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Introductions, Apologies and Code of Conduct PDF 80 KB
absence of Steve Lowe, Councillor Butterworth chaired the meeting.
Everyone was welcomed to the meeting
and introductions were made.
PACT - Greater Manchester Police
Police introduced themselves and gave the following updates.
has been a 50% reduction in crimes reported in the last three
months. This is a positive step forward and helps residents and the
community to feel safer. Of the burglaries that have taken place
half of them have been due to insecurities at properties and
vehicles. Residents were urged to secure their homes, cars and
outbuildings and keep car keys out of arms reach and out of
Travellers in Kingsway
The Police advised that
they are currently monitoring the situation, and there have been no
major problems reported to the Police.
The Council and other agencies also deal with reports of travellers
and it is important to report issues as soon as possible.
Vandalism & Burglaries in Milnrow
There were reports of possible
sightings of squatters in Dale Mill. The Police are unaware of any
reports but will clarify the situation. A resident advised that
there has been 24 hour security in place on the site for the past
Action 1: Establish the current situation regarding
squatters in Dale Mill (PCSO Broome)
Community Speed Watch on The Cray
their concerns about the speed of vehicles traveling through the
estate. One particular vehicle has been recorded
travelling at 64mph; this is an obvious concern for the residents
in this area.
Action 2: Request Community Speed Watch vehicle
Action 3: Report the issues to the Ward Councillors with the
request for a traffic speed survey (Tracey Knight)
The forum agreed the priorities as
Minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising PDF 80 KB
minutes of the last meeting were agreed as a true record.
The following action updates were given –
Bealcroft Walk Signage
It was clarified that the Council paid for
the relocation of the signage.
Road Sweeper, Weir Road
The issues had been
reported to the charge hand at Environmental Management.
HGVs on Bridge Street
confirmed that HGVs are permitted to use the right hand lane on
Bridge Street when turning left on to the Elizabethan Way provided
they are signalling, other motorists have to give way as per the
Highway Code. This applies to any difficult junctions that HGVs
have to negotiate.
Work on Water Lane
Officers have advised that they are unaware of any landfilling
approvals for this area.
Tree of Time: Rochdale Borough Timebank
attended for this agenda item.
following updates were given by Councillor Kelly on behalf of the
Friends of Milnrow Clock:
The clock is still in private ownership, the
transfer of the asset needs to be negotiated with the
The owner is currently overseas. He has given verbal
authority to the group to access the clock tower, however, the
group are pursuing confirmation of this in writing.
The group also need permission to repair or replace
the access ladder as it is in a bad state of repair and currently
poses a health and safety risk.
In 2017 it will be 50 years since the clock was last
Once the group own the clock funding can be applied
Waste Bin Assistance
A discussion took place regarding asylum seekers receiving
assistance with their waste collections. It was explained that this
was managed by Serco and not the Local Authority.
Manhole Cover on Rochdale Road
A resident reported that the manhole cover on
Rochdale Road, opposite the entrance to Dalton Close, was extremely
noisy when vehicles drive over it and it was causing a disturbance
for nearby residents. The resident was advised that it was United
Utilities responsibility and, as it was painted with blue paint, it
is likely that work will take place soon to replace the frame and
Drainage on Rochdale Road
Prior to the
meeting, a resident had raised an issue of the poor drainage on
Rochdale Road causing a large amount of surface water to pool
opposite what used to be The Nelson public house. The resident was
advised that a works order had been raised and the blocked gully
will be cleaned in the next two days.
A further discussion took place regarding the flooding in
Milnrow and Littleborough. The Council are looking at flood
alleviation measures for Littleborough;
it is a long term issue.
The area has been subject to anti-social
behaviour and Councillors and Community Safety Officers have met on
site. Progress has stalled with the development. It was discussed
that the property may have been sold on again with planning
permission; it wouldn’t be unusual for this to happen.
Community Safety has informed the Police of the issues and the
Youth Service will do some engagement work with the young
Weeds on Princess Road
A resident complained
about the amount of weeds growing on the footway and along the
kerbs on Princess Road, Firgrove.
Action 4: Establish when the road is due for weed
spraying (Tracey Knight)
Dale Mill Update
A discussion took place regarding the
sale of Dale Mill. It would appear the mill has been sold and
possibly sold on again; there are no visible signs of
HGVs in Milnrow and
A discussion took
place regarding HGVs driving through small villages when there are
alternative routes. It was explained that whilst residents would
prefer HGVs to take alternative routes to Kiln Lane and Rochdale
Road, the vehicles are permitted to drive on them and so there is
no restrictions that can be put into place. There is no easy
solution, the situation has been reported to the Greater Manchester
Spatial Framework meetings with the request that this be in the
plan for future development.
Clean and Green Team Request
A resident reported overgrown weeds at the rear of
Rochdale Road, Firgrove and requested
whether the community payback team could clear them. The resident
was advised that this would be added to the list for the
Council’s Clean and Green Team to undertake.
Action 5: Add the rear or Rochdale Road to the Clean
and Green list for a clean-up (Tracey Knight)
Dog Waste on Canal Towpath
A resident complained about
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