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JUST 58 PEOPLE PER DAY VIEW £180,000 SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WEBSITE

Star date: 31st October 2018

MY CITY SALFORD WEBSITE IS HORRENDOUS EXPENSIVE FLOP

The My City Salford website, hyped by Salford City Council as a "21st century digital neighbourhood" and a "groundbreaking citizen-centric project" has proved to be a total flop in its first year.

The site, which cost £180,000 to develop, had just 1,738 unique users in September, or an average 58 people per day looking at it.

Full details here...

added 31 October 2018  

 
 

JOHN COOPER CLARKE – POET AND SALFORD PROPHET

Star date: 30th October 2018

...ON RADIOACTIVE COCKROACHES, ORANGES AND SALFORD PROPHECY

"For the first time a prophet is recognised in his own town!" JCC

John Cooper Clarke has his first book of poetry in three decades out, and it's called The Luckiest Guy Alive with a cover by Mr Sergeant Pepper, Peter Blake. There's over forty brilliant verses in there, including Beasley Boulevard which, twelve years ago, prophesised the future of Salford...

Here, we chat about radioactive cockroaches, real Salford and the would-be muse of rhyme, the incredible Philip Gorringe...

Full interview here, with rather strong language...

added 30 October 2018  

 
 

‘YOU WANT PUBLIC INTEREST INFORMATION? PAY FOR IT!’ STATES SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Star date: 29th October 2018

SHOCKING, ARROGANT LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AT SALFORD COUNCIL

Unbelievably, today Salford City Council has posted a report about its purchase of arches in Chapel Street for which it is refusing to disclose information. Instead the report tells citizens to pay for the information... It will be "publicly available for a modest fee" states the Council.

Full details here...

added 29 October 2018  

 
 

ECCLES BREAKFAST CLUB FOR HOMELESS AND EX-OFFENDERS GETS TOTAL TART UP

Star date: 29th October 2018

MARY MONSON FUNDS REFURBISHMENT OF SALFORD BREAKFAST CLUB

This morning, a little ceremony took place at the breakfast club for homeless people and ex-offenders at the rear of Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre in Eccles, which has been totally refurbished courtesy of Mary Monson of Mary Monson Solicitors.

Mary and Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, cut the ribbon to formally open the souped-up space.

Full details here...

added 29 October 2018  

 
 

MAJOR SAVE THE ELEPHANT FILM TO BE SHOWN IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 28th October 2018

ASIAN ELEPHANT SAVIOUR VISITS MANCHESTER FOR FILM SCREENING

Love and Bananas
Wednesday 7th November from 7pm
Federation House, Manchester £5

Thailand's 'elephant whisperer', world-renowned conservationist and founder of the Save Elephant Foundation, Saengduean Lek Chailert, is coming to Manchester to take part in a Q&A after the screening of the acclaimed documentary Love and Bananas which aims to raise awareness of what can be done to prevent the extinction of Asian elephants. All proceeds from the night will go to the Save Elephant Foundation.

Full details here...

added 28 October 2018  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER STOP THE WAR PUBLIC MEETING

Star date: 28th October 2018

AN ANTI-WAR GOVERNMENT AND INDEPENDENT FOREIGN POLICY?

Greater Manchester Stop the War public meeting
Tuesday 6th November 7pm
Methodist Central Hall, Manchester

Can Britain ever avoid getting involved in wars? And can there ever be an anti-war government in this country? The Greater Manchester Stop The War Coalition will discuss such issues at a public meeting on 6th November with speeches and debate.

Full details here...

added 28 October 2018  

 
 

CINNAMON DINNER PLAY LOWER BROUGHTON FOR MACMILLAN

Star date: 28th October 2018

TOP SALFORD BAND CINNAMON DINNER PLAY FOR MACMILLAN CHARITY

Cinnamon Dinner Macmillan Charity Night In Memory of Sue Wilde
Saturday 3rd November from 6pm free but donations welcome
St Bonifaces Social Club, Lower Broughton

Top Salford band Cinnamon Dinner are playing a special gig at St Bonifaces Social Club in Lower Broughton next Saturday to raise money for Macmillan charity in memory of the singer's mother, Sue Wilde, in what has now become an annual event. Entrance is free but donations are welcome. Ian Leslie chats with the band about the night and line-up.

