RBH has started a conversation with people in College Bank and Lower Falinge about how best to invest in the area and what changes might be needed.
We know uncertainty can cause concern but it is only right that local residents shape proposals from the outset. This means we are talking to the community before there are any clear options, seeking views on how best to invest to provide not only better quality homes but also better opportunities for residents.
We do not want to miss out on any opportunity for the investment that central Rochdale needs. We are making the case for additional money for these communities to both central Government and Greater Manchester and want to make sure the big RBH investment planned is spent in the best way. Architects Levitt Bernstein are advising on options to improve buildings and places; refurbishment, new homes, street layout and replacing or remodelling homes as well as how homes could be managed differently.
Many working age people in College Bank and Lower Falinge are in work but some feel they miss out on job opportunities. A respected charity, the RSA, has been asked by RBH to look at how social investment could help residents get back to work, get promoted, or gain skills to take the next step up. If regeneration helps create jobs and apprenticeships we want local people to be first in the queue.
As we develop options, we will continue to ask residents for their views. As well as providing quality neighbourhoods that attract new households, we must provide high-quality homes for existing residents with rents and service charges they can afford.
College Bank and Lower Falinge have seen some negative headlines in the past. We want a future where they represent the best of the town; high-quality, well-designed homes which are popular, affordable and represent a confident future for Rochdale.