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THE LAST BATTLE

The final fight over the future of Buile Hill Mansion could be settled over the next few weeks as the Lottery considers Salford Council's bid for the future of the park...

 


Salfordians have been fighting for years over the future of Buile Hill Park's famous Mansion house, left to the people of Salford, and now being flogged off by the Council to John Wilkinson to be a private four star hotel.

The mansion is at the centre of the Council's bid for Lottery funding for the Park and Councillor Mary Ferrer has been in touch saying that the officer dealing with the lottery bid will take into account the views of the residents of Salford.

"So come on don't give up now" she says "We have been fighting for the last 5/6 years.
I will be sending the last petition and my objection to the hotel and they need to know the concerns of the residents. The funding is for the benefit of the people of this city. We need to let them know the impact this hotel will have on the users and the local residents."

You can contact the officer: 
Charlotte Grisdale.
Address HLF. Floor 9. King Street Manchester M2 4WQ
Email    charlotteg@hlf.org.uk
Phone 0161 831 0856

For a bit of history see our feature in issue 8 and scroll down...

Photos by Catherine Wood

debs wrote
at 10:15:51 on 10 May 2014
Can anyone else see the ghostly shape in the top right window?
 
JULIA THORNTON wrote
at 14:27:04 on 23 November 2013
Why cant it be used by the young people of Salford for something constructive rather than lining someone's pockets as a hotel? I will sign a petition against it but only just heard of its plight x
 
Stallin wrote
at 09:19:26 on 20 October 2013
we must rise up brothers and prevent this from happening. from the banks of the irwell to the locks of the ordsal canal let us start the redistribution of the wealth and land !
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 18:36:56 on 04 February 2013
Iain, I have been sending emails since June of last year asking what the hell is happening with the Mansion and to date I have had NO proper answer. The City own the building and are responsible for the daily upkeep and to make sure it is safe and secure,as it is a Grade two listed building. Watson & Wilkinson have planning permission,but NO money has been exchanged. I can apply for and get planning to build in your garden, I don't have to own it.These two got planning to build the hotel 5 years ago, in that first year they said work would start,nothing happened, other than this Labour Council lost £4million lottery funding because of the hotel proposal that has never happened. These two had to apply for an extension on the planning application because it runs out after 3 years, this daft council gave them another 3 years.Watson told me in a public meeting they were having problems getting the money and that was nearly 2 years ago.One of the many questions I have asked is WHY don't the council work with us to keep the building in public use,let us apply for external funding to move the banqueting hall into the Mansion,as yet no answers to ANY of my questions. Keep getting sent here and there. The latest person I have been told is dealing with my requests for information is LIZ HOLLAND. May I ask ALL readers who have a love for our heritage and for this fine building to send an email to following people. liz.z.holland@salford.gov.uk margaret.hynes@salford.gov.uk Plus the city Mayor Ms Spicer and our dear Councillor David Lancaster. But PLEASE.PLEASE don't hold your breath as you might have a long wait for an answer.If we don't do something soon the health & safety police will move in and then the bulldozers, please DON'T let this happen. The Mansion was bought by the people of Salford at the turn of the last century for the people of Salford.
 
iain wrote
at 14:53:46 on 04 February 2013
can anyone tell me the current situation of the hall and grounds and who owns it etc thanks
 
Harry Hardcastle wrote
at 18:19:04 on 30 October 2011
THE SOONER WE SALFORDIANS GET RID OF THE SELF-SERVING WASTERS UP AT CLOWNCIL TOWERS , THE BETTER FOR US ALL . WE NEED TO RID OURSELVES OF THE ' EXECUTIVE ' GOBSHITES AND SHITE - SPOUTERS AT THE SAME TIME . IMMEDIATELY WOULD NOT BE SOON ENOUGH .
 
Lennard Sands wrote
at 22:46:19 on 29 October 2011
According to the Advertiser the shameless town hall traitors are going to sell this asset off again . It belongs to the Salford People . It is not for the town hall traitors to decide what happens to it . We must stop them .
 
ron swarbrick wrote
at 03:14:26 on 11 December 2009
exactly, it was left to the people of Salford and not to be disposed of by those elected! so come the next elections do something about it.Very soon their will be nothing left in Salford worth keeping!!!
 
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