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SALFORD CRESCENT MASTERPLANNERS CONFIRM DEMOLITION OF OLD POLICE HQ
 

Star date: 12th August 2018

POLICE HQ ON THE CRESCENT TO BE DEMOLISHED

The imposing old Salford Police headquarters on the Crescent is to be demolished, as confirmed by the Salford City Council and Salford University masterplanners at yesterday's consultation on the future of the area.

Local people at the consultation didn't seem happy about the amount of high rise buildings in the plans, and nothing was said about any affordable housing.

Full details here...


Salford Crescent Police HQ Salford Crescent Police HQ
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The old Salford Police headquarters on the Crescent is to be demolished as part of a masterplan to change the whole area from Salford Crescent Station to The Meadows, as revealed by Salford City Council and the University of Salford last week (see previous Salford Star article for full background ? click here)

The old Police HQ, currently covered in artwork, is a 1950s landmark, designed by Bradshaw, Gass and Hope, and closed in 2008. Recently, urban explorer, Matt Holmes, got into the building and took loads of photos (see previous Salford Star article ? click here)?

"The Police HQ created many memories from people who have shared their experience to me on my Facebook page and that is why the building needs to be saved" he reported "Generations of policemen dating right back to the 1950s all have memories of this building and therefore it holds a pivotal part to Salford's history and community."

When the masterplan was revealed, the Police HQ didn't warrant a mention but at yesterday's consultation at the Old Fire Station, the planners confirmed that the iconic building is to be trashed. The slogan of the masterplan is 'Soul Not For Sale'...

There was a plan submitted by Stama Developments (Salford) to convert the building into 117 apartments within the complex and 23 townhouses attached to the site but this was strangely rejected by the planning panel, with the developer threatening to sue the Council. The Council obviously wanted to demolish the building, although this wasn't made clear at the planning meeting.

Meanwhile, at yesterday's consultation, local people seemed concerned at the amount of high rise buildings in the plan surrounding their homes, while nothing was confirmed about any affordable housing in the masterplan... "Salford Mayor Paul Dennett is very keen on affordable housing" the Salford Star was told.

As the Soul Not For Sale tag gets sold to the community and developers, the Salford Police HQ building joins the list of heritage sites either demolished or in major jeopardy. There are forthcoming meeting to save Buile Hill Mansion (click here) and the Victoria Theatre (click here)


For more details on the Crescent masterplan see the website ? click here

Cody wrote
at 05:45:04 on 16 August 2018
@ Rey. How about the uncollected fees the Council lets these developers not pay? Also, while they're at it they can make sure these developers deliver the affordable housing they're supposed to. Yes, the Tories have starved Salford of funds and the Council needs to find that money, but flogging land and social housing stock to developers and getting very little in return is just bad business and governance. You could argue developers appealing to the Government if Salford Council go after them for unpaid fees etc means the Council doesn't have a choice because they're already cash-strapped? If that's the case then where does it stop if the Council doesn't say "Enough is enough"? Does the Council carry on letting them get away with not paying the correct fees and not building affordable housing until they get a return from these projects? When will be that be and how much? Where will the people on the housing waiting lists stay in the mean time? Playing the "long game" while flogging housing stock and land isn't acceptable for those waiting for a home. They say they're starved of cash then the Council invests millions in Manchester Airport and elsewhere. If they can find millions for those investments then they could find some to challenge developers to set a precedent and some to do the old police station up.

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 19:57:50 on 15 August 2018
Cod?,perhaps my mate,Giussepe,is being "satirical" - humour, in my opini?n,is often a two-edged sword! As to your suggesti?n that the council shouĺd fund conversion of the police station into social housing - where would the council obtain funds for such a course of action? Remember, that since the early 1980's, successive governments have robbed,yes,"robbed", Salford of hundreds of millions in housing investment!

Philip Giuseppe Rossi, The Broadwalk ... wrote
at 12:31:32 on 15 August 2018
Cody, all thst I can say is that from now on I shall not engage with you. Please, don't take this personally. It's just that I see you as a man who is incapable of listening to another man's point of view. People like uou and Macca, you just complain all the time. Whinging and whining, but getting nowhere. In my last comment to you I offered some constructive advice, but obviously, as the old proverb says, You shouldn't place your pearls before swine. I've learned that this is a fact, and I will not be doing it again. Like I say, Cody, I will not engage with you again. With regard the police station, it would possibly have made a good nightclub for students. And I'm talking a quality one, with millions of pounds invested into it. Live DJ's, glitterballs, the lot. It would have been a happening swinging place, full of dancing sweating students, their youthful bodies moving to the beat of some Trip hop, like a thousand strong army of Bronze Age pagans beseeching the Spirits of their ancestors for some rain to fall on their parched and drought plagued land ... just so that their crops may grow, for the first time in three years ... The Crescent as a high class nightclub would have been superb.

