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SALFORD PROPERTY ‘GOLD RUSH’ SEES ONLY TWO AFFORDABLE PROPERTIES OUT OF 751

Star date: 31st August 2017

HUGE ORDSALL DEVELOPMENTS WITH ALMOST NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

While property investment companies are describing the Salford and Manchester property markets as a 'Gold Rush', next week Salford Council planning panel will decide on two huge planning applications for 751 apartments and townhouses on Ordsall Lane which will see only two affordable properties.

While other schemes in Salford have used 'viability' get out clauses to avoid providing affordable properties, these schemes are using official Salford City Council policy.

Full details here...

added Thursday, August 31, 2017  

 
 

40,000 PEOPLE SIGN 38 DEGREES PETITION TO MAKE DEVELOPERS BE TRANSPARENT

Star date: 30th August 2017

SALFORD JOINS NATIONAL PETITION TO MAKE DEVELOPERS' 'VIABILITY' FIGURES PUBLIC

Almost 40,000 people have signed online 38 Degrees petitions all over the country for developers' 'viability assessments' to be made public. These 'viability' clauses mean councils roll over and allow developers to avoid paying planning fees and providing affordable housing...

The Salford Star estimates over 1,000 affordable properties and over £42million has been lost to our city via these viability get outs – and so we've launched a Salford petition to go with dozens already in existence nationally – please sign it!

Full details here...

added Wednesday, August 30, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD BY-ELECTION CALLED FOR CLAREMONT WARD

Star date: 29th August 2017

SALFORD BY-ELECTION 5TH OCTOBER

Salford City Council has called a by-election for the Claremont ward, following the death of Labour Party councillor Joe Murphy, who held a majority of over 1,000.

The election will be held on Thursday 5th October and candidates can submit their nominations until 8th September. An independent candidate has already declared that they will stand.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, August 29, 2017  

 
 

ANTI-FRACKING RESIDENTS IN LANCASHIRE TAKE GOVERNMENT TO COURT

Star date: 28th August 2017

COURT OF APPEAL TO RULE ON FRACKING DEMOCRACY

Two years ago, Lancashire County Council democratically refused planning permission for Cuadrilla to carry out fracking at Preston New Road, on the Fylde Coast. A year later, the Secretary of State overturned the decision against all local democracy.

After a failed judicial review at Manchester Court of Appeal, a further legal challenge on the democracy of fracking will be heard at the Court of Appeal in London this week. It has huge implications for Salford.

Full details here...

added Monday, August 28, 2017  

 
 

COULD SALFORD PRODUCE ANOTHER SHELAGH DELANEY?

Star date: 27th August 2017

WORKING CLASS LIBRARY NEW SEASON OF TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS

The Working Class Moment Library on the Crescent has just announced its new season of free Wednesday afternoon Invisible Histories talks, one of the highlights being, on 27th September, an open discussion titled Could Salford Produce Another Shelagh Delaney?

Taking part will be Shelagh's daughter, Charlotte, biographer Selina Todd and MaD Theatre Company to debate whether opportunities exist for young working class women to find a voice. Other talks in the season include one on the famous Grunwick Strike, plus the history of the Co-operative Party.

Full details here...

added Sunday, August 27, 2017  

 
 

7TH ANNUAL WIGAN DIGGERS’ FESTIVAL FREE OPEN AIR EVENT

Star date: 27th August 2017

WIGAN DIGGERS CELEBRATE WINSTANLEY WITH MUSIC, THEATRE, COMEDY AND FILM

This year's 7th annual Wigan Diggers' Festival sees Salford band Patchwork Rattlebag take to the stage, alongside loads of other acts all celebrating the legacy of political pioneer Gerrard Winstanley.

The free open air Festival happens at The Wiend in Wigan 11am until 9:30pm on Saturday 9th September.

Full details here...

added Sunday, August 27, 2017  

 
 

CHRISTOPHER BOWLES LIVE IN TECHNICOLOUR AT 3M THEATRE

Star date: 26th August 2017

CHRISTOPHER BOWLES JOINS GROWING SUCCESS OF SALFORD EVIDENTLY POETS

Christopher Bowles: LIVE in Technicolour
Thursday August 31st 7:30pm free
3M Theatre, Afflecks, Manchester

Christopher Bowles began performing at the Evidently nights in Salford and, now, like others on the Eagle Inn stage, is getting success with the launch of a book, Spectrum, and a headline show searching everything from death to sodomy at the 3M Theatre, hosted by Kieren King with support from Liv Barnes and Sukhi Bansal. Ian Leslie has a spoken word...

