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FUNDRAISER FOR SALFORD MENTAL HEALTH DROP-IN AT WANGIES

Star date: 30th September 2017

OPEN JAM NIGHT, RAFFLES PRIZES AND MORE

CHUG Open Jam Fundraiser
Friday October 6th 7pm-1am
Wangies, Eccles

Cromwell House Users Group, or CHUG, is an ace independent drop-in for anyone with mental health issues. Next Friday, at Wangies in Eccles, the group is holding a fundraising Open Jam night where anyone can grab an instrument and get on stage. There's also a raffle, lucky dip and three supporters having their heads shaved. 

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 30, 2017  

 
 

SHAUN RYDER BACKS SALFORD GIG AT EAGLE INN AGAINST HOMELESSNESS

Star date: 30th September 2017

SALFORD MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS GIG BACKED BY STARS

"This is not Victorian Britain!" Shaun Ryder

Tigerside, The Any Numbers, Nikki Gleave, Chris Horan, DJ Biggabez
Saturday 30th September 7:30pm
Eagle Inn £5

On the eve of the Tory Party Conference, Salford's Shaun Ryder, Oasis guru Alan McGee and Cast are backing a special gig tonight at the Eagle Inn, supporting homeless charity Crisis, with a line-up that includes Tigerside, The Any Numbers and DJ Biggabez.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 30, 2017  

 
 

DOGS, RIOT POLICE AND BARRICADES FOR THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 29th September 2017

BRING OUT THE DOGS – THE TORIES ARE COMING TO TOWN!

With the unpopularity of the Conservative Government growing by the day, measures were being put in place this morning to protect the Party's conference delegates, including sniffer dogs, the TAU riot police and huge barricades.

Meanwhile, two massive protests will happen on Sunday; the Tories Out! People's Assembly demonstration, and the national #StopBrexit march. And there's a big Take Back Manchester Festival going off throughout the Conference.

Full details here...

added Friday, September 29, 2017  

 
 

JEREMY CORBYN SHOULD COME TO SALFORD TO SEE ‘GENTRIFICATION’ AND ‘SOCIAL CLEANSING’ AT ITS FINEST

Star date: 28th September 2017

DISABLED PENDLETON COUPLE LEFT IN TINNED UP ROW OF HOUSES – IN SALFORD LABOUR'S REGENERATION NIGHTMARE

'I've had enough; I feel like topping myself...'

Yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn made a much welcomed speech at the Labour Party Conference on 'regeneration' meaning 'forced gentrification and social cleansing'. He should come to Pendleton to see the sharp end of this, in Rebecca Long-Bailey's own constituency.

Here we report on an elderly, disabled couple, left on a tinned up row of houses in the soon to be demolished High Street estate, with no security, no chance of a new build property, a refused offer to go to Little Hulton, and the acceptance of a house in a shocking state just to stay in the area.

Meanwhile they live with kids chucking stones at their windows, as the Labour Council's plans for the area boasted that it "will lead to a dilution in the current concentration of economically inactive households" by "young professionals..."

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 28, 2017  

 
 

MARWAN KOUKASH SET TO RELINQUISH OWNERSHIP OF SALFORD RED DEVILS

Star date: 28th September 2017

KOUKASH TO APPOINT TRUST TO RUN REDS – BUT NO WORD ON DEBT REPAYMENT

Salford Red Devils owner, Marwan Koukash, has today announced that he is to step down from the club and is to appoint a trust of local businessmen and a fans' representative to take ownership.

The statement from Koukash neglects to mention how any debts to Salford City Council will be paid in the future.

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 28, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL MAY FACE JUDICIAL REVIEW OVER DISABLED CHILDREN’S HOME CLOSURE

Star date: 27th September 2017

FAMILY INSTRUCTS LAWYERS TO FIGHT CLOSURE OF THE GRANGE

Salford City Council could find itself in the High Court over the closure of The Grange, the city's only residential care home for severely disabled children. Law firm, Irwin Mitchell, has written to the Council urging it to overturn its decision or potentially face a Judicial Review, after being instructed by the family of The Grange's teenage resident, Rachel Barton.

