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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SPENT ALMOST £10,000 ON MIPIM PROPERTY JAUNT
 

Star date: 21st June 2018

COUNCIL SPENT £5,750 ON MIPIM PR IN SOUTH OF FRANCE

Salford Council spent almost £10,000 on the jaunt to the MIPIM property orgy in Cannes. A newly published contract register shows that, as well as the £4,022 costs for the City Mayor and two officers to go to the South of France paid by unknown private sector companies, the Council also spent £5,750 on marketing and PR for MIPIM.

The contract register also shows the Council is spending £9,500 on a 'Salford Story' press consultant, £118,000 on its failed 'digital community hub', over £14,000 on a 'leadership programme' and, er, £25,000 on milk and bread?

Full details here...


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Salford City Council's latest contracts register shows that it spent £5,750 on 'PR and Marketing Support for MIPIM 2018' via Bloom Procurement Services. This is in additional to the £4,022 costs for the trip to the annual property orgy in Cannes by the City Mayor, Paul Dennett, and two officers revealed in a response to a Salford Star Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

While the Council blocked a further Star FOI request as to which private sector companies paid for the trip (see previous Salford Star article – click here), this PR spend appears to be paid for direct from the Council. It takes the total cost of the South of France trip to almost £10,000.

The contract register also reveals some other interesting spending, including £9,500 for a 'Salford Story Press and PR Consultant', Jill Burnett; £8,295 on 'Conference and Banqueting' at the AJ Bell Stadium; and £14,400 on a 'Leading Salford Leadership Development Programme', via North West Employers, as part of a total contract worth £28,800.

The Council is also spending £118,000 on the hopelessly failed 'Digital Community Hub' via The Landing (see previous Salford Star article for full spending details – click here), and £25,000 per year, as part of a £100,000 four year contract with Creamline Dairies for 'Milk, Bread and Dairy'.

There was also £33,119 spent on a contract with BDP for a 'Market Appraisal and Development Framework for Eccles', amongst countless other spending on revitalising Eccles town centre over the years. So it is a bit odd that the Council's attention is switching to big plans for Swinton town centre – none of which are in the public domain, of course.

There was also over £40million spent on annual contracts for Salford Council's various PFI schemes, for schools and the Pendleton Together project. More on this to follow....


To see all current Salford Council contracts - click here

The main photo shows a screen grab of City Mayor Paul Dennett being interviewed by Roland Dransfield in the bar at MIPIM, flying the flag for Salford with a 'Manchester' neck tag... "It's really interesting to be here and see what's going on" he says.

Jon Smith wrote
at 12:34:13 on 22 June 2018
Jon Smith I know Paul, he is doing his best, however,the whole council and Pendleton Together need sacking, after this contract cock-up with Keepmoat, who have put so many lives on the line by putting this crap cladding and insulation up on so many building, and windows that do not fit or work as they should, Now being told by the SS Pendleton Together, do not open your windows, are you freaking joking the weather over the next coming week is going to range from 24 to 27f. and Pendleton Together goose stepping around blocks telling residents to remove English football flags from outside windows in case they catch fire, what do they is going to happen? I know spider-man is going to clime up to the 4th or maybe the 10th floor smoke a spliff and set fire to the flag just for kicks, Bill and Ben(the(the flower pot men) being told you cant put plastic pots or chairs next to the building as they might catch fire, what a load of twaddle comes out of Pendleton Togethers mouths, and that's collectively. These people need to get a life, get the security sorted out, remove the cladding and insulation, replace lights on landings and stairwells and get rid of contractors who don't do their jobs. I spoke to a painter yesterday who told me they have three flats to decorate and this would normally take three to four days per flat, but Pendleton Together have given them just ONE DAY per flat, so this is just going to be a quick one lick of paint and job done, and yet this council is spending £25,000 on Bread & Milk, this lot needs some prison time they can have Bread & Water for free, its a frigging joke.
 
Dave wrote
at 07:01:15 on 22 June 2018
Looks a bit pissed to me. There again, if I'd have been there, and Salford Council were buying, I would have been well pissed, so who am I to call our Mayor.Putting up with the Stars correspondents would drive any man to drink.
 
Retired Socialist wrote
at 07:00:42 on 22 June 2018
Can't see Mr Rossi commenting I wonder as he seen it yet. Great picture sat in the bar looks like he is pissed and thank god he is wearing a Manchester band around is neck
 
Mark wrote
at 07:00:21 on 22 June 2018
NHS won't help me get better so u can move on with my life but government can waste money like that are they taking the fuckin piss or what my problem makes me suicidal and I'm seein this bull shit might aswell as go and fuckin hang myself then as originally planned ay nice one got looking out for your own people bunch of Cunts!!!!!
 
Philip Giuseppe Rossi, The Broadwalk ... wrote
at 06:59:20 on 22 June 2018
This is a new low even for the Star. Why publish such an unflattering photograph, other than to attempt to ridicule and humiliate the subject. I'll be honest, such a photo will inevitably bring out the mockers. The kind of anti Labour haters who literally seethe with hatred for Mayor Dennett and his party; sadly, such mockers are what you scrape of the bottom of the barrel, or wipe of your shoe. Disgraceful people. The calibre of homo sapiens that Hilary Clinton would have said constitute a basket of deplorables... What you Mockers don't see, is that what that photo actually shows you is a man in an extreme state of exhaustion as a direct result of working eighteen hours a day to keep this City going. The Man literally works his arse off. He deserves better than this. Much better. Oh and Steve, you've become a Rebel Without a Cause. Is it any wonder you can't get an interview with anyone in Salford labour, be it The Mayor, or any of the other Councillors.
 
Wayne Tomlinson wrote
at 06:58:48 on 22 June 2018
LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE SALFORD COUNCIL ARE DOING WITH OUR MONEY WHEN THE PEOPLE OF SALFORD ARE THANKING ABOUT PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE AND THANKING ABOUT PAYING THE PRICE
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 12:38:26 on 21 June 2018
Superb picture. It seems to capture the mind of our great leader.
 
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