HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2009
 

MARY BURNS AWARDS
DAY 16

THE TRUE GRIT IN SALFORD AWARD

Just before the final few MARY BURNS AWARDS are presented (and they're well worth waiting for!), we've been asked to make a special award for services to gritting Salford's roads this icy, snowy January, as everything shuts down for want of a bit of salt…

Ladies and Gentlemen. THE TRUE GRIT IN SALFORD AWARD…goes to…

Please do a drum roll and click here…


 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Yes, nominations for Salford Council have come in from all over the city – from old ladies slipping in the grounds of their sheltered accommodation, to people not being able to get to work because their road hasn't been gritted once during the whole three week spell of icy weather.

`What do we pay our Council Tax for?'...`Why haven't they been stockpiling grit during the mild winters?'…`My road always used to be gritted but not any more – are they just saving money?' people have been asking us.

Barbara Spicer, Salford Council Chief Exec sent out a memo to councillors yesterday stating "We currently have enough grit left to continue cautiously gritting the primary routes. We are working with both our own services and those of partners (police, hospital etc) to prioritise gritting, use of the snow plough and also helping with the manual clearance of snow…we are aiming to get staff out again tomorrow to manually to  remove snow from vulnerable places such as outside the care homes."

And the Council website reports that "Non-primary routes will not be gritted".

We can't find any reports on the Council's website about its emergency winter plans for this year. But what we have found is a report from winter 2007 bellyaching about a £50,000 cost for gritting footways, as a result of  implementing The Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, "in which Section 111 provides a duty on the Highway Authority to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that safe passage along the highway is not endangered by snow and ice".

The report continues that in the Act the words "reasonably practical" and "highways" are ambiguous and that "Additional liability may not even occur"…

It seems that the Council was more worried about legal claims against it as a result of the Act, than actually trying to make the highways and footpaths of Salford safe. 

A previous Council report from 2002 states that "The City Council is obliged to clear snow and ice from carriageways and footways" but adds that it's "not an absolute duty"…

So that's alright then?

Ladies and Gentlemen. Chuck your snowballs at the Civic Centre for the winner of the TRUE GRIT IN SALFORD AWARD…

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Applause…

If anyone from the Council would like to make a speech please fill in the Comments box below…although we don't expect anyone to be in work today at the Council, as they can't get there!

 

 

 

Paul Delve wrote
at 5:25:21 AM on Thursday, January 7, 2010
Do the people of salford not realise that before anything can be done about the snow in Salford the councillors will have to go on a jaunt to some far off cold land to see how they do it first?..Obviously it will entail staying in very expensive Hotels and having very expensive restaurant meals!
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 10:12:05 AM on Wednesday, January 6, 2010
If this was'nt a safety issue, I'd be laughing my socks off right now! As I type, Im observing a scene out of my bedroom-cum-office, that resembles something more akin to the ski resort of val d'isere than Greater Manchester. Although its not snowing at present - the compacted snow brought on by two showers of snow and compression by traffic makes it difficult to determine whats pavement and whats road. Im sure they've done the A-Roads (those ones leading to the hotspots of the Quays, Old Trafford, and Manchester), but when are they going to do the off shoot roads leading to schools and hospitals? The Salt's there - its just not been used in certain areas! As for the council not saying its their duty - isn't it responsible for the safety of pavements adjoining its highways and byways?
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: HOPE HALL SCHOOL SALFORD
HOPE HALL SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOL, SALFORD. 30 Photos now on Facebook:- TITLE: "Hope Hall Secondary School Salford Pupils" YEAR... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCIL AJ BELL STADIUM WORTH £6.5MILLION DESPITE OVER £24MILLION PUBLIC LOANS
Unfortunately I think he council will end up selling. It has 2 options 1 don’t sell, Sale move and the stadium goes bust as. Salfo... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCIL AJ BELL STADIUM WORTH £6.5MILLION DESPITE OVER £24MILLION PUBLIC LOANS
What ever part of the city you come from you have to admit this is one more white elephant Labour project. Ego taken to the highes... [more]
article: NEW CLADDING FOR SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS IN MARCH SAYS DEPUTY MAYOR
"BINGO!" A "tutor of the year" and a "Demand". If he comes back with an "Urge" today, I'm buying a lottery ticket.... [more]
article: 91% OF SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANTS IN ARREARS WITH CITY WEST
Mystic Meg,all the ills you seek highlight;Universal Credit,tower block cladding and free loading property developers can ultimate... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

ACORN ANTI-POVERTY AND TENANTS UNION LAUNCHES IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 20th January 2018

TENANTS POWER TO HIT SALFORD

ACORN, a nationwide union that uses direct action and community organising to build power for tenants, is launching a local branch that will include Salford on Tuesday 30th January 6:30pm at Friends Meeting House in Manchester.

Full details here...

SALFORD CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU TO RUN ENERGY BILL SLASHING SESSION

Star date: 20th January 2018

ENERGY SAVING CAMPAIGN COMES TO SALFORD

The Salford Citizens Advice Bureau is holding a special session at Pendleton Gateway this Thursday, 25th January, between 10am and 1pm, to help people slash energy bills by up to £300.

Full details here...

GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION LAUNCHES £5MILLION FUND FOR COMMUNITIES

Star date: 20th January 2018

SALFORD COMMUNITY ORGANISATONS COULD RECIEVE UP TO £150,000

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, the Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a £5million fund for charities and community organisations, to be spent on things like buildings and refurbishments.

Full details here...

SALFORD COUNCIL AJ BELL STADIUM WORTH £6.5MILLION DESPITE OVER £24MILLION PUBLIC LOANS

Star date: 20th January 2018

PEEL HOLDINGS WILL SELL STADIUM, SALFORD COUNCIL WON'T SAYS SALE SHARKS OWNER

Speaking to the BBC North West Tonight, Sale Sharks owner Simon Orange said that the AJ Bell Stadium, which has had over £24million in public money loans from Salford Council, has now been independently valued at just £6.5million.

He added that the Sharks had offered to buy the stadium at "more than 50% higher" than the valuation, but, while joint owners Peel Holdings were keen to sell, Salford Council were "not interested"

Full details here....

SALFORD COUNCIL RUNNING FIRST AID FOR DOGS AFTER £1.6MILLION CUT TO HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

Star date: 19th January 2018 

DOGS FIRST AID COURSE AFTER HUMAN GROUPS CUT

"An insult to the people of Salford..."

Salford City Council is using its Health Improvement Team to run First Aid For Dogs courses, after slashing £1.6million from its budget which helped improve the lives of humans.

The courses, run in conjunction with the PDSA, cover doggy bloat, doggy bandaging and resuscitating doggies... "It's an insult to the people of Salford that managers are putting the health of dogs before the health of people" says one resident affected by the Health Improvement cuts.

Full details here...

 



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