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LISTED BUILDINGS SCANDAL IN SALFORD
 

Star date: 6th October 2010
A Salford Star Exclusive

SECRET CHANGES TO LISTED BUILDINGS IN SALFORD 

Today, as the final ruins of Langworthy Road Primary School were being swept away, the Salford Star can reveal a new scandal over listed buildings in the city.

Is Salford's heritage at the centre of a new heist?

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LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION
LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION
LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION
LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION
LANGWORTHY ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION
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SALFORD HERITAGE HEIST

Salford as a city has two sets of listed buildings. There are 278 buildings that are classified as nationally important and are listed by English Heritage - and those that are listed as locally important.

The nationally listed register of buildings is available on the Salford City Council website (click here). But the register of locally listed buildings is not on the Council website and is not available for public inspection.

When the Salford Star phoned up the Heritage department at Salford Council and asked to see the register we were told that we weren't allowed to see it but they would tell us if any specific building was on it. They also told us that this locally listed register is currently `under review'.

A minute from a Salford Council report on 1st September stated that the Council was about to "review the assets owned by the Council to determine those assets that can be released for disposal in order to maximise the availability of usable capital receipts, bearing in mind current economic conditions".

Adding two and two together – that the local list is `under review' and that the council is about to "determine those assets that can be released for disposal" – we believe that yet more of Salford's priceless heritage is about to be sold off or demolished.

Two weeks ago we asked Salford City Council…

1) Why isn't the locally listed building register available to the public via the council website?
2)  how is the list being reviewed, who is doing it and is there any public consultation on this?

Two weeks later and the Council still refuses to comment.

With the demolition of the old Salford Mission (URC Church) in the pipeline (see here) and Langworthy Road Primary School reduced to rubble (see here), what's left of Salford's heritage is disappearing fast. And, we believe, there's a lot more to disappear in the very near future…

STOP PRESS: 8th October 2010

Whoopppee! Salford Council has finally responded, even though the questions haven't been answered.

Councillor Derek Antrobus, Salford City Council's lead member for planning, said: "Listed buildings remain protected as they have always been. In the past we have also published lists of locally interesting buildings which have no protection. The last Government issued guidance which would allow us to have a more robust approach to these and we are reviewing buildings in the light of this."

The Salford Star has now invited Cllr Antrobus to answer the original questions...

 

 

Ben wrote
at 20:38:23 on 02 February 2011
I'm a bit late to the party, as it were, but as of today (2nd February 2011), there's a road closure order on a lamp post on Broadway that says parts of Broadway and Trafford Road are to be closed over the weekends for upto the next four weeks for the....you guessed it.....the demolition of Salford URC.
 
Ed wrote
at 14:42:10 on 11 October 2010
It angers me also, Salford must have the worse council in the country, I’m sure there are others just as bad, but I don’t care about them, I care about Salford, the City where I was born in and still live. I have seen it change beyond recognition over the last 40 years. The list goes on and on of beautiful buildings that are gone forever thanks to our wonderful council, and is still going on. I had to laugh a few days ago when I saw Kersal Cell wrote down as the second oldest building in Salford! Incorrect I’m afraid, Kersal Cell was destroyed by fire a number of years ago because it was left to ruin like many other old buildings. The Kersal Cell that is there today is a cheep tacky copy of the original building. Peel Hall, another wonderful building that is no more, like I say the list goes on and on, and it angers me even more when I read comments on here by councillors who say they fought to put the argument across to save this and that, but in they end lost. So we may have a bunch of perpetual losers as our council, but the real losers are us and our heritage. Because it seems we are the only ones who care about it. A few years ago my uncle came over from Canada for a trip down his memory lane, as he had not seen Salford since the 1970s, and when he was here we were on Broad Street, and she said “his dream was shattered” because this was not the Salford he knew. That says it all really.
 
Fred Hampton wrote
at 11:56:52 on 10 October 2010
A very interesting article. I am sure many people throughout Salford have witnessed the systematic, wilful neglect and cynical destruction of listed and locally interesing buildings perpetrated by our civic "representatives" (and I use the term loosely and sarcastically). The desperate and incompetent council are always on the lookout to make a quick sale of OUR assets to support their inept management of council finances. One that has infuriated me over many years has been Monk's Hall on Wellington Road in Eccles. This was once a well maintained museum that was enjoyed by and benefitted many people from our boroughs and outside. We read about incidents of vandalism virtually every day in the local press but these pale into insignificance compared to the destruction wreaked upon us by "merry's marauders".
 
Reginald Howard wrote
at 16:18:40 on 07 October 2010
How refreshing to see so many people interested in our heritage, I would suggest that you go out and purchase a good camera so that you can show your grandchildren what REAL buildings in Salford looked like. Thanks to the legalised vandalism commited by this council, there will be no records of these wonderful buildings which have served the communities of Salford so well over the years. Protesting alone will not get the buildings saved, it needs a concerted effort on the part of the electors, to vote out these clowns who are hell bent on the destruction of our city and the desecration of our history.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 14:09:43 on 07 October 2010
Will somebody from the Council please explain why they seem so ashamed of the city's history? I get the impression that if they could they would rename/rebrand the place as Manchester's western quarter. It is upto us,the people of Salford, to stop them, tell them enough is enough & if they refuse to do as we ask kick the lot of them back to wherever they came from. Maybe a nice new issue of the Salford Star before the next local elections might help evict this bunch out of office.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 12:46:24 on 07 October 2010
If you need a paper copy of the local list I have one. This list has been UNDER REVIEW for the last 6 years. By now you should know this council has little or No respect for our heritage. Remember the Height Weavers cottages on King and Queen Street, this council was all for Mr Westbrook knocking them down and building FLATS, that went to a public enquiry with little or no help from the council. The local residents won that fight. We have a grade 2 listed building in our City wide Heritage park and it has been tinned up for the last 10 years and if nothing is done will crumble and will have to be pulled down. Please don't expect much respect for our heritage from Salford City Council. Their idea of buildings of intrest have to be full of GLASS,Cladding and metal,that in a few years time will need a good rub down with a brilo pad.
 
