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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WINS CORBYNISTA COUNCIL OF THE YEAR AWARD

Star date: 31st December 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL CORBYNISTAS OF THE YEAR

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

Many have pointed to Salford City Council as Jeremy Corbyn's political ideal but, hey, God help us if it's true! Shutting a disabled kids home, charging disabled kids' parents for transport, wage cuts, staff cuts, friendships with brutal Chinese regions and more. Ladies and gentlemen sing 'Ooooh Jeremy Corbyn, what the hell's going on here?' for the winner of the Corbynista Council of the Year...Salford City Council and Mayor Paul Dennett!

Full details here...

added 31 December 2017  

 
 

TORY GOVERNMENT WINS SALFORD STAR FEED THE RICH AWARD

Star date: 30th December 2017 

CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT'S HCA WINS FEED THE RICH AWARD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

While not giving a penny towards desperately needed affordable housing in Salford, the Tory Government's Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) was thrilled to provide a 'funding facility' of over £34million to the Far East investors in Middlewood Locks, where a two bed flat costs up to £260,000, and where £6million of planning fees have already been avoided. So, ladies and gentlemen, shout 'Down with this sort of Ping' for the winner of the Salford Star Feed The Rich Award...the Tory Government!

Full details here...

added 30 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD FLOOD BASIN COUNCILLOR WINS CARLY SIMON AWARD FOR VANITY

Star date: 29th December 2017

DEREK ANTROBUS WINS CARLY SIMON AWARD FOR VANITY

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

Salford people have been waiting two years for the new £10million second flood basin and 'leisure facility' to open, which still, er, isn't open. But one resident got a sneak preview and was horrified to see one of the paths named 'Derek Antrobus Way'. Salford Council's Lead Member for Planning was immediately nominated for a Salford Star Mary Burns Award; so ladies and gentlemen stir those clouds in your coffee for the winner of the Carly Simon Award for Vanity...Councillor Derek Antrobus!

Full details here...

added 29 December 2017  

 
 

PEEL HOLDINGS WINS DICK TURPIN AWARD FOR SERVICES TO BRIDGE HOLD UPS

Star date: 28th December 2017

PEEL HOLDINGS WINS SALFORD STAR DICK TURPIN AWARD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

In the months leading up to Christmas, the new Barton Lifting Bridge didn't lift, as Peel Holdings held Salford City Council and Trafford Council to ransom over the £150,000 per year costs. So, ladies and gentlemen, roll up your tolls, and stand and deliver the Dick Turpin Award For Services To Bridge Hold Ups to...Peel Holdings!

Full details here...

added 28 December 2017  

 
 

DISAPPEARING SALFORD AWARD WON BY DOWNTOWN MANCHESTER

Star date: 27th December 2017

VILLAFONT WINS DISAPPEARING SALFORD AWARD AS ORDSALL RE-BRANDED 'DOWNTOWN MANCHESTER'

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

With a one bed flat costing 'from £185,000' and £1.2million planning fees avoided, developer, Villafont, gave Salford a final insult when it re-branded Ordsall 'Downtown Manchester' for its huge blocks of apartments. Ladies and gentlemen, lick your MacColls for the winner of the Disappearing Salford Award...Villafont!

Full details here...

added 27 December 2017  

 
 

FRED DONE WINS FEED THE RICH SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARD 2017

Star date: 26th December 2017

FRED DONE STORMS 2017 FEED THE RICH AWARD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 11th annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

Fred Done, and his brother Pete, saw their wealth grow to £1.3billion this year, but this didn't stop them getting £22.5million in public subsidies and then attempting to flog their unaffordable Salford flats to rich Hong Kong investors. So, ladies and gentlemen, jiggle your Aintrees and watch the odds stacked against you for the winner of the Salford Star Mary Burns Feed The Rich Award...Fred Done!

Full details here...

added 26 December 2017  

 
 

SQUATTERS GIVE FREE CHRISTMAS DAY MEAL FOR HOMELESS

Star date: 26th December 2017

FREE CHRISTMAS FOR HOMELESS IN NEW SQUAT

"We hope you will applaud the action today as a necessary and beautiful demonstration of solidarity..." GMHA

Yesterday, homeless people in Manchester were invited for a free Christmas Day meal to the squatted Wonder Inn, in Shude Hill. Greater Manchester Housing Action released a statement welcoming the move, and calling for "a more imaginative and humane response to homelessness from our city leaders".

