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NHS SERVES COURT ORDER TO EVICT HOMELESS SHELTER IN ECCLES
 

Star date: 8th January 2019

SAVING PEOPLE SALFORD SHELTER FACES EVICTION

The Saving People Shelter Project in Eccles, which has been giving a home to dozens of homeless people over the winter, faces eviction as NHS Property Services has served a court order for possession of the old doctor's surgery.

"It will probably mean 15 to twenty more people will be on the streets of Salford very soon" says Stuart Potts, one of the shelter facilitators "Thank you NHS!"

Full details here...


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NHS Property Services didn't wait long for the 'season of goodwill' to end, as yesterday it served possession papers on the Saving People Shelter Project in Eccles.

The Shelter has been running in an empty old doctor's surgery since November, taking in homeless people who have fallen through Andy Burnham's 'A bed every night' net, and has kept dozens of them off the freezing streets.

The Shelter has also provided support, while working with official agencies such as the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre, the Broughton Trust and Salford City Council's rough sleepers' team to help improve life chances of its residents...

"We have two people in training and have people going to work" explains Angela Barratt from Salford Street Support, who jointly set up the Shelter "Ages here vary from 18 to 64, with people from all different backgrounds and circumstances that have caused their homelessness.

"We have become a family within a home" she adds "There is nowhere for any of them to go. Salford rough sleepers' team cannot accommodate any of them...we have sent everyone for 'a bed every night' assessment. We have worked bloody hard to keep these people in the building and supported every one of them. This is their home. Please, NHS, let us stay..."

The outside of the Shelter is festooned with signs such as 'A home 4 life, not just for Xmas' and 'We die on the streets'.

Shelter facilitator, Stuart Potts, explains why it is needed, despite the efforts of the Greater Manchester Mayor and Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, who holds the GM homelessness portfolio.

Stuart had just been to the Wesley Street in Swinton, the homelessness point of contact for Salford Council, where one of the Shelter's residents had an assessment. The bloke's last address was in Birmingham but he left through marriage breakdown and divorce, had no family ties there and had come to Salford where he has friends and connections.

"They basically told him to go back to Birmingham where he has nothing and no prospective of getting himself back on his feet" says Stuart "The system isn't working."

The NHS possession order court case will be heard at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre on Wednesday morning...

"It will probably mean 15 to twenty more people will be on the streets of Salford very soon" says Stuart "Thank you NHS!"


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

Eccles People Shelter Saving Lives – click here

Homeless Deaths in Greater Manchester Are A 'Humanitarian Crisis' – click here

Update: 9th January

Eccles homeless shelter possession case adjourned for eight days - click here


Yes wrote
at 08:34:33 on 12 January 2019
I agree with Rossi on this.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 08:33:41 on 12 January 2019
Rossi,why should Bob the regular and myself be censored because you can't hack it??
 
Mr brexit wrote
at 08:33:22 on 12 January 2019
Rayofsunshine. If bullshit was worth anything, you’d be loaded.
 
ROSSI wrote
at 13:21:02 on 11 January 2019
I used to be a fan of the Star's Comments Page, but now I see the sheer pointlessness of it. It's reminiscent in ways of the bickering between the second rate politicians in the House of Commons. But on here though it's just Ray "The Pseudo Socialist" Of Sunshine VERSUS Bob "The Know It All" The Regular... It's become stale, and devoid of meaning. I think that it's time, for the sake of the Star Readership, and the much hoped for future longevity of The Star, that Steve get a grip on this matter. Otherwise The Star will begin losing readers in much the same way that the Titanic lost passengers ... Get a grip, Steve!
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 04:19:51 on 11 January 2019
Bob the regular,yet again you are avoiding the real issue - homelessness in Salford is caused by the lack of cheap,well-built Local Authority Housing. Why let facts get in the way of a good rant,eh Bob?
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 03:08:53 on 10 January 2019
Ray, look at the masthead of this journal. Who blew up kersal flats? Was it Mrs Thatcher? John Major? No it was you know who.If these flats had been mothballed, getting on for 1000 dwellings, they would be worth 10 million now and could be cheaply renovated. You do not destroy houses by selling them to people who look after them. Look at the houses on council estates that have been sold off.On average they look a bit more houseproud than the ones that have not.
 
King Dick wrote
at 03:08:19 on 10 January 2019
Rayofsunshine, pull your head out of Mayor Paul's arse, and wake up and smell the coffee. Everything that Bob The Prophet says is true. This Labour council are friends of no one but the likes of rich developers. Stop blaming the Tories for everything You little No Mark.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 13:32:05 on 09 January 2019
Bob the regular,the real villains here are The Tories,who over a period of nearly forty years have destroyed Local Authority Housing!
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 08:24:13 on 09 January 2019
Burhham ,Dennett, Miss Becky. Tossers the lot of them. Why are they not trying to help. Lets take a cold clear capitalist look at this. 15 to 20 homeless people. Thats £2000 a week housing benefit. If that buildings empty 5 years it bring in sweet FA. Although its modern, it is not worth much. £200k max. Can funding be had from this so called housing fund? The council could buy this and let someone from this organisation run it. It could keep people off the street and make cash at the same time. This is Labour for you.
 
Terry wrote
at 08:23:40 on 09 January 2019
Like it or not, they're squatters, and those banners don't do them any favours, make the place look terrible. The picture of them with the 'Let us stay' caption on it, makes them look like a Happy Mondays tribute act.
 
Don Booth wrote
at 19:05:30 on 08 January 2019
I was very pleased to see this building being used after standing idle for a few years. Why has the NHS now taken control of this building when it is being used to such great effect. I thought the HHS would be pleased to see the building being used and people being taken off the streets. Let us carry on the good work
 
chalkie9 wrote
at 19:04:45 on 08 January 2019
this needs to be sorted because one day it could be YOU wanting some shelter
 
Don Booth wrote
at 19:04:16 on 08 January 2019
Well done to the people who set this up and ran it over the Christmas period. This building has been empty for years why now that someone has taken this initiative has the NHS come in to evict them. These people who have been running this are helping the NHS. PLEASE LET THEM CARRY ON
 
Tracy Martindale wrote
at 18:53:55 on 08 January 2019
This building is only in the NHS portfolio because it's a doctors surgery. If he'd sold it privately before he died they would have no claims on it. Admittedly the owners would've acted but if they had then died who would've had a claim? The NHS are supposed to want to keep people alive so how come they're prepared to give these people a death sentence for no good reason.
 
DJB wrote
at 18:52:47 on 08 January 2019
While the area has a total moron like Burnham making wild statements about ending homelessness in the area we are going to get more and more homeless people on our streets, we have enough people we need to look after without importing them from other areas of the UK. Have the utmost respect for the people in the Eccles Doctors and feel that the building should be used to help them they don't do themselves any favours with the signs they have daubed up outside, the area is already enough of a shit hole without these adding to it.
 
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