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SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDS £27,000 ON GARDEN SHED FOR TATTON PARK FLOWER SHOW
 

Star date: 20th May 2016

SALFORD'S £27,000 SHED FOR FIVE DAY FLOWER SHOW

`The exhibit consists of a shed which will be redesigned...'

Salford Council is to spend a total of £26,841.40 on a garden shed exhibit at July's five day, £32 per ticket RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. The shed is part of the Blooming Bridgewater project, and "will be redesigned to reference the sights and experiences of the canal environment", the Council states.

As the Council forks out almost £27,000 on the shed, it is currently deciding on whether to axe its £21,600 grant to Ordsall Community Arts, which has been established in its community for almost forty years.

Full details here...


Following Salford City Council's decision last December to spend £19million on the RHS `Bridgewater Garden' in Worsley (see here), it is now about to spend £26,841.40 on a five day garden shed exhibit at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park in July, where visitor tickets cost £32 on the gate.

"The exhibit consists of a shed which will be redesigned to reference the sights and experiences of the canal environment" states the Council "a custom made and
innovatively decorated haven that reflects the exhibitor's passions and interests."

The Council originally commissioned `maker' Tim Denton to design the 'Garden Hideaway' shed at a cost of £2,587.50, and later £6,842.40 "to develop the designs further, source materials and plan and deliver community engagement sessions".

It is now about to award the designer a further £17,411.50, to cover "the sourcing of
larger planting, creation of bespoke materials and decoration, finalising offsite
construction, on-site installation at Tatton in July and de-rig afterwards".

65% of the £17,411.50 will come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with Salford
Council
paying 35% of the costs. The Council doesn't state which budget the previous £9,429 came from.

The shed project is part of Blooming Bridgewater, which, the Council states "offers a unique opportunity for volunteers to take part in developing, constructing and
installing a high quality exhibit inspired by the canal."

Blooming Bridgewater, in turn, is part of a £3.6million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the regeneration of the Bridgewater Canal, with £1.9million of match funding from Salford City Council, Peel Holdings and others.

"Blooming Bridgewater will be representing the work of the Council and its partners at a major visitor event" states a Council report into the £27,000 shed with a five day lifespan. Meanwhile the fate of the almost forty year old Ordsall Community Arts (OCA) is currently in the balance, as the Council is looking to prune its grant of £21,600...

"There continues to be significant pressure on the Council's budget due to current austerity measures" OCA was told in January...



*Main image shows a screenshot from the Tatton Flower Show website – for more details click here

* For further details of OCA and what is happening in Ordsall - click here

patricia rollinson wrote
at 06:01:09 on 31 July 2016
disgusting when the council cannot even sweep the dead leaves from the cenotaph at fire station square. I rang 2 weeks ago to report this only to be told it would be cleaned as yet in is still dirty and forgotten , no use just a quick sweep up in November in time for rememberant sunday these people gave their lives for us .Swinton cenotaph always looks clean why not SALFORDS ..
 
Ripped off Taxpayer wrote
at 17:43:44 on 25 May 2016
A disgraceful and pathetic waste of ripped off taxpayers money by Salford clowncil . But still better value for money than the mayor .
 
fred blogs wrote
at 21:49:40 on 24 May 2016
another load of monies wasted by this council. No change there.
 
Brianfkirkham@sky.com wrote
at 21:19:20 on 23 May 2016
People can read my initial thoughts on this folly on Facebook but mayor Dennett should be hauling the feet of the officer who came up with spending twenty seven thousand on a garden shed forward nothing more than an ego trip over the coals. Anyone supporting this should think twice when they cry foul over their council tax bill.
 
Mark Preston wrote
at 13:58:55 on 22 May 2016
Maybe its a prototype for one of their 'mysterious',and rare, affordable housing schemes.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 04:56:49 on 22 May 2016
Oh, I truly believe pressure will follow if nothing changes for the better. The next big test will be the 2017 Greater Manchester Mayor election. Labour know GM's interim Mayor Tony Lloyd is weak, having got just 6% of the electorate support at the Police Commission last time. He, or A Burnham, face a melt down turnout. Yes, Labour across Greater Manchester has little time to inspire voters before us Greater Manchester Mayor vote next year. If our Mayor Paul Dennett fails to deliver in Salford, I feel Greater Manchester will accept truth about Labour promises. Mayor Dennett must hear my warning and deliver now.
 
wrote
at 15:19:55 on 21 May 2016
Michael James Felse can do all the urging he wants, but it won't make a blind bit of difference to what the new mayor and the council do.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 12:07:10 on 21 May 2016
Yes Andrea. How many other local groups will agree. I urge our new Mayor Paul Dennett to ring fence 1% of Council cash to go into local groups. That £3 million would give a life line to help a lot of people who care be able to make a difference in Salford. I also demand more support for young people, helping create a range of new ideas and starter groups run by young people with quality support offered from established group leaders.
 
Andrea Jackson wrote
at 20:46:00 on 20 May 2016
This is an absolutely disgusting misuse of council funds at a time when Ordsall Community Arts is struggling to survive.
 
Confused wrote
at 18:51:17 on 20 May 2016
£27,000 is more than the council payed for the majority of 3 bedroom houses they compulsory purchased in Higher Broughton!
 
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