Football training in Seedley Park

Heaton Park

Heaton Park

There is football training in Seedley Park for 12-15 year olds every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 3.45pm-4.45pm.

Just turn up ready to train!

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Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems save Salford

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big-ben

Today saw an announcement from Nick Clegg that because David Cameron is unable get his Conservative party to support Lords Reform in this parliament, the Liberal Democrats will therefore not support the proposed Boundary Changes. The Deputy PM’s stance is that the coalition agreement is a “contract” and that Lords Reform and Boundary Changes were inexorably linked – if one can’t be delivered, then neither can the other.

Opponents and those fed-up with the state of politics in the UK today have been quick to denounce this as a “tit-for-tat” action that borders on the childish and while it is hard to disagree with that analysis, one happy consequence has emerged as a result. If boundary changes do not happen (and that now seems likely, since for any chance to make it through parliament Lib Dem support was a prerequisite), then Salford will retain it’s parliamentary seat.

The boundary changes as proposed by the Boundary Commission saw the Salford seat abolished and replaced with a Swinton consituency. Following that announcement, a “Save Salford” group was set up and the corresponding Facebook page quickly established almost 6,000 supporters. Coronation Street actress Victoria Connett led a spirited appeal at the Boundary Review hearings in Manchester to save the Salford name in any parliamentary seat. Until today, it looked like her pleas and pressure group had failed.

All Salfordians everywhere, including Victoria can thank Nick Clegg and his Liberal Democrats for saving Salford.

 

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Let’s not by‐pass our local parks

Heaton Park

Heaton Park

Yesterday (Saturday 21st July) marked the start of Love Parks Week and for the next seven days in the run up to the start of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Salford City Council is calling on the people of Salford to show how much they love their local parks. I live barely a two minute walk from my local park and I visit it each day. I love my local park.

Salford is celebrating Love Parks Week with six free family events and activities in Clifton and Blackleach Country parks, Victoria and Winton Park and Peel Green Cemetery.  But why just these parks? Buile Hill Park, which is my nearest park, has 87 acres of parkland and is not included in Salford Council’s list of events planned for Love Parks Week. Neither is Albert Park in Broughton which has 16 acres of terraced walkways and 2 acres of Lake nor Langworthy Park, which is one of the smallest parks in the city.

What, you may be asking, is the difference between those officially celebrating Love Parks Weeks and those that are not? The difference is that Clifton and Blackleach Country parks, Victoria and Winton Park and Peel Green Cemetery have all been awarded Green Flag status. Salford has more than 50 other parks and open spaces that do not have a Green Flag Award. Why is this?

Salford Council’s own website states “The Green Flag Award signifies that a park has met strict criteria, including recognition that it is a clean, safe and welcoming place to spend leisure time.”

Wondering how my local park measured up, I looked at the acceptance criteria for a Green Flag Award and there are eight key elements the park should answer positively to qualify:-

1. A welcoming place
When approaching or entering the park/green space, the overall impression for any member of the community – regardless of the purpose of their visit – should be positive and inviting. There should be:

• Good and safe access
• Good signage to and in the park/green space
• Equal access for all members of the community

2. Healthy, safe and secure
The park/green space must be a healthy, safe and secure place for all members of the community to use. Any issues that have come to light must be addressed in the management plan and implemented on the ground. New issues that arise must be addressed promptly and appropriately.

• Equipment and facilities must be safe to use
• It must be a secure place for all members of the community to use or traverse
• Dog fouling must be adequately addressed
• Health and safety policies should be in place, in practice and regularly reviewed
• Toilets, drinking water, first aid, public telephones and emergency equipment where relevant (e.g. life belts by water) should be available in or near the park/green space, and be clearly signposted.

3. Clean and well maintained
For aesthetic as well as health and safety reasons, issues of cleanliness and maintenance must be adequately addressed, in particular:

• Litter and other waste management
• The maintenance of grounds, buildings, equipment and other features
• A policy on litter, vandalism and maintenance should be in place, in practice and regularly reviewed.