Cody wrote
at 06:06:55 on 15 August 2018
@ Ray. I would've thought that was self-explanatory, I can't take him seriously and won't be wasting my time anymore. The Council could turn the old Police station into affordable social housing. Something I'd assume he supports, but he supports the building of more expensive apartments while the social housing list grows longer and fees go uncollected, which in turn denies the Council funds for more social housing. Which is fair enough if his actual argument was at least coherent. It isn't though, and when I give him my opinion like I and others have before, he rants about Masons, talks like Tories are MI5 and other random shite that isn't a valid argument. Yet I'm, presumably, supposed to take him seriously and I'm "impugning" his motives for not doing so? He's entitled to talk bollcoks but I won't be replying to him anymore or taking him seriously.

bob wrote
at 06:06:03 on 15 August 2018
I made to following comments on these plans for the townhouses, which would sit beside an industrial estate occupied by a concrete supplier, were ?ill-conceived?.?These are family homes,? ?There will be no gardens, one car parking space each and it?s next to an industrial estate. ?I don?t see how you can have five bedroom family homes with no gardens. ?It?s unfortunate, because it?s nice, it?s just ill-conceived.? If i recall the windows didn?t open because of the poor air quality.

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 17:48:45 on 14 August 2018
Cody,apart from making tart remarks anď impun?ng the m?t?ves of others, what exactly, are you trying to say?

Cody wrote
at 10:06:30 on 14 August 2018
Rossi. Having replied to you before and read some of your previous comments I can't take anything you say seriously. You don't accept facts or figures and your replies are generally devoid of actual coherent arguments and are mostly moronic. That's not even mentioning the accusations of mason conspiracy theories and secret Tory infiltrators.

dave wrote
at 08:02:09 on 14 August 2018
I can remember councillors not all that long ago saying "No more high rise,we want a community back". Seems like they soon forget their promise of homes with gardens and room to breath. They are just building new "Slums" all hollows walls and not much space inside.

Rossi speaks wrote
at 08:01:36 on 14 August 2018
Cody you're a cynic. If you are so dissatisfied with the status quo, then why don't you run for Salford Mayor in a couple of years, get twenty five thousand votes, become The Big Man, and change things. It's pointless you and Macca whining over your half pints of shandy, and never having the cojones to do anything about it. Me, I'm more than happy with the job Paul is doing, and with the job that Our beloved Salford Labour Party are doing... I just hope they do it for another thousand years. And the Crescent Police Station ... knock it down and build some luxury apartments. It makes sense. God bless you Mayor Paul. We Salfordians love you. Long may you reign.

bob wrote
at 08:01:12 on 14 August 2018
"Salford Mayor Paul Dennett is very keen on affordable housing". If paul Denning is so keen why does he keep letting developers get away with fees and no affordable home. Something stinks and not the sewerage works.

Cody wrote
at 17:36:54 on 13 August 2018
Hey, Macca. Didn't you get the memo? This is 'progress'! Why shouldn't the Council let developers build expensive apartments for rich investors, not collect the fees and reduce Social housing in the process? Just imagine the buttons these new residents will throw our way in Council Tax revenues in a few years time? With that kind of money we can build 2 more Council Houses! Salford Labour's Socialist revolution in action! Makes ya proud!

Macca wrote
at 14:51:11 on 13 August 2018
Why are they building skyscrapers all over ? It isn?t the baby boom of the 1960?s .salfird will become more of a concrete jungle than it already is , out a stop too these monstrous buildings , there ugly and not wanted . The bigger thing is we?re getting rid of history and iconic solid built buildings that they just don?t make anymore . By all means convert them into 2-3 bed apartments for rent social housing .

Lewis Croden wrote
at 07:13:51 on 13 August 2018
Took away cranes on Salford Quays and now demolishing historic police station? This is quite alarming for Salford history. Manchester City Council have demolished lots of historical buildings in the City, allowed old Odeon on Oxford Rd to go into disrepair. Salford needs to look and not make the same mistakes. There's plenty of space for development whilst retaining historical properties. Will be the council houses next.

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