It would appear that Cllr. Sean Parker-Perry's (nee Sean Perry) blogspot is suffering from a period of inactivity. In fact his one and only post came in late January just after his return from Spain. No doubt this is because he has been busy writing up his research on the aromatic effects of Moclin in Spain
The residents of Longdendale are awaiting this vital information with baited breath and so are we. The story can also be viewed at the Bad Air Sponge
Oh yes. What's more, this attention has apparently led to additional funding and consequently new opportunities to inspire other groups to to start their own clean-ups in areas within the Longdendale Valley. I'll let you, the readers, be the first to give me the news on such inspirational examples that AL has created.
The conversion of the said Railway Arch begins with this planning application to his own council which unsurprisingly gave the nod. There are two things of note about the Arch itself. First of all it is not of any use in its present state to act as a secure lock-up for said tools. Basically it is derelict and it will take an awful amount of spending to make it anything like secure.
It is literally an open archway with no doors or any form of security and with rocks and rubble strewn throughout - derelict in every sense of the word.
The other puzzling aspect of acquiring a derelict archway is the cost. Spacia is the name of the company that rents out these arches and to get some idea of the cost here is an example of the nearest station to Broadbottom where there is something available, namely Stalybridge.
Wow. £6,100 per annum +VAT. Not cheap then. Admittedly this one comes fully furbished but still not cheap.
I would suggest that the £8,000 Awards For All would just about cover the cost of refurbishment plus rental costs for the first year, Then what? They would have to rent out an awful lot of tools to cover rental costs of the archway per annum. Particularly when one bears in mind that this is a not-for-profit enterprise. Awards For All cannot award grants to companies that aim to make a profit! This is made plain on page 2 of their Guidance Notes.
Hence, this brings into question the feasibility that this can ever be a self-funding project, something I alluded to earlier..
Readers of this blog may have also noticed a political dimension to AL so at this point I would simply draw your attention to the fact that on page 4 of the Guidance Notes above, it also states quite clearly that they will not fund political activities.
In summary we have an organisation with an undefined legal status that allegedly hires out tools to the community and has acquired known income to the tune of £8,400 to do so. Yet does anyone know how to contact Active Longdendale, how to join them? Has even a single person ever actually hired any tools from this spurious organisation and if so when, how, from whom and from where?
It seems certain that had Active Longdendale purchased any tools for the community we would have heard about it in the local press, to whom Sean as a Cllr., clearly has access. It's equally certain that if a rental service had been established, the community would know about it by now.
Apart from the Archway the only other known expenses that Active Longdendale have incurred come from the Spanish expedition. You may recall that Cllrs. Parker-Perry and Johnathan Reynolds went to Moclin in Spain as representatives of AL which brings us full circle.
Moclin. Moclin. Mmm. That rings a bell. Ah, yes. Didn't the Longdendale District Assembly grant 'Friends of Moclin' £500 recently? Yes that's right. In December 2007. Just a month before our local Cllrs. went to Moclin themselves. What a rare co-incidence! People do say we live in a global village these days and when unfathomable events like this just happen to occur in a quirky manner you just know it's true. Well blow me dahn. Who'd of thowt it possible? I wonder though. Is it possible that lightning could strike in the same place twice?
Surely not. Better wait and see though!!