4. Sustainability
Methods used in maintaining the park/green space and its facilities should be environmentally sound, relying on best practices available according to current knowledge. Management should be aware of the range of techniques available to them, and demonstrate that informed choices have been made and are regularly reviewed.  Parks/green spaces should:

• Have an environmental policy or charter and management strategy in place, which is in practice and regularly reviewed
• Minimise and justify pesticide use
• Eliminate horticultural peat use
• Recycle waste plant material
• Demonstrate high horticultural and arboricultural standards
• Have energy conservation, pollution reduction, waste recycling, and resource conservation measures

5. Conservation and heritage
Particular attention should be paid to the conservation and appropriate management of:

• Natural features, wildlife and fauna
• Landscapes
• Buildings and structural features
• These should serve their function well without placing undue pressure on the surrounding environment

6. Community involvement
The park/green space management should actively pursue the involvement of members of the community who represent as many park/green space user groups as possible. The following should be demonstrated:

• Knowledge of user community and levels and patterns of use
• Evidence of community involvement in management and/or developments and results achieved
• Appropriate levels of provision of recreational facilities for all sectors of the community

7. Marketing

• A marketing strategy should be in place, which is in practice and regularly reviewed
• There should be good provision of information to users, e.g. about management strategies, activities, features, ways to get involved
• The park/green space should be promoted as a community resource

8. Management

• A management plan or strategy should be in place
• This should clearly and adequately address all of the above criteria and any other relevant aspects of the park/green space’s management
• The plan must be actively implemented and regularly reviewed
• A financially sound management of the park/green space must also be demonstrated

Buile Hill Park can stand up pretty well to some of the above points, such as equal access for all members of the community,  equipment and facilities that are safe to use, natural features (wildlife and fauna, Landscapes) but it does massively fail on a string of other points. Buile Hill fails to meet the criteria in areas such good signage and good access, dog fouling, cleanliness and maintenance, litter and graffiti/vandalism. It is hard to measure how Buile Hill Park meets other aspects of the criteria such as management and marketing without inside knowledge of council workings.

However, it is clear that if put forward for a Green Flag Award, Buile Hill Park would not be successful.

The aim of Love Parks Week is to raise awareness of the importance of parks and green spaces, showcasing the benefits they bring. Salford Council thinks that only those parks across the city that have been awarded Green Flag status should be involved in Love Parks Week, but the Council have missed the point of this campaign which is to highlight what a healthy (quality) green space looks like and to kick start a process to assess the nation’s parks by encouraging people to give their park a simple health check.

I have assessed Buile Hill Park using the health check on the Love Parks Week website and I am very sorry to report it failed to make the grade.

Research proves that green spaces are restorative and therapeutic; they provide a relief from stress, a place for peace, a place for exercise, and a place to create connections with other people in our community. If a park is underfunded, the local community, environment and economy cannot reap the benefits from it. Visitors will not feel safe, relaxed or inspired; it may attract crime, become unsightly and intimidating. This is when a park becomes unhealthy and at risk.

It worries me that Salford Council have spent the last few months preparing Clifton and Blackleach Country parks, Victoria and Winton Park and Peel Green Cemetery for Love Parks Week to the detriment of over 50 other parks and open spaces across Salford. A case in point, a few weeks ago I was forced to contact Salford Council’s environmental services department in order to get the grass cut in Buile Hill Park as it had not been cut for months. The grass was over three feet tall in places!

It concerns me that if the Council put their time and effort it to maintaining just a handful of the city’s parks and open spaces to the detriment of the rest we will have a situation where people are having to take a bus to a park because they don’t feel safe in the one they have on their doorstep. I don’t want my children growing up with no memories of playing in their local park. I don’t want people feeling isolated, disconnected from their community – everyone needs easy access to quality, healthy, thriving green space near to their place of living.

Let’s not by‐pass parks.

I’d be interested to hear from other Salfordians and your experience of your local park, good or bad.

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Centre’s worthy of celebration

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columns

The Langworthy Cornerstone community building celebrated its tenth anniversary with a fun-filled day which also marked five years since the children’s centre opened in the landmark facility.

Prior to 2002 the corner of Langworthy Road and Liverpool Street housed the old clinic, a dilapidated building which desperately needed replacing with a venue that could still house a GP surgery, but could offer the Seedley and Langworthy community so much more. The idea of the Cornerstone was born and when completed it was officially opened by local MP Hazel Blears.

A charity, made up primarily of local people, called The Langworthy Cornerstone Association was formed and they manage the Cornerstone building, which up until last year was owned by Salford Primary Care Trust. The charity’s main purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Salford and especially those of Seedley & Langworthy.

