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SALFORD COUNCIL £100 MILLION CUTS AND £100 MILLION PRESTIGE SPENDING
 

Star date: 14th October 2012

COUNCIL'S FOUNTAINS, CAR PARKS, ORCHESTRAS AND UGLY SISTERS – WHILE IMPOSING PAY CUTS AND SLASHING PUBLIC SERVICES

By 2015 Salford Council will have made over £100million cuts to public services in the city. Over the same period over £100million of public money will have been spent on prestige projects.

£13million on a fountain, £20million on the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, £15million on the Ugly Sisters…It goes on and on and on…

Full details here…


Salford £13million Fountain Salford £20million BBC Phil Orchestra Salford £15million Ugly Sisters
Salford £3million Car Park Salford £22million Rugby Stadium Salford £10million MediaCityUK Secret Fund
Salford City UNISON magazine issue 2
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IT'S A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES...

OVER £100MILLION OF COUNCIL CUTS IN FOUR YEARS!

Salford Council has already made £64million of cuts over the last two years, and is looking for another £38million `savings' over the next two years.These include cuts to staff plus cuts to day care centres, SEN transport, community care and the short breaks service, with more to be announced as the budget gets set in the near future. Meanwhile the Council is proposing to slash £15million off its wage bill by imposing pay cuts of around 4.7% on its workers in an `accept it or you're sacked' deal (see here for details).


ALMOST £100MILLION COUNCIL SPENDING ON PRESTIGE PROJECTS…

£13,000,000…on a prestige fountain, sculpture and meeting place in Greengate.

This lovely sculpture and fountain, on the site of the former Victoria Bus Station, is funded by Salford Council, NWDA, Europe and the Homes and Community Agency. The Council itself has stumped up at least £1.5million towards the prestige project plus £652,746 for the management company, to deliver "a high quality management and maintenance service for the new public realm"… No-one knows, yet, the full extent of Salford Council's direct spending on the space (see Salford Star article here for further details).


£15,000,000…on the `Ugly Sisters'

Salford Council has agreed to underwrite the leases on the Embankment 101 and 100 buildings opposite Manchester Cathedral being erected by ASK Developments. The Council is guaranteeing 50% of the rent on the first block for the next ten years which is in the Council's current accounts as £15million (see Salford Star article here for further details)


£15,000,000…on Port Salford

Altogether, Peel Holdings' new Port Salford in Irlam will receive £30million in public money, including a £4million grant from Salford Council and a loan worth £11million, for which the Council is paying £360,000 per years for the first five years. Peels Holdings is the richest company in the North West, run by Isle of Man tax exile John Whittaker, the 29th richest person in Britain, who saw his personal wealth grow by £100million last year according to the Sunday Times Rich List (see Salford Star article here for further details)

£20,000,000…on the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Salford Council is currently paying the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra £3million a year as part of its overall sponsorship of £20million.

£10,000,000…on MediaCityUK

Salford Council has a secret £10million Media Enterprise Zone Fund, with a budget of £2million a year that began in 2011. The Council will only say that the Fund is "to support the long-term development of MediaCityUK" (see Salford Star article here for further details)


£3,000,000…on a Car Park

As part of its £7.8million `Chapel Street Acquisition Fund', Salford Council has bought Stanley Street NCP car park for £3,002,000.

£23,000,000…on Salford City Reds and Salford City Stadium

As part of its joint venture company with Peel Holdings (the richest company in the North West etc), Salford Council has provided a £22million loan to build the Salford City Stadium. According to the last Salford Council accounts, the company had net assets of only £10,968,173. Salford Council has also given a loan worth £1million to the rugby team (see Salford Star article here for further details)

And there's more… Over £3million on the Plot E3 Chapel Street development by the Bell Tower pub…Over £200,000 on the Mayor and his Assistants and staff…£2million underwriting to tart up Peel Holdings' Manchester Ship Canal (see here)...

For anyone who objects to such spending, while seeing pay cuts being imposed on Salford Council staff, redundancies and cuts to public services…

Monday 15th October 5pm: Lobby of the Labour Group of councillors outside the Civic Centre in Swinton – click here for details

* This article has largely been taken from the latest issue of Stand Up For Salford – the magazine of Salford City UNISON – for an online version of the mag click here

efty wrote
at 07:15:01 on 16 October 2012
The Ugly Sisters . The perfect description for Mayor Greedy and Waster Spicer . Two obscene -salaried Pigs at the Trough , with an Overpaid Army of Assistant Piglets . No offense to the decent animal pig is intended .
 
Merry folly wrote
at 18:40:04 on 15 October 2012
Former leader John Merry was in favour of all this crap. I wonder if he will comment or "do a Blair" and sit back and let the new leader try to justify it?
 
Insider wrote
at 15:52:54 on 15 October 2012
If we had a decent Mayor who was showing any sign of present or leadership things may have been different! Cossetted Scary Spicer (£200k plus expenses) has let this happen bulied by politicians with vestREDS interests. Back door payments to consultants, daft hairbrained schemes - come to Salford Council they and the gnome like assistant mayors who challenge and deliver nothing - we have the monopoly on a failing poorly led council.
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 06:38:38 on 15 October 2012
I was under the impression that all these prestige projects were to put Salford on the Map. It appears to my view its a series of public funds going hand over fist to private concerns. Salford Reds Aside (they need all the help they can get - but haven't the reds heard of a bank ?), councillors really need to take a look at this. Took a walk down chapel street and the cathedral quarter last week - I have to ask (again) - Did the developers start laughing as they got their hands on the cheque? If Chapel street is in such a mess why not invest in Local Artists and architects to provide solutions? Given we have the Prestige Hotel nearby - we could have done something much better with the money! And as for Peel - its time for the Money Merry-go-round to stop. If it owns the land - its their responsibility to develop it on their own tab - instead of going cap in hand to Salford (or any other authority!) The business rate/council tax argument don't hold water if they just hand it in at the council entrance and take it out at the exit! we need to see the city receiving a return on any investment - and if developers don't produce the goods - the flow of money from council to developers must stop.
 
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