HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SQUATTERS OCCUPY GARY NEVILLE HOUSES IN MANCHESTER
 

Star date: 11th June 2018

ACTIVISTS AND HOMELESS FACE EVICTION BY NEVILLE

Activists and homeless people have occupied two Grade 2 listed houses owned by Gary Neville on St John Street in Manchester to highlight the Salford City FC joint owner's role in the gentrification of Manchester and refusal to publish Section 106 'viability assessments'.

Last Friday a judge granted Neville a possession order and the squatters are braced for eviction.

Full details here...


Gary Neville houses squatted in Manchester Gary Neville houses squatted in Manchester Gary Neville houses squatted in Manchester
Gary Neville houses squatted in Manchester Gary Neville houses squatted in Manchester Gary Neville houses squatted in Manchester
click image to enlarge

In the posh area of St John Street in Manchester, a clenched fist banner and a Palestinian flag are flying from two Grade 2 listed buildings which are about to be turned into more luxury accommodation.

Homeless people and activists have occupied the properties for over a week to highlight the lack of affordable housing in the city and Gary Neville's role in that, both though his developments like these houses and his directorship with Zerum Construction Management Ltd, which has represented developers in the planning process avoid Section 106 planning contributions and the provision of affordable housing.

In Salford, Zerum has represented Middlewood Locks and Peel Holdings which has led to the loss of millions of pounds in contributions through the use of 'viability assessments'. In Manchester, the huge and ultra controversial St Michael's development avoided providing any Section 106 contributions for fees and affordable houses at the behest of the Council which has a stake in the land.

"As well as having a place to stay, we're here to highlight that all Gary Neville's plans revolve around gentrification and profiting" one of the occupiers told the Salford Star "He markets himself as being a working class lad but his involvement around the city doesn't show that.

"He should be doing more for affordable housing and publishing his Section 106 viability assessments" they added "He's also providing advice for other developers through Zerum. We hope to influence his behaviour, to do more for the area instead of being 'profit Neville'."

Indeed, the squatters, or 'persons unknown', have published an open letter to Gary Neville, via Lousy Badger Media...

"If he does not have his viability assessments, or the same has been wavered by councils due to introduction of funds through land purchases, then we want all documents in relation to the same showing the considerations for public services and affordable housing" it reads

"The publication of 106 documentation would go towards aiding an understanding
why affordable housing is not being commissioned around Manchester City
centre and transparency in city wide developments" it adds.

"...The social fabric of Manchester has always been one of the deepest rooted working class regions in the country, the birth of the industrial working class revolution and the home of the suffragette movement" it continues "We feel Neville's plans are the antithesis of these roots spawning massive gentrification in the city centre and ultimately directly impacting the lack of affordable housing in the region and displacement of the working class in exchange for luxury, profit driven housing developments..."

The response by Gary Neville was a successful application for a possession order for the properties, granted by a judge at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre last Friday, and the occupiers are braced for an eviction any day.

"We hoped we could get him to ask himself 'Could I be doing more to help affordable housing in Manchester?' and to put pressure on him, so he can do more for the people of Manchester" said one of the squatters "So far, none of his behaviour reflects that."

Indeed, another of the occupiers stressed that the court papers included a photo of the community board outside the buildings highlighting rights for cleaners in precarious jobs, rights for migrants and a strong anti-racism message..


"This progressive narrative and community engagement was used as something to try and discredit us" they explained "It reveals the mindset of Gary Neville and his partners..."


