THE CARLY SIMON AWARD FOR VANITY
Councillor Derek Antrobus
(to be read while listening to Carly - click here)
Well what can we say? This very special last minute entry for a Salford Star Mary Burns Award was suggested by residents of Lower Kersal and Charlestown, one of whom got a sneak preview of the new £10million second flood basin.
When not collecting the equivalent of 260 Olympic swimming pools worth of water, the wetlands, off Littleton Road and Cromwell Road, will double up as a 'leisure facility' with River Irwell walks, sports pitches and pretty graffiti art depicting the history, and fauna and flora of the area.
The flood basin was due to open almost two years ago - too late for the Boxing Day Flood of 2015 - but is now functioning, with an open date of 'in the New Year'. However, a local resident took a wander down there and was horrified to find one of the paths named after Salford City Council's Lead Member for Planning, Councillor Derek Antrobus, or 'Derek Antrobus Way', as it's titled.
Open mouthed Facebookers were buzzing on social media this week with most of the reactions unprintable...Oh go on then, just because it's holiday season...
'Nothing short of political ass kissing'... 'Dogs can shit on him'... 'Wouldn't it be better naming a park bin after him...' etc etc...
Residents were furious that the path wasn't named after someone more deserving, like a war hero or even someone who is actually local...and even more furious that they never had a say in the matter.
Just before Christmas, Salford Council issued a press release about the flood basin which quoted Councillor Antrobus going on about the benefits of the new 'leisure facility'... "Community groups were involved in the design of that and the plans include wetland habitat for a range of birds, including the Little Egret and Little Ringed Plover that have already been spotted in the area.
"The embankments have been planted with wild flower meadow flowers, and a new network of paths has been created around the site for pedestrians and cyclists..." he added. What he didn't say was that he, or his mates, had named the paths after himself.
Now, Salford City Council has a policy of not naming roads after living people...you have to be dead to be handed such an honour. And last time we looked, Councillor Antrobus was kind of alive-ish...so, what the hell is going on?
As Julian Casablancas, singer with The Strokes, says: "Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense..."
So, ladies and gentlemen, have one eye on the mirror and sing 'You probably think this award is about you...don't you, don't you'....for the winner of this community-inspired Salford Star Mary Burns Carly Simon Award For Vanity...
Councillor Derek Antrobus!!!
If Derek 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
Disappearing Salford Award – Villafont – click here
Dick Turpin Award For Services to Bridge Hold Ups – Peel Holdings – 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