Swinton Unitarian Burial Ground

Published on by mikemouldingcommunity-action

Statement made by Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader of the Community Action Party.

"It is with great sadness that I have had to telephone the families I have been in direct contact with to inform them that unfortunately, the only course of action they can take that may make a difference to the campaign to save the burial ground and hence protect their loved ones from being exhumed is legal action.

I have made it clear, that even in the event that legal action is taken, this may not ultimately, prevent exhumation of their relatives from the burial ground.

Despite comments made by others, I have always had the interests of the deceased and the families first and foremost. It would be highly irresponsible on such a serious matter to pressurise families, interfere in what are private matters or even to seek explanations as to why or how families make decisions in what is in effect a private family matter.

I will not lead families down garden paths where there is no real prospect of reversing the decision that Salford Council has made. I and many others have fought extremely hard to preserve the burial ground but the Community Action Party feels it inappropriate to give false hope by continuing something that will not change matters.

The families affected have been put in extremely difficult circumstances which has been as a result of Asda making a planning application to Salford Council to build an Asda supermarket on land that is currently a burial ground. Salford Council have approved this application and Salford City Council's Mayor Ian Stewart has confirmed that full consideration was given to the burial ground when that decision was made.

All families have been informed that in the event any one of them decides they want to take legal action against Salford Council, we are happy and ready to support them. In doing so, I have made it absolutely clear that I fully understand why any family would not want to take this course of action and I understand that some families are reluctantly having to accept reburial and compensation rights that they may be entitled to in law. It is not appropriate for me to pass judgement on what families indiviually decide.

The Community Action Party is therefore not involved in any further campaigns because we believe this is not in the families interests, the issues are now far too serious for politics in what are difficult circumstances for the families and would be irresponsible.

I want to thank everyone that has been involved in the campaign and whilst much has been achieved I am sorry that I could not do anymore that would make a difference to the situation the families are in and I am grateful for the support some families have given me in making this very hard decision.

It was the Community Action Party via myself that informed The Commonwealth War Graves Commission in relation to the risks associated to the War Grave of Ptw W L Blears and we are very satisfied that any reburial rights in relation to this hero and soldier will be respected under the care and jurisdiction of this wonderful organisation.

The Community Action Party is opposed to the destruction of this burial ground and any supermarket could have been approved that took regard for the retention of sacred land."

Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party

Written on 3rd July 2012 at 19.25 PM.


Comment on this post

Anti-Politician 07/10/2012 10:20

We all know that Big Business interests pull the strings of the useless and inept council puppets, and this outcome really is no surprise . Great effort in taking up the cause , Mike . Well done.

mikemouldingcommunity-action 07/10/2012 12:58

Many thanks Anti-politician.