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SALFORD MAYOR FACES QUAYS CRANES BACKLASH
 

Star date: 28th October 2013

MAYOR STEWART HITS OUT AT SALFORD STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS IN QUAYS CRANES DEBACLE

Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, incredibly called journalism students at the University of Salford `amateurs' and `playing at journalism' on Twitter after they dared to criticise the demolition of the Salford Quays cargo cranes at the weekend.

Hundreds of negative comments about Stewart and the crane demolition were posted on websites, Twitter and Salford Facebook forums, as the Mayor was forced to make a statement on his official site.

Full details here…


Salford Mayor Tweets Salford Mayor Tweets Salford Quays Cranes Demolition
Salford Quays Cranes Demolition
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As the iconic blue Salford Quays cargo cranes were trashed by Salford Council and City Mayor Ian Stewart over the weekend, Stewart faced a massive backlash from angry Salford residents who posted negative comments on websites and Facebook forums about the heritage vandalism.

On Friday night Stewart chose, on Twitter, to attack journalism students from the University of Salford's MediaCityUK campus, who had written an article on Quays News about the destruction, without quoting his oft repeated, questionable mantra of the cranes `costing £1million to make safe' (see a zillion past Salford Star articles – click here).

Using hash tags #amateurhour, and #playingatjournalism Stewart lashed out at the students, "most biased report I have ever seen. No balance, no input from co…"

Quays News tweeted back that they had, indeed attempted to get a quote "we gave the council the right to comment but to no avail. We only reported the facts." Another added "We contacted Councillor Ray Mashiter on 23rd but no reply".

Mashiter is the local councillor for Ordsall and the Quays. As the tweeting battle intensified throughout Friday night, Stewart began blocking students and residents who attempted to join in the `debate', calling one resident "infantile" for suggesting it was the Mayor's fault that the cranes were demolished. Another tweeted…

"Just been blocked for voicing my opinion, freedom of speech anyone? #Censorship at its finest"…

"I am blocking you cos you use foul language" tweeted Stewart – but when asked to specify the `foul language' he didn't respond. Other students told the Salford Star that they had been blocked too, adding they couldn't believe the Mayor's behaviour.

A Council press officer, Alex Zatman - who modestly describes himself as `Future speechwriter for British Prime Minister' - joined in the attack on students, tweeting "pathetic excuse for journalism, skewed reporting and no chance for response".

The Salford Star has been met with stony silence whenever it's asked for quotes from Salford Council and the Mayor since his spin doctor, Matt Finnegan has been installed, as we declared Salford `China On The Irwell' recently (see here).

Meanwhile the current issue of Stewart's own online `paper' `The Salford City Mayor Daily' carries no articles on the cranes demolition at allalthough it does have a link to a report on the 0-0 draw between Bristol Rovers and Chesterfield.

With the backlash against Stewart intensifying, the Mayor was forced to put up an official letter on his website which had been sent `to people who have contacted me about the cranes', titled Why The Cranes Had To Go

In the letter, Stewart states "Please do not question the council's commitment to Salford's heritage"…

The Salford Star answers this letter in full, in Part Two - click here

Graphic by Mikey K

 

 


 

Labour my Arse wrote
at 10:58:50 AM on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
To Eddie Smith,,it Just shows how much this Mayor really cares for the Salford People NOT..... He's a disgrace blocking Salford People in this way, I too Eddie WONT be voting for Labour and a YES vote to get him out..The Scottish ArseHole.
 
Eddie Smith. wrote
at 9:03:16 AM on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The other day i thought I would follow our Salford City Mayor on Twitter so i can follow his tweets, and today i log on and find I'm blocked, Quote: "You have been blocked from following this account at the request of the user."... I shall certainly be blocking Labour from my pen when polling day comes next.
 
unbelievable wrote
at 12:58:38 AM on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Isn't there an overpaid, new AD of communications in position to avoid poor messages like this coming from the council?
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 12:58:22 AM on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Chaz of the docklands and heritage group. My ignorance but I have never heard of your organization.I remember when they first started the construction of the Quays their was a rare marsh bird nesting on their.Nobody apart from Steve of the Star and myself said a word for its protection we brought it to the notice of the Council and the Contractors Who to their shame brought in a Security Firm who used Hawks and Dogs to Frighten the poor thing off. Another wild life episode I personally got the demolition of Saint Ambrose Church stopped for two years because as it appeared their was only myself who knew it was full of pipistrel bats.So it is not only buildings we Salfordians are concerned with it is our City and we have just left it to elected outsiders to make a mess of it by their gross ignorance of the Pride we have in our Industrial past Any How the very best of luck with your attempts to keep bits of our past alive and vibrant.
 
