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SALFORD HOUSING GOES BACK FIFTY YEARS
 

Star date: 22nd February 2010 

`NO THANKS' TO NEW BROUGHTON

"Why would I want to leave my house to go to one that's half the size?" asks Liz Timperley, who fears that if she doesn't accept the new "dolls house" on offer in `New Broughton' she'll be made homeless.
 
As more public money is poured into the regeneration of Lower Broughton, residents whose perfectly good homes are being bulldozed are up in arms, raising petitions against new housing plans by Countryside Properties and Salford Council.

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Liz Timperley's beautiful 33 year old house, complete with double glazing, central heating and driveway, is being bulldozed to further the regeneration of Lower Broughton. She's expected to move into one of Countryside Properties' `New Broughton' houses, but is still reeling from the day she visited her friend who is now living in the new estate up the road.

"I walked into the kitchen and it took me back fifty years" Liz recalls "It did. It took me back to when I was a child and I went into my auntie's house with a kitchen that was called a scullery at the time. It was just a small room at the side where you had a wash basin and a little cupboard for your food…

"Why would I want to leave my house to go to one that's half the size?" she asks "Don't they think of the knock-on effects? I've got four grandchildren and they'll be saying `We can't all go to gran's at the same time, we'll be overcrowded in there!' They'll have to have a rota – `Whose turn is it this week to go to gran's?'

"It's not on" Liz fumes "Nobody thinks properly about what they're doing, they just see land, and see money and that's it. It's not about people or the human aspect of it at all…"

This scrapes against the hype being put out by Government ministers and Salford City Council, as last October another £8million of public money was added to an estimated £40million of public money that's already been sunk into the huge regeneration project. 

For the Government and its Homes and Communities Agency, the regeneration of Higher and Lower Broughton, which includes 3,500 new homes, is all about the "continued transformation of two of the most deprived communities in Greater Manchester into safe, modern, family-friendly neighbourhoods".

This was underlined by the then Housing Minister, Margaret Beckett, who visited New Broughton last March and talked about the scheme making "high quality places for families in Salford."

Just one problem. Nobody seems to be impressed. Those who have moved into the new houses have complained that they are too small and not built to the same quality as the houses they've moved from.

Meanwhile, only two shops have opened in the area – a CostCutter and a chemist shop. The new playing field has yet to be utilised, and the new primary school is being built in a flood area (complete with an `escape route') amid fears it's going to be overcrowded.

New flats and houses that were supposed to be "occupied by a greater proportion of economically active people" have failed to sell, and are now being turned over to social housing, and the £8million of new Government public money has been put into the failing scheme to `Kickstart' it.

Now petitions against the latest phase of regeneration are being signed in local shops and the credit union. 

"I've lived in this house since it was built" says Liz "What's wrong with it? Not a thing. Absolutely nothing at all. Why do they want to knock it down? They just want the land and it doesn't matter about the people who are in the houses. The ones they are building, from what I've seen, are inferior to these – they're like little dolls houses. And they're going up so fast it's like the three little pigs are building them…The contractors portacabins look a lot better than the houses – give me one of them!"

At the moment Liz lives in one of the last remaining streets in the area – a quiet cul de sac populated with families and elderly people. The Council want to move her to the main road along Camp Street in houses being built for Great Places social housing, opposite a pub and a chip shop.

"At the moment I've got three children living next door to me  who you never hear because these are good solid houses" says Liz "They play in the street in the summer and it's lovely to watch. There's a church and it's a lovely little community.  But no, they want to put me on a main road with no children and volumes of traffic. It's like everything's disappearing. It's not about people or the human aspect of it. I think it's about fetching Manchester further and further into Salford and we're being pushed out."

And while they're waiting to be `pushed' and their houses bulldozed, the few remaining streets are surrounded by huge wooden hoardings, blocking off paths and making it virtually impossible for elderly residents to get to the shops or to get out at all.

"At the moment they've got us hemmed in like sheep" says Liz "At night it's really awful, intimidating. I've asked the contractors if there's any way they could leave a path open but no, and they're going to cut off even more streets around here this week."

Basically the `New Broughton' regeneration - previously marketed as `Supurbia' - is bulldozing quality 33 year old houses in quiet family streets, putting people in smaller houses in streets where they don't want to be – and, while residents await eviction and the bulldozers, they're being left to live in conditions that are both physically and psychologically disturbing. Seems a long way from the "high quality places for families in Salford" that Margaret Beckett was crowing about.

Understandably, Liz doesn't want to move into her new "quality place" but is frightened of the consequences if she doesn't accept what's on offer.

She wants to move into one of the older houses in Riverside, about a quarter of a mile away, to be near her sister. She's offered to do a house swap with a young mum who wants to move her small son away from the river but the Council won't allow it. And now, shockingly, Liz fears that if she doesn't accept the new house she'll be put on the street.

"You only get so many re-housing options and if I don't accept any of them I could end up homeless" she says "If the bulldozers are outside my door, even if I chain myself to the railings I could make myself homeless.

"I'm hoping there'll be a miracle and these won't come down but I doubt it" she adds "My house is my home – I don't want to go to a `house'Why don't they listen to what people want?"
 

 

 

 

 

Nachtschlepper wrote
at 8:33:33 AM on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I see Ebeneezer Scrooge is alive & well.
 
Mystery wrote
at 4:17:22 AM on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I think you should all think yourself lucky that you even have somewhere to live!!! i suggest if you dont like it you start paying for your house and then you can have a pick of where you live instead of moaning that us tax payers will only pay for 1 bedroom flat instead of a 3 bedroom house for one person!!!
 
donna jackson wrote
at 9:22:28 AM on Thursday, June 10, 2010
I am from lower broughton and what liz says is true these new ! houses are not normal sized at all my friend has to put her deep freezer in her bedroom,dont these so called architects etc realise that people now have furniture of all shapes and sizes,why would we give up a family sized house for a new rabbit hutch,my mum has lived in her house for 30 years,raised a family in it and when her phase starts she will be given a 1 bed flat ,yeah right! real familes have furniture too you know salford council,think on !
 
