Venue: Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street, Rochdale OL16 2EP. View directions
Contact: Andy Dawson
Introductions and Code of Conduct PDF 23 KB
Dawson introduced himself to the forum and thanked everyone for
attending. Members of the forum was
asked if anyone would like to chair the Central Area Forum.
Choudhury came forward to chair the
meeting and forum members were asked if there were any objections.
No objections were
received. The chair introduced himself
to the forum.
Attention was drawn to the code of conduct and a summary was read
out. All attendees were asked to abide
by the code for the duration of the meeting.
Minutes from last meeting and matters arising PDF 74 KB
minutes of the previous meeting of 19 September 2013 were agreed
and all previous actions were updated.
Maude Street Leak and Fly tipping
pointed out at 95 Maude Street there is a slow leak coming from the
building which is causing problems and has not been resolved.
It was suggested that a letter is posted through each of the
properties on Maude Street due to the fly tipping in the back
Action 1: Contact Strategic Housing Services regarding
the leak. (A. Dawson)
Action 2: Contact Environmental Management to ask to leaflet the
residents of Maude Street. (A. Dawson)
Litter bins/Clean-up Scheme
Councillor Ali said that he
will be looking at additional litter bins and supplying skips for a
clean-up scheme for the area. It was
mentioned that the problem with additional litter bins would be
down to Environmental Management having the resources to empty
Action 3: Look at possibly installing additional litter
bins. (Councillor Ali)
Action 4: Arrange a clean-up scheme for the area. (Councillor
Kick pitch floodlights
A resident mentioned that it may be
an idea to have the floodlights on the kick pitch
restored. Residents were informed that
this issue had been looked into before and that the reason for not
having them restored is due to vandalism. However, using Ward Funds to restore the lights
was an option and the Area Forum Sub Goup would be consulted if necessary.
Action 5: Look into having the flood lights turned back
on. (A. Dawson)
Residents asked if a litter pick can take
place. Councillor Ali said there have
been a number of litter picks and collected on average
approximately 4 tons of litter.
Action 6: Organise another litter pick.
Ramsay Terrace Vermin
are having problems with rats and mice.
Councillor Iftikar Ahmed said that he
has been working with KYP to address similar issues.
Action 7: Contact KYP. (Councillor Iftikar Ahmed)
No update was available after contact with
Environmental Management and the MP’s office to report the
rubbish bins were put out in time and in the correct location for
them to be emptied. Five weeks on the
bins have still not been emptied.
Action 8: Raise the issue with Environmental
Management. (Simon Danczuk
Greater Manchester Police and Community Safety
No attendance or updates from GMP.
Blue Orchid - Starting a Business
was introduced to the forum to provide information on setting up
and support for potential new businesses.
Blue Orchid Management Consultants is the largest
provider in Business Start Up Support in the north-west and
provides a programme of one to one business support, coaching and
training available to people who live throughout the UK,
particularly those considering self-employment or starting their
own business, including individuals who are unemployed or facing
Drop in sessions are held at Number One Riverside every Thursday.
The first Thursday of the month offers
business advice. Second Thursday of
each month provides advice on Accountancy &
Taxation. Third Thursday of the month
provides advice on Marketing. The last
Thursday of the month offers advice on business banking &
Various leaflets were available for residents, however, for further
information contact 0161 341 0245 or visit
Shamuna was thanked for attending the
forum and providing valuable information.
Sarah Parkington was introduced to the forum to provide
information on the DEFRA Pathfinder Project.
The project is part of a nationwide scheme to help people become
more resilient to flooding as this is actually the most common and
widespread natural disaster in the UK.
Residents were informed that flooding can happen at any time and is
unpredictable. Flooding is not always
down to bad weather, but can be due to other incidents such as
burst pipes or blockages. Blockages
caused by leaves, litter food waste and fatty materials being
disposed of down the drains.
The Pathfinder Project is working with all agencies involved with
managing flood risk in the neighbourhood and aims to make sure that
measures are in place to help manage, reduce flood risks and
provide the opportunity for local people to be more involved in the
process of managing flood risks.
A briefing note was handed out to residents which provides further
information and Sarah can be contacted on 07858382506 or email
Sarah was thanked for attending and providing the
concern over street drinking in the area which is happening on a
daily basis. This has been raised with
RMBC Community Safety Team.
Action 9: Contact Community Safety and request an
update. (A. Dawson)
Anti social behaviour
Residents were encouraged to report
incidents in the area to GMP which will highlight them as hot-spots
if reported a number of times.
Reporting incidents can be done confidentially by ringing
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Concerns were raised about the
number of cuts that have been made to GMP and RMBC and that there
should be no further cuts to either service. Residents and ward councillors asked for these
concerns to be minuted.
Damp in South Street Property
A resident on
South Street mentioned that he has had a timber platform partially
removed from the side of his house by Strategic Housing.
The remaining platform is apparently
causing damp to the inside of his house.
Action 10: Contact Strategic Housing. (A. Dawson)
Trafalgar Square Drains
The drains behind Trafalgar Square
have not been cleaned.
Action 11: Sarah Parkington
said she will raise the issue. (Sarah Parkington)
Blocked drains guidance
The issue of what is put down the
toilet was raised due to blocked drains. There is a leaflet available from United Utilities
that provides guidance.
Action 12: Provide a number of these leaflets to the
Community Centre for distribution to residents. (Sarah Parkington)
Environmental Management and Enforcement Update
Residents were informed that issues have been
highlighted by Environmental Management and are being dealt with.
Some issues are:
24 Trafalgar Street, Rochdale – fly tipping of approximately
6 black bags and numerous carrier bags and gas bottle at the
collection point opposite.
Side of 5 Brunswick Sreett, Rochdale
– fly tipping of mattress and wood.
Opposite 29 Selby Street, Rochdale – fly tipping of sofa on
Rear 66 Oswald Street, Rochdale – fly tipping of mattress and
chair at the rear.
Residents are encouraged to contact Environmental Management on the
0845 226 1800 number if they have any information that can help
identify those responsible for fly tipping as all in attendance
agreed it is the residents that are responsible for making the area
look untidy. Praise was given to
Environmental Management for providing a large number of waste bins
to properties in the area.
Noted there have been a number of items dumped in the river from
Hector Avenue and College Street.
Action 13: Look into removing the items. (Sarah
Residents were informed of:
Residents were informed that there
is £6,000 ward capital funds available and £1,000
capital and £1,000 revenue Members funds. If the ward funds are not allocated by the end of
November 2013 then it will go into a central pot for other wards to
bid on for schemes in their wards.
Date and time of the next meeting
6.30pm Thursday 20 March 2014 at Wardleworth Community Centre