Full details here...

added Saturday, August 26, 2017  

 
 

MOSLEY COMMON IN BLOOM GALA WEEKEND

Star date: 26th August 2017

GALA WEEKEND AND FREE 'COMMON VARIETY PERFORMANCE'

On the Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September, Mosley Common in Bloom is presenting a Gala Weekend which includes a fair, table top sale and free concert at noon on Sunday featuring the Ellenbrook and Boothstown Brass Band, the Wigan Warblers, Young Once, The Seadogs and many others.

Full details here...

added Saturday, August 26, 2017  

 
 

FRED DONE £22MILLION PUBLICLY SUBSIDISED FLATS MARKETED TO HONG KONG INVESTORS

Star date: 25th August 2017

SALFORD APARTMENTS BACKED WITH PUBLIC MONEY ON SALE TO HONG KONG INVESTORS

Luxury apartments backed with £22.5million in cheap public money loans from the Greater Manchester Housing Fund are now being marketed to Hong Kong investors.

As well as the huge GM loan, Fred Done's company, FICM, currently constructing the blocks of unaffordable housing in Blackfriars, also avoided paying £1.28million of planning fees to Salford City Council, plus the need to provide 76 affordable properties, as the project's profits wouldn't be high enough if it had to cough up.

Full details here...

added Friday, August 25, 2017  

 
 

SALE SHARKS OFFER TO BUY SALFORD AJ BELL STADIUM ‘UNACCEPTABLE’

Star date: 24th August 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL TURNS DOWN SHARKS OFFER TO BUY LOSS MAKING STADIUM

Yesterday, at Sale Sharks media day, owner Simon Orange revealed that an offer has been made to Salford City Council and Peel Holdings, the joint owners of the loss making AJ Bell Stadium, to buy what many consider to be the Council's white elephant.

The offer, said Orange, "is above what it is worth", but this afternoon Salford Deputy Mayor, John Merry, told the Salford Star that it was "unacceptable".

Full details here...

added Thursday, August 24, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD JUSTICE FOR GRENFELL MEETING HEARS THAT RESIDENTS MUST FIND THEIR VOICE

Star date: 23rd August 2017

MESSAGE FROM GRENFELL IS FOR RESIDENTS ASSOCIATIONS TO MAKE VOICES HEARD

"The key issue is for residents associations to find their voice"...That was the message relayed by Moyra Samuels from the Justice For Grenfell campaign during a community meeting at Salford Arts Theatre last night, which aimed to draw the social housing parallels between Grenfell and the rest of the country.

"We're at a critical moment for the future of housing" added Glynn Robbins, from Defend Council Housing, "Grenfell can be a turning point but it's up to us..."

Full details here...

added Wednesday, August 23, 2017  

 
 

SHOUTS OF ‘TRAITOR’ AS SALFORD LABOUR MAYOR SHUTS DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME

Star date: 22nd August 2017

CORBYN SUPPORTING MAYOR SHUTS THE GRANGE

To shouts of 'traitor' and 'shame', Paul Dennett, Salford's Jeremy Corbyn supporting City Mayor, this morning agreed to shut The Grange, the city's only care home for disabled children.

Dennett agreed to the closure after a unanimous vote of his Cabinet, but Rebecca Howarth, mother one of the children at The Grange, told the Salford Star that the fight isn't over... "We do have other options to explore; if the Council thinks this is the end they are sadly mistaken..."

Full details here...

added Tuesday, August 22, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD UNISON VOTES 91% IN FAVOUR OF STRIKE BALLOT TO SAVE THE GRANGE

Star date: 21st August 2017

AS SALFORD CITY MAYOR DECIDES FUTURE OF DISABLED CHILDREN'S HOME, UNISON VOTES FOR STRIKE BALLOT

Tomorrow, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, will decide whether to close The Grange, Salford's only residential care home for disabled children.

There is to be a lobby outside Salford Civic Centre from 9am and, this evening, Salford City UNISON, which represents workers at The Grange, released the results of its consultative ballot in which members voted overwhelmingly (91.3%) for a formal ballot on action, including strike action should the closure go ahead.

