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Star date: 23rd September 2011

NO FREE USE FOR THE COMMUNITY AT SALFORD REDS STADIUM

The community will not be getting any free use of the new Salford City Stadium, a Salford Council officer disclosed last night – despite £26million of public money backing for the new home of Salford Reds rugby club.

While there will be a private helicopter charter service and twelve hospitality suites for corporate clients at the Stadium, no free hours will be set aside for local kids and groups to use the pitches, or any other facilities. The word `Community' has also been dropped from the Stadium's title.

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STADIUM HAS TO `WASH ITS FACE FINANCIALLY'

The local community will be getting no free use at the new Salford City Stadium, it was disclosed last night. Following a presentation on the new stadium at the East Salford Community Committee it was asked whether free hours would be put aside for local kids to use the grass and artificial pitches, as happens at the Sports Village in Lower Kersal.

Paul Walker, Salford Council's Strategic Director of Regeneration, replied that the stadium "is being run as a business and has to wash its face financially". He added that "there's no revenue support from the Council for the stadium and there will be charges for all activities which will be priced alongside those used by Salford Community Leisure."

The Stadium is backed by £26million of public money – a £4million grant from North West Development Agency, plus a £22million loan from Salford Council, which has set the Stadium up as a joint venture company with Peel Holdings. Salford Council has also given land worth £6.7million towards the project.

Meanwhile, the joint venture company has re-named the `Salford City Stadium', dropping the word `Community' from its title – as Salford Council did with Salford Community Radio following its funding of that project…

"It's more snappy" explained Paul Walker, adding that "hopefully what the Council gets back is a stadium fit for the 21st Century and a vital piece of infrastructure for residents and tourists…It will put Salford on the map."

Pricing to hire or use the Stadium isn't being announced until next month, but the Salford City Stadium website has now gone live (www.salfordcitystadium.com) and reveals an emphasis on corporate attractions rather than community use.

While the `Community' section has a mere two paragraphs stating that the Stadium "is set to become the heart of the local community", there are seven categories for `Hospitality' offering "a truly bespoke service to all of our clients…twelve stunning hospitality boxes…a passion for fine dining and exceptional service standards throughout… All of our guests have the option to travel to our venue in pure luxury. A private helicopter charter service is available for both corporate and private clients of the stadium."

Paul Walker promised to look at potential free use of the facilities by the community but admitted "it would be difficult".

For previous Salford Star article on the Salford City Stadium, including an interview with Salford Council leader John Merry click here…

 

 


 

Salford Star wrote
at 11:57:22 on 26 September 2011
See wrote comment below.. sorry was confusing the money Salford Council had given to the Reds as well. It's been altered. Back of the maths class for us!!!
 
wrote
at 11:51:52 on 26 September 2011
22 + 4 = 26
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 11:51:46 on 26 September 2011
With regard to the signs,what do you think??????????????
 
Lee wrote
at 09:59:41 on 26 September 2011
What I want to know is: Will there be any REDS signage on the stadium??? Getting NO answers from the Stadium or the club!! What a joke.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 11:07:41 on 23 September 2011
Now come on we all knew that this COMMUNITY stadium, would be anything but COMMUNITY friendly. I remember at the planning meeting a councillor asked a question about the community and the use of the site and Antribus stated "There were pitches for the community,so it was a community stadium" Two small pitches, what about the rest of the site. We all know the local kids team down the road won't be able to afford to use this COMMUNITY stadium. But never mind its only OUR money yet again paying for a private club, we have been giving this club money hand over fist for years with little or no challange. If they could not pay the overheads at the Willows, how the bloody hell will they be able to afford this place. Do we know have they started paying back the loans of over ONE million yet. Do we know what they will be paying in rent or will they???? Who will pay the utlities,ME and YOU and the rest of SALFORD. Never mind we will have this fantastic NOT community stadium for the COMMUNITY????
 
dave - ex-labour forever , all traitors wrote
at 11:06:37 on 23 September 2011
You can never bullshit a bullshitter , as walker illustrates . £6.7 MILLION OF SALFORD LAND WASTED , A COSY £22 MILLION SQUANDERED .To a multi-million pound business empire .While we are forced to endure economic hardship imposed by the town hall traitors . This cosy deal stinks . Heads must roll .Mass sackings for all involved . Salford clowncil , inept , useless , arrogant traitors , YOU MAKE ME PUKE .
 
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