Agenda and minutes

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

Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel: 01706 924343 

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1.

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

Minutes:

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.

2.

Minutes from the last meeting/updates pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Minutes:

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

Weston Avenue speeding vehicles
Councillor Ahmed updated residents that funding has been approved for speed humps in this area.

Woodbine Street/Oldham Road (near Wellfield Surgery) - cars parking on double yellow lines
Matter raised again with request to escalate complaint to Parking Services for enforcement action.
Action: Townships to raise matter with the Council’s Parking Services.

Woodbine Street East Car Park drug dealing
Matter raised again with request to escalate complaint to GMP regarding resident’s concerns about drug dealing on Woodbine Street East Car Park.
Action: Townships to raise matter with GMP to provide an update to the next forum on action taken.

3.

Greater Manchester Police - PACT meeting

Minutes:

PC Chadwick gave the update and he advised residents that GMP officers had carried out a traffic operation on Broad Lane and Oldham Road recently and another one had been scheduled in before Christmas.  The police staff covering the area of Kingsway will be increasing with an additional PCSO and a NBO (Neighbourhood Beat Officer) being added to the team.  Recent stop-searches carried out have seen a notable reduction in a possession of weapons.

Priorities for the ward are currently youth anti-social behaviour and drug use in and around Newbold and also vehicle/shed crime with an operation being carried out until the end of January to target burglaries.  Operation Navigator was executed recently across the borough of Rochdale resulting in 55 stolen/illegal vehicles being lifted and returned to owners/insurance, along with 19 arrests being made.  More operations are planned along with training for officers on speed guns to allow less reliance on the traffic unit and keeping up the work against vehicle crime.

Police surgeries are held once a month with the next one at the Children’s Centre on Moss Street on 10 December 2021 at 9.30am-11.30am.

Figures for the last 3 months (against previous 3 months):
Burglaries – 30 (18)
Possession of drug crimes – 6 (3)
Possession of weapons – 1 (6)
Youth related crime – 9 (4)
Shoplifting – 12 (10)
Personal robberies – 6 (5)
Youth related incidents – 5 (7)

Councillors and residents raised other matters regarding a request for a speed operation to be carried out on Kingsway.  The chair requested GMP liaise with Councillors and residents before positioning themselves on roads whilst carrying out speed operations to ensure better coverage.

4.

Open Forum

Minutes:

Burchall Field missing fencing
Councillor Ali raised the issue of open fencing at Burchall Field.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s Estates Department.

Croxton Avenue 20mph signage and speed humps
Residents advised the 20mph signage at the bottom end of Croxton Avenue is still missing and the speed humps which were removed before the road was resurfaced have not been reinstalled.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s Highways Department.

Croft Shifa parking
Residents advised that cars were frequently parking on double yellow lines outside the Croft Shifa.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s Parking Services.

Newbold Moss salt bin refilling request
A resident reported the salt/grit bin at the top of Newbold Moss, Rochdale is empty and needs refilling.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s Highways Department.

Kingsway, Rochdale - flooding outside property on road after resurfacing
A resident stated that although the recent resurfacing of Kingsway had been completed and it looks really well, she is experiencing major issues with flooding on this stretch of road, with spray from vehicles often reaching her windows.
Action: Townships to raise matter with the Council’s Highways Department.

Signage issues on Crawford Street and the junction of Church Road
Councillor Ahmed advised that 20mph signage has been knocked over and needs reinstating on the Crawford Street mini-roundabout.  Also at the junction of Church Road the school sign has blown down and needs reinstating.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s Highways Department.

Morrison’s, Rochdale - prevalence of rats at the location of the bins area
A resident advised that they have noticed the prevalence of rats at the location of the bins area at the store and they do not feel the bait in the rodent boxes is replenished enough to address the issue.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with Morrison’s.

Woodland View fencing
A resident advised fencing has been erected which is causing drainage issues to the land.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s P
lanning and Estates Departments.

Robinson's Common Kick Pitch - issues with dog fouling/aggressiveness and request for mobile CCTV
Residents raised concerns regarding issues with dog fouling/aggressiveness at the kick pitch at Robinson's Common and posed the question as to whether there could be a mobile camera deployed (CCTV) to assess and monitor the situation.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s Environmental Management.

5.

Ward News

Minutes:

Speed restriction measures
Margaret Avenue - funding has been approved for measures to reduce speed to 20mph.
Milnrow Road – speed reduction measures are being discussed with the Highways Department to possibly install a central island.
Buersil Avenue - funding has been approved for speed humps.

Lock 49 kissing gate
Gate recently installed to prevent access.

Robinson’s Common play equipment
Children’s playground installed.

Bulky waste amnesty
Ward Councillors advised they are hopeful that by April 2022, bulky waste collections will be offered free to residents.

Royds Street alleyway clear-up
Ward Councillors advised the alleyway to the rear of Royds Street has recently benefitted from a large clear-up enforcement operation with residents.

Senior Citizens Forum
An update was read out from Councillor Sheerin, Assistant to the Portfolio Holder for Adult and Social Care.  ‘The group is an offshoot of the local area forums and is aimed at tackling issues which have a direct impact on our elderly residents.  We are looking for new members (1 or 2) who will act as local forum representatives and can provide feedback to their own forums.  The group meet quarterly on a Monday morning in Castleton Community Centre.  Topics include health care for the elderly and wellbeing issues.  Attendees also have an invite to the Leader’s meeting which gives direct access to Neil Emmott, Leader of Rochdale Council, regarding points raised at the Senior Citizen’s meetings.  Anyone who would like to join the committee please give their name to the forum and the secretary of the group will invite them to the next meeting which will be in March 2022.’

Councillor Rachel Massey
Councillor Massey advised she was the candidate for the ward in the next local election in May.

Thanks to Councillors from residents
Residents gave their thanks to the local Ward Councillors for their help and support since the start of the pandemic/last area forum meeting.

6.

Date and time of the next meeting

Minutes:

Monday 14 March 2022 at 6.30pm
Newbold Baptist Church, Milnrow Road, Rochdale