HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
ASDA WEEPS NO TEARS FOR SALFORD AND SWINTON GRAVES
 

Star date: 13th May 2012

MEMORIAL HELD FOR SWINTON BURIED WHO ASDA WANT TO DIG UP

A dignified memorial service was held yesterday by campaigners and relatives of those interred at the controversial Unitarian Burial Ground, at the rear of Swinton Precinct. 

ASDA want to build a new 24hour store on the Precinct and the Burial Ground will be dug up if plans are passed by Salford Council in the coming weeks. Gareth Lyons witnessed the real tears shed at the graves…

Full story here…


SWINTON BURIAL GROUND MEMORIAL SERVICE SWINTON BURIAL GROUND MEMORIAL SERVICE
click image to enlarge

The clock is ticking for the 313 Swintonians buried in the old Unitarian Church next to Swinton Precinct, a site earmarked by developers for a new 24hour ASDA store (see here).

Campaigners are sanguine about their chances of victory, believing the plan's deferment at the last Salford Council planning meeting had more to do with local council and mayoral elections, than with due and proper process. The closeness of councillors and developers is an old story in Salford, as is the destruction of shopping centres and independent businesses for short-term gain and the heady neon lights of faceless supermarket chains. That, though, is a different story.

Yesterday it was all about the families of those interred in the burial ground and the campaigners - not to show their anger and displeasure at those who seek to disturb the eternal rest of the dead for profit, but to remember and respect those who cannot speak for themselves.

The developers GVA/ASDA have accused people in Swinton of not respecting the burial ground, and have used it as justification for the build to come. It was therefore ironic that security guards told the protesters they were unable to have their memorial today because they were trespassing on private land.

Although they later relented and allowed the memorial, it was with the instruction that all items were removed…presumably so no one passing could see it was a burial ground. It has long been one of the arguments of the protesters that how can they show respect to the burial ground, when they are told they are trespassing?

The Circle of Remembrance which security initially wouldn't allow was a simple and dignified affair. A small group of twenty or so people gathered around a cross made of white stones and placed bouquets. Chairwoman of the The Friends of Swinton Unitarian Burial Ground, Gillian Welsh, spoke a few words to thank them for coming, then there was a minutes silence in remembrance.

It's a pity the representatives of the developers who have maligned Swintonions were not there to see how people of the town show respect, or how the relatives cried real tears.

The plans for a 24hour ASDA will be resubmitted to Salford Council Planning committee in the next few weeks where they are expected to be passed; Swinton will then become the Las Vegas of the North, albeit substituting casinos for supermarkets.

* One sombre sub-note was that whilst the memorial was taking place there was an elderly lady waiting for an ambulance, she had slipped in the precinct car park. The ambulance took at least twenty minutes to get to her aid, as it struggled to negotiate its final few metres through traffic in Swinton Hall Road, the proposed service road to the proposed 24hour ASDA.

If you wish to make your voice heard get in contact with The Friends of Swinton Unitarian Burial Ground via Facebook. They will give you any information you need such as who and where to protest, and who to contact if you may have relatives in the burial ground.

Words and Photos by Gareth Lyons

 

nat wrote
at 3:37:19 AM on Friday, January 18, 2013
stop moaning roll on 24 hour asda
 
kay wrote
at 3:31:03 PM on Saturday, June 9, 2012
asda will destroy the precinct as they have alleady destroyed many other high sts and ripped the heart out of local communities this will be a sad day if this happens at swinton, heritage and livehoods down the drain
 
Support the 313 wrote
at 4:22:50 AM on Sunday, May 27, 2012
My family will boycott Asda until those passed are treated with the respect they deserve . I hope many others will do the same .
 