janice taylor wrote
at 10:12:42 on 07 October 2010
Are SCC so big and powerful that they can run rough shod over anyone and anything?it would seem so,our beautiful buildings are fast disappearing and we don't and can't as a people in our own city,seem to do anything about it.The issue of the manorhouse in Buile Hill park for example,although it would seem that the residents of this fair city of ours are under the impression that the deal with 'Mr Salford'is a'done deal' and it's fate it would seem is that it is destined to become an hotel,not so. Instead, it will no doubt suffer the fate of being allowed to rot away,which it is doing at the moment and then we will be told that it is not a 'viable proposition'and it is too expensive to do anything with and it will have to be demolished. Will we then see plans appear for a new build in it's place?. SCC are not interested in doing anything with it unless it makes a profit for them.The residents of this city need to make their collective voices heard and demand information before we suddenly wake up and realise that the old city no longer exists,it's heritage has disappeared in a pile of rubble and we are left looking at bland uninteresting boxes instead.
 
wrote
at 08:56:21 on 07 October 2010
I hate to go into a history lesson - but its good old council forethought - land prices are at a premium so we 'realise' the assets held on them. over the past few months we've have several examples of this published here(and if i had the time i could list even more over the past 20 years) I'll be interested to see what gets landed on the another seat of education - more designer flats? - or a supermarket perhaps?
 
cliveofindia wrote
at 05:00:51 on 07 October 2010
The point is that after the EH inspection of Langworthy Road the policies of English Heritage towards historic schools changed, reflecting the growing public consternation at their demolition and replacement with 'short shelf life' architecture. It has been proven that restoration of existing buildings, whatever their type, is environmentally sound. Moreover,when brought up to modern standards teachers are far happier in these older schools than the new and children learn more effectively in the high ceilings and spacious well lit classrooms. What bothers me is that councillors, officers and planners to boot are not sufficiently informed to respond to these changes in policy at EH. Lets see if anyone comes forward to save Seedley and give it a new use - the very first and most advanced school to be built in Salford by the new Corporation and designed by Henry Lord who is now the subject of serious academic research and whose other buildings in Salford are all listed - including the Peel Building and Salford Lads Club etc etc.
 
Councillor Geoff Ainsworth wrote
at 22:31:31 on 06 October 2010
Whilst I have no wish to detract from the core issue your article raises regarding the role/priority of 'heritage'in regeneration I feel I must highlight that I personally put a good deal of effort into highlighting the perceived 'value' of Langworthy and Seedley schools to English Heritage in the latter part of 1997 when the potential for demolition associated with school reorganistaion plans was initially mooted.Unfortunately the conclusions of EH and the Dept for Culture Media and Sport were that the architectural and heritage merits of the schools did not warrant formal (national)listing status.It was only after this process was enabled to be fully researched and concluded that the powers that be on the City Council resolved the present course of action in respect of langworthy school. The point of your article about what is the purpose of having a local is however taken. Geoff
 
cliveofindia wrote
at 22:31:07 on 06 October 2010
I have a hard copy of the local list given to me some time ago by the late Joe Martin - bless his soul - as for Langworthy Road what a travesty as English Heritage continues to block list board schools across the country and publishes its guidance on best practice adapting these icons of educational aspiration to 21st century learning. Replacement schools have 25% less space than their Edwardian predecessors. Seedley school will be next and with Grecian Street any evidence of board schools in Salford will have gone forever. Meanwhile empty buildings on Chapel Street are still in aspic - what a muddled and short sighted vision for heritage in Salford.
 
Starr wrote
at 22:30:45 on 06 October 2010
Hi Stephen, Another bit of dirty work thanks to the Salford council, another "brick wall" to bang your frusterated head against. We the public cannot win,even Salford based solicitors will not take up cases against the council so I am pleased that others more knowledgable have similar problems,Is there any one powerfull enough to make the council answerable to all the enomolies that exist in our council,My own personal battles with the council gave me an insight to the ambiguios workings of the councl which promted me to take action against them without success, not one solicitor wanted to know. Very buisy was the stock answer.I thought I found some one sympathetic on the council only to find that the portfolio of complaints i submitted had been destroyed one month later when I went to collect it, reason, they thought I did not want it ????????? about 60 pages of facts including an arranged meeting with our friend Mr Merry from which I was ushered out after about 3 minuits, yes 3 minuits saying he would look into it.So all this skulldugery about heritage I can well believe,there is corruption going on on a very large scale with builders and developers.Apart from Salford Star is there any one with "Clout"willing to listen to real complaints from residents who have been cheated and I mean cheated by the council. No wonder the British powers that be do not want any EU inter- ferance with the Status Quo of our politics, might uncover more "Worms" than they could cope with Regards Paul Starr
 
Mark Armstrong wrote
at 22:29:30 on 06 October 2010
Usual story with SCC, anything they want to do that they know will cause an issue is handled behind closed doors. As for the realisation of assets to generate income! They wouldnt need to if they managed the funds they have available a little better than they do.
 
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at 22:28:41 on 06 October 2010
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