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Ralli Quays Update

 Hi everyone

There has been some important progress regarding Ralli Quays and I am using this blog to share information as we do not have a dedicated webpage. For more information please email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or text/whatsapp 07974929589

People who wrote to the DFT to object to the stopping up order recieved an email this week from The DFT caseworker saying 

"The applicant has now advised of their intention not to stop up the whole of the towpath, but reduce the stopping up to only the areas shaded in orange on the revised plan.  This is to provide structural columns in relation to the development.  The revised plan also shows the applicant’s intention to realign and regularise the shape of the towpath. I would therefore be grateful if you could review the attached documents and confirm if this changes the position regarding your objection.  If your objection can be withdrawn, please let me know. Alternatively if your objection remains, please confirm this, stating your reasons.  A response by 13 October 2022 would be appreciated, after which the Secretary of State will decide how best to proceed." (if you want the plans or original email please get in touch

As you may know #OurIrwell, and in particular Steven and I have been in regular contact with the developers over the last few weeks. They had been very keen to engage and we were feeling very positive but were awaiting more detail proposals. Therefore the DFT email took us a bit by surprise. 

Here is our most recent email from the Developers, Legal and General, received on Wednesday and shared here with permission (email contact removed at their request) 

"Would Friday the 7th 10.00-11.00am work for a Teams meeting to run through the design of the lower towpath. A meeting wasn’t organised as the detailed design of the towpath is still underway as we have not yet completed the Stage 3 design for the project. The revised stopping up process has moved much quicker than anticipated. Hopefully by the 7th Oct our architects should have enough to show you on the design. I think that it is unlikely that the final design will be available by the 13th October and will be subject to further design during Stage 4 design which will run through until spring next year. There are really two separate issues here:

  1. Are people happy with the revised proposals to change the shape of the area over which public rights are secured as shown in the revised stopping up plan SK 503. This shows that the yellow and hatched areas will have public rights over them Secured in the new S106 Agreement with the areas to be stopped up now limited to the buildings columns coloured orange. Given that the revised area for public access is the same size as we cannot diminish the floodplain I would hope this can be agreed. If people are happy with the revised layout then hopefully they could withdraw their objections to the stopping up as suitable public rights would be secured  following construction of the project. That leaves us with the 2nd issue – design which is a bit more tricky.
  2. I have attached 3 views and a drawing of the new access stair which I received  2 days ago. I have asked the architects to prepare some further views looking the other way for the meeting. Now that public access will be permitted we need to develop revised lighting designs etc which are being worked upon. With public access permitted at all times it is now important that the finishes and lighting are appropriate to ensure we create a safe attractive environment. What we will be able to show on the 7th is the design intent for the area as opposed to the final signed off design. Hopefully you can see from the initial information we are intending to create an attractive safe environment.

Given that the final design won’t be completed until sometime after the 13th of October then L&G has to find a way of getting the objectors comfortable that L&G will do the right thing in terms of the design so that in a way they trust us enough on our design commitment to withdraw the objections otherwise we will end up at an enquiry on the stopping up needlessly. So apart from just trusting us – maybe the following ideas may give greater comfort.

As the S106 is going back to committee we would be happy to have a provision in the S106 to submit full design details in due course that would need to be signed off by the Council. That obligation probably already exists under the existing resolution which contains an approval mechanism for materials etc.

I would also be happy to make a commitment in an open letter (with the design as it stands at that date) that could be circulated to objectors that we will keep you updated on design development and would consult with you during the process and have regard to your comments.

Ultimately we would want to create an environment on the towpath that everyone is happy with and by dialogue have achieved a positive outcome.

Could you let me have your thoughts on the above and confirm whether the proposed date / time is ok. We would also be happy for other to join that meeting at which EPR will present the design as it stands. Lee is our planning consultant and can probably comment on what mechanisms could be used to ensure we live up to our commitment on design."

