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SALFORD COUNCIL CONTROVERSIAL £1.2MILLION FUNDING FOR MEDIA CITY SCHEMES
 

Star date: 11th February 2013

SALFORD COUNCIL PAYS £1.23MILLION FOR MEDIA CITY AND UNIVERSITY RIVER PROJECTS – TO `REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT'?

Cash strapped Salford Council, currently making £23million cuts, is funding MediaCityUK and Salford University river schemes at a cost of £1.23million, including Water Taxi landing stages, walkways from Manchester to Media City, and, initially, cycle routes from the University to Media City.

The schemes, costing a total of £3.1million of public money, are being justified as they will "reduce high rates of unemployment" in wards like Pendlebury, Langworthy and Weaste. But only 5.3% of the money is earmarked for routes that go anywhere near those wards…

Full details here…


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A total of £3.1million of public money is being ploughed into water taxi `pontoons' and walkways between Manchester and MediaCityUK, a new footbridge bridge near the University of Salford, and cycle routes for, initially, Broadway and the University.

Salford Council, making £23million cuts next year, is ploughing £1.23million into the schemes, which is just under half of the total cost. The remainder is being met from the Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF). The schemes will, according to a Council report, "provide a range of sustainable travel choices for trips to Salford Quays and MediaCityUK"

The report adds that its proposals for cycle routes "will provide affordable and accessible transport for residents within a 4-5km radius of Salford Quays" and will "reduce high rates of unemployment" in wards like Pendlebury, Kersal, Broughton, Irwell Riverside, Langworthy, Weaste and Claremont

Yet, only £165,000 of the £3.1millionor a mere 5.3% - is being earmarked for `residential' cycle routes which go anywhere near these wards.

Cycle routes around Broadway and the University get a total of £572,000 from the funding. So-called `residential links' for Weaste Lane, Langworthy Road and Regent Road get a mere £165,000and are last on the timescale list for building. There is no mention of any new cycle schemes for Kersal, Broughton and Claremont.

Meanwhile Salford Council is handing out £22,000 towards five `pontoons' (landing stages) for Water Taxis, or WAXIS, heading from Manchester to Media City, as part of a massive £756,000 total cost.

The huge amount of public money being put towards the WAXIS will draw criticism, as the `pontoon infrastructure' is being put in place for a private company to run the water taxis, on a private stretch of water owned by Peel Holdings, which will no doubt be charging rent to whichever company gets the contract to run the WAXIS.

Salford Council's `capital funding' of £22,000 towards the WAXIS will also draw criticism from campaigners trying to save the blue Cargo Cranes on Salford Quays – which are being demolished for the sake of a £22,000 `capital' funding shortfall (see here).

Another huge chunk of the public money – a total of £1.47million, with Salford Council chipping in £976,000 - is going towards re-opening an old footbridge near The Meadows to "increase accessibility from/to the University", and on the so-called `aspirational walkway' between Manchester and Media City (see here); for "surface and lighting along the Ordsall section of the riverside path between Fairbrother Street and Woden Street Bridge".

Salford Council has also found £150,000 of `revenue' funding for "park rangers and a volunteer programme which will maintain the route and encourage community use" over the next three years along the `aspirational walkway'. 

The Council is currently considering slashing the number of its park rangers from six posts to two (see here). Community organisations and `friends of parks' in other areas of Salford will be concerned that the two possibly remaining rangers will be re-located to tarting up areas around Media City.

Indeed, while cutting projects all over Salford, it seems that those surrounding MediaCityUK are immune. Salford Council justifies the huge expenditure, arguing that if it hadn't matched the funding of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund it would have `prevented the projects from being delivered'….

Just a Thought.... wrote
at 19:33:51 on 11 February 2013
Just another example of Salford Council bowing to Peel , Again - Given they own it - they should pay for it. Unless of course the guy employed to engage locals in Peels Folly actually pulls his finger out (Not seen any evidence of this as of late - another example of Public money lining peoples pockets for little/no return). BTW, actual scheme of works seems a little topsy turvy. Shouldn't Peel have dredged the section of the canal by its Media village before a brick was laid?
 
City centre worker wrote
at 19:32:42 on 11 February 2013
Cycle paths from the university to Media city, so i take it that means the start of "Fuckup traffic on The Crescent Phase 2". I don't find it very amusing that by the time the idiots have finished the bikes will probably being going faster than the cars will.
 
Sally Salford wrote
at 17:46:19 on 11 February 2013
The bit about the landing stages for the Water Taxis makes me very angry, have this council not listened to what the people of this city have said about funding private businesses, it really is the council sticking two fingers up at the voter. The Broadway cycle path, which has been under construction for the last 2 weeks is a big joke, in all the years i have traveled down this road i must have seen a total of 5 cyclists using this route, i have never seen anybody walking on the pavement apart from the blokes who cut the grass, the only place on this road you see anybody walking is near Langworthy road and thats because they are getting off or on the tram, these people can't use the cycle paths because we don't have an intergrated transport system (you can't take your bike on the tram) so who is going to be cycling down Broadway????????
 
M3 wrote
at 13:37:47 on 11 February 2013
You're dead right Amanda But this lot are in bed with Peel millionaires and they are now so cosy, it's too cold to get out into the real world where most of us are struggling. When we next vote, we need to remember we are voting for their bed-partners too!!! We might as well vote tory next time
 
Ernie Hudd wrote
at 12:32:30 on 11 February 2013
This is not Democracy . We must smash this rotton clowncil .
 
Amanda Bickerton wrote
at 11:33:28 on 11 February 2013
You could not make this up. I thought that only those lovely chaps in Westminster could be so remote from the realities of life in the world inhabited by the majority of the population. People struggling to make ends meet, with their cherished local services and facilities being slashed, and being told that their heritage is not worth saving (yes, I do mean the cranes!), while those in the cosy corridors of power come up with grandiose schemes which, surprise, surprise, benefit those who are already advantaged first. The Westminster infection has spread to our local government - and it is probably resistant to treatment...
 
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