Venue: St Mary's (Balderstone) Church, Oldham Road, Rochdale OL11 2HB. View directions
Contact: Rachel Hudson - Tel: 01706 924343
The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting. 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.
PACT Meeting - Greater Manchester Police
PACT Priorities agreed were:
1. Burglary (Operation Dark Nights)
2. ASB (hot-spots areas: Balderstone Park and Library)
3. Reassuring the vulnerable (spike in incidents of the vulnerable/elderly being befriended by undesirables). Residents attending the forum stated they would raise the matter with certain community groups and associations (CVS/NCompass/The Circle/Rochdale Pensioners Group, etc.) to increase awareness for the elderly.
advised of ‘Operation Dark Nights’ initiative which
offers crime prevention advice and reassurance to residents during
the winter months; putting house lights on when going out, keeping
valuables out of sight and asking for identification of individuals
at the door before opening, etc.
Weekly surgeries are held at Balderstone Library on
Saturdays at 10am and Kirkholt Drop-In
Centre on Tuesdays at 2pm.
· The ‘western themed’ community event held on Monday 20 November 2017 at 4-6pm in St Thomas’ Church was an excellent success generating a great deal of community involvement. Thanks to all who were involved.
· As Chair of Governors at St Cuthbert’s High School, Councillor Nickson advised that interviews will be held for the new Headteacher in the next week.
· Local ward surgery attendee numbers have dropped recently at The Strand Drop-in Centre which may be due to the ongoing works there.
· The company ‘Gleeson’s’ had made a request to find a group of young people/sports club to award £500 to, so Councillor Nickson put forward the local Junior Bowling Club for the award as lots of local children regularly attend.
· Dean Farm, Balderstone – The consultation on the planning application resulted in a few concerns being raised by members of the public on drainage/flooding and access issues, etc which Taylor Wimpey are addressing.
· Queensway resurfacing traffic management issues have been addressed now.
· Pothole issues raised at last forum – Checked and Highways advised that they have a 14 day turnover after marking the road to implement the repairs.
· Queens Drive traffic management previous issues seem to now be resolved.
· Councillor Meredith advised the forum that he had recently become a Governor of Sandbrook Community Primary School so can refer back any concerns if need be in the future.
· Universal Credit – Date for it to be implemented in the Rochdale area has been delayed. Advice and support being looked into for residents – more information at the next forum hopefully.
· Planning permission has now been submitted for the new health centre. CCG have stated that it won’t be open until December 2019. Residents expressed their disappointment and concerns for the elderly residents on the estate not having direct access to care on their doorstep. CCG have accepted an invitation to attend the next forum to address issues/concerns with any residents.
· Hill Top Drive development is moving very well and the development at the former Balderstone School site has commenced.
Councillor Meredith attended the Western/Christmas
community event. It was very well
attended and a success for the ward and community.
minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a true
Hill Top Drive overhanging
Date and time of next meeting
Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 6.30pm