Update for residents - 10th July 2024

Thank you to everyone who came along to our previous resident engagement event for College Bank in February. We agreed we would meet again in the summer, and we would now like to invite you to the next drop-in session.

To ensure that as many people have the opportunity to attend as possible, we’ve arranged two sessions for you to choose from which will take place at the Pioneers Museum (Toad Lane, Rochdale, OL12 0NU) on Thursday 25th July (1pm until 4pm) and on Thursday 1st August (4pm until 7pm).

We will have members of our team available to update you on progress and answer any questions you might have about our long and short-term plans for College Bank.

Our discussions with Legal and General Affordable Homes are progressing well and we are pleased to share that we have extended our exclusivity period to 30th September 2024. This extra time will enable us to continue to work through the various elements of a very complicated project, including discussions with funding providers.

Both RBH and LGAH are very committed to the partnership and in finding a way forward for College Bank. Our discussions with LGAH and other partners to secure the funding needed to refurbish the blocks continue. When funding streams have been confirmed we will then progress with design, survey works and obtaining the required planning and building permissions before work on site can commence.

The LGAH Board previously visited the Save Seven Sisters Group and suggested that it would be good to work with residents to explore some improvements that will help to enhance the blocks and outside space. Things like replacing the signage and blocks names and some external painting were suggested. We would like to spend time in this meeting capturing your ideas and giving you the chance to have your say on some options for improvement.

The drop in will also offer residents the chance to get more information about RBH’s new Building Safety Customer Engagement Strategy for College Bank including details of the resident engagement panel. You will also be able to talk to our Neighbourhoods Team about any current issues where you may need support, information, or action.

You don’t need to register to attend and can simply drop in to either event, but it would help us to organise them if you could let us know that you are coming along. You can email us at towncentre.regen@rbh.org.uk or call us on Freephone 0800 027 7769 – Option 5 to confirm attendance, if you wish.

If you are not able to attend either of the drop-ins, we will share information on our website after the events and will let residents know, directly, when the list of improvements is confirmed.

If you would like to arrange a chat at another time convenient to you, or if you will need any support at the drop-ins (for example, a translator), please get in touch. We look forward to seeing you there!