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WORKING WITH OUR COMMUNITIES

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    APPENDIX 2

    WORKING WITH OUR COMMUNITIES

    9 AREA STATEMENTS

Broughton And Blackfriars Service Delivery Area

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The Area

    The majority of the area is currently the focus of the City’s SRB 2 regeneration programme in partnership with Manchester City Council under the Cheetham & Broughton Initiatve which runs until March 2003. The area is now designated a Priority Area for Regeneration by the City Council requiring major change and continued investment to tackle the deep rooted problems which exist, particularly in the Broughton area. A major study is now underway to determine the long term vision for the area.

    Significant opportunities exist in the Blackfriars area with the Chapel Street Initiative attracting substantial private sector interest and investment. Chapel Street itself is an important gateway to the Regional Centre and is being transformed into a thriving employment and business corridor. A major employment and cultural centre also exists in the Cambridge Industrial Area which is being consolidated and improved.

Key Issues facing the Community

    The area is characterised by high levels of deprivation, particularly in the Broughton Ward. The Index of Deprivation places the areas problems within the worst 7% nationally. Crime levels are high and educational attainment at secondary level is below national average. Both social and private sector housing in the area is deteriorating rapidly and there is a high number of lone parent families.

    The problems facing the area are acute. However, the area is characterised by a strong and vocal community and voluntary sector supporting the regeneration programmes in place.

Community Priorities for Action

7 key priorities for action focus on:

    ; Helping The Community - by supporting the Broughton Trust and the local Community

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    Resource Centre;

; Helping To Combat Crime And Disorder - by developing projects to prevent secondary

    school pupils from exclusion; identify crime hot-spots and trying to find ways to identify

    the people involved and tackle the problems; continuing the funding to provide two

    additional police officers to work in the local area; providing play opportunities through

    the Broughton Blackfriars Play Development Project and improving the security of local

    businesses.

; Tackling Health Issues by - Co-ordinating and developing out-of-school and

    leisure facilities for young people and establishing a Community Development

    Worker focusing on Health;

; Working With Young People by - continuing to develop projects to help and work

    with children excluded from school; ensure help is available to children in school

    when they need it; continuing the development of North Salford Youth Centre and

    planning and supporting projects to create holiday activities through the Play

    Development Project.

; Finding People Jobs And Training by - reducing unemployment in the area by

    working with the Lower Broughton Job Shop, the New Deal Programme and the

    Employment Charter; raising standards and achievement in education and training;

    providing access to education, training and advice; supporting and encouraging community

    economic development and community enterprise and providing advice and support to local

    businesses.

; Working With Local Businesses by - providing professional advice and support to

    businesses in the area; reducing the impact of crime towards businesses through a

    practical support and improving industrial/commercial premises by using

    environmental grants.

; Improving The Environment by - improving and redeveloping a number of open

    spaces in the area; improving the appearance of the housing stock and the

    environment, particularly where residents have reported problems; developing a

    solution to the Marlborough Road and St. Thomas’ Schools site problems; cracking down

    on people dumping rubbish in the area and prosecute anyone caught doing it and improving

    education on environmental issues.

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    APPENDIX 2

    CLAREMONT, WEASTE & SEEDLEY SERVICE DELIVERY AREA

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The Area

    The area stretches from the Ship Canal to the A6 / East Lancs Road (and the Duchy estate above that), and from the Eccles and Swinton borders to the inner city areas of Pendleton, Langworthy and Ordsall. At the time of the 1991 census, there was a total of 23,340 residents in the two wards, occupying 9,545 households with much of the area majority owner-occupied. Although affluent compared to some areas, it is within the 25% most deprived wards nationally.

    There is a large industrial area between Eccles New Road and the Ship Canal, and smaller industrial areas off Liverpool Street in Weaste. The largest single employer in the area is Salford Royal Hospitals N.H.S. Trust at Hope Hospital. Another feature of Claremont / Weaste is the parks and green spaces. There are three sizeable, municipal parks Buile Hill

    / Seedley, Lightoaks and Oakwood. There is also Duncan Mathieson Playing Fields, a large open space partly owned by the City Council.

