Update on Policing in Ramsbottom

On Monday 4 December, your local Councillors had a meeting with Police Inspector Russell Magnall, who is responsible for the Ramsbottom, Tottington and North Manor township, and local beat officers. The meeting followed concerns expressed by residents about crime in our town.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is responsible for Policing in our area.

Residents will recall that the Greater Manchester Police Authority decided to close Ramsbottom Police Station back in July 2011 after consultation, as there were on average just 3 people visiting the Station each day and it was considered uneconomical to keep it open at significant cost.  The Police Station was empty for 5 years, having been sold at auction last year. Officers now work out of Bury Police Station and Ramsbottom Fire Station but tend to be mobile with the use of new IT and hand-held devices to save having to go into the Station to complete paperwork.

We asked about reported crime rates for Ramsbottom over the last few years – which record the following number of offences in our town by year:

2011 – 902

2012 – 879

2013 – 704

2014 – 647

2015 – 775

2016 – 880

The figures show that whilst recorded crime fell for 4 years (despite the Police Station closing), it has increased over the last two years back to 2011/12 levels.

The number of offences in Ramsbottom Ward runs at an average of 70 or so a month.  For the month of October 2017, the latest available, there were 46 offences.

GMP Officers reassured us that recorded crime continues to be at very low levels and that the bulk of the increase in recorded crime from 2014 onwards is predominantly due to a change in how crime is recorded by GMP.

In 2014 the National Crime Recording Standards were introduced and many incidents which had not previously been recorded as crimes, now had an automatic registration as a crime as soon as a report is made to 999. The changes have been made to try to bring Police recorded crime more in line with the Crime Survey of England and Wales.

GMP remind us that crime levels generally in Ramsbottom are very low compared to other areas around Bury and indeed, they tell us that Bury is the safest borough to live in Greater Manchester.   Radcliffe, for example, had approaching 4,000 crimes reported in 2016 – well over 4 times that of Ramsbottom.

GMP Officers are using more forms of technology (hand-held IT devices) and are much more mobile – being more innovative despite funding pressures.

Firstly burglary.  After last year’s issues the figures are lower this year. They had much success in that some 10 people were convicted for burglaries in the Ramsbottom area. Some of those individuals are now being released from prison and GMP are monitoring them as they are on licence. Last year it was apparent that most offenders were visiting from areas outside of Bury so we don’t have many local offenders where burglaries are concerned.

In addition, from the 1st April this year a decision was taken nationally that all shed and garage break ins would be recorded together along with dwelling burglaries under the category of ‘Residential Burglary’. Previously shed/garages were recorded as burglary other.

As far as Ramsbottom is concerned since 1st April two thirds of recorded Residential Burglaries were subsequently identified as sheds and garages and not houses.

GMP are fully aware that the issue of burglaries and property crime still features high on resident’s concerns – as seen on the ‘What’s on in Ramsbottom’ facebook page.

Regarding offenders identified for burglaries this year, again so far, none of them are local.

Secondly, we discussed violent crimes. Ramsbottom Town Centre and the presence of a night time economy explains some of the figures but the figures are still very low.  The numbers include domestic violence so it is not fair to point any fingers at the pubs.  GMP have been running a pub watch scheme which all the licensees are encouraged to attend. The purpose is to discuss incidents, remind the licensees of their responsibilities and possible measures they can adopt to reduce incidents. For the most part the licensees are receptive. There were 2 spikes for assault figures since April of this year. One occurred end of May bank Holiday week and the second was weekend of the Ramsbottom Music Festival. The Festival weekend featured a number of assaults involving children on children.

Thirdly, shoplifting. The GMP neighbourhood team covering Ramsbottom are looking at our most prolific offenders with regards to shoplifting as they recognise they are active in other criminal activity and creating demand. Recently they have started working more closely with some individuals trying to break their cycle of offending helping them with accommodation and employment and working with partner agencies.

Fourthly, we discussed some of the work that GMP have been doing in Ramsbottom to reduce demand at a local care home. The work is intended to reduce the number of incidents being reported as they were having a significant impact on Police resources which were then not available to deal with other issues across the borough.

GMP advised that they are focusing on incidents with the greatest threat, risk, harm and vulnerability.

Last year GMP dealt with over 33,000 reports of missing persons.  There were 60,000 domestic incidents which resulted in further referrals and investigations.  There are 2,000-2,500 incidents logged as crimes – from road collisions to missing persons or concerns for welfare – recorded each day.

GMP assure us that there is a plan to manage the demand. GMP’s priorities are investing in staff (welfare, training etc.); technology (use of mobile technology to enable officers to record crime while still out on patrol) and a new IT system; concentration on the areas where there is the greatest risk harm threat and vulnerability; working with partner agencies more closely to ensure better integrated working and the right organisation deals with the issues identified; and place-based working which means there is still a focus on community policing to solve the problems.

Some of this involves working with those who need the most help, as well as asking those who can look after themselves to take greater personal responsibility.

If you do have any concerns, then you can contribute to the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s policing and criminal justice plan by saying what you think their priorities should be.

You can complete their short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PoliceSurveyGM

They don’t ask for your name, so all responses are confidential. The survey will close at midnight on 14 January 2018.

All the responses will be used to finalise the policing and crime plan for Greater Manchester, which will be published later in January 2018.

If you have any questions regarding Policing, then please contact us or email police.enquiries@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

 

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Community Engagement in Ramsbottom

Your Councillors recently attended two community engagement events.

The first event, was the ‘Ramsbottom, Tottington and North Manor Neighbourhood Engagement’ event at Ramsbottom Cricket Club.

This was an opportunity for residents, local community groups, local Councillors, businesses and anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the area to get together and help shape our town and villages.

