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INSANE SALFORD COUNCIL DEMOLITION DISGRACE
 

Star date: 2nd March 2012

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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL DEMOLISHES FIT 100 YEAR OLD HOUSES WHILE NEW BUILD HOUSES CRUMBLE

Salford Council is continuing to demolish every single house in the Top Streets of Higher Broughton, bar six in Devonshire Street. The houses have stood for over 100 years. Meanwhile, new properties built on Vincent Street, in New Devonshire Square and in Broughton Green have had to have extensive repair work done on them.

Our photo of a house in Cardiff Street in the Top Streets, being demolished yesterday, shows a poster of David Bowie with the ironic message `Aladdin Sane'…

Full story here…


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One day, someone will write the book about the destruction and community clearance that's gone on in Higher Broughton. Unfortunately there isn't the space on the net to delve into the dodgy dealings, hoodwinking and misinformation that has led to over 400 houses being destroyed in the Top and Bottom Streets of Higher Broughton. Instead, today the Salford Star begins a series called THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD…

PART 1 – ALADDIN SANE

In Cardiff Street, on the Top Streets of Higher Broughton yesterday, workmen were busy stripping out terraced houses that are over 100 years old, in preparation for demolition.

Through a windowless front room the only remnant of the previous occupants is a wall full of posters. The biggest poster viewable is of David Bowie with the legend `Aladdin Sane' printed underneath. Bowie's crazed eyes look out onto the destruction. It's a perfect metaphor for what's happening in Higher Broughton.

By the time the bulldozers have finished there will be just six original houses left standing out of over 400 in the Top and Bottom Streets. The houses are not being demolished because they are slums or in disrepair. They are being knocked down only because, according to Salford Council, there is "low demand for housing of this type".

This is the rhetoric used by the previous Labour Government and its now discredited Pathfinder project which was responsible for destroying tens of thousands of traditional houses all over the country. Already trashed in the Top Streets have been a stunning old dairy, large four bedroom houses, and streets full of traditional terraces.

In their place, Salford Council has built new properties on Vincent Street, in New Devonshire Square and in Broughton Green. All of these developments, have already had repair work done on them, despite being built over the last five years.

In Broughton Green and New Devonshire Square, window surrounds have bowed, while on Vincent Street whole front sections of the houses are currently being replaced with `sterling board' which looks like glorified chip board. This work has been ongoing since January.

Yet these in Vincent Street were supposed to be `state-of-the-art' houses for the displaced community (all 19 of them!) who paid up to £135,000 for the privilege of living there. Those who bought the properties were left with `equity loans' of up to £50,000, and, according to a Salford Council evaluation, 30% of the residents were `dissatisfied' with how they were sold the financial package (see here). We understand that two residents of Vincent Street have died recently, never having seen the benefits of the Top Streets regeneration.

The contrast between the old sturdy houses being bulldozed and the new flimsy houses next door having repair work is a sad sight indeed. And the last memory of one side of Cardiff Street is of those crazed David Bowie eyes screaming `Aladdin Sane'…

See related Salford Star story - Salford Sheriff to Evict Resident at High Noon - click here

For the full history of  Higher Broughton just enter the words Top Streets into our website search engine at the top of the page...

See also Salford Star's The Assassination Of A Comunity - click here

 

Told lies? wrote
at 09:28:51 on 01 July 2015
The council and developers came up with renovation costs of over £100,000 a property before claiming it was not viable to continue with the plans to retain 19 houses on King Street. An article in the Daily Mirror 30/06/2015 showed a woman in Liverpool who had renovated the house she bought for £1, for £30,000. It makes you wonder how Salford council come up with figures to justify decisions made about developments.
 
kath Beckett wrote
at 10:18:11 on 22 October 2014
John Crowes comments brought things back to me. I have already commented on the houses in Norbury st Salford. I lived in Hacking St. Cheetham..border of Salford....I watched the semi council houses being built in 1973...I got one of these by exchsnge in 1975...The semis were all built behind each other so peoples front doors and kitchens overlooked peoples bk gardens. They were pulled down 23 years later. The insides wrre well designed for families bit looked like boxes from the outside. New ones have been built in place but the area is a Ghost town. They are better ..the layout..but you never see anyone. The older houses are probably still being paid for. It's the architects that are at fault. Kath Beckett.
 
