Agenda item

Minutes from the last meeting and matters arising


The minutes of the previous meeting held on 10 December 2019 were approved as a correct record.


Shawfield Lane Speed Signage
Residents previously requested action concerning speeding on Shawfield Lane stating that 20mph speed restriction signage needs improving.
Update - Townships raised the matter with Highways who assessed
the area and noted the present provision of 20mph to be sufficient, stating also that the entrance off Edenfield Road should have only one sign in situ and that there are numerous and clear 20mph signage outside the school and more up Alpine Drive.

CCTV is now active in the village with a temporary affixture of a mobile CCTV camera installed in the short-term before a permanent measure replacing it will be put in once the contract for monitoring has been agreed accordingly.

Rochdale in Bloom
The Rochdale in Bloom team are working towards the nationals and they have a few projects coming up.  Work has also commenced at the Greenmount site – an update will be provided at the next forum.

Parliamentary Election 2019
Congratulations to MP Chris Clarkson who was appointed in the parliamentary elections last December.  His surgeries in Norden will be held at The Old Library, Norden and residents are specifically asked to ring the parliamentary office to book an appointment beforehand on 01706 538262 or email

Upcoming surgery dates are
28 March 2020 – 10.30am – 11am
25 April 2020 – 10.30am – 11am
23 May 2020 – 10.30am – 11am

Former Turner Brothers Asbestos Site
M. Coats attended and advised the forum that there are still concerns regarding the River Spodden’s bank/wall sections that are breaking away, potentially leaving vast areas of asbestos open to enter the water course.  This situation has been the case for a number of weeks and there is no apparent progress on the issue.  The matter is one of concern for Norden ward because a number of asbestos victims live in the ward and air quality is monitored within the ward.  A prosecution was made in January 2020 of a security guard present on site when illegal waste was dumped and the rubbish is still present on site.

Bamford Hall – Planning application
S. Cresswell attended again to give an update on the planning application by a developer to gain planning permission to build a property on green belt land in the grounds of Bamford Hall (Norden ward).  The application keeps getting deferred and is still yet to be heard at committee.  Twelve forum attendees expressed their continuing opposition to any proposal for this site (by a show of hands) - there were no members in support of proposals.

TRO Proposals at Bury and Rochdale Old Road
Further to the Council’s proposals to introduce a Traffic Regulation Order at Bury and Rochdale Old Road, a report will be considered at Rochdale North Township Delegated Sub Committee on Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 6.00pm and also Heywood Township Committee on the same day at 6.15pm.  This situation is because the scheme falls within two electoral wards and two township areas.  The scheme originates with the Rochdale Committee who are its funders and some of its members have been most involved in the scheme’s development.

Village Spring Events
The Great British Spring Clean, in conjunction with Keep Britain Tidy and Rochdale Borough Council, will take place on Saturday 21 March 2020 from 10-12noon.  The main meeting point at the start will be Jubilee Park and it will end at The Old Library, Norden with bacon sandwiches.

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