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Contact: Tracey Knight - Tel No. 01706 922227
Introductions, Apologies and Code of Conduct PDF 80 KB
chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and introductions were
PACT - Greater Manchester Police
Police introduced themselves and gave the following
17 reported burglaries, 9 of them were through insecurities and
could have been avoided. The forum were
encouraged to lock their windows and doors, keep valuables and keys
out of sight and leave a light on, don’t be an easy
A known car thief is currently serving a three month jail sentence;
the figures for motor vehicle crime should reduce as a
consequence. Residents reported several
sightings of a vehicle driving at speed throughout Milnrow and The Cray; the details were given to the
The reduction in ASB figures reflects the recent move, out of the
area, of a key offender. Following
usual trends, figures should continue to decrease moving into the
autumn and winter months.
The Police advised that Operation Dark Nights will soon
commence. Residents were advised to
leave low energy lights on during the dark nights as it acts as a
deterrent for would be burglars. ASB is
expected to increase around Halloween and Bonfire
Night. Issues can be reported to the
Police on 101 or to Rochdale Council on 0300 303 8878.
Off road bikes and quads are still causing a nuisance in
Milnrow and Newhey villages. The
Police advised that they need to catch offenders in the act to be
able to enforce the law; Police Officers are not permitted to chase
offenders on their bikes because of the associated high
risks. Residents advised that the
culprits have been on a community Facebook site condoning their
Sgt Martin and his officers were thanked for their commitment and
dedication in their policing of the Pennines area, and they were
also thanked for their honesty in their advice and open and frank
Action 1: Interrogate social media for quad bike
offender intelligence (GMP)
Minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising PDF 75 KB
minutes of the previous meeting were accepted as a correct record,
and the following action updates were given:
Action 1: Dale Mill Squatters
The Police and
Councillors confirmed this is no longer an issue. Security continues to patrol the site.
Action 2: Community Speed Watch – The
The Police advised that Milnrow and The Cray are not currently registered
as a Community Concern Area.
Action 3: Request a Traffic Survey of The Cray
The forum was advised that the
Township has funded a traffic survey for The Cray; the consultation
may still be open for comment via Rochdale Council’s website.
The area of consultation has already
been defined; additional areas cannot be added at this late
Action 4: Princess Road Weed Spraying
An update from Environmental
Management was provided. The first weed
treatment started in the second week of April and was completed by
mid-May. The second treatment started
on 22 July 2016 and is still in progress due to poor weather.
It should be completed in the next few
weeks. The Council are considering
starting the third spray as soon as this one is finished which
should be sufficient until next season.
Action 5: Grot Spot Rear of Rochdale Road
resident confirmed the clean-up had taken place.
Action 6: Litter Rear of Kingsway Retail
The area had been litter-picked twice since the last
Action 7: Lack of Speed Limit Signage in Firgrove
Response received from Highways -
Rochdale Road, Firgrove has a system of
street lamps and therefore the national speed limit of 30mph
applies. Signs are only provided where
there are street lamps and a speed limit different to that of the
national speed limit.
Action 8: Public Footpaths Blocked in Milnrow
The forum was advised that the
public rights of way in the area had been walked by John Edge who
hadn’t found any issue with them being blocked.
given by Councillor Davidson on behalf of the Friends of
Milnrow Clock as follows:
Andrew Kelly Estate Agents have spoken to the clock
owner on behalf of the Friends of Milnrow Clock. The
group have now received the conditions by which they need to abide
in order to proceed; the conditions are there to protect the nearby
The group are concentrating their efforts in
determining the clock’s history; local schools are encouraged
to get involved. The Youth Service
offered to assist with the young people they work with.
Once the history had been determined, the next step
would be to apply for Heritage Lottery funding to restore/replace
Litter Bin on Canal
A resident made
a request for a litter bin to be installed near to the canal at the
start of the Barrett’s Estate on Rochdale Road.
Action 2: Establish if a litter bin meets the criteria
for this area (Tracey Knight)
Chemical Smell on Rochdale Road
The residents updated the
forum that the smell hadn’t been as noticeable
recently. The diary sheets had been
completed and returned to the Council but had not been received by
the Public Protection Department; the source of the smell has not
yet been identified. Other residents
complained about a similar smell at Albert Royds Street.
Hollingworth Grange Residents Association
Residents reported issues
with the flow of water in the stream on Water Lane, and debris
needs clearing to improve the movement.
Councillors advised that they have met with the Environment Agency
to make them aware of the stream and discuss the
issues. Work is ongoing.
There is also an issue regarding gates that have been installed
that possibly block a public right of way. Councillor Davidson was aware of the issue and
will speak to the Council’s Planning Department to raise the
Flooding in Milnrow
A discussion took place regarding
the large amount of recent rainfall causing flash floods and the
impact of this on local shops, businesses and the community as a
whole. It was acknowledged that the
drains are not able to cope with the volume of water that
falls. Highways are undertaking a
project to investigate how to improve the functionality of the
surface water drainage system in this area. As part of this there will be a CCTV survey of the
drains on Dale Street and Kiln Lane.
Gullies are also being repaired ahead of schedule which should
their improve performance in this critical area.
The forum was informed that
the perpetrator of illegal dumping in the brook has admitted
responsibility and is currently awaiting charges.
Planning on Cleveland Drive and Avenue Severn
Residents were concerned that the land in between
these two streets was being developed for housing without
submitting a planning application and receiving
approval. The Council confirmed they
hadn’t received a planning application for this
area. Councillors also confirmed the
Planning Enforcement Officer is dealing with the case.
The existing graffiti on the
subway walls has recently been painted over and whited out; a
resident advised that more graffiti has now appeared. It was discussed that it is impossible to stop it
happening but the Council will remove any offensive graffiti.
Firgrove Playing Fields
There are a number of ongoing issues in
this area; a resident would like to know what date the Council took
over the responsibility of the playing fields.
Action 3: Report the issues to Rochdale Council’s
Estates and establish the date on the deeds (Tracey
Local Bus Service Changes
There was a discussion about the
impact of the withdrawal and changes of the local bus
services. A petition has been
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