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THE WILLOWS SALFORD REDS GROUND GETS £2.75MILLION PUBLIC MONEY FOR REDEVELOPMENT

Star date: 2nd September 2015

PLANS FOR OVER 100 PROPERTIES ON CONTROVERSIAL SITE AT THE WILLOWS

The Willows, former home of Salford City Reds and site of one of the most controversial land deals in the city, is to be redeveloped for 82 houses and 21 flats by City West Housing and Watson Homes with a grant of £2.75million public money.

However, the secrecy and controversy continues over a land deal between Salford City Council, Godliman Watson Homes and John Wilkinson that led to a £1million loan to Salford City Reds, that even the Council's legal adviser noted was full of "creative financial manoeuvres".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL ADMITS HOUSING WAITING LIST APPLICANTS HAVE NO CHANCE OF BEING RE-HOUSED

Star date: 1st September 2015

SALFORD HOUSING LIST TO BE SLASHED BY HALF UNDER NEW POLICY

Salford Council is aiming to kick around 7,000 people off its housing waiting list under a new allocations policy which will also see children housed in towerblocks and penalties for refusing available properties.

The Council admits in a report that, due to the lack of social housing, "most applicants have little chance of ever being re-housed".

Full details here...

 
 
HONEST COFFEE ARRIVES IN SALFORD

Star date: 31st August 2015

HONEST COFFEE PUTS PROFITS BACK IN COMMUNITY

The latest cafe to open in Salford is Honest Coffee at 77 Chapel Street, part community space, part protest against Starbucks and part top coffee shop. Boasting free `weapons grade' internet, hyper local food and Salford art on the walls, Honest Coffee has been founded with 155 Kickstarter backers and its profits are to be re-distributed to good causes within the community.

Full details here...

 
 
MIGRANT LIVES MATTER RALLY IN PICCADILY GARDENS

Star date: 31st August 2015

HOMELESS AND DISRESPECTED

#MigrantLivesMatter Speak Out
Saturday 12th September 1.30pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

"Whether you are homeless in Manchester, Calais or Kos you have a right to be treated with dignity and respect" Ameen Hadi, Salford City UNISON

The similarities between the people who have set up homeless camps in Manchester and those seeking safe lives escaping war zones are becoming more focused as Manchester Council applies to commit homeless people to prison and David Cameron uses the word 'swarm' to describe homeless migrants at Calais. Now a #MigrantLivesMatter Speak Out rally is to be held at Piccadilly Gardens on 12th September.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD 10K RUN BY WALKDEN MAN FOR TARGET OVARIAN CANCER

Star date: 31st August 2015

RUNNING AROUND SALFORD TO HELP SISTER

Walkden's David Broadhurst will be running the Salford 10K next Sunday, September 6th, to raise funds for Target Ovarian Cancer which gives support to women and the search to find new treatments.

David's sister, Lorraine, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2011 and the family has used running, and fundraising fun runs, to help battle the illness.

Full details here...

 
 
IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

Star date: 30th August 2015

LIVE MUSIC, CAR BOOT SALE, KIDS' ACTIVITIES, CATS AND FIREWORKS

Irlam and Cadishead Community Festival
Monday 31st August 9am-9:30pm
Prince's Park, Irlam

Tomorrow, Monday Bank Holiday, the huge Irlam and Cadishead Community Festival happens at Prince's Park on Liverpool Street in Irlam, bringing live music, crafts, pony rides, rugby with the Salford Red Devils and the Cadishead Rhinos, street theatre starring weird cats and mad yodellers, and loads more, with a firework finale.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ALLEY HOPE PROJECT BRIGHTENS UP ECCLES

Star date: 29th August 2015

ECCLES ALLEYWAYS TO BECOME BRIGHTER AND SAFER

The Alley Hope Project, with a team of fifteen young people from the National Citizen Service, is currently completing a makeover of its first alleyway, at the back of the Gateway Community Church, off Bright Road in Eccles. The voluntary community scheme aims to involve Salford Council in making more of the area's alleyways a vibrant community space.

"We want to change the vision of alleyways in Eccles" explains Codie Wood from the Project.
 
