Dawson - Tel. 01706 924859 

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Introductions and Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 23 KB


The 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 icon PDF 50 KB


The minutes of the previous meeting of the 29th November 2012 were approved as a true record.

Update of previous minutes

Forum attendance
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 Forum.

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.

Street lighting
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
The 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 winter.

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 the findings.

West Street/South Street Alleyways
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 9961)

PCSO Christine Hardman introduced herself.

The figures for the last thirty days were read out to the forum.

Criminal damage is the highest at 12.

Assault stands at nine. Six of which relate to incidents at Brownhill School.

Business burglaries. 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 criminals.

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 movements.
Action 2. Increase surveillance in the area (GMP)

Christine was thanked for the updates.



Open Forum


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. Dawson)

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. Dawson)

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. Dawson)

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. Dawson)

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 alley gates.
Action 9. Contact Environmental Management and ask to visit the site (A. Dawson)

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 months.

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.



Ward News


NHS 111 Service
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 emergency.

There is a two sided A4 sheet available on the signing in desk which provides more information.

Energy Bills
The 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.

Community First
The deadline 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


6.30pm Thursday 20 June 2013 at Wardleworth Community Centre