General Article Salford beats Brighton and Bristol to title of ‘greenest place to live’

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The former ‘dirty old town’ has more energy-efficient homes, more green spaces, more recycling and lowest CO2 emissions, says study.

By Tom Wall

Salford may have been fondly dubbed a ‘dirty old town’ by folk singer Ewan MacColl and depicted as full of smoky chimneys by LS Lowry, but new research has crowned it the greenest place to live in England and Wales.

The city, part of Greater Manchester, is more sustainable than places such as Brighton, where Caroline Lucas is Britain’s only Green party MP, and Bristol, a former European Green Capital, according to a study to be released this week by the Centre for Thriving Places.

In this socialist stronghold of the north-west – represented by the Momentum-backed Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey – the leftwing council, run by Labour mayor Paul Dennett, is building the most energy-efficient new homes in England and Wales and preserving and creatin

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