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UNISON AND SALFORD COMMUNITY MEDIA PARTNERSHIP RAGE AGAINST MEDIACITYUK
 

Star date: 3rd February 2012

A Salford Star Exclusive

COMMUNITY ANGER AT SALFORD COUNCIL `ORNAMENTS' – UNISON DEMANDS TO SEE MULTI £MILLION MEDIA CITY CONTRACTS

Both public sector trade union Salford City UNISON and Salford Community Media Partnership (SCMP) have strongly criticised Salford Council, MediaCityUK and the BBC over excessive spending and lack of opportunities at prestige projects in the city.

Now, UNISON - slating Council spending on `ornaments', while `bread and butter services' are being run down - has demanded to see the contracts for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Media City and Salford City Stadium, while SCMP states that the attitude of the BBC and Media City has left a "bitter feeling"…

Full story here…


UNISON SCMP
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`SHOW US MEDIA CITY CONTRACTS!'

"The Council shouldn't be spending on ornaments when it can't afford bread and butter services…" Salford City UNISON

"It just leaves a bitter feeling when you think about how much could have been achieved with as little as 0.1% of the Media City budget…" SCMP

Amidst cuts to public services and community projects, anger is growing in Salford at Council spending on prestige projects like MediaCityUK and the Salford City Stadium.

Public sector trade union, Salford City UNISON has now demanded to see Council contracts for Media City, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Salford City Stadium (which hosts its first Salford Reds game this weekend), to prove that the financial commitments running into millions cannot be renegotiated.

UNISON is furious that front line services, like the withdrawing of funding to Humphrey Booth and Craig Hall day care centres, are being hit (see here), while projects like the Council's £3million a year sponsorship of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra remain in place.

"We feel that while money is going to Media City and other prestige projects, these services should be supported" states Salford City UNISON secretary Steve North in a missive to members.

"On that note we have asked the Council for the contracts relating to Media City, the BBC Philharmonic, Salford Community Stadium and other prestige projects" he adds "We are being told that these contracts cannot be renegotiated but we want to be sure for ourselves before we are prepared to accept that. We are not anti-Media City or against any of the other large infrastructure projects that are in development, but we do feel that the Council shouldn't be spending on ornaments when it can't afford bread and butter services."

Meanwhile, Salford Community Media Partnershipa network of community media groups in the city which includes Salford Star, Salford Arts Theatre, Creative Industry in Salford, Ordsall Community Arts and Seedley and Langworthy Trust – has issued a statement following the revelation that only 16 Salford people got new jobs at the BBC's MediaCityUK base. Here its is in full…

"It was very disappointing to read about the lack of success Salford residents have had in getting jobs at BBC Media City, but not at all unexpected" the statement reads.

"We set up Salford Community Media Partnership (SCMP) almost five years ago now, because at the time, there was no obvious pathway for local people to get support in finding out about the media industry as a possible career, or to accumulate at least some of the necessary skills and knowledge to progress towards that aim.

We were hopeful at the start that by working together, member organisations could provide a really broad and exciting offer for local people to increase enthusiasm and community engagement in Media City, as well as providing a ready vehicle to help Media City/BBC to deliver that engagement.

Since that time SCMP has been able to provide an amazing amount in terms of courses and projects, films, magazines, and more; using very modest amounts of grant funding entirely unrelated to Media City.

Over the years, we have met all the right people, helped with the engagement strategy (now missing in action), kept our profile as high as possible, built up a strong track record of delivery, and even run seminars for the 'Top Bods' from the BBC & Media City, but despite all this effort, to date there have been no serious funding or contract opportunities to pitch in for, and it looks like the money that was around for community engagement has now gone.

It just leaves a bitter feeling when you think about how much could have been achieved with as little as 0.1% of the Media City budget which should have been at least £500k a year (depending on which figures believe) invested in directly benefitting local people in what are the very disadvantaged surrounding areas." 

Now, both SCMP and Salford City UNISON are awaiting a response…

See previous Salford Star articles on MediaCityUK spending - click here and click here

And on Media City community engagement money - click here 


 

Council worke wrote
at 13:47:16 on 04 February 2012
This is the tip of the iceberg Peel, BBC and Salford Reds have had lots of bungs hidden from the public. Also if you look at what is being given to the scouse consultant Marsh for supposedly creating jobs for Salford people its adds up to a sorry tale of Spicer and Merry's imcomeptence. Roll on a Mayor to sack this lot!
 
john wrote
at 19:32:42 on 03 February 2012
i remember the headlines well . the bbc coming to salford the gullable clowns in the civic centre spouted about how it would put salford on the map and how it would bring JOBS and prosperity to the local people and salford in general . well now its built and functioning there are NO jobs it as brought no prosperity to the locals infact it is costing the people of salford a fortune it as done nothing other take money away from esential services . its been lies lies and more lies since day one whoever signed these contracts should be taken to court and tried for crimes against the residents of salford . words can not describe how much i loathe this council the government need to take a seriouse look at the goings on in the civic centre . we should start a petition to get this council investigated
 
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