m byrne wrote
at 1:04:38 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
There are many heritage buildings left to rot by Salford Council,minds made up in private,its a pattern that needs to be stopped. Many grants which don't engage the wider Salford Community and have a positive impact . The apathy of people believing there is no choice is widespread and sad to see.Maybe things like this will enable the people to save more from being wasted in the future.There are many wolves in sheeps clothing in the city at this time attracted by Media city and the regeneration grants available to "residents" ,especially Lottery Heritage Funding where many at the same time many community groups are folding or missing out on valuable sustenance. My dad worked on the cranes as a young man and also worked loading the ships by hand,he ended up a trade unionist fighting for severance pay from RHM on trafford Side. He went on to be a bus driver in Salford until he retired and lived his whole adult life in Salford. When I asked him his opinion on the demolition of the cranes,he said he was glad to see the back of them as he witnessed many deaths and appalling working conditions. He said it would be better spent on the old and youth and immediate needed services.
 
idiot watcher wrote
at 1:03:36 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
you're all itiots who let them stay in power. None of you get of your arse and vote for anybody else.
 
Won't vote Labour ever again wrote
at 1:03:18 PM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
No Good this mayor making excuses that they've been in a state for years,why did they repair them at the time instead of spending thousands on a stupid fountain and to top it off he's Scottish, What right has he and Lancaster to decide without Consultation, Thank You Ian.the sooner we get rid of this mayoral role and vote in the next referedum to get him Out Wheres our beloved MP Blears,she's said nowt on this subject,will see her soon in 2014 bulid up to the general Election If Salford Star keep reminding the people of Salford about this vilie decision at the Quays, I can therfore see many Labour seats being lost.
 
joan wrote
at 7:03:10 AM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I HAVE JUST FOUND OUT REGARDS THE SALFORD DOCK CRANES HAVE GONE IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY AND SAD.THEY HAVE LET THEM ROT SHAME ON YOU MY LATE FATHER TOMMY CRANFIELD (FOREMAN) WAS PAYED TO PAINT AND MAINTAIN THEM FOR YEARS AND NOT MUCH PAY IN THEM DAYS . WHY OH WHY WERE THEY LEFT TO ROT? BECAUSE THEY KNEW THEY WOULD EVENTUALLY BE DEMOLISHED IT IS SO SAD I AM GLAD MY DAD IS NOT HERE TO SEE THIS HE WOULD HAVE GONE BALLISTIC DO NOT TAKE ANYMORE OF SALFORD HERITAGE AWAY FROM SALFORD FOLK.I AM SALFORD BORN AND BRED AND VERY PROUD AS IS ALL SALFORD PEOPLE ARE.
 
Eddie Smith. wrote
at 5:01:40 AM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Just because one man thinks he is above the Law that he can vandalise and destroy valuable heritage, it does not also mean he is above any reproach for his actions. Ian Stewart had chance after chance to take on board what the PEOPLE of Salford were asking/telling him what they/we wanted for those Cranes and how important they were to us. Stewart, I saw those pictures and the videos of them being mangled and crushed beyond any hope, I found them heartbreaking, and you alone are responsible for destroying something that was so dear to us Salfordians. The day you are out of Salford can’t come too soon. So go now before you trash anything else that is so dear to us.
 
Anon wrote
at 5:01:20 AM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
It is clear that Stewart is unpopular. He should do the decent thing and somehow allow for the people of Salford to have another vote on whether or not he stays in his Mayoral position. He appears to making a lot of enemies and does not have the true interests of the Salford people at heart.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 5:01:00 AM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I am now calling for the cranes to be put behind us and let us get back onto making Salford great. This has been a bad publicity month for Salford. We need to work together to make a real difference. I ask our elected Mayor to begin a round of community events to mend any rift. I am sure Ian has the best interest of Salford at heart, he has more access to the facts on why things are done. I welcome a chance for our new start and a future for Salford. A great city indeed.
 
