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SALFORD RHS GARDEN BREAKS GREEN BELT PLANNING POLICY

Star date: 31st March 2017

RHS WORSLEY GARDEN 'INAPPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT' FOR GREEN BELT

Incredibly, a planning report going to Salford City Council next week reveals that the huge RHS Garden Bridgewater in Worsley is actually an "inappropriate development" within the city's Green Belt. Plus, there would be potential "harmful impacts" on a Site of Biological Interest, active bat roosts, badgers and nesting birds. The development will also see the removal of "a significant number of trees".

Councillors are still expected to pass the plans for the Garden on land owned by Peel Holdings, which the cash-strapped Council is subsidising with £19million.

Full details here...

added Friday, March 31, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS GO JOINT TOP IN SUPER LEAGUE AFTER ST HELENS THRILLER

Star date: 31st March 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS 22 St HELENS 14

Salford Red Devils go joint top in Super League after a dramatic win over St Helens, despite Robert Lui being sin binned and some dubious decisions by the referee, as Simon Williams reports, with photos by Gareth Lyons.

Full details here...

added Friday, March 31, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD JOINS NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST BENEFIT SANCTIONS

Star date: 30th March 2017

TWO SALFORD JOB CENTRES TARGETED IN SANCTIONS PROTEST

Salford Job Centre and Eccles Job Centre were targeted today for protests as part of a National Day of Action Against Benefit Sanctions called by Unite union.

Outside Salford Job Centre on Churchill Way, campaigner Geoff Brown said "Anybody who wants to know what's really going on in this country should come down and stand with us on this picket line to get the truth of what sanctions really mean..."

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 30, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CRESCENT POLICE STATION DEVELOPER TO AVOID ALMOST £1.5MILLION PLANNING FEES

Star date: 30th March 2017

PLANS REVEALED FOR CRESCENT POLICE STATION

Plans have finally been revealed for the Crescent Police Station which has been derelict for years. The facade will be retained, there'll be 117 apartments within the complex and 23 townhouses attached. However, Stama Developments (Salford) Ltd, which is transforming the site, will initially avoid £1,467,738 in planning fees and the provision of affordable housing due to the usual 'viability' deal.

Incredibly, the planning application reveals that if Salford City Council does get any 'clawback' payments from the developer in future for affordable housing – they will be going towards a new bridge!

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 30, 2017  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION SEES £370,000 NEW FAT CAT JOBS

Star date: 29th March 2017

GM DEVOLUTION SEES MARCH OF THE FAT CATS

Greater Manchester devolution is seeing more publicly funded Fat Cat jobs introduced into the region, with a Chief Investment Officer on £150,000 already approved, and positions for a Chief Information Officer on a salary of £90,000 - £100,000, a Chief Resilience Officer at £74,000 - £86,000, and a Health Economist at £60,000-£65,000 looking set to be approved this week.

The Resilience Officer will be dealing with things like 'high unemployment' and 'community tensions'...

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 29, 2017  

 
 

ALMOST EVERY SCHOOL IN SALFORD TO LOSE FUNDING UNDER TORY EDUCATION POLICY

Star date: 28th March 2017

SALFORD SCHOOLS TO BE £11MILLION WORSE OFF...

Almost every school in Salford will have huge funding cuts under new policy drawn up by the Tory Government, states the National Union of Teachers. The union adds that the city's schools will be £11,105,976 worse off by 2019/20 than they were in 2015/16.

"Parents in Salford should be deeply concerned by these damaging cuts that hit almost every school" says Salford NUT Secretary Judith Elderkin. The union has an interactive map showing how each school will be cut.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, March 28, 2017  

 
 

25,000 COMMENTS ON CONTROVERSIAL GREATER MANCHESTER GREEN BELT STRATEGY

Star date: 27th March 2017

SAVE GM GREEN BELT GROUPS TO CONVERGE ON MANCHESTER 1ST APRIL

As almost two dozen groups trying to save the region's Green Belt are set to converge on Manchester for a protest this Saturday, it has been revealed that controversial plans proposed by Greater Manchester Combined Authority drew around 25,000 comments, 93% of which were relating to site allocations.

Darren Goulden, of Salford group Planning For Our Future In Irlam and Cadishead, says it will be "a massive show of solidarity against the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and the Salford Local Plan".

