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SALFORD LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS MONUMENT TRASHED
 

Star date: 20th September 2011

FURIOUS FUSILIERS SLATE CHAPEL STREET REDEVELOPMENT

Salford's branch of the Lancashire Fusiliers is furious that its landmark statue on the corner of Chapel Street and Oldfield Road has been damaged and `disrespected' during the £10million redevelopment of the area.

The plinth of the Grade II listed monument has been badly chipped on two sides, the plaques have gone missing and a block of concrete lies on a wreath to the war dead. A statement about the Chapel Street redevelopment on Salford Council's website reads that "The stunning architecture in the area will be celebrated"…

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Salford Fusiliers Monument
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"They're running roughshod over us" Peter Flannery, Chairman Salford Fusiliers

Salford City Council claims on its website that the £10.76million redevelopment of the Chapel Street area will "celebrate" the "stunning architecture of the area" and "will establish high quality public spaces".

That might well be so. But in the meantime, as redevelopment takes place, the Salford branch of the Lancashire Fusiliers is furious that its landmark Grade II listed memorial on the corner of Chapel Street and Oldfield Road is being damaged and disrespected.

Last Friday, we met two Salford members of the Fusiliers down at the statue, which was opened by King Edward VII in 1905. The gardens around the monument - which were landscaped only eleven years ago at a cost of £83,000 – have been dug up and lumps of rubble surround the plinth, which itself has been badly chipped on two sides. Meanwhile, the plaques around the statue's base have disappeared and a block of concrete was lying on top of a wreath to the war dead.

It all left Peter Flannery, Chairman of the Salford branch of the Fusiliers shocked and disgusted.

"The monument is a total mess" he said "And they haven't even given us the courtesy of saying what's been going on with it. A few months back we had Hazel Blears here with children from a local school planting trees in the garden that was here. Now it's gone and we're not sure where the plaques have gone that should be on the bottom. We should have been told. There's only us here to protect it; it's our job as the Salford branch of the Fusiliers to look after things like this. It's a farce, they're just running roughshod over us."

The war monument was erected to honour the memory of Salford servicemen who fought with the Lancashire Fusiliers, and the Salford branch is looking into whether the trashed garden was consecrated ground containing the ashes of former soldiers.

The Fusiliers are not only angry that their monument has been damaged and disrespected but also that they have not been consulted on plans for its future.

"At least they could have had some liaison with us to discuss what's going on" Peter Flannery explained "We don't know what this is going to be like when it's finished, it might be better than what it was. But give us a bit of respect and tell us what you're doing with it. We should be told what's happening with it and we're not being told. They are just doing what they want.

"I mean, why go through the exercise of having a local MP down here planting trees with local school children?" he added "Also, this monument has to be ready by 11th November for Armistice. What's going to happen then when we come and lay the wreaths on here? I'm not confident this will be finished on time."

Salford Star asked Salford Council for a comment and is awaiting a response…


• The £10.76million redevelopment of Chapel Street is being funded by £8.97 million from the NWDA and £1.79 million under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Salford Council claims on its website that there has been "more than two years of consultation with the community and stakeholders" (obviously not with the Lancashire Fusiliers).

• The aim of the redevelopment, the site states is to "establish high quality public spaces and highways" and that "The stunning architecture in the area will be celebrated"

Photos by Steven Speed

UPDATE - 20th September 11am

Salford Council has just responded...

Councillor Derek Antrobus, lead member for planning, said: “ As part of  the redevelopment of Chapel Street, detailed plans have been agreed to improve the area surrounding the Shouting Fusilier memorial. This will create a respectful setting for the  memorial that is more accessible. The memorial itself  has been in poor condition for many years and it will also be refurbished.  

“ These plans are backed by The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.The Regiment has taken the view that the monument is a major local feature which deserves a better setting and supports the plans. We are concerned that local former Fusiliers are not aware of these plans. If they contact us directly we will attempt to allay their concerns.”

Salford Star responds: The memorial wasn't in a condition as bad as this before Salford Council got its hands on it...

Vince wrote
at 8:51:09 AM on Thursday, September 22, 2011
How many of the town hall gangsters are financially involved with companies undertaking regeneration work ?
 
Heather Rawlinson wrote
at 12:56:10 AM on Thursday, September 22, 2011
might only be the contractor but the council employ them and so are responsible. Get it sorted and have some respect!
 
Fred Green wrote
at 3:29:41 AM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This useless , inept council had better make sure their useless , inept contractors have this mess sorted out by 11th november for Armistice .Though I doubt this shower will be concerned , as their sole remit is to extort council tax from the living . They care about nothing else . Make sure the contractors put right the damage at their cost , and not the taxpayer , for once .
 
caroline wrote
at 3:29:22 AM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011
100% surport the truth of Salford Star...If this is what it is..so be it...Sort the matter. Do not bring any more sadness/misery/to the community we are all humans and blood is red and life is true but get a grip death is blue come on world we are human and never forget our men of Salord who fought in war to give us the freedom we live today their lost lives should be treasured, their family's are still under extreme stress and indeed we have lost so many... come on give all those wonderful dead somne respect , they gave their life for our country. How dare you BE NEGATIVE and SELFISH ...Restore not destroy..Jill Sorry the previous comment was a mistake please disregard.
 
UoS wrote
at 10:25:39 AM on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
My girlfriend and I did notice this as we walk past it quite often. It is a disgrace. The Council should really take more care in these things.
 
DAVE - not corrupt nor a liar wrote
at 10:25:33 AM on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Not good enough antrobus . Your clouncil owe an apology to the Fusiliers . What about the damage caused to the monument by your contractors . Will they make good the damage , or will the taxpayers pick up the tab , as I expect ? A truly disgraceful state of affairs . For your contractors to not take extreme care whilst working near the monument shows an appalling lack of respect . Who is responsible ? Will they make good the damage , AT THEIR COST ? Will your contractors apologise to the Fusiliers , as they should ?
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 10:24:51 AM on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Nothing changes: "When the war is o’er and all things righted, The Lord’s forgot and the soldier slighted"
 
Madge wrote
at 10:24:39 AM on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
This is hardly the councils fault. It is the incompetent contractor carrying out the building works that have damaged the monument.
 
Fadge wrote
at 4:50:05 AM on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Typical of this arrogant , ignorant , inept , useless , uncaring , self-serving clouncil to not consult with the Fusiliers .. An absolute disgrace .An insult to the brave warriors who fought for this deadcity .Salford clouncil had better find out who is responsible , and make them repair all damage AT THEIR COST ,and not more taxpayers money wasted by the council idiots . They already squander and waste enough . Perhaps Scary could get involved , it will give her something important to do , for once .
 
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