NEXT STEPS:

Please get in touch if you have any comments on the above or want to see the images (I cant share them on this website obvs) email mlrose@thelrm.org

Please also contact me if you want to attend the Teams meeting on Friday morning  so we can send a link. Potentially if there are lots of us we may need to think through how to manage the time effectively. This will NOT be the only chance to comment 

Don't withdraw your objection yet! I've contacted The DFT re the timeline and will clarify more later. We all hope to avoid the time, money and risk of a public inquiry but need to be sure we have truly saved the public right of way

Thank you so much for all your support everyone

With love and power
Morag xx

PS If you need a reminder of why we are fighting these Guardian articles give good background

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/aug/11/developer-to-close-300-year-old-footpath-along-river-irwell-in-salford

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/aug/18/public-inquiry-build-hotel-over-300-year-old-footpath-salford

I;ve also just been sent this https://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/planning-ralli-quays-rethink-primed-for-go-ahead/ and we will be asking Salford Council to delay a decision until next month to give us a fair chance

 

October 2022 First Sunday

Hooray! Its First Sunday this Sunday and so time for a communal wander.

We will be exploring some of our favourite subjects: rivers, regeneration and play in our city. However the plan for this month is slightly different to most loiters because we know the end point…

We will meet 2pm on October 2nd at Deansgate Square. I will be sat somewhere on the plaza looking out onto the River Medlock. We will then follow part of the river through other new developments that have transformed its banks – from Deansgate Square we will head to Circle Square and then over to the new Mayfield Park. All three sites have both increased and restricted access through the paradox of public / private places and I am sure this will be one of many subjects under discussion. I’m especially looking forward to exploring Mayfield as last time The LRM visited it was under construction and more green space is always welcome.

If you wish to join us virtually for a watery wander in cyberspace please find a map of The Medlock – or a river of your choosing – and follow it wherever you are. You can share images and chat on our live whatsapp group that will be set up specifically for this walk. To join it please send a message to 07974929589 including your name, phone number and international code if you are outside the UK. Alternatively you can share on twitter @thelrm #Medlock

As ever our events are free and open to anyone. Our pace will be determined by the group but I anticipate we will be out for around 2 hours. If you have any questions or specific access requirements please feel free to contact me mlrose@thelrm.org

I hope to see you on the streets soon

With love and golden apples

Morag

First Sunday September and Ralli Quays update

First Sunday this Sunday and we are meeting for a wander 2pm outside Salford Central station

There is also a public meeting for anyone interested in the Ralli Quays towpath campaign. This is Wednesday 7th September 6.30 at 53two https://www.53two.com/
Here's some press coverage of the campaign: I am feeling very positive indeed
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/aug/11/developer-to-close-300-year-old-footpath-along-river-irwell-in-salford
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/aug/18/public-inquiry-build-hotel-over-300-year-old-footpath-salford
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/fight-save-300-year-old-24797161
https://aboutmanchester.co.uk/danny-moran-englands-heights-the-irwells-depths-and-new-paths-in-the-humble-zine/

All welcome to both - as ever all events are free, and if you need more information please email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or text / whatsapp 07974929589 xxx

Save Access to Our River Irwell: Important Update

Hi everyone,
A bit more info about the fight to stop enclosure of the Irwell towpath which you may have heard about (TL;DR - we dont think it's right to steal a right of way and divert it through a hotel. We need more public access and active travel cos green and blue space is good for all of us)
 
Zoom meeting today – 17th August – 6pm BST https://tinyurl.com/2zu7vhn7
please message me for the meeting code/password. This won’t be the only conversation; we want to be as open and accessible as we can, ideas v welcome
 
SOS we are fighting to save this Right of Way along the River Irwell at Ralli Quays. Planning Permission has been given to close the path and divert the path through a hotel lobby (!) which will not be fully accessible to the public. The alternative route (Stanley Street) is not adjacent to the river and is permissive only ie could also be taken away
We lost the planning committee meeting BUT the fight is not over. We have learnt permission has not been fully granted yet as Salford Council are negotiating with the developers re their Section 106 contribution (ie the stuff they will do for the community). More importantly the power to close a right of way lies with The Department of Transport (DFT) and they have NOT granted a Stopping Up Order yet; they can’t because of the above and we are hopeful we can win if there is enough support for a public inquiry when the Stopping Up request is triggered
 
Why does this matter?
The Principle: Who, and what, is The Irwell for? We don’t think public land should be enclosed for private profit. Rights of Way are our Rights.
 
