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SALFORD COUNCIL £125,000 FOR PARK CONSULTANTS
 

Star date: 22nd April 2013

BRIDGES, FOUNTAINS AND NOW A £MULTI-MILLION PARK IN GREENGATE

After the £13.3m `Greengate Square' fountain, the £30,000 competition to build a bridge by The Meadows and the £multi-million MediaCityUK walkway tart up, Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, is set to approve a payment of £125,000 for consultants to start work on a new `green lung', or park, in Greengate costing well over £3million.

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Following the £13.3million Greengate Square fountain (see here), the £3.1million MediaCityUK walkways and waxis (see here), and the £30,000 build a bridge for The Meadows competition (see here), Salford Mayor Ian Stewart is next week set to kickstart a £3million new park in Greengate - beginning with a payment of £125,000 to consultants, Grontmij, for preparation.

The 4,500sqm `public space' by the side of Gravel Lane, will involve the demolition of two thirds of the railway viaduct that stands between the proposed park and the fountains "to further enhance its attractiveness". The site is currently a car park, and surrounded by car parks, bar one block of flats.

A Council report for the Mayor admits that the original `masterplan' for the area has failed "as it is clear that the scale of development originally proposed will be difficult if not impossible to deliver given the current and expected state of the market for the foreseeable future".

When the Salford Star spoke to people working near the proposed site of the park this morning, they called the Greengate fountain and related schemes "madness".

Nevertheless, the Council is pressing on with its plans, as Greengate, it insists, "still has the potential to create a new mixed-use urban quarter at the heart of the Regional Centre" - which its new `masterplan' "suggests" will deliver "up to 3,000 new jobs".

So far, all Salford Council has to show for the area on any big scale is the proposed `Ugly Sisters' project by ASK developers which will be underpinned by around £15million of Salford Council funding (see here).

Grontmij, the landscape architect consultants, will prepare two or three options for the Greengate park for their £125,000 – a cost which comes on top of Salford Council officers' time, who will be searching for funding for the £3million+ costs of the eventual project. Salford Council has also been funding the Greengate Management Company, at an annual cost of £326,373 (see here).

Far from being worried about the £100million of cuts to Salford Council's budget over the past few years, a Financial Implications comment in the Greengate report states: "There is sufficient budget within the Central Salford and Media City 2013/12 capital programme to fund this commission".

* Main photo shows the site of the park, currently a car park

Salford Star wrote
at 12:55:18 AM on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
See Blueliam's comment below - it's the Council's own figures - we don't make this stuff up!!!
 
blueliam wrote
at 12:53:30 AM on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
It still baffles me that the Greengate fountain cost 13 million. It cant be correct.
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 11:09:50 AM on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Maybe when people can't afford to cost of a burial the corpses can be placed in Salford's new green space as some kind of art instalation. Wake up, Stewart is just as bad as the rest of the cretins at the fun house.
 
not happy wrote
at 7:23:28 AM on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
City Mayor Ian Stewart said: "These cuts have been forced on us by the coalition government. There is no escaping the fact that they will hurt the local people who the council serves” We have done our utmost to protect the most vulnerable, but with this level of cuts, there are bound to be casualties. It is not right; the government's austerity programme isn't working." That’s true its not working, so why plant trees and make more parks, this can be done later when there is more money about, the people of Salford should come first not trees, people are dying, the vulnerable and needy going to food banks, mental heath patents from drop ins left to fend for them self’s and somebody thinks we need more trees and a greener Salford. (Who’s going to look after all this green belt and trees the Park Rangers, don’t think so they are gone). So does that mean they will just wither away like the people of Salford? Mr. Mayor act now and think of the people of Salford not trees.
 
not a brain dead labour vote wrote
at 7:23:21 AM on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Michael False, full of sh*t as usual. your so far up Ian Stuarts and labour arse you could clean their tonsils
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 4:46:14 AM on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Joe always makes good points. My view is not one for Labour but that Greengate has been neglected for too many years. I welcome the Salford Mayor bravest move to date during these cash stripped times to build a green space in Greengate and trust our Labour Mayor will be ensuring the Pendleton Project has an equal and visioning measure of green spaces. Even with big cuts forced by the Con-Dems our Labour Council spend hundreds of millions within which there must be cash for growing a worthy green future for all Salford.
 
