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SALFORD GRADE II LISTED VICTORIA THEATRE GOES UP FOR AUCTION

Star date: 20th August 2018  

LOWER BROUGHTON'S VICTORIA THEATRE GOES ON THE MARKET

Lower Broughton's Grade II listed Victoria Theatre has been put up for auction by its current owner, with a guide price of £350,000.

The theatre is at the centre of a campaign to save it for community use, with a further meeting this Sunday afternoon at St Boniface's Social Club.

Full details here...

added 20 August 2018  

 
 

A CHANCE TO FEATURE IN PETERLOO MASSACRE RECREATION TABLEAUX

Star date: 20th August 2018

RED SAUNDERS' HIDDEN PROJECT TO RECREATE MASSACRE

Legendary photographer and co-founder of Rock Against Racism, Red Saunders, is to recreate the Peterloo Massacre in three photo tableaus as part of his Hidden Project, which "shines photographic light on great moments in the long struggle of working people for democracy and social justice".

Red is looking for people to feature in the work, plus set and prop builders, caterers, drivers and all kinds of other volunteers for the project which currently has no proper funding, apart from 'tuppance ha'penny', as he tells the Salford Star.

Full details here...

added 20 August 2018  

 
 

ST PETERíS SQUARE IN MANCHESTER SHOULD BE CHANGED TO PETERLOO SQUARE VOTES MASSACRE COMMEMORATION CROWD

Star date: 19th August 2018

HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO COMMEMORATE 199TH ANNIVERSARY OF PETERLOO MASSACRE

Hundreds of people filled the plaza outside Manchester Central Convention Centre today to commemorate the 199th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, in which 18 democracy campaigners died and hundreds were injured by the military. This year the crowd heard accounts of the women who were injured, led by Maxine Peake.

The provisional design for a Peterloo Massacre memorial will be revealed at Central Library on 31st October, while those present at today's commemoration voted overwhelmingly for St Peter's Square to be renamed Peterloo Square in time for the 200th anniversary next year.

Full details here...

added 19 August 2018  

 
 

SALFORD BEAUTY AND THE BEAST PLAY ORDSALL FESTIVAL

Star date: 19th August 2018

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IN ROUNDABOUT THEATRE
Orsdall Festival
Sunday 9th September
Ordsall Park

Beauty and the Beast, last seen on Britain's Got Talent, are to play at this year's Ordsall Festival, performing in the Lowry's Roundabout pop up theatre. Expect songs from the film and much more.

Full details here...

added 19 August 2018  

 
 

LOVE RAISER FOR STREET MEET AT NIGHT PEOPLE MANCHESTER

Star date: 18th August 2018

HOMELESS PEOPLE NEED ESSENTIALS BUT HUMAN CONTACT TOO...

Love Raiser for Street Meet
Thursday 23rd August 7:30pm
Night People, Manchester £5/free

Street Meet, which provides essentials to homeless people on the streets of Manchester every Wednesday evening, is having a Love Raiser, this Thursday at Night People, with bands and more. It's a fundraiser for a unique scheme that provides company as well as food, clothes and more.

Full details here...

added 18 August 2018  

 
 

SALFORD FOLK FRIDAYS AT THE KINGS ARMS

Star date: 18th August 2018

ACOUSTICS, SPOKEN WORD AND MORE
Salford Folk Fridays
First Friday of every month starting 7th September
Kings Arms 8pm free

A new free monthly acoustic and spoken word event kicks off at the Salford Arms on 7th September and the first Friday of every month after that, as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

added 18 August 2018  

 
 

SECRECY REIGNS AT SALFORD CITY COUNCIL OVER FUTURE OF SWINTON, PENDLETON, CHARLESTOWN, LOWER BROUGHTON AND ORDSALL

Star date: 17th August 2018

SWINTON 'TRANSFORMATION'...PENDLETON 'PHASE 2'... CHARLESTOWN 'OPTIONS' AND MORE ALL BEING DECIDED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Did you know that there's a 'Masterplan' for Swinton's 'Transformation'? Or that there are plans proceeding about development in Charlestown, Pendleton, Ordsall and the Cambridge Industrial area in Lower Broughton? No? We're not surprised.

It's all happening behind closed doors at Salford City Council; the same council that prides itself on so-called 'transparency'.

