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HOMELESS CAMP SCORES LEGAL VICTORY AGAINST MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL

Star date: 30th September 2015

COUNCIL LOSES TWICE IN ONE DAY - COSTING MANCHESTER TAX PAYERS THOUSANDS OF POUNDS

Manchester City Council was almost laughed out of court today as it sought to jail homeless people and their supporters for breaching an injunction, when it couldn't state what the breach was; and, secondly, for trying to evict members of the Homeless Camp from a small strip of land on Oxford Road, failing to comply with the court's own rules.

The Council lost both cases with costs, running into thousands of pounds, being awarded to the defendants. Solicitor Simon Pook of Robert Lizar's said "Today we got justice, we won a battle but the war simmers..."

Full details here...

added Wednesday, September 30, 2015  

 
 

THE JEREMY CORBYN EFFECT ON SALFORD LABOUR COUNCIL

Star date: 29th September 2015

WILL JEREMY CORBYN CHANGE SALFORD'S LABOUR COUNCIL?

"Let's be clear, austerity is not an economic necessity it is a political choice" John McDonnell Shadow Chancellor

Jeremy Corbyn swept into the leadership of the Labour Party nationally with his left wing, anti-cuts agenda. Today, at the Labour Party Conference, he said "It was a vote for a change in the way we do politics in the Labour Party and the country".

Nationally, the Labour Party is in opposition and is saying all the right anti-austerity stuff. But in cities like Salford, the Labour Party is actually in power and imposing cuts. So will Salford Labour Party change the way it does things? Here the Salford Star tries to get some answers...

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 29, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SUBWAY DISGRACE

Star date: 28th September 2015

A TALE OF TWO SUBWAYS – MEDIACITYUK AND BRINDLE HEATH

The contrast between Salford Council's attitude towards its traditional community and that of MediaCityUK couldn't be sharper than in its treatment of the city's subways.

The connecting subway between MediaCityUK and Pendleton is white and spotless, with tidy verges, litter pickers and cameras. Over at the subway connecting Brindle Heath and Langworthy it's pitch black, and there's litter and melted tarmac everywhere... "The Media City subway is very posh...you can have a meal in there" says local resident Lee Craven "But here you've got to run through it because it's unsafe and so dark..."

Full details here...

added Monday, September 28, 2015  

 
 

CONSERVATIVE PARTY MANCHESTER CONFERENCE PROTEST EVENTS

Star date: 27th September 2015

FULL LIST OF ALL PROTESTS, PARTIES AND EVENTS FOR TORY PARTY CONFERENCE

Following on from last week's Salford Star round up of protests, parties, rallies and events happening around the Conservative Party Conference, we present an updated comprehensive list featuring everything from a 12 hour free party in Piccadilly Gardens to a flash mob at Piccadilly Station to anti-austerity theatre, comedy and spoken word.

The big demo happens on Sunday October 4th, with Salford people joining other campaigners outside Salford Museum and Art Gallery at 11am to march into Manchester and join the national protest.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 27, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD AGECROFT POWER STATION BUILDING 90TH ANNIVERSARY

Star date: 27th September 2015

AGECROFT POWER STATION BUILDING 1925 – 2015

This week, ex-workers from Agecroft Power Station met up for a tour of the remaining building on Agecroft Road on its 90th anniversary. Now the HQ of Salford hi-tech company, IT Lab, staff dressed in 1920s clothes for the open day, which included displays of old photos, books and films featuring `Salford's second cathedral'...

Full details and loads of photos here...

added Sunday, September 27, 2015  

 
 

CLIMATE CHANGE TIME TO ACT CONFERENCE MANCHESTER

Star date: 27th September 2015

SALFORD - AND THE WORLD - IN PERIL

Climate Change, Time to Act Conference
Saturday October 10th
Methodist Central Hall, Manchester from 10am

In December, world leaders meet in Paris to discuss international action on climate change - but in the run-up Manchester is hosting a Climate Change, Time to Act Conference, shedding light on the politics of climate change, with a whole day of events, films and workshops. Organised by Campaign against Climate Change, Friends of the Earth, Frack Free Greater Manchester, Oxfam and more.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 27, 2015  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER HOUSING CRISIS SALFORD EVENT WITH GENERATION RENT

Star date: 26th September 2015

`IF THE POLITICIANS WON'T BUILD US A BETTER FUTURE, WE MUST ORGANISE ONE...'

