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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL TO BE LOBBIED BY UNIONS AND DISABLED CHILDREN’S PARENTS

Star date: 21st February 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL IGNORES UNIONS AND INSISTS THAT THE GRANGE WILL CLOSE

Lobby of Salford City Council
Wednesday 22nd February 8:15am-9am
Civic Centre, Swinton

Salford City Council has ignored trade unions and parents of disabled children who urged it to Save The Grange. Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, a so-called Corbynite, in a response to the unions states the Council 'disagrees' with all the arguments to keep open Salford's only disabled children's home.

Tomorrow morning, parents of children who are at The Grange and trade union will lobby councillors before a full meeting of the Council to rubber stamp almost £16million of cuts.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER AND SALFORD STANDS UP FOR IMMIGRANTS

Star date: 21st February 2017

ONE DAY WITHOUT US RALLY

Yesterday, as a sign of solidarity with EU migrant workers, refuges and asylum seekers, campaigners covered a huge wall in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, with signs demanding that the UK Government protects their rights.

Full details here...

 
 
CONSULTATIONS ON FUTURE OF SALFORD ‘DIDN’T MAKE SENSE’ ADMITS GMCA

Star date: 20th February 2017

MASSIVE GREEN BELT AND HOUSING PLANS 'DIDN'T MAKE SENSE TO ORDINARY PEOPLE'

Consultations on the future of Salford and every other area of Greater Manchester were "bewildering" and didn't "make sense to ordinary people" the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has admitted in a report to be discussed this week.

These consultations on devolution and the GM Spatial Framework were to decide on things like Green Belt destruction, how many houses were to be built and lots more. They were absolutely crucial to the future of the area, and for the GMCA to admit they didn't make sense is staggering, if true.

Full details here...

 
 
CHRIS FLYNN LAUNCHES NEW DOUBLE EP AT THE CASTLE HOTEL

Star date: 19th February 2017

PANDORA COMES OUT TO PLAY AT CASTLE HOTEL

Chris Flynn Live
Saturday 25th February 7:45pm
Castle Hotel, Manchester

Ace Salford songwriter, Chris Flynn, launches his new double EP, which includes top tracks Pandora and Dumped, at a live gig, compete with full band, at the Castle Hotel, on Oldam Street in Manchester next Saturday.

Full details here...

 
 
DON'T FRACK LANCS NATIONAL RALLY 25TH FEBRUARY 2017

Star date: 19th February 2017

NATIONAL RALLY AGAINST CUADRILLA FRACKING LANCASHIRE

When anti-fracking campaigners at Barton Moss were calling for people from all over to support them, the Lancashire contingent was one of the most responsive. Now it's payback time for Salford with Lancashire now on the front line of fracking and a National Rally being called for next Saturday 25th February 11am-2pm at Maple Farm in Preston.

Full details here...

 
 
RYAN JARVIS PLAYS LIVE FOR ST MARYS HOSPITAL FUNDRAISER

Star date: 19th February 2017

GIG TO RAISE FUNDS FOR INTENSIVE BABY CARE UNIT

Ryan Jarvis Live
Friday 24th February £5
Gullivers, Manchester

Ryan Jarvis was one of the stand-out solo performers at last year's Salford Music Festival. This Friday he's playing with a live band for the first time at Gullivers to raise money for the Snowdrop Suite Intensive Care Baby Unit in St Mary's Hospital, as Ian Leslie discovers

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BOXING DENTIST WINS LATEST PRO BOUT

Star date: 19th February 2017

DR HITMAN GETS ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE VICTORY

Salford's boxing dentist, Arthif 'Dr Hitman' Daniel, registered another impressive win at Victoria Warehouse last night. He beat seasoned professional Liam Griffiths to record a comfortable points victory, as Ian Leslie reports...