"We are not taking the Council's decision lying down" says Rachel's mum, Rebecca "...I'm determined to fight until the end..."

Full details here...

added Wednesday, September 27, 2017  

 
 

GREEN PARTY LEADERS CALL FOR SALFORD MP TO BE CENSURED OVER ECO ‘SMEAR CAMPAIGN’

Star date: 26th September 2017

SALFORD MP, GRAHAM STRINGER, SLAMMED OVER 'PHONEY ECO WARRIORS' OUTBURST

Green Party leaders, Caroline Lucas MP and Jonathan Bartley, have called for Blackley and Broughton MP, Graham Stringer, to be censured over 'irresponsible' comments, after he wrote in the Daily Mail that "eco justice warriors" are making "phoney" claims about the threat of climate change.

He did this without mentioning that he is a member of the Global Warming Policy Foundation which lobbies against policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 26, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL’S £835MILLION PFI DEBT AS LABOUR PARTY PROMISES TO END THE SCANDAL

Star date: 26th September 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL'S FIVE PFI CONTRACTS FOR SCHOOLS AND PENDLETON TO COST £17MILLION IN INTEREST ALONE THIS YEAR

At yesterday's Brighton conference, Labour Party Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, promised to end the scandal of Private Finance Initiative, or PFI, which is costing Salford City Council a fortune in interest and repayments.

Salford Council has five PFI contracts for schools and the Pendleton Together property refurbishment, for which the Council has a £835million liability, with interest payments alone this year of almost £17.5million.

Meanwhile, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has its own PFI, for which it will end up paying £170million just in interest – more than the original £137million cost of its new buildings.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 26, 2017  

 
 

CORONATION STREET LEGEND LIZ DAWN PASSES AWAY

Star date: 26th September 2017

'OUR VERA' PASSES AWAY

"A brilliant actor and a wonderful person"  Kieran Roberts

Liz Dawn, who played the much loved Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street for over thirty years, has died peacefully after a battle against emphysema.

Liz, who lived in Salford for many years, was incredibly popular amongst fellow cast members and the massive fan base that Corrie attracted..."Liz Dawn was a true Coronation Street legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person" says Coronation Street's Executive Producer, Kieran Roberts.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 26, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD HAS ONLY TWO AFFORDABLE HOUSES FOR 4,172 FLATS AND HOUSES BUILT IN GREENGATE AND CHAPEL STREET

Star date: 25th September 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL POLICIES ENSURE DEVELOPERS EVADE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Tonight, Salford councillors meet to discuss the 'achievements' of new developments in Greengate and Chapel Street. The report they will see lists schemes comprising 4,172 apartments and houses, including Middlewood Locks and Vimto Gardens, with a focus on 'Creating a great place to live'.

These schemes between them have produced finance for just two affordable houses, in line with official Salford City Council policy and 'viability' evasion.

Full details here...

added Monday, September 25, 2017  

 
 

MEDIA UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT AT TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL

Star date: 24th September

IS THE MEDIA TURNING ALTERNATIVE? JULIE HESMONDHALGH AND THE SALFORD STAR SPEAK OUT

Media for the Many, not the Few
Monday, October 2nd 2pm-4pm
The People's Event Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens free

As the Conservative Party Conference kicks off in Manchester, a public meeting on the media is taking place in Piccadilly Gardens, which asks whether a media transformation is taking place, with speakers including Julie Hesmondhalgh and the Salford Star editor. It's hosted by the People's Assembly as part of the Take Back Manchester Festival.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 24, 2017  

 
 

THE MOODS DEBUT ALBUM MISSING PEACE GETS FIVE SALFORD STARS

Star date: 24th September 2017

THE UNIQUE SOUNDS OF THE MOODS THRILL ON DEBUT ALBUM

The Moods - the ten-piece combo with the motto 'Make you think, make you dance' - release their much awaited debut album, Missing Peace, this week. Its fuse of hip-hop, reggae, pop, brass, spoken-word and more gets a five Salford Stars review from Ian Leslie...a genuine breath of fresh air...

