Clean-up of troubled Campbell Court and Cawdor Court estates in Farnworth continues

Clean-up of troubled Farnworth estates continues

Dean Burke of Campbell Court puts some rubbish in a skip

Jodie Ashworth helps Kean Ashworth and Isabella Holmes during the clean-up

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

A COMMUNITY in the process of being transformed has been given a major clear-up.

Police, Bolton at Home and Bolton Council have been working together to revamp the Campbell Court and Cawdor Court estate in Farnworth.

Work to improve the area follows complaints about drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and litter.

Bolton at Home provided five skips to help improve the appearance of the estate, while council officers educated people about which bins to use for different rubbish and police were on hand to talk about people's crime concerns.

Bolton Council also brought an anti-social behaviour CCTV van to warn people there is a zero tolerance approach to disturbances.

Gemma Purlby, a principal housing officer at Bolton at Home, said: “I am really overwhelmed at how many people have got involved in using the skips. They are saying they have seen massive improvements.

“People are coming out and talking to officers from Bolton at Home and police when they wouldn’t before.

"Some people were scared before evictions took place but now they are speaking to their neighbours and there’s a community spirit.

"Since the police activity it’s been a fresh start. There’s energy about the estate now.”

She said Bolton at Home will be getting an architect to look at options to improve the landscape.

A park on the estate, which residents said was an eyesore and a hotspot for gathering youths and drug dealing, has recently been removed.

People are now calling for improved lighting and bulbs to be replaced Earlier this year Bolton at Home evicted nightmare neighbours Damian Gaskell, aged 37, and Leanne Davies, aged 29, from the estate following a catalogue of complaints about anti-social behaviour.

Action was also taken against Dean Goodwin, aged 24, who was banned from entering the estate after selling drugs from a home where he was not a registered tenant. He was jailed for three years for dealing heroin and crack cocaine in March.

PC Ian Roby, from Bolton South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I have seen a massive difference across the board at the estate over the past year.

"There has been a decrease in crime and anti-social behaviour and an increase in people’s confidence.

"Residents are coming out and there’s a daily presence from police and Bolton at Home. People are joking saying 'you can’t get away with anything now'.”

Resident Terri Mayoh, aged 28, of Cawdor Court, said she has noticed the difference the work has had on the estate.

She said: “It’s quieter now. There were a few noisy tenants before but it’s a lot quieter than it was 12 months ago.”

A residents’ group for the estate is in the pipeline.

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9:22am Wed 30 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

DO the same for Halliwell instead of dumping immigrants in these "Buy to Let" properties.

I invite people to walk down there at 3pm Sunday afternoon and then ask if they feel safe,

That's the afternoon night is even worse.
DO the same for Halliwell instead of dumping immigrants in these "Buy to Let" properties. I invite people to walk down there at 3pm Sunday afternoon and then ask if they feel safe, That's the afternoon night is even worse. Jim271
  • Score: 12

12:00pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Wolfie190 says...

Jim271 wrote:
DO the same for Halliwell instead of dumping immigrants in these "Buy to Let" properties.

I invite people to walk down there at 3pm Sunday afternoon and then ask if they feel safe,

That's the afternoon night is even worse.
And I presume thats putting them up at the tax payers expense in these buy to let properties.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: DO the same for Halliwell instead of dumping immigrants in these "Buy to Let" properties. I invite people to walk down there at 3pm Sunday afternoon and then ask if they feel safe, That's the afternoon night is even worse.[/p][/quote]And I presume thats putting them up at the tax payers expense in these buy to let properties. Wolfie190
  • Score: 3

5:55pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Dr Doo Little says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
Jim271 wrote:
DO the same for Halliwell instead of dumping immigrants in these "Buy to Let" properties.

I invite people to walk down there at 3pm Sunday afternoon and then ask if they feel safe,

That's the afternoon night is even worse.
And I presume thats putting them up at the tax payers expense in these buy to let properties.
Who owns these buy to let properties?
Pretty sure the landlords are aware who will be living there.
Is it money motivated greed or simply just business?
If you don't approve MOVE to Daubhill or Spain...
Don't forget to learn Gujarati or Spanish!
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: DO the same for Halliwell instead of dumping immigrants in these "Buy to Let" properties. I invite people to walk down there at 3pm Sunday afternoon and then ask if they feel safe, That's the afternoon night is even worse.[/p][/quote]And I presume thats putting them up at the tax payers expense in these buy to let properties.[/p][/quote]Who owns these buy to let properties? Pretty sure the landlords are aware who will be living there. Is it money motivated greed or simply just business? If you don't approve MOVE to Daubhill or Spain... Don't forget to learn Gujarati or Spanish! Dr Doo Little
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Wed 30 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
Jim271 wrote:
DO the same for Halliwell instead of dumping immigrants in these "Buy to Let" properties.

I invite people to walk down there at 3pm Sunday afternoon and then ask if they feel safe,

That's the afternoon night is even worse.
And I presume thats putting them up at the tax payers expense in these buy to let properties.
Dear Bolton Council

I live within your borough. I have done all my life, since being 13 I have worked, at first a paper round, then part time work, then after collage and uni, full time. In 20 years i have not taken one day sick. I have not recieved one penny in benefits or taxes. I received a student loan which i have now paid back in full.

I own my own house, car and live within my means. I am not in debt except for my mortgage which currently stands at 50% of the equity of my house. I pay Income Tax of £262 a month and NI of £156 a month, I contribute £190 a month towards my pension. You demand £1400 a year from me in council tax which i pay as a lump sum, on time and largely without grumble. I understand that much of this is gobbled up with social work, elderly care, schools etc and only what is it, less than £10 of my tax is spent on emptying my bins?

