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CRESCENT MASTERPLAN WILL ‘RESPECT SOUL’ OF SALFORD SAYS MAYOR
 

Star date: 14th March 2018

SALFORD COUNCIL LAUNCHES 'SOUL NOT FOR SALE' VIDEO – WITH AMERICAN ACCENT!

At the MIPIM property orgy in the South of France yesterday, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, launched a 'Masterplan' for the Crescent under the banner of 'Soul Not For Sale', together with the University of Salford, Manchester, and a video narrated by a bloke with an American accent...

Many believe that the 'soul' has already been ripped out of the city...

Full details here...


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Amongst property developers, speculators and investors, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, launched the Masterplan for the re-development of the Crescent yesterday, at the MIPIM property orgy in the South of France.

The details of the "£800million investment opportunity" were unveiled by the Mayor, the University of Salford and 5plus Architects under a banner reading 'Soul Not For Sale'.

In tweets from his speech at MIPIM, Paul Dennett said: "Salford is a hub of culture, art and entertainment. It's a place where we put the people, the culture, and the communities at the heart of regeneration...It is not growth at any cost, it's about keeping the heart and identity of the city paramount..."

As the Salford Star reported recently, considering that 'communities are at the heart of regeneration', it seems no community group in the area was actually consulted on the plans before they were unveiled...not even the East Salford Community Committee. This despite the Salford University website stating that there had been a "consultation process", "options workshops" and "feedback from key stakeholders"... (see here)

Indeed, the recent history of Salford's regeneration has seen what many believe to be the 'soul' being ripped out of the city – with the demolition the Salford Quays Cranes, the City Mission, the Black Horse pub, Ye Olde Nelson pub and the breaking up of old communities via the Pathfinder project.

Meanwhile, the University of Salford itself, one of the partners in the Crescent Masterplan, drew huge criticism a few years back when it re-styled itself the University of Salford, Manchester.

Since then, there's been MediaCityUK, Manchester, the Lowry Outlet, Manchester, New Bailey, Manchester, Downtown Manchester and a zillion more examples of Salford being downgraded from the map, as developers seem intent of ripping the 'soul' from the city (see previous Salford Star articles - click here and click here and click here).

Should anyone trust this latest 'Soul Not For Sale' hype dreamt up by the architects? The rather nauseous video on the new Crescent website, also launched yesterday, and titled 'Soul Not For Sale', is actually narrated by a bloke with an American accent...and ends with Salford University Manchester proudly displaying its logo.


See the videos and plans on the Crescent Masterplan website – click here

The Crescent Masterplan...

The blurb from the website

"A distinctive place to live, work and visit, proud to be more Brooklyn than Manhattan, where people and businesses, from near and far, can find the space they need to thrive, prosper, create and connect..."

Creating a new University Vision and City District at the Heart of Salford's Transforming Economy

"Across 240 acres (99ha) Salford Crescent has the potential to deliver: £800 million investment opportunity, 2,500 residential new build – apartments and houses, 300,000 sq ft of modern student residential accommodation, 5 hectares of transformed historic parkland, 1.6 million sq ft of new commercial innovation floorspace for industrial growth sectors, 1.1 million sq ft of new educational floorspace. A new hotel and bespoke conferencing suite, 2,000 space multi storey car parks across the neighbourhood, a new school, local retail & health services and new commercial arts workspaces. Nearly 2 million sq ft of public realm, green landscape routes, 5 miles of running tracks, 1.5 miles of cycleways and 1,000 trees. and ensuring the future of six heritage buildings."

* One of the videos on the website also shows the controversial Crescent bridge – which saw Section 106 money that could have been used for affordable housing squirrelled away to pay for its £2million construction: See previous Salford Star articles – click here and click here




Terry wrote
at 16:13:14 on 19 March 2018
what on earth is Dennett doing in France when people can't afford the bus fare from Salford to Manchester city centre? We have Burnham raising taxes to spend money on smoking prevention and fitness regimes, well at least we will be fit enough to hurdle over the druggies lying on the pavements (not the genuinely homeless of course there are not that many to be a challenge but my God Burnham will capitalise on them) So Dennett has come out from under his duvet at last though now hanging on to Burnham's rhetoric (as he has non of his own) if not coat tails. We really cannot afford Dennett and Burnham this profligate madness is becoming the norm we are becoming de-sensitised to these opportunists. Spending more on that theme park ride aka the Crescent? when Liverpool road is worse than a Nigerian shanty town, and yes I have worked there, 'Warri' twinned with Eccles. Come the revolution both mayors in the stocks and Salford/Eccles Councillors/MP's deported, Anybody seen MP Keeley whilst Eccles crumbles? last seen buffing Corbyns shoes on the front bench. Great people in Eccles and Salford but struggling too hard to survive which leaves a vacuum into which these characters languish. Looking forward to the elections.
 
wrote
at 10:47:06 on 15 March 2018
Remember when Salford Council paid loads from the Council Tax to advertise Salford at Euston Station. Do a TV appeal on Euston Station hording boards to spend millions asking Londoners to Save Salford's Nurseries. Use the American ascent and reprint in French to widen appeal. Labour is a joke full of garbage. Hilariously we keep on voting in more.
 
Alice wrote
at 06:27:15 on 15 March 2018
I find this incredible...the hypocracy and deceit in the presentation of these plans for Salford. The wording in the video is slush and makes one squirm! How can our Council be so conned by this sickening presentation. I wonder how much it paid for it. Not even a Northern accent! Whilst some residents of Salford think about the damp patches on their walls or the poor heating, or some wonder when they will get social housing, our Councillors fly off to Cannes to spin a fairy tale. No wonder the consultation was so secret. This Council is not really Labour or it wouldn't be able to behave in this way.
 
Hedley Hopper Colonial Political Correspondant wrote
at 06:26:28 on 15 March 2018
STOP PRESS: Whilst on a fact-finding tour at MIPIM, my pimped-up Scooter ran over the feet of Bill De Blasio, Mayor of New York City (or a damned good lookalike!) (In truth it's hard to steer a mobility scooter having imbibed several glasses of Champagne, and holding a plate full of hors d'oeurves!) Anyway, taking advantage of His Honor's immobility, I asked him about a rumour going the rounds. He was able to confirm that there is NO truth in the rumour that he is considering renaming Brooklyn Borough as the Borough of Salford Actually! The whole thing is a joke!!!
 
Half the world away wrote
at 06:26:15 on 15 March 2018
I would like to leave this city This old town don't smell too pretty and I can feel the warning signs running around my mind And when I leave this island I'll book myself into a soul asylum 'Cause I can feel the warning signs running around my mind So here I go, I'm still scratching around in the same old hole My body feels young but my mind is very old So what do you say? You can't give me the dreams that are mine anyway Half the world away, half the world away
 
John wrote
at 06:25:27 on 15 March 2018
Hilarious stuff, do you think Dennett and his cronies believe any of this garbage?
 
Hedley Hopper Political Columnist & Tourist Guide wrote
at 18:33:39 on 14 March 2018
I believe that I have come down with a bad case of "Hove-itis". When crossing the Irwell into Manchester, tourists ask me if I live there; I find myself saying "Salford, Actually" If Salford is "more Brooklyn than Manhattan", then why start branding amenities etc with "Manchester" as in "XXXX, Manchester". I bet even Mayor Dennett is suffering from "Hove-itis" in Cannes - "I'm the Mayor of Salford, Actually." It has a far better ring than "I'm the Mayor of Salford, Manchester,"
 
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