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SALFORD COUNCILLORS SECRET INTERESTS

Star date: 29th July 2015


A MARY BURNS SPECIAL!!!


In an attempt at accountability and openness Salford City Council has a Register of Interest on the council website where councilors can tell the people of Salford of any benefits they may have had from one of their many executive 'meetings' and power lunches. But for some reason most councilors haven't declared anything on the website for up to two years.


Mary Burns Investigates…

 
 
SALFORD AUTHORITIES DECLARE WAR ON COMMUNITY IN CHAPEL STREET

Star date: 28th July 2015

SALIX, POLICE, TRADING STANDARDS, IMMIGRATION PILE INTO ISLINGTON ESTATE

It looks like Salford authorities have decalred war on the community in Chapel Street. Mo, who runs the Shalimar convenience store and is currently battling English Cities Fund for a new unit at Vimto Gardens, has been raided four times in the last few months by Greater Manchester Police, Salford Council Trading Standards and even the Immigration Office in what the community is calling harrassment.  

Meanwhile, in an incredibly draconian move, families on the Estate have been told by Salix Homes that they face eviction if their kids associate with another kid.

Full details here...

 
 
PAUL MASSEY DEATH SHOCK FOR SALFORD MP REBECCA LONG-BAILEY

Star date: 27th July 2015

SALFORD MP `SHOCKED' BY DEATH OF PAUL MASSEY

In the aftermath of last night's fatal shooting of Salford's Paul Massey, Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey has spoken of her `shock'... "My thoughts are with his family and the residents of Clifton who are no doubt shaken and frightened by this terrible incident which took place in this quiet and otherwise safe area."

Full details click here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR CANDIDATE PAUL MASSEY SHOT

Star date: 26th July 2015

SALFORD'S PAUL MASSEY SHOT IN CLIFTON

The Salford Star understands that well known Salford man Paul Massey, who was due to stand for City Mayor at the next election in May, has been shot dead at his home in Clifton. Mr Massey had been taking an active role in community politics in the city recently, saying he wanted to get involved in helping young people.

Tonight's shooting follows a gun-related incident in Swinton this week when shots were fired at an address on Blantyre Street.

More details here...

 
 
SAVE THE CROWN THEATRE ECCLES CAMPAIGN DOES GUERILLA ART STATEMENT

Star date: 26th July 2015

SALFORD GRADE 2 LISTED THEATRE IN DANGER OF DEMOLITION

Campaigners trying to save the Grade 2 listed Crown Theatre in Eccles did a bit of direct art action yesterday, producing a mural at the front of the building depicting how the old theatre could be used in the future – rather than being bulldozed to make way for more expensive apartments.

"It opened as a working class theatre for the working man" said Save The Crown Theatre campaign's Jon Grieves "It was the first theatre in Eccles, so let's not make it the last and demolish it which I believe is on the cards."

Full details and lots of interior photos here...

 
 
NEW SALFORD MARKET AIMS TO ADD SAUCE TO BROUGHTON

Star date: 25th July 2015

NEW BROUGHTON MARKET AIMS TO UNITE REGENERATION COMMUNITIES

New Broughton Market
Saturday 1st August 10am-3pm
The Vibe     

A market, selling everything from Sauced In Salford sauces to plus-sized clothes, is happening around The Vibe on Broughton Lane next Saturday, which aims to give something to the old and new communities of so-called `New Broughton' that regeneration hasn't provided – and that's not over-priced unaffordable houses!

Full details here...

 
 
NEW SOUNDS OF SALFORD RADIO STATION LAUNCHES

Star date: 24th July 2015

DJS, POETS, BANDS AND BANTER ON THE SOUNDS OF SALFORD

The Sounds of Salford Radio station has been launched this week by local author and DJ Simon Williams. The station aims to give people a voice, play local music and cover all things Salford.

