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SALFORD GRADE II LISTED VICTORIA THEATRE SOLD AS CAMPAIGNERS REMAIN CYNICAL
 

Star date: 10th September 2018

IS THERE A SECRET PLAN TO DEMOLISH LOWER BROUGHTON VICTORIA THEATRE?

"The Mayor has not replied to our correspondence or calls for months now..."

Salford Victoria Theatre Trust, which is campaigning to bring Lower Broughton's Grade II listed Victoria Theatre back to community use, has learned that since last week's failed auction sale, the building has been sold to an, as yet, unknown buyer.

With a new Local Plan for Lower Broughton being published in November, the campaigners remain cynical of Salford City Council's promise to protect the theatre, particularly in light of the silence from Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett.

Full details here...


Salford Victoria Theatre
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Back in 2016, Salford City Council produced a draft Local Plan, which it has been consulting upon over the last few years. Plans for Lower Broughton included the 'redevelopment' of the whole Cambridge area including nearby housing but stressed that it would be "Protecting the Grade II listed Victoria Theatre and securing its positive reuse, preferably for a community use in keeping with its original function and design..."*

In November, the Council intends to produce an updated version of the Local Plan and campaigners trying to save Victoria Theatre are now cynical about the promise to protect it, having learned that the building has now been sold, following a failed auction sale last week (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

"Unfortunately the timing of the auction with the redevelopment of Mocha Parade and the inclusion of the theatre in the Council plan as part of a retail development gives me no confidence that a deal hasn't already been made behind closed doors on what planning permission will be given to a new owner" says Sam Kelly of the Salford Victoria Theatre Trust

"Call me cynical but the Mayor has not replied to our correspondence or calls for months now" she adds "We shall have to see what happens with the nomination for ACV [Asset of Community Value]. If it doesn't go through then we'll know the Council are not going to help protect the Victoria. We can only hope that the new owner might be more of a philanthropist than the last one. The campaign is not over yet and we will continue fighting..."


The Salford Star has contacted Pugh, the auctioneers, to try and find out who has bought the Victoria Theatre and is waiting for a response.

A petition to Save The Victoria Theatre now has almost 1,000 signatures – click here to sign

*See previous Salford Star article: Another Masterplan for Lower Broughton – click here

Main photo by Gary Williams

Mike Atkinson wrote
at 19:42:09 on 10 October 2018
As a young man I worked at the Victoria Theatre when it was owned by Sam Goldberg - who everyone referred to as "Daddy".Why have we such disregard for Theatre History that we'd rather demolish the home of a century of laughter and applause than design and plan a development that had this architectural gem as its centrepiece?
 
Dave wrote
at 09:18:01 on 12 September 2018
looking at the picture of the private boxes, it reminds me of the program they had on telly called the good old days. It was like the old time music halls. I remember my gran telling me about them, when they all used to sing along in the old times, in the early 1900s.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 19:31:44 on 10 September 2018
I can see where Alice is coming from. She has good ideas. I only went in it as a kid, but it is pretty big. Could bits of it be used as artists studios? I worked at a place like that near Picadilly station once. It was interesting, even for someone as un artistic as me. I bet if it was in Manchester something would be done to use this building, but things are different in Salford, we just don't seem to care.It's apathy for you.
 
Gwyn wrote
at 19:31:34 on 10 September 2018
REMEMBER VICTORIA THEATRE CANNOT BE DEMOLISHED,IT IS A LISTED BUILDING-GOOD LUCK WITH THE OUTCOME,if the council won't reply,or come to you-turn the tables and turn up to their offices,following the outcome and info,best wishes,it is a wonderful building,superb features. tHEIR ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH FLATS/APARTMENTS GOING UP ROUND BLACKFRIARSTHAN AYYONE KNOWS WHAT TO DO WITH/SHAKE A STICK,SO A COMPLETE LIE BY SO CALLED DEVELOPERS.?A NAME SPRINGS TO MIND ALEX LANGSAM,UTTER RUBBISH & UNETHICAL COMPANY/LOOK UP RECORDS YOU WILL SEE FROM WHAT IS WRITTENTHAT IS TRUE/Good luck
 
Alice wrote
at 16:58:43 on 10 September 2018
I have not been in the Victoria theatre but I have been told that it has many Architectural features worth keeping. If anyone has been inside the Stockport Art Deco theatre or the Buxton Opera House then they will know what amazing buildings these are. They could have been sold off too. They are operated by volunteers and have brought pride as well as an income to these towns. The Lowry is a fine modern theatre but it is very expensive and does not always suit the interests and pockets of residents. A revamped Victoria could be a facility for the residents of the area and could include the University students doing Drama and those students doing Archectecture. I hope the new owner has a philanthropic attitude and recognises the value of history and community.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 16:58:35 on 10 September 2018
See below. I meant to say :- They will do a deal that they say is in the public interest and thats that.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 15:23:23 on 10 September 2018
I know nothing about any companies , but I know what the council are like. Let me ask one question though. How many of these good sincere people who are trying to save this building vote labour in our council elections. A good proportion of them I reckon. "Oh well" ,they say, "they are much better than the Tories". Are they? Once the knobs in our council think about doing something they will do it.They will do a deal that is in the public interest and thats that.The readers of this journal should know that when the Star smells a rat, there's a rat. I 'll wager a litre of grouse its down within the next two years.
 
Bob wrote
at 14:37:06 on 10 September 2018
No secret about wanting to demolish the building. For years local councillors and the council have wanted to tear down the building. It's well known locally that a certain company wants to build apartments on the site and adjoining land.
 
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