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SALFORD YOUTH DAY CHALLENGE TO CITY MAYOR OVER CUTS FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES

Star date: 31st August 2013

PARENTS OF KIDS WITH DISABILITIES TO LOBBY IAN STEWART OVER CUTS TO THE GRANGE

Ian Stewart Lobby
Tuesday 3rd September 5:30pm
Eccles Town Hall

This Tuesday sees the Council celebrate Salford Youth Day – in the same month that City Mayor Ian Stewart is planning to kick kids with disabilities out of The Grange where they enjoy short breaks. Instead it is proposed to put children as young as 14 in with adults at the Granville House centre, which parents find abhorrent.

They have organised a lobby of Ian Stewart next Tuesday at 5:30pm at Eccles Town Hall where he will be celebrating `Salford Youth Day'…

Full details here…

added Saturday, August 31, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL CHOOSES SALIX FOR SOCIAL HOUSING STOCK DUMP

Star date: 30th August 2013

SALIX HOMES CHOSEN AS SALFORD COUNCIL'S PREFERRED PROVIDER FOR SOCIAL HOUSING STOCK TRANSFER

Salix Homes has been chosen by Salford Council as the `preferred provider' for the proposed transfer of social housing stock. The option to transfer will go to a ballot of all tenants next year in a process that is costing around £1million, including consultants, publicity etc.

Now a campaign to oppose the transfer is about to begin, particularly from tenants opposed to the Bedroom Tax.

Full details here…

added Friday, August 30, 2013  

 
 

UNITED NATIONS INVESTIGATES BEDROOM TAX HORROR IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 29th August 2013

UNITED NATIONS TO MEET ANTI BEDROOM TAX CAMPAIGNERS

A United Nations expert on the right to housing will meet people affected by the horror of the Bedroom Tax, including reps from Salford Against The Bedroom Tax, at a special meeting on 7th September in Manchester.

Raquel Rolnik, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing will take evidence which will be reported to the Human Rights Council at its 25th session in March 2014.

Full details here…

added Thursday, August 29, 2013  

 
 

TWO THIRDS OF SALFORD LABOUR COUNCILLORS CASH IN ON PUBLIC OFFICE

Star date: 28th August 2013

MOST SALFORD RULING LABOUR COUNCILLORS CASHING IN ON EXTRA PAYMENTS

Almost two thirds of Salford's ruling Labour councillors cashed in on their roles, taking more than their basic councillor allowance of £10,080, according to Salford Council figures published for the last financial year.

Top earners, apart from City Mayor Ian Stewart with £62,694, were Deputy Mayor David Lancaster with £43,010, former Ceremonial Mayor Bernard Lea with £26,725, and Assistant Mayor John Merry with £24,967. Altogether, allowances and expenses totalled almost £1million.

Full details here…

added Wednesday, August 28, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD JOB HORROR GETS WORSE

Star date: 27th August 2013

SALFORD HARDEST PLACE TO GET A JOB AS UNEMPLOYMENT RISES

As reported in the Salford Star in June, Salford is now the hardest place in the country to find a job. When the Star first revealed this there were 55 job seekers chasing every vacancy. This has now risen to 72 job seekers per vacancy, according to the latest survey.

Meanwhile, as everywhere else in Greater Manchester is reporting a fall in annual job seekers figures, Salford is recording a rise, despite all the regeneration funding that has been ploughed into the city.

Full details here…

added Tuesday, August 27, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CITY ROAST RADCLIFFE BOROUGH IN BANK HOLIDAY DERBY

Star date: 26th August 2013

SUPER SALFORD CITY SIZZLE IN THE RADCLIFFE SUN

Radcliffe Borough 0 Salford City 2

Super soaraway Salford City made it four matches unbeaten and only one goal conceded as Radcliffe Borough were put to the soccer sword by Danny Browne and top scorer Wes Bancroft in the big local derby.

The Ammies are now up to sixth place in the Evo-Stik First Division and looking good for the big FA Cup tie at Cammell Laird on Saturday.

Match report and photos here…

added Monday, August 26, 2013  

 
 

UNDEFEATED SALFORD CITY FC MARCH ON

Star date: 25th August 2013

AMMIES HOLD BIG TIME CHARLIES FROM NORTHWICH

Salford City 0 Northwich Victoria 0

Battling Salford City held the much fancied promotion hopefuls Northwich Victoria to a goalless draw at Moor Lane yesterday, and could have nicked all the points towards the end of a hard fought contest which saw Michael Gill and Wes Bancroft go close in the final stages.

