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SALFORD BOUNDARY DESTRUCTION PUBLIC HEARING
 

Star date: 11th October 2011

SAVE SALFORD PUBLIC HEARING

Britannia Hotel
Portland Street, Manchester
11th-12th October

One of the first big battles to Save Salford begins today with a public hearing taking place into the stupid boundary changes that will see Salford disappear from the political map.

Over the two day hearing Salford is wheeling out its big guns like Council Leader John Merry and current MPs Hazel Blears and Barbara Keeley. But the highlight for us will be at 4:15pm today when Victoria Connett founder of the Save Salford campaign takes to the stage…

Full details here…


Salford today gets a chance to hit back against the Boundary Commission's plans to wipe Salford from the political map – plonking most of Central Salford into a new Manchester constituency, and Walkden and Cadishead into Leigh. The rest of Salford will become Swinton.

There's a two day public hearing at the Britannia Hotel on Portland Street in Manchester (where else?) and anyone can attend…

TUESDAY 11th October  – 10am-8pm
The morning session has been put aside for the `Main Political Parties' and then after lunch we have Hazel Blears and other MPs taking the stage. Other highlights include – 3pm: Joe O'Neil from the Green Party, 3:15pm Martin O'Neil the Independent councillor, 3:30pm Labour Ordsall councillor Ray Mashiter.

And at 4:15pm Victoria Connett, the local girl who started a Save Salford facebook group that now has over 6500 members plus its own petitions, t-shirts and social nights!

MP Barbara Keeley appears at 5:30pm and Salford Council Leader John Merry arrives at 6:15pm.

WEDNESDAY 12th October – 9am-5pm
Not much happening according the schedule, except Salford Chief Exec Barbara Spicer appearing at 10am.

The full schedule can be seen by clicking here.

Anyone who doesn't know the arguments by now can see the previous Salford Star features by clicking here and following the links

 

 

Merlin wrote
at 14:41:37 on 02 April 2015
Greater Manchester, was established on the 1st April 1974, following the Local Government Act of 1972....This metropolitan county also includes the Metropolitan Boroughs of Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan....Prior to the 1972 act, Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Wigan were in the county of Lancashire but were administratively independent of the county because they were County Boroughs....Stockport was a County Borough of Cheshire....So Lancashire Cricket Club whilst not in Lancashire now, were prior to 1974....Also, In 1974 the town of Wigan and its surrounding districts were merged into Wigan Borough and became part of the Greater Manchester region, having formerly been a part of Lancashire. And since 1974, Trafford has also been a part of Greater Manchester.
 
Bob wrote
at 19:45:28 on 01 April 2015
United is in Trafford. Trafford has It's own MP, It's own Council; It's own Town Hall. Salford has nothing to do with it. We have Manchester, we have Salford both as Cities in their own rite. Then we have the boroughs of Greater Manchester like Trafford, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale etc etc. So just as Wigan is NOT in Manchester, Trafford is NOT in Manchester. People get confused by the name Greater Manchester. It is a pty that Manchester was included in the name. It upsets lots of people. For example as a comparison Huyton is in Mearsyside but NOT in Liverpool. The same applies to Southport. Please don't get confused with Postal Districts which only identify sorting office location. So that red football team should not be allowed to call itself Manchester anything but Trafford United. Oh and don't forget Lancashire Cricket Club is NOT based in Lancashire......
 
Dave farrar wrote
at 10:19:51 on 14 October 2011
Salfordians could just declare UDI like that town in Italy where they tried to take away its mayor. Something dramatic should be done. Hand banners from bridges 'You are entering Salford City - turn back if you want Manchester'!
 
Taters wrote
at 21:25:17 on 13 October 2011
By this gerrymandering the boundary commission and their torybastard masters hope to be able to get elected a torybastard in this labour stronghold . Bad , useless , inept and anti-worker as the labour shites are , the torybastards are far , far worse . FIGHT THEM , PEOPLE .
 
caroline wrote
at 21:24:39 on 13 October 2011
Anthony..name of my father.. a good name..So Why compare Neville Chainberlain with Hitler..Neville was a peace maker..He knew we needed time because Hitler did not give a dam and chainberlain efforts delayed the war..So we had time to build up arms to protect England... this should be acknowledge and he should not have been made to look a fool and become a fall guy...Fact and truth..
 
J wrote
at 07:41:06 on 13 October 2011
Asked my colleagues today "where's Salford?" where upon the vast majority said "Manchester" which sums what thickos I work with don't it? Also would they like to see Leicester being part of Nottingham? Emm no. Rutland (smallest county in England) fought and successfully won it's independence from Leicestershire after a long withdrawn battle. I would hate Salford being the loser in this, just because of the coalition suits what's best for them and not what the people want.
 
