Neighbourhoods Together: Plum Mill


The neighbourhood provide 113 homes. Over 50% are flats. Other homes are mainly large family 3 bed houses.


There is mixed age range living in the neighbourhood. The number of households describing themselves as White British is lightly higher than other RBH neighbourhoods.

Access, transport and facilities

The neighbourhood is situated close to  Heywood Centre with regular bus service to Heywood and Rochdale town centres. There is a small community centre at Sandon House providing a range of advice, support and health services.

Plum Mill 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 percentage of open communal space. The flatted areas have communal recycling and waste services

So Far

  • Plum Mill has undergone a series of improvement works, painting  and window and door replacement in 2014/15 as well as kitchen and bathroom replacements in 15/16
  • Work is undertaken by RBH Caretaking to maintain communal spaces and bin areas.
  • Environmental improvements have been made to communal areas


Future Action

  • In Autumn 2017 RBH will be undertaking a targeted survey to assess customer satisfaction levels
  • RBH will work with RBC to pilot improvements to communal recycling and waste areas
  • Quarterly neighbourhood inspection will be used to identify an environmental issues in communal areas


Satisfaction with living in these neighbourhood is less positive and the neighbourhood is felt to be less friendly. The levels of anti social behaviour are slightly higher than average People  did not feel confidence about their health and well being. Whilst RBH membership in neighbourhood is high, people did 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 develop further 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 RBH Mutual
  • The RBH Community Fund will seek to fund community organisations to deliver activities which improve well being and reduce feelings of isolation.


There are a higher number of people on health related welfare benefits across the neighbourhood, who may need a high level of support to access the work market. Levels of households experiencing 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

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

Decide Together: Plum Mill

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

Plum Mill Priorities

  • Improvements to green spaces and communal areas
  • Improving well being and reducing isolation
  • Money management & debt

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