Venue: Wardleworth Community Centre, South Street, Rochdale OL16 2EP. View directions
Contact: Gary Finch - Tel: 01706 924817
Introductions, Apologies and Code of Conduct PDF 15 KB
The Chair introduced herself and officers present, and welcomed all to
the meeting. She referred to the code
of conduct and asked all to abide by the code for the duration of
Best wishes were extended to Gary Finch for a speedy
recovery. The forum was informed that
the Council is going ‘paperless’ for all its meetings,
therefore, paper copies of agendas and minutes of the previous
meeting will not be provided at area forums from April 2019.
Residents were encouraged to print
copies when they receive them electronically.
PACT meeting - Greater Manchester Police
At the last area forum residents had raised a number
of issues, as a result the Police carried out traffic operations
which resulted in the following offences:
7 x driving without insurance, and a number of vehicles
2 x speeding
4 x vehicles with tinted front windows
7 x drivers using mobile phones
14 x no seat belts or children in inadequate seating
7 x illegal number plates
1 x defective tyre
A discussion was held about drug dealing and it was stated that
only three calls have been made to report drug dealing in the ward
during the previous three month period. Residents stated it was due to the 101 number being
chargeable and often unanswered. Residents were informed that reports can be made to
Crime Stoppers and GMP has launched ‘Live Chat’ on
their website as alternatives. Residents were unhappy and felt that the 101 number
should be a free call.
PC Hussain introduced himself as the dedicated officer for the
Wardleworth area. He has dealt with a number of issues of anti-social
behaviour at the Leisure Centre car park and around Jack McCann
Court. PC Hussain explained that he
needs names and registration numbers rather than just streets when
residents provide intelligence. Councillor Ali commended the recent operation that
resulted in a number of arrests and considerable prison sentences,
but impressed the need for issues such as 101 to be addressed if
the Police are to continue in receipt of the goodwill of the
There was a question about CCTV coverage at Lower Falinge.
The general consensus was that it is
unlikely that the shop frontages are covered as the shops are
sheltered by a canopy.
Operation Bohemia is taking place in the ward and focuses on
reductions in anti-social behaviour type crime. Officers visit Falinge Flats on Wednesdays and
Fridays to hold a drop in with the housing association, and they
also visit Jack McCann Court and can visit community centres if
Mohammed Sheraz mentioned some work he is doing with young people
at Lower Falinge in partnership with Hebron Church.
Minutes of last meeting, matters arising and updates PDF 64 KB
Bulky Waste Amnesty
The forum was informed that Councillors have allocated some of
the ward funds to support a bulky waste amnesty. The scheme will take place in the New Year and it
will be publicised.
Action 1: Residents requested that publicity be in a
number of languages and distributed via community centres and
mosques (Township Officer)
West Street Graveyard
Councillor Ali again reported that
the West Street graveyard is becoming a real problem in terms of
dumped rubbish and vermin. He has
reported it to the Waste Services Manager on 3 December 2018 and
continues to chase up this request.
thanked the Council for the new benches recently installed on
Hector Avenue, funded by the Ward Councillors via their Members
Taylor Street – Memorial Request
to the tragic road traffic accident that resulted in the
unfortunate death of 11 year old Marianne Haboc, a resident asked for consideration of a
permanent memorial on Taylor Street. The forum was informed that it has been previously
suggested that a bench could be installed in memory of Marianne,
however, whilst the Council is sympathetic to the requests,
regrettably it does not feel the proposed site is appropriate due
to the area being extremely busy, especially at school drop
off/pick up times. There are also car
parks close by and congestion in the area.
Action 2: Contact resident to update on this request
Taylor Street – Pot-hole
The Chair reported that a
deep hole has begun to appear on the road at the junction with
Action 3: Contact requestor to update on this issue
balance of Members Funds were confirmed,
with the majority of funds now allocated. There is a balance of £3,000 in the Ward Fund
after the bulky waste amnesty has been agreed.
Red Lane Survey
Councillor Ali enquired about
which stretch of Red Lane will be surveyed, and when?
Action 4: Contact Highways to clarify (Township
Area-wide Traffic Survey
A request was made for a traffic
survey to cover the whole area. Whilst
it was acknowledged that it would be difficult as the area is quite
wide, the forum asked that the possibility be looked into,
particularly around Greenbank Road,
Blanch Street, Dewhirst Road, Taylor Street and St. Patrick’s
Action 5: Liaise with Ward Councillors/Highways to
identify a solution (Township Officer)
representative from Rochdale AFC attended to inform the forum about
a project he is currently running at Stoneyfield Park that encourages young people to
take up football. It is hoped that the
project can be developed to include activities in the Wardleworth and Spotland and Falinge areas.
Projects are also taking place with
Rochdale Thai Boxing Club and Kashmir Youth Project. Information can be found on the club’s
The forum was given the
Cricket sessions will begin on Sunday 20 January
2019 for 20 weeks in partnership with Link4Life. Boys and girls aged 8–15 years can attend
Lancashire Cricket Club have an initiative that is encouraging girls to get
involved in cricket.
Rochdale Hornets are running sessions that will
include free tickets to rugby matches and the chance to play on the
pitch at half time.
A joint project with ‘Ambition for
Ageing’ will facilitate gym sessions for older
Link4Life are recruiting a female swimming
A homeless feed will take place at the old
Magistrates’ Court on Christmas Day.
the Street Services Operative for the area, and he was presented
with a gift on behalf of the forum to thank him for all his hard
work in the ward.
Date and time of the next meeting
Monday 18 March 2019 at 6.30pm in Wardleworth Community Centre