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MEDIACITYUK GETS OWN EXCLUSIVE POSTCODES
 

Star date: 22nd September 2010

MEDIACITYUK GETS 19 NEW POSTCODES…
SO GO COMPARE…GO COMPARE…GO COMPARE…

"Don't get mad, don't be had Go Compare"

MediaCityUK has been allotted 19 new postcodes which it's chosen itself. The postcodes include M50 2HQ for the studio block and M50 2PF for the Pie Factory, further underlining Peel Media's claims that it is building a new "city" within Salford.

We thought we'd Go Compare, so Mary Burns was sent to get a car insurance quote for a MediaCityUK postcode and one in Ordsall just across the road.

How did she get on?

Find out here…


MEDIACITYUK GO COMPARE MEDIACITYUK GO COMPARE Mary Burns
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CAR INSURANCE IN ORDSALL ALMOST DOUBLE THE PRICE FOR MEDIACITYUK

MediaCityUK has just been allotted 19 new customised postcodes. A press release issued by Peel Media states that "Royal Mail and Salford City Council have supported Peel Media's plans to develop an exclusive set of postcodes for the 36-acre development. The last two letters of the postcodes have been selected to suit the nature of each building at MediaCityUK" it adds "The studio block postcode is M50 2HQ and The Pie Factory will become M50 2PF."

As Peel Media keep insisting, "A brand new city is emerging on Manchester's historic waterfront", and these new exclusive postcodes kind of underlines the sentiments. Indeed Salford Quays is classed as `M50' while Ordsall, home of Ordsall Hall, Salford Lads Club and a proper Salford community, is merely `M5'.

Many have said in the past that the postcode change was to differentiate between the areas to get cheaper insurance for Quays dwellers. We thought we'd put it to the test. So Mary Burns went to GoCompare.com to get some insurance quotes for her Citroen Xsara Coupe (hatchback, of course).

First she put in the M50 postcode for Pie Factory at MediaCityUK. And then she put in an M5 Ordsall postcode for Guy Fawkes Street. All the other details were the same.

Mary was shocked to find that Gio Compario had come up with a quote of £619.80 for her car to be insured at The Pie Factory and a quote of £1298.91 for her car to be insured in Ordsall. That's almost double the price, according to these GoCompare quotes. 

Meanwhile, we asked the Royal Mail whether anyone in Salford can get an exclusive postcode, and whether Salford Council or Peel Media had to pay for the privilege…

"In order to be given a unique postcode, a business or organisation should show that it would receive a certain volume of mail per day at that address and we would need to be satisfied that the specific postcode would not affect our operational efficiency" said a spokesman for Royal Mail "There is no charge for the allocation of unique postcodes."

We wonder if anyone in Salford could get a postcode that actually has `S' for Salford in front of it, rather than `M' for Manchester – although that wouldn't seem to bother `the brand new city emerging on Manchester's historic waterfront'…

"Go Compare! Go Compare!
Don't get mad, don't be had,
Go Compare
It's very boring, when costs are soaring…
So you'll thank your stars that you went to Go Compare…"

 

Carole Moore wrote
at 17:19:27 on 26 March 2014
The new apartments where Ladywell Hospital used to be are also M50!
 
Ed wrote
at 18:06:14 on 16 December 2010
Agree... Plus dropping the name Salford might be a good idea,, to perhaps Peel Quays, as a more apt and fitting name.
 
