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GREATER MANCHESTER CAMPAIGNS BAZAAR

Star date: 22nd November 2014

CAMPAIGNING GROUPS FROM ALL OVER THE AREA ON SHOW

Greater Manchester Campaigns Bazaar
Thursday 27th November from 7pm
Manchester Academy 2 free

This Thursday, the Salford Star will join up to fifty community and campaign groups at a showcase organised by Manchester MULE at Manchester Academy 2. There'll be stalls, videos and talks by organisations ranging from Red Pepper to the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign to Save Our NHS and Art Emergency, with a debate on the state of local activism.

Full details here...

 
 
LOWER BROUGHTON CHILDREN’S CENTRE SALFORD SURVIVAL STORY

Star date: 21st November 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL WANTED IT CLOSED – IT'S STILL OPEN!

Last spring, Salford Council announced plans to shut Lower Broughton Children's Centre at River View School as part of cuts to Sure Start buildings all over the city. The parents ran a huge campaign to save their centre and today it's still open five mornings a week.

As the next round of Salford Council cuts begin to leak out, the parents are adamant that the community should fight to save services... "Without the campaign we wouldn't have what we have now" says Elaine Connolly.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL DANCING WITH DANGER TO ELDERLY

Star date: 20th November 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL IMPOSES ROOM CHARGES IN GATEWAYS

"For some of our most vulnerable and older people this club is a lifeline..." Councillor John Warmisham

Salford Council is being accused of letting down the old and the vulnerable after it introduced charges for community rooms in the Gateway Centre spaces it leases from the MaST LIFT Company, to which it pays extortionate rents.

At Pendleton Gateway, Salford Council's new huge room hire charges for groups like the Golden Girls line dancing class is threatening to isolate elderly people who use the activity to socialise and keep fit. Now the class may have to close or move.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL MEETING LIVE-STREAM BY SALFORD STAR

Star date: 18th November 2014

ROLL UP ROLL UP FOR THE SALFORD COUNCIL SHOW...

Tomorrow, Wednesday 19th November there's a full meeting of Salford Council which will be live-streamed by Salford Star from 9:30am to 12:30pm on its Bambuser Channel.

Roll up, roll up, for the amazing Housing Strategy for Salford, which pulled a massive four responses from the public after a long Council consultation. Thrill to a motion on the air quality that's killing us all. And take the Salford Star challenge to stay awake during the Salford City Mayor's verbal meanderings. Too good to miss?

7pm 19th November:: Full report and update and link to live-stream

Full details here...

 
 
IGAS SHARE PRICE TANKS AS TRAFFORD COUNCIL REJECTS FRACKING

Star date: 17th November 2014

FRACKING INDUSTRY FRACKED AS IGAS SHARES COLLAPSE

Fracking company IGas, which is determined to plough on with shale gas exploration in Salford, has seen its share price collapse from a high of 160 points in January to just 56 this morning.

Meanwhile, last week, Trafford Council voted to ban fracking `until proven safe', and all court cases regarding the Barton Moss protests have been postponed until the New Year pending investigations of the IGas site, the Salford Star understands.

Full details here...

 
 
THE SALFORD POLITICS OF SHELAGH DELANEY DAY

Star date: 16th November 2014

THE `CRUEL PERSECUTION' OF DELANEY BY SALFORD COUNCIL AND SALFORD CITY REPORTER REDEEMED?

November 25th is Salford's Shelagh Delaney Day, after efforts by Louise Woodward Styles were officially backed by Salford Council and the City Mayor Ian Stewart.

When the Day was announced, the Salford Star accused the Mayor and Council of hypocrisy and called for an apology, given the total destruction of Delaney's creativity by civic leaders in the Sixties. Now Louise has written her thoughts for the Star on "how the wrongs of the past will now be put right".

Full details here...

