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ETHICAL CO-OP THREATENS MANCHESTER HOMELESS PEOPLE WITH EVICTION

Star date: 25th August 2016

HOMELESS THREATENED WITH EVICTION FROM DUCIE BRIDGE PUB IN MIDST OF £800MILLION NOMA REGENERATION SCHEME

"It's a regeneration scheme for the wealthy...whilst their people are rotting in the doorways..." Danny

The so-called `ethical' Co-op is threatening around two dozen young homeless people with eviction from the Ducie Bridge pub next to its swanky new HQ in Manchester.

The Co-op is a partner in the £800million NOMA regeneration scheme which owns the pub, and a notice posted on the door states `unless you vacate immediately, court action will be taken against you...'

Full details here...

 
 
NEW MEDIACITYUK PLANS SEE MORE SALFORD STERILISATION AND NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Star date: 24th August 2016

OVER 1,000 FLATS, 31 STOREY BLOCKS – NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING, NO SECTION 106 AND MORE PRIVATISED SPACES

Peel Holdings and its new partner, Legal and General Capital, will see plans for Phase 2 of MediaCityUK go to Salford City Council planning panel next week.

The plans include 1,395 flats with no affordable housing, huge office blocks up to thirty one storeys high, more private spaces and no Section 106 payments to the city. Peel calls it a `vibrant architectural environment' but it looks like more Salford Quays sterilisation.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD WOMEN LESS LIKELY TO BE PROMOTED AND GET EQUAL WAGES

Star date: 23rd August 2016

WOMEN'S WAGES 18% LOWER THAN MEN AND LESS LIKELY TO GET PROMOTED

Two studies out today show that women's wages and opportunities are still way behind those of men in the workplace.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies research shows that the hourly wages of female employees are currently about 18% lower than men's on average. Meanwhile, the Chartered Management Institute research shows that men are 40% more likely than women to be promoted in management roles and are paid on average £7,948 more than women.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FLOOD ALERT DISGRACE

Star date: 22nd August 2016

NO FLOOD DEFENCES, NO FLOOD REPORT, NO-ONE CAME NEAR

As the Environment Agency issued a flood alert for Salford this morning, residents in Lower Broughton panicked, moving furniture and goods into higher places. Even though the flood didn't happen, the situation showed that since Boxing Day almost nothing has changed in the area.

"I think it's wrong that there's been no actual work done to protect the residents" said Mike Duddy of the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust. Meanwhile the report into the last flood still hasn't been published.

Full details here...

 
 
LOWER BROUGHTON FLOOD VICTIMS WIN KEY 103 HAPPY STREET PARTY

Star date: 21st August 2016

GORDON STREET THROWS A PARTY AS CASH FOR KIDS WINNERS

Despite bearing the brunt of the Boxing Day Flood, the incredible residents of Gordon Street in Lower Broughton raised over £3,000 for charity, winning the Key 103 Cash for Kids Happy Street competition. Today a huge party was thrown at River View Primary School fields to celebrate.

"I wanted to win it for Lower Broughton and Salford for the things that we've been through over the last eight months with the floods..." said local mum Keri Muldoon.

Full details here...

 
 
DOCTOR WHO MEETS BOND AT STARBURST FILM FESTIVAL WITH AN ECCLES TWINGE

Star date: 21st August 2016

KATY MANNING, MAD MAX, STAR WARS AND ECCLES COLLIDE AT CULT FILM FEST

Starburst International Film Festival
Friday 26th-Sunday 28th August
Manchester Metropolitan University

Doctor Who assistant Katy Manning, James Bond director, John Glen, and loads of luminaries from cult movies like Mad Max and Star Wars, come together this week at the Starburst International Film Festival at Manchester Met Student Union.

One of the organisers is Eccles based Star Wars fan Martin Unsworth who says "it is the communal spirit of the gathering that I am anticipating most..." With classics for kids and horror for freaks the Festival should be wild and weird.

Full details here...

