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SALFORD MAYOR TELLS STAFF TO THINK THE UNTHINKABLE
 

Star date: 9th October 2013

SALFORD MAYOR MISSIVE STATES SOME COUNCIL SERVICES WILL DISAPPEAR

In light of horrific ConDem Government cuts of around £75million over the next three years, Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart has sent out a missive to staff telling them that some Council services will "disappear altogether" and that "we must think the unthinkable".

To help the Mayor, the Salford Star has put together some ideas and is inviting our readers to do the same.

Full details here…


Salford Mayor Think The Unthinkable
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Last month, Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, issued a missive to Council staff telling them "we must think the unthinkable", in light of ConDem Government cuts of a further £75million over the next three financial years…

"The scale of the Government cuts over the next three years is bound to have a hugely negative impact on the services the Council still provides to the people of Salford" wrote Stewart "In the future services may have to change radically. Some may disappear altogether…It is the most radical examination of Council services that Salford has ever seen.

"Everything really is up for consideration" he added "We must think the unthinkable and we must all work together…"

In the spirit of `working together', the Salford Star has outlined a few starting points…

1) Grow a pair and tell the ConDem Government to do one. If all Labour councils did the same, the ConDem Government would probably fall overnight.

2) For Ian Stewart et al this would be `thinking the impossible', so how about our Mayor sets an example and takes a wage cut – a £30,000 cut sounds about right. He'd still be left with around £40,000 a year.

3) All 13 Assistant Mayors to take 50% `allowance' cuts – they can keep their basic allowance and a bit more on top. This would show the people of Salford that they are not really careerists, and are in it for love not bulging pockets.

4) £3million a year sponsorship of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra to be stopped immediately.

5) £2million a year MediaCityUK fund to be cut.

6) No more bridges! No more competitions for bridges! Crescent bridge comp? £40,000. Crescent bridge budget? £1.9million!

7) No more apps! The Council is lining up £50,000 towards a £150,000 Salford Quays `heritage' app for mobile phones.

8) Let Peel Holdings pay for its own profit sucking Port Salford – saving £15million from Council coffers.

9) Stop the obsession with the Irwell River Park - £2.4million this year alone.

10)  Stop the obsession with Chapel Street - £12.7million being put aside to fund `acquisitions' alone along the stretch from the Crescent to Manc-land.

11)  Sell the Council's 50% stake in Trinity IPC, a joint venture company with Bruntwood Estates. The land near the Irwell and Trinity Park is currently a car park bringing in £13,612 per year, but is worth over £3.2million.

12)  Call in the Salford City Reds £1.5million loan – oh, can't do that because someone, who might have just got a job with Marwan Koukash, gave the Reds 25 years interest free to pay it back.

13)  Sell the AJ Bell rugby stadium that doesn't even carry Salford's name any more – and get back the £22million loan.

14)  No pay-offs for highly paid Council officers who `resign'!

15)  Stop paying consultants who come in and tell Salford Council how to save money! The last figure we saw was something like £900 a day for the great savings consultants.

Will the Mayor do any of this? We won't hold our breath… "Rest assured" he concluded "however we move forward in these trying times, our top priorities will be jobs, protecting the most vulnerable, innovation and co-operation…"

Try telling that to the 1,200 Council staff who have already been axed, the parents of children with disabilities who are having services detrimentally `restructured'…those who rely on home care, day care, welfare rights advice…and those Salford people who can't `innovate' or co-operate because any money that is floating around is flowing straight out of the city to multi-nationals, consultants who live in Cheshire and Merseyside, and companies based in off shore tax havens.

The Salford Star still believes that the Mayor and the Labour Party which runs our council should grow a pair and tell the ConDem Government to do one – but, failing that, any ideas for major savings?

Readers… `Think the Unthinkable'…and put your comments in the box below…

See also previous Salford Star article - Council £20million prestige spending this year - click here

UPDATE: 10th October 2013

You Try To Help A Mayor And You Get Branded `Evil' `Hysterical' `Extremists'...

Mayor Ian Stewart (@MayorofSalford) obviously doesn't like our list of `Think The Unthinkable' ideas. Last night Salford poet Words Escape Me (@Words_Escape_Me) re-tweeted this article to the Mayor, and was slightly shocked by the reply...

