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DISAPPEARING SALFORD AWARD WON BY DOWNTOWN MANCHESTER
 

Star date: 27th December 2017

VILLAFONT WINS DISAPPEARING SALFORD AWARD AS ORDSALL RE-BRANDED 'DOWNTOWN MANCHESTER'

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

With a one bed flat costing 'from £185,000' and £1.2million planning fees avoided, developer, Villafont, gave Salford a final insult when it re-branded Ordsall 'Downtown Manchester' for its huge blocks of apartments. Ladies and gentlemen, lick your MacColls for the winner of the Disappearing Salford Award...Villafont!

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DISAPPEARING SALFORD AWARD

Goes to...

VILLAFONT

With MediaCityUK already re-branded as in 'Manchester' courtesy of Peel Holdings, plus a zillion other places, it shouldn't really have come as a shock when developer, Villafont, decided that its new 'hotel style' apartments in Ordsall would be titled 'Downtown Manchester' – but it did!

The massive six block scheme of 368 flats on the banks of the River Irwell, opposite Pomona, had already avoided paying £1.22million in fees to Salford City Council, plus the provision of over seventy affordable properties, when planning permission was granted two years ago (see here).

Following that planning permission, the flats were marketed by Alliance Investments to rich Knightsbridge investors, promising 7% 'rental yields'. A one bed apartment is being flogged 'from £185,000', and, in the first release of Block A two bedroom flats, the cheapest is £254,030, ranging up to £322,000, with an additional £20,000 for a parking space. Three bedroom flats are being sold 'from' £286,000 (see here).

"Downtown is Manchester's premier residence" states the blurb from Villafont, which adds that the blocks will "create a new contemporary and iconic landmark property in Manchester, to service the needs of an ever increasing aspirational residential community."

In May, local artists made their own comments on 'Downtown Manchester' when they added a few Salford references to the sales hoardings outside the site. The illustrations of the 'contemporary' apartments featured a picture of a London scene by Lowry on the wall. The artists covered this with a photo of a bulldozer smashing down affordable housing in central Salford. They also added an old photo of Ordsall women too, to give it a sense of place...

...And, on the giant hoardings showing 'aspirational' people walking down sterilised streets in front of the future shiny blocks, the artists added some tents to represent the amount of homeless people in the area (see here). A few hundred yards from the site, homeless people were sleeping under bridges.

Behind all the new apartment blocks that are now surrounding the original community, Ordsall itself remains within the 3%-7% most deprived areas in England. A few years ago, Salford City Council drew up a development strategy which included a map for a new 'Regional Centre'. The boundary line for the Centre included MediaCityUK and Ordsall Waterfront but not Ordsall itself (see here).

So, ladies and gentlemen, raise a glass of warm Holt's beer, sway from side to side and sing that famous Ewan MacColl chorus 'You Dirty Old Bastards, leave our city alone...you're not in sodding Manchester, you're in Salford...' etc... And then raise your fingers for the winner of the 2017 Salford Star Mary Burns Disappearing Salford Award...

Villafont!!!

If someone from Villafont would like to make an acceptance speech, please use the comments box below...


Winners of 2017 Salford Star Mary Burns Awards...

Feed The Rich (Part 1) – Fred Done – click here

Dick Turpin Award For Services to Bridge Hold Ups – Peel Holdings - click here

Carly Simon Award For Vanity – Councillor Derek Antrobus – click here

Feed The Rich Award (part 2) – Conservative Government and the HCA – click here

Corbynista Council of the Year Award - Salford City Council and Mayor Paul Dennett - click here

Grenfell Tower Urgency Award – Salford City Council – click here

Uncle Joe Stalin Award for Open and Democratic Government – Salford City Council – click here

Shameful and Unacceptable Practices Award – Greater Manchester Police – click here

Self Destruction Award – Salford UKIP – click here

Our Friends In The North Memorial Prize – Salford City Council – click here

One Salford wrote
at 08:29:42 on 29 December 2017
DEEF makes a good read here. Spot on. As a Salford Quays dweller I do not want to be in Downtown Manchester. I fear that my15 years community work in Salford will become irrelevant if we slide into Manchester control. Salford needs to say no way. @Felsey.
 
