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SWINTON RESIDENTS PROTEST DISRUPTS SALFORD CITY COUNCIL MEETING
 

Star date: 21st November 2018

VIBRATING HOUSES AND ILL HEALTH IN SWINTON LEAD TO COUNCIL CHAMBER PROTEST

"Don't treat us with contempt, we are the local community..."

The full meeting of Salford City Council was disrupted today, as protesters objecting to conditions around the Bellway Homes Campbell Road development rounded on Planning Lead, Councillor Derek Antrobus, accusing him of putting the community at risk. The Ceremonial Mayor shut the meeting down a few minutes early as catcalls and accusations rained down from the public gallery...

Full details here...


Salford City Council Meeting Disrupted by Protest Salford City Council Meeting Disrupted by Protest Salford City Council Meeting Disrupted by Protest
Salford City Council Meeting Disrupted by Protest Salford City Council Meeting Disrupted by Protest
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Just as Salford Council's Planning Lead Member, Councillor Derek Antrobus, was about to give thanks and take the plaudits for the trashing of Peel Holdings plans to build six hundred houses on the Worsley Greenway, residents in the public gallery jumped to their feet and hurled accusations at him concerning issues around the Bellway Homes development of over 240 houses on the site of the old sewage works off Campbell Road in Swinton...

This was the section at the end of the full Council meeting where Lead Members are asked questions by other councillors. Normally, it's a very staged managed affair but today, when the Ceremonial Mayor, Ronnie Wilson, asked for questions to Councillor Antrobus residents from the Saving Our Neighbourhood group decided to take matters into their own hands...

"Councillor Antrobus I've got a question" shouted one resident "...I'm from Thorn Road and our community is under siege..."

The Ceremonial Mayor interrupted... "There is a method for asking questions..."

"But we can't get any answers" came the response...

"Sit down or can you leave..." the Mayor insisted, to no avail...

The residents persisted..."I want to know why Bellway have been allowed to work illegally on contaminated land for at least eight weeks, putting the community at risk...Why are we residents having to do the Council's job; why are we being left to negotiate? We know the system and it doesn't work that's why we're here..."

The Saving Our Neighbourhood group has been holding regular demonstrations outside the Civic Centre, in their own streets and at public meetings.* Not only do they believe that planning should never have been granted for this Bellway scheme but also that, once planning had been granted, Salford Council washed its hands of ongoing issues, while the activities of developers are not being properly policed.

As Councillor Karen Garrido got up to talk about Peel Holdings losing its appeal to build houses in Broadoak, the catcalls continued... "Isn't it as shame that the residents have to take up action because of decisions taken by the planning committee which were flawed from the start..." 

The Mayor tried to calm things down... "If the people in the public gallery, the protesters, just listen...we can meet you all in the main reception downstairs with the officers to discuss the matters...they're willing to meet you..."

"We are here because we've exhausted all possible routes" came the response...

"You haven't" said the Mayor...

"Houses are vibrating, people are suffering ill health, mental health; our community has been destroyed by the decision of Councillors Antrobus and Mashiter" shouted one resident... 

Unperturbed, Antrobus began his speech about Peel Holdings, turning his back on the public gallery, and ignoring the comments being hurled at him about Bellway Homes... "...I very much welcome the decision of the Secretary of State to support the City Council's policy..."

"Why are you avoiding the issue Councillor Antrobus, you forced it through against the wishes of the community" a resident shouted "...Don't treat us with contempt, we are the local community What we want is a second access road people are under threat...mental pressure..."

Councillor Antrobus ended his eulogy of Council policies... "And we're absolutely delighted..." (etc) to cries of 'shame'...

"...It is a shame that you haven't got the same concern for the people in the Campbell Road area..." shouted residents waving placards with the Council's motto - 'The Welfare of the People is The Highest Law'...

The Ceremonial Mayor closed the meeting a few minutes early to hoots of scornful laughter from the public gallery... "You've wound the clock down again Councillor Antrobus...Your clock's fast..."

The Saving Our Neighbourhood group vowed to be back...


Some of the protest was captured on the Council's webcast (from 2hours 36 minutes) click here to view it


* For a full background on the Swinton Saving Our Neighbourhood protests - click here and click here


Deputy Mayor, John Merry and Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett were also grilled by one of their own Labour Party councillors on cladding, the Trident report and affordable housing at the meeting full details to follow...


