Plans for a solar farm in Little Hulton and a hydro scheme at Charlestown Weir, Salford have taken another step forward.
City Mayor Paul Dennett has formally agreed to a partnering agreement with Energy Systems Catapult, a not-for-profit centre of excellence that aims to help the council make the most of the clean growth opportunities.
This decision means the council will be able to access expert advice and guidance as well as European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grants to address the gap in funding.
The plan is to build a 3.79 hectare solar farm with 5,094 solar panels at Kenyon Way, Little Hulton which should generate the equivalent of enough power for 438 homes a year. Work to build the state-of-the-art farm will take approximately five months and contractors are expected to start on site in 2021. Planning permission was approved for the site in June 2020.
A hydroelectric scheme, which will be built on the River Irwell at Charlestown Weir, off Riverside Drive, will generate the equivalent of enough electricity to power about 200 homes. Power will be generated by an Archimedes screw and the scheme will incorporate passes to allow fish and eels to swim further up the river. The scheme will be built during the summer of 2022 and should be fully operational by the end of that year.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
“I made a formal decision to partner with Energy Systems Catapult so we can continue with our plans to create a city prepared for the future.
“We are passionate about the environment and proactively looking at opportunities to help us achieve our long-term vision which includes to be carbon neutral by 2038.
“We take our responsibilities seriously and must do all we can to protect the planet for future generations.”
These developments come after a long line of green achievements for Salford City Council which have won national recognition. Over the past 10 years, the council has invested £126 million in green space creating new country parks and walking and cycle pathways across the city, as well as planting thousands of trees and investing in huge environmental infrastructure projects like the Castle Irwell flood basin.
Friends of the Earth has named Salford the most sustainable council in the north west, while the Centre for Thriving Places named the council the greenest and most sustainable in England and Wales.
Mayor Dennett added:
"The environmental crisis is the most acute threat facing humanity in the modern world. We must take radical action to mitigate the impact of climate change and Salford City Council is leading the way."
Salford residents are being asked to ‘make a sacrifice’ and commemorate Remembrance Sunday at home this year because of COVID-19.
The Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Charlie McIntyre, said this year’s remembrance would be different but no less dignified or heartfelt.
Salford City Council is also displaying memorial banners and a giant poppy on the Civic Centre and has posted ideas on its website under the banner Remember at Home for ways to pay tribute during the day.
Please see www.salford.gov.uk/rememberathome
Subject to any changes in government coronavirus guidance or restrictions, church services can go ahead with Covid-19 secure measures in place.
Salford community groups have pulled together to help local families have a safe and happy half term, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali.
With new Tier 3 restrictions on households mixing to combat rising coronavirus infection rates and the cancellation of organised firework displays, Salford City Council has created a ‘Celebrate Safely’ section on its website at www.salfordgov.uk/celebratesafely .
It features videos ranging from how to make salt dough, hold a poetry race or make a shadow puppet to gruesome Halloween recipes and even tips on how to make sure wildlife benefits from your left-over pumpkin.
Local crafter Lexi Jones has created a step by step tutorial on how to paint a rock for Halloween that can then be hidden for others to find as part of the Salford Rocks Facebook group challenge.
The page also has safety information around fireworks and a video signposting people to advice on how to help pets cope with Bonfire Night. The council is also sharing fun ideas every day on its Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said:
The groups which contributed are:
Art with Heart
The Lighthouse Church
Kids Club Screen Stars
Salford Community Leisure
Oasis MediaCityUK Community Hub
And Lifecentre Salford which co-ordinated the project with support from Salford CVS.
Salford Community Leisure also has a range of events including a half term football coaching camp, spooky afternoon teas, pumpkin painting and a scarecrow trail at Ordsall Hall, a day time trail or an after dark virtual tour of Lark Hill Place and a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween swim at the Helly Hansen watersports centre.
For more details and bookings please see https://salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/whats-on/
Full listing for Salford Community Leisure events:
October Half Term Football Camp – SCL & Foundation 92 at Salford Sports Village
Monday 26 to Friday 30 October, from 10am to1pm.
£10 per day, £42 for the full week, suitable for ages 7 – 12 years.
A brand-new football camp, operated in partnership between Salford Community Leisure and Foundation 92. Offering children aged 7-12 the chance to get active and out on the pitch for some quality coaching from qualified instructors.
There are also fun prizes up for grabs throughout the week, including SCFC shirts. Kids will have a great time and parents will have peace of mind, with qualified coaches, state of the art facilities and COVID-19 procedures in place.
Family Halloween events
Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 1pm to 3pm
£8.95 per person. Book required.
Bring your little ghouls for an afternoon tea treat at Salford Museum & Art Gallery this Halloween. The spooky selection includes sandwiches, a choice of soft drink, gingerbread skeleton, ghostly traybake and a slice of toffee apple cake.
