Manchester City Council

Calling on Collyhurst

The Council has been working with tenants in Collyhurst for around six years now on a scheme for major regeneration of the housing estates scattered along both sides of Rochdale Road. The scheme was to have been funded through PFI and after all those years of work it was a bitter blow when, a couple of weeks ago, the government kicked the proposals in to touch. However the Council has no intention of kicking Collyhurst in to touch and is now looking urgently for alternative ways to fund essential improvements to existing homes and at the same time starting the incremental remodelling of the estates.

Today, Paul Andrews, the Executive Member responsible for Housing, and I, toured the estates with local Councillors, meeting the Chairs of the four tenants groups in the area. Our purpose was simple - to reassure tenants that Collyhurst remains at the highest priority for the Council, and although we don't know how we are going to do it, we are determined to find the resources to physically improve the area. The most striking thing about everybody we met was the absolute pride they had in Collyhurst and that they loved living there. This included people like me not even born in Manchester who wouldn't now live anywhere else. They also talked about the success they had had working with the police and the Council in tackling anti-social behaviour to the extent that any problems now were minimal. Collyhurst often gets a bad press but we met the real Collyhurst. Great people in a great area who deserve great homes to live in.

There are 10 responses to “Calling on Collyhurst”

  1. Hmmm Says:

    Well, first off as a Collyhurst resident i was disappointed when i heard of the cuts to funding which would effect the area, its an eye sore and has been for some reason left out during the rest of the city's regeneration, the houses on the estates such as Irk Valley are rotting away from the inside, as i have told many a council worker in my 6 years in one of their properties.
    The thing that really gets my goat is that you talk for the people who have no say, well i'll have mine and Collyhurst is a dump and as for anti-social behaviour decreasing you must be blind, it wasd only a few month back that a man lost his life in a pub brawl and there continues to be trouble in the pub in question and surrounding area, i feel this problem is a lot to do with residents just feel unwanted and mistreated so they dont care much for or respect anything.

  2. James Says:

    I live in Collyhurst and have done for 5 years now, i like the area but the council's housing situation is a disgrace, they expect there rent each week but where's our homes because the current buildins are more like doss houses, with wooden framed windows with gaps that let in hurricanes and damp walls everywhere not too mention there 50 - 60's style layouts, something needs to be done and soon, i dont understand why the area was left to last on the regeneration list

  3. REDSTEVE57 Says:

    I live in Miles Platting and have seen first hand the sense of pride that the regeneration has given to the local community. The community spirit has always been there, nothing was ever too much trouble when it came to helping out your neighbours. The difference now is the sense of pride that they now live in an area that is being/has been modernised to a high standard. Also the new build that is about to happen is welcomed as this will draw in new people to an area that was castigated and looked down on from those outside of the Miles Platting community.

    Having friends and relatives that currently reside within the Collyhurst area that was designated for regeneration I can sympathise wholeheartedly with their disappointment at the devastating news that the Government in their unfathomable wisdom has pulled the rug from under them. This is one of the most deprived areas in Manchester and probably the country. Living on the edge of a vibrant city that is constantly improving, that sees millions of pounds spent on it makes the loss of the regeneration funding a bitter pill to swallow.
    Down Rochdale Road on the site of the old tobbacco works there has been built some wonderful apartments that for most, if not all, residents of the Vine Estate (Irk Valley Estate) and Collyhurst Village are something that they could only dream of from their area of widespread deprivation and worklessness. They only want decent homes that are damp free and well heated and insulated. They probably pay more in fuel bills, proportionately, than those that live in the expensive apartment blocks down the road. Their properties have hardly changed since they were built. They want the basic things in life that will make their daily lives more tolerable. They don't want the fancy and frilly just a decent home to live in.
    So come on Richard & co. creative thinking from you and your Council officers to get this regeneration back on track.

  4. James Says:

    I totally agree with REDSTEVE57, I also have relatives who live in Miles Platting and have done for the last 21 years, the area use to be an eyesore with the colonies and other houeses built on houses style properties but they removed all that and then started a major revamp of the area that has had a positive effect on the area in general, but the difference in the Collyhurst and Miles Platting estates although only 5 minutes apart is uncomprehensible and quite frankly bad judgement on the local authorities part... Collyhurst's housing Situation is and was worse than Miles Platting the style of the houses, the facilities within the houses, everything so why the hell wasn't Collyhurst put before MP i dont understand it, postcode lottery? what? how do you make these important decisions that impact on people's lives? You should be held accountable, forget the fact the goverment pulled the plug, you get the funding and make the decisions, this time you cocked up.

  5. Robert Maxwell (RIP) Says:

    James you've stated the reason perfectly for Miles Platting was regenerated than Collyhurst: MP needed less money spending on it and so attracting PFI partners was a lot easier. The biggest concern that I have with the management Manchester's social housing stock is the Balkanisation between the ALMO (Northwards) and a numerous collection of RSLs and PFI projects. The government legislation prevented MCC from borrowing against the housing stock to renew, but it didn't have to follow this 'try everything' model. Perhaps if neighbouring estaste and districts were under the same managment such disparities, as we have here between MP and Collyhurst, would not arise.

  6. James Says:

    Robert, true that may be but the area has been in need of regeneration funding for years it even says in this blog that they have been working with the community for the last 6 years, i dont know anything that takes years to discuss, plan and complete nevermind simply discuss it beyond belief.

  7. Mick the Red Says:

    Why has the post that I submitted last week not been allowed? It did not contain anything obscene or offensive. It was a fair comment on the subject at hand. Is this censorship on the Council's website?

  8. Moderator Says:

    Mick, no record of your previous comment. Please re-send.

  9. Denis Says:

    I am one of the tenants living in the maisonettes which were sheduled for demolition. At the public meeting in November we were told that this decition to demolish was going to be reviewed but councillors promised that we would definately know by Christmas if the decision to demolish was going ahead. Since then we have heard nothing and with just 2 working days to go it looks like this is going to be yeat another broken promise by our elected councillors.

  10. James Says:

    I heard that an MP is coming to talk to the residents of Collyhurst, wondering if any of you have any further info regarding this, i.e issit just to talk or is it to see the state of the area and do something about it?



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