The Potential: We loose the opportunity of a better, longer walk along the river from the city centre to Salford Quays and maybe even beyond to Liverpool.
 
The Place: The Irwell is an important part of our Industrial Heritage. It provides respite from the city, green and blue spaces are vital for our health and well being. We need to protect our environment, promote sustainability including active travel.
 
NB We do NOT oppose the development in general, but we want it to be amended so there is no need to remove the public right of way
What can you do?
 
1. If you live in Salford, particularly Blackfriars and Trinity please write to your councillors and MP letting them know you value this towpath and ask them to advocate for a Section106 that maintains a fully accessible riverside right ot way. The Planning App ref is Ralli Quays 3 Stanley Street Salford (planning application 21/78277/FUL) Find your Cllr here: https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-councillors
 
2. If you wrote to the Department of Transport to object to the Stopping Up Order please can you let me know so we have evidence of support. The order is on hold at the moment so we are waiting to see what happens next. We are asking for a public inquiry if the Order is not withdrawn. Ref is Ralli Quays Salford (NATTRAN/NW/S247/4804) email nationalcasework@dft.gov.uk
 
3. Show the area some love. Please let us know if you value the benches, towpath, river. We are up for any creative ideas too (but please, obviously take care of the water). Thanks to Steven Lindsay for excellent work clearing the path #OurIrwell
 
4. Watch this space for updates – when we hear from the DFT we may need to act quickly. You can email me mlrose@thelrm.org and dms are open. Any ideas, information, support welcome
 
More info:
https://www.theguardian.com/.../developer-to-close-300...
 
Please share with anyone who might be interested
 
love and power
 
Morag

August 2022 First Sunday

Dear friends and loiterers

It’s First Sunday, this Sunday and I am really looking forward to wandering together again. There has been some talk of revisiting Angel Meadow to explore changes since our last visit so let’s meet on the corner of Angel Street and Style Street at 2pm on Sunday 7th August. If you would prefer to explore wherever you are and connect remotely via whatsapp please let me know by noon on Sunday and I can add you to the group.

For more information as ever please don’t hesitate to get in touch:
email mlrose@thelrm.org
twitter @thelrm
Text / sms 07974929589

Take care and I hope to see you on the streets soon

With love and golden apples

Morag x

Update today:

 

So sorry everyone. My partner has tested positive for COVID-19 this morning so of course I am going to isolate. (He's doing OK and being taken care of. I'm testing negative and also feel OK).
If anyone happens to be near Victoria and can pass the message onto any Loiterers near the map please do
I will share some prompts at 2pm if anyone wants to.follow them, I will have a WhatsApp group too if anyone wants to join
Apologies for the late notice, and see you soon
Love Morag

July 2022 First Sunday

Hello everyone
It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and so time for a wander together….
All welcome to Join The LRM for some creative, convivial walking. Find us at 2pm Sunday 3rd July under the tiled map in Victoria station Manchester. We will collectively decide the direction and pace of our walk together and will finish around 4pm with a drink and chat.

If you would prefer to join us online rather than on the streets please email 
mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or whatsapp 07974929589 and I can add you to this months WhatsApp group chat. Please also don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need more information.
Take care and I hope we can cross paths soon
With love and golden apples
Morag x

PS huge thanks 
to everyone who came out to play at Drinkwater Park last month for a most extraordinary First Sunday. It was splendid to see folk. We’re always up for experiments and day trips, if there is somewhere you think The LRM should explore or you have an idea for a wander please do get in touch.