Full review here...

added Sunday, September 24, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD PUBLIC MEETING ON FIGHTING UNEMPLOYMENT POVERTY AND AUSTERITY

Star date: 24th September 2017

TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL SEES ANTI-AUSTERITY MEETING

Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity
Saturday 30th September 1pm-3pm free
Working Class Movement Library

On the eve of the Tory Party Conference, the Mary Quaile Club is running a public meeting at Salford's Working Class Movement Library on Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity, with speakers Sean Mitchell, author of the book Struggle or Starve about Belfast riots, and Tameside Against The Cuts activist Charlotte Hughes.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 24, 2017  

 
 

KEN LOACH STARS IN FUNDRAISER FOR SALFORD RESOURCE CENTRE

Star date: 24th September 2017

KEN LOACH, JB BARRINGTON, RICKY TOMLINSON AND MORE

Films and Conversation with Ken Loach and Friends
Thursday 23rd November 4pm-midnight
Moston Miners' Centre £20/£10

Ken Loach, director of top films like I, Daniel Blake, Cathy Come Home and Looking For Eric, is to star in a fundraiser for Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre on Thursday 23rd November. Joining him are JB Barrington, Ricky Tomlinson and more, with tickets on sale now.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 24, 2017  

 
 

LANGWORTHY CORNERSTONE OPEN DAY AND SALFORD HISTORIES FESTIVAL

Star date: 23rd September 2017

LOCAL HISTORY GROUPS AND CORNERSTONE GO BACK TO THE FUTURE

Cornerstone Open Day and Salford Histories Festival
Saturday 30th September 10am-4pm
Langworthy Cornerstone free

Well over a dozen local history groups and community organisations have joined together for a Salford Histories Festival and Langworthy Cornerstone Open Day next Saturday, with competitions, activities, food and more.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 23, 2017  

 
 

MOORS MURDER PLAY COMES TO KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 23rd September 2017

DRAMA OF EVIL KILLERS MYRA HINDLEY AND IAN BRADY

Old Ground
Thursday 28th September to Sunday 8th October
Kings Arms £10/£12

Organised Chaos bring Old Ground to the Kings Arms this week. It's a dramatic account of a specific moment in the horrific story of the Moors Murderers: Myra Hindley's disturbing attempt to deny involvement in the gruesome crimes in a bid for freedom, and Ian Brady's effort to exact revenge on his ex-lover, as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 23, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD POVERTY TRUTH COMMISSION TO REPORT FINDINGS

Star date: 23rd September 2017

HAS POVERTY TRUTH COMMISSION ACHIEVED ANYTHING?

In July 2016 the Salford Poverty Truth Commission was launched to drive home some real life honesty to those shaping the city's present and future, and hopefully change something. Has it achieved anything? On October 6th, Commission members will be sharing some results in a free open event that anyone can attend.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 23, 2017  

 
 

SONNETS FROM SALFORD POETRY BOOK HELPS ST ANN’S HOSPICE

Star date: 23rd September 2017

SALFORD POETRY FOR SALFORD PEOPLE

Sounds of Salford Radio's Simon Williams has penned a new collection of poems about Salford people and for Salford people, with subjects ranging from Salford Reds at The Willows, to social cleansing in Langworthy, to a rhyming trip around the city's music history. There's only one hundred copies of the pamphlet, it's £2.50 and all proceed go to St Ann's Hospice.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 23, 2017  

 
 

REVIEW OF ANGELS WITH DIRTY ACCENTS AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

Star date: 22nd September 2017

STREET ANGELS, DRUGS AND RIPPED WINGS FEELS LIKE HEAVEN

Swearing, drug taking, warring, robbing, homeless angels? It certainly feels like heaven - not - in a slick, new production by R.Kid, where the halos have unravelled big time, and the dark side rears its horns. Angels With Dirty Accents runs at Salford Arts Theatre until 23rd and then from 27th to 30th September.

Full review here...

added Friday, September 22, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS SEASON ENDS WITH VIOLENCE, DEFEAT TO ST HELENS AND CLUB NAME REMAIN

Star date: 22nd September 2017

SALFORD TO REMAIN 'SALFORD' BUT SAINTS ENSURE END OF SEASON DEFEAT

A topsy-turvy season that could have seen 'Salford' become 'Manchester', or a Challenge Cup final place, ended last night with defeat to St Helens, a man sent off and fan violence, although Marwan Koukash confirmed that the 'Salford' name will remain. Analysis, photos and match report from our three Red Devils correspondents.

