HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
MORE CLADDING MISERY FOR SALFORD PENDLETON RESIDENTS AS THEY FREEZE
 

Star date: 9th November 2018

PLANE COURT RESIDENTS FREEZE IN CLADDING LIMBO

"We're all going to freeze to death!"

Plane Court is the only one of nine blocks managed by Pendleton Together to have its dangerous cladding removed – but now residents are freezing as the bare outer walls provide no insulation with temperatures set to plummet.

"It's really cold, absolutely freezing...it's like being in the north pole" one resident, who is pregnant and sleeps under silver thermal blankets usually given to the homeless,  told the Salford Star.

Full details here...


Plane Court Salford Plane Court Salford Plane Court Salford
click image to enlarge

"It's freezing...I'd rather live on the street in a tent with the homeless!"

While eight other blocks owned by Salford City Council and managed by Pendleton Together are still wrapped in dangerous fire hazard cladding, residents of Plane Court are experiencing a different and new problem – the winter cold.

All the cladding has been stripped from Plane Court leaving the outer walls totally bare of any insulation; and Pendleton Together's tenants in freezing limbo.

"It's really cold, absolutely freezing; it's like being in the north pole" said one resident, who is pregnant and has asthma "We're sat with heaters on, blankets and onesies and it's still cold. They've took the cladding off and the scaffolding down and just left it. They've not done anything, apart from ask us to be patient."

Originally there was a row with the Government about financing the works, with Salford Council denied permission by the Treasury to provide a loan of £25million to Pendleton Together to pay for the works. Then Pendleton Together announced that it had found its own funding but still nothing is happening and all work seems to have stopped.

While this is also due to the Government dithering over what cladding and insulation is or isn't safe to put up, it is not helping the residents who are suffering, with temperatures set to plummet over the winter. Indeed, even now, with no ice about, the flats are freezing cold...

"We've got the heating on but it doesn't make a difference" said a resident "We've got the hot water on but it's warm water; and when you run a bath you've got to boil the kettle and pour it into the bath, or have a shower.

"We have got silver thermal blankets from one of the homeless organisations. That is how me and my partner sleep...in tin foil" they added "Pendleton Together are a joke – I'd rather live on the street in a tent with the homeless people! Salford has gone to pot."


The Salford Star asked Pendleton Together if the company was going to help tenants with heating, and whether it had a timeline for the cladding replacement. The Star also asked, yet again, for the release of the Trident Report into safety on all the nine blocks. Pendleton Together, as yet, hasn't responded. 

Update: 3:30pm - Pendleton Together has now responded. A spokesperson said:

"Pendelton Together have told tenants that when we announce the final timescales and other arrangements we will ensure that they know first. We have a number of ways we can support tenants with heating issues and we would encourage anyone with concerns to contact us as soon as possible. We are not aware of any issues regarding hot water."

He added: "There is no Trident report. Trident are advising on a number of building issues, but are not producing a report."

For a full background see previous Salford Star articles...

Even Salford MP Is Dissed By Pendleton Together On Dangerous Cladding Issue – click here

Fuel Poverty in Salford Blocks A Matter Of National Concern – click here

Where Is The Trident Safety Report? – click here

Pendleton Together Secures Cladding Funds For Salford Blocks – click here

Salford Mayor Rails Against Government On Cladding delays – click here

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 13:15:11 on 14 November 2018
Oĺd Bonkers - who gives a fig what you think ? You're just "a nodding dog",craving approvàl from Bob the regular!
 
old bonkers wrote
at 18:39:41 on 13 November 2018
shut dat fat mout uh yourn Ray, an go an hide behind Miss Becky's skirt - you little yezhov. You hear me boy!?
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 18:36:47 on 13 November 2018
In answer to Cody. Thing is people are so downtrodden they just cannot be helped. Like I said I know a couple of people on this estate, old pals, tried to advise them a bit but they just don't want to know. Me and a couple of pals got involved trying to help at another place. We got the "Well whats in it for you?" routine. You just can't win. It is just so sad. To answer my learned friend Ray, I can only say "res ipsa locoteur". Ray will not know what this means but his boss will. It means the facts speak for themselves. Salford council, if we are to believe this journal have made balls up after balls up in our City. In fact , thats all they do. Wasting money, ethnic cleansing,putting Salford people last. apart from that they are all a bunch of XXXXs. Don't believe me? Go and stand on the precinct and ask people there.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 12:44:02 on 13 November 2018
Bob the regular can "talk the talk" but can he "walk the walk"? It seems to me that Bob relishes stirring things up - sowing discord and cynicism amongst the general populace! Why does Bob hate Salford City Council so much? Did he get stung for a late Council Tax Payment or busted for fly tipping? We need to know what axe is Bob the regular actually grinding?
 
