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SALFORD COUNCIL SELLS OFF GREEN LAND AS IT URGES RESIDENTS NOT TO CONCRETE GARDENS
 

Star date: 1st June 2015

CONTROVERSIAL HILTON LANE FIELD TO BE SOLD FOR HOUSING

Salford City Council, via its Urban Vision venture, has put the controversial Hilton Lane `sheep field' in Little Hulton up for sale for housing – just as Assistant Planning Mayor Councillor Antrobus went public urging residents to refrain from concreting over all of their gardens to reduce the risk of flooding.

"The property enjoys an attractive rural aspect" states the sales brochure, adding that it "will be limited to residential use only..."

Full details here...


Hilton Lane Field Sales Advert
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Only last week, Salford Council put out a press release titled `Call to turn grey Salford green', featuring Assistant Mayor for Planning, Councillor Derek Antrobus, urging residents to back an excellent campaign by The Royal Horticultural Society which rails against four and a half million front gardens (one in four) being completely paved over.

The Society states that the move towards 'grey' Britain increases the danger to homes from flooding as well as being bad for wildlife, and Councillor Antrobus added that "This campaign recognises that people pave over front gardens to provide parking space but shows how you can combine that with planting to help green the grey.

"If people can plant up their front garden or put out a few pots it will slow the amount of rainfall going into the drains and lessen the risk as well as providing havens for bees, butterflies and wildlife" he urged "It will also makes the environment more attractive which is good for everyone."

At the same time that this press release was issued, an advertisement was posted on the Council's joint venture Urban Vision website for the sale of the controversial green field land on Hilton Lane in Little Hulton.

The land was formerly used as playing fields for the nearby St George's RC High School, until it was rented off to a local sheep farmer (for background see here). It is also next to Peel Holdings' Burgess Farm, scene of a planning battle a few years ago with residents who wanted to keep it rural (see here).

"We are pleased to be instructed by Salford City Council to offer for sale this residential development opportunity, comprising surplus detached school playing fields and adjacent former grazing land, extending to some 16.4 Acres (6.64 hectares)" states the advert "The property enjoys an attractive rural aspect in this well regarded residential location. It is considered suitable for residential development, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consent."

Salford Council is also proposing to `dispose' of green land at Hill Top Moss in Walkden, for housing. The Moss is attached to Blackleach Country Park and, despite a protest march by the community and a petition with over six hundred signatures, the Council seems intent to go ahead with the sale...

"Once this Moss is gone it's gone" says resident Julia Patterson "That's what everyone's fighting for..."

At the very same time as urging residents not to turn green Salford `grey', the Council is selling off its own green land to concrete over. And these huge spaces are more than a few paved gardens.


• For more details of the fight to save Hill Top Moss see previous Salford Star website feature – click here – or the latest print edition of Salford Star

Kenneth mckelvey wrote
at 09:35:30 on 07 June 2015
I am surprised that Salford Council Kept Antrobus On After The Mess He Helped Create With The Regeneration Programme ,Affordable Houses Was A Mickey Take . Salford, Got Any Amount Of Unaffordable Luxury Flats . A Lot Built In Green Areas, With Canal Or Riverside Views, What Never ceased to amaze me Was The Rapid Moves To Demolish Salfords Remarkable Industrial History, Agecroft Pit, Salford Docks , any amount Of Mills Engineering Chemical Works , He Just Helped zto Make A Mess , The Quays Looks Well But Nothing On It For Salfordians Purely out of interest I would like to know how many Afforable Actually zgot Built And How Many Salfordians Bought One 3
 
Bob Clarke wrote
at 08:09:33 on 06 June 2015
cllr Antrobus blocked me from his Twitter account for the following " the best way to protect Green field site is to replace you "
 
frank wrote
at 16:20:20 on 01 June 2015
if you let them get away with it. next it will be all our parks. not very much left of salford as it is.
 
noreen bailey wrote
at 16:20:15 on 01 June 2015
do they never learn well everyone lets see if Rebecca Long Bailey will keep to her promise and stand up for the people of Salford, not listen to Ian Stewart or his maids its time to fight and make our new MP earn her money
 
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