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MANCHESTER LOOSE SPACE HOMELESS EVICTION ATTEMPT ON FILM

Star date: 26th April 2017

NINE MINUTE FILM GIVES STORIES BEHIND LOOSE SPACE

"There's a lot of thought, a lot of time and a lot of passion gets put into these spaces ...we're trying to make democracy fair..."

Yesterday, passers-by gawped at a rooftop protest and an attempted eviction of Loose Space homeless campaigners on the roof of the old Cornerhouse art building on Oxford Road in Manchester.

Now a nine minute video has been released with footage of the eviction attempt together with people giving the reasons behind the occupation and why Loose Space and similar squats are everyone's issue.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, April 26, 2017  

 
 

TORY GOVERNMENT MOVE FROM DLA TO PIP LEAVING SALFORD DISABLED STRUGGLING TO MEET BASIC LIVING COSTS

Star date: 25th April 2017

CHARITY WARNS OF HARDSHIP FOR DLA CLAIMANTS FAILING PIP ASSESSMENTS

Poverty charity Turn2us is warning about how the move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is leaving many people with a disability struggling to pay for basic living costs.

The impact of the Tory Government policy has been that many people who had been receiving DLA have not passed the PIP assessment, with consequent loss of benefits... "Not receiving PIP after previously receiving DLA can have sudden and devastating consequences at a time when people are least resilient" says Alison Taylor, Director of Turn2us.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, April 25, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD LEADS THE WAY TO GET HOMELESS PEOPLE A VOTE

Star date: 25th April 2017

UNIQUE SALFORD REGISTRATION SCHEME WILL GIVE HOMELESS PEOPLE A VOTE

With the General Election looming, Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre has created a unique way to help hundreds of homeless people exercise their democratic right and become registered to vote.

After discussions with both Parliament and Salford City Council, anyone who is homeless will be able to use the Resource Centre's address to register to vote, and it is hoped that similar initiatives will spread throughout the country giving hundreds of thousands of people a vote, which could even swing the election.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, April 25, 2017  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR CANDIDATES SUPPORT FIGHT TO SAVE SALFORD DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME

Star date: 24th April 2017

SAVE THE GRANGE CAMPAIGN GETS SUPPORT FROM MAYOR HOPEFULS

Greater Manchester Mayor candidates who spoke to Save The Grange campaigners at a hustings event organised by the National Autistic Society have lent their support to the fight to keep open Salford's only residential home for disabled children.

Salford's Labour Council wants to shut The Grange but Lynda Barton, who spoke with the Labour Party Mayor hopeful Andy Burnham, told the Salford Star; "Andy said that to move children out of the borough is unacceptable...". Meanwhile, Salford City UNISON also continues to campaign to keep The Grange open.

Full details here...

added Monday, April 24, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS IN WEIGHTIST NOT RACIST STORM AS TEAM PROGRESS IN CHALLENGE CUP

Star date: 23rd April 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS 29 TORONTO WOLFPACK 22

Salford Red Devils progressed in the Challenge Cup with a hard fought 29-22 victory over League 1 side Toronto Wolfpack. But the game was overshadowed by Justin Carney being sent off for alleged racism.

After the game, Salford coach Ian Watson didn't want to comment on the incident but Salford Star reporter, Simon Williams, was told by Carney that he was misheard...His remark could be construed as weightist but not racist...

Full details and match report here...

added Sunday, April 23, 2017  

 
 

HUGE MANCHESTER MAY DAY FESTIVAL HAS ‘SAVE THE NHS’ THEME

Star date: 23rd April 2017

MARCH AND FESTIVAL FOR MANCHESTER MAY DAY

Saturday 29th April
11am May Day March from All Saints Park
12noon-4pm May Day Festival
Mechanics Institute and Sackville Gardens

This Saturday, 29th April, Manchester is promising its biggest ever May Day Festival, which begins with a march from All Saints Park to Sackville Gardens, and then continues all afternoon with a festival featuring workshops, stalls, theatre, music, film and speakers at the Mechanics Institute.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 23, 2017  

 
 

MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY RALLY

Star date: 23rd April 2017

OVER 51,000 DEATHS, HALF A MILLION INJURIES AND MILLIONS MADE ILL BY WORK EACH YEAR

International Workers' Memorial Day Rally
Friday 28th April 12noon-1pm
Lincoln Square, Manchester

On Friday 28th April, millions of workers across the world will remember those killed at and by work as part of International Workers' Memorial Day. In Manchester there's a rally in Lincoln Square, where speakers will include various trade union reps, Andy Burnham and Tracey Seward of Families Against Corporate Killers, which is organising the event alongside GM Hazards and the North West Trade Unions.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 23, 2017  

 
 

LAUNCH FOR UNIQUE HISTORICAL WEBSITE OF MANCHESTER AND SALFORD WOMEN’S TUC

Star date: 23rd April 2017

IF YOU KNOW YOUR HISTORY...

Manchester and Salford Women's Trades Union Council 1895-1919
Saturday 29th April 2:15pm
Mechanics Institute, Manchester

A unique, nationally significant, web archive on the birth of women and trade unions is to be launched next Saturday with an event hosted by the Mary Quaile Club. The website features minutes and info on the Manchester and Salford Women's Trades Union Council (1895-1919), which was formed specifically to organise low paid women workers into trade unions. So relevant to the now...

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 23, 2017  

 
 

SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY HITS SALFORD

Star date: 22nd April 2017

SALFORD VENUES COME ALIVE WITH THE SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY

Sounds From The Other City
Sunday April 30th 3pm-4am
Various Venues

Hitting loads of venues along Chapel Street and beyond next weekend is Sounds From The Other City, a celebration of new music and performance with a wild variety of top bands and tunes. Here, Ian Leslie previews the fest and meets Horsebeach.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 22, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD MINERS PLAQUE UNVEILED FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

Star date: 22nd April 2017

MADGE KELLY AND HARRY DAVIES HONOURED AT AGECROFT

Madge Kelly and Harry Davies, Salford community activists and co-founders of the Irwell Valley Mining Project, were honoured this afternoon as a plaque was unveiled in their memory at the miners monument on Agecroft Road.

It was part of the annual Salford International Workers Memorial Day ceremony to remember those who perished in the pits.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 22, 2017  

 
 

ED SHEERAN ON FILM IS THE LAST WISH OF SALFORD TERMINAL CANCER WOMAN

Star date: 22nd April 2017

CAN SOMEONE BRING A VIRTUAL ED SHEERAN TO SALFORD?

Stacey Mottram's auntie, Louise, age 43, has terminal cancer and little time left. Stacey bought her tickets to see Ed Sheeran, who is playing the Manchester Arena tonight and tomorrow but Louise is just too ill to go...

...So all Stacey wants is to get hold of a film of the concert so her auntie can see Ed in all his glory as one of her last wishes. Can this be so difficult to sort?

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 22, 2017  

 
 

GREENPEACE TARGETS COCA-COLA OVER PLASTIC OCEAN POLLUTION

Star date: 22nd April 2017

CALL COKE CAMPAIGN AIMS FOR CHANGE

'When enough of us get together, we're an unstoppable force for good...'

Today is Earth Day, which this year sits right in the middle of a campaign by Greenpeace to pressure Coca-Cola to stop polluting the planet with its plastic bottles.

After 80,000 emails were sent to Coke's CEO, the environment group now wants people to phone the company direct to get the message across... "Coca-Cola has a unique responsibility to drastically reduce its plastic footprint and stop its products from choking our oceans" states Greenpeace.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 22, 2017  

 
 

SWINTON SET TO BE TRANSFORMED IN SECRET MASTERPLAN

Star date: 21st April 2017

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PAYS URBAN VISION £200,000 FOR SWINTON TRANSFORMATION MASTERPLAN

Swinton is set to be 'transformed', with Salford Council ordering a 'masterplan' of proposals, although the details are being kept completely secret at this stage from the public.

The cash-strapped Council agreed this week to hand over £200,000 to its joint venture company, Urban Vision, for four months work, to come up with the masterplan, which will include a new leisure centre on the re-tarted Civic Centre 'campus', at a cost of £11.9million.