Cody wrote
at 05:42:30 on 13 November 2018
Bob - Why don’t you get your arse down there, given them advise and organise them? You’re exactly what they need! Maybe the Star can put you in contact with some of the tenants they interviewed? That’s assuming they’d be comfortable with that of course.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 19:17:18 on 12 November 2018
I agree with what Mrs Cromarty says. I Spoke to a nice helpful young chick at Pt before. I come the nice old pensioner bit, "wid'th old landkisher accent" asking about when work on plane court was being started, said it were for a relative whos a bit nervous. She said there was nothing to worry about, and that a descision will be made AFTER THE NEW YEAR , and the residents will be informed soon after when the work will be started.. She went on to say that the delay was due to them waiting for the government to tell them what material was going to be used that was safe. Pure bullshit. so,no cladding for winter. Time for legal action under section 1 and 4 under 1972 defective premises act. There is a legal community advice scheme that might help here. It is in Moss side and it was sponsored by Michael Mansfield QC and Lazars solicitors. Perhaps they can help.
 
pete wrote
at 19:16:24 on 12 November 2018
All this waste of money, so much, that they do not dare tell us. One day, people will learn that you have to build quality in the first place. That day is long way away.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 15:32:51 on 12 November 2018
Why do the residents not organise a meeting about this and invite Becky to it. Perhaps they can also invite our reporter along. For good measure ,perhaps we could have someone from the Manchester evening dross as well. Of course when Becky sees our hero there, she is going to want him booted out, because she, like Donald Trump, believes people who tell the truth,create fake news. Tell you what, why do we not tape the meeting (if it happens), and let the three journalists who work in Beckys office write the story. We need to know what she says is going to happen on that site,and what should be done. We need to hear her answer the residents questions. These people are not her old pal Andrew Niel, or Kirsty Walk. If she cannot face ordinary working class people from Salford Precinct, how can we take her seriously as a future cabinet minister?
 
MRS SUSAN LINDA CROMARTY wrote
at 19:27:36 on 11 November 2018
If they don't replace the external insulation with something else then the flats no longer meet the 4 essential decent homes standard criteria which are be free from any hazard that poses a serious threat to your health or safety be in a reasonable state of repair have reasonably modern facilities have efficient heating and insulation
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 07:21:56 on 11 November 2018
Go on people, beam yourselves back down to star date 1st september 2014. Ray in particular. These people have suffered enough on that estate. And Becky, do you not think you should get off your arse and wander over there and have a chat with them. They are your people, they vote for you, they vote for your party, they are loyal. They will not listen to me, I know a couple on that estate. For once, your Ray is right. Comrade Den should read the riot act to Pendleton together. And when they do nothing,as usual, he should send the yeomanry and cavalry in to shove a sabre up their arses, and one up his for good luck.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 07:20:39 on 11 November 2018
The other problem about all this, is of course these exhaust air heating systems that these flats have. These will have been designed with good standards of thermal insulation in place. The guy who states that the hot water is not working in these flats seems to me to indicate the heating system is struggling to work. I have tried my hardest to find straight answers from the suppliers etc and the people who installed it. I just kept getting sent round in circles. We need consultant heating experts to look at this , to find out once and for all if these systems are fit for purpose. I have a suspicion that this heating thing on these blocks might be the subject of litigation, and thats why people are not talking. It is only a suspicion, but it does fit.
 
wrote
at 18:07:15 on 10 November 2018
@OldBonkers. While I agree there is some exaggeration going on, which I suspect is more to do with the cost of heating and keeping the issue in the public's mind than freezing to death, there are housing standards that need to be met by law. Furthermore, if people adopted your attitude then people and families would still be living in rotting '2 up 2 downs' with a communal toilet for the whole street, as no one would strive for better.
 
