We, the undersigned, petition the Council to take urgent action to improve public safety and solve the hygiene problems in respect of the area in and around Manchester’s Chinatown.
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In recent years, several serious problems have developed in Chinatown which remain unsolved and are escalating.
The poor state of the area impacts local business owners and residents and also threatens the safety of visitors to the area. The actions taken so far by relevant authorities are deemed insufficient to alleviate these serious problems.
According to the Police.uk crime map, there were 530 reported crimes in Chinatown during the period January 2018 to May 2018. Such a high crime rate in such a small area is extremely concerning.
In November 2016, two homeless people were murdered in a blaze in a disused building on Faulkner Street. No one has been charged and the criminal is still at large. A more recent incident happened on the 15th February 2018 when a man was stabbed in the leg in Charlotte Street.
Apart from the numerous physical assaults that have taken place in the area, there have also been multiple occurrences of drug users sitting in the doorways of commercial buildings on Charlotte Street smoking crack pipes.
The homeless are sleeping rough in the Chinatown Pagoda and on benches at George Street, Nicholas Street, Faulkner Street, outside Bank of East Asia and in and around the doorways of Hanover House.
Additionally, drug dealers regularly gather around as a gang in Chinatown NCP car park, Saint James Street and Reyner Street offering drugs to the homeless. Mass brawls often break out as a result of this trade.
The general condition of the area is extremely bad and is deteriorating. Rubbish, urine, vomit and even pools of blood can been seen on the streets.
These issues affect the residents, visitors and business owners of Chinatown and the current state of this area of the city reflects poorly on the whole of Manchester. Chinatown is listed on nearly all tourist websites as a must see attraction in Manchester and it can only be imagined what impression visitors from around the world must be left with after visiting the blood soaked, crime ridden, rubbish strewn streets of this area.
Given the feeling of unease and discomfort with the state of the area, many businesses have been forced to close down and it is impossible to find new tenants to rent the properties. This will inevitably lead to the problems getting even worse as many people now choose to avoid the area altogether.
Another problem is that drivers are driving the wrong way down one way streets in the area. This is a daily occurrence and puts pedestrians at risk. There are also uncountable pot holes on the pavements and roads that make it dangerous for people to walk or drive through.
Finding solutions to these problems will require effort and time from the relevant authorities.
More police and community support officer patrols should be arranged so that drug dealers and troublemakers are removed from the area and discouraged from returning. The establishment of a neighbourhood watch area or a hate crime centre would be useful as would the installation of more visible CCTV cameras.
Road control signage should be improved and fines imposed for driving the wrong way along one way streets.
Relevant authorities should also be expected to keep the roads and footways in a safe condition through carrying out regular routine maintenance and inspection.
Some have suggested that the big pagoda should be demolished and that some of the roads be pedestrianised and changed into a Chinese Garden which could act as a new attraction for Manchester city centre.
Last but not least, it is about time that Chinese street signs are added around Chinatown so as to bring a sense of identity and uniqueness to the area. This has been proposed for many years but there has been no progress.
Our aim is to make Chinatown in Manchester a better place for its visitors, residents and business owners.
We hope the voices of communities affected by the existing issues can be heard and the Council will assist in making Chinatown a safe and healthy environment.
Submitted by The Federation of Chinese Asso…
Open from 14 Aug 2018 to 30 Sep 2018
Signatures: 2 [Go to signatures]
Direct link to this e-petition: http://petitions.manchester.gov.uk/petitions.ti/savechinatown
The Federation of Chinese Asso…, the e-Petition Creator, joined by:
- Miss Emily Chan on 14 Aug 2018