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GETTING SALFORD RATTLED YELLOW STYLE
 

Star date: 8th July 2012

RATTLING THE CRESCENT, SALFORD UNIVERSITY AND LOWER BROUGHTON 

The Meadows - that vast green area in between Lower Broughton and The Crescent surrounded by the loop of the River Irwell - is currently being enhanced...although £3million dreams of a visitor centre and grazing animals have seemingly bitten the dust, despite bucketloads of money being spent on the plans.

Red Rose Forest and the Salford Rangers are now looking for volunteers from the community to sow seeds of the yellow rattle plant to help create a wildflower haven on The Meadows. Let's hope that students and developers join in too…

See here for further details…


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Back in 2009, Salford Council was talking about £3million to realise its vision for The Meadows, "a superb natural asset that will complement the transformational proposals for Chapel Street and the Crescent, and the University of Salford's masterplan for its estate".

The Meadows Masterplan included visions of grazing animals, a visitor centre and two footbridges - one to the Salford University Campus, and one to The Crescent and Chapel Street - to create "a new gateway between Croal Irwell Regional Park, Salford's new Corporate Centre/Greengate, and Manchester City Centre".
 
Around £250,000 was to be set aside for "detailed design and technical assessments" alone, with (according to a Council report) The Meadows needing a budget in 2009/10 of well over £500,000.

The Meadows was seen as key to the "recognition of the role of green spaces in terms of enhancing economic growth"…in other words, to make the area more attractive for developers.

Three years on and we've no idea how much has actually been spent on The Meadows but there certainly ain't no visitor centre, animals or bridges – just a wild meadow, a board saying `Welcome to The Meadows' and planning permission in place on its boundary for a load of student flats.

Salford Rangers and Red Rose Forest are trying their best to make The Meadows come alive, with a family fun day and open air Tai Chi classes running recently. Now they are planning a sowing day on 19th July, to plant the Yellow Rattle plant which restricts grass growth and allows other species to thrive.

They are asking for community volunteers to help initially gather seeds up at Blackleach Country Park and then sow them at The Meadow.

Given that the initial plan for The Meadows was about `economic growth' and enhancing the experience of Chapel Street and the University of Salford, we do hope that Chapel Street developers and speculators, students and University Estates managers will also be asked to join in…

Perhaps someone from Salford Council might turn up too and explain where all the money's gone... 

Yellow Rattle Day
Meet at Blackleach Country Park, Walkden on Thursday, July 19th. 
Lunch is provided.

To book a place or for further info call 0161 793 4219
or email
rangers@salford.gov.uk.

Ian OBrien wrote
at 06:04:58 on 09 July 2012
I was saying to a friend just the other day how only Salford would take an already congested and main artery route through the city and into Manchester, and widen......the middle!!! Wtf!!! They widened the middle of the road?!? So, I was saying that we will see nothing else done on the crescent. The expensive artists impressions which Salford Council is constantly spending tax cash on are all that ever happens. So, I was saying that it must have cost a couple of million to make an absolute balls up of the Crescent, and that now the company which did the work has had it's massive payout nothing else will happen. So, what I want to know, is how long before those fancy plans for a European style plaza will just be forgotten about and the money spent on NARROWING the road is gone into thin air. Yet another Salford con. I would love the police to investigate these deals. I hope the Salford Star is able to get some concrete evidence of wrong doing. I would love to see those slimeballs up in court.
 
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