Problem is just being moved on not solved
SOME 14 months ago, at the instigation of our mayor, Andy Burnham, Tameside Council, without planning or consultation, decided to locate a homeless shelter in the grounds of Rycroft Hall, a grade II listed building and parkland, with a children’s play area attached in Audenshaw.
This was supposedly a temporary location and would move initially in March 2019.
This date and others passed with little communication from Tameside and the ensuing issues have been horrendous for homeowners.
Drug paraphernalia is found in the children’s play area, along: with beer/ cider bottles; human excrement in open areas; fights at the library; police and ambulances being called out on a daily basis; locals intimidated by homeless begging in the area; drug deals going down in full view of children – I could go on but it would take all day.
We are now, in January 2020, seeing some movement of the facility away from a residential area to wherever Tameside deems appropriate but it’s only because of the pressure applied by residents and the help from people like the
M.E.N.’s local community reporter Charlotte Green with her unbiased reporting of this issue, that we finally appear to have closure.
It will take a long time to heal the mistrust and division caused by this project and before anyone thinks we are being self-centred or such, we as a community have never been against the initiative, just the placing of it. However, the one outstanding and prominent perception we have gained from Mr Burnham’s project is that all he is doing is moving the problem from one area to another with the problems that come with it – and more than a bed a night is needed to solve it. JD, via email