Last week, Saving Our Neighbourhood held a packed public meeting at Salford Civic Centre announcing a new group to unite all the Salford campaigns against rampant development, with direct action...or "we're going to have nothing left"...*
Tomorrow, Saturday 15th September at 10am, the group is holding its first protest at Campbell Road Playing Fields, where Bellway Homes is shoving up 241 properties, after all sorts of dodgy goings on at the Salford Council planning panel meeting which gave the development the green light. The organisers are hoping that campaigners against developments all over Salford will join them....
"It was clear at our public meeting last week that there is an appetite for holding the Salford City Council planning panel to account" says Carol Boyce, Chair of Saving Our Neighbourhood "They are charged with creating our future here in Salford and they don't have a plan.
"As people, we have power if we use it so even though the planning application by Bellway on our open space was railroaded through, despite massive local opposition, we're not stopping" she adds "We're joining forces with other neighbourhoods all over the city to say this rampant development of every bit of open space has to stop.
"It doesn't help the housing crisis and it destroys what quality of life we have and puts our health in jeopardy" she explains "We're holding a peaceful family friendly protest at the entrance to the Bellway site on Campbell Road Fields on Saturday morning at 10am - early enough so we can enjoy the rest of the day, football, festivals, whatever - to start what we're confident will become a citywide movement that forces the Salford City Council planning panel to make a plan that works for everyone."
Apparently, Bellway is expecting a big protest, so the organisers are hoping to make their expectations a reality...
Saving Our Neighbourhood
Saturday 15th September 10am-noon
Campbell Road Playing Fields, M27 5GS
(Campbell Road is off Morpeth Street, off Folly Lane)
For more details see the Saving Our Neighbourhood Facebook page – click here
Or the Peaceful Protest event page – click here
*For a full background see previous Salford Star article on Saving Our Neighbourhood – click here
Update: 15th September - Salford Residents Stage Protest Against Rampant Development - click here