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SALFORD COUNCIL WINS MARY BURNS FIDDLING AWARD
 

Star date: 4th January 2013

SALFORD COUNCIL TRIUMPHS IN SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARD FOR `FIDDLING WHILE ROME BURNS'

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards ceremony. These prize gongs are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past 12 months.

This year the judges have added a special category for Fiddling While Rome Burns – and Salford Council has waltzed away with the prize for writing out another £3million cheque to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Ladies and gentlemen rattle your jewellery and fondle your oboes for outright winners Salford City Council…

For full details see here…


THE SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS

Category: Fiddling While Rome Burns
Winner: Salford City Council

In a few weeks Salford Council's Mayor and Assistant Mayors will be talking of the heartache having to slash around £40million in public spending over the next two years…

…But as the violins play a sad refrain in the background, the Mayor will be getting ready to write out yet another sponsorship cheque for £3million to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – the latest instalment in the £20million overall deal that was used to entice the BBC to Salford.

Last year the payment was put on hold but it will resume in April 2013, just as the new round of cuts are being announced – which are expected to include the closure of Day Care Centres in the city, cuts to Youth and Disability Services plus pay cuts to Salford Council staff.

On top of the £3million cheque for the BBC Phil, the Council also has its secretive £2million a year Media Enterprise Zone Fund, part of a five year £10million Fund for…we're not quite sure (see here)

So there's £5million to be spent at Media City this year, while the Salford Quays Cargo Cranes are to be demolished as, in the words of City Mayor Ian Stewart, "It would be wrong to spend £1million* on preserving two rusting and dangerous cranes, when the people of Salford are struggling to make ends meet…"

If that is true, then how does spending £3million on an orchestra look `when the people of Salford are struggling to make ends meet'?

Ladies and gentlemen, there could only be one winner of the Salford Star Mary Burns Award for Fiddling While Rome Burns … clash your cymbals and tickle your timpanis for…

Salford City Cooooooouuuuuncil!!!

Applause…

If anyone from Salford Council would like to make a thank you speech please fill in the Comments box below...


* The £1million cost of restoring the Cranes cited by Ian Stewart is rather misleading – see here

See Other Salford Star Mary Burns Award Winners...

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Readers Award for Disdain for Salford Working People: Creative Tourist – click here


 

RIPPED OFF RESIDENT wrote
at 16:44:59 on 07 January 2013
SO WHERE ARE ALL THE BBC JOBS FOR SALFORD PEOPLE THEN , SPICER AND STEWART ? THE INEPT GOONS AT SALFORD CLOWNCIL HAVE A LOT TO ANSWER FOR !
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 07:08:39 on 07 January 2013
When we have paid the £20 million t the BBC,there are still ongoing cost till god knows when.The move to Salford by the BBC did not bring the jobs we were told to expect.It has brought a lot of expense to a city that is having a very hard time keeping staff, keeping services and looking after its residents,both able bodied and the most vulnerable members of our city.Something very wrong happening within our community.
 
Insider wrote
at 07:08:16 on 07 January 2013
There many dodgy deals going on with this Mayoral led council, which are ignored by Scary Spicer whose job it is to report it to the auditor rather than encourage it. Salford Reds for example have had lots of back handers and other council assets which are hidden under different budget headings. BBC Phil we are stuck with because of Scary prostituting the council's budget to get her name in lights for the bbc coming. Voters just dont know how bad it is!
 
salford pimpernel wrote
at 17:51:00 on 06 January 2013
if Salford council didn't pay the three million to the BBC what would the BBC do about it, move out of Salford, the people of Salford would really be bothered, we'll help them pack. the Salford dole figures wouldn't go up because no one from Salford works there.
 
Stephen Morris wrote
at 22:05:26 on 05 January 2013
Salford had a chance for change, what is apparent is Salford Labour failed under the council system and failed under the Mayoral system. With the Mayor's 13 assistants, financial irregularities around Salford Reds and funding of the Philharmonic just being the tip of the ice berg. 40 years of a disastrous Labour regime needs changing.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 12:55:49 on 05 January 2013
Well deserved indeed. Literally organising Christmas Card Contests while Salford goes down the bog
 
Stewart wrote
at 12:55:22 on 05 January 2013
WE SHOULD ALL BE REALLY ANGRY ABOUT THIS WASTE OF OUR MONEY . THE AWARD IS RICHLY DESERVED BY THE ARROGANT , IGNORANT , SECRETIVE SHITES THAT ARE SALFORD CLOWNCIL . THE BIFFO CLUB HAVE A LOT TO ANSWER FOR .
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 12:55:05 on 05 January 2013
A Thought - Now that our neighbours are now sited in that part of Peelville (The Quays), will there be any engagement with the people who live nearby? (Im thinking, Jobs / Opportunities for our Young People etc. And instead of forever concentrating on the bad side of life in the city - will we ever get some positive stories on their channel (i'm thinking BBC) instead of constant non-stories or bad press?
 
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