Tonight (Wednesday 5th March) the Friends of Walkden Station hold their Annual General Meeting, starting at 7.30pm at the Walkden Gateway. The guest speaker will be Don Jary from Northern Rail. You can download the full agenda from their blog.
FOWS are a fantastic local group who have really got things done for the local community and rail users over the last few years, and it would be great to see a good turnout at their AGM. All local residents welcome.
I’m extremely disappointed that the Labour Council continues to press forward with plans to sell to developers the farmland formerly used as playing fields for St George’s High School, adjacent to Burgess Farm.
A final decision will be made by the Deputy Mayor in the near future. Both myself and Councillor Turner have made it very clear that we do not support the sale of this land.
Local residents put up an excellent fight against the proposals to build on the Burgess Farm land itself, despite the Council’s draft planning documents urging the development of the site. It is clear that the local infrastructure is unlikely to cope with the additional housing, and we would be appalled if the Council heaped further misery on residents by selling the adjacent plot also to developers – and losing even more green space in the process.
Salford Allotment Association have suggested that part of the site be used for allotments. I think there is some merit in this plan but I want to hear what residents think – please get in touch.
In addition, the site has also been proposed for housing by Peel Holdings in the Council’s current “local plan” consultation. If the Council do proceed with the sale of the land, then Peel would likely be prime candidates to purchase it.
A planning application (reference: 13/64227/FUL) has been submitted to demolish the tyre bays at “Rapid Rubber” on Stanley Road and build four 2.5 storey, 4-bedroomed townhouses.
Many residents will be aware that despite objections from neighbours and local Councillors, planning permission was granted in 2009 for a monstrous 3-storey office block on this site. Fortunately that proposal has not come to fruition.
I’m extremely keen to hear thoughts on this new scheme from local residents, particularly those neighbours living on Stanley Road and St George’s Crescent.
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For more information on the application, visit Salford’s Planning Public Access site and enter the application reference 13/64227/FUL.
Yesterday morning I took part in a litter pick in the Rydal Crescent area, organised by City West Housing Trust as part of their “lasting legacy action week“.
I’m very grateful to the City West team for organising the event, and to all the volunteers who came out in what was pretty lousy weather to help tidy up their community.
We got an awful lot done, and I hope that residents feel that we’ve made the area a little brighter and cleaner than it was before – especially in the area around Rydal Crescent shops.
As the only opposition to Labour in Salford, as Conservatives we have a responsibility to speak up on behalf of local residents when the Council do not listen.
That’s why we’ve launched an online community survey so that residents across the City can let us know what they think on a number of key local and national issues.
You can complete the survey here: www.salfordconservatives.com/survey
It only takes a couple of minutes to complete – I’d love you to complete it and make your voice heard. Thank you so much in advance to everyone who fills in the survey!
I was very pleased yesterday to be able to successfully vote for a freeze in the Fire Authority’s Council Tax precept, made available thanks to the Government providing money to authorities to allow a Council Tax freeze and help protect local residents from the rising cost of living.
Last year, I also voted for a freeze, but unfortunately Labour pushed through a massive 10% hike. I am glad that they have now acknowledged their error this year and agreed with the Conservatives that a freeze is the right way forward, although it is no consolation to residents who will of course continue to pay for last year’s hike.