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Star date: 20th June 2011 

GRAFFITI PALACE DESTROYED

Salford City Council officers and councillors with the imagination of tennis rackets have given the go ahead for the destruction of Salford's Graffiti Palace.

Walls along the Ordsall stretch of the Ship Canal, up until a few weeks ago covered in fantastic works of graffiti art, have been painted over in dull brick red.

The art has been destroyed to make way for a new riverside walkway between Manchester city centre and MediaCityUK, with Salford Council fearing that BBC workers might be offended by 20ft high works of art.

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Take a walk down the Ordsall stretch of the Ship Canal, look over the railings and see the swans, ducks and geese dodging the garbage that's floating along the Peel Holdings owned waterway. There's giant tyres, tin cans, takeaway cartons, bottles, and even a railing sticking out of the water. It is absolutely disgusting.

Contrast this with giant works of art that were painted along the walkway by graffiti artists who came from all over Greater Manchester. While the garbage is still floating in the water, Salford Council with staggering cultural ignorance has destroyed the art, which it described in a recent report as "a growing problem" that will have "a significant negative impact on future investment potential".

The destruction is part of the `Ordsall River Park' improvements, costing over £1million (including almost £20,000 in management fees, £15,000 for graffiti removal and a whopping £523,461 contract to Morrison Construction Ltd, one of Salford Council's partners in its Urban Vision company).

The Graffiti Palace, now reduced to two walls owned by a private company, is to be replaced, according to the Council report, by "bespoke hoardings which would vastly enhance the riverside experience for users, improve the quality and attractiveness to support future private sector investment, and promote additional activity and usage of the routeway".

While this free to view, ever changing open air art gallery is trashed, literally across the road MediaCityUK is looking to spend £68,000 for an art installation on Salford Quays.

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Dead City Inmate wrote
at 21:47:40 on 22 March 2012
The biggest cultural vandals in this dead city are salford council , in fact they are vandals in every way .

john carrington wrote
at 08:23:10 on 26 June 2011
Graffiti is one of the few ways the young can express thereselves. As long as it is not a form of race hate, power to there elbow.

Eric Von Strom wrote
at 17:00:19 on 22 June 2011
How dare these young tearaways think they can destroy the excellent symmetry of the brick work all ordered in neat rows .Why do you we have expensive galleries paid for at the tax payers expense. If these people want to paint then you can start with my bedroom ceiling it has not seen hog bristles since 1974.

mike wrote
at 18:52:02 on 20 June 2011
This won't stop graffiti artists, they will move their art somewhere else, long live freedom of expression.

Fadge wrote
at 18:51:55 on 20 June 2011
AS I have said before , this council are ignorant , arrogant waster scum .

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