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SALFORD RESIDENTS EXCLUDED FROM PUBLIC PARK ATMOSFIELD STUDENT FESTIVAL
 

Star date: 21st May 2015

SALFORD UNIVERSITY PEEL PARK FESTIVAL EXCLUDES SALFORD PEOPLE

The Atmosfield music festival, to be held in Peel Park on May 30th by Salford University Students Union, is excluding Salford residents from attending. The student-only event, in the world's first public park, has been slated by Salford Music Festival organiser, Ed Blaney, who says: "It is typical to exclude the residents of Salford; music is for all, not just students visiting the city..."

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The Salford Music Festival, in September, features hundreds of bands in dozens of venues but is free and open to everyone to attend, including students. Now its organiser and co-founder, Ed Blaney, has blasted the University of Salford and its Students Union for organising a music festival in the world's first public park that excludes Salford residents.

The Atmosfield festival, with a line up including Sub Focus, MistaJam and The Hoosiers, is to take place in Peel Park on May 30th, as a student-only event.

"I think it is outrageous that they can hold an event and not allow the people of Salford entry or access" says Ed, who is also organising a free Salford Carnival at the AJ Bell Stadium on 6th and 7th June "The Park and its history belong to the people of Salford not the University. As a Salfordian I find it incredible an event like this excludes the people of Salford."

In response, Atmosfield's organisers told Ed that the festival (which has three stages) would only occupy a small area of Peel Park which will still be open to the public on the day.

Peel Park is currently awaiting confirmation from the Heritage Lottery on a £1.657million `Parks For People' refurbishment grant, which is to be matched by £676,500 from Salford Council, plus £120,833 `in kind' volunteer time from local people. Salford University is funding just £90,000 of the £2.45million project. In a report on the Lottery bid Salford Council states "The activity plan is a key aspect of the bid in terms of forming a new relationship between the park and the University."

Salford City Council is cited as a partner with `Salford University Manchester' on Atmosfield's website. Student-only tickets for the event range up to £35 and `boozebags', costing up to £50, are available in advance.

Elaine Connolly wrote
at 10:53:33 on 31 May 2015
And cant wait for it to finish ! The music as been so loud all day, We would get in trouble if we played music that loud !! I live near the park .
 
Anthony wrote
at 13:32:40 on 29 May 2015
Think I will be most definatley turning up as last time i checked peel park was public land not private , can't stop anybody Access from visiting a public place, and to my knowledge the university doesn't own a square inch of private land on that park , but typical students think there better than the people of salford because they have a degree in art and horticulture as per mummy and daddy's request 👍
 
Kennethmckelvey wrote
at 15:58:38 on 24 May 2015
Whats All the Kerfoffle the Students Want Peel Park For A Day Let Them Have It /The University Has brought a Few Jobs And a little much needed cash to our City/ Its the least we can do I cross the park regular their is only one or two people walking their dogs in it . Let them have it I hope it stays fine for them Good luck to em
 
Kenneth Mckelvey wrote
at 09:09:40 on 24 May 2015
Councillor Antrobus, Did enough damage to Salford when he was in charge of Labours Regeneration Programme , Salfordians In Langworthy Brindle Heath Charlestown & Higher Broughton All got Robbed of the true value if their homes Some under compulsary Purchase . the Winners in that charade were the Developers Builders & Salford Council The losers Were The Salford Householders who got robbed . Good first class Stock brick houses all demolished to suit Money grabbing Devolopers The Langworthy Upside Down HousesWere A Construction Disaster . To Build The Main Little Hulton Estate Took Seven Years Langworthy Is Still Not Finished They are A Disaster Pity The People Who Got Conned Out Of Their Homes Told They Were Getting Demolished Paid A Pittance Got Regenerated Then Sold in For A Good Profit For The Afore Mentioned
 
debbie wrote
at 05:43:42 on 24 May 2015
I shall be walking my 2 dogs that day as I do every day, let them dare try and stop me. Also as I live on riverside the letter we got was addressed to our "Salford friends" we obviously weren't when they stopped us using the leisure facilities or parking in front of our drives, must have been our "Salford enemies" then.
 
Jenny wrote
at 21:01:55 on 23 May 2015
Cllr Derek Antrobus sits on the Board of Governors for Salford University, ... He is head of Planning, and the University expands into Peel park... They want a concert , he makes sure it get the Green light, UNi need money, he makes sure any development funds (106 agreements for Central Salford) are plowed into his pet projects, Salford Uni. Does he get paid for that role as well??
 
Roberta wrote
at 17:43:14 on 22 May 2015
What are they going to give away next they have got rid of the Lowerys now they are taking the land from our poor kids.
 
Salford Lad wrote
at 08:50:08 on 22 May 2015
£35-£50 a ticket ?!?! I could blag my way to, and into, Glasto for that, and still have change for a mung bean curry and a 5 litre bottle of organic lager :)
 
Paul Calf wrote
at 08:49:58 on 22 May 2015
F***in students!! Bag O' Shyte :)
 
wrote
at 06:40:18 on 22 May 2015
What Park? What public space? slowly but surely this once proud park is being dominated by high rise student accommodation and the needs of the University. David Lewis fields are soon to be owned and no doubt fenced off by the University in a land swap for castle Irwell for recreational use by the student and employees. This park is slowly disappearing in size but it is still an Open Public Space therefore as a member of the public I will exercise my right to be in that space at that time. Looking forward to the festival, anyone want to join me?
 
ALL MOD CONS wrote
at 18:50:31 on 21 May 2015
The students bring in plenty of revenue to salford,stop whining and let them enjoy their festival,if you're that arsed about it organise your own.
 
PAUL D wrote
at 17:42:31 on 21 May 2015
what a disgrace yet again salford people second class citizens salford council should hang there head in shame
 
James wrote
at 17:42:19 on 21 May 2015
Cut and dry really. It's an end of exams party for students..
 
Tahir Chakotai wrote
at 11:20:31 on 21 May 2015
If Peel Park is a public park, then quite simply the students should not be holding this event in such an area, thus restricting the general public from accessing that green space. A park is supposed to be for everyone, and not for the few. There are loads of student pubs and clubs within Manchester and Salford. If they want their activities to be restricted to students, then I think its fair to say that the events should be held in their own pubs and clubs. However, if they choose to hold an event, in a public place, which causes some noise issues, to neighbouring housing estates, I think it's only fair to invite those from the surrounding areas, to join their event. It's just another case of segregation instead of integration, within Salford.
 
Michael F in SalFord wrote
at 11:19:33 on 21 May 2015
Karen, if they ban gay people I will take to the streets. Inclusion, Equality and Diversity are rights fought for hard and long by brave and bold grass root activists. However, it is good to have themed events. We should value the diversity of students attending Salford and event organisers can comfortably tick the inclusion box. We should be proud their vision is attracting the much needed £1.6million into Salford's student cultural life.
 
Karen wrote
at 09:44:23 on 21 May 2015
What if a Salford community group held an event but banned students? or gay people or ethnic minorities? There would be riots in the street, but Salford people are treated like vermin and a necessary evil by the council, we're here to fill the coffers with our taxes but we're going to exclude you from your own public park in favour of a load of students who most of which aren't even Salfordians...I despair living in this city
 
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