Neighbourhoods Together: Heady Hill and Bury Street

Homes

The neighbourhoods provide 450 homes. Over half are flats. Other homes are mainly 2 or 3 bed houses

People

Heady Hill and Bury Street have a high proportion of tenants aged under 25. Heady Hill is a young neighbourhood with over half of tenants aged under 45, whilst Bury Street has a higher proportion of tenants over 45 and a significant number of households aged 65 and over

Just over half of people in Heady Hill and Bury Street describe themselves as White British. The number of Polish and Slovakian households in Heady Hill is twice the RBH average

Access, transport and facilities

Both neighbourhoods are on the west side of Heywood along a main arterial road with regular bus service to Heywood and Rochdale town centres. There is a small community centre on Heady Hill providing a range of advice, support and IT services. There is a small play area on Bury Road at the top of Heady Hill

Heady Hill and Bury Street in depth

Home & environment

Levels of satisfaction with both the home and the environment are slightly lower than other neighbourhoods. The neighbourhood includes a high proportion of open communal green space and a small play area

So Far

  • Heady Hill underwent  a series of improvement works, including window and door replacement in 2015/16 as well as kitchen and bathroom replacements in 2013/14
  • Bury Street underwent  a series of improvement works, including window and door replacement in 2013/14  as well as kitchen and bathroom replacements in 2015/16
  • External works  were completed in both neighbourhoods as part of the 2016/17 programme

Future Action

  • In Autumn 2017 RBH will be undertaking a targeted survey to assess customer satisfaction levels
  • RBH will work with Rochdale Council to respond to fly tipping on open land
  • Quarterly neighbourhood inspections will be used to identify any environmental issues in communal areas

Community

Satisfaction with living in these neighbourhoods is less positive and the Bury Street neighbourhood is felt to be less friendly. The levels of anti social behaviour are slightly higher than average in Heady Hill. People do not feel confidence about their health and well being. Whilst RBH membership in the neighbourhoods is high, people do not value the opportunities to participate offered.

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 and support agencies to develop early intervention in relation to juvenile anti social behaviour and incidents arising from alcohol and drug misuse
  • Working with health and well being agencies, RBH will offer support to vulnerable households
  • Working with local tenant members, RBH will investigate new ways that our members can get involved in the 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

The  neighbourhoods have relatively high benefit dependency. As such, welfare benefit changes and the roll out of Universal Credit continue to affect people living in these neighbourhoods. High levels of households experiencing debt or difficulties maintaining income may show a need for support around budgeting and money management as 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 work with local employers in the surrounding business parks to promote employment and skills opportunities for  residents
  • RBH will offer additional advice targeted at new tenants, tenants on receipt of health related benefits and younger household
  • RBH will work with Heady Hill Community Centre to support the digital hub for job search

Decide Together: Heady Hill and Bury Street

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.

Heady Hill and Bury Street Priorities

  • Improvements to green spaces and communal areas
  • Improving well being and reducing isolation
  • Money management & debt
  • Employment, skills and digital access

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