Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Drug Den Fenced off on Council Orders

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Drug Den Fenced off on Council Orders

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MANCHESTER council has forced a landlord to fence off a notorious Northern Quarter drug den in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The patch of land outside Chatsworth House on Dale Street has become well-known for open drugtaking and rough sleeping in recent years, as well as attracting rubbish.

In February, Greater Manchester Police cleared out an encampment, saying customers of nearby coffee shop, Chapter One Books, had complained of people injecting drugs in full view of the cafe. But the problem quickly returned and police have supported plans to transform the area into a Parisian-style public gardens, which, it is hoped, will provide a long-term solution.

What you Write to: M.E.N, House, Oldham, Or email: @men-A planning application submitted by Chapter One was approved by council officials over the summer, but work on the 4,000 sq ft plot is yet to begin.

Now Manchester council has taken the decision to issue an enforcement notice against the landowners for a perceived failure to combat anti-social behaviour.

The landlord, which has not been named, was ordered to put fencing around the grass verge or contractors would be instructed by the council to carry out the work and they would be invoiced for the cost.

A spokesman for Mainstay, the company that manages Chatsworth House, said: "We have been instructed by the landlord to erect the fence in order to comply with the enforcement notice given by the council due to the ongoing anti-social issues. We have not been made aware of the time period it is expected to be erected for. We are unable to comment any further on the future plans for the area."

A Manchester council spokesman said: "There have been a range of issues surrounding the land adjacent to Chatsworth House that have been discussed between Manchester City Council and the land's owners. …

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