Full details here...

added 28 October 2018  

 
 

SAVE OUR SALFORD NURSERIES RALLY PUTS PRESSURE ON CHANCELLOR BUDGET

Star date: 28th October 2018

IF AUSTERITY HAS ENDED, GIVE US MORE EARLY YEARS FUNDING!

Around two hundred Save Our Salford Nurseries campaigners met outside Salford Civic Centre yesterday, demanding that Chancellor Philip Hammond makes more money available for early years funding in his budget tomorrow.

Amongst the speakers were nursery workers and parents from Salford, Nottingham and Tower Hamlets, trade union reps, the Salford City Mayor, Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, and two Salford MPs, including Barbara Keeley who said: "We keep hearing that the Prime Minister says that austerity has ended, so let's get back to the funding we used to have..."

Full details here...

added 28 October 2018  

 
 

NO MORE HOMELESS DEATHS DEMO TARGETS GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR ANDY BURNHAM

Star date: 27th October 2018

AFTER FOUR HOMELESS DEATHS ON MANCHESTER STREETS DEMO DEMANDS ACTION

This afternoon, a demonstration against the growing number of homeless people who have died on Manchester streets took place in the city centre, marching from Piccadilly Gardens to Manchester Town Hall, where police intervened, and on to Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham's office on Oxford Road. The chant all afternoon was 'No more deaths on our streets'.

Full details here...

added 27 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD PUNK POETRY SADNESS DEATH NEW LIFE

Star date: 27th October 2018

DOMINIC CARLTON JONES NEW ALBUM FOR THE PEOPLE

Salford Punk Poetry Sadness Death New Life is the great title for a new collection of poems, songs and feelings by Dominic Carlton Jones on Salford's German Shepherd Records. There's a tribute to Mark E Smith on there and, as Ian Leslie discovers, it 'feels like the score of a rapidly changing city'... 

Full details here...

added 27 October 2018  

 
 

THE MOODS RELEASE STRANGEWAYS TRACKS AND VIDEO

Star date: 27th October 2018

SALFORD FILM TRACKS AND VIDEO OUT NOW

The Salford Star Band of the Year, The Moods, have released a new live video of Keep Your Powder Dry, to go with the release of that tune and Kids Carry Guns off the soundtrack of the ace film Strangeways Here We Come.

Full details here...

added 27 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD AND MANCHESTER NUJ TO SCREEN IRISH MASSACRE DOCUMENTARY

Star date: 27th October 2018

ARRESTED JOURNALIST TO SPEAK AT NO STONE UNTURNED FREE DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

No Stone Unturned
Wednesday 31st October 6pm free
Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade

24 years ago, loyalist gunmen burst into a pub in Northern Ireland and massacred six people watching the Republic of Ireland play in the World Cup. No-one has ever been charged with the shootings – except the two journalists who made an award winning documentary about British state collusion in the affair.

This week, Salford and Manchester NUJ is screening the film free, with guest speaker Barry McCaffrey, one of the arrested journalists, who will talk about the blatant attack on freedom of the press. The event is open to everyone.

Full details here...

added 27 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD HOMELESS PEOPLE AND EX-OFFENDERS TO GET VITAL HEALTH PROVISION

Star date: 26th October 2018

ECCLES AND IRLAM HOMELESS AND EX-OFFENDERS TO BENEFIT FROM NEW HEALTH PROJECT

Homeless people and ex-offenders in Eccles and Irlam are set to benefit from a new health project being run by the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre which will see the provision of preventative support in everything from dental care to mental health issues.

Homeless people are twice as likely to die of infections and five times more likely to attend A&E. This huge project aims to help alleviate this and other health issues.