Bad Wolf wrote
at 16:24:16 on 16 December 2010
Here,s an idea for Salford council. Give Salford Quays independence from the rest of Salford and then we wont have to keep hearing how great it is and howgreat for the city. Give it to Trafford or Manchester and then get on with the job of sorting out the mess you have made of the rest of the city.
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 10:22:29 on 12 October 2010
As for the Salford Postcode thing, its summat to do where the regional sorting offices are, Nothing else - in the Northwest there are 9, they are: Chester (CH), Crewe (CW), Warrington (WA), Manchester (M), Liverpool (L), Oldham (OL), Blackburn (BB), Lancaster (LA), and Carlisle (CA). (Phew!) Though we are a City - our mail is serviced by the Manchester Sorting Office, with Salford having a smaller delivery section in Pendleton (By the Funeral Services)
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 06:06:32 on 12 October 2010
Ordsall, The answer lies in past documents lying in the council archives. MSC (the canal company) needed to realise an asset or two after diverting most of its operations nearer to liverpool. It worked with the council in the project - its aim to develop the area, and gain revenues. Jobs were created, albeit in the realms of construction and retail - And then, we had the Lowry, which brought an air of the arts to the project. I at first thought this a good idea, till most of the lowry paintings were shipped wholesale to the centre from the art gallery. There's a concept at the centre of 'ownership' of by the local people - i'd be interested to know how many locals actually got a chance to see 'owt at that there 'local' gallery. And then we get the office blocks, the office workers need a pad to live in, so firstly a dock area is redeveloped and marketed as 'Merchants Quay' - a Hotel is built, and a Cinema On the other side of the road, decline is coming. Theres a them and us mentality brewing on the shore of the quays. The Posh folk have moved into the flats and new developments which are springing up on any spare plot of land the council can give them. As for the shopping centre - the locals have a few jobs - it placates them And now we have Auntie Beeb in town, we're not allowed to refer to the place near the hall - we're all on 'the quays' now We're knocking down listed buildings for schools whilst knocking down perfectly able schools. We're putting developments behind timber yards and turning food factories into production houses. And pray tell what are we, the citizens of salford getting out of it? I do believe i've entered the world of Roger Rabbit! Show me the opportunity and i'll grab it with both hands, as of yet - No one has mentioned any opps for locals at ANY part of the mediacity project Though reading previous stories, if the London Lot say NO then there should be plenty of Trainee posts when it eventually opens! I HOPE!!! BTW "Salford Quays" was a Name given to the Docks by Peel/Salford Council during the redevelopment - they sandblasted the gates and got rid of the carvings
 
Ordsall wrote
at 21:18:26 on 11 October 2010
If they are so proud to be here, why dont they just call it Ordsall?
 
Albert wrote
at 10:30:54 on 25 September 2010
That is such a clever idea SalfordStar! I wonder if the facts actually support a lower premium for SALFORD Quays? If I were a car thief, surely I would target a more prosperous (presumably) area like the Quays, where the cars are likely to be of higher value than the cars of the less well-off over the road in Ordsall?
 
Ed wrote
at 21:48:13 on 23 September 2010
M50 2HQ = Head Quarters and M50 2PF = Pie Factory? Its kinda like having exclusive designer reg plates on your car. I think Catherine's FU has a more fitting code to it!
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 15:26:25 on 23 September 2010
I know i've said it before and i'll say it again - if quays & dockside want away and be disassociated with ordsall - give them the rope to hang them with. Of course, the next big building project on the quays funded by council i'll be expecting a rebate - it wont be in my area will it?
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 15:26:09 on 23 September 2010
In answer to steve's comment, I hope people haven't lost the use of their legs, because if you want to get there and you live in Claremont and dont have a car,we have NO bus and the tram is a good walk away.It is going to be very hard for people hoping to get jobs down there and have no transport, but that is nothing new, we find it hard to get to the Lowrey and the quays so one more place out of our reach.
 
Cllr Iain Lindley wrote
at 15:24:30 on 23 September 2010
Steve, the tram diversion is a temporary measure while the new service beds in. Once the BBC building opens, the 12 minute Eccles line service will travel direct, and there will be a new service from Manchester to MediaCity in addition to the current Eccles line services. This means that between Cornbrook and Harbour City trams will in future run every 6 minutes rather than every 12 minutes at present.
 
Catherine wrote
at 06:20:29 on 23 September 2010
I can think of a good postcode for Media City - M50 FU !
 
Steve wrote
at 22:57:20 on 22 September 2010
I've recently discovered one of the draw backs of the MediaCity development. Trams from Eccles into Manchester now go via Media City. They go into the station, the driver gets out walks to the cab at the other end and drives off again. Adds about 10 minutes on a journey into town. Which makes it about 40 minutes for a trip that is about 4 miles as the crow flies. You could almost walk as fast. And Broadway station is only a couple of hundred yards away. Have people lost the use of their legs?
 
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