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Star date: 2nd September 2011

FRED WEST AND REAL LIFE DRAMA IN HIGHER BROUGHTON

Appropriate Adult, the two-part drama centred around serial killers Fred and Rose West, begins on ITV this Sunday. The scenes for the Wests' house in Cromwell Street were actually shot in Cardiff Street in the Top Streets of Higher Broughton. But in and around these streets are the real life horror stories of residents stuck in regeneration hell.

And on Monday, it's exactly six years since the real life Salford sheriff arrived with a posse of police to physically kick two brothers out of their home…

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On Sunday night, the first part of the Fred and Rose West drama, Appropriate Adult, is being shown on ITV. Scenes surrounding the Wests' Cromwell Street home were filmed in Cardiff Street in the Top Streets of Higher Broughton, as exclusively revealed by Salford Star last March (see here).

But while tv film crews have been using the tinned up properties as sets (see here) Salford Council has been trying to demolish every house in the Top Streets for the past two years, despite the efforts of local residents to save them, and despite there being no developer in sight to build new houses.

Residents in Cardiff Street and the nearby Devonshire Street have a High Court injunction to try and stop Salford City Council demolishing their homes, after the Council promised to refurbish 23 properties and then didn't (see here). That case should have been in court nearly two years ago (see here)but the residents have been living in limbo while the case has been delayed and delayed. It's supposed to be back in the High Court on September 9th.

Meanwhile, on Monday, it will be exactly six years since the Griffiths brothers, Guy and Jimmy, were evicted from their home in the Bottom Streets by the local sheriff and a posse of police. They were the first people in the country to be physically chucked out under the then Government's discredited Pathfinder scheme (see here).

The brothers were turfed out of their home in a hurry to make way for a community hub and sports field which is still not open. Two years ago a Land Tribunal ruled that Salford Council had undervalued Jimmy's house by a whopping 42% (see here). And, since that decision Jimmy is still waiting for his compensation disturbance payment from the Council, despite submitting all the receipts nearly two years ago.

Meanwhile, Guy Griffiths, whose house in the Bottom Streets was similarly undervalued and demolished, had bought a house in the Top Streets only to find a CPO (Compulsory Purchase Order) slapped on the area and residents being moved out.

Last September, Guy was involved in a real life horror drama as he saw a hand coming through his attic door, a thief trying to break into his home. The bloke had smashed through five other empty attics in the street to get to the occupied house (see here).

Living in fear and isolation is a constant for residents left behind in the demolition zone of the Top Streets, as verified by Salford council itself (see here).

Unsurprisingly, Guy Griffiths, having lived through demolition hell for over a decade, wants to leave Salford forever. But the Council won't give him the £25,000 `discretionary' relocation grant, arguing that he has to stay in Salford to receive it. He's still fighting the decision and the case is about to come up before Salford Council's Housing Panel very soon.

While viewers will see just a glimpse of the Top Streets in Appropriate Adult, behind the ITV drama is a real life drama that has already been running for years.

"It seems very strange after all this time that Salford Council still hasn't got a developer ready to build or renovate and the only use for the streets is for film sets" says Guy Griffiths "I'd love to see everyone from the Council who has been involved with this regeneration come and have a walk around the place and say they've done a good job."

Appropriate Adult is on ITV Sunday 4th September  

See previous Salford Star stories on the Top Streets...

* Demolition Derby in Top Streets - click here

* Demolition Challenge - click here

* Fear and Loathing in Higher Broughton - click here

* Salford Star Higher Broughton Inquiry Call - click here

Less than market value wrote
at 10:10:36 on 30 January 2012
A certain labour councillor stated that the council cannot pay more or less than the market value for the houses. However, the people who did not go to a land tribunal were clearly paid less than market value, in both the top and bottom streets of the area. I dont see the council in any rush to correct this.
 
Al Fourkem wrote
at 21:37:51 on 29 January 2012
It is just not possible to undervalue property by 42% without corrupt business practice. The swindling cheats and liars involved in this farce must be investigated for corruption , and , when proven as is inevitable ,jailed accordingly . What a disgusting way to treat homeowners , yet so typical of this corrupt hellhole dead city .
 
SOLLYWOOD wrote
at 13:24:50 on 29 January 2012
Another film crew were filming in Cardiff Street on Saturday. Is this the "regeneration"---film crews using the remaining houses for location shoots? It would be nice if the top parts of Cardiff Street and King Street were renovated (which could be done in about 3 months)to bring quality built houses back onto the property market and to preserve some heritage as well as providing film crews with somewhere to go to.
 
DAVE HATES POLITICIANS wrote
at 12:52:24 on 25 December 2011
Undervalued property by 42% ??????????? The rotton stench of the VOA is involved in this . This is the same inept government gang who are responsible for ' property valuations' for the extortion that is council tax . The scandal of incorrect valuations for millions of council-taxpayers , resulting in higher bandings ,and higher council tax extortion, is another scandal about to break into the public arena . I hope 2012 is the year the grubby dealings of all corrupt government agencies is exposed , and the anger of the People smashes them all . The stench of Corruption permeats every facet of this Rotton Society .
 
Vernon Protheroe wrote
at 20:55:33 on 14 September 2011
Salford council must explain how they undervalued property by 42% , and how many times have they made similar ' errors ' .
 
Chris york wrote
at 06:35:32 on 12 September 2011
i fort it was really good.. but feel really sorry for the west family and all the victims involved.
 
J P wrote
at 21:05:19 on 04 September 2011
The 'Community' Hub that is about to be opened on this site has been built on a whole community that has been demolished and cleared. Hence, no community to inhabit the community hub? The area is desolate. Virtually every street, pub, school, shop,cinema, care home, club, etc has been removed.
 
pw. wrote
at 17:20:58 on 03 September 2011
That is a real shame. I wonder if the council people involved will take up Mr. Griffiths offer of a walk round the area? I bet they are all safe in their houses and picked up a load of money making that mess.
 
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