Elaine Polshaw wrote
at 4:18:06 AM on Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Your final Resting Place should be just that, not just for a few years then you can be dug up with a mechanical digger and put somewhere else regardless of what your wishes were when alive. disgusting ASDA and Salford Council do not have a conscience.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 1:29:21 AM on Monday, May 21, 2012
I certainly would not shop at Asda. Maybe the only way to combat this kind of disregard for the wishes of a local population is to boycott these places, whether it be Asda, Tesco or any other major chain.
 
Alan Marshall wrote
at 4:09:35 PM on Friday, May 18, 2012
Reading all the comments and agreeing with most of them, I just wonder how many of you will use the Asda store when it is opened.I also wonder how many of you use the local traders such as Chappels at the moment because as sure as eggs are eggs this will sound the death knell of these shops that have been a part of Swinton for many many years.
 
Irwell Running Through Me wrote
at 5:48:26 AM on Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I cannot think of any other situation, in any other culture, where graves on holy ground would be desecrated, for any reason, much less profit. Yet again we see how spineless, greedy, and out of touch Salford Council really are. I wonder how much the leaders of the council would have to be offered if their relatives were buried there, to have their last resting places desecrated. Because, be clear, this is what it is. Desecration, pure and simple. I suppose this is an other example of the 'special relationship' we have with America - where Salford council drops it's pants, bends over, it takes one for the team!! Sad tossers.
 
Steve Langham wrote
at 11:42:19 PM on Monday, May 14, 2012
The Circle of Remembrance at 12 noon was the focal point, however due to the books of remembrance made by a relative who has 12 past family members there a great deal of passing interest was generated. It raised the profile of the ground that due to neglect in the past has meant Swinton folk were unaware of the 313.....We as Swinton folk intend to turn that around and defeat this.Please lend your support, to remove 313 bodies for a supermarket is Obscene.....!!!!
 
Different Day , Same Shite wrote
at 12:54:22 PM on Monday, May 14, 2012
Don Juan raises very relevant concerns . There is something very suspect , unhealthy and undemocratic about this lot . Perhaps Mr Mayor could investigate ? After all , aren't we in a new Golden Age of 'openness' ? Unless he's too busy making words up , stuffing his face , or booking an expensive foreign holiday on the strength of his Mayoral Money Pot.
 
Dan Langham wrote
at 12:53:58 PM on Monday, May 14, 2012
The ambulance actually took 40 minutes to get to her. The traffic is already bad around the Shopping area and Morrisons. It doesn't need to be made worse.
 
Gillian Welsh Chair of F.O.S.U.B.G. wrote
at 12:53:48 PM on Monday, May 14, 2012
Here here
 
Don Juan wrote
at 7:14:28 AM on Monday, May 14, 2012
Are you aware that GVA is not simply a property consultant but also Westminster Lobbyist advising 60 central government departments, purports to provide "independent" advice to councils up and down the country in respect of planning applications submitted by their own client and denies a conflict of interest? It would be worth finding out background details and who recommended the zoning of this area of sacred ground for retail purposes. Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury, they're all the same in principle: Examine the quasi-judicial role of pseudo-professional "independent" planning consultants like GVA, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Nathaniel Lichfield, Colliers, GL Hearn, England & Lyle, etc. But start with GVA Grimley for good measure.
 
Phil Young wrote
at 1:52:20 AM on Monday, May 14, 2012
Is this real life echoing fiction? I refer to Sir Terry Pratvhett's book Johnny & The Dead.
 