Manchester Housing Action Public Event
Sunday October 18th 1pm-6pm
Islington Mill free

Rent rises. Damp. Gentrification. Benefit caps. Revenge evictions. Hidden homelessness. Street homelessess. Mortgage arrears. And more. All will be coming under spotlight at a Housing Action public event that's free and open to anyone – organised by Generation Rent, with the Focus E15 campaign from London and The Radical Housing Network.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 26, 2015  

 
 

LOVE ON THE DOLE INFO NIGHT IN SALFORD

Star date: 26th September 2015 

GET INVOLVED IN GREENWOOD'S LOVE ON THE DOLE

Love On The Dole Information Evening
Friday 2nd October 7pm-9pm
The Old Pint Pot

Next summer, Salford Community Theatre Group is staging a performance of Walter Greenwood's classic Salford novel Love on The Dole with a cast drawn from the community. Next Friday, the Group is holding a drop-in information evening for anyone who wants to get involved or find out more details.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 26, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL MOVES TO SELL INGLESIDE AND PUBLIC SPACE IN OAKWOOD PARK

Star date: 25th September 2015

NOW COUNCIL FLOGS INGLESIDE AND PUBLIC OPEN SPACE IN PARK

Salford Council is about to sell the former residential home, Ingleside, together with a parcel of open public space in Oakwood Park. Ingleside was left to the people of Salford by Major Pilkington in 1936, and now former councillor, Mary Ferrer, is asking why Salford City Council hasn't contacted any community groups to see if they might take on a use for the stunning house... "This is selling off the silver again" she says.

Full details here...

added Friday, September 25, 2015  

 
 

DEMANDS THAT DINOSAUR GREATER MANCHESTER PENSION FUND DIVESTS FROM FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES

Star date: 24th September 2015

DINOSAUR VISITS GREATER MANCHESTER PENSION FUND

Today a giant dinosaur visited the Droylsden office of Greater Manchester Pension Fund to demand that the fund pulls its money out of investments in fossil fuels. Virtually everyone who works for a public authority in Greater Manchester pays into the fund, including Salford Council workers.

Data released today reveals that the Fund has £1.3 billion of public money invested in fossil fuel companies like Shell and BP, the largest amount of any local authority. "They are investing in the past" says one fund member "Fossil fuels are a dinosaur industry destroying the planet."

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 24, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL ASSISTANT MAYORS AXED IN MAYORAL SHAKE UP

Star date: 23rd September 2015

ASSISTANT MAYOR TITLES SCRAPPED BUT STILL 13 `EXECUTIVE AND SUPPORT' MEMBERS

Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, has announced an `Interim Mayoral Team' in which the title of `Assistant Mayor' has been ditched in favour of the same number of `Executive Lead Members' and `Support Members'.

Sacked from the `Interim Mayoral Team' are International Relations Assistant Mayor, Stephen Coen, and Adult Services and Services for Older People Assistant Mayor, Peter Connor. Also ditched are the posts for the Mayor's ill conceived `Humanegement' department and Culture.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, September 23, 2015  

 
 

MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY SLATED BY OWN STAFF AFTER HOMELESS CAMP EVICTION

Star date: 22nd September 2015

MMU ACTION `SMACKS OF SOCIAL CLEANSING' STATE STAFF

Over sixty senior lecturers and members of staff from Manchester Metropolitan University have signed an open letter to Vice Chancellor, Professor Press, condemning the University's role in evicting homeless people from The Ark on Oxford Road.

MMU is urged to "consider the damage that may be done to the University by any attitude or action which smacks of `social cleansing'".

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 22, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD BUILE HILL PARK MANSION SOLD

Star date: 21st September 2015

SALFORD COUNCIL TO RUBBER STAMP BUILE HILL MANSION SALE

After being tinned up for fifteen years, Buile Hill Mansion is to be sold, with Salford Council due to rubber stamp its `disposal' tomorrow. The controversial Grade 2 listed Mansion House, built by Charles Barry around 1825, has been on the market since 2013.

The Council won't disclose who the Mansion has been sold to, for what use and for how much... "There is no overriding public interest for disclosure" a Council report states.

Full details here...

added Monday, September 21, 2015  

 
 

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CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE GREATER MANCHESTER PROTESTS

Star date: 20th September 2015

TAKE BACK MANCHESTER!

Protest the Tory Party Conference
Saturday 3rd October – Wednesday 7th October

As the Conservative Party comes to Manchester for its conference, from 3rd-7th October, there's a whole five days of protest events, with the focal point Sunday 4th October's national demonstration: No to Austerity - Yes to Workers Rights.