Bob the regular wrote
at 17:20:04 on 23 November 2018
As I understand it, the first lady of Worsley originates neither from Worsley or Broughton, she was born in the posh manchester suburb of openshaw, and moved to broughton at a young age. Her father was also a councilor. DJB makes a point about the RHS gardens bringing in lots of people, which if it works out as planned will do. The key word here is ROYAL. The people who are in perpetual drunkeness, and engage in rude sports, (as the Duke of Bridgewater once said of his people) like very much anything to do with royalty. They would like nothing better than Worsley being given Royal Borough status, which given the good works and tireless effort the Garridos and their fellow councillors put in, I believe should happen.

DJB wrote
at 07:39:57 on 23 November 2018
So Garrido doesn't live in Worsley, she wasn't instrumental in having the proposed race course blocked and having a local pub/restaurant closed for ages? I'll apologise if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure I'm right. I'm surprised more people weren't against the RHS garden being built on Leigh Road, with a reported 1,000,000= visitors a year it is going to make the area congested all day long rather than just during the rush hour periods.

vivien wray wrote
at 07:38:42 on 23 November 2018
Just posted without info sorry ,last comment was mine d not suppose it will be posted anyway because it is too near the Truth.

wrote
at 07:38:22 on 23 November 2018
Have none of You seen the Purple Spot Proposal ? where The Government stated that no protests would be heard ,all protest was useless because They have authorized the Building of many,many Houses all over this Country because They have THE POWER,They have filled this Country with Foreigners Who do not have the same Ideals or Territorial attachment to the places around us nor do the Young People of this Country because They do not have the same values and are apathetic,They have made it impossible for People to Own Their Homes ,privatising Water and allowing Companies to charge what They like because We are frightened of Debt ,allowing Foreigners to Buy and Rent Property Who can borrow from Foreign Banks ,allowing Foreigners to buy Businesses and get rid of Our Workers ,and this is True !!!! so You might as well give up !!

vivien wray wrote
at 16:55:04 on 22 November 2018
Do You People not understand? You no longer have any Power or say in what happens around You , The Government ? are only interested in Money,Whoever is the Government do not care about what goes on here or anywhere else !!!! and the Local Councillors represent The Government and collect and save and make Money for Them so You might as well give up,You have to complain about THe Government and fight to change things .

true Worsley lad. wrote
at 16:53:43 on 22 November 2018
DJB is of course wrong in his disrespectful description of Councilor Mrs Garido. Clr Garido is not from Worsley, she is in fact from Lower Broughton. It is well known that some of Worsleys finest snobs once lived in that district.

ROSSI wrote
at 11:54:04 on 22 November 2018
Have the people of that area not heard of the Molly Maguires? they should watch the Sean Connery, Richard Harris movie from the seventies if they're looking for a bit of inspiration. Maybe even read about the Mollies online. DISCLAIMER! I, Philip Rossi, am NOT advocating the actions of the Molly Maguires, nor am I suggesting that the residents engage in such practices. And Rayofsunshine, Shuuuuut Uuuuuup!

DJB wrote
at 11:07:13 on 22 November 2018
Maybe it's because the vile woman Garrido is from Worsley and didn't want her own little haven blighted. I personally saw a class2 tipper truck trying to turn into Fir Road from Folly Lane at 6am last week, the driver looked pissed of that there were cars parked making this very tricky in the dark. Surely residents can park in such a (legal) manner that access becomes that tricky the drivers trying to get to the development refuse to do so.

Bob the regular wrote
at 08:52:34 on 22 November 2018
Just look at my other comment on the Grange closure which was taken at 19.07. before this was published. How did I know about how pally the labour and Tory lot were. Look how close Garido is to his best pal Lancaster. Look at all the speeches congratulating each other about getting that development in Worsley stopped. The protesters couldn't stop the other development could they.Look at antrobus with his boris haircut. You know, Peel slipped up with that site. What I would have done with that to get it through is put lots of affordable shared starter homes, with a section 106 on it to restrict it to the local village idiots. (what the Torys do in Tory areas) The local Bank of mum and dad housing ladder enthusiasts would have loved that. The Garidos would soon be argueing in favour of the development. Good to see a peaceful protest by decent dissidents. Lets see more.

Retired Socailst wrote
at 08:50:48 on 22 November 2018
These people have been through this process before if I recall, plans to build were fought against with the help of councillors in opposition groups but it was always on the back burner. They must have felt this year when the plans were put on hold till after the election something stank. Where are the two Labour councillors? what are their views on how the people are suffering!!both under the Labour whip shitting themselves to offer comment. The people had the chance to vote in some opposition anything other than Labour Tory independent what ever they choose not to, you sow and today they are reaping the rewards of bloody apathy.

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