A statement regarding recent social media posts

Over the last few months, a small number of individuals on social media have made inaccurate and misleading comments about our proposals for Rochdale town centre. They have also made personal and untrue comments about RBH members and employees. Although we have repeatedly tried to engage constructively, we have reluctantly decided to seek legal advice to respond to these comments.

Our proposals for College Bank and Lower Falinge are about building a brighter future for residents who currently live in these neighbourhoods, and for future generations who choose to live there in the years to come. Our proposals are about people, not about bricks and mortar.

Nonetheless, we understand that these proposals are very unsettling for many of those residents who are affected. We are doing everything that we can to provide support and information to those residents. Our door is always open for residents who want to talk to us.

We also recognise that with proposals of this scale, not everyone will agree with our approach. We welcome comments on our proposals – both positive and negative – and we have always tried to take all comments on board as we work together with the local community to develop the plans.

We are aware, however, of a small number of individuals who have chosen to make comments about our proposals which are wrong, inaccurate, and misleading. These comments are not in anyone’s interest, and they have caused undue distress to some residents at what we know is already a worrying and unsettling time for them.

Our door is always open and we have tried (and will continue to try) to constructively engage with everyone. However, we will not hesitate to challenge comments which are quite simply incorrect and untrue.

We’re very grateful to all the local residents who have worked together with us to develop these proposals, including over 400 attendees at our workshops and the 800 households who have spoken to us during home visits, as well as those who have taken part in our online consultation and come along to our weekly drop-in sessions.