There's also Laugh Them Out of Town at the Manchester Academy with a line-up including Frankie Boyle and Mark Steel; The People's Post Rally at Manchester Cathedral with Jeremy Corbyn; Anti-austerity Theatre, compared by Terry Christian at the Dance House; Music Against Austerity with the Super Furry Animals and Charlotte Church; and a People's March against Austerity that comes through Salford.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 20, 2015  

 
 

VOTE BARTON MOSS COMMUNITY ENERGY FOR SALFORD

Star date: 20th September 2015

ANTI-FRACKING SALFORD CO-OP NEEDS SOLAR PANEL FUNDING

After the Baron Moss anti-fracking demos, Moss Community Energy set up to look at clean energy solutions for Salford. Now it's aiming to win start-up funds for creating community owned solar panels at Moss Lane Farm in Barton.

The project is short-listed for start-up funds from the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund but needs people to vote for it, to make the community owned energy project a reality.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 20, 2015  

 
 

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING POWERFUL CLIMATE FILM PREMIERES IN GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 20th September 2015

NAOMI KLEIN-INSPIRED FILM PART OF GLOBAL WAKE-UP CALL

This Changes Everything
Saturday 26th September from 6pm
Bridge 5 Mill, Manchester £5

The Naomi Klein inspired film, This Changes Everything, gets its Greater Manchester premiere at next week to kickstart two months of climate change events leading up to the Paris Climate Conference. The powerful film is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change, and after it's shown there's a live Q and A with Naomi Klein and director Avi Lewis, streamed from New York.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 20, 2015  

 
 

FLOW SALFORD FESTIVAL HITS SECOND YEAR

Star date: 20th September 2015

SIX EVENTS, IN FOUR VENUES OVER THREE DAYS

Flow Salford
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September
Various locations

Flow Salford, which highlights new performance and visual art in the city, is back for its second year with six events in four venues, ranging from an exhibition of Salford's lost luggage at the Working Class Movement Library, to the part installation, part performance and part experiment, Moonstruck Me, at the King's Arms.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 20, 2015  

 
 

SUPER FUNDRAISER ETHAN EVANS GETS SALFORD CITIZEN AWARD

Star date: 19th September 2015

AWARD FOR ETHAN EVANS AFTER £15,000 FUNDRAISING FEAT

Ethan Evans, Salford's super fundraiser, got officially recognised this week as he was presented with the ceremonial Mayor's Citizen Award for helping charities, ranging from St Ann's Hospice to Asthma UK.

Ethan has raised over £15,000 for the charities with everything from fundraising events to collecting loose change.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 19, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING CLUB SUPPORT JEANS FOR GENES DAY

Star date: 19th September 2015

GENETIC DISORDERS UK GETS SALFORD SUPPORT

Yesterday was classed as Jeans for Genes Day, celebrating twenty years of raising funds for Genetic Disorders UK, the charity that aims to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders.

To help raise the profile of the charity, members of Salford Synchronised Swimming Club wore their jeans while going through routines in the pool.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 19, 2015  

 
 

MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY SLATED AFTER HOMELESS EVICTIONS

Star date: 18th September 2015

`THEY WILL NOT DESTROY US...THEY WILL NOT DESTROY THIS...' The Ark

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) was slated this afternoon after the forced eviction of the homeless camp on Oxford Road, known as The Ark, earlier today.

"Everything that is happening now is happening unlawfully, by force" states a missive from The Ark "Everything that went into building The Ark was done to protect everything good in this world-- to be ruled by love, rather than fear and hate. They will not destroy us. They will not destroy this..."

Full details here...

added Friday, September 18, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD SOCIAL HOUSING CRISIS LOOMS BUT CITY WEST PROFITS INCREASE

Star date: 17th September 2015

SOCIAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS TO HALVE OVER NEXT FOUR YEARS

A deliberate policy by the Tory Government to reduce social housing will jeopardise the future of housing associations, which are intending to halve development plans over the next four years and move away from providing social rented housing, Gena Merrett, Assistant Mayor for Housing and the Environment, told a meeting of Salford City Council yesterday.

Meanwhile, Salford's biggest housing association, City West, recorded an increase in its group operating profit of over £3.5million, while its highest paid director got a £15,000 pay rise, to over £168,000.

