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SALFORD TOWERBLOCK CLADDING RESIDENTS UNITE TO TACKLE PENDLETON TOGETHER

Star date: 18th July 2018

SPRUCE COURT AND THORN COURT TENANTS GET ORGANISED TO FIGHT BACK

"We're sick to death of being treated like dirt..."

Last night, tenants from Spruce Court and Thorn Court met to share concerns over dangerous cladding, fire safety, security and other issues, as they united to take on towerblock manager Pendleton Together and Salford City Council, which owns the blocks.

"They try to ignore what we're saying" insisted one tenant "They're complacent... we're sick to death of being treated like dirt...".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD QUAYS DEVELOPER TO AVOID £1MILLION PAYMENT WHILE NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROVIDED

Star date: 17th July 2018

FURNESS QUAY DEVELOPER PROVIDES NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON HUGE APARTMENT SCHEME

Salford's planning scandal is to go up another gear this week when an application by developer De Trafford for 421 apartments in blocks up to 27 storeys high on the site of Furness Quay is considered by councillors. Thanks to Salford City Council policies, the developer will be providing no affordable properties, while, through 'viability' assessments it is set to avoid over £1million in planning fees.

Meanwhile, the English Cities Fund (ECf) is continuing its secrecy in relation to new apartments and an office development around Chapel Street and New Bailey.

Full details here...

 
 
A YEAR AFTER SALFORD CLADDING SCANDAL INDEPENDENT TENANTS MEETING TO BE HELD

Star date: 16th July 2018

CLADDING, SECURITY, FIRE SAFETY AND MORE TO BE DISCUSSED AT PENDLEON TENANTS MEETING

As the Grenfell Tower victims said, before the tragic fire their warnings were not listened to by the authorities. Now tenants in Spruce Court, Pendleton, who are still living with the dangerous cladding, have called an independent meeting for tomorrow, Tuesday, 17th July, to discuss cladding, security and more, while Thorn Court residents are also complaining about the same issues.

Full details here...

 
 
PETITION AND PROTEST PLANNED OVER SALFORD SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER SUSPENSION

Star date: 15th July 2018

SCHOOL PROTEST PLANNED OVER HARROP FOLD HEAD AND STAFF SUSPENSION

After Salford City Council suspended Harrop Fold School Head, Drew Povey, and three other staff members last week, supporters have launched a petition to reinstate them, while pupils and parents are planning a protest at the school this Thursday.

Full details here...

 
 
FANGIRL CELEBRATION OF SUPER-FANS COMES TO SALFORD FOR GM FRINGE

Star date: 15th July 2018

FOR THOSE WHO GO THE EXTRA MILE IN PURSUIT OF AN ICON

Fangirl by Quina Chapman
Thursday 19th and Friday 20th July
Kings Arms 7pm £6

Do you go the extra mile in pursuit of an icon? Fangirl, at the Kings Arms this Thursday and Friday, deconstructs the 'condition' through songs, rhymes and laughs. A Greater Manchester Fringe must-see, enthuses Ian Leslie.

Full details here...

 
 
THOUSANDS ATTEND TRUMP GO HOME RALLY MANCHESTER

Star date: 14th July 2018

DONALD TRUMP... 'THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS LEADER SINCE THE 1930s' 

Thousands of people packed Albert Square in Manchester last night to voice anger over US President Donald Trump's visit to the UK. Groups from every section of society that Trump has dissed were represented on stage – from Mexican dancers to an ex-US soldier, to trade unions, peace, climate change, refugee, LGBT and women's rights campaigners, plus spokespeople for youth and children. 

To kick off the evening, Manchester councillor, Pat Karney, called Trump "The most dangerous leader since the 1930s...we have to stop the ideas of Trump going across the world..."

Full details here...

 
 
TRUMP GO HOME BUS HITS SALFORD

Star date: 13th July 2018

'MANIAC' TRUMP NOT WELCOME HERE

A red open top double decker bus toured Salford this morning covered in slogans reading 'Trump Go Home'. It stopped off at Salford Precinct, Salford Royal Hospital, Langworthy Road and the Civic Centre before heading off to Manchester.

