Agenda and minutes

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Introductions, Apologies and Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 15 KB


The meeting was chaired by Beryl Lloyd.


Everyone was welcomed to the Forum and reminded to observe and respect the code of conduct for the duration of the meeting.


Apologies had been received from Councillor Iftikhar Ahmed and Jim Murphy.


PACT meeting - Greater Manchester Police


PCSO’s Stewart and Palmer attended the meeting for this item.


The Forum was informed that the following incidents had been reported in the Ward in the last three months:


Burglary Residential 33 – same period last year 45


Burglary other 13 – same period last year 19


Theft from motor vehicle 30 – same period last year 14


Theft of motor vehicle 5 – same period last year 11


Robbery 16 – same period last year 6


It was also reported that Heybrook School had recently suffered £10k of damage due to vandalism. CCTV had picked up images of two potential culprits.


In addition GMP stated that because of vehicles causing obstruction on sections of Greenbank Road enforcement may occur. It was explained that a resident had asked if additional parking could be created by using part of the Common. Environmental Management had been approached about this and are unwilling to use the Common to create additional parking spaces.


GMP also reported that off road bikes are causing a problem in the Ward. Residents were encouraged to report incidents of this nature with as much information as possible.


The following issues were raised:


1.It was reported that anti-social behaviour is still continuing on the Central Leisure Car Park.  It was asked why it was taking so long to resolve.


It was acknowledged that the major stakeholders in this issue – Council, Link 4 Life and GMP – where aware of the problems being experienced. It was also stated that a meeting that had been arranged to discuss this matter had been cancelled due to the non-attendance of the Council representative. It was understood that this meeting was in the process of being re-arranged.


It was also explained that the issue which seems to be having a negative impact upon progress is that agreement cannot be reached about which organisation (Council or Link4Life) has land ownership responsibility and is therefore responsible for security on the site.


2.A resident reported that beggars are still causing a nuisance outside of Mosques in the area primarily on Fridays. It was also stated that many of the beggars are from organised gangs that are being dropped off on Entwistle Road. It was asked if greater police presence could be arranged to combat this problem.


3.A member of Wardleworth Community Centre Management Committee raised concerns regarding drug dealing on the Centre’s car park. As a consequence it was asked if a barrier could be erected on the approach to the Community Centre to deter cars from entering the car park at night. This would be investigated. In addition other drug dealing hot spots were identified by residents.


GMP acknowledged they were aware of drug related problems in the Ward and that intelligence gathering and surveillance is an ongoing issue. However it was also stated that the Police cannot act alone; the community should continue reporting incidents of this nature.


It was commented by a resident that the community generally, including Rochdale Council of Mosques need to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 131.


Minutes of last meeting, matters arising and updates pdf icon PDF 59 KB


The minutes of the area forum meeting held on Monday 5th March 2018 were approved as a correct record.


The following updates were provided by the Township and Engagement Officer:


1.The Forum was informed that the suggestion put forward at a previous Forum meeting – outdoor exercise equipment – had now been fully costed and would cost £25k to purchase and install, of which  approximately £10k had been financed from Ward / Members Funds.


As a consequence of the cost of this project the Forum was asked if this plan could be abandoned and replaced with initiatives to reduce illegal tipping / littering in the Ward, which is seen as a serious problem. This was agreed.


It was further explained that the Township and Engagement Officer and a Ward Councillor had met with a representative from Environmental Management to discuss how an initiative of this nature could be progressed. At this stage Kellet Street / Hey Street had been identified as an area where a pilot project would take place. Further details on this initiative would be provided when available.


2.At the last meeting of the Forum a resident asked if a traffic survey could be undertaken on Greenbank Road. The Forum was informed that this was likely to happen.



Open Forum


The following issues were raised:


1.Honor Simpson, a representative from Making Space, Health and Social Care Services attended the meeting to promote Rochdale Befriending service.


Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with this organisation or finding out more about this service should contact Honor –


2.  Residents asked the following questions:


-       What local investment in Central Ward for Rochdale In Bloom? Route goes along Entwistle Road.


This will be investigated.


      -    Investments for youth to tackle anti-social behaviour?


           In response to this question the Forum was informed that funding

           streams are available to support initiatives / projects. Ward Councillors

           or the Township Office should be contacted for more details.


-       Inter-generational investments for Central Ward to bridge gaps?


           In response to this question the Forum was informed that funding

           streams are available to support initiatives / projects. Ward Councillors

           or the Township Office should be contacted for more details.


-       Residents on Greenbank Road / Maud Street are being subjected to dogs barking. What can be done?


It was suggested that the Public Protection Team and the RSPCA be contacted.


-       Concerns were raised about the quality of pot-hole repairs.


Residents were encouraged to report issues of this nature.


In addition to the above the following issues were raised, via email, prior to the meeting:


-       Bushes on George Street are obstructing the footpath.


-       Athena Roofing are discarding materials on the footpath on Wilson Street.


-       A resident reported speeding on George Street.


All the above will be reported.






Ward News


1.    Health Awareness Day – Tuesday 26th June 2018 – 11.30am – 2pm – Wardleworth Community Centre.


2.    Life in the UK test – Starting September 2018.


3.    Community Coffee Morning – Friday 6th July – Wardleworth Community Centre – 11am – 1pm.


Date and time of the next meetings


Monday 6th August 2018, commencing 6.30pm at Wardleworth Community Centre.