The Cornerstone achieves its aim of improving health and wellbeing by offering a wide range of services and activities to the local community including an excellent café offering healthy snacks and refreshments, IT suites and offices available for hourly rental and a packed timetable of fitness and learning classes.

For adults, the Cornerstone holds regular ‘Kick It’ sessions which offers support for anyone wanting to give up smoking as well as an array of health, learning and fitness activities from Zumba and Yoga to Spanish lessons and cooking classes.

For kids, the children’s centre based at the Cornerstone provides a whole range of services including Zumbatonics for youngsters, Little Explorers Playgroup, After School Club, Little Tots Toy Library, Breastfeeding Drop-in, Health Visitor Drop-in, plus much more in partnership with Lark Hill Day Nursery who offer full day care.

Over the years, the Cornerstone has hosted exciting events such as Bistro Nights, Fun Days, Art Exhibitions and even concerts. By taking over the lease for the next twenty years the Cornerstone Association charity have secured the future of the building and its services, so there will always be a reason for Salfordians to drop in at the Cornerstone.

If you live or work in Seedley and Langworthy, or even if you don’t, why not drop into the Langworthy Cornerstone today and see what is on offer for you and your family. You won’t be disappointed.

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Langworthy SNAP week is back

Do you live or work in the Langworthy ward? If so, Salford Council wants to hear what needs doing to improve our area and where.

SNAP is a way of bringing people together to focus on local problems – aiming to clean up areas and target criminal activity over a week of action that will have long lasting benefits.

During previous SNAPs Salford Council have fitted alley gates to reduce anti-social behaviour, arrested criminals, cleaned graffiti from walls, put on activities for young people, picked up litter and collected bulky waste, carried out home fire safety checks…the list just keeps on growing.

The Langworthy SNAP will be taking place from Monday 2 to Sunday 8 July.

Tell Salford Council what you want by:

•    calling them on 0161 909 6544
•    emailing snap@salford.gov.uk
•    filling in the online survey at www.salford.gov.uk/snap

Remember, if we don’t know about it, we can’t help.

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What is humanegement?

Salford’s new elected Mayor Ian Stewart announced his cabinet yesterday and while the people who fill his cabinet positions are perhaps not that surprising, their “titles” are a tad strange. Take for example the Assistant Mayor for International Relations. Why does a city need such a thing? Is our new elected mayor planning on seceding from the United Kingdom?

In addition to the Assistant Mayor for International Relations, the new mayor has formed a cabinet larger than the Scottish administration currently running an entire country. Perhaps Salford has more complex problems than the whole of Scotland? If so, it’s a worrying time for all Salfordians.

Without doubt I am sure Ian Stewart will answer my questions over time, but perhaps the most perplexing question currently circulating opposition members on Salford City Council (and those recently kicked off it) is with regards to the cabinet position of the city’s newly elected Councillor for Langworthy ward. In addition to his role as Strategic Assistant Mayor (whatever that is), he has also been bestowed with the title of ‘Assistant Mayor for Humanegement and Workplace Reform.

No, that’s not a typo. You read that right – humanegement. At first everyone just assumed it was an error and we all believed our spellcheckers when that wriggly red underline warned us that isn’t a real world. So we changed it. The Salford Star and the Manchester Evening News separately amended the ‘mistake’ to Human Engagement. Salford Online went for Management and Workplace Reform. All three were wrong.

Stephen Kingston of the The Salford Star even went one step further after comments on his website suggested he’d got it wrong – he called the council. At first they weren’t exactly sure what the correct title was supposed to be but eventually clarified that it was, as originally published, Humanegement and Workplace Reform.

But what exactly is humanegement? And how do you pronounce it?

The former has finally been answered by Salford’s new mayor. Ian Stewart says “Humanegement is a word I have created to describe humane engagement with staff. It is an alternative to the term human resources, which I feel makes employees sound like commodities. I therefore prefer to use this term as effective working with staff is about engagement, working with them to get the best possible outcomes.”

That answers the first question, but what about the second? I’ve been having fun with that all weekend – perhaps the council could publish some guidance on its website. A downloadable MP3 perhaps?

I await the answer with baited breath.