Timetable of activities for Saturday June 4th

Hello everyone

Saturday June 4th 12.30-4.30
Drinkwater Park, Rainsough Brow, Prestwish M25 9XW

A Day Out at Drinkies with Walk The Plank and The LRM

Here's the timetable for performances - you are invited to drift across the park creating your own trail - for access details and other information please see the post below this one. Don;t forget to bring your own food and drink as their is no catering onsite (we have got portaloos). It would be brilliant to see you there

TIME

Clearing 1

Clearing 2

In gap near lake

Quiet in the woods

Near the tree

Music stage

12noon cycle procession arrives and set up

12.30pm

Climate Change Myth Buster

Bolton Bury and Rochdale Canal

Salford Rocks
Keri

Illustrations
Jane Samuels

The green man speaks
Sean Fitton

Grain Electric

1.15pm

Playful group walk
Rik Fisher

Veg tombola

The Collector
Walk The Plank

Soundtrail
Markus Hetheier

Something in the water!
Morag Rose

Ben Williams

2pm

Climate Change Myth Buster

Bolton Bury and Rochdale Canal

Salford Rocks
Keri

Illustrations
Jane Samuels

The green man speaks
Sean Fitton

Becky Langan

2.45pm

Playful group walk
Rik Fisher

Veg tombola

The Collector
Walk The Plank

Soundtrail
Markus Hetheier

Something in the water!
Morag Rose

Chloe Lawrence

3.30pm

Climate Change Myth Buster

Bolton Bury and Rochdale Canal

Salford Rocks
Keri

Illustrations
Jane Samuels

The green man speaks
Sean Fitton

Grain Electric

4.00pm

Playful group walk
Rik Fisher

Veg tombola

The Collector
Walk The Plank

Soundtrail
Markus Hetheier

Something in the water!
Morag Rose

Becky Langan / Chloe Lawrence

4.30pm event end

Details of Performers

The Emperor’s New Tent music stage (and information / sharing notices / temporary community notice board)

Grain Electric  (Stuart Warburton and Jamie Fildes) at 12.30 and 3.30

Bury Met Musicians
1.15  Ben Williams https://www.facebook.com/BenPWilliamsGuitar
2.00pm Becky Langan https://www.beckylangan.com/
2.45pm Chloe Lawrence https://www.facebook.com/chlolrnce
4.00pm Becky Langan / Chloe Lawrence

Clearing 1

Climate Change Myth Buster at 12.30, 2.00pm and 3.30pm

An interactive performance installation engaging in conversation around climate change, debunking some myths along the way

Civil de-isolating exercise (or playful group walk) at 1.15, 2.45 and 4.00pm

You are invited to take part in a participatory group walk in Drinkwater Park to play on the site/remains of the Irwell house (also known as the Isolation hospital). This WON’T be a history lesson, but a chance to walk/play using prompts (being as involved as you feel comfortable). P.S. Don’t be scared by the strange title, it’s just a reference that will be explained on the walk.


Walks created/facilitated by Rik Fisher. Rik is a Berlin based artist who (among other things) explores the potentials of walk/play approaches as a way to connect, question and more. Instagram: @rik.fisher

Clearing 2

The veg show 1.15, 2.45 and 4.00pm

Come and try your luck at the Veg Tombola and win fruit and veg prizes as well as take part in other veg related games

 Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal Society  at 12.30, 2.00pm and 3.30pm

Running near to the Irwell and Drinkwater Park, find out more about the ambition to restore this great canal to water and greenspace connecting Salford to its neighbours since 1791 http://www.mbbcs.org.uk

Gap near the lake

Salford Rocks  at 12.30, 2.00pm and 3.30pm   

Paint pebbles and rocks with local resident Keri

The Collector 1.15, 2.45 and 4.00pm

A large magpie puppet that likes to collect shiny things

Quiet In the woods

Flora and fauna illustrations at 12.30, 2.00pm and 3.30pm

Contribute to this collective piece of art work inspired by Drinkwater Park with Jane Samuels

https://www.jane-samuels.com

Soundtrail 1.15, 2.45 and 4.00pm

Explore the Irwell trail through sound, draw a soundmap and reflect on your sonic experience.