Key Issues facing the Community

    The Index of Deprivation 2000 shows that Weaste & Seedley ward is the eighth most deprived ward (out of 20) in the city and that its deprivation is deteriorating in comparison to both the city as a whole and to the whole country. Claremont ward is the seventeenth most deprived ward in the city. The overall figures do not show smaller areas of intense deprivation in the area: Tootal Drive and Eccles New Road areas in Weaste & Seedley, and Duchy in Claremont. These areas are showing severe symptoms of decline: empty, vandalised properties; declining property values; low property demand; etc. Other areas, including streets at the Height are at risk of deteriorating in the same way.

    Both wards have better education results than their overall deprivation figures would suggest. The quality of housing and access to services is also better than the overall indicators. However both wards have substantially worse indicators than their overall deprivation status suggests.

Community Priorities for Action

    The Quality of Life Survey identified six priorities for Claremont / Weaste which stood out from the rest:

; More police about

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    ; Safe places for young people to go

    ; Slow down the speeding traffic

    ; More discipline in local schools

    ; More training and support to help people into work ; Improve educational standards.

    The Community Committee has identified three priority issues:

; Provision for young people

    ; Reducing crime and disorder

    ; Cleansing and environmental maintenance,

and three geographical priorities:

; Duchy Estate

    ; Tootal Drive / Willows

    ; Eccles New Road.

The issues are essentially about the symptoms of decline such as intimidation by the

    presence of large groups of young people; perceived and actual high rates of crime and

    disorder; unkempt open space; and derelict and damaged buildings.

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    Eccles Service Delivery Area

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    Eccles is an area, which is clearly identified in Salford’s Regeneration Strategy as an area of need and deprivation. The area was the focus for a SRB 6 bid along Liverpool Rd, Eccles, and neighbouring estates to the west of the town centre. Over 30% of shops and businesses are boarded up, this has been doubling on a annual basis since 1997, parts of the area are rapidly beginning to resemble the deterioration of Seedley and Langworthy a few years ago.

    Over the last five years the area around Liverpool Road has been given Renewal Area Status and a more stable housing market has been achieved through significant investment. Eccles is north of the Manchester Ship Canal and in the south of the city. It has excellent transport links with Manchester, especially since the newly opened extension of the Metrolink to Eccles, via the Lowry and Langworthy.

Key Issues facing the Community

    In the recent Index of Deprivation 2000 all three wards have become more deprived,which is a picture which is largely reflected across the City. Eccles is in the top 20% most deprived wards nationally, with both Winton and Baton in the top 10%. In the Jarman Index of Underprivileged areas, Eccles is the second worst ward in the city.

    The area experiences some of the highest rates of crime in the whole of the City. Educational attainment generally is below the City and national averages. There are significant numbers of lone parent families and health is poor with Standard Mortality Rates one and a half times the national average.

    The Key issues facing Area / Community focus on supporting the viability of the Town Centre, supporting and promoting economic development opportunities, maximising opportunities for young People, improving community safety and improving the environment.

Community Priorities for Action

Four key priorities focus on:

    ; Maintaining the economic viability of the Town Centre and minimising congestion;

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    ; Tackling social exclusion by focusing on promoting and developing youth provision, reducing

    overall crime levels; developing a Capacity Building Strategy to support local community

    groups, and supporting local initiatives that promote healthier living;

    ; Improving the environment by providing quality affordable homes in the Public and

    Independent sectors; continuing housing and environmental improvements within the

    Eccles Renewal Area; improving and increasing usage of open space; supporting local

    transport initiatives that promote a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists;

    encouraging improvements in the local transport system and facilitating and support

    initiatives that promote recycling and waste management

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    Irlam & Cadishead Service Delivery Area

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The Area

    Irlam and Cadishead are communities on the south-western side of Salford. The linear development, sandwiched between Chat Moss and the Manchester Ship Canal, is focused on Liverpool Road, the A57/B5320. Liverpool Road forms one of the major gateway routes into Salford, via Eccles.

    The area is extremely varied - the northern half of Irlam and Cadishead is moss land, enabling Irlam and Cadishead to have the largest farming community in Salford. The southern half of the area is mainly residential, having it’s own major employment source being based on the Northbank Industrial Estate.

    As the most south-west S.D.A. in the city, Irlam and Cadishead are the most remote wards from the city being closely surrounded by the boroughs of Cheshire, Trafford and Wigan. Cadishead has good quality housing and it’s own leisure centre. Demand for accommodation in the area as a whole is high, with approximately 500 new houses being built in the area since 1990. The district has good social and recreational facilities, an excellent swimming pool, good social services provision particularly for the elderly, access to parks and open spaces.

