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FIVE SITES IN SALFORD THAT COULD BE OPENED UP FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE
 

Star date: 14th November 2017

CRESCENT POLICE STATION...LANCASTRIAN HALL...BUILE HILL MANSION...PRECINCT ESTATE...MOCHA PARADE

"Open up buildings for night shelters..."

Last week, Salford was named by housing charity, Shelter, as the second worst place in the North West for homelessness. Yet Salford City Council is sitting on lots of properties that are lying empty, awaiting 'regeneration'.

Today, there are calls for the Council to take the tins off and use them to help the homeless... "People are freezing on the streets, open up buildings for night shelters...sod the red tape, just do it" states Salford Street Support.

Full details here...


Lancastrian Hall Salford Salford Precinct Estate Buile Hill Mansion
Mocha Parade with Salford Food Bank Crescent Police Station Salford Crescent Police Station Salford
Mocha Parade Salford
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A few weeks ago, the Salford Star tried to help a homeless man that had been evicted from his house but there was nowhere in Salford he could go. All the night shelters were full, all the cheap hostels were full – and, eventually, at 1:30am, he had to walk to Sale where the emergency Council social worker had found him a three night B&B.

This case, we understand, is pretty typical. Last week, housing charity, Shelter, revealed that Salford had the second highest ratio of homelessness in the North West (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

Meanwhile, 'regeneration' – defined by Jeremy Corbyn as "'forced gentrification and social cleansing" – has meant the building of swathes of luxury apartments and townhouses in the city amidst a chronic shortage of social housing.

Yet there are many properties in Salford that are currently in regeneration limbo, tinned up, empty and with no current use or demolition on the horizon. To name a few, there's...

Buile Hill Mansion – empty for years with the Council still dithering over a community bid to take it over

Mocha Parade – residents kicked out of the flats above the shops years ago for a demolition that still hasn't happened. Perfect site as it's right next to the Salford Food Bank.

Precinct Estate – the estate with Brydon Close et al is currently being emptied of families for the Pendleton Together 'regeneration'. In the meantime, there are swathes of tinned up empty streets.

The Crescent Police Station – developers failed to get planning permission for the huge empty property last March and, we understand, it is still under the ownership of the Council.

Lancastrian Hall – this superb example of brutalist architecture has been unused for years, and, earlier this month, the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre (SUCRC) and JVA (Joint Veterans Alliance) called for it to be opened up for the homeless... "This is the time to unleash the idea that the late Councillor Paul Longshaw floated about using Lancastrian Hall which has been empty for over ten years" said Alec McFadden of SUCRC 

"The Council has said it's full of asbestos but it should make space and do the repairs so we get homeless people off the streets this winter by 25th December" he insisted "We have loads of unemployed and retired building workers in Salford who would come and do a job."

Today that call was echoed by Angela Barratt, of Salford and Manchester Street Support, who works voluntarily and directly with the street homeless...

"People are freezing on the streets, open up buildings for night shelters" she says "Workers and volunteers will do the work for free and everyone would help. Just take the tins off and give us the keys please

"Show compassion for homeless people, it could be us next, and put human rights into action" she adds "Salford City Council should show other places that they care about homeless people in our city and surrounding areas. Sod the red tape, just do it!"

Arnold rimmer wrote
at 9:17:02 AM on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
I'm pretty sure Lancastrian Hall has been condemned for all kinds of reasons, including asbestos in everything. The only reason it's still standing is that Puccini's restaurant refuses to relocate so the Hall can't be demolished. The place is a death trap.
 
wrote
at 9:16:52 AM on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
THAT house on Nona St is still empty.
 
Naomi wrote
at 5:13:06 AM on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Put yourself in their shoes for a night.. if you could stand to freeze that long!.. give the homeless something positive.. it's heartbreaking to see so many people struggling.. give them some hope of a shelter!
 
Sean Riley wrote
at 12:30:15 AM on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
It's high time, we as a community, remind the "authorities" that they have a legal obligation to human rights law. They have discretionary power to ignore or amend policy, which should already comply fully with the law. I'm no expert on this stuff, it's just common sense. Salford will have her shelters because the people want it to happen.
 
Bob wrote
at 12:27:59 AM on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Thats an interesting one from David Minshull. I have been past that caretakers house many times and thought why have they not done anything with that house? then forgot about it. Something has to be done with it. knock it down , sell it for good money, must be worth something. If they have not got any ideas of what to do with it ,why not flog it. that means they must have some ideas for that site. But what? What are these devious bastards up to?
 
David Minshull wrote
at 12:58:52 PM on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Lancastrian Hall was first discussed back in May 17 with no follow up by the council, Chimney Pot Park Caretakers House empty for years asked about re-opening or being rented for peppercorn rent, trafford road/regent road Office Units been empty for long periods, their are properties all over Salford, quite rightly as Angela has said forget the 'Red Tape' a human life is more important!!!. If we one of the worst area's for homelessness then we should lead by example, volunteers give free time supporting those in need and have a large input into maintaining life, while the people at the top do not even appear to look at the situations at street level, where would they be if all organisations that offer this support STOP
 
Joe Oneill wrote
at 12:58:48 PM on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Common sense and viable options that will be hard to pass through Labours ranks. I sat in my home dressed with a cup of coffee suddenly thinking it's cold put the heat on, I stepped back for a moment thinking how lucky I was to have the chance. These buildings are there and can be put into use, I would support anything that helped our people off the streets. The reality who am I, the people that matter sit in the council chamber people like me should be more active trying to get them to listen. Thanks to the star for raising awareness of the issue. Perhaps Burnham and Dennett should respond to an open letter on the subject?
 
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