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SALFORD MARKET BULLDOZED
 

Star date: 26th February 2012

THE VERY FINAL END OF SALFORD MARKET

The venue for Salford's outdoor market, including the flea and car boot markets which were shut down in January, were finally bulldozed this week.

Despite petitions to try and save the flea and the car boot markets, the stalls which have stood for over thirty years were cleared to make way for what appears to be a car park and a large retail unit.

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Stalls that previously hosted Salford's flea and car boot markets were bulldozed this week, marking the end of era for the city.

The famous second hand markets, axed by Salford Precinct owners Salford Estates at the end of January, have not been offered an alternative venue, as yet. The market venue has been bulldozed to make way for a car park and a large retail unit.

In January, Salford Estates stated…"The closure of the Outdoor Market provides the only workable long-term solution. We are already in discussions with those licensed outdoor traders who trade on multiple market days to provide them with a new pitch in the existing indoor market, to ensure they have continuity of trade."

The decision to axe the markets proved incredibly unpopular with both stall holders and the community. When Salford Star exclusively broke the news of closure in November last year stall holder Deborah Hall said "I think it's disgraceful. You ask anyone in Salford and they will tell you, the market is the heart of Salford. And they're ripping the heart out of it to make it bland and the same as everywhere else. It's not the new market that people are bothered about, it's this. This is something different. Here, it's not all the same shops like in every town now but they don't care about that."

And shopper Barbara Walker added "I love a market and I think it's a disgrace that it's closing. I've been coming shopping here for years – for a bargain. And you find things on here that you don't see anywhere else, or are cheaper. A lot of poor people in Salford want a bargain. They've already ripped the heart out of Salford and I think they should keep the market.

"I'm a pensioner, I've lost my husband and I'm on my own now" she added "This gets me out of the house for a couple of hours, and I meet my friend here every week, have a coffee and a natter, and put the world to rights. It gets me out of the house."

See previous Salford Star stories on Salford Market… click here and click here

Fadge wrote
at 22:09:41 on 07 March 2012
Salford Market bulldozed with undue haste . Someone with a suspicious mind would think this is to stifle any opposition , as now the Town Hall Traitors can bullshit about ' nowhere to hold a market '. Perhaps the new Sovereign of Salford Precinct , Tesco , has revoked the Royal Charter.
 
Reg Howard wrote
at 14:54:00 on 02 March 2012
With reference to the right to hold a market,Phil Hamer is quite right, Salford was granted the right to hold a market and fair, in 1228, it was granted by Royal assent and as such can only be revoked by the sovereign,I know that certain councillors, believe that they are above the law, but to revoke a Royal charter,is, i believe,not within thier power, so come on messrs Antrobus and Merry, comply with the charter and give us back our market, Reg Howard, Chairman, Salford Green Party
 
Ian - OB - Obrien wrote
at 04:33:02 on 02 March 2012
TO David Fairbanks - I always imagine Manchester as little, silly ego maniacs like Leese (is he still a child abuser?) and Kearney trying to pretend it is going to be like New York City and Merry desperately tugging at their coat tails trying to make salford like Manchester. It is pathetic really. He is indeed like a little nodding dog in my opinion. Pat Kearney may get a knighthood before long, but they will never give one to a scruffy little nobody like Merry. He needs to take his eye off of social mobility and get it back on serving the people of Salford. Will he? Doubt it!
 
David Fairnbank wrote
at 13:13:51 on 01 March 2012
Yeah this is a disgrace! absolutely. The people of Manchester and salford love their markets its their chance to make a few quid, socialise, be part of the community and they want to destroy this? How utterly immoral, pirate traders can be dealt with - have police patrols weekly ensuring they dont get on - simple! They did the same to Newton Heath Market on Oldham Road Manchester same excuse pirate CD traders, then they use the health and safety bullshit too as as excuse, when really we know its all down to the lure of massive developers which is all too great, How do you think the Salford Reds stadium got pushed through despite covenants being on the land? exactly mirrors FC uniteds attempts to destroy playing fields in Moston too. Its sheer landgrabbing by the most connected establishment bods who have the most money. Councillors should all be shelved and reassessed on the moral credentials. we have over 90 councillors in Manchester WHY? they are completely useless nodding dogs for Sir Leese, same as Merry too no doubt.
 