 
 
CRISIS IN GREATER MANCHESTER MENTAL HEALTH

Star date: 16th November 2014

STOP THE CUTS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Public Meeting - Crisis In Mental Health
Saturday 22nd November 12:30-2pm
Cross St Chapel, Manchester

In Salford and all over Greater Manchester mental health is becoming a huge issue as people become more stressed with financial, work and unemployment related problems. But just as the need is growing, so are cuts to the services. Now a public meeting has been called for next Saturday to unite all the anti-cuts movements in the area and to campaign for better care.

Full details here...

 
 
TOP SALFORD PAINTER NIGEL WALKER DEPICTS EAST EUROPE

Star date: 16th November 2014

FROM EAST SALFORD TO EAST EUROPE

Following on from his brilliant solo exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salfordian artist Nigel Walker has created some stunning new work based on his six-month cycle journey around Eastern Europe.

From Krakow to Zagan, it's the real people, places and faces that come alive under the brush of Nigel Walker.

Full details here...

 
 
SIMON WILLIAMS REVEALS SALFORD HIDDEN DEPTHS

Star date: 15th November 2014

SALFORD TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED

Williams in a bedroom at the Adelphi hotel in Liverpool with his son's teacher:
 `Have you got any protection?'
"I've never paid for protection in my life. I'm from Salford, love."

Simon Williams' easy read, compelling novels take a likely Salford lad from obscurity to local infamy via a robbed off Lowry painting, Buile Hill Mansion, Robin Van Persie, the GMP and the City Mayor.

Full details here...

 
 
SHELAGH DELANEY THE LION IN LOVE AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

Star date: 15th November 2014

DELANEY'S THE LION IN LOVE GETS FIRST STAGING SINCE 1963

The Lion In Love by Eat Theatre
Wednesday 19th – Saturday 22nd November 7:30pm
Salford Arts Theatre £10/£6

Apart from A Taste Of Honey, The Lion In Love is the only other stage play written by Shelagh Delaney, and it hasn't been staged professionally since 1963.

To kickstart Salford's Shelagh Delaney Day, Eat Theatre is reviving The Lion In Love at Salford Arts Theatre. It's a play that nods to Aesop's fable warning of needless sacrifice for foolish love.

Full details here...

 
 
NORTH WEST KIN KIDS SET UP IN SALFORD TO FILL COUNCIL FAILINGS

Star date: 14th November 2014

400 SALFORD CHILDREN AFFECTED BY ABSENT PARENTS BUT CARERS GET LITTLE SUPPORT

"You can get a knock at the door at 2am and be given your grandchildren, and you've nothing..." Kerry

150 families and around 400 children are affected by absent parents, and the kids are mainly being looked after by grandparents, with little or no support from Salford City Council.

They are called kinship carers and now an independent group has been set up by nanas and aunties called North West Kin Kids that will be campaigning and providing their own support in the region.

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL TRANSPORT CUTS GOES TO APPEAL COURT

Star date: 13th November 2014

COUNCIL CUTS TO TRANSPORT FOR DISABLED ADULTS SET FOR APPEAL COURT – AS PARENTS HIT BACK AT SALFORD MAYOR `LIES' EMAIL

Parents fighting for transport for severely disabled adults have been given leave to appeal at London's Royal Courts of Justice against a High Court decision last month to dismiss their challenge to Salford City Council cuts.

Meanwhile, parents have hit back against Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart's `disgusting' letter to staff gloating about the original High Court decision and slurring supporters of the parents for `Lies, Allegations and Innuendo'.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION DEMOCRACY DEFICIT

Star date: 12th November 2014

WHO GAVE SALFORD MAYOR A MANDATE TO SIGN DEVOLUTION DEAL?

Last week a smirking Ian Stewart, Salford City Mayor, joined nine other Greater Manchester Council leaders and Tory Chancellor George Osborne in signing up to a devolution deal that will also see a Greater Manchester Mayor in place by 2017.

