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SALFORD DEMO TO SAVE BROUGHTON REC
 

Star date: 31st March 2011 

BROUGHTON TURNS OUT TO SUPPORT ITS REC CENTRE

`Keep Salford A Fit City - Save Broughton Rec' ironic magenta t-shirt slogan

Over fifty people turned out tonight to show their support for Broughton Recreation Centre on Camp Street, which is in danger of closing as part of Salford Council's spending cuts.

Regular users of the Rec were joined by trade unionists, local families, passing kids and supporters of Salford Against The Cuts, with the most poignant banner reading `Save Our Rec – Tax The Rich'

Full story and more photos here…


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At the Save Broughton Rec demonstration tonight, Bev Costello, a regular user of its facilities, told the crowd that the centre is more than about just getting fit…

"It's a place where people come to make friends, and a place to come to get your head straight" she said "If you've got a few bob and you're rich like David Cameron you're alright as you can go to a private club. But we can't afford that, we rely on this centre as a place to come…we need to keep it open for the people of Salford."

Over fifty people joined the demonstration called by Broughton Against The Cuts to protest at the injustice of shutting down a Fit City right in the middle of one of the city's most `deprived' areas – and an area that's had millions of pounds of public money thrown at private developers, Countryside Properties which is busy trying to create a `New Broughton'.

George Tapps, an ex-Salford councillor now speaking for Salford Against the Cuts, was convinced that Countryside Properties wanted Broughton Rec's land for development.

"The councillors are just sitting back and letting the officers do what they want" he told the demo "This is about the land."

His words were echoed by Paul Kelly, a local resident and supporter of Salford Against the Cuts…

"In an area like this the Rec shouldn't be shutting down, it should be enhanced for the kids" he said "It's just a joke. This place has got everything the community needs – but they're taking everything away from us, they've destroyed everything around here.

"The local councillors aren't here, which to me says they're quite happy to go along with this" he added "We need to ask them whether they're with the community or against us."

Jim Rogers, who uses the Rec's unique climbing wall, spoke on behalf of its users…

"It's not a climbing wall which is found around the rest of the country" he said "And there's a whole community of climbers who value what this wall has given them. We've got something special in the heart of this community which everyone can use, which is cheap, easy to access and within a lovely atmosphere."

The demo was supported by passing kids and people going into the Rec who were unaware of its possible closure. Commuters driving home beeped their horns in solidarity, while walkers stopped along Camp Street to sign the petitions. Many on the demo wore specially made ironic magenta t-shirts with the slogan `Keep Salford A Fit City - Save Broughton Rec'...

There is hope that Broughton Rec will stay open, as Broughton Database has shown an interest in taking over the centre. But at the moment everything is up in the air, as Salford City Council has sacrificed a Fit City to its spending cuts.

For further details of the Broughton Database takeover and quotes from Salford Council see here

the truth wrote
at 09:29:47 on 10 April 2011
Christine Brett still involved in Broughton? She was involved up here with the SRB money in the 90,s. It seems the "jobs for the boys and girls" culture filters down from the top just like with URC and media city. I knew someone who worked for a council (wont say which one) and they told me that once you get a couple of W-nkers in an office, that they dont want anybody in who isnt a W-nker because it shows them up.
 
wrote
at 14:33:18 on 08 April 2011
I thought Salford Community Leisure was just an arms length subsiduary of SCC, just like Urban Vision and Salix Homes....
 
Christine Brett wrote
at 09:45:50 on 08 April 2011
Apologies for not responding sooner. Just to clarify. HBHG Development Trust (Broughton D@TAbase) is a community run organisation, not for profit, with charitable aims. We are governed by a board of trustees, all of whom are local community volunteers. We are all passionate about the work we do and most of us started off as volunteers. Hazel Blears is our Patron. We are extremely proud of the quality of our services and have numerous awards that reflect the quality. We run as a social enterprise in order to be sustainable and not wholly reliant on grants and restricted funds. This enables us to deliver free services to the local community that are not covered by statutory funding. I hope this gives you a bit more information about us. Should you like to come and visit, I would be happy to show you around.
 
John Merry wrote
at 14:00:19 on 03 April 2011
The Rec is already run by a social enterprise
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 13:03:55 on 03 April 2011
We should be very wary about so-called social enterprise. This is not what the campaigners want - their petition calls for the Rec to be kept open under public control. None other than Hazel Blears - who I believe has some connection with Database, the potential partners in the social enterprise - has warned only this week that this can be a back door to privatisation: "I believe there are some individuals in government who want to take these services out of state provision and into the private sector. They see social enterprises as a halfway house to get people used to privatisation. They want to see social enterprises fail, then open it up to the private sector." Keep it public!! No cuts!! Paul Gerrard
 
Christine Brett wrote
at 10:06:56 on 01 April 2011
Thanks Scott. Will be in touch. That is really kind of you. It was fantastic to see the support for the building last night. We at Broughton D@TAbase are keen to see the building as a community owned asset and a hub of even further community activity. We are waiting for the council to provide all the details but will be in touch with everyone when they have.
 
John Merry wrote
at 10:06:42 on 01 April 2011
If you read the small print in the previous story by Salford star you would have discovered there was no plot to demolish the rec. As the star correctly pointed out there was discussions with Broughton Database about them taking over the running of the centre from Salford Community Leisure . The star even suggested support for the bid. A demo over a non existent proposal seems a bit strange.
 
Andyfor Langworthy wrote
at 00:14:08 on 01 April 2011
I agree with George Tapp,its a land grab.St Georges Proposed closure was a land grab.Vast areas of Ordsall have gone for a land grab Vast areas of Langworthy have gone for a land grab,The Labour Council and Councillors have been selling of land and demolishing houses for almost 20 years.Compulsary purchase in Langworthy then Urban splash steppping in and buying up the houses then selling them off beyond the reach of displaced residents of Langworthy.Well Done to all who turned up tonight.The Councillors dont give a damn about you,So stand against them in May and replace them.You have until midday on monday to put in your nominations.Phone Vin Joseph at Salford Council to get your forms.Failing that support TUSC anti cuts campaign in ORDSALL/LANGWORTHY/WINTON.We will fight CUTS not implement them.Salford Labour Council have rubber Stamped £40 million pounds of cuts and more will come in the next 2 years if we dont get in come May 5th
 
Resident of this Dead City wrote
at 00:14:03 on 01 April 2011
So where were the local councillors then ?Where was Blears ?A missed photo opportunity .Just disgraceful that not one council representative was here in support .This pathetic shower of shite are not fit to run this city , and , as always ,overzealous in their slavish obedience to their thatcherite overlords .TRAITORS , ALL OF THEM .The fight goes on .
 
Scott Darraugh wrote
at 00:13:43 on 01 April 2011
The Government as launch Right to Bid, Provide and Run which would be ideal routes to community ownership if we can help at The Angel Centre let me know ! scott@salfordangel.org.uk
 
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