Help Me Choose a Charity

Due to the recent demise of my dear old car.. I’ve decided to donate the remnants of it’s existence to charity. I found a really cool way to do this via the www.giveacar.co.uk website. They will pick the car up and then scrap or auction it to generate the largest possible donation. There are over 800 charities registered to choose from and new additional charities can register as needed.

In this instance, I’m pretty open to where the donation goes but would like it to go to one of three areas. Charities that work with vulnerable children, cancer research or human rights organisations. Please help me decide where to donate by voting for one of the following below:

UNICEF: is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights, with a presence in more than 190 countries and territories reaching children on a scale like no other. They work […]

Whitepaper: Virtual Backup Strategies: Using Storage Snapshots for Backups

Introduction Effective data protection is a mandatory element in the modern IT environment. Historically, backup strategies were confined to the last few chapters in an administrator’s manual and treated like an afterthought. Now they sit firmly at the forefront of every CIO’s mind. The ability to continue business operations after a system failure and the need to fulfil stringent compliance requirements have made backup a necessity—not only for business continuity, but also for business survival. The question organizations need to ask about data protection is not whether to backup their data, but how to backup their data.

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Webinar: Storage Assisted Backups: Best practices for VMs

Veeam Webinar 4th July 2013: Storage Assisted Backups: Best practices for VMs

Associated Whitepaper to be published in near future.

Webinar: Disaster Recovery for Virtual Environments, One Simple Solution for Five Common SAN Replication Challenges

This is a replay of webinar, I ran last year.. the associated Whitepaper is linked below:

Whitepaper Available here: http://wp.me/p2ZZG3-fG

A new sister webinar/whitepaper focusing on using SAN snapshots in a holistic data protection strategy to be posted shortly.

Closing Our Doors

Hi All,

I think we are just about done. The residential application is progressing and all ideas of previous incinerator plans have been dropped.

There is still one more matter to deal with.. we still have £1900 in the Campaign Fund. When we defined our constitution as a group back in 2010, we stated that on closure, any remaining funds be donated to a local community group or charity. This is the first time I have been heavily involved in community activity and I’ve been very happy with the outcome. I am however very aware that there is a group of people who contribute in equal measure, but do this on a weekly basis and have done for many, many years. Where I will now go back to working on career and family, I feel comfortable in the knowledge that this group will continue to develop, protect and […]

What’s been happening?

It’s been some time since the last update on this website and on the campaign as a whole. Today we have news, but I’ll explain what’s been happening with the overall direction of the Green Lane site.

A short time after the Incinerator appeal was dismissed at the inquiry, Sky Properties decided to challenge the decision in the High Court. At that point, the situation became very much about Sky challenging both the Planning Inspectorate and in turn Salford City Council over the legality of the decision made at the inquiry. . this campaign group became an interested 3rd party without direct involvement in any court future proceedings.

In parallel, the other stakeholders in the Green Lane site (not Mr. Hirsch) have been assessing and discussing the possibility of submitting an application for residential dwellings on the site. Many of you will have received a letter from the consultation company […]

Whitepaper: Disaster Recovery for Virtual Environments, One Simple Solution for Five Common SAN Replication Challenges

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Celebration Time!!

You are cordially invited to share in our victory celebration. As this chapter in Monton history comes to a close we be sending it off with a bang!!

Appeal Dismissed! A Victory For Us All!!

We have received the decision from the Planning Inspectorate regarding Sky’s applications.. APPEAL DISMISSED, WE HAVE WON!!

“Decision Appeal A: APP/U4230/A/11/2162115 1. I dismiss the appeal. Appeal B: APP/U4230/A/11/2162103 2. I dismiss the appeal.”

After what seems an eternity, this campaign has finally come to a conclusion. The decision comes in line with planning strategy for the area and has found that although true in many decades past, the area has now cast off it’s heavy industrial roots to become a modern, bustling and thriving residential community. A plant such as this would very much be “out of keeping” for the area which will now see a future of mixed residential and tourist developments.

I guess it will take some weeks for this to sink in.. the feeling from the community is one of joy but also of shell-shock.. is it finally over? Can we finally take our lives off hold and start building […]

Decision Delayed – Final Possible Date is 22nd August

Due to unforeseen circumstances. The decision on the Green Lane application has now been delayed. Final date for decision is 22nd August although it may come before then.

Counting down and waiting.