Agenda and minutes

Venue: Newbold Community Church, Milnrow Road, Rochdale OL16 5DW. View directions

Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel No. 01706 924343 

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


All were welcomed to the meeting and apologies were noted.  Attention was drawn to the code of conduct, a summary of which was read out.  All attendees were asked to abide by the code for the duration of the meeting.


Minutes from the last meeting/updates pdf icon PDF 81 KB


The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed and the following updates were provided.

Milnrow Road and Croxton Avenue Speed Surveys
The surveys have now been carried out and the results are:

Conclusion - Milnrow Road Survey
The results show that at both sites, the average speed was below the 30mph speed limit, at 29.2 and 28.9mph.  Outside no.186 the 85th percentile was 33.5mph and outside No.219 it was 33.4mph.

Location: Outside 186 Milnrow Road

Percentage of vehicles over the 30mph speed limit by:










Location: Outside 219 Milnrow Road

Percentage of vehicles over the 30mph speed limit by:










Conclusion – Croxton Avenue Survey
Croxton Avenue already has traffic calming measures in place by way of speed cushions and a speed limit of 20mph.  The results show that the average speed was above the 20mph speed limit at 24.1mph.  The 85th percentile was found to be 28.4mph.


Percentage of vehicles over the 20mph speed limit by:

0% (20mph)

5% (21mph)

10% (22mph)

15% (23mph)






Residents commented that they did not feel that the speed cables on the road were located in the correct place and it would serve better to be placed at the location of just past Newbold Tyres up to Rosefield Crescent.  Councillor Brosnan requested a proactive approach to the speed concerns of residents and to request a permanent speed camera to be installed by the Council’s Highways Department.  GMP advised that plain clothed officers using a mobile speed camera and a spotter monitored the area over a period of 4-5 hours but didn’t record high speeds, ie top speed of a vehicle was 37mph.
Action 1: Make enquiries with Highways on possibility of installing a speed camera in the area (Rachel Hudson)

Unauthorised use of premises – Milnrow Road
The forum was informed that Planning Enforcement have issued a Planning Contravention Notice to the owner of the property.  They are monitoring the property and can only take action when the vehicles present at the property do not belong to the owner and give rise to suspicion of possible business use.
Action 2: Make enquiries with Planning Enforcement for feedback on this notice served and next course of action (Rachel Hudson)

Belfield Lane/Dale Street - street lights
The forum was informed that an inspection was carried out at the above locations by Eon and conifer trees have been cut back to allow more light emittance.

Bertha Road indiscriminate parking
Residents requested Parking Services attend the junction of Bertha Road area again.
Action 3: Request Parking Services visit area again (Rachel Hudson)

Milnrow Road surface problems
A resident stated Milnrow Road is still in need of resurfacing due to break-up of the surface layer resulting in vehicles causing vibrations to neighbouring properties.  Townships have previously escalated this matter to the Council’s Highways Department.

Worsley Street parking
Concerns were previously raised in relation to local garages  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.


Greater Manchester Police - PACT meeting


Crime Statistics – Last Quarter
Burglary dwelling – 72
Burglary other – 46
Theft of motor vehicle – 11
Theft from motor vehicle – 62
ASB and criminal damage – 49

There has been no significant increase on numbers from the same period last year.  Theft of and from motor vehicles stats increases are due to windows being left open in warmer weather.  There has been a spate of ‘distraction burglaries’ across the borough, particularly targeting elderly residents.  GMP advised residents to be mindful of this issue and inform their relatives and neighbours.

Wellfield Club
Councillor reported vehicles are regularly driving the wrong way down a one-way street (Prince Street) and residents complained about excessive noise emanating from the club.

Oldham Road
Councillor reported high incidences of break-ins at community centres, shops and shed buildings and requested support from GMP to address the problem.  Police advised recent arrests made with one offender being linked to several burglaries.

Moss Street
Councillor advised gangs are openly selling drugs on the street as they are aware GMP has limited resources for patrolling the area.  Similar reports also in the Belfield area.


Open Forum


Cook Street
Councillor Brosnan sought support from residents at the meeting concerning the proposal to place double yellow lines outside 20 Cook Street.  Residents supported the proposal.
Action 4: Make enquiries with Highways on possibility of double yellow lines being introduced on Cook Street (Rachel Hudson)

Newbold Street/Bertha Road/Rosefield Street
Councillor Ali expressed his frustration concerning the double yellow lines on Newbold Street/Bertha Road/Rosefield Street still to be painted.
Action 5: Make enquiries with Highways on timescale of lining works (Rachel Hudson)

Pakeeza Dairies Ltd
Councillors expressed concerns over the apparent release of some form of liquid or residue into the canal next to the bridge (Moss Bridge).
Action 6: Make enquiries with British Waterways and/or Environmental Health regarding the concerns (Rachel Hudson)

Resident had submitted before the meeting a series of queries relating to three separate matters of concern including blocking of access of school playing fields, the removal of a tree adjacent to a highway and also a planning permission for a nursery use on Kingsway.  Responses from the relevant Council Departments had been sent to the residents prior to the forum and the issues were again discussed during the meeting.


Ward News


Bulky Waste Amnesty
A further scheme has been funded from ward funds.  Pick-ups will take place on 26 June, 3 July and 10 July 2017.  Collections booked on a first come first served basis.

Councillors requested all residents be mindful of any occurrences of fly-tipping they observe and to report with full details in the first instance to the Council who will remove and seek to prosecute offenders.

Medina Mosque
Councillor Ahmed advised the forum that the local mosque had won an award in the recent ‘Diversity’ awards ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall.


Date and time of the next meeting


Thursday 31 August 2017
Newbold Baptist Church, Milnrow Road, Rochdale