Venue: Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street, Rochdale OL16 2EP. View directions
Contact: Andy Dawson - Tel No. 01706 924859
Introductions and Code of Conduct PDF 23 KB
Dawson introduced himself to the forum and thanked everyone for
Members of the forum were asked if anyone would like to chair the
Central Area Forum. Beryl Lloyd came
forward to chair the meeting and forum members were asked if there
were any objections. No objections were
The chair introduced herself to the
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. Apologies were received from Mila Gergel, Elizabeth
Butler, Annmarrie Lewis and Tony
Flood Awareness Scheme PDF 188 KB
Parkington was introduced to the
Residents were informed of the Defra Pathfinder Scheme which is a
project to help people in flood prone areas to become more prepared
for flooding. Wardleworth is only one
of thirteen areas across the country to be offered this help and
residents were encouraged to take advantage of this offer of help.
There are workshops that residents and affected businesses can
attend to become more flood aware, prepared and assist with
producing a flood plan.
There is a forum for residents to discuss their concerns of
flooding on 25 June 2014 at 6:00pm in the community room at the new
fire station on Halifax Road, Rochdale OL12 9BD.
There are two workshops for businesses in Central Rochdale and
Heywood which will look at defining risks to businesses and
business continuity, protecting the most valuable assets, how to
produce an effective flood plan that will help to maintain business
and recovery from flooding if the worse happens.
The events are run by Groundwork and the National Flood Forum and
are held on:
Thursday 3 July 2014 – 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Rochdale
Council Offices, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale and
Thursday 3 July 2014 – 2:30pm – 5:30pm at the Civic
Centre, LCpl Stephen Shaw MC Way,
Heywood OL10 1LW.
Sarah informed the forum that if anyone would
like to get involved please speak to her after the
Sarah was thanked for attending the forum.
Minutes from last meeting and matters arising PDF 53 KB
noted that Entwisle Road and Belfield
Road Traffic Calming Scheme is not mentioned in the minutes after
it was discussed at the last Central Rochdale Forum.
Maud Street Leak
was reported that despite raising this at the last meeting this
leak is still there and has been for the last five years according
Action (1) Liaise with Strategic Housing Services (Andy
The current traffic problems
were discussed and residents suggested that to make Taylor Street
to Red Lane two-way would alleviate this problem. Councillors suggested that Taylor Street and
Foxholes Road needs the grass verges removed outside the terraced
houses, however, funding needs to be
Entwisle Road Surface
There were reports that the road is
crumbling in various areas, particularly opposite the Leisure
Centre and opposite Aldi. Residents
reported dangerously large puddles during heavy downpours, which
had led to cars swerving and near misses. The response from Highways is “We are
presently in contact with United Utilities regards them coming back
to re- patch this stretch of road”. The delay in the repairs could be due to the
traffic calming scheme in the area which is imminent.
Molesworth Street/Smith Street Traffic Lights
A question was asked around why there is only one
set of lights on the Molesworth Street
side of this junction, travelling in the direction of John Street,
when most junctions have an additional traffic light at the
opposite of the junction? Residents
were informed that “There are both primary and secondary
signal heads at the junction. The secondary signal is what is
called close associated and is positioned on the approach side of
the junction because of the way the signals operate. The
arrangement is in full compliance with the requirements of the
Department of Transport.” Residents raised concerns that
there is no sound for the visually impaired when the lights are on
red and there are no buttons to press to stop traffic in places
that the visually impaired feel they are needed.
Action (2) Contact Highways and ask the question (Andy
Ramsay Street Parking
It was reported that staff from
Number One Riverside regularly park inconsiderately on Ramsay
Street, often blocking in residents, and often parking dangerously
close to junctions. Residents were informed that a note has been
included in the global staff bulletin which was read to residents
highlighting the problem. Residents
mentioned that the problem still persists and cars also park close
to junctions making it difficult for other road users to safely
come out of a junction.