Exhibitors included Bury Council, GM Police, NHS, Friends of Nuttall Park, Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall, Incredible Edible Ramsbottom and a host of other local groups.

 

We hope to repeat the event soon.

The second event was a pitch by local community groups for funds from the Council for their local projects.  Bury Council were offering these community groups a chance to secure up to £1,000 each for local projects that actively contribute to the health and wellbeing of residents within our area.

Approximately 200 residents and groups attended the event at Holcombe Brook Tennis Club and many local groups were successful in obtaining funds.

There will be another round of funding available in Spring 2018.

Should you be involved in a local community group or project in or around Ramsbottom, then please do contact us at rammycouncillors@aol.com for details.

Remembrance Sunday 2017

Hundreds of Ramsbottom residents lined the streets of Ramsbottom on Sunday12th November 2017 for the annual Remembrance Sunday Parade and a Service at St Paul’s Church.

Your local Councillors represented the town and the Mayor of Bury.

Members of the many voluntary groups, cadets and emergency services were present.

Thanks must go to the Ramsbottom Branch of the Royal British Legion and its volunteers for organising this important service of remembrance for those who have fought, and fallen, in conflict.

Ramsbottom Neighbourhood Engagement Event

Residents are invited to attend the first ‘Ramsbottom, Tottington and North Manor Neighbourhood Engagement’ event.

This is an opportunity for residents, community groups, businesses and anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the area to get together and help shape new ways for us to work together to improve our Neighbourhoods.

The event takes place on:

Monday 20th November, 5pm – 7pm

Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Acre Bottom, Ramsbottom BL0 0BS

The event will be an informal ‘drop in’ session providing an opportunity for you to find out more about what is going on in our area and connect with other members of our community.

Exhibitors will include:

  • The Bury Directory
  • Helping Yourself to Wellbeing
  • Street Soccer/Hitz
  • Engagement HQ – online community tool
  • Carers
  • Branding
  • Adult Learning courses
  • Bury Volunteer Rangers
  • Safe Place Scheme
  • Community Help and Information Service
  • GM Police
  • NHS Community Services Bury
  • DCaff
  • Greenmount Village Association
  • Friends of Tottington Library
  • Friends of Nuttall Park
  • Friends of Ramsbottom Civic Hall
  • Incredible Edible Ramsbottom
  • Physical Activity and Sport Development
  • Making Space
  • Speakeasy
  • Home Instead Senior Care Bury
  • Recycling and Waste Management

…and more

There will be an opportunity to talk with service providers and community groups and speak with your local Councillors and Council Officers about how we engage with you and our community – working together addressing the issues that matter most to us all here in our area.

Getting our roads ready for winter

Living here in Ramsbottom, our winters can sometimes be pretty harsh, and this year the forecasters are predicting a period of very cold weather.

That’s why we’re calling on local residents to help make sure that our roads are repaired, our grit bins are re-filled and gullies and drains cleared of any blockages before the winter sets in.

The easiest way to get these reported and sorted is by using Bury Council’s online reporting tool here: http://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10377

It’s quick, easy and means that the Highways Department will know straight away about any issues.

Alternatively, you can use the “Fix My Street” website here: https://www.fixmystreet.com/

The Greater Manchester area receives over £34,000,000 a year from the Government for repairing potholes and maintaining the local highway infrastructure.

If you have any concerns, or have reported issues that have not been dealt with, then contact us here:

 

Planning for Floods …

Cllr Ian Schofield, residents and Club Members cleaning up the Cricket Ground after flooding

A six-week consultation has been launched by Bury Council on a draft “Local Flood Risk Management Strategy”.

The consultation runs from 30 October to 11 December 2017.

Ramsbottom, Shuttleworth, Holcombe Village and Hawkshaw has seen flooding in recent years, so your views are particularly important.

Areas of Ramsbottom are now in the Environment Agency Flood Zone, and include Stubbins Lane, Kenyon Street, Crow Lane, Nuttall Park, Ramsbottom Cricket Ground and Ramsbottom United Football Club, and other areas such as Carr Street, Moor Road, Branch Road, Manchester Road/Whitelow Brow are known for surface water flooding.

The Strategy will complement the Environment Agency’s national flood risk management strategy.  Bury Council also works alongside the other Councils in Greater Manchester to prevent flood risk.

The draft consultation document covers the main sources of flooding as well as focusing on the council’s specific responsibilities for local flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses.

The rivers that run through the Borough such as the Irwell, Roch and Kirklees Brook are the responsibility of the Environment Agency.

The three main aims of the Bury Local Flood Risk Management Strategy are to:

  • Increase awareness of local flood risk issues
  • Identify how partners such as the Environment Agency and United Utilities are working together to reduce flood risk
  • Provide an overview of ongoing flood risk management within the borough, together with an action plan and a programme of schemes

A number of potential schemes have been identified to help reduce flood risk, and whilst it isn’t possible to prevent all flooding, the Council needs to consider the risks faced and ways in which the risks and potential consequences can be managed.

“This consultation gives people an important opportunity to have their say on the schemes we have identified to help address potential flood risk in our borough.”

To view the consultation document and find out how to comment visit www.bury.gov.uk/floodriskstrategy

For advice on what to do before, during and after a flood visit www.bury.gov.uk/flooding-advice

West Pennine Moors declared an “SSSI”

Holcombe Moor above Ramsbottom has been confirmed by Natural England as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) following a public consultation.

The area is known for being a diverse mosaic of upland habitats, bogs, heathlands, woodlands and grasslands. These habitats support often rare breeding birds and a number of nationally Rare and Scarce plant species.

Land owners and occupiers, in particular livestock farmers, will now require consent before undertaking some operations in the SSSI area.

For more details, visit: www.naturalengland.org.uk