philip hamer wrote
at 13:09:25 on 01 March 2012
I think it is a bloody disgrase and insult to salford people how used this market,as stall holder were simply from what some i now how spok to me said were priced out .and coud this have been alegedly well pland ? salford has had a market for hundreds of years and casts a shodow i feel on are local councelors .but it privete and nothing to do with us ,?mm is that so,?? But dont we have a charter for a market or some thing i remember my teches having us do in class some 45 years ago,?? might be worth some one looking into posibly.as there is land still that could be used im sure ?? hang on the ship was puled down and the land is doing nothing , could that be used as a local flee market im thinking mm? run properly .no boot leg dvds and such might i add . and with porto tolets .?shude get about say 30 stall on this bit of prime relestate, but i am shure there are othet such bits of land shuch as all the fenced of land at the back of lanworthy road . just liying there doing nothing sindce the nice back to back i also lived in were torn down .?even though masis amounts of goverment gran monnys were spent on them ?strang or is it me just thinking what a wast, and wast of a communoty gone. well bring back to the people of salford it market i for one say .hang on so douse her in doors she toled me to type also she said, a pertiton i herd .but how will listern ?? i will all best from a salford market old manufactrer suplying salford market for sum nearly 40 years . phil hamer a salford lad
 
Lee Craven MBE wrote
at 13:09:20 on 01 March 2012
R.I.P Salford Market, Personally I feel that Nobody wishes to look and take into account Peoples views via the Petitions, despite this Salford Estates who have taken this option Would not have had NO go ahead with this City Councils backing, Typical Council who Dont Listen to the People, I understand Times are changing, But ALL remember the Local MAY elections are here soon, and looking at the write ups no Councillors have helped to save a great assett, I know LABOUR wont Ever get my vote again, The former T.J Hughes, Why cant stalls use that Willie its Empty???? Salford History is going so Quick, The Langworthy Hotel, Seedley,Tootal,Charlestown,Langworthy, Schools, Frederick Road Bus Depot, Just a few Iconic Bulifings gone from what was a great Historical City
 
time for tea wrote
at 13:07:57 on 01 March 2012
sound righ about the press .iv notest this also and well simply put it in the brown bin as if the pres carnd give a honest vew to its readers .whats the use of reading it .for the advertising .no i want honest and up to date info and seems not of late regarding salford, so salford peoplewe are on are own it seems with not a good moth pice for the people .exsept for the salford star, thank god
 
Ian -OB -Obrien wrote
at 11:16:11 on 28 February 2012
@ Matthew - I would say, Matthew, that it is not even a case of sledgehammer and walnut. That is the most transparent and poor excuse I have heard for anything since the Highways Agency claimed they had turned off the lights for six, very dark and dangerous miles, of the M66 due to 'light pollution'. To say that they have bulldozed the market to get rid of the pirate CD stalls, is like suggesting you might kill your dog to get rid of fleas. It is nonsense. Those stalls have been selling pirate CD's since CD's were invented. For years employees of Salford Estates have been strolling by in their high vis' jackets, hands behind their backs, trying to look like they are in the opening credits of The Bill while Salford Estates happily joined in the profit share of this blatant, out in the open piracy. So, suddenly the only solution is to bulldoze a thriving community resource? As with every thing else which comes from Salfords so called 'Labour' council, and has come from them since they started to make their Tory counterparts look like communist guerrillas by comparison, it is utter nonsense and lies. It would be interesting to hear what Salford Estates have to say about the revenue they have collected from these pirate CD's over the last decade or so, but I do not expect a response, whether they read this or not.
 
Matthew wrote
at 21:31:41 on 27 February 2012
Another valuable community facility bites the dust. The march of big retail goes ever on, crushing small business in its path in the ceaseless pursuit of higher profits. So much for consumer choice - now it's a choice between the big supermarket chains or nothing. Something that was a social and economic lifeline to many people has now vanished, for completely spurious reasons. Closing and demolishing the entire market to solve the problem of the supposed selling of counterfeit goods is a perfect example of taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
 
Ian - OB - Obrien wrote
at 21:31:18 on 27 February 2012
According to Debbie Illingworth, on behalf of Salford Estates: "The development will attract Big brand retailers and significantly improve the shopping environment and space for the market traders we can expand the range of shops on offer in areas like sports and fashion." All I can say is we shall have to wait and see. I don't see how bulldozing the market and creating a few new car parking spaces will attract anybody to anything. Not in isolation. What I would say, to people in the immediate area, is start looking for a new home now. There has never been any major investment in any part of Salford, which did not involve the displacement of the local community. They have big plans for the precinct area and, when big money moves in, little people get moved out. Being as the so called Manchester and Salford press seem to be largely council and GMP mouth pieces, I wouldn't bother looking in them for any news of what is to come. I would say - Watch This Space!!! for news of what is to come.
 
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