About Lower Falinge and Falinge Hill

Houses

The Lower Falinge and Falinge Hill neighbourhoods include 550+homes provided by RBH. Lower Falinge consists of mainly of 1 and three bedroom flats with a small number of new build houses. Falinge Hill is mainly of 2 bed flats and bungalows with a small number of 2 bed houses

People

Lower Falinge is a relatively young neighbourhood, with almost twice the RBH average number of 16-24 year olds living here. 25-34 year olds make up nearly 30% of Lower Falinge residents, and the 35-45 age group also accounts for a larger proportion of Lower Falinge tenants than the RBH average figure. Falinge Hill age profile is opposite from Lower Falinge, showing higher than RBH average concentration of older age groups, significant those who are over 65

Lower Falinge is an ethnically diverse neighbourhood. The percentage of tenants stating ethnicity in Black African, Asian and Eastern European categories are in most cases double that of the RBH average. Ethnicity data of Falinge Hill broadly reflects the RBH average with a slightly higher number of households identifying as White Irish or White

Access, transport and facilities

Lower Falinge is located in Rochdale town centre, and as such is within walking distance of, and on a bus route to, all town centre amenities such as shops, cafes and bus and tram links (to places such  as Manchester, Middleton, Heywood and Bury). Lower Falinge is also located near to Rochdale Railway Station, where services run to Manchester and Leeds. However access to these services is through crossing the Rochdale inner ring road, and crossing points and access in to town are recognised to be difficult and poor quality..

Lower Falinge has an active Community Group, and the Community Base there hosts:

  • Regular children’s activities
  • IT Digital Hub
  • Social meeting room

New Steps for the African Community [NESTAC] has a base on Lower Falinge providing a range of health and well being projects

Howard Street nursery is adjacent to the Lower Falinge neighbourhood providing pre school activities and support, and a toddlers session is run at the nearby Hebron Church.

Looking at the future of College Bank

A major piece of work is underway to look at future options in Lower Falinge.  This is to ensure that the neighbourhood provides good quality homes and supports a good quality of life for current and future generations which helps support a confident and thriving Rochdale Town Centre.  We recognise that it can be difficult to think about long term change but we are being open and honest in talking with the community. We think that by engaging with the people who live and work in the neighbourhood at this early stage we will make better decisions and better plans.  However, while this work is underway, and whichever plans are developed further we will continue to carry out work in the neighbourhood; letting homes, repairing homes, community activity and support.

Lower Falinge and Falinge Hill: In Depth

Home & environment

Our local surveys show that satisfaction with the home and environment in Lower Falinge could be improved. In Falinge Hill satisfaction with the home is high but satisfaction with the neighbourhood appearance is low.

So Far

  • Properties on Lower Falinge have benefited from kitchen and/or bathroom replacement work in 2015/16, and electrical upgrades in 2016/17. A window and door replacement programme and a painting programme took place in 2016/17
  • Falinge Hill underwent a painting programme in 2013/14 and is due for further painting work in 2018/19. Replacement work to kitchens, bathrooms, windows and external doors took place in 2016/17.
  • Phase 1 of Lower Falinge regeneration was completed in 2015 providing 26 new homes

Future Action

  • RBH is currently working with Greater Manchester and national government to secure investment for physical change in Lower Falinge.
  • RBH is working closely with local people to  review options for the long term future of Lower Falinge and surrounding area.  This includes extensive engagement with the community on what their aspirations are for better homes and better quality of life as well as thinking about who will live in these homes in future.  RBH is working closely with local people to  select the options which meet the aspirations of the community, including potential refurbishment, remodelling and rebuild.
  • As part of master planning RBH is working with Rochdale Council to explore physical change to land, facilities and road layouts surrounding both Lower Falinge and Falinge Hill

For more information and to have your say visit our dedicated webpage: College Bank and Lower Falinge

  • RBH is investigating improvement options to stairwells which will allow for more effective cleaning and security
  • RBH will be relocating and upgrading multi sport facilities on Lower Falinge
  • In conjunction with Rochdale Council, RBH will be making changes to improve communal recycling options

Community

Lower Falinge and Falinge Hill report incidents of anti social behaviour with noise nuisance and environmental incidents the most common issues. However local surveys report that people feel the area is generally inclusive and friendly. There are active community groups in Lower Falinge providing local activities for children and adults. A high number of people have chosen to be members of RBH Mutual. People report that they would like more opportunities to participate in the RBH Mutual

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 is working with our local members, community groups and partners to deliver community activities for all age groups.
  • RBH is funding a range of activities for young people to participate in
  • RBH will continue to offer members options to participate in the decisions RBH makes

Future Action

  • RBH will develop further work with Police and our CCTV to tackle issues in stairwells
  • Working with partners RBH will seek to encourage further activities for young people
  • Working with partners RBH will seek to ensure older people feel more secure in their homes

 

  • Working with partners RBH will seek to reduce dog fouling through local education and enforcement
  • Working with local tenant members RBH will investigate new ways that our members can get involved in RBH Mutual

Well being

People in Lower Falinge have reported feeling less satisfied with their health and well being, whilst people living in Falinge Hill feel more confident around their own well being. Local information shows that satisfaction with support and services could be improved in these neighbourhoods

We recognise that thinking about changes to homes and neighbourhoods can also be stressful for people living in them.  Some people have told us at the consultation events that they are very worried about the process and the uncertainty and we will look at how we support people living in Lower Falinge through any process of change.

 

So far

  • RBH has worked with Adult Care and partner agencies to provide our tenants with aids and adaptations
  • RBH has provided intensive support to our tenants requiring additional support either through our Better Living Team or partner support agencies
  • RBH has funded community projects aimed at healthily lifestyles and reducing isolation

Future Action

  • RBH is working alongside the Council, and health agencies to provide one to one support for households who are experiencing difficulties coping and accessing support
  • RBH is working in partnership with MIND to improve access to local counselling and support services
  • The RBH Community Fund will seek to fund community organisations to deliver activities which improve well being and reduce feelings of isolation.

Money

Lower Falinge is a young neighbourhood with relatively high benefit dependency. As such, welfare benefit changes and the roll out of Universal Credit continues to affect people living in Lower Falinge. There are a higher number of people on health related welfare benefits across the neighbourhoods, who may need a high level of support to access the work market. High levels of households reporting insufficient income to meet essential expenditure may show a need for support around budget 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
  • RBH has worked with partners to promote work and skills opportunities locally
  • RBH has funded a work club providing weekly job search facilities
  • RBH is working to get additional investment from Greater Manchester to support people to access improved work opportunities and support

     

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
  • The RBH Community Fund will seek to fund community organisations to deliver activities which reduce poverty and assist money management.
  • RBH will continue to work to look at investment options to support people into work

Deciding Together: Lower Falinge and Falinge Hill

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.

Lower Falinge and Falinge Hill Priorities

  • Recycling & litter
  • Activities for young people
  • Health & well being
  • Reducing isolation
  • 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.

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