Simon is looking for DJs who want to get involved, bands who want some airplay and anyone who wishes to get down and make it happen. The latest show also features an interview with the editor of the Salford Star.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FUND RAISES OVER £15,000 FOR ALAN HENNING FAMILY

Star date: 24th July 2015

WORLDWIDE DONATIONS HIT OVER £15K FOR ALAN HENNING FAMILY

A GoFundMe campaign set up by Walkden's Janet O'Shaughnessy to raise money for Alan Henning's family has now closed, with the incredible total of £15,791.06 reached from donations by Salford people and from others all over the world.

"When I set it up I think I put a target of £500, so to get this much was fantastic" says Janet "I was just overwhelmed by people's generosity." The money has now been transferred to the trust created for Alan Henning's two children.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR IN POPE CLIMATE CHANGE SHOCK

Star date: 23rd July 2015

TONY LLOYD SIGNS THE POPE'S CLIMATE CHANGE STATEMENT – AFTER DOING NOTHING AT BARTON MOSS

Tony Lloyd, now interim Mayor of Greater Manchester, joined other mayors from around the world at the Vatican this week to sign a declaration against climate change and other issues affecting the globe.

This will come as a shock to those who protested at the Salford anti-fracking camp at Barton Moss, as Lloyd, then Greater Manchester Police Commissioner, did nothing to protect anti-climate change protesters who were being brutalised and arrested by Greater Manchester Police on almost a daily basis.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL CAVES IN AGAIN ON TRANSPORT CUT FOR DISABLED PERSON

Star date: 22nd July 2015

LAWYERS HELP SECOND DISABLED ADULT OVERTURN SALFORD COUNCIL TRANSPORT DECISION

"How many times must there be a legal challenge before they finally realise the negative impact this policy has had?" Solicitor

Last week Salford Council caved in during a legal case to restore transport to a severely disabled person, following closure of its Passenger Transport Unit (PTU). Now, the Council has caved in for a second time, hours before a legal challenge was due to be made.

This case related to Jennifer Barrett, who was one of the two disabled people to originally take the Council to court over the cuts... "I hope that any other families affected by the closure of the PTU consider seeking legal advice to get their transport reinstated" says mum, Elaine.

Full details here...

 
 
OVER TEN PER CENT OF SALFORD HOUSEHOLDS IN FUEL POVERTY

Star date: 22nd July 2015 

OVER 7,000 EXCESSIVELY COLD HOMES AND OVER 10,000 HOUSEHOLDS LIVING IN FUEL POVERTY

As developers continue to build unaffordable houses in Salford, a new report shows that a significant number of Salford people are literally being left out in the cold. Newly released Government figures show that over 10% of Salford households are living in fuel poverty, while over 7,000 homes are classed as a `Health and Housing Safety Rating Systems Category 1 hazard on grounds of Excessive Cold'.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP EVICTION CASE ADJOURNED UNTIL 30TH JULY

Star date: 21st July 2015

CAMP DEFENDANTS DENIED LEGAL AID TO FIGHT MANCHESTER COUNCIL

"The situation is extremely grave for access to justice..." RAPAR

This morning, an application for legal aid by representatives of the Manchester Homeless Camp fighting eviction at the Civil Justice Centre was denied minutes before the case was due to be heard.

The judge adjourned the case until 30th July while a review of the legal aid denial is requested but it is unlikely that that it will have concluded by then. "The defendants are probably going to have to represent themselves at court" explained Ben Taylor the solicitor acting for the Camp "It is extremely unsatisfactory and disappointing."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MP BARBARA KEELEY REFUSES TO VOTE AGAINST CRUEL TORY WELFARE BILL

Star date: 21st July 2015

TWO SALFORD MPS VOTE AGAINST WELFARE BILL BUT KEELEY ABSTAINS

"We weren't sent to Parliament to abstain" Dianne Abbott

Barbara Keeley, MP for Worsley and Eccles South, and representing a third of Salford's residents, followed the Labour Party whip and abstained in the vote on the Tory Government's cruel Welfare Bill last night.