Full details here...

added Friday, April 21, 2017  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR SURVEY FINDS ALMOST 70% OF SALFORD PEOPLE CAN’T NAME A SINGLE CANDIDATE

Star date: 20th April 2017

86% OF PEOPLE KNOW THERE'S A GM MAYOR ELECTION BUT FEW CAN NAME ANY CANDIDATES

Today the Salford Star took to Salford Precinct to gauge people's knowledge of the Greater Manchester Mayor Election on May 4th – and found that, while the vast majority knew about the ballot and intended to vote, 69% couldn't name a single candidate, while the other 31% could only name one candidate, Andy Burnham.

Full details here...

added Thursday, April 20, 2017  

 
 

JUDGE DAMNS SALFORD COUNCIL IN “SERIOUSLY FLAWED” DISABILITY HOUSING REVIEW

Star date: 19th April 2017

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL'S "SERIALLY FLAWED" DISABILITY HOUSING REVIEW "DID NOT COME CLOSE...IN APPLYING EQUALITY DUTY" STATES JUDGE

Today at Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Salford City Council was absolutely damned in the findings of Judge Main, who ruled that its review of accommodation for a physically and mentally disabled man was "seriously flawed", "serially failed" and "does not come close to satisfying the requisite legal test in applying the 'equality duty'".

Costs were awarded against cash-strapped Salford Council, which are believed to be greater than the cost of actually moving the man to a suitable property in the first place.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, April 19, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD UNIVERSITY ‘EXPERTS’ DON’T GIVE LABOUR PARTY A SNIFF IN GENERAL ELECTION

Star date: 18th April 2017

AS 'SELFISH'...'RUTHLESS'...THERESA MAY CALLS ELECTION, SALFORD UNI PROFESSORS PREDICT LOW TURNOUT, LABOUR LOSSES, LIB DEM GAINS

As Greater Manchester voters are still coming to terms with the GM Mayor Election on May 4th, today Theresa May has called a General Election on June 8th.

Four 'politics and business experts' at the University of Salford have given their reactions, which include a prediction that the Labour Party will get "fewer than 200 seats", that "only the Lib Dem vote could upset the apple cart", and that turnout could possibly fall "below the 59.4 per cent of 2001"...and a slating of "ruthless", "opportunistic" "selfish" Tories

See full reactions here...

added Tuesday, April 18, 2017  

 
 

CATALANS DRAGONS 38 SALFORD RED DEVILS 6

Star date: 17th April 2017

SALFORD'S WINNING RUN ENDS IN FRANCE

Salford Red Devils were hoping to make it a table topping six wins on the trot but fell short in France, as Catalans Dragons took the points after having a longer break between games than Salford. The only positive was a brilliant try by Justin Carney, as Simon Williams reports.

Match report here...

added Monday, April 17, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD MINERS PLAQUE UNVEILING FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

Star date: 17th April 2017

AGECROFT TO HONOUR MADGE KELLY AND HARRY DAVIES

Next Saturday 22nd April, as part of the Salford International Workers Memorial Day, a special plaque will be unveiled at the Agecroft miners' monument in memory of Madge Kelly and Harry Davies, both founder members of the Irwell Valley Miners Project.

Full details here...

added Monday, April 17, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CHILDREN GOING HUNGRY DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Star date: 17th April 2017

INCREASE IN HOLIDAY HUNGER STATES NUT SURVEY

Over half of primary school workers who filled in a survey for the National Union of Teachers (NUT) said that pupils were going hungry during school holidays, with 80% of those reporting that the numbers were increasing. More than a third also stated that pupils were returning to school with signs of malnourishment.

"These are heart-breaking findings which lay bare the terrible impact of poverty on the lives and educational experiences of many children" says Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT, responding to the findings.

Full details here...

added Monday, April 17, 2017  

 
 

VEGAN EDUCATION DAY COMES TO GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 16th April 2017

HARD HITTING VEGAN CAMPAIGN HITS THE STREETS

22nd April is Vegan Education Day and to promote it, Go Vegan World, the world's largest and long running vegan campaign, is hitting the area with billboard and bus adverts, digital screen messages, virtual reality exhibitions and talks... "Animal rights is also a human rights issue" says campaign director Sandra Higgins.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 16, 2017  

 
 

GANDEY’S BRINGS WORLD CIRCUS DAY TO SALFORD

Star date: 16th April 2017

GANDEY'S CIRCUS TREATS SALFORD FAMILIES ON WORLD CIRCUS DAY

One Salford family was the special guests of Gandey's Circus yesterday as part of World Circus Day, treated to a pre-show brunch, a backstage tour and VIP ringside seats for the big top spectacular which is currently thrilling audiences in Buile Hill Park.

