Agenda item

Open Forum


 The following issues were raised;


1.    A discussion took place about the poor attendance at recent Area Forum meetings.


It was agreed that more should be done to promote the Forum meetings. Mosque’s, social media, Community Centre’s and Crescent Radio being identified as possible options for raising the profile of the Area Forum.


2.    The Forum was informed that five listening events have been organised to provide residents with the opportunity to inform the Council of areas in the Ward that suffer from highway related problems.


These sessions follow on from and support the recent traffic survey that was undertaken in the Ward.


The dates and times of the sessions are as follows;


-       Deeplish Community Centre – 10th January 2018 – 6.15pm – 7.15pm


-       Deeplish Community Centre – 15th January 2018 – 10am – 12noon


-       Deeplish Community Centre – 22nd January 2018 – 6pm – 7pm


-       Castlemere Community Centre – 29th January 2018 – 6pm – 7pm


-       Rochdale Town Hall – 31st January 2018 – 6pm – 7pm


           A resident provided suggestions for road layout changes in the area.

          These will be passed to Highways for consideration as part of this



3.    Residents raised concerns about the number of homeless people that appear in the Ward and the procedures that exist in the area to help these individuals. Several concerns were raised about the welfare of these individuals.


It was suggested that someone from the Homelessness Team at Rochdale Borough Council and / or PETRUS be invited to a future meeting to discuss this issue.


4.    A resident expressed his concerns about the number of cars being sold by traders in the area around Castlemere Street which aggravated the congestion and parking problems in the area.


The Public Realm Inspector outlined the legal process that applies to cars being sold on the highway. Action can only be taken if cars displaying ‘for sale’ signs, and the same contact numbers are being sold within a distance of 50 metres. Residents were encouraged to provide as much information as possible if they were aware of incidents were the illegal selling of cars was occurring.


5.    A resident reported littering is occurring on Leicester Street.


6.    A resident reported that Kent Street Car Park is in need of repair as many of the concrete blocks are loose and potentially dangerous.


7.    It was commented that the double yellow lines on Milkstone Place required reinstating.


8.    A concern was raised about the same issues being discussed at successive Area Forums and there was a need to restrict the same issue being raised time and time again. For example Rochdale Township Committee’s Governance Procedures state that a question on the same or similar topic cannot be submitted to the Open Forum of the Committee within a six month period.


Although the reasons for this suggestion was fully understood, the practicalities of managing this proposal in an Area Forum setting would be difficult.