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SALFORD COUNCILLOR PAUL LONGSHAW SCOOPS AFFORDABLE HOUSING HYPOCRISY AWARD
 

Star date: 6th January 2017 

THE SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2016:

COUNCILLOR PAUL LONGSHAW WINS AFFORDABLE HOUSING HYPOCRISY REVOLVING DOOR AWARD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the tenth annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

OMG! Could you make it up? Salford Council's Chief Housing Officer, who oversees the destruction of affordable housing in Pendleton, resigns and gets elected as that area's councillor. And then becomes Lead Member for Housing, complaining about the lack of affordable housing! Ladies and gentlemen, you will need a political bath after learning about the winner of the Salford Star Mary Burns Affordable Housing Hypocrisy Revolving Door Award...Councillor Paul Longshaw!

Full Award details here...


Councillor Paul Longshaw Pendleton Together Pendleton Together
Pendleton Together Salford Star Mary Burns Award
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AFFORDABLE HOUSING HYPOCRISY REVOLVING DOOR AWARD

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COUNCILLOR PAUL LONGSHAW

There's nowt so stark as the social cleansing that's going off in Pendleton. The area, near Salford Precinct, is on the doorstep of the University of Salford and MediaCityUK, and ripe for a clear-out of the working class.

Don't take the Salford Star's word for it – read the Business Case that went off from Salford Council to the Government, to kickstart the 15 year, £430million gentrification ...

It stated quite clearly that the final plans for Pendleton "will lead to a dilution in the current concentration of economically inactive households" by "young professionals and individuals who wish to live in Pendleton". 

In the first £40million phase of the massive PFI (Private Finance Initiative), so-called `Pendleton Together' project, only 110 of 300 new properties are affordable and for rent. In the overall scheme, only around 500 homes out of 1500 being built will be affordable. This compares with 885 affordable properties being bulldozed.

The social cleansing was particularly stark in July, when Salford City Council approved `decant notices' for families living in 149 homes on the High Street estate. Yep, 149 homes will be bulldozed. But only 52 `affordable rented homes' will be built to replace them (see here).

Again, don't take the Salford Star's word for it – there's been an academic paper on the `creative destruction' of Pendleton presented to the Global Urban Justice conference in Madrid last year by the Manchester Met University's Jane Brake and John Van Aitken. They've even got a whole event and exhibition on it on Thursday 12th January at The People's History Museum (see here for further details).

And Pendleton is not just about the bulldozing of affordable homes and their replacement by unaffordable homes. In February, Pendleton Together increased service charges for those renting affordable properties by up to 10.5% in the refurbished towerblocks, and by a whopping 17.3% for those living in sheltered accommodation at Lombardy Court (see here).

The company also installed the hated NIBE heating systems into the towerblocks which were supposed to cut energy bills but, instead increased them – as seen on Angela Rippon's Ripped Off Britain (see here) as well as the Salford Star (see here).

The chief architect of all that's gone on was Paul Longshaw, Salford City Council's Programmes Director for Creating a New Pendleton. Indeed, his own Linkedin profile recalls how "Paul played a key role in driving forward the housing ambitions for Pendleton, Charlestown and Riverside...so that those two areas...play a key part in the city's growth and prosperity ambition".

In March 2016, Paul Longshaw left employment at the Council (we're unsure whether he took voluntary redundancy and got a wacking great pay-off) to stand as the Labour Party councillor for Langworthy, which he duly won and, within months, was suddenly representing those very residents who were on the sharp end of the Pendleton social engineering project.

Councillor Longshaw was then fast-tracked into the Council Cabinet as Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods, and, ever since, has formed a double-act with Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, counting rough sleepers, railing against homelessness and giving heart-wrenching speeches to fellow councillors about the `dysfunctional housing market'...

"We need around 750 new additional low cost rented homes per year in the city to meet need" he wept to a full meeting of Salford Council in November, adding that "homes should be there for all..."

...Unless, of course, you live in Pendleton, where the plans that Paul Longshaw put in place to reduce the amount of social housing "will lead to a dilution in the current concentration of economically inactive households" by "young professionals and individuals..."

So, ladies and gentlemen, rip the heart out of Salford, get a `young professional' makeover and cry crocodile tears for the winner of the Salford Star Mary Burns Affordable Housing Hypocrisy Revolving Door Award...

Councillor Paul Longshaw!

If Paul would like to make an acceptance speech, please use the comments box below...


