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Another Victory for Confidential

Confidential finds a right mess at The Quays and gets a promise from Trafford Council

Published on March 20th 2009.

Another Victory for Confidential

Trafford Council have agreed to a daily clean up of Trafford Wharfside, after litter was left clogging up the public spaces and monuments at the Quays following United’s match with Liverpool.

The Confidential editor was out strolling there on Sunday late afternoon. This is what he found on ‘Silent Cargoes’ the sculpture by the Site group.

Now it was true that more than 70,000 people had attended United’s public humiliation against the old enemy the previous day. The sheer amount of people would have resulted in an extra litter problem, but the council has to cater for such events. As we pointed out to Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council it was hardly a surprise was it? Oh look United are having a game, well fancy that?

What made the lack of a Sunday clean up more obvious was that it was a fine day and the area was packed with tourists - all walking past an absolute tip. There were accents from all over the world. It didn’t make a good impression.

Attention to detail can be an abiding problem across Greater Manchester tourism. Too often have there been major capital building programmes, or artworks costing thousands installed only to be let down by inadequate programmes of upkeep.

Indeed if you wanted to go further, much of the Quays is in need of a brush of paint – especially the lift footbridge between the Imperial War Museum North and the Lowry.

Not that Trafford Council didn’t make Confidential work to get a response.

It took us ten phone calls, at least, to ascertain that the sweepers had been out two days after the match. Nor did they express any regret or apologise for the mess on the Quays.

Phil Sherratt, Director of Environment Operations, said in a statement: “The area around Old Trafford where people park, is becoming wider and we are looking at ways of tackling this, including the possibility of putting an extra team on the streets.”

Which sounded non-committal and half-hearted.

But here’s the deal. We then got another statement saying: “(The area) has been cleaned fortnightly up to now but from Monday it will be swept daily.” Result.

We’ll be down again after the next match to see if they keep this up. If you live around there let us know how it’s going.

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

stejaskiMarch 20th 2009.

And you're right Ali-Piccadilly Gardens does need a good hose down, including all the scrotes that infest it everyday.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2009.

ManCon should extend its war on litter city-wide! The sheer amount of rubbish adorning the city's streets on any given day is a total disgrace - from the city centre to the suburbs. What happened to local pride??

DaveMarch 20th 2009.

Must be too far from Bowdon and Hale. Also Network Rail / Stagecoach should be forced to keep their patches clean, or else. It's an absolute disgrace around the metrolink stations.

Ali McGowanMarch 20th 2009.

Good pressure there, ManCon :) - let's see if the Council delivers. Now then, can you try and apply a bit of pressure to get the horrendous concrete wall in Piccadilly Gardens cleaned / jet washed? The whole Gardens area, once again, is looking grotty. It's an absolute embarrassment to be honest!!

EditorialMarch 20th 2009.

Disgruntled. If you have any pictures you can send me on jonathans@planetconfidential.co.uk of the broken lights and broken street furniture we'll put them on the site and we'll make a few more phone calls to Trafford Council.

AnonymousMarch 20th 2009.

I love the fact that your council guy blames people parking all over the place. They certainly don't park on the wharfside do they. I parked over the road from the Imperial War Museum North with my kids the other day and as walked back down that short street next to the flour mill you should have seen the filth, litter and rubbish under the plants at the verge there. Disgusting. Will Trafford clean that once a year even let alone once a week. As the article says the attention to detail is shocking.

stejaskiMarch 20th 2009.

Good going ManCon! Trafford Council should be held to task, though we should also consider the ignorant scum that drop the litter in the first place. if the mess was after a United match Im not surprised-non of the supporters would be locals, including the away fans.

Regen08March 20th 2009.

Can I suggest ManCon widen the campaign to do away with Trafford MBC all together? I mean, what's the point?

Disgruntled Trafford Park WorkerMarch 20th 2009.

Many thanks MancCon; Trafford Council are far too complacant over the responsibilities.I have reported to them that from the IWM to the swingbridge that there are in the region of 50 wharfside lights out along the waterside... Highly dangerous!Have they responded? As if! Communication, repairs and curtesy are severly lacking in Trafford MBC!It's a disgrace to see litter all along that area, lights not working, bolts in the floor that damage shoes (that's happened to me), upkeep of monuments and public street furniture not kept up, graffitti and much more.MancCon, I'd happily become a citizen reporter on Wharfside as I regularly walk home along it if you need a local eye :)

Graham SawneyMarch 20th 2009.

I live locally and the upkeep down here is poor generally. The Site sculpture has been left with bits falling off all the time. This area should be the great hope of this part of the region, a flagship, not something to be treated so casually by Trafford. Good work with this but I'll wait to see if it has any effect.

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