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SALFORD QUAYS CRANES HOPE AS ENGLISH HERITAGE GETS INVOLVED
 

Star date: 11th December 2012

A Salford Star Exclusive

ENGLISH HERITAGE ASSESSES QUAYS CARGO CRANES

Despite Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, passing a decision to demolish the blue Salford Quays Cargo Cranes recently, English Heritage is currently assessing the historic dock remnants as new evidence emerges on their unique value.

Full details here…


On 26th November, Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, passed a decision to demolish the unique blue Cargo Cranes on Salford Quays, reasoning that they were in a "dangerous condition", posed a "hazard to the public" and that "Given the state of the economic climate, a double dip recession and the threat to cuts in frontline services, the option of repair is not considered practicable".

All this, despite money being ring fenced from previous pre-cuts budgets to restore the Cranes and Salford Council itself admitting its neglect in letting them get into their current condition (see here).

Now, following an application from a member of the public, English Heritage has stepped in to assess the heritage value of the Cranes, as new evidence emerges that they are DD2 type cranes with, uniquely, one leg. The other, four legged DD2s are in Canary Wharf and Bristol.

An English Heritage spokesperson confirmed that "the application is currently being considered and, following assessment, a report will be made to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport".

If English Heritage decide that these one legged specimens are of heritage value, they will be listed and saved for the City.

Meanwhile, Salford Council's own expensive estimates of restoration costs for the Cranes have been questioned by a crane company which is willing to step in and provide new lower costings if there is a chance of saving them.

"It is heartening to see people making a stand in opposition to the Council's plans, the strength of feeling that there is within the community for retaining and restoring our heritage and the positive sounds being made from the organisations that are able to safeguard the Cranes" says James Walsh who has started a Save Our Cranes facebook group, and whose father, featured on a Quays sculpture tribute to the dockers, was a Welfare Officer for the National Dock Labour Board.

James, who has written an open letter to Ian Stewart, adds: "I don't believe that demolishing the cranes is `people before cranes'. It should be people and cranes. Surely repairing and maintaining the cranes equals sustainable jobs for future local generations…"

As residents await the English Heritage report, they are taking heart that the Tree of Knowledge in Charlestown was saved by English Heritage, literally as the bulldozers were about to begin work (see here).

A protest against the Cranes demolition is planned before Christmas. Further details to follow…

* main photo shows James Walsh of Save Our Cranes

Winston Smith wrote
at 5:52:40 AM on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
@Pimpernel, I think you've hit the nail on the head. The Labour Party wants to distance itself from anything working class. To them, ballet and orchestras are 'worthy' culture and industrial heritage is 'unworthy' culture. It's depressing, but it's nothing new. Non-democratic parties have a track record of dictating to everyone else what is 'acceptable' or 'unacceptable' in art and culture.
 
salford pimpernel wrote
at 3:10:15 AM on Tuesday, December 18, 2012
this LABOUR council hates history, it just reminds them how shit they have been with our money in the past
 
blueliam wrote
at 1:40:37 AM on Thursday, December 13, 2012
Being a sailor I have seen many docks and cranes and these are the only one legged free standing ones I ever come across. Plus the are a nice blue colour. Neglect our past at our peril.
 
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at 12:36:40 PM on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Im not sure if its still going on, but SCC once had a policy of entering into five year ringfenced agreements with certain companies, builders, demolition contractors etc, Im not sure if UV was also one. This tied SCC into using these prefered companies for that time period. Whether they were subsequently value for money or not is debatable as once contracts were awarded "unforseen costs" invariably crept in. These companies had a gun to the head of the council, who having being given one price for a job, particularly in the regeneration developments, saw costs increase drastically from the original quotes. However, failing to use these companies could have resulted in them suing SCC for breach of contract.
 
T. Watt wrote
at 4:35:35 AM on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The great big rip off is quite correct . All local councils are run by the inept , unemployable in proper , real work . Devoid of any business acumen and any ability , they are just profligate wasters of council taxpayers extorted funds . I would rate Salford Clowncil amongst the worst .
 
The great big rip off wrote
at 3:54:28 AM on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
David i don't think it's the council who come up with these inflated prices, i think it the contractors who will have thought they were bidding for genuine work and do it knowing that all the contractors will be doing the same, if a contractor was to be awarded the contract one would be picked from all the over inflated tenders because nobody at the clown hall has the brains to realise when the job is being over priced. The clowncil will then say "this was the cheapest bid" without even batting an eyelid at the extortionate costs that could be cheaper if they shopped around instead of using a few "select" contractors.
 
david lowther wrote
at 3:04:23 PM on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
why does the council always come up with these ridiculous inflated prices for contractors when money comes into it...we're not stupid mr stewart..we see what you do...try to blag us into backing down...you do it ALL the time...these cranes HAVE to stay for the people no thanks to you and your cronies..don't ever take credit for them...you obviously dont give a s**t...
 
Anngrundy wrote
at 3:03:56 PM on Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Time for change we life in a fast modern world not god enough tjay our passed has too bee put on hold and forgot so sad
 
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