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Star date: 25th June 2013

GREENGATE SQUARE FOUNTAIN DESERT

The much hyped fountain at the centre of Salford Council's £13million Greengate Square has been switched off during mid summer. As temperatures today hit 19 degrees in the lunchtime sun, there wasn't a squirt to be seen from the fountain which has been spouting day and night all winter. Why could this be?

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In Rome, the Trevi Fountain is fizzing. In Versailles the fountains are frothing. In Salford the fountain is, er, switched off.

It's 1pm and the sun is shining on Salford Council's £13million Greengate Square and its centrepiece fountain. During mid-summer, and for at least a week, the fountains haven't been working.

Indeed, as usual, the only things shimmering in the Square opposite Manchester Cathedral are the bins from the Bijou Club. There's not a squirt in view. Which is odd, because all winter in the freezing cold the fountains have been spouting away for a non-audience.

Today there are four people sat around the arid Square, some wondering, firstly, how the thing managed to cost £13million (the Square, the fountains and a new footbridge next to a bridge that was already there); and secondly why, in mid-summer, the thing isn't working.

"£13million?" bloody 'ell" says one person "they could at least switch it on – is it broke or something? And look at the state of those bins…Shocking."

This year Salford Council is splashing out £283,748 for management and maintenance for the `Greengate Public Realm', via its partnership with ASK Developments and sub contractor Capital Properties, which has the slogan `Making Places Work For You'.

Unfortunately the company can't make the fountains work for anyone during one of the periods when the city actually sees some sun.

Capital's site manager told the Salford Star that the fountains were switched off for "routine maintenance…which involves changing filters and things".

We asked if he thought it was strange to switch them off in mid-summer when the few people who are attracted by the water feature might actually want to see them working?

"It's part of a pre-planned maintenance programme" he told us "they might be back on tomorrow."

Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart reckons Greengate Square "will be the catalyst to £400 million of private sector investment". Let's hope no-one turned up to be a catalyst on mid-summer week…

For full background details on the fountains see previous Salford Star articles…

Salford Council £13million Fountain Folly – click here

Salford Mayor Opens £13million Fountain Days After Passing £23million Cuts - click here

Bernard Brough wrote
at 14:43:12 on 27 June 2013
What will the dumb fuckers club come up with next? Oh I know another bridge over the Irwell to the Meadow. You couldn't make this up nobody would believe that a council could be so stupid and so insensitive. I'll retire to Bedlam.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 07:06:06 on 27 June 2013
It would be interesting to see how many people actually spend any time there, say over a week. Maybe the council are trying to scrape the money together for the plumper.
 
Do They Care? wrote
at 21:14:27 on 26 June 2013
Do they care? Its as mismatched as everything else this city takes on. Catalyst! More like catastrophe.
 
The Fat End of the Wedge wrote
at 21:13:29 on 26 June 2013
Didn't anyone see the programme the other night about alien abductees? There was a Labour councillor from Whitby who believes he has an alien surrogate mother. Clearly Labour have been infiltrated by ET's and they have commanded this folly to be built, folly to us - landing pad to them. What kind of communications equipment is hidden in the giant silver aerial? What can we expect when they arrive? Maybe the bins will save us?
 
JonBeth wrote
at 06:57:39 on 26 June 2013
Remembering watching this lot being built and all the disruption it caused, the original artists impression made me chuckle, not a dustbin in sight on that. Another complete waste of money. Did they manage to plant those trees underneath the facing archway? (That was on the original plans as well I kid you not!)
 
tony blair, say's wrote
at 19:20:42 on 25 June 2013
if you want to see a squirt, visit hazel blears office in langworthy, she'll be more than happy.
 
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