This morning, the cast also joined in a litter pick with Friends of Buile Hill Park. The Circus has two shows today and two tomorrow before it moves onto Knutsford.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 16, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD ACTOR IN INTERRACIAL EXTRA MARITAL AFFAIR DRAMA

Star date: 16th April 2017

CAN LOVE AND SEX REALLY BE SEPARATED?

Stolen Moments
Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April
Z-Arts, Manchester

Broughton actor, Vincent Stable, stars in a new community production, Stolen Moments, at Z-Arts in Hulme this week. The drama focuses on an interracial extra marital affair, or 'quick fumble', between a young woman and a middle-aged dad. But there's loads more behind the production and the theatre company that's performing it, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here…

added Sunday, April 16, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS 12 LEIGH CENTURIONS 6

Star date: 15th April 2017

SALFORD MAKE IT FIVE WINS IN A ROW...

Salford Red Devils won their fifth consecutive game to sit in second place in the League ladder after ten games. A tight and, at times dour, Good Friday derby win over Leigh Centurions saw Salford triumph 12-6, with fullback Gareth O'Brien going over to score the match winning try.

Match report and photos by Gareth Lyons here...

added Saturday, April 15, 2017  

 
 

GREEN SHIELD STAMPS AND RATIONS FOR SALFORD’S ELDERLY

Star date: 15th April 2017

MEMORIES MATTER IN SALFORD

Elderly people are viewing photos, diaries, news clippings and items like Green Shield stamps in reminiscence sessions run as part of the Salford Museum and Art Gallery's Memories Matter project.

Roy and Rose Healey, from Worsley, who recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary, have certainly enjoyed taking a stroll down memory lane together.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 15, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD FAMILIES AND NURSERIES URGED TO TAKE PART IN PEPPA PIG’S MUDDY PUDDLE WALK FOR SAVE THE CHILDREN

Star date: 14th April 2017

ASHLEY JENSEN AND PEPPA PIG JOIN FORCES FOR SAVE THE CHILDREN

"I'm encouraging everyone to get outside...and help raise much needed funds for Save the Children" Ashley Jensen

Salford nurseries, early years groups, families and children are being urged by actress Ashley Jensen to take part in Peppa Pig's Muddy Puddle Walk to raise funds for Save the Children – and have fun by jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig, between May 8th and 14th.

Full details here of special fundraising ideas and kits...

added Friday, April 14, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD WOMAN UP FOR GOOD EGG AWARD

Star date: 14th April 2017

WORSLEY WOMAN NEEDS SUPPORT FROM COMMUNITY FOR GOOD EGG TITLE

Worsley resident, Stacey Cunliffe, who has had a few bad years, is looking for support from the community to win a national 'Good Egg' award of £500 and a family meal. Stacey is one of five national finalists in a competition run by a pub restaurant chain.

Full details here...

added Friday, April 14, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD PRECINCT GOLDEN EASTER EGG HUNT AND FOODBANK DONATION CENTRE

Star date: 14th April 2017

EASTER BUNNY GOLDEN EGG HUNT AT SALFORD PRECINCT

Over Easter, each day there's going to be a Golden Easter Egg Hunt at Salford Shopping Centre with £20 vouchers for those who find the Easter Bunny's Golden Egg. Meanwhile, the Precinct is also going to be collecting donations of Easter Eggs, canned food and other essentials for the Salford Foodbank.

Full details here...

added Friday, April 14, 2017  

 
 

FRACKING IMPLICATIONS FOR SALFORD AS LANCS GROUP LOSES LEGAL CHALLENGE

Star date: 13th April 2017

LOCAL DEMOCRACY IN PLANNING PROCESS TRASHED

Yesterday's decision in the Manchester Civil Justice Centre against a community challenge to Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, that will allow fracking to go ahead in Lancashire has huge implications for other areas, including Salford, states Preston New Road Action Group, which is currently fighting Cuadrilla's attempts to frack in Fylde.

