Protests and a petition failed to save 16 one-bedroom maisonette flats inBorland Avenue, Botcherby, Carlisleseen here being pulled down by Riverside Housing Association.
One- bedroom social housing such as this is desperately short in the city – sixty per cent of allapplicants want one-bedroom. And the bedroom tax has made the shortage worse.
Botcherby councillor, Robert Betton who organised the protests and the petition says:”Why demolish the flats we want?.
“These flats arebeing pulled down without proper consultation - the Botcherby people who wanted to keep themhave been ignored,” he says.
Robert also wants to know why no investment was made in the flats during the recent Botcherby Regeneration Scheme. He also wants to knowwhen Riverside will end its policy of demolishingone-bedroom social houses throughout Carlisle.
Riverside, a giant organisation based in Liverpool , will buildeleven two and three-bedroom houses on the site of the flats. ”This is the best option for the area”, says Riverside in its newsletter.
The 400 people who signed the petition don`t agree –emphatically. They say they have been ignored by Riverside. Now they say. ”Demolition is an option decided by Riverside We had no option.”
Community Voice Carlisle says: This is another Riverside decisionabout the future of a Carlisle community made a hundred miles away in Liverpool. These decisions should be made democratically in Carlisle and local people should be properly consulted.
The Carlisleactivists group, Axe the Bedroom Tax, plan a demonstration outside the flatsnext Tuesday (August 20) at .
Community Voice Carlisle is the blog of Carlisle Tenants` and Residents `Federation.Information about the Federation is contained in the first blog, dated March 25.