HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD COUNCIL SECRETS
 

Star date: 2nd November 2009  

ACCOUNTABILITY IN SALFORD DOESN'T EXIST!

Did you know that Salford Council is about to spend £131,509 and 93p doing up the ground floor of the Civic Centre in Swinton?  Almost a month ago the Salford Star asked innocently what this was for. We're still waiting for an answer.

In fact, we're still waiting on answers to around twenty questions dating back over a month on seven different subjects ranging from Salix Homes to the future of Athole Street to the future of Higher Broughton. Plus there's two Freedom of Information requests outstanding. And not one of our questions has been answered yet…

Full story here…


Given that there is barely any proper media left in Salford at the moment, you'd think that the City Council would be only too pleased to answer the concerns of its residents, filtered through the Salford Star.

For instance, we have old ladies panicking about the future of their homes – they don't know whether their houses are staying up or being demolished.  So they've asked us to try and find out, which we've done. But the Council doesn't seem bothered about them.

We have a situation where 55% of Salford Council owned homes don't meet the decency standard, with virtually no prospect of any funding to bring them up to a proper standard. The Council doesn't seem to want to answer its residents' concerns about this.

Meanwhile, in Higher Broughton the Council is being brought to the High Court by its own residents in two days time – but it doesn't want to explain this either.  And we have questions on lots of other stuff too but we're just being blanked.

The Salford council press office has promised us answers to at least some of these questions but so far we've heard nothing. We've no idea what their game is but surely a city council should be accountable to the local media somewhere along the line. Or perhaps it just prefers to put out bland propaganda through its own Life in Salford magazine of which we still don't know the true costs because no-one's got back re our Freedom of Information request.  

So where do we go to complain?  Opposition councillors? Government Office North West? The Audit Commission? The Government? Europe?

We can only tell Salford people that the Council - whose wages and expenses and `refurbishment costs' we are paying - don't want to be accountable in the slightest to anyone. Yet if the Salford Star writes an article without including a Council quote the article is seen as `unbalanced'.

What the hell is going on in StALinFORD?

 

* Salford Council is not alone of course - we've also been waiting for five months for an answer to a question put to the Government's Homes and Communities Agency re the spending of public money, at least a year for a Freedom of Information request from the University of Salford...and nearly two years for a reply from our local MP Hazel Blears! British democracy - the best in the world eh?

** Amazing - since this was posted yesterday we've had replies to two questions and a Freedom of Information request answered.

***The Freedom of Information reply was unacceptable as it had half the information missing, so we've sent it back requesting an internal review/appeal.

**** And here's the answer to what the £131,509.93 refurbishment was for...

Councillor David Lancaster, Salford City Council's deputy leader said: "We're undergoing a refurbishment on the ground floor of the civic centre to enable us to bring our Human Resources team into one place providing a modern and fit for purpose service.
 
"This is part of our ongoing commitment to making efficiency savings across the council by improving the way we work and how we use our buildings.
 
"Since 2000, our office rationalisation has produced £3.2m of capital receipts, a further £5.8m is projected and £400,000 per annum on savings on running costs from closed buildings has already been achieved.
 
"Staff occupancy levels have improved from 19 square metres per person to 11 square metres per person and ongoing accommodation strategy improves efficiency and staff morale."

Hope that's clear...but taking 8sq metres off each person sounds like they're employing battery hens to us...

***** The other reply was in relation to Salix Homes and indecent homes which we will add to the original article

Mike Skeffington wrote
at 7:41:45 AM on Tuesday, November 3, 2009
No surprise to me, this is a normal non-response from Salford council. I think Mary Ferrer has a point, but unfortunately part of the problem has been apathy from the people born out of the attitude of the council. Salford has a proud history of helping to bring about radical change through direct action: remember the, Battle of Bexley Square, or the birth of the TUC. The problem is that many people are now 'armchair scialists' and whilst their anger and frustration is evident their willingness to go along in person to press home their concerns face to face with councillors is, on the whole, sadly lacking. However, given the brazen attitude of Hazel Blears and her cohorts on Salford council I wonder if even this would make them face their responsibilities to the long suffering people of Salford.
 
Masked avenger wrote
at 3:54:17 AM on Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Any news on the councils share of the profits or SUPER PROFITS from the sale of Broughton Green yet? How about the Community hub,playing field,developer interested in building on their "land bank" where they demolished? Thought not.
 
Charlie Cairloli wrote
at 11:29:59 PM on Monday, November 2, 2009
Three duff commissioners (re:Data Protection Act) http://www.e-health-insider.com/news/4917/ico_issues_privacy_guide;_salford_rapped
 
Disgusted of Lower Broughton wrote
at 1:39:46 PM on Monday, November 2, 2009
As the festive season inexorably approaches I'm thinking we should collectively compose a Salford Star special 12 Days of Christmas ditty, summing up the state of play in this particular rotten borough. We already have: six (mental health) drop-ins empty, two (FOIA) requests outstanding, an unknown number of councillors scamming, and a Lord-a-lurking (not to mention Hazel F****** Blears). I'm sure that in the time left we can creatively fill in the blanks, and maybe perform it on the Town Hall steps just before our "representatives" break up for their Christmas hols.
 
