The future... 
I have seen the future of housing, and I believe the market does not, and cannot, work in our interest. This is something that the recent history of regeneration in Greater Manchester should tell us. Housing as lucrative investment opportunity, yes, housing that meets actual needs... not so much. The present waiting list for social housing in Greater Manchester amounts to 80000 and counting. Homelessness is visibly, utterly shamefully, growing exponentially, compounded by the utterly dishonest labelling of vulnerable, damaged people as aggressive beggars. One of those bastards is responsible for regeneration in our borough - I know, couldn't make it up etc...
Which brings me neatly to the regeneration proposals. The ones where we have plenty of input, but no control at all, with this faux mutual. The solution has to based, ultimately, in government investment in housing benefit, because the market is not going to provide us with a solution. As far as we're concerned, at Lower Falinge, I think the answer could well lie in a genuine, tenant managed housing co-operative, an alternative I intend to explore in future blogs. Bye for now...

Interesting Times for Lower Falinge

Cherry trees in springtime on Lower Falinge in Rochdale.

Things are changing. Rochdale Boroughwide Housing has decided on a dramatic plan to demolish half of the blocks. There are obviously mixed feelings about this development, but at the moment there are not many details of what will replace the homes being brought down. Here are a few links that may be useful during this uncertain period.

Lower Falinge Community Activity Group, the local Tenants & Residents Association, has provided a Facebook Group for residents to discuss the plans.

RBH has provided a Facebook page for news and discussion: A Stronger Future For College Bank and Lower Falinge. They also provide news and information on their own website about the regeneration on here and on College Bank: College Bank and Lower Falinge: Latest Updates.

There is a Lower Falinge Facebook Page at facebook.com/lowerfalinge, feel free to drop by and contribute. We are also on Twitter as @lowerfalinge, please follow us there and say hello. 😀

Christmas Cheer 2011

The second Lower Falinge Christmas Cheer event will be on 14th December 2011 6.30pm in front of Newstead.

There will be carol singing accompanied by the Salvation Army Band and Father Christmas, followed by a nativity play with coffee and mince pies at Hebron Church, Howard Street.

For more details please contact Jackie Robinson on 07570 040 983.

Furniture flog-it day

The Rochdale Boroughwide Housing Money Matters Team are selling furniture at bargain prices.

It is happening on Tuesday 10th May from 2-4pm at the garages near the end of Melrose.

Also the Lower Falinge Gardening Group will be doing some gardening on the Melrose play area and would love it if people want to join in.

For more details contact Louise Keenan on 07976 038 197.

3:2:1 Celebration

Come and join the Lower Falinge Junior Wardens celebrate:

Chinese New Year

Easter

&

The Royal Wedding

Also there will be a parade by the Junior Wardens showing off their outfits, the opening of the greenhouse, face painting, henna and food!

So join them at the Community Base on Newstead at 3:15pm Wednesday the 27th of April.

(With help from the Rochdale Boroughwide Housing staff.)

Printemps

Springtime at last. The cherry blossoms are really beautiful at this time of year.

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