Firstly, we must welcome the tenants and residents who
do not normally receive our newsletter.
reason you are included this time is because the
Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy boundary for Hollin
includes more homes than are recognised as being on
Hollin. These include everyone on Gladewood Estate
and residents on Hollin Lane and Rochdale Road.
What is the
Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy and what has it to do
is a Government initiative to help disadvantaged
neighbourhoods, like Hollin, to improve the levels of
services being provided by agencies such as Health,
Education, Housing, Environment, etc. It is to
encourage these agencies to make their services more
local, if that is what is needed, and to listen to
what people want and need and respond accordingly.
Why are we
telling you this?
we need your input, your ideas, your suggestions and
we need you to tell us what is right and what is wrong
with the services provided to you, your neighbourhood
and, if necessary, even your street.
included a questionnaire with this newsletter. We
must apologise for its length but we really do need to
know this information in order to feed it back to the
agencies in the form of a Local Action Plan. It
should only take 10—15 minutes to complete. Some of
it may not be applicable to you, if so, just ignore
those questions but please complete as many as
enclosed a pre-paid envelope for you to return your
questionnaire to us. We have to use Rochdale MBC’s
pre-paid system as we can’t run this system through
Hollin EMB. But don’t worry, they will be returned to
us and no-one at RMBC will be looking at the
also included a card asking for your name and address
so that you can be entered into a prize draw which is
a way of saying thank you for taking time to complete
the questionnaire. Again these will be separated from
your answers and not compared with them to find out
who you are. The whole
process will be strictly confidential.
However, if you are passing the EMB office - which is
at 48 Nowell Road (between the Chip Shop and the
Newsagents) - you can drop off your questionnaire and
card and separate them yourself at the same time as
choosing a gift from us. Again a way of saying thank
you for completing the form.
gifts are varied and include a free meal at the Chippy,
money off your newspapers or money off your weekly
shop - all at the local shops. If these don’t appeal
we have a selection of beauty items, toys, personal
gifts, etc. Unfortunately we cannot give anything to
those of you who prefer to post your questionnaire but
you can still be included in the prize draw. Also we
cannot offer these to young people under the age of 18
but we are arranging a trip out to a paint ball
session which will be free to young people aged
between 12 and 25 years old. Please see the back page
for more details.
What’s the prize
first prize is £100 and there are many, many more
prizes for you to win.
need help in completing the questionnaire, or can’t
get to the office but would to choose a gift, please
let us know and we will do all we can to help you.
Finally, thank you in advance for complete the
Boroughwide Housing is looking for help.
At a recent Area Board meeting at the
Middleton Civic Centre, the representatives
from various Tenants’ and Residents’
Associations were asked if they would
approve RBH’s suggestion of Tenant
Inspectors to assist the local caretakers in
carrying out twice yearly inspections of
the various areas around Middleton.
The TRA representatives approved the
suggestion and we are now bringing
this to you. The proposal is that there
are a team of Neighbourhood Environmental Inspectors
throughout each estate.
Each volunteer would accompany the Senior
Caretaker on twice yearly checks. One inspection
would be in Spring and the other in
Autumn. The areas to be covered would be at the
of the volunteer and the Caretaker, this
could be as small as one or two roads or as large as
five, depending on the size of the
streets and the time and interest of the volunteer.
We are now looking
for Hollin representatives and need your help.
Do you have a couple of hours to spare,
twice a year? Are you interested in your neighbourhood?
and feel you want to do your part in
identifying the ‘Grot Spots’?
If so, then contact Barbara at Hollin EMB
office on 654 6686 or Paul Sinclair, Area Housing
Manager on 655 3922 .
Young people have an
experience at Paint Ball centre.
a reward for completing the NRS questionnaire, a group
of young people were taken to Knutsford for the day and
treated to several games of Paintball. They were
accompanied by Paul Sinclair the Hollin Housing Manager
who was definitely the target of the day.
had a wonderful day” said Paul, “but it will be a long
time before my bruises disappear”.
Although there were vacancies for 45 young people, only
15 took up our offer of a free trip. Everyone said they
had a great time and want to be on the list for the next
The main outcome of completing the
questionnaires regarding young people is that the young
people themselves say they have no where to go and
nothing to do. Consequently we are looking at getting a
youth shelter and multi-activity play areas where young
people can call their own. Our main problem is ‘where
do we put them?” We will soon be carrying out
consultation in the areas we are looking at and hope
that the local residents will approve of the chosen