Agenda item

Open Forum

Minutes:

Clay Lane/Furbarn Road - HGV Incident
A resident attended to advise the forum of the incident this week whereby a HGV reversed into his property causing substantial damage after wrongly accessing Clay Lane/Furbarn Road, Norden.  Previous incidents of similar occurrences on School Lane/Ashworth Road were also discussed.  Councillor Winkler advised that he was liaising with the Council’s Highways Department on the matter regarding more signage.  Discussion was then held as to what the best options were to deter HGV drivers accessing the roads; suggestions also included use of barriers, chicanes or bollards, etc.  A vote was taken by all in attendance at the forum to agree to signage being requested – unanimous support was given.
Progress since date of forum: The Council’s Highways Department have ordered new signage which will be paid for by Norden Ward Councillors using Township Funds.

Woodhouse Lane – HGV Damage
A resident reported a recent incident whereby an articulated lorry, wrongly accessing the top of the narrow lane, demolished a wall and took out a highway mirror and lamppost.  Councillor Winkler advised he will also raise this issue with Highways.  A vote was taken by all in attendance at the forum to agree to signage being requested – unanimous support was given.
Progress since date of forum: The Council’s Highways Department have ordered new signage which will be paid for by Norden Ward Councillors using Township Funds.

Cutgate Precinct – Car Park Potholes
Residents complained that the situation regarding the formation of potholes in the Cutgate Precinct car park needed immediate attention again.
Progress since date of forum: The contractor on behalf of the Council’s Highways Department has completed works to the potholes.

Fly tipping – Norden
Incidents of fly-tipping have increased across the ward.  Areas include near Owd Betts, Greenbooth and Red Lumb.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s Environmental Management Department and Public Realm Inspector.

Littering – Woodhouse Lane, Norden
Increase in the littering at the top end of Woodhouse Lane.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s Environmental Management Department and Public Realm Inspector.

Overgrown Borders Obstructing Pavements – Norden
Residents commented that there was an increasing problem across the ward regarding overgrown residential bushes and borders encroaching onto the pavements obstructing passers-by.
Action: Councillor Winkler to raise the matter with the Council’s Environmental Management Department and Public Realm Inspector.

Whitefield Avenue – Potholes
A resident reported a number of potholes on Whitefield Avenue needing attention; 2 are located at the far end of the T-junction/cul-de-sac and 2 on the lane itself.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s Highways Department.

Industry Street, Norden – Pothole
A resident reported a pothole on Industry Street needing attention.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with the Council’s Highways Department.

Chairs Final Update

·           Norden Carnival will be held on Saturday 16 June 2018 from 1pm.  All residents are welcome to go along and support and enjoy the celebration.  The theme this year will be ‘In Bloom’.

·           The judges of the In Bloom competition are keen to see community participation in the forthcoming judging days of the event which will be on 3 and 4 July 2018 and 9 August 2018 (National judging day).  An extension to the area of woodland near Pippin Hill is a small project being undertaken within the ward by Moss Row Community Allotments Society, as is another project by The Friends of Ashworth Valley.  Thanks to all who get involved.