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PAUL MASSEY FUNERAL SEES CROWDS APPLAUD SALFORD LEGEND

Star date: 28th August 2015

CROWDS LINE STREETS OF SALFORD TO PAY RESPECT TO PAUL MASSEY

Crowds lining the streets near Salford Precinct applauded the funeral cortege of Paul Massey this afternoon. Hundreds of mourners in white t-shirts and jeans walked behind a pipe band, and four white horses, decked in Manchester United colours, pulling a white hearse with the words `Salford Legend' spelled out in flowers.

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CANNABIS GROWING FACTORY DUMPED ON WHIT LANE ESTATE SALFORD

Star date: 28th August 2015

FIRST PETER KAY, NOW WEED FACTORY AS WHIT LANE RESIDENTS LIVE IN FLY TIPPING FORGOTTEN ESTATE

Back in May, it was Peter Kay's production crew who left kids playing in rubble on the Whit Lane estate after filming scenes for the new Cradle To Grave series. Now a whole pile of cannabis growing accessories have been dumped on Condor Place, as the `Forgotten Estate' becomes fly tipping central, with neither Salix Homes nor Salford Council seemingly interested in sorting it out.

"People are living in the middle of all this mess" fumes Graham Cooper of Oliver's Youth Club.

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NEW REVIEW GAUGES HOW MUCH SALFORD COUNCIL CAN CUT WITHOUT BUTCHERING COMMUNITIES

Star date: 27th August 2015

SALFORD COUNCILLORS TO CHECK WORSLEY AND WINTON FOR `COMMUNITY RESILIENCE'

Salford councillors are to review the state of neighbouring areas Worsley and Winton to see how, in light of huge cuts, they can make `communities more resilient' ie with the use of volunteers to replace Council services and D.I.Y. health and wellbeing.

Worsley residents have an average household income almost double that of Winton, which should tell the councillors everything they need to know about `community resilience'.

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X1 MEDIA CITY SALFORD APARTMENTS PLANNING SCANDAL

Star date: 26th August 2015

FOUR TOWERS, 1,000 FLATS, OVER £30M PROFIT – BUT DEVELOPER PAYS LESS THAN 50% OF PLANNING FEES

Next week, Salford Council will finally consider a planning application from developer X1 for 1,100 apartments in four huge ugly towers at MediaCityUK. According to the Council's own figures, X1 is expected to make up to £38million profit on the scheme – yet, due to `viability' issues, the developer will pay only around half of the planning fees it should be paying.

Meanwhile other planning applications for Salford Quays submitted by Peel Holdings - for a six storey office block – and Tokenhouse Investments – for 300 student flats – will also bring meagre returns to the city.

Full details here...

 
 
ADVERTISING HOARDING DEEMED `A NEW LANDMARK FOR SALFORD’ BY MAYOR

Star date: 24th August 2015

GIANT SALFORD ADVERTISING HOARDING ORIGINALLY SNUBBED BY COUNCILLORS AS BEING UNSAFE

A huge new giant advertising hoarding at the end of the M602 has been deemed "a new landmark for Salford" by Mayor Ian Stewart, who appears to have swallowed huge chunks of hype created by ad floggers JCDecaux... "That JCDecaux have chosen to install it in Salford speaks volumes for the growth and success of our city" the Mayor added.

Originally the hoarding was rejected by councillors on the grounds that it "would distract users of the local and strategic road", while plans to put the Salford Quays Cranes on the site never materialised.

Full details and more hype here...

 
 
SALFORD LABEL A1(M) RECORDS LAUNCHES THE WINACHI TRIBE

Star date: 24th August 2015

EP LAUNCH NIGHT AT THE RUBY LOUNGE

The Winachi Tribe EP Launch
Thursday 27th August from 7:30pm
The Ruby Lounge, Manchester £5

Record label A1(M), founded in Salford, has moved back to the city after 16 years down south and launches The Winachi Tribe's new Time For Love urban soul EP this Thursday at The Ruby Lounge, with a live appearance from the band, plus Tigerside, Ruby Tuesday, The Happy Fallen and DJ sets.

Full details here...

