Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

When Will More Social Housing Be Built Here? ; VIEWPOINTS Write To: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men- News.Co.UK

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

When Will More Social Housing Be Built Here? ; VIEWPOINTS Write To: Viewpoints, M.E.N, Mitchell Henry House, Hollinwood Avenue, Oldham, OL9 8EF or Email: Viewpoints@men- News.Co.UK

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I AGREE with C Arbuncle's complaints about the approval of more tower blocks in our city (What good is another skyscraper in our city?, Viewpoints, July 5).

I was horrified to read in the M.E.N. recently of an architect who seemed to think that Manchester "needs" more "statements"- by which they meant mega-towers to mimic Dubai or London.

What Manchester wants is decent, affordable social housing so that workers and their families can come to our city and the city centre doesn't slide into becoming even more a ghetto for the rich, with lowpaid cleaners, hospitality workers and retail staff further impoverished by having to depend on inconvenient and expensive night buses to and from outlying districts.

We've repeatedly seen the city council impotent or apathetic in effectively demanding social housing in planning applications. …

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