The Group adds that the Court decision and Government attitude make a mockery of allowing local people more say, the so-called foundation of Greater Manchester devolution...

Full details here...

added Thursday, April 13, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD DISABLED PERSON LIVING HELL IN SALIX HOMES FLAT

Star date: 12th April 2017 

CANON GREEN COURT MOULD AND DAMP HELL OF DISABLED PERSON

"It's horrendous...you just want to give up sometimes it's that bad" Sharon

Sharon Hooley is a permanent wheelchair user, who also has sleep apnea, asthma and now, depression, as she's left living in a Salix Homes Canon Green Court flat covered in black mould and condensation.

Lots of flats in the block have the same problems but, despite Salix having £2.9million set aside for refurbishment, the company states it's not enough and is leaving residents stewing in atrocious conditions.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, April 12, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD SNAPSHOT OF BENEFIT HORRORS SEES ONLY ONE PERSON PAYING FULL HOUSING RENT

Star date: 11th April 2017

SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT AND BENEFIT CAP TIMEBOMB

A Salford City Council report on Pendleton gives a snapshot of the benefit horrors being rained on the poorest sections of the community by the Tory Government's so-called 'welfare reforms'.

Of 34 Pendleton people in social housing and now on Universal Credit or subject to the benefit cap, only one is managing to make full rent payments. Meanwhile, overall current tenant arrears in Pendleton stand at £267,714, the main reasons being low income, Bedroom Tax and debt...

Full details here...

added Tuesday, April 11, 2017  

 
 

NEW SIGHTSEEING BUS WILL TAKE IN SALFORD ‘TOURIST HOTSPOTS’

Star date: 10th April 2017

HOP-ON HOP-OFF TOURIST BUS COMES TO SALFORD

This Friday will see the launch of a new hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus which will take in the 'tourist hotspots' of Salford as well as Manchester, complete with running commentary by Lord of the Rings actor Dominic Monaghan.

There are 15 stops on the initial route which begins at Manchester Town Hall and includes Salford Cathedral, Salford University, The Lowry and The Quays. But will the tourists know they are in Salford?

Full details here...

added Monday, April 10, 2017  

 
 

MATT AND MARIA CARROLL AT SALFORD MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Star date: 9th April 2017

SALFORD ARTISTS STORM GALLERY

Ups and Downs - Matt and Maria Carroll
Until 4th June
Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Matt Carroll, more known his brilliant Happy Mondays album covers, has collaborated with sister, Maria, on an absolutely eye-popping exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. It's on until 4th June. Don't miss!

Full review here...

added Sunday, April 9, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD TRAVEL HISTORY BOOK RECOUNTS WORLD THAT CENTRED ON ECCLES, BARTON AND PATRICROFT

Star date: 9th April 2017

FROM CANALS TO RAILWAYS AND AIRPORTS – SALFORD WAS THERE FIRST

When it comes to canals, planes and railways, Salford was usually at the world forefront. And at the forefront of Salford were three townships – Eccles, Barton and Patricroft – that can boast so many firsts.

Now Mark Child has brought all the pioneering transport developments together in one fascinating book, A Brief History of Travel in Eccles, Barton and Patricroft since 1628, which has everything in there, with photos, maps and manuscripts.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 9, 2017  

 
 

GOOD DEEDS OF SALFORD PROJECT SEEKS ACE PEOPLE

Star date: 9th April 2017

SALFORD PEOPLE DOING STUFF THAT BENEFITS OTHERS...

The Lower Kersal Young People Group is currently co-ordinating a project to gather stories of people of all ages who do anything to benefit others in Salford. The sort of thing ranges from walking an old person's dog, to organising charity events or doing anything selfless in the city. The stories will be published later in the year.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 9, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD STAR WINS WOW! AWARD

Star date: 9th April 2017

SALFORD STAR WINS CUSTOMER SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Salford Star has won a WOW! Award... "The WOW! Awards are a way of recognising customer service excellence and are based purely on genuine customer nominations" states the citation from the Awards. Wow! Awards have also been won by employees of NHS trusts, police forces and universities...

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 9, 2017  

 
 

OPEN DAY FOR SALFORD QUAYS WATERSPORTS CENTRE

Star date: 9th April 2017

SAILING, POWER BOATING, KAYAKING, WAKEBOARDING AND MORE...

Next Sunday, 16th April, sees an Open Day at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre with free entry and watersports taster sessions at £4. Gareth Lyons implores the community to try the joys of sailing, power boating, canoeing, kayaking, kayak polo, wakeboarding.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 9, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD STREET SUPPORT SERVES EASTER DINNER FOR HOMELESS

Star date: 8th April 2017

OVER 100 EASTER EGGS DONATED BY SALFORD PEOPLE

Salford and Manchester Street Support delivered a special Easter Dinner for the city's homeless at the Beacon Centre today, with all food and over one hundred Easter Eggs donated, while eight volunteers were on hand to help out... "Salford people are the best people" said Angela Barratt of Street Support.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 8, 2017  

 
 

ENTRIES OPEN FOR SALFORD LOCAL HISTORY FORUM FRANK MULLINEUX AWARD 2017

Star date: 8th April 2017

ENTRIES OPEN FOR FRANK MULLINEUX AWARD FOR LOCAL HISTORY

The 2017 Frank Mullineux Award, which honours those making a significant contribution to local history, is now open for entries, via the Salford Local History Forum. Anyone can enter and the Award is given for publications, research or 'anything at all which promotes the study of local history'.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 8, 2017  

 
 

MADLAB DIGITAL WORKSHOPS BACK IN SALFORD MAY AND JUNE

Star date: 8th April 2017

DIGITAL SKILLS FOR SALFORD

MadLab is back in Salford running digital workshops for the community during May and June, with courses on Setting Up Your First Website, Programming and Making the Most of WordPress, amongst other subjects. Courses cost £10 or £5 for concessions.

Full details here...

added Saturday, April 8, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS HUMBLE HULL TO GO SECOND IN LEAGUE

Star date: 8th April 2017

HULL 18 SALFORD RED DEVILS 54

It's twenty years since Salford last won four games on the trot, and last night much fancied Hull were the latest Super League favourites put to the sword in what is turning out to be a dream season. After the Hull hammering, Salford are now second in the League.

Simon Williams climbs down off Cloud 9 for the report, with photos by Steve McCormick.

Match report and more photos here...

added Saturday, April 8, 2017  

 
 

GANDEY’S CIRCUS COMES TO SALFORD WITH SPECTACULAR THRILLS

Star date: 7th April 2017

21ST CENTURY CIRCUS ARRIVES IN BUILE HILL PARK

Gandey's Circus has arrived in Buile Hill Park, with afternoon and evening shows until 17th April. Under the centrally heated big top is an incredible array of, what ringmaster Binky Beaumont describes as, "high octane fuelled tricks" by artistes from all over the world.

With state-of-the-art lighting, sound and choreography, Binky says this circus has moved into the 21st Century with a production "that gets kids to put their iphones down and keeps them entertained for two hours". There's a rocket, aerial acrobatics and modern day clowning, with not a scary face or animal in sight. It looks set to be a stunning show.

Full details here...

added Friday, April 7, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD RESIDENTS FEEL ‘DUPED’ BY SALIX HOMES AS UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDS DECENT HOMES PROMISE

Star date: 6th April 2017

RESIDENTS OF CANON GREEN COURT GET ULTIMATUM FROM SALIX

Residents of Canon Green Court in Broughton, who were told that their flats would be refurbished to the Decent Homes standard if they voted for Salford Council to transfer its stock to Salix Homes, have now been informed that there's a £1.8million shortfall in the budget – and that the only way of paying for the refurbishment it is to build a load of new flats on top of their low rise block, some of which will be for private sale or rent.

"I feel let down; I feel as if I've been duped" a resident told the Salford Star.

Full details here...

added Friday, April 7, 2017  

 
 

CONTROVERSIAL £50,000 SALFORD COUNCILLOR STANDS DOWN TRIGGERING BY-ELECTION

Star date: 6th April 2017

CLAREMONT COUNCILLOR SAREDA DIRIR DISAPPEARS FROM COUNCIL

Claremont councillor, Sareda Dirir, who was controversially appointed to the £50,000 job as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire last month, has stood down from Salford Council, triggering another by-election in the city.