Full details here...

added 17 August 2018  

 
 

WORKPLACE PARKING LEVY ONE OF THE OPTIONS AS GREATER MANCHESTER CONSIDERS CLEAN AIR ZONES

Star date: 16th August 2018

GMCA TRIES TO AVOID VEHICLE CHARGES FOR CLEAN AIR ZONES

Today, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is meeting to discuss options for reducing air pollution in the region. The Government has identified charge based Clean Air Zones as the benchmark, and unless the GMCA can come up with an alternative plan to reduce emissions quickly, charging polluting vehicles will be on the cards. A 'workplace parking levy' is one of the options.

Full details here...

added 16 August 2018  

 
 

CHINESE TO TAKE OVER AJ BELL STADIUM AND LAND, WHILE INVESTING IN BUILE HILL MANSION SALFORD PUBLIC MEETING HEARS

Star date: 15th August 2018 

BUILE HILL MANSION SUPPORT GROUP MEETING HEARS OF 'CHINESE' PLANS FOR SALFORD

Over the last few months, rumours of a Chinese buyout of the AJ Bell Stadium and its land, hand outs for the Buile Hill Mansion and a possible plan for a Salford Red Devils takeover have been louder than bombs. At last night's meeting of the Buile Hill Mansion Support Group, these plans were aired in public for the first time.

Full details here...

added 15 August 2018  

 
 

DISTRAUGHT SALFORD DAUGHTER CANíT GET TO FAMILY GRAVE AT ST PAULíS CHURCH IN KERSAL

Star date: 14th August 2018

A TALE OF TWO CUSSONS, HIGH BRAMBLES AND IMPERIAL LEATHER

At the front of St Paul's Churchyard in Kersal, the first neat and tidy grave you come across is that of Alexander Cussons and famous family. However the grave of the less famous William Evans, who produced the first ever bar of Imperial Leather soap, is at the very back of the yard and totally inaccessible, literally buried beneath 6ft high weeds and brambles.

William Evans' great granddaughter, Lesley Northall, is distraught as she wants to add her mother's ashes to the site but can't get near it. This isn't just the tale of two Cussons gurus but also of a church struggling for resources.

Full details here...

added 14 August 2018  

 
 

SALFORD ROAD CHAOS LOOMS FOR A YEAR

Star date: 13th August 2018

JOURNEY TIMES TO DOUBLE AS £15MILLION 'IMPROVEMENT SCHEME' BEGINS

On 29th August, the £15million Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route improvement scheme begins which is set to last a year and double journey times around Regent Road, from Oldfield Road to the Mancunian Way, which will see roads reduced to one lane in places.

The work is expected to have knock-on delays to other routes including around the M602, East Lancs Road and Trinity Way.

Full details here...

added 13 August 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CRESCENT MASTERPLANNERS CONFIRM DEMOLITION OF OLD POLICE HQ

Star date: 12th August 2018

POLICE HQ ON THE CRESCENT TO BE DEMOLISHED

The imposing old Salford Police headquarters on the Crescent is to be demolished, as confirmed by the Salford City Council and Salford University masterplanners at yesterday's consultation on the future of the area.

Local people at the consultation didn't seem happy about the amount of high rise buildings in the plans, and nothing was said about any affordable housing.

Full details here...

added 12 August 2018  

 
 

SAVE SALFORD VICTORIA THEATRE MEETING IN LOWER BROUGHTON

Star date: 12th August 2018

THE FUTURE OF VICTORIA THEATRE

Salford Victoria Theatre Trust Public Meeting
Sunday 26th August 1:30pm
St Boniface's Social Club

There's to be a further public meeting to save Lower Broughton's Grade II listed Victoria Theatre, on Sunday afternoon 26th August. Anyone who has any ideas for its future use or who wants to get involved in the campaign is urged to attend.

Full details here...

added 12 August 2018  

 
 

SALFORD BUILE HILL MANSION UPDATE MEETING TO HEAR OF PROGRESS

Star date: 12th August 2018

BUILE HILL MANSION MOVES SLOWLY FORWARD

Buile Hill Mansion Support Group Meeting
Tuesday 14th August 7:30pm
Height Methodist Hall

After meeting developer Capital and Centric and the Salford Red Devils Foundation, the Buile Hill Mansion Support Group is holding a public meeting this Tuesday to provide updates.

Full details here...

added 12 August 2018  

 
 

PARTICIPANTS WANTED TO JOIN 15 MILE SPONSORED WALK FOR SALFORD RED DEVILS FOUNDATION

Star date: 11th August 2018

MANCHESTER AIRPORT TO AJ BELL STADIUM SPONSORED WALK

A sponsored 15 mile walk from Manchester Airport to the AJ Bell Stadium is to take place on Sunday 30th September to raise money for the Salford Red Devils Foundation, and Reds fans are being urged to sign up now.

