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SALFORD FLOOD BASIN COUNCILLOR WINS CARLY SIMON AWARD FOR VANITY
 

Star date: 29th December 2017

DEREK ANTROBUS WINS CARLY SIMON AWARD FOR VANITY

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.

Salford people have been waiting two years for the new £10million second flood basin and 'leisure facility' to open, which still, er, isn't open. But one resident got a sneak preview and was horrified to see one of the paths named 'Derek Antrobus Way'. Salford Council's Lead Member for Planning was immediately nominated for a Salford Star Mary Burns Award; so ladies and gentlemen stir those clouds in your coffee for the winner of the Carly Simon Award for Vanity...Councillor Derek Antrobus!

Full details here...


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THE CARLY SIMON AWARD FOR VANITY

Goes to...

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

Krapovsky wrote
at 09:07:46 on 15 January 2018
As one without a council house the idea of thousands more is interesting enough to vote. Have enjoyed reading Felski saga. Rather like the KVmeerkats taking over Corrie Street. I do not see him painting City Kremlin red. I see the Felski City Hall tower in gold paint, glitter ball on top, Elton in rainbow feathers playing Wednesday's all right for fighting before the opening ceremony. Let's go Kommie kos nothing can be as bad as the Kurrent lot.
 
Bogdanovich wrote
at 21:01:03 on 14 January 2018
What we are getting with their version of rule is nothing. This is because they lack vision. They are nothing but a bunch of dull plodders, plodding along in their grey suits, utterly devoid of vision, of ideas, of anything except mediocrity. I knew someone like them years ago, always talking, but never doing, spending his freetime buying crap from charity shops, all the while harping on about his superior wage and harping on about social justice in a prissy and contrived middle class London accent. The world is full of balloons, be them Captain Pugwash or the people running the Council. What we need is Felse. He's got heart, he's got soul, ultimately he's bound for glory, going all the way to City Hall.
 
wrote
at 17:24:09 on 14 January 2018
Comrade Felski would paint our Kremlin red. Best to stick with Labour-Tories. People know what they are getting with their version of democratic rule.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 07:50:27 on 14 January 2018
Michael, two questions. I) Who would actually buy Salford's shares ? II) What about "the professional fees" (likely to run into mìĺlions of pounds) payable on the sale of the shares?
 
wrote
at 09:44:46 on 04 January 2018
Communist Felsey it is a good job you did not get to be us Mayor. What a state Salford would be under a confessed communist. It is time Salford Star banned the extremist and all his viral Marxist views. Felsey makes Labour lot look like good old Tories.
 
Felsey wrote
at 12:43:59 on 03 January 2018
Brian thank you for considering. However, the asset value for Manchester Airport is over £3billion. This means using your split percentage the Salford Council value is greater than £300million. Enough to wipe out Salford born student debts. Fix the high rise flats. Fund health and adult care shortfall. Put money into every community. Renovate The Grange, Buile Hill and heritage sites. Fund Salford food banks. Roof our homeless citizens. Create jobs and kick start social housing. Rather think the large Airline Companies that spend £billions a year on planes would love to chuck £500million at Salford for its share. That will make Salford the UK best profitable Council letting us enjoy also a Council Tax reduction for every household. One Salford is more than a vision it is a Salford Revolution that I believe my hero Karl Marx would have approved of in giving everything back to local people.
 
Brian f kirkham wrote
at 11:11:23 on 03 January 2018
To answer mr Felses question, there’s a reason Salford keeps its percentage stake in Manchester airport. Any profits made by the airport supposedly go back into council coffers allowing for the amount invested. Our sister city get a large chunk of this as they own half the shareholding (could be less after the investment deal). The £300 million quoted can be split in half, then half again....leaving The nine other areas of greater Manchester with approximately £75 million across nine authorities...and that’s before tax..,still vital cash to pour back into local services...and were getting that annually, instead of a one off payment which would be spent at the drop of a hat. Peel must be reading mr felses comments and rubbing their hands in glee....hand the airport over...it’s another asset we would be funding, while they take all the profit.
 
wrote
at 17:35:29 on 02 January 2018
Agree with Herewego it's good news hard working Councillors are getting streets named after them. Every ward needs to wake up and smell the coffee saying Salford Councillors are the best. Years hard work finally getting some reward at long last.
 
