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SALFORD RANGERS UNDER THREAT
 

Star date: 19th December 2010 

FESTIVE TOUR SONGS FOR SALFORD RANGER TEAM

"…And on the Twelfth Day of Christmas my Council gave to me – 12 redundancy notices, and no-one in Salford to look after a pear tree…"

It was a top night at Kersal Moor on Saturday, with Christmas carols, Santa and lots of hot chocolate drinks. But then the festive cheer faded. In the closing speech, thanking the Salford Ranger Team for helping to organise the event, it was announced that their funding had been cut…

Full details here…


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Salford rangers look after the city's parks, country parks, nature reserves and a lot more. The fourteen strong team also work closely with the community doing eco education, guided walks, fun days and events, like the Salford Christmas Festivities – which is currently touring our open spaces and landed at Kersal Moor last night.

Working with Friends of Kersal Moor, the Salford Ranger Team puts on this magical annual hour of traditional carol singing, with mince pies, hot chocolate and Santa giving out sweets to the kids.

Despite the sub zero temperature last night lots of people turned up and enjoyed the festivities – until it was sadly announced at the end that funding has been cut for the Team and that this might not only be the last Christmas Festivities tour but also the last that Salford will see of its rangers.

The Salford Ranger Team has had funding for 12 workers from a Government grant that has now been cut by the ConDem coalition, while Salford Council employs two of the team directly. The onus is now on the Council to keep the team intact from its own resources – and with massive cuts to everything looming, this seems increasingly doubtful.

Now the Friends of Kersal Moor and others are asking everyone in Salford to contact their councillor, urging them to keep the Salford Ranger Team and to let them get on with the top work they are doing in the city.

One of Salford City Council's main pledges to the community is to make the city `safer, cleaner and greener'. This cannot happen without the Salford Ranger Team.

"…And on the Twelfth Day of Christmas my Council gave to me – 12 redundancy notices, and no-one in Salford to look after a pear tree…"

 


 

 

ina visable wrote
at 16:23:07 on 27 January 2011
well we have just found out four posts in the ranger service are to go in a team thats already not big enough. Yet the rangers are all surposed to carry on playing events even though they might not be the staff to carry them out
 
Beryl Hawke wrote
at 17:25:08 on 05 January 2011
Could someone please let us know who made this announcement and where the information has come from. Enquiries are being made and up to now ' no decisions have been made ' is what we are being told. I will fully support any campaign to keep all of the Rangers. Do the Council think their roles will be covered by the Big Society. I think not. With the help of Billy and Steve we started a Community Garden on our estate in Lr. Broughton four years ago and in all that time not one adult from the estate has shown any interest in the work their children were doing with the Rangers. These local children can now, with confidence, source materials, design and build all kinds of planters. This is just one aspect of the Rangers interaction with community action amongst many, many others. We definitely cannot afford to lose these people.
 
Lee Craven wrote
at 10:00:32 on 02 January 2011
Again Salford Council are cutting the major events and front line workers such as, The Rangers, Refuse and road cleaners,Care workers, I note no one yet at the council have cut back on councillors expensives, I think there should now be TWO councillors in each Ward, this save money to invest in the frontline services, I will support the Rangers in anyway I can, as they are an assett to the City
 
Joe Oneill wrote
at 08:32:44 on 21 December 2010
You have the support of Salford Green Party Alice.
 
Alice Searle wrote
at 12:07:21 on 20 December 2010
Thank you Salford Star for drawing attention to the threat that looms over the Salford Ranger team. This group of people may seem unimportant when one compares with the other serious cuts being planned by the current Government and to be carrieed out by nthe Council. By supporting the keeping of the Rangers it does not distract, in any way, from the total campaign to 'Stop the Cuts.' The importance of the Rangers is that they represent 'a quality of life' importance. The open spaces we have are very important to the community and their health and environmental value cannot be under estimated. The fact that the Ranger team cuts was disclosed on Kersal Moor is politically significant, since this historic site has been the place of public demonstrations for JUSTICE. This spirit is not dead and the Rangers can expect the full support of the Friends of Kersal Moor. We will start a campaign at our next meeting on 10th Jan. Any interested people can attend the meeting in St Paul's Church on Moor Lane at 7.30pm. Press coverage promised.
 
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