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SWINTON RESIDENTS CONSIDER LEGAL ACTION AGAINST SALFORD COUNCIL AND BELLWAY HOMES IN PLANNING ATROCITY
 

Star date: 1st November 2018

NO LEGAL AGREEMENT IN PLACE SEVEN WEEKS AFTER DEVELOPMENT STARTS ON CAMPBELL ROAD

"We are not just fighting this campaign about this development. There is a need to change the culture of how planning is done in Salford..." Carol Boyce, SON

The Saving Our Neighbourhood community group in Swinton has formally put Salford City Council and Bellway Homes on notice that it is considering legal action against them on behalf of almost a thousand residents.

Unbelievably, seven weeks after construction has commenced on the ultra controversial development of 241 houses at the old Swinton Sewage Works off Campbell Road, Salford Council has admitted that no contract has been signed so that enforcement action can be taken against Bellway, despite residents documenting over one hundred complaints.

Full details here...


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"The local community is out of patience. No one is listening to our concerns..."

There's been a huge public meeting, rallies, demonstrations outside the Civic Centre and more...but still nothing is being done to protect residents as Bellway Homes begin the controversial development of 241 houses on the site of the old Swinton sewage works, near Campbell Road.

Salford City Council gave planning permission for the scheme last May* despite huge opposition from the community over lost green space, traffic problems and more.

Bellway has now been on site for seven weeks, with residents documenting over one hundred complaints, ranging from traffic causing damage to the small residential roads and impacting existing homes, to speeding lorries and dangerous driving, to risk of water contamination, to concern for the protection of a trapped deer.

In an email to the Saving Our Neighbourhood group (SON), Salford's Assistant Planning Director, Chris Findley, confirmed that a legal contract that would enable the Council to take enforcement action to protect residents, which should have been signed before work commenced, hadn't been signed as "it is more complicated".

SON is now questioning the legality of the works already undertaken, and has formally put both Salford City Council and Bellway Homes on notice that it is considering legal action against them on behalf of almost a thousand residents.

At a Civic Centre meeting two weeks ago, between Council planners, senior Bellway managers and contractors, and SON, it was admitted that there was a legal wrangle about whether work had actually started, despite residents having clear evidence of demolition and excavation.

"Bellway and their first contractor, ADM, in charge of remediation, have been allowed to start work with no consideration for health and safety of the community – no control, no reporting, and no way to challenge whether what they have been doing has been safe or not" states SON.

"Residents have been asked by the Planning Department to contact them if they notice any planning breaches" the group adds "Unbelievably that seems to be the current process of monitoring developments in Salford...It is just the latest evidence of the Council's complete disregard for the impact this development is having on the quality of lives of the local community."

SON is pushing for a second access road into the site which might alleviate some of the problems but, apparently, Bellway is insisting that, if it goes ahead, it must be paid for from the Section 106 monies it previously agreed with the Council for things like allotments, playing areas and expanding local schools.

"This development was approved with a single access along small residential roads, now crumbling under the weight of more than a thousand 35 ton trucks journeys with at least as many scheduled over the next six weeks" explains Carol Boyce, Chair of SON "Pollution at the main junction into our estate has risen 29% since construction began.

"In seven short weeks every one of our objections has been vindicated" she adds "It's been very hard to watch. People are suffering, we've already lost huge biodiversity in the area as the land has been scraped and trees felled, now we're dealing with daily health and safety issues.

"If this development is going to go ahead at all, then work needs to cease until there is a second access in place and the contract to protect the local residents and the environment is agreed and signed off" she explains "It's an £80million project and the developers want to use the Council's Section 106 money to build the second access road!

"We have the support of our MP and the local councillors, and we have exhausted all the channels of communication open to us" she says "The local community is out of patience. No one is listening to our concerns. We've had meetings but nothing has been resolved. It's time for action.

"We are not just fighting this campaign about this development" Carol states "There is a need to change the culture of how planning is done in Salford. We are just one community of many, currently being destroyed by the ill-thought out decisions and lack of oversight of the Planning Department."