Full details here...

added Monday, March 27, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD POVERTY INCREASE SEES MUSTARD TREE FOOD BANK RUNNING LOW ON SUPPLIES

Star date: 27th March 2017

LITTLE HULTON AND ECCLES FOOD BANK PUTS OUT URGENT APPEAL FOR SUPPLIES

The Mustard Tree charity, which runs food operations in Little Hulton and Eccles, has put out an urgent appeal for supplies...

"With annual increases in homelessness and poverty in Salford, we are finding a growing need for our food provision services and our food store is running low" says its Salford Operations Manager "We need your help so that we can continue providing this vital service..."

Full details here...

added Monday, March 27, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD POLITICAL STALWART REG HOWARD PASSES AWAY

Star date: 27th March 2017

FROM HELPING CITY'S KIDS TO FIGHTING FOR ELDERLY RIGHTS

Swinton's Reg Howard passed away last night after a brave battle against cancer. Reg was well known in the city's political circles for airing his opinions, standing as an Independent candidate for Pendlebury in 2010, and in community circles for his generosity towards youth groups.

Latterly, Reg was a keen supporter of Salford's Death Cafe which helped him come to terms with his illness... "He was a real trooper, a great friend and a great loss to Salford" says former city councillor Joe O'Neill.

Full details here...

added Monday, March 27, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD WRITER RELEASES VIEWS FROM A HIDDEN EYE

Star date: 26th March 2017

POEMS AND SHORT STORIES BY MICHAEL D SKEFFINGTON

A debut book of short stories and poems by Lower Kersal's Michael Skeffington has been published. Within Views From A Hidden Eye, there's forty pieces of writing by Mike, previously more known for his musical exploits, and subjects range from folk tales to pit workers, to bus riders, to verses penned and "inspired by loss and life experiences".

Full review here...

added Sunday, March 26, 2017  

 
 

ARTHUR SCARGILL AND RICKY TOMLINSON TO SPEAK ON SOCIALISM IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 26th March 2017

LEGENDS SCARGILL AND TOMLINSON JOIN UP FOR PUBLIC MEETING

Socialism or Repression?
Thursday 6th April 7:30pm free
Mechanics Institute, Manchester

"They keep saying 'What can we do about the NHS?' I'll tell you what we can do, we can finance it!" Arthur Scargill

Arthur Scargill and Ricky Tomlinson are to speak at a public meeting titled Socialism or Repression? at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester on 6th April organised by the Socialist Labour Party. Last May Day, Arthur Scargill spoke at the same venue and the place was packed to the rafters as he received a standing ovation.

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 26, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD SWIMATHON TO TAKE PLACE AT WORSLEY LEISURE CENTRE

Star date: 26th March 2017

SALFORD SWIMMERS CAN RAISE FUNDS FOR MARIE CURIE CHARITY

This year, the national Swimathon celebrates its thirtieth anniversary and is looking to raise more money than ever for the Marie Curie charity. In Salford, swimmers are being asked to sign up for the challenge to swim 1.5k, 2.5k or 5k at Worsley Leisure Centre during the weekend of 7th-9th April.

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 26, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD FAT OUT FEST EXPERIMENTS TO THE MAX

Star date: 25th March 2017

BLURRING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN MUSIC ART AND PARTY

Fat Out Fest
Friday 14th – Sunday 16th April
Islington Mill £25 per day or £65 for full fest

After three years, the Fat Out Fest is back at Islington Mill with a zillion performers 'that will blur the boundaries between music, art and partying in true Fat Out style'. Anyone looking for something completely, experimentally off its head with some top sounds should really get down there.

Full details here...

added Saturday, March 25, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS CRUSH WIDNES

Star date: 25th March 2017

WIDNES 10 SALFORD RED DEVILS 46

As coach Ian Watson signed a new three year deal to stay at Salford Red Devils, his team followed up last week's win over Castleford by taking Widnes Vikings to the cleaners with a 46-10 win at the Select Security Stadium.

Salford were stunning, as Simon Williams reports, with photos by Steve McCormick.

Full match report here...

added Saturday, March 25, 2017  

 
 

FRED DONE TO GET ANOTHER £5.2M FOR SALFORD FLATS FROM GREATER MANCHESTER COMBINED AUTHORITY

Star date: 24th March 2017

NEW FRED DONE GM LOAN WILL TAKE TOTAL TO £22.5MILLION FOR BLACKFRIARS FLATS

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is set to issue a new £5.2million loan of public money to Fred Done's company FICM Ltd, which is on top of £17.3million already granted; taking the total subsidy to £22.5million from the controversial GM Housing Investment Loan Fund.

