Agenda and minutes

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

Contact: Gary Finch 

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Introductions and Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 23 KB


The meeting was chaired by Beryl Lloyd. The Chair welcomed all to the meeting and reminded Forum members to observe and respect the code of conduct.


The Township and Engagement Officer informed the Forum that an additional criterion had been added to the code of conduct. This reads:


‘Elected Members attending meetings outside the ward they represent may be allowed to speak, at the discretion of the Chair’.


PACT meeting - Greater Manchester Police


The Forum was informed that the Ward is now serviced by a neighbourhood policing team. This team consists of one Inspector, one Sergeant, two Constable’s and four PCSO’s


It is hoped that the neighbourhood model will:


·         Enable officers to become closer to communities by understanding concerns, issues and problems within the neighbourhood.

·         Help partnership working

·         Help services to become more proactive.


Because of concerns raised at previous Forum meetings regarding speeding on Entwistle Road discussions are ongoing concerning the possibility of organising a ‘day of action’ by traffic police in the said area.


The Forum was also informed that GMP are looking to organise surgeries within the Ward.


The following issues were raised:


1.    Ramadan is approaching therefore will there be a visible police presence in the area.


Response: Yes


2.    There are a number of beggars in the area and in some cases they come into the Mosque.


Response: The Forum was encouraged to report incidents of this nature however the police will monitor the situation.


During the previous three months the following incidents had occurred:


-       Theft of motor vehicle 8

-       Burglary (domestic) 13

-       Burglary (other)  15

-       Theft from motor vehicle 16

-       Drug offences 6


The Forum was reminded to use the following contact numbers to report incidents:


You should always call 999 in an emergency


Call 101 to report a non-emergency incident or make a general enquiry


You can contact your local neighbourhood team by telephone or email – 0161 856 9961 – rochdalenorth@gmp.police.u






Minutes of last meeting, matters arising and updates pdf icon PDF 76 KB


The minutes of the Central Rochdale Area Forum held at Wardleworth Community Centre on Thursday 10th March were approved as a correct record.


Apologies of absence had been received from J. Murphy.


The following updates were provided:


1.    At the previous Forum meeting (10th March) a resident raised concerns about the pelican crossing at the junction of Entwistle Road, Molesworth Street and John Street only being operational from one side of the road.


The Township and Engagement Officer had raised this concern with Highways and was informed that to make the pelican crossing system at this junction fully operational would be extremely expensive. The reason for this is that a major reconfiguration of cabling, ducting and services would be necessary.


2.    Additional information regarding bin collections, as requested at the last Forum meeting was made available to residents.






Open Forum


Residents asked the Township and Engagement Officer to report / investigate the following issues:


1.    Trees surrounding the play area at the bottom of South Street and opposite 98 Oswald Street are in need of trimming.


2.    The footpath on Dean Street is in need of repair


3.    Bin collections on Dean Street are in need of review.


4.    Work is currently being carried out on the Entwistle Arms :


-       What is the building being changed into

-       Was an application ever made to have the building designated as a community asset.


5.    Can the road that runs adjacent to the Shell Petrol Station be opened as it is currently closed on both sides. In the residents opinion opening at least one side of the road would help traffic flow.


6.    Back Bradshaw Street is very congested with traffic therefore can double yellow lines be considered.


7.    Are the traffic calming measures on Entwistle Road to Belfield Road necessary?


8.    Many roads in the area are in a poor state and in need of repair.


9.    Concerns over Townhead Junction were raised.


10.The footpath on Brooklands Ave is in need of repair.


11.Rubbish is accumulating near to the Doctor’s Surgery on East Street.




Street Lighting


Tom Cunningham, Technical Director, Pell Frischmann and Chris Roe, Head of Highways Lighting North – E-ON, attended the meeting for this item.


The Forum was informed that the Street Lighting PFI is a joint project with Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council. Although both PFI’s were operating out of the same depot by the same service provider, they have separate contracts which are monitored separately.


The Street Lighting PFI was awarded to Community Lighting Partnership (Rochdale) Limited (CLP) with E.ON UK PLC acting as their Operating Sub-Contractor to deliver the service. The term of the PFI contract is for twenty five years from the 4th July 2011. CLP, as the Council’s Service Provider, are responsible for delivering the street lighting service on behalf of the Council in all respects which includes replacement of 80% of the existing lighting stock, maintenance of all the street lighting assets, carrying out consultation with stakeholders, and dealing with customer queries and complaints.


The Forum was informed that the management structure of the street lighting team was changed following concerns, and that recent data/feedback suggests that:


-       The number of complaints have reduced

-       Service responses are better

-       The service is more proactive

-       Contract penalties have reduced

-       The contract is 6 months ahead of schedule.


Residents raised a number of concerns in relation to poor lighting/dark areas, removed lighting columns, the placement of replacement lighting, street lights on all the time, street lights never on, street lights coming on and off and a view that street lighting levels were better in previous years.


The Forum was reassured that lighting levels are in line with current legislation and that work will only be ‘signed off’ when the appropriate levels are met.


The Forum was also informed that 99% of street lighting faults are completed within 3 days. Penalties are imposed if repairs are not completed within the three day performance target.


The representative attending for this item encouraged residents to contact him over concerns they had - (01925 830 598 / 07764 276 259)


For further information in relation to reporting street lighting fault repairs can be accessed from the link below.



Ward/Members Funds pdf icon PDF 80 KB


The Forum was informed that at a recent Rochdale Township Committee Meeting the following funds were made available to the Ward:


Ward Funds £8000

Members Funds £6000 (each Ward Councillor receives £2000 each)


A brief overview of the Rochdale Township Fund Terms and Conditions for 2016/2017 was presented. A link to this documents can be found below.



Ward News


No Ward news was provided.


Date and time of the next meetings


Monday 11 July 2016

St Patrick’s RC Primary School, Foxholes Road, Rochdale

6.30pm – 8.30pm


Thursday 1 September 2016

Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street, Rochdale

6.30pm – 8.30pm