Venue: Falinge Community Hub, Falinge Park, Rochdale OL12 6JE. View directions
Contact: Gary Finch - Tel: 01706 924817
The Chair introduced himself and officers present and welcomed all to the meeting, he also asked all present that the Code of Conduct be adhered to throughout the meeting.
The forum was informed of the apologies that have been received.
Greater Manchester Police including PACT meeting
PC Jones, PC Hameed, PCSO Robinson attended for this item.
The forum was informed of the following issues:
A resident asked if there is an opportunity for cross border joint working, GMP advised Yorkshire Police don’t have a dedicated off-road bike team
The PCSO advised that he is actively working to gather intelligence on the drug dealing in the ward.
Comments were made regarding the intimidating behaviour of the beggars at the St Mary’s Gate junction. Resident where advised the issues are being dealt with and are being processed for court.
A discussion took place regarding GMP’s policy on setting off fireworks in regards to complaints around the former Dexine site. GMP officers use their discretion when dealing with complaints of this nature.
Streetcheck.co.uk website provides information relating to crime statistics relative to an individual’s postcode.
The minutes of the Area Forum meeting held on Thursday 27 June 2019 were approved as a correct record subject to the following change.
Amend Minute 136
Remove - A Ward Councillor commented that consultation had taken place in the area and the changes made to the proposals at the recent meeting were based on discussions held with the Community.
Add – Sounding have been taken by a Ward Councillor and suggestions for changes made.
Matters Arising included:
Action 13 Spotland Bridge Junction - A resident asked for an update and was advised as per the circulated update sheet that a discussion has taken place between Township and Highways. A formal response form Highways is still awaited.
Action 2 Missing bins – Cllr Cocks update that the bins have been removed for safety, they have been relocated nearby.
Action 7 TBA progress – An officer was unable to attend, an update had been provided and circulated prior to the meeting. A discussion took place regarding the need for an officer to attend; a show of hands identified this not to be a priority for the forum as only two residents were in favour of an officer attending. Further discussions took place regarding the TBA land being in private ownership; The TBA site not on the current list of priorities for the Healey Area Forum; the recent correspondence form Tony Lloyd MP can be viewed on the website; Japanese knotweed is visible on site; the erosion of the riverbank.
Action - Request the TBA information on the RBC website is kept up-to-date
Action – Seek Council advice regarding the knotweed issue
Action – Request a copy of the technical assessment of the stabilisation of the river banking
Members Fund Balances
Cllr Cocks £2,000
Cllr Massey £1,988
Cllr Rana £0
Ward fund balance £6,900
Northern Baroque Orchestra presented a grant application to the forum to request a grant of £500 towards the cost of Donald Clarke Memorial Concert.
Decision: The forum agreed to the spend from the wards funds.
SETRA presented a grant application to the forum to request a grant of £1465 towards the cost of the supply and installation of a heritage style information board and lockable cabinet.
Decision: The Forum agreed to the spend from the Ward funds
Remaining Ward Fund Balance £4935
The following updates were provided.
Councillor Rana informed the forum of the following:
¾ Assistant Portfolio Holder for Finance, working on setting the budgets for 20-21, savings needs to be made and there are increasing pressures
¾ A member of Friends of the Maternity Unit, busy campaigning for a specialised midwifery unit at Rochdale Infirmary
¾ Lead for Climate Change, working on various schemes at GM level for example solar parks, new build houses being equipped with electric car charging points
¾ Encouraging healthy lifestyles; Identifying grot spots whilst out walking
¾ New planters at Spotland junction brighten the area up
¾ The resurfacing programme is now complete, the lining and relining is underway
¾ Members fund has been used to purchase two new grit bins
Councillor Cocks informed the forum of the following:
¾ Assistant Portfolio Holder for Health and Well-being, the current priority is the move of North Manchester General Hospital
¾ The GM Clean Air Plan also includes hospitals and their transport
¾ Chair of the Age Friendly Rochdale Steering Group, current focus is engaging with the hard to reach groups and individuals
¾ Thanks were given to the Rochdale In Bloom group, the judges were delighted when they visited. The Awards day is on 30 October
¾ Vice Chair of Rochdale Township North, currently working on the Township Priorities, we hope to encourage more alleyways in bloom
¾ The OVO Energy Tour of Britain Cycle Race took place recently, the bikes and blooms display at Cutgate shops were a great addition and very popular.
¾ St Edmonds Church are holding a public meeting on 10 October at 6.30pm to discuss the future of the church
The Festival of Light will take place on 29 November in Falinge Park
Councillor Massey’s newsletter can be accessed via the
Open Forum - An opportunity for local residents to comment on issues in the ward
Residents raised the following issues:
Action - Seek advice from Environmental Management and report back
Action – Seek advice from Julie Simpson ROW Officer
Action – Seek advice from Julie Simpson ROW Officer
Action – Lee Wardle to inspect and report back to the forum
Action – Request cost to replace the litter bins
Action – Add GMSF agenda item to a future forum and provide update when available
¾ Councillors were asked what evidence highways presented to them in order for them to change their minds to agree to the TRO
¾ A resident commented that Highways didn’t present any statistical evidence or accident data as evidence for the proposal because the data doesn’t exist
¾ Councillors advised that they made changes to the first proposal to reduce the amount of lines
¾ The advice from Highways officers to Councillors was around sightlines at junctions and the highway code
¾ Discussion took place regarding the attendance of Highways Officer at the meeting, following a vote it was agreed to request an Officer attends the meeting
Action: Invite Highways Officer to the next meeting
¾ A resident advised that the length of the lines was reduced from 15m to 10m at the request of Cllr Massey
¾ The purpose of introducing the lines isn’t to reduce the speed vehicle speed
¾ Safety is paramount, Councillors have received a number of complaints from residents about the difficulties experienced when exiting these streets. Councillors have acted upon this, and appreciate it may not be a popular decision for everyone
¾ At the end of the consultation period the following process will apply – if objections are received a report will be submitted to a future committee meeting of the Township; the report will detail the proposals, ... view the full minutes text for item 150.
Dates and times of the next meetings
Thursday 12 December 2019 – Spotland Methodist Church at 7pm (AGM)
Thursday 5 March 2020 – Spotland Methodist Church at 7pm