The cheap loan is towards the construction of 380 unaffordable apartments on the corner of Blackfriars Road and Trinity Road.

Full details here...

added Friday, March 24, 2017  

 
 

CONTROVERSIAL SALFORD COUNCILLOR APPOINTED TO £50,000 CHESHIRE POLICE JOB

Star date: 23rd March 2017

SAREDA DIRIR CONFIRMED AS DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR CHESHIRE

Claremont Labour Party councillor, Sareda Dirir, has been confirmed as the controversial appointment to the £50,000 a year Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire.

Cheshire politicians had questioned both Councillor Dirir's qualifications for job and her family ties with the Police Commissioner, who she had known for twenty years. It is not known yet whether Sareda intends standing down from her council seat in light of the full time job.

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 23, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD BECOMES FOCUS OF HOUSING CRISIS DURING GM MAYOR ELECTION

Star date: 22nd March 2017

GM MAYOR CANDIDATES TO DEBATE HOUSING CRISIS IN SALFORD

Candidates standing in the May election to be Greater Manchester Mayor will be grilled on the housing and homelessness crisis at a special event to be held in St Philip's Church in Salford on April 3rd.

"Over the last two years social housing stock has disappeared and the construction of new council properties is virtually non-existent" says Isaac Rose, of Greater Manchester Housing Action "The hustings will be an opportunity for ordinary individuals, groups and organisations to present questions directly to the candidates."

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 22, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD FAMILIES CHILDCARE COSTS COULD BE CUT BY UP TO £4,000 PER YEAR

Star date: 22nd March 2017

NEW GOVERNMENT CHILDCARE SCHEME TO START IN APRIL

Salford families could see the costs of childcare cut by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children with the Government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme beginning on 28th April. From today, parents can pre-register for the scheme on a new Childcare Choices website.

Meanwhile, from September, parents of three and four year old children will be able to apply for a new thirty hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child according to the Government.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 22, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD BREAST CANCER SCREENING 10% BELOW NATIONAL AVERAGE

Star date: 21st March 2017

BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND CERVICAL SCREENING IN SALFORD WELL BELOW AVERAGE

The Salford rate for breast cancer screening, at 65.2%, is ten percent below the national average and well below the Greater Manchester average. Cervical screening uptake rates are the second lowest in Greater Manchester, and bowel cancer screening is also below the national average. 

Meanwhile, a recent Salford City Council consultation on the future of pharmacies drew just four responses from people who live or work in the city.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, March 21, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD SCHOOL PUPILS GET TASTE OF BE FOOD SMART APP

Star date: 20th March 2017

NUTRITIONIST AMANDA URSELL VISITS LOWER KERSAL PRIMARY SCHOOL

"I eat better than my brother and my dad – at night he probably eats about three packets of crisps and then two chocolate bars..." pupil

Pupils at Lower Kersal Community Primary School tried out the new Be Food Smart app today, as they scanned packets of food together with celeb nutritionist, Amanda Ursell, to see how much sugar they contained.

It was all part of a campaign by Public Health England's Change4Life to help young people make healthier food and drink choices.

Full details here...

added Monday, March 20, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD POETRY FUNDRAISING BOOK FOR BROUGHTON RUFC

Star date: 20th March 2017

POETS GIVE WORDS TO HELP BROUGHTON RUGBY CLUB

Six poets have donated their words for a new limited edition £5 anthology to help raise funds for Broughton Rugby Union Club, one of the oldest clubs in the country which gives the people of Salford a chance to take part in the grass roots game.

The pamphlet of 13 poems covers all subjects, from The Willows to the Hotel Strangeways to a tribute to Alan Henning, and includes works by Mike Duff, Jeff Dawson, Marvin Cheeseman and Simon Williams who co-ordinated the project.

Full details here...

added Monday, March 20, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD’S PATCHWORK RATTLEBAG PLAY FUEL CAFE

Star date: 19th March 2017

LITTLE HULTON BAND NEW SINGLE AND GIGS

Patchwork Rattlebag, with The Twistettes and Mutabase
Friday 24th March 7:30pm
Fuel Cafe, Manchester £3

Little Hulton outfit, Patchwork Rattlebag, are back with a gig at Manchester's Fuel Cafe this Friday, plus a new single, On My Own. Here, Ian Leslie urges everyone to check out 'the greatest brain-pop, psychedelic, arty, vocal harmony, acoustic, electro dance act you're likely to hear'.

