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CLADDING TO BE REMOVED FROM NINE SALFORD PENDLETON TOWER BLOCKS

Star date: 23rd June 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL TO REMOVE ALL ACM CLADDING

This afternoon, Pendleton Together has sent a letter to residents informing them that Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding on nine Pendleton Together tower blocks, including Spruce Court, Whitebeam Court and Thorn Court is to be removed, at the behest of Salford City Council.

Salford Council states that the move is "precautionary".

Full details here...

 
 
ANOTHER SALFORD GREEN BELT CONSULTATION IN THE PIPELINE

Star date: 23rd June 2017

THOUSANDS OF OBJECTIONS TO SALFORD GREEN BELT PROPOSALS

Salford City Council officers have stated that "it may be necessary to undertake some further public consultation" on plans to build on the city's Green Belt, in a new report to the city's councillors.

During his campaign to be elected GM Mayor, Andy Burnham called for a "radical re-write" of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, which included proposals to build 2,250 houses on Green Belt near Irlam and Cadishead. Officers cited "the scale and nature of public objections" as reasons for the re-think.

Full details here...

 
 
ORDSALL LEISURE CENTRE TO LOSE RECEPTION STAFF AS DEVELOPERS CASH IN

Star date: 22nd June 2017

COMMUNITY PETITIONS AGAINST LOSS OF STAFF AT SALFORD COMMUNITY LEISURE

Salford Community Leisure is proposing to axe reception staff from Ordsall Leisure Centre. A community petition from users of the centre has been launched, arguing "This will have a detrimental impact on the service we rely upon"

Meanwhile, Salford Council has plans to flatten Ordsall Leisure Centre with the land estimated to be worth up to £1.5million, and developers in the area are paying no planning fees.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD AND ECCLES MP DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ASSURANCE ON TOWER BLOCK CLADDING

Star date: 21st June 2017

AS CLADDING TESTS CONTINUE, REBECCA LONG BAILEY DEMANDS ASSURANCE AND FINANCE FROM GOVERNMENT

Despite being "assured of tenant safety" by housing providers for the city's 43 tower blocks, Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, has written to the Government demanding immediate "total assurance of safety on the materials used" for cladding.

In a letter to residents, the MP also demands from the Government "funding to carry out any necessary works to remediate once the assessments are complete plus funding to support or re-house residents whilst that is carried out." She also calls for the Government to pay for the retrofitting of sprinklers in the blocks.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL LOOKING TO DITCH URBAN VISION?

Star date: 21st June 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL TESTING OTHER MODELS FOR PLANNING AND HIGHWAYS COMPANY

After a controversial decision last year to extend the contract of Urban Vision, Salford City Council is now tendering for companies to "engage in a Soft Market Testing exercise" to look at other options for the delivery of its planning, highways and building control services for which the Council spends £42million annually.

Urban Vision is a joint venture profit making company in which the Council holds a 19.9% stake but until this year has never even got a dividend.

Full details here...

 
 
GOVERNMENT SHAMED BY UNIONS OVER SCHOOL FIRE RISKS

Star date: 20th June 2017

DOWNGRADING OF FIRE SAFETY IN SCHOOLS SLAMMED BY FIRE BRIGADE AND TEACHERS UNIONS

Post Grenfell Tower, three trade unions representing teachers and firefighters have written to the Government about its proposals to downgrade fire safety in schools. Proposals included removing the need for sprinklers in new school buildings and removing requirements discouraging the use of combustible materials for school cladding.

Meanwhile, at the behest of the Government, Salford Council is currently identifying any panels used in cladding buildings that are made of Aluminium Composite Material, or ACM, and sending samples for fire safety testing.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FIRE HIT CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION TO RISE FROM THE ASHES

Star date: 20th June 2017

CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION TO BE RESTORED WITHIN TWO YEARS

The Grade II listed Church of the Ascension in Lower Broughton, destroyed by a huge blaze in February, is to be restored within the next two years by Buttress, the same company that is working on the fire-hit 16th Century Wythenshawe Hall.