Full details here...

added Monday, August 21, 2017  

 
 

PETERLOO FALL-OUT AS HOMELESS EVICTED IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 20th August 2017

LOCAL HISTORIAN SAYS THE POLITICS HAS BEEN LOST FROM PETERLOO COMMEMORATIONS

This morning, while preparations were being made for the Peterloo Massacre commemorations, around twenty homeless people were evicted by bailiffs and police from the empty Cornerhouse building on Oxford Road in Manchester, in what was seen as a massive betrayal by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

Meanwhile, respected local historian, Michael Herbert, this week criticised the Peterloo Memorial Campaign for presenting "injustice and oppression as things that happened a long time ago".

Full details here...

added Sunday, August 20, 2017  

 
 

CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON READS RIOT ACT AT PETERLOO MEMORIAL

Star date: 20th August 2017

MAXINE PEAKE, MIKE LEIGH, JOHN HENSHAW GET THE SPIRIT OF PETERLOO

This afternoon, hundreds of people gathered in Albert Square, Manchester, for the annual commemoration of the Peterloo Massacre.

Christopher Eccleston was loudly booed as he read the Riot Act from a window in Manchester Town Hall, while Maxine Peake relayed a message from Salford director Mike Leigh, who is currently making a film about the Massacre. Local people, including John Henshaw, read out the names and details of those who died at St Peter's Field in 1819.

Here we report on today's commemoration, to be followed by a second article on the political fall-out from Peterloo.

Full details here...

added Sunday, August 20, 2017  

 
 

LOWER BROUGHTON TO GET £10,000 FLOOD WARNING SIGN

Star date: 20th August 2017

COMMUNITY FLOOD FUND MONEY TO BUY SIGN AS MOCHA FUTURE STILL IN LIMBO

A new £10,000 flood warning LED sign is to be installed at the back of Mocha Parade, paid for by donations from the community following the Boxing Day Flood of 2015. The money, from events and online donations, has lain dormant after it was decided not to give a small amount to every person involved in the flood.

Meanwhile, the future of Mocha Parade itself is still in doubt, although the bulldozing of one side of the precinct is due to happen over the next few months.

Full details here...

added Sunday, August 20, 2017  

 
 

IRWELL FLOOD CONFERENCE HEARS SALFORD IN PERIL UNLESS OTHER BOROUGHS ACT

Star date: 19th August 2017 

LOCAL COMMUNITIES MUST BE HEARD ON FLOOD ISSUES

Today, a packed community-led conference attended by flood actions groups from across the River Irwell catchment area heard Lower Broughton resident Keri Muldoon call for councils further upstream from Salford to act on flooding.

While Salford Deputy Mayor, John Merry, addressed the meeting, no councillors from Bury attended, much to the fury of flood victims from that town. The main message was that communities with local knowledge of rivers must be heard.

Full details here...

added Saturday, August 19, 2017  

 
 

VANISHING AT THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 19th August 2017

ZEITGEIST SOUNDS FROM VANISHING

Vanishing, Bernholz and Tombed Visions DJs
Thursday August 31st
The King's Arms 8pm £6

Something is definitely disappearing from society and the well named combo, Vanishing, is trying to set it all to words and electronic dystopian sounds with an album and a live seated show at the Kings Arms on 31st August.

Full details here...

added Saturday, August 19, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL HANDS ALMOST £200,000 TO BBC AND MIF WHILE CLOSING DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME

Star date: 18th August 2017

CASH STRAPPED SALFORD COUNCIL HANDS OUT ALMOST £200,000 FOR BABY OPERA, CLASSICAL MUSIC AND END OF THE WORLD PARTY

Cash strapped Salford City Council has, in the last few months, handed sponsorship to the BBC of £150,000 and £36,000 to the Manchester International Festival, which included subsidising an opera for babies and an 'end of the world party'.

Meanwhile, next week, the Council is proposing to close The Grange, the city's only residential care home for disabled children, despite opposition from staff and families.

Full details here...

added Friday, August 18, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD BENEFIT ARMY TO TAKE ON DWP OVER UNFAIR DISABILITY ASSESSMENTS

Star date: 17th August 2017

VOLUNTEER ARMY TRAIN TO HELP DISABLED FIGHT UNFAIR ASSESSMENTS

A new army of volunteers has been trained this week to accompany people going to DWP disability assessments to ensure they are treated fairly and gets their rights to state help.

