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SALFORD STAR SAVE PATHFINDER INQUIRY CALL
 

Star date: 20th April 2011

SALFORD STAR'S PUBLIC INQUIRY CALL INTO PATHFINDER IS JOINED BY SAVE BRITAIN'S HERITAGE

National organisation, Save Britain's Heritage, is now calling for a public inquiry into Pathfinder – the £2.2billion housing market renewal programme that trashed terraced streets all over the country.

The intro to SAVE's devastating new inquest into Pathfinder states it "Screwed up big style…Few government programmes have ended quite so literally in misery and ruins…"

Full story here…


The original 2003 plan for Pathfinder in Salford was to bulldoze 8,360 properties in Central Salford by 2013. That would have left the place an absolute blighted ghost town.

In the event the demolition programme had to be scaled back and the final figure of 1,250 was nowhere near this. But it shows the mentality of the idiots who run such public schemes who just don't live in the real breathing world.

In Langworthy, Higher Broughton, Charlestown, Lower Kersal and Lower Broughton we have seen areas of perfectly good housing devastated and left with grass verges and knee rails, or the Salford Prairies as they've become known. Meanwhile, developers and consultants have cashed in big style.

Now, Save Britain's Heritage has produced almost a paragraph by paragraph critique of the latest positive Audit Commission report into Pathfinder which backs up the Salford Star 6 part series on Pathfinder in Salford (see here).

In the SAVE Intro to the critique, Jonathan Brown, a planner and member of Liverpool Civic Society, argues that Pathfinder showed an appetite for destruction...

"Secretive, top-down and target driven, hundreds of thousands of private homes were condemned in back-room deals between public officials and developer interests, before any proper surveys of their residents or refurbishment potential.

"The classic English terraced house was demonised as 'obsolete'" he adds "Whole neighbourhoods were declared surplus at the keystroke of a consultant's lap-top. Bureaucratic arrogance reduced communities to inmates of a 'ZOO' - Zone Of Opportunity - for house-builders.  Statisticians assumed compulsory purchase and eviction for demolition were acceptable measures for householders in a property-owning democracy."

He adds that Pathfinder "diagnosed the wrong causes…prescribed a dangerous and discredited medicine…ignored sensible solutions…distorted local democracy…rewarded failure…killed local economies…worsened social deprivation and housing need", and was "environmentally stupid". And this is just the Intro! (read it here)

In the main report by Finlay Research, every single one of the Audit Commissions claims of Pathfinder positivity is taken to task in intricate detail as it performs an "audit of the audit" for Pathfinder in easy to understand English. Read it and weep!

Read the Finlay Research Audit here

See Save Britain's Heritage site here

Read the 6 Part Salford Star report starting here…

 

 

Dystopialexic? wrote
at 18:13:24 on 10 May 2011
When will Salford council,s very (merry) own Elmer Fudd answer any of this? I know he thinks he has a mandate from the people after the local elections but lets face it the council is crap and there is no real opposition. NOT 1 of those tossers involved in regeneration has even tried to defend all this------Says it all really doesn,t it?
 
Banksy? wrote
at 18:59:12 on 08 May 2011
I notice that the council intend to demolish houses round one of the remaining residents who has taken out an injunction against them, rather than one of the empty rows.Is this a way to increase the pressure on him? I may be suspicious but if they take his row of( pretty good condition) houses first, then he cannot ask for them to be renovated when they say that the ones they were supposed to be renovating (which have fallen into disrepair) are too far gone. Maybe Banksy could be persuaded to get his paint cans out to do a few pics so the houses will be worth that much that the council can,t demolish them?
 
J S wrote
at 21:03:01 on 02 May 2011
Clowncillors is a term applicable to ALL local clowncils , as all are run by inept , cretinous , stupid bunglers and wasters who are unemployable in the real world of proper work ,but who are well suited to circus work .
 
Albert wrote
at 09:08:30 on 02 May 2011
I love the term Clowncillors ... so apt. I hope it gains common usage.
 
Jaye Skullion wrote
at 19:53:37 on 01 May 2011
Apparantly the residents of the Langworthy Hellhole invited the clowncillors to attend their street party .Called Bonfire Incineration of all involved in the Pathfinder Con . Nobody from the clowncil attended , so effigies were burned.
 
Icing on the cake wrote
at 13:48:17 on 30 April 2011
Is there any truth in the rumour that councillor Merry will be attending a street party with residents from Cardiff Street?
 
Dystopialexic? wrote
at 10:00:31 on 22 April 2011
I notice that whenever the Salford Star puts up an article about PATHFINDER that no one from the council puts up a comment. Don't they read the Star on those days? Maybe they are DYSTOPIALEXIC? (a condition which stops you from seeing how bad you have made things for people)
 
Eddie Banyard wrote
at 13:37:02 on 21 April 2011
Will the people cheated out of their homes ever be compensated ? The answer is NO. All the arrogant bullshitters involved in this corrupt farce are not interested in the people they have cheated , only in lining their own pockets at the expense of oedinary people .Public Enquiry into this disgrace NOW .NAME AND SHAME ALL INVOLVED .
 
G Griffiths wrote
at 05:52:12 on 21 April 2011
I,ve seen this and lived through it. The RSL,s moved shite into the area and then when they finally moved them out, bricked up the houses. As soon as Salford said that they had the money to buy houses by agreement, these RSL,s sold within weeks. I,ve said it before BUT Salford should get all the people who have been involved in Higher Broughton and bring them back to have a look at the area now. They actually started up here as early as 1995 with SINGLE REGENERATION BUDGET money and pretty much earmarked it for demolition in 1997. It,s fine talking about investing in an area now but what about all the people who were ripped off by the council via CPO? It,s no good giving someone else the money and saying "It,s for the greater good. Somebody has to lose out". I,ve always argued that when the houses are valued, they are valued like other areas that are under CPO AND THEREFORE, you are not disregarding the effects of CPO, which you should do by law. I,m sure one of the twitterers from Salford council will come on and tell us it would have worked but for the cut in funding. I wonder if the people who have lost their homes will ever receive compensation for the amount that they were underpaid?
 
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