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EVEN SALFORD MP IS BEING DISSED BY PENDLETON TOGETHER ON DANGEROUS CLADDING ISSUE
 

Star date: 23rd October 2018

PENDLETON TOGETHER TOTAL LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY

The lack of accountability surrounding Pendleton Together, which manages the dangerously cladded blocks owned by Salford City Council, is becoming critical.

Even Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey is getting dissed by the company when trying to set up meetings, while an email from the Salford Star asking to see the Trident report on safety in the blocks has been ignored, despite the Salford City Mayor stating that its conclusions, at least, should be released.

Here, the suspended chair of Malus Court TARA, Graeme Langton, reports on a Parliamentary reception he attended last week with the Salford MP...


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Last week I was a member of the Salford delegation that attended a Fuel Poverty Action demonstration outside the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, where those of us living with Grenfell-style cladding demanded action from the Government.

It was followed by a march to Parliament and reception inside attended by Kensington and Chelsea MP, Emma Dent Coad, and Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey. Present, were tenants from the Pendleton Together blocks and other affected towerblocks, and Salford UNISON's Steven North.

The MPs faced questions regarding ongoing concerns about the condemned cladding following the Grenfell fire in London, and Mark, from Holm Court TARA (Tenants and Residents Association), asked why Rebecca, Salford councillors and Pendleton Together have ignored residents for a year and a half.

We were promised that the cladding would be removed as a matter of urgency but to date most blocks have only had materials from the bottom three storeys removed, except for one medium height block where workmen are taking their time. This leaves two 22 storey blocks and two 11 storey ones where residents, some disabled or with babies and young children, still fear for their safety.

Rebecca agreed that not enough had been done. For the last three months she had been trying to arrange a meeting with residents through Pendleton Together but the company had repeatedly ignored her requests. It had got to the stage where the MP even escalated her request through the city councillors but to no avail...

"If I, as your MP, am being ignored on this matter by Pendleton Together, then how local residents are feeling about their treatment I cannot contemplate" she said.

Rebecca has promised to have a meeting with myself, as the suspended chair of Malus Court TARA, and Steven North of UNISON in the next few weeks to pursue the matter.

While the Salford MP is being blanked by Pendleton Together, the Salford Star is also being ignored, as an email asking for the release of the Trident safety report on the blocks, commissioned by Pendleton Together in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, has had no response. This, despite assurances by Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, that the sections of the report that aren't subject to litigation between Pendleton Together and its sub-contractors Keepmoat should be released to residents and the media.

Meanwhile, the Malus Court TARA is suspended by Pendleton Together, we can't meet in our community room and residents are still being left in the dark over major safety concerns. The lack of accountability at Pendleton Together is shocking...


Words by Graeme Langton
Photos by Ewan Quayle (Salford Now)

Kevin wrote
at 08:44:01 on 24 October 2018
Please get them to ask why residents of Thorn and Spruce are still paying full contributions for 24 hour security when there's hardly ever anyone on now. It's a disgrace and residents must be owed hundreds.

Bob the regular wrote
at 08:43:26 on 24 October 2018
How can Graeme Langton be suspended? Who suspended him? I think I read somewhere in this series of articles that Pendleton together had suspended him. If he is elected by his fellow residents, how can this be right? These residents have suffered enough, legal action must be taken, and Becky had better deceide who's side she is on, her constituents or Dennetts mob and Pendleton Together. Thing is PT are skint,they are still trying to find a way out of this mess, it's just that there isn't one.They said the other week the cash side of things was sorted, but like I said, the only way that they can get the cash is if they guarantor for PT. Under the rules, they are not allowed to do this, and mark my words, nobody would lend a penny without this. It just gets worse.

Bob the regular wrote
at 08:41:41 on 24 October 2018
They slipped up a bit when they had Becky on the spot there. They should have got her to phone the Warrington Weasel while they were there as no doubt she will have his personal direct number on her phone. She should have told him she was putting his reply on loudspeaker, and done so. At the same time those present should have used their phones to record what was said. Thing is she would most likely thought up a good reason not to give him a tinkle, but at least the people present would then have learned how tricky this Labour mob are in our city. Come on down ray of wisdom, what's your take on this one?

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