 
Winners of the 2016 Salford Star Mary Burns Awards

*Nice Work If You Can Get It Award – Hazel Blears – click here

* Green Fingers Award - Salford City Council - click here

*Ethical Hypocrisy Award – Co-operative Group – click here

*George Bush Read My Lips Award – Hazel Blears, Phil Mayall and Councillor Derek Antrobus  - click here

*Services To Heritage Destruction – Fred Done – click here

* Pimp My Poverty Award - Salford City Council - click here

*Feed The Rich Award – Peel Holdings – click here

*International Award – Manchester City Council – click here

*`How The Fuck Did You Manage To Ignore Almost 3 Million People?' Award – Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) – click here

*Services To Social Housing - Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett – click here

* Uncle Joe Stalin Award for Open and Democratic Government – Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett – click here

* Gary Neville Finger In Pies Award - Salford City Council - click here

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 09:34:29 on 12 January 2017
Ken you are misinformed, the financing of new builds and the maintenance of existing properties is a Local,not a National responsibility. Money raised via rent plus borrowings secured against future rents is supposed to finance Public Housing. It annoys me that right wing craźies of the council, such as Felse and Ferrer, deliberately misrepresent the true cause of the housing crisis in Salford!
 
Ken Mckelvey wrote
at 11:07:40 on 11 January 2017
I was always under the impression that it was the Government that funded housing & Councils maintained them , But their has been little or no Council type housing for ages,in all Inner Cities their is problems getting land to build on , Big Brown Field Sites for housing Estates are virtually nonexistent, As for finding The money for Council House building , Just start collecting The Hundred Billion pound lost to the Treasury Annually, Through aggressive tax avoidance ,by Foreign Multi National Companies, Vodaphone Starbucks Boots the list is endless and the money lost is Astronomical.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 09:15:22 on 11 January 2017
Ken, point taken but what are your practical suggestions to improve housing in Salford and how would you finance such measures?
 
Ken Mckelvey wrote
at 15:31:50 on 10 January 2017
To ,Rayofsunshine Salford Council did a lot of damage to its Housing Policy when it fell in with Tory Blairs Regeneration programme How many Well built Stock Brick houses did it Demolish to please Iffy Developers, In Broughton Charlestown Duchy Langworthy Etc Etc / If it is not broke do not try to mend it all those houses were in Excellent condition , Ken Mckelvey
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 09:30:17 on 09 January 2017
So, Mary Ferrer, how, if you had political power (perish the thought), would you solve Salford's Housing Crisis? Where would the money come from to fund affordable, new builds? What would you do if developers threatened either to boycott Salford or take the Council to court for Restraint of Trade? Given that for the foreseeable future there will be a lack of decent Public Sector Housing in Salford , what would your Allocations Policy be? Please give concrete answers to my questions.
 
Miss Adele Mortimer wrote
at 18:51:39 on 08 January 2017
Sold us all out its an absolute Disgrace to this Great City of Salford where have you gone?
 
Milk float wrote
at 21:17:28 on 06 January 2017
Labour's New Moto were all in it together !! Absolutely shocking from a party that used to be so vocal about injustice in society, whilst the housing crisis rumbles on in this country neither Labour or Tory have a plan to address the issue of affordable housing or social housing in the short or medium term apart from more hot air whilst there rich greedy mates are queuing up for soon to be butchered greenbelt , whilst brownfield ,and compulsory purchased land from courtesy of Salford Council were homes were bulldozed for unaffordable housing prior to the recession of 2008 lies there for re-development which would have gone a long way to address the housing crisis , along with greedy rogue landlords,Private sector housing trusts courtesy of Salford Council that see tennants as easy game to be milked £££££ with rocketing rents ,add to the Mix the diabolical unfair bidding system for social housing things will only get worse£££££ before they get better!!!!!only if Salford Council have a vision other than there own interest!!!
 
Mary Ferrer wrote
at 15:55:17 on 06 January 2017
This,along with the rest of the Mary Burns awards makes sad reading.First because every word is true and second because WE are allowing this to happen to the people of our City. Year after year Steve and his team highlight what is happening to the city and the people who live here,yet nothing happens to stop it. This latest article is proof there is something very wrong with the way our city is being run. We have a shortage of affordable housing,we have something like thirteen thousand people on the waiting list for a home,and the council are removing,not adding affordable homes. How can that be right. They appear to be catering for the upper-class. By building houses and apartments out of the reach of the man/woman on the living wage (haha)The same goes for the developer's not paying planning fees or making sure affordable properties are part of the plans. In fact some of these multi millionaire property developers get GOVERNMENT grants.One reason they don't pay Salford council the planning fees is they wouldn't make enough PROFIT. We are taking people like Fred Done and PEEL.Say no more.
 
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