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Star date: 8th November 2013

SALFORD TORY LEADER OPPOSES GIGGS RESTAURANT PLAN – THEN ASKS HIM TO SWITCH ON WORSLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

At yesterday's Salford Council planning meeting, star struck Conservative Party opposition leader, Councillor Karen Garrido, was opposing plans by Manchester United player Ryan Giggs to enhance his Milan restaurant in Worsley, when she bizarrely asked him to switch on the village's Christmas lights* (see update)

Earlier, her husband, Councillor Robin Garrido, had said "we need to protect Worsley residents" from Giggs and his restaurateur partners' plans for sliding doors at Milan, adding "We don't want Hollywood Boulevard in Worsley Village…"

Full details here…


There were some hilarious scenes at yesterday's meeting of Salford Council's planning panel, when Manchester United star Ryan Giggs turned up to speak in favour of plans to enhance Milan, the up market Worsley restaurant he co-owns with two other partners.

The applicants wanted to refurbish Milan by installing big sliding/folding doors at the front of the restaurant, creating a new outdoor patio terrace dining area, amongst other things. The plans are part of a re-brand of the posh eaterie, which will be re-named George's after George Gilbert Scott, architect of Worsley's St Mark's Church.

Ryan Giggs, speaking to the planning panel, explained that the partners were "proud long standing residents" who all went to Moorside School together and wanted to create a venue that enhanced Worsley Village in a positive way…

"Café culture is more popular now in the UK" he said "Everyone wants to eat outside and get the experience you get on holiday…hopefully we can deliver something Worsley hasn't got at the moment."

Addressing earlier objections from the Worsley Village Community Association that the sliding doors were `inappropriate' and would lead to an increase in `anti-social behaviour', Giggs added that Milan was a restaurant not a pub, and that the partners wanted to engage with the Village community…"At Manchester United we're very big in bringing in the community and want to do that with this restaurant."

Local Conservative Party councillors rounded on the restaurant plans, with first Councillor Robin Garrido speaking of the "grave concerns" of residents… We don't want Hollywood Boulevard in Worsley Village", and then Councillor Graham Crompton weighing in with another objection to the sliding doors on the grounds of noise… "You see it on the Continent and on holiday…but it's not in keeping with a conservation area".

Next up was Conservative Party Leader, Councillor Karen Garrido, also Chair of the Worsley Village Community Association… "We welcome the Milan wanting to get involved with the Village Association" she said, bemoaning the fact that Ryan Giggs had never switched on the Village Christmas lights…

"I've lived here twenty five years and it's the first time you've asked" laughed Giggs.

Karen Garrido then laid into the restaurant plans, asking the planning panel to give "more consideration to the sliding doors and canopies" which would "lead to noise generated by eating and drinking outside."

The panel laughed off the Tory objections, with Councillor Derek Antrobus accusing Robin Garrido of "living in the cultural dark ages…he shouldn't take Worsley with him", before unanimously agreeing to the proposals.

Once the vote was over, Karen Garrido* scuttled over to Ryan Giggs, tablet diary in hand, pleading with him to switch on the Worsley Christmas lights. Undignified doesn't begin to describe the scene…

* UPDATE: 12th November: Apology To Karen Garrido

The Salford Star now accepts that this last bit was a case of mistaken identity. The woman who scuttled over to Ryan Giggs was not Karen Garrido at all but the lady from the Worsley Village Community Association, who had also earlier been objecting to his plans. They do look very similar from the side.

The Salford Star is not above correcting mistakes and apologising for errors, and in this case we admit, we got the identity wrong - so we unreservedly apologise to Karen Garrido, and suggest she dyes her hair neon blue so that such mistakes don't happen again. 

                           

brianfkirkham wrote
at 10:43:34 PM on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
And once more the pendulum that is the mind of Mr Felse swings. Mr Felse, I do wish you would just pin your colours to the mast and stop playing wind-up with our local politicians. If you want to write any plan for Salford - Do it with the consent of the people - choose your party - and flog your manifesto - If on the other hand this is a hunt for a job at Mr Stewarts table (GOD HELP US!) pick up the phone and speak to the personnel team...i'm sure they'll give you five minutes...
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 12:00:50 AM on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
@Brian, Yes, I would love the chance to write the Investing in People Plan for Salford. I am sure it would add direction, substance and trust. Instead I see fragmented fire fighting on reduced budgets. The vision of one bucket for all our Councillors to aim at with some missing the expected target too often.
 