Participants will get free entry to the Toulouse match, a medal and will get to do a lap of honour on the pitch at half time... "We need more fans to pull together to raise money for the Salford Red Devil Foundation" says walk organiser Russell Chesters

Full details here...

added 11 August 2018  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS BEGIN SUPER LEAGUE DEFENCE BUT CAN THE CLUB SURVIVE?

Star date: 10th August 2018

IF SALFORD DROP CAN THE CLUB EVER RETURN?

As Salford Red Devils begin their Super 8s Qualifiers tonight against Hull Kingston Rovers, Dr Gareth Lyons looks at the worst case scenario, while slating the concept of the Million Pound Game that will ultimately decide teams' fate.

Here he runs through the Super 8s fixtures and predicts a Salford survival. The Red Devils, he concludes, simply cannot afford to drop down a league.

Full details here...

added 10 August 2018  

 
 

MAXINE PEAKE HITS BACK AT MAIL ON SUNDAY OVER NHS AD SALFORD CHARITY DONATION

Star date: 9th August 2018

MAXINE PEAKE, SALFORD FOUNDATION AND THE NHS ADVERT

Maxine Peake has hit back at the Mail On Sunday after an article in which Tory MP Simon Hart accused her of hypocrisy after being paid to voice an NHS recruitment advert.

Maxine donated her fee to the Salford Foundation Trust, of which she is a patron, and a statement issued by her sarcastically thanks the Mail on Sunday "for allowing me to highlight the wonderful and tireless work of the Salford Foundation Trust"...

Full details here...

added 09 August 2018  

 
 

THE PERCENTAGE OF SALFORD YOUNG PEOPLE NOT IN EDUCATION WORK OR TRAINING RISES TO MORE THAN DOUBLE NATIONAL AVERAGE

Star date: 8th August 2018

OVER 14% OF 16-17 YEAR OLDS IN IRWELL RIVERSIDE NOT IN EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT OR TRAINING

The percentage of Salford young people, aged 16 and 17, and not in employment, education or training (NEET), has risen to 6.25% this year, up from 5.81% last year. This is more than double the national average (2.8%).

In East Salford the overall figure is 8.72%, with the Irwell Riverside ward recording 14.3% NEETs or 'not known', and Kersal recording 11.65%. Now Salford City Council has commissioned Salford University to find out what's going on.

Full details here...

added 08 August 2018  

 
 

GOVERNMENT FORCES LOCAL COUNCILS TO PUBLISH DEVELOPER VIABILITY ASSESSMENTS

Star date:  7th August 2018

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WILL HAVE TO PUBLISH VIABILITY REPORTS

"Any viability assessment should be prepared on the basis that it will be made publicly available..." Government

The Government has published new guidance for local councils to publish viability reports that are regularly used by developers to avoid paying planning contributions and providing affordable housing. The Salford Star estimates that millions of pounds and over 1,000 affordable houses have been lost to the city as a result of this tactic.

Salford Council, thus far, has refused to publish viability assessments, even under the Freedom of Information Act, but the reports will now have to be "transparent and publicly available" states the Government.

Full details here...

added 07 August 2018  

 
 

SALFORD LABOUR COUNCILLOR RESIGNS

Star date: 6th August 2018

ECCLES COUNCILLOR RESIGNS

Salford Labour Councillor, Peter Wheeler, has resigned and is standing down with immediate effect. Salford City Council has posted a notice of 'vacancy' for the Eccles ward and a by-election will be held when two people from the electorate trigger it.

Full details here...

added 06 August 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CRESCENT MASTERPLAN REVEALED BUT CONSULTATIONS ARE DURING HOLIDAYS

Star date: 6th August 2018

CRESCENT PUB AMONGST 'RETAINED ASSETS'

The masterplan for the redevelopment of land along the Crescent has been launched by Salford City Council, which includes retaining the Crescent pub as an 'asset' and bulldozing old industrial units and Salford University buildings to make way for hotels, housing and a new 'health village' and 'urban district'.

Unfortunately the two public face-to-face consultations are on Wednesday 8th August and Saturday 11th August Ė while people are still away on holiday, although the consultation itself runs until 3rd September. Meanwhile, Salford Council still hasn't divulged which private companies paid for the City Mayor and staff to launch the masterplan at MIPIM this year.

