HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2009
 

MARY BURNS AWARDS
DAY 20

THE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION OF THE YEAR AWARD PART 3

Are community consultations worth the paper they are written on? Do the community's views really count? The Mary Burns Community Consultation Awards not only ask these questions but also try and answer them.

In Part 1 we showed that the community's voice counted for less than 25% of the final decision, and in Part 2 we showed a group that didn't even exist being consulted, and an admission from the Leader of Salford City Council that the consultation, er, "hasn't been perfect". Now join us in Part 3 for twisted statistics and more…

Ladies and Gentlemen. THE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION OF THE YEAR AWARD PART 3…goes to…

Please do a drum roll and click here…


 


SALFORD CITY COUNCIL, SALIX HOMES and the CENTRAL SALFORD URBAN REGENERATION COMPANY – FOR THEIR FAB WORK ON THE ISLINGTON ESTATE.

Last February residents in Islington were asked to vote on five Options for the future of their estate. They voted for Options 2 and 3 with `a significant proportion of residents opposed to demolition', according to a report by consultants GVA Grimley.

What the residents eventually got was somewhere between Options 3 and 4, with significant demolition, because "the views of residents were then combined with additional stakeholder consultation, a financial appraisal and a review of the strategic regeneration criteria of the partner organisations Salford City Council, Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company (URC) and Salix Homes"…
 
The new `preferred option' was then presented to residents as a future that would see `85% of the existing homes retained and improved' and `just 15% of the estate demolished'. This is only true, of course, if you count every flat in the two big high rise towerblocks, Canon Hussey Court and Arthur Millwood Court, as a property in its own right. What they didn't shout about was that 60% of low rise homes (46 properties) on the estate were to be demolished.

The majority of residents, the consultants report explained, were actually `happy' with Option 1, with no major changes at all, just improvements to everyone's homes. But, as a further report by Salford Council noted, this option (keeping all social housing) was seen as "potentially harmful to the wider regeneration of the area". The `preferred option' of 60% low rise demolition "complements the redevelopment of Chapel Street into the future". 

Chapel Street is, of course, right next to Manchester city centre, and is seen as being the new up market `centre of Salford'. A view underlined by the majority of developers consulted who argued that they would only get involved if the whole estate was bulldozed…

Lo and behold, when the `preferred option' with its large amount of demolitions was put to the Government for PFI funding, it was rejected as it was "not transformational enough"… no doubt, because there was still some social housing left standing for poor people!

Community consultations – don't you just love 'em?

Ladies and Gentlemen. Break out your Monopoly boards for the winners of THE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION OF THE YEAR AWARD PART 3…

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL, SALIX HOMES and the CENTRAL SALFORD URBAN REGENERATION COMPANY

Applause…

If anyone from these organisations would like to make a speech please fill in the Comments box below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

mad salix wrote
at 12:52:33 AM on Monday, January 11, 2010
Great award! You can also add that in the last `Islington Update' newsletter it says that 87% of residents were happy with the way they had been consulted, although almost half of them (46%)didn't understand `how the Preferred Option had been arrived at'!!! It's got the council and developers paw prints all over it!!! These consultations are complete shams...
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: AS HOMELESS SALFORD MAN DIES UNCLE ASKS WHY IT’S NOT BEING REPORTED
Target the drug pushers probably in this country there are hundreds of rough sleepers who die dont think its a cover up its just t... [more]
article: SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING SCANDAL CONTINUES WITH JUST ONE AFFORDABLE PROPERTY OUT OF 196
If say the money from council house sales was used to build more dwellings that would have been good ,but it wasn't. Even so ,thes... [more]
article: SALFORD APARTMENTS RE-BRANDED GREENGATE MANCHESTER AFTER AVOIDING £2MILLION FEES
The people who live in these luxury living gated community city centre flats or whatever they are called have to live somewhere.Ap... [more]
article: 91% OF SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANTS IN ARREARS WITH CITY WEST
Mystic Meg looks at Rayofsunshine with pity in her warm, green eyes before: "Ray, you sound like a good kid, but you need to grow... [more]
article: SALFORD APARTMENTS RE-BRANDED GREENGATE MANCHESTER AFTER AVOIDING £2MILLION FEES
The question as already been asked but can someone answer???? what is affordable to the average man or women within this city. For... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

AS HOMELESS SALFORD MAN DIES UNCLE ASKS WHY IT’S NOT BEING REPORTED

Star date: 23rd January 2018

'FOR ME, IT'S ALL BEING COVERED UP...'

Last Friday, a homeless man from Salford sadly died after living on the streets in Manchester city centre; the latest, many believe, in a spate of such incidents.

Now his uncle wants to know why his nephew's death was not reported and says "This is probably going on in every big city in the country, and for me it is just being covered up..."

Full details here...

SALFORD APARTMENTS RE-BRANDED GREENGATE MANCHESTER AFTER AVOIDING £2MILLION FEES

Star date: 23rd January 2018

£2MILLION FEE AVOIDANCE, £35MILLION OF PUBLIC MONEY, AND THEN APARTMENT BLOCKS MOVED TO 'MANCHESTER'

 A huge 'luxury' apartment block which avoided almost £2million in fees to Salford City Council, plus around 100 affordable properties, and then got a £35million subsidy from the Government as it changed ownership for £110million, has branded itself 'Greengate Manchester'.

Full details here...

SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING SCANDAL CONTINUES WITH JUST ONE AFFORDABLE PROPERTY OUT OF 196

Star date: 22nd January 2018

WHEN IS THIS SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING SCANDAL GOING TO END?

The planning panel of councillors for Salford City Council will be probably rubber stamping yet another huge development in Ordsall this week – two blocks of 'luxury' apartments, up to nine storeys high, off Ordsall Lane and Dyer Street.

From 196 properties being proposed by Selectric Investments Ltd, just one will be affordable, thanks to official Salford Council policy.

Full details here...

JOE O’BYRNE WINS SALFORD STAR AWARD FOR BEST PLAY

Star date: 21st January 2018

THE HAUNTING OF BLAINE MANOR WINS BEST PLAY

Last year, the Salford Star asked its readers to nominate winners in four categories reflecting Salford's cultural delights – Best Night, Best Performer, Best Play and Best Band.

From the shortlist, Live Events Editor, Ian Leslie, together with Salford Star staff, have decided the worthy winner of the first Salford Star Award for Best Play is The Haunting of Blaine Manor by Joe O'Byrne – a horror masterclass!

Full details here...

GREENPEACE PENGUINS HIT MANCHESTER TO PROTECT ANTARCTIC

Star date: 21st January 2018

CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT PENGUIN HOME

A waddle of Greenpeace penguins paraded in Castlefield, Manchester, yesterday, joining a worldwide awareness raising day about the need for the world's largest protected area to be created in the Antarctic Ocean.

Full details here...

 



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