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 19, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS 13 CASTLEFORD TIGERS 12

Star date: 19th March 2017

SALFORD SEAL VICTORY WITH THREE MINUTES TO GO

Salford Red Devils left it late but squeezed a victory against high flying Castleford with a drop goal three minutes before the end of an enthralling match, as Simon Williams reports, with photos by Gareth Lyons.

Match report here...

added Sunday, March 19, 2017  

 
 

THE HACIENDA BRINGS US DJS PLUS PICKERING AND DASILVA TO ALBERT HALL

Star date: 19th March 2017

HOUSE LEGENDS KERRI CHANDLER AND DERRICK CARTER IN MANC

FAC 51 The Hacienda
Friday 24th March 9pm-4am
Albert Hall, Manchester £28.50 + booking fee

The Hacienda is back at the Albert Hall, Manchester this Friday with yank DJs Kerri Chandler, Derrick Carter and Delano Smith spinning the tunes plus Mike Pickering and Jon Dasilva.

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 19, 2017  

 
 

JOHN COOPER CLARKE ON THE LATE CHUCK BERRY

Star date: 19th March 2017

WHEN JOHNNY MET CHUCK...

"Who does he think I am, Ronnie Wood?' I'll be it!.."

It would seem the most mad collaboration but back in the early 2000s, Salford's John Cooper Clarke compered for Chuck Berry during his tour which included Manchester and Spain.

With the rock and roll legend's passing last night we thought we'd re-post a little anecdote told to the Salford Star by Johnny C back in 2007...

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 19, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD MUM WALKS FOR A CUDDLE COT FOR GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 19th March 2017

LITTLETON ROAD SPONSORED CUDDLE COT WALK

Becky Allan will be marking Mother's Day 24 hours earlier this year, with a sponsored walk to raise funds for a 'cuddle cot' in Greater Manchester. The brave Salford mum gave stillbirths to twins, and now wants to help others by providing a cot which allows time for grieving parents to come to terms with their loss, as Conor Hartnett reports...

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 19, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD MOTHER’S DAY TRACK FROM SHINNY

Star date: 19th March 2017

SINGLE FOR MUM

He's done tracks for Christmas and Valentine's, and now Shinny has released a special song for Mother's Day, called Mother. The Salford personality has also had a beer named after him and been taken on by management Deus, that represents fellow ex-boxer Michael Gomez plus actors Chelsee Healey and Cairan Griffiths, as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 19, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CITY AND STOCKPORT COUNTY FANS SIGN TO SAVE THE GRANGE

Star date: 18th March 2017

CAMPAIGN TO SAVE SALFORD DISABLED CHILDREN'S HOME GETS HUGE SUPPORT

Save The Grange campaigners were out with petitions at Salford City's match against Stockport County this afternoon, urging fans to support their fight to get Salford Council to reverse its decision to close the city's only disabled children's home.

Meanwhile, the Kersal neighbourhood was turned into a mini police state at the first big game in Salford City's partially redeveloped Moor Lane stadium that has caused so much controversy. The match ended Salford City 1 Stockport County 1.

Full details here...

added Saturday, March 18, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD UNIVERSITY STUDENT FEATURES ON LOST SONGS COMPILATION

Star date: 18th March 2017

SALFORD SONG NO LONGER 'LOST'

Metropolis Studios is the world's largest independent recording complex, where the likes of Adele, Elton John and Freddie Mercury have recorded. And its founders have been searching for the next great songs that have been written but never published or recorded.

Last year they brought out the first compilation of Lost Songs, and on 31st March comes the second compilation which features songwriters from Nigeria, South Africa and Salford, courtesy of Zak Taylor-Fray, currently at Salford University. Ian Leslie went to have a word with Zak.

Full details here...

added Saturday, March 18, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD BEES BUZZIN ON THE ROOFS

Star date: 18th March 2017

BEE FILM SHOW TRIBUTE TO HARRY DAVIES

Our Friends The Bees
Monday 20th March 7:30pm free
St Paul's Church, Moor Lane

This Monday, the Friends of Kersal Moor are screening Buzzin On The Roofs as a tribute to former nature loving local councillor, Harry Davies, who features in the film. There'll also be a talk by Bill Kitchingman of Kersal Aviaries on The Life of a Bee.

Full details here...

added Saturday, March 18, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCILLOR IN £50,000 CHESHIRE POLICE JOB STORM

Star date: 17th March 2017

SALFORD COUNCILLOR SAREDA DIRIR STIRS UP STORM OVER CHESHIRE DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONER JOB

"Do you understand how this is going to be perceived by members of the public?"  Councillor Howard Murray

Claremont Councillor Sareda Dirir has stirred up a storm in Cheshire after being provisionally appointed to the £50,000 a year post of Cheshire Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner – it was revealed that she had known David Keane, the current Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner, for twenty years and that her parents were both joint ward councillors with him in Warrington.

After a stormy confirmation hearing in Cheshire, its chairman wrote that Councillor Dirir had "failed to demonstrate an adequate knowledge and understanding of the operation of the police service and the criminal justice system."

Full details here...

added Friday, March 17, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL STATES ICT CHARITY ISSUES ‘BEING ADDRESSED’

Star date: 16th March 2017

COMMUNITY TOLD ICT SHOULD 'MANAGE' ITS ISSUES NOT THE COUNCIL

After months of controversy surrounding Salford charity Inspiring Communities Together (ICT) which saw a local councillor labelling some staff 'control freaks', Salford City Council has now responded to concerns raised by the East Salford Community Committee.

In a letter to the community, the Council states that the Charity Commission has advised that the ICT Board itself should sort out its own 'issues' – and not the Council, despite the Council handing £90,000 annual funding to ICT.

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 16, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD SEES ‘WORRYING’ RISE IN CRIME PARTICULARLY IN BROUGHTON

Star date: 16th March 2017

VIOLENT CRIME UP 15%, BURGLARY UP 12%, OVERALL CRIME UP 7%

At yesterday's full meeting of Salford City Council, figures were disclosed showing an upsurge of crime in the city after reductions over the last few years. Violent crime is up 15%; burglary, particularly in Broughton, is up 12%; hate crime is up 4% and, overall, all types of crime has risen by 7%.

Councillor David Lancaster, Lead Member for Community Safety, said "the trend is worrying to say the least".

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 16, 2017  

 
 

MANCHESTER LEGAL ACTION AGAINST GOVERNMENT FRACKING DRAWS SUPPORT OUTSIDE COURT

Star date: 15th March 2017

LANCASHIRE COMMUNITY TAKES GOVERNMENT TO COURT TO OVERTURN FRACKING DECISION

Anti fracking campaigners were present outside Manchester Civil Justice Centre this morning to support an appeal against the decision by the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, to overturn Lancashire County Council's democratic refusal of Cuadrilla's application to frack four wells at a site near Blackpool.

"Local democracy was overturned by the Secretary of State" said Claire Stephenson of Preston New Road Action Group "We seek to have the decision declared unjust and quashed."

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 15, 2017  

 
 

ALMOST HALF OF NEW JOBS IN NORTH WEST ARE INSECURE STATES TUC

Star date: 15th March 2017

ALMOST 50% OF NEW JOBS ARE CRAP CASUAL, TEMPORARY, ZERO HOURS OR LOW PAID SELF EMPLOYED

47% of jobs created in the North West since 2011 have been insecure work, TUC analysis has found. 'Insecure work' is defined as 'seasonal, casual, temporary or agency work, those on zero-hours contracts and low-paid self-employed workers' – and they tend to be in education, restaurant work and social care.

The North West is the second worst hit for these insecure jobs in the whole country and today the TUC is launching a new initiative for workers in the North West to share their experiences of insecure work anonymously.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 15, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL FRIENDSHIP DEAL WITH CHINESE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS

Star date: 14th March 2017

SALFORD MAYOR WELCOMES FRIENDSHIP WITH CHINA REGION THAT FORCES CAR OWNERS TO INSTALL TRACKING DEVICES

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has signed an "agreement of cooperation and friendship" with the Mayor of Urumqi in China, related to the huge Middlewood Locks development which avoided over £6million in planning fees.

Urumqi is the capital of the Xinjiang province which, last month, ordered every car owner in one of its regions to install a GPS tracking device, while swamping the streets with troops. It's also the subject of an Amnesty International campaign to free a critic of the government who has been jailed for life... "It was interesting to meet and find out how much we share in common with Urumqi" said Dennett after signing the deal.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, March 14, 2017  

 
 

CATHERINE TYLDESLEY ON SALFORD AND CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON PLAYING HER DAD ON CORONATION STREET

Star date: 13th March 2017

CATH TYLDESLEY ON SALFORD ROOTS, FAMOUS RELATIVES AND CORONATION STREET

Catherine Tyldesley is totally rooted in Salford with sporting relatives having the Tyldesley Suite named after them at Old Trafford, while she follows in the footsteps of other mega-famous actors from the city. So how about Christopher Eccleston playing her dad on Coronation Street?

