Venue: Norden Methodist Church, Edenfield Road, Rochdale OL12 7QE. View directions
Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel: 01706 924343
Introductions, Apologies and Code of Conduct PDF 15 KB
The Chair introduced himself and officers present,
and welcomed all to the meeting. He
referred to the code of conduct and he asked all to abide by the
code for the duration of the meeting.
Minutes from the last meeting and matters arising PDF 76 KB
The minutes of the previous meeting held on 5 March
2019 were approved as a correct record.
Congratulations were given
to Councillor Winkler by the Chair on behalf of the forum for the
recent local election success.
Hutchinson Road Allotments
informed the forum of a proposal to turn the recreational ground at
Hutchinson Road into allotments. A
public meeting is arranged on 4 June 2019 at 7.30pm to be held at
St Paul’s Parish Hall so people can voice their
will be held on Saturday 15 June 2019 between 1-4.30pm and take the
usual route. All welcome to attend and
indeed volunteer as the event always needs support. See Norden Carnival’s Facebook page for more
details. GMP will be in
attendance at this event.
Peel Holdings & Scout Moor
Councillor Winkler advised residents that he wrote to
Peel Holdings on 22 February 2019 to ask for possible monetary
support for GMP’s Operation Dragster. He received a response from Peel Holdings stating
they cannot assist as they sold their interest to MEAG in October
2012 so they no longer own or operate Scout Moor Wind Farm.
Councillor Winkler advised the forum he
had held meetings with the relevant officers regarding CCTV for the
village. Installation to be on either a lamppost or standalone
column on the street to pan both ways up and down Edenfield
Road. This scheme will hopefully
be installed sometime this year.
Edenfield Road Surface
First phase of
works on Edenfield Road now complete
with patching. The road will be fully
surfaced over the summer holidays when the roads are less
busy. A resident commented that the
contractors had done a good job and managed the traffic well.
A Rawsterne advised that
the application for the neighbourhood plan is awaiting
Great British Spring Clean
This event achieved
a great turnout with the Mayor also in attendance. Thanks from the Chair to the
Greater Manchester Police
PC Giblin advised on the following crime statistics
since the last forum:
12 reported in
total. Most burglaries were via patio
doors in areas around Seven Acres and Keepers Drive.
4 were reported.
Theft from motor vehicle
9 reported in
total. Most thefts involved vehicles
left insecure at different times of the day.
Taking of motor vehicle
5 reported in
Interfering with vehicle
3 reported in
A male juvenile from outside the area was arrested last
month in connection with the theft of a motor vehicle from
is now on remand. GMP advised that they
are still patrolling areas and reminded residents to keep their
property and vehicles secure and keep all valuables out of
GMP advised ‘pulse-policing’ will be carried out on
foot by officers in the evening shift pattern in nominated
hotspots/areas where anti-social behaviour has been highlighted;
recently this initiative has been used at the toddler’s park
on Caldershaw Road after a report of ASB.
Safe for Summer
This initiative is arranged in collaboration with
GMFRS and it involves officers visiting children in secondary
schools to advise on safe practices to adopt in their holidays, for
example around reservoirs and safe play.
Neighbourhood Speed Watch
Speed Watch initiative, subject to volunteers, will be scheduled in
the Norden ward sometime in the future.
A meeting will be held in June at
The Grapes, Bamford.
This operation was carried
out on Saturday 11 May 2019 and two bikes were confiscated and
warnings given out. Another operation
will take place over the summer.
GMP took questions from residents about the recent spike in the
theft of catalytic converters in the borough and also a request
that the Homewatch newsletter drafted
by GMP is more specific with detailing the areas of concern when
Residents also requested that PC Giblin arrange for GMP’s
speed van to attend earlier in a morning (8am approx.) instead of
the time of 11am-12 noon as more vehicles are witnessed on the
roads around that time.
Action 1: PC Giblin (GMP) to arrange
for the traffic unit to attend earlier in the day.
Councillor Winkler spoke about discovering a bag of drug
paraphernalia, including nitrous oxide canisters, dumped near a
refuse bin on the Harewood
estate. PC Giblin advised the
‘pulse-policing’ approach could be used to patrol areas
of concern and if a member of the community had concerns they
should ring 101 or email him regarding this or any other
A query was raised by a resident at the last forum
regarding the Norden Ward Fund and a request made for regular
updates on projects and expenditure.
