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GREAT RAILWAYS JOURNEYS COMES TO KERSAL MOOR IN SALFORD

Star date: 30th May 2015

MICHAEL PORTILLO ON KERSAL MOOR

Michael Portillo brought his Great Railway Journeys TV series to Kersal Moor this week not, unfortunately, to pay homage to The Chartists but to honour Edwin Waugh, the famous Lancastrian dialect poet who is buried in St Paul's Church next to the Moor. Alice Searle, who quotes Waugh in her book on the Moor, went along to check out Portillo's snazzy jacket.

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SEPP BLATTER MOMENT FOR SALFORD AS INTERIM GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR ANNOUNCED

Star date: 29th May 2015

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS TEMP GM MAYOR ANNOUNCED AS TONY LLOYD

"Can it ever be acceptable...in a 21st Century democracy that a handful of people behind closed doors can change the basic rules of who decides, what and how - impacting on the lives of millions of us?" GM Referendum Campaign

As Sepp Blatter goes through the motions of a vote to decide who runs FIFA, this afternoon, ten council leaders, behind closed doors, decided that the Interim Mayor for Greater Manchester would be ex-MP and soon to be ex Police Commissioner Tony Lloyd. On social media, people were scathing, led by DJ Dave Haslam who used the hashtag #Jobs4theBoys.

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CALLS FOR MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL TO ADDRESS HOMELESS CAMP DEMANDS

Star date: 28th May 2015

MANC COUNCIL SPENDS ALMOST £25MILLION ON PRESTIGE PROJECTS WHILE HOUNDING HOMELESS

As Manchester City Council spends almost £25million on prestige projects, including a new hotel for Manchester Business School, citizens are calling on it to lay off the Homeless Camp protesters on St Ann's Square, some of whom are from Salford.

An open letter being signed by journalists, celebrities and the community calls on Manc councillors to speak to the protesters and consider their demands.

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£19MILLION SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING SCANDAL AS PRESSURE GROWS TO MAKE PROCESS TRANSPARENT

Star date: 27th May 2015 

£19MILLION AND 830 AFFORDABLE HOMES LOST TO SALFORD IN JUST 12 MONTHS

After years of the Salford Star documenting how developers in the city are avoiding paying planning fees and building affordable homes, the pressure is growing on Salford Council to make the process more transparent.

Salford has lost £19million in planning fees and 830 affordable homes in the last twelve months alone, as developers have submitted confidential reports showing that their schemes would not be `viable' if they had to pay the fees – even though in some cases they are forecast to make up to £24million profit. Now the Royal Borough of Greenwich is proposing to make the confidential viability reports public.

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THE SALFORD STAR IS BACK IN PRINT

Star date: 25th May 2015

20,000 COPIES OF THE SALFORD STAR TO HIT THE STREETS

After seven years of being online, the Salford Star is now out in print again, with 20,000 free copies set to hit homes, pubs, shops, cafes and community centres.

The Star features an interview with Christopher Eccleston, huge articles on regeneration gone wrong, a £19million planning scandal and the climate of fear sweeping the city as dissent is almost outlawed. There's also features on Roman Treasure in Salford, the Swinton Lions roaring back and Murder Most Foul...plus a free gift for every reader!

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EARLY DOORS COMES TO ROYAL OAK PUB IN ECCLES

Star date: 25th May 2015

ECCLES PUB STAGES UNIQUE BOOZER DRAMA

Not Too Tame presents
Early Doors
Thursday 4th June - Sunday 7th June
Royal Oak pub, Barton Lane, Eccles £12/£10

Not Too Tame's boozy drama, Early Doors, got rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe and now it's coming to Salford, to the Royal Oak in Eccles for six performances with no stage and no interval, just an immersive experience as the raucous action takes place all around in the pub.

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SALFORD PETITION CALLS ON PEEL HOLDINGS AND SALFORD COUNCIL TO GET GREEN

Star date: 25th May 2015

GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION CALLS FOR SALFORD COUNCIL AND PEEL TO GET CLEAN AND GREEN

As part of the Global Day of Action on Climate Change, on Saturday May 30th, a petition has been launched urging Salford City Council and Peel Holdings to transfer from `dirty industry to clean, green energy', including ditching any notions of fracking in the area.