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Irwell Riverside ward 2012 local election result

Irwell Riverside

Candidate Party Votes cast
Coen, Stephen Labour Party 1,208
Lewis, David Barry Conservative Party 150
Middleton, Steve Liberal Democrats 158
Tumulty, Gary British National Party 202
  • Elected: Stephen Coen
  • Electorate: 9,441
  • Votes cast: 1,718
  • Turnout: 18.39%
  • Majority: 1,006
  • Void votes: 16
  • Status: Labour hold
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Steve Middleton’s view on Community Policing in Salford

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ramraid

A few days ago I gave an interview at Salford University where I was asked my views about community policing in Salford. A four and a half minute extract of the interview edited by Kat Middleton is below where I talk about how well our local neighbourhood policing team are doing and how they can improve. The interview briefly touched on the council’s partnership with Greater Manchester Police and I explained how the council could be doing more to promote anti-crime initiatives.

Watch, comment or ask questions below the video.

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Who stole our goalposts?

Heaton Park

Heaton Park

I live very close to Buile Hill Park in Salford and use the park every day (to walk Dexter, my dog). It’s a beautiful park and I consider myself extremely lucky to live near such a great open space (in fact, luck had little to do with it, I specifically moved here because of the proximity to the park).

Over the last few weeks, without any consultation or notice to Buile Hill Park’s regular users, work began to tear up a large section of the grass seen in the picture below to install a cricket pitch. A 20m long section of natural grass was cut out and replaced with artificial grass.
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Many of the park users were surprised when the work started, firstly because we knew nothing about it until the work had started. Secondly, many of us thought it was an odd location for the cricket pitch. The crease was mere centimetres from one of the goalposts that make up a set heavily used by local youths. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen local kids playing cricket in Buile Hill Park (once), whereas there are lads playing football almost every day it is dry. It seemed impossible for a game of cricket and a football match to be played at the same time, given the proximity of the crease to the goalpost.

On Thursday afternoon I noticed the goalposts have disappeared. Who has stolen our goalposts? They belong to the park and were installed for the benefit of the users of Buile Hill Park. Nobody has any right to take them away without asking us first.

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I have brought this up with Langworthy’s Lib Dem Councillor Drake who has started to probe the council for answers. I fear we won’t know who is responsible until after the election.

I have nothing against cricket (regular visitors to my blog will know I am a big football fan) and if both cricket and football pitches can be accomodated in Buile Hill Park I would be happy to have them co-exist, but damaging the park and making wholesale alterations without notifying it’s users is just not on.

Salford Council needs to learn that consultation with it’s residents over important changes is vital and necessary. My fear is that if Labour wipe out opposition members off the council at the local elections in less than 2 weeks time, this kind of totalitarionistic approach will be all to common across our great city.

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Liberal Democrats field a candidate in all 20 of Salford’s wards

Nominations closed at 12 noon today and the Liberal Democrats are standing in all 20 seats across Salford. Additionally, Claremont Councillor Norman Owen is standing for Mayor as the official Liberal Democrat candidate.

Councillor Owen said today: “We have excellent, hard working candidates in 20 seats across Salford and in many of those wards, especially the inner-city wards, it’s a straight fight between the Lib Dems and Labour. Labour have admitted that under their leadership of this city mistakes have been made, why else would they have selected an ex-Eccles MP to run Salford instead of their current leader?”.

“Labour’s Mayoral candidate has no local government experience and was booted out by Labour in 2010 when his seat was abolished. They selected Hazel Blears instead.” he added. “If Ian Stewart is not good enough to represent Salford & Eccles, how is he good enough to lead the entire Salford City Council?”

Steve Middleton is the Lib Dem candidate in Irwell Riverside ward for the local election on 3 May.

Posted in Irwell Riverside, Local Election 2011, Salford | 2 Comments

The BBC gets it wrong – Salford Quays has not changed its name

I was dismayed to read the story linked here on the BBC’s website this morning which states in its third paragraph:

“Since 2000, much has changed on the Quays – not least the name, which has dropped the word Salford…”

This is simply not true. Most of the people I know who live in Salford Quays are proud to say they are from Salford.

Sorry BBC, you’ve got this one wrong.

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Salford Highways Maintenance: Where has all the money gone?

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Salford elected mayor debate 14/12/2011

On 14th December last year Salford, Worsley & Eccles Liberal Democrats called a public debate over the issue of an elected mayor for our city. Leader of Salford Liberal Democrats, Councillor Owen, invited Councillor Merry (leader of the council and member of the “NO” campaign) and referendum organisors Geoffrey Berg & Stephen Morris (English Democrats) of the “YES” campaign to debate the pros and cons.

