'...It's an urban splash art ghetto, Jim
...Anything could happen
But it hardly ever does
There's a pub but the regulars are barred
Nobody there to harsh your buzz
On Beasley Boulevard
Ring-a-ding-ding regime change
A long way overdue
Now the dogs are gone and it's pale and strange
With a whole new kind of view
It's better than Paradise
If you don't look too hard
Made over nice n nice...
A Garden of Eden in every yard
A phone box cleared of hookers' cards
They've got to promenade
On teazy wheazy easy-peasy
Extract from Beasley Boulevard by John Cooper Clarke
Salford City Council's new vision for Greengate is currently being consulted upon until 22nd January... "A distinctive place to live, work and visit, proud to be more Brooklyn than Manhattan, where people and businesses, from near and far, can find the space they need to thrive, prosper, create and connect."
The area is to be made over with Greengate Boulevard, a new Greengate Park and a replica Market Cross referencing past heritage. The long-neglected Collier Street Baths is to be the centre for "a significant new musical focus...tapping into the existing strengths of the Eagle Inn and Blueprint Studios...", while arts and crafts people will be encouraged to move into spaces created.
There will be three zones – the Collier Street Magnet which will feature low rise blocks of flats; Central Greengate which will feature medium to high rise blocks of flats; and Greengate Riverside with more high rises.
The vision aims to "increase the residential offer, with popular neighbourhoods, offering quality choices for the conurbation's skilled workforce" and "to develop the culture and leisure offer, building on existing assets, to develop a distinctive lifestyle offer for residents, workers and visitors..."
However, nowhere in the 41 page 'vision' is affordable housing on the agenda. Any Section 106 monies from developers will be put towards "public realm and public transport provision", while "there will still be a substantial public sector funding requirement to deliver all of the proposed interventions..."
Meanwhile, any existing businesses which don't want to make way for the 'vision' might well be subject to compulsory purchase...
"Whilst the council does not anticipate large scale use of compulsory purchase powers, given the historic nature of land ownership in the area some parties are likely to be only interested in retaining existing income streams from temporary/low quality uses" the report states "Selective use of CPO powers may therefore be
justified for specific prioritised development and infrastructure activities and to give certainty to the development process."
The plans are currently being consulted upon, with almost zero publicity, but the full vision can be read by clicking here
Salford Council is also holding a drop-in session on the 13th December at Block 12, Spectrum, Blackfriars Road between 1pm and 7pm (access from Blackfriars Road), where Council officers will be present to answer any questions.
The closing date for the consultation is 22nd January 2018.
Comments can be sent by letter to: Duncan McCorquodale, Regulatory Services, Urban Vision, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton M27 5AS
Or email PPC@urbanvision.org.uk