Match report and photos here…

added Sunday, August 25, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD TOWN HALL TO BE TURNED INTO LUXURY APARTMENTS

Star date: 24th August 2013

BEXLEY SQUARE TOWN HALL HORROR AS HERITAGE DISAPPEARS

Salford's old Town Hall at Bexley Square, last used as Salford Magistrates Court, is to be turned into 122 `luxury apartments' called X1 Town Hall by Liverpool based X1 Developments.

Salford people had hoped the Grade 2 listed building would be used for community activities – but the submitted planning documents don't even make reference to the Battle of Bexley Square, or the Square's current traditional use for protest gatherings.

Full details here…

added Saturday, August 24, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL PAYS ALMOST £173,000 TO THE LANDING AT MEDIACITYUK CEO COMPANY

Star date: 19th August 2013

A Salford Star Exclusive

JON CORNER COMPANY RAKES IN ALMOST £173,000 FROM SALFORD COUNCIL

Cash strapped Salford City Council paid out £172,900 to a company called Mediastill, controlled by Jon Corner, the Chief Executive Officer of The Landing at MediaCityUK, between March 2012 and April 2013, the Salford Star can reveal.

This `consultant' payment for managing the Council's `high-tech hub' for small and medium digital companies works out at over £12,000 per month, more than any other senior officer at Salford Council, except Chief Exec Barbara Spicer.

Full details here…

added Monday, August 19, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD MARCH TO TORY PARTY CONFERENCE IN DOUBT

Star date: 18th August 2013

BEXLEY SQUARE FEEDER MARCH TO TORY PARTY CONFERENCE BAN?

On 29th September a big feeder march from Salford's Bexley Square is due to meet a larger march by protesters from all over the country in Manchester town centre to tell the Conservative Party Conference `No To Austerity'.

Now, the Salford Star understands, the Salford march is in doubt - but activists say that it will go ahead anyway, like it or not…

Full details here…

added Sunday, August 18, 2013  

 
 

GOVERNMENT MINISTERS BLITZED BY ANTI PEEL HOLDINGS MAIL

Star date: 18th August 2013

MINISTERS FEEL ANGER OVER PEEL'S INCINERATOR

Government ministers have been blitzed by over five hundred letters complaining about their attitude towards Peel Holdings intended incinerator, opposed on health grounds by both Salford City Council and Trafford Council.

It follows a campaign by the excellent Breathe Clean Air Group, which tried valiantly over the last few years to stop the so-called Barton Renewable Energy Plant.

Full details here…

added Sunday, August 18, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CITY FC KICK OFF SEASON IN WINNING STYLE

Star date: 18th August 2013

WES BANCROFT SCREAMER KICKSTARTS SUPER SALFORD'S SIZZLING SEASON

Harrogate Railway 0 Salford City 1

A Wes Bancroft scorcher, eight minutes from time, gave new look Salford City the first win of the season at Harrogate Railway for co managers Barry Massay and Phil Power. 

The win broke the Ammies' hoodoo, as it was the first time the team has ever won on the opening day in the Evo-Stik First Division North. Salford City are on the up!!!

Match report and top celebration photos here…

added Sunday, August 18, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD GOES TO THE DOGS

Star date: 17th August 2013

DOG TRACK ESTATE SEES HERITAGE RE-BORN

Just off Seaford Road in Charlestown, now the `dog track estate', was the site of Salford's original Albion Greyhound Racing Track, attended by thousands of people between its opening in 1928 and its demolition in the 1970s.

Now, Chloe Trippier, a post grad student at the University of Salford, is looking to re-imagine the stadium via people's memories, photos and artefacts. Bernard Brough checks out the project as he goes to the dogs…

Full details here…

added Saturday, August 17, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD RE-BRANDED AS MANCHESTER AGAIN

Star date: 14th August 2013

MORE OF SALFORD DISAPPEARS…AS NEW BAILEY MANCHESTER ARRIVES

First it was the University of Salford Manchester, then MediaCityUK Manchester…now get `New Bailey Manchester', the huge new complex of offices, shops and a hotel that's one of the two main planks of the £600million English Cities Fund regeneration to put, er, Central Salford on the map…

Full details here…

added Wednesday, August 14, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL TO INTRODUCE KIDDIE BEDROOM TAX ON NEW HOUSES

Star date: 13th August 2013

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD PRIMARY SCHOOL CRISIS TAX OF UP TO £4000 ON NEW HOUSES

To cope with Salford's crisis in primary school places, Salford Council is to introduce a Kiddie Bedroom Tax on new houses in the city, to be paid for by developers of more than ten houses.

The `education contributions' of up to £4000 per house would pay towards enlarging primary schools or building new ones, as Salford Council tries to cope with a need for 4,500 additional primary places by 2018/19 - before any new houses are built.

