Star date: 2nd December 2015
A Salford Star Exclusive
SALFORD COUNCIL OWED OVER £46,000 AFTER GIVING BIOSPHERIC PROJECT £300,000
"We grow citizens and got nowt, while our Mayor invested in growing mushrooms. That just about sums up our Mayor." Graham Cooper, Oliver's Youth Club
Three years ago, at a time of huge cuts, Salford City Council handed £300,000 to the Manchester International Festival as sponsorship for the Biospheric Foundation's `innovative city farm' in Blackfriars, with Salford Mayor Ian Stewart announcing that it was "money well spent". Another £100,000 came via the Festival itself.
Now, the Community Interest Company which ran the Biospheric Project has gone bust with debts of over £100,000, including £46,893 owed to Salford Council. There's also stories of dead fish, starving chickens, community equipment being held to ransom or wrecked, and exploitation of volunteers.
Full details here...