The Mayor tweeted: `it will be the usual mix of political extremism, economic illiteracy, impossibilist demands, hysteria and nastiness'

Words Escape Me responded: `it's just a list of things to save money...no nastiness that I'm aware of. £3million sponsorship of the Philharmonic??#wow'

The Mayor tweeted: ``What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant' JFK `The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents...'

The Salford Star says `Charming!'...

 

 

Not Fooled by bullshit wrote
at 05:59:45 on 13 November 2013
Once again Mayor Greedy Bastard spews bullshit about the city's finances. There is plenty of money in this city. Enough for excessive salaries and allowances for Mayor Greedy and his surplus army of assistants. Enough to throw away at big business chums . Yet nothing for the poor, needy , ill, old, disadvantaged ? I sincerely hope the taxpayers are not fooled by this bullshit . Only 2976 days to go to GOOD RIDDANCE time.
 
Tom wrote
at 16:07:27 on 22 October 2013
So some council services will disappear ? So we will be paying extortionate council tax for less services . Why are we funding these robber barons ? With every service reduction , I will reduce council tax payments . What a pathetic joke Salford council are .
 
Realist wrote
at 14:12:08 on 19 October 2013
With every clowncil ' service ' that disappears , we must all reduce our clowncil tax accordingly . This city is a Ponzi scheme that Madoff would be proud of .
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 11:42:08 on 16 October 2013
I welcome those who attack my vision. The fact is my ideas would have saved those many traditional Salford terrace houses, thousands more living in Salford, paying Council tax, keeping local schools and local shops sustainable, creating jobs. It was central to my pledge to cut 50% off all Council Tax that was to make Salford the first choice community to live at the lowest Council Tax in the UK. Forget £75million to save Salford Council's bacon, this is my £250million a year income plan. £2 Billion each ten years income, enough to regenerate Pendleton, Langworthy, Weaste, Ordsall, Eccles and all other communities of Salford. Yes, our Labour Council was wrong to demolish Salford in its gentry vindictive plan of cleansing our City of its traditional local working class families. And this is why they want to demolish The Dock Cranes, to be able to remove the remaining signs of grass root families. Labour in Salford is dead set on making Salford the Milton Keynes of the North. Instead it has the option to invigorate plans for the local communities and help support all the families that make Salford unique.
 
Sick of Them wrote
at 11:41:58 on 16 October 2013
An excellent proposal , Real Worker. Let's give the Taxpayer-Robbing Parasites a real taste of proper work . 2 weeks stacking shelves for dole money , provided as 'work experience' by the 'caring' exploiting employers . The experience would kill the Professional Parasites . AND GOOD RIDDANCE.
 
A Real Worker wrote
at 15:44:53 on 15 October 2013
Yes, let's think the unthinkable. Let's stop wasting council taxpayers money. Minimum wage for Mayor Rent - a - Gob and his army of assistant Rent -a - Mob gobshites. Let's have them all on zero hour contracts. No expenses ,no free lunches , just like in the real world of work that these parasites know nothing about . No big payoff to the Chief Parasite Spicer . No more bungs , loans , or anything to rich business chums . It's easy . Billions of pounds already saved . Andy, Graham and others are quite right . These parasites have shafted us for far too long . We must end it .
 