Full details here...

added 26 December 2017  

 
 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL SALFORD STAR READERS

Star date: 25th December 2017

FESTIVE GREETINGS FROM SALFORD

Happy Christmas and festive greetings to all Salford Star readers. We hope you have a peaceful and relaxing time – but don’t forget to tune in over the next week to see the winners of the 2017 Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

With attitude and love xxx

added 25 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD DIRTY STOP OUTS FEATURE IN SEVENTIES GUIDE TO NIGHTLIFE

Star date: 24th December 2017

NORTH WESTWARD HO! AND MORE FEATURE IN STOP OUTS' GUIDE

Dirty Stop Outs' Guide to 1970s Manchester
By Rikki Wright £13.95

A new book by former Piccadilly Radio youth presenter, Rikki Wright, presents a Dirty Stop Outs' Guide to 1970s Manchester, which celebrates venues like The Free Trade Hall, Russell Club and The Electric Circus - but also includes a healthy flavour of Salford, including The Willows Variety Club, North Westward Ho! and DJ George Andrew. Essential reading for all ageing stop outs...

Full details here...

added 24 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD FLOOD FAMILIES GET VISIT FROM SNOWMAN AND SANTA

Star date: 23rd December 2017

SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS LIVES IN LOWER BROUGHTON

The children who lived through the Boxing Day Flood of 2015 got a surprise this week, as Santa and the Snowman toured houses handing out selection boxes and spreading festive vibes.

The chocolates, donated by Salford City Council and Salix Homes, came complete with advice from Broughton's Flood Group, which everyone hoped wouldn't be needed this year.

Full details here...

added 23 December 2017  

 
 

DID A HOMELESS MAN DIE IN A DOORWAY IN MANCHESTER PICCADILLY?

Star date: 22nd December 2017

WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO FIND DETAILS OF HOMELESS DEATHS – IS THERE A COVER UP?

"I could tell just by the colour of his skin and his face there there was something drastically wrong...I just thought 'He's gone, he's dead'..." Pat, outreach worker

On Sunday night, Pat, a voluntary outreach worker with Salford Manchester Street Support, was convinced that a man she found lying lifeless in a doorway in Piccadilly, Manchester, had died in the cold. The subsequent post went viral on social media, as the organisation was told by Greater Manchester Police to take it down.

Did the man die? Did he survive? It's almost impossible for the press or anyone else to find out. Is there a cover up going on?

Full details here...

added 22 December 2017  

 
 

CAPTAIN SKA AND PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY #TORIES OUT FOR CHRISTMAS TRACK

Star date: 21st December 2017

SEARCHING FOR A BETTER WORLD WITH CAPTAIN SKA

'The unjust order's crumbling...It's time to take control...'

An absolutely brilliant track has been released by Captain Ska and The People's Assembly aiming to get into the Christmas chart with all proceeds going to foodbanks and the anti-Tory campaign. It's a must-hear soulful, boppy tune with a singalong chorus... 'Searching for a better world for my sons and my daughters...'

Full details here...

added 21 December 2017  

 
 

IN WAKE OF GRENFELL TOWER FIRE SALFORD COUNCIL BLOCKED MEDIA RELAYING INFORMATION TO FRIGHTENED SALFORD RESIDENTS

Star date: 20th December 2017

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL BLOCKED PENDLETON TOGETHER FROM SPEAKING TO SALFORD STAR

In the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Salford residents living in cladded high rises were frightened and confused. But as the Salford Star tried to get housing companies to reassure them on safety, Pendleton Together, which managed the nine most lethal blocks, would not provide any information.

Now, after a six month Freedom of Information battle with Salford Council over the release of related emails, it can be revealed that Pendleton Together had an "agreement" with the Council "not to respond to the Salford Star". How many 'agreements' does Salford Council have with other companies 'not to respond to the Salford Star'?

