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SALFORD TO BE JOINED WITH MANCHESTER
 

Star date: 28th July 2011

A Salford Star Exclusive

NOW IT'S OFFICIAL BY 2030 SALFORD WILL BE JOINED TO MANCHESTER!

Salford Star has maintained from day one that the big plan was to integrate Salford into Manchester. Now it's official that by 2030 selected parts of Central Salford will be included in an expansion of Manchester city centre which will - surprise, surprise stretch right up to MediaCityUK.

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Salford into Manchester
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Yep, the Salford Star has been shouting it from the first printed issue that the big plan was to integrate Salford into an expanding Manchester city centre.

Now it's official that by 2030 Salford will be part of what's being called the `Regional Centre' - which in all but name will mean Salford becomes part of Manchester, and will bow to a `Regional Strategy' for investment, housing, transport and other services.

The Regional Centre boundary will stretch from Manc-land right up to MediaCityUK on one side and to the Innovation Forum on Frederick Road on the other, incorporating Salford University. This would explain the University's new branding which screams `University of Salford, Manchester' (see here).

What is even more interesting is that the boundary line for the new `Regional Centre' manages to weave its way around some of the most deprived parts of Salford. For instance, Greengate (on the Manc border) is included in the `Regional Centre' but Greengate North and Trinity aren't included. Ordsall Waterfront is included but Ordsall itself isn't.

Ordsall Waterfront (where the Council has destroyed the culturally infamous Graffiti Palace [see here]) is the `Irwell River Park' walkway between Manc and MediaCityUK, where it's proposed to plonk billions of yuppie flats and houses along the Ship Canal, across the road from Ordsall itself.

The `Regional Centre' is defined as The Crescent, Greengate, Liverpool Street, Ordsall Waterfront, Salford Central and Salford Quays, although from the blurred maps Salford Council has produced it's almost impossible to tell exactly which bits of Liverpool Street and Salford Central are included.

Parts of Central Salford that are left out of the `Regional Centre' boundary include Pendleton, the whole of Broughton, Charlestown (except for the Innovation Forum) and Lower Kersal, Claremont and Weaste, and Eccles New Road.

Salford Council is proposing that over 43% of all new housing in the city will be in the `Regional Centre', with the number of second homes more than doubling. The last Salford Housing Needs Assessment in 2007 estimated that there were 2,273 households living in overcrowded conditions in the city.

These proposals for the `Regional Centre' are revealed in Salford Council's Development Plan Core Strategy Pre Publication Consultation (click here) which defines the `Regional Centre' as Manchester/Salford City Centre but with more and more services being amalgamated across the city many people might draw the conclusion that the two cities are merging, with Central Salford being part of Manchester in all but name.

The Development Plan document states "By 2030, it is envisaged that this scale of investment will have transformed the role of the corridor along Chapel Street and the Crescent, helping to ensure that it forms an important and integral part of the Manchester/Salford City Centre".

Meanwhile, back in April, Salford Council's Chief Executive, Barbara Spicer, compared her relationship to Manc's Chief Executive Howard Bernstein, as like that between mother and daughter, which is hardly equal.

"It's a little like you'd say 'Mum, what do you think about this?'" Spicer cooed to the Manchester Evening News, adding "In terms of developing the core of the conurbation, we take a very singular view and that is one of the things that we will look at in the round: we discuss which sites we are going to bring forward."

It seems that those sites which are being brought forward to be part of the `Regional Centre' are only those bits that will be of advantage for the expansion of Manchester City Centre.

To read the full Development Plan Consultation click here

 The Consultation ends on Monday 1st August and details of how to comment on the proposals are contained within that document.

 Campaigners against Peel Holdings proposals for over 500 houses on the greenfield site of Burgess Farm  which are also contained in the document are urging Salford residents to object click here for full details.


 

Adam M6 wrote
at 16:26:56 on 19 March 2016
I really do not understand this 'us' and 'them' mentality from some people in regards to Salford and Manchester. People from Salford and Manchester are cut from the same cloth and the place has always been pretty much and practically one big city anyway. Salford doesn't have a city centre, we call Manchester city centre 'town'. You can be in Salford and throw a stone in to the city centre it's that close so it's hardly foreign land. I'm a proud Salfordian myself but some people's pride borders delusion. Manchester is on another scale of city and Salford isn't comparable and whether some people like it or not Salford for all intents and purposes is a suburb to Manchester nowadays and has been for some time. As people have mentioned if this was generally accepted, instead of the stubborn attitude that we need to cling to this ultra Salfordian scenario where we reject anything related to Manchester, the area might become more prosperous. In logistical terms considering how close the two cities are a combined council would seem extremely practical. Salford does not necessarily have to lose its name the area could be called Manchester with Salford for example (see Blackburn with Darwen). Salford could retain its city status similarly to how Westminster retains its city status in London. To add to this it stinks of hypocrisy when Salfordians complain about Manchester 'taking over'. Swinton, Eccles, Irlam and Worsley were all proud independent towns in their own right until they were forced to become part of the wider City of Salford. I don't see how that situation is any different. Things change, don't get left behind.

