Agenda and minutes

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Welcome, Introductions, Apologies and Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 15 KB


The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and reminded members of the need to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the duration of the meeting.


Apologies had been received from seven residents, Councillor Massey and Sgt Walsh.


A minutes silence was held in respect of Surinder Biant who has sadly died. Surinder served the Ward as a Councillor from 2010-2018 and served as Mayor of Rochdale between 2015 and 2016.


TBA Update - Representatives from ESG Trading Limited will be attending to provide an update


Martin Greenwood, the Managing Director of ESG Trading Limited introduced himself as the new owner of the TBA site and explained that the purchase of the site was completed in October 2021.


Martin explained that he has a team of in house experts who collectively have over 80 years’ experience of dealing with remediation of complex brownfield sites. In addition, external specialist will be contracted to assist with the remediation process. It was explained that the aim is to remediate the site to facilitate development by July 2024. However it was reiterated that ESG Trading Limited are not linked to any developer or house builder at this stage.


It was explained that over the coming weeks survey work will begin and residents may notice increased activity across the site.  This vital survey work will inform the remediation strategy which will be agreed with regulators.  No remediation work will begin without all relevant approvals being in place.


It was also stressed that ESG are fully committed to operate in an open and transparent manner. They intend to comply with all regulatory requirements and have already made contact with the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive and Natural England. It was also explained that a meeting had also taken place with the Chief Executive of Rochdale Borough Council.


ESG are also aware of the level of interest from the local community about the site. Whilst they do not necessarily have all of the answers at the moment, it was explained that over the coming weeks they will be introducing themselves to local residents and will take an open and transparent approach to information sharing. It was explained that a web site has been developed where further information and details will be provided. In addition the local community will be able to submit questions via this site and a response will be provided –


A question and answer session followed:




It was mentioned that the completion date for site remediation is July 2024. Because of this will there be any restrictions for ramblers in the area?




A great deal of work is required in the Woodlands Road area to make it safe therefore it will be necessary to close the road for a significant amount of time which will impact upon ramblers. Work is due to commence in this area in January/February and finish in September. However consideration could be given to opening the area at weekends.








- Are there any plans to remove the site’s security fence?

- What will be happening to trees on the site?

- How will the buildings be demolished?

- What will the site be used for following remediation?




There is no intention to remove the safety fence.


There is no intention to remove healthy trees. However dangerous and diseased trees will be removed. Trees will be replaced at a ratio of 1:2.25. It should also be stated that the site is subject to a blanket Tree Preservation Order.


Plans at present  ...  view the full minutes text for item 168.


Approval of the minutes of the Spotland & Falinge Area Forum meeting held on Thursday 5 March 2020 pdf icon PDF 86 KB


The minutes of the area forum meeting held on Thursday 5 March 2021 were approved as a correct record.


Greater Manchester Police


PC Giblin and PCSO Robinson attended the meeting for this item and informed forum members of the following issues:


Theft from motor vehicle.


A known offender has been detained and is currently in custody for numerous offences, including one theft from motor vehicle.


Since the last forum meeting we have seen a reduction in theft from motor vehicles. Crime prevention patrols and awareness advice has continued in the affected areas due to the successful reduction.




Since our last forum burglaries did drop due to Covid.


Following lockdown burglaries did increase around Spotland Road and Brotherod. A local known male was eventually arrested and is now serving 3 years in prison.


Another burglar who was operating around Meadowview / Martins Lane area targetting the elderly was arrested and is on remand awaiting sentencing.


Three residential burglaries were reported during October/November.


Residents were reminded that if they require a home visit for security advice they should contact a member of the local neighbourhood team.


Business burglaries were on the increase during October / November. Seven burglaries in total were reported. A male has been arrested and remanded in custody charged with a number of offences. Evidence is also being gathered and a warrant is out for the arrest of another known suspect.


Anti-social behaviour - hot spot areas


A reduction in ASB around Spotland Methodist Church and Ravendale Close has been experienced. This is due to problem solving working alongside local Councillors and Rochdale Council: Extra security and fencing is in place around the Methodist Church. Regular police patrols have helped to identify the youths which has resulted in home visits being conducted to speak with parents. Some of the youths identified have also been placed on the Youth Offending Team's priorities list. The youths were also encouraged to join weekly football sessions held by Rochdale FC every Saturday night which has had a positive outcome for the youths.


Denehurst Park.


Reports of mopeds being used in an anti-social manner resulted in a moped being seized from a known local youth.


Vehicles Seized


Numerous vehicles have been seized locally. Many of which have been used in crime, for example drug dealing or on cloned plates. GMP have also recovered a large number of stolen vehicles that were taken from the Bury area and located near the top of Rooley Moor Road. These vehicles have been sent for forensic checks.


If you would like to make GMP aware of any suspicious vehicles please contact PCSO Robinson.


Speeding concerns throughout the Spotland area.


 The Neighbourhood Speed Watch Scheme has been undertaken on four occasions since our last Forum. These have taken place on Mellor Street, Rooley Moor Road near Royds Arms pub & and twice on Edenfield Road near to Cutgate precinct. These operations were conducted late evening. .This did lead to numerous drivers being fined and points added to their licence, with one vehicle being seized. It is GMP’s intention to undertake similar operations in the future.


Drug Dealing


Spotland Road  ...  view the full minutes text for item 170.


Date and time of the next meeting


Spotland Methodist Church – Thursday 3 March 2022, commencing 7pm