'Death Row' is now so homely

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Wouded Kahleghi family in their Chain Street home, dad Abdul, Shabnam, 12, twins Mina and Milaad, five The Wouded Kahleghi family in their Chain Street home, dad Abdul, Shabnam, 12, twins Mina and Milaad, five

They may have once been known by the grim nickname of ‘death row’ but residents at the transformed Roundhill Place development in Goitside are convinced they have nothing but a bright future.

A regeneration scheme saw 36 flats in a run-down part of Bradford halved in number but reconstructed as family homes as part of a wider plan for the area.

Families moved into their new homes last summer and have praised both the design of their homes and the work being done to improve the quality of life in the neighbourhood.

Abdul Wouded Kahleghi, 50, was among the first residents to move in, with his wife Assia, 30 and children Shabnam, 12 and twins Mina and Milaad, five.

He said: “It has been really great living here and we have nice neighbours.

“These flats were ugly before they were renovated, but they were clever in the way they have made space inside and we have no plans to move from here.”

His neighbour Mrs Zaka Khalil added: “The houses are very nice inside. There are seven of us in a three bedroomed house, so even though it is a bit small overall, the rooms are all really big.

“They have also made the houses stand out, the way they have been designed and painted,” she said.

She is hoping for a small park when new-build homes planned for a nearby site go up, to provide more space for children to play safely.

“This is more spacious than our last property, which was also three bedroomed and we are very satisfied living here.

“The area is going to improve and it already is much better than it was before. I think because there are families living here it is safer than it was before,” she said.

The area is the focus of attention from Incommunities, Bradford Council and the Homes and Communities Agency as part of a wider transformation of the Chain Street area. The new three-bedroom properties in a £1.26m regeneration scheme were quickly filled by tenants through social housing provider Incommunities.

Back in July when a golden key was handed to one of the first tenants, Mohammed Abdul-Quddues, he described his relief after living with relatives for months following redundancy and having to move out of a rented house because of the bedroom tax.

Mr Abdul-Quddues, who moved into the house with his wife and two children, told the T&A at the time: “We’re glad to be here. I feel as though I’ve come home. I grew up just around the corner in West Grove Street. It’s got happy memories and there’s going to be lots more.”

Another tenant Tanveer Hussain and his family had been trying to get a house of their own to rent for six years, while living in a room at his parents’ house.

He said at the time: “This is a dream come true. The children’s school is close, I’ve got a driveway and a garden at the front and back. I feel incredibly lucky to be here.”

The next phase of the Goitside regeneration scheme, to build 32 new houses where outdated blocks of flats once stood, began earlier this month.

Ten of the properties will be sold, a further 12 will be privately rented and the remaining ten will be social housing and let out through Incommunities.

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12:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Please note: this area was allowed to be run down by the persons who managed the housing stock....the junkies and drunks didn't turn up over night: they were placed there.

These policies are in place throughout Bradford and other cities.!

Also Telegraph & Argus why don't you investigate the 'letting panels' that are or were active on certain housing estates? Yep I heard about these years ago and I understand that the housing provider is well aware of it, wether it's done anything to get rid of these nasty letting panels is yet to be seen.

These panels ensured that certain areas were filled up with 'locals' first and that outsiders had to prove they had family connections before they we're considered to be rehoused in such areas. I call this a nasty discriminatory practice but others will see it as keeping up appearances!

Secondly some of those on these letting panels have shown that they hide nasty thoughts towards outsiders.

How do I know this: pay attention to the letting policies of the so called
Choice based housing systems that have been in place for the last decade or so!
Please note: this area was allowed to be run down by the persons who managed the housing stock....the junkies and drunks didn't turn up over night: they were placed there. These policies are in place throughout Bradford and other cities.! Also Telegraph & Argus why don't you investigate the 'letting panels' that are or were active on certain housing estates? Yep I heard about these years ago and I understand that the housing provider is well aware of it, wether it's done anything to get rid of these nasty letting panels is yet to be seen. These panels ensured that certain areas were filled up with 'locals' first and that outsiders had to prove they had family connections before they we're considered to be rehoused in such areas. I call this a nasty discriminatory practice but others will see it as keeping up appearances! Secondly some of those on these letting panels have shown that they hide nasty thoughts towards outsiders. How do I know this: pay attention to the letting policies of the so called Choice based housing systems that have been in place for the last decade or so! Not so simple
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12:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Are these council houses ?

And does Mr Abdul (in the pic) work ?
Are these council houses ? And does Mr Abdul (in the pic) work ? The Hoffster
  • Score: -10

1:00pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Smell the coffee says...

I hope they get their small park. Somewhere for local residents to fly tip
I hope they get their small park. Somewhere for local residents to fly tip Smell the coffee
  • Score: -3

1:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Smell the coffee says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Are these council houses ?

