LANGWORTHY Socialist Alliance and local residents took direct action to the doorstep of Salford's New Labour council on Thursday of last week. With a tipper truck covered in Socialist Alliance posters and John Lennon's 'Power to the People' blasting through a PA, local activists dumped over half a ton of rubbish on the steps of the town hall in front of workers, shoppers and a BBC TV crew.
The rubbish was taken from houses and backyards of houses compulsorily purchased by Salford council as part of its plans for urban regeneration.
The project has resulted in streets full of derelict houses and rubbish. 'Kids are playing in the alleyways, where rats and cockroaches are feeding on the rubbish and food left rotting in these boarded-up houses,' said local resident Ken Keating.
'This is our first direct action in Salford, and the response from local people has been brilliant,' added Peter Hayes, who stood for the Socialist Alliance in the recent local elections in Langworthy.