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Newsletter Summer 2016

   

HISTORY TALKS.

The Marriott Worsley Park Hotel is hosting a monthly history presentation organised by the Civic Trust.

The February 2018 (time and date to be confirmed)  talk is by local historian, John Aldred about the life and times of James Nasmyth, the inventor of the Steam Hammer in the Terrace Bar of the Marriott Hotel.






















The talks are free and open to the public.


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BROADOAK PARK  -  SECOND PUBLIC INQUIRY


20th February 2018 - A date for your diary


There is to be a second public inquiry in relation to a proposed building development comprising of up to 600 dwellings, a canal marina, retail and café premises and associated works on Broadoak Park, an area between Worsley Road and the Bridgewater Canal, east of Worsley Village.

It will run for the four weeks, (as requested by Peel,) from Tuesdays to Fridays between 10am and 5pm. The Inspector agreed to hold at least 2 evening meetings for local people, who work in the daytime, to attend and speak. 

After having the initial planning application refused by Salford’s planning panel, Peel appealed that decision and this led to the first public inquiry being held in June 2014. The Inquiry Inspector concluded that the appeal should fail and the Secretary of State agreed. Peel then challenged the decision in the High Court. The High Court quashed the initial planning refusal and passed it back to the Secretary of State to reconsider. He decided that there should be a second inquiry. 

On the 13th July 2017 a pre-inquiry meeting was conducted by a new Inquiry Inspector to determine certain aspects in relation to the inquiry.

Salford Council’s position all along has been to protect the Worsley Greenway and, therefore, the reason for the refusal of the initial application. Peel maintain that Salford needs to provide new housing and this site will provide much needed ‘aspirational’ homes for the Salford City area.

In the meantime Peel produced a new amended plan to the initial application shortly before the pre-inquiry. It included the provision of a site for a new primary school and fewer houses. There was a lack of detail which was promised at a later date. This raised the question of whether the inquiry would be about the original refused planning application or whether this new application should be put forward for consideration at the new inquiry. 

On the 20th July this year Peel submitted a separate planning application for the same Broadoak site for a new smaller scale development of 165 houses. This was also refused by Salford Council’s Planning Panel. Now Peel want this application for the 165 houses to be considered at the forthcoming inquiry. The reasons given were to save public money and RAID’s time.

The Inquiry Inspector has some difficult decisions to make as to the scope of this new inquiry.

Local community groups under an umbrella organisation called RAID (Residents against Inappropriate Development) will be making representations at the inquiry about traffic, pollution, education, the marina and public transport. Other issues include the environment, wildlife, bio-diversity, health, recreation and flooding. 

There is much negotiation to take place between Salford Council and Peel before the inquiry to produce a statement of common ground before the beginning of the Inquiry. 

It is important that as many of the public attend as possible so that the Inspector sees the level of interest local people have. Any amount of time you could give to support the local community groups would be much appreciated.


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SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING PANEL APPROVES GREEN BELT ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY GARDEN BRIDGEWATER

On the 6th April 2017 the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) secured planning consent for a new 63-hectare garden on a green belt site in Salford, in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the scheme had 'strategic significance' to the city and the North West of England.

In June the Secretary of State ratified the Council’s decision.

FOR A VIEW OF THE PLANNING APPLICATION SUBMITTED BY THE RHS WHICH WAS PASSED BY SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING PANEL CLICK HERE.


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FRANK MULLINUEX HISTORY AWARD 2017

The Walkden Heritage Trail, a projected created and implemented by the Civic Trust, was entered for the Frank Mullineux History Award 2017 and was been awarded with a new category of ‘Highly Recommended’. The Awards Ceremony was held at the Cornerstone Centre, Liverpool Road, Salford on the 30th September at the Salford Histories Festival.  Paul Speakman (below left) was presented with his winner’s prize, a book of sketches by Salford artist, Harold Riley, by John Blackburn of Salford City Reds Foundation for Paul’s book of ‘The Queen Cometh”. Mike Corless (below right) was presented with a certificate for a newly created category of ‘Highly Recommended’. There were  10 other entries in the competition.

For more information follow this link -  Walkden Heritage Trail


The Trail is now featured on the Discover Salford website http://www.visitsalford.info/walkdenheritagetrail.htm....