Venue: Littleborough United Reformed Church, Victoria Street, Littleborough
Contact: Tracey Knight - Tel No. 01706 922227
Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced himself and
PACT - Greater Manchester Police
Richard Price introduced himself and PCSO Alan Shaw to the
meeting. PS Price has taken over as
Neighbourhood Beat Sergeant covering Pennines and other wards
within the Rochdale Borough.
The Police stressed the importance of
reporting incidents on 101, although issues are discussed on social
media sites they still need to be logged using the correct
channels. GMP doesn’t have access
to closed groups on Facebook. Residents
expressed their frustration when trying to report crimes using 101;
it was acknowledged that this is a national issue. GMP’s website has a facility that allows you
to interact via live chat; you can report ASB and share
intelligence using this service.
A multi-agency task group has been set
up involving Officers from GMP, Rochdale Borough Council, Travel
Safe and TfGM, who are working in partnership to tackle the ASB
issues affecting Milnrow, Newhey and other areas within the
Borough. This initiative can have an
impact on Police resources that are available in other areas.
There has been a recent scourge in
Littleborough. GMP has made a recent
arrest and investigations are ongoing.
Policing Issues and Residents’ Concerns
A resident spoke about a recent issue
involving a number of fleet vehicles being broken into and having
tools stolen and the effect this had had on their
business. It’s not only the cost
of replacing the tools but the damage caused in gaining
entry. There is a spate of similar
local crimes recently and residents feel that GMP isn’t being
proactive in investigating the issues.
This issue is having a huge impact on individuals and businesses
when tools are stolen, and residents feel it is organised
crime. There were reports of GMP not
visiting the victims of crime which makes residents feel like
nothing is being done and discourages them from reporting
crimes. Concerns were raised following
recent discussions on social media of people taking things into
their own hands, and this was discouraged by GMP.
PS Price explained that resources are reduced and times have
changed, and there is a need to work more intelligently; there is a
need for improved communications.
Reported crimes are investigated despite victims not being visited
by a Police Officer. There have been a
couple of recent arrests for thefts from motor vehicles.
Residents expressed their concern at the lack of visible policing
patrols; again this is the result of reduced resources.
The Police clarified the function and powers of a PCSO; their key
role is being a visible presence, information gathering and
reassuring the community.
A resident spoke about a crime involving a bicycle being stolen and
the investigation work she undertook to recover the bike herself
and the risks involved. There is a
great strength in feeling by residents and communities being
targeted by these criminals. Residents
feel there is no deterrent for offenders and they have no
confidence in the CPS. Residents want
to protect their goods and their livelihoods and some appear
willing to take action themselves. Some
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Locality Plan Presentation - Phil Burton
Croasdale, CCG Programme Manager, gave
a presentation that detailed the strategy which aims to reduce
health and wellbeing inequalities between our most and least
deprived communities and between the Borough and the rest of
Greater Manchester. The five main
themes are Prevention and Access; Neighbourhoods and Primary Care;
In Hospital Care (planned or urgent care), Children Young People
and Families and Mental Health.
Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising PDF 77 KB
minutes of the last meeting were agreed as a correct record.
The following updates were
Ealees Parking Restrictions
objection report was discussed at Pennines Township Committee on 27
September 2017. The order will be
progressed as advertised.
Parking Issues on Hollingworth Road
Parking restrictions would allow the free flow of
traffic, however, it is likely that the parking issues would shift
to other local areas.
Smithy Bridge Road Crossing
that a desk top study has been carried out previously and was
discounted as there is no natural crossing area and the pavement is
too narrow in places to accommodate a crossing.
Weed Killing Programme
There are three treatments per year (weather
dependent) in April, June/July and September. It takes four to six weeks to complete the
treatment for the Borough.
Wildflower meadow on Calderbrook Terrace
A wildflower meadow in this area is not feasible as
it would be too dangerous rotavating
such a steep slope.
Barnes Meadow Clean and Green
This request was added
to the list. The clean-up has been completed.
Approved Funding Updates: Littleborough Library, silent disco; Littleborough Brass Band,
new instruments; Fothergill and Harvey Cricket Club, funding
pledge; Hare Hill Park, skate park improvements; Rakewood Road, 20mph zone and Shared Space Scheme;
Alderbank Grit Bin; Union Road Parking
Clean and Green Schemes: Todmorden Road
from Grove Lodge down to Elm Terrace; Path from Littleborough
Cricket Club to Littleborough Library in Hare Hill Park; Lincoln
Drive, Smithy Bridge; Timbercliffe
Estate; Calderbrook Road; Whitfield
Brow and Fair View; Town House Road; Carriage Drive; Brown Lodge
Drive; Alderbank, Wardle; Lightburn Avenue; Spinners Green; Halifax Road; New
The forum were
updated on the plans for a community toilet scheme in
Littleborough. Four premises have
signed up to the scheme which will allow visitors to use their
facilities without the need to make a purchase.
Safe Walking Routes
A discussion took place
about the need for safer walking routes to school; this was raised
due to the number of parked cars on pavements which obstructs the
passage of pushchairs. A parked vehicle
causing an obstruction is a matter for the Police. It was clarified that providing walking bus schemes
is not a statutory Council function. Councillor Emsley agreed to write to vehicle owners
if she was provided with the address.
Any Other Business
Residents reported that the
street lighting levels on Victoria Street and Hare Hill Road are
Action 3: Request lighting level inspection (Tracey
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PS Richard Price