Neighbourhoods Together: Wood Street, Parkfield and Cheapside

Homes

The neighbourhoods provide over 430 homes, both with a high proportion on 1 bed flats.. The Wood Street  neighbourhood is broadly split between 3 bed family accommodation and  1 bed flats. Cheapside has proportionally more flats and maisonettes than other RBH  neighbourhoods in the Borough. The Wood Street and Parkfield  neighbourhood is broadly split between 3 bed family accommodation and  1 bed flats.

The Parkfield and Cheapside flats and Barleyfield area have communal green spaces.

People

There is a broad range of age groups living across the neighbourhoods. Approximately 50% of households describe themselves as White British. Black African and Polish households in Wood Street  and Cheapside are higher than RBH average.

Access, transport and facilities

All neighbourhoods are within walking distance to Middleton town centre and on major bus routes to Manchester and Rochdale. There are two GP surgeries within walking distance in the neighbourhoods

Wood Street, Parkfield and Cheapside in depth

Home & environment

Levels of satisfaction with the home is good in all neighbourhoods. Satisfaction with how the neighbourhood looks is less positive. Parts of the neighbourhood include  open communal green space and parking areas. There is a play area in Barleyfield

So Far

  • Cheapside has undergone a series of improvement works,  window and door replacement in 2014/15 as well as kitchen and bathroom replacements in 12/13.
  • Wood Street has undergone improvement works including window and door replacement in 15/16 as well as kitchen and bathroom replacement in 2014/15.
  • Environmental and parking improvements have been undertaken in Parkfield and Cheapside

 

Future Action

  • A painting programme is scheduled for Wood Street and Parkfield 2017/18
  • Quarterly neighbourhood inspection will be used to identify an environmental issues in communal areas
  • Work will be undertaken to improve green spaces in Wood Street neighbourhood

Community

Satisfaction with living in these neighbourhood is less positive and the number of people who felt the neighbourhood was friendly was low. The levels of crime and anti social behaviour are slightly higher than average in Wood Street neighbourhoods. Whilst RBH membership in neighbourhoods 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.

Money

All the  neighbourhoods have relatively high benefit dependency. As such, welfare benefit changes and the roll out of Universal Credit continues to affect people living in these neighbourhoods. Levels of households experiencing debt or maintaining income 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: Wood Street, Parkfield and Cheapside

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.

Wood Street Parkfield and Cheapside Priorities

  • Improvements to green spaces
  • Improving well being and 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.

Download Decide Together Guidance and Decide Together Ideas Form