Prob­lem is just be­ing moved on not solved

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

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

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