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Pathfinder in limbo

November 19, 2010

Channel Four news ran a thoroughly depressing piece on the fate of the Pathfinder housing renewal scheme last night.

Whether or not you agree with the Pathfinder methods, since funding for the initiative was pulled many streets across the North have been left in limbo with councils reneging on promises to rehouse residents. The result is derelict streets with no clear plan on how to push things forward.

Channel Four News has also examined the Tories claim to be the party of regeneration in its Fact Check Blog.

You can watch the report here

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Duncan permalink
    November 19, 2010 1:23 pm

    While Pathfinders might not have been a great idea to begin with this is a tragic situation for those caught up in it, and I dearly hope it can be resolved soon.

    I think the Liverpool schoolgirl put it best – they don’t live here, they’re probably not really bothered.

    Most of us have never had it so good, of course.

  2. John permalink
    November 19, 2010 4:03 pm

    What the program also showed was that the councils had successfully relocated 99% from the homes to new social housing. Sadly a number held out for a better price and got caught in the financial crisis.

    It is a relative simple and inexpensive task to demolish the worst and refurbish the best of the remaining housing stock.

    Many of us argued at the time that we should be adding to the housing stock and that refurbishment was a viable option but the cabal of house builders and councillors preferred the more costly option of new build only.

  3. Michael Donnelly permalink*
    November 19, 2010 4:49 pm

    Pathfinder was slum clearances without the socialism Owen Hatherley

    • Bob permalink
      November 24, 2010 1:57 pm

      If “socialism” is sticking poor people in unviable estates in the middle of nowhere then that sounds about right – that was the psychopathic policy of the post war slum clearances. The Pathfinder must be something of an improvement in that case.

      The private home owners affected by this should be compensated according to going makret rates and the whole lot should be torn down and turned into nature reserves. The market has cast its judgement; people abandoned those areas because they didn’t want to live in them.

  4. November 22, 2010 3:15 pm

    This item shows the best and worst of Channel 4 news reporting. An in depth analysis of a subject few other news outlets would bother with. Unfortunately it is delivered through the lens of a preformed idea. I.e. it’s another example of cuts hitting the poorest.
    Undoubtedly it is, but the problems of housing market renewal didn’t begin with CSR. The Lady in Oldham said that the area was a nice one before HMR. The reporter in a boarded up house in Liverpool saying it needed to be demolished because it was damp. – Of course it is, the occupants hand the windows have been removed.
    The piece failed to see that the greatest problems these areas face are blight caused by plans that were too focussed on demolition.
    I like Brendan Nevin, but surely C4 interviewing him about Liverpool should have pointed out that he is the director of the pathfinder there, not an independent academic.


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