And Roy Harding, a SON committee member, adds: "This lack of respect, care and due diligence by the Council and Bellway reflects the contempt and lack of respect they have held for the local community throughout this entire process. Who knows what hazards we've been exposed to over the last seven weeks.

"We need to see this development work cease or we will have no choice but to launch a legal action against the entities involved" he concludes.


The Salford Star would have asked Salford Council for a comment but the Council doesn't respond to Salford Star requests.

For further details and updates see the Saving Our Neighbourhood Facebook group - click here

*For a full background see previous Salford Star articles...

Swinton Residents Protests Bring Salford Council and Belway Homes to Negotiating Table – click here 

Salford Community Groups Unite Against Rampant Development – click here

Campbell Road Protesters Stage Demonstration Against Salford Council and Bellway Homes – click here

Swinton Resident Protest Against Insane Development – click here

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at 18:55:33 on 07 November 2018
Rayofsunshine’s answer to every question: “It’s the Tories fault!” Labour’s been in power here locally a long time and have been in national government too, yet it’s always some how the Tories fault. PFIs instigated by Labour, deregulation of the banks in the late 90s (finished where the tories left off), Salford Council’s own housing policy etc... ALL the Tories fault.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 14:28:58 on 07 November 2018
White,you refer to Eçcles,Pendĺebury and Swinton being incorporated into Salford in the 1970's. This amalgamation coincided with the birth of Thatcherìsm - an economic model whìch has accelerated decline throughout Salford!
 
white wrote
at 10:57:27 on 07 November 2018
Rayofsunshine tells us, “The stark reality is that there was never a Salfordian Golden Age - since the late 19th Century, Salford has been on the slide! “ That may be true for old inner Salford, but what about the areas which became Salford in the 1970s; Swinton and Pendlebury, Eccles, Worsley, Walkden etc. I don’t recall feeling deprived and depressed there when I was young. But since this council actions have infected us all, we all feel ‘on the slide’.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 10:48:50 on 07 November 2018
Òld Bonkers,in my opinion it would be a great shame if The Salford Star had to clòse because of lack of funds - it provides a platform for comment and debate! Notwithstanding this,The Star does have faults; I) sometimes it prioritizes sensationalism over objectivity and II) toleration of embittered failures,like yourself !@
 
Old Bonkers wrote
at 08:11:44 on 07 November 2018
Answer me this question Sunshine. Will you be happy "IF" the Star is forced by lack of money to shut up shop? I ask this because The Clowncil seem to hate the Star, and NEVER respond to any of its requests for information or interviews. So, Raymond, will YOU be happy if the Star closes down and ceases to function as an online magazine? I only ask this because I know that you are so far up the Clowncil's arse that I feel the answer, if told with sincerity would have to be a resounding YES!!!
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 17:13:15 on 06 November 2018
Old Bonkers,do you have any opinions of your own or are you just spewing out the detritus peddled by right wing fruit cakes on this site? The stark reality is that there was never a Salfordian Golden Age - since the late 19th Century,Salford has been on the slide! Despite all its faults,the council is attempting to address a century of civic decline. All you can offer is demented nostalgia for an age that never existed!
 
Old Bonkers wrote
at 10:49:32 on 06 November 2018
I stand by everything that I said, Ray ... EVERYTHING!
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 13:01:10 on 05 November 2018
Oĺd Bonkers,why can't you argue about the facts, rather than resorting to abuse?
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 05:56:58 on 04 November 2018
i forgot to mention it. That little dog in the high vis Jacket, he or she looks adorable ,very photogenic, looks far better than Merry, Dennett and the gang when they wear them.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 21:40:38 on 03 November 2018
Bob the regular faces both ways;he complains about the lack of affordable housing and at the same time,supports Nimbys!
 
