An update for residents on Lower Falinge

Over the weekend, residents have expressed their concern to us about a misleading leaflet that is currently being circulated in the College Bank and Lower Falinge neighbourhoods, entitled ‘Justice for Lower Falinge’.

The leaflet contains numerous inaccuracies and we are very concerned about the effect this misinformation will have on residents and their wellbeing.

Please be assured that:

  • RBH have made a promise that we will support all residents who need to move with their rehousing to a like-for-like home.
  • RBH have made a promise that anyone who needs to move and wishes to stay within the town centre area will be able to do so – this includes the new homes we have built and will build in future.
  • Everyone who needs to move will receive relocation costs and compensation.

We continue to welcome constructive feedback on our proposals for College Bank and Lower Falinge. However, we will never hesitate to challenge any information in the public domain that is misleading or untrue.

If you have any questions or concerns about our proposals, we urge you to get in touch with Syed Hussain or Michelle Kelly for accurate and up-to-date information.

You can contact Syed or Michelle by emailing towncentre.regen@rbh.org.uk or by calling our freephone number: 0800 027 7769 (using option 6). Further information is also available via our website: www.collegebankandlowerfalinge.org.uk.

College Bank Support Group

We continue to welcome comments, including critical ones, on our proposals for College Bank and Lower Falinge. However, we will not hesitate to challenge comments which are misleading or untrue.

We are also very concerned that over the past few weeks, we have also received complaints from a number of residents in College Bank who feel that they have been unduly harassed by the College Bank Support Group. We have asked that this group respect the wishes of the many residents who do not wish to get involved with their campaign and who wish to engage with RBH regarding their own future housing or the wider proposals. We will not tolerate conduct that causes residents undue distress at what we know is already a worrying and unsettling time.

We are also increasingly concerned at the apparent targeting of individuals and organisations who are working for and with RBH by people associated with this campaign group. This also includes the posting of incorrect and deliberately misleading information which appears designed to create unnecessary concerns and paint an inaccurate picture of RBH’s work in central Rochdale.

Closure of Melrose Play Area

We have had to make the difficult decision to close the Melrose play area in order to protect the safety of residents and workers on the adjacent demolition site. These measures have been implemented with immediate effect due to recent serious anti-social behaviour in and around the vicinity of the play area.

The new RBH kick pitch located at Toad Lane will continue to be available for the community to use and there are also the fantastic play facilities available within Falinge Park.

The footpaths around the play area will mostly remain open; however, there may be some temporary diversions in place to protect the public from moving machinery and vehicles. Any such diversions will be clearly signposted.

We have hand delivered a letter to all residents in the neighbourhood so that they are aware of the closure.

Next steps for Mitchell Hey

In the summer of 2017, RBH set out long term proposals for improving the quality and mix of homes in the College Bank and Lower Falinge neighbourhoods. These proposals included some homes which would be demolished as part of the redevelopment.

On 26th March this year, we visited everybody in College Bank whose home is affected by these proposals to deliver a legal notice called an Initial Demolition Notice.

Mitchell Hey is the first phase of re-development at College Bank and we have already started conversations with residents in this block to discuss their rehousing needs and preferences and any support they may need to move home. A number of residents have told us that they would like to have written confirmation from RBH that we are now starting the rehousing process for residents in Mitchell Hey.

As a result of these requests from residents, this week we have sent a letter to all RBH tenants in Mitchell Hey providing this written confirmation that we have started the rehousing process in this block.

We understand that how much time residents need to move home will vary from household to household; some people will prefer to move sooner and won’t need a full year, and others will need the whole of this time. We recognise that people affected will need different levels and types of support at different times and we will make every effort to help and support them.

We know that this is an unsettling time for many residents and we are committed to offering personalised support to any residents who need it. Our dedicated project managers, Syed Hussain and Michelle Kelly, are on hand. You can contact Syed and Michelle on towncentre.regen@rbh.org.uk or by calling Freephone 0800 027 7769 (option 7).

Lower Falinge residents supported into new homes

We are pleased to confirm that all residents included in the latest phase of redevelopment in Lower Falinge have now successfully moved to new homes.

All residents in the affected blocks have now moved to a home that meets their individual needs and requirements in the area of their choice. We have guaranteed that all residents who need to move as part of the redevelopment who wish to stay in the town centre will be able to do so, and more than half have chosen to do so.

We are really pleased that all residents from the blocks included in this phase of the redevelopment have now been supported to move. We are particularly pleased that all those residents who wanted to remain in the town centre area were able to do so, in line with our promise to the local community.

RBH team members provided one-to-one support for each household right through the process and we have had some lovely feedback about how moves to new homes have helped to support a better quality of life.

The next stage in Lower Falinge will see the completion of 55 brand new homes, comprising 33 one and two bedroom flats and 22 two and three bedroom houses, together with a new park and play space to provide a new “green heart” at the centre of Lower Falinge. This new green area will provide improved public open space for both new and existing residents, and better connections and routes through the neighbourhood.