Here Cath chats to Pete Fisher about the possibility, plus how her family could have been rooted in Tasmania, her school days and the links between Walkden and the Eiffel Tower.

Full details here...

added Monday, March 13, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCILLOR APOLOGISES TO JEREMY CORBYN AND JONNY WINEBERG FOR `OVER THE TOP’ KERSAL ELECTION COMMENTS

Star date: 12th March 2017

LABOUR COUNCILLOR HEATHER FLETCHER APOLOGISES TO JEREMY CORBYN AND INDEPENDENT KERSAL CANDIDATE – BUT NOT THE SALFORD STAR!

Labour Party Swinton Councillor, Heather Fletcher, last night apologised to Jeremy Corbyn and Independent candidate Jonny Wineberg for "over the top" comments she made in the aftermath of the Kersal by-election which Labour lost to the Tories.

No such apology has, however, been received by the Salford Star for quite scurrilous accusations made by Fletcher about this publication.

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 12, 2017  

 
 

FAREWELL GIG FOR SALFORD’S STOLEN HAVEN AT NIGHT AND DAY CAFE

Star date: 12th March 2017

LAST CHANCE TO DISCOVER STOLEN HAVEN?

Stolen Haven Live
Saturday 25th March 7:30pm £6
Night and Day Cafe, Manchester

Stolen Haven have produced some beautiful and anthemic tunes but are about to bow out with perhaps their final live show at Night and Day Cafe on 25th March. Ian Leslie talks to the band's Broughton based songwriter Andrew Brides about the decision and urges readers to get onto Stolen Haven – quick!

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 12, 2017  

 
 

MANCHESTER ALTERNATIVE MEDIA METEOR LAUNCHES FREE JOURNALISM COURSE

Star date: 12th March 2017

FREE JOURNALISM COURSE FOR THE METEOR

The recently launched alternative media for Manchester, The Meteor, is holding a free ten week journalism course this spring, backed by Manchester and Salford NUJ, and the deadline for applications is 17th March. Course participants will have the opportunity to write, edit and publish stories on The Meteor website.

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 12, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CHILDREN WHO WENT ON HEALTH TRIP TO SWITZERLAND IN 1948 SOUGHT FOR NEW BOOK

Star date: 11th March 2017

65 SALFORD CHILDREN SOUGHT FROM 1948 SWISS TRIP FOR 'A DOCTOR IN LOWRYLAND'

In 1948, 65 children from areas like Hanky Park spent three months on an experimental health trip to Switzerland organised by the International Red Cross. Now, Peter Harris, whose father Dr Harry Harris worked in Salford for many years, is trying to trace the Salford-Swiss kids and any other former patients of his dad for a new book called A Doctor In Lowryland.

Full details here...

added Saturday, March 11, 2017  

 
 

ELVIS HITS ECCLES FOR MOTHER’S DAY

Star date: 11th March 2017

ECCLES LIBERAL CLUB TURNS GILDA BROOK AND WELCOMES ELVIS

Mother's Day Matinee
Sunday 26th March 2pm-6pm
The Gilda Brook Social Club, £10 inc buffet

Eccles Liberal Club, under new management, has been re-invented as The Gilda Brook Social Club and hosts a special Mother's Day Matinee on 26th March, starring David Presley as Elvis with a full tribute act. Meanwhile, the venue is also opening its doors to the community and wants young acts to get involved, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

added Saturday, March 11, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION TO BE RESTORED AFTER HUGE FIRE

Star date: 10th March 2017

ALBION ACADEMY PUPILS RAISE £750 FOR ASCENSION CHURCH RESTORATION

"It's the only old building left in Lower Broughton, so we think it's very important that we don't take people's memories away" David Wyatt.

The Church of the Ascension in Lower Broughton could be back in use in three or four year's time, following the huge fire which gutted the building last month. Pupils from Albion Academy presented The Ascension's Priest, David Wyatt, with £750 towards the restoration following a non-uniform day at school, while a JustGiving page has raised over £2,700.