 
 
KEIR HARDIE CENTENARY CONFERENCE IN SALFORD

Star date: 23rd August 2015

LABOUR PARTY FOUNDER CENTENARY CONFERENCE AT WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

`This extraordinary man rose from the pits of Ayrshire to change the world' Kenneth O Morgan

Keir Hardie Centenary Conference
Saturday 26th September
Working Class Movement Library £20/£7.50

As the Labour Party eats itself during its leadership war, this year sees the centenary of its first socialist MP and leader, James Keir Hardie. Salford's Working Class Movement Library is hosting a centenary conference on 26th September discussing his legacy.

Full details here...

 
 
RADICAL WOMEN AT SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 22nd August 2015

RADICAL WOMEN COURSE AT WCML

Radical Women 1914-1979
Begins Wednesday 30th September
Working Class Movement Library

Local history specialist, Michael Herbert, will be teaching a ten week course on Radical Women 1914-1979 at the Working Class Movement Library, covering everything from peace campaigners during the First World War to unemployed marches in the 1930s, to women volunteers in the Spanish Civil War.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CONQUERS INDONESIAN MOUNTAIN FOR STROKE ASSOCIATION

Star date: 22nd August 2015

3,726 METRE HIGH MOUNT RINJANI SCALED AT A STROKE

Ordsall man, James McLaughlin, has returned to Salford having conquered Indonesia's 3,726 metre high Mount Rinjani in his quest to raise funds for the Stroke Association after his grandmas were struck down with the illness.

James has raised almost £600 and the Just Giving page is still open.

Full details here...

 
 
WORSLEY RADIO LAUNCHES IN SALFORD

Star date: 22nd August 2015

WORSLEY RADIO ADDS TO THE GROWING AIRWAVES OF THE CITY

Hot on the heels of last month's online Sounds of Salford launch comes Worsley Radio, another station focusing on the community as the city broadcasts to the neighbourhood and the world.

Worsley Radio has an open door policy and is looking for people to get involved, either as DJs, admin help or by informing of events and happenings.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAN SPRAYED WITH ACID ON PENDLETON TOGETHER SITE

Star date: 20th August 2015

ACID-SPRAYED TENANT OF WHITEBEAM COURT LEFT TO SUFFER BY PENDLETON TOGETHER

A tenant of Whitebeam Court was left to suffer by Pendleton Together after having a hydrochloric acid solution accidentally sprayed in his face by a Keepmoat worker cleaning brickwork on the block.

Pendleton Together, which manages the PFI refurbishment contract on Whitebeam, overseen by Salford Council, didn't call an ambulance or offer any first aid to the man who arrived at its office seeking help. Instead, he took himself to Salford Royal and ended up in Wythenshawe Hospital's special burns unit. Pendleton Together hasn't contacted him since, although the company says that "An urgent and detailed investigation" is taking place.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ANTI FRACKING GROUP JOINS NORTHERN UNITED FRONT AGAINST TORY PLANS

Star date: 19th August 2015

SALFORD GROUP JOINS NORTHERN UNITED FRONT AGAINST FRACKING

Frack Free Irlam and Cadishead has joined around three dozen community organisations in a northern united front against fracking. This week, the Tory Government announced more licenses for `on shore petroleum exploration and development', with the vast majority in the north.

"This shows the Government's contempt for our communities" says Bob Dennett from Frack Free Lancashire "They will get a shock if they think we will be so easily pushed around."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CARER'S DIARY SHOWS AROUND THREE HOURS SLEEP PER NIGHT ON THE COUCH

Star date: 18th August 2015

SALFORD COUNCIL DISABLED TRANSPORT CUTS INCREASES STRESS ON CARERS – AS NEW PETITION LAUNCHED

Following cuts by Salford Council to transport for disabled adults, two court cases recently have seen transport restored for two families with other cases waiting in the wings. Now Salford Against the Cuts has launched a new petition for the Council to restore transport for all adults with disabilities.

Meanwhile, campaigner and carer, Noreen Bailey, who has three disabled foster sons, has drawn up a day-in-the-life-of diary showing the stress of such cuts. She gets around three hours sleep per night on the couch if she's lucky and then has to transport her sons to day centres.

Full details here...

 
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