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SALFORD COMMUNITY BID FOR BUILE HILL MANSION MOVES FORWARD
 

Star date: 8th August 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL IN TALKS WITH COMMUNITY OVER MANSION TAKEOVER

A community bid to take over the running of Buile Hill Park Mansion is now moving forward, with Urban Vision asking for more details to take the process to the next level.

The Salford Star understands that Salford Council had three options for the Grade II listed building which has lain empty for almost 15 years, but prefers to see the community bid, spearheaded by Salford Red Devils Foundation, the Sounds of Salford Radio and the Irwell Valley Mining Project, come to fruition...

Full details here...


After almost a year of indecision, the Salford Star understands that Salford Council is now ready to make progress on a community bid to take over the running of Buile Hill Park Mansion.

The Grade II listed building has lain empty for almost 15 years, since the former Salford Mining Museum was axed in the cuts of 2000. Despite attempts by former Salford Reds owner, John Wilkinson, to turn it into a private hotel against community opposition, nothing came of the plans and Salford's 'jewel in the crown' remains derelict.

Last year, Salford City Council's joint venture company, Urban Vision, advertised the Mansion at a 'nominal rent', asking for 'informal tenders', and an expression of interest was lodged by a community consortium spearheaded by Salford Red Devils Foundation, the Sounds of Salford Radio and the Irwell Valley Mining Project.

The community plans included a possible rugby museum, featuring not just Salford Reds but Swinton, Broughton Rangers and Salfordian William Web Ellis, credited with inventing the game. It would also see acknowledgements of Francis Hodgson Burnett whose famous book, The Secret Garden, was written following visits to the Mansion, and a possible restoration of the Salford Mining Museum.

The plans also included radio and media training for local young people, a possible art and heritage centre and antiques market, a cafe and constant community activities...But there was almost no response from Urban Vision or the Council (see previous Salford Star article Ė click here).

In the meantime, the Salford Star understands that two other commercial bids for the property have been lodged with the Council, leaving three options for the Mansion...but the community bid is now the preferred plan.

While he remains extremely cautious, John Blackburn of the Salford Red Devils Foundation, confirms that Urban Vision has been in touch asking for further details...

"The Mayor and Council are interested in taking our bid to the next stage but there's a long way to go" he says "We've been given the nod to go ahead and produce structured business plans and look at funding possibilities. I'm not over confident but it is exciting..."

Mary ferrer wrote
at 1:02:25 AM on Friday, August 11, 2017
Yes it will cost a lot of money. But it's not in a very bad state seeing it's been tinned up for 17 years. The people who have shown an interest in moving forward,must have idea what needs doing. I hope with all my her this project takes off. We need to keep hold of what little bit of heritage and history we have left. And in doing so we gather a community project for all to enjoy. Pity the council didn't want to work with us 10 years ago. It could now be up and running and bring money into the city.

The Omniscient Felse wrote
at 12:49:17 PM on Thursday, August 10, 2017
As well as winning "Tutor of the rear" on many occasions, the Omniscient Felse has advised, demanded or urged, Salford Council, Andy Burnham, Tony Blair and Prince Philip to mention a few---------so if they all followed his advice, then we know who to blame. As well as being Omiscient, he is also Omnipresent and was there alongside Neil Armstrong when he set foot on the moon, the fall of the Berlin wall and with John Terry In a Chelsea kitat the Champions league final in 2012!

Alsosickoffelse wrote
at 6:27:07 AM on Thursday, August 10, 2017
Sickovfelse I thought that more appropriate might be; "self-important, egotistical, over-opinionated political butterfly with an inflated and unjustified opinion of your own worth, with an apparent belief that anyone with influence has takes any notice of your urging and demanding."

Sickovfelse wrote
at 11:28:34 PM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Felse---please STFU or go and start your own blog or something. I enjoy reading the Salford Star and appreciate people who comment have diffent views, but you just seem like some sort of sad Egomaniac, with your demands for everything. Please just piss off.

Michael James Felse wrote
at 11:32:55 AM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
I do not understand the Labour Wrote hate for me. Your cabinet members know I saved Salford Council £2million from penalty EU funds. I am now ready to make Salford Council move into surplus from local people focused policies.

wrote
at 5:43:30 AM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
If MJF is ever elected, there will be a mass exodus from Salford.

Retired socialist wrote
at 2:55:27 AM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Salford Resident, the sound of salford is a millionaire, pray tell how much of is million pounds do you think he is prepared to commit? the place is falling down can you visualise the cost. I really don't care of what good work the foundation does come into the real world people normally don't give huge sums these day without a wedge or a bung at the end at, to be honest the mansion will be in the same shitty state next next Regards a realist. perhaps the owner of Salford rugby would pay back the money we throw at him and we could invest that!!

salford resident wrote
at 11:41:55 PM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Retired Socalist, The Sounds of Salford owner is a millionaire, Salford Reds Foundountion do brilliant work for the local kids, unless you had a clue please keep your opinion to yourself, there is a good Socalist

Michael James Felse wrote
at 11:41:44 PM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017
I remain committed to support the community use of this treasured building, if ever elected I will ensure its future is completely secured.

Tony Davey wrote
at 1:42:30 PM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Its about bloody time this rubbish council pulled thier fingers out of thier bums and sorted this out. This bid was first submitted around a year ago and the council just AND Urban Vision didnt event acknowledge it. Urban Vision should be sackdd however that wont happen as the council own part of this alleged private company.

Retired Socalist wrote
at 1:42:12 PM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Funding the key word, I would have more confidence if the parties involved had two halfpennies to rub together. Apart from the outer shell the place is falling down the cost unless we are looking at a serious developer is a none starter. These guys are time wasters.

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