Peter Bolton wrote
at 4:38:56 PM on Tuesday, April 13, 2010
As a former priest of the Ascension, it breaks my heart to hear what has happened to Val and to think what will happen to Liz and her family. Folk from outside the area often think of Lower Broughton (before it was demolished) as a crime ridden, area filled with bad people. That simply is not true. Lower Broughton was full of people like Val and Liz and other wonderfully good, caring, community spirited people. Unfortunately there were also a few bad people who dragged the place down. What seems incredible to me is that to sort out the problems Salford City Council has (once again) bulldozed a huge area around the Ascension Church. I don’t know whether this has solved the City Council’s problems – it has surely ruined the lives of people who loved their homes and who have fought so hard for the community they cared so much for. This story makes me sick to my stomach. Peter Bolton.
 
Dorothy Welsby wrote
at 12:25:02 AM on Saturday, March 6, 2010
I live 300 miles from (New)Broughton, but I follow the progress or as the case may be ... lack of progress. In 2005 I wrote a poem when I learned that the good solid modern houses on Ascension Road, were to suffer the same fate as other parts of Broughton. this is a verse from that poem. The sense of pride has been subduded, the heart and soul has gone. Communities of sadded folk, compelled to travel on. They shouted from the roof-tops, to let the planners know. "Hear our plea, let us be, we don't want to go" ... It would seem the plea fell, and is still falling, on deaf ears.
 
David Henry wrote
at 10:23:24 AM on Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The social-cleansing of Broughton is a disgrace. How dare the council wipe out entire communities against our wishes and leave us with no choice but to move in to sub-standard accommodation glossed up as something better when it clearly is not. Guess who's up for election in Broughton this year folks? - Cllr John Merry, LEADER of Salford Council. Time to boot him out before the entire area becomes just another unaffordable, soulless wasteland ruled by unscrupulous private developers.
 
norma Hall wrote
at 1:44:37 AM on Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Shame on you Salford council, what happened to your committment to Salford people.
 
Val Broadbent wrote
at 11:28:06 AM on Monday, February 22, 2010
Well said Liz and I feel for you and your neighbours who like me never wanted to move. I was forced out of my 23 year old modern, well built and well maintained home in the 'First Phase' now known as the "mistakes they've learned from". Mistakes we are all left to live with for the rest of our lives. The community I left, that was supposed to move with me, has disappeared. The only time I see my neighbours is if I bump into them on the deserted streets, either struggling to get to Mocha Parade or walking their dogs. The HOME I left was one of the last houses Salford Council built in the 80's, designed by Salford University as 'Energy Saving' homes. The home I left had large modern rooms, cavity wall insulation, double glazing and a downstairs loo. I had a driveway and a mature well kept garden with lots of wildlife. A garden I could see from the comfort of my lounge. Here if I want to see my bare steeply sloping garden I have to stand at the pokey kitchen window. The only wildlife so far has been pigeons and ferral cats. The house I left had a view of the Pennines, here it's a view of a scruffy back street with cars parked on the pavement. I no longer have my own driveway but have to use a communal car park at the back that was sold to me as 'secure parking' with gated entrance and monitored by CCTV. All I got was a parking space. The CCTV never happened and the 'electric gates' rarely work. We were sold 'The Dream' in reality it is a living nightmare, every day is a struggle. Old folk were moved from their cottage flats that had their own front doors opening onto the street, into apartment blocks and isolated from the outside world. One block has been severely flooded TWICE and all the residents (in their 80's and 90's) have had to be moved to hotel accommodation for up to 6 weeks at a time. 18 months down the line we now have a Costcutter and a Chemist that has just opened. But the Post Office, Doctors, Newsagents, Opticians, Butchers and Greengrocers are still on Mocha Parade a place we can see but can't get to. I can see Ascension Church from my doorstep its about 200 yds away but to get to it you face a 25 minute walk. Val Broadbent.
 
George Waite wrote
at 11:27:15 AM on Monday, February 22, 2010
Great story. Fight back Liz - you need a 3 bedroom house - demand one. I realised that we had a battle on our hands when I read this - Salfords Community Plan for 2006-2016, sets out a clear vision for Salford. It states: “In 2016, Salford will be a beautiful and welcoming city, driven by energetic and engaged communities of highly-skilled, healthy and motivated citizens, who have built a diverse and prosperous culture and economy which encourages and recognises the contribution of everyone, for everyone.” "Energetic", "highly-skilled and healthy" rules me out then, tell you what though - the regeneration mess has got me "motivated" to tell the world and his wife the poorly planned situation they've created. A well known quote from the Regen Partnership - "We realise mistakes have been made and we'll learn from these mistakes so future phases will be better" Oh, that's all right then, innit? Meanwhile back in Superbia the guinea pigs, the haves and have nots of Phases 1 & 4 are banging their heads against brick walls in trying to get those mistakes corrected.
 
Sue Davies wrote
at 11:26:08 AM on Monday, February 22, 2010
When I lived in Wiltshire St Higher Broughton & they were demolishing my home there wasn't a "limit" on the number of offers Liz so stick to your guns, they want the land that your home is on so tell them where you want to go to & don't be intimidated. I lived on my own as well & they offered all sorts of Sh*te houses to me but I refused & when I rang asking why they'd not offered me anywhere for a while they said "The trouble is Mrs Davies your picking all the Good Areas" I nearly laughed, did they expect me to ask for the trashy places???......
 
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