The Vermin Hater wrote
at 3:23:49 AM on Sunday, May 13, 2012
Greedy , grubby Asda will get their way . Perhaps they are paying for Strewarts Ceremonial Brand New Pointy Hat and Shiny Shoes . May as well re-name Swinton and Pendlebury as Asda and Morrisons . After all , they own the Deadhole . What a disgusting way to treat those who have passed . Still , shouldn't be surprised . These exploiting ,parasitic vermin care nothing for the living in this city , so they can certainly ignore those passed .
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD CITY MAYOR MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON DEVELOPER CASH
Give us a breakdown on what fees have been paid in the last 3 years. And from which development. Also a breakdown on how many affo... [more]
article: DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST THE CUTS STAGE SCRAP UNIVERSAL CREDIT PROTEST IN MANCHESTER
Esther Mcvey has said on more than one occasion that she will not change Universal credit. Seem she is scared of Iian Duncan-Smit... [more]
article: IS IRLAMS O’ TH’ HEIGHT THE HARDEST PLACE TO SPELL IN BRITAIN?
I have to agree with you that IRLAMS O’ TH’ HEIGHT probably is the hardest name place to spell correctly in Britain. I am here, vi... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCIL BANNER DECLARES ‘TRANSPARENCY’ DESPITE EVERYTHING BEING SECRET
It has to be stopped. Agree with Mary Ferrer.... [more]
article: OVER 1500 SALFORD PEOPLE SIGN PETITION AGAINST BUILDING IN BUILE HILL PARK
When the foundation put their plan forward they should have made it clear they didn't have the money to renovate the Mansion.Or di... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD CITY MAYOR MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON DEVELOPER CASH

Star date: 19th April 2018

AS £5.5MILLION AVOIDED BY DEVELOPERS SALFORD MAYOR SAYS IT'S A 'MYTH'!

In the latest issue of Salford Council's propaganda mag, Life in Salford, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has denounced the "myth" that "developers don't contribute money to the city. It's simply not true" he says.

Yes, they do contribute some money but they also avoid millions of pounds in payments and provision of affordable housing. Indeed, Salford Star analysis shows that developers avoided almost £5.5million in payments last year, as the Mayor only tells half the truth.

Full details here...

DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST THE CUTS STAGE SCRAP UNIVERSAL CREDIT PROTEST IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 18th April 2018

STOP AND SCRAP UNIVERSAL CREDIT WITH NO EVICTIONS STATE GROUPS

Today, in St Peter's Square Manchester, around half a dozen campaign groups took part in a Disabled People Against the Cuts national day of action calling for Universal Credit to be stopped and scrapped.

Chalk slogans covered the square, speeches were made condemning the affect of the discredited benefit and a giant letter was handed into Manchester City Council calling for 'No evictions' as a result of Universal Credit payment delays.

Full details here...

SALFORD NURSERY CAMPAIGNERS TAKE FIGHT TO PARLIAMENT

Star date: 18th April 2018

FIGHT FOR THE FIVE CAMPAIGNERS HEAD TO WESTMINSTER

A coach load of Save Our Nursery campaigners will be heading to Parliament next Wednesday 25th April for a meeting with MPs in the Palace of Westminster and to urge the Government to be flexible over its new funding formula.

It is also hoped that Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, will pressure Theresa May to respond at Prime Minister's Question Time on the same day.

Full details here...

HUGE PAY RISES FOR SALFORD CITY COUNCIL OFFICERS

Star date: 17th April 2018

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS TO GET HUGE PAY RISES

Cash-strapped Salford City Council is to give huge pay rises to senior officers after a 'job evaluation exercise' moved them well up the pay scale. It follows the resignation of the Director of Finance and Corporate Business, and spreading the majority of his salary amongst other re-titled roles.

The Salford Star believes the officers are in line to share around £54,000 between them.

Full details here...

HOMELESS KITCHEN AND PROTEST IN MANCHESTER WHILE SALFORD AIMS TO GIVE HOMELESS A VOTE

Star date: 16th April 2018

HOMELESS IN SALFORD CAN STILL REGISTER TO VOTE AS PROTEST HITS MANCHESTER

Today the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre is urging homeless people to get in touch in order to register to vote as it's the last day to do so tomorrow.

Meanwhile, yesterday a food kitchen and sound system happened in Piccadilly Gardens as a party protest against homelessness... "I have spoken to Andy Burnham and I don't think he is going to accomplish his mission to stop homelessness by 2020" said organiser Emma Mohareb.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx