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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SACKS URBAN VISION

Star date: 24th May 2018

SALFORD COUNCIL ENDS CONTROVERSIAL URBAN VISION CONTRACT

Salford Council is to end its controversial contract with joint venture company Urban Vision, after years of accusations that the company was grossly profiteering from public money projects.

Salford Council has a 19.9% stake in Urban Vision but up until recently never even got a dividend from the profits. The Council is set to end the 'joint venture' when the current contract runs out in 2020.

Full details here...

 
 
COMMUNITY HAMMERS SALFORD CITY COUNCIL OVER BUILE HILL PARK HOUSING PROPOSALS

Star date: 23rd May 2018

COUNCIL UPS PRICE OF BUILE HILL MANSION PROJECT TO OVER £20MILLION AS PLANS MET WITH SCORN FROM COMMUNITY

Last night, a packed stormy meeting of the Claremont and Weaste Community Committee left Salford City Council in no doubt that any plans to build houses in Buile Hill Park as part of a deal to restore the Grade 2 listed Mansion will be met with fierce opposition.

Salford Council's Assistant Director of the Environment revealed to the meeting that Salford Red Devils Foundation, one of the driving partners of the project, hadn't even signed the controversial Memorandum of Understanding yet – and that the £1.6million cost of restoring the Mansion would have to be met with £1million a year to sustain it, giving a figure of over £20million.

Full details here...

 
 
SONGS AND CEREMONIES AS MANCHESTER REMEMBERS ARENA ATTACK

Star date: 22nd May 2018

ONE YEAR ON...

One year on from the Manchester Arena attack, today sees the Manchester Together – With One Voice event this evening in Albert Square from 7pm to 9pm, and Remembering Together, a civic reception this afternoon at Manchester Cathedral.

Meanwhile, local band Prose and the Manchester Survivors Choir have teamed up to raise money for those affected by the Manchester Arena bomb, with the track A City United.

Full details here...

 
 
ROLLERBLADING IS TEST OF MANCHESTER AND SALFORD SUCCESS SAYS COUNCIL STRATEGIC DIRECTOR

Star date: 21st May 2018

FORGET ABOUT JOBS, HOMELESSNESS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING – ROLLERBLADERS IS WHERE CITIES' REGENERATION IS AIMED!

'Jobs priority "just doesn't echo in the room any more"...'

Never mind jobs, homelessness and affordable housing, all Manchester and Salford regeneration is, apparently, aimed at attracting rollerbladers, Eddie Smith, Strategic Director at Manchester City Council, told a Built Environment Network conference last week; and that the jobs priority "just doesn't echo in the room any more". At the same conference, the Development Manager for Salford City Council echoed the similar sentiments.

Full details here...

 
 
BLANEY TO PLAY CASTLE HOTEL MANCHESTER

Star date: 21st May 2018

FROM SALFORD TO BERLIN TO MANC

Blaney and special guests
Saturday 26th May 7:30pm
Castle Hotel, Manchester

Blaney, the Salford band fronted by Ed Blaney, having just returned from two successful gigs in Berlin, play the Castle Hotel Manchester this Saturday in what should be a storming set.

Full details here...

 
 
SLADS PRESENT INTO THE WOODS AT ST LUKE’S SALFORD

Star date: 20th May 2018

HAPPY ENDINGS IN SEEDLEY...

Into The Woods
Monday 21st-Saturday 26th May
St Luke's Parish Hall £6.50/£5.50

Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and more fairy tale characters suffuse Into The Woods, the latest big musical production by St Luke's Arts and Drama Society which runs all this week. As the team state, be careful of wishing for a happy ending...

Full details here...