On the issue of an elected mayor for Salford, locally the Liberal Democrats are firmly in the “NO” camp and have aligned ourselves with Salford Labour and support their campaign for a “NO” vote. However, Liberal Democrats were keen to see how Berg & Morris could fulfill their flagship promise of “lowering the city’s council tax by half, or more than half” – especially since we felt, if it could have been done, we would already have proposed such a cut.

Former Worsley Lib Dem Councillor Bob Boyd asked the first question and I was fortunate to ask the second question – sadly, neither were answered satisfactorily.

The debate was recorded by the English Democrats North West Secretary Val Morris, and it’s her comments you can hear at various points throughout the recording.

It was a rather long debate (indeed it was almost 40 minutes before I got to speak), but anyone who was not able to attend on the night and is still undecided about whether to vote “YES” or “NO” should most certainly watch it!

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How not to run an elected mayor campaign

If you’re politically naive, then it’s generally not a good idea to accept a public debate challenge from two veterans of local politics – but that’s exactly what Geoffrey Berg (Salford’s elected mayor petition organiser) did last night.

I’ve written extensively on my blog about the elected mayor referendum that was forced by Mr Berg and his English Democrat sidekicks but as Salford approached the actual referendum date (and following some active letter writing for both the “YES” and “NO” campaign in the local paper), Councillor Norman Owen, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Salford City Council challenged the “YES” camp to a public debate.

Councillor Owen was joined by leader of Salford City Council (and leader of the Salford Labour group), Councillor John Merry on the “NO” side whilst Geoffrey Berg and Stephen Morris of the English Democrats spoke for the “YES” camp, who were bizarrely directed in what to say (and who should say it) by Michael Moulding of the Community Action Party.

Whilst I have not been involved in local politics as long as Councillor’s Owen and Merry, in all my years I have never witnessed such a spectacle. Fortunate, to ask the second question, I quizzed Mr Berg on his bold claim that an elected mayor would “halve or more than halve Salford’s Council tax”. I was intruiged as to how he could promise such a saving, given that Salford has already been through several rounds of efficiency savings and staff redundancies.

What followed was embarrassing. Actually, it would have been very funny if this topic was not so serious (and costing the city hundreds of thousands of pounds it can ill afford).

Mr Berg failed, spectacularly, to answer my question – in fact, he waffled so incoherently I tried to press him to actually give me some indication of how he could halve Salford’s council tax. He couldn’t. This infuriated many members of the audience who had obviously come with an open mind about the idea of an elected mayor for Salford, and so the probing questions continued long after I had sat back down.

Many bizarre and insulting statements followed from Mr Berg and his English Democrat colleague. From direct personal attacks of Councillor Merry to a dismissal of the hard work local Councillors do in their local communities, the “YES” camp systematically offended virtually everyone in the room. Their “policies” were laughable, at one point claiming that Salford’s higher council tax hurt the poorest the hardest, yet failing to realise that the poorest tend to receive council tax benefit, meaning they don’t even pay it.

That was not the worst of it.

Asked by one audience member if they had even costed what they proposed, Mr Berg floundered, waffled and comprehensively failed to explain how he could possibly pay for any of what he was proposing. Fortunately, Councillor Owen and Councillor Merry were on hand to give Mr Berg a 101 in local council economics and with that the “YES” camp were finished.

One of the last questions asked what made Mr Berg qualified to speak about the pros and cons of an elected mayor for Salford and apparently the answer was that he had once (briefly) been a Conservative councillor in Bury. My recollection is that was the one question he actually answered.

Local Conservative party councillors, members and activists were conspicuous by their absence at the elected mayor debate last night – no doubt they wanted to distance themselves from Geoffrey Berg (who could blame them).

At 11am today, Liberal Democrat Councillor Owen will debate with Geoffrey Berg on Salford City Radio (94.4FM). If you live within the reception area, I urge you to listen in. You can also listen on-line at http://www.salfordcityradio.org/listen.php

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New planning application at junction of Liverpool Street and Derby Road

A new planning application has been received by Salford City Council to erect a 4-bedroom house on the vacant land at the junction of Liverpool Street and Derby Road in Langworthy. The plot is adjacent to the Moorlands Sports and Social Club.

