Last night saw Worsley Golf Club invaded by campaigners, residents and the wider community for the Say No campaign fundraising evening.
With the lulls in activity associated with such a long stretched campaign (2.5 years to date), it can be difficult to predict the outcome or attendance of ongoing events. When I arrived at the Golf Club at 7pm, there were two cars in the car park and around 5 people in the provided room itself. As time rolled on, more and more people arrived. First the tables around the dancefloor filled, then the tables towards the back of the room until eventually we needed to request more chairs to be brought out. In turn, they filled too.. leaving only standing room around the bar. It looked a little like this:
Sorry about quality; It was dark and there was wine involved.
The outcome and attendance was nothing less than phenomenal. A ridiculously big THANK YOU to Jan, Kirsteen, Paula and everyone else who contributed to the event. While the task of raising funds in by no means over.. last night brought us within reach of the funding required to progress with the inquiry.
The evening has reminded me exactly how much everyone cares about this issue. It’s time for us to collectively double our efforts, go that extra mile and put this application where it belongs.. in the trash!!
Members of the Say No To Greenlane Incinerator Campaign recently attended the monthly EPRA meeting at Monton Sports Club – 24th Feb.
Presentations were delivered during the meeting regarding positive developments in Salford and Eccles. Developments on the Three Sisters field, Media City and the Bridgewater Canal Masterplan were all discussed. During the Bridgewater Canal presentation the development of a Monton Marina was covered and several canal side photos were displayed. One photo was of the now demolished Mitchell and Shackleton building which was directly adjacent to the canal and on the proposed waste processing and incineration site. This generated a ripple of murmers when the presenter stated that part of the objective of the masterplan was to improve the aesthetic views of the canal side to promote tourism. At this point, one member of the EPRA shouted “Improve the view, why don’t we knock it down and build a dirty great big incinerator there!”. The audience responded in support of the member.
During a mid-session break the campaign group were introduced and had several conversations with the EPRA members, all were in support of the Say No campaign and offered assistance. A petition was quickly filled and a makeshift one created to cater for more signatures. Towards the close of the meeting members of the campaign thanked the association for it’s support and requested a formal statement of support moving forward. A show of hands was subsequently requested resulting in a unanimous show of support for the Say No campaign.
Further communications have been received from the EPRA who are now looking to actively assist the campaign. This continues to push the groundswell of public support for the campaign alongside the Monton Village Community Assocation (MVCA) and other groups.
We would like to thank the EPRA and appreciate their continued support in fighting to stop the Sky Properties proposal. The facebook group for the campaign currently holds over 1300 members and continues to grow on a daily basis.