And does Mr Abdul (in the pic) work ?
Does the Pope sh*t in the woods?
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: Are these council houses ? And does Mr Abdul (in the pic) work ?[/p][/quote]Does the Pope sh*t in the woods? Smell the coffee
  • Score: -9

1:38pm Fri 25 Apr 14

allinittogether says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Are these council houses ?

And does Mr Abdul (in the pic) work ?
What on earth has that got to do with it?
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: Are these council houses ? And does Mr Abdul (in the pic) work ?[/p][/quote]What on earth has that got to do with it? allinittogether
  • Score: 9

2:22pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Cooperlane2 says...

Seven in a 3bed house..says it all really.
Seven in a 3bed house..says it all really. Cooperlane2
  • Score: -9

2:52pm Fri 25 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Smell the coffee wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
Are these council houses ?

And does Mr Abdul (in the pic) work ?
Does the Pope sh*t in the woods?
I don't know.

I've never looked.
[quote][p][bold]Smell the coffee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: Are these council houses ? And does Mr Abdul (in the pic) work ?[/p][/quote]Does the Pope sh*t in the woods?[/p][/quote]I don't know. I've never looked. The Hoffster
  • Score: -8

2:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Albion. says...

Smell the coffee wrote:
I hope they get their small park. Somewhere for local residents to fly tip
There's one across the road at the corner of Lumb Lane (mind the vigilante's!)
[quote][p][bold]Smell the coffee[/bold] wrote: I hope they get their small park. Somewhere for local residents to fly tip[/p][/quote]There's one across the road at the corner of Lumb Lane (mind the vigilante's!) Albion.
  • Score: 5

3:29pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BaildonGuy says...

There should be more of this kind of renovation. Along with everybody else I hope that City Hall has seen the light and they will actually honour their brownfield first pledge. They could start by not building on Buck Lane.

However, it's impossible to escape the thought that this is just a well publicised stunt by City Hall to prepare the excuses in advance. They know at some stage they will have to defend their plans to let developers build most of Bradford's new houses on green fields.
There should be more of this kind of renovation. Along with everybody else I hope that City Hall has seen the light and they will actually honour their brownfield first pledge. They could start by not building on Buck Lane. However, it's impossible to escape the thought that this is just a well publicised stunt by City Hall to prepare the excuses in advance. They know at some stage they will have to defend their plans to let developers build most of Bradford's new houses on green fields. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 1

3:36pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Grumpygirl says...

Renovating derelicts is one thing. Persuading greedy developers to build on brownfields is another, and something City Hall will fail to do. Money shouts.
Renovating derelicts is one thing. Persuading greedy developers to build on brownfields is another, and something City Hall will fail to do. Money shouts. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 1

3:50pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Albion. says...

Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing?

Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not!
Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing? Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not! Albion.
  • Score: 7

4:01pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Albion. says...

Albion. wrote:
Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing?

Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not!
Here it is again!

http://www.thetelegr
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Oh dear!
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing? Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not![/p][/quote]Here it is again! http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/ne ws/11167460.Upset_as _city_attractions_ar e_left_out_of_local_ guide/#commentsList Oh dear! Albion.
  • Score: 4

6:50pm Fri 25 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

As I've mentioned previously, when having a pre or post match drink at the Harp of Erin it is noticeable how improved the area of Goitside is, well done to all who have been involved in this fantastic scheme including Bradford Council. Bradford is certainly regenerating at a great pace!!!!!
As I've mentioned previously, when having a pre or post match drink at the Harp of Erin it is noticeable how improved the area of Goitside is, well done to all who have been involved in this fantastic scheme including Bradford Council. Bradford is certainly regenerating at a great pace!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 2

10:04pm Fri 25 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Albion. wrote:
Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing?

Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not!
I wouldn't be surprised if it's the resident schizo that used to post on the now-defunct T&A forum.

She also *graced* us with her presence a couple of days on here by the name of 'Gracie Field'.

What a pathetic and embarrassing freak she is.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing? Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not![/p][/quote]I wouldn't be surprised if it's the resident schizo that used to post on the now-defunct T&A forum. She also *graced* us with her presence a couple of days on here by the name of 'Gracie Field'. What a pathetic and embarrassing freak she is. The Hoffster
  • Score: -5

10:58pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BaildonGuy says...

Albion. wrote:
Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing?

Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not!
Oh you have an evil and suspicious mind Albion; always not quite getting the right answer. Story of your posts.

Actually we're married, and, as GG would be the first to point out, due to the evil economic machinations of the Tory Government we can only afford one computer. So she tends to follow me onto the site.