Full details here...

added 26 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS DEMOLITION BEGINS

Star date: 25th October 2018

DEMOLITION OF EWAN MACCOLL'S DIRTY OLD TOWN GAS HOLDERS STARTS

'I found my love by the gasworks croft...'

A demolition team has now begun demolishing the Salford gas holders made world famous by Ewan MacColl in his anthem Dirty Old Town. Despite a petition and events by the structures to try and save them, the National Grid has pressed on with its plans, and huge cranes are now in place dismantling the landmark.

Full details here...

added 25 October 2018  

 
 

BUILE HILL MANSION REFURBISHMENT WILL SEE DEVELOPMENT IN PARK DEPOT AREA

Star date: 25th October 2018

CAPITAL AND CENTRIC DEVELOPER PRESENTS 'IDEAS' TO SALFORD COMMUNITY

Last night, at The Height Methodist Hall, Capital and Centric owner Tim Heatley gave a presentation to a public meeting of the Buile Hill Mansion Support Group on the future of the Mansion and surrounding land in the park.

As the Group revealed the latest results of its community survey on future use for the Mansion, Heatley mooted ideas including the demolition of the nearby banqueting hall to relocate it within the Mansion, and to erect low density buildings in the depot area... "I'm here to help" assured Heatley.

Full details here...

added 25 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD ILLEGAL KILLER ROADS REVEALED

Star date: 24th October 2018

14 SALFORD ROAD STRETCHES THAT BREACH LEGAL AIR QUALITY LIMITS

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has today released a map showing 14 stretches of roads that are in breach of legal limits for concentrations of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and will be beyond 2020 unless action is taken.

NO2 pollution, mainly caused by diesel fumes, is linked to reduced life expectancy and contributes to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths a year in Greater Manchester. The stretches of roads include areas of Eccles, Langworthy, Pendleton, Charlestown, Worsley and Monton, as well as the Crescent, Regent Road and Trinity Way.

Full details here...

added 24 October 2018  

 
 

EVEN SALFORD MP IS BEING DISSED BY PENDLETON TOGETHER ON DANGEROUS CLADDING ISSUE

Star date: 23rd October 2018

PENDLETON TOGETHER TOTAL LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY

The lack of accountability surrounding Pendleton Together, which manages the dangerously cladded blocks owned by Salford City Council, is becoming critical.

Even Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey is getting dissed by the company when trying to set up meetings, while an email from the Salford Star asking to see the Trident report on safety in the blocks has been ignored, despite the Salford City Mayor stating that its conclusions, at least, should be released.

Here, the suspended chair of Malus Court TARA, Graeme Langton, reports on a Parliamentary reception he attended last week with the Salford MP...

added 23 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL THREAT LETTER CAUSES ELDERLY CITIZENS ANGUISH

Star date: 22nd October 2018

CALLOUS COUNCIL TAX LETTER SCARES ELDERLY 

Hundreds, and possibly thousands, of letters have been sent by Salford City Council to elderly people threatening them with the loss of their single person Council Tax discount as it states 'Records show that multiple adults are living at your address', even though they are widows and widowers. The letter tells them to fill in an online form 'within the next 14 days' or the discount will be cancelled.

"It's not fair to be treating your senior citizens in this way, it's just callous" says Jill Royle, whose 92 year old non-computer literate mother became totally agitated on receiving the letter "Salford Council needs to know how much anguish it's caused."

Full details here...

added 22 October 2018  

 
 

BOLTON NHS HOSPITAL WORKERS CELEBRATE HUGE PAY VICTORY

Star date: 22nd October 2018

AFTER TWO DAY STRIKE HOSPITAL WORKERS WIN NHS PAY PARITY

"We stuck together and we won!" Vicky, cleaner at Royal Bolton Hospital

Bolton Royal Hospital workers are celebrating a massive victory after taking two days of strike action over pay parity earlier this month, supported by Salford UNISON and many other trade unionists.

The workers, who include cleaners, catering staff, porters and security staff, are employed by Bolton NHS Trust's subsidiary company iFM, doing the same jobs as other NHS workers but were offered pay at a lesser rate. Now they have won an increase in line with other NHS workers, backdated to last April.

Full details here...

added 22 October 2018  

 
 

RALLY TO SAVE OUR NURSERIES AS CAMPAIGNERS PUT DEMANDS ON SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Star date: 22nd October 2018 

TEN DEMANDS ON COUNCIL BY NURSERY CAMPAIGNERS

Next Saturday, 27th October, Save Our Nurseries campaigners are to hold a rally, from noon, on the lawn of Salford Civic Centre to reinforce the push for a long term solution to closures.

While Salford MPs Graham Stringer, Barbara Keeley and Rebecca Long-Bailey have confirmed attendance, campaigners are putting to the Council ten demands which must be met to avoid a clash.

Full details here...

added 22 October 2018  

 
 

TONNES OF SALFORD RECYCLING PAPER REJECTED AS PEOPLE PUT WRONG STUFF IN BLUE BINS

Star date: 22nd October 2017

DIRTY NAPPIES AND PLASTIC BAGS PUT IN BLUE BINS

Tonnes of Salford's paper and card recycling collections are being rejected as people put the wrong stuff in blue bins, including dirty nappies, plastic bags, polystyrene packing and even electrical items.

Now Recycle for Greater Manchester has teamed up with Salford City Council to launch a What's In The Box? campaign to remind residents that only newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, paper wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and junk mail and envelopes can be put in the blue bins.

Full details here...

added 22 October 2018  

 
 

DICK WHITTINGTON COMES TO ST LUKES IN SALFORD

Star date: 21st October 2018

PANTO TIME IN SEEDLEY

Dick Whittington
Monday 22nd–Saturday 27th October
St Luke's Parish Hall, Derby Road £6.50/£5.50

St Luke's Arts and Drama Society, well known for its class performances, is putting on the classic panto, Dick Whittington this week, from Monday until Saturday.

Full details here...

added 21 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD GIG BY MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS AT EAGLE INN

Star date: 21st October 2018

BROOMHEAD, THE BIG PEACH AND DAVE O'KEEFE STAR IN GIG FOR HOMELESS

Manchester and Cheshire Musicians Against Homelessness
Sunday 28th October 7pm
Eagle Inn, entry by donation

Next Sunday 28th October, Musicians Against Homelessness are putting on a top gig at the Eagle Inn, starring Broomhead, The Big Peach and Dave O'Keefe, with all proceeds to Crisis.

Full details here...

added 21 October 2018  

 
 

FASCIST EDL OUTNUMBERED AND HUMILIATED IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 20th October 2018

ONLY AROUND THIRTY PEOPLE TURN UP TO EDL MANCHESTER RALLY

In the midst of a huge police presence, only around thirty EDL members turned up for a rally in Piccadilly Gardens this afternoon. The fascists were easily outnumbered by hundreds of protesters shouting 'Nazi scum off our streets'...

Full details here...

added 20 October 2018  

 
 

PARENTS PAMPER AND PLAY COMES TO SALFORD

Star date: 20th October 2018

DE-STRESSING WITH BABIES

Women In Bloom Superhero Day
Saturday 27th October 9:30am-3:30pm
Angel Centre £10 adult/£18 family

A pamper and play day is coming to the Angel Centre next Saturday, as Visit From The Stork CIC holds a Women In Bloom Superhero Day to encourage parents to find ways of taking time out for themselves and improving their mental health and wellbeing. It will feature massages, 'relax time' classes and loads of stalls.

Full details here...

added 20 October 2018  

 
 

THREE EARTH TREMORS RECORDED NEAR FYLDE FRACKING SITE

Star date: 19th October 2018

BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY RECORDS TREMORS THAT MIGHT TRIGGER EARTHQUAKES

Three earth tremors have been recorded by the British Geological Survey near where Cuadrilla has begun fracking in Fylde..."The problem for Cuadrilla is that if it carries on regardless, bigger earthquakes may well be triggered" says David Smythe, Emeritus Professor of Geophysics at the University of Glasgow.