Sound artist and facilitator: Markus Hetheier @markushtheier @industriesmcr

Near the tree

The Green Man speaks at 12.30, 2.00pm and 3.30pm

Storytelling based around a semi-fictional 20th century local couple who live through the changes of the century and the changes brought to the park. The story is interspersed with tunes, songs, and poems about the park's flora and fauna
Sean Fitton

There's something in water! at 1.15, 2.45 and 4.00pm

An exploration of the myths, monsters and magic in our rivers and canals

Morag Rose is a walking artist, activist and educator and founder of The LRM (Loiterers Resistance Movement)

For more information please see the post below or contact The LRM: @thelrm on twitter email morangopop@gmail.com or text/whatsapp 07974929589

June 2022 First Sunday: extra special and not just cos it isnt on a Sunday

June 2022: A Different First Sunday (and not just because its on a Saturday instead)

 Dear friends, lovers and loiterers

I am delighted to share an invitation to join The LRM and our friends at Walk The Plank for a “Day Out at Drinkies”. This is part of Walk The Plank’s Irwell Weekender and promises to be an extraordinary First Sunday (and not just because it’s on a Saturday)

Find us between 12.30-4.30 on Saturday 4th June at
Drinkwater Park, Rainsough Brow, Prestwich, M25 9XW

Experience different performances, activities and sensory delights as you explore the woodland, meadows, river and ruins. We will be joined by artists and performers who will share songs, stories, games, wanders and more as you drift across the park (edited to add the full timetable is in the post above)

As ever with The LRM the event is free and everyone is welcome. There's also a free shuttle bus from Salford but you must book a ticket for that (details below)

Access: 
Activities and performances will take place in a number of areas which have existing path access but some may be muddy depending on the weather. The site is step-free and includes some uneven ground, grassy areas and some gravel paths. We will bring a small amount of additional seating. If you have any questions about access do please get in touch: Ben.Turner@walktheplank.co.uk

Please note:
Parking is limited, arrive by foot or bike or our free bus if you can.
Bring along something to eat or drink as there are no food options on site.
Temporary toilet facilities will be available
This event is taking place outdoors, so please dress appropriately.
You do not need a ticket and all events are free but you MUST book a seat on the minibus if you need one

Shuttle Bus
We are offering a shuttle bus from outside Salford Museum and Art Gallery on the Crescent and back again.
11.30am leaving the Crescent 1.30pm returning
2.30pm leaving the Crescent 4.30pm returning
Please get in touch with ben.turner@walktheplank.co.uk to reserve your place.

If you have any questions, comments or just fancy a chat as ever please feel free to contact me: mlrose@thelrm.org twitter @thelrm or text/sms 07974929589

with love and golden apples
Morag xx

PS watch this space for updates, and huge thanks to Walk The Plank and everyone who is making these wonderful shenanigans happen. And no, its nowt to do with the jubilee.

May 2022 First Sunday

May Day May Day

It’s First Sunday, This Sunday and time for a wander….

Join us 2pm at the Lincoln statue in Lincoln Square Manchester on Sunday May 1st. The direction and pace will be determined by the collective following some resonant prompts…. I don’t know where we will end up but after a couple of hours or so we will gather to swap stories.

There will also be a WhatsApp group chat for those who want to join in but can’t be with us on the street. To join the WhatsApp groups or to share any questions, comments or ideas for future adventures in time and space please email mlrose@thelrm.org tweet @thelrm or text/whatsapp 07974929589

Apologies for the disruption last month but please be assured I want to make The LRM as safe and accessible as possible and needed to look after myself when I was sick. I’m still catching up with messages so thank you for your patience.

Take care and I hope to walk with you soon

Love and Golden Apples

Morag

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