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SALFORD CITY MAYOR U-TURNS ON HOUSING IN BUILE HILL PARK
 

Star date: 12th June 2018

'PRIVATE HOUSING WILL NOT BE BUILT IN BUILE HILL PARK' SAYS MAYOR

As residents are gearing up for a public meeting tonight to oppose any attempt to build housing in Buile Hill Park as part of a deal to restore the Grade 2 listed Mansion, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has issued a rushed statement confirming that "a private housing development will not be built in the former depot area at Buile Hill Park".

The meeting, at 7:30pm at the Height Methodist Church, is still going ahead to look at community options.

Full details here...


Tonight, at 7:30pm in the Height Methodist Church, there's to be a public meeting of residents, called to oppose the building of houses in Buile Hill Park and to look at community alternatives to restore the Grade 2 listed Mansion for community use.

A housing development in the old depot area of the park was on the table as part of a Memorandum of Understanding between developers Capital and Centric and Salford Red Devils Foundation.

However, in the hours before the meeting, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has issued a statement confirming that housing is now off the table in any deal...

"I want to make it clear that a private housing development will not be built in the former depot area at Buile Hill Park" he said "There were never any solid proposals on the table to build homes on the park, despite open-ended speculation. Residents also made it clear they did not want a private housing development in the park.

"Salford City Council remains committed to bringing the mansion back to life and our aim is to work with partners, organisations and the community to find a long-term sustainable future for the building" he added "The aim is to turn the mansion house into something that would benefit the community and be an asset for the city.

"I would also like to extend the invitation out to the community for viable ideas on bringing the mansion back to use" he explained "I want to stress that the mansion is costing residents of the city £80,000 a year in maintenance and security fees so a sustainable, long-term use with public benefits is in the bests interests of the whole city. There have been loads of great ideas on how the building could be used but connecting to adequate ongoing funding is challenging.

"Any detailed proposals for the long-term future mansion and development of the former depot site will not be agreed behind closed doors and will be available for the public and the local community to view and comment on. Community engagement and involvement will be critical to the success of bringing the mansion house back to life" he concluded.

The Mayor did not mention whether the Memorandum of Understanding is still in place.

The meeting is still going ahead tonight...

Buile Hill Park Public Meeting
Tuesday 12th June 7:30pm
Height Methodist Community Church
King Street, M6 7GY

Update: 13th June:
After huge community victory that saw Salford Mayor u-turn on building houses in Buile Hill Park, public meeting looks to a positive future for the Grade 2 listed Mansion - click here


For a full background see previous Salford Star article Ė click here

Mary ferrer wrote
at 22:46:43 on 14 June 2018
What ever he is at least he has (hopefully ) seen sence.Now WE all start to work together to find a community use for the Mansion. And the funding for the renovation work.

Philip Giuseppe Rossi, The Broadwalk ... wrote
at 14:21:41 on 14 June 2018
I think that the brave man thing was a Freudian slip on your part Mary. Paul is undoubtedly a brave man, but I never mentioned his courage or his indomitable spirit, or his indefatigablity. You did. What this shows is that Subconsciously you feel that Paul is a brave man. That he is a courageous leader, and one whose ethical beliefs are everything to him. That Mary, is what your Freudian Slip tells me. All that I said was that his leadership was inspired.

Felsey wrote
at 08:43:35 on 14 June 2018
I remember when we moved to Salford lovely walks in Buile Hill. Let us have a City Appreticeship Parks division, growing fine plants to brighten public spaces across Salford. A new City in Bloom. Trades in vocational skills for post Brexit. IMO this will help pull in the grants and funding as a community quality space. Meanwhile today the Horace wind arrives, bring in doors your at risk plants such as potted geraniums and cover your hanging baskets today. Met office say it will get rough. Time for making Salford a together nicer place as we start joining happiness dots.

Mary ferrer wrote
at 22:25:40 on 13 June 2018
Brave man? Leadership? May have something to do with a petition with over 3000 signatures. He was more worried about who leaked the story in the first place. I over overheard the ex leader of the lib dems talking about just that last night before the meeting. Do you think for one moment we would have found out before it was a done deal.It's down group of like minded people getting together to stop his madness.it was the Mayor and chief executive who approached the developers in the first place.It is called people power and I think we all need to club together, not just for the Mansion, but for the good of our city

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 22:25:36 on 13 June 2018
Now that Felsey is for once "on message", hopefully he's also abandoned his dishonest brand of politics!

Bob the regular wrote
at 11:57:45 on 13 June 2018
Just read it again, I always do these days, where these tricky lot start speaking. "No private housing", says our leader. Does that mean we can't rule out public and social housing? Oh dear, our pal Paul just can't win with us lot can he?

Philip Giuseppe Rossi, The Broadwalk ... wrote
at 11:57:14 on 13 June 2018
Welcome back into the fold, Michael. We've missed you. You've shown some grace lately, and all that I can say is that it hasn't gone unnoticed. One last thing that I would like to say is that Paul's words today show exactly why he is the right man for the job. His ability, his vision ... it is second to none. Once again,I would just like to say; well done Mayor Paul. Thank you Sir, for your inspirational leadership ...

Elizabeth Francis wrote
at 11:56:18 on 13 June 2018
I propose that in conjunction with RHS gardens Bridgewater and inspiration and ideas from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh we should use the house at Buile Hill for ďBotanic art studyĒ along with other garden projects. There is a massive increase and interest in botanical art and hardly anywhere in the north west to study it, I worked in textile design for many years, if I want to study or visit an art retreat I have to go down south or up to Scotland. It could be coupled with things like the ďThe edible garden projectĒ and get the frame of the conservatory back in shape as a working project. With our two great art galleries the possibilities are endless. With the RHS at Bridgewater surely there is someone who has the nous and cash to get something like this of the ground. warm regards Liz.

FIFY wrote
at 11:55:53 on 13 June 2018
"The dynamic duo together can truely SAVAGE Salford. It is clear THEY DO NOT WANT local people."

wrote
at 08:44:27 on 13 June 2018
Great it is now a matter of building public trust. Dennett should take a photo op aside Mr Felsey at the park to stride into a fresh area of public trust. Together it will keep Salford Labour in power for another 40 years if they take positive steps to repair the City for all. The dynamic duo together can truely salavage Salford. It is clear this is what local people want.

Philip Giuseppe Rossi, The Broadwalk ... wrote
at 21:36:46 on 12 June 2018
All that I can say is, Well done Mayor Paul. You are a true democrat.

Bob the regular wrote
at 21:36:25 on 12 June 2018
Can they not clean the drain on the portico and the gutters out of that 80 grand a year? Look at that manky mold, it's that whats causing it. Look at what Dennett says."it will not be agreed behind closed doors" course it wont. They will work out what they are going to do,behind closed doors,then tell us, gerrymander public opinion, then do it.

Felsey wrote
at 21:36:10 on 12 June 2018
Thank you Paul. I now feel able to support your approach at extending a credible community reflection. Salford now has an amazing opportunity to build better relationships. I forgive the Labour Party and itís bloggers for any past wrongs in my simple hope we can build a community inspired agenda in Salford.

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