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SALFORD MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY FACES PARTIAL CLOSURE
 

Star date: 21st February 2013

AS EXECS CASH IN SALFORD ART GALLERY SEES HUGE CUTS AND AT LEAST EIGHT JOBS AXED

First Ordsall Hall was facing partial closure and jobs cuts. Now Salford Museum and Art Gallery is getting slashed, as Salford Community Leisure aims to make savings by closing the Gallery one day a week, cutting heritage services and axing at least eight posts.

Meanwhile, a fortune is being spent on doing up Salford Art Gallery, and two execs at Salford Community Leisure saw income packages rise by over 18,000 last year.

Full details here


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First Ordsall Hall was hit with a financial axe that could see the historic Hall closed to the public on Fridays, with loss of education services to school kids (see here). Now Salford Museum and Art Gallery is being brutalised with proposals to shut it on a Monday, close heritage services and axe at least eight posts in a bid to make savings.

Meanwhile Salford Council, which has transferred the management of the Gallery to Salford Community Leisure (SCL) is still budgeting to spend 391,000 tarting the place up this year alone, and two execs at Salford Community Leisure received income package rises of over 18,000 between them last financial year.

A statement from Salford City UNISON, which represents workers at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, has condemned the move, arguing that the cuts will deny services for both children and old people, particularly, while families will suffer a heritage deficit.

Jobs to be axed include museum assistants, a heritage facilitator, local history workers, an archivist, a LifeTimes Link worker, and a Memories Matter worker, meaning this project for old people will cease.
 
"This project lends reminiscence handling boxes, exhibitions and picture packs for free to organisations working with older people in Salford" UNISON states "The service makes on average 320 loans per year, which are enjoyed by approximately 5,500 older people.  Cutting this service saves less than 8,000 per year.

"Both our sites, Ordsall Hall and Salford Museum and Art Gallery, have recently received investment to develop our visitor experience and yet we are threatened with not being able to fully utilise this investment and see a return on it" UNISON adds "The museum could be used to generate income and create jobs. Instead Salford Community Leisure are reducing the services offered, reducing the opening times and cutting jobs. This is not the kind of management Salford needs during these difficult times!"

UNISON states that the community is being denied the chance to be consulted on the cuts, as workers have been told "they are not allowed to invite the community into the museum to discuss the cuts. Salford Council wants to quietly close the museums in Salford without consulting with the community who use them and essentially fund them."

Instead campaigners against the heritage cuts are using Facebook and an online petition to get their points across and to try and involve as many Salford people as possible in battle to save Salford's heritage.

To sign the petition and read a letter to City Mayor Ian Stewart and SCL Exec Steve Hassall to Stop The Cuts to the Heritage Service in Salford - see
https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/stop-the-cuts-to-the-heritage-service-in-salford or click here

To join the Facebook group click here or search Support Salford Museum

Main photo is from Salford Museum and Art Gallery's excellent Salford Through The Lens exhibition a few years ago

Salford Heritage Campaigner wrote
at 18:16:08 on 02 March 2013
If you care about these issues please join us at our Public meeting. The council has refused to consult with the public about these cuts. This is your chance to have your say: 6-8pm Wednesday 6th March Ordsall Royal Legion Ordsall Lane, Salford, M5 3PN Refreshments Provided

Bernard wrote
at 11:05:36 on 24 February 2013
Does anybody really think that if a Labour council was replaced by a Lib Dem or Tory coulncil things would be any better? It is true that this bunch of spineless morons do not represent the best interests of the people of Salford, but I guarantee one thing if we had any of the other two major parties running things we would be in a world of shit.

Pissed off EX-Liebour voter wrote
at 06:08:46 on 24 February 2013
@Steve, just had a look at the article that's a REAL Labour council, great news for the people of Rossendale it seems they have elected members who actually care about services and want to reduce their own numbers as a way of reducing the impact of the government cuts on the people of Rossendale. Don't think that there is much chance of this happening in Salford especially the reductions that Rossendale are looking at with regards to the ceromonial mayor, too many heads in the trough in this city.

Anderson Sowerberry wrote
at 06:08:39 on 24 February 2013
Steve . That's a fine proposal ! Sorry you left the Crescent . Just ain't the same , Mate .

Steve wrote
at 18:15:08 on 23 February 2013
Rossendale Council is looking into cutting the number of councillors by up to a half. Is that something Salford should consider? http://tinyurl.com/ay9bd4b

David wrote
at 06:36:50 on 23 February 2013
Ordsall Hall fans, there is a petition to stop the partial closure. If they start with one day, who knows where it will end? By not having an un-needed mayor who doesn't turn up for appointments anyway, there would have been enough money to stop the closures of both the hall and museum. The petition has just over 2 weeks left, please sign it and save our heritage: http://tinyurl.com/alo7d3d

Dudley Doorite wrote
at 05:47:34 on 22 February 2013
These Nu-liebour shites will be booted out at the next election . Forever ,

Sick of Irwell Riverside Councilliors wrote
at 18:19:54 on 21 February 2013
Welll, cutbacks,Cutbacks and essential services being lost ,and still......no cut backs on Spicer,Stewart and lazy never see Councilliors wages, What an utter Disgrace this Labour Council are, Cannot wait for the next local Elections, to see Labour lose seats, And yet again this Clowncil have yet again NOT consulted us, and if they have , I know nowt about it.

Steve wrote
at 16:32:06 on 21 February 2013
Salford Council has form on this one. The old Monks Hall and Buile Hill Mining Museum buildings are still empty and derelict after being closed some time ago. The Council does not seem to have any energy or vision when it comes to dealing with Salford's heritage.

joe o neill wrote
at 16:32:01 on 21 February 2013
Makes you proud to have voted labour. Not

Not a Taxpayer Robber . wrote
at 12:49:42 on 21 February 2013
UNACCEPTABLE . SALFORD CLOWNCIL WILL NOT BE SATISFIED UNTIL THEY HAVE REDUCED THIS DEAD CITY TO RUBBLE . I HAVE SIGNED THE PETITION . INSTEAD OF FIGHTING THE EVIL THATCHERITES , THE NU-LIEBOUR CLOWNCIL CRETINS COWARDLY IMPLEMENT THESE CUTS , WHILST SPEWING SOOTHING WORDS OF CONCERN . SHAME ON YOU SALFORD CLOWNCIL ! WE WILL FIGHT YOU !

Kevin Jones wrote
at 12:49:22 on 21 February 2013
There will be nothing left in Salford soon, the execs at SCL need to realise when nothing is left they too will not have a job. Doh

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