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HIGHER BROUGHTON….Part 6

Issue 4 Spring 2007

COUNCIL DAMNED BY COMMISSION

"Affordability…clearly only applies to the more affluent local households…"

The Audit Commission is hardly a radical body.  It's an independent watchdog that aims to ensure that public money is properly spent, and chose Higher Broughton for a `Performance Review' because it received over £13million,  the highest level of Housing Market Renewal (HMR) funding in Salford between 2003 and 2006. 

The massive housing project has been created by the Higher Broughton Partnership – a partnership between Salford City Council, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Inpartnership and City Spirit – and the Commission looked at the role of public money within this – who takes the risk (Salford Council) and who get the profits (everyone else).    

Its remit wasn't necessarily to look at affordable housing.  Indeed, it praises Salford Council in parts and salutes the Partnership's objectives to establish `housing products and neighbourhoods that will attract new, more affluent residents'.  Yet, in a 40 page report, released last December, the Audit Commission, in its own bureaucratic terms, let rip…

Here's the main points with a translation underneath…

added Wednesday, August 12, 2009  

 
 

HIGHER BROUGHTON….Part 5

Issue 4 Spring 2007

John Earnshaw, Low Demand Project Manager with the Empty Homes Agency, gives his views on the treatment of the residents and their terraced houses…

added Wednesday, August 12, 2009  

 
 

HIGHER BROUGHTON….Part 4 Sue's Story

Issue 4 Spring 2007

SUE'S STORY

Sue Davies has lived in the Top Streets of Higher Broughton for almost 24 years…

added Wednesday, August 12, 2009  

 
 

HIGHER BROUGHTON….Part 3 Guy's Story

Issue 4 Spring 2007

GUY'S STORY…

I'm seen as a trouble maker by the council because they had to get the police and the bailiffs to get me out of my house.  But I'm a very altruistic person and what they're doing here is wrong and unjust, like it is in Langworthy. Basically they're getting rid of people who are poor or working class, so somebody more affluent can come in...

added Wednesday, August 12, 2009  

 
 

HIGHER BROUGHTON….Part 2 Jimmy's story

Issue 4 Spring 2007

LIVING ON THE FRONT LINE

Higher Broughton's Jimmy Griffiths and his brother Guy are infamous as the only people in the country to be forcibly evicted from their own homes as a result of `regeneration'…Here, Guy, Jimmy and his daughter, 18 year old Madeline, tells what it's like to live through years of tension in the terraces…

added Wednesday, August 12, 2009  

 
 

HIGHER BROUGHTON….Part 1 Intro

Issue 4 Spring 2007

HIGHER BROUGHTON...

Another `award winning' development...Another can of worms

Here, we look at the human cost through the eyes of the residents… then we take a peek at the shocking Audit Commission Report, and finally, John Earnshaw, a housing professional of 40 years standing, gives his views on the scheme…

 

added Wednesday, August 12, 2009  

 
 

PEEL HOLDINGS AND THE PLIGHT OF THE SALFORD BUTTERFLY

BOG OFF !

THE PLIGHT OF THE SALFORD BUTTERFLY

A sad story of greed, profit, big business, environmental disaster, useless authorities and the exodus of threatened birds and butterflies…

`Salford’s mosslands are about to be commercialised, awesome style...with Peel Holdings’ plans for a racecourse, Forest Park, the Port Salford rail and freight terminal, Salford City Reds stadium, more roads and more railways.  Even Salford Council is getting the jitters….'

 

added Thursday, April 23, 2009  

 
 

School For Sandals.

The God Squad will be running the new 'non-faith' Academy at Salford Quays with no control from Salford City Council… Who are they? What are they? Why are they here? Stephen Kingston checks out the missionary position.

added Tuesday, April 7, 2009  

 
 

When Nigel Met Hooky...

…On the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Hacienda and the 10th anniversary of its closure, Nigel Pivaro chats to fellow Salfordian legend, Peter Hook, about New Order, the hac, the new Ian Curtis film and life in Langworthy and Ordsall…

added Tuesday, April 7, 2009  

 
 

Salford City Council Damned.

The Audit Commission is hardly a radical body. It’s an independent watchdog that aims to ensure that public money is properly spent, and chose Higher Broughton for a `Performance Review’ because it received over £13million, the highest level of Housing Market Renewal (HMR) funding in Salford between 2003 and 2006.

added Tuesday, April 7, 2009  

 
 
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