Application number: 11/60734/FUL

You can read the full application and view maps and illustrations of the proposed building at Salford City Council’s Planning Portal by clicking here and using the search facility for the above application number.

Navigate to the ‘documents’ link and all the details are accessible in PDF format.

Langworthy residents may wish to note that the applicant wishes to close off part of the public footpath (on Liverpool Street).

I would be interested to hear the comments of both Langworthy and Weaste residents with regards to this proposed development – comments can also be submitted to the planners via Salford City Council’s planning portal (link above).

I would expect the council’s planning panel to consider the application in the new year.

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Two weeks left to save Salford

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consultations

Earlier this autumn the Boundary Commission published its proposals for reducing the number of MPs in England from 650 to 600 while equalising the size of most constituencies.

While some of the new boundaries the Commission is proposing are sensible, many more needlessly tear the heart out of the communities they serve and will make effective representation in Parliament much more difficult.

We are now in a period of consultation and as a local party – supported by our colleagues in the Liberal Democrat North West regional office and National Headquarters – we have put in a series of counter-proposals.

These back the Commission where we feel it has got it right; and put forward better solutions where we feel it is necessary, using the expertise of our members from across the region.

We know our plans are better because they have been produced by people who live and breathe in the communities affected.

However, to stand a chance of persuading the Commission to adopt our counter-proposal, we need your help.

You can see here what the Boundary Commission have proposed for the North West (which affectively wipes Salford off the map and puts Langworthy into Manchester).

Below you can see our counter-proposal for the existing Salford area constituencies:

Salford Constituency   Langworthy
Salford Constituency   Weaste and Seedley
Salford Constituency   Claremont
Salford Constituency   Ordsall
Salford Constituency   Irwell Riverside
Salford Constituency   Swinton South
Salford Constituency   Pendlebury
Salford Constituency   Kersal
Salford Constituency   Broughton

Worsley and Eccles Constituency   Boothstown and Ellenbrook
Worsley and Eccles Constituency   Little Hulton
Worsley and Eccles Constituency   Walkden North
Worsley and Eccles Constituency   Walkden South
Worsley and Eccles Constituency   Winton
Worsley and Eccles Constituency   Worsley
Worsley and Eccles Constituency   Barton
Worsley and Eccles Constituency   Eccles
Worsley and Eccles Constituency   Swinton North

If you could take a minute to add your voice to the consultation via the commission’s website (here), we stand a far better chance of persuading them. There’s just two weeks before the deadline on December 5th. Please add your voice to ours in explaining why you feel they better serve your community.

The consultation is open to everyone and you can be sure the Conservatives and Labour are encouraging their members to take part too. As may be expected, those parties’ counter-proposals are not designed to make our lives any easier!

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Langworthy LED street lighting saves Salford Council money

In October, Urban Vision announced that street lighting across Salford City was being updated with new LED lamps, rather than the traditional filament-type as a way of saving money and becoming more energy efficient. They even listed a few streets in Langworthy’s neighbouring ward of Claremont where the LED lamps would be installed. Great!

But what about Langworthy?

About a week ago, I asked our Langworthy Neighbourhood Manager which streets (if any) would be getting LED street lights. He did not know, so forwarded my request to Urban Vision. The response? None.

I’ve since reminded Urban Vision about my query – but their silence simply raises another question. Why does Claremont get to do it’s bit and save money for the Council whilst being more energy conscious and Langworthy does not?

Langworthy has a proud community and we want to do our bit to help the city and reduce our energy consumption, which in turn protects our planet.

UPDATE 23/11/11:
Urban Vision have finally come back to me and the following streets are scheduled to receive the LED streetlamp upgrade in November/December:

Almond Close
Amersham Street
Brentwood
Citrus Way
Clementine Close
Coconut Grove
Coomassie Street
Culverwell Drive
Mango Place
Melksham Close
Melon Place
Sandy Grove
Tenbury Close

This list is different to the streets initially listed on Labour’s Langworthy ward Councillor John Warmisham’s blog here, however he has since updated his blog to the list above (presumably because he received a copy of the email I got from Urban Vision).

I note with some annoyance that Cllr Warmisham only wrote about the LED street lighting in Langworthy after I blogged about it. Langworthy ward Coouncillors were told about LED street lighting in October, perhaps Cllr Warmisham didn’t think energy efficiency was important until I mentioned it?