Andy J wrote
at 07:57:54 on 15 October 2013
Thank you Graham for your encouraging feedback! and in response to what Michael Felse wrote about selling off the council houses my response is if salford council gives the right to buy and does sell off 3000 houses for 25k a pop that will serve to decrease housing available for salford residents on top of the thousands we need atm, and your math is sound but please do calculate the cost to build new houses to counter demand and believe me it will be a lot more than 25k a house so in reality it would only triple the debt and move it along by a couple of years plus if the council do sell that will only serve to harm salfords future as once again our children will pay the price of the previous generations short shortsightedness. plus there's many more negatives to add to this list but i just cant be a$%^d listing them at this time. But! i'll tell you who could solve Salford council's problems and it ain't the council nor is it the government not even is it the Salfordians themselves, it's the good old greedy banks! yup the filthy legal criminals who claim to offer us a service, maybe these spongers could stick their hands in their deeeeeeep very deep o so deep deep deeper still (bottomless some might say) pockets and bail us out just like the government did for them back in 2008. (without our permission i might add) People we don't need 14 main banks we need thousands of independent banks who's only service should be to the city's and locations the reside in!!! But noooooooo, the rich piggy's don't wanna share their billions with me and you they wanna keep it all for themselves and seriously peeps these banks and bankers are just another form of cancer, they consume the host spreading infection in a frenzied chaotic selfish way ultimately causing death to everything in it's path.PERIOD. Peeps, banks are the greedy relics of a by-gone age only holding us back from equality and a better future for all. RISE-UP, SPREAD THE WORD, WEALTH EQUALITY NOT THE GREED PYRAMID!
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 07:57:29 on 15 October 2013
If there was any doubt it has finally been removed. Mr Felse should be sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 07:57:17 on 15 October 2013
Mike - just one problem with your grand scheme. If dear old peel decided (in the name of opening up opportunity to Salford residents) to open their piggybanks to offer your scheme - they'd have to engage a third party , a bank or building society to run it...and Peel only have one body they're interested in - themselves. Given Peels Track record with all things financial regarding council - i'm not going to hold my breath while you wait for them to readily dish out their (or should that be our) money. Yet Another Big Idea - Not thought through!
 
Jeb wrote
at 07:57:11 on 15 October 2013
M.Felse. Are you insane ? Do you really think Mayor Greedy Bastard and his Rent - a - Mob gobshite associates will ever make a decision to benefit the shafted citizens of this dead city ? Not a hope . It really is time for your medication .
 
Brian f kirkham wrote
at 07:56:17 on 15 October 2013
To stuart, i'm happy to inform you the organisers of the "Great Manchester Swim" actually saw the error of their ways and the swim was titled "Great Salford Swim" for the first time...Erie Basin was festooned with Salford Banners (that blooming awful magenta! UGH!) and was shown on BBC - Coincidence Mediacity UK is nearby?
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 20:40:30 on 14 October 2013
We must stop attacking Mayor Stewart and instead help him find the £75million savings. It will call for a set of bold moves. I suggest giving all Council house tenants the right to buy. £25,000 a home, on sale of 3000 properties, is £75million. Each buyer would be able to double their asset value over night. It will give each a family security while giving our Salford Council £75millon. I am sure Peel would provide low interest mortgage deals to our future homeowners.
 
Graham wrote
at 14:15:28 on 14 October 2013
Absolutely correct , Andy J. The greedy banksters caused the financial collapse through their own corruption , ably assisted by the self-serving and corrupt career politicians who allowed the banksters to do as they wished , unregulated. They expect us , the ordinary people to pay for their mismanagement of the economy . There is no recovery. They are liars . We are sinking into deeper poverty,inequality, mass unemployment as a result . The greedy banksters , greedy politicians , greedy local councillors are still robbing us , the taxpayers . A FIGHTBACK IS LONG OVERDUE .
 
wrote
at 11:18:24 on 14 October 2013
Unfortunately,there is no stopping SCC when they are on a mission to spend money on a pet project. The shortlist of architects to design the bridge has already been published on the Mayors website. As sure is eggs are eggs the money will be found to fund the bridge build. You just wonder how they have the cheek to plough on with these vanity projects when Salford residents 200 metres outside this student hub are having to turn their heating off and make use food banks to survive. There is absolutely no strategic need for this bridge, its nothing more than a folly-being funded by money that could be better spent. Shame on you Salford City Council?
 
ob boardman wrote
at 11:18:12 on 14 October 2013
why is it labour councillors always blame tory government for our problems I have read letters on this page and they are correct,mayor and his crew out to line there own pockets. remember hazel blears put in the advertiser I have paid half the money back I took expences would she really have paid it back had ty not been miss using them I don't think so they would still be at it. and as some of these letters say when it comes to cut backs let start at the top of councillors. I cannot understand why labour keeps getting voted in in Salford. I am not a fan of the tories but I can remember my old mum in the 1950s saying if you put a pig up fer labour in Salford they would be voted in
 
Sam Skiilen wrote
at 10:12:25 on 13 October 2013
Ridiculous remarks from the Mayor he's not fit to do the job. meanwhile at by election only 20% of people vote. Do 80% of people deserve anything if they don't vote?
 
