SALFORD COUNCIL IS ASKING FOR YOUR VIEWS ON SMALLER SHARED HOMES
Salford City Council is proposing to introduce landlord licensing for shared homes, where three or four tenants live.
The move comes after inspections over the last 12 months of smaller homes in multiple occupation (HMOs) showed issues with fire safety, damp and heating along with problems over storing and disposing of domestic waste leading to complaints from neighbours.
Ninety two percent of the three and four person HMO homes inspected showed problems ranging from missing to inadequate fire alarm systems despite it being a legal requirement, missing or damaged fire doors, inadequate or blocked escape routes and insufficient measures to prevent fire and smoke spreading. Over a third were damp and/or suffering from mould because of leaky roofs or walls and a third had no or inadequate heating.
When alerted to the dangers, over 80 per cent of landlords or managing agents carried out improvements and removed hazards without the need for formal enforcement action but council statistics show complaints about all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) have risen from 152 a year in 2015/16 to 265 in 2018/19.
At present only houses where five or more tenants sharing have to be licensed under a mandatory HMO scheme as well as any rented home in parts of Broughton, Charlestown and Lower Kersal and Langworthy, Weaste and Seedley where selective licensing schemes apply.
Under licensing, the landlord and property manager have to demonstrate they are a ‘fit and proper person’ to let the property and that they have suitable management arrangements in place. The licence will also determine the maximum number of occupants to make sure tenants are not living in cramped and overcrowded properties.
This includes all relevant safety checks being carried out regularly and that tenants have bins and know how to properly recycle and dispose of waste. If the landlord fails to licence the property or breaches conditions of the licence and fails to remedy the situation the council can issue civil penalty notices or prosecute.
Deputy City Mayor, Councillor Tracy Kelly who leads on housing, said the idea of licensing smaller shared properties was to improve housing conditions for tenants and reduce problems in neighbourhoods.
“We have seen a massive growth in private renting and conversion of properties to houses in multiple occupation in Salford as the city is regarded as an investment hotspot,” she said.
“In the last five years conversions to HMOs of all sizes in selective licensing areas have risen by 460 per cent in Eccles, 410 per cent in Langworthy, Weaste and Seedley and 196 per cent in Broughton. On November 6, 2019, in just three non-licensed areas in Salford there were 57 adverts offering rooms to rent in a shared house. Just over a month later on December 10, that had nearly doubled to 102 such adverts.
“There is currently no legal requirement for landlords of three and four person HMOs to have their property licenced by the council. An extended licensing scheme to cover these properties would enable us to be sure that people are living in safe and decent conditions and not causing issues for the wider community.”
Salford City Council has launched a consultation about an additional HMO licensing scheme to see if numbers of three or four person HMOs have increased, if there are any issues as a result and if a licensing scheme should be brought in citywide.
The survey can be completed online at www.salford.gov.uk/smallhmo or comments can be sent in writing to Additional HMO licensing consultation, Salford City Council, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 5BY.
The consultation closes on 5 January 2021.
Salford residents are being asked to ‘make a sacrifice’ and commemorate Remembrance Sunday at home this year because of COVID-19.
The Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Charlie McIntyre, said this year’s remembrance would be different but no less dignified or heartfelt.
Salford City Council is also displaying memorial banners and a giant poppy on the Civic Centre and has posted ideas on its website under the banner Remember at Home for ways to pay tribute during the day.
Please see www.salford.gov.uk/rememberathome
Subject to any changes in government coronavirus guidance or restrictions, church services can go ahead with Covid-19 secure measures in place.
Salford community groups have pulled together to help local families have a safe and happy half term, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali.
With new Tier 3 restrictions on households mixing to combat rising coronavirus infection rates and the cancellation of organised firework displays, Salford City Council has created a ‘Celebrate Safely’ section on its website at www.salfordgov.uk/celebratesafely .
It features videos ranging from how to make salt dough, hold a poetry race or make a shadow puppet to gruesome Halloween recipes and even tips on how to make sure wildlife benefits from your left-over pumpkin.
Local crafter Lexi Jones has created a step by step tutorial on how to paint a rock for Halloween that can then be hidden for others to find as part of the Salford Rocks Facebook group challenge.
The page also has safety information around fireworks and a video signposting people to advice on how to help pets cope with Bonfire Night. The council is also sharing fun ideas every day on its Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said:
The groups which contributed are:
Art with Heart
The Lighthouse Church
Kids Club Screen Stars
Salford Community Leisure
Oasis MediaCityUK Community Hub
And Lifecentre Salford which co-ordinated the project with support from Salford CVS.
Salford Community Leisure also has a range of events including a half term football coaching camp, spooky afternoon teas, pumpkin painting and a scarecrow trail at Ordsall Hall, a day time trail or an after dark virtual tour of Lark Hill Place and a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween swim at the Helly Hansen watersports centre.
For more details and bookings please see https://salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/whats-on/
Full listing for Salford Community Leisure events:
October Half Term Football Camp – SCL & Foundation 92 at Salford Sports Village
Monday 26 to Friday 30 October, from 10am to1pm.
£10 per day, £42 for the full week, suitable for ages 7 – 12 years.