Full details here…

added Tuesday, August 13, 2013  

 
 

PEEL HOLDINGS BUTCHERS SALFORD KIDS CHILDHOOD

Star date: 12th August 2013

PEEL SLAUGHTERS SILVER BIRCH TREES AS SALFORD PEOPLE POWER RESISTS

`As the trees went down, our den went down and all our childhood memories were gone' Olivia Cummings

Horrified residents launched a spontaneous demo last Friday as Peel Holdings trashed huge silver birch trees on the field behind their homes in Boothstown, with no warning and no health and safety measures in place.

The police were called, and Salford Council hurriedly slapped preservation orders on the trees but by that time most were already felled… "Birchfield was named after these birches and they've just butchered them" says resident Michelle Baglin

Full details here…

added Monday, August 12, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CITY FC GUNNING FOR GREATNESS

Star date: 11th August 2013

THE AMMIES PEPARE FOR THE BIG KICK OFF WITH `EL SALFORD' CORE

As Salford City trounce Trafford 2-0 in the last of the pre-season friendlies, new co-managers Phil Power and Barry Massay reflect on the season ahead which kicks off next Saturday away at Harrogate Railway.

For the first time in ages, the Ammies have around eleven Salfordians in the squad, complemented by a couple of Spanish players and a French winger. Now all `El Salford' needs is more fans…

In depth pre-season preview and interviews with the managers here…

added Sunday, August 11, 2013  

 
 

PETERLOO MASSACRE HISTORY WALK

Star date: 11th August 2013

PETERLOO REMEMBERED ON THE STREETS

Anniversary History Walk
Saturday 17th August 11:45 £6/£5
Friends Meeting House

The 194th Anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre is to be remembered with a special history walk by Red Flag Walks next Saturday. The event will trace the history of the time as well as events of the day on August 16th 1819 when 15 people were slaughtered and up to 700 injured by the cavalry which charged a peaceful protest by 80,000 campaigners demanding the vote.

Full details here…

added Sunday, August 11, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD FLY HORROR RUBBISH MOUNTAIN NEAR CHAPEL STREET

Star date: 9th August 2013

NATION'S `MOST ATTRACTIVE ROAD' FLY AND RUBBISH HORROR

`There's residents trying to keep the flies off their new born babies…'

Just a couple of hundred metres from the start of Chapel Street – given the recent title of `the nation's most attractive road' – is a massive mountain of rubbish which has led to a shocking stink and horror film-style fly infestation.

Now the Environment Agency is stepping in to try and sort the gruesome site which is right at the heart of Salford's £650 Chapel Street regeneration scheme.

Full details here…

added Friday, August 9, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL CODE OF CONDUCT NOT BREACHED BY SMEAR COUNCILLOR GENA MERRETT

Star date: 8th August 2013

ASSISTANT MAYOR GENA MERRETT SMEARS AGAINST SALFORD STAR `DIDN'T BREACH CODE' SAYS, ER, SALFORD COUNCIL

Incredibly, the totally `independent' Salford Council has ruled against taking smear councillor and Assistant Mayor, Gena Merrett, to its Standards Committee. It stated that, even if Salford Star's allegations were proved true, she still wouldn't have breached its Code of Conduct.

Salford Council refused to provide any explanation, nor is there any appeal process.

Full details here…

added Thursday, August 8, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD RIVERSIDE MESS AS MILLER HOMES BOOTED OUT

Star date: 7th August 2013

WILD FLOWERS TURN TO WEEDS IN EIGHT YEAR REGENERATION LIMBO ON LITTLETON ROAD

Miller Homes and ID4Living have had their contract terminated to develop the site where 184 affordable houses once stood near the Littleton Road riverside site in Charlestown. Miller will get a pay-off `in excess of £100,000' for its troubles.

Following the £350,000 demolition of the seven streets, between Levens Street and the River Irwell, residents were promised "the sowing of wildflowers" on the site – but all that is evident on the overgrown site is weeds, cans, bottles…and homes for foxes.

Full details here…

added Wednesday, August 7, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL FAT CAT MARTIN VICKERS LEAVES TOP JOB

Star date: 6th August 2013

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD COUNCIL SECOND IN COMMAND TAKES REDUNDANCY

Martin Vickers, Salford Council's £134,000 Strategic Director, is leaving his post tomorrow, the Salford Star understands.

Vickers was part of team overseeing around £80million of cuts – while his own salary package rose by £30,000 in just three years.

Full details here…

added Tuesday, August 6, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL POLITICAL SPIN DOCTOR HORROR

Star date: 5th August 2013

LABOUR SPIN DOCTOR FINNEGAN GETS `POLITICALLY RESTRICTED' £65,0000 COMMUNICATIONS POST

Salford City Council has taken another step into the darkness with the arrogant appointment of former Labour spin doctor, Matthew Finnegan, as its new head of communications.