"I think it's very important that people are there to stand up for those who are not necessarily best able to defend themselves in a benefit system that is set up basically to catch people out; force them off benefits" explained Ben Clay, who was one of the volunteers at the training course organised by Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre.

Full details here...

added Thursday, August 17, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL SET TO BORROW £25MILLION TO MAKE TOWER BLOCKS FIRE SAFE

Star date: 16th August 2017

£25MILLION FOR NINE PENDLETON BLOCKS AS PUBLIC MEETING CALLED ON FIRE SAFETY

Salford City Council is set to borrow £25million in order to sort its nine Pendleton high rises, after they failed consecutive Government fire safety tests. Who ultimately pays for the work, a Council report states, is "likely to be the subject of dispute", although it believes that Pendleton Together is liable.

Meanwhile a public meeting for residents will take place next Tuesday, 22nd August at Salford Arts Theatre, with speakers from the Justice4Grenfell Campaign, Salford City UNISON and the Fire Brigades Union.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, August 16, 2017  

 
 

UNISON ACCUSES SALFORD COUNCIL OF LYING TO JUSTIFY SHUTTING DISABLED KIDS HOME

Star date: 15th August 2017

'INACCURACIES' AND 'LIES' IN COUNCIL ATTEMPT TO SHUT THE GRANGE – AS STRIKE BALLOT LOOMS

Next week, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, will make a decision on whether or not to shut The Grange, Salford's only residential care home for disabled children.

The Council report recommending the closure has been slated in new counter reports from both the families of children at The Grange and Salford UNISON, which accuses the Council of 'inaccuracies', including over unfilled places... "The so-called lack of demand for The Grange is a lie to justify a cut" it states. The report adds that UNISON members "are willing to consider industrial action in defence of their jobs".

Full details here...

added Tuesday, August 15, 2017  

 
 

NEW SALFORD COUNCIL STADIUM LOAN WILL TAKE TOTAL TO ALMOST £25MILLION

Star date: 14th August 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL TO HAND ANOTHER £632,000 LOAN TO AJ BELL STADIUM

This week, cash-strapped Salford City Council is set to agree another loan of 'up to' £632,500 for its City of Salford Community Stadium, branded the AJ Bell Stadium.

This will take the current total amount of Council loans for the Stadium - which made another huge loss last year and has net liabilities of over £7million - to almost £25million.

Full details here...

added Monday, August 14, 2017  

 
 

YOUNG SALFORD PEOPLE MAKE NUJ FILM ON REPORTING POVERTY

Star date: 13th August 2017

POVERTY REPORTING NEEDS THE WHOLE PICTURE

Young film makers from the Reporters' Academy in Salford have made a short film about reporting poverty, aimed at journalists who jump on the poverty porn bandwagon.

A variety of people are interviewed in the film about their experiences, urging journalists to have the whole picture on poverty before reporting crap.

Full details here...

added Sunday, August 13, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD GROUPS WANTED TO ORGANISE HERITAGE OPEN DAY EVENTS

Star date: 13th August 2017

'ALL OUR STORIES' WANTED FOR HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

Heritage Open Days is the largest grass roots celebration of history and culture in the UK, and takes place between 7th and 10th September, with open days all over the city, from Ordsall Hall to Agecroft Cemetery.

The theme this year is All Our Stories, and organisers are keen for communities to organise new events, which could be walks, talks, poetry readings, or raising awareness of a local building that needs restoring, or maybe saved from demolition.

Full details here...

added Sunday, August 13, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD FLOOD VICTIMS INVITED TO RIVER IRWELL COMMUNITY ACTION DAY

Star date: 13th August 2017

WHAT NEXT FOR FLOOD VICTIMS?

From The Flood to The Future
Community Action Across the Irwell Catchment
Saturday 19th August 10am-4pm free
Manchester Met Uni Business School

Next Saturday sees the biggest event since the Lower Broughton Boxing Day Flood of 2015, as community and flood action groups from across the region meet to discuss how to stop it happening again. Everyone is invited and representing Salford are Lower Broughton resident Keri Muldoon and Broughton councillor John Merry.

