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NEW SALFORD FILM REVEALS IMAGE OBSESSED COUNCIL WHILE COMMUNITY CHOKES
 

Star date: 6th June 2016

REGENERATION OR DE-GENERATION?

"I hope that the image of the city will be much better" Councillor Derek Antrobus, Planning Lead Member

"It's about bricks and mortar and not about the people who live in these areas" Graham Cooper, youth worker and community activist

A new short film about Salford's development by Rob Ball shows the two sides of the city's regeneration, with Planning Lead Member, Councillor Derek Antrobus, revealing an image-obsessed Salford Council, while people from the community talk about loss of community.

Full details here...


The Foundations Documentary by film maker, Rob Ball, looks at Salford's current state and reveals the Council to be totally obsessed with the image of the city, seemingly above all else, as Councillor Derek Antrobus, Planning Lead Member, manages to mention `image' three times during his short interview...

"The Quays started to change the image of Salford so people were no longer concerned about investing in the city" he explains, before adding "I hope that the image of the city will be much better" and "We've got Media City which has been of immense value in changing the image of Salford from Dirty Old Town to something more about the future..."

Meanwhile, people from the community who are interviewed draw a different picture...

"Salford's changing and it's not for the better" says Colin Johnson, who points to the destruction of heritage, like the forthcoming demolition of the Black Horse and Ye Olde Nelson pubs.

"We were a community, it's not that now" says Jean Seddon, from Weaste, pointing out the lack of community facilities, like primary schools, in the area.

"My concern is that it's about bricks and mortar and not about the people who live in these areas" explains youth worker and community activist Graham Cooper "I don't think regeneration is what it is...to regenerate you have to de-generate and that's what they've been doing here for 15 years

"There needs to be investment in the communities where the regeneration is going on...you can't leave people behind" he adds "You'll have small places with really bad indicators of poverty, lack of aspirations, people with no hope surrounded by quarter of a million pound houses...We need to stop dismantling our communities and concentrate on investing in them..."

Antrobus also states in the documentary that that the Council made sure people got jobs and apprentices as part of the new development around Ordsall and the Quays but the documentary points out that just 26 jobs were created for Salford people at BBC MediaCityUK, while Jean Seddon remembers when an Enterprise Zone was created in Salford in the 1980s... "Not even a third of Salford people were employed" she says.

Antrobus adds that, during development of the Quays and Ordsall, the Council made sure the community was involved, citing Ordsall Angling Club and Ordsall Community Arts. Salford Council is currently proposing to cut Ordsall Community Arts' grant.

The documentary also contains an interview with Salford Star editor Stephen Kingston, who drawing on extensive research by the publication, concludes "if you've got a community that's got child poverty, that's got income poverty, that's got unemployment, social problems and whatever, and you put a load of young professionals in there, then all of sudden the figures start balancing themselves out; so Ordsall's suddenly climbed six places in the Multiple Deprivation Indices and the Council's crowing about it but you haven't solved any of the problems...what you've done is diluted them."

The beautifully shot 12 minute film, containing some superb drone footage of the city, can now be viewed on YouTube.

"This documentary looks into the City of Salford which has seen massive amounts of development and economic growth in the last few years" says Rob Ball "I tried to explore how this development is impacting the local communities and how it will affect your average Salford resident."


See also recent Salford Star articles...

Ordsall Boom click here

Charlestown Play Area Horror In Midst of Regeneration - click here

See also Salford Star print issue 10 for huge articles on planning and regeneration failures click here

RayofSunshine wrote
at 08:58:05 on 08 June 2016
Alongside the development of physical capital, meaningful regeneration requires a strategy for human capital. Education and training -- combining advanced I.T with traditional values of respect,hard work and the love of learning. This is how the people of Salford will prosper In the coming years! In addition I would advocate setting up a Salford Sovereign Wealth Fund ; monies raised from developers would be paid in, Salford Citizens would receive an annual dividend. Over time this mechanism of redistribution could raise living standards in Salford considerably. Such is the nature of Practical Socialism in the 21st Century.

Michael James Felse wrote
at 14:19:40 on 06 June 2016
The film helps explain why elected councils should have more consideration for local people. I want to see a Greater Manchester mayor give back control to local people, a society reflecting on the heritage and history across Greater Manchester. We need the leader who will put 300million Government's money not into private sector housing but into new social housing. Also the GM mayor must instruct the 14,000 unoccupied home owners in Greater Manchester to be repossessed. Giving cooperatives of local trades the right to renovate. This will help towards the 60,000 new jobs the Greater Manchester Mayor must guarantee within 4 years. Set targets for the new man and make them prove their real worth.

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