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 17, 2015  

 
 

OVER 15,000 SALFORD WORKING FAMILIES LOSE OUT IN TORY TAX CREDIT CUTS

Star date: 16th September 2015

SALFORD TAX CREDIT FAMILIES OVER £1,000 WORSE OFF

Over 15,000 working families in Salford will be `seriously impacted' by the changes to Tax Credits announced by the Tory Government yesterday, Strategic Assistant Mayor, Paula Boshell, told a meeting of Salford City Council this morning, adding that they could be over £1,000 worse off.

Meanwhile, an in-year cut of around £1.16million to Public Health budgets, on top of cuts already announced, could be "potentially life threatening" explained Assistant Mayor, Lisa Stone.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, September 16, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL CAN END THE £19MILLION PLANNING SCANDAL STATES GOVERNMENT

Star date: 15th September 2015

TORY GOVERNMENT MINISTER GIVES SALFORD COUNCIL POWER TO REIN IN DEVELOPER PROFITS

It might be a bit after the horse has bolted, but yesterday Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, stated in answer to a question from Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, that local authorities have "the freedom to set their own approach to assessing viability of new developments".

If Salford Council acts on this, it could see the end of a planning scandal that has cost the city over £19million.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 15, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD PROTEST CONDEMNS FASCIST TORY TRADE UNION BILL

Star date: 14th September 2015

TORIES CONDEMNED AS FASCISTS BY SALFORD COUNCIL ASSISTANT MAYOR AND UNISON TRADE UNION

At a protest outside the Civic Centre this lunchtime, the Conservative Government's Trade Union Bill, which aims to straightjacket the unions even more, was condemned as `fascist' by Salford Council Assistant Mayor, Paul Dennett, Salford City UNISON branch secretary, Steven North and Salford Against The Cuts Chairman, Paul Gerrard.

"We need to work as trade unions with all of the people who will support us and support our right to exist because that's what this is about" said Steven North.

Full details here...

added Monday, September 14, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 BACK FOR SIXTH YEAR

Star date: 13th September 2015

FREE FOUR DAY SALFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL 24TH – 27TH SEPTEMBER

The Salford Music Festival returns for its sixth year, with another huge free line-up in pubs and clubs all over Salford, and music ranging from rock to reggae to acoustic and folk.

Amongst the 150 bands appearing will be loads of Salford acts, plus bands, DJs and singers from Greater Manchester and beyond. Here, the Salford Star previews the four day spectacular.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 13, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD TO CALAIS CONVOY TO FRANCE

Star date: 13th September 2015

HUGE RESPONSE FOR SALFORD TO CALAIS APPEAL

Just over a week after the formation of Salford To Calais, containers with donations for refugees are overflowing, with people volunteering help to launch a large convoy of vehicles taking supplies to France on 17th October.

"I've got a three and a half year old little boy and the thought of literally fleeing our home, with just the clothes on our back...because we fear for our lives, and then making those horrendous journeys; it's the stuff that nightmares are made of" says one of the founders.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 13, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD PROTESTS AGAINST TORY TRADE UNION BILL

Star date: 12th September 2015

STRIKE BREAKING, ANTI-UNION BILL OPPOSED IN SALFORD

Monday 14th September
Salford TUC Protest: 7:30am, MediaCityUK
Salford City UNISON Protest: 12:30pm, Salford Civic Centre

As Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party this afternoon, his first speech railed against the Tory Government's Trade Union Bill which will see nasty, shocking restrictions of workers' rights. There are two protests in Salford on Monday, which, hopefully, will bring out every Labour Party member in the city and a lot more besides.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 12, 2015  

 
 

BEECHFIELD UNITED SALFORD FOOTBALL TEAM NEEDS DEFIBRILLATOR

Star date: 12th September 2015

BEECHFIELD MANAGER HAS THREE WEEKS LEFT TO SAVE LIVES

Scott Craven, manager of Beechfield Storm under 7s, has three weeks left to raise a final £785 needed to buy a defibrillator which will benefit everyone at Beechfield United FC. Scott has already raised £415 but needs some of the thousands of people who have been involved with the famous Swinton club to make a small donation that would help save the lives of players and supporters in the future.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 12, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COLLEGE UNIONS BEGIN CONSULTATIVE STRIKE BALLOT

Star date: 11th September 2015

STRIKE BALLOTS LOOM AS FIRST COMPULSORY REDUNDANCY AT SALFORD COLLEGE ANNOUNCED

Trade unions at Salford City College are consulting their members on strike action after the first compulsory redundancy was announced in a package of cuts that could lead to 57 job losses.

Meanwhile, Salford City College has employed a new £73,876 Vice Principal for Development and Innovation, Saf Arfan, a former colleague of Principal John Spindler from Hopwood Hall College in Rochdale.

