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SALFORD RESIDENTS HOLD SANTA PROTEST TO DEFY BELLWAY HOMES LEGAL THREATS
 

Star date: 16th December 2018

CHILDREN POST SANTA LETTERS TO BELLWAY HOMES IN DEVELOPER PROTEST

"No matter how many threats we get from multibillion pound developers we are going to exercise our legal right to make a peaceful protest..."

Despite legal threats from Bellway Homes, Swinton residents held a special Christmas protest against the developer yesterday, as children posted letters to Santa asking him to sort out the chaos that its Campbell Road site has caused to their lives.

"We are here today to make a democratic peaceful protest about the things that are going on at this site" explained Carol Boyce from the Saving Our Neighbourhood group.

Full details here...


Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes
Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes
Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes
Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes Swinton residents hold Santa protest to defy Bellway Homes
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Yesterday, Swinton residents defied the cold and legal threats from Bellway Homes to hold a Santa protest in Campbell Road against the chaos caused by the building of 241 houses on formerly green land.

Bellway's solicitors wrote to the Saving Our Neighbourhood group, which represents residents, threatening injunctions unless it gave a written undertaking that it would not "(a) obstruct and/or attempt to obstruct Bellway's right of access to the Site; and/or (b) otherwise interfere and/or attempt to interfere with Bellway's legitimate commercial interests."*

A giant Santa and postbox were erected next to the site, and children posted letters saying what they wanted for Christmas...for Bellway to 'be gone'.

"We are here today to make a democratic peaceful protest about the things that are going on at this site; specifically we are saying that we have the right to do this and no matter how many threats we get from multibillion pound developers we are going to exercise our legal right to make a peaceful protest" explained Carol Boyce of the Saving Our Neighbourhood group.

"People are coming today with letters for Santa about what they would really like Bellway to give them for Christmas, which basically, at a minimum, is another access because this single access is not working, it was never going to work and it will never work" she added.

"Only yesterday there was a vehicle involved in an accident right at the bottom of Thorn Road where it meets Folly Lane" she said "The vehicle hit the bollards in the centre of the road, and we have heard that it was the Ceremonial Mayor; which was interesting because we tried to talk to him at the last Council meeting. We were telling him from the public gallery that we weren't being listened to about how much of an issue this single access is, and how much of an issue it's going to be when we have up to six hundred extra cars on this site.

"When it's occupied, Bellway is going to extend the pavement by another eight inches out into Folly Lane so people can get better visibility into approaching traffic" she added "But that is going to make that road even narrower and it's going to turn it into a chicane basically, when it's already massively over trafficked."

As the children were posting their letters, there were Christmas carols playing, and mince pies and hot tea on offer... "We are standing here in the freezing cold and pouring rain, and that's how strongly this community feels about what's going on here" Carol concluded.

One of the letters pinned up on the site railings was a plea asking for a 'Christmas miracle'...

"We have lived here and brought up many generations in peace and safety" it stated "The the roaring monsters moved in and destroyed our homes. They ploughed up the land and tore down our trees and left us with nowhere to go. Please Father Christmas make the monsters go away..."

It was signed 'All The Wildlife'.


For a full background see previous Salford Star article...

As Bellway Homes Threatens Injunctions and Fines, Residents To Hold Santa Protest click here

Slurp wrote
at 15:52:26 on 17 December 2018
If they've got planning permission it's pretty much a done deal now. The local councillors for this ward have failed if there was a realistic option of creating another access road or mitigating the existing design. They should have anticipated this kind of reaction , got ahead of the situation and put themselves in a position to demand changes before giving planning permission. There's no leverage now and there would have been. Bellways just got themselves 241 vital future plots to build. Plots they don't have to chase around for in the future now . Builders have to build at the end of the day and nailing down their future build is everything. Looks to me like the local councillors have gone missing. Are they too busy organizing a Corbynite future to be bothered with the day job anymore?

Bobs my uncle wrote
at 09:09:12 on 17 December 2018
https://www.rt.com/shows/renegade-inc/410388-home-rent-feudalism-crisis/ to the protesters of this development, watch the above, this maybe one of the ways of throwing a spanner in the works, make all future buyers aware of the free hold on these properties. Bellway is mentioned in the program as is the spiv David Cameron. @ Salford star watch the above, maybe you can do a report on it and inform all other residents in Salford about what is going on.

ian c wrote
at 09:07:52 on 17 December 2018
So they are going to widen the pavement by 8 inches, was this in the original plans? Or did they look at my previous post suggesting protestors check the Residential Road And Footpath Standards. I'll say it again get the tape measure and string line out and check these junctions for width and vision splays.

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