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From Public Urination To Public obstruction RBH under fire again.

RBH (Rochdale Boroughwide Housing) has come under fire again this time for putting members of the public at risk and causing an obstruction.


Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (Unique Enterprise Centre, Belfield Road, Rochdale, OL16 2UP)


Rochdale Boroughwide housing has come under fire in recent months for various issues that has come to light including a member of the ground maintenance team urinating on someone's property in broad daylight.


The RBH employee who cannot be named was working for the housing association on a contract basis from an agency company when the incident occurred. The Male could be seen from CCTV footage with his pants down urinating while wearing an RBH hi-viz.


The issue was raised with the Interim Chief Executive for RBH Yvonne Arrowsmith who agreed the behaviour was unacceptable and did not show the correct standards that RBH expects from its employees.


Yvonne Arrowsmith, Was quick to claim that the person at the centre of the complaint was an agency worker and went on to state that the person will no longer be providing a service to RBH.


In July 2023 another issue was raised after members of the public on a school run were forced to step into an active road with their children after RBH employees obstructed the pavement with their company vehicles.


The vans which can clearly be seen parking completely on the pavement causing an obstruction to members of the public. In the image, you can see that despite there being plenty of free available spaces RBH took the inconsiderate decision and parked on the pavement posing a risk to anyone who wishes to use the pathway.


Yvonne Arrowsmith was once again contacted regarding the issue where she rejected the claims that the vehicles posed any risk to the general public.


As seen in emails sent to Ms Arrowsmith the complainant points out how this could be a breach of the Equality Act 2010 and The Highways Act 1980 the complainant continues to state that this could pose a significant risk in the Equality Act 2010 as this could affect a wide variety of people.


But what does the law say?

At the moment there are two important pieces of legislation to discourage people from parking on pavements - The Equality Act 2010 and The Highways Act 1980.


These acts require the highways authorities to ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against when travelling on the pavements and the roads and that pavements are kept clear of obstructions.


Disabled pedestrians can often find it difficult to get by if a vehicle is blocking the pavement. They could have to resort to going into the road in order to get around the vehicle and, for wheelchair users, this could also mean staying on the road until there is another drop kerb for them to access the pavement again.


People with guide dogs as well as families with small children and pushchairs can also experience such difficulties.


Yvonne Arrowsmith has failed to acknowledge how this could affect members of the public and went on to say " I am disappointed in your statement that you don't believe we take health and safety seriously and that you believe we are a risk to public safety. These are very serious allegations and I can assure you that this is taken very seriously at RBH,"


Ms Arrowssmith went on to accuse the complainant of using threatening behaviour after the complainant mentioned that they would be going to the media about the matter as it's not fair how if it was anyone else they would have gotten a ticket or gotten towed at the owner's expense.


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