Agenda and minutes

Venue: St Patrick's RC Primary School, Foxholes Road, Rochdale OL12 0ET. View directions

Contact: Gary Finch 

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Introductions and Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 15 KB


The meeting was chaired by Gary Finch (Township and Engagement Officer). Everyone was welcomed to the Forum and reminded to observe and respect the code of conduct for the duration of the meeting.


PACT meeting - Greater Manchester Police


Sergeant Twidale and PCSO Mahmood attended the meeting for this item.


The Forum was reminded that Neighbourhood Policing was now in operation and had been since May 2016. It was hoped that this approach would enable officers to develop a good working knowledge of the Ward and officers would be in a better position to respond to problems.


It was explained that a traffic operation had been carried out last week following requests from the local community about speeding on Entwistle Road. The feedback received indicated this operation had been a success in that a number of offences had materialised – speeding, no insurance, no MOT, no seat belts being worn and mobile phone use.


The Forum was also informed that police officers had recently been involved in dealing with incidents of anti-social behaviour on the Falinge Estate which was an ongoing operation.


A resident asked which number would be best to contact the police 999/101 or the other numbers regularly provided at Forum meetings. It was explained that 999 should only be used in emergencies whilst 101 should be used in all non-emergency cases. Phoning these numbers would also ensure calls were logged.


If the other numbers were contacted police response times would possibly be longer.


It was also brought to the attention of GMP that the area where Clementia Street meets Duke Street is potentially dangerous because of parked cars. GMP said they would investigate this matter further.


Minutes of last meeting, matters arising and updates pdf icon PDF 153 KB


The minutes of the Central Rochdale Area Forum held on Monday 25th January 2016 at St Patrick’s RC Primary School were approved as a correct record subject to the following amendment being made:


Remove: Recycling Centre Sign – It was reported that the above sign should be removed as the recycling centre (Jarvis Street) is no longer in operation.


Minute should read: Recycling Centre Sign – it was reported that signs on Whitworth Road and Wellington Street advertising the recycling centre at the junction of Taylor Street / Rivington Street be removed as the centre is no longer in operation.


There were no matters arising.


The following updates were provided:


-       The Growth Project – The Forum was informed that Karen Hayday, who attended the Central Rochdale Area Forum on Monday, 25th January 2016 at St Patrick’s RC Primary School seeking financial support for the Growth Project had provided a report on the initiative. This was made available to the Forum


-       All the following issues have been reported to the appropriate service:


The removal of the Recycling Centre sign (minute subsequently amended – see above)


The damaged grass verge on Taylor Street Car Park. (Subsequently amended to Grassmere Street Car Park).


Littering near to the Ambulance Station on Whitehall Street.


The traffic sign on Whitehall Street.


Blocked gullies on Whitworth Road.


-       Additional bollard – Alleyway near to Howard Street – It was reported that the Council had no jurisdiction over this as the land / alleyway in question was the responsibility of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.


-       Inconsiderate Parking – The Township and Engagement Officer informed the Forum that he had attended the site with the resident to understand the concern and had subsequently reported it to the car parks manager. He understood work was to be undertaken to deter inconsiderate parking. No time frame for this was known.


-       Globe Taxis – The Township and Engagement Officer informed the Forum that he had visited Globe Taxis on three occasions to ask that taxi’s refrain from parking across the dropped kerb on Princess Street. It was reported that the taxi firm had reassured the Township and Engagement Officer that all drivers had been advised of this. However highways had been asked to investigate if a bollard could be placed on the footway should the problem happen again.


-       Gower Street Youth Base – The Forum was informed that a temporary licence (11/7/16 – 30/09/16) had been granted to Starfish Group Ltd to use the building whilst carrying out flood resilience works in the area.


-       Gully accessibility – Buckley Brook, Buckley Road – No progress had been made on this.


The minutes of the Central Rochdale Area Forum held on Thursday 10th March 2016 at Wardleworth Community Centre were circulated for information. These minutes had already been approved.


The minutes of the Central Rochdale Area Forum held on Thursday 2nd June 2016 at Wardleworth Community Centre were circulated for information and will be agreed at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 71.


Open Forum


The following issues were raised during the Open Forum:


1.    Concerns were raised about parking congestion on Rugby Road at certain times of the day. In general this is caused when people are visiting the Mosque and St Patrick’s school.