Full details here...

added 20 December 2017  

 
 

BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE FINALLY OPENS AS SALFORD PEOPLE POWER WINS

Star date: 19th December 2017

'WE'VE BEATEN THEM – THE PEOPLE HAVE DONE THIS...'

The Barton Lifting Bridge finally opened this afternoon, as residents celebrated a victory over 'corporate bullies'.

Peel Holdings, Trafford Council and Salford City Council have been embroiled in a legal wrangle over who is to pay the estimated £150,000 cost of maintaining the bridge - but while this continues, residents were jubilant at the bridge opening ... "We've beaten them" said campaigner Alan Whitehead "...The people have done this..."

Full details here...

added 19 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD HOMELESS GET CHRISTMAS DINNER TREAT WITH POLITICS FOR AFTERS

Star date: 18th December 2017

VOLUNTEERS SERVE FESTIVE FEAST AS SALFORD COUNCIL URGED TO OPEN UP DISUSED BUILDINGS

"It's absolutely brilliant, it's made my Christmas..." Mark

Around three dozen full Christmas dinners were served to Salford's homeless people this afternoon at Eccles Youth Centre, which mixed a festive feast with an afters of politics, as Salford City Council was urged, yet again, to open up its disused buildings as shelters.

"It humbles me to think that people can invite us in to have Christmas dinner and just make us feel like normal people" said Stuart.

Full details here...

added 18 December 2017  

 
 

SQUATTING ‘EXPLOSION’ IN GREATER MANCHESTER SINCE UNIVERSAL CREDIT ROLLED OUT

Star date: 18th December 2017

850 SQUAT INCIDENTS AND 39 EVICTIONS INCLUDING IN ECCLES, SWINTON AND SALFORD QUAYS

There has been an 'explosion' of squatting in Greater Manchester since Universal Credit was rolled out, according to data provided by Greater Manchester Police in response to a Freedom of Information request.

Over the last three years there have been 850 squat 'incidents' and 39 evictions... "Since Universal Credit rolled out to single people, I wanted to know the impact" says Debi Blanchard of Greater Manchester Housing Action "The answer was a squatting explosion..."

Full details here...

added 18 December 2017  

 
 

A SALFORD NEW YEAR’S EVE ROCK AND ROLL NIGHT AT WANGIES

Star date: 17th December 2017

A BAND OF GYPSIES BRING IN 2018

N.Y.E. at Wangies with A Band of Gypsies
Sunday, December 31st 8pm-1am free
Wangies, Eccles

Wangies in Eccles brings in 2018 with top live group, A Band of Gypsies, who do classic covers, from Black Sabbath, to Rory Gallagher and Pink Floyd. A rock n' roll New Year's Eve awaits, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

added 17 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COLLEGE OPENS NEW MOTOR VEHICLE WORKSHOP TO TRAIN YOUNG PEOPLE

Star date: 17th December 2017

MOTOR VEHICLE COURSE GETS NEW WORKSHOP

Salford College of Further Education has opened a new Motor Vehicle Workshop to help train young people. The College's motor vehicle course began in September this year at the City Skills Campus but Gary Taylor, Head of Construction and Building Engineering Services said the new workshop "will hopefully be valuable in changing the lives of young people by opening up opportunities."

Full details here...

added 17 December 2017  

 
 

ECCLES CAROLS AND BOP NIGHT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HOMELESS

Star date: 17th December 2017

GILDA GLEE CLUB AND BOP NIGHT FOR COFFEE4CRAIG

On Thursday, 21st December, the Gilda Glee Club will be singing carols in the streets of Eccles, starting around Snowdon Road at 7:30pm. Then, on Friday 22nd December there's a pay-what-you-feel charity Christmas Bop at Gilda Brook Club. It's all to raise funds for homelessness charity, Coffee4Craig.

Full details here...

added 17 December 2017  

 
 

KEN LOACH CALLS FOR END TO ALL BENEFIT SANCTIONS THAT ‘STARVE PEOPLE’

Star date: 17th December 2017

"WHAT CRIME IS SO BAD THAT YOU'RE GOING TO STARVE PEOPLE?"

I, Daniel Blake film director, Ken Loach, has called for an end to all benefit sanctions that "starve people" and "punish with hunger". Loach added that punishments should be tried on tax dodgers first "to see what works" and then applied to real benefit cheats.

