Re: Mob Rule Wins - Police Lives Matter.
Posted by Brian on June 27, 2020, 1:16 am, in reply to "Re: Mob Rule Wins - Police Lives Matter."
Sheila areas that were once respectable are ran down, then become sink estates to such an extent they become no go areas or end up being demolished and the land sold to developers and the troublemakers moved to another estate and the circle starts all over again, a few years back Dundee did the nearest thing to zero tolerance I had ever seen in housing, they set up a couple of high rises up where problem tenants were relocated, they were given probationary tenancies with strict rules which if transgressed could result in termination or longer in probation agreements. It had a positive effect. I don't know how long they ran it for but it had a huge effect on local authority housing. A lot of the problems are with private landlords. I have a friend who owns a number of properties, a family applied for one of his properties, he showed them around they liked the property, the family seemed respectable he even introduced them to neighbours as new tenants. The property was occupied on the agreed date and the guy paid his rent on time every week, but it turned out the family wasn't living in it, but a number of prostitutes complete with madam, he only found out when the neighbour rang him and he contacted the police to accompany him to his own property who promptly shut the brothel down. The family had references which turned out to be false when chased up, but were on headed paper from another agency. This guy is a pretty good landlord and that happened to him, a lot don't care about who goes into the properties as long as they get the money, so although we bemoan local authority or housing group properties one of the biggest problems are unscrupulous private landlords. I know there is a part of Newcastle where the biggest problems are caused by the Roma community and at least 80% are in private landlords property, they move frequently and are hard to track, some landlords are turning them down for housing now because of the problems caused and problems they leave behind, which is shame for the decent Roma families. A good mix of cultures in an area enriches a community, in our street we only have 18 properties but have Bangladeshi, Sikh (Indian), Pakistani, Nigerian, Irish and a few Geordies too, everybody get along we take part in each others celebrations such Eid and Christmas exchanging gifts, have attended both Pakastani and Bangladeshi weddings and they have attended our family celebrations. Like the Stockwell you visited diversity meant a strong community spirit, which was sadly eroded to such an extent that it seems the families that made the communities moved on, it is not an unfamiliar story just a sad one as it is avoidable by the powers that paying attention to the communities that lived there and had helped make it a desirable place to live. In so many cases these families are the only ones that aren't consulted, its usually someone in an expensive suit charging a fortune to decision makers and its a case of ticking boxes and not talking to people. It's quite sad really.|