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SWINTON RESIDENTS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST ‘INSANE’ DEVELOPMENT
 

Star date: 4th October 2018

RESIDENTS PROTEST AGAINST SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING PANEL

"It's a travesty what's happening..." resident

Swinton residents demonstrated outside Salford Civic Centre this morning, letting the Council Planning Panel know what has happened since councillors gave Bellway Homes permission to build 241 houses on Campbell Road Fields.

"Everything we've said about single access not working has been vindicated now" said Carol Boyce of Saving Our Neighbourhood "It's a nightmare, we can't live with it; it's an insanity..."

Full details here...


Swinton Residents Protest Outside Salford City Council Swinton Residents Protest Outside Salford City Council Swinton Residents Protest Outside Salford City Council
Swinton Residents Protest Outside Salford City Council Swinton Residents Protest Outside Salford City Council Swinton Residents Protest Outside Salford City Council
Swinton Residents Protest Outside Salford City Council Swinton Residents Protest Outside Salford City Council Swinton Residents Protest Outside Salford City Council
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Back in March this year, 339 residents objected to a planning application by Bellway Homes to plonk 241 houses on Campbell Road Fields in Swinton. They objected mainly about the traffic problems the development would cause and one single access road to the proposed estate (see here).

Salford City Council's Planning Panel of councillors nevertheless passed the controversial application and now residents are having to live with the consequences. Even though the development has now started, those living in the area are not letting the issues go.

Under the banner of Saving Our Neighbourhood, they have already held one huge public meeting and held a protest at the site's gates.* Today, they took their message direct to Salford Council, with a protest outside the Civic Centre prior to this morning's Planning Panel meeting of councillors.

The placards said it all...'We demand democracy not autocracy'... 'Salford City Council Sold Us Down The River'...'The Welfare of the People is the Highest Law – When Did Salford Council Lose Sight of Their Own Motto?'...

Three planning panel councillors who voted against the development did stop to talk to the protesters, while others just ignored them...

"I'm here to defend the community about what's going on" said resident Cornelius O'Keef "This single road access was stupid from the start. They've not acknowledged the issues and have just walked over everyone. Derek Antrobus doesn't care about the local people, he only cares about Derek Antrobus."

Christine Derbyshire underlined the sentiments... "I live on the Thorn Road estate and it's a travesty what's happening" she explained "The lorries are going up and down Thorn Road from 6:30am when they promised 8am, and they're just flouting all the rules and regulations that they put in place. I've lived in Salford nearly all my life and Salford Council is absolutely rubbish..."

While the newly formed Saving Our Neighbourhood group wants to spread the protests throughout the whole of Salford where inappropriate development is taking place, this one was purely about Campbell Road...

"We are here to let Salford Council Planning Panel know how we feel about the Bellway Homes development at Campbell Road Fields" said Carol Boyce "There's wagons of over forty tons coming down there all day long, the road is already crumbling, the pavements are already cracked...there's an accident waiting to happen because the children go in the gate where the lorries get access to the site.

"Everything we've said about single access not working has been vindicated now" she added "There's so many issues, it's a nightmare, we can't live with it; it's an insanity, and it has to change. We're telling the Council we can't live with that single access, they have to find another way..."


* For a full background see previous Salford Star articles - click here...click here...click here

See also a report on the Planning Panel meeting that followed this protest: Salford Councillors Anger on Affordable Housing Boils Over - click here

Felsey wrote
at 19:37:58 on 07 October 2018
Yes, power to local people. I predict Labour will suffer significant loss of seats quite soon.
 
Brian f kirkham wrote
at 11:10:26 on 07 October 2018
Ahhh....development reaches the shores of swinton town hall. I have a little sympathy for residents in swinton, for this kind of development for cash has been going on with developers in central Salford for quite a while now. Reaction from quarters now affected in this story has been....don’t mind the carbuncles being thrown up....think of the council tax....perhaps when swinton area councillors are having their ears bent, they might consider planning across the whole city region, not just the bits they cover on the marketing leaflets
 
Gareth L wrote
at 15:26:42 on 05 October 2018
Re: GravyTrain's comments I am sure you will change your tune if they build anything near you! Having gone through the planning and building of the new Moorside High School site I can totally agree with the resident's complaints. As residents, all of our complaints/worries were ignored - construction noise/litter issues/safety/flooding etc - We were told that we were wrong and of course we were not.
 
David Backhouse wrote
at 23:21:00 on 04 October 2018
It's a pity that Salford constituents don't remember the names of the Councillors who make ridiculous decisions on the Planning Committee (and we all know who they are) when it comes to local authority voting day
 
William Shepherd wrote
at 23:20:52 on 04 October 2018
It is the same every time Belway Homes apply for permission to build, it is granted. This happened in Little Hulton. Best thing to do is to wait for local elections and vote out those who gave permission. I assume Mr Antrobus and his cohorts.
 
GravyTrain wrote
at 17:09:17 on 04 October 2018
I count 10 protesters and 2 reporters. The only people who are bothered are those who live next to the field to be developed - Fact
 
Retired Socailst wrote
at 17:09:08 on 04 October 2018
Perhaps these people should have thought over this and made their views clear at the ballot box, but like most of the city labour where returned so surely they got what they deserved Sheep controlled by the Labour whip no one to speak on their behalf.
 
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