Agenda and minutes

Venue: Syke Community Base, Syke Methodist Chapel, Syke Road, Rochdale. View directions

Contact: Gary Finch - Tel. 01706 924817 

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


The Chair welcomed all to the meeting and explained that the meeting had been arranged to discuss issues specifically related to the Common.


Apologies had been received from Councillor Heakin.


Issues relating to the Common


Ian Trickett, Environmental Management attended the meeting for this item.


It was explained that a number of questions in connection with the Common had been received prior to the meeting. In some cases a written response had  also been received. This question and answer sheet was circulated at the meeting.


Question 1                                             Response received prior to meeting


Heritage Gardens


Repairs are needed to the area including damaged flagstones and general maintenance

Heritage garden maintenance lies with the Council. I will ask Tracy Hibbert to look at the site with David Illingworth. Tracy manages In Bloom landscaping projects and David Illingworth manages day to day maintenance.  Between them they should be able to come up with a plan of action.


A general discussion took place concerning the neglect of this area and the work that was required to improve the area.




1.    An action plan was now in place to improve the area.

2.    It was asked if consideration could be given to including this area in future ‘In Bloom’ competitions.


Question 2                                                Response received prior to meeting


Paths on the Common


·         The paths on the Common have deteriorated following both the theft of some flagstones and the burial over time of others. The Common is often wet and boggy and the reinstatement of good quality paths would make it more accessible for a wider section of the community.

























·         The Limersgate pack horse trail once ran from the Chapel to the pond, then to Binns Nook Road and Falinge Park. This should be reinstated with an acceptable surface that would allow access for wheelchairs and pushchairs and which would not allow pooling of water.





































·         Who has the responsibility for and knowledge of the definitive map. This seems to have been inaccessible to the public for some time now. The addition of Limersgate onto the definitive map could support the case for the upkeep of the path.



Paths on the common are not Designated Rights of Way but permissive paths through the site, so like a tarmac path in a park.  As such it is our responsibility in EM to ensure they are safe within reasonable bounds.  Problem is that stone flags laid with big gaps in them will never be a long term good footpath solution.  If stone paths are to be maintained to a high standard they would need to be lifted, path area dug out and edged, weed suppressant membrane and crushed stone base before re-laying the stone paving.  The report highlights the long term problem = risk of theft. We could spend a lot of money making it look great and then have it all nicked a week later. In this isolated spot that is a very high risk.  EM would strongly suggest replacing with tarmac paths with side drains.  Either way, this would be a major undertaking beyond our maintenance budgets, so either s106 or AMG but my understanding was that no decision had been taken by Members on the type of surface.  If they make  ...  view the full minutes text for item 181.


Date and time of next meeting


Thursday 18 October 2018, 6.30pm, Syke Community Base, Syke Road. This meeting will include the AGM