"Extreme energy is just not the solution to our energy problems" says James Walsh of the Manchester Ship Canal World Heritage Group, the author of the petition.

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SALFORD SOCIAL WORK NETWORK TALK ON CHILD PROTECTION

Star date: 25th May 2015

CHILD PROTECTION RISK AND BLAME CULTURE DISCUSSED

The Dividing Practices of Child Protection
Friday 5th June 10am-12:30pm
University of Salford £7.50/£5

The excellent Salford Social Work Network is holding a talk exploring the risk and blame culture involved in safeguarding children, with Sharon Shoesmith, who was Head of Children Services at Haringey Council during the Baby P outrage, and Professor Sue White, from Birmingham University's School of Social Policy. The public is welcome to attend.

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SALFORD DOCKLANDS PROJECT LAUNCHES WITH BIRDWATCHING CRUISE

Star date: 25th May 2015

BIRDWATCHING CRUISE AROUND SALFORD QUAYS

Birdwatching Cruise and Salford Docklands Launch
Saturday 30th May 8am £11

The Salford Docklands Project aims to encourage people to take an interest in the heritage and wildlife of the old dock area on the Quays, and it's formally launching on Saturday May 30th with a Birwatching Cruise, spotting rare birds while learning about the heritage and ecology of the docklands.

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IRLAM CHARITY CELEB FOOTY MATCH AND FUN DAY

Star date: 25th May 2015

IRLAM STEEL WORKS CLUB HOSTS CHARITY FUN

O.U.A.S. Celebrity X1 v Broadway Vets
Sunday 31st May 1pm-5pm
Irlam Steelworks Club £5/£1

A huge fun day is taking place next Sunday at Irlam Steel Works Club, with a football match between Broadway Vets and Once Upon A Smile's team, featuring soap stars, actors and ex-pros. There's also fairground rides, children's entertainment and songs from Jess Kemp. And it's all for two great causes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and children's bereavement charity, Once Upon A Smile.

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SALFORD ARTIST BROADY AND MORE AT ECCLES COMMUNITY ART GALLERY

Star date: 24th May 2015

ECCLES CAKES AND CARING ECCLES AT COMMUNITY GALLERY

Eccles Art
Until 13th June
Eccles Community Art Gallery

Salford artist, Stephen `Broady' Broadhurst, is showing twelve pictures of Eccles as part of an exhibition focusing on the town. Also taking part is local artist, Robert Lever, who specialises in charcoal portraits, Peter Grove, who does motor and aviation art, and a series of photographs taken by Salford Young Carers.

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SAVE OUR GREATER MANCHESTER NHS EVENT OUTSIDE MRI

Star date: 24th May 2015

LOCKING OUT PRIVATISATION

Say No To NHS Privatisation
Saturday 30th May 12-4pm
MRI/Whitworth Park, Manchester

Next Saturday, there's going to be a Say No To NHS Privatisation event outside the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Between 12noon and 1pm people are invited to symbolically lock the NHS into public hands by bringing padlocks to attach to the Hospital railings; and it's being followed by a rally, music, performance, food and community art in Whitworth Park.

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MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP GETS HUGE SUPPORT IN ST ANN’S SQUARE

Star date: 24th May 2015

HOMELESS CAMP SUPPORT GROWS

Having been evicted from Albert Square and St Peter's Square, the Manchester Homeless Camp is now set up in St Ann's Square, right in the heart of the city centre. The Camp is a protest against the doubling in the number of homeless people in both Manchester and Salford over the last year.

"We've had a lot of public support... people coming over and giving food and donations" said Salford activist, Saffron, who is staying at the Camp in between work and college.

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MANCHESTER ANTI AUSTERITY PROTEST DRAWS THOUSANDS

Star date: 23rd May 2015

A LOUD AND CLEAR MESSAGE TO DAVID CAMERON FROM GREATER MANCHESTER

`I wish I was a dog and Cameron was a tree, I would cock my leg and let him know what I think of thee...'

Around two thousand people attended today's anti-austerity protest in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens, complete with speakers, songs, stalls and sunshine. With campaign groups ranging from the Manchester Homeless Camp to anti-Bedroom Tax, anti-TTIP, and anti-DevoManc there was one message that came across very clear – Tories and their cuts and their austerity policies are not welcome here...

