Town centre map

Local residents have asked for more information about what we mean by the “town centre area”, and one of the recommendations from the independent report on the residents’ deal was to provide a map of the area. Today we’re publishing our map, which we hope residents will find helpful. In addition to the image below, you can also download a PDF version of the map. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us an e-mail on towncentre.regen@rbh.org.uk.

Map of Rochdale town centre area

Lower Falinge Community Workshop: Thursday 7th February

We are holding a community workshop on Thursday 7th February from 4pm until 7pm at the Lower Falinge Community Base (238 Newstead) to discuss with residents what investment they would like to see in retained homes at Lower Falinge.

RBH has already invested in new front doors and windows for the retained homes in Lower Falinge, and we recently visited every home in a retained block to have a discussion with residents about what other investment and improvements they would like to see in these homes.

We want to make sure that everyone has the chance to be involved in this discussion too, so we’re holding a workshop to give everyone the chance to share their views on how we can develop these ideas further.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the workshop, information will also be available on this website and on our dedicated Facebook Group.

Improving our retained homes at Lower Falinge

This week RBH colleagues have been in Lower Falinge, speaking to residents who live in the nine blocks which we’ll be retaining as part of the regeneration proposals. We’ve already invested in new front doors and windows for these homes, and this week we’ve started a discussion with residents about what investment and improvements we could make in the retained blocks.

Over the course of the week, we’ve called on every RBH tenant in these nine blocks, and we’re very grateful for the time of all those who we spoke to on the doorstep. Those residents who were not in, or busy, when we called will have the opportunity to make a new appointment.

We want to make sure that the rest of the community are involved in this discussion too, and so we’ll be holding a further resident workshop in early February to give everyone the chance to share their views and give them input on how we can develop our proposals further. More information about this workshop will be available shortly – please keep an eye out!

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by e-mail to towncentre.regen@rbh.org.uk, or by attending our regular drop-in sessions at Lower Falinge Housing Office from 10am until 12 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Feedback from the December Residents’ Deal workshops on community facilities

Thank you to all the local residents who came along to our December workshops, which were about how best to deliver community facilities and community activities in Lower Falinge and College Bank.

These comprised two open sessions with our independent advisor Helen; as with the November workshops, we held one session during the day and a second session in the evening.

An update for residents: Abbeydale block

Last summer, 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.

In July this year we issued a legal notice called an Initial Demolition Notice to residents in the homes we expected to be affected by demolition in the next seven years, together with an explanation of what the notice means, and how residents can get in touch with us for further advice, support, or help.

At this time we also identified which homes would be affected by demolition as part of the next phase of development at Lower Falinge and since then we have been working with these households to support them through the rehousing process.

In July, it was not expected that the Abbeydale block would be included in the next phase of demolition. However, since then, it has become apparent that the condition of the ramp which residents use to access flats on the upper deck is in poor condition and needs a lot of repair work. It is safe to use now and residents can continue to use it, but we know that in the near future we may need to stop access to the ramp.

The cost of the repair work is very high and we don’t think it would be the best use of RBH money to repair the ramp when it will be demolished in the next few years. We want to help support people to be able to move before they are affected by lack of ramp access and we are therefore looking to include this block in the next phase of demolition. We have now been in touch with all the residents in this block about their rehousing needs, their preferences, and any support that they may need. We want to ensure that the right support is in place for residents, as we do with all residents who are affected by our proposals.

Outcomes from our November community workshops

Thank you to all the local residents who came along to our November workshops.

These comprised two open sessions with our independent advisor Helen, one during the day and one in an evening, to discuss the proposed residents’ deal and in particular the resident commitments and code of conduct.

Attendees agreed that the main message was to treat people as you would like to be treated yourself; the wider themes discussed included respect for others, building relationships, and taking responsibility.

Our December community workshops take place on Tuesday 4th December (6-8pm) and Wednesday 5th December (12.30-2.30pm) both at Lower Falinge Community Base. This month we’d like to hear your views on how to deliver community facilities and community activities in College Bank and Lower Falinge. All welcome!