Salford City Reds has secured a site that is big enough to house cross-subsidising development and a super league compatible ground side-by-side, the site Swinton Lions has secured is too small for either.
Salford City Reds has secured the top level of detailed planning permission and built partnerships to facilitate construction, which is now progressing at a pace. Swinton Lions has not yet even applied for outline planning permission.
Salford City Reds has secured a funding package for construction of its new ground and backing for community work from Salford City Council worth about £22m. Swinton Lions has apparently raised £13k.
There are also some who are in denial about the state of the club off-the-field. So much so that suggestions for improvements are shot down with replies that seek to marginalise and misrepresent them as personal insults. If everything is so rosey, please explain what you think the underlying reasons are for the club becoming unviable at Park Lane and only 4 people turned up to the touch rugby sessions?
I'm all for hope gents, but we must keep it real. The underlying problems need to be addressed. We are reaching a stage where sweeping fundamental problems under the carpet and living on promises won't keep the club alive.
I just wonder Phil, would the boot have been on the other foot had the roles been reversed and Swinton would have been dealing with the Swinton and Pendlebury borough council.It is in the city of Salfords own interests to promote a team bearing their name and no matter what representation the Lions do that will always be the case.Yes we willget pacified but no way was the council going to ever stump up the same cash for us and even you can't believe that they would.
You will also recall that Red Developments Ltd went into Administration reportedly owing in excess of £ 500000.00 and not a tap of work had been done at Barton, it has taken a joint venture by Peel Holdings and by The council to set the wheels in motion and yet still not a brick has been laid and there are even rumblings from opposition councilors for the stadium to be scrapped in view of the current economic climate.Yet I don't see you suggesting problems with the Salford club(I won't care if there was) indeed this is the same club who also obtained an operating capital loan from the council at the turn of the year, which to the best of my knowledge the management of Swinton Lions haven't had to do.Should we therefore not at least give some credit to the board for actually continue to put a team bearing Swintons name on the pitch?