Full details here...

added Friday, March 10, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD DEVELOPERS TO AVOID ALMOST £1.5MILLION PLANNING FEES AT QUAYS AND LITTLE HULTON

Star date: 10th March 2017

PENDLETON HOUSE, ERIE BASIN AND LITTLE HULTON DEVELOPERS AVOID FEES, BUT HOPE HIGH HOUSES HANDS £200,000 TO BUILE HILL MANSION

Salford City Council is set to rubber stamp four planning applications next week that will see developers avoid almost £1.5million of planning fees for a massive 16 storey block of apartments at Erie Basin on the Quays, and 73 houses in Little Hulton.

Meanwhile, an application for 71 apartments at Pendleton House will see no fees paid at all, but plans for 64 houses at the old Hope High School site will produce fees – including over £200,000 for Buile Hill Park and the Mansion; although a community bid for the Mansion still has no outcome.

Full details here... 

added Friday, March 10, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD SCHOOLS WITH POOREST CHILDREN HIT HARDEST BY TORY EDUCATION CUTS

Star date: 9th March 2017

AS TORIES POUR MONEY INTO GRAMMAR SCHOOLS, SALFORD PUPILS FACE HUGE BUDGET CUTS

Data produced by the National Union of Teachers and the Child Poverty Action Group shows that under the Tory Government, Salford schools that have the highest number of children with free school meals are facing much bigger cuts in funding than other schools.

Twelve such Salford schools face average cuts of £475 per pupil, or 9%, including Marlborough Road, Lower Kersal and Dukesgate, while the Tories are pouring money into grammar schools. The NUT called it "a complete dereliction of duty to our children" in the wake of yesterday's Budget.

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 9, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD MIDWIFE UNIT MAY MOVE TO INGLESIDE BY OAKWOOD PARK

Star date: 8th March 2017

SALFORD BABY UNIT MAY BE SAVED

Salford City Council is proposing to convert the former residential home, Ingleside, sited next to Oakwood Park, into a Midwife-led Unit to keep maternity services in the city.

Salford Royal Hospital wants to relocate the unit to expand its stroke wards and there was talk of it shutting down completely. But the Council is proposing £380,000 finance to keep the midwives at the Hospital until the end of September and is then looking to relocate it to Ingleside – providing that it is "cost effective".

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 8, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL STAFF IN £230 PER NIGHT BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN SOUTH OF FRANCE SHOCK

Star date: 7th March 2017

CASH STRAPPED COUNCIL SENDS TWO STAFF TO 4-STAR CANNES HOTEL

Salford City Council has paid for two staff to stay at the 4-star 'boutique' Hotel Canberra in Cannes for a four day jaunt at a cost of £230-a-night each. As homeless rough sleeper numbers double in the city, the cost of £1,839 was just for the accommodation, excluding travel, expenses and staff time.

The staff attend the MIPIM property bash, famous for its posh parties, states Salford Council as "part of our work to continue to secure new investment in the city".

Full details here...

added Tuesday, March 7, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PAYS OVER £2MILLION RENT FOR EMPTY OFFICES OWNED BY LEGAL AND GENERAL

Star date: 6th March 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL PAYS OVER £2MILLION RENT FOR ONE NEW BAILEY WHILE SHUTTING DISABLED CHILDREN'S HOME

As Salford City Council proposes to save £300,000 by closing The Grange, the city's only residential home for disabled children, it has paid out over £2million in rent for empty offices at New Bailey owned by the Legal and General Pension Fund.

Full details here...

added Monday, March 6, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD LABOUR ELECTION LOSS NOTHING TO DO WITH CORBYN SAY RESIDENTS

Star date: 5th March 2017

KERSAL SEAT LOSS DOWN TO 'UNDEMOCRATIC' LABOUR COUNCIL 'BETRAYAL' – AND NOT JEREMY CORBYN FACTOR

Last Thursday, Salford Labour Party lost its seat in the Kersal ward by-election, which it had held for decades. The Tory, Arnie Saunders, was elected with a 297 majority; and both national political sites and even local Labour councillors are citing a reaction against Jeremy Corbyn as the main factor in the loss. This is plainly not true.

Labour votes went to the Independent candidate, Jonny Wineberg, standing on behalf of the Kersal Moor Residents Association (KMRA), whose campaign centred on the lack of consultation and transparency at Salford City Council.

Full election analysis here...

added Sunday, March 5, 2017  

 
 

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