Information from the community workshop on 7th February 2019

A big thank you to all the residents who attended the community workshop to discuss with residents what investment they would like to see in retained homes at Lower Falinge.

We don’t have any firm plans for what future investment in retained homes at Lower Falinge could include yet and we want to work with the community to identify what the priorities would be for investment. We recognise that could include improvements within homes, external improvements to blocks as a whole and external and shared spaces. We’ll be using the ideas provided by residents at the workshop, together with our discussions with local people through home visits, to develop some more detailed proposals.

Download and view the display boards from today’s workshop: Lower Falinge Workshop Display Boards – 7th February 2019 (PDF)

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Festive events at College Bank and Lower Falinge

Why not pop down to one of the festive community events at College Bank or Lower Falinge?

On Wednesday 20th December, we’re hosting a special Christmas information drop-in at College Bank, in partnership with our member charity Rochdale & District Mind.

We’ll be at the community room in Mitchell Hey from 1pm until 3.30pm – why not pop in for a cuppa and a mince pie? Rochdale & District Mind will be there to share information about what services and support are on offer over Christmas – if you need help.

On Thursday 21st December, there’s festive fun at Lower Falinge Community Base from 3pm until 5pm, organised by Rochdale & District Mind, and Lower Falinge Activity Group!

Come along for Santa’s Grotto, Christmas crafts, wellbeing information, face painting, and a brew and a mince pie! We’d love to see you there.

New homes will save householders hundreds of pounds

A report released by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has revealed that new homes can save households hundreds of pounds a year in energy bills.

‘You’ve got the power’ which was published on 20 October 2017, highlights that more than 8 out of 10 new builds have the top A or B rating for energy efficiency compared to just 2.2% of existing properties. This means that new homes use less energy which on average, could lead to a saving of £52 per month or £629 per year for tenants and homeowners.

RBH Director of Communities, Clare Tostevin, said:

“All of our new homes are built with at least a B energy rating, including those which we constructed in Lower Falinge in 2015.”

“Whenever we design and build a new home, we find ways to make them as energy efficient as possible including using new technology and building materials such as high-quality insulation, energy efficient boilers, double glazing, low energy light fittings and water saving taps”

“Designing new homes in this way is not only better for the environment but can make a big difference to our residents, helping them to significantly reduce their electricity and heating bills As revealed in the HBF report, these savings can be significant, providing households with more money to spend on other things they need.”

Our letter to the Guardian

Your story on RBH’s redevelopment plans on 15 October has painted an inaccurate picture of the proposals.

There is a much bigger picture to consider, so we are curious to know why this wasn’t explored. Our plans aren’t just about the possible demolition of four towers, but are part of a wider investment in Rochdale Town Centre including both the College Bank and Lower Falinge neighbourhoods plus adjacent land. This will result in new homes of different types and sizes, improved open spaces, a play area and new transport routes.

We are disappointed that you chose to engage with just two households with only one view and that none of these residents are social housing tenants. Furthermore, the other individual quoted has told us that they do not live in Rochdale. As expected at this early stage, there are a mix of views about the proposals across the community and lots of our tenants have opinions. None of these were represented.

As Councillor Emmott says in the article, regeneration should be for everyone, regardless of income or background. That is why our proposals are focused on how we can improve the quality of life for tenants – and change is an essential part of this. It is also why we’re looking at how we can work differently to support people into good quality, sustained employment.

We understand that change can be worrying and why people have concerns, but our proposed investment is intended to provide vast benefits, including higher quality homes and job opportunities for residents of all ages and backgrounds. It’s a pity that these – and other key facts and views about our proposed investment – have been overlooked.