The bus was sponsored by Swinton-based Mary Monson Solicitors, and Mary Monson told the Salford Star that "the idea that he'll come and be feted like a respectable person is appalling". Meanwhile Paul Kelly, President of Salford TUC, called Donald Trump an "ultra-capitalist maniac".

Full details here...

 
 
JUDGE BANS ANTI-FRACKING DIRECT ACTION AT CUADRILLA SITE IN LANCASHIRE

Star date: 12th July 2018

SLOW WALKING, LOCK ONS AND ALL DIRECT ACTION OUTLAWED BY JUDGE

Many of the actions used by protesters at the Barton Moss anti-fracking demonstrations in Salford were outlawed by a judge at Manchester Civil Justice Centre yesterday, including slow walking, lock-ons and any obstruction of the highway.

The judgement, in relation to Cuadrilla's fracking site on Preston New Road, Lancashire, has implications for all anti-fracking protests... "This is an incredibly sad day for the right to protest peacefully" said Jonathan Bartle, co-leader of the Green Party.

Full details here...

 
 
DONALD TRUMP PROTEST OPEN TOP BUS TO TOUR SALFORD ON FRIDAY

Star date: 11th July 2018

SALFORD TO SEE FIRST DONALD TRUMP PROTEST AS OPEN TOP DOUBLE DECKER TOURS THE CITY

As a prelude to the anti-Donald Trump protest in Manchester this Friday, 13th July, an open top double decker bus will be touring sites in Salford to spread the message that the divisive American President is not welcome in the UK.

The protest bus has been organised by Swinton law firm Mary Monson Solicitors, and will begin its journey from the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre in Eccles, before visiting Salford Precinct, Salford Royal Hospital, Rebecca Long-Bailey's office in Langworthy and the Civic Centre.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD DEVELOPER TRIES TO RENEGE ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGREEMENT HAVING RECEIVED PUBLIC MONEY

Star date: 10th July 2018

DEVELOPER SEEKS TO EXIT AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGREEMENT IN ORDSALL HAVING OVERTURNED AGREEMENT IN BROUGHTON

Developer Endeavour is currently trying to exit an agreement with Salford City Council to provide 41 new affordable flats in the old dole office in Ordsall, opposite the Oasis Academy, having received public money for the refurbishment.

Endeavour has already managed to overturn an affordable housing agreement in relation to the Queen's Terrace properties, almost opposite Broughton baths.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PEOPLE TO JUDGE WHETHER PLANNING COUNCILLOR BROKE RULES

Star date: 9th July 2018

DID COUNCILLOR RAY MASHITER BREAK PLANNING RULES ON NON-DECLARATION OF INTEREST?

At last week's meeting of Salford City Council planning panel, councillors were directed by the chair, Councillor Ray Mashiter, to reject an application for a block of affordable properties near Canon Green Court.

It's subsequently emerged that Councillor Mashiter owns a property in a very, very nearby street, yet failed to declare this at the meeting. Has he broken rules?
Guidelines state that councillors' actions should be judged 'how a reasonable member of the public...would view the matter'. So, in the absence of any response from the Council, here we let the public decide.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS FOUNDATION ENGAGES WITH 40,000 SALFORD PEOPLE

Star date: 9th July 2018

HUGE POSITIVES FOR YOUNG AND OLD AS FOUNDATION HITS THE COMMUNITY

The Salford Red Devils Foundation last year engaged with 40,000 Salford people, yet struggles to raise funds and its profile having been baggaged with its links to the rugby club which had grants and loans from Salford City Council.

However, the two are separate entities, the Foundation does loads of top work in the community and now wants to bring that even further into the heart of Salford with its Buile Hill Mansion project, as Manager, Neil Blackburn, explains.

Full details here...

 
 
PETER HOOK TO BE HANDED HONOURARY DOCTORATE BY SALFORD UNIVERSITY

Star date: 9th July 2018

ARISE DR HOOK...

Salford legend Peter Hook is to be given an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the University of Salford this week, in recognition of his services to rock music and the history of rock music.

Dr Hooky wrote three brilliant books on the history of Joy Division, New Order and the Hacienda, now joins Dr John Cooper Clarke and others, and says:  "As a very proud Salfordian, this is very much a personal pinnacle for me..."

Full details here...