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER AND SALFORD TO PROTEST STATE VISIT FOR TRUMP

Star date: 19th February 2017

RALLY AND PROTEST AS MIGRANTS SHOW 'ONE DAY WITHOUT US'

One Day Without Us Rally
Monday 20th February 12:30pm Piccadilly Gardens, Mcr
No State Visit For Trump! Protest
Albert Square 6pm

"I love this job because I love making a difference to people's lives on a daily basis and especially the elderly who need our care and support" migrant NHS physio

There is a massive day of action tomorrow, both against the state visit by Donald Trump and to celebrate the contribution of migrants to the UK, called by One Day Without Us.

Full details here...

 
 
BOYCOTT DOGS4US PROTESTS IN SALFORD AND MANCHESTER

Star date: 18th February 2017

FLOWERS, SPEECHES AND WREATHS FOR PUPPY FARM VICTIMS

Today, there were two protests against puppy farming, the first in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, and later outside the Dogs4Us store on Agecroft Road in Salford. Both saw a peaceful candlelit vigil with flowers, speeches, a minute's silence and a wreath laying ceremony in honour of all victims of the puppy farm trade.

Salford University student, Scarlett Meredith, attended the protest outside the Dogs4Us store, saying "I think it's absolutely ridiculous that it's still up and running. It should definitely be shut down."

Full details here...

 
 
SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY 2017 RETURNS TO SALFORD

Star date: 18th February 2017

HMLT, AMBER ARCADES, THE LOVELY EGGS, GOAT GIRL AND MORE...

Sounds from the Other City 2017
Sunday April 30th 3pm-4am
Various venues Chapel Street £25.55 (inc booking fee)

Sounds From The Other City returns to a zillion venues around Chapel Street at the end of April, complete with a zillion well interesting bands. With first part of the line-up announced, and the early bird tickets already sold out, here we give a random taste of what to expect...

Full details here...

 
 
WONDER WOMEN FESTIVAL ANGELS AT HOPE MILL THEATRE

Star date: 18th February 2017

A CARE WORKER, A SPY AND A SUFFRAGETTE...

Angel of the House by Alex Keelan
Monday 27th February - Thursday 2nd March
Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats

What have a care worker, a spy and a suffragette got in common? Angel of the House tells the story of three generations of women, all incarcerated and reflecting on their lives.

The play is written by Salford University graduate, Alex Keelan, who developed her talent for writing whilst working full-time and raising children. It's running at Hope Mill Theatre as part of the Wonder Women Festival, as Ian Leslie reports...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS REPORTER EJECTED AT HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS MATCH

Star date: 17th February 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS 30 HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS 20

Salford Red Devils got the first win of the season last night, beating Huddersfield Giants 30-20, with Gareth O'Brien scoring 22 of the points. Unfortunately, the Salford Star doesn't have a 'live' match report as our reporter, Simon Williams, was ejected from the ground after blagging an interview with Reds' coach Ian Watson – in the dugout?

Full details and virtual match report here...

 
 
COUNCIL CALLS OFF BAILIFFS AFTER SALFORD STAR STORY

Star date: 17th February 2017 

COUNCIL TAX ENFORCEMENT CHARGES CRIPPLING CITY'S POOR

Following a Salford Star article in which a resident was charged over £1,000 by bailiffs collecting a Council Tax debt of just £365, Salford Council has now acted to wipe out the charges. But what about everyone else entangled in bailiff debt?

Yesterday Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, launched his 'anti-poverty strategy' promising to 'robustly review' the Council's debt collection practices. Salford City UNISON responded: "The emphasis needs to move away from further indebting those that cannot pay to ensuring those that can pay, pay promptly..." The Mayor never even acknowledged the union's response.

Full details here...

 
 
5% INCREASE IN SALFORD COUNCIL TAX AS TRADE UNIONS OPPOSE CUTS

Star date: 16th February 2017

TRADE UNIONS OPPOSE OVER 25% OF COUNCIL £15.8MILLION CUTS

As Salford Council is proposing a Council Tax hike of 4.99%, trade unions are to oppose over a quarter of the proposed cuts of £15.8million, including closure of The Grange, cuts to health improvement services, children's and youth services.