Mike Skeff wrote
at 19:02:49 on 12 October 2011
Again this comes as no surprise to me, it has been in the pipeline for quite some time I suspect, with the full knowledge of Blears, Merry and the rest. It would'nt surprise me either if these people have lucrative jobs waiting for them after the changes are made. I say 'after the changes are made' because we Salfordians now have a real fight on our hands, not just for services but for our very existence as a city. I feel I must point out that Manchester was granted city status before Salford, but Salford is much older than Manchester as a borough and is far more significant historically. What can be done to stop the boudary changes remains to be seen, but whatever can be done must be done. In terms of direct action, one possibility is for Salford people to refuse to pay council tax and I'm sure there are many other ideas. The fact remains that our city is under threat as never before from politically and morally corrupt bureaucrats and politicians both local and national. The fate of the city of Salford hangs in the balance.
 
Anthony wrote
at 23:56:31 on 11 October 2011
A meeting in Manchester about saving Salford? which city will benefit from income generated from projects paid for with Salford money? The Quays, Media City, Tesco, Chapel St etc. Who do we pay council tax to. John Merry is so star struck he hands over money like water to big names, without big investment, no wonder the government are trying to wipe our city off the map,Merry is a soft touch, childrens hospital gone, maternity wards gone. Its Neville Chamberlain and Hitler all over again.
 
J wrote
at 23:56:06 on 11 October 2011
Salford is Salford and never will be part of Manchester. Neither are the people Manccunians, they are known as Salfordians and proud people they are they are too. Hands off Manchester, Salford wants to be it's own city and not part of Greater Manchester! What next for Manchester to swallow whole eh? Bolton? Stockport?
 
Fred Green wrote
at 23:55:13 on 11 October 2011
TELL THE BOUNDARY COMMISSION TO STUFF THEIR PROPOSALS WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE . THIS IS GERRYMANDERING .
 
dave - ex-labour forever , all traitors wrote
at 23:53:24 on 11 October 2011
Can we just do away with merry , blears and keely ?
 
beryl francis wrote
at 15:47:24 on 11 October 2011
The parish of Manchester formed part of Salfordshire. It has been suggested that a Manchester-shire hundred was not favoured over one centred at Salford because Manchester had been ravaged as part of the Danish occupation. Excerpt from the history of the Salford Hundred which was protected by the King. You cannot just WIPE a city off the map.
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 15:47:15 on 11 October 2011
This has been political dynamite since it was first aired by the electoral commission. Sad thing is, if you come from Eccles, Swinton, Irlam or Worsley - you've been peddling the myth you were part of Manchester for quite a while now. Now you have what you want, You still moan. Unfortunately the idea each 'village' gets its own MP was torn up by the ruling coalition - as Broughton found out at the last election. The loss of key services from our city (or, the transfer of services from Salford to Mcr) have merely compounded the civic pain. Of course, Miss Gibson has a point, the idea of walkden being part of leigh (itself a sub-district of Wigan) is absurd, given that if it was to break from the city - it would merely go back to where it originally came from - Bolton!
 
Wendy Ann Gibson wrote
at 09:01:23 on 11 October 2011
KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF SALFORD. IN HISTORY SALFORD IS AN OLDER CITY THAN MANCHESTER SO WHY NOT INCORPORATE MANCHESTER INTO SALFORD? THE BBC MADE SUCH A FUSS ABOUT MOVING TO SALFORD AND NOW IT IS TO BE INCORPORATED INTO MANCHESTER. SALFORD IS DEPRIVED ENOUGH WITHOUT HAVING THEIR CITY TAKEN AWAY TOO. I LIVE IN WALKDEN AND DONT WANT TO BE INCORPORATED INTO LEIGH, WILL WE THEN COME UNDER WIGAN AND NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS SERVICES IN SALFORD THAT WE HAVE BEEN USING FOR YEARS? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE AND NOT EVERYONE CAN GET DOWN TO THE MEETING IN MANCHESTER AS THEIR WONT BE ANY PARKING AND AS I HAVE A BLUE BADGE WILL NEED TO PARK NEAR. COME ON SALFORDIANS FIGHT TO THE DEATH THIS IS A WAR AND ONE THAT MOST LIKELY WE WON'T WIN BECAUSE AS ALWAYS IN THESE CASES THE DECISION HAS ALREADY BEEN TAKEN DESPITE WHAT THE PUBLIC, WHO I SAY HAVE TO LIVE THERE SAY. KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF SALFORD AND TAKE YOUR RIDICULOUS IDEAS ELSEWHERE WHERE THEY ARE WANTED.
 
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