THE THREE SISTERS PLANNING APPLICATION HAS BEEN REFUSED
United Utilities proposals to place a storm tank on an area of land at the Three Sisters nature reserve have been turned down by a city planning panel yesterday (15th October).
Representatives from the Ellesmere Park Residents Association made an impassioned plea to save the beloved site of biological importance and diversity, stating the devastating impact the work would have on local wildlife and fauna.
They were backed by local councillors Sharmina August and Mike McCusker alongside Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey who gave strong arguments in objection to the application.
Councillor McCusker motioned to refuse the application which was quickly seconded by newly appointed Salford Wildlife Champion, Lewis Nelson.
The voted ended almost unanimously with 9 for refusal and just one abstention.
It is hoped that the Utilities company will take this show of support as an indication to seek alternative proposals for the area, However, UU can chose to appeal the decision and even ignore it completely due to having a national mandate for large infrastructure projects.
We understand that the Council is seeking a tree protection order as a safeguard.
Cadishead Councillor Lewis Nelson has been appointed as Salford's first Wildlife Champion.
In this role, Councillor Nelson will be responsible for championing wildlife across city and working with partners and residents to improve green spaces for wildlife.
He will also take responsibility for creating a Salford Wildlife Forum, similar to that of the Salford Walking and Cycling Forum, that will allow residents to shape the priorities of the city in respect to wildlife.
Lewis is one of the youngest councillors in Salford but has been directly involved in helping to protect the the local moss lands and its huge variety of wildlife since an early age. He was a regular face at the Barton Moss anti-fracking camp and has stood against proposals which would see over a thousand new homes built on Chat Moss.
Since becoming a local councillor he has remained a keen environmentalist campaigner and has used his voice to champion the need to protect the green lungs of Salford on countless occasions, often putting himself at odds with his fellow councillors in his area.
Despite tough opposition Lewis won his seat in Cadishead based purely upon his own merits and the hard work and shear dedication he has put into his local and wider Salford community, he remains committed to working hard to protect the local greenbelt as well as Salford's other greenspaces and its wildlife.
This important role for Salford could not have been placed in a more safer and well suited pair of hands.
Councillor Lewis Nelson said
Pictured is Councillor Nelson visiting Dales Brown in Swinton.
A project that has introduced a new sustainable drainage scheme, created a new diverse habitat, and has become a true asset for local people to enjoy.
E-scooters have today (Monday September 28) been given the go ahead in Salford – and will be on the streets next month.
City Mayor Paul Dennett gave approval to a trial scheme, for up to 12 months, in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the University of Salford.
Lime, which already provides e-scooters in 125 cities around the world, has been chosen to supply and operate the scooters.
The trials will begin at the University of Salford Peel Park and Frederick Road campus, before being expanded to connect the campus to MediaCityUK. Phase three will see the trial zone expanded to cover Ordsall and city centre Salford. The trial will be open to everyone over 18 with either a provisional or full driving licence to use within the designated trial areas.
Councillor Mike McCusker, Executive Support Member for Planning, Housing and Sustainable Development, said:
Nicola Kane, Head of Strategic Planning, Research and Innovation at TfGM, said:
Mike Brown, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the University of Salford, said:
E-scooter hire schemes are widespread in other European cities such as Paris, Berlin and Rome. The UK trials have been fast-tracked by the government as part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lime was appointed after thorough selection process, being chosen over 15 other providers which expressed an interest. Lime was selected due to its global experience, commitments to investing in Salford, strong record of safety and its reliable and sturdy scooter design.
Lime is the world’s leading micro mobility company, operating in over 125 global cities, including the UK’s first multi-modal scheme in Milton Keynes, which has seen thousands of people benefit from this new, environmentally friendly mode of transport, with over 18,000 rides being taken in the first month of the trial. Lime will be fully responsible for all implementation and operating costs.
Florence Milner, Lime General Manager for the UK and Ireland said:
E-scooters can be accessed through the Lime app on a smartphone. Riders will approach a scooter and scan the QR code on the handlebars to begin a ride. Each scooter ride will cost £1 to unlock and 15p per minute to ride. When a ride is complete, users must park the scooter in designated parking locations and take a photo to confirm the end of the ride. This ensures the scooter is responsibly parked and out of the path of pedestrians.
When it comes to COVID-19, Lime is taking a range of precautions to address potential safety concerns. While COVID-19 is considered to transmit through close contact from person-to-person, and surface transmission is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, Lime has enhanced the cleaning of scooters and increased its frequency. Lime cleans all parts of the scooter that are touched by people and only uses products on the Centre for Biocide Chemistries list that have been approved by public health officials for use against the coronavirus.
Lime distributes hand sanitiser, masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to its employees in all of its warehouses. Mechanics and operators in the field are required to wear gloves and wash their hands regularly.
Lime asks riders to stay safe and take the necessary steps to help protect themselves and their communities as advised by public health officials. The company focuses communication with riders on the below health and safety tips when riding with Lime, delivering education through in-app messaging, emails, social media, local media and its blog.
Lime asks to:
· Listen to advice from your local public health officials on COVID-19 prevention
· Inspect the e-scooter or e-bike to ensure the wheels, brakes, throttle, lights, and frame are all in good working condition
· Mask up in public settings and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after riding with Lime
· Educate yourself on safe, vigilant, and socially-distanced riding. Don’t forget your helmet! Visit https://safety.li.me/.
Lime's mission is to foster people-first cities by empowering residents with more affordable, reliable, and sustainable transportation options. As the global leader in micromobility, Lime partners with cities to deploy electric bikes and scooters enabled with GPS and self-activating locks. Lime has powered more than 150 million rides in more than 120 cities across five continents, spurring a new generation of clean alternatives to car ownership. Learn more at li.me.
United Utilities who are the providers of water to Salford and surrounding areas, has called off it's planned hosepipe ban. The reason being that all of the recent heavy rainfall has eased demand for water.
The ban was set to start this Saturday (5th August) but with just three days before it was to be enforced UU have decided that reservoir levels are sufficient and there is no longer a need to impose restrictions on its customers.
They also state that efforts by customers to save water have helped maintain water levels in reservoirs but some would argue that the amount saved is a drop in the ocean when compared to the estimated 430 Million Litres of water lost due to leaks which equates to around 175 Olympic-sized swimming pools’ worth of water per day lost from the system each and every day.
The firm has faced criticism over a £180 million dividend given to shareholders and also for the state of its infrastructure and apparent inability to deal with leaks in a satisfactory manner.
On average 1.96in of rain has fallen across the UK from start to end of July, whereas 42 years ago the July figure was just 1.70in.
In a statement UU water services director, Dr Martin Padley said:
However, with further possibilities of the return of the heatwave, UU have not completely dismissed the need to impose a ban in the future.