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SALFORD MP SLATES TALE OF TWO CITIES MEDIACITYUK
 

Star date: 2nd September 2016

SALFORD NOW A `TALE OF TWO CITIES'

"The majority of jobs at Media City do not go to people from, or who live in Salford" Rebecca Long Bailey

Two Salford MPs, Rebecca Long Bailey and Barbara Keeley, have backed up what the Salford Star has been saying since 2008 – that MediaCityUK hasn't created enough jobs for Salford people. Calling for more opportunities, Rebecca Long Bailey told BBC Radio Manchester yesterday, that "we still have a tale of two cities".  

Meanwhile, with Peel Holdings re-branding Media City as in `Manchester' and its new apartments costing up to £385,500, Salford people are seriously getting left behind.

Full details here...


MediaCityUK Moved to Manchester
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As Salford City Council planning panel was about to rubber stamp approval of Peel Holdings' huge £1billion expansion scheme for MediaCityUK yesterday, one councillor looked bemused that there was no social housing amongst almost 1,400 flats proposed...

"Our hands are tied" explained planning chair, Councillor Ray Mashiter "it's all outside our determination..."*

Indeed, in 2006, Salford Council waived all planning contributions and obligations for affordable housing at Media City – and there's no comeback on it. The city has lost millions of pounds because of this, well documented in the Salford Star over the years.

Meanwhile, Peel's latest residential development on the Quays, LightBox, has the cheapest tiny studio flats on sale for £138,000, with a three bed apartment costing a hefty £385,500. The company is absolutely coining it in – not a bad deal considering MediaCityUK was virtually paid for with public money (see previous Salford Star article – click here)

So what did Salford get in return? An image makeover? Definitely, except that Peel has re-branded the place as MediaCity UK, Manchester. Jobs? Even Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, pointed out in his election leaflet this year, re the BBC, that "In the first round of new jobs, only 26 Salfordians were employed there".

Poverty alleviation? The areas surrounding Salford Quays and Media City are still almost top of Salford's poverty league. According to the latest Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) for 2015, great swathes of Langworthy figure in the 1% most deprived areas in England. Although the Ordsall ward, which includes the Quays and tons of new expensive housing, has the biggest improvement in deprivation rankings, around half the area – ie the working class area - is still classed within the 3-7% most deprived areas in the country.

With the Council approving the second phase of MediaCityUK yesterday, the media again focussed on its benefits. Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long Bailey, told BBC Radio Manchester** that there was still "a tale of two cities" within Salford...

"I have always argued about the fact that the majority of jobs at Media City do not go to people from, or who live in Salford" she explained "From the outset this was because many of the media jobs were filled by those relocating from London. However, now, many of the jobs are still being filled by people across the UK rather than homegrown talent. 
 
"Locally I know that the Council has worked hard to ensure that there has been a push for media related courses at schools and colleges, and they have also invested in buildings at Media City that act as hubs for new businesses and start ups" she added "This investment, however, is not enough on its own and we still have a tale of two cities: we need much more funding from central government to deal with the skills gap in Salford and the wider North West. Currently the education sector is facing immense pressures and spending cuts."

The Salford and Eccles MP called for companies locating to Media City to "actively engage in outreach and mentoring programmes with local schools" and for "real investment in quality apprenticeships for local people, and, ideally, I would like to see companies in Media City agreeing to aim for a minimum percentage of apprentices who live locally."

Worsley and Eccles South MP, Barbara Keeley, also interviewed on the BBC Radio Manchester programme, spluttered when faced with Salford Star lack of engagement sentiments, but conceded "The early organisations that moved in – ITV, Salford University and the BBC – probably moved jobs they already had, I think that is true...the way Media City was established probably didn't generate enough opportunities for local people to get jobs and that's something that needs to happen."

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But as things stand Salford is becoming more and more `a tale of two cities'...


* See Salford Star article - at the end of the Boothstown planning piece - click here

** Listen to the MediaCityUK BBC Radio Manchester programme on iPlayer - click here (from 7:15am)


See also the original Salford Star articles from 2008 print issue 8 - 15,000 jobs figures `an article of faith' - click here and Beyond The Media City Jobs Hype - click here

   
J wrote
at 07:20:40 on 05 September 2016
It's on their website. http://www.cityandguilds.com/news/July-2016/Lion-Awards-2016
 
George in Labour wrote
at 21:09:59 on 04 September 2016
I am sure I read weeks ago on here about the City and Guilds uk tutor of the year awarded to Mr Felse. Is this correct editor? It is a great achievement for Salford. Come on Labour mates end your knocking Mr Felse it is bad politics and start praising us Corbyn.
 
wrote
at 11:06:57 on 04 September 2016
Michael; you were UK Tutor of the Year; why didn't you tell us?
 
wrote
at 11:06:54 on 04 September 2016
Which skills conference is that Michael? Do you have links to it? Am very interested.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 09:07:50 on 04 September 2016
Sorry to have missed Salford News for a week by being in Spain as part of my UK Tutor of the Year 2016. Will be back home on the 23rd September when the skills conferences finish. Limited access to web. But can say Salford needs to get out of the EU quick along with all the UK. The Brussels rulers are damaging our health and prospects. Will explain more on my return. Felse.
 
Bob Clarke wrote
at 12:52:48 on 03 September 2016
I did not vote for this on Thursday, the whole Peel thing leaves a bad taste.
 
wrote
at 12:52:40 on 03 September 2016
How ironic that the two MPs questioning the lack of Media City jobs going to Salford people both live elsewhere.
 
To be fair wrote
at 09:45:35 on 03 September 2016
To be fair, Salford lad, Merry was and is an idiot. He instigated closing schools that created a shortage of schools, demolished areas of affordable housing that we now have a lack of and pandered to any carpet bagger who had heard that Salford was a soft touch and wanted to come in and make a killing. He covered any development plans with "This will be good for the people of Salford as it will bring in additional people paying council tax". It seems all the Social Cleansing and bringing in new people has not been financially successful judging by all the cuts the council has been making.
 
Salford lad wrote
at 07:21:55 on 03 September 2016
It is noteworthy that neither Keely or Biailet our snout in the trough MPs have criticised the labour council John tosspot merry and scary spicer who caused this to happen. Labour are like the proverbial to the blanket. Bl
 
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