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WATCH: Salford bridge opening delayed as developers and councils row over who should pick up costs

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A bridge in Salford is set to have it's opening delayed.

That's because developers Peel are at loggerheads with Trafford and Salford Councils over who should pick up the operating costs of the Barton Lifting Bridge next to the M60 Motorway.

The potential delay has caused anger among residents and businesses who say it's causing traffic disruption that's affecting their lives and livelihoods.

Tim Scott reports:


Judge agrees with Eric Pickles to grant plans for Trafford biomass plant

Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A High Court judge has ruled that a decision made to grant planning approval to a biomass plant proposal in Trafford by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles was sound. The judgement was made in the Manchester Civil Court on 24 February 2014.

Jon England, project manager at Peel Energy, said: “We now intend to focus our attention on completing the work necessary for the plant to be built so it can start generating renewable electricity for the homes and businesses of Greater Manchester.”

The Breathe Clean Air Group say they're disappointed: The reality of today’s decision means that an incinerator almost as tall as the Chill Factore will be built opposite the stadium of Salford Reds and Sale Sharks Rugby Clubs and only 500m from the nearest homes. It will be a smiling assassin.

The site is partially located in an Air Quality Management Area, where plans should be in place to reduce air pollution for public safety, not add to it.

RNLI helps four to safety

His Excellency with Peel crew before his trip Credit: RNLI

It's been a busy night for Peel lifeboat crew - they've been involved in two rescues.

The first was an exercise during a visit by the Lt Governor of the Isle of Man.

But minutes after His Excellency Adam Wood left they were called out to a real emergency.

A 40 foot yacht had developed engine trouble whilst moored in Peel bay and was unable to escape a heavy swell. The yacht with four people on board was towed to safety.

Rescue operation: Stricken yacht towed to safety Credit: RNLI

Water & Sewerage Authority speaks after death of employee in Peel

Bill Henderson from the Water and Sewerage Authority has said the death of one of their workers was a tragic accident that had left many people heartbroken.

52-year-old Lawrence Gell, also known as “Lude” Gell, was killed whilst excavating to replace a water supply pipe in Peel.

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Sewage worker killed while replacing water pipe in Peel

A Water and Sewerage Authority worker has died after an accident in Peel this morning.

The worker, who has not been named, was killed whilst excavating to replace a water supply pipe.

The Chairman of the Authority, Mr Houghton MHK, the Vice Chairman, Bill Henderson MHK and the Chief Executive, Peter Winstanley visited the scene of the accident today.

‘We cannot release the name of the worker at this time until the police have informed the next of kin, however it was a very tragic and unfortunate accident and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time’.

– Chairman of the Authority, Mr Houghton MHK

The Health and Safety Inspectorate Officers are on site carrying out a full investigation into the accident.