Today, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, launches his anti-poverty strategy at Media City, and Salford UNISON's, Steven North says that opposition to poverty and austerity "cannot just mean words – it has to mean action."

Full details here...

 
 
UK GETS AIR POLLUTION 'FINAL WARNING' AS GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR CANDIDATES URGED TO BACK NEW CLEAN AIR ACT

Star date: 15th February 2017

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH CALLS ON GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR CANDIDATES TO BACK NEW CLEAN AIR ACT

"We need urgent action to tackle this public health crisis and clean up Greater Manchester's illegal filthy air..." FOE

The European Commission has today issued a "final warning" demanding that the UK complies with EU air pollution rules. Meanwhile, Manchester Friends of the Earth has also today called on all the Greater Manchester Mayoral candidates to pledge their support for a new Clean Air Act. Leaders of five of the country's major cities have backed a bid for the Act – but not Salford.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CHURCH FIRE FUND LAUNCHED AS DEMOLITION CREW STANDS BY

Star date: 14th February 2017

ASCENSION CHURCH CROSS SAVED BUT GABLES UNSAFE

Demolition crews stood by today at The Church of the Ascension in Lower Broughton, as it was feared that the three main gable ends were unsafe after the fire which swept through the listed building on Sunday night. An investigation team still hasn't managed to get access to determine the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, a JustGiving crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help with any restoration which has already raised almost £1,000.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL BLANKS COMMUNITY BID FOR BUILE HILL MANSION

Star date: 14th February 2017

MANSION BID IGNORED BY COUNCIL FOR FIVE MONTHS!

A community bid to take over the derelict Buile Hill Mansion has been blanked by Salford City Council and its joint venture company, Urban Vision, for five months.

Three groups, led by Salford Red Devils Foundation, submitted an expression of interest after the Mansion was advertised for sale last September but, so far, they have not even had an acknowledgement of the bid... "It's very frustrating" says John Blackburn of the Foundation "The potential is there to do something for the people of Salford."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY FC VICTORY FOR INDEPENDENT COUNCILLOR CANDIDATE

Star date: 14th February 2017

KERSAL BY-ELECTION CANDIDATE SCORES BEFORE ELECTION

Jonny Wineberg, the Independent candidate for the Kersal by-election, has scored for local residents to secure temporary parking restrictions around Salford City FC's Moor Lane stadium to alleviate match day traffic problems, with the club paying for the implementation of the scheme...

Full details here...

 
 
FAMILIES FIGHT TO SAVE SALFORD’S ONLY DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME

Star date: 13th February 2017

FIGHT TO SAVE THE GRANGE FROM SALFORD COUNCIL CLOSURE

As Salford City Council pays the megabucks Legal and General Pension Fund £660,000 in rent, it is proposing to close The Grange, the city's only disabled children's home, to save 'a potential' £300,000.

Now the families of children using The Grange have launched a campaign and petition to fight the proposed closure... "How can you put a price on vulnerable children and their wellbeing" says Rebecca Howarth, whose 15 year old severely disabled daughter stays at The Grange.

Full details here...

 
 
BATTLE TO SAVE SALFORD CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION AFTER HUGE FIRE

Star date: 13th February 2017

GRADE II LISTED CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN LOWER BROUGHTON GUTTED

After last night's huge fire that ripped through The Church of the Ascension in Lower Broughton, fire crews and building officers are this morning battling to save the Grade II listed building, which was built in 1869.

 Watch Manager, Andy Simister of Manchester Central Fire Station, told the Salford Star that he was hopeful what's left of the building could be saved... "With it being a listed building it is very valuable to the community and we want to cause as least damage to the building as possible while making it safe."

Full details 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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