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HOMELESS NOMA SQUATTERS URGE DIRECT ACTION ON CO-OP
 

Star date: 10th September 2016

HOMELESS PETITION AND CO-OP ACTION

Young homeless people in Manchester who have occupied the vacant Ducie Bridge pub owned by NOMA and the Co-operative Society, have asked supporters to sign a Let Them Stay petition and indulge in a bit of soft direct action within Co-op stores.

NOMA is going to court on Monday 12th September to seek a possession order on the pub.

Full details here...


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Homeless young people who have occupied the empty Ducie Bridge pub on Miller Street in Manchester* have urged supporters to indulge in a bit of soft direct action against Co-op stores.

The Ducie Bridge is part of the 800million NOMA regeneration scheme on the doorstep of the Co-op's new HQ near Corporation Street, and the Manchester Activists group, representing the squatters, has asked people to write #LetThemStay on a piece of paper, pin it to the community notice board at a local Co-op store, photograph it and tweet it to them @MancActivists, copying in @coopuk and using the hashtag #LetThemStay.

They have also requested that people to sign a petition to David Pringle, director of NOMA, to delay the eviction of up to thirty homeless people until it is scheduled to be demolished. On Monday September 12th, NOMA is aiming to get a possession order for the pub at the Civil Justice Centre...

"Squatting is not the solution to the rapidly rising numbers of people finding themselves homeless as we fight our way through the worst housing crisis since World War 2, but until the Co-operative are ready to put their hand in their pockets to effectively solve this crisis, allowing us time is the least that they can do!" states the petition
 
"So, we are calling on David Pringle as the Director of NOMA to give us assurances that after the court case is heard on 12th of September you will hold off enforcing the possession order, you will hold off sending in a team of bailiffs to throw young, homeless people back onto the street, stalling the incredible progress they have made already, until the bulldozers are set to move in" it adds

To sign the  38 Degrees petition click here

*For a full background and interviews with the NOMA homeless people see previous Salford Star articles click here and click here

wrote
at 14:24:50 on 12 September 2016
Ray there are quite a few things about Mr Felse that will come out during his GM Mayoral campaign. Friends at the MEN are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect! He may be hearing also from the ASA sometime too. That's the thing with politics as Keith Vaz has found out, there's no such thing as privacy for politicians and all their grubby little secrets and wrongdoings are exposed for the world to see. Makes you wonder if the 'power trip' is worth it!?!?

RayofSunshine wrote
at 09:14:20 on 12 September 2016
"Thahir", the thing to understand about Mr.Felse is that he has spent over 20 years on the Far Right of Politics stirring up hate and mistrust! How this loathsome slug can profess commitment to Equality is beyond my comprehension. Do the customers of Mr. Felse know about his odious views?

Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate) wrote
at 15:42:33 on 11 September 2016
Dear Michael James Felse, why don't you get off your backside and help these Young, Vulnerable, Homeless Adults, instead of asking everyone else to do it for you. The Salford Star has pushed every corner and boundary of publishing, to ensure these Vulnerable, Homeless Adults get the help and support they truly need and deserve. I have been researching their housing needs, in order to write lengthy, but informative comments, from my sick bed, which could easily be used within a court of law, to delay their case of possession. I also offered an accurate insight, to the general public, in order to inform them what will happen to these Young, Vulnerable, Homeless Adults, if they became homeless, and walked the streets once again. And my friend and fellow Housing Advocate, Sharon Hooley, is sorting out a peaceful protest in order to protect the Young, Vulnerable, Homeless Adults, who are being threatened with eviction. What have you achieved for these young homeless people, Michael James Felse? The Editor of the Salford Star is always rushed of his feet, 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. I have serious physical disability, but still worked from my sick bed, as a legal researcher, to provide an accurate counterclaim against the Coop, and delay the eviction proceedings. And Sharon Hooley has serious Physical Disabilities, and like me, can barely move, and is also wheel chair bound, but she is still willing to arrange a peaceful protest in order to protect these Young, Vulnerable, Homeless Adults. So Micheal James Felse, while you have been basking in the sun, in Spain, at UKIP's expense, all those who had little or no time, or who were disabled and in a great deal of pain, have used their time, skills and knowledge to protect these Young, Vulnerable, Homeless Adults. In conclusion, and in my opinion, Michael James Felse is a waste of space. He has little or no disability, but obviously he has some governmental influence, and certainly has a great deal of excess time on his hands, but has achieved "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING". In my opinion, Michael James Felse, has mentioned his UKIP status on many occasions, and the fact UKIP paid him to go to Spain, but has done nothing, other than spout ridiculous, nonsensical, irrelevant, and inaccurate housing statistics. In my opinion, Michael James Felse has absolutely no chance of becoming the new GM Mayor, but I do know of a Bin Man's vacancy he can fill. I wish those at the Ducie Bridge the very best of luck in court, and want you to know that there are people within Salford and Manchester who really do care about your safety and wellbeing. Kindest Regards, Tahir Chakotai, (Independent Housing Advocate).

wrote
at 15:41:50 on 11 September 2016
Felse makes another demand, which like all his others will be ignored. Doesn't he understand.

Sharon Hooley (Independent Housing Advocate & Activist) wrote
at 10:26:37 on 11 September 2016
I'm so glad that more and more people are joining together, especially 38 Degrees...wow. But we need more. Should there be a protest outside the courts? Don't see why not. There is now more hope because these young homeless people are being heard from places like The Salford Star.

Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate) wrote
at 10:26:21 on 11 September 2016
I would just like to urge all Salford Star readers, to digitally sign the petition, to help and support these Young, Vulnerable, Homeless Adults, who are being threatened once again, with Homelessness. In my opinion, we all have a duty to protect the most vulnerable within society. So I would implore all Salford Star readers to sign the petition, which takes approximately 30 seconds, but will mean the world to these Young, Vulnerable, Homeless Adults. Let's all make Manchester and Salford great again, not just for the rich, but also for the poor. Kindest Regards, Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate).

Michael James Felse wrote
at 10:26:06 on 11 September 2016
I suspect the owners will get the court order. I ask young people to take action against homelessness that can easily be solved. A proactive Greater Manchester Mayor can force housing trusts to do emergency repair on 5% of their vacant older properties. This will put 372 properties across Greater Manchestet onto the house homeless emergency availability. Based on 4 people to each of the emergency homes it will give accommodation to 1488 who are in need. The homeless folk will not need to fight the coop or others. Meanwhile I demand the coop gives a stay of time to let a real plan by the collective local councils find a good solution. Felse.

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