Venue: Middleton Library, Long Street, Middleton M24 1AF
Contact: Lauren Mason - Tel. 01706 923124
Welcome and Introductions
All were welcomed to the meeting by the Chair, Councillor Donna Williams, and introductions took place. It was requested that mobile phones were switched off and put on to silent. Lauren gave a reminder for everyone to ensure they had signed in.
Apologies were noted as above.
Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising
Two amendments to the last meeting had been received via email prior to the meeting, which both asked for amends to item 4 Transport Issues:
· Councillor Boriss advised that the petition that he presented was in fact for the reinstatement of the route of the No. 12 bus service to include Baytree Lane, not the removal of the 415 and 58 services.
· A resident asked that the following statement be changed from; ‘A resident advised that Bowlee and Heywood Old Road have no effective bus service at all between 9.30am – 4pm, as the 167 only runs during rush hour, meaning residents living in this area have no other option than to drive’ and be amended to “The only bus is a circular bus from Middleton via Rhodes, Bowlee, Birch and back to Middleton. This service runs circa 0930 – 1600. Thus residents have no option other than driving to and from work. This occurred when the 167 was withdrawn some years ago residents had asked that the 167 service was reinstated as it served from Norden, through Heywood, Birch, Bowlee and onto Manchester. As this was an ideal bus service for commuters”.
All other items are to be covered under the agenda.
Street Cleaning, Clean & Green, Enforcement
A resident advised that a Pay & Display machine
has been installed on the Boars Head Car Park and queried if this
land is Council owned and whether the Council can undertake any
enforcement action regarding its removal. It was agreed that this situation would be
investigated and a response provided.
Lauren advised that Andrew Entwistle had sent his apologies and she read out a written update:
· Building works – Upgrade of ventilation system on poolside will improve its ambient temperature. The design means it’s always struggled to reach the right air temperature during winter which makes the pools feel cold.
· New furniture – Invested in new furniture front of house for customers to relax during the day and when attending events.
· Launched a pilot scheme for gymnastic baby stars with Beth Tweddle, Gymnastics for babies’ 0-24months. If the scheme is a success, Link4Life will look to expand it.
· The summer holiday programme is now available with activities for children during the school holidays. A two week play scheme will be running during the last two weeks of the six week holidays. Link4Life are also considering staging beach party fun sessions and dyeing the colour of the pool to a lagoon colour (this colour change would only last for a few hours and returns to the normal colour).
· The events programme is being worked on for next year with the new Head of Events and Entertainment. Cinderella is this year’s pantomime starring Maureen Nolan (one of the Nolan Sisters).
resident queried the advertisement of the Holiday@Home brochure, and they were advised that,
as in previous years, enough brochures are produced for every child
in Middleton delivered via schools.
Unfortunately, the schools don’t always deliver these
to children immediately and if anyone
is aware of any issues with delivery via a certain school these
details can be passed to Lauren to feedback to Link4Life.
Concerns were raised regarding a recent incident, where the 412
bus service, now run by Rosso, had no driver from
Oldham. Residents were asked to report
any bus issues, when they happen, via Lauren who will send these to
Councillor Burke, as he is the Council’s Transport
Representative. Lauren advised that the
report needs to happen when the incident happens as without details
such as the specific time and date these incidents cannot be
investigated by TfGM.
Middleton Town Centre Management
· Middleton Town Centre will be judged as part of the Middleton in Bloom competition this coming Monday (15 July 2019).
· Rochdale Council’s Licensing Department did a fantastic job concerning a problem which was raised at a previous meeting regarding Uber drivers congregating at McDonald’s in the Town Centre.
· The Town Centre Summer Events Programme starts on Saturday 27 July 2019 and runs for the next four weekends.
· A summer event will take place in the Town Centre on Saturday 24 August 2019.
· She will meet with Diane on a regular basis to walk around and discuss issues in the Town Centre, and she thanked Diane for agreeing to this arrangement.
· Additional flowers are being planted in the Town Centre and she agreed with an earlier comment made regarding how good the Town Centre looks at the moment.
· New roofs and backs have been ordered for the market stalls. This investment will help to protect the traders and their stock, especially in the winter months and it should make the market look more ‘uniform’ and create a better image.
· A discussion took place regarding the bee-hive which Middleton Shopping Centre has on the car park roof and residents felt that with bee populations currently in decline, this is an excellent idea.
· A discussion took place regarding a singer that currently performs within the Town Centre. She tries to work with all the users of the Town Centre to make sure there is no disruption caused to anyone due to performers being in the area.
Friends of Middleton View
· As discussed at the previous meeting, the Friends of Middleton View received a Township grant to replace the knee rail fencing around Tonge Fields. The knee rail has now been installed by the Green Volunteers and again Township were thanked for the funding received which enabled this scheme to go ahead.
Friends of Jubilee Park
· The Friends of Jubilee Park advised that the park has entered Middleton in Bloom as a ‘stand-alone’ scheme, and not part of the main Middleton In Bloom competition. They thanked Ian Trickett and the Environmental Management Team for their amazing work in helping to get the park ready for its judging day.
· Once the In Bloom judging has finished, the group plan to meet with Environmental Management Officers and the Township Chair and Vice Chair to undertake a walk-about in the Old Burial Ground next to St. Leonard’s to create a newer management plan for the area. The group were advised that funding may be available via an application to Township.
· Works to the Exedra and Bandstand have now been completed and again the group thanked Rochdale Council for all the support in getting these projects finished.
· Three new bins have been ordered for Jubilee Park and they will be installed over the coming months. Following a discussion concerning bins, a resident requested that a new bin be installed next to the bus stop, outside the park, on ... view the full minutes text for item 7.
Any other business (not already discussed on the agenda)
· Following a request at the last meeting where some groups asked to share their email addresses and contact information, Lauren advised that a sheet has been put on the table and those who wish to share contact details can do so via this sheet. Groups who have completed this sheet will receive a copy via email.
· St. Anne’s Academy has recently changed their lettings policy due to an increase in demand. A lettings company has been engaged and St Anne’s Academy can offer bookings up to 10pm.
· An open meeting to discuss the GMSF was requested. This request will be passed to Rochdale Council’s Planning Department.
· Lauren advised she has been working with colleagues in Environmental Management and the Friends of Group concerning the proposal to install another flag pole in Jubilee Park. This proposal would tie in with how Middleton Library would have looked initially as there was a flag pole originally located to the left of the building near to where the cycle rack stands currently. All those present in the meeting were supportive of this suggestion.
· A resident requested that signage be installed at the lower end of Wood Street to advise drivers that there may be older people present as seen in other areas due to the neighbouring sheltered accommodation. Lauren will pass this request to colleagues in Highways.
· A resident raised concerns about road markings and the speed humps near Mount Road. It was agreed that the information would be passed to Councillor Martin who will ask Highways Officers to check the height of the humps and road markings.
· Works to St Leonard’s Street are currently on the Highways list and the budget has already been allocated to this scheme, but there is presently a backlog and it will be carried out in due course.
· A Friends of group member advised that he wishes to formally thank all the other groups for their ongoing work, but felt that it is very unfair when other groups don’t respect the boundaries of each other and interfere unnecessarily at certain times of the year. It was agreed by all groups they needed to show courtesy to other groups, and their boundaries, which if they do cross then they should treat each other’s groups with courtesy and ensure a dialogue so everyone is aware of what is happening. Following a discussion about this situation and other groups advising that they were in agreement, the Township Chair agreed to write to the relevant officers about this matter and ask that reminders be sent out to all groups regarding their conduct.
Dates of future meetings