Letter: Rochdale among the north west's worst 10 blackspots

Date published: 05 May 2018

Dear Editor,

What a damning condemnation two recent articles on your website "Rochdale among the north west's worst 10 blackspots for living" 30 April and "Rochdale's economy one of the least vibrant in Greater Manchester" 1 May paint of Rochdale.

It would be interesting to hear from the leader of the council what they propose to do to improve the situation, however I hold my breath expecting it will be the same bunch of clueless deadbeats to still be driving the borough at full speed onto the rocks.

As a child in the late 40s/early 50s my mother and aunt would take me by bus into Rochdale and Bury to tour the shops.

In Rochdale, Drake Street, The Esplanade, Yorkshire Street, etc teemed with locally owned and managed shops.

Today, I avoid Rochdale, the development of the town centre has been a total disaster, The Exchange development was okay, however the market (Noddyland) was a total disaster,

What has followed has only compounded the problem, first The Wheatsheaf and now the Riverside development show a total lack of joined up thinking by the council and its planning department.

Today, all my family still living in the borough now drive to Bury, some travelling across Rochdale to shop.

When you arrive in Bury there is abundant parking, it is mainly traffic free, on the flat and the market is as good as you will find in the country.

By the way have you looked at your council tax bill across the ten Greater Manchester authorities on a scale of lowest one, Trafford, highest 10 (Stockport), Rochdale is number eight. Example, band A in Trafford pays £990, in Rochdale £1,176; the highest band, H, Trafford £2,970, approximately 16% less than in Rochdale at £3,527.


Colin Brown

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