Salford onion wrote
at 12:51:52 AM on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Have you lost your marbles false? Massey is a convicted criminal who wounded an innocent member of the public by stabbing him in the groin. Do you really want a convict conducting council business on yor behalf? False you are as mad as the Mayor, his Deputy and the score of assistants!
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 12:51:33 AM on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Still Agitating then Mr Felse? Very Good. Keep this up and you'll be on the BBC News within a Fortnight - The politico tornado cutting its way through Salford. Thing is about tornadoes - they cut through communities not giving a hoot who they've left damaged or injured behind...Michael, you've tried it on as an independent, you were once an english democrat, and even (laugh) a labour supporter (according to which page you wrote on here) the tories? a little too far right for your views eh? perhaps the lib dems would have you...you talk of "Vision" - but apart from writing about flogging council buildings and handing everything to Peel (are after a job there michael?) i haven't seen much of it, put it in writing and see if the people will accept it. If you don't - you merely confirm your admittance as an agitator - and one - although entertaining - people will grow tired of hearing about if you've zero to back it up.
 
Ken Mckelvey wrote
at 2:13:59 PM on Monday, November 11, 2013
I don't know why anybody wants a Tory Council when we already have one, FIRST the Torys never have /NEVER did/ and NEVER will/ Do any thing for the ordinary people /Same as this New Labour Council in Salford/ Torys voted against every Progressive move Implemented by Old Labour The NHS/and the Welfare State They have always prefered The DOG eat DOG System,The last Tory Council in Salford had the Racing Page Take Out Of All The Free Papers in Public Library's in Salford To me that Epitomizes the Torys All for One None For You
 
Tony Blair, say's wrote
at 2:13:19 PM on Monday, November 11, 2013
@michael felse, it's better to say nothing and have people think your a idiot, rather than to open your mouth and confirm it. We need to clean up politics in this country not add to them by trying to elect people with a dubious history, so Michael crawl back under the rock you once came from, or up the medication.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 7:22:54 AM on Sunday, November 10, 2013
Well said @Wrote, Paul pays council tax so why is it some people deny him standing. Actually be great if our Salford Tory party put Paul up for Worsley Cllr in May to pee off this Salford Labour Group! Come on Paul and Karen, start the big ball rolling to reclaim Salford for Salford residents. I will happily be your election and press agent in 2014 as I surely know the ropes and would enjoy seeing our Council Chamber come to life as Paul makes the Mayor answer our questions.
 
wrote
at 12:46:04 AM on Sunday, November 10, 2013
Many of us would much prefer Paul Massey , a resident of Salford , to run this City . Why not ? The rubbiish from Scotland , Merseyside , midlands and elsewhere have trashed the place , whilst ripping us all off . Paul Massey gets my vote .
 
TM wrote
at 4:26:13 PM on Saturday, November 9, 2013
What is it with Michael Felse and his championing of Paul Massey? Surely he must realise that the vast majority of Salford residents who know of Mr Massey would never elect him even if he paid them and made them offers they couldn’t refuse.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 1:30:33 AM on Saturday, November 9, 2013
WhiteW is correct it is not an elected post. I also stand corrected, it is £44k for Deputy and over 60k for our Mayor a year. Paul Massey agreed to do the Mayor job for free. If he accepts Ryan as a running mate to be his deputy I think we'll have the wining platform for 2015.
 
Ex Labour lieing gits wrote
at 1:29:51 AM on Saturday, November 9, 2013
Gald too see that the Tories in Salford are in nobodys pocket. Mr Giggs is a very rich man, so going along the line of the usual "Tories look after themselves" lines portrayed in the media I am glad to see that the Tories in Salford are different. This is what local government is all about, giving a toss about your neighbourhood the residents and businesses in it, and not so much about the party you stand for. Good job.
 
White wrote
at 12:42:40 PM on Friday, November 8, 2013
I wasn't aware that the post of Deputy Mayor was one which was voted for. I thought that such was an appointee of the Mayor. or am I mistaken?
 
wrote
at 12:42:30 PM on Friday, November 8, 2013
Mr.Felse. Just what does someone who kicks a ball for a ridiculous salary know about local politics ? Please take your medication .
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 6:39:40 AM on Friday, November 8, 2013
Doubt our Salford Tory Party share Salford's sporting praise for our Man United Star. I urge Ryan to stand as Deputy Mayor of Salford on a sports for all ticket in 2015. He may not need the £40,0000 Deputy Mayor's annual pay packet but we need bright visionaries like Ryan to give our Salford business sector a big boost.
 
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