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SALFORD BEDROOM TAX MARCH GOES FROM LOWER BROUGHTON DESERT
 

Star date: 19th April 2013

Saturday 20th April
1pm Mocha Parade
Lower Broughton

Tomorrow's Salford Against the Bedroom Tax march to join the Manchester protest begins at Lower Broughton's Mocha Parade. The due-to-be-demolished shopping centre is all that's left in an ocean of scorched earth that used to be affordable housing. Now it's earmarked for private housing only, courtesy of Countryside Properties.

Full details here…


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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.

Bernard Brough wrote
at 15:38:41 on 22 April 2013
Hard worker, just who is social housing for? Read a book boy & stop spouting such misinformed twaddle. You are just making yourself look like the idiot you probably are. A normal day for you Mr Lydiate probably consists of going through webasites & trying to put forth a case for the nasty party. Now go & crawl back under your rock, theres a good boy.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 14:18:35 on 21 April 2013
Screwed makes a good point. Just how much land does Salford Council own that could be offloaded to the private sector to help reverse the bedroom tax. It is time the message went to this Con-Dem government that Salford's next Mayor will reverse the Bedroom Tax and will repay all those who have endured its wrath. No evictions means our Council has to set up a funding loans bank to offset the damage about to be caused.
 
J.K. KAYE wrote
at 14:18:10 on 21 April 2013
HARD WORKER . ARE YOU A WIND UP ?
 
Hard worker wrote
at 11:32:53 on 21 April 2013
If they are working they why are they in social housing Social housing not for people who work.
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 07:31:07 on 21 April 2013
'Hard worker' is not just, as jk writes, a 'compassionless t**t' (though he is), he is also misinformed. The bedroom tax can hit anyone on housing benefit and you don't have to be unemployed / a skiver / a scrounger etc. to be on housing benefit. 'More than 90 per cent of new housing benefit claims over the past two years have been made by employed people, as squeezed workers seek help with their living costs.'- that's official, from the official journal of the social housing sector Inside Housing. I was on the demo from Mocha Parade today. More and more people - including many who aren't even affected by the tax - are waking up to just how wrong it is. Come to Ordsall British Legion on Thursday 25th at 7.00 pm. for Ordsall against the Bedroom Tax.
 
HENRY BOLLINGTON wrote
at 07:30:30 on 21 April 2013
Hard Worker . Have you no compassion for those less fortunate than yourself ? Are you a thatcherite ? This tax is wicked , just like Thatcherism , and those without compassion .
 
Paul Lydiate wrote
at 07:30:18 on 21 April 2013
They can get out of bed to do a march but cant get out of bed to go to work, They dont even pay rent anyway so why are they moaning. A normal day for them is to go post office in their pyjamas, cash their giros, buy 10 scratch cards, 40 cigs back home to turn facebook on and watch jeremy kyle.. fuck em
 
blueliam wrote
at 07:28:47 on 21 April 2013
Good, the place was a complete hole. Move forward people or get left behind. I used to have sympathy for the unemployed until I became one and realised if you want a job you can get one quite easily if your prepared to work. Take yourself by the scruff and sort yourself out cos no one else will and nor should they. I hope they build some nice lovely new homes here and the great unwashed can move on now, I dont care where as long as its away from me. Sick of the lot of you.
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 07:27:40 on 21 April 2013
Either another fucking idiot or tory party spin doctor. This tax applies to working people too. If you work & can claim housing benefit it will be cut if you are deemed to have too many bedroom. No go & read a book & stop looking at the nice pictures in the Sun.
 
jk wrote
at 08:09:41 on 20 April 2013
So where's all the jobs then , 'Hard Worker ' ? What a compassionless twat you are .
 
Hard worker wrote
at 21:10:39 on 19 April 2013
This so called bedroom tax is the best thing since sliced bread it will not affect old people and those that work and pay there rent anyway but it will sort out all the lazy bastards who sit back and let the rest of us look after all there houseing needs. get a job you lazy buggers then you wont have to pay it.
 
Screwed wrote
at 21:10:21 on 19 April 2013
Let's face it Lower Broughton was fucked up by the last Labour gov they screwed it with the pathfinder scheme. But the fact that no social housing is being built rests solely at the door of Salford council it was their land, they could have put a conveyant on it stipulating the land was only to be used for XX% social housing, they chose not to in order i suspect to get maximum price so they can "invest" the proceeds in even more crack pot pet projects. Remember the next time you go to vote, if you want stabbing in the back and screwing till you scream, vote Labour.
 
Bill Rollinson wrote
at 18:24:48 on 19 April 2013
"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. There's them words again 'SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT', If you haven't looked yet, here it is again' http://youtu.be/TzEEgtOFFlM This was signed by Tory Blair in 1997. It's what is UNSUSTAINABLE that is the problem!
 
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