"The destruction of the building by fire has been a devastating blow for all who live and work here" says the Ascension's Canon David Wyatt "With the expert help now available to us we are confident that the church will live again."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY STADIUM MAKES £1.5MILLION LOSS AS COUNCIL LOANS GROW

Star date: 19th June 2017

AJ BELL STADIUM MAKES HUGE LOSS AS SALFORD COUNCIL LOANS RISE TO OVER £24MILLION

Salford Council's City of Salford Community Stadium company made a loss of £1.459million last year, its draft accounts reveal. The accounts also reveal that the total value of loans made by the Council to the AJ Bell Stadium, a joint venture with Peel Holdings, rose from £23.46million in 2016, to £24.12million in 2017.

Meanwhile, the accounts also confirm that Salford Red Devils owner, Marwan Koukash, hasn't paid a penny back of the £1million debt to the cash strapped Council.

Full details here...

 
 
THE MOODS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO JOY

Star date: 18th June 2017

THE MOODS PRODUCE SHORT FILM TO PROMOTE JOY SINGLE

The Moods, currently building a big name for themselves on the live music circuit, have produced a short film, starring Salford actor Steve Evets, to promote their new single, Joy.

It was launched recently at Media City, and the Salford Star caught up with the socially conscious nine piece band and Steve Evets to talk vids, tunes and the state of the grime nation.

Full details here...

 
 
NUJ OPEN AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS GREATER MANCHESTER ALTERNATIVE MEDIA

Star date: 18th June 2017

AFTER GRENFELL TOWER THE NEED FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDIA IS EVEN MORE INTENSE

Alternative Media
Saturday 24th June from 2pm
Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, Mcr

Next Saturday, 24th June, the NUJ Manchester and Salford Branch is screening the short Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary about journalists, Below the Fold, to be followed by a discussion on Greater Manchester's alternative media with editors from The Meteor, Salford Star and Real Media. After Grenfell Tower, the need for alternative media has never been greater.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER PEACE PARTY SET FOR PICCADILLY GARDENS

Star date: 18th June 2017

PEACE PARTY TO STAND UP AGAINST HATE

Peace Party
Saturday 24th June 11am-late
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

After the so-called 'March Against Hate' last week which ended in violence, next Saturday 24th June there is a proper family-friendly Peace Party in Piccadilly Gardens, with music, food, face painting and stalls. Organisers say it's "to set the record straight...we stand together, united against those that seek to divide us". Update: This event has been postponed until 8th July

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER MUSLIMS INVITE NEIGHBOURS TO SHARE RAMADAN

Star date: 18th June 2017

PASSIONATE SPEECHES, FRIENDSHIP AND GREAT FOOD

This week, local Muslims invited people of all faiths to share Ramadan with them at Contact Theatre in Manchester.

Amongst talks, prayer, music and great food was a speech by a local GP, whose trauma surgeon husband had treated victims of the Manchester Arena attack - but whose children were scared to go to school by bus the following day due to fear of Islamophobic attacks, as Holly Ann Wood reports.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SAXONS HAMMERED BY CELEBS BUT RAISE OVER £5000 FOR ONCE UPON A SMILE

Star date: 18th June 2017

CELEBS SMILING AFTER SALFORD DRUBBING AND CHARITY FUNDS

Last Saturday at FC United's ground, the Salford Saxons were thrashed 7-0 by the Once upon a Smile celebs team which included X-Factor's Jake Quickenden and former footy pro Danny Higginbotham. But the day raised over £5,000 for the bereavement charity, as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

 
 
HUNDREDS TAKE TO MANCHESTER STREETS DEMANDING JUSTICE FOR GRENFELL

Star date: 17th June 2017

ANGER MOUNTING OVER THERESA MAY AND TOWER BLOCK SAFETY IN GREATER MANCHESTER

"The Tories wanted a bonfire of regulations – they got their fucking bonfire, they burned the people..." Hilda Palmer, GM Hazards Centre

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Manchester city centre this afternoon for a march and sit down protest demanding 'Justice For Grenfell' and 'Theresa May Must Go!'