andy j wrote
at 20:46:38 on 12 October 2013
Has everyone forgot about the greedy banks and especially the greedy bankers? I know violent protests are condemned in a civilized society especially by those at the top! (i wonder why), but how can we call this a civilized society that we live in when the most vulnerable and the hard working are being forced to live in impoverished conditions? how can it not possibly be civilized to violently protest? the few at the top keep hold of their power and purse whilst the people who really hold things together get s$%t on even more, the only way things are gonna change is if we start to get our act together and organize reform ourselves and i don't need some rich wealthy p$^$k telling me how bad things are gonna get!!! they already are bad and the fat piggy's wanna take more! if we don't start violently throwing these fat cats out soon (in a civilized manner of-course), we might as well cut the throats of our children now because these pigs are gonna continue to do so and push us and poke us back into feudal times. i choose my fellow poor and vulnerable salfordians over any of those disgusting pigs preaching their b$%^"$t who claim they are powerless to help us, they are the wolf's disguised as sheep devouring our children's future for themselves, i quote "a person born into slavery cannot see, touch or understand of the prison that they have been born into". a cinder turns into a flame/bush fire/wild fire/firestorm and new live is given a chance to grow from the ashes, sound method, lets enact it.
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 20:46:02 on 12 October 2013
So "Thinker" do you blame Labour for mass unemployment and a privatisation programme that has been an unmitigated disaster? No it was your Tory masters. No go back to them, doff your cap and lick their boots. Because "you know your place".
 
Edward Canning wrote
at 20:45:25 on 12 October 2013
Well said Amanda. Corruption , greed , self-interest , and self-enrichment by looting the taxpayers is at the very root of the the political and representational structure . This is no Democracy , and indeed is close to a rabid , vicious and evil totalitarian state . Never trust a politician.
 
Paul wrote
at 20:43:16 on 12 October 2013
@Amanda Bickerton. "And the implication that someone working class is incapable of undertaking effective budget management". Gordon brown, tony Blair, working class and f*cked the country up, all happend under their watch, Gordon brown was being told what the banks were getting up to, but chose to ignore it, because he saw all this money rolling in, that he could spend on keeping labour in power. And closer to home, just look at what labour have done to this city £75 million more to find, if interest rates were to go up, this city will probably go bankrupt, thank god the Tories know how to make money as well as knowing how to spend it wisely. Ps put an egg on your right shoulder, it will go with the leftwing chip that's on the other
 
Amanda Bickerton wrote
at 09:34:37 on 12 October 2013
So 'Thinker' has decided that everything that is wrong in the world is down to the big, bad Labour bogeyman? There are a number of pretty offensive things in the comment. One trotting out the old urban myth about young women, their children, their partners and housing allocations. Where is your statistical evidence 'Thinker'? Prove what you are saying with verifiable data if you can. And the implication that someone working class is incapable of undertaking effective budget management is beyond my puny, pleb logical reasoning ability (perish the thought that common people should presume to undertake public service). I would point out,though, that the staff of Berings, Lehman Brothers and their ilk were larhely well-educated and middle class, and they showed real financial skills didn't they? Try looking at the bigger picture - both of the big political parties have contributed to the mess we are in. The problem is structural - self-serving and corrupt practice is in the DNA of our political and representational structures, supported by individual venality and greed.
 
Disgusted wrote
at 20:22:27 on 11 October 2013
Mr Mayor - if you want to be the mayor of salford then step up to the plate - and acknowledge whats wrong by listening not building links with the big people who actually dont care and are in it for what they can get
 
Paul wrote
at 20:19:55 on 11 October 2013
@ thinker, absolutely right.
 
graphicsman wrote
at 06:44:26 on 11 October 2013
Brilliant image of the mayor from the Salford Star photographer. Absolutely hopeless graphic from Salford Council. The two images sum up the competence of both parties.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 22:16:08 on 10 October 2013
I hear with sadness that Councillor Norbert Potter passed away earlier today. He was inspirational in my early days in Salford. I trust all will put out good words of condolences, respecting a great man.
 