All details of Councillor Dirir have already been removed from the Council's website, leaving question marks over her exit – did she resign or was she pushed?

Full details here...

added Thursday, April 6, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD NURSERIES IN TOP TEN ILLEGAL POLLUTION AREA HOTSPOTS

Star date: 5th April 2017

NINE SALFORD NURSERIES NAMED NEAR ROADS THAT BREAK LEGAL LIMITS OF AIR POLLUTION

Salford has been named by Greenpeace as being in the top ten areas outside London for having nurseries that are within 150metres of roads that break legal limits for air pollution.

Greenpeace has produced an interactive map highlighting nine nurseries affected in the city, from Duchy to Swinton, Irlams O' Th Height, Winton, Eccles and Chapel Street. Meanwhile, Greenpeace activists were out locally last week targeting new car garages with anti-diesel stickers.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, April 5, 2017  

 
 

EIGHT CANDIDATES TO STAND IN GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR ELECTION

Star date: 4th April 2017

EIGHT CANDIDATES FOR GM MAYOR – TWO FROM SALFORD

It's now official – eight candidates have put themselves forward in the election to be the first Greater Manchester Mayor. As well as the usual suspects – Labour Party, Conservatives, LibDems, Greens and UKIP, there's also two independents and the English democrats.

Two of the candidates are from Salford – UKIP's Shneur Odze and an Independent called Mohammad Aslam. Polling takes place on May 4th.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, April 4, 2017  

 
 

ANDY BURNHAM ROASTED BY HOMELESS AT GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR HOUSING HUSTINGS

Star date: 4th April 2017

GM MAYOR CANDIDATES GIVEN HARD TIME AT SALFORD HOUSING HUSTINGS

"You as a Labour Council...have let down everyone; you have not stood by your community...now you're stood here giving us a load of PR blurb..." campaigner

Last night, at the Greater Manchester Mayor hustings on housing, candidates were given a hard time by homelessness campaigners – not least red hot Labour Party favourite, Andy Burnham, who was constantly interrupted by catcalls. The Tory, UKIP and LibDem candidates were also subject to angry interjections, as cynicism took hold at the Salford debate.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, April 4, 2017  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER SEES ONLY 33 AFFORDABLE RENT HOMES SECURED THROUGH SECTION 106

Star date: 3rd April 2017

AS DEVELOPERS CASH IN, ALMOST NO SOCIAL RENT HOMES SECURED IN GREATER MANCHESTER

A new report from Greater Manchester Combined Authority shows that only 33 so-called 'affordable rent homes' have been secured through Section 106 agreements in the whole of Greater Manchester during 2015-16. Over the whole area, just 164 'affordable' homes have been secured, 80% of which were home ownership.

This comes at a time when developers are avoiding planning obligations, while building unaffordable properties all over the region. Meanwhile, Salford Council has managed to kick over 4,000 people off its housing waiting list.

Full details here...

added Monday, April 3, 2017  

 
 

TOP SALFORD ARTISTS EXHIBITION AT LANGWORTHY CORNERSTONE

Star date: 2nd April 2017

FROM THE ART OF SALFORD...

From The Art of Salford
Until 4th May
Langworthy Cornerstone free

Another great exhibition by top Salford artists opened last week at the Langworthy Cornerstone, following on from the previous, incredibly popular, From The Art of Salford show last year. Pete Fisher previews the amazing styles of affordable art on display.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 2, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD PEOPLE ASKED TO BRING EASTER EGGS FOR CITY’S HOMELESS

Star date: 2nd April 2017

SALFORD HOMELESS EASTER DINNER NEEDS EGGS

Next Saturday, 8th April, forty of the city's homeless people will be served a special Easter Dinner at the Beacon Centre next to the Albion Academy in Charlestown, and organisers, Street Support Salford and Manchester, are asking for people to drop Easter Eggs off at the venue to give away as gifts.

Full details here...

added Sunday, April 2, 2017  

 
 

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