Agenda item

Open Forum


The following issues were discussed;


1.    Milkstone Road Traffic Regulation Order


Representatives from the community attended the meeting to express their concerns about the proposed Milkstone Road Traffic Regulation Order that had been advertised in the area recently.


In summary the concerns focussed upon;


-       The proposals having a significant knock-on effect of displacing traffic into side streets adjacent to Milkstone Road which would become problematical for resident parking.


-       Difficulties the proposals would have in relation to the collection of waste from businesses and the inconvenience that would be caused for business owners and employees to park near to their place of employment.


It was explained that the proposals had materialised following the   consultation events that were held in the Ward approximately 18  months ago and comments received about parking / congestion problems that where being experienced by residents and businesses on Milkstone Road.


A lengthy discussion took place which included comments being made in relation to residential parking permits and the number of parking spaces that would be available on Milkstone Road if the proposals where agreed.


In response to a question it was confirmed that four formal objections and a petition, signed by approximately 80 residents had been received in connection with the traffic regulation order. It was also commented that the objectors had been contacted directly.


The Forum was advised that this issue would be discussed at the Rochdale South Township Action and Resources Delegated Sub - Committee to be held at Number One Riverside on Wednesday 10 July 2019, commencing 6pm. Residents were encouraged to attend.


2.    Anti-Social Behaviour – Clara Street


A petition was presented in relation to the above matter. It was commented that the petition would be passed to the appropriate service.


3.    Castlemere Street / Mere Street – One-Way System


A lengthy discussion took place about the problems being experienced on the above streets due to speeding vehicles. Residents suggested that the introduction on a one-way system on both streets would be beneficial.


It was commented that this issue was raised during the consultation exercise that was undertaken in the Ward some months ago where Highways stated they would not support an initiative of this nature – costs and safety concerns being cited as the primary reasons


4.    Bollards – Tweedale Street


The Forum was informed that the above request had been forwarded to Highway Maintenance for a quote which was still outstanding.


It was commented that the installation of bollards in this area may hinder businesses loading / unloading.


5.    Signs – Tweedale Street / Mere Street


It was confirmed that these signs would be moved, however a time frame cannot be given for when this work will be completed.


6.    Pothole Repairs


A resident commented about the poor standard of work in relation to the above.


7.    Bollards – Mere Street


A resident asked if bollards could be placed on Mere Street adjacent to the chippy to deter vehicles parking at this busy junction.


8.    Devon Street Parking


A resident asked who owned the land on Devon Street as cars are being advertised for sale in the area.


9.    Stoneyfield Park


A resident asked if it would be possible for benches and picnic table to be installed on this site which the Forum supported.


It was explained that approximately 14k has been ringfenced to this important project although it is accepted that additional funding will be required if the site is to be developed.


10. New Mosque – Ashfield Road


Concerns were raised about the potential congestion the above would cause in the area. It was stated that residents would be encouraged to visit the Mosque which is nearest to them which in turn would hopefully minimise the potential for increased congestion.



11.Residential Development – Durham Street Area


A resident raised concerns about the additional congestion that would be caused as a result of the new residential development in the Durham Street area of the Ward.


It was stated that Highways have input into planning applications.


12.Kent Street – One-Way System


The Forum was informed that the above project will be going to the Committee in July to seek funding for the scheme.


13.Members / Ward Funds


Members Funds – 2k per Councillor

Ward Funds – 6k


14.Castlemere Community Centre


In response to a question it was explained that Castlemere Community Centre is used extensively for a variety of programmes.


15.Neighbourhood Watch


The Forum was informed of an event that is taking place at Castlemere Community Centre on Friday 21 June, 5pm – 9pm as part of  Neighbourhood Watch Awareness Week. Residents were encouraged to attend the event