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HARD UP SALFORD COUNCIL TO HOLD FLEA MARKETS AT CIVIC CENTRE
 

Star date: 3rd July 2012

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SALFORD COUNCIL TO RAISE FUNDS BY HOLDING FLEA MARKETS AT CIVIC CENTRE

Salford City Council is to hold Sunday car boot and second hand markets in the car park of the Civic Centre to raise money for itself. The hard up Council, facing £24million of cuts this year, is proposing to rent out space to traders in the staff parking lot behind Council offices…

See here for full story…


Today, Deputy Mayor David Lancaster is expected to give the go ahead for the car park at the back of Salford's Civic Centre in Swinton to hold flea and car boot markets on Sundays.

Salford's only outdoor second hand market at Salford Precinct was infamously closed and bulldozed earlier this year leaving traders without an alternative venue (see here). Now the Council is proposing to begin a four week trial to start up the flea market, to provide a new venue but also to raise money for the Council.

The Deputy Mayor's report states that the market, to be run by the Council's
joint venture company Urban Vision, will provide a "contribution to efficiency
savings for 2012/13"
and that "all surpluses will be payable to the City Council".

Salford Council holds the city's Market Charter, giving it the right to hold a
market on any land with the land owner's consent. Spaces for rent at the
market will be advertised once the Deputy Mayor has given consent, but the
operation, according to the report, will be "strictly controlled" – a reference, no
doubt, to the dodgy DVD and designer clothes business…

With £24million of cuts currently being implemented, Salford Council will have to rent out a lot of stalls to make up the deficit


See previous Salford Star articles on the death of Salford's second hand market at Salford Shopping City – see here and see here

 

 


 

John wrote
at 10:02:48 on 20 November 2013
Sad days,Bureaucrats ripping the heart and soul out of an area turning everywhere into a clone of the Arndale centre.. John Ditto Grey Mare Lane,Gorton etc.etc.
 
Lee Craven MBE wrote
at 07:08:45 on 06 July 2012
What about the car park where the old salford fle market and let's get the market back there hard up council.....why has this council cit front line workers yet the cheif exec , and councillors have not took pay cuts / expenses, We the people know what we want, our Flea Market back
 
Marie Piekarski wrote
at 07:08:14 on 06 July 2012
The Council should have maintained the market instead of selling it off... now the City of Salford has no market and locals on low incomes nowhere to go to buy cheap goods or a walk around, social hub... Ann Sutherland I totally agree! yet another carpark!! why??? crazy!
 
J wrote
at 20:37:13 on 05 July 2012
So they're opening a new market... hidden away round the back of the town hall and over the road from Swinton market? Is that serious? Re. Michael Moulding- I hardly think you could call it a 'thriving market' or it wouldnt have been closed. The closure is sad and they should have replaced it elsewhere instead of cramming it into the food hall but it was in dire need of an overhaul. Even just to look at it was a disgusting eye sore and it stunk of cat wee. It was a vital community resource and a big loss but if anyone thinks there was nothing wrong with it then I have no words.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 06:59:04 on 05 July 2012
I hope it works out because they will need to sell one hell of a lot of pitches to make up all the money they have spent/given/loaned/and now we read been scamed out of. Hope its a better payer than the Pink Rink, wonder did they ever get the £65.000 that the fairground people owe from the first Salford on Ice. Think this council is skating on very thin ice.
 
Michael Moulding wrote
at 06:58:27 on 05 July 2012
Our Assistant Mayors are doing a fabulous job for their hard-earned allowances ? Not. They close a thriving market in the heart of Salford at the whims of big business. Salfordians in the heart of Salford that relied on this thriving market for their cheap goods and services are now deprived of their much valued community asset. Local traders were enraged by what happened and many no doubt have lost thousands in the process. Their answer - to shift the flea market to Swinton and offer the car park so that the Council can raise much needed cash they say ? I know the Council is desperate but are they really that desperate when they keep giving our millions to the BBC Philarmonic or is this one more nail in the coffin of a once beautiful town ? Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party
 
Mark Armstrong wrote
at 09:21:19 on 04 July 2012
This is so embarrassing! is this the best that our desperate labour council can do?
 
caroline wrote
at 06:02:28 on 04 July 2012
youno i cannot see to well an it is hard to see which . e-mail i am..anyway annsutherland..100per cent agree
 
mum wrote
at 16:13:10 on 03 July 2012
So does that mean that Urban Vision will be paying their staff overtime rates to marshall the market and do the cleaning up afterward? Surely it will cost more in the long run. I bet the Salford taxpayer will end up subidising UV to run it and are they the best company to run a market-what experience do they have? I suppose this is one of those projects that doesnt need to go through the usual SCC tendering process. I am very sceptical about this venture making any profit for SCC,its going to be another bill for the taxayer to pick up.
 
ANNSUTHERLAND wrote
at 14:17:12 on 03 July 2012
WHY CANT IT COME BACK TOO THE OLD PLACE INSTEAD OF A PAYING CARPARK, THATS ALL THEY THINK ABOUT IS MONEY THEY TOOK THE HEART OUT OF SALFORD HOPE YOU ARE PROUD .X
 
Peter Davies wrote
at 14:17:06 on 03 July 2012
Perhaps there has been a hidden agenda behind these closed markets, Urban Vision is Salford Council by another name.
 
Ned Land wrote
at 11:01:03 on 03 July 2012
Anther fine non-achievement for the Clown Hall Cretins . They are determined to make this deadcity an even bigger joke than it already is . Perhaps Spicy could collect the stall rents , will give her a useful function , at last.......Stewart can have a stall selling new words. If this is the best the Cretins can come up with , it really is time to abandon this deadcity .
 
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