Coronation Street: Sally Metcalfe wears mask in Dev's shop
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Sally (played by Sally Dynevor) has been leading the charge against the parking congestion on Coronation Street for a couple of months now. The beloved character has managed to recruit Maria (Samia Longchambon) and Aggie Bailey (Lorna Laidlaw) to the cause, with the trio hoping to get the mass of vehicles off the cobbles. However, Maria has been eager to address other matters relating not only to Weatherfield but to Climate Change but Monday night’s double-bill of the ITV soap saw Sally less than impressed with some of the suggestions her neighbour was making. As the pair go head to head over what matters most, the iconic character’s jealousy could take over and she could end up with blood on her hands.
The first instalment of the night saw Maria discover the Red Rec was being demolished for building work to commence on a new bypass.
Knowing her son Liam Connor (Charlie Wrenshall) and his friends play football on the green piece of land, the mother of one was furious residents had been asked for their thoughts on the plans.
Wanting to take action, the hairdresser said the council needed to realise there were bigger problems at hand as well as parking congestion.
Needing support, Maria spoke with Sally and after she declared the cobbles a “dirty, grey scarp heap,” her friend replied: “Some of us are trying to improve the area.”
“Don’t bother, Sally, it’s a waste of time because the planet is dying,” Maria explained before asking her neighbour what they could do to change the council’s mind about building a bypass.
Sally was none the wiser to what was going on, informing her friend there would be a committee for the development or even a Government Minister to talk to.
She said she didn’t know if they could stop the plans and when Maria noted it would mean the end of the Red Rec, Sally seemed distracted with how the bypass could end the parking congestion on the cobbles.
Though the hairdresser swiftly reminded her the council’s money would be better used opening up more green spaces and plans which would help the environment.
“More cars are going to mean more pollution and Sally, if you’re not bothered about the planet, you could at least be bothered about my son, he’s got asthma.”
“I’m just putting across the other point of view,” the former mayor of Weatherfield remarked and the pair seemed to be in agreement.
I’m just being realistic
When Sally tried to do some digging into the council’s plans, she managed to get some intel from a car park ticket man, Fergus Dunford (Toby Hadoke).
The former politician discovered the council member putting the plans forward was not going to have her mind changed easily over the Red Rec bypass development.
In fact, Fergus told Sally Maria could “whistle’ if she thought she was going to be able to change the councillor’s mind.
Later in the second instalment of the night, Sally broke the news to Maria there was nothing they could do to change the council’s decision.
However, the mother of one claimed the former politician was their “secret weapon” and she could help them bring down the councillor in charge.
Unfortunately, it seemed Sally’s mind had been swayed as she told her friend: “I’ve inspected the plans and it does look like it could alleviate a lot of congestion.
“And give us a quicker route to Cheshire,” she added but Maria wasn’t too happy and replied: “We cannot let them take away the whole of the Red Rec.
“They’re the lungs of Weatherfield. It’s our history and our kids’ future,” she continued, with the former Mayor saying: “I’m just being realistic.
“There’s a real buzz about the revenue this is going to bring in. Word to the wise, negativity doesn’t work very well in politics.
“You need to think outside the box,” Sally declared before walking away, making it clear what side she was taking.
Maria contacted a journalist and made her points on the matter very clear as she went into a huge rant about Climate Change and the future of the planet.
The reporter managed to capture it on video and in several of the other soaps this week, Maria will be discussed for her passionate stance on the matters at hand.
She will continue to protest for change and will even go up against Sally for a role within the council, something the former Mayor won’t take too likely.
This storyline will see the former friends begin a feud as they both have different views on what needs to happen to the cobbles.
In upcoming scenes, Maria will be seen getting a lot of support and it seems she will be leading the race to victory.
However, it has always been Sally’s dream to be a representative of the community and make her voice heard by those in power.
Maria would be detrimental to her progress up the ladder and as a result, she might think of ways to silence the mother of one.
Unfortunately, her seemingly innocent plans to quieten down Maria’s crusade could turn deadly if the hairdresser fails to cooperate.
As the women begin to shove one another as Maria fails to be quiet, Sally could push a little bit too hard and cause the mother of one to fall.
She could then hit her head and suffer an internal injury, leading to her death and exit from the show but how would Sally cope with having killed a friend?
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.
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