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SALFORD COUNCIL IN NEW FIGHT WITH PEEL HOLDINGS OVER ORDSALL RIVERSIDE WALKWAY
 

Star date: 5th June 2018 

AFTER THE BARTON BRIDGE BATTLE COMES THE ORDSALL RIVERSIDE WRANGLE

Last Christmas, much to residents' fury, the Barton Lifting Bridge remained closed while Salford City Council and Peel Holdings argued who was liable for the costs.

Now, the Ordsall riverside walkway, which has been cordoned off after the Boxing Day flood of 2015, is at the centre of a new £2million wrangle between the parties, as Sam Cain reports.

Full details here...


Salford Council Battles Peel Holdings over Ordsall riverside path Salford Council Battles Peel Holdings over Ordsall riverside path Salford Council Battles Peel Holdings over Ordsall riverside path
Salford Council Battles Peel Holdings over Ordsall riverside path Salford Council Battles Peel Holdings over Ordsall riverside path Salford Council Battles Peel Holdings over Ordsall riverside path
Salford Council Battles Peel Holdings over Ordsall riverside path Salford Council Battles Peel Holdings over Ordsall riverside path Salford Council Battles Peel Holdings over Ordsall riverside path
Barton Lifting Bridge Demo December 2017
click image to enlarge

Salford Council and Peel Holdings, the owners responsible for much of the land on which the River Irwell and the Manchester Ship Canal reside, are still battling with each other concerning who should foot the bill for the damaged riverside footpath between Salford Quays and Spinningfields.

Located behind Mowden Road Business Park and the Soapworks, parts of the path and their protective railings collapsed into the river during the Boxing Day flood of 2015, which were the worst since just after the Second World War.

The site was fenced off by Salford Council in a bid to temporarily keep people from getting too close to the damaged section of the path, making the section inaccessible to the public since the event that happened over two years ago.

The flimsy fencing measures have since been toppled and seemingly forgotten about, allowing access once again through the unprotected area towards Salford Quays.

Anyone wanting to use the path Ė once titled the Aspirational Walkway by the Council* - must navigate the toppled fencing and the severely damaged pathways.

"It has been a main artery for people who have come around from the Quays" says local resident Barbara Hill "People use this to walk to get into town, people use this for exercise, for jogging...there's cyclists that use it but it's blocked off now.

"There's no end in sight of it getting any repairs, and the fact is, water will still be getting underneath and doing further damage" she adds "This could potentially cause subsidence to all of the businesses Salford City Council is trying to attract, let alone our homes which are just opposite the gates of the Water's Edge Business Park."

Along with fencing off the area, sandbags and rockbags were placed at the exposed areas underneath the path in an attempt to stop water from eroding the parts under the path and creating further damage.

Questions arise concerning the effectiveness of these measures when, starting out as a temporary solution, the makeshift protection has been in place for far longer than anticipated. 

"It's been brought up at various council meetings and all we're told is that it's down to Peel Holdings to repair the sub-structure and they're refusing which is where we stand now" Barbara explains. 

"It seems the Council won't challenge Peel Holdings up 'til now because they have too much power and money" she adds "We don't know what's going to happen. It just looks terrible and it's an amenity that's not available."

Peel Holding's reputation for holding councils to ransom over costs are not isolated to just the path repairs, as they had tried to place maintenance and liabilities of Barton Lifting Bridge on Salford Council, among other such incidents (see previous Salford Star article Ė click here).

Another local resident, Julie Barbour, adds: "Peel are very well known for not putting their hand in their pocket to fix things that belong to them. You only need to go further up the footpath from the damaged site to see that the bins don't get emptied and the bushes don't get cut back.

"They don't look after anything they own and when anyone tries to get anything out of them they just ignore them" she explains "They should be made to upkeep their property."

With Peel seemingly refusing to pay for the repair bill on the land, it seems unlikely that, without additional pressure, the company will act to take responsibility for its property.

When asked for an explanation, both Peel Holdings and Salford City Council refused to comment...

...However, in the Council's new draft accounts, published this month, there is a note which states "The Council is in dispute with a land owner regarding repairs required to a riverside walkway. The maximum liability is estimated at £2million. No provision has been made for this in the accounts..."


*See also previous related Salford Star articles...

Salford Council spends over £1million on Ordsall riverside walkway Ė click here

Cultural Vandalism In Ordsall Ė click here


Words by Sam Cain

Main photo shows Julie Barbour attempting to take her dog for a walk

Joyce Breadney wrote
at 14:36:59 on 06 June 2018
We need to support S.C.C to force Peel to repair path. If water is damaging sub structure then businesses&residents are at risk. Surely Pannone or other top Solicitor can make them act?

Open minded wrote
at 10:14:16 on 06 June 2018
If Mr Felse stands as Tory mayor giving back loads a money he will win. Then Peel are likely to sell up rather than pay the multi millions levy leaving the new buyers to pay up. Labours Rossy take another look canít you see this 2 year campaign by Mr Felse is the real deal winner!

Philip Giuseppe Rossi, The Broadwalk ... wrote
at 21:41:11 on 05 June 2018
Yes but Felsey, you would never be Mayor, as nobody would vote for you. Just look at when you stood as councillor for Langworthy. You got fifty five votes. You need to give up these "If I was Mayor" fantasies of yours. They sound delusional.

Jeez wrote
at 21:40:51 on 05 June 2018
Felsey-please stop going on about "If I was Mayor". You are not Mayor and you wont be Mayor-------not even if Rossi decides to back you. So--please just shut up and find somewhere else to troll.

Felsey wrote
at 18:34:29 on 05 June 2018
Peel are not the problem. If Salford Council invoke a waterside moorings levy at £800 a meter our Council would get £320million a year from these land holders. Enough to energise Salford. If I was Mayor I would make Salford Council profitable to end the plight of local citizensí austerity.

Maggie Carter wrote
at 12:20:51 on 05 June 2018
Peel are causing problems in every community they hold land and property in. Why are councils always giving them planning permissions?

Rossi speaks wrote
at 12:20:30 on 05 June 2018
It's times like this when we need to all get behind our Council. We could use people power to shame Peel. Think anout it People. A People's Militia, one thousand strong, marching on Peel, carrying old style Trade Union banners, and protesting peacefully for a couple of weeks. In this glorious age of technology, we all have a mobile phone with a video camera on it. Even me, and I'm on the dole and only ever three months from being evicted by Salix Homes. Think about this People. Years ago the likes of Peel would have sent Goons out to deal with protesters. Not anymore. Not now that we've all got mobile dog & bones. Let's get together People. Let's stand side by side with Our Council, and let's march on Peel. Oh and People, remember; Socialism!

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