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!!!
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...
Unfortunate Website of the Year: Visit Salford - click here
Salford Folly of the Year: Greengate Square - click here
The George Bush `Read My Lips’ Award – click here
Chicken of the Year Award: Ian Stewart – click here
Readers Award for Disdain for Salford Working People: Creative Tourist – click here