A community update for residents in Lower Falinge

There is a lot going on in Lower Falinge and in line with our commitment to keep the community updated, we want to share this news with you. Together with Rochdale Borough Council, we have been successful in securing an extra £1.49m in grant funding. This will enable us to deliver additional improvements within Lower Falinge, and to bring forward some of the work we had already planned!

We’ve circulated a community update to all residents, and you can also download a copy of the update via the link below.

The New Pioneers Programme is expanding from today!

The Rochdale New Pioneers Programme is officially expanding from today, Wednesday 17th November, to work with more residents in Lower Falinge, College Bank, and Heywood. Supported by a grant from the Government’s Community Renewal Fund, the Programme will support 90 people over the coming months, expanding our New Pioneer community in College Bank and Falinge and building a New Pioneer community in Heywood. We’re excited to be able to continue our fantastic partnership with Rochdale Borough Council to deliver this programme.

Our team will be working in the community over the coming weeks to sign-up residents to become New Pioneers to work with the Programme, supporting their wellbeing, health, skills and employment prospects. We are looking for residents who may be out of work, or in insecure or part-time work who are interested into moving into long-term, rewarding careers in the future.

New Pioneers can expect to receive support from our Career Brokers, providing them with flexible, personalised, intensive support to improve their wellbeing, health and skills, helping them to find and achieve their long term aspirations. They will receive 1-1 support and mentoring as well as becoming part of a growing New Pioneer community, building community cohesion, resilience as well as a peer network supporting each other.

You can contact the team to find out more, to suggest potential referrals, or to enquire about becoming a New Pioneer yourself. Contact Daisy Silva on 01706 926617 or 07866 143999, or alternatively by e-mail to daisy.silva2@rochdale.gov.uk.

An update on Abbeydale, Yarwell, and Exbury

Since 2019, our team has been supporting residents in the Abbeydale, Yarwell, and Exbury blocks in Lower Falinge to find new homes. This is in line with the proposals which we discussed with Lower Falinge residents in 2017 after extensive community consultation.

After these discussions in 2017, further conversations were then held with each individual household and then demolition notices then issued to the affected homes.

All residents in these three blocks have either already moved or are set to move in the very near future. We want to build new homes on this site as soon as possible. This means we are now preparing to demolish these blocks. This will enable us to move to the next stage of our plans to deliver the quality and mix of homes that residents in Rochdale town centre need and deserve, now and into the future. The plans reflect the feedback we received from the community in our consultation, and will help us to create a brighter, greener Lower Falinge together.

As part of the requirements for demolition, we are required to submit a notice to Rochdale Borough Council to tell them that we intend to demolish the blocks in the near future. You may have seen the notices that we have put up in the neighbourhood – these notices are part of the process.

We hope to be in a position to begin demolition early next year, and we will make sure that nearby residents are informed as soon as we are able to provide a confirmed timescale.

As always, our team is on hand to provide any support or information you require. Please contact us on towncentre.regen@rbh.org.uk or call us on Freephone 0800 027 7769 (option 7).

Community Together newsletter – Autumn 2021 edition

The autumn edition of our “Community Together” town centre newsletter is out now! The current edition includes:

  • New “green lungs” for Lower Falinge
  • The latest from the New Pioneers Programme
  • An update on fire safety work in College Bank
  • Your questions answered!

If you are a resident in College Bank or Lower Falinge, you should receive your copy through the post this week, and you can also download a PDF copy below. We have also provided a text-only version.

Community Together – May 2021 special edition

Our aim is to deliver high quality social housing in Rochdale town centre, with a better mix of types of homes for current and future local residents to support a better quality of life. This will include specialist homes for older people as well as new houses and new and refurbished apartments. We have guaranteed that all residents who need to move will be able to stay in the town centre if they wish to do so, in the same type of home with the same tenancy rights.

Residents have told us they wish to understand the timescale for future moves as part of the regeneration plans set out in 2017, and on Tuesday 18th May we provided an update to residents about the next phases of rehousing. This is in line with the Government roadmap which means we can now provide face to face support to those who need it.

In addition to writing to residents directly, we have distributed a special May 2021 edition of our Community Together newsletter with details of the next phases of rehousing. You can download a copy of this newsletter (including a text only version) below.