Full details here...

added 06 August 2018  

 
 

MAXINE PEAKE TO STAR AT PETERLOO COMMEMORATION EVENT

Star date: 5th August 2018

199TH ANNIVERSARY OF PETERLOO MASSACRE

As usual, Maxine Peake is to take part in the rally to commemorate the 199th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre on Sunday 19th August, from 1pm on the Plaza of the Manchester Convention Centre (GMex). A vast artwork from Mike Leigh's Peterloo film, in which Maxine stars, will also be unveiled, while people will be asked to participate in a tableaux photo artwork by Red Saunders.

On the actual day of the anniversary, Thursday 16th August, there will be readings of the names of those who died at Peterloo at 1pm in St Peter's Square.

Full details here...

added 05 August 2018  

 
 

PETERLOO WALK ON 199TH ANNIVERSARY OF MASSACRE AS HISTORIAN CRITICISES ĎSANITISATIONí OF THE EVENT

Star date: 5th August 2018

MANCHESTER'S RADICAL HISTORY TOUR AIMS TO SHOW MORE THAN MASSACRE

Peterloo Walk
Thursday 16th August 11am
From Manchester Cathedral £8

Top local historian, Michael Herbert, will be leading a Peterloo walk on Thursday 16th August, the 199th anniversary of the infamous Massacre. Michael Herbert is concerned that Peterloo is being "sanitised and annexed into the heritage industry", and his walk will explore other episodes in Manchester radical history, as well as Peterloo.

Full details here....

added 05 August 2018  

 
 

SALFORDíS MANALISHI: LIVE SHOW AND EP LAUNCH

Star date: 5th August 2018

IS IT SEATTLE OR SALFORD?

The Night and Day Showcase
Featuring Manalishi, The Crooked Kings, Plain Sails and The Bleeding Violets
Saturday 18th August 8pm
Night and Day Cafe, Mcr £5 advance/£6 door

Ian Leslie re-visits Salford band Manalishi, shortlisted for the Salford Star Best Band Award last year, and now moving on into a grungy, trashy alt.rock vibe. 'Seattle or Salford?' he asks as they release a debut EP and play Night and Day.

Full details here...

added 05 August 2018  

 
 

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY AT WORSLEY PARK HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB

Star date: 4th August 2018

GAMES, SPORTS, INFLATABLESAND MORE AT WORSLEY FUN DAY

Family Fun Day
Sunday 12th August from 11am
Worsley Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, on Sunday 12th August the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club is hosting a free Family Fun Day with loads of activities and stalls.

Full details here...

added 04 August 2018  

 
 

16 YEAR OLD SALFORD SCHOOLGIRL WINS TWO TOP AWARDS FOR PLAY AT GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE

Star date: 3rd August 2018

LIBBY HALL WINS BEST NEWCOMER AWARDS AT GM FRINGE

16 year old Salford schoolgirl, Libby Hall has won two awards at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival for her debut play Things We Tell The Hours After Midnight.

The cast from Salford Arts Theatre's Young Performers Company, aged between 11 and 16, also won Best Ensemble for the play at the awards... "I'm so overwhelmed with emotions" says Libby, who also performed in her drama.

Full details here...

added 03 August 2018  

 
 

SALFORD DEVELOPERS AVOID OVER £5MILLION IN SECTION 106 PAYMENTS IN 2017-18

Star date: 2nd August 2018

AGREEMENTS SIGNED BY DEVELOPERS FOR £3.3MILLION Ė BUT THEY AVOID OVER £5MILLION!

Yesterday, Salford City Council put out a press release boasting that, during the year 2017-18 "we signed 21 [Section 106] agreements to bring in a further £3.3 million when developments are complete and viable". What the Council didn't state is that during the same period, these developers also avoided over £5million in payments.

Full details here...

added 02 August 2018  

 
 

INDUSTRIAL ACTION LOOMS AT SALFORD UNIVERSITY TO REINSTATE SACKED PROFESSOR

Star date: 1st August 2018

SALFORD UCU PASSES MOTION CONDEMNING UNIVERSITY 'CORRUPTING OUR PROFESSION'

Yesterday, the Salford University lecturers' trade union, UCU, passed a motion calling for the reinstatement of sacked Professor James Newell, and resolving "to conduct an indicative ballot to gauge support for immediate industrial action".

The motion also condemned the University's business model "which is incompatible with academic freedom", and the "on-going corruption of our profession" which is being "gradually hijacked by managers".

Full details here...

added 01 August 2018  

 
 

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