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RESIDENTS TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PLANNING
 

Star date: 3rd October 2018

SAVING OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUP TO PROTEST COUNCIL PLANNING NEGLECT

Tomorrow morning, Thursday 4th October, before 9am, residents from the Saving Our Neighbourhood group are to protest outside Salford Civic Centre to "Let the Salford City Council Planning Panel know what we think of the way they do business, supposedly on our behalf."

The campaigners, largely living around the Bellway Homes development near Campbell Road Fields in Swinton, are angry that once planning permission has been granted for a scheme, residents are on their own, no matter what happens...And there's plenty happening.

Full details here...


Residents living around Campbell Road in Swinton have already held one huge public meeting (see here) and one big protest (see here) about what they perceive as inappropriate rampant development of green space sites, particularly the Bellway Homes scheme for 241 houses on their doorstep.

Not only do they believe that planning should never have been granted for this scheme but also that once planning has been granted, Salford Council doesn't really want to know, as residents and wildlife are constantly disturbed, and the activities of developers are not properly policed.
 
"The Bellway development on Campbell Road Fields has started and in less than three weeks all our objections have been vindicated" says Carol Boyce, from Saving Our Neighbourhood "The single access means that 38 ton lorries go constantly up and down a small residential road. The road surface is already crumbling. The lorries are mounting the pavements, cracking the flags.

"There was no maximum speed restriction" she adds "The lorries enter the site adjacent to the gate used daily by school children and students. It is an accident waiting to happen. Forty to fifty year old trees have been felled, the ground is being scraped and wildlife is in turmoil.

"The Planning Office and Highways Department made no plans whatsoever about how this development would affect the existing estate" she explains "None. Any mitigation to this ludicrous development has come as a direct result of our complaints...imposition of the ten mph speed limit, enforcement of 8am-6pm working hours, barriers to stop the worst driving violations, route map for the drivers, clean up of the mud all over the roads and more.

"When there was the possibility that the street cleaning company was using a standpipe without a back flow valve, and therefore possibly contaminating our water supply, we were told to report it to United Utilities ourselves!" she says "Even discharge of compliance of conditions is something residents are expected to keep an eye on and make a complaint if they see, for example, a tree being chopped down that should have been retained.

"How can this be right?" Carol asks "People need to know that once the Salford City Council planning panel has approved a plan, existing residents are on their own, and if there are any issues caused by the development they will have to chase it down themselves..."


The Saving our Neighbourhood protest will take place outside Salford Civic Centre on Chorley Road in Swinton, tomorrow, Thursday 4th October before 9am when the planning panel meets.

For further details see the Facebook event page click here

The planning panel will also be considering applications for Castle Irwell: see previous Salford Star article click here...

...and the Discovery Quay student accommodation blocks: see previous Salford Star article click here


Update: 4th October - Full report on the protest - click here

Rayofsunshine wrote
at 14:55:40 on 04 October 2018
Elected members of the Planning Committee must insist that all permitted developments are properly policed. Cllr.Antrobus should commit to such a system of oversight.

Jonas wrote
at 14:54:34 on 04 October 2018
You're right about that Campbell Rd new housing abomination. I was cycling from Monton to swinton a few weeks ago and noticed what was going on. It is a fucking disgrace. All of that greenbelt land being sacrificed by these fucking morons in Swinton Civic Centre, to the greedy bastard property developers. They make me sick. They are scum. Christ what have these Clowns done to Salford! Will these cretinous Useful Idiots ever learn or dare I say it, be held accountable? Where the fuck is the opposition? People are just so bastard apathetic in this neck of the woods. The word craven comes to my mind.

Bob the regular wrote
at 14:54:14 on 04 October 2018
Welcome to Salford Barry. This is what Salford council do. I recall working on a house down where you are years ago. It seemed to me just a nice sort of area to live in, the sort that you wished all Salford was like, comfortable , and reasonably priced, affordable. What we need in Salford, in the next Mayoral contest, is just one candidate opposed to this Labour mob, who can speak for the whole of Salford. And I mean the whole district. The chattering classes I know have talked about a few names, and if they were standing I would be there when the booths opened to vote for them. Thats saying a lot for me as I have only ever voted twice in my life , both votes being against EEC membership.Labour in our city has far more enemies than voters, and people should get off their arses and put this to effect.

barry woodling wrote
at 07:58:40 on 04 October 2018
Salford Labour Council sold us down the river when they passed the Bellway Planning Application for 241 houses on the natural open green space off Campbell Road. In return they are to receive 2.6 million pounds in Section 106 money. There is effectively a one party state in Salford and there is a complete absence of accountability, transparency and democracy. Non violent direct action is thus called for to challenge the hegemony of the council re both its contemptuous dismissal of local concerns, needs and welfare and its subservience to the corporate agenda.

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