Full details here...

added Friday, September 11, 2015  

 
 

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS MICHELLE KEEGAN CLICK BAIT FEARS

Star date: 11th September 2015

ONLINE CLICK TARGETS FOR M.E.N JOURNALISTS RAISES DUMBING DOWN CONCERNS

`Future news content will seemingly be decided on the basis of a popularity contest...' NUJ

The Manchester Evening News is introducing individual website 'click' targets for journalists, leading to fears from the National Union of Journalists that it "could encourage reporters to sensationalise stories, to trivialise the news and make news out of trivia, and to give up on more challenging, public interest journalism that takes time to research and deliver".

Full details here...

added Friday, September 11, 2015  

 
 

MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP POSSESSION ORDER GRANTED WITH SIX DAY STAY OF EXECUTION

Star date: 10th September 2015

HOMELESS SEE LEGAL AID APPEAL ADJOURNMENT REJECTED

Homeless people living in The Ark camp on Oxford Road were refused an adjournment to appeal for legal aid today, as a judge at Manchester Civil Justice Centre granted Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester City Council a possession order over the occupied land.

The judge also refused an appeal against his decision but granted a six day stay of execution while an appeal application is made to a higher circuit judge. Later, top poet Lemn Sissay, Chancellor of Manchester University, visited the camp to show support.

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 10, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD BARTON MOSS VERDICT SHOWS FLAWED FRACKING REGULATIONS

Star date: 9th September 2015

BARTON MOSS PROTECTORS LOSE DEFENCE OF STOPPING ILLEGAL ACTIVITY AT IGAS SITE – BUT CONTAMINATION CONFIRMED

Barton Moss protectors arrested and charged with aggravated trespass during protests against the IGas exploratory drilling site in 2013 and 2014 have lost their defence that `activity taking place was unlawful in that it was causing damage to the environment', District Judge James Prowse has ruled.

However the protracted case did confirm evidence of contamination around the site and the lack of robust regulatory activity by the Environment Agency.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, September 9, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL GIVES RED DEVIL KOUKASH 17 MONTH PAYMENT HOLIDAY ON £1.5MILLION DEBT

Star date: 8th September 2015

MARWAN KOUKASH GETS 17 MONTH PAYMENT HOLIDAY ON COUNCIL LOAN

Salford Red Devils owner, Marwan Koukash, will not have to pay Salford Council anything for 17 months, under the new terms of a creditors' agreement relating to the old Salford Reds £1.5million loan, the Salford Star understands.

Meanwhile, last night, listeners of The Sounds of Salford Radio station heard further allegations of players and staff not being paid properly by the Salford Red Devils.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 8, 2015  

 
 

MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP CLAIMS REFUGEE STATUS AMIDST CHAOS IN COURT

Star date: 7th September 2015

JUDGE CLOSES COURT AS DEFENDANTS CLAIM INHUMANE LEGAL TREATMENT

"It's just an evil action to stop people getting shelter.."

The Manchester Homeless Camp at Oxford Road claimed refugee status this afternoon as a possession order was sought by Manchester City Council and Manchester Metropolitan University for land currently sheltering homeless people.

At one point, the judge at Manchester Civil Justice Centre ordered the court to be closed as supporters of the Camp shouted about inhumane legal treatment and `lies' by Manchester Council.

Full details here...

added Monday, September 7, 2015  

 
 

OPTIEYE CARE OPTICIANS SPIED AT MOCHA PARADE SALFORD

Star date: 6th September 2015

SALFORD'S FORGOTTEN SHOPPING PARADE GETS NEW BUSINESS

While the taxi firm, the hairdresser and cafe have closed on Mocha Parade in Lower Broughton, Optieye Care opticians has moved in and taken over the old Prais business that was there for years.

Mocha was supposed to be re-developed years ago but nothing seems to be happening to Salford's forgotten shopping parade, much to the disgust of local traders. So, when everyone else is moving out, why move in?

