A vast 'sports village' is planned for land neighbouring a council estate which is being pulled down.

Salford council has kept the proposal under wraps but the MEN can reveal a multi-million pound bid is being prepared to Sports England for key funding.

The new complex would be on a plot near High Street Estate, Pendleton, which borders Langworthy.

It is proposed the Clarendon and Ordsall centres would close and be replaced by the brand new facility costing £15.3m.

The new centre would include a 12 court sports hall and 10 lane 25m pool.

Sources have told the MEN the new centre would include astroturf football pitches,  a gym, and possibly a library as well.

Some houses have already been knocked down on the estate but the rest, which are empty, except for one family, are earmarked for demolition.

The majority have not been lived in for over a decade.

Desolate and abandoned, Pendleton's High Street estate is being pulled down around its final residents

The estate was a flashpoint during the riots of August 2011 when crowds gathered at Salford Precinct for an orgy of organised, pre-arranged trouble.

Police officers were repeatedly forced to withdraw after being trapped in violent ambushes, as were firefighters.

The estate was also the scene of a notorious shooting at the now demolished Brass Handles pub in 2006 in which two young men hired to carry out a hit were shot dead with their own guns.

The bulldozing of the 150 houses will cost the council £1.1m.

Land in and around the former High Street estate is being cleared

Three years ago the council agreed to the demolition of the homes on condition 52  'affordable rented homes'  were provided to 'decant' people into.

But since then the council has not released any plans publicly for the future of the estate.

A bid of approximately £6m is being made to Sport England.

The new centre would be run by Salford Community Leisure, which already manages pools and sports centres across the borough.

The nearby, ageing, Clarendon Recreation Centre, off Liverpool Street would be demolished.

Clarendon Recreation Centre would close if the proposed new super centre in Pendleton is built

Other funding sources are also being sought by the council.

The council has refused to comment on the plans.

But after being contacted by the MEN a memo was emailed to all councillors.

It says: "Dear Councillors, The City Council have engaged consultants, Strategic Leisure, to undertake a piece of work leading to the submission for grant funding to Sport England in April/May next year.

"Strategic Leisure may well contact you as part of the local consultation that is required as part of this process for Sport England. This work will also inform the final design brief."

It is understood a detailed design for the new centre is near completion.

One family, the Wilsons, remain on the High Street Estate. They have been in dispute with the council for nearly ten years and have refused to move from their home in Holcombe Close.

Edgehill Close, Salford

In January  2019, speaking about the dispute with the Wilsons, Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing and neighbourhoods at the council , told the MEN: "We need to buy this property as part of a £650million regeneration scheme which started in 2013.

"The whole area needs to be cleared and replaced with a mix of brand new up-to-date homes which will cater for local needs which includes homes for families, people with disabilities and those who need affordable housing. 

“Every effort has been made to agree a value for the property and find suitable alternative accommodation for the resident.

"This has included offers of new and refurbished rented accommodation in the area which have been rejected.

"We will continue to work with the family to find a satisfactory resolution."

Two years ago the MEN reported Salford’s sports centres were to be replaced or refurbished at a cost of £35m - in a bid to save lives.

The improvement programme will taken ten years to complete as it is reliant on council and Sport England funding.

The move is being driven by a need to revamp ageing pools and sports halls before the cost of repairs soars, with an increase in the city’s population expected.

It is hoped the investment will play a key role in improving the health and well being of the city’s unfit.

A council report on the proposal says that in 2014 there were 1591 premature deaths in Salford, and of these 'there is potential that 264 were directly linked to physical inactivity.'

It adds that if every adult did 150 minutes of physical activity a week it could result in:

It says that physically driven children are more likely to do better academically and sport plays an important role in reducing crime and anti social behaviour.

Worsley Leisure Centre, which opened in 1937, was transformed with a £1.4m revamp and re-opened in January this year, with a new first floor to house a modern gym. Eccles Leisure Centre was also refurbished.

Broughton pool is to be refurbished at a cost of £5m. It closed earlier this month for some of that work and will re-open in February.

It had a new ladies only gym installed last year.

The existing Swinton and Pendlebury centre in Cromwell Road was refurbished last year but there are still plans for it to be replaced with a new one on land next to Swinton Civic Centre at a cost of £11.9m.