Full details here...

added 19 October 2018  

 
 

OPPOSITION TO FASCIST EDL IN MANCHESTER CALLED FOR BY POLITICIANS AND TRADE UNIONS

Star date: 19th October 2018

CALL TO OPPOSE EDL MEETING IN MANCHESTER

EDL Protest
Saturday 20th October 12:30pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

Having abandoned plans to march in Didsbury this weekend, the fascist EDL is instead holding a rally in Manchester tomorrow, and Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism have called for a counter demonstration, backed by politicians and trade unions... "The EDL are never welcome in our city" says Kate Green MP "We stand together against division and hate."

Full details here...

added 19 October 2018  

 
 

PETERLOO THE MOVIE OPENS AS SALFORD DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH POINTS OUT ITS RELEVANCE TO THE NOW

Star date: 18th October 2018

THIS IS OUR HISTORY...

Peterloo, the movie, starring Maxine Peake, was premiered in Manchester last night at Home. The Salford Star was not invited but we did manage a non-exclusive twenty second interview with Salford director Mike Leigh on the red carpet, and a viewing at the peasants' overflow on Deansgate. Is it any good? Read our review and that crucial interview with Mike Leigh.

Full review here...

added 18 October 2018  

 
 

SWINTON PROTESTS BRING SALFORD COUNCIL AND BELLWAY HOMES TO NEGOTIATING TABLE

Star date: 17th October 2018

NEVER MIND THE BREXITS HERE'S SAVING OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD!

As Theresa May was locked in Brexit talks in Brussels, this morning Salford City Council, Bellway Homes and Swinton residents' Saving Our Neighbourhood group were meeting to try and resolve horrendous problems around the Campbell Road natural green space, where the developer is attempting to build 241 houses.

The Council and Bellway have been brought to the table after constant protests by residents..."I think that's the only way we're going to get anywhere" said Barry Woodling of Saving Our Neighbourhood as residents demonstrated yet again outside the Civic Centre.

Full details here...

added 17 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD MP RAILS AGAINST GOVERNMENT AS FRACKING BEGINS IN FYLDE

Star date: 16th October 2018

REBECCA LONG-BAILEY SLATES 'GREEN GREAT BRITAIN' TORIES AS WESTWOOD DANCES ON CUADRILLA'S INJUNCTION LINE

Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, slated the Tory Government in Parliament yesterday, pointing out "What a terrible irony it is that the first day of Green Great Britain Week is the day that fracking is due to commence..."

Today, Vivienne Westwood performed a break dance to Abba's Dancing Queen on Cuadrilla's 'draconian injunction line' outside the Preston New Road site in a dig at Theresa May's hopeless jig at the Tory conference and to stand up for the right to protest.

Full details here...

added 16 October 2018  

 
 

ARTISTS TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN CONTROVERSIAL URBAN SPLASH SALFORD DEVELOPMENT

Star date: 15th October 2018

ARTISTS TO CHALLENGE HOUSING POLICIES WHILE LIVING IN LUXURY HOUSE

'You can't even stop your car to take in the breathtaking sterilization of the place...'

Last week, artists moved into a stunning Urban Splash house in the new Springfield Lane development as part of a year-long project called Tenancy in which they will explore 'what it's like to live in a city negotiating rapid change' and 'who is benefitting'.

The Springfield Lane development, being branded as in 'Manchester', has no affordable housing and avoided hundreds of thousands of pounds in planning fees. Can the artist project, actually sponsored by Tom Bloxham and Urban Splash, make a difference?

Full details here...

added 15 October 2018  

 
 

HUGE INTERNATIONAL FILIA WOMEN’S CONFERENCE COMES TO ECCLES

Star date: 14th October 2018

SALFORD STREET SUPPORT TO TALK AT LARGEST UK WOMEN'S RIGHTS CONFERENCE

FiLia 2018 Conference
Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st October
The Lighthouse, Eccles

The massive FiLiA international conference is to take place in Eccles next weekend, with women flying in from all over the world, including from Argentina and Palestine.