Thinker wrote
at 20:23:30 on 10 October 2013
It is all about the huge amounts that Labour Councils have spent, over the years, and wasted.....such as 12 deputy Mayors, that has got the country into the position that we find ourselves in...and which has enforced the current Govt.to take such strong measures. It was not the Tories who spent Millions on blocks of flats that only lasted 40 years nor was it them who tore the heart out of the city by moving residents out of their homes...which, when renovated, were then let to outsiders, who burgled every house and shop in sight, destroying whole neighbourhoods. And it wasn't the Tories who allowed young, pregnant girls to take over 2 and 3 bed council houses and flats, whilst we paid the bills for them and their unemployable boyfriends. I suppose that the original idea's of the Labour Party was perfectly good and ethical, but, what a horrible disaster it has become, spending huge sums of money, willy-nilly and mostly on minority causes....... No longer may they be trusted to govern the country in a sensible way, without getting us all in deep water. I can go back to the 50's, and I can remember most of the messes that the council got into over the years. In fact I can remember when the Chairman of the Finance Committee for the famous City of Salford was employed as a Train Driver's Assistant on the docks! which gives you an idea of the way that Labour thought it's way into trouble...and it wasn't only happening in Salford either. Now, after decades of such waste and mis-management a Govt. finally arrives who try to get the country out of the deep hole that Labour have dug...and all you can think about is hoping that Labour get power again at the next election. God Save us All !
 
Bernard Brough wrote
at 15:01:53 on 10 October 2013
"The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents." Look in the mirror Mr Stewart.
 
bern wrote
at 15:01:26 on 10 October 2013
SALFORD MAYOR TELLS STAFF TO THINK THE UNTHINKABLE SALFORD MAYOR TELLS COUNCILLORS TO PREPARE FOR BLAST OFF!!! In light of horrific ConDem Government cuts of around £75million over the next three years, Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart has sent out a missive to staff telling them that some Councilors will "disappear overnight" and that "we must think the unthinkable and prepare for take off". To help the Mayor, the Salford Star has put together some ideas and is inviting our readers to do the same. Last month, Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, issued a missive to Councilors warning them that drastic cuts made by central government means that plans to convert the town hall into a rocket ship capable of travelling through deep space at light speed needed to be passed immeadiately. "The scale of the Government cuts over the next three years is bound to have a hugely negative impact on our plans to distance us from the people we are supposed to represent”, wrote Stewart "In the future services may have to change radically in order to fund our escape. Some of us will disappear altogether…It is the most radical re-allocation of Council funding that Salford has ever seen. "Everything really is up for consideration" he added "We must think the unthinkable and we must all work together to get this thing off the ground so to speak…" In the spirit of `working together', the Salford Star has outlined a few starting points… For Ian Stewart et al this would be `thinking the impossible', so how about our Mayor sets an example and takes a wage cut – a £30,000 cut sounds about right. He'd still be left with around £40,000 a year. After all, its not often you see anyone selling Dilithium crystals on Facebooks: Salford Buy, Sell, Swap site. All 13 Assistant Mayors to take 50% `allowance' cuts – they can keep their basic allowance and a bit more on top. They can use this money to buy booze supplies from Aldi. £3million a year sponsorship of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra to be stopped immediately and the money used to build the giant catapult in Swinton required to launch the councillors on their merry way. No more bridges! No more competitions for bridges! Crescent bridge comp? £40,000. Crescent bridge budget? £1.9million. This money could be used to buy the alcohol for all the spaceflight piss-ups en route. No more apps! The Council is lining up £50,000 towards an app for mobiles so that their constituents can track them to their new planet. Save your pennies. NO ONE CARES!. Well done - now sod off. Let Peel Holdings pay for its own profit sucking Space Park – saving £15million from Council coffers. Stop the obsession with Chapel Street - £12.7million being put aside to fund `acquisitions' alone along the stretch from the Crescent to Manc-land. Use the cash to buy trendy logos for your incontinence spacesuits. Sell the Council's 50% stake in Trinity IPC, a joint venture company with Bruntwood Estates. The land near the Irwell and Trinity Park is currently a car park bringing in £13,612 per year, but is worth over £3.2million. Use this cash to build boozers on the new planet. Will the Mayor do any of this? We won't hold our breath… "Rest assured" he concluded "however we move forward in these trying times, our top priorities will be space fuel, protecting the alcohol on board, inebriation and relaxation…"
 