Old Bonkers wrote
at 21:40:28 on 03 November 2018
Thanks Bob. You're right. You're always right. I'm not bonkers, but sometimes I feel bonkers. But I am old. Too old. Personally I blame being old and sometimes bonkers on salford labour council and yezhovites like Ray Sunshine. There is no excuse for them. None. What they have done to this city is scandalous. Especially yezhov with his toadying my council right or wrong arse licking
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 08:05:40 on 03 November 2018
Old Bonkers,you don't sound bonkers to me. And Carol, you have it in one "as a Lifelong Labour voter". Perhaps you will not vote Labour again. I hope so ,one down twenty thousand to go.
 
Carol B wrote
at 11:03:25 on 02 November 2018
Gravy Train - this site was listed on the official documents as greenfield. It certainly was like a nature reserve - our inventory of the wildlife there included many red listed birds, plus buzzards, sparrow hawks, kestrels, reptiles, amphibians, rare moths and butterflies, on and on - even a family of deer which were flushed out when the work started. All right in the middle of an urban environment - and all gone now. And to build 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes with 662 car parking spaces between them - none of which will resolve the housing crisis but which will subject our settled neighbourhood to horrendous disruption, noise, health and safety issues and etc etc for at least four years and then create even more issues with traffic congestion, pollution, lack of infrastructure and etc etc etc for the future. Oh and did I mention they cut down all the trees that mitigate that pollution in one of the most polluted parts of the UK? The answer to your question is not so simple.
 
Carol B wrote
at 11:03:19 on 02 November 2018
Arnold Rimmer - you don't know the back story to this issue - there were actually 339 serious objections to this development - that's a huge number actually - and packed public meetings. If you had been at the planning meetings where this was discussed and approved you would have observed a plan being forced through against all common sense. Even our MP complained about the planning process and the bullying of members of the planning panel that went on. FOIs were not responded to until after the deadline for a Judicial Review. On and on. Now they are working for 7 weeks without the contract that protects the community and without oversight. How can that not be a problem?? And I say all that as a life long Labour voter. The culture of planning has to change. Right now there is NO PLAN for Salford only sell to the highest S106 bidder. Come over and see what we're dealing with. We've already lost our precious wildlife.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 05:11:59 on 02 November 2018
I've got nothing to be ashamed of, old bonkers! All I do is stand up to crazies,like you.
 
Arnold Rimmer wrote
at 05:11:23 on 02 November 2018
If you download the planning application docs from the website it shows that thousands of local people were consulted and the majority supported or couldn't care less about the development so only the minority are complaining who are probably adjacent to the development. Yes, the single access road is daft but once development is finished a second access road would actually cause a rat run to be created making the road horrendous. Better it being developed on an old sewerage works than greenbelt.
 
GravyTrain wrote
at 05:08:47 on 02 November 2018
Is this development on a brownfield site?
 
vivien wray wrote
at 15:56:23 on 01 November 2018
The Council are The Government ,They collect Money for the Government,I warned People about the Purple Spot Scheme where the Government have given Carte Blanc or the Freedom to Builders to build where They like and there would be no protest allowed ,no One to complain too .The Council are The Government and They have the Power to do as They please ,Your House is no longer Your Own because You cannot afford to pay the Water Rates or Council Tax ,because the Public have not protested about other things The People of this Country have lost all rights and control,more Houses ,more extortion !!!!
 
old Bonkers wrote
at 15:55:42 on 01 November 2018
I think that this is yet another instance where Ray of Sunshine's beloved Salford Socialist Labour Council show what they're really made of ... riding roughshod over the wishes and interests of the council tax paying citizens of that region, jumping into bed with the Usual Suspects, i.e, the mega rich property developers - and destroying what is in essence a nature reserve ... and all for what??? That these stupid pillocking idiots who are in effect Our Liege Lords, can get some more council tax coming into the council's coffers - which they will inevitably then squander on useless halfbaked shit such as their shit website or their almost as shit limeshite magazine. These people are an absolute disgrace. Shame on them, and shame on their swivel eyed supporters ... I'm thinking of people like YOU Ray.
 
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