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NATIONAL GRID WILL NOT RE-THINK DEMOLITION OF SALFORD DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS
 

Star date: 20th June 2018

'WE RECOGNISE THE HISTORIC INTEREST'...BUT THEY'RE BEING DEMOLISHED!

Despite musical protests and petitions, the National Grid is adamant that the Salford gas holders, made famous in the Dirty Old Town anthem, will be demolished.

Campaigners are asking for the Grid to re-think a new use for the structures, like in many other towns and cities, but the company states that while "We recognise the historic interest in the Salford gasholder...the structure is being dismantled..."

Full details here...


With two petitions running and a musical protest at the site last Sunday (see previous Salford Star article click here), campaigners are asking the National Grid for a last minute re-think about demolishing the two huge iconic gas holders on Liverpool Street, made famous in Ewan MacColl's anthem Dirty Old Town.

Other towns and cities have up-cycled similar gas holders into apartment blocks and even a park in King's Cross (see here). In Salford, the National Grid, with the blessing of Salford City Council, has agreed to keep a wall that's not in the original words of the song... 'I found my love by the gasworks croft...'

Those who want to keep disappearing Salford heritage alive are asking for a creative re-use of the gas holders but today the National Grid, which is already on site preparing for the demolition, revealed that there's no re-think about to happen...

"Improvements and modernisation in technology for storing gas mean individual gas holders haven't been used for many years" said a spokesperson "As the Salford gas holder is no longer required, the structure is being dismantled. This is the first step in making redundant brownfield land available for future use.

"We recognise the historic interest in the Salford gasholder and are working closely with stakeholders, including Salford Council and local community groups, to leave an engaging legacy that celebrates its role over the years" they added.

The petitions are still running with more protests planned...


To sign the petitions click here or click here

For a full background including Peggy Seeger's reaction click here


Bob the regular wrote
at 12:38:20 on 21 June 2018
The heritage -cultural value of these gasholder frames would only enhance the profitability of a scheme with flats inside.Lets face it, the National Grid team are just a bunch of hairy arsed gas engineers ,with not a touch of artistic interpretation among any of them. Imagine though, if we did let loose the ones with artistic minds on our high pressure gas transmission system. Then we would have problems. Its horses for courses. Like I said before, what have our cultural elite got to say on this subject? Are these luvvies afraid of upsetting the socialist high command?

Fred Walton wrote
at 08:39:19 on 21 June 2018
The children of today will have nothing to remind them of what was once a great city, and it's all down to greed, greed, and more ******* greed. Every bit of greenbelt is rapidly disappearing under tons of concrete and houses. So many beautiful iconic buildings have been replaced by concrete boxes. and all this to satisfy the greed of the big landowners, who have Salford Council in their back pockets.

Adele Mortimer wrote
at 08:38:52 on 21 June 2018
As long as its not more Apartments

Gareth L wrote
at 08:38:35 on 21 June 2018
A park doesnt make money. Overpriced goldfish bowl apartments do.

Ed Clark wrote
at 17:34:46 on 20 June 2018
Sadly shows a complete failure of any ambition to create an iconic legacy for Salford people based on its heritage

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