Amanda Bickerton wrote
at 12:18:27 on 10 October 2013
Our city mayor is telling staff 'to think the unthinkable' is he? For those of us living in the real world (massive cut in working hours, and youth unemployment in our household)the unthinkable and the unspeakable has been played out before us for some time. Mr Stewart was not 'brave' to put the facts before us. He is comfortably set up with a large salary. The cosy fortress of the Civic will trundle happily on. What he is doing is paving the way for savage cuts, impacting on the front-line services, and the lowest paid workers, whilst maintaining the 'prestige' white elephants listed in the article above. The overall budget cuts are the fault of the national government. But how they are applied locally is the responsibility of the local administration. I do not imagine for one moment that the Mayor or his minions, Deputy Mayors or whatever they are called, will see any reduction in their pay. Nor will there be a cull of the well-paid bureaucrats to increase the resources available for front-line services. A shambolic and badly run tendering service will shunt services out of the local authority, underfunded and plagued with delays. When the wreckage of our public services is scattered across the city, and residents have no public services to speak of, the Mayor will say regretfully that it was the Tories' fault, that he was brave, and carry on taking the very nice salary. And if you disagree with what the mayoral Politburo are doing? I think the comments on the story above say it all. If thinking that the current regime is not listening, is not working, and cannot be trusted makes me a political extremist, economically illiterate, 'impossibilist' (which I do not believe is a word - is it like 'humanagement'?), hysterical and nasty, then I can live with that. Who knows, I might get promoted to 'Rentamob' or 'dangerous subversive'...
 
resigned wrote
at 12:18:21 on 10 October 2013
If all the Labour councillors resigned and let a Tory/Lib Dem coalition run the council, then the blame would fully be with the Tories and Lib Dems. Tory/Lib Dem coalition in government and a council one as well. Let them carry the can.
 
M3 wrote
at 12:18:16 on 10 October 2013
It's unthinkable! a tory mayor in Salford!!
 
Lisa Peach-Hill wrote
at 12:18:10 on 10 October 2013
I read the article with interest yesterday and was shocked and saddened to see money haemorrhaging into unimportant projects and the pockets of officials. nothing will change though, people in positions where they can make a difference to the people of Salford will always be heavily influenced by the opportunity to line their own pockets before doing good for the community. No amount of pressure will stop them doing that.
 
Dockers Son wrote
at 12:17:29 on 10 October 2013
Ok, here's my non-extremist, non-hysterical, economically literate, possible and rather pleasant demands I can feel a song for this one, perhaps a remix of Andy Williams - "To Dream The Possible Dream" Here's a suggestion for a boost to the Salford economy and instilling Salfordian civic pride, promoting OUR assets and proper Salford values to the world Use business skills to persuade Peel Holdings to give something back to the Salford community (that they have been making massive profits from for many years) to restore the cranes and launch big promotional campaign to stimulate tourism economy based on quality interpretive heritage informing people what actually happened at the docks Make sure that the Salford Mosses don't get fracked, so that we have an outstanding area of natural beauty on our doorsteps to promote to the world instead of an environmental disaster zone ! Put solar panels on EVERY roof throughout the Salford borough Further to this, campaign for the Salford Docklands/Manchester Ship Canal and the Salford Mosses to become UNESCO World Heritage sites If this happened the boost this would give the city would be massive and, rather than living a post-industrial, pro-big business subsistence existence we would be on the forefront of the heritage/green revolution, building a sustainable economy for future generations of Salfordians Simples
 
Edward Leeford wrote
at 12:16:03 on 10 October 2013
As the laughably termed council ' services ' disappear due to the slavish obedience to the cuts imposed by the evil thatcherites by this useless , inept and overpaid gaggle of taxpayer milking parasites who have destroyed this city, I will reduce the excessive council tax I am forced to throw away into the financial black hole that is this city's finances .
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 12:14:56 on 10 October 2013
Pleased to read we the public are asked to come up with good ideas. Just need Mayor Stewart to publish how much each Directorate spends and on what. We can then prioritise thoughts and help safeguard Salford Council services most at risk of Government cuts. It maybe a good idea to co-opt public into the Council Chamber to bang out new ways of making ends meet.
 
james wrote
at 07:53:05 on 10 October 2013
As the chief exec is about to leave I wonder if Mrs Spicer will be taking a little payment to make her life a little easier ?
 
do they care wrote
at 07:52:56 on 10 October 2013
Dont forget all the "brownfield sites" splattered across the City.
 
