Agenda and minutes

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Introductions, Apologies and Code of Conduct pdf icon PDF 80 KB


Councillor Butterworth chaired the meeting, everyone was welcomed, and the code of conduct was referred to.


PACT - Greater Manchester Police


PS Richard Price introduced himself and PC Martin Adams to the meeting  PS Price has taken over as Neighbourhood Beat Sergeant covering Pennines and other wards within the Rochdale Borough.

PS Price is aware of some of the anti-social behaviour (ASB) issues and recognises the need for clear lines of communication.  A discussion took place about funding cuts resulting in the lack of resources and policing in Milnrow and Newhey.  Residents expressed their concern at the lack of responses, communications and reporting difficulties and lack of faith in action being taken and concerns being addressed.

The following issues were raised and discussed:

·         The 101 non-emergency reporting process isn’t working; residents are unable to get through when they ring to report crimes or share intelligence, calls are terminated after 30 minutes and the calls are chargeable which inhibits some calls from being made.  GMP advised the importance of reporting crimes and reassured residents that improving technology is a continual process.

·         There were a number of reports detailing a group of young people in the village who are running riot and terrorising the community.  There doesn’t appear to be any consequences for them; they have free reign to continue with their threatening and abusive behaviour.  Whilst GMP understands residents’ concerns about the lack of responses, they stressed the importance of reporting every incident to the Police and getting crimes logged officially.  The GMP website has an interactive facility that allows the public to interact via live chat; residents can report ASB and share intelligence using this service.  In the past there was good communication and relations with the community and GMP, however, this has become virtually non-existent.  GMP recognise this is an issue.

·         Vulnerable members of the community feel more at risk; there is concern that they will become isolated and may become easy targets.

·         An incident was recounted that occurred late last year which was reported via 999.  Residents were targeted by a large number of youths, some were brandishing iron bars, wooden stakes and glass bottles, who used aggressive and threatening behaviour.  There has been no response or contact from GMP despite it being reported that they were in immediate danger.  Residents now feel that they may have to take action themselves, in any future situations, as they feel there is no alternative or protection available.  Whilst GMP realise this is unacceptable they also advised that a vigilante approach is also unacceptable.

Action 1: Investigate this issue as a priority and feedback to residents (PS Price)

·         A discussion took place about ASB on Metrolink.  Residents were advised that the ASB in the village is linked and there has been a multi-agency group identified who are meeting to address such issues.  The group includes Officers from Rochdale Council, Travel Safe, GMP and TfGM.

·         The Pub Watch model was discussed as some of the offenders are minors so their photos are not allowed to be distributed.

·         A previous meeting had taken place with a PCSO to discuss the ASB issues.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.


Minutes of the previous meeting and matters arising pdf icon PDF 67 KB


The minutes of the last meeting were accepted as a true record.


Promoting Social Cohesion


The agenda item was withdrawn as the Officers were unable to attend.


Open Forum


A resident submitted a letter which expressed concern about the pollution levels given the recent reports of high levels of pollution in Sudden, Castleton.
Action 3: Request pollution levels are checked in Firgrove (Tracey Knight)

Rochdale Road pot holes
It was reported that there is a large pot hole on Rochdale Road outside the Crown and Shuttle PH and one outside Crossgates School.
Action 4: Report the pot holes to Highways for inspection (Tracey Knight)

Tribute was paid to the late Paul Kettle, Chair of Milnrow and Districts Carnival Committee, who recently passed away.


Milnrow Clock Update


Councillor Kelly requested that the agenda item at future meetings be renamed to ‘External Funding Projects’ to include updates on Milnrow Clock, Ellenroad and the St James War memorial restoration.  The following updates were given:

·         The Friends of Milnrow Clock have enlisted the help of a solicitor, free of charge, to oversee the transfer of the clock ownership.  In order to secure external funding, a project around education will accompany the clock restoration.

·         Ellenroad Committee are scoping projects with a view to applying for HLF funds.  The Committee intend to commission a longer term business plan.

·         St James War Memorial Restoration Group is applying for HLF funds and they will use match funding from the church.  The group intend to apply for Township funds for the path improvements.


Councillor Butterworth advised that he has secured Council funding to restore Milnrow Clock.  The Council’s legal department will draw up the lease and deeds.  A discussion took place regarding these details and the previous decisions made by Rochdale Council not to fund the works.  Councillor Butterworth agreed to provide an outline plan of works at the next meeting.

Action 5: Provide an outline plan for restoring the clock (Councillor Butterworth)


Any Other Business


Glyn Broady, Rochdale Council Public Realm Officer, introduced himself and gave a brief overview of his role and responsibilities.


Future Meeting Dates


29 March 2018

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PS Richard Price