The post – within a ridiculously huge salary band of between £65,478 and £72,027 – is supposed to be `politically restricted'. In yer dreams…

Full details here…

added Monday, August 5, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD CITY FC DEFEAT ISLE OF MAN

Star date: 4th August 2013

ISLE OF MAN TRIP UP AT MOOR LANE

Salford City FC 3 Isle of Man 2

The only place to be this morning was at Moor Lane for the big international fixture that saw Salford City FC beat the Isle of Man national team 3-2 in a closely fought contest that saw the Ammies trying out over twenty players during the game – and Isle of Man playing with their usual 33 legs.

The international friendly was followed by a charity match that featured an All Stars team including Coronation Streets Andy Whyment and Alan Halsall, plus the return of Rhodri Giggs…

Match report and photos here…

added Sunday, August 4, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD LANCASTER BOMBER CRASH VICTIMS REMEMBERED

Star date: 4th August 2013

AGECROFT HOSTS SERVICE FOR CRASHED BOMBER CREW

Last Sunday, the Friends of Salford Cemeteries Trust held a remembrance service for the seven man crew of a Lancaster bomber which crash landed in Salford during World War 2, and two civilian victims. The service was held at their memorial stone at Agecroft Cemetery.

Full details here…

added Sunday, August 4, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD RAPPERS PLAY PETERLOO MASSACRE ANNIVERSARY EVENT

Star date: 4th August 2013

CLASS ACTIONS PLAY PETERLOO MASSACRE MEMORY EVENT

Peterloo Massacre Anniversary Event
Friday 16th August 7:30pm £3/£1
Radisson Hotel

On 16th August 1819, 15 people were killed and up to 700 injured when troops waded into a demo calling for the vote at St Peter's Field in Manchester. On the anniversary this year, there's an event being held at the Radisson Hotel on Peter Street, featuring speakers, poets and bands, including Salford rap collective Class Actions, recently returned from a tour of Austria.

Full details here…        

added Sunday, August 4, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD DAUGHTER LOOKING FOR FATHER – DO YOU KNOW HIM?

Star date: 3rd August 2013

CALLING ALFRED GILMORE… CALLING ALFRED GILMORE…

The daughter of Alfred Gilmore, from Salford 5, is desperately trying to find him. Alfred was married to Maureen Thelwell back in 1965.

If anyone knows of Alfred's whereabouts please get in touch – his daughter Donna is searching for him.

Full details here…

added Saturday, August 3, 2013  

 
 

START IN SALFORD SUMMER FETE

Star date: 3rd August 2013

CARNIVAL GAMES, WORKSHOPS, MUSIC AND MORE…

Start In Salford Summer Fete
Wednesday 7th August 1-4pm
Brunswick House

This year is Start In Salford's 20th anniversary and, as part of the celebrations, the creative arts and wellbeing centre is hosting a Summer Fete in the gardens of its base at Brunswick House.

Full details here…

added Saturday, August 3, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD MAYOR IS TOLD TO GIVE COUNCIL AIRPORT WINDFALL CASH TO DISABLED KIDS AND ADULTS

Star date: 2nd August 2013

SALFORD COUNCIL £1.55MILLION SHOULD BE HANDED TO THE GRANGE KIDS AND ADULTS WITH MODERATE NEEDS SAYS UNISON

This week it was announced that Salford Council will receive a £1.55million cash windfall from Manchester Airport Group, in line with nine other local councils in Greater Manchester.

Now public sector trade union, Salford City UNISON, has written to Mayor Ian Stewart calling for the cash to be used to stave off cuts to The Grange respite centre for disabled kids and to maintain care for residents with `moderate needs'.

Full story here…

added Friday, August 2, 2013  

 
 

SALFORD TOWERBLOCK FIRE RISKS IGNORED BY SALIX HOMES FOR FIVE YEARS

Star date: 1st August 2013

A Salford Star Exclusive

`SUBSTANTIAL' FIRE RISKS IN HIGH RISE IGNORED FOR FIVE YEARS BY SALIX HOMES

Salix Homes ignored warnings of `substantial' fire risks from its own surveys for at least five years according to reports seen by the Salford Star.

After alarm was raised by a resident and ex fireman who lives in Whitebeam Court in Pendleton, Greater Manchester Fire Service slapped an `action plan' on Salford Council's `arms length' housing management company. But the resident still believes his towerblock, and maybe many others, are potential death traps.

Full story here…

added Thursday, August 1, 2013  

 
 

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