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SALFORD MAYOR £2MILLION BRIDGE WINNER ANNOUNCED
 

Star date: 23rd January 2014

MAYOR SENDS SOS TO PUBLIC ON CUTS WHILE TRYING TO FUND £2MILLION MEADOWS BRIDGE

Salford Mayor Ian Stewart yesterday hailed the winner of the £30,000 Meadows Bridge beauty contest, saying that the "iconic" design by Tonkin Liu with Arup would "add to the city's global reputation". The Bridge, which will run from the Crescent to the Meadows has a budget of `up to £1.9million'.

Earlier this week the Mayor sent an SOS - Suggest Our Savings – to Salford Council staff and the public urging them to come up with ideas on how to save money as another £25million of cuts loom.

Full details here…


Earlier this week Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, sent out an SOS to Council staff and the public, urging them to `Suggest Our Savings' - with ballot boxes normally used for elections set up in the Civic Centre, Turnpike House and Unity House for people to post "sensible suggestions" as the Council struggles to implement a further £25million cuts.

"The level of cuts mean we are being forced to close or reduce services we would otherwise very much want to keep and protect" the Mayor stated on his website.

Meanwhile, yesterday, the result of the controversial Meadows Bridge beauty contest – which cost £30,000 to run – was announced, the winner being Tonkin Liu with Arup. According to the original spec for the bridge competition, the final structure will have a budget of `up to £1.9million' (see previous Salford Star articles – click here and click here).

On announcing the Meadows Bridge winner, the Mayor hailed the "iconic" design and added that "We will now be working with our partners to find the funding to create this stunning new bridge in the heart of Salford that will add to the city's global reputation."

Global design company Arup, co-winner of the competition, didn't even bother to announce its triumph on its website or Twitter feeds, preferring to big up work for a new bridge across the St Lawrence River in Montreal, and its input into a new electric bus route in Milton Keynes.

However, Renato Benedetti, from Riba – which trousered the £30,000 running costs for the bridge design contest - luvvied it up, sighing "their unique bridge is poetic, innovative and elegantly engineered with sinuous curves seamlessly linking the Meadows with the new public space to be created. Its sculptural qualities ensure it will be a joy to look at and to use, becoming an inspirational new urban marker for Salford."

Under Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, Salford is becoming full of `urban markers', like the £13million Greengate Fountain (see here), the £3.1million water taxi pontoons, walkways and cycle routes around the University and Media City (see here) and, of course, the £150,000 mobile phone app that is set to replace Salford's original `urban marker' – the Salford Quays Cargo Cranes that were cruelly demolished last year (see here).

Meanwhile, bridge experts attacked Salford Council's Meadows Bridge competition at its launch, with top bridge designer, Cezary Bednarski, arguing "There is no commitment to build anything, nor to employ the winner."

…And top bridge blog site, The Happy Pontist, equally critical…"Salford say they are looking for an `iconic' structure, but it's far from clear whether they have the appetite for an `iconic' cost." (see here)

Should Ian Stewart find Salford Council money for the `iconic cost' of the bridge, while making massive cuts to services for the most vulnerable people in the city, he might have a lot of iconically angry people to answer to…

wrote
at 20:08:16 on 27 January 2014
I'd like somebody to publish the details of this here contest... more public cash spent on a contest for a bridge for a private institution? I was led to understand Salford Uni could pay for itself now via it being a self - funding business... then again, we'll hear the council pleading poverty. Come out of your ivory towers Mr Mayor and Mr Deputy Mayor - the stories coming out of the city I love make me want to weep with sadness - a re evaluation of this cities priorities are required and Golden pots should not be hived away for your pals in private business or follies...they should be used to maintain services (or have your colleagues forgotten that?)
 
noreen bailey wrote
at 14:36:25 on 27 January 2014
what an earth is this man that calls himself a mayor because he certainly is not for real live a day in our special children and adults footsteps and see what life is really like
 
rone wrote
at 14:36:22 on 27 January 2014
they are of there heads these people in power dont have a clue of what they are doing spending tax payers monbey andpoluting the envoiment they are a discrase to the british people.
 
Joseph wrote
at 18:32:33 on 23 January 2014
Stewart has lost the plot completely. How dare they squander OUR MONEY on this when our elderly , needy , disadvantaged are being shafted. 2904 days till we get rid of this Career Clown .
 
EX LIEBOUR , FOREVER wrote
at 18:32:22 on 23 January 2014
Here's my suggestion for Mayor Greedy to save money- Sack half the Assistant Parasites , and resign . AND GOOD RIDDANCE.
 
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