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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
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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 09:37:19 on 18 January 2013
stop moaning roll on 24 hour asda
 
kay wrote
at 21:31:03 on 09 June 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 10:22:50 on 27 May 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 10:18:06 on 22 May 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 07:29:21 on 21 May 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 22:09:35 on 18 May 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 11:48:26 on 16 May 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 05:42:19 on 15 May 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 18:54:22 on 14 May 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 18:53:58 on 14 May 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 18:53:48 on 14 May 2012
Here here
 
Don Juan wrote
at 13:14:28 on 14 May 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 07:52:20 on 14 May 2012
Is this real life echoing fiction? I refer to Sir Terry Pratvhett's book Johnny & The Dead.
 
The Vermin Hater wrote
at 09:23:49 on 13 May 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 .
 
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