Key Issues facing the Community

    Whilst unemployment in the area is very low at approximately 2.5%, almost 60% of households within the 8 council owned housing estates claim housing benefit, with almost as many claiming council tax benefit. The key issue for the area is the decline of privately owned shops over the last 20 years on the main Liverpool Road in Cadishead.

    This decline contrasts sharply with the high quality environment and buoyancy of the nearby Northbank Industrial Park, Irlam, on the site of the former Irlam Steel works, successfully developed under the former Trafford Park Development Corporation. Approximately 2,500 jobs have been created.

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    Community Priorities for Action

7 Key priorities focus on:

    ; Helping the Community by mapping existing provision/update and produce a Community

    Directory, and continuing the production of a community committee newsletter.

    ; Combating Crime and Disorder - by developing and implementing a local action plan to

    reduce crime and disorder, tackling juvenile nuisance, improving consultation mechanisms

    and reviewing arrangements for reporting crime.

    ; Tackling Health Issues by developing an alcohol and drug abuse project and awareness

    campaign with young people and the local community.

    ; Working with Young People by establishing a part time Youth Worker and creating a

    Youth Village as a safe meeting place for young people.

    ; Jobs and Training by examining further the training needs of local people, encouraging

    investment and maximising employment opportunities in the Barton Strategic Site, and

    promoting public transport developments to improve access to jobs.

; Working with Local Businesses by undertaking an employment survey.

    ; Improving the Environment by implementing the Greening Strategy for Liverpool Road,

    improving the maintenance of local parks, promoting safe routes to schools, developing

    cycling networks and encouraging local recycling.

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    Kersal, Pendleton And Charlestown Service Delivery Area

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The Area

    The area is characterised by different neighbourhoods. Higher Kersal, encompassing the Broughton Park area, is mainly residential and home to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of London.

    The Precinct area is the most densely populated area of the Pendleton Ward. It is characterised by Local Authority-owned high rise blocks and also the Salford Shopping City. The Precinct Forum has been developed and provides a focus for resident involvement in the area. Lower Kersal and Charlestown form the central area of the Pendleton and Kersal Wards.

Key Issues facing the Community

    Across the Community Committee area, crime rates are higher than the City average and overall crime is considered the biggest concern. Despite good results within the primary schools in the area, educational attainment at the secondary level is well below the City and national averages. Health problems are particularly evident with the Standard Mortality Rate in Pendleton almost twice the national average.

Community Priorities for Action

The main priorities focus on:

    ; Supporting the New Deal for Communities programme for Charlestown/Lower Kersal;

    ; Sustaining the environmental, social and economic improvements that have resulted

    through the City’s SRB 1 programme;

    ; To develop methods of working with the Jewish Community that appreciates and

    complements their culture;

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    Little Hulton & Walkden Service Delivery Area

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The Area

    Walkden and Little Hulton are located in the north-western edge of the City, and are areas of contrast. Little Hulton has experienced an economic decline and an increase in social and housing problems. Significant attempts are now being made to try and arrest this decline through SRB 3, Capital Challenge and private partnerships. This has resulted in a vast range of improvements to the living and working environment and local skill levels, for example refurbishment of the district centre and the establishment of new training facilities.

    Walkden boasts a stable community, excellent transport links, a dynamic shopping centre, access to industry and a broad mix of housing tenure. Walkden is popular with families due to the range of housing and well regarded educational facilities.

Key Issues facing the Community

    Despite significant investment, Little Hulton in particular continues to suffer significant levels of deprivation. The Index of Deprivation 2000 indicated that both Little Hulton and Walkden North both have significant health problems. The area has the highest amount of recorded incidents for all key crimes, with particular problems in terms of burglary and Juvenile Nuisance. Unemployment and lack of skills are particular problems.

    Other key issues facing the community relate to the proposed closure of Little Hulton Community School, the proposal for open cast mining in the area, and the need to develop an exit strategy for the SRB programme once it ends in 2002.

Key Priorities for Action

The key priorities are:

    ; To consider options for the redevelopment of Little Hulton Community School;

; To improve transport provision;

    ; To sustain environmental and housing improvements undertaken through the SRB 3 and

    Capital Challenge programmes;

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