Michael J Felse wrote
at 15:40:52 on 19 March 2016
Thank you Adam6 for your post. There is one important point keeping Salford away from Manchester rule. It is called Salford Debt. Salford Councillors ran up Council debt. Their latest 275,000,000 was report by Salford Star this week. It is what puts Salford in the realm of Bankruptcy. We already know Councillors will rubber stamp the next 50million cuts to Salford as demanded by the Tory's Chancellor. Why would Manchester's people vote to pick up the massive debt. Sad thing is it puts the next elected Mayor of Salford in the seat that carries the can for the cash crisis. Bankruptcy may see our new Mayor going off to prison if they are not able to pass the blame to those Councillors that voted for bad debt. I am sure Salford safely stays as a stand alone, sadly for the wrong reason.

Ashley Kirkman wrote
at 14:22:28 on 02 November 2015
Why are people so against change? The whole of Greater Manchester NEEDS to combine into one city in order to protect our financial future. For years the North West has been left to rot whilst billions of pounds have been pumped into London and the surrounding areas. It's about time some of that money made its way up here and if combining Salford into Manchester, or Bolton or Rochdale into Manchester then so be it. I'd rather live in an area that is regenerating at a rate similar to that of the capital city, and that only happens where there's money and jobs. Look at America and the size of their states. New York isn't one city, it's loads of different cities inside a city. Yet it's an international powerhouse. So is London. It's time for the greatness tucked away in Greater Manchester to be put back on to the world stage. After all, didn't our industrial revolution kickstart the world as we know it? Embrace it. You'll still be proud Salfordians, or Mancs, or Boltonians or whatever because those places will still exist. It's just that the boundary of the big city that we all depend on will take us all under its financial wing and help to shape our future for the better.

DEAN wrote
at 16:30:49 on 25 September 2015
JOKE!! I AM A PROUD SALFORDIAN!!! MEDIA CITY IS IN SALFORD END OFF!! LEAVE IT AT THAT.

Salford Man wrote
at 19:00:30 on 26 August 2015
@ without Common sence above. Greater Manchester is not the same as the city of Manchester. Greater Manchester is a county, not a city. The city of Salford is a city in it's own right. Ignorant, deluded and poorly educated mancs believe Manchester(not Greater Manchester) is the UK's second city. Manchester is not even 5th, but 11th. Check out the stats at https://thegeographist.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/largest-cities-uk-population/

Common sence wrote
at 16:22:59 on 11 February 2014
Greater Manchester is already one city, the borders that meander through our county only make things complicated in terms of business, international reputation and other things. Manchester is made out to be the 5th largest city in the UK however its the borders that give it this title. Manchester is the 2nd Largest city in the UK, after London. People who try and divide Manchester to make them sound like seperate places is just ridiculous. Look at an arial photo of Manchester its one huge city. The Trafford centre is in Trafford, Salford Quays in Salford, Manchester United in Trafford. People need to look beyond the borders and realise we are the second city of the UK. This is just the same as London, where it is made up of numerous boroughs, for example, Westminster is in London, Camden is in London, Croyden is in London, the same way salford is in Manchester, stockport, oldham, bury etc.... Do you honestly think it sounds good on an international level where Manchester seems like a tiny city when in real terms its a huge metropolis?

wrote
at 08:35:27 on 01 August 2011
I can see why Manchester want to consume Salford as it will help them with their bid to become the second city in the UK But as a salfordian to me it represents yet another step toward making Salford dissapear - currently it feels like salford is within Manchester - a city within a city, nonesence!

Lennard Sands wrote
at 17:02:59 on 28 July 2011
Just what has salford , the poverty hole , jobless hell , hopeless , living hellhole got in commom with Shitchester ? BOTH CITIES RUN BY INEPT , INADEQUATE CLOWNCILS .

Measured View wrote
at 17:01:21 on 28 July 2011
This document's only just been published, Consultation finishes on the 1st August - forgive me for saying this but it leaves very little room for the communities it effects to even study the document, let alone make their views known. This extension of Manchester's boundary of authority leaves one heck of a gaping hole in the City. Or hasn't our Cities Chief Executive spotted that yet?

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