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SALFORD SHERIFF TO EVICT RESIDENT AT HIGH NOON
 

Star date: 2nd March 2012

A Salford Star Exclusive

SEVEN DAYS FOR HIGHER BROUGHTON RESIDENT TO LEAVE TOWN – OR THE SHERIFF COMES IN…

Salford Council has given a Higher Broughton resident less than seven days' notice to leave his home. He has to be out by noon next Wednesday or else the Sheriff will be riding into Higher Broughton…for the first time since, er, the last time the Sheriff evicted the same bloke…

Yes, the Sheriff is after Guy Griffiths again – six and a half years since he and his brother were forcefully evicted from their home in the Bottom Streets of Higher Broughton. Victimisation?

Full story here…


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It was on 5th September 2005 that Guy Griffiths and his brother Jimmy were physically evicted from their home in Hampshire Street, Higher Broughton. Jimmy subsequently wrote about the experience in Salford Star (Issue 4)… "Three removal vans, an ambulance, half a dozen police officers, the radio, the tv, the Sheriff and enough deputies to make Wyatt Earp jealous…For the privilege of being evicted from my own home…I was charged over £900…"

Six and a half years later, the Sheriff is polishing his saddle and getting ready to ride back into town to evict Guy Griffiths from the Leicester Road house he bought after he was chucked out of his last home…

Guy has got until noon on Wednesday to hand over his keys or it's the police, the ambulance, the Sheriff and his deputies all over again. Guy's house is under a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in the Top Streets of Higher Broughton, where everything around in being bulldozed in one of Salford Council's longest and most bitter stand offs with its community.

There has already been a High Court case involving three other residents trying to save houses in the area. And the fall out will leave just six original houses standing out of hundreds that were once there. The bulldozers have already flattened most of the area and are now at Guy's door. He's not trying to save his house, he's just trying to get a fair deal from Salford Council, which, after his last bitter experience, he doesn't trust.

For over a year, Salford Star and selected Salford councillors have been copied into e-mails between Guy Griffiths and Council Leader John Merry, plus various other Council bods, including Sustainable Regeneration Director, Paul Walker, regarding negotiations about a move. Guy's waited months for replies to e-mails. Now he's been given less than seven days to surrender his keys…

"Ninety per cent of the value of the house was advanced a month ago but I was waiting for a letter about what they would pay for disturbance for four months, and that letter only came last week" says Guy "So to put it into perspective, it takes them four months to answer a letter yet I'm supposed to go out and buy a house in a month.

"Realistically if you find a house it's going to take three months before it completes and I wanted to avoid two moves" he adds "I just wanted to find a place, get my stuff and go. Now, they'll offer me some crappy flat – obviously I wouldn't get everything in there so I will be laying out for storage and rent as well. What I wanted was leaving alone until such a time as I could buy a house, make one move and go."

Guy expected at least 28 days notice but an enforcement letter came through on Wednesday and now he has until noon next Wednesday to leave.

"I've been given less than seven days to vacate or they're going to throw me out and charge me around £2000 for the privilege" Guy explains "It's not impossible to get my stuff out by then but it will be very, very difficult. The fact of the matter is that I can't get a mortgage, I've asked the Council for an advance on the money because I couldn't get a mortgage. The money came through about a month ago and now they're expecting me to go out and find a house within seven days.

"If they're going to charge me for the Sheriff turning up I might as well be in the house and let them evict me and get the cameras down again" he adds "But I'd much prefer it if they left me alone, let me find a place and do one move. I really don't think this is holding up anything else, and out of the four residents still living in these streets I bet I'm the only one who's got one of these notices."

Indeed it's hard to conclude anything other than that Guy Griffiths has been victimised by Salford Council for standing up to it last time, and insisting on his rights this time. He wanted to move out of Salford and get the Council's £25,000 discretionary payment given to a lady in the same streets. Salford Council refused, despite similar circumstances. Meanwhile, other residents in the area have not, as far as we know, been served with an eviction notice.

