HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
SALFORD COUNCIL BSF PLANS CONTINUED
 

Star date: 17th February 2010 

SALFORD SECONDARY SCHOOL PLANS REVEALED…

St George's Closure Still An `Option'…Swinton and Moorside To Close…Hope High School Site To Be Sold…More School Refurbishments …Less New Build Schools… More PFI Schools…

The £140,000 worth of outside `advisers' have now reported and there are new moves on the giant chess board which houses Salford's schools…

Full story here…


Following the schools adjudicator's decision to save St George's RC High School in Little Hulton, the Council has today come up with a range of further options for the city's schools – one which pits the city's Catholic schools against each other and even, strangely, suggests that St George's may still close.

While giving three Catholic schools – St Ambrose Barlow, All Hallows and St George's – the option of refurbishment on their current site, the proposals suggest that if there is to be a new school built, one has to close or amalgamate with another to make it "viable".

Option 1 for St George's, for instance, states that "depending on the outcome of the proposal for St Ambrose Barlow school, St George's, in partnership with the diocese and other schools, be invited to submit alternative proposals, including the possibility of closures and amalgamation, which would make a new building a viable possibility"…

And the Council, in its press statement, firmly lays the blame on St George's - rather than the Children's Services Department which tried to push the flawed, unpopular plans through in the first place… "Closure of St George's would have provided pupils with the option to attend an enlarged, newly built St Ambrose Barlow, or one of the community schools in the area. It would have released extra funding from the sale of the then redundant site."

Presumably, to pay for the new options, All Hallows is now not going to be re-built on what will be the former Hope High site, and that land will be flogged off to fund the changes.

The proposals also mean more expensive PFI (Private Finance Initiative) schools which will have taxpayers picking up the bill for up to the next 40 years. The new build school that will replace the closed Swinton and Moorside High Schools will be PFI, as will the re-built St Patrick's RC HighWentworth High gets a partial new build plus refurbishment, instead of the new build of the original plans.

"We have still not completed our BSF journey" says Salford Council Leader John Merry "but I am confident that we are now back on the right road and heading in the right direction…"

…as opposed to the wrong road and the wrong direction last time proposals were put forward

See the full Council proposals here…

* 19th February 2010

Just received this comment from St George's Head Teacher, Philip Harte..

"I broke up for half term and I thought I had gone back in time!! Does Salford City Council never listen to the people ? I cannot accept that St George's and other Catholic High schools are being held to ransom because of the appalling mistakes that were made by this council. St George's is being made the scapegoat when the reality of the situation is the intransience of this council and their totally inept planning that has created this situation. I have said this many times and I will say it again YOU DONT CLOSE GOOD SCHOOLS councillors you build them up."

Bill Bradbury wrote
at 11:12:41 AM on Thursday, February 18, 2010
PFI money? There is no such thing as a free lunch. I read that heads down south are wondering why they are having to pay huge interest payments for the next 25 years on the "private" school they have had built, usually re-named as an Academy. Obviously did not read the small print!!?? Having experienced over 40 years of scholl closures/mergers it is ALWAYS about saving money. When you see an Officer or Cllr. saying something different just watch their noses grow.
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 1:15:42 AM on Thursday, February 18, 2010
Will someone from the star please direct Mr Merry to my earlier comments...It appears he has'nt seen them. Once again someone in authority has flipped a coin and called HEADS or TAILS because the school adjudicator has found in favor of St Georges. St Georges is a fine school. It was also the bargaining chip used by the council to implement these crazy schemes. Spend X on All Hallows shifting sites (Q: WHY?) Its not so long ago this school had a large refit after it merged (for the second time) with Pope John Paul High (when it was Our Lady of Mt Carmel) Spend X on Ambrose Barlow with PFI Cash Spend X on St Patricks with PFI Cash All 3 schemes dependent on closure of St Georges, One Question - All hallows is now a Business & Enterprise College - Dont they qualify for PFI Cash? Second Question - Why is it Swinton / Eccles based schools get PFI Approved rebuilds but elsewhere gets conditions thrust on it? I would LOVE to hear the answers to these Questions.
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: NEW CLADDING FOR SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS IN MARCH SAYS DEPUTY MAYOR
Reading Kevin if he is Salford Labour member he is in the wrong party. Makes me realise what is wrong with the local Labour lot. I... [more]
article: ‘ETHICAL’ AVIVA TRIES TO EVICT NEW MANCHESTER HOMELESS SQUAT
The lying piece of crap, they were street homeless getting warmth and shelter and were discarded like rubbish by the police!! . Th... [more]
article: CONTROVERSIAL SALFORD CHARITY TO BRING IN INDEPENDENT MEDIATOR
Local Councillor for Charlestown just listen to the community who voted for you and support them as they supported you.... [more]
article: NEW CLADDING FOR SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS IN MARCH SAYS DEPUTY MAYOR
This year, Old Felsey will be demanding and urging. He will change the party he supports on at least a monthly basis. He will stan... [more]
article: NEW CLADDING FOR SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS IN MARCH SAYS DEPUTY MAYOR
I haven’t seen anything that would make me vote for Mr Felse, especially with regards to this. How does asking Mr Merry to give £5... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD COUNCIL RUNNING FIRST AID FOR DOGS AFTER £1.6MILLION CUT TO HEALTH IMPROVEMENT