There's over two dozen sessions covering all feminist-related subjects, and from Salford, Angela Barratt of Salford and Manchester Street Support will be speaking on women and poverty, while Salford University lecturer, Suryia Nayak, will be giving an Introduction To Consciousness Raising.

Full details here...

added 14 October 2018  

 
 

COUNTESS WHO MURDERED 650 WOMEN ARRIVES AT EAGLE INN SALFORD

Star date: 14th October 2018

HUNGARIAN GOTHIC DRAMA BASED ON TRUE STORY OF MURDER AND VANITY

Countess
Monday 29th October 7pm and Tuesday 30th October 4pm and 7pm
Eagle Inn £10/£8

A truly gothic production of Countess arrives at the Eagle Inn on 29th and 30th October, based on the true story of Hungarian aristocrat, Elizabeth Bathory, who murdered 650 women for the sake of her vanity. This aims to get inside of her mind with a supernatural twist.

Full details here...

added 14 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD WINTER WONDERLAND COMMUNITY COSTUME MAKING DAY

Star date: 14th October 2018

WOODY, BUZZ AND CHASE AT BROUGHTON CRICKET CLUB

Creating Carnival
Saturday 20th October 12noon-4pm free
Broughton Cricket and Rugby Club

Next Saturday, 20th October, Toy Story characters Buzz Lightyear and Woody, plus Paw Patrol's Chase and Santa and Mrs Claus will be at Broughton Cricket and Rugby Club as part of a free Salford Winter Wonderland community day, making costumes and props for a massive event and carnival parade happening at the end of November. It's free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Full details here...

added 14 October 2018  

 
 

GILL’S SALFORD WALK FOR DEMENTIA SET TO RAISE HUNDREDS OF POUNDS

Star date: 13th October 2018

WALK FOR DEMENTIA AND SALFORD SURVIVOR PROJECT

This evening, almost two dozen people set off on a very special sponsored walk around Agecroft Cemetery to raise money for the Pendleton Court Dementia Ward and the Salford Survivor Project which helps those subjected to domestic violence and abuse.

The walk was in memory of Niki Campbell, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend last year, and her mum, Jayne, joined the event which is set to raise hundreds of pounds for the excellent causes.

Full details here...

added 13 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD STAR EDITOR NAMED IN NCTJ LIST OF MOST RESPECTED JOURNALISTS IN UK

Star date: 13th October 2018

KATE ADIE...JOHN PILGER...ER...STEPHEN KINGSTON?

Salford Star editor, Stephen Kingston, has been named in a list of the most respected journalists in the country, as nominated by fellow working writers in the NCTJ's Journalists at Work 2018 survey. The 238-strong list also includes legends like John Pilger, Kate Adie and Jeremy Paxman...

"It's a huge honour but unfortunately you can't eat a list" says Star editor Stephen Kingston "The Salford Star is out of money at the end of November and is in danger of shutting down. So if anyone's got a job going as a Christmas elf or wants some leaves sweeping, let us know."

Full details here...

added 13 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD TRADES COUNCIL CONDEMNS CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU FOR £39MILLION UNIVERSAL CREDIT COLLABORATION

Star date: 12th October 2018

FAMILIES TO LOSE UP TO £2,400 VIA UNIVERSAL CREDIT

As the Government's hyper-controversial Universal Credit welfare scheme begins to be rolled out fully in Salford, last night Salford Trades Council passed a motion condemning the Citizens Advice Bureau for collaborating with the Department of Work and Pensions via a £39million contract.

The motion stated that "Universal Credit...is creating poverty and misery for so many working class families". Families could lose up to £2,400 a year from the changes, with new research showing that disabled children could lose up to £1,750 per year.

