A couple of days ago the Salford Star printed a story about residents, who had slapped an injunction on Salford Council to save their homes from demolition. The High Court case was postponed after the Council pulled out in favour of a six week `consultation period' but a big part of the residents' case was that difference of opinion over the cost of refurbishment.
The Council had sent a letter out earlier this year saying that the cost of refurbishing the Top Streets properties would be over £130,000 - and therefore `not economically viable'.
Then, a few months later, the Council's partner company, Urban Vision, put an estimate in to refurbish a similar property literally across the road from the Top Streets for a little over £55,000. Now comes news that City West Housing Trust has refurbished 35 properties that are over 100 years old for a total of £1.3million, or £37,142 per property on average.
The terrace and semi detached houses on Dixon Street and Caroline Street in Irlam have had new floors, kitchens and bathrooms put in, and have been re-plastered and re-wired.
The Top Streets residents' case gets stronger every day…