Full details here...

added Friday, September 22, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL PROUD OF EDUCATING GREATER MANCHESTER HARROP FOLD SCHOOL PUPILS

Star date: 21st September 2017

COUNCILLORS PROUD OF HOW HARROP FOLD TV PUPILS REPRESENTING CITY – AS £1.7MILLION FUNDRAISING DRIVE LAUNCHED TO WIPE OUT HUGE SCHOOL DEFICIT

At yesterday's full meeting of Salford Council, councillors praised staff and pupils at Harrop Fold school for how they have represented the city..."I really think they've done the community proud and this city proud" said Walkden South Councillor, Richard Critchley, and the sentiments were underlined by Children's Lead Member Lisa Stone.

Meanwhile the school has launched a £1.7million fundraising drive to wipe out its deficit, which at one point was the highest in the country at a forecast £6.7million.

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 21, 2017  

 
 

IT WOULD BE ‘LUDICROUS’ TO BAN FRACKING SAYS SALFORD PLANNING LEAD MEMBER

Star date: 21st September 2017

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PASSES MOTION THAT 'EXPRESSES CONCERN' ON FRACKING

At yesterday's full meeting of Salford City Council, Councillor Derek Antrobus, proposing a motion on fracking and local democracy, said that it would be "absolutely ludicrous" for the city to ban fracking as unsafe. Bury Council and Preston Council have already banned the process.

Instead, a motion was passed that "expresses concern" about "exploiting new sources of fossil fuel"...

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 21, 2017  

 
 

WARM TRIBUTES PAID TO SALFORD COUNCILLOR WHO PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY

Star date: 20th September 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL REFLECTS ON DEPRESSION OF COUNCILLOR WHO PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY

At today's full meeting of Salford Council, councillors paid glowing tributes to Paul Longshaw, Lead Member for Housing, who was found dead at his home two weeks ago.

Amongst the many eulogies, Councillor Jane Hamilton pleaded for depression to be talked about more. And Councillor Kate Lewis summed up the feelings..."as we all know there isn't a better off place without Paul Longshaw..."

Full details here...

added Wednesday, September 20, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL TO AXE 25% OF JOBS IN MOVE TO UNSTAFFED LIBRARIES

Star date: 19th September 2017

SELF SERVICE LIBRARIES AND VOLUNTEERS IN £550,000 'SAVINGS' PROPOSALS 

Salford City Council has announced plans to cut one quarter of all jobs in a move towards unstaffed self-service libraries, to save almost £550,000. Clifton Library, for instance, will be open for longer hours but only three hours a week, out of 18, will be staffed. Volunteers will 'provide support'.

The Council is to bring in new Open+ technology in the move towards self service, with upgrades to existing IT equipment. A 'click and collect' service and self access computers will be available at seven new locations. Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, describes the move as "amazing and such a bonus for the people of Salford"...

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 19, 2017  

 
 

GREATER MANCHESTER PENSION FUND NO COMMENT ON SALFORD AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN £60MILLION SOAPWORKS DEAL

Star date: 18th September 2017

240 HOUSES AND HOTEL AT SOAPWORKS BUT GMPF COY ON AFFORDABILITY

Last week, Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), which invests pension monies from public sector workers in the area, announced a £60million deal to acquire the Soapworks in Ordsall, and there are reported plans for 240 homes and a hotel to be built as part of the office site.

With Ordsall desperately in need of affordable housing, chances are that there will be none in this latest GMPF property investment. The Fund, which has an advisory body stuffed with local councillors, including from Salford, refused to comment on the issue.

Full details here...

added Monday, September 18, 2017  

 
 

TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL FOR TORY PARTY CONFERENCE

Star date: 17th September 2017

ONE GIANT DEMONSTRATION PLUS JOHN MCDONNELL, MAXINE PEAKE, LOWKEY AND MORE

A six day Take