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PENDLETON TOGETHER SECURES CLADDING FUNDS FOR SALFORD BLOCKS
 

Star date: 9th October 2018

NINE PENDLETON BLOCKS WILL FINALLY HAVE DANGEROUS CLADDING REMOVED

Getting the dangerous cladding off the nine Pendleton Together blocks finally inched a step closer yesterday when the company announced that it had secured funding to carry out the work.

Previously, Salford City Council had borrowed 25million to pay for the job, which the Government wouldn't sanction, and neither would it allow Pendleton Together access to its 400million cladding fund as the scheme is a Private Finance Initiative or PFI. Meanwhile the Trident report detailing defects in the blocks has still not been released.

Full details here...


Pendleton Together Cladding Letter
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Yesterday, residents in the dangerously cladded Pendleton Together blocks got a letter pushed through their doors stating that the company had "secured funding for the removal and replacement of cladding over nine blocks at Pendleton, along with other fire related works. Further details on the work will be available shortly..."

The letter didn't state the amount it had secured, nor whether the finance covers other defects in the blocks, including faulty wiring, dodgy windows and failing entrance gates. Nor did it give a timetable for the work.

At the same time, Salford City Council issued a press release stating that it 'welcomed' the news. The Council had previously borrowed 25million for the work, but the Government refused permission for it to be loaned to Pendleton Together Operating Limited; nor would it allow the Council or company access to its 400million cladding fund, which other local authorities are using to finance cladding replacement work.

This was because the blocks, owned by the Council and managed by Pendleton Together is a profit-led Private Finance Initiative, or PFI, which provides dividends for shareholders.

"The Government were washing their hands of the situation" said Deputy Mayor, John Merry in the Council press release "Our PFI partners have worked with us to come up with a solution. I would like to thank them for their hard work and commitment to providing safe homes.

"Our pleas for financial support were repeatedly ignored in the wake of the Grenfell Fire" he added "We were initially told by Government that the council was responsible for funding the works to make the building safe, only to be told in the last few weeks that we could not lend the funds to get works started and that the PFI contractor itself would not qualify for national remediation funding.

"You couldn't make it up" he concluded " We remain focused on doing the right thing for residents which is getting the works done as quickly as possible. We know our local community will be relieved that the PFI contractor, PTOL, have the means to pay for a detailed fire safety programme to keep homes safe and warm."

John Merry has refused to take part in a face-to-face interview with the Salford Star to discuss the Pendleton fiasco. Nor has he yet released the Trident report on the blocks' safety defects, commissioned in the wake of Grenfell, and promised to residents and the Star.

Indeed, two weeks ago, City Mayor, Paul Dennett, promised a Pendleton resident that the report would be released, and, last week, at a chance meeting with the Star at the Civic Centre, he also told the Star that he had instructed the release of the report, minus the paragraphs that are the subject of litigation. Yet there is still no sign of the document.

Last week, the Salford Star emailed John Merry, imploring him to release the report... "Don't make us write that there is a cover up going on" we wrote. Councillor Merry has still not replied...

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 15:01:26 on 13 October 2018
Jonas,what's it like being "a nodding dog"? You have real opinions,instead you spew up other people's ideas?

Jonas wrote
at 15:13:28 on 11 October 2018
Bob the Regulator We know that our points are valid when that's the best that Little Yezhov can do. Stooping to the lowest of levels ... Coming out with filthy profanity. How very Salford Labour Party of him.

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 11:10:47 on 11 October 2018
Basically,Bob the regular,you are a selfish c**t !

Jonas wrote
at 21:19:52 on 10 October 2018
Bob the Regular, You're right. Ray of Sunshine AKA Little Yezhov, knows NOT of what he speaks. He simply parrots, Mynah Bird fashion, whatever his political Masters tell him. And yes Bob, it would be far, far better for us Salfordians if this immoral and secretive Council goes the way of Detroit. At least Salford could then rise gloriously, like a Phoenix from the ashes of many decades of woeful mismanagement ... and there would be hope for us all.

Bob the regular wrote
at 19:42:25 on 10 October 2018
Little Yazhov just does not get it. The people would still be safe if the council had just ripped the stuff off and paid the extra heating bills of the residents. The council could then have claimed from the ones responsible. Here is just a big cover up, out of site out of mind. They will come the old "We have taken legal advice and BLAH BLAH BLAH so we are not taking it further". in other words the council cocked it up, and council tax payers have to pay. The sooner this council goes into bankruptcy the better. we wont have to pay, and we will be shut of them.

Kevin wrote
at 19:42:14 on 10 October 2018
Can anyone tell me why residents at Spruce and Thorn Court are still paying full price for security when we're told holidays and dinner breaks can't be covered? This has gone on for ages now, why haven't we had a refund?

Bernard Ryan wrote
at 06:50:47 on 10 October 2018
What about the 13 SALIX Blocks still Wrapped in Tinder 16 Month on from Grenfell? Many Residents from Hightown to Ordsall & in-between have been Ignored & left in Danger paying Top Bat Rents.

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 06:50:23 on 10 October 2018
Rat Catcher Bob,t quote Confucious,"What does it matter if a cat is black or white, s long as it catches mice?" Can't you be glad that the council has come up with imaginative ways of protecting tower block residents?

Retired Socailst wrote
at 06:49:34 on 10 October 2018
I wonder where they got the cash and who was the Guarantor Amigo loans? or have the council got any sway?

Gareth L wrote
at 16:22:19 on 09 October 2018
Hmmmmmmm, a cover up! A very interesting concept especially if Mr Merry continues to ignore the request for information.

Rat catcher Bob wrote
at 16:21:43 on 09 October 2018
Most times when there is a rat to be found, I'll find it. Right then, someone is paying for this cladding to be removed and we know its not the government or the council, so we can deduce that its keepmoat or Pendleton together. I suspect Pendleton, as Dennett is still talking about litigation. How did they borrow this cash? has Salford council given a guarantee for their debts, or have other assets been pledged as security, assets that should have been used for other purposes. If Salford have given a guarantee, then they could find themselves in hot water, despite what little Yezhov may say.

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