Neighbourhoods Together: Boarshaw, Moorclose, Junction & Baytree

Houses

The four neighbourhoods provide 650 homes. Moorclose, Junction & Baytree has proportionally more flats and bungalows than the RBH housing across the Borough as a whole. The Boarshaw neighbourhood is predominantly family housing broadly split between 2 & 3 bed family houses

People

Boarshaw has significantly less young tenants and a higher proportion of tenants aged 44 to 64 years than the RBH average. Moorclose/Junction/Baytree has a slightly higher number of tenants aged 25 to 34 and a high proportion of people over 65, reflecting the concentration of flats and bungalows

Moorclose & Baytree has a slightly higher proportion of White British tenants than the RBH average, whilst Boarshaw reflects the RBH average

Access, transport and facilities

The neighbourhoods are situated on the east side of Middleton town centre. It is a short walk to main arterial roads with bus routes to Middleton town centre. Mills Hill train station is within walking distance of Moorclose with a regular service to Rochdale and Manchester. The neighbourhoods are connected by a circular bus route. There are pockets of local shops in both neighbourhoods.

Moorclose is served by a large play area and recreation field. Whilst Boarshaw has an RBH owned play area. An RBH community base is situated in Moorclose as well as the Rochdale Council Jumbo Centre close to the neighbourhood. Boarshaw also has a Council community centre. Both neighbourhoods contain two primary schools each

Boarshaw, Moorclose, Junction & Baytree in depth

Home & environment

Levels of satisfaction with both the home and the environment are high in these neighbourhoods. The neighbourhoods include a high proportion of open communal green space and recreation and play space

So Far

  • The neighbourhoods have undergone window and door replacements and kitchen and bathroom replacements in 2014/15. Improvements to communal, environmental and parking areas have been undertaken at flats in the  Junction neighbourhood

Future Action

  • Painting programmes are scheduled for 2017/18 & 2018/19
  • A pilot programme will be introduced to tackle recycling and communal waste management in flats
  • Quarterly neighbourhood inspections will be used to identify any environmental issues in communal areas

Community

Satisfaction with living in all the neighbourhoods is good. However, the number of people who felt the Moorclose/Junction/Baytree neighbourhood is friendly is less positive. The levels of crime and anti social behaviour are slightly higher than average in the Moorclose/Junction/Baytree neighbourhoods.  People feet less satisfaction with their health in Boarshaw. RBH membership in these neighbourhoods is good but people in Boarshaw do not feel they have relevant opportunities to participate in RBH

So far

  • RBH is working in partnership with Police, Rochdale Council and support agencies to reduce and resolve anti social behaviour, including taking enforcement action where appropriate
  • RBH will continue to offer members options to participate in the decisions RBH makes

Future Action

  • RBH will work with Police , Schools and support agencies to develop early intervention in relation to juvenile anti social behaviour
  • RBH will work with health and well being organisations to promote healthy activities
  • Working with local tenant members, RBH will investigate new ways that our members can get involved in mutual RBH
  • The RBH Community Fund will seek to fund community organisations to deliver activities which improve well being and reduce feelings of isolation

Money

In general the neighbourhoods do not show high levels of benefit dependency. However there may be a number of households experiencing debt and so needing support around budgeting and money management and well as improving access to quality employment and skills training

So Far

  • RBH Rent & Payments Team have been assisting households to apply for Discretionary Hardship Payments where appropriate
  • RBH has contacted and supported households affected by the Welfare Benefits cap
  • RBH specialist debt team has assisted households in managing and reducing debt

Further Action

  • RBH will continue with local outreach campaigns to contact those households needing money advice
  • RBH will work with new employment and skills programmes such as Working Well and Motiv8 to improve people’s access to work and skills support
  • RBH will offer a one to one mentoring support to tenant members who are looking to improve employment opportunities

RBH will offer additional advice targeted at new tenants, tenants in receipt of health related benefits and younger households

Decide Together: Boarshaw Moorclose Junction & Baytree

Decide Together can offer funding to any RBH member who has an idea for an activity which addresses a priority or action within a Neighbourhoods Together area.

Boarshaw Moorclose Junction & Baytree  Priorities

  • Improving well being and reducing isolation
  • Activities for young people
  • Money management & debt
  • Employment & skills

How does it work

  • Complete and submit a Decide Together Form with your idea
  • Your idea will then be placed on the website
  • All RBH tenant members in the 16 neighbourhoods will be invited to vote online for projects in their neighbourhood
  • Projects that receive a majority vote from members in the neighbourhood will be funded to try out their idea.
  • But MEMBERS need to vote for the projects they want to see happen.

Download Decide Together Guidance and Decide Together Ideas Form