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Letter: Nothing new from RBH regarding College Bank and Lower Falinge

Date published: 24 September 2017


Dear Editor,
 
I am sorry to say that there is nothing new in the statement by RBH regarding College Bank and Lower Falinge.

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/112547/rbh-guarantees-town-centre-homes-for-residents-at-college-bank-and-lower-falinge-if-flats-are-demolished

The so-called 'Residents Deal' is a non deal and an attempt talk residents into accepting rehousing around the town centre, which our residents will not do.

I am only referring to College Bank because I refuse to put both estates in the same context. We are completely different communities with different needs.

Our homes are also built to such a high standard that there is no social housing in the Borough up to their standard and it is highly unlikely that such will be constructed.

They say they have visited 300 residents on both estates, but we have almost 600 signatures of residents on College Bank alone who are opposed to demolition.

If RBH management were to exercise a brain cell of lateral thinking, then they would see the potential of tenure that College Bank properties could offer.

For example, our 'bed-sits', which they want to scrap completely, are far more spacious and considerably less expensive than a studio apartment that could be rented for commuters to Manchester from Salford Quays, and our commuter routes are more diverse.

All our flats (or apartments as we would prefer) have incredible potential and need looking at with different eyes.

Yours,

Robin Parker,
Save Seven Sisters

The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Rochdale Online.


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