Weren't they saved from the mass demolision of Hulme by fierce opposition from residents? Surely A reasonable build quality of ther estate must have formed the basis of this.
I don't know about that, it was a bit before my time. But I doubt the local authority would 'reward' any of the local residents by succumbing to their protests and going along with their wishes! Nah, if the local authority wanted to knock the estate down back then, they would have done so. They pretty much do what they like, when they like, those in the town hall put the "con" into consultation.
Like I said, though, the regeneration of this area was a bit before my time, but knowing what they think of people round here, they probably thought it was more like a punishment leaving people in the old flats while rehousing other people in the new build housing association properties.
Personally, though, I prefer the big, solid, old flats to the poxy boxy little shoe boxes with really poor build quality.
The Bentley House estate was built to last, lasted longer than the concrete crescents, will likely last longer than the Bellways. I'm beginning to sound like my grandma. Eeeh, they don't make things like they used to. :lol:
Oh, news to me, the website was still up there a few weeks ago. Don't know why it's come down... Ah, just thought, maybe I do... maybe someone who was hosting it has gone away for a few days and turned off the server or the lecky meter's run out...
I'm guessing it'll be back up again at some point.
Do you live in the Redbricks, Bentley?
It certainly sounds like it has retained some of the vibe of old Hulme. A friend knows someone who lives there and said they organise residents patrols around hulme; a large group walk around on Friday and Saturday nights just letting the local riff raff know that they peacefully stand together against anyone up to no good.
I wasn't around for the 'old Hulme' either, but yes, it does have a really good vibe.
Patrols haven't happened for a while, but they have happened while I've been here. If there's been a mugging or attempted mugging and if there's loads of unknown scallies hanging about then people rally round and just make their presence felt in public.
I never experienced old Hulme myself, but some of the on here others did. I'd be interested in knowing more about the estate and I must say that anniversry party sounds intriguing.
Yeah, should be good, the birthday bashes and other dos round here tend be.