Full details here...

added Sunday, August 13, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD PRECINCT SUMMER OF LOVE

Star date: 12th August 2017

MAGIC, SPORT AND NATURE EVENTS FOR KIDS AT THE PRECINCT

Every Tuesday throughout the holidays, Salford Shopping Centre has its Summer of Love, with kids' events happening between 11am and 4pm. It began this week with We Love Circus and continues over the next three weeks with We Love Magic, We Love Sport and We Love Nature days, plus a Hunt The Hearts competition.

Full details here...

added Saturday, August 12, 2017  

 
 

MORE KOUKASH THREATS AS SALFORD RED DEVILS SLUMP TO CASTLEFORD IN SUPER 8S

Star date: 12th August 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS 4 CASTLEFORD TIGERS 23

This week, Red Devils owner, Marwan Koukash, was tweeting more threats... "Friday's game and the following 3 home games are an opportunity for the city of Salford to show that it wants a Super League club"...before telling supporters at this game that 'No-one will fight harder to keep the brand Salford Red Devils alive more than me...' Koukash appears to be in a fight with himself.

In the event, 2,811 supporters showed up to see Salford beaten 4-23 by Castleford in the Super 8s, as Paul Whiteside reports, with photos by Gareth Lyons.

Match report and photos here...

added Saturday, August 12, 2017  

 
 

SWINTON LIONS SECRET £60,000 LOAN FROM SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Star date: 11th August 2017

SWINTON LIONS SAVED FROM EXTINCTION

Salford City Council has handed financially struggling Swinton Lions a £60,000 loan, via a secret meeting outside its normal decision making process.

The Lions were hit by an HMRC winding-up petition at the end of July and have ongoing liabilities... "The loan was necessary to prevent them from being expelled from rugby league and is guaranteed" Deputy Mayor, John Merry, who rubber stamped the loan, told the Salford Star.

Full details here...

added Friday, August 11, 2017  

 
 

NEW STUDY FINDS FEW NEW SALFORD JOBS CREATED BY MEDIACITYUK

Star date: 10th August 2017

MOST MEDIA CITY JOBS ARE MERE 'RELOCATIONS' FROM ELSEWHERE

A new briefing from the independent think tank, Centre For Cities, has found that the vast majority of jobs 'created' at MediaCityUK have been via "existing jobs from elsewhere", and that the development has had little economic benefit beyond the Quays itself.

The study confirms what everyone in Salford already knows. Even Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, said last year that "The majority of jobs at Media City do not go to people from, or who live in Salford...We still have a tale of two cities".   

Full details here...

added Thursday, August 10, 2017  

 
 

THE CRESCENT PUB CLOSURE PERMANENT ‘UNLESS MIRACLE OCCURS’

Star date: 9th August 2017

SALFORD PUB CLOSURE FAULT OF CHINESE OWNERS SAYS BAR WORKER

A lack of investment by the Chinese owners, "daft rent" and dwindling custom were responsible for the closure of the historic pub The Crescent, according to Nick Baguley, who worked part time behind the bar for five and a half years. 

While notices outside the Grade II listed pub state that it is 'closed until further notice', Nick says that "Unless a miracle occurs then it's permanent".

Full details here...

added Wednesday, August 9, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COMMUNITY BID FOR BUILE HILL MANSION MOVES FORWARD

Star date: 8th August 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL IN TALKS WITH COMMUNITY OVER MANSION TAKEOVER

A community bid to take over the running of Buile Hill Park Mansion is now moving forward, with Urban Vision asking for more details to take the process to the next level.

The Salford Star understands that Salford Council had three options for the Grade II listed building which has lain empty for almost 15 years, but prefers to see the community bid, spearheaded by Salford Red Devils Foundation, the Sounds of Salford Radio and the Irwell Valley Mining Project, come to fruition...

Full details here...

added Tuesday, August 8, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD HISTORIC PUB THE CRESCENT CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Star date: 7th August 2017

THE CRESCENT PUB CLOSES 'UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE'

Salford's Grade II listed pub, The Crescent, has shut today, with signs posted on its doors reading 'closed until further notice'.

The Crescent, with its myths of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels drinking sessions, was bought last year by Chinese investors and was almost next door to the historic Black Horse, which is now a pile of rubble.

Full details here...

added Monday, August 7, 2017  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER ECONOMICS INEQUALITY CONFERENCE UNAFFORDABLE TO ANYONE BUT WEALTHY

Star date: 7th August 2017

GROWTH INEQUALITY CONFERENCE £125 TO GET IN

A conference on The Economics of Greater Manchester, which will be focusing on 'the divide between prosperity and inequality' is charging £125 plus VAT to attend.

