Council Meeting Rescheduled – We Will Have Our Opportunity To Speak

UPDATE 29/05/2011: The Council planning panel will be meeting in the morning of the 2nd June. We will be demonstrating outside the main entrance of the civic centre from 8:30am. After this we will be heading into the Salford Suite, where the meeting will take place.

We urge everyone to make best efforts to attend both the demo and the meeting. To attend the meeting, please let the Council know that you intend to do this.

Fill in the following form to register: www.salford.gov.uk/panel-meeting

Application Numbers: 10/59092/OUTEIA & 10/59093/FULEIA

Alternatively, you can call this number to register: 0161 793 2602

We will be there to state our grounds for opposition. We appreciate any and all support you can give. See you there on Thursday.

:END UPDATE

We have fantastic news. The Council has decided that due to massive opposition to this application, it is necessary to reschedule the panel meeting where the final decision […]

Request Denied: There Will Be No Council Presentation

Thank you to everyone who mailed the Council requesting that we be given an opportunity to present our information, in light of the fact Sky Properties were given the same opportunity some weeks ago.

Unfortunately, we have received our answer and that answer is “No”. In short, objectors to an application are not given the opportunity to provide a briefing to the Council, prior to the day of the formal Panel meeting where the application will finally be decided. Two 5 minute slots are given to the public at the formal meeting for objectors to make their case.

As you can imagine, having such short timeslots and also not being able to present until the actual decision meeting puts us at a disadvantage. This makes the playing field less than level. You might say the playing field is more like a steep slope, one that we’re going to have to start at the bottom and […]

Today I received a letter from Sky

Today, I personally received a letter from Anthony Hirsch at Sky Properties.

They were not very happy about my last post on the study related to links between birth defects and incinerators. They went on to question the recency of the research and have requested that I clarify some information regarding the time periods involved in the study.

My question to you Mr. Hirsch is, why do you care? For 15 months, you have point blank refused to acknowledge that what you are proposing is an incinerator. So, why should you care about the “incinerator” study at all?

I’m sure the visitors to this site are intelligent enough to make up their own minds and to assess any information themselves, but in the interest of open co-operation, we can offer you a compromise.

Admit publicly that you are proposing an “incinerator”, apologise to the residents of Salford […]

Mixed Messages From Sky Representatives On Consultation – Legally Required or Not?

Those who attended the meeting at Monton House Hotel, on 25th January 2010, may remember some of the responses from Sky Properties, when questioned regarding the purpose of the Green Lane Eco Park consultation activities.

It was in fact put to Sky and their representatives, including John Twitchen (Managing Director of Sauce Consultancy) who was chairing the meeting, that their only motivation for carrying out the consultation was because they were legally required to do so as part of the planning process. The response to this was clear. They claimed that they were not legally required to do so and claimed that the consultation was soley for the benefit of the community.

Throughout, It has been the view of the local community, that Sky have only attempted to do the minimum that they believe they are legally required to do, in order to ensure they comply with the relevant […]

Salford: Another Day, Another Recycling Centre Catches Fire

Recycling facilities continue to prove to be fire hazards as crews from three different areas are drafted in to battle the blaze over night.

The site located on Cobden St, Salford caught fire sometime yesterday, the cause is unknown, but the blaze is known to have centred around a large pile of timber and rubbish.

Further details can be found here:

Recycling Centre Fire

Would it be sensible to put one of these 50m from a Children’s Park and home? The Sky application must be opposed.

Green Lane Property Owner Plans Waterside Regeneration – Support, Support, Support

The owner of the Business and Technology Centre on Green Lane is submitting plans to regenerate their property in line with the Bridgewater Master Plan initiative. The property is opposite to the Sky Properties site, and such a plan can only be positive for the community and provides more weight to the argument against the nightmare incinerator.

The proposal includes a mix of residential housing and light commercial plans. The development could bring many benefits to the local community including:

a mix of family housing clean commercial uses children’s play area a new pedestrian foot bridge a new Canal side walkway (at present private property consisting of derelict employment lands fronts the canal) improved public realm along the canal and green lane – making stronger linkages between Monton and Liverpool Road improved natural surveillance for the Canal and Green Lane – making new and existing spaces safer for all improved sight lines and natural surveillance […]

Businesses Snub Opportunity to Hear More “Rubbish” from Sky Properties

A meeting was planned this evening for the Monton House Hotel. Sky Properties were to be given the opportunity to pour honey into the ears of local business owners regarding the benefits that the “Eco Dump” would bring to their businesses.

It appears that businesses have already made their mind up and realise that what is bad for the community is bad for business. The meeting has been cancelled due to “lack of interest”.

Sky Properties continue their attempts to dupe the public, local businesses and the Council into accepting their misleading information and inaccurate facts.

You can read more here at Salford Online:

http://www.salfordonline.com/localnews_page/23295-green_lane_eco_park_development_meeting_cancelled.html

It appears the only people who think this is a good idea are Sky, their cronies and their “you scratch my back” buddies. Everyone else understands that it’s bad for business, bad for people and bad for Salford.

WE ARE MARCHING!!! Saturday 18th Sept 2010 – Midday

If there is an event you turn up to this year, make it this one. It has been a long haul to get to where we are today, and everything has culminated to this show of opposition.

Please turn up at the car park adjacent to the roundabout at the top of Canal Bank at 12:00 (midday) on Saturday September18th 2010. We will be marching with Wheeley Bins, in convoy, down to the site and back again.

What you wil need: * Most importantly You! * Friends and Family * A Wheeley Bin for Each Adult (A colour of your choice). It should be clean and empty. This is not mandatory, but bring one if you can.

Optional: * A Say No Logo Taped to the front of the Bin * A Gas Mask (Available from Fancy Dress Shops) * Placards.

If you will be attending this event, please RSVP. We are in contact with […]

Salford Council Could Benefit From New Home Building Initiative

The UK government today announced a new initiative to provide incentives to local councils to build more residential homes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-10910048

There are 4.5 million people on council waiting lists for homes. This is a figure which dwarfs the actual 120,000 new homes built last year. The Mitchell and Shackleton site in the centre of this incineration nightmare is currently designated by Salford City Council as a “swing” site. This means it has been listed as a site which could potentially be re-zoned to allow a mixture of both residential and light commercial uses. What better time for the Council to make their decision on rezoning than now, where serious economic benefits could be gained by doing so.

The question is, will Mr. Hirsch, owner of Sky Properties, acknowledge that rezoning could be a possibilty to discuss with the Council? Or will he continue with selective blindness to these facts, while pushing on with attempts to […]

How High Exactly is a 180 foot (55 metre) tower?

It seems hard to believe but Sky Properties seem to be stating in their application, that there will be little to no visual impact from the 180 ft emission spewing tower. This 180ft incinerator stack will most likely be accompanied by a further 120 ft stack shooting vertically out of the Anaerobic Digestion plant.

Peel House is a 16 floor high rise in Eccles Town Centre. The average tree is the height of a 2 floor semi-detached.

Let’s put this into perspective. Take one relatively flat surrounding landscape. Now add a tower which is the same height as Peel House in Eccles Town Centre. How can Sky possibly claim that this won’t be visible from the surrounding areas? Don’t worry they also claim are going to plant some trees around the site, so you won’t be able to see the towers. What utter nonsense. Like most of the assumptions and statements in Mr. […]