Full details here...

added 12 October 2018  

 
 

BOLTON HOSPITAL STAFF STRIKE IN UNFAIR PAY DISPUTE

Star date: 11th October 218

SALFORD UNISON SUPPORTS BOLTON STRIKERS

"It's disgraceful that, despite providing NHS services to NHS patients, they are not receiving NHS pay awards" Steven North Salford UNISON

Members of Salford UNISON joined the large and lively picket lines outside Royal Bolton Hospital this morning, where cleaners, catering staff, porters and security staff are on strike for 48 hours over fair pay.

The Bolton workers are being offered less money than others doing the same jobs at Salford Royal Hospital and elsewhere... "We're on poverty pay at the moment and we work damn hard" says domestic, Shirley Jones-Hurst.

Full details here...

added 11 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CITY MAYOR AND DEPUTY RAIL AGAINST GOVERNMENT ON CLADDING DELAYS

Star date: 11th October 2018

RESIDENTS KEPT IN DARK OVER CLADDING DELAYS TO PROTECT SHARE PRICES ON IRISH STOCK EXCHANGE

At yesterday's full meeting of Salford City Council, in answer to a question on the delay in replacing dangerous cladding on Salford Council's nine Pendleton blocks, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor railed against the Government for a lack of clarity on building regulations and finance.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor John Merry stated that he couldn't divulge the reasons why the Council hadn't spent its £25million loan on the works earlier because one of Pendleton Together's investors was quoted on the Irish Stock Exchange and "I didn't want to affect people's share prices".

Full details here...

added 11 October 2018  

 
 

PENDLETON TOGETHER SECURES CLADDING FUNDS FOR SALFORD BLOCKS

Star date: 9th October 2018

NINE PENDLETON BLOCKS WILL FINALLY HAVE DANGEROUS CLADDING REMOVED

Getting the dangerous cladding off the nine Pendleton Together blocks finally inched a step closer yesterday when the company announced that it had secured funding to carry out the work.

Previously, Salford City Council had borrowed £25million to pay for the job, which the Government wouldn't sanction, and neither would it allow Pendleton Together access to its £400million cladding fund as the scheme is a Private Finance Initiative or PFI. Meanwhile the Trident report detailing defects in the blocks has still not been released.

Full details here...

added 09 October 2018  

 
 

CASH STRAPPED SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PAYS £17.5MILLION INTEREST ON ITS LOANS

Star date: 8th October 2018

INTEREST PAYMENTS ON £624MILLION BORROWING COMES FROM SERVICES BUDGET

This week, a full meeting of Salford Council will consider its Treasury Management Annual Report, which includes details of its huge £624million total borrowing. What the report doesn't state is the interest payable on these loans but this is contained elsewhere in the Council's Revenue Estimates for the year and gives a figure of £17.5million – which comes out of the revenue account for cash-strapped public services...

Full details here...

added 08 October 2018  

 
 

WALTER GREENWOOD ANNIVERSARIES SEES SALFORD EVENTS AND BOOK LAUNCH

Star date: 7th October 2018

LOVE ON THE DOLE COMES HOME TO SALFORD

This week sees the 80th anniversary of the publication of the classic Salford novel, Love On The Dole, and 115 years since its author Walter Greenwood was born.

To mark the occasion, the Working Class Movement Library is holding a free event on Wednesday afternoon 10th October called Not Just Love On The Dole: Walter Greenwood and Working Class Writing, followed by the launch of Chris Hopkins' new book Love On The Dole; Novel, Play, Film at Salford University's Clifford Whitworth Library.

Full details here...

added 07 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CANDLE LIT WALK FOR DEMENTIA

Star date: 7th October 2018

ANNUAL GILL'S WALK FOR DEMENTIA AT AGECROFT CEMETERY

This year's now annual Gill's Walk For Dementia is to take place at Agecroft Cemetery next Saturday, 13th October, between 7pm and 10pm, with all proceeds going to the Pendleton Court Care Home and the Salford Survivor Project which helps victims of domestic violence.

