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.
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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