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PENDLETON DEMOLITIONS SEE MORE SALFORD SOCIAL CLEANSING
 

Star date: 20th July 2016

ALMOST 150 HIGH STREET ESTATE HOUSES TO GET BULLDOZED BUT ONLY 52 AFFORDABLE REPLACEMENT HOMES TO BE BUILT

"If they make a decision it should be for the people who are here, not for the people they want to bring in" Evelyn Scott, resident.

Salford City Council has approved `decant notices' for families living in 149 homes on Pendleton's High Street estate which will be bulldozed but is only providing 52 `affordable rented homes' for people to `decant' into, in what will be seen as more social cleansing in the city.

Meanwhile, after years of anguish, the Council has confirmed that Fitzwarren Court and Rosehill Close are to be saved from demolition.

Full details here...


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Salford Council has approved the first phase demolition of 149 out of 301 homes on the High Street estate in Pendleton, and will serve a `decant' notice on Salix Homes, which now owns the properties, to pass onto families living in Brydon Close, Edgehill Close, Chartwell Close, Sedgefield Close and Fitzwarren Street*.

While the Council is aiming to get rid of 149 homes, Together Housing - part of Pendleton Together which is redeveloping the area is only building an extra 52 `affordable rented homes' to replace them, which is only around one third.

"...the allocation of the 52 new affordable units should be linked to the clearance of the High Street estate to maximise re-housing choice for residents affected" states a Council report.

However, the report adds that "Changes in Government funding priorities mean that grant allocation for affordable rented homes will not be available. This will impact on the partnership's ability to bring forward future phases of affordable rented accommodation".

Residents on the High Street estate, near Salford Precinct, knew nothing of the planned demolitions when the Salford Star spoke to them this morning...

"They should let us know, we don't want to be kept in limbo any more" said Evelyn Scott who has lived in Sedgefield Close for 31 years "I'd rather know now than six months down the line."

Neither was Evelyn impressed by Together Housing only building 52 affordable rented houses for the existing community... "I think it's wrong" she said "If they know you're going they should have another house ready for us to go into. If I am being driven out for some top bloke to come in, that's not right. If they make a decision it should be for the people who are here not for the people they want to bring in."

Going off the figures in the Council report, `future phases' will include the demolition of another 152 houses on the estate with no affordable housing to replace them. It will be seen as more social cleansing in Central Salford, which has already seen communities `exiled' from Higher Broughton, Lower Broughton, Charlestown, Langworthy and Seedley (see previous Salford Star articles click here and see Social Cleansing article in print issue 10**).

Altogether, 885 houses in Pendleton are being bulldozed and, to date, 584 have already been demolished, including houses on Athole Street and Amersham Street. Over the Pendleton Together project's 650million thirty year life, only around one third of new houses being built will be affordable.**

Meanwhile, after years of anguish and uncertainty, Fitzwarren Court and Rosehill Close, previously down for demolition, are being saved. Salix Homes will now bring flats in Fitzwarren Court and houses in its ownership on Rosehill Close up to the Decent Homes Standard. The retention of Fitzwarren Court is related to the amount of one bedroom properties which are now in demand, as people look to downsize to avoid the Bedroom Tax.

To read Part 2 - Near 9 Year waiting List for One Bedroom Social Rent Flat - click here


The Salford Star has requested an interview with Paul Longshaw, previously the Salford Council officer in charge of the Pendleton redevelopment and now, since being elected a councillor this year, Lead Member for Housing. So far Paul Longshaw hasn't responded.


*The full addresses are: 1-65 Brydon Close, 3-33 Edgehill Close, 2-66 Edgehill Close, all of Chartwell Close, Fitzwarren Street and Sedgefield Close


**For the full Pendleton Together story, including demolitions, NIBE fuel poverty and more see Pendleton Untogether in print issue 10 of the Salford Star, which also includes an article on Social Cleansing In Salford   for the electronic issue click here

wrote
at 10:28:20 on 23 January 2017
What if we all refuse to move into the houses that are available but far away. Will we just get evicted? We were promised new builds. Now we are not allowed to move into the new houses when they are built in the future. Simple as. They more or less admitted the new house build is not for us, the present residents.

Michael James Felse wrote
at 10:32:10 on 21 July 2016
Sadly, Salford Council has always failed to realise they are dealing with people's lives, generations of family history lost. I want local people to have their lives valued not the.cash bank accounts of the developers who do not even put money into Salford's society fund. Labour is at the end of its time and that can only be good news for local people as we move to a strong, safe and secure new set of Councillors soon.

Alan wrote
at 16:00:49 on 20 July 2016
I don't know about Salford Council social-cleansing. What I do know is they aren't very good at keeping the streets clean, whether in new-built areas or those they are trying to sabotage. For yonks they have had a specially adapted process of letting areas fall in to ruin and then it is easier to demolish and make big bucks. Living in Lower Broughton I have witnessed first hand how they have knocked down more, solid and decent social homes, and built a percentage of what once lay there. Usually putting a few rowdy tenants in perhaps, or leaving properties unoccupied and less appealing to let houses. My estate was flooded on Boxing Day, and I believe this is a well thought of strategy to get those bulldozers rolling once more. Another flood like the last one, and i suspect the houses will be classed as inhabitable, not insurable, too much to manage, and then the 15 year plan to build apartments on the riverbanks that I currently reside will move into force. If they want the land, they will get it. They wait and watch, like a lion awaits before attacking the injured wildebeest.

joseph.oneill wrote
at 14:18:16 on 20 July 2016
The Salford Star has requested an interview with Paul Longshaw, previously the Salford Council officer in charge of the Pendleton redevelopment and now, since being elected a councillor this year, Lead Member for Housing. So far Paul Longshaw hasn't responded, Funny reading this I have to ask a question why does the star on every occasion become the peoples voice? I watched the council today and when the chance came to question Mr Longshaw on matters of housing the room fell silent nothing from the council opposition and nothing from the Cllrs who represent these people. Labour will continue unabated in his course of social cleansing unless the people waken from the course of apathy the star can't fix all ills

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