The pro-manchester conference is to be held at the Hilton Hotel in October and will be exploring 'Not just growth but inclusive growth with benefits for people from all regions and from all backgrounds'...except that people 'from all backgrounds' won't be able to afford to get in!

Full details here...

added Monday, August 7, 2017  

 
 

LIFE AFTER DEATH TO THE STRANGE FOR DANIEL CLARKE

Star date: 6th August 2017

DANIEL CLARKE RELEASES SOLO MATERIAL

With the demise of Salford band Death To The Strange looking imminent, its frontman, Daniel Clarke, has been showcasing new solo material on the canal for the Boat Sessions, as well as hosting acoustic nights and playing some solo gigs. Ian Leslie goes along for the ride.

Full details here...

added Sunday, August 6, 2017  

 
 

CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON TO STAR AT 2017 PETERLOO COMMEMORATION

Star date: 5th August 2017

CHRIS ECCLESTON, JOHN HENSHAW, STELLA GRUNDY JOIN PETERLOO NAMES EVENT

On Sunday 20th August, Christopher Eccleston, John Henshaw, Stella Grundy, George Borowski and Clare Mooney are just some who will be in Albert Square, Manchester, reading out the names of those who died at the infamous Peterloo Massacre. 

Salford's Working Class Movement Library is also staging a free Live History performance of Peterloo on Wednesday 23rd August.

Full details here…

added Saturday, August 5, 2017  

 
 

SWINTON COUPLE NEED SALFORD VOTES FOR £25,000 DREAM WEDDING

Star date: 5th August 2017

HAYLEY AND MATT NEED SALFORD SUPPORT FOR DREAM WEDDING

Swinton's Hayley and Matt, former Moorside High School pupils, have been shortlisted from two thousand couples to to win a dream £25,000 wedding package in a Mirror competition. But they need Salford votes to win. It takes two clicks and nowt else.

Full details here...

added Saturday, August 5, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL WITH 48 ILLEGAL ROADS ORDERED TO PRODUCE CLEAN AIR PLAN

Star date: 4th August 2017

'CHARGING ZONES' COULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN SALFORD

Salford City Council, which manages 48 roads that are above legal pollution limits, has been ordered by the Government to produce a clean air local action plan.

The Government has listed a range of measures that could be implemented which include "access restrictions on vehicles, such as charging zones" but Friends of the Earth has slammed the lack of immediate action.

Full details here...

added Friday, August 4, 2017  

 
 

RECORD NUMBER OF SALFORD PEOPLE DYING FROM DRUGS

Star date: 3rd August 2017

SALFORD DRUG DEATH RATE SOARS

New figures from the Government show that record numbers of people in Salford are dying from drugs since recent records began, with the rate for women almost doubling over the last 15 years.

"This unacceptably high level of deaths is a direct result of the Home Office's scandalous approach to drugs" says Martin Powell of Transform Drug Policy Foundation.

Full details here...

added Thursday, August 3, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL AND CO TO SPEND £70,000 ON CULTURE CONSULTANTS

Star date: 2nd August 2017

OUTSIDE CULTURE CONSULTANTS TO SORT SALFORD CULTURE

As the 'Dirty Old Town' gasworks are to be demolished and an array of historic pubs lie in rubble, Salford City Council and its partners, The Lowry, Arts Council and Salford University, are commissioning consultants to come up with an arts, heritage and culture 'strategy' for the city... 

"Culture is recognised by investors, developers and communities as a critical part of a city's identity" a report states - except that loads of the city's heritage and culture has been trashed - and the £70,000 consultancy fee is probably double what is paid to grass roots groups in the city.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, August 2, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD MAYOR TO DECIDE WHETHER DISABLED CHILDREN KICKED OUT OF THE CITY

Star date: 1st August 2017

THE GRANGE FUTURE IN DENNETT'S HANDS

Salford's Jeremy Corbyn supporting Mayor, Paul Dennett, will decide next week whether to close The Grange, the city's only residential home for disabled children.

There's been protests and petitions signed by over 3,000 people against the closure but Salford Council officers are still determined to axe the home, which will see disabled children kicked out of the city. Now Mayor Dennett is poised to make the final decision.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, August 1, 2017  

 
 

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