Neighbourhoods Together: Smallbridge Pennine View & Hamer

Homes

The neighbourhoods provide a total of over 590 homes. The majority of the 357 homes on Smallbridge are 3 bedroomed houses and 1 bedroomed bungalows, with a small number of flats and maisonettes. Pennine View provide 92 homes which are mainly flats with a small number of three bed houses. Over half the 142 properties in Hamer are bungalows, The number of bungalows in Smallbridge is also high.

People

All neighbourhoods have a significantly higher proportion of older households. Smallbridge has significantly lower proportion of younger tenants. Whilst Hamer reflects the RBH average for younger tenants, the concentration of bungalows in this area, may indicate a hidden concentration of young tenants in other types of property in this area

Whilst the majority of people in all neighbourhoods describe themselves as White British, all the neighbourhoods contain a significant number of households who are of  Pakistani or Kashmiri background.

Access, transport and facilities

The neighbourhoods are located on the east side of Rochdale along a main arterial road with regular bus services in Rochdale. However the upper parts of Smallbridge are a distance from the main road, bus routes and facilities

Smallbridge has a small shopping parade, supermarket and library. There is a large modern RBH owned play area in the middle of Smallbridge neighbourhood.. There are three primary schools serving Smallbridge  and surrounding neighbourhoods. Pennine View and Hamer are close to shopping facilities along the main road

Smallbridge Pennine View and Hamer in depth

Home & environment

Levels of satisfaction with the home are good in all neighbourhoods. However satisfaction with the appearance of the neighbourhood is less positive in all areas. The Smallbridge neighbourhood includes  a high percentage of open communal green space, pathways and shrub beds.  Fly tipping and dumping in open spaces is an issue in Pennine View.

So Far

  • Kitchen & bathroom replacement programmes have been carried out on Smallbridge in 2014/15 and in other neighbourhoods in 2015/16.
  • A window and door replacement was undertaken on Smallbridge between 2012 -2014 and external works and a painting programme in ongoing in 2016.
  • Pennine View had a window door replacement programme in 2015/16 and currently has external works ongoing in 2016/17. Whilst Hamer had window and door replacement plus painting in 2014-15
  • Caretaking continue to respond to fly tipping and dumping including enforcement action where appropriate

     

Future Action

  • RBH Grounds Maintenance will undertake a study of treatments to paths and shrub areas in Smallbridge neighbourhood
  • RBH will work in partnership with RBC Grounds Maintenance on addressing shared responsibilities on open and communal and
  • Quarterly neighbourhood inspection will be used to identify an environmental issues in communal areas

Community

Satisfaction with living in these neighbourhoods appears low in Smallbridge and Pennine View. People living in Smallbridge and Hamer feel their neighbourhoods are inclusive and friendly but this is not the case for people living in Pennine View. However crime and anti social behaviour rates are relatively high in Smallbridge. Households in Pennine View report less satisfaction with their health and sense of well being. Membership levels are relatively high in all neighbourhoods, however membership is not offering valued opportunities to participate for people living in Pennine View.

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 continues to support vulnerable households through our Better Living Team and joint work between our Neighbourhood Housing Officers and support agencies
  • RBH has worked with Adult Care and partner agencies to provide our tenants with aids and adaptations
  • RBH has funded community projects aimed at healthier lifestyles and reducing isolation
  • 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
  • RBH is working in partnership with MIND, Life4life and Better Life  to improve access to local counselling, well being and support services
  • 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.

Money

 

Smallbridge and Pennine View are neighbourhoods with relatively high benefit dependency. As such, welfare benefit changes and the roll out of Universal Credit continues to affect people living in these neighbourhoods. 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. Levels of households experiencing debt 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
  • RBH will offer additional advice targeted at new tenants, tenants on receipt of health related benefits and younger households.
  • The RBH Community Fund will seek to fund community organisations to deliver activities which reduce poverty and assist money management.

Decide Together: Smallbridge Pennine View and Hamer

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.

Smallbridge, Pennine View & Hamer Priorities

  • Improvements to communal green spaces
  • 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