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Star date: 26th November 2009  

THREE HOUSES BULLDOZED FOR EVERY ONE BUILT!

New Government figures show that for every new house built in the so-called Pathfinder areas of Salford and Manchester, three are demolished.

Meanwhile nearly 18,500 people in Salford are on the housing waiting list, and for every `social' house that's advertised each week there are over 50 bids.

Our photo shows a house in Suffolk Street in Charlestown being bulldozed this week, one of 184 properties currently being demolished in the NDC area at a cost of £350,000.

Further details and photos here…


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The total Pathfinder scheme to date in Salford and Manchester (they won't break it down into cities) has been funded with £322million of public money.  From the start of the scheme until October this year, a total of 935 new properties have been built, while 2,800 have been bulldozed. An average of over three houses bulldozed for every one built.

Meanwhile, figures released in February by Salford's Choice Based Letting (CBL) showed that there are 18,400 people on the city's housing register. CBL handles Salford's social housing placements and, each week, around sixty properties are advertised and 3,089 bids are received. That's over fifty people chasing every home available.

This hasn't stopped the bulldozing of Salford's affordable terrace housing which continues despite uncertain plans for new houses. In October we revealed that 184 houses in Charlestown were to be demolished  - in Thursfield Street, Reading Street, Chinley Street, Wainman Street, Suffolk Street, Levens Street and part of Littleton Road – and the demolition costs of £350,000 included plans for the area to be "soiled, seeded and knee railed"… "should there be a significant gap between the completion of these enabling works, and the start of development on site".

The bulldozers have now moved in as more of Salford's heritage and potentially affordable housing is wiped from the map…

* Our photos show Reading Street reduced to a pile of bricks and the bulldozer smashing up Suffolk Street


 

Pippa lewis wrote
at 10:45:41 on 31 March 2013
This breaks my heart. Wainman street was lovely, my great auntie lived there from the 1930's til the mid 80's; theirs was a small, affordable family home. I have returned to the spot many times and the emptiness is unimaginably sad. I grow weary of Salford council's casual disregard for the history, personality and culture of its city.
 
trevor foulkes wrote
at 07:51:48 on 20 March 2010
46 suffolk street was the first house I owned in 1976,now living in wales and only just being computer friendly, it was hard to take in that houses like this are being bulldozed.lookat what Urban splash have acheived off Langworthy road,where one of my sons has bought a house.
 
Richard Browning wrote
at 04:53:16 on 04 December 2009
I feel like crying whenever I see pics like that.
 
Mike Skeffington wrote
at 14:27:07 on 26 November 2009
It's sad to watch this legalised social vandalism unfold before our eyes. These houses had been well made from good materials and were good solid housing stock. They were not merely houses either, they were homes where families had been brought up and communities lived together for generations. So what will this 'blitz' achieve for the people of Salford? sod all, it will however make a lot of profit for the developers and the, 'brown envelope brigade' again. The open spaces left by the demolition of these homes will become ribbish dumps and targets for fly tippers. Salford continues to be decimated by short sighted, money hungry developers aided and abetted by the council. This should serve as a good example of the importance of our free local media outlet the Salford Star because without it who would know what these people will get up to?
 
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