There has been no consultation with Salford people on this, no accessible Council reports and not even a statement from the Salford Mayor himself on this before it was sprung on citizens as a fait accompli. Now the Green Party is calling for a referendum on the deal.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS RECORD LOSSES OF OVER £5MILLION

Star date: 11th November 2014

INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S `SIGNIFICANT DOUBT' ABOUT REDS `ABILITY TO CONTINUE'

The latest set of accounts from Salford Red Devils (Salford City Reds 2013 Ltd) show losses of £5,142,778 with liabilities of £5,141,778. The company's independent auditors state in the accounts that "These conditions... indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern".

Of even more concern to Salford people is whether the company, led by Marwan Koukash, can pay back the £1.5million loan to Salford City Council.

Full details here...

 
 
X1 MEDIA CITY SALFORD APARTMENTS BEING SOLD WITHOUT PLANNING PERMISSION

Star date: 10th November 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

1036 APARTMENTS AT X1 MEDIA CITY ON THE MARKET WITH NO PLANNING PERMISSION

1,036 apartments in four 26 storey towers at Media City, currently marketed as `the largest residential development in the North West' are being touted to investors and hyped in the media, despite having no planning permission from Salford City Council.

The blocks are also being named `X1 Media City Manchester', despite being in Salford.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD INVOLVED TOY APPEAL

Star date: 9th November 2014

NEW AND NEARLY NEW TOYS WANTED FOR CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Salford Involved has launched its first ever Christmas Toy Appeal, and is looking for new and nearly new toys to ensure that as many Salford children as possible have a present to open on this Christmas.

Toys can be dropped off at The Broughton Trust in Lower Broughton.

Full details here...

 
 
VOTE JOHN COOPER CLARKE FOR WORLD TOILET DAY

Star date: 8th November 2014

SALFORD STAR JOHN COOPER CLARKE TAKES ON THE TOILET WORLD

John Cooper Clarke is pitting himself against over a dozen comedians in a bid to become the nation's master of the toilet joke. And it's all for a great cause.

19th November is World Toilet Day and WaterAid is using the joke competition to draw attention to the fact that 2.5billion people around the world still can't access a safe toilet. So big up the cause and vote Cooper Clarke for Salford. Everyone else's jokes stink!

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDS JUST £7,000 OUT OF £200,000 KEEPING SALFORD PEOPLE WARM

Star date: 7th November 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL ALMOST £200,000 UNSPENT FOR WINTER WARMTH

Salford Council has a budget of over £200,000 to keep people warm this winter. But as the cold nights draw in, the Council has spent just £7,000 of its `Winter Warmth' and `Affordable Warmth' budget, aimed at helping elderly and vulnerable people from freezing during the winter months.

Salford has an estimated 9,000 pensioner households, 4,000 families with children and more than 5,000 disabled households living in fuel poverty in Salford.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SET TO LOSE ANOTHER £2MILLION ON DEVELOPMENT

Star date: 5th November 2014

491 POSH APARTMENTS AT WILBURN STREET – AND SALFORD PEOPLE LOSE OUT AGAIN

Hard up Salford Council is set to lose almost £2million in planning fees and obligations, as another developer cashes in on building posh apartment blocks on the edge of Manchester City Centre.

WB Developments (Salford) Ltd intends to put up four massive blocks of 491 flats by the River Irwell on Wilburn Street, one of which is 21 storeys high, but, yet again, `viability' issues, and the creation of a walkway, means there's no affordable housing and `reduced' fees payable, according to documents being submitted to the Council's Planning Panel this Thursday.

Full details here...

 
 
ALMOST 40% OF SALFORD TENANTS REJECT COUNCIL HOUSING STOCK TRANSFER

Star date: 4th November 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL HOUSE PRIVATISATION GOES AHEAD

Despite a massive propaganda campaign by Salford Council and Salix Homes to persuade social housing tenants to vote for the privatisation of the city's housing stock, almost 40% of those who voted rejected the move.

In the results of the ballot announced today, 38.6% of tenants voted `No' to the transfer of Council housing stock to Salix Homes, while 61.4% voted `Yes'.

Full details here...

 
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