Moving forward with the residents’ deal: the independent recommendations

In February, we introduced our independent advisor Helen Nicol, who we asked to work with residents in College Bank and Lower Falinge to develop our Residents’ Deal.

The Residents’ Deal is important as it sets out what RBH will promise to do for everyone in the local community before, during, and after, any improvements in the neighbourhood, as well as what residents promise to do.

Between February and May 2018, Helen held conversations at meetings and community events, and facilitated a resident working group to help gather the views of the wider community.

Helen has now completed her independent report, and has made a number of recommendations following the feedback she has received from residents. We’re publishing the report and recommendations, and we’re excited to work with residents to move forward with these recommendations.

Click here to download the report and recommendations.

If you are interested in working with us to make progress with these recommendations, please don’t hesitate to get in touch either with Helen (helen.nicol@bluechula.co.uk or 07980 395 866) or with our town centre team.

Lower Falinge demolition notices

In summer 2017, RBH set out proposals for the community in College Bank and Lower Falinge which identified some homes which would be affected by demolition as part of these proposals. We have been working over the last months to take forward our proposals to improve the quality and mix of homes available in the area, and we are now ready to start taking forward the next stage of the proposals in Lower Falinge.

One of our promises to the community was that any RBH tenant who needed to move would have at least a year’s notice of this.  One of the next steps in taking forward these proposals is to issue a legal notice called an Initial Demolition Notice to homes expected to be affected by demolition in the next five years.

This does not mean that demolition is about to start. It lets residents know, formally, that their home could be demolished within the next five years as part of the proposals.

As we know that the next phases of development will take place in Lower Falinge, we will be issuing these notices to the affected homes in this area first.

We plan to issue the Initial Demolition Notices in the coming months, so we wanted to give people whose homes are affected plenty of notice that this will be happening.

Today (Thursday 5th April) we have knocked on the doors of all affected residents so that we can let them know about this face-to-face, provide a copy of our information sheet about the notices and what they mean, answer questions and provide support before any formal legal notice is issued. Download our information sheet here: IDN Frequently Asked Questions April 2018 (PDF format).

We know we won’t have been able to catch everyone at home, so we have posted a calling card providing information on how residents can get in touch with us, including face to face, by email and telephone.

Lower Falinge and College Bank Community Workshop: Thursday 12th April

We are holding our next community workshop on Thursday 12th April from 3pm until 7pm at the Lower Falinge Community Base, 238 Newstead, Lower Falinge.

At our last community workshop in December, we got lots of ideas and thoughts on different parts of RBH’s proposals for Rochdale Town Centre. We have used this to begin to develop more detail on the next stages of redevelopment which are in Lower Falinge to show what this could look like, including new homes, public and open spaces and play areas.

This workshop will be an opportunity for you to have a look at the latest plans and tell us what you think. The information will also be uploaded to this website at the conclusion of the workshop.

You can also contact us in the following ways:

  • E-mailing us at towncentre.regen@rbh.org.uk
  • Dropping into our customer centre at St Alban’s House, Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1UQ
  • Speak to us at one of our informal weekly drop-in sessions – 10am to 12 noon on Tuesdays (Lower Falinge Housing Office) and Thursdays (College Bank TRA)
  • Calling Freephone 0800 027 7769 (opt 6)