CLARE wrote
at 2:03:01 AM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
SALFORD DOCK CRANES, SO SHOCKED AND UPSET TO HEAR THEY HAVE GONE AND THAT MEANS A PIECE OF MY GRANDFATHER GONE TO NOW JUST GLAD HE IS NOT HERE TO SEE IT..... HE PAINTED THEM IN OLD DAYS AND ALL THE DOCKS THEY MANAGED TO KEEP THEM GOOD YEARS AGO LESS MONEY IN THEM DAYS SO I DONT UNDERSTAND TO BUSY TRYING TO GET RID OF EVERY THING OLD.... LIKE MOST OF SALFORD OLD SEAMENS LISTED BUILDED NOTHING IS LISTED IN SALFORD ANYMORE STOWELL'S 'STEEPLE' CHURCH WILL BE NEXT TO COME, LETS HAVE SOMETHING LEFT TO SHOW THE HISTORY TO OUR CHILDREN ITS NOT A GOOD AND A VERY BAD WAY OF DOING IT I ONLY FOUND OUT TODAY THERE WILL BE ALOT OF UNHAPPY SALFORD PEOPLE SHAME ON WHO EVER MADE THE DECISION.
 
Chaz wrote
at 2:02:54 AM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Kenneth w mckelvey....you make some excellent points but I have to pull you up on the amount of heritage thats left in Salford. The Salford Docklands Heritage & Nature Group made no mention of this but they didn't just oppose the destruction of the cranes, they proposed an alternative that involved fully renovated cranes as a kind of centre piece. SDHNG proposed a UNESCO World Heritage bid incorporating Pomona, thru the Quays, swinging up through the mosses to the Delph at Worsley in a kind of UNESCO corridor. When you fully catalogue all of the heritage architecture and engineering along that corridor as SDHNG have done its quite phenomenal, the list is quite extensive and the icing on the cake would now be a fully renovated Dock Office with dock gates in the style that you talked about. The MSC in its very self was/is an engineering miracle and is already a vibrant nature corridor full of birdlife including Kingfishers and Peregrine Falcons and we have the Worlds very first commercial Stephenson built railway line running across Chat Moss that was considered an impossible engineering feat at its time, these two man made marvels border what could be a nationally renowned Mosses/Wetlands centre that would, with its prime location, easily rival Martin Mere that has become a must do day out destination for millions of people. Lancashire Wildlife Trust have already set the groundwork for this with a newly aquired £2 Million mosses site. SDHNG laid out a clear sustainable alternative to the proposed destruction and got told "I wish you well with your venture" lol
 
Lee Craven MBE wrote
at 2:02:51 AM on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I'm so Gutted for all the supporters in trying to Save the Cranes, Iim gutted for the people of Salford and I'm gutted for the history that we've lost mostly gutted for the hard working Dockers past & Present including my late Grandad William Hulse... "The Great Cranes,Now out of sight...But Never Ever Forgotten"
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 6:01:30 PM on Monday, October 28, 2013
Now if the cranes are destroyed.Is their any vestage of Salfords Industrial past apart from a few railway bridges and a tiny bit of the Bridgewater canal.A few mills in Duchy.and the old boiler yard on Briggs street in the Adelphi.Is this because we have had outsiders making all the major decisions on Salford for us Salfordians never seem to get asked what or how we would like to see in our City.I personally would make all the UK City' Councils go to Bath York or Chester to see how to keep the past.and still modernise their City.What Salford council cannot get their head round is if the Super Structure of buildings is Sound you can make the interior ultra modern..Langworthy road School was a perfect example the Desecration of a great building it was an act of pure vandalism just to suit Developers and. Builders
 
margaret tunnacliffe wrote
at 3:08:46 PM on Monday, October 28, 2013
NOTHING matters to Stewart unless it effects him,it's that simple.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 3:08:41 PM on Monday, October 28, 2013
As a former candidate in the 2004 Boothstown and Ellenbrook Ward I request the Conservative winning Party call a recorded vote of no confidence in the Salford Mayor in the light of all public criticism. We need a recorded vote on what Councillors stand by this unforgivable decision to eradicate the heritage cranes. Salford Star should print the vote result.
 
wrote
at 3:07:55 PM on Monday, October 28, 2013
Cllr Coen was/is the champion the Totem pole, sourcing funding from a variety of CCs to support its renovation-and I applaud him for it, so I'm mystified that those Citywide Cllrs who retrospectively claim they wanted the cranes retained didn't explore the wider City interest-why did they remain silent? As for the future of the Totem pole-I do hope it wont be hidden from view in a Salix/City West enclave that two thirds of the City have no reason to visit. Perhaps the BBC/Media City/Peel could adopt it and it place it outside on the main piazza, they could easily afford to assume the liabilities it will incur...insurance, maintenance etc-but somehow I think that wont happen! If and when it eventually finds a permanent home I sincerely hope it will on the quays/docks where it can be enjoyed by everyone, locals,workers and visitors alike.
 
do they care wrote
at 12:41:36 PM on Monday, October 28, 2013
There is a picture of the Cranes on his facebook site promoting Salford. Does he care! No he doesn't...
 
