Agenda and minutes

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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 72 KB


The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed and the followingupdates were provided.

Eon lighting issue
Residents stated lighting on both Upper Hayes Close and Rosefield Crescent was inadequate.  Eon advised (email received after the forum) they had
arranged for night time photometric testing to be carried out on the streets and the lighting was installed to the required standard.

Newbold Street & Newbold Hall Drive parking on pavements
GMP advised if there was a 1m gap to the pavement so a pram/pushchair can pass, and there is no obstruction in the main road, the Police would not take action.  Action could be taken if a vehicle had no tax/insurance.

Weston Avenue/junction of Broad Lane - cars parked on both sides of road
GMP advice as above.

Newbold Street lineage
Lineage has now been completed.

Jubilee Park fly tipping
Rochdale Council’s Environmental Management Department has passed this matter over to the Forestry Commission who stated they will resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Belfield Lane fly tipping
Rochdale Council’s Environmental Management Department attended the location.

Update report/stats requested on incidences of fines issued/prosecutions for fly tipping
Rochdale Council’s Environmental Management Department confirmed they keep lists of offenders and actively seek to prosecute.  The cost of removing fly tipped waste is £353.61 per tonne (plus officer time).

Weston Avenue missed bins collection on a weekly occurrence
This issue was escalated to Rochdale Council’s Environmental Management Department.

Weston Avenue/Stiups Lane junction grit bin
A request for a new grit bin on Weston Avenue/Stiups Lane junction was refused as the location did not meet criteria as it was on a gritter route.

Top of Croxton Avenue/Newbold Moss grit bin
A request for a new grit bin at the top of Croxton Avenue/Newbold Moss was refused as the location was a duplicate within 200m of another grit bin.

Albert Royds Street Fire Site hours of demolition works and noise
This matter was addressed with site contractors by Rochdale Council’s Environmental Health Department.

Medina Mosque ASB

This issue was escalated to GMP and the Council’s Community Safety/Cohesion Deptartment

Albert Royds Street/Rochdale Road dangerous crossing corner
The response from the Council’s Highways Department was read out to the forum: “On the three uncontrolled arms of the junction, the existing pedestrian islands are too narrow to accommodate/provide controlled pedestrian facilities.  Therefore the whole junction would require substantial changes both geometrically and operationally which will cost a significant amount of money (a six figure sum).  During the peak periods this is further exacerbated and as a result there are often significant queues on all approaches.  If controlled pedestrian facilities were provided within the existing geometry of the junction it would require an 'all red phase' which would mean for pedestrians to cross the road all vehicle movements would have to be stopped.  This would result in a significant increase in the length of queues on all approaches to the junction depending how often the pedestrian crossing is activated.”

Croxton Avenue request for lineage/signage/speed restrictions
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Greater Manchester Police - PACT meeting


PCSO J. Rochelle attended and provided the following stats for the period 22 March 2018 to 21 June 2018:

Crime Statistics

Burglary dwelling:


Burglary other:


Theft of motor vehicle:


Theft from vehicle:


Criminal damage:




Incidents of anti-social behaviour across the ward have increased this period whereas all other types have crime have seen a decrease.  Four offenders have recently been charged for damage to a motor vehicle.  Kingsway areas appear to have been a hotspot for youths on roofs causing issues and reports of off-road biking have also been prevalent.  A recent burglary reduction initiative was carried out along with members of staff from the Council’s Community Safety Team to tackle the issues concerning theft and give advice about securing properties.

Forum members asked what were the numbers of Police staff covering the ward of Kingsway?  Three PCSOs and two GMP officers work on a rota including rest days but also can get called ‘off area’ if any other issues happen centrally in the town.

Another question was about enforcement concerning parking on pavements and whether GMP can knock on residents’ doors to advise against it?  GMP can advise the resident but if the vehicle is taxed and MOT’d there’s not a lot else they can do if there is no full obstruction.  If there is an obstruction in terms of a person being blocked in to their own drive for example, then GMP can secure the vehicle and get it removed.  The Council’s Public Realm Inspectors can assist in matters in order to support GMP staff.


Open Forum


Footpath to rear of Newbold Moss
A resident raised again the issue of whether it is the Council’s responsibility to maintain and clear away fly tipped rubbish on the footpath to the rear of Newbold Moss as previously it was advised it isn’t their responsibility.  A Council installed kissing gate is in situ at this location suggesting a Right of Way/Council owned land.
Action: Contact Environmental Management to ascertain the responsibility for clearance of the fly tipping.

Milnrow Road pothole near to pedestrian crossing
A resident raised the matter of a pothole on the footpath, adjacent to the pelican crossing on Milnrow Road (Newbold), Rochdale.
Action: Matter escalated to the Council’s Highways Department to request inspection and repairs.


Ward News


Robinson’s Common – Update
Update given to the forum on the progress of the kick pitch at Robinson’s Common; works are due to commence in September of this year and will take around six weeks to complete.

A ‘green gym’ is also being proposed for the site, subject to an imminent funding decision to be made in the next couple of weeks at the Rochdale Township Action & Resources Delegated Sub Committee, together with another ‘green gym’ proposed on land at Lowerplace Play Area.

Eid Party – Broadfield Park, Rochdale
Councillor Ahmed informed the forum of an invite from the Rochdale Mayor to all residents to an Eid Party which will be held at Broadfield Park, Rochdale on 30 June 2018 from 12-3pm.

Kingsway Area Speed Survey
Residents were advised of the speed survey to be carried out (subject to funding decision) to cover both the wards of Kingsway and Balderstone & Kirkholt (areas include Kingsway, Turf Hill Road, Broad Lane and Shaw Road, Rochdale).


Date and time of the next meeting


Thursday 20 September 2018 at 6.30pm
Newbold Baptist Church, Milnrow Road, Rochdale