SUNSET OVER LOWER BROUGHTON
Anyone going on the Salford Against The Bedroom Tax march tomorrow who is not familiar with Lower Broughton is in for a shock. The Mocha Parade meeting point – itself soon to be demolished - is surrounded by a desert where affordable housing once stood.
The area has been flattened as part of the `New Broughton' regeneration scheme that has seen streets full of affordable housing - all under 35 years old - bulldozed to make way for 189 private dwellings by Countryside Properties.
Countryside didn't have to build any affordable housing in this phase of `New Broughton' according to Salford Council, because it had provided some elsewhere in the development and it fitted in with the ConDem Government's new crazy planning regulations…
…Or, as the Council's planning report on the development noted, "it would provide housing to meet the needs of present and future generations in accordance with the aims of sustainable development as outlined in the NPPF paragraph 7". It says nothing about a `sustainable' local community that can afford to live there.
Maria Brabiner, one of the organisers of Salford Against The Bedroom Tax march, who lives on the edge of the current scorched earth area, told the Salford Star…
"There's a national council housing shortage and yet, at the bottom of my road, lots of council houses have been demolished. They've been boarded up for two years, and then in the last few weeks they've all gone. It's awful. It's a ghost town and it doesn't make sense.
"One old man who lived above the shops on Mocha Parade was cleared out and has been put in a three bedroom house" she added "He doesn't pay any Bedroom Tax but it just shows the madness of the system."
The Salford Star has consistently called for a Public Inquiry into Lower Broughton, and other areas of Salford blighted by the last government's discredited Pathfinder project (see here and see here).
Meanwhile, those left in Broughton can `console' themselves that they are in the second highest hit area for the Bedroom Tax in Salford – which, in turn, is the second highest hit area in the country (see previous Salford Star article – click here),
No Bedroom Tax! No Evictions!
Saturday 20th April
Meet 1pm Mocha Parade to depart at 1:30pm
Lower Broughton M7 1QE
Or meet in Manchester 1pm Piccadilly Gardens
Update 21st April
See report on the Salford March Against The Bedroom Tax - click here
* Next Thursday, 25th April, Little Hulton and Walkden Against the Bedroom Tax will be protesting at the Little Hulton offices of City West in Little Hulton District Centre at 2pm.