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    • By KARL
      Gardening club volunteers have been thanked for brightening up two Salford locations.
      The Peel Park volunteers recently completed a course in sustainable urban planting and, as part of their coursework, were asked to design and plan a number of flower beds.
      Four of the circular beds in the quatrefoil shaped planting areas at Peel Park’s historic core and two empty L shaped flower beds outside Salford Civic Centre in Swinton were chosen.
      Volunteers were asked to submit two linked designs to fill the circles and one for the Civic Centre using all year-round colour from perennial herbaceous and bee-friendly plants. The inner circle is filled with annual bedding plants as in Victorian times.
      Salford City Council staff chose designs from Jamie Turner and Wendy Kelly and a joint design between Laura Clavin and Jamie Turner and gave feedback to the volunteers.
      The volunteers have also been funded to do other training courses including Level One City and Guilds practical horticultural certificates thanks to the Heritage Lottery funding for Peel Park
      Jamie, who hopes to work in wildlife conservation, joined the club earlier this year to get hands on experience.
      Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said the original design for the park was chosen from a competition won by Joshua Major and son, landscape gardeners from Leeds.
    • By KARL
      Plans for one of Salford’s major roads are now open for a three-week consultation.
      Salford City Council is proposing new cycling and pedestrian improvements to Oldfield Road, which runs from Ordsall, across Regent Road and up to Chapel Street.
      The scheme would include a cycle lane all the way from Chapel Street to Regent Road, separate from traffic and a CYCLOPS junction at the junction of Liverpool Street and Middlewood Street which keeps pedestrians and cyclists separate from traffic and gives them a signal controlled route through the junction.
      Other crossings would be improved and new paving, street furniture, lighting, trees, rain gardens and wildflower grasses added. There are plans for loading bays for local businesses and limited waiting parking bays with restrictions to  keep cycleways and footpaths clear, electric vehicle charging points and cycling parking stands and repair hubs.
      Councillor Jim Cammell, who leads on cycling for Salford City Council said:
      Salford City Council is working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on the proposals and public comments will support a full business case submission to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to secure funding to for the scheme.
      The consultation runs from October 26 to November 16 and you can have your say online via the Commonplace website oldfieldroadcorridor.commonplace.is  or via Salford City Council’s website www.salford.gov.uk/mcf by email to mcf@salford.gov.uk or by writing to FAO Oldfield Road Corridor, Salford City Council, Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford M27 5FJ.
    • By KARL
      With the announcement this year that due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect public health and avoid breaching regulations, all public fireworks displays in Salford are now cancelled.
      This means that undoubtedly more and more people will be looking to mark the historic occasion with smaller fires and displays in their own gardens, hopefully complying with the governments rule of six stipulation for gatherings of course.
      With this in mind Salford City Council has urged people to ‘be sensible and safe’ in the run up to Bonfire Night this year after reports of young people throwing fireworks at each other.
      Emergency services are already overstretched as is and hospitals are having to deal with unprecedented pressures already, the last thing they need right now is to be treating people who have been injured by fires and fireworks.
      Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said he was concerned people would turn to displays at home without treating fireworks with the respect they deserve.
      If you are planning your own firework display at home please remember these five safety tips:
      1.         Read and follow the Firework Code to stay safe - https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/Advice/Fireworks-Safety
      2.         Only celebrate with your household in line with current COVID-19 regulations
      3.         Be considerate of neighbours and animals who may not enjoy fireworks
      4.         Remember it is illegal to let fireworks off between 11pm and 7am or to let them off or throw them in a public place
      5.         Keep pets indoors and safe
      A spokesperson for GMP confirmed they responded to reports of an incident involving fireworks in Salford.
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