Agenda item

Open Forum

Minutes:

Equalities Listening Event
The borough wide Equalities Listening Event is on Tuesday 16 June 2015 from 10am to 2pm at Middleton Arena with registration from 9.15am, admission is free and a light lunch will be served. The event is a chance for people to give their views about how Rochdale Council’s services are being delivered in the borough and suggest ideas for improvement. To book a place either telephone Sally Atueyi on 01706 925631 or email equalitieslisteningevent@rochdale.gov.uk.

Bagslate Moor Road Speeding Vehicles
Speeding on Bagslate Moor Road near the golf course is occurring at all times of day and night. PC Ibbotson is aware of the problem and will show a presence to act as a deterrent and request enforcement action. A speed survey has been carried out previously but the average speed is low no doubt due to the periods when traffic is at a standstill.

Planning Application to extend the Dentists and Mojito’s Wine Bar
The proposed extensions to the Dentists and Mojito’s Wine Bar on Bamford Precinct is of real concern on grounds of severe noise nuisance, anti-social behaviour, parking problems and safety of drivers and pedestrians. The planning application will be on the agenda of an upcoming Rochdale Township Planning Sub Committee, possibly on 7 July 2015, although the agenda is not yet set.  Check on the Council’s website, under the Council and Democracy link, any meeting dates and view the agenda and public papers to be presented to the meetings. Residents can access online The National Planning Policy Framework or the Unitary Development Plan for guidance. Councillor Sullivan has instructed the Council’s Licensing Service Manager to complete a report.

Residents want to hold a meeting of their own prior to this application being considered to pull all views together and pick a spokesperson to represent them at the Planning Sub Committee meeting. The residents meeting date was set at 6.30pm on Monday 22 June 2015 at Bamford Chapel.

Footpath off Bamford Way Clearance
The signed public footpath off Bamford Way between Martlett Avenue and Winchester Close going towards Teal Court is impassable due to overgrown vegetation and needs clearing.
Action: Request Clean and Green Team to clear the area (Stuart Hay)

Bamford and Norden Post Offices
The potential relocation of both Bamford Post Office in to the Premier Store and Norden Post Office in to the newsagents was discussed. A letter sent by the Post Office was made available to all that contained details of the consultation which is open from 29 May 2015 to 10 July 2015. It was accepted that relocation is better than a complete closure and loss of service and that in the case of the Premier Store opening hours could actually be longer.

War Office Road Tree and Diggles Lane/Dixon Fold Planters
Councillor Gartside has requested the tree in the roundabout at the top of War Office Road be replaced and it was clarified that responsibility to plant up the planters on Diggles Lane and Dixon Fold is that of the residents. Councillor Sullivan will speak with them.

Ward Councillors Surgeries
The Ward Councillors hold a surgery form 10am to 11am on the first Thursday of each month in Bamford Chapel (although the surgery often goes beyond 11am).

Ward Councillors contact details are available on the Council website:

Councillor Ian Duckworth - telephone 01706 648393 or
email:
ian.duckworth@rochdale.gov.uk
Councillor Jane Gartside - telephone 01706 658443 or 07812 228281 or
email:
jane.gartside@rochdale.gov.uk

Councillor Pat Sullivan - telephone 0161 762 1129 or 07967 985240, or
email: p
atricia.sullivanrRochdale.gov.uk

Township Officer Stuart Hay - telephone 01706 922230 or
email
stuart.hay@rochdale.gov.uk