Ken Loach was speaking at a special live 'conversation' night which raised over £5,500 for the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre. A film of the talk is now available on YouTube which people are being urged to watch and then to donate further to the Centre.

Full details here...

added 17 December 2017  

 
 

SHINNY’S SALFORD CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE CELEBRATION SHOW

Star date: 16th December 2017

FAREWELL SHOW FOR SHINNY?

Shinny's Christmas Number 1 Celebration Show
Friday 22nd December
Manchester Academy 3 £8

As Shinny attempts the Christmas Number one slot again, he's got a celebration show this week at Academy 3 with superb guests Cinnamon Dinner, Stephen Buckley and EYE JAY. Here Ian Leslie chats to Shinny about a homeless project with Peter Hook and the possibility that this may be his last live gig.

Full details here...

added 16 December 2017  

 
 

CAUSTIC COASTAL PHAROS EXHIBITION SALFORD

Star date: 16th December 2017

FEEL, THINK AND SEE THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY IN THE MIDST OF DEVELOPER ORGY
 
Beacons: Pharos
Thursdays and Saturdays until 13th January 1-5pm
Caustic Coastal, Regents Trading Estate free

Objects, imaginings and the impossible are being creatively examined by four top artists, Rebecca Ackroyd, Jesse Darling, Maria Gondek and Mary Hurrell, at the Caustic Coastal Gallery on Oldfield Road. And it's well worth a visit.

Full review here...

added 16 December 2017  

 
 

BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE LEGAL WRANGLE DRAGS ON BUT IT WILL OPEN AFTER HIGHWAYS APPROVAL

Star date: 15th December 2017

IT COULD STILL BE WEEKS BEFORE LIFTING BRIDGE OPENS

Salford City Council, Trafford Council and Peel Holdings have this afternoon issued a joint statement confirming that the Barton Lifting Bridge "will open upon completion of works and approvals being granted", which could take weeks. It adds that discussions are continuing about who will pay the "maintenance and ongoing liabilities" for the bridge.

Full details here...

added 15 December 2017  

 
 

HOMELESS SQUAT OPENS UP FACING MANCHESTER TOWN HALL

Star date: 15th December 2017

'PIRATE SHIP' OPENS ABOVE BETFRED, FACING TOWN HALL, AS COUNCIL AND FRED DONE SLAMMED

"I'm right outside your house now and I'm going to turn mine into a giant pirate ship and help as many people as I can..." Chris Blaine

A new squat has opened up opposite Manchester Town Hall and above BetFred as a D.I.Y. night shelter and 'pirate ship' to help the city's homeless.

In the process, activists have made five demands on Manchester Council and GM Mayor, Andy Burnham; while arguing that all the efforts of charities and homeless organisations "amount to nothing". Here we present, direct from the squat, a Christmas message to the authorities.

Full details here...

added 15 December 2017  

 
 

SHOCKING 11% TURNOUT IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION

Star date: 15th December 2017

LABOUR PARTY HOLDS LANGWORTHY IN SHOCKING POLL TURNOUT 

Just over one thousand people, or 11.76% of those eligible, turned out to vote in the Langworthy by-election yesterday. The Labour Party's Wilson Nkurunziza won with a 'landslide' of 601 votes.

Full result here...

added 15 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO HELP TRAGIC WALKDEN FIRE FAMILY

Star date: 14th December 2017

RAFFLES, CROWDFUNDING AND A HORSE RIDE TO HELP FAMILY

The community in Salford and beyond has come together to try to help the family at the centre of the tragic arson attack in Walkden which killed four children. Three crowdfunding sites have raised almost £18,000, while others have set up raffles and collection points for clothes and vouchers.

As one of the crowdfunding organisers wrote, "No amount of money can fix this but anything to help at all..."

Full details here...

added 14 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCILLORS TELL MAYOR ‘NO SURRENDER’ TO PEEL HOLDINGS OVER BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE

Star date: 13th December 2017

AS BRIDGE ROW RUMBLES ON, IRLAM RESIDENTS OPEN CONTROVERSIAL BRIDGE THEMSELVES

Local councillors in Irlam and Cadishead have told Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, not to give in to Peel Holdings 'ransom' in the legal row over the opening of the Barton Lifting Bridge. The Salford Star understands that the company has not yet even responded to Salford Council's letter setting out why the bridge is Peel's responsibility.