Salford Docklands Heritage & Nature Group wrote
at 12:41:19 PM on Monday, October 28, 2013
SALFORD DOCKLANDS HERITAGE & NATURE GROUP PRESS RELEASE 28th October 2013 In the aftermath of the disgraceful destruction of the Salford docks cranes we are fully aware that there will, most likely, be an inquest into how this shameful event came about & the Salford Docklands Heritage & Nature Group, as sponsors of the attempted CPO, under the Localism Act 2011, would like to present the facts. Our attempt to obtain a Community Preservation Order for the cranes was blocked by Salford City Council under the grounds that the cranes were not deemed to be of even local heritage interest. It’s as simple as that. Although under the new legislation we had no official recourse to appeal we made an appeal regardless, which was also unsuccessful despite approaching the sponsor of the legislation, Liberal Democrat Bath MP, Don Foster, & Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Brentwood & Ongar Conservative MP, Eric Pickles. If the Community Preservation Order had been successful we would have expected Salford City Council to secure the cranes with a protective netting & given us a helping hand by maintaining the insurance. We would then have had a six month period in which to raise the money and secure restoration contractors, and if we were unable to achieve those aims, the Council could have demolished them in the Spring. We have stated this in many media outlets, but would like to finally re-iterate that the economic state of the council and “austerity” had nothing whatsoever to do with why the docks cranes could not be saved. Salford Docklands Heritage & Nature Group wishes to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone involved in the campaign to save the docks cranes – Save Salfords Cranes, Save Our Cranes, Save Salford, Salford & Proud, Salford Star, Salford Online, Say No To Fracking On Barton Moss, Salford Local History Forum, Quays News, Ordsall Trust, film outfit Generic Greeting Collective, Nigel Pivaro, Mike Sweeney & Manchester Ship Canal Conservation Network The cranes are dead, LONG LIVE THE CRANES
 
wrote
at 8:45:12 AM on Monday, October 28, 2013
I believe the "strong objections" raised at the Ordsall & Langworthy were more to do with the fact the the URC-a well paid quango headed by Felicity Goodey et al had failed in their brief to secure the funding to re locate the cranes to the roundabout site. At no time was the CC asked to approve or support the demolition of the cranes. Indeed it was the first time many of the residents in attendance that evening realised that there was a plan to move the cranes. There was annoyance and anger that the few people there that night were just expected to accept and nod through without question the use of public funds(getting on for three quarters of a million pounds of taxpayers money)to enable the project to proceed. Residents expressed concern that URC hadnt done the job it was paid to do and raised issues around the ineptitude of the well paid city planning officers working in conjunction with developers who had created the need for the relocation of the cranes by themselves creating the danger area around the cranes thus leaving no safe buffer zone for ongoing/future maintenance. Residents asked the council/URC to revisit other sources of funding for the project. Yes, we all know that community committees are not at all representative of their local community, it is "usual suspects" who attend- but it wasn't a consultation, it was one presentation to one CC. The cranes have an historical link right across Salford so it would have been fairer to source opinion from all the CC"s. Its obvious that Mayor Stewart is clutching at straws by trying to blaming O & L residents-but its just not true.
 
White wrote
at 8:45:02 AM on Monday, October 28, 2013
Mr Stewart seems totally unwilling to realise that, when those who he represents disagree with him, he should try to change their minds with reasoned argument, not by insults. Far too often his method of ‘debate’ is to attack the messenger and not the message.
 
EX NU-LIEBOUR VOTER wrote
at 8:44:11 AM on Monday, October 28, 2013
This is a prime example of what happens when the shafted electorate are conned into voting for yet another self-serving , arrogant , ignorant career politician . 2991 days until we can rid this city of Mayor Greedy Bastard , and not a day too soon .
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 8:43:43 AM on Monday, October 28, 2013
Mr Mayor "it is turning nasty". Get it sorted before all our Labour Councillors are dragged down. Was it a collective Council decision. Who signed what. Give us the audited costs. Why was speed of essence. Tell us how many local community people you asked. Just a few of the questions without answers. Salford Dock Cranes have gone, now is it any surprise a backlash begins?
 
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