Almost two thousand people have now signed the petition* against any proposal to build houses in Buile Hill Park, after the Salford Star revealed that Salford City Council and Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, had signed a 'Memorandum of Understanding' with the developer, Capital and Centric, to consider the scheme in order to facilitate a Salford Red Devils Foundation bid to re-open the Park's Mansion.
With mounting public opposition, and what is set to be a stormy Weaste and Claremont Community Committee meeting on 22nd May**, the Salford Star is aware of rumours that the developer and associated community groups might be set to pull out of any scheme to build houses in the park.
However, Capital and Centric states that these are unfounded and is promising an open day to gauge the community's views...
"We're working closely with the Council and the Salford Red Devils Foundation to come up with some creative ideas on how we can secure the mansion's future after several failed attempts to save it" Adam Higgins, co-founder of Capital and Centric told the Star.
"We absolutely want to involve local people in that conversation and will be holding an open day soon to get their views on how we can create an amazing community asset" he added "We want to be very clear…we're not suggesting building on any park land. Our initial ideas have been looking at how we can re-use some of the closed-off, previously built on parts of the park to get money spent on the mansion and see the park thriving again."
The Salford Star asked the Salford Red Devils Foundation to comment on the rumours and its latest position but, as yet, the organisation hasn't responded.
* To sign the petition – click here
** Weaste and Claremont Community Committee public meeting is on Tuesday 22nd May 6:30pm at De La Salle Sports Club, although the venue might change to cope with the amount of people expected to attend.
See also previous Salford Star articles:
Buile Hill Mansion Secrecy - click here
Over 1,500 people sign petition against park houses - click here