Over the last two weeks I have replaced the fence between my property and my neighbours property, in my own time during couple of days annual holiday entitlement. This has been at my expense with my elderly neighbour contributing brews and bacon butties with copious verbal encouragement. Whilst at it i have tidied the footpath at the rear of the block our houses trimming back the weeds and hedges that are on the common land, I have also swept and litter picked the area outside of my house.By and large every house on the street does the same, as i type this I am looking out of the window, i can see the front street with 24 houses, i can see a carrier bag floating in a puddle at a blocked gully (reported last easter still not cleared) no other litter. This is not magic its doing our bit and respecting our estate.

I now have 8 black bin liners of garden waste mainly from the brambles and shrubs on the path, eleven fence panels - broken up and a couple of rubble sacks of building waste. Having paid my tax, bought my house, worked all the years i have been able, bought and installed my own replacement fence i now have the choice of Paying £150 for a skip, or doing 3-4 trips accross town to the tip with the waste.

Whilst this lot who live in social subsidised housing, allow their estates to become grot spots (polite term) get skips provided for zip.

Whilst building the fence the neighbour and I joking suggested dumping all the waste on the common land and reporting it as a fly tip... After reading this I am sorely tempted.

I am not for a moment suggesting that all on the estate in the BN article are malingering, scoungers far form it, im sure some work and pay their taxes. But you must be fair, if you are going to put skips in certain areas, then you must do it in all, otherwise you get issues with social cohesion.

People resent paying the same or more and getting less!

Your EverSoSlightly **** Off Taxpayer
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: DO the same for Halliwell instead of dumping immigrants in these "Buy to Let" properties. I invite people to walk down there at 3pm Sunday afternoon and then ask if they feel safe, That's the afternoon night is even worse.[/p][/quote]And I presume thats putting them up at the tax payers expense in these buy to let properties.[/p][/quote]Dear Bolton Council I live within your borough. I have done all my life, since being 13 I have worked, at first a paper round, then part time work, then after collage and uni, full time. In 20 years i have not taken one day sick. I have not recieved one penny in benefits or taxes. I received a student loan which i have now paid back in full. I own my own house, car and live within my means. I am not in debt except for my mortgage which currently stands at 50% of the equity of my house. I pay Income Tax of £262 a month and NI of £156 a month, I contribute £190 a month towards my pension. You demand £1400 a year from me in council tax which i pay as a lump sum, on time and largely without grumble. I understand that much of this is gobbled up with social work, elderly care, schools etc and only what is it, less than £10 of my tax is spent on emptying my bins? Over the last two weeks I have replaced the fence between my property and my neighbours property, in my own time during couple of days annual holiday entitlement. This has been at my expense with my elderly neighbour contributing brews and bacon butties with copious verbal encouragement. Whilst at it i have tidied the footpath at the rear of the block our houses trimming back the weeds and hedges that are on the common land, I have also swept and litter picked the area outside of my house.By and large every house on the street does the same, as i type this I am looking out of the window, i can see the front street with 24 houses, i can see a carrier bag floating in a puddle at a blocked gully (reported last easter still not cleared) no other litter. This is not magic its doing our bit and respecting our estate. I now have 8 black bin liners of garden waste mainly from the brambles and shrubs on the path, eleven fence panels - broken up and a couple of rubble sacks of building waste. Having paid my tax, bought my house, worked all the years i have been able, bought and installed my own replacement fence i now have the choice of Paying £150 for a skip, or doing 3-4 trips accross town to the tip with the waste. Whilst this lot who live in social subsidised housing, allow their estates to become grot spots (polite term) get skips provided for zip. Whilst building the fence the neighbour and I joking suggested dumping all the waste on the common land and reporting it as a fly tip... After reading this I am sorely tempted. I am not for a moment suggesting that all on the estate in the BN article are malingering, scoungers far form it, im sure some work and pay their taxes. But you must be fair, if you are going to put skips in certain areas, then you must do it in all, otherwise you get issues with social cohesion. People resent paying the same or more and getting less! Your EverSoSlightly **** Off Taxpayer atlas123
  • Score: 10

8:05pm Mon 5 May 14

benh670 says...

atlas123 you have obviously taken some time to compose your lengthy comment but if you had taken a similar amount of time to read the article you would have seen it is Bolton at Home that have provided the clean up, nothing at all to do with Bolton Council.
atlas123 you have obviously taken some time to compose your lengthy comment but if you had taken a similar amount of time to read the article you would have seen it is Bolton at Home that have provided the clean up, nothing at all to do with Bolton Council. benh670
  • Score: -1

10:05am Sun 25 May 14

By George says...

Bolton at home will attract special funding to do some of this work, it is also paid for by people who pay rent and that includes tax payers who pay out housing benefit. Bolton at Home is much better today in managing the housing stock despite being restricted on how it manages it's tenants, some of these tenants cost Us the taxpayer an absolute fortune, I would vote for someone prepared to change the law to give Bolton at Home some teeth.
Thank you Bolton at Home for trying to put right the liberal implemented laws designed to support offenders and to agitate law abiding citizens
Bolton at home will attract special funding to do some of this work, it is also paid for by people who pay rent and that includes tax payers who pay out housing benefit. Bolton at Home is much better today in managing the housing stock despite being restricted on how it manages it's tenants, some of these tenants cost Us the taxpayer an absolute fortune, I would vote for someone prepared to change the law to give Bolton at Home some teeth. Thank you Bolton at Home for trying to put right the liberal implemented laws designed to support offenders and to agitate law abiding citizens By George
  • Score: 0

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