To read the full open letter see the Lousy Badger Media Facebook page click here

See also previous Salford Star article - Salford Council Wins Gary Neville Finger In Pies Award - click here

Main photo shows 'Persons Unknown' turning their back on the system

Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD PEOPLE TO JUDGE WHETHER PLANNING COUNCILLOR BROKE RULES
Joey,If the directors of Salix are so XXXXX smart, why did they put on that cheap flammable shite on their buildings? I know for ... [more]
article: A YEAR AFTER SALFORD CLADDING SCANDAL INDEPENDENT TENANTS MEETING TO BE HELD
@ Bob. I wasn't having a go at all, please don't think that. I was just correcting you, Albion is not in full control of the tenan... [more]
article: SALFORD PEOPLE TO JUDGE WHETHER PLANNING COUNCILLOR BROKE RULES
charity begins at home, I an not right "in a way". I am right full stop. Salix is a not for profit charitable trust. They do not m... [more]
article: SALFORD PEOPLE TO JUDGE WHETHER PLANNING COUNCILLOR BROKE RULES
@Joey, Actually Salix have set up two profit making subsidiaries. They're all about making money, nothing wrong with that, but the... [more]
article: SALFORD TOWERBLOCK CLADDING RESIDENTS UNITE TO TACKLE PENDLETON TOGETHER
The complaints about the 2 inch fire door gaps are fully justified. I just can't believe it. What worries me though is the report ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD MP SHOULD BE DESELECTED AFTER KEEPING TORIES IN POWER SAYS CONSTITUENT

Star date: 19th July 2018

CALLS FOR GRAHAM STRINGER TO BE DESELECTED FOR 'TREACHERY'

On Tuesday night, Blackley and Broughton MP, Graham Stringer, was one of four Labour Party MPs who voted with the Tories on the latest Brexit proposals, allowing Theresa May to scrape to victory by three votes and avert a possible General Election.

Here, a constituent of the Salford MP and Labour Party member, gives her personal opinion, joining the call for Graham Stringer to be deselected...

Full details here...

PEPPA PIG COMMUNISM GRAFFITI GOES SUBVERSIVE IN SALFORD

Star date: 18th July 2018

'COMMUNISM IS FOR THE CHILDREN' SAYS SUBVERSIVE PEPPA PIG

Bizarre graffiti art has appeared near Salford Central Station depicting two delighted looking Peppa Pigs by the slogan 'Communism is for the children'. The art has led to much amusement and bemusement but is probably related to China banning the popular kids' cartoon.

Full details here...

SALFORD TOWERBLOCK CLADDING RESIDENTS UNITE TO TACKLE PENDLETON TOGETHER

Star date: 18th July 2018

SPRUCE COURT AND THORN COURT TENANTS GET ORGANISED TO FIGHT BACK

"We're sick to death of being treated like dirt..."

Last night, tenants from Spruce Court and Thorn Court met to share concerns over dangerous cladding, fire safety, security and other issues, as they united to take on towerblock manager Pendleton Together and Salford City Council, which owns the blocks.

"They try to ignore what we're saying" insisted one tenant "They're complacent... we're sick to death of being treated like dirt...".

Full details here...

SALFORD QUAYS DEVELOPER TO AVOID 1MILLION PAYMENT WHILE NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROVIDED

Star date: 17th July 2018

FURNESS QUAY DEVELOPER PROVIDES NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON HUGE APARTMENT SCHEME

Salford's planning scandal is to go up another gear this week when an application by developer De Trafford for 421 apartments in blocks up to 27 storeys high on the site of Furness Quay is considered by councillors. Thanks to Salford City Council policies, the developer will be providing no affordable properties, while, through 'viability' assessments it is set to avoid over 1million in planning fees.

Meanwhile, the English Cities Fund (ECf) is continuing its secrecy in relation to new apartments and an office development around Chapel Street and New Bailey.

Full details here...

A YEAR AFTER SALFORD CLADDING SCANDAL INDEPENDENT TENANTS MEETING TO BE HELD

Star date: 16th July 2018

CLADDING, SECURITY, FIRE SAFETY AND MORE TO BE DISCUSSED AT PENDLEON TENANTS MEETING

As the Grenfell Tower victims said, before the tragic fire their warnings were not listened to by the authorities. Now tenants in Spruce Court, Pendleton, who are still living with the dangerous cladding, have called an independent meeting for tomorrow, Tuesday, 17th July, to discuss cladding, security and more, while Thorn Court residents are also complaining about the same issues.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx