Agenda and minutes

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Appointment of Chair


Hallal Choudhury was appointed Chair for the meeting.


Introductions, Apologies and Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 70 KB


All were welcomed to the meeting and introductions made.


Forum members were reminded of the need to adhere to the code of conduct for the duration of the meeting.


Apologies had been received from Councillors Iftikhar Ahmed and Zaheer and one member of the public.


Greater Manchester Police


PC Marvell and PC Baxendale attended the meeting for this item and informed residents of the following:


·         Several traffic initiatives have been undertaken in the Wardleworth Area in recent months. Traffic Offence Reports have been issued for contravention of the one-way system on George Street and vehicles seized for no insurance or being involved in criminal activity.


·         Speed operations undertaken on Entwistle Road and Yorkshire Street.


·         Large cannabis farm discovered on George Street. The property concerned was rented and landlords were advised to make sure any contracts they have with tenants include landlord access to the property to enable regular inspections to be undertaken.


·         A disqualified driver (prolific offender) was arrested on Jermyn Street and the scooter seized


·         Drug dealer escaped following pursuit. However the male has been identified and will be summonsed.


·         Further community events are planned over the coming months with updates being provided when available.


·         Further warrants are being progressed primarily aimed at drug offences. Work with Trading Standards is also planned aimed at tackling illegal cigarettes and vapes.


The following issues were raised:


·         In response to a question the Township Officer agreed to investigate if any progress had been made with the request for traffic calming measures on George Street.


·         Fireworks are an ongoing problem in the area.


·         A resident raised concerns about a spate of burglaries on Croxton Ave. GMP advised that plain clothes operations had been undertaken in the vicinity and incidents appear to have declined.


·         GMP were invited to visit the soup kitchen.


·         In response to a question GMP confirmed that they do attend schools to offer advice on specific issues, for example knife crime.


Area Forum Terms of Reference - Draft pdf icon PDF 138 KB


Forum members agreed to adopt the Terms of Reference.


Approval of the minutes of the meeting held on 1 August 2023, matters arising and updates on issues raised at the meeting pdf icon PDF 86 KB


The minutes of the area forum meeting held on Tuesday 1st August 2023 were agreed as a correct record.


Updates provided included:


1.    The Township Officer stated he would be making an amendment to the code of conduct to reflect a request asking that reference be made to cultural differences and behaviour.


2.    There was no update available in relation to the proposed development to the rear of KYP. The relevant Officer had been contacted but had stated no update was available.


A resident from the area commented that is was crucial that residents be further consulted on any proposed development. It was also commented that the area already suffers from traffic related problems and that any additional housing would aggravate the situation even further. It was also requested that should any development go ahead it was important that additional green space / play areas were introduced into the area


Following a brief discussion concerning this issue the Councillor present stated he would contact the relevant Portfolio Holder to discuss this matter.


Open Forum


The following issues have been raised:


·         The subway that connects Albert Royds Street with Halifax Road consistently suffers from flooding making passage for pedestrians difficult.


Could the Council investigate why flooding occurs and consider if a pedestrian crossing could be introduced in the vicinity.


·         The alleyway between Cook Street and Dean Street is consistently used to fly tip. Could the Council consider introducing lighting in the locality


·         The gated area between Cook Street and Dean Street suffers from fly tipping. Can residents be contacted to remind them of their responsibility to keep the area clear. Councillor Ali Ahmed confirmed that this alleygated area would be included in the gated areas he wants to be cleaned up.


·         The grit bin adjacent to Wardleworth Community Centre (South Street) is full of rubbish.


·         Rear of Copenhagen Square suffers from fly tipping and contaminated bins.


·         Drug dealing was reported on Molesworth Street


·         The forum was informed that the community room that can be hired free of charge at the Fire Station will not be available in the near future. Concern was raised that very few free facilities are available in the Ward. The Councillor present was asked if he could speak to a fire service representative to see if this decision could be reconsidered.


·         A resident commented that there are numerous pot holes on Gower Street and that the paths on the woodland at the bottom of Gower Street are in a poor state and make access for the public difficult.












Members/Ward Funds


Forum members were informed that approximately £11000 remained in Ward Funds. Residents were encouraged to submit applications for projects.


Councillor updates


Councillor Ali Ahmed informed the forum of the following:


·         Funding had been received for projects on Hamer Hall Crescent and Good Shepherds Close.


·         Grit bin refills should be reported.


·         A number of alleygated areas in the Ward had been identified for clean ups. The Councillor was waiting for Environmental Management to confirm progress.


·         Highways have been asked to provide information about which gully’s in the Ward have been cleaned and which still require attention.


·         Numerous carriageways and footways are included on the schedule of works for 2024/26.


A resident asked that everyone should work towards peace in Ukraine and Palestine


Date and time of the next meeting


Monday 5 February 2024 commencing 6.30pm at Wardleworth Community Centre.