Agenda item

Open Forum


Footpaths update
Mr Oliver provided the following information:

·           The public Rights of Way from School Lane to Paper House Bridge and over land at Paper House Bridge will be upgraded to a public bridleway, together with the diversion of Hey Fp11 and RocE Fp43 near the Three Owls Bird Sanctuary.

·           There are damaged stiles at Sidholme Farm near Woodhouse Lane and a damaged gate under Hunger Hill.

·           There is a damaged gate at Woodhouse Lane and a damaged gate at the boardwalk over Woodhouse Lane Brook.

·           Footpath RocB Fp9 at Shawfield Stones Farm is obstructed by a locked gate.  This is a long standing complaint by both the Ramblers and the Rochdale CHA Rambling Club, which dates back to 2015.


The Chair thanked Mr Oliver for his continued efforts on behalf of all footpath users.  The Chair also thanked Julie Simpson and her apprentice Harriet Morley.

Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum
The group is currently awaiting an environmental impact assessment, the journey will then continue via the Council, consultation, examination and referendum.  The group is aware of a planned housing development at Spring Mill in Whitworth (Rossendale) and will be asking the developer to consider the Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Plan as part of their pre-application consultation.  The Chair also expressed his concern about the potential impact of the Spring Mill development on the Broadley Fold and Prickshaw Conservation Area.

The Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Plan is a useful tool in building a positive relationship with developers, and there is an opportunity for Norden to be in the same position should Norden develop its own plan.

The forum is looking for funding to install gates on the moors, unfortunately despite there being many grants available, the majority of funding is revenue and not suitable for such a scheme.

St. Paul’s Church barrier
The car park belongs to the Parish Council, who are not obliged to allow access.  The car park has been closed off due to anti-social behaviour.  As the car park has the potential to make a difference to parking problems in the village it was felt that the Parish Council should be approached.
Action: Councillor Gartisde to raise question of an opening time system with the Church Council.

Whitefield Avenue/Moor Hill Path
The grass has not been cut, please can this be reported.
Action: Townships to raise the matter with Environmental Management Service.

Potholes/Blocked gulleys

A request was made that Edenfield Road be inspected for potholes, from the former bus terminus and car park, up to the White Lion.

A request was made that the gulleys on School Lane, between the brook and Waterloo Farm, be cleaned before the onset of Winter.
Action: Townships to raise the matters with the Highways Service.

Chair’s final update

·           There will be a family fit and fun day at Jubilee Park on 22 September 2018, jointly organised by Friends of Jubilee Park and Activate.

·           The new NEEVA calendar is available from the end of September and costs £4.

·           There will be a Halloween Party at Jubilee Park on 27 October 2018.

·           The NEEVA Christmas Lights Switch On will take place on 29 November 2018.

·           The Chair congratulated Roy Downs and Paul Ellison on their appointments as Chair and Vice Chair of the Rochdale In Bloom group.