Mary Ferrer wrote
at 6:07:52 AM on Monday, November 2, 2009
One way to get some answers to some of your questions. as a resident of Salford ask them at public questions at Novembers full council. Get the residents who have asked you to come along and ask the questions or for them to get a rep, as I know some people don't feel at ease asking questions in public. They shouldn't have to do this, as these questions should be answered when the residents ask. the questions need to be sent in by post or email a few weeks before.
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: OVER 4,000 SALFORD RESIDENTS OPPOSE HOUSES ON DUNCAN MATHESON PLAYING FIELDS
Retired Socialist, my view of the world is that green spaces are all well and good, but I have noticed that in Salford, quite po... [more]
article: OVER 4,000 SALFORD RESIDENTS OPPOSE HOUSES ON DUNCAN MATHESON PLAYING FIELDS
What is your view of the world Phil? a stone clad drab world lacking in colour and vibrancy, where we all read the morning star u... [more]
article: OVER 4,000 SALFORD RESIDENTS OPPOSE HOUSES ON DUNCAN MATHESON PLAYING FIELDS
Phil,thank you so much for your wise words.Great,go forth and build.But not in our parks or playing fields.So you and the bloody m... [more]
article: OVER 4,000 SALFORD RESIDENTS OPPOSE HOUSES ON DUNCAN MATHESON PLAYING FIELDS
Even more bothered about Buile Hill Park - a far more serious intrusion into heritage public land that should be sacrosanct and fr... [more]
article: OVER 4,000 SALFORD RESIDENTS OPPOSE HOUSES ON DUNCAN MATHESON PLAYING FIELDS
DO NOT BUILD HOUSES ON DUNCAN MATHESON PLAYING FIELDS ,It's there for the future of our Children. ... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SAVE SALFORD NURSERIES CAMPAIGN HITS PARLIAMENT

Star date: 26th April 2018

SALFORD NURSERIES CAMPAIGN GOES NATIONAL

Yesterday, Save Salford Nurseries campaigners took their message to Parliament,  meeting MPs and protesting outside the Department of Education, although the Government will not meet with the campaign until May.

Here, nursery campaigner, Lee Shannon, who joined the London lobbying, gives an account of the day...

Full details here...

OVER 4,000 SALFORD RESIDENTS OPPOSE HOUSES ON DUNCAN MATHESON PLAYING FIELDS

Star date: 25th April 2018

PUBLIC MEETING GEARS UP FOR OPPOSITION TO SALFORD COUNCIL

Tomorrow night, Thursday 26th April at 7pm, there's going to be a further public meeting at De La Salle Sports Club to reignite opposition to a proposed huge housing development on the Duncan Matheson Playing Fields, off Lancaster Road.

Over four thousand people have already signed a petition, as Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, seems to have done a u-turn, from originally opposing the development to supporting building on the playing fields.

Full details here...

SALFORD RED DEVILS DIRECTOR OPENS UP ON PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS AT THE CLUB

Star date: 24th April 2018

"WE ARE PROBABLY THE MOST POORLY SUPPORTED CLUB..."

What is the future for Salford Red Devils? A wealthy benefactor has gone, players have been sold, crowds are small and income is low. On the pitch things aren't too bad but, off the pitch, the new owners are trying to pick up the pieces, including a new Salford Red She-Devils team...

"I think the reality is that we are probably the most poorly supported club" Executive Director Andrew Rosler tells Gareth Lyons "I think you kind of get the team you deserve..."

Full details here...

SALFORD LIBDEM CANDIDATE CLAIMS SHE’S BEING BULLIED IN CLAREMONT

Star date: 23rd April 2018

TENSION, 'BULLYING' AND POLITICAL DOG FIGHTING IN LOCAL ELECTION CONTEST

While the local election campaigns around Salford are pretty mild at the moment, in the Claremont ward it's all kicking off, with the LibDem candidate, Stef Lorenz, accusing Labour Party supporters of 'bullying', and the authorities of complicity.

Stef has been blocked from putting up posters in the local Height Library for a jumble sale and art auction in aid of restoring the old Height Youth Club, been forced to stand down as chair of that campaign and has been met with a volley of political abuse on social media. What's going on?

Full details here...

SALFORD MINERS REMEMBERED AT AGECROFT MEMORIAL

Star date: 22nd April 2018

RESPECT PAID TO IRWELL VALLEY MINERS

Yesterday, former miners, families and trade unionists gathered at the Agecroft Colliery monument to pay respects to those who lost their lives down the pits...

"Today means everything, it's the only way we can pay back what they did for you" said Jackie Rimmer, whose father died down Agecroft Colliery in 1963.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx