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Star date: 7th September 2010 

THE QUEEN CHASES SALFORD COUNCIL FOR OVER 500,000

Never mind the summons for your Council Tax, Salford City Council itself is now being chased by `Her Majesty's Court Services' for over half a million quid it owes for five year's rent and stuff on Bexley Square, site of the old Salford Town Hall and now the city's main courthouse.

As Salford Council tries to stop Her Maj merging its courts with Manchester following the no-show of the new Eccles court building, there's the little matter of the 578,468 bill to settle or the Council could find itself in the court rather than fighting for its survival.

Full story here


Yesterday, a delegation from Salford Council went to see Jonathan Djanogly, Parliamentary Under Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, to try and save Salford's magistrates' and county court from being merged into Manchester.

The Council's case was that Salford has had a court in the city for 1000 years and that to vacate the famous Grade II listed Bexley Square building would cost more than doing it up and keeping it open.

Apparently, the Court Service wants to shut Bexley Square down because it's not busy enough, although this is disputed by the Council which says the court is "busier than 90 per cent of the courts on the `at risk' list and is busier than many courts not on that list both in the North West and beyond".

It appears that Salford Council is doing its bit to help keep the place busy by getting in a financial battle with `Her Majesty's Court Service' over failure to pay for its bit of Bexley Square since 2005. A Council report states

"Her Majesty's Courts Service have managed the property since 1st April 2005 but have to date failed to recover costs in respect of the Council's accommodation and common parts for which the City Council have a liability."

The Council owes 306,504 in rent and stuff and 271,964 for `capital costs', and is going to have to borrow the money as "No provision has been made for these costs".

But it looks like the Council ain't going to pay Her Maj, arguing that she owes them money for developing the aborted Magistrates Court buildings

"The Council has been informed that a bill is imminent for the past five years worth of costs associated with the accommodation at Bexley Square" says Councillor David Lancaster, Deputy Leader of Salford City Council "However we will be responding on the basis that the council has incurred costs above 500,000 on both the Swinton and Eccles Magistrates Court proposals and we will be seeking an adjustment to the bill when received."

A new Battle of Bexley Square looms

 

Graphic by Jamie Reid

 

 

TJ wrote
at 21:38:00 on 11 September 2010
I think it is about time salford council take responsibility for all of their mistakes and stop using what little money they do have left, fighting every tom, dick, and harry. Salford council need to start taking responsibility for their actions. Lets hope for the sake of all tax payers, salford council gets what they deserve.

Wonder if wrote
at 13:54:15 on 08 September 2010
Wonder if we could all ask for "adjustments" to our council tax? Damn. where are the smilies on this keyboard?

Salford Star wrote
at 22:21:56 on 07 September 2010
It's great to see that Jamie Reid's iconic Sex Pistols image is still having an affect over 30 years since it blew away the cobwebs of elitism. The Salford Star has always used Jamie's graphics (with his consent) as they were born in the Suburban Press community magazine in Croydon in the 70s and are as relevant now as they were then. And more relevant with every passing day - `No Future'... The `Nowhere buses'...look Jamie up on the net - he's a community champion and hero! Meanwhile, do read the articles too and don't just look at the pretty pictures...

OB wrote
at 22:00:00 on 07 September 2010
In my book, the Salford Star can be forgiven, now and again, for playing right into the enemies hands (as it were) by using such an ill thought out image. I mean, guys, if one person is turned of TSS because of what appears to be an unnecessary attack oh 'er majestey, what postive thing has been acheived? I am far from a royalist myself - in fact, you could put the lot of them in council flats and give 'Buck 'Ouse' to the homeless tomorrow for all the good they do the working people of Britain, or indeed Salford, but this is really quite a badly thought out image. Issue and apology for any offence caused, tell the good folks who read TSS that it was meant as a joke and no disrespect, yada yada yada, and lets all move on to the things that matter - i.e. highlighting the corruption, negligence and mis-management of our city by those we entrust with its wellbeing. Thats my two bobs worth.

Richard Carvath wrote
at 21:59:53 on 07 September 2010
Hmmm... xxx

Salford Star wrote
at 16:12:48 on 07 September 2010
See Richard Carvath's comment below... One could be forgiven for thinking that Salford Star has a punk do-it-yourself ethic...xxx

Richard Carvath wrote
at 16:10:26 on 07 September 2010
What a horrible image of the Queen used with this article. One could be forgiven for thinking that the Salford Star is a hard-left publication.

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