PCSO 65125, PCSO 65409 and PCSO 70665 attended the meeting for this item.
The Forum was informed of the following:
- In the last ten weeks 34 vehicles had been seized by GMP. The reasons for this included vehicles that had been abandoned or stolen, vehicles without tax, insurance and MOT’s and driver offences of alcohol and drug driving.
- Due to recent events in New Zealand patrols have been focussed on visiting Mosques throughout Rochdale to provide reassurance for local communities.
A number of residents raised concerns about safety at Mosques. Following discussion the Forum was advised that Rochdale Council of Mosques will be leading on this issue and working with partner agencies to put security measures in place. Operation Ramadan will also play an important role in addressing safety concerns.
- Operation Considerate Vehicle was recently undertaken in the Ward in conjunction with HM Revenue and Customs, Fraud Investigators, Licencing, Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, Department of Work and Pensions and High Court Enforcement. This exercise resulted in numerous driving offences being identified including the non-wearing of seat belts, using mobile phones, tinted windows, speeding, no insurance, no tax, no MOT and drug driving.
It is planned to undertake a similar operation in the near future.
- A number of arrests for drug related offences have also occurred in the Ward.
- Operation Streetshield is ongoing targeting prostitution in the Ward mainly around Lincoln Street.
- An initiative – ‘Safe Plate’ – will be undertaken in the Ward once a suitable venue can be found. The purpose of this initiative is to combat number plate thefts.
- More opportunities for local residents to attend GMP operations will be made available.
The following issues were raised by residents:
- Anti-Social Behaviour in Broadfield Park and around the garages (Vivian Street, Ashfield Road, Kensington Street)
- Off Road Bikes causing a nuisance.
It was advised that GMP has a specialist off-road bike team, however this operates with limited resources covering the GMP area. GMP also has a no pursuit policy.
- Reference was made to children being used to deal drugs, known as County Lines, in the Ward.
It was advised that specialist teams deal with this nationwide problem.
- A resident commented that the community had lost trust in public services and more had to be done to re-engage with the public. Concerns were raised about the ineffectiveness of the 101 reporting mechanism and that more needed to be done to promote how the community can communicate with GMP. The live chat facility was cited as an example.
- A lengthy discussion took place about ASB in an around Pioneer Street. Residents were experiencing groups of young people congregating in the area, many in vehicles, playing loud music, smoking and generally causing a disturbance.
The Township and Engagement Officer acknowledged this had been raised previously and concerns had been passed to the Community Safety Team. GMP also confirmed that they had visited the site and spoken to those present, however no criminal activity was identified. In addition reports received by GMP about ASB via the reporting mechanisms for the area are low. Residents were encouraged to report incidents with as much information as possible. GMP commented that they would re-visit the area.
It was also reported that Highways would not support the installation of a barrier to stop non-residents entering the area.
It was also suggested that the new development in the area may resolve the problem.
- In addition to the concerns raised regarding ASB on Pioneer Street, problems of parking were also identified. It was commented that the parking problems are being caused by commuters who cannot access the Metro Link Car Park.
It was commented that it is difficult to stop this when no parking restrictions are in force and it is unlikely that any parking restrictions would be considered.