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SALFORD LANGWORTHY HOTEL DEMOLITION
 

Star date: 11th March 2011

LANGWORTHY HOTEL TO BE DEMOLISHED

Following the demolition of Langworthy Road Primary School, Salford Council announced the death knell for the landmark Langworthy Hotel this week.

The reason the Council gives for the demolition of the Hotel it bought for £385,000 is "to remove blight and health and safety risks".

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£385,000 LANGWORTHY HOTEL TO BE DEMOLISHED

It's over 100 years old, it's a local landmark holding fond memories for many people and soon it's going to be a pile of rubble - like the locally listed Langworthy Road Primary School, and rows and rows of terraced houses that have been constantly demolished over the last ten years.

Back in 2007, Salford City Council tried to interest developers in the Langworthy Hotel, stating on its website "We believe that this building (and land), its location, architectural attributes and close ties to the local community provide the essential requirements to create a positive impact".

Now Salford Council believes that the Langworthy Hotel has a "detrimental impact on the surrounding area" and should be demolished "to remove blight and health and safety risks associated with the existing derelict structure".

Salford Council bought the Langworthy Hotel on behalf of the Seedley and Langworthy Partnership Board for £385,000 in 2000, hoping to redevelop the building and its land into residential units, plus a media and community centre. Those plans never came to fruition.

In 2007 the Council announced that "the search is on to find a developer with the skills, vision and commitment to deliver a scheme that will drive the regeneration of the Langworthy Road village centre". This obviously came to nothing, and now the Hotel where Mohammad Ali once stayed is to be demolished.

Salford Council is hoping that, within six months, Great Places Housing Association and the Seedley and Langworthy Trust will "work up a joint proposal…for a development of the Langworthy Hotel site and adjacent vacant land".

* See also `Here's Your Heritage Son!' - the Salford Central Mission demolition last week. Click here

caroline wrote
at 14:06:06 on 17 October 2011
You can still stop it .. You have to stand together and say no..no..Remember the original Eccles (world famous eccles cakes) cake shop which they demolished..I bet now.. they are wishing they didnt..because it was great for tourists.. which would have brough money into the area. So they are fools if they destroy our heritage..Stand up an say no...as these beautiful buildings will never be built again.
 
newbie wrote
at 12:13:49 on 17 October 2011
After moving here around 4 years ago. I have noticed one by one beautiful buildings are being knocked down. The school on langworthy road and now the hotel. I moved here because of the character. I didn't know the history before i bought a house in CPP and i don't agree with their methods. Other cities around the world have regretting knocking down building like these. there should be room for private developers to convert these buildings while leaving people in their homes. It just seems like knocking things down to rebuild again.
 
get real wrote
at 22:10:49 on 03 April 2011
there is no money to do the things you all want with the Langworthy Hotel,for the simple reason its all being given to the work shy of Salford who will not get off there backsides to work and have not done for a long long time not just now,and now we have the work shy immigrants from all over the world decending on us with there lack of decent manners bringing the area down.
 
Mazzy wrote
at 17:04:07 on 29 March 2011
Time the town hall was demolished , preferably while infested with the council morons .
 
G.Griffiths wrote
at 14:38:09 on 29 March 2011
Re the comment below---When Salford paid £400,000 for the Langworthy, they were paying around £20,000 for houses that they were buying in Higher Broughton for their regeneration scheme. I think they were paying even less in Langworthy (maybe someone will come on and let us know?). So you could buy 20+ houses for that amount of money in the depressed market of the time or 1 former pub? This really needs looking into.
 
Missionary position wrote
at 09:58:59 on 29 March 2011
Another piece of our fast diminishing heritage trampled in the dust of a council cock up. Why dont we take the loose bricks from the langworthy hotel demolition and brick up the door of John Merry's house. We could then market the place as one of Salford's haunted houses The original house of pain which the local peasantry managed to contain the local demonic poltergeist responsible for wrecking the city. . Staring John Merry as the Ghost of over reaching Thwarted civic ambition doomed to haunt his despairing constituents with his warped civic visions of dystopia now thankfully restrained within the walls of his own abode. well one can dream cant one? By the way on a serious note wont the idiot who signed off the 400k be required to at least explain him/herself?
 
c,gray wrote
at 07:40:29 on 29 March 2011
Our home was an old 14 bedroomed house 18th centray.... bedroomed house ,,,,Bindloss which was named after the silk mercant..a dream.to me.We had to leave it empty for a time,just a some one may go a broad for a time,ours were other resons..worse .... The Council trashed it.. Now that we have to sell ..because we cannot afford the fight with the council.....we cannnot live in our own home..But we do not wish to sell to devoplers for they will destroy it.. at best someone could get a morgage but they cannot now.. talking to the Star gave us hope...It is to shocking a tale ..it could happen to u.They could just move in on your home..I wish i new how to explain better.
 
Ollie wrote
at 05:12:19 on 26 March 2011
I don't understand why they have to knock down now? This building ain't going to fall down! It makes me laugh- the pub should be a community centre using the land at the back for a green or playground for those who use the community centre. The church/community centre they are building now is too big and will never be finished, pissed off, what a lovely building, oh now it's gone!
 
teresa wrote
at 05:29:41 on 22 March 2011
well all I can say and hope for is that the good people of Salford vote for change on May 5th....it really is about time local councillors woke up to the fact we have put them in that very well paid position of trust (and £10,000)and can easily vote them out again...i wont hold my breath as I truly believed what happened re Hazel Blears would allow a change of M.P.....oh well ..democracy rules....
 
????! wrote
at 16:44:59 on 20 March 2011
So that is £385,000 of our council tax wasted then? Defend that.
 
