Residents raised the following issues:
1. A lengthy discussion took place regarding the proposals to introduce a traffic scheme on New Barn Lane aimed at reducing the amount of vehicle traffic in the area.
Although a variety of views were expressed at the meeting which supported and objected to the proposal it was explained that the engagement exercise in place at the moment was being done to generate resident’s views. All the responses received would be analysed and will assist with any future proposals put forward. The Forum was also informed that any future proposals would be subject to a Traffic Regulation Order which would provide residents with the opportunity to formally support or object to any proposals put forward.
In response to a question it was commented that no timeframe is currently available regarding this, however the Township Officer would request updates.
2. In response to a discussion that took place regarding the ongoing traffic problems in the Ward an update was provided on the Active Neighbourhood initiative that is currently ongoing in the Ward. In summary Sustrans, a registered charity which promotes safe cycling and walking areas has undertaken three workshops aimed at understanding traffic problems in the area and how these could be reduced by the reconfiguration of traffic flow.
It was explained that a fourth workshop will be held to discuss the issues that have been raised and outline the plans for taking these forward. It is understood this workshop will be a face to face meeting although no date for this event is currently known. The Township Officer agreed to request updates on this matter and encouraged residents to attend this session when organised.
3. Concerns were raised again about the ‘S’ bend on Milkstone Road as another accident had occurred. It was explained that it was highly unlikely the re-configuration of the road would occur in the short term, although this stretch of road is referred to in the Rochdale Station Supplementary Planning Document (Masterplan), which may imply changes in the long term.
4. A lengthy discussion took place concerning the problems being experienced on some streets in the Ward by numerous cars being privately sold. It was explained that tis had been going on for some time, however residents are now becoming frustrated as the problems seems to have worsened which is creating a tension.
It was acknowledged that this issue had been raised previously at Area Forum meetings and investigated. It was explained that it is very difficult to take action if the cars allegedly being sold are not actually advertised as for sale. In addition if cars are insured and have a valid mot certificate nothing can be done. However it was agreed to refer this to the appropriate service for further investigation.
5. A resident commented that a no parking sign had been erected on Mansfiel Street Car Park. It was agreed to investigate this further.
6. Pigeon droppings are causing the footpath adjacent to Dorset Street car park to be slippy / dangerous.
7. A resident asked why some public houses in the Town Centre had been allowed to extend their premises onto the footpath. It was explained that this was possibly done in response to Covid restrictions and encourage footfall in the area which in turn would help the Town Centre economy.
8. The Forum was informed that work had commenced to introduce a one-way system on Kent Street. A resident questioned why this was being done when similar requests for one-way systems on Castlemere Street and Mere Street had been rejected.
9. It was asked if the footway at the corner of Mere Street / Tweedale Street could be extended. It was agreed to investigate this further.
10.A resident commented that because of the restrictions on Tweedale Street outside of Castlemere Community Centre unloading / loading was problematical. It was explained that the restriction would not be removed and that the timings when loading / unloading is permitted are clearly shown.
11.It was reported that fly tipping was a problem on the private land opposite Castlemere Community Centre. It was agreed to investigate this further.