 
 
MS DANCE FRIDAY IN SALFORD AT THE SPORTS VILLAGE

Star date: 21st August 2016

SEATED DANCE PARTY FOR ANYONE WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Dance Friday
Friday 26th August (and every last Friday of the month)
Salford Sports Village 11am-12noon free

Dance Friday is a new seated dance class and party suitable for anyone with MS and their family, which takes place on the last Friday of every month at the Sports Village on Littleton Road in Lower Kersal... "Why not put on your dancing shoes and give it a try?" says Jeremy Harris from the MS Society.

Full details here...

 
 
PETER HOOK AND THE LIGHT BRING SUBSTANCE HOME

Star date: 20th August 2016

HOOKY PERFORMS TOP JOY DIVISION AND NEW ORDER TRACKS LIVE

Peter Hook and The Light Perform Substance
Friday 16th September
O2 Apollo, Manchester £26

Salford legend Peter Hook and The Light are to perform the first live concerts of the legendary Joy Division and New Order compilation albums Substance, arriving at the Apollo on 16th September. The concert pre-dates the publication of Hooky's long awaited book Substance: Inside New Order, to be published in early October.

Full details here...

 
 
THE KINGS ARMS FESTIVAL 2016 SALFORD

Star date: 20th August 2016

THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGS ARMS FESTIVAL

The Kings Arms Festival
Friday 16th-Sunday 18th September
Kings Arms £15

All the Kings Arms people will say about their upcoming Festival is that "We have lots of surprises up our sleeves this year". And that's it, although previous festivals at the Salford pub have included top music, comedy and DJs, as Ian Leslie reports...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS FANS FURIOUS AS HULL KR GET QUALIFIER WIN

Star date: 20th August 2016

SALFORD DIDN'T TURN UP SAY FANS

"If I performed at work like that I would be sacked" Salford fan

As Salford Red Devils were stuffed 29-12 by Hull KR last night, fans were furious that the team just didn't turn up as the loss puts their Super 8 Qualifiers on a knife edge.

"They lacked passion and had no pride in the shirt and that for me is just not good enough" states Simon Williams in his match report...

Full match report here...

 
 
SALFORD MPS SIGN LETTER CALLING ON MANCHESTER CITY FC OWNERS TO RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS

Star date: 19th August 2016

MAN CITY OWNERS CONNECTED TO HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE SCANDAL

"It is...ironic that one of Manchester's great football clubs should be associated with a regime that is basically oppressive" Human Rights Watch

Two Salford MPs, Rebecca Long Bailey and Graham Stringer, have signed an open letter to Manchester City owner Crown Prince Mansour appealing for the release from prison of human rights activist Mohammed al-Roken in the United Arab Emirates.

Campaigners used the Peterloo Massacre commemoration last week to launch the letter, as Nigel Pivaro reports.

Full details here...

 
 
ALMOST £7,000 OF SALFORD FLOOD FUNDS STILL NOT REACHED VICTIMS

Star date: 18th August 2016

LOWER BROUGHTON FLOOD BENEFIT PROCEEDS AND DONATIONS NOT DISTRIBUTED

Almost £7,000 of money collected from various benefits, donations and Government match funding aimed at supporting Lower Broughton residents hit by the Boxing Day Flood has still not been distributed.

"I think we all feel bad it has taken so long to sort, but rest assured we will ensure the money gets to the people it is intended to benefit and ensure that it is all well publicised so donors know where their money went" says Alison Page, Chief Executive of Salford Community and Voluntary Services, which is holding the bulk of the money.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL £41MILLION CUTS TO HEAP MORE MISERY ON RESIDENTS

Star date: 17th August 2016

£41.7MILLION CUTS EXPECTED OVER NEXT THREE YEARS

To follow Salford City Council's £21.8million cuts this year, there's another £41.7million expected to follow over the next three years – which will see even more services closed, privatised or slashed.

The Tory Government has kindly offered Salford Council this definitive `funding settlement', to 2019-20, and it has until 10th October to respond.

Full details here...