Meanwhile, fed up of waiting for Peel Holdings and Salford City Council to resolve their legal differences, yesterday campaigners took matters into their own hands and gave the bridge a champagne opening.

Full details here...

added 13 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD MP REBECCA LONG-BAILEY JOINS 100 MPS CALLING FOR FOSSIL FREE PENSION FUND

Star date: 12th December 2017

100 MPS CALL FOR £612MILLION PARLIAMENT PENSION FUND TO DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS

"Fossil fuels helped ignite the first industrial revolution, but we now know that their continued use will threaten our very existence" Rebecca Long-Bailey

Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, has joined one hundred other MPs, including Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Lucas, in calling for the £612million Parliamentary Pension Fund to divest from oil, coal and gas companies.

Today, fifty heads of state, including Theresa May, are meeting in Paris for a summit on climate change and climate finance hosted by French President Macron.

Full details here...

added 12 December 2017  

 
 

BBC LOCAL DEMOCRACY REPORTER SHAM AS CONTRACTS HANDED TO MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS PUBLISHER

Star date: 11th December 2017

£8 MILLION BBC NEWS PARTNERSHIP SEES MAINSTREAM COMMERCIAL MEDIA BENEFIT

"This is a major advance...leading to greater public accountability for our local politicians" BBC

The BBC has announced that its new massively funded Local Democracy Reporter scheme is set to benefit the profit-driven mainstream media, with Manchester Evening News publisher, Trinity Mirror, getting six funded reporters in Greater Manchester.

The Salford Star pulled out of the process months ago, with the board telling the BBC "To us it seemed administratively complex and there were doubts about reporter freedom".

Full details here...

added 11 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD HAS A LAUGH FOR MALE SUICIDE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

Star date: 10th December 2017

BIGGEST THREAT TO MEN UNDER 45 IS THEMSELVES

It's A Laugh
Tuesday 12th December 7pm
The Old Pint Pot £5

Two snowmen in a field, one turns to the other and says 'Can you smell carrots?'

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, so Salford University students are holding a fundraising evening of comedy and music, in support of the Campaign Against Living Miserably at The Old Pint Pot on Tuesday, hosted by Amy Gledhill and featuring six top comedians.

Full details here...

added 10 December 2017  

 
 

SWINTON SQUARE SEES CAROLS, FROZEN PRINCESSES AND SANTA

Star date: 10th December 2017

SWINTON CHRISTMAS IN FULL FLOW

Christmas at Swinton Square
Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd December free

Swinton Square is well set for Christmas as two special happenings on Saturdays before Christmas feature carols from Salford City Academy, a Frozen family show, a visit from Father Christmas and the chance for adults to win £100 spending money.

Full details here...

added 10 December 2017  

 
 

TRAFFORD CENTRE ROAD BLOCKED BY BARTON BRIDGE PROTESTERS AGAINST PEEL HOLDINGS ‘MAFIA’

Star date: 9th December 2017

IRLAM AND CADISHEAD PROTESTERS BLOCK ROAD INTO TRAFFORD CENTRE

"People only listen when you cause a bit of havoc, and unfortunately that's what we're going to have to start doing..."

People from Irlam and Cadishead, fed up with the ongoing legal wrangles between Salford City Council, Trafford Council and Peel Holdings that has delayed the opening of the Barton Lifting Bridge, today blocked off the main road into the Trafford Centre in which Peel has a stake.

With banners reading 'Open Our Bridge' and 'Peel Mafia', residents told of the total traffic chaos caused by new road layouts and the still-closed bridge.

Full details here...

added 09 December 2017  

 
 

CHRISTMAS RABBLE ROUSING WITH BARD COMPANY

Star date: 9th December 2017

TWO SALFORD POETS JOIN ANTI-FESTIVE NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT

Christmas Guitar n Verse with Bard Company
Friday 15th December 7pm
The Snug Coffee House, Atherton £2

This Friday sees the rabble-rousing Bard Company play an 'anti-festive' show at The Snug Coffee House in Atherton. Two Salford poets, Gordon Zola and Tony Kinsella, join the quartet for a night of comedy, verse and song, as Ian Leslie discovers...

