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Star date: 11th May 2010
A Salford Star Exclusive

BATTERED RESIDENTS SEE CORRIE CHIPPY OPEN IN CONDEMNED STREETS

Salford's Controversial High Court Houses Host Coronation Street Filming…

The last few residents of the Top Streets in Higher Broughton, where rows of terraced houses remain tinned up, got a shock yesterday as a brand new chippy opened up, complete with huge hoardings and flashing lights. But it was only a Coronation Street set for an upcoming episode.

Residents have slapped an injunction on Salford City Council to stop it demolishing the houses after reneging on an agreement to refurbish them. The Council laughably argued that it would cost around £130,000 each to do up the two and three bedroomed properties, making the scheme `economically unviable'.

The case goes to the High Court on June 14th, around the same time that the Corrie episode goes out. By which time the Council might well have had its chips…

Full story here…


CORONATION STREET IN SALFORD
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CODSWALLOP!

For one night only the Top Streets in Higher Broughton came back to life, with the surreal site of a fully working `Super Catch' chippy opening up in Cardiff Street, next to the only house on the block where someone still lives.

It gave a glimpse of what life could have been like, had Salford City Council gone ahead with their agreement to refurbish houses in the Top Streets. Instead, the authority decided in April 2009 to bulldoze all the homes, and three residents slapped a High Court injunction on the Council to save the area.

The case was due to go to court in November last year but the Council chickened out (`Do you want gravy with that?'), proposing a six week consultation to try and resolve the mess. Now, over six months later, the case is due to go back to the High Court on June 14th.

The Council argued that it couldn't refurbish the houses, despite an agreement with the residents, because the costs would be "up to £130,000 per property" and "these costs are now likely to have increased".

At the time the Salford Star brought in an independent builder who said that the cost would be between £50,000 and £70,000 even for the larger houses. And since then the Council's own joint venture company, Urban Vision, has quoted around £64,000 for the refurbishment of a similar property.

Residents left behind in the Top Streets demolition hell are suffering. Last year, a report from Salford Council stated that a resident still living in the Top Streets was subject to "isolation" and "anxiety" and was at risk of "further injury to her physical and mental well-being". And those who have been forced to sell  their houses to the Council through `compulsory purchase' have had their homes undervalued by up to 40%, according to recent Lands Tribunal rulings.

Salford Council Leader, John Merry, says that even though the Council had "made a commitment, in good faith at the time" to retain and refurbish properties, "the level of investment needed in the houses would mean that the price at which they would have to be sold for the council to re-coup costs would be out of kilter with similar and even new properties in the area."

Many of the Top Streets have now been demolished with just a handful of residents holding out. Yet there is still no developer interested in the site and many of the former streets have been left grassed up surrounded by knee rails. The High Court case on June 14th will finally decide the future for this area.

This isn't the first time that Salford's condemned streets have been used for Coronation Street scenes. A few years ago, the few remaining houses in Seedley streets were also used as sets for the soap.

"Is this what they mean by MediaCityUK in Salford; that they're just using our tinned up streets as tv locations?" a Top Streets resident commented last night "It's certainly the nearest we'll ever get to the place!"

For further details see Salford Council High Court Drama here
And see Left Behind In Demolition Hell here

 

 


 


 

tom wrote
at 14:59:56 on 12 May 2010
I do live in Salford. THAT is why the abounding amateurism on this high-profile local site annoys me. Even if the quote is true, your pathetic attempt to attack me by implying I'm an uncaring outsider discredits you enough. Cheers
 
Salford Star wrote
at 14:19:16 on 12 May 2010
See Tom's comments below...The Salford Star never ever makes quotes up - the Top Streets are more than one street with more than one resident still living there. Had you ever been to Salford or knew the area, or had any compassion for it you'd be aware of this. Your crap attempts to discredit us are not amusing in the slightest.
 
tom wrote
at 14:14:30 on 12 May 2010
Hang on a sec: "a Top Streets resident commented last night". "only house on the block where someone still lives." So there's only one 'Top Streets resident' - so presumably it was her that made the MediaCityUK comment? Unless of course you simply made it up. The Star's tabloid tendancies are not amusing in the slightest.
 
wrote
at 14:13:08 on 12 May 2010
"made a commitment,in good faith at that time"-------------------------------------------------------- "I have with me this piece of paper" ----------------ring any bells 60 years on?
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 10:25:46 on 11 May 2010
More lies from this band of blackguards. The big problem now is that they will see last weeks local election results as a mandate to carry on lying & cheating the people they purport to represent.
 
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