 
 
ANDY BURNHAM SLATES GREATER MANCHESTER £300MILLION LUXURY HOUSING FUND

Star date: 16th August 2016

£300MILLION PUBLIC FUNDING FOR LUXURY APARTMENTS CRITICISED BY GM MAYOR CANDIDATE

Andy Burnham MP, who is the Labour Party candidate for Greater Manchester Mayor, has slated the £300million Greater Manchester Housing Fund – public money which has been used to shore up luxury apartment schemes, including Fred Done's blocks of unaffordable flats in Salford.

"I will renegotiate the aims of this fund" states Burnham, writing for Inside Housing today, "so that we can fully focus it on the long-term goal of an affordable home for all..."

Full details here...

 
 
GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS CONFIRM SALFORD COULD BE FRACKED BY 2021

Star date: 15th August 2016

BARTON MOSS ON IGAS FRACKING SCHEDULE FOR 2021

"The people of Salford said `No' to this industry. We meant `No!'..." Frack Free Greater Manchester

According to documents submitted to the Government, IGas, and its new partner INEOS, is intending to submit a planning application to drill a fracking well and to frack by 2021, as part of its licence which includes Barton Moss and Salford.

Today, campaigners called on Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, to back the Greater Manchester anti-fracking campaign in his role as both Mayor of Salford and Environment lead for Greater Manchester.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MARCHERS JOIN MAXINE PEAKE AT PETERLOO MASSACRE MEMORIAL

Star date: 14th August 2016

SALFORD PETERLOO VICTIMS REMEMBERED

Today, marchers from Salford and Eccles joined dozens of others from around Greater Manchester re-creating the routes of the original campaigners who met at St Peter's Field in 1819, only to be attacked by the cavalry, leaving 15 people dead, in what later became known as the Peterloo Massacre.

Outside Manchester Central Convention Complex, Maxine Peake read out the names of those who died, and later people added their own memorials to a giant canvas inside Friends Meeting House.

Full details here...

 
 
FROM THE ART OF SALFORD AT THE CORNERSTONE

Star date: 14th August 2016

FAB AFFORDABLE SALFORD ART EXHIBITION

From The Art of Salford
Until the end of August
Langworthy Cornerstone

Almost twenty Salford artists are currently exhibiting at the Langworthy Cornerstone in the first of a series of shows titled From The Art of Salford, which features everything from portraits to landscapes, and animals to abstracts at ridiculously cheap prices, ranging from £20 to £50.

Full details here…

 
 
FUNDRAISER FOR 150 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SALFORD TRADES UNION COUNCIL

Star date: 14th August 2016

BLANEY HEADLINES SALFORD TRADE UNION FUNDRAISER

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Fundraiser
Saturday 20th August 6pm-11pm free or donation
Islington Mill

In October, it will be the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Salford Trades Union Council, which directly led to the creation of the TUC and is a major piece of working class history.

Later in the year Salford will host a whole week of community events to celebrate the anniversary but next Saturday, 20th August, there's a fundraiser at Islington Mill to help finance the festivities, starring Blaney, Walk Like Fool Does and Rubaiyat.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD GETS SCARY WITH BLAINE MANOR AT THE KINGS ARMS

Star date: 14th August 2016

GOTHIC HORROR AT THE KINGS ARMS - `THE SCARIEST PLAY IN THE NORTH WEST'

The Haunting of Blaine Manor
Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th August 8pm
The Kings Arms

Joe O'Byrne, of Paradise Heights fame, brings his new play, The Haunting of Blaine Manor, to The Kings Arms this week. It brings gothic horror to a pub environment and Joe says "It's the scariest play in the North West and unlike anything else", as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS 26 LEIGH CENTURIANS 32

Star date: 14th August 2016 

REDS QUALIFIER SLIP

Salford Reds went to Leigh to play game two of the Qualifiers, hoping to take the form they shown against Huddersfield into the game. But, with a few video refereeing calls going against them the team came up short in this game, losing by a six point margin, as Simon Williams reports.

Match report here...

 
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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.

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