DEEF wrote
at 17:16:45 on 28 December 2017
What I find so ironic is that Salford Council bend over backwards to help the likes of the developers and Peel Holdings, and yet seem utterly oblivious to certain things. I'll give an example. It is clear to me that the Town Hall Wonks give the developers special treatment because the same said Wonks are rubbing their hands together, as they gleefully think about all the new council tax that the well to do Yuppie types will bring intothe Council's coffers; but it's all going to go pear shaped, as how long will it be before the developers and the new yuppy types, who hate the name of Salford, begin lobbying politicians to change the boundaries, and that way, in the future, what is now upmarket Salford will become Manchester, and what will those feckless mugs in the council do then? They'll have to kiss their fantasies of getting loads of new council tax goodbye, that's for sure. Trust me, ten years from now, the boundaries will have been changed as a direct result of lobbying and bribing; and Salford Quays will be legally classed as being in Manchester, and it'll be known as Downtown Manchester and , for all of Salford Council's turning a blind eye to certain things and waiving planning fees etc, for them it will all have come to nought as Manchester Council will be reaping the benefits of the council tax payers money from that area, and Salford will have next to nothing, with it slowly but surely becoming like a British version of an American city deep in the Rust Belt. Sooner or later Salford will be getting twinned with Flint, Michigan, and not some city in France. The writing is on the wall for this place, as long as those Useless Muppets are in charge. Salford townhall should be re-named Fraggle Rock. These people ARE useless!!!
 
One Salford wrote
at 10:00:37 on 28 December 2017
All good comments. Appear to agree the downfall of Salford has gone too far. My proud city of Salford needs to break away from the manchester collective. The fight in 2018 is essential to save Salford or to become further consumed. If I was Mayor I would reduce council tax by 15% to make Salford Council Tax the very lowest in the region making Salford stand out as different to the rest. I demand our Mayor takes this step in 2018. @Felsey.
 
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at 10:00:24 on 28 December 2017
Felsey doesn't realise that he is part of the problem. Where does he live? SALFORD QUAYS! Where did all the developments and building of apartments in Salford start? SALFORD QUAYS! How about ripping all the aparments down and builing proper homes for families of people born in Salford? All the quays could go and the docks be redeveloped as docks again ready for making Salford a post brexit trading powerhouse.
 
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at 08:23:05 on 28 December 2017
I partly agree with Mr Felse. The Salford being Manchester has gone too far. If the council had anything about them they could make awarding planning permission dependent on any development being branded as 'Salford'. I'm sure there could be a legal way of insisting on this. If the developers don't like it they can go elsewhere, which they certainly wouldn't want to do.
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 08:21:03 on 28 December 2017
As its the season of goodwill, I'm going to be diplomatic - No - some might say Nice about this. Dear Mr Felse is at it again i see. One Minute screaming Revolution and bringing in a costly Mayoral system to Salford - No problem with this - the people voted - but then we find it to be sidelined for the GM Metro mayor (which Mr Felse was also for if you check his comments) - Now he has both his cakes - it appears he wants away from the county ... do the city a favour - flip a coin - call Heads for City and Tails for County - but stick to the result. No doubt his mind will change within a month of the result taking place. Erosion of the city ? down to centralisation of services to "Regional Centres" - pressed by a tory ex-chancellor... depends which end of the feeder roads you want to be at Mr Felse...perhaps if people and their civic/university leaders would stick to city borders and had a bit of pride in the place we live in, people outside of the city might stop referring to the city as just an enclave of Manchester
 
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at 11:40:24 on 27 December 2017
Are Manchester's rates higher than Salfords ? If so it might be a good idea to charge the highest rate possible and bearing in mind the cost of these flats it might be a way of paying for some affordable housing for those who actually want to live in Salford.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 10:47:41 on 27 December 2017
A very disturbing story. It is essential to have a 2018 referendum in launching a "One Salford" campaign. There must be an urgent independence break away from Greater Manchester, protecting the unique City of Salford. I demand our elected few put 10% of business rate into fighting for "One Salford" independence before it is too late. Errosion of Salford can be clearly seen in this award highlighted by Salford Star.
 
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