Herewego wrote
at 15:45:12 on 02 January 2018
I'm sure Lee Craven MBE or Ann Marie Pickup MBE would of been very enthusiastic for a local Councillor getting any type of award....as they are such modest non-self promotion people.... Can we not have Paul Dennett "Lost His" way instead?
 
Graham Ball wrote
at 09:42:50 on 01 January 2018
If there is any justice in the world the walkway should be named after the late Harry Davies for all his work carried out in Kersal. Yet again this council shows itself inept.
 
Terry Burnett wrote
at 05:20:08 on 31 December 2017
Photo. Hope the planning department's budget will allow a public convenience to be placed on the site? They can then properly if not respectfully mount the plaque.
 
wrote
at 10:52:35 on 30 December 2017
Dear Salford Star. Will you please get your IT department to look as stopping the malicious Malware that has been appearing on your site for months? Every article now includes comments from Michael J Felse or One Saford @ Felsey. I am sure you will be able to get rid of these if you run a good anti malware program and install an antivirus.
 
One Salford wrote
at 09:26:35 on 30 December 2017
I trust this new approach will kick start our Council into adopting Social Value policies that use the 2013 Act to invest in local pride, community benefit, social inclusion and combat extremism. Then even I can support Salford Council as our modernising vehicle. I sincerely hope 2018 will bring a wind of change that invests in a massive shift into community Social Values. But it must begin by listening to local people, involving local people and serving local people. Equality, inclusion, trust and respect must be at the heart of everything our elected do. Happy 2018 to all. @Felsey
 
Rachel wrote
at 07:52:36 on 30 December 2017
So up his own arse he's wearing himself as a hat.
 
NOAH'S ARK wrote
at 18:17:44 on 29 December 2017
Who was it that didn't make sure that the river was dredged out enough to allow the full flow of water to the ship canal? If that built up silt had been cleared out, the river would have had greater capacity and not overflowed. there was a right big pile of silt right next to lower broughton road side of river, about 150 yards from where I saw it from on the bridge.How many tons of silt have they cleared from that river, if any?
 
John Catterall wrote
at 16:43:55 on 29 December 2017
Perhaps we should campaign to have it called Harry Davies Way.... It would be a fitting tribute to an Environmental activist and Councillor who spent his life working in the Kersal area and around the Flood areas of Lower Kersal when he was alive.
 
Jeff hughes wrote
at 11:56:28 on 29 December 2017
Great recognition maybe they should also name the a6 Or the east lancs or chapel street or all the surrounding roads after the councillor who decided it was a fantastic idea to plan to redesign our road structure......
 
One Salford wrote
at 11:56:12 on 29 December 2017
Interesting comments here. I thought the flood risk problems had been solved by Salford Council. If not, why do they sit on up to £300million held in Manchester Airport share value. I want to give notice the next Mayoral race will have my pledge to sell all those shares and a One Salford investment cash pot to solve flooding as well as wipe out Salford student debts, fix the high rise flats, fund food banks and give each ward locally £10million into local powerhouses run by local people because they know better than Salford Council what is needed in each community. @Felsey
 
Keri wrote
at 10:59:53 on 29 December 2017
Having been flooded in dec 2015, I've sat on a couple of council meetings regarding theses issues, like making the opening public for the flooded to actually and understand how the basins work and activate when needed ! I would of liked my name on the path lol, I believe Derek worked hard ! Only this was his job ! Am I surprised emmm no, let's hope if ever we flood again theses basins holds in the water or I will be expecting Derek round at mine mop in hand :/
 
Lee Craven MBE wrote
at 10:59:33 on 29 December 2017
It was me who brought this to the attention to local people and below is what I put on my Facebook, I hope people support me on this matter, I got the chance today to have a sneak preview of the former Castle Irwell site and Irwell Walk, it’s going to be fantastic in summer, but sadly I came across the Derek Antrobus way, what on earth is going on, ok he maybe Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development, but this name should’ve been given to somebody local in the area preferably a war hero I find it dismaying as he’s not even our councillor, Local people of Kersal should’ of been given the opportunity of choosing a name
 
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