2.    The road and footpaths in the vicinity of Rugby Road are in poor condition. The area also suffers from constant litter problems.


3.    HGV’s are causing damage to the grass verges whilst visiting / leaving the industrial units via Ralph Street.


4.    Many pavements are overgrown with weeds and trees are overgrown in the Rugby Road area.


5.    Knotweed is present on the corner of Rugby Road.


6.    Fly tipping is problematical in the area. Ralph Street and Rugby Road were cited as examples.


7.    A resident asked if double yellow lines could be introduced on Haynes Street in preparation of the new Netto opening.


8.    Littering problems adjacent to 143/189 Whitehall Street, the rear of 53 Industry Road and alleyway at the rear of Denton Street / Millford Street.


9.    Bins are being left out at the end of the alleyway at Denton Street / Millford Street.


It was commented that many of the properties referred to above (points 8 & 9) were privately rented properties. Although Enforcement Officers had visited the site more still needs to be done. Closer / better working relations need to be developed with landlords.


10.A number of blocked gullies on Whitworth Road (between Townhead Junction and Mizzy Road) were reported:


Right hand side of Whitworth Road (facing up Whitworth Road)


-       Two near Netto near street light number 4

-       Outside Waggs Pooch Parlour

-       Outside Trendy Haircuts

-       Outside Elite Framing

-       Two gullies outside the Alpine Gastoph

-       Near to the bus stop on Greenbank Road


Left hand side of Whitworth Road (facing up Whitworth Road)


-       End of Queen Street where it meets Whitworth Road

-       Gulley, one up from Banson Tool Hire near to street light number 4

-       Two gullies before Howard Street

-       Next to pelican crossing at Taylor Street

-       Outside the washer shop, opposite the Alpine Gastoph


11.Concerns were raised about the problems still being experienced at the Townhead Junction – congestion, re-timing of lights is required.


12 A resident commented that the obstructions placed on Cronkeyshaw

     Common to deter traveller encroachment may be working as the last

     traveller encroachment was elsewhere – Dunhelm Car Park - in the



13  A Ward Councillor asked what the policy on ‘H’ markings was as a resident had contacted him to say that the marking outside her house on Park Road had been removed (due to road works) and she had been told that they would not be replaced.


The Township and Engagement Officer agreed to investigate this further.


     14. Illegal tipping is a problem on Bellfield Road near to the health centre


     15. A blocked gully outside 106 Greenbank Road was reported.


     16. A pothole and the poor condition of the road was reported  ...  view the full minutes text for item 72.


Senior Citizens Forum


Councillor Sheerin and Christine Lord attended the meeting for this item.


The Forum was informed that the role of the Senior Citizens Forum (SCF) was to represent older people within the borough and champion the issues that were important to this group. It was also explained that the Leader of the Council had a regular quarterly meeting with pensioner representatives.


However it was acknowledged that the BME (Black Minority Ethnic) community were under represented on the SCF therefore nominations were being sought.


Anyone interested in becoming a member of the SCF should contact Councillor Sheerin, Christine Lord (Chair SCF) or the Township and Engagement Officer.




Members/Ward Funds


It was explained to the Forum that £8k was available from Ward Funds whilst each Ward Councillor has a Members fund of £2k.


Rochdale Township Fund Terms and Conditions for 2016/17 were also made available to the Forum.



Ward News


The Forum was informed that some additional monies had been acquired to improve pot holes within the borough. Residents were encouraged to report pot holes to their Ward Counciilors.


A number of new housing schemes – Entwistle Road and Ramsay Street / Ramsay Terrace were highlighted.


A general discussion took place about future venues for area forum meetings. It was explained that Wardleworth Community Centre and St Patrick’s RC Primary School were used at present. Although attendance at Wardleworth Community Centre is generally reasonable, attendance at St Patrick’s has been poor. It was acknowledged that advertising / publicity to support St Patrick’s could have been better and this needs to be looked at. However this would have resource implications. It was stressed that it was important that the right venues within the Ward are identified and publicised accordingly to maximise resident attendance.


Date and time of the next meeting


Thursday 1st September 2016

Wardleworth Community Centre

6.30pm – 8.30pm


No date for the next Area Forum meeting at St Patrick’s RC Primary School had been arranged as yet.