 
 
FRANK MORGAN REWIRED AND RETURNING TO THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 20th May 2018

FRANK MORGAN RAM-RAIDS THE FOURTH WALL

Frank Morgan: Rewired
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May
Kings Arms £10

Hard case, Frank Morgan returns to the Kings Arms, 'rewired' and revved up in this urban, gothic, twisted fairy tale. It's a one-man show but actor and writer Joe O'Byrne, pulls it off with added menace and swagger, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

 
 
HUNDREDS OF STAND UP TO RACISM CAMPAIGNERS OPPOSE FLA RALLY IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 19th May 2018

FOOTBALL LADS ALLIANCE OUTNUMBERED BY PROTESTERS

"We simply must be vigilant, expose the FLA agenda and together we will defeat racism and fascism in this country..." FBU Regional secretary

Today, around two hundred supporters of the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) were outnumbered by around eight hundred Stand Up To Racism protesters as they held a rally in Castlefield, Manchester. Hundreds of police kept the factions apart as the day passed peacefully.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD URGED TO GROW WEEDS TO SAVE BEES

Star date: 19th May 2018

WILDLIFE EXPERTS URGE MORE WEEDS AND LONG GRASS

As the fifth annual Great British Bee Count launches this week, people are being urged to grow more weeds and longer grass to help save British bees.

"Habitat loss is one of the biggest threats bees face" says Friends of the Earth bee campaigner Emi Murphy "So it's the perfect excuse to get a bit lazy in the garden this summer and allow things to grow wild and play your part in protecting these crucial pollinators..."

Full details here...

 
 
HOBSON’S CHOICE AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

Star date: 19th May 2018

SALFORD STORY RE-BORN AT ARTS THEATRE

Hobson's Choice
Wednesday 6th -Saturday 9th June/Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th June Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd June
Salford Arts Theatre

Harold Brighouse's Salford play about old patriarchal attitudes comes home, as Hobson's Choice is to be staged at Salford Arts Theatre for a twelve night run in June. Early Bird tickets are now on sale at £8.

Full details here...

 
 
CANNABIS SHOP IN SALFORD OPENS

Star date: 18th May 2018

ECCLES SEES SALFORD CANNABIS SHOP

A Salford shop selling cannabis oil has opened on Liverpool Road in Eccles. TGI Vapours – The CBD Store sells vapes, drops, pastes, sprays and capsules made from cannabidiol compound (CBD) which is legal and claims to help with everything from anxiety, to obesity to cancer. The CBD on sale is legal and non-hallucinogenic...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY GARDEN OPENS WITH ROYAL WEDDING PARTY

Star date: 18th May 2018

CLAREMONT PLACE COMMUNITY GARDENS WEDDING PARTY

Tomorrow, Saturday 19th May, sees the Claremont Place Community Garden open with a Royal Wedding Party between 11am and 3pm. The Garden, off Claremont Road in Irlams o' th' Height, has been created by local residents and Height Heroes who have cleared the space to make the Height 'cleaner and greener'.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD POP UP BAZAAR PROVIDES FREE SUMMER CLOTHES FOR HOMELESS AND POOR

Star date: 17th May 2018

ECCLES CENTRE SUMMER CLOTHES BONANZA

This morning the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre in Eccles opened a pop up bazaar for the homeless and those on low incomes to get free summer outfits.

The giveaway shop will be open tomorrow and possibly Monday, and there's everything from flip flops to groovy t-shirts and shorts, to socks, pants and jackets.

Full details here...

 
 
GOVERNMENT LOOKING TO FIND SOLUTION TO SAVE SALFORD NURSERIES

Star date: 17th May 2018

GOVERNMENT MINISTER LOOKING FOR NURSERY SOLUTION

Yesterday, a delegation of Save Salford Nurseries campaigners headed to London to meet the Government's Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi.

Here Lee Shannon, a parent who went with the delegation, provides an optimistic report of the meeting... "Nadhim said he wants to work with the campaigners to find a solution to ensure the long term future of the nurseries, pointing out the work the nurseries do is invaluable..."

Full details here...

