Venue: Bamford Chapel, Norden Road, Rochdale OL11 5PQ. View directions
Contact: Stuart Hay
Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
welcomed all to the meeting.
Code of Conduct PDF 15 KB
A copy of
the code of conduct was circulated with the papers, and all were
asked to abide by the code for the duration of the
Police And Communities Together
Brendan Walsh, PC Martin Giblin and PC
Saba Twidale presented the crime statistics from July to
date. There had been 13 thefts, 5
commercial burglaries and 18 domestic burglaries with a spike in
August and 25 thefts of and from motor vehicles. The good news is that due to several significant
arrests of offenders the figures have reduced.
Burglary is a GMP priority and locally a Neighbourhood Task Force
has been set up and a designated burglary crime car is now on
response alongside PCSOs making effective enquiries. Priority offenders have been identified and they
are being targeted, checked and visited.
More Community WhatsApp groups are setting up and being encouraged
as they are very useful and work effectively alongside
Neighbourhood Watch Schemes. An
Administration Person is nominated and kept in regular touch
Traffic operations are planned to combat speeding vehicles.
Neighbourhood Officers are now trained
in the use of calibrated speed guns and authorised to enforce and
issue Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notices,
so can be flexible and target the area and not be solely reliant on
centralised Force resources to do so.
Bids will also be made for those centralised resources to set up
traffic operations for any motoring offences together with other
agencies. It was asked if unmarked
Police vehicles could be used to combat speeding and it was
confirmed that they could but would have to be used in conjunction
with liveried vehicles.
The Chief Constable is working towards improvements in GMP systems,
getting back to basics, protecting the Neighbourhood Teams for
effective local policing, increasing Custody Staff to deal with
extra arrests and increasing centralised traffic resources.
A resident reported that vehicles are parking up in the early hours
on Jowkin Lane and one was there last
Saturday at 0130 hours. Any suspicions
should be called in on the 101 number, alternatively online via the
GMP website which is immediate and creates a log as if it had been
It was asked if the submission of dash cam footage would be useful.
It was confirmed that footage does get
submitted and it will be looked at.
One of the speed warning signs on Norden Road has been removed and the other is not
working. Highways will be chased up on
both the replacement of one and fixing of the other.
Ward Councillors Report
and exciting news is the new Scout Hut building on Dixon Fold that
was built on the footprint of the old. Volunteers raised £300,000 to make it
possible and Ward Councillors supplemented it with £10,000.
The Scout Hut has excellent facilities
and a kitchen, and there will be an official opening. It will be a fabulous community centre for
Christmas lights for the Oulder Hill
Shopping area have been funded. Street
Lighting will be asked to install them soonest and the Norden Christmas lights will also be chased
Case work and issues including road conditions and speeding
vehicles continue to be dealt with and work with a cross party
working group with GMP is ongoing as is work with The Green Belt
A lot of work has been carried out on the front garden of Bamford
Chapel. Community Payback have been
used and it won an Outstanding North West In Bloom Award. Friends
of Bamford also won an Outstanding Award for creating a really well
used community area with carvings and benches.
No items were raised.
Friends of Bamford
Smith, Chair of The Friends of Bamford Group, reported that since
the threat of more housing and building on Green Belt in 2017, it
was a real catalyst for The Friends of Bamford Group to grasp the
nettle when over 300 people took part in a protest walk and voiced
their opinion. The group have continued to work including
throughout difficult times complying with Pandemic Regulations over
the last two years and work towards bringing a real sense of
community spirit to Bamford. During
this time Mother Nature took over the community garden but hard
work saw an entry to North West In Bloom It’s Your
Neighbourhood and a win of a Level Five Outstanding Award.
Contractors will be clearing the area
soon and further benches and trees are on order.
Excellent connections and partnership working with the Bowling Club
and Football Club have been established and litter picks and clean
ups have taken place. Plans are in
place for 2022 for community planting days, events and fund
raising. More volunteers are required.
Community days from 11am to 1pm on the
first Sunday in the month will start up again in March 2022.
A Community Christmas Carol singing event has been arranged from
4.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday 12 December 2021 with a brass band,
Santa, mulled wine, mince pies and free gifts for children.
The group’s Annual General Meeting will take place in the
lounge of Bamford Bowling Club at 7pm on Monday 31 January 2022
which will be followed by an Open Forum where questions can be
asked and suggestions and ideas can be put
Green Belt Action Group
Tim O’Brien and Anne Ridley provided an
update on Places For Everyone, the changed name of
the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, that is now a 16 year
plan as opposed to the original 20 years. Following two periods of consultation, the final
date to object was 3 October 2021 and the proposals are now with
Government. Despite the change of name
it is predominantly the same as when it was first manifested with
450 houses proposed up the road from The Chapel.
A major land owner does not want any of their land built on at all.
Government Minister Michael Gove is to
appoint Planning Inspectors, which is hoped will be completely
The process for objecting was extremely complicated, difficult to
navigate and constrained by criteria, however, a very well
evidenced set of nineteen page objections by the group was
submitted, various objector groups assisted each other through good
networking and thousands of objections have been submitted overall.
Places For Everyone states these houses
are needed yet no study has ever been undertaken and there are
enough Brownfield sites to build on. Different population projection figures are
floating about, but none justify the need for building these houses
and there is no infrastructure, public transport or facilities to
support them and the anticipated increase in vehicles will
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Date and time of the next meeting
28 February 2022 at 6.30pm in Bamford Chapel