OLD BONKERS wrote
at 15:46:57 on 10 November 2018
Before the cladding went up there was no insulation either, just outer walls, so why didn't anybody freeze to death prior to the cladding going on, during the course of the forty odd years these buildings have been up? Come on, this is bullshit and huperbole. I live in one of the blocks on the Broadwalk, and I NEVER use the heating, I sleep with my Windows open, and wash the pots in cold water. The people in this article bleating about freezing to death, NEED to grow a pair.Softness, self entitlement and self indulgence REALLY piss me off. Get Spartan. Get Stoic. Be brave, quit your whining and WEAR layers of clothes.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 14:06:42 on 10 November 2018
"There is no Trident Report!" - who are Pendleton Together trying to fool? Why was it that key players such às Mayor Dennett,Ben Dolan and Cllr.Merry were under the impressìon that there was a report? The mayor needs to read the Riot Act to Pendleton Together - demonstrating that tenant safety comes before covering corporate arse!!
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 09:59:37 on 10 November 2018
PGJ seems to think that I am a bit of a know it all, as does of course my old pal Ray. One thing that can not be in doubt is my knowledge of scaffold.I have spent the best part of fifty years sweating my tits off in summer, and freezing my balls off in winter, on scaffold. It costs a lot of money to put scaffold up, and a fair bit to take it down but not as much. Once its up and in place, the rental cost is not that much. If this cladding is going to be replaced in the near future, it will have to be put up again so that people can work. So they will be paying for a putting up, and a taking down that does not need to be done. They will save a bit of scaffold rent but this will be negligable.THE ONLY CONCLUSION YOU CAN DRAW IS THAT THERE WILL BE NO NEW CLADDING PUT ON THIS BUILDING IN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS, JUST THE TIME WHEN YOU NEED IT.What a bunch of devious bastards they all are.
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Friends of Kersal Moor
Salford Star CD
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: CAMPAIGNERS SAY SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SHOULD BE ASHAMED AS DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME SHUTS
Plenty of money to waste on crap,nothing left for essential statutory duties. Well this is what you all voted for. This is what yo... [more]
article: SALFORD STAR BENEFIT GIG RAISES HUNDREDS OF POUNDS
Great result . Well done to all involved . Was a great night in The Eagle .... [more]
article: GRADE II LISTED CROWN THEATRE IN ECCLES TO BE CONVERTED FOR APARTMENTS
The redelopment of this landmark is a good thing, the downfall will be as others state the lack of parking, when you consider the ... [more]
article: GRADE II LISTED CROWN THEATRE IN ECCLES TO BE CONVERTED FOR APARTMENTS
No social housing again? This when Dennet was bragging in the ‘Life In Salford’ magazine about buying 8 houses in Duchy with secti... [more]
article: GRADE II LISTED CROWN THEATRE IN ECCLES TO BE CONVERTED FOR APARTMENTS
I can see the childrens park opposite going and turned into a car park.... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

CAMPAIGNERS SAY SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SHOULD BE ASHAMED AS DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME SHUTS

Star date: 20th November 2018

AFTER LONG BITTER FIGHT, THE GRANGE SHUTS

After years of campaigning and protests, The Grange home for children with severe complex needs finally shut yesterday, after the last resident was shunted out of the city.

"Salford Council should be ashamed of themselves for getting rid of such a valuable facility" says Rebecca Howarth, parent and Save The Grange Again campaigner "We have fought the Council for nearly two years in a bid to keep the care home open but unfortunately we have reached the end of the road."

Full details here...

GRADE II LISTED CROWN THEATRE IN ECCLES TO BE CONVERTED FOR APARTMENTS

Star date: 19th November 2018

SALFORD THEATRE FACADES SAVED BUT BUILDING TO BE ALMOST DEMOLISHED

Planning has now been submitted for the Grade II listed Crown Theatre in Eccles, which proposes to save the facades of the building and some stairs and walls, while demolishing the rest.

The application seeks to convert the site for 82 market apartments, with no affordable housing or Section 106 payments, with a loss to the city of over £200,000 - and with an estimated profit for the developer of over £2million.

Full details here...

SALFORD STAR BENEFIT GIG RAISES HUNDREDS OF POUNDS

Star date: 19th November 2018

EAGLE INN BENEFIT HELPS TO KEEP THE STAR GOING!

Almost £300 was raised last night for the Salford Star at the Eagle Inn benefit gig hosted by Red Rec Records and The Sandells. Four ace bands played free, while friends old and new came to support the city's only - and ailing - independent media.

Full details here...

NATIONAL THEATRE COMES TO FIVE SALFORD SCHOOLS

Star date: 18th November 2018

NATIONAL THEATRE BRINGS THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME

The National Theatre is bringing its award winning play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, to five Salford secondary schools this week, which will be accompanied by a learning programme and Q&A with the cast and creative team.

The play will be shown at Harrop Fold, All Hallows, Oasis Academy, St Ambrose Barlow and Moorside.

Full details here...

GIANT SNOWMEN ARRIVE AT SALFORD MEDIACITYUK

Star date: 18th November 2018

WALKING WITH THE SNOWMAN SCULPTURE TRAIL AT MEDIA CITY

From Thursday 22nd November until 6th January, there's going to be a free Walking with The Snowman sculpture trail at Media City, featuring twelve giant sculptures inspired by the song The Twelve Days of Christmas.

There'll also be a collection of smaller snowman sculptures, designed by local young people, displayed inside venues. The event celebrates the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs' book The Snowman, and there'll be an auction of the sculptures for Children In Need.

Full details here...

 



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