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Inside ‘Legoland’ estate with battles over Dog Poo bins and ‘drugs becoming art’
April 19, 2021
An estate nicknamed Legoland and Plastic City due to its prefabricated blocks has been 'left to ruin'.
Residents consist of older people who have lived on the estate for decades and drug addicts placed there by the council, locals say.
Helicopters hover above and police patrol the area, but drugs has 'become an artform' and a sofa has been plonked to allow addicts to seat comfortably while they wait instead of hiding in the shadows.
Those that live there claim it's been left to ruin as it's tucked out of sight of main roads and obscured by trees, reports Manchester Evening News.
There has even been a battle with the Dog Poo bin.
David Norris has lived here for nearly two decades, he said: “A lot of people use drugs here."
"They’ve made it into an art form around here.
"The main alleyway is the picking up point, they even put a sofa there so people can sit and wait for the dealers to come by with the drugs rather than hang out in the shadows.
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“I’ve lived here for 17 years, this is how it’s always been.
“There is no real structure to life here. It’s a kitchen sink place – if the council puts all these residents here, the council knows where they are.
“They keep an eye on us, there’s cameras in the street lights, helicopters come over every once in a while."
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There was even a fight over the Dog Poo Bin, David explains, where someone knocked it down continuously over several weeks until the council gave up and removed it completely.
Chris Calder, 63, said a man climbed onto his roof trying to get away from the police.
Another resident, who wanted to be unnamed, said: “It’s a strange mix here. On one side of the estate, you’ve got older people who have lived here for 20, 30 years.
"Then you’ve got rows that are full of drug users that have been put here by the council.
“The drug use does cause issues, mainly fighting among the people that do it.
“My girlfriend’s mum also used to live here, but she moved because it was getting so bad.
“I understand that everyone needs somewhere to live but this place just isn’t nice, it looks like a s***hole."
Ali Ajdari, 78, says drug users make a mess and cause fights between the flats.
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Greater Manchester Police are trying to crack down on the issues at Townside Fields – the actual name of the neighbourhood – with special constables and a mobile police station that had bottles launched at it on the first day.
Bury town centre Sergeant Martyn Bannister said drug users would come up to them complaining they couldn't buy drugs anymore due to the police presence.
Officers conducted searches and public areas used for hiding holes and set up regular patrols.
Bury Council have been approached by the Daily Star for comment.