Abbeydale Ramp

You may be aware that the ramp at the side of Abbeydale block has not been in use for a number of months.

Since its closure, it has become a target for anti-social behaviour and extensive damage has been caused to the floor panels. RBH have therefore taken the decision to dismantle and remove the ramp for health and safety reasons.

This work is due to commence on Monday 7th September and should take two weeks to complete. The area will be fenced off and monitored by CCTV whilst the contractors are on site.

We will ensure that any disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum. If you need to speak to a member of the regeneration team about any aspect of this planned works, please email towncentre.regen@rbh.org.uk or Freephone 0800 027 7769 (option 7).

Community Together newsletter: Summer 2020

This week, residents will receive their summer edition of “Community Together” – our newsletter for local residents in College Bank and Lower Falinge. You can download a PDF and plain text versions of the newsletter below. This edition includes:

  • An update on new homes, and plans for refurbishment
  • The latest news from our New Pioneers Programme
  • Information about our town centre lockdown survey
  • How tenants and employees have worked together to support each other during the pandemic

Download your copy of “Community Together” now:

Our caretaking service standards in College Bank and Lower Falinge

A number of residents have asked us about the caretaking service provided by our Neighbourhood Environment Team.

We set our how our team operates – and how we respond to reports from residents – in our service standards:

If you need to draw something to the attention of our Neighbourhood Environment Team, please e-mail us on customerexperience@rbh.org.uk or call us on Freephone 0800 027 7769.

Survey work in the Underwood block

In the summer of 2017, RBH set out long term proposals for improving the quality and mix of homes in College Bank and Lower Falinge. These proposals included four blocks at College Bank which would be demolished as part of the redevelopment (Mitchell Hey, Dunkirk Rise, Tentercroft and Town Mill Brow) and three blocks at College Bank for which we said we would explore the options for refurbishment and modernisation (Underwood, Holland Rise, and Mardyke).

We have been working hard since then to take our proposals in the town centre forward. We are now at a point where we need some more detailed technical information to inform the refurbishment and modernisation of the three blocks so that we can progress these options in more detail with the community. In order for us to do this, we need to undertake some further technical survey work and this work will be carried out in Underwood on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th July between 8.30am and 5.30pm.

Last week we wrote to all residents in Underwood to let them know about the survey work. If you would like to know more about the work, click here to download a copy of the text of our letter to Underwood residents.

A joint statement from Rochdale Council and RBH

Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) are committed to a thriving Rochdale town centre, with the homes that local people need and successful retail, leisure, and cultural options.

Senior councillors and members of RBH’s senior team recently held a productive discussion about future housing needs and investment in the town centre area and specifically agreed to collaborate on a high-level review of the investment requirements for the blocks at College Bank.

Councillor John Blundell, cabinet member for regeneration, business, employment and town centre living said: “We are pleased that RBH have agreed to collaborate on this piece of work and we will get it started straight away.”

Gareth Swarbrick, Chief Executive of RBH, said: “Our meeting was very constructive, we are happy to support this piece of work over the coming weeks and will share key information confidentially with the Council to enable it to be completed.”