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FLAT IRON PUB TRASHED IN SALFORD
 

Star date: 10th June 2011 

FLAT IRON PUB VANISHES FROM SALFORD MARKET

The Flat Iron, one of the most well known pubs in Salford, now lies in a pile of twisted metal and bricks, bulldozed just a few months after finally closing its doors.

The pub, one of the last in Salford to actually have Dirty Old Town on its jukebox, has been flattened to make way for new developments on the Precinct.

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I'm going to take a good sharp axe
Shining steel tempered in the fire
We'll chop you down like an old dead tree

Dirty Old Town
Dirty Old Town

In issue 4 of the Salford Star (spring 2007) regulars in the Flat Iron pub told us - to a lot of background wailing of Ewan  MacColl's Dirty Old Town - how Salford was fast disappearing before their eyes…

"That song" said John McClusky "is what we're about; it's our heritage, our history. There's a line in the tune that says `We're going to take a big sharp axe and chop you down'…But it's time we stopped the chopping and took the axe off them…I think they want rid of us…"

Now the axe has fallen on their own pub, as the Flat Iron was reduced to rubble recently. The 130 year old pub – legendary for its characters, before breakfast opening hours and regulars-only key fob – has been bulldozed to make way for improvements to Salford Shopping City by owners, Salford Estates

 "Salford Estates remains committed to continually improving the offer at Salford Shopping City" says spokesperson Debbie Illingworth "which means creating new jobs and a better environment for local people."

The Flat Iron wasn't shown on any of the plans for Salford Precinct that Salford Estates released publicly in January this year (see here), the site earmarked for shop units and a car park.

A full, revised planning application for the whole Precinct is expected to be lodged with Salford Council in the near future, following an agreement by Tesco, Salford Estates and Salford Council to settle their differences, after a bitter court action over Tesco's planning application for its new superstore and the land deal surrounding it.

All parties have now agreed to work towards the closure of Pendleton Way which will integrate the Tesco store with the Precinct.

"As we have said from the moment we made this multi million pound investment in Salford, we are wholly committed to investing further to create a better Shopping City that benefits everyone" says a spokesperson for Salford Estates "Shopping habits are quickly established, so we need to work collaboratively to make sure the road is closed as soon as possible."

Salford Council Leader John Merry adds "This scheme has always been about doing what is best for the people of Salford. It is unfortunate that this process has been so drawn out by the legal challenges but now that Salford Estates has accepted the scheme will go ahead, and that the land was sold fairly, we will be happy to work with them to take this scheme forward. Our priority now is to look at closing Pendleton Way to improve the amenities on offer and create a safe shopping environment for local people."

Meanwhile, yet another part of Salford's past has now disappeared. The Flat Iron – flattened June 2011.

* Next to bite the bulldozer dust is the Carlton pub on Camp Street.


 

fred windsor wrote
at 20:53:32 on 18 October 2012
i was wandering just how many pubs in salford have met the same fate as the flat iron in the past 40 years, has any one been counting or does any body know ? fred
 
taxman wrote
at 06:48:00 on 17 October 2012
only people who drank in the flatty where all on benefit's anyway,,,,
 
salford4eva wrote
at 18:41:35 on 16 October 2012
for demolishing great buildings and great pubs, the past salford planners should hold their heads in shame. yours saddened fred
 
Salford Star wrote
at 07:04:42 on 11 June 2011
See Manc's comments below...`Why didn't the Salford Star highlight this issue when it was promoting Salford Estate's cause in its recent battle with Tesco'? Hello! First of all, we weren't promoting Salford Estate's cause, we were reflecting the views of traders and shoppers on the Precinct, and highlighting the shocking way that planning permission for Tesco was granted by the Council. Oh, and secondly, people were still drinking in the Flat Iron at the time. We haven't jumped on any campaign to save the pub, as there wasn't one, and, er, look at the pictures - it's a bit late to try and save the pub now. We find it hard to take you seriously too...
 
Salford Lad in Manc wrote
at 06:52:05 on 11 June 2011
Why didn't the Salford Star highlight this issue when it was promoting Salford Estate's cause in its recent battle with Tesco? Why the sudden and all-too-late concern? Is there no bandwagon the Star won't jump on in order to manufacture a bit of controversy or stir up a reaction in its gullible readership? As worthy a campaign as this is, it just goes to highlight the Star's typical hypocrisy and for that reason I simply can't take its article seriously.
 
Fadge wrote
at 13:02:34 on 10 June 2011
' doing what is best for the people of Salford ' ??????????? Pathetic . This lot have never cared about the people of Salford .NEVER.This lot is all about big business chums and cosy deals . The bullshitters just keep bullshitting .
 
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