I like to think we have a modern marriage; so she's entirely free to have her own opinions, as long as she walks three steps behind and a little to the left.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing? Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not![/p][/quote]Oh you have an evil and suspicious mind Albion; always not quite getting the right answer. Story of your posts. Actually we're married, and, as GG would be the first to point out, due to the evil economic machinations of the Tory Government we can only afford one computer. So she tends to follow me onto the site. I like to think we have a modern marriage; so she's entirely free to have her own opinions, as long as she walks three steps behind and a little to the left. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 5

6:49am Sat 26 Apr 14

Albion. says...

BaildonGuy wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing?

Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not!
Oh you have an evil and suspicious mind Albion; always not quite getting the right answer. Story of your posts.

Actually we're married, and, as GG would be the first to point out, due to the evil economic machinations of the Tory Government we can only afford one computer. So she tends to follow me onto the site.

I like to think we have a modern marriage; so she's entirely free to have her own opinions, as long as she walks three steps behind and a little to the left.
I didn't give any answers! I simply asked the question.
My mind will remain suspicious (though not evil) as I simply don't believe you.
[quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing? Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not![/p][/quote]Oh you have an evil and suspicious mind Albion; always not quite getting the right answer. Story of your posts. Actually we're married, and, as GG would be the first to point out, due to the evil economic machinations of the Tory Government we can only afford one computer. So she tends to follow me onto the site. I like to think we have a modern marriage; so she's entirely free to have her own opinions, as long as she walks three steps behind and a little to the left.[/p][/quote]I didn't give any answers! I simply asked the question. My mind will remain suspicious (though not evil) as I simply don't believe you. Albion.
  • Score: 5

12:24pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Grumpygirl says...

Albion. wrote:
BaildonGuy wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing?

Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not!
Oh you have an evil and suspicious mind Albion; always not quite getting the right answer. Story of your posts.

Actually we're married, and, as GG would be the first to point out, due to the evil economic machinations of the Tory Government we can only afford one computer. So she tends to follow me onto the site.

I like to think we have a modern marriage; so she's entirely free to have her own opinions, as long as she walks three steps behind and a little to the left.
I didn't give any answers! I simply asked the question.
My mind will remain suspicious (though not evil) as I simply don't believe you.
Don't be so grumpy Albion. Learn to be graceful. Once in a while you may have to accept that the facts and your prejudices may not exactly coincide. People aren't all crooks, try and extend your trust for once.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing? Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not![/p][/quote]Oh you have an evil and suspicious mind Albion; always not quite getting the right answer. Story of your posts. Actually we're married, and, as GG would be the first to point out, due to the evil economic machinations of the Tory Government we can only afford one computer. So she tends to follow me onto the site. I like to think we have a modern marriage; so she's entirely free to have her own opinions, as long as she walks three steps behind and a little to the left.[/p][/quote]I didn't give any answers! I simply asked the question. My mind will remain suspicious (though not evil) as I simply don't believe you.[/p][/quote]Don't be so grumpy Albion. Learn to be graceful. Once in a while you may have to accept that the facts and your prejudices may not exactly coincide. People aren't all crooks, try and extend your trust for once. Grumpygirl
  • Score: -2

1:23pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Albion. says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Albion. wrote:
BaildonGuy wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing?

Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not!
Oh you have an evil and suspicious mind Albion; always not quite getting the right answer. Story of your posts.

Actually we're married, and, as GG would be the first to point out, due to the evil economic machinations of the Tory Government we can only afford one computer. So she tends to follow me onto the site.

I like to think we have a modern marriage; so she's entirely free to have her own opinions, as long as she walks three steps behind and a little to the left.
I didn't give any answers! I simply asked the question.
My mind will remain suspicious (though not evil) as I simply don't believe you.
Don't be so grumpy Albion. Learn to be graceful. Once in a while you may have to accept that the facts and your prejudices may not exactly coincide. People aren't all crooks, try and extend your trust for once.
Thank you the sock puppet.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Isn't it strange how no matter what time BaildonGuy posts, Grumpygirl follows several minutes later and says pretty much the same thing? Would this be a case of multi IDs?... ..Surely not![/p][/quote]Oh you have an evil and suspicious mind Albion; always not quite getting the right answer. Story of your posts. Actually we're married, and, as GG would be the first to point out, due to the evil economic machinations of the Tory Government we can only afford one computer. So she tends to follow me onto the site. I like to think we have a modern marriage; so she's entirely free to have her own opinions, as long as she walks three steps behind and a little to the left.[/p][/quote]I didn't give any answers! I simply asked the question. My mind will remain suspicious (though not evil) as I simply don't believe you.[/p][/quote]Don't be so grumpy Albion. Learn to be graceful. Once in a while you may have to accept that the facts and your prejudices may not exactly coincide. People aren't all crooks, try and extend your trust for once.[/p][/quote]Thank you the sock puppet. Albion.
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