Councillor Ahmed suggested that there should be some form of scheme
for residents which need to be looked into together with more
Traffic Enforcement Patrols.
Action (3) Contact Highways to look into feasibility of
schemes and inform Traffic Enforcement Team of parking issues (Andy
Action (4) Contact Comms and ask for it
to be included in another staff bulletin (Andy Dawson)
Residents and Ward Councillors asked where
Evangelanos Community Café was
view the full minutes text for item 3.
Greater Manchester Police and Community Safety
was no attendance from Greater Manchester Police. Request Police attendance. If GMP cannot attend
residents asked if a written update can be obtained.
Action (6) Contact GMP (Andy Dawson)
Litter in the Area
A resident mentioned that when bins are being emptied sometimes
litter from the bins falls onto the floor in the
process. However, when this happens the
bin men leave the rubbish on the floor leaving the area
Action (7) Contact Environmental Management (Andy
Residents were informed of the updates from
Environmental Management to alleviate any questions which may
already be highlighted for action or have already been taken care
The updates from Environmental Management included the Old Unit on
Edward Street which has been empty for years. Residents mentioned that children are entering the
derelict building via scaffolding.
Action (8) Contact Asset Management and inform them
Edward Street Access
Residents mentioned that on a Friday
when there are Friday prayers at the Mosque, ambulances and the
Ring and Ride cannot gain access due to inconsiderate parked
Action (9) Inform local Mosques of the parking
situation (Ward Councillors/Residents)
Jack McGann Court
perimeter of the gardens at Jack McGann
Court the plants and trees are over grown. Councillor Ali informed the forum that he has been
in contact with Peter Smith from Sheltered Accommodation about the
304 Yorkshire Street and Edward Street are encountering similar
problems as Jack McGann
Court. The forum was informed that
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing
are aware of the problem and it is being
Oswald Street private properties
Residents asked if there was any money to refurbish private
properties as they were promised by a former Councillor that they
would be. This issue comes up regularly
at the forum and the same response is provided. The forum was again
informed that there is no money available for regeneration of the
area and if they are private properties the owner is responsible
for maintaining their own property. The forum was also informed
that if money was available for regeneration residents would be
informed and consulted. Ward Councillors requested that an official
letter from the Council to the residents concerned should be sent
to advise that there is no money available for regeneration.
Action (10) Contact Strategic Housing and request a
letter is sent to the residents concerned (Andy Dawson)
Greenbank Road/Fieldhouse Road Speeding
Residents raised concerns that there are a lot of
speeding cars on these roads and it is only a matter of time before
there is going to be an accident.
Residents were advised to ring GMP on each occasion with the
description and if possible the registration numbers of the cars as
it will be more likely to be highlighted as a hot spot.
Action (11) Contact GMP to report speeding cars
34 West Street
Councillor Ahmed mentioned that a number of
years ago Strategic Housing promised to put a fence around the
above property. The forum was again
informed that there is no money available to refurbish private
properties and that if they are private properties the owner is
responsible for maintaining their own property. Councillor Ahmed ... view the
full minutes text for item 5.
Environmental Management and Enforcement Update
updates had already been provided.
The Big Games 2014
Residents were informed of The Big Games 2014 which is being
held at Touchstones and Broadfield Park on Saturday 12 July 2014
between 11:00am and 3:00pm. It is for
all ages, just turn up and and there are prizes to be
won. Resident were provided with
leaflets informing them of the event (http://www.link4life.org/whats-on/big-games-2014)
Individual Electoral Registration – The
The forum was informed that Instead of using a
household form to register to vote, everyone will take individual
responsibility for their own registration.
In order to apply, a person will need to provide their National
Insurance Number and date of birth.
This information will be used to verify that the person making the
application is who they say they are and will in turn reduce the
risk of fraud and inaccurate entries on the register.
With IER, for the first time, people will also be able to register
online. IER will make registering to
vote safer and more convenient.
Date and time of the next meeting
Thursday 18 September 2014
Wardleworth Community Centre