At a rally earlier in St Peter's Square, Salford's Hilda Palmer, of the GM Hazards Centre, demanded "an end to deregulation of health and safety...an end to the neo-liberal austerity that's killing us with inequality and poverty, an end to the war on the working class...an end to the Tories..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MINERS’ CATHEDRAL MEMORIAL SERVICE

Star date: 17th June 2017

ST AUGUSTINE'S CHURCH TO HOLD MINERS MEMORIAL

Tomorrow, Sunday 18th June between 11am and 12:30pm, St Augustine's Church in Pendlebury - also known as 'The Miners Cathedral' - is holding a special service to remember those killed in mining accidents.

Full details here...

 
 
BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL FOR SALFORD FIRE FIGHTERS CHARITY WORKER

Star date: 17th June 2017

SALFORD'S CATHERINE PALMER AWARDED B.E.M. FOR SERVICES TO FIRE FIGHTERS CHARITY

Former firefighter control room operator, Catherine Palmer, from Pendlebury, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the Fire Fighter's Charity... 'Despite retiring in 2011 her support for the charity has been unwavering and she continues to raise money at every single fire station open day' states the citation...

"It was a big shock" Catherine tells the Salford Star, who, at first thought it was a scam.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER JUSTICE FOR GRENFELL DEMO AGAINST THERESA MAY AND COALITION OF CHAOS

Star date: 16th June 2017

DEMO CALLED IN SOLIDARITY WITH GRENFELL TOWER RESIDENTS AND AGAINST COALITION OF CHAOS

Tomorrow, Saturday, 17th June, a demonstration has been called in solidarity with the residents of Grenfell Tower and against Theresa May's Coalition of Chaos. It's set to take place at 2pm in St Peter's Square in Manchester.

Full details here...

 
 
PENDLETON TOGETHER PROMISES INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF SALFORD TOWER BLOCK SAFETY

Star date: 16th June 2017

PENDLETON TOGETHER STATES IT WILL 'LEARN LESSONS' FROM FIRE SAFETY INQUIRY

After two days, Pendleton Together has responded to Salford Star questions by reference to Fire Safety Advice on its website. The company, which refurbished and clad Salford tower blocks including Spruce and Thorn Court, states that it is holding an 'independent review of the refurbishment work and our ongoing safety practices'...

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER GET TOGETHER AT CATHEDRAL GARDENS

Star date: 16th June 2017

MANCHESTER CATHEDRAL GARDENS SEES JO COX MEMORIAL CELEBRATION

Tonight, Friday 16th June, the Greater Manchester Get Together kicks off with a three hour event in Manchester Cathedral Gardens, between 7:30pm and 10:30pm, which will be attended by GM Mayor Andy Burnham.

Inspired by the memory and values of Jo Cox, the MP who was murdered by a right wing extremist, the event will feature children's activities, food and entertainment, and is also in remembrance of the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS IN CHALLENGE CUP SEMIS AFTER VICTORY OVER WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Star date: 16th June 2017

SALFORD MOVE CLOSER TO WEMBLEY

Salford Red Devils made the semi finals of the Challenge Cup for the first time since 1998 last night with a 30-6 victory over Wakefield Trinity. Simon Williams reports as Gareth Lyons captures the joy.

Match report and photos here...

 
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SALFORD STAR - A BIT OF HISTORY

When we began producing the Salford Star nearly ten years ago, in 2006, the aim was always for it to be a magazine - a big, proud, free glossy magazine that would go to as many people in Salford as possible. The reason for this was that, even according to Salford Council figures, only one person in five in the city had access to the internet. Now that figure has possibly risen to around a third. This is why Salford still needs its own accessible magazine.

We also set the Salford Star up to tell the truth, to be the voice of the community, untouched by vested interests. Unfortunately we didn't realise that the reaction to those truths would be so brutal... Salford Council even re-wrote its own constitution for devolved money and ripped up our application for finance. Neither does it respond to Salford Star's requests for quotes or comments. Advertisers have told us that they can't be seen to support the Salford Star for fear of losing contracts…it goes on and on and on.

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