Full details here...

added 07 October 2018  

 
 

EMMAUS SALFORD LAUNCHES NEW BOOK OF POEMS ON HOMELESSNESS

Star date: 7th October 2018

POEMS ABOUT HOMELESSNESS

Emmaus Salford is now stocking a new book of poems, No Homeless Problem, written by Irish writer Séamus Fox, who has battled alcoholism and experienced homelessness himself. The poems are based on the stories of 44 formerly homeless people who are now being supported by Emmaus.

Full details here...

added 07 October 2018  

 
 

PEACE VERSUS DIRECT ACTION IN VOTES FOR WOMEN DRAMA AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

Star date: 6th October 2018

A MEETING OF MINDS AND TACTICS AS REVOLT IS IN THE AIR

The Cause by Natalie McGrath
Tuesday 16th October 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Salford Arts Theatre £12/£10

While the hundred year centenary of some women getting the vote is still upon us, a new drama, The Cause, being staged at Salford Arts Theatre on 16th October has a really good angle on it all as it imagines a meeting between Emmeline Pankhurst, who advocated direct action, and Millicent Fawcett, who pushed for peaceful demos. Ian Leslie discovers how, one hundred years later, the issue still chimes.

Full details here...

added 06 October 2018  

 
 

PRESTON DEMO IN SUPPORT OF THE THREE JAILED ANTI-FRACKERS

Star date: 5th October 2018

PRISON DEMO IN SUPPORT OF THREE JAILED CAMPAIGNERS

#FreeTheThree
Saturday 6th October 12:30pm
Preston Train Station

Tomorrow, Saturday 6th October, there's going to be a 15 minute march from Preston Train Station to the jail housing the three anti-fracking campaigners who were sentenced to up to 16 months for protesting at the Cuadrilla fracking site. Supporters from Greater Manchester are meeting at the Preston train platform at Piccadilly Station at 11am.

Full details here...

added 05 October 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCILLORS ANGER ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING BOILS OVER AT COUNCIL PLANNING MEETING

Star date: 4th October 2018

COUNCILLORS 'APPALLED' AND 'DEVASTATED' AT LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT CASTLE IRWELL

"The indigenous community is being forced out..." Councillor Warmisham

At a stormy Salford City Council planning panel meeting this morning, councillors from both the Conservative Party and Labour Party expressed their horror over the lack of affordable housing at the Castle Irwell development in Charlestown.

Conservative councillor, Bob Clarke, accused the panel of 'Groundhog Day' re the lack of affordable housing at the site, blaming Salford Council planning policies, while Labour councillor John Warmisham said that the indigenous community was being forced out.

Full details here...

added 04 October 2018  

 
 

SWINTON RESIDENTS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST ‘INSANE’ DEVELOPMENT

Star date: 4th October 2018

RESIDENTS PROTEST AGAINST SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING PANEL

"It's a travesty what's happening..." resident

Swinton residents demonstrated outside Salford Civic Centre this morning, letting the Council Planning Panel know what has happened since councillors gave Bellway Homes permission to build 241 houses on Campbell Road Fields.

"Everything we've said about single access not working has been vindicated now" said Carol Boyce of Saving Our Neighbourhood "It's a nightmare, we can't live with it; it's an insanity..."

Full details here...

added 04 October 2018  

 
 

RESIDENTS TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PLANNING

Star date: 3rd October 2018

SAVING OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUP TO PROTEST COUNCIL PLANNING NEGLECT

Tomorrow morning, Thursday 4th October, before 9am, residents from the Saving Our Neighbourhood group are to protest outside Salford Civic Centre to "Let the Salford City Council Planning Panel know what we think of the way they do business, supposedly on our behalf."

The campaigners, largely living around the Bellway Homes development near Campbell Road Fields in Swinton, are angry that once planning permission has been granted for a scheme, residents are on their own, no matter what happens...And there's plenty happening.

Full details here...

added 03 October 2018  

 
 

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