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 6, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD AIR POLLUTION IMPACT PUBLIC MEETING

Star date: 6th September 2015

FRIENDS OF THE EARTH TACKLES GREATER MANCHESTER AIR POLLUTION

Breathing It In
Tuesday 8th September 7pm
Green Fish Resource Centre, Manchester

Salford's horrendous air pollution, second only to Trafford in Greater Manchester, will come under the microscope at a Manchester Friends of the Earth public meeting this Tuesday. Speakers will be discussing the impact of pollution and to improve air quality in the region.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 6, 2015  

 
 

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE TO DIE AT THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 6th September 2015

SHAKESPEARE ANNIVERSARY BEGINS AND ENDS IN SALFORD

1616 -The Secrets and Passions of William Shakespeare
Friday 11th September and Friday 18th September
The Kings Arms £10/£8

With the looming four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death next year, Transatlantyk2 theatre company is bringing a one-man play recreating Shakespeare's dying hours to The Kings Arms. Who was he and why was he? All might be revealed.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 6, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD FAMILY FUN AND GAMES DAY AT LANGWORTHY CORNERSTONE

Star date: 5th September 2015 

FREE FAMILY FUN AND GAMES DAY AT LANGWORTHY CORNERSTONE

Life's A Game at Langworthy Cornerstone
Saturday September 12th 11am-2pm free
Langworthy Cornerstone

The Langworthy Cornerstone holds one of its celebrated family fun days next Saturday, 12th September, with a game theme featuring The Room of Riddles, Human Hungry Hippos, a Bush Tucker Trial, stalls, music and more.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 5, 2015  

 
 

TEN YEARS SINCE SALFORD BROTHERS FORCIBLY EVICTED FROM HIGHER BROUGHTON

Star date: 5th September 2015

HIGHER BROUGHTON SOCIAL CLEANSING EVICTION ANNIVERSARY

On September 5th 2005, brothers Jimmy and Guy Griffiths became the only people in the country to be forcibly evicted from their home, as part of the Labour Government's notorious Pathfinder project.

It was the start of, what residents call, a `social cleansing' process that has seen affordable houses in Salford replaced by unaffordable properties – and, for those kicked out, a huge undervaluation of their homes.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 5, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL GUARANTEES £21MILLION LOANS TO FRED DONE AND MORE FOR UNAFFORDABLE HOUSING

Star date: 4th September 2015

RICH COMPANIES IN NORTH WEST BENEFIT FROM COUNCIL LOANS FOR UNAFFORDABLE APARTMENTS

Fred Done's FICM Ltd is amongst five companies to benefit from the £300million Greater Manchester Housing Fund, of which cash-strapped Salford City Council is to guarantee £21.129million.

Rowlinson Developments' controversial scheme for 164 apartments on Peel Holdings' Pomona is to get a £10.3million loan from the Fund, while Done's FICM Ltd is to get a £17.312million loan towards its 380 apartment blocks on Trinity Way. There's no social housing within the schemes and it's part of a deliberate Greater Manchester devolution policy.

Full details here...

added Friday, September 4, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD DEPRIVATION REVEALED IN AGMA REPORT

Star date: 3rd September 2015 

UNHEALTHY, DEPRIVED SALFORD LAID BARE IN GREATER MANCHESTER STATISTICS

AGMA, or the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, has just finished consulting on a `scoping' report for what it calls an `Integrated Assessment of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework' - which is the first step in allowing a Greater Manchester Mayor power over planning for housing and employment land.

The consultation was accompanied by a 181 page document which shows the shocking state of Salford, compared to other areas in Greater Manchester...in poverty, health, employment and pollution.

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 3, 2015  

 
 

THE WILLOWS SALFORD REDS GROUND GETS £2.75MILLION PUBLIC MONEY FOR REDEVELOPMENT

Star date: 2nd September 2015

PLANS FOR OVER 100 PROPERTIES ON CONTROVERSIAL SITE AT THE WILLOWS

The Willows, former home of Salford City Reds and site of one of the most controversial land deals in the city, is to be redeveloped for 82 houses and 21 flats by City West Housing and Watson Homes with a grant of £2.75million public money.

However, the secrecy and controversy continues over a land deal between Salford City Council, Godliman Watson Homes and John Wilkinson that led to a £1million loan to Salford City Reds, that even the Council's legal adviser noted was full of "creative financial manoeuvres".

Full details here...

added Wednesday, September 2, 2015  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL ADMITS HOUSING WAITING LIST APPLICANTS HAVE NO CHANCE OF BEING RE-HOUSED

Star date: 1st September 2015

SALFORD HOUSING LIST TO BE SLASHED BY HALF UNDER NEW POLICY

Salford Council is aiming to kick around 7,000 people off its housing waiting list under a new allocations policy which will also see children housed in towerblocks and penalties for refusing available properties.

The Council admits in a report that, due to the lack of social housing, "most applicants have little chance of ever being re-housed".

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 1, 2015  

 
 

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