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SALFORD LISTED DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS TO BE DEMOLISHED AS PEGGY SEEGER SLATES ‘LAND GRABBERS’
 

Star date: 19th May 2017

WORLD FAMOUS ORDSALL GASWORKS TO BE DEMOLISHED

The Salford listed gasworks made world famous by the Ewan MacColl song Dirty Old Town are to be demolished if proposals by the National Grid are passed by Salford City Council, as more of the city's heritage is set to disappear.

Today, Ewan MacColl's wife and songwriting partner, Peggy Seeger, slated the 'land grabbing' move and proposed an alternative use that could be "somewhere unlike anywhere in the world"...

Full details here...


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Black Horse pub Salford demolished Dirty Old Town Ewan MacColl
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'I found my love by the gasworks croft...'

The massive gas holders on Liverpool Street that have become synonymous with Ewan MacColl's world famous song, Dirty Old Town, are to be demolished by the National Grid, with Salford City Council set to agree to the proposals, after secret meetings and, what the Grid calls, 'engagement with elected members'.

Demolition notices have been placed near the gas holders, and the Grid was advised by Council planning officers that even though the iconic landmarks are locally listed, this "designation does not afford protection to the structures".

The National Grid states in its application that the demolition is a "first step in preparing the site for future regeneration and more beneficial use..."

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has made a big play of how the surround wall of the structures would be 'saved' and 'celebrated' - but Dirty Old Town originally never mentioned a 'gasworks wall', as Ewan MacColl's wife Peggy Seeger, who sang the song many times with Ewan, confirmed to the Salford Star this morning...

"Don't tell the Council 'cause they'll probably demolish the wall if they know this" she joked, slating the unimaginative 'land-grabbers' who will see more of the city's heritage disappear...

"The gasworks skeleton, rusty or not, is magnificent" she said "If we didn't live in a land-grabbing commercial system, the gasworks scaffolding could have been strengthened and turned into latticework for climbing plants.

"The internal spaces could hold a maze, a secret garden, a cafe, trees…fountains… secret spaces to discover...somewhere unlike anywhere in the world" she added "Good for the environment and Salford's fresh air, and a magic place for children of any age..."

Salford Council was quite happy to splash £19million on the posh RHS Garden in Worsley but uses for the land – housing, retail or light industry - contained in the demolition proposal will see central Salford turned more and more into an unaffordable, urban concrete jungle.

Meanwhile, as the Salford Quays Cranes were demolished recently, and the Black Horse pub is being demolished now, more and more heritage is set to disappear, as Salford becomes Milton Keynes by the Irwell...


'We'll chop you down like an old dead tree...'


For loads of information about Ewan MacColl and the video of Dirty Old Town see the official website – click here


See also Salford Star's Ewan MacColl centenary special – click here

David Hoult wrote
at 1:04:00 PM on Thursday, June 22, 2017
Regarding gas holders on Liverpool street. Love them or loathe them,. Still love to see them . Was brought up and lived in Ayr street next to them. Still give me great pleasure in seeing them. Brings back my great childhood, collecting coke from gas works, cows and sheep along liverpool street, fishing on cut canal, train spotting on gas work sidings.Could go on forever dirty noisy, but great innocent childhood. Plus shopping on Regent Road, Cross lane. Loved it all.
 
Gas fan wrote
at 12:10:35 AM on Thursday, June 22, 2017
How about turning the holders into domes like at the Eden project? The outside of one holder could have a track built around it and be turned into a ride. The other could have an observation deck round the top. The rest of the grounds could be a park, play area, cafe, museum or heritage site. How about reopening the old mining museum there as well?
 
Caroline Gray wrote
at 12:08:01 AM on Sunday, May 28, 2017
i agree..... owners ..lost to us Bindloss 1840 ..destroyed by salford city council ..if you are a gentleman ..you would understand an not accept this
 
Name Albert Clarke wrote
at 10:38:27 AM on Saturday, May 27, 2017
The fat cats who control the faceless holding companies are only interested in SLASH AND CONCRETE and the bottom line,they are constantly let off with millions of pounds in fees etc, meanwhile our council is crying "government Cuts" are to blame for all our ills, hang about, have'nt this same crush been in office for donkey's years and we still have"deprived areas?, the most glaring eg is the state of our streets and roads, urban vision must be making a pile of monies.
 
wrote
at 12:58:52 AM on Sunday, May 21, 2017
Gareth L makes a point, but one which shows up a common error with many who comment. He is clearly referring to 'old'Salford i.e. Salford before the local government reorganisation. It is often ignored that 55% of the city population lives in areas other than original Salford, where the environment is very different.
 
Gareth L wrote
at 11:56:07 AM on Saturday, May 20, 2017
Soon all that will be left of Salford is a memory
 
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