 
 
GOVERNMENT TO FUND SALFORD CLADDING COSTS FOR COUNCIL AND SOCIAL HOUSING BLOCKS

Star date: 17th May 2018

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES £400MILLION FOR NATIONAL CLADDING REPLACEMENT

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government will finally "fully fund" the removal and replacement of unsafe cladding by councils and housing associations, estimated at £400 million. This works out at an average of £2.5million per block.

In Salford, the Council, City West and Salix Homes will have the work financially covered but almost a year on from Grenfell most of the city's blocks have still not had the cladding removed. The picture in Salford is extremely patchy.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MP CALLS FOR HUGE OPPOSITION TO FOOTBALL LADS’ ALLIANCE RACIST RALLY

Star date: 16th May 2018

MPS, COUNCILLORS, ARENA BOMB FAMILY AND FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS CALL FOR OPPOSITION TO FLA RALLY

Worsley and Eccles South MP, Barbara Keeley, has joined Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and a host of other MPs and councillors, calling for opposition to the planned rally by the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) this Saturday, on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena bomb attack.

Stand Up To Racism Manchester has called the protest for 11am Saturday 19th May in St Peters Square, Manchester. Dan Hett, who lost his brother in the attack, has also joined the call, tweeting "The racist and Islamophobic Football Lads' Alliance are planning to callously hijack the anniversary of the attack to march in Manchester. No class. No respect. Not welcome." 

Full details here...

 
 
GOVERNMENT FINALLY TO MEET SALFORD NURSERY CAMPAIGNERS

Star date: 15th May 2018

IT'S A 'YES' OR A 'NO' FROM THE GOVERNMENT

After months of cat and mouse non-negotiations with the Government over the future of Salford City Council's five threatened nurseries, a delegation is finally heading to London tomorrow to meet with the Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, NadhimZahawi.

The Department of Education told the Salford Star months ago that it would be 'flexible' on the new Early Years funding formula if the Council actually asked them. Now is the time for the Under-Sec of State to deliver. It's a 'yes' or a 'no'.

Full details here...

 
 
BULLDOZERS MOVE IN ON MOCHA PARADE SALFORD

Star date: 15th May 2018

DEMOLITION OF LOWER BROUGHTON SHOPPING PRECINCT BEGINS

After years of neglect and stop-start plans to 'upgrade' Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton, the bulldozers have finally moved in, demolishing the first section of the precinct where the old post office, newsagents and Broughton Trust office used to be.

Plans for the new shopping centre include a Lidl store, just five new shop units with increased rents and possibly a health centre.

Full details here...

 
 
FRED DONE WEALTH RISES £20MILLION AS HE GETS £22MILLION PUBLIC SUBSIDY

Star date: 14th May 2018

SUNDAY TIMES RICH LIST SHOWS HUGE DONE BROS WEALTH RISE

The new Sunday Times Rich List shows that Fred and Peter Done's wealth rose by £20million, to £1.35billion. Coincidentally, the Done's company FICM Ltd got £22.5million in public subsidy loans from Greater Manchester Combined Authority for the controversial blocks of 380 unaffordable apartments at Blackfriars, subsequently marketed to Hong Kong investors.

Others on the Rich List include INEOS fracking chief, Jim Ratcliffe (top of the List), and the Peel Holdings Whittaker family which saw its wealth rise by £50million – did they ever pay for that Barton bridge?

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER MEMORIAL BIKE RIDE TO HONOUR THOSE KILLED IN ARENA ATTACK

Star date: 13th May 2018

AS FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF ARENA BOMB HORROR LOOMS, BIKERS REV UP THEIR OWN TRIBUTE

Next Saturday, 19th May, hundreds of trikes, bikes and scooters will be converging on Manchester Arena to pay tribute to those killed and injured in the horrific bomb attack that took place on 22nd May last year. At the Arena there will be one minute's silence.

Full details here...

 
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SALFORD STAR - A BIT OF HISTORY

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.

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. Neither does it respond to Salford Star's requests for quotes or comments. 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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