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where we live matters, rochdale masterplan

Mr Azim, textile worker in the UK for 27 years: "People always want to talk about important issues at election time; afterwards it’s all forgotten. They should do something about all areas. It’s about time they delivered."

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where we live matters, rochdale masterplan

Debbie and her son Ali: "My husband is a Muslim. Initially I thought it was going to be a problem, but our families and friends have been very supportive. We take each day as it comes."

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where we live matters, rochdale masterplan

Mobeen owns Mobs sandwich bar and is a local football team sponsor.  "We’re close to the city, the Pennines and we’ve got the best tasting water in the UK."

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where we live matters, rochdale masterplan

Pat in her garden, married to Tony: "I’m from Barnsley cock! I moved ‘ere in ’89 to be with Tony and it’s been whoopee all t’way!"

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where we live matters, rochdale masterplan

Miriam owns Umar clothes house, studies psychology and creative writing. "I’d only leave Rochdale if Hollywood came banging at my door!"

 

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where we live matters, rochdale masterplan

Anne moved from Preston to be with Mel, a retired ambulance driver.  A: "My hay fever’s playing me up…"  M: "I get her to cut the grass and the stuff her pillows with it! Housing has got better, Rochdale has its problems but it’s a cracking place to be."

 

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where we live matters, rochdale masterplan

Proud to be Kashmiri football players: "Housing has improved and there’s a good atmosphere. The people of Rochdale are united: they live together."

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John goes to all the Rochdale games. He wants to be a plumber like his dad.  "I go to an all-English school. The food’s skanky. One Pakistani friend plays footy with us. We play more in the streets than on a field. We need a kick pitch."

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where we live matters, rochdale masterplan

Jamshed, Artist: "I really considered leaving Rochdale. There is a limited understanding of what art is, you really need to consider your audience. But the time now is fertile, I want to be here."

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where we live matters, rochdale masterplan

John works for conservation contracts: "We filled five skips up with junk that was just lying around. Now it’s going to look greener - it benefits everybody."