A doomed shopping parade was once the beating heart of his estate.

In February 2023, it was announced that the derelict shopping parade in North Manchester would be torn down in a matter of weeks. The council finally approved plans to demolish Eastford Square in Collyhurst, which has been derelict for over a decade.

Manchester City Council now owns the building on Rochdale Road after acquiring the final unit following years of negotiations with its owner. The three-story structure has stood on the site since the surrounding social property was built in the 1960s.

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It’s hard to believe that the crumbling, boarded-up parade, recently dubbed “Manchester’s biggest eyesore”, was once central to a thriving community. From the post office and butchers to later hairdressers and chippy, the shops in Eastford Square brought locals everything they needed on their doorstep.

Last year, the MEN spoke to the tenants who still live on the surrounding property, and many still hold fond memories of the parade and their place in the community. Susan Lever, 65, had lived in her apartment in the nearby Roach Court tower block since 1968.


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