Stuart Charlesworth wrote
at 07:52:50 on 10 October 2013
Do we really need a mayor, let alone 13 assistants? Start billing Manchester, for all the free marketing and advertisement, I.e. Salford university manchester, The great manchester swim (in salford quays), port manchester or whatever it's called ( also Salford quays) etc etc. Build some new houses and think about lowering the housing benefit bill and long term returns.
 
Jonathan Unsworth wrote
at 07:52:27 on 10 October 2013
The government is appointed by the people for the people. Do your jobs and stop lining your own pockets. It should be an honour to represent your peers.
 
wrote
at 07:52:16 on 10 October 2013
after dealings with mr stewart and his bullshitters i doubt they know which way to go to help salford after numerous meetings with them i suggest they dont work as a team and are just out to feather there own nests at a detriment to salford people whilst we have these idiots in charge salford has no chance and that comes from a life long labour voter who by the way wont bother voting again
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 07:51:27 on 10 October 2013
Mayor Stewart is brave to put the facts to us all. It is a disgrace that National Government can do harm to local communities. A ray of hope is the 2015 General Election but for many that will come too late. I do hope our elected Councillors are getting the skills and training to be ready to be service efficient and able to delivery budget-management quality solutions.
 
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WORKPLACE PARKING LEVY ONE OF THE OPTIONS AS GREATER MANCHESTER CONSIDERS CLEAN AIR ZONES

Star date: 16th August 2018

GMCA TRIES TO AVOID VEHICLE CHARGES FOR CLEAN AIR ZONES

Today, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is meeting to discuss options for reducing air pollution in the region. The Government has identified charge based Clean Air Zones as the benchmark, and unless the GMCA can come up with an alternative plan to reduce emissions quickly, charging polluting vehicles will be on the cards. A 'workplace parking levy' is one of the options.

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CHINESE TO TAKE OVER AJ BELL STADIUM AND LAND, WHILE INVESTING IN BUILE HILL MANSION SALFORD PUBLIC MEETING HEARS

Star date: 15th August 2018 

BUILE HILL MANSION SUPPORT GROUP MEETING HEARS OF 'CHINESE' PLANS FOR SALFORD

Over the last few months, rumours of a Chinese buyout of the AJ Bell Stadium and its land, hand outs for the Buile Hill Mansion and a possible plan for a Salford Red Devils takeover have been louder than bombs. At last night's meeting of the Buile Hill Mansion Support Group, these plans were aired in public for the first time.

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DISTRAUGHT SALFORD DAUGHTER CAN’T GET TO FAMILY GRAVE AT ST PAUL’S CHURCH IN KERSAL

Star date: 14th August 2018

A TALE OF TWO CUSSONS, HIGH BRAMBLES AND IMPERIAL LEATHER

At the front of St Paul's Churchyard in Kersal, the first neat and tidy grave you come across is that of Alexander Cussons and famous family. However the grave of the less famous William Evans, who produced the first ever bar of Imperial Leather soap, is at the very back of the yard and totally inaccessible, literally buried beneath 6ft high weeds and brambles.

William Evans' great granddaughter, Lesley Northall, is distraught as she wants to add her mother's ashes to the site but can't get near it. This isn't just the tale of two Cussons gurus but also of a church struggling for resources.

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SALFORD ROAD CHAOS LOOMS FOR A YEAR

Star date: 13th August 2018

JOURNEY TIMES TO DOUBLE AS £15MILLION 'IMPROVEMENT SCHEME' BEGINS

On 29th August, the £15million Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement scheme begins which is set to last a year and double journey times around Regent Road, from Oldfield Road to the Mancunian Way, which will see roads reduced to one lane in places.

The work is expected to have knock-on delays to other routes including around the M602, East Lancs Road and Trinity Way.

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SALFORD CRESCENT MASTERPLANNERS CONFIRM DEMOLITION OF OLD POLICE HQ

Star date: 12th August 2018

POLICE HQ ON THE CRESCENT TO BE DEMOLISHED

The imposing old Salford Police headquarters on the Crescent is to be demolished, as confirmed by the Salford City Council and Salford University masterplanners at yesterday's consultation on the future of the area.

Local people at the consultation didn't seem happy about the amount of high rise buildings in the plans, and nothing was said about any affordable housing.

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