FAST FORWARD TO NOVEMBER 2010: ATTIC ATTACK!
What Salford Council feared would happen to the old lady did actually happen to another resident who lived just around the corner from where she had lived in the demolition hell of the Top Streets.
Last month (see here) the Salford Star reported how thieves had hammered their way through the attics of six empty properties to get to the only occupied house on the street. The resident was horrified to see a hand coming out of his attic panel but managed to rebuff the would-be assailant with a broom handle.
He had complained to Salford Council on numerous occasions about his vulnerability, reminded councillors of their `duty of care' to residents whose houses they now owned, and asked them to properly secure such properties.
This resident had also applied for the £25,000 relocation grant to move out of Salford because of the stress, vandalism, isolated conditions and `risk to his physical and mental well being'. Only in his case Salford Council's reaction was very different – it's going to call out the Sheriff to forcibly evict him!
In his decision to refuse the relocation grant, Councillor Peter Connor, Lead Member for Housing, admitte">>>FULL ARTICLE