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