Sad in Langworthy wrote
at 20:45:08 on 17 March 2011
I think this is terrible but it is what Salford Council has been aiming for all along - they won't be happy until Seedley/Langworthy as is - is gone
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 11:29:00 on 15 March 2011
I would like to add to my last comment to ME regarding getting off your backside and doing things. First have a little walk upto Irlams O 'Th' Height and have a look at the weavers cottages on King and Queen Street, they were saved by reisdents who worked hard for years with little or no help from this council.Mr Westbrook wanted to knock some down and build FLATS and guess what that lot up there were going to let him. Then move on to Buile Hill mansion we have been fighting for the last 6/7 years to get the building back in use for the people of Salford, but again this council have left it for the last 3 years to stand in wait for Mr SALFORD and his mate Watson to find funding to ruin the building and park to open a hotel. In the mean time we loose 4 MILLION lottery funding for the park, because a hotel is NOT what the lottery people think is the right use for the house. Do the council rethink this plan,no they sit back and wait, what for you may ask, not sure maybe for the building to fall down or for funding be found for MR SALFORD, after all we are funding the club, why not the hotel.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 00:38:17 on 15 March 2011
Why did the council buy the building back from Hampson in the first place if they did not have the funding to move forward with theses plans that ME is talking about. How long have this group been looking for funding, because the hotel was bought back over 10 years ago. The council should have looked after it, after all £385.000 is not small change.
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 11:31:33 on 14 March 2011
That may be so Nacht, but every time there's an election on there's always one individual or another pounding on about how they are 'proud' to represent the people of Salford and be 'guardians' of the peoples heritage - It's a set of statements that no longer holds water with me. At least Ordsall Hall has been kept for the people - A saving grace.
 
ME!! wrote
at 11:31:15 on 14 March 2011
Can I ask what all these people who are quick to moan about what the council are doing with the Cities heritage are doing about it themselves? The fact is the City Council purchased this building on behalf of the Seedley & Langworthy Partnership Board which was on behalf of the local community & SALT have since tirelessly fought to find funding to restore and find a use for the building with little help from those now moaning about it being knocked down. Much easier to sit there and moan after the fact - try getting off your backsides and standing up for what you believe in and make a change rather than moaning when it doesn't happen the way you want it.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 17:49:43 on 13 March 2011
Great idea Brian. The only problem is that it's far too simple a solution & there's nothiung in it for the parasitic developers. Unfortunately we live in times when money & profit are the ony considerations. Everything is treated as a commodity even such fundamental rights as health & education.
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 06:25:37 on 13 March 2011
The development issues around Buile Hill Hall, Monks Hall, Lancashire Mining Museum have been hanging around the people of Salford since the progression of closures in the early eighties. As i stated in another place, i'm not one for nostalgia, but if the facilities of these buildings were actually used for the people of Salford in an Educational or Social facility then the buildings would not be in a state of rack and ruin. I note with interest how our dear old councillors are keeping 'heritage' alive in more prosperous districts of Worsley ,Eccles, and Swinton, through either city trails or looplines and this is to be (in part) commended - but to let our older museums elsewhere go to the dogs over most of my lifetime astounds me..Remember folks, 50% of your council budget goes on education! So, to offer a figleaf to our dear old councillors Lab and Con-Libdem alike here's a valid suggestion. Employ an architect or two restore these buildings, get young building trainees in with more experienced hands to guide them (cutting the queue at the dole) and then - once restored - instead of letting local millionaires have private estates - (YES, I haven't forgotten that one) get the schools/local communities using them through visits and exhibitions. (Just an Idea all! - Any thoughts?)
 
Steve wrote
at 21:28:57 on 12 March 2011
Well said Mary Ferrer. It is very worrying to think what might happen to Monks Hall which has been empty for several years now and looks very dilapidated. I know the Council don't have much money to invest in buildings such as the Langworthy Hotel, Buile Hill and Monks Hall but it would be good if they put some more energy and imagination into attracting developers who could put them to good use.
 
Edmund wrote
at 21:28:38 on 12 March 2011
Yet another success story from the cretinous waster council .Surprised this lot don't just give the City to Peel Holdings or Tesco and be done with it.TIME TO SACK THE LOT OF THEM .
 
Ed wrote
at 10:16:47 on 12 March 2011
Wonderful... I'd like to congratulate Salford City Council on another brilliant piece of local vandalism and waste of our money... I look forward to their next piece of brilliant heritage management at our expense... If their was a to**ers award for Councils who didn't give a "Bleep" for its Cities historic buildings, ours would have won it consecutively for the last 40+ years.
 
phil lockett wrote
at 05:56:58 on 12 March 2011
whats happened to the fight in this country? the government screw us then our council screws us, petrol prices at an all time high, insurances thru the roof, house prices falling like a stone, job cuts everywhere and we just sit back and take it, its about time we adopted the french stance and say enough is enough, and get off our backsides and start bloody fighting back
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 22:09:11 on 11 March 2011
Well another bit of our history going to make way for what. Council have owned the building for years and let it get into this state why did they allow it to become dangerous and we only have their word that it is. Wonder how long it will be before we read that Buile hill Mansion is now a health and safety issue and will have to be pulled down. You go to other parts of the country and they cherish and look after their history, what happens in Salford,they just sit back and wait then say "sorry past its sell by date" Bit like that lot up at the civic. And before anyone says we need this land for social housing just look at all the plots of grass with knee rails in Lanworthy and other parts of the city owned also by this council. We are not short of plots,but we are short of our HERITAGE, thanks to this bloody council.
 
Andrew Behan wrote
at 15:36:06 on 11 March 2011
Would be nice to have some social housing built on the land or a commuinity centre for the people of Langworthy
 
mike Atherfold wrote
at 09:49:58 on 11 March 2011
Thats such a shame, have often admired the building and speculated about what it could used for etc..
 
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