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FRED WEST HOUSE IN SALFORD DEMOLISHED
 

Star date: 22nd December 2011

TOP STREETS DEMOLITION: PART 1

APPROPRIATE ADULT HOUSE DEMOLISHED IN THE TOP STREETS OF HIGHER BROUGHTON

"These properties are unique surviving examples of a working class Northern neighbourhood" SAVE Britain's Heritage letter to Eric Pickles.

The house used for filming Appropriate Adult, the ITV drama centred around serial killers Fred and Rose, has today been demolished as part of the clearance of over 240 houses in the Top Streets of Higher Broughton, despite a previous High Court injunction and late efforts to save them by SAVE Britain's Heritage.
 
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Back in February, surviving residents of the Top Streets in Higher Broughton got a shock when workmen turned up and began renovating some terraced houses on Cardiff Street that Salford Council had earmarked for demolition.

It turned out that it was merely a temporary measure, as the end terrace was to be used to double for Fred and Rose West's house in Cromwell Street for the ITV film, Appropriate Adult.

The tv drama, starring Emily Watson and Dominic West, was shown in September this year to critical acclaim. But the loss of over 240 houses in the Top Streets, including the famous end terrace in Cardiff Street, has met with pure criticism.

Three residents of the Top Streets had a High Court injunction which prevented Salford Council from demolishing any of the houses until they had been guaranteed alternative refurbished houses. After two years, this was lifted last month, and in October lawyers acting for SAVE Britain's Heritage wrote to Communities and Local Government Minister Eric Pickles, arguing that the whole clearance process was flawed, as no Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) had been carried out.

The lawyers explained that any EIA would have had to include the cultural heritage of the houses, which is underlined by film crews using the houses as sets for Coronation Street, Appropriate Adult and other dramas…

"These houses are unique surviving examples of a working class Northern neighbourhood" the lawyers explained "For this reason a proper EIA assessment would be the mechanism for the Council to consult on the cultural heritage issues and to solicit the views of statutory consultees as to the heritage value.

"By side-stepping the EIA procedure" the lawyers added "the Council relies on supposition without a full assessment in a situation which once demolition is complete would be irrevocable."

Pickles probably put the letter in the bin, and now the bulldozers have trashed the famous houses on Cardiff Street – at a time when everyone is talking about Christmas homelessness and empty properties.

For Guy Griffiths, who is one of only four surviving residents in the Top Streets, Salford Council has demolished good houses in order to bulldoze a social problem which could have been dealt with years ago…

"They've had this thing called Section 215 since around 1992 whereby they can take a house off someone or serve a notice to get it renovated, and if they'd actually used this policy they would never had let the area get into the state it had got into" he explains "There wasn't a problem with the houses as such, there was an anti-social element and if they had dealt with that, the houses would have been fine."

The drama in the Top Streets went further than Fred West…

For the full background story on the houses and Appropriate Adult click here and follow the links

See TOP STREETS DEMOLITION: PART 2
Coming soon…

 

Ripped-off Taxpayer wrote
at 11:18:32 on 05 January 2012
They are indeed a shower of shite . Typical of this corrupt , venal , vicious gang of shite to resort to bullying tactics to get their own corrupt way . Fight on , Mr Griffiths . We are with you . The sooner we kick this shower of shite back into the gutter they crawled out of , the better .
 
G,Griffiths wrote
at 08:37:16 on 03 January 2012
I am again facing eviction by the council from my current home. I got a nice threatening email from Paul Walker just before Christmas. I have been waiting over 10 weeks for a response to a question about disturbance money. I want the council to agree to the things they will pay for before I move because my brother has still not been paid out OR even had a detailed breakdown of the council,s "Offer", despite him submitting all the bills over 2 years ago, following on from the land tribunal result. What a shower of S--t- this lot are.
 
Graham Cooper wrote
at 17:19:33 on 30 December 2011
There is a continued use of " land banking " by this council in its attempt to control blocks of future building space for themselves and developers.This land alongside others in Charlstown,langworthy and Higher broughton to name a few are without commitment from developers or any real plans for the future!They are what could be classed as "Banked" and in the pocket so to speak! The monies spent on these clearences has been used in a non cost effective way-often influenced by funding time scales that have no bearing on reality. The last ten years has seen 100s of millions of pounds spent on purchasing private housing and replacing with affordable versions at 120k a pop! If you look at the mass of marketing produced by the now defunct regeneration organisations over the last 15 years, it proclaims that local people wanted these changes.Therein lies the problem. This council will smile widely and proclaim that it was indeed the community who asked for these changes and it is now the fault of the recession etc etc why these sites are stagnating. There are many areas still impacted by decisions previously made on their behalf by councillors and community representives that have been neglected/forgotten since there funding has ceased. The trail for laying blame gets easier in these circumstances. I myself have seen councillors laying blame on gov/community and visa versa in the last year. The real crime is the loss of communities tore apart by broken promises. The lack of continuity of decision previously made by those entrusted with these tasks by the communities they are said to " Represent " is invalidated by its lack of endorsements/knowledge of those impacted. There has also been the loss of utilizing all that funding to effect real and sustainable change within these parts of Salford.
 
Ian OBrien wrote
at 17:06:21 on 28 December 2011
Exactly the same thing they did to the Langworthy area when getting ready to flog it off to Urban Splash. It is easy peasy - first of all you move a couple of seriously criminal problem families into the neighbourhood, along come their friends and relations and within a couple of years the area is high crime and the property prices are through the floor. Next thing in come Salford council, usually hand in hand with some seedy developer, and start to 'regenerate' the area into something with far too expensive and gerry built (no offense) homes. Salford Council, as an organisation, is either as negligent as the Tory central Government, or bent as a nine bob note. Which is it? You decide. Lets see how many commenters here think the council is bent to the core.
 
A.Riley wrote
at 12:53:04 on 25 December 2011
It was a nice area. The council and other authority,s should have targeted the social problems in the mid 90,s, rather than running the area down and then putting a Cpo on it. They ripped off the owners, took government grants for demolishing and did deals with private companies. The homeowners were the people who lost out. How fair is that. How long do you think the cardboard houses they have built will last? I,d put money on it being nowhere near the 100 plus years these have stood. When they do come to demolish them in about 20 years, they will get the big bad wolf to huff and puff as the houses are so crap.
 
Donna Benjamin wrote
at 17:45:19 on 23 December 2011
Absolutely criminal. I spent most of my life in Higher Broughton and our first home when we got married was in Cardiff Street. A lovely Street with good neighbours. Unbelievable that perfectly good house are being demolished when the Council's have huge lists of people waiting for housing and so very many people remain homeless or costing a fortune in Bed and Breakfast accomodation.
 
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