Full details here...

added 09 December 2017  

 
 

NEW SALFORD COMMUNITY REVOLUTION PARTY LAUNCHES IN IRLAM AND CADISHEAD

Star date: 8th December 2017

COMMUNITY REVOLUTION PARTY TO STAND CANDIDATE IN IRLAM

A new Community Revolution Party, or CO:RE, launched in Irlam and Cadishead last night with a candidate set to stand in the Irlam ward at the next local elections in May.

CO:RE states that it aims "to give the community more control of matters which concern them the most...a community driven, revolutionary journey to get you the representation you deserve".

Full details here...

added 08 December 2017  

 
 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING OFF THE AGENDA FOR SALFORD COUNCIL GREENGATE VISION

Star date: 7th December 2017

BOULEVARDS, HIGH RISE BLOCKS, VENUES AND A PARK FOR GREENGATE – BUT NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Salford City Council is currently consulting on the future of Greengate, which it sees as the Irwell version of New York's Brooklyn. As well as developing a new park, Greengate Boulevard and venues for culture, the vision includes more low, medium and high rise blocks "offering quality choices for the conurbation's skilled workforce".

The 41 page document doesn't mention affordable housing for inclusion in any of its 'vision'.

Full details here...

added 07 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD DEATH MAPS SHOW WHERE YOU LIVE DICTATES HOW LONG YOU LIVE

Star date: 6th December 2017

ALMOST AN 11 YEAR LIFE GAP BETWEEN WORSLEY AND BROUGHTON

Life expectancy ward maps of Salford show in graphic detail inequality within the city, as the darker the colour on the map, the more likely people are to die young.

For men, the life expectancy difference between living in the 'darkest' and 'lightest' wards is 10.8 years, while for women it's 7.8 years. Anyone living in Salford can expect to die over two years earlier than the England average.

Full details here...

added 06 December 2017  

 
 

MOCHA PARADE COULD SEE RENTS INCREASE FIVEFOLD IN SALFORD REDEVELOPMENT

Star date: 5th December 2017

LIDL LATEST RETAILER FOR MOCHA MOVE BUT COULD FORCE LOCAL SHOPS OUT

"It's a worry the family businesses will be wiped out..." Dr Kassam

The long awaited redevelopment of Lower Broughton's Mocha Parade finally looks set to begin next year, with Lidl the latest retailer to be seriously linked with becoming the anchor store.

The makeover will see just five new units for existing businesses, but one shopkeeper told the Salford Star that their rent would increase fivefold. Meanwhile, there are also plans for a mini-health centre.

Full details here...

added 05 December 2017  

 
 

ECCLES JOB CENTRE SEES UNIVERSAL CREDIT CHRISTMAS PROTEST

Star date: 5th December 2017

'EVIL' UNIVERSAL CREDIT WILL MEAN MISERABLE CHRISTMAS FOR MANY

This morning, campaigners against Universal Credit picketed Eccles Job Centre handing out leaflets to claimants stating 'Christmas is cancelled'.

"Universal Credit is an evil benefit and I don't think it's ever going to be fixed" said Salford councillor, Barbara Bentham, who joined members of Unite Community, Salford Unemployed Centre and Salford Trades Council outside the job centre.

Full details here...

added 05 December 2017  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER PEOPLE TO EXCHANGE IDEAS FOR ENDING HOUSING CRISIS

Star date: 4th December 2017

IDEAS EXCHANGE SEEKS GRASS ROOTS SOLUTIONS TO HOUSING CRISIS

Housing Ideas Exchange
Thursday 7th December 4pm-8pm
Manchester Met University

An open 'housing ideas exchange' this Thursday aims to bring people from the community together with professionals, academics, activists and charities to "inspire and encourage new ideas around the housing crisis". Anyone can attend and take part.