A brand-new football camp, operated in partnership between Salford Community Leisure and Foundation 92. Offering children aged 7-12 the chance to get active and out on the pitch for some quality coaching from qualified instructors.
There are also fun prizes up for grabs throughout the week, including SCFC shirts. Kids will have a great time and parents will have peace of mind, with qualified coaches, state of the art facilities and COVID-19 procedures in place.
Family Halloween events
Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 1pm to 3pm
£8.95 per person. Book required.
Bring your little ghouls for an afternoon tea treat at Salford Museum & Art Gallery this Halloween. The spooky selection includes sandwiches, a choice of soft drink, gingerbread skeleton, ghostly traybake and a slice of toffee apple cake.
Halloween Scarecrow Trail at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 18 October to Sunday 1 November, various times. £2 per children
Join the hunt for a rag-taggle gang of mischievous scarecrows who have gathered in the gardens at Ordsall Hall this October for their annual meet up. Book a 30 minute slot to find 10 scarecrows hidden in the gardens and draw each scarecrow.
Pumpkin Painting at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 25 October 2020, 11.30am and 2pm
£10 per child, suitable for ages 7 and above.
Get into the Halloween spirit with our annual Pumpkin Painting workshop in the spooky surroundings of Ordsall Hall. Paint a real pumpkin with acrylic paints in a variety of designs, ready to pop outside your house for autumn pumpkin trails.
Spooky Afternoon Tea in Ordsall Hall’s Great Hall
Sunday 25 October and Sunday 1 November 11.30am and 2pm.
Adults £15.00 | Children £7.00 | Deposit £15.00
A frightfully delicious Spooky Afternoon Tea in the Haunted Surroundings of Ordsall Hall, home to most famous resident ghost, Margaret Radclyffe aka The White Lady.
Enjoy sandwiches, Halloween themed cakes and hot pot of tea or coffee for each booker. We also are offering a “Little Terrors” option for children, which will consist of a smaller portion of cakes and sandwiches and a horrifying slime green soft drink.
A Halloween Half Term Visit at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Tuesday 27 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 11:30am – 3 pm
FREE, donations welcome | £2 for a spooky trail | Booking required
Explore the Victorian street, Lark Hill Place all decorated for Halloween, with lots of spooky things to spot! Have a go at our trail – Find Famine! to spot tiny copies of one of our best-loved paintings ‘Famine’.
Lark Hill Halloween: The Darkness and Dangers Virtual Tour
Saturday 31 October 2020, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. £5 per person
Close the curtains, lower the lights and log on for a virtual tour through to the darker side of Lark Hill Place. Delve into the terrors of yore in this humorous and macabre walk down the street decorated with Halloween objects from within the museum’s collections. With a Museum tour guide to show all the sights and sounds from the comfort of your own home, it’s the perfect socially distanced solution for those looking for some history with their scares.
Spooktacular Halloween Swim at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre Thursday 29 October £20
Spooktacular Open Water Swim in the dark at Salford Quays. 300m and 500m course. Price includes Spooky Halloween Swim Cap, glow stick, hot drink, hot soup/roll. A safety team will be keeping you safe in the water.
SALFORD COUNCIL STEPS UP TO ENSURE FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY MEALS SO THAT SALFORD CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY DON'T GO HUNGRYBy KARL
Earlier in the week a majority of Conservative MP's voted to reject measures which would have seen help offered to struggling families over the school holiday period.
Salford has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country due to having suffered some of the harshest cuts in living memory and with the pandemic seemingly growing by the day, thousands of people across the city are waking to the prospects that they may be pushed closer to the poverty line.
It is a stark truth that families across Salford face a bleak future ahead and as usual those affected the most are those who can least afford it.
It is sad to say but thousands of children face losing what for them is the most important and sadly far too often, the only real meal they will get as family budgets are stretched and parents are faced with mounting bills and decreasing finances.
With that in mind, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett has announced that families in receipt of free school meals can claim them during the half-term holiday next week.
The quick decision was made following news that government has rejected Marcus Rashford's proposals to feed impoverished children over the holidays.
Salford City Council has committed to providing the generous holiday hunger package to families during half-term and also over Christmas.
Parents who claim free school meals should now take identification to their local gateway or hub and they will be given a free voucher. Residents can find the locations of gateways and Broughton Hub here https://www.salford.gov.uk/council-buildings-and-venues/gateway-centres/
Any parents with children in reception, year one or two and claiming benefits* - or in a non-mainstream school should also visit their nearest gateway or hub with identification to see if they are eligible to claim.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
To help finance the campaign, the Spirit of Salford Network plans to launch a fundraiser to find resources from the community.
Spirit of Salford representative Councillor Sharmina August said:
Cllr Paula Boshell, former Deputy Mayor and anti-poverty champion for the city has also made comment on the proposals. Cllr Boshell said:
*The full criteria is:
If your child is in reception, year 1 and/or year 2 and in receipt of free school meals, or attends a non-mainstream school, to claim Health Holiday shopping vouchers you must be in receipt of the following benefits: Please tick the benefit that applies:
Income based job seekers allowance
Income related Employment and Support Allowance
Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and your annual income is £16,190 or less or;
Guarantee Credit of Pension Credit or;
Universal Credit ( if you applied after 31 March 2018 your earnings from work must be less than £616.67 in the previous assessment period.