Eddie wrote
at 11:28:15 PM on Monday, April 22, 2013
@Wondering Will there will be a by-election in Weaste and Seedley.
 
Joe Oneill wrote
at 11:27:49 PM on Monday, April 22, 2013
I felt I had to respond to Michael over his comment relevant to the Green parties joy that the Mayor could spend so much cash on a park in what must be the most intense period of Austerity this city as witnessed since the late thirties. For a man of his calibre I am unsure if the comments are meant to be wit or some form of poorly scripted sarcasm. On a good day when this city was prosperous, when jobs where plentiful, Poor Health was a past issue. housing was in supply and crime was minimal we would welcome additional Green space for the people of this city to enjoy, but sadly under the Guidance of this Mayor and his cabinet we have found ourselves in a position of chronic decline. My party I am proud to say offers more with its policies than the view of many of the ill-informed that we sit and worship Trees. Our manifesto is open with cost factors included it offers a level of targets and shows how those targets are to be achieved and even though we are a party with an Environmental base we are practical and realist in regards to the task we face. One thing that does concern me though with some of the comments I have read over the past month from Michael is the drastic change in his approach and support for Labour. Over the Mayoral Elections I gained the deepest respect for him and the other candidates who took time out from their lives to offer opposition to Labour and a view on how they would offer change to the people of this city, we failed in our task but surely we still must follow a path we laid out during that period for if we do not surely we have offered the people little else but false hope and a future unfit for them and future Generations, Joe O’Neill
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 11:26:02 PM on Monday, April 22, 2013
Wondering Will makes a point that it is good for Salford to have a Mayor that will spend on City improvements this year without holding back the reserves until a time of winning votes. I think Salford should award a title of Super Mayor. The truth is we have a Mayor that invests at the time when other Councils are running into their bunkers.
 
Wondering Will wrote
at 2:17:49 PM on Monday, April 22, 2013
What's going on? We have been told by the mayor for the last 12 months that things are going to be tough for us Salfordians in the next few years due to the con-dem cuts, yet for the last 2 weeks it has been in the news constantly about him splashing the cash, our cash. Has he forgot there is no election this year.
 
Do They Care? wrote
at 2:16:48 PM on Monday, April 22, 2013
Is that the same management team that's fuxked up the rest of Salford?
 
not happy wrote
at 2:16:38 PM on Monday, April 22, 2013
I want to see Salford grow and develop, with jobs and opportunity for our young people, decent public services and help for the most vulnerable in our community. But we face savage public spending cuts from the coalition government which is making ordinary people pay the price for a recession they did not create. Salford is facing tough times with millions of pounds being cut from the public services which local people rely on. It is heart-breaking. Taken from Mayor Stewarts manifesto; so improvements to parks costing thousands , consultations costing thousands,Salford City Council is investing £137,373 to improve Blackleach Country Park. The first phase of the works will see improvements to the entrance and the installation of new pathways that will provide better access for people with limited mobility. The community will also benefit from the planting of new trees, the creation of a native hedge line and woodland bulb planting by local volunteers and the rangers. WHAT RANGERS. Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, was today set to approve a payment of £125,000 for consultants to start work on a new `green lung', or park, in Greengate costing well over £3million. £125,000 just to talk to some one he could talk to me for less than that Salford budget proposals published Salford City Council has drawn up proposals to reduce its budget by £23.4 million over the next year, putting 151 jobs at risk. Since the government came to power the council has been forced to cut a total of £100 million from services, with 1,200 posts also being axed. In these times of austerity, my pledge to you is that I will always put the interests of local people first. I will do my utmost to protect the most vulnerable and to make sure that those with the broadest shoulders bear the heaviest burden. So with all these cuts isn’t it good to see that Salford council can spend all this money on making a new park and smartening others up. Is this so the unemployed and vulnerable can walk round them?
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 12:09:08 PM on Monday, April 22, 2013
Congratulations to our Mayor for his vision. A new Greener-Greengate will be a delight to Salford. The green party will be delighted that our Mr Mayor has listened & responded to their greener Salford wish.
 
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