Agenda and minutes

Venue: Bamford Chapel, Norden Road, Rochdale OL11 5PQ. View directions

Contact: Stuart Hay 

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Welcome, Introductions and Apologies


The Chair welcomed all to the meeting.


Code of Conduct pdf icon 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 meeting.


Police And Communities Together


PS 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 with.

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 phoned in.

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


Great 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 all.

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 up.

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 Action Group.

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.


Open Forum


No items were raised.

Friends of Bamford
Susan 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.  All welcome.

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 forward.

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 independent.

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  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Date and time of the next meeting


Monday 28 February 2022 at 6.30pm in Bamford Chapel