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NEW SALFORD FOOTBRIDGE TO COST ALMOST £2MILLION
 

Star date: 26th June 2013

AS CUTS BITE DEEPER SALFORD COUNCIL LAUNCHES BRIDGE BEAUTY CONTEST

While the ConDem Government today announces yet more cuts to local government, Salford Council has launched a £30,000 international competition to build a new `landmark' footbridge from The Crescent to The Meadows that will have a budget of up to £1.9million.

The Meadows already has three footbridges…

Full details here…


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Bridge Over Troubled Financial Waters…


Salford Council's obsession with bridges, fountains and follies takes a new turn this week, with the launch of its £30,000 bridge beauty contest, first revealed in the Salford Star in March (see here for full article).

The international design contest, being facilitated by RIBA Competitions, is searching for a `landmark' footbridge to link The Crescent to The Meadows which will "strengthen and accelerate existing private sector delivery programmes" and "raise the transformational profile of the area", according to a Salford Council report.

As well as the £30,000 cost of the competition, the footbridge will have a building budget of "up to £1.9million".

The Meadows already has three footbridges going over the River Irwell, plus half of one near the Old Pint Pot pub which is very near to the site where the Council wants to locate the new one, and was only built twenty years ago.

However, a feasibility study by Urban Vision discounted the idea of extending the existing `Adelphi' footbridge as it didn't have disabled access (DDA compliant) and didn't meet the "client's aspirations".

Neither will the Adelphi bridge be knocked down, as "removal of the structure could receive criticism of Salford Council's forward planning strategy". The Urban Vision report notes that "The bridge was built as part of larger scheme to open up the riverside walkways in this area of the city" which is "currently on hold". In other words, someone might spot a monumental cock up.

The report cites a budget for the new bridge of between £950,000 and £1,729,000, but the RIBA Competitions brief sets the cost at "up to £1.9million". Nowhere does it state how the new footbridge will be funded.

The new Meadows Bridge will be in addition to three other new bridges already built recently at MediaCityUK, Spinningfields and Greengate, and another yet to be announced. 

 

• For anyone fancying their chances to design the `Salford Meadows Bridge', the competition is open until 5th September and will cost fifty quid to stick in an entry. Three entries will then be shortlisted and the designers paid £4000 to further develop their ideas which will be put out to public consultation before the judging panel decide the final, fourth, bridge…

Judges include City Mayor Ian Stewart, Salford Council's Karen Hirst, Les Brown from Countryside Properties and Darren Kibble from the University of Salford. For full details click here

sue wrote
at 19:31:55 on 29 June 2013
Could I suggest that you contact the national newspapers about this one and all the other wastes of money that the useless mayor has come up with? No offence to the Salford Star, but you'd have more clout if it were in the nationals or on Key 103
 
KEY MONEY wrote
at 14:43:42 on 27 June 2013
Can I suggest unlocking the locked bridge and saving the cost of the bridge and the competition prize?
 
wrote
at 14:43:28 on 27 June 2013
Another Elite project for the Great and Good of this City? Time for the people behind this to spend the money more wisely. Perhaps by fixing up the current access ? How much is a pot of Hammerite these days? How's about Getting Environmental Services (and their university partners) to do their job and Maintain the Meadows area (cue the Mission Impossible music - It involves people working on summat)...or is this project a means to spend money that could've been spent aiding the citizens of our city (cutting advice centres and closing support services..V. Big Society!)
 
not happy wrote
at 14:43:01 on 27 June 2013
Changes to ADULT SOCIAL CARE Salford City Council Why are we proposing this change? We have been forced to look at making this change because of the government's reductions in the budget they give us to provide these services. We are trying to make sure we support and protect the city's most vulnerable residents within the budget available. We believe this is the fairest scheme within the current financial situation. If the council doesn't make this change, we may not be able to afford to care for people with substantial or critical needs in the future. As a result of the cuts, we are having to priorities the care we provide, even though it means some people will lose out. Isn’t it great while our City Mayor Ian Stewart, Salford Council's Karen Hirst, Les Brown from Countryside Properties and Darren Kibble from the University of Salford can spend all this money on a new bridge and make cuts in social care at the same time Salford council have come up with two booklets one telling you about the changes to adult social care. One telling you how the cuts will happen and the other is a questioner asking you what you think of the changes. What a load rubbish from the council they have all ready told us what the cuts are going to be then asking questions weather you like it or not this is just one of the paragraphs out of the booklet ‘ (As a result of the cuts) I don’t see the Mayor and his hangers on taking a cut;;; think this one to look at steve and find out how much these booklets have cost the people of Salford
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 14:42:47 on 27 June 2013
My art skills stop me doing an entry, but I suggest the name for the new bridge should be UKIP-Walk, as it looks like Salford Labour Party are playing right into the hands of UKIP. I would suggest all those in opposition to Salford Council stand in a "UKIP" pact. A coordinated team at the next local elections would change the face of Salford Council and challenge the elected Mayor, give platform to shape up essential services and with just enough time to save the cranes from their current final destination. Last chance to save Salford but it will mean having a very brave team strategy.
 
Heather wrote
at 07:06:20 on 27 June 2013
wow! better get my crayons out, could do with 4k, honestly cannot believe this council and how they waste MY money. i would rather it went towards decent housing, drop in centres and care of our elderly.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 07:06:16 on 27 June 2013
You can never have enough bridges.And boy, will we have some bridges. Nothing, Stephen you find out about salford council surprises me anymore.
 
beige beret wrote
at 07:06:02 on 27 June 2013
I shall send in my 2 year old's entry shortly.
 
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