 
 
SUPPORT SALFORD CHARITY SHOPS

Star date: 8th July 2018

WHY IT'S WIN-WIN FOR CHARITY SHOPPING

On almost every corner of Salford is a charity store, and here Amber Dawson explains why using them is a a win-win all round – good for the planet, for cheap bargains, for clearouts, for volunteering and, obviously, for helping good causes.

Full details here...

 
 
EVERY JAMES BOND MOVIE IN ONE PLAY COMES TO KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 8th July 2018

FROM SEAN CONNERY TO DANIEL CRAIG AND GOLDFINGER

One Man Bond: Every Bond Movie In 60 Minutes
Tuesday 17th-Thursday 19th July 9pm
Kings Arms £8-£10

Brian Gorman, of Joy Division play New Dawn Fades fame, brings a wild variety of James Bond ephemera to the Kings Arms as part of the GM Fringe. This solo show springs every single Bond to life, plus villains and even Ms Moneypenny, in an hour, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

 
 
COMEDY, PARODY AND EDGAR ALLAN POE AT GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE

Star date: 7th July 2018

DARK, TWISTED AND SURREAL...PLUS DOCTOR AND THE MEDICS

Poezest
Wednesday 18th-Saturday 21st July
The Peer Hat, Manchester £8/£6

Poezest is a weird, gothic multi-media journey inspired by Edgar Allan Poe that's suitably dark twisted, surreal and comic, as Ian Leslie discovers. It's written by The Fall collaborator, Mike Bennett, and stars Clive Jackson of Doctor and the Medics.

Full details here...

 
 
‘BONKERS’ PLANNING DECISION SEES SALFORD COUNCIL APPROVE UNAFFORDABLE FLATS BUT REJECT AFFORDABLE FLATS

Star date: 6th July 2018

CANON GREEN COURT DEVELOPMENT THROWN INTO UNCERTAINTY AS COUNCILLOR SLATES 'BONKERS' PLANNING DECISION

At yesterday's planning panel of Salford City Council, councillors approved plans for almost 300 private rent flats in Lower Broughton, and then rejected plans from Salix Homes for over 100 affordable rent flats at Canon Green Court.

Councillor Peter Wheeler, addressing the panel, said the decision was "bonkers". It had, of course, nothing to do with Fred Done and Urban Splash developments nearby.

Full details here... 

 
 
SAVE SALFORD NURSERIES CAMPAIGN PICKETS TORY MINISTER MANCHESTER VISIT

Star date: 5th July 2018

NURSERIES CAMPAIGN PICKETS MIDLAND HOTEL AS GOVERNMENT MINISTERS ARRIVE FOR CHILDREN'S CONFERENCE

This afternoon, members of the Save Salford Nurseries campaign picketed The Midland Hotel in Manchester where Damien Hinds, Secretary of State for Education and his junior minister Nadhim Zahawi were speaking at a national conference of children's service directors.

Zahawi met with nursery campaigners at Parliament a few months ago and promised a statement and support but nothing has been heard since – so this was a visual reminder for him.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER HOLDS DAY OF ACTION AGAINST TGI FRIDAYS

Star date: 5th July 2018

SALFORD TRADE UNIONISTS JOIN ACTION AGAINST TGI FRDAYS

Yesterday, TGI Fridays outlets around the country were hit by protests about the company taking 40% of card tips off staff, which the trade union Unite states is going to subsidise 'their own poor pay policies'.

"We just want people to be aware of what's going on in these kind of places" said John Catterall, a Salford trade unionist from Greater Manchester Unite Community who joined the protest at Prestwich TGI Fridays.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SEES HIGHEST HOUSE PRICE RISE IN NORTH OF ENGLAND SINCE 2000

Star date: 4th July 2018

270% HOUSE PRICE RISE IN SALFORD SINCE 2000 PUTS CITY IN TOP 10 PROPERTY HOTSPOTS OUTSIDE LONDON

Property prices in Salford have risen by 269.5%, from an average £42,271 to £156,190, since the turn of the century, putting the city in the top ten hotspots in the country, outside of London, and top in the north of England.

The research, by online estate agents HouseSimple.com based on Land Registry statistics, shows a tale of two cities in Salford, with booming property prices on one hand and an affordable housing crisis on the other.

Full details here...

 
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