"I just think it's Paul Walker waving the big stick again" says Guy "He's give it all the bullshit for the last three years since he's been in the job… `We remain committed to searching out mutually acceptable housing solutions'…but `mutually acceptable housing solutions' means `You go and f*ck off'…"

Two days ago Salford Star asked Salford Council the following questions, copied into Council Leader John Merry…

1) Is seven days notice a humane way of going about this? Is the Council legally obliged to put out a 28 days notice?
2) The Council states it wants to work with Mr Griffiths for a `mutually acceptable solution' - does this look `mutually acceptable'?
3) Has the Council given notice of eight days before eviction to other tenants living in the Top Street demolition zone?
4) Is the Council ready for some bad publicity if the Sheriff forcibly evicts Mr Griffiths again?

No-one from Salford Council has even acknowledged the e-mail…

See previous related Salford Star story - Insane Salford Council Demolition Disgrace - click here

UPDATE 6TH MARCH - click here 

Fadge : Slash Council Tax Now wrote
at 20:39:03 on 06 March 2012
It is disgraceful that people are cheated out of their homes ,and cheated of full value compensation , because of the corruption inherent in all councils . Councils have far too much power , and love to bully anyone brave enough to oppose their dictatorial oppression . Staffed by brainless, overpaid jobsworths , unemployable in the real world of work - the private sector, these bullying little nazis see themselves as indispensable . We need to smash councils back to what they were created for - cleaning streets and emptying bins . The pity is they are not efficient at either .
 
Tish Brown wrote
at 05:20:54 on 06 March 2012
Its appalling that a council can just take the roof over your head. Why does the Government allow this. I lost my home in Gateshead 2010 after 5yrs of fighting. I had a good solicitor though and won them in high court but they have many ways to wear you down. My heart goes out to anyone who has to endure this. If it was abroad we'd have sent in the troups by now. It makes me so angry.
 
Steve Johnson wrote
at 07:50:05 on 04 March 2012
Re Mr Guy Griffiths case ...The Bill of Rights of 1689..This document although appearing to be a Standard Statute...It is no such thing..On face value it would appear that it can be over ridden by later Statute Law ..However without this Legal Document Parliament could not operate Betty Boothroyd stated such in 1993 when she as the Speaker ..checked the House of Commons..This Legal Document is One of the Core Documents of our Written Constitution...(Yes We Do Have A Written Constitution..There are numerous King's and Queen's Bench STATED CASES that State that the Bill of Rights Can Not Be Over Ridden by later Statute Law..In this Document it clearly STATES--Grants Fine's and Fore-Fit's are ILLEGAL NULL AND VOID...It also beg's quite a large Legal Question about Compulsory Purchase..As this device was bought into being during the First World War at the time when the Written Constitution was Suspended..So in Effect in real terms..Salford Council are Breaking the LAW..
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 21:05:37 on 03 March 2012
I seem to remember that a few years ago (maybe as far back as the 70s), the council found a loophole regarding compulsory purchase that allowed them to forcibly acquire perfectly good homes and business premises for £1. I think somebody bulldozed their own house rather than let the council have it and some businesses closed or moved out of Salford. It sounds like the council haven't changed much. Unfortunately, I can't find any reference to it on the internet...does anybody remember this or have any reference to it?
 
caroline wrote
at 07:38:50 on 03 March 2012
clearly there is a case in law...but ...find a good barrister..to come forward to help.....is there one???????????????????????????????????????????????If u find one how much will it cost....
 
Nigel wrote
at 21:02:11 on 02 March 2012
Human Rights is the way to go, mind you this is a genuine case rather than the usual HR cr*p that gets passed by them. Fight on, it's ridiculous behaviour on behalf of the Council and I wonder how the local voting will go for these guys next time around?
 
Andy Goloskof wrote
at 20:55:09 on 02 March 2012
Allegedly makes you think as to what is in it for them does it not? I cannot believe that this is allowed to be happening in our country in 2012! Nazi scum!
 
Fadge wrote
at 14:54:15 on 02 March 2012
More evidence , if any more were needed , of the contemptible way the arrogant , ignorant Clowncil Cretins treat the Inmates of this Deadcity . The stench of Victimisation permeats every aspect of the Clowncil's treachery . Seven days is cleary not a humane way of going about this . Try the Human Rights Legislation , Mr Griffiths ,and fight on . Many of us are with you . In solidarity .
 
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