The new allocations/amounts for the Members and Ward Funds are not
yet known as they will be discussed at the first Township
Committee, but details will be reported back to residents at the
next area forum. The Chair advised the
forum that the ward funding sub group had met twice in the past
financial year to discuss several projects/proposals and the
following had been agreed/funded:
CCTV for the village
Boulders to stop off-road biking at Birtle Quarry
Environmental improvements at Furbarn Road
Environmental improvements at Cheesden
Litter bins for Ashworth Road
Motorbike inhibitors for the bridleway at Woodtop
Interpretation boards at two locations in Norden
The forum were informed that GMP officers will be attending the
Norden Carnival on 15 June 2019 and
they will be putting a pod at Norden
Community Primary School to interact with the community
Although the drug paraphernalia was found in the village,
Councillor Gartside feels there isn’t an inherent problem in
Currently three traffic
regulation orders are planned in the ward and the legal process can
be lengthy, but they are necessary for the safety of the
village. An example is the TRO for
Elbut Lane/Bury & Rochdale Old Road
to assist concerns for safety at the island. Councillor Holly called for residents’
patience concerning the timescale to implement a TRO.
A beat survey by Highways in the village is now scheduled to take
place in June 2019. The Chair of the
forum requested officers also consider the area at the end of
Hutchinson Road where traffic turn left onto Edenfield Road.
Councillor Winkler confirmed he will raise the repainting of lines after the resurfacing
of Edenfield Road.
He has written to the Planning Department to seek clarification
regarding the decommissioning of the wind turbines on Scout Moor
and queried five concerns in particular:
Who is responsible for the decommissioning of Scout
Moor Wind Farm?
What measures have the Council taken to ensure its
Does the Council have a fund to decommission
Does the Council have a detailed strategy for its
What measures will the Council take to ensure the
return of the eco system at the area of the wind farm to its prior
state, remove the concrete bases and reinstate the road
Rochdale in Bloom
The ward has again been entered into the Rochdale in Bloom
competition and judging takes place in July 2019. Volunteers have started work in Norden to spruce
areas up including the Jubilee Park rockery and the War
Memorial. Participation from the
general public is always welcomed and appreciated. New projects will be revealed soon; up to date
information is available on Rochdale in Bloom’s
Congratulations to P. Ellison who is now an ambassador for Keep
Britain Tidy and he has been made a ‘Litter
Thanks to N. Morrell, P. Ellison,
Councillor Winkler, C. McHugh, Rochdale Council’s
Environmental Department and also approx. 25 members of the public
who recently undertook a full clear-up and cut-back in Taylor
A dog show will be
held at Norden Community Primary School on Saturday 27 July 2019 at
11am – 4pm.
Rochdale Harriers Event
The 25th Rochdale Harriers Three Day
Event will take place on the weekend of Friday 7 June to Sunday 9
June 2019 with the Brown Cow Public House acting as race HQ.
Friday 7 June 2019 – The 6 mile road race will start at the
bus terminus at 7.15pm and follow the usual route along Edenfield
Road, Ashworth Road, School Lane, Clay Lane, Bagslate Moor Road, Edenfield Road and finishing on Blackpits Road. All
junctions will be marshalled and signs will be in place to warn
that the event is taking place.
Saturday 8 June 2019 – The 6 mile multi-terrain race will
start on Ashbourne Street at 11am and follow a lapped route through
Naden Valley, exiting the valley at
Wolstenholme Fold and finishing at Norden Jubilee Park.
The route will be marshalled and
signage placed in advance to warn other users that the event is
Sunday 9 June 2019 – Knowl Hill
Fell Race starts on Woodhouse Lane at 11am and follows an off road
route around Naden Reservoirs and over
Knowl Hill before finishing on
Greenbooth Road. The route will be marshalled and signage place to
warn other users that the event is taking place.
It is understood that Knowl Hill Fell
Race is sufficiently popular to cause parking pressures in the
village. Guidance will be given to
runners and officials in advance of the event to minimise the
impact of parking.
All races are licenced and insured by UK Athletics.
15 June 2019 at 1-4pm.
May 2019 at 6.30pm in Norden Old
Date and time of the next meeting
Tuesday 17 Sept 2019 at 7.00pm
Norden Methodist Church, Edenfield Road, Norden