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Elected Mayors do nothing for Salford and prove English Democrats are not fit to hold power

There has been some debate recently regarding an elected Mayor proposal for Salford. I blogged about this here back in July.

Recent correspondence in the Salford Advertiser from the petition organisers Geoffrey Berg (a resident in Prestwich, which comes under Bury Council) and Paul Whitelegg (English Democrat party) suggests that an elected Mayor could “reduce Salford’s spending” and lower the city’s council tax. However, Paul Whitelegg agrees in his letter that the cost of the Referendum alone would be add around £1.50 to Salford’s annual council tax bill, so he is proposing I pay an extra £1.50 to fund his Referendum in my city. This flies in the face of his suggestion that an elected Mayor would be able to lower council tax bills, since the first action of any elected Mayor would have to be to raise Salford’s council tax to pay the Referendum bill!

But ignoring the cost, can the English Democrats explain why Salford would want an elected Mayor when their own Doncaster Mayor has failed miserably since he was elected in 2009?

In fact, following the government’s decision to intervene in his running of Doncaster in April of this year because of a damning Audit Commission report that city is likely to have another expensive Referendum to see if they would like to go back to more widespread representation.

In the few short years Doncaster has had an English Democrat elected Mayor, he has ignored a vote of no confidence in his leadership carried by locally elected councillors, has overseen the closure of 14 local libraries and withdrawn council funding for maintaining sports grounds which serve over a dozen former mining communities. After just two and a half years in power, his policies appear to have done nothing to improve the lives of the people of Doncaster. They will do nothing to improve the lives of Salfordians.

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Another Salford Lib Dem success – Traffic calming for Seedley Park Road and Seedley Terrace

Regular readers of my blog and Langworthy Focus readers will remember the traffic calming campaign I spearheaded earlier this year for Seedley Park Road and Seedley Terrace. The original articles are here and here. With the help of local residents on Seedley Park Road I collected and submitted a petition to Salford Council which called for action on speeding cars using our streets as rat runs.

I’m delighted to report that our community committee has agreed to fund the traffic calming measures I campaigned for on both Seedley Park Road and Seedley Terrace, the latter gaining some new full width speed humps.

Seedley Park Road will also see some full road width speed humps as well as a driver feedback sign, which I particularly pushed for as I felt that motorists using the road either seemed unaware or simply “forgot” that we have a 20mph speed limit here.

I am incredibly grateful to Langworthy Lib Dem Councillor Lynn Drake who presented the petition during a full session of Salford Council and for supporting the campaign at our community committee.

You can see the measures that are to be introduced on both Seedley Park Road and Seedley Terrace in more detail below.

Seedley Park Road

Seedley Terrace

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Boundary changes proposed for Salford

Today the Boundary Commission for England has released it’s proposals for changing the electoral boundaries that will be used in the next General Election (currently scheduled for sometime May 2015).

Amongst the North West shake-up, they propose to abolish the Salford & Eccles and Worsley & Eccles South Constituencies, instead creating a new ‘Swinton’ constituency and then splitting the rest of Salford across Leigh and Manchester. Kersal and Broughton will remain, as currently, in the Blackley and Broughton constituency.

The proposals are as follows:

Manchester Central Constituency: (For a map, click here)
Ancoats & Clayton
Bradford
City Centre
Hulme
Irwell Riverside
Langworthy
Ordsall
Weaste & Seedley

Swinton Constituency: (For a map, click here)
Barton
Boothstown and Ellenbrook
Claremont
Eccles
Pendlebury
Swinton North
Swinton South
Winton
Worsley

Leigh Constituency: (For a map, click here)
Cadishead
Irlam
Little Hulton
Walkden North
Walkden South
Astley Mosely Common
Leigh East
Leigh South
Tyldesley

Blackley and Broughton Constituency: (For a map, click here)
Cheetham
Crumpsall
Harpurhey
Higher Blackley
Miles Platting and Newton Heath
Moston
Broughton
Kersal

While I will be providing my own (alternative) suggestions to the Boundary Commission along with a combined Liberal Democrat response, I’m eager to hear what Salfordians living in Langworthy, Ordsall, Irwell Riverside and Weaste & Seedley think in particuar. Please post your comments below.

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