Star date: 19th January 2018 

DOGS FIRST AID COURSE AFTER HUMAN GROUPS CUT

"An insult to the people of Salford..."

Salford City Council is using its Health Improvement Team to run First Aid For Dogs courses, after slashing £1.6million from its budget which helped improve the lives of humans.

The courses, run in conjunction with the PDSA, cover doggy bloat, doggy bandaging and resuscitating doggies... "It's an insult to the people of Salford that managers are putting the health of dogs before the health of people" says one resident affected by the Health Improvement cuts.

Full details here...

‘ETHICAL’ AVIVA TRIES TO EVICT NEW MANCHESTER HOMELESS SQUAT

Star date: 18th January 2018

MANCHESTER COUNCIL SAYS 17 HOMELESS PEOPLE 'WOULD NOT BE INTERESTED IN RELOCATION BECAUSE THEY ARE ACTIVISTS'

After the brutal eviction of 17 homeless people from occupied offices above BetFred in Manchester centre on Monday morning, they have taken refuge in a new building on King Street owned by Aviva Investors Pensions Ltd. Tomorrow, the company is taking the homeless people to court to face further eviction, despite its 'social purpose' statement that "one of our values is to 'care more'"...

Meanwhile, the homeless people are furious about a statement purportedly made by Manchester City Council on the court papers that "they would not be interested in arranging any relocation because they are activists"...

Full details here...

91% OF SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANTS IN ARREARS WITH CITY WEST

Star date: 18th January 2018

HUGE INCREASE IN SALFORD RENT ARREARS DUE TO UNIVERSAL CREDIT

91.3% of City West tenants claiming Universal Credit are currently in arrears with their rent payments, compared to 42.3% of tenants in arrears who are not claiming Universal Credit.

Relating the figures to yesterday's full meeting of Salford Council, City Mayor Paul Dennett added that there was "a clear correlation between the introduction of Universal Credit and increased use of collection orders.

Full details here...

NEW CLADDING FOR SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS IN MARCH SAYS DEPUTY MAYOR

Star date: 17th January 2018

PENDLETON BLOCKS WILL HAVE NEW CLADDING IN MARCH

At today's full meeting of Salford City Council, Deputy Mayor, John Merry, said he was "fairly confident" that new cladding will be put on the nine Pendleton tower blocks, beginning in March. He added that residents' safety had been put "top of the list...I don't think anyone can complain".

John Merry disclosed that documentation relating to cladding on blocks owned by Salix and City West had been sent to councillors, although nothing has been published for the public. He added that a report into how the dangerous cladding was put onto the blocks in the first place will soon be available.

Full details here...

SALFORD HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE EXCLUDES HOMELESS AT OVER £325 PER TICKET

Star date: 16th January 2018

SALFORD UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE PROMISES 'UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO CAUSES OF HOMELESSNESS' – WITH NO HOMELESS PEOPLE PRESENT

A University of Salford conference which promises to "provide unique insights into the underlying causes and potential solutions to the homelessness crisis" is charging £325+VAT per ticket, thus excluding not only the homeless but also grass roots housing organisations.

One of the speakers is Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, while a panel will ask 'How can we most effectively improve services to vulnerable homeless households and individuals?'...without any 'vulnerable homeless' people there to share their views.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx