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MOCHA PARADE COULD SEE RENTS INCREASE FIVEFOLD IN SALFORD REDEVELOPMENT
 

Star date: 5th December 2017

LIDL LATEST RETAILER FOR MOCHA MOVE BUT COULD FORCE LOCAL SHOPS OUT

"It's a worry the family businesses will be wiped out..." Dr Kassam

The long awaited redevelopment of Lower Broughton's Mocha Parade finally looks set to begin next year, with Lidl the latest retailer to be seriously linked with becoming the anchor store.

The makeover will see just five new units for existing businesses, but one shopkeeper told the Salford Star that their rent would increase fivefold. Meanwhile, there are also plans for a mini-health centre.

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Salford City Council and Urban Vision finally unveiled the latest plans for Mocha Parade to shopkeepers last week. Lidl is the latest retailer to be linked with becoming the anchor store on a redeveloped precinct (after Aldi pulled out), with apparently a six week exclusivity agreement to make up its mind.

Today, Lidl told the Salford Star: "As part of our ongoing expansion plans we are exploring various options to improve our retail offering in Salford. We look forward to sharing any firm plans with the community, as soon as we're in a position to do so."

Meanwhile, a redeveloped Mocha Parade will see another middle-sized unit next to Lidl, which could be B&M Bargains, but just five new units for the small businesses that have braved out the floods and degeneration. One shopkeeper told the Star that, based on the new square footage costs, his rent would increase fivefold.

"After redevelopment the rent and rates will go up definitely" explained Doctor Kassam, who hopes to move his surgery into a new health centre being proposed "The small business people might not be able to continue, not only because of the rates but also because of competition from big companies. It's a worry that the family businesses will be wiped out."

And Practice Manager, Patrick Murphy added: "The businesses are separate from us really. It would be nice to continue to have those small businesses because they are local people as well. In the new year we will know more."

Everyone agrees that Mocha needs sorting but the worry is the survival of the small businesses and, even if they are willing to re-locate, one shopkeeper described the compensation on offer as "derisory".

Yet these retailers have put up with water coming in through the ceiling from the tinned up derelict flats above, break-ins, the destruction of the community that provided their customers, the Boxing Day Flood two years ago that washed their stock away and a current site that looks totally run down and desperate.

"Broughton always seems to be the last place in Salford to get anything" Patrick Murphy explained "I don't think any other area would have put up with having no post office for three or four years, while every other area has gateway buildings with libraries etc. Broughton really needs that: it has nothing.

"These new units need to try and retain the community or re-build it as it was but there's a lot of uncertainty" he added "From our perspective we just want health care facilities that are going to serve our patients and that's going to give them access to treatment, quicker."

Confusion still reigns over the future of both a new health centre on Mocha and the fate of the existing Lower Broughton Health Centre. Minutes of the Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) from May state that its Executive Team "rejected the redevelopment of the current site in favour of agreeing to fund a new build for the Lower Broughton Health Centre at the Mocha Parade site."

A report from the CCG's November meeting stated that there are "continuing discussions with practices in Lower Broughton regarding a proposed new site for generation on Mocha Parade".

The general feeling is that the existing Lower Broughton Health Centre doesn't want to relocate to Mocha, so a mini health centre might be built to accommodate Dr Kassam's practice, plus an optician, pharmacy, possibly a dentist and more, as part of the current NHS drive to take more services out into the community.

"It's about improving the wellbeing of Broughton people" Doctor Kassam said, while Patrick Murphy added "Salford CCG has got the local population's best interests at heart, I think."

Lower Broughton Health Centre didn't respond to a Salford Star call requesting a comment on its future. However, Steve Dixon, Chief Finance Officer at NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, did respond to questions about a new health centre on Mocha Parade...

"We are looking into developing a health centre at this site and are currently talking to local GPs about how this may look" he said "Naturally, before any decision is made, we will be talking to local residents for their views on the matter."

The Salford Star understands that demolition of the old post office side of Mocha Parade will begin in the new year, and that once Lidl has confirmed its site, plans will be put forward for planning permission for the redevelopment to go ahead. Where this leaves the small businesses is yet to be seen....


See also previous Salford Star article – Mocha Parade Still In Limbo – click here

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at 3:03:28 AM on Monday, February 19, 2018
This is yet another area of Salford that has been deliberately run down to try to justify regeneration (What they mean is demolition and you will be gone). If the premises are not re let, then the stranglehold only gets stronger as a business packs in. What they should do is to get people and businesses interested in Mocha. It will cost money, but not as much as demolishing and rebuilding. Refurbish the flats above the shops and re let them, giving first refusal to the people who used to live there. Keep the rent for the shops low and maybe even reduce them for 2 or 3 years. Try to encourage business into the area by guaranteeing that Mocha will still be there for a minimum of 5 years whilst the plan is assessed. Maybe a community cafe doing cheap hot basic meals could be funded and opened with a couple of local people being employed there. It would be a place older people could drop in and maybe a couple of kids from a local school could drop in one day a week. One premises could possibly be used a couple of days a week by different people or groups. Maybe a community group one day, somebody from the council on another (Tries not to laugh), as an advice centre on another day or 2 or even a combination on certain days. Salford council should support and invest in the people of the area andthe future of Mocha
 
Arnold Rimmer wrote
at 7:03:26 AM on Thursday, December 7, 2017
The place is a bit of a dump to be honest and has been at least since 2001 when i first went there. Gangs of kids hanging around. I was attacked walking past there 15 years ago. Bullzone the lot.
 
dave fraser wrote
at 1:17:23 PM on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
there is much that can and should be criticized about what as happened at mocha parade by the council shop traders have been left in an increasingly precarious situation for a number of years. shop users have seen their local shops treated with disrespect and run into the ground. nothing official as been said for years, partial plans have been created, shelved ,binned while no real communication or consultation with local residents as taken place. this lack luster approach underpins the fact that there is no real economic or retail strategy for broughton. surely in one of the most deprived wards in salford a coherent economic strategy as to be communicated and delivered with the efficiency ,professionalism and effectiveness that the broughton ward so urgently needs.
 
Mervyn Gledhill wrote
at 1:52:54 AM on Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Sorry, should have said Victoria Theatre
 
donna jackson wrote
at 2:44:33 PM on Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Its a disgrace how Mocha Parade has been left to rot ,lower broughton used to be full of shops ,no consideration for the real local residents at all !
 
Mervyn Gledhill wrote
at 1:03:40 PM on Tuesday, December 5, 2017
No mention of Salford Foodbank, who are present on the site. But 1/3 of Salford Children in Salford living in 'out of work' households. Universal Credit will cause 'Miserable Christmas' for so many in Salford. These are the people who use Salford Foodbank. What is the future of the Foodbank? And yet in the same edition Salford Council 'promo ise to protect' the almost derelict Palace Theatre. CORRECT PRIORITIES.......
 
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