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SALFORD COUNCIL ENDS HOPE FOR QUAYS CARGO CRANES
 

Star date: 12th May 2013

QUAYS CRANES DOOMED AS OMITTED FROM HERITAGE LIST

A last minute plea for Salford Council to add the blue Salford Quays Cargo Cranes to its revised Local List of Heritage Assets has been rejected and it now looks like nothing can save the iconic reminders of the city's former dock history.

Added to the List was the Racecourse Hotel on Littleton Road, Clowes Park in Broughton and the Mark Addy pub on New Bailey Street.

Full details here…


Despite petitions, pleas to English Heritage and a last minute attempt to get the blue Cargo Cranes at Salford Quays added to Salford Council's Local List of Heritage Assets, it now looks certain that the iconic structures will be demolished this summer.

Salford Council has rejected an application from the Salford Local History Society and others, including the Salford Quays Heritage and Nature Group, to include the Cranes from its newly published Local List of Heritage Assets, refusing even to include them on a draft list of possible Assets, citing that…

"The city council has made a decision to remove the cranes, and as such they should be taken off the list. They were considered by English Heritage for national listing, from which it was concluded that the historic importance of the cranes was not significant enough to warrant national designation..."

The Local History Society had argued that the Cranes were the "Last links to the industrial heritage of Salford Docks and the City of Salford" but a Joint Assistant Mayor's Briefing for Housing, Environment and Strategic Planning is expected to ratify the decision this Tuesday.

Earlier this year, Salford Council had asked the community for ideas for inclusion in the List which gives buildings a degree of planning protection, and two dozen sites were added, including Clowes Park in Higher Broughton, the up-for-sale Racecourse Hotel in Lower Kersal, the Adelphi Building in Peru Street, the Morning Star pub in Swinton and the Mark Addy pub in New Bailey Street.

Also rejected for the List, alongside the Cargo Cranes were the site of Agecroft Colliery, the Lancastrian Hall, the Woolpack pub and Albert Park amongst many others.

For the full list click here

See also previous Salford Star articles on the Cranes –

Quays Cranes to be Demolished - click here

English Heritage Refuses to List Cranes - click here

Spain Shows How To Preserve Cranes - click here

Photo shows James Walsh, whose family worked on the docks, who had applied via the Salford Quays Heritage and Nature Group to have the Cranes added to the Local List of Heritage Assets

James Walsh wrote
at 06:48:05 on 30 May 2013
The quote on this article from Salford City Council says that English Heritage declined the cranes for national listing, however, the same report they are quoting from says that THE CRANES SHOULD BE RECONGNISED LOCALLY and the place for this listing is the LOCAL LIST OF HERITAGE ASSETS Quote from English Heritage's most recent report on the cranes (3rd January 2013) The cranes do have a degree of associational value with the docks and the Manchester Ship Canal, both of which are of GREAT SIGNIFICANCE IN HISTORICAL TERMS, as well as the Grade II listed Dock Office and gateway. The fact that the cranes are the last survivors of those which once served the docks of the Port of Manchester SHOULD CERTAINLY BE OF LOCAL INTEREST as the docks were the main driver behind the expansion of Salford in the C20
 
His show is SH1t as well wrote
at 21:59:14 on 16 May 2013
Alice when you told the council "We want to preserve the cranes" they probably meant you were meaning the "Crane" family as in Andy Crane. Try again Alice this time tell them you mean the heritage of Salford, with 51 out of 60 cllrs being Labour I am sure they will oblige!
 
Robbie Turner wrote
at 06:26:49 on 16 May 2013
Total disgrace
 
Fred wrote
at 14:33:30 on 15 May 2013
Of course the cranes were deemed "not nationally important enough to warrant listing" why would they be they are irrelivent to anyone outside Salford. However to the people of Salford they are a massive part of our local history and you would expect a Labour council to realise what they mean. However seems as they are determined to knock em down the council should use the money that was ring-fenced for other historic projects like the old greenhouse in buile hill park.
 
Alice Darlington wrote
at 07:11:36 on 15 May 2013
Although English Heritage decided the cranes were not nationally important enough to warrant listing, the report states, "The cranes can certainly be seem as forming local, iconic landmarks..........The fact that the cranes are the last survivors of those which once served the port of Manchester should certainly be of local interest as the docks were the main driver behind the expansion of Salford in the C20. The interest of the cranes was recognised by their locally listed status"
 
Gav Roche wrote
at 13:15:45 on 14 May 2013
Where have the Clown Hall Cretins squandered the money that was ring-fenced for the cranes ? More gross ineptitude and squander from the inept Clowncil. .
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 05:50:47 on 14 May 2013
You did not expect anything different from this Council. We don't even have a proper Heritage Officer. So, how the hell is what bit of heritage we have left safe,Wonder (A) What will they do with the Cranes. (B) What have or will they do with the money they ring fenced for the Cranes some years back.Just wondered.
 
Sick of nowhere to be seen Irwell Riverside Councilliors. wrote
at 05:50:03 on 14 May 2013
Save the Cranes.demolish the Town Hall.
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 14:17:42 on 13 May 2013
If Salford Council was in charge of Stone Henge, they'd bulldoze it and put a visitor centre on the site, where you could go and see a model of what Stone Henge was like. They haven't got a fekkin clue about the value of anything
 
Chaz T wrote
at 11:20:19 on 13 May 2013
So many dock Cities all over the World jealously guard and proudly display their industrial heritage. Cities such as San Francisco, Glasgow, Fremantle, Bristol...I could go on and on. This really makes Salford look completely backward. I heard that English Heritage decided that the cranes werent unique enough. I really don't know how unique they have to be when they are the very last vestiges of the working docks and the last representation of the toils of the men and women who worked there. I have to say as well that this is yet another glaring example of the "North/South divide". This would never ever happen down South and yet isn't it ironic that we are destroying the very part of our National heritage that put us at the forefront of our Nations rich industrial history. Disgusting and quite frankly embarrassing
 
blueliam wrote
at 06:57:39 on 13 May 2013
This fucking stinks!
 
Tahir Chakotai - Joint Chair Of TIETARA wrote
at 18:13:11 on 12 May 2013
All I can say is "shame on you Salford Council". I have seen dangerous monstrosities, calling themselves "Artistic Monuments", being erected in Manchester And Salford, wasting vast amounts of tax payers money, and insult the general publics visual senses, but Salford Council refuse to restore two cranes, which are part of our industrial heritage. Complete nonsense if you ask me. It's about time the citizens of Salford, audit the financial outgoings of the Salford Council. I am sure we will be able to dismiss some high earning managers/executives, to release some financial capital, to restore these cranes, to their formal glory.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 15:04:18 on 12 May 2013
Lost for words at our Council's lack of foresight on this one. Put as factual on the History of Salford, where the backbone of its heritage protection plan are the public treasures, this will be lost forever.
 
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