The other two Salford MPs, Rebecca Long Bailey (Salford and Eccles) and Graham Stringer (Blackley and Broughton) voted against the Bill which slashes £12billion from welfare.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MALNUTRITION RATES DOUBLE TO HIGHEST IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 20th July 2015

SALFORD MALNUTRITION RATES ALMOST THREE TIMES HIGHER THAN RATES FOR ENGLAND

Rates of malnutrition in Salford have almost doubled over the last four years, and are now the highest rates in Greater Manchester and almost three times those of England, based on hospital admissions for the horrific condition.

Malnutrition affects mainly older people and the reasons given in a Salford health report are "reduced mobility, a long-term health condition or a low income".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PEOPLE ASKED TO TAKE PART IN ENORMOUS ELEPHANT RUN

Star date: 19th July 2015

RUN LIKE AN ELEPHANT TO PROTECT WILDLIFE

Enormous Elephant Run
Saturday 25th July
Heaton Park 10:30am

Salford people are being asked to take part in Greater Manchester's first ever Enormous Elephant Run at Heaton Park next Saturday – a charity fun run with a difference, where all participants are dressed as elephants and run, jog or walk either 5k or 10k to raise vital funds and awareness for Africa's elephants.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD WOMEN SPEND A WEEK IN A CASINO FOR CARERS TRUST

Star date: 19th July 2015

LIVING 24/7 IN A CASINO TO BREAK BANK FOR CARERS

Lower Broughton's Veronica Tyson and Ordsall's Tess McDonald are spending all this week living in the Grosvenor Casino in a Big Brother style challenge to raise funds and awareness for the Carers Trust.

During the week they will be cared for 24/7 by staff, while undertaking world record attempts and some other onerous tasks like learning to play the guitar and being tested on Fifty Shades of Grey.

Full details here...

 
 
MORE VIMTO GARDENS PROTESTS AGAINST ENGLISH CITIES FUND IN SALFORD

19th July 2015

CHAPEL STREET COMMUNITY PROTESTS CONTINUE

Community protests on Chapel Street to `Save Mo's!' shop continued yesterday with organisers vowing to call a public meeting and make next weekend's demonstration the biggest yet.

Mo, whose convenience store of thirty years standing is up for demolition, has been priced out of a new unit at the Vimto Gardens development next to his shop, despite the scheme being supported by £11million of public money.

Full details here...

 
 
CLIFTON HALL COLLIERY MONUMENT UNVEILED IN SALFORD

Star date: 18th July 2015

CLIFTON HALL PIT AND DISASTER REMEMBERED

This afternoon, a memorial garden, two plaques and a pit wheel monument were unveiled on Lumns Lane in Pendlebury to remember Clifton Hall Colliery and the disaster which happened there 130 years ago, claiming the lives of 178 workers, some as young as 13.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD AND MANCHESTER HOMELESS PEOPLE FACE PRISON THREAT

Star date: 18th July 2015

CITY CENTRE BAN COULD CRIMINALISE THE HOMELESS

Next Tuesday, Manchester City Council is going to court seeking injunctions which would ban Homeless Camp residents from anywhere in the city centre for a period of two years... "My concern is that this draconian order would result in a homeless person facing the threat of prison simply for being homeless" says solicitor Ben Taylor who is acting for the Camps.

Today a protest rally was held in Piccadilly Gardens, urging Camp supporters to demonstrate outside the Manchester Civil Justice Centre next Tuesday.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL AND SALIX HOMES HOUND BENEFIT SANCTION MAN OUT OF HOME

Star date: 17th July 2015

UNEMPLOYED SANCTIONED SALFORD MAN FORCED TO LIVE ON SUPER NOODLES - WHILE COUNCIL AND SALIX WENT TO COURT FOR ARREARS AND EVICTION

"Because of austerity and budget problems...they're having a go at local people"

First he was sanctioned by the DWP. Then Salix Homes evicted him from his home in Higher Broughton. Then Salford Council went for Council Tax and Housing Benefit arrears. All because the Council stated Mark Preston hadn't filled out a form. Which he had done. Salford Council even acknowledged its receipt. Meanwhile, unemployed Mark was living on super noodles. 

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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