tweety pie wrote
at 05:01:15 on 29 June 2012
I,m not suggesting that there is something illegal going on here. As "famous people" get free goods for mentioning products or businesses when they "Tweet", I wonder if any of our Salford council Tw-ts have said anything about Regeneration @peelholdings? They do seem to be involved in a lot of regeneration projects in Salford.
 
kath beckett wrote
at 07:00:45 on 02 April 2012
I lived in Norbury st. From 1953 when I was 3. Every third and fourth house has been knocked and made into semis..rhe spaces are used for wheelie bins. 20 yrs ago after the houses were modernised people were throwing their rubbish into the entries..dirty nappies etc. Instead of putting their rubbish out on bin day. In the 50s people kept the entries and streets clean.These houses and all of the ones off Leicester road would still be standing if people took pride in the area. It is always the people NOT the houses that were at fault. How come terraced houses in Prestwich which are a lit older don,t have this problem. The people who made the mess should,ve ben evicted by Irwell valley housing. They have properties in Prestwich that are older and they,re still standing.
 
mark dwyer wrote
at 11:46:24 on 30 March 2012
absolute shame to see this and shame on the planks who make these decisions about people of such a strong communeity absolute shame breaks my heart
 
maureen walsh wrote
at 19:00:26 on 05 March 2012
Iam 72 years old and there is now just a shop,my self and a neighbour left in my terrace, Oldham council have knocked down 20 terraces and because I fought along with others for eight years including going to high court iam being punished and stabbed in the back
 
Marie Piekarski wrote
at 21:33:03 on 04 March 2012
This doesnt surprise me! Salford Council sold off the Salford Market and demolished many solid red brick houses which were still better than the new build plasterboard boxes people are expected to live in! not to mention buildings of heritage which had served generations and only added character to the area.
 
Val Broadbent wrote
at 20:44:58 on 04 March 2012
To add to John Crowe's post... There were far newer properties demolished in Lr. Broughton... Ascension Rd. (22 yrs) Countess Grove (22 Yrs) Earl St. (17 yrs) Lord St Council houses (22 yrs) Lord St Private homes (12 yrs).. We were treated like slum clearance. This disgrace was passed off as, we were being moved from "crumbling Victorian terraces that had fallen into disrepair".. Not one single property was old or crumbling. I thought the Pathfinder money was supposed to be used to get rid of old properties... Not true in Lr. Broughton.
 
Val Broadbent wrote
at 21:06:41 on 03 March 2012
It's happened in Lr. Broughton as well... Perfectly good modern homes demolished, some less than 15 years old in the name of regeneration. 4 years down the line my 'New' house is in constant need of repair. I was turfed out of a purpose built energy efficient home designed by Salford University (built 1984) if they hadn't been demolished they would have met the 2016 regulations and plonked into this wooden box they call a modern eco home that doesn't even meet the 2010 regulations. To date I have had to have the front and back dug up to put drains in, the roof repaired, the kitchen ceiling replaced 5 times... the latest one is the skirting boards in the kitchen are rotting off the wall. This is as well as all the 'minor' repairs to sinks, burst pipes and broken or missing light switches and plug sockets. You could count on one hand the number of times the old house had to be repaired in the 22 years I lived there.
 
100 years? wrote
at 21:06:35 on 03 March 2012
I wonder if those new houses will still be standing in 100 years time LOL!
 
john crowe wrote
at 21:04:38 on 03 March 2012
who named them top streets for goodness sake, they were a dump 25 yrs ago.., the real scandal is the demolition of houses in lr broughton built just 35yrs ago to parker/morris standards...dalley ave sussex st etc i have photographed the lot,it is municipal vandalism on a grand scale....who the hell is responsible for this?
 
caroline wrote
at 07:39:03 on 03 March 2012
u are aware this is all over u.k. If we can form a net work...of all u.k. it may be possable to get somewere. .
 
Harry Hardcastle wrote
at 11:15:11 on 02 March 2012
This is clearly a policy of Ethnic Cleansing . Salford Residents will not benefit from this insanity . There is a rotton stench about all this that demands thorough external and independent investigation , especially the methods used to cheat people of the full value of their homes .
 
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