Halloween Scarecrow Trail at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 18 October to Sunday 1 November, various times. £2 per children
Join the hunt for a rag-taggle gang of mischievous scarecrows who have gathered in the gardens at Ordsall Hall this October for their annual meet up. Book a 30 minute slot to find 10 scarecrows hidden in the gardens and draw each scarecrow.
Pumpkin Painting at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 25 October 2020, 11.30am and 2pm
£10 per child, suitable for ages 7 and above.
Get into the Halloween spirit with our annual Pumpkin Painting workshop in the spooky surroundings of Ordsall Hall. Paint a real pumpkin with acrylic paints in a variety of designs, ready to pop outside your house for autumn pumpkin trails.
Spooky Afternoon Tea in Ordsall Hall’s Great Hall
Sunday 25 October and Sunday 1 November 11.30am and 2pm.
Adults £15.00 | Children £7.00 | Deposit £15.00
A frightfully delicious Spooky Afternoon Tea in the Haunted Surroundings of Ordsall Hall, home to most famous resident ghost, Margaret Radclyffe aka The White Lady.
Enjoy sandwiches, Halloween themed cakes and hot pot of tea or coffee for each booker. We also are offering a “Little Terrors” option for children, which will consist of a smaller portion of cakes and sandwiches and a horrifying slime green soft drink.
A Halloween Half Term Visit at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Tuesday 27 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 11:30am – 3 pm
FREE, donations welcome | £2 for a spooky trail | Booking required
Explore the Victorian street, Lark Hill Place all decorated for Halloween, with lots of spooky things to spot! Have a go at our trail – Find Famine! to spot tiny copies of one of our best-loved paintings ‘Famine’.
Lark Hill Halloween: The Darkness and Dangers Virtual Tour
Saturday 31 October 2020, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. £5 per person
Close the curtains, lower the lights and log on for a virtual tour through to the darker side of Lark Hill Place. Delve into the terrors of yore in this humorous and macabre walk down the street decorated with Halloween objects from within the museum’s collections. With a Museum tour guide to show all the sights and sounds from the comfort of your own home, it’s the perfect socially distanced solution for those looking for some history with their scares.
Spooktacular Halloween Swim at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre Thursday 29 October £20
Spooktacular Open Water Swim in the dark at Salford Quays. 300m and 500m course. Price includes Spooky Halloween Swim Cap, glow stick, hot drink, hot soup/roll. A safety team will be keeping you safe in the water.
SALFORD COUNCIL STEPS UP TO ENSURE FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY MEALS SO THAT SALFORD CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY DON'T GO HUNGRYBy KARL
Earlier in the week a majority of Conservative MP's voted to reject measures which would have seen help offered to struggling families over the school holiday period.
Salford has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country due to having suffered some of the harshest cuts in living memory and with the pandemic seemingly growing by the day, thousands of people across the city are waking to the prospects that they may be pushed closer to the poverty line.
It is a stark truth that families across Salford face a bleak future ahead and as usual those affected the most are those who can least afford it.
It is sad to say but thousands of children face losing what for them is the most important and sadly far too often, the only real meal they will get as family budgets are stretched and parents are faced with mounting bills and decreasing finances.
With that in mind, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett has announced that families in receipt of free school meals can claim them during the half-term holiday next week.
The quick decision was made following news that government has rejected Marcus Rashford's proposals to feed impoverished children over the holidays.
Salford City Council has committed to providing the generous holiday hunger package to families during half-term and also over Christmas.
Parents who claim free school meals should now take identification to their local gateway or hub and they will be given a free voucher. Residents can find the locations of gateways and Broughton Hub here https://www.salford.gov.uk/council-buildings-and-venues/gateway-centres/
Any parents with children in reception, year one or two and claiming benefits* - or in a non-mainstream school should also visit their nearest gateway or hub with identification to see if they are eligible to claim.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
To help finance the campaign, the Spirit of Salford Network plans to launch a fundraiser to find resources from the community.
Spirit of Salford representative Councillor Sharmina August said:
Cllr Paula Boshell, former Deputy Mayor and anti-poverty champion for the city has also made comment on the proposals. Cllr Boshell said:
*The full criteria is:
If your child is in reception, year 1 and/or year 2 and in receipt of free school meals, or attends a non-mainstream school, to claim Health Holiday shopping vouchers you must be in receipt of the following benefits: Please tick the benefit that applies:
Income based job seekers allowance
Income related Employment and Support Allowance
Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and your annual income is £16,190 or less or;
Guarantee Credit of Pension Credit or;
Universal Credit ( if you applied after 31 March 2018 your earnings from work must be less than £616.67 in the previous assessment period.