Prostitutes and drugs plaguing area of Burnley

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

DRUGS and prostitution is plaguing an area ‘let down’ by Burnley’s housing market renewal programme, claim neighbours.

Boarded-up homes and dirty back yards in the Heap Street area of Duke Bar are rife with needles and rubbish, residents have told councillors.

Neighbours spokesman Sadiq Miah said at a full council meeting that some of the properties in Heap Street and neighbouring Rylands Street and Ford Street had been empty for more than 15 years.

“People use these homes as dumping grounds for rubbish, which are a fire hazard and a biological hazard,” said Mr Miah.

“The rubbish attracts pests likes rats and pigeons, which carry diseases.

"I’m a father of two children and the neighbours have kids as well.

“There is also drugs and needles lying around the area and the back yards are often used for prostitution.”

The concerns follow the Lancashire Telegraph’s story two weeks ago about similar concerns being raised in the Burnley Wood area.

Prostitution concerns were also highlighted earlier in the year by people living in and around Hebrew Road in Daneshouse.

Coun Martin Smith, the council’s housing cabinet member, said that he understood the frustrations of residents.

But he insisted that a number of operations had been conducted by the borough’s street-scene officers, to clean up the district.

“There is also Operation Foothold, which is tackling kerb crawlers, sex workers and child exploitation,” he said.

Housing regeneration work stalled in Stoneyhome and Daneshouse after development partners Gleesons withdrew from the area.

But several blocks have been demolished and facelifting work undertaken.

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11:12am Wed 13 Apr 11

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

Cancel the stupid weavers triangle white Elephant,and invest the money in the housing stock,
Cancel the stupid weavers triangle white Elephant,and invest the money in the housing stock, ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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12:16pm Wed 13 Apr 11

britguy says...

Drugs and prostitution are nothing to do with a housing programme.
They are to do with the failure of the police to enforce law and order and a failure of the courts to punish those invovlved.
Drugs and prostitution are nothing to do with a housing programme. They are to do with the failure of the police to enforce law and order and a failure of the courts to punish those invovlved. britguy
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1:41pm Wed 13 Apr 11

time.team says...

What a surprise! Prostitution and drugs are still a problem in Burnley as is also the case in Blackburn. Headline news definitely not because that’s just the way it always has been and looks like it will always be so. So just what are we expecting to happen and do we really care?
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A firm commitment is needed to do something rather than the continuing trend of just doing something only when some people complain, then soon afterwards fall back again into the demeaning depth of failure until the next time. How many more times do we need to be told the obvious. Yes, we really do have a problem with prostitution and illegal drugs. Or perhaps we don’t? That‘s the first question that should be asked.
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OK, so what could we do? First of all we must decide to do something and make that decision final. Who’s going to be responsible and an agreement as to what is required to do it. A firm ‘publicised’ commitment must be made otherwise there’s no point in doing anything at all is there? Then at least we’ll all be aware of what’s being done rather than the same problems cropping up again and again and not knowing who was supposed to be doing something about it anyway!
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A question to our councils: If these problems have already been taken seriously than why are they still happening?
What a surprise! Prostitution and drugs are still a problem in Burnley as is also the case in Blackburn. Headline news definitely not because that’s just the way it always has been and looks like it will always be so. So just what are we expecting to happen and do we really care? - A firm commitment is needed to do something rather than the continuing trend of just doing something only when some people complain, then soon afterwards fall back again into the demeaning depth of failure until the next time. How many more times do we need to be told the obvious. Yes, we really do have a problem with prostitution and illegal drugs. Or perhaps we don’t? That‘s the first question that should be asked. - OK, so what could we do? First of all we must decide to do something and make that decision final. Who’s going to be responsible and an agreement as to what is required to do it. A firm ‘publicised’ commitment must be made otherwise there’s no point in doing anything at all is there? Then at least we’ll all be aware of what’s being done rather than the same problems cropping up again and again and not knowing who was supposed to be doing something about it anyway! - A question to our councils: If these problems have already been taken seriously than why are they still happening? time.team
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4:06pm Wed 13 Apr 11

Lifeinthemix says...

nothing like advertising to up the punter figures.....
nothing like advertising to up the punter figures..... Lifeinthemix
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11:48pm Wed 13 Apr 11

nice person says...

A good many of these back yards are full of rubbish from the shops and local takeaways.
A good many of these back yards are full of rubbish from the shops and local takeaways. nice person
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10:02pm Thu 14 Apr 11

RAyzer says...

every were there's smack and dealers there's pros...the police know the script but don't want to upset community cohesion...driving BMWS and not working,doesn't take a rocket scientist..saying that when they get caught they bang on about being religious and letting family down and the magistrates fall for it every time.
every were there's smack and dealers there's pros...the police know the script but don't want to upset community cohesion...driving BMWS and not working,doesn't take a rocket scientist..saying that when they get caught they bang on about being religious and letting family down and the magistrates fall for it every time. RAyzer
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