The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
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Corbett Street Flats
The Boulton Place flats in Smethwick are 14 years old but some residents who used to be proud to live there want them pulled down. What's gone wrong?
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Sue Jay talks to residents of Boulton Place, a 1950s flats complex off Corbett Street in Smethwick. Silver fish, rats and vandalism are the issues of concern. The latter seems to be the biggest problem and at its core is the generation gap between the older residents and the young people vilified for their noise and disruption. When the local council spokesman talks about using bullwhips and shooting youngsters you know something has gone very wrong.