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UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD STAFF TO STRIKE AGAIN OVER VIOLATION OF EMPLOYEES’ RIGHTS

Star date: 23rd May 2015

HUGE STRIKES SET FOR SALFORD UNIVERSITY

"No institution should be allowed...violate its employees' rights in this way"

Staff at the University of Salford are set for more strikes over the sacking of two employees which the trade union, UCU, believes was related to their union activities. Following a recent one-day walkout, union members will take part in a four day strike next week, Tuesday 26th to Friday 29th May, and a week-long strike from 1st to 5th June.

"No institution should be allowed to ride roughshod over agreed procedures and violate its employees' rights in this way" says UCU regional official, Martyn Moss.

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GREATER MANCHESTER PROTEST AGAINST AUSTERITY

Star date: 22nd May 2015

END AUSTERITY NOW!

Protest Against Austerity
Saturday 23rd May 12noon
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

A massive protest against austerity is set to take place, tomorrow, Saturday 23rd May in Piccadilly Gardens and those who would not normally go to a demo are being urged to attend. There's going to be live music, speakers and fun.

The demonstration and rally is being called by two blokes, Mike Atkinson and Liam Callacher, with the full backing of The People's Assembly... "No longer can we get on our hands and knees and beg the establishment for pittance" state the organisers "We as communities, we as people, must act together to combat these measures..."

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SALFORD RESIDENTS EXCLUDED FROM PUBLIC PARK ATMOSFIELD STUDENT FESTIVAL

Star date: 21st May 2015

SALFORD UNIVERSITY PEEL PARK FESTIVAL EXCLUDES SALFORD PEOPLE

The Atmosfield music festival, to be held in Peel Park on May 30th by Salford University Students Union, is excluding Salford residents from attending. The student-only event, in the world's first public park, has been slated by Salford Music Festival organiser, Ed Blaney, who says: "It is typical to exclude the residents of Salford; music is for all, not just students visiting the city..."

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STRESSED OUT SALFORD COUNCIL STAFF COULD FACE SACK UNDER NEW DRACONIAN RULES

Star date: 20th May 2015

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL STAFF CRACKING UP UNDER STRESS OF CUTS

A new Salford Council report shows that staff are cracking up with stress due to cuts related changes. Two thirds of staff are worried about job insecurity, a quarter found their job stressful and almost a third are experiencing `difficulties with their mental wellbeing' caused, in part, by increased workload and heavy handed managers.

Salford Council's solution?  A Workforce Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which includes draconian absence rules involving stricken staff having meetings with their managers, and the issuing of `notices to improve' that could lead to the sack.

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SALFORD COUNCIL BACKTRACKS ON TRADE UNION ATTACK

Star date: 19th May 2015

SALFORD COUNCIL HOLDS TALKS TO TRY AND RESOLVE UNISON ATTACK

Salford Council yesterday began to backtrack on its attack on Salford City UNISON's elected Branch Treasurer, Ameen Hadi, as action was about to escalate against the Labour Council.

A lobby of the Salford Labour Group of councillors, due to be held at 5pm, was postponed after the Council backed down for `a period of meaningful discussions'. The Council originally withdrew the right for the UNISON rep to represent his members but today he is back at the UNISON office doing just that.

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HAZEL BLEARS BECOMES CONTROVERSIAL £60,000 CO-OP DIRECTOR

Star date: 18th May 2015

EX SALFORD MP RUNS INTO MORE CONTROVERSY

At a turbulent Annual General Meeting of the Co-operative Group, held in Manchester over the weekend, Hazel Blears became a Member-Nominated Director (MND) on a basic fee of £60,000 a year which will take up `a minimum of approximately one to two days a month'.

Originally there were six candidates standing for the MND but three were stopped from standing, leaving Blears and two others unopposed for the three positions. Furious members of the Co-op said the voting process was "neither transparent, nor objective" and threatened legal action, until it was averted at the last minute.

Full details here...

 
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WHY SALFORD STAR IS ONLINE…

When we began producing the Salford Star nearly three years ago 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, while stuffing £175,000 into its `magazine’.  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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