Full details here...

added 04 December 2017  

 
 

A TOUR INSIDE THE ‘AT RISK’ GRADE II LISTED VICTORIA THEATRE IN SALFORD

Star date: 3rd December 2017

INSIDE LOWER BROUGHTON'S STUNNING VICTORIA THEATRE

The Theatres Trust has Lower Broughton's Grade II listed Victoria Theatre in its top ten list of 'at risk' buildings. Salford Council has promised to protect it, "securing its positive reuse"...

...But urban explorer, Matt Holmes, recently got inside the theatre, took some incredible photos and says "The building is in dire condition and action must be taken sooner rather than later, otherwise this Victorian time warp is going to be lost..."

Full details and loads of photos here...

added 03 December 2017  

 
 

FREE DIGITAL LIGHT FESTIVAL AT SALFORD QUAYS

Star date: 3rd December 2017

LIGHTWAVES FESTIVAL SEES TWELVE DIGITAL LIGHT EXPERIENCES

Lightwaves 2017
Friday 8th-Sunday 17th December
Salford Quays noon-10:30pm free

The now annual Lightwaves Festival at Salford Quays this year features twelve digital light experiences, eight artworks at The Lowry and a special Baby Moves Workshop at the Lowry Outlet on Saturday 9th December, for babies and toddlers.

Full details here...

added 03 December 2017  

 
 

HOME-START TRAFFORD AND SALFORD SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP FAMILIES

Star date: 3rd December 2017

HOME-START JANUARY TRAINING COURSE IN ECCLES

Home-Start Trafford and Salford is part of a national charity that supports families with young children, and is looking for parents who wish to join as volunteers for a few hours a week. Its new training course begins in January at the Eccles Gateway.

Full details here... 

added 03 December 2017  

 
 

SPRINGWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 2017 SEES TOP PRIZES

Star date: 3rd December 2017

WIN LOADS OF TOP PRIZES IN FUNDRAISING RAFFLE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS BIKE TRACK

The Springwood Primary Special Needs School Christmas Raffle is raising funds for an interactive bike track and specially designed bikes for pupils.

The 23 amazing prizes include tickets for everything, from Lancashire cricket club to the Grand National, plus restaurant meals and more. £2 per strip raffle tickets are available at Spec Savers on Salford Precinct.

Full details here...

added 03 December 2017  

 
 

FREE TICKETS FOR BBC DOCTOR WHO SALFORD SCREENING TODAY ONLY

Star date: 3rd December 2017

CHANCE TO SEE DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL IN ADVANCE

The BBC is screening this year's Doctor Who Christmas special in advance on Tuesday 19th December at Dock 10, MediaCityUK, and the ballot to apply for four free tickets shuts at 11pm tonight, 3rd December.

Full details here...

added 03 December 2017  

 
 

IRLAM COMMUNITY SLAMS BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE CHAOS AS PEEL HOLDINGS AND SALFORD COUNCIL WRANGLE CONTINUES

Star date: 2nd December 2017

£150,000 PER YEAR COSTS ARE STOPPING SHIP CANAL LIFTING BRIDGE FROM OPENING

'Peel Holdings has got Salford Council by the short and curlies...'

A packed, stormy meeting of the Irlam and Cadishead Community Committee last night heard how Peel Holdings and Salford Council are in dispute over the £150,000 per year costs of operating and maintaining the new lifting bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal.

Residents vented their fury over the traffic chaos caused by the delay to the bridge opening, as one man said he'd had to put his fishery business up for sale, while others told of kids missing school, ambulances being held up and people being late for work.

Full details here...

added 02 December 2017  

 
 

SALFORD HIGH RISE RESIDENTS STILL LIVING WITH DANGEROUS CLADDING

Star date: 1st December 2017

SALFORD STAR REFUSED INFO ON HIGH RISE CLADDING REPORTS

"There will be buildings that are unsafe and that must be a worry for people who are falling asleep in them" Simon Hay, construction expert

Salford City Council has refused to release Building Control documents relating to cladding on three Pendleton high rise blocks, following a Salford Star Freedom of Information request. Neither has the Council responded to a request for emails relating to cladding.

Meanwhile, a SKY tv documentary has questioned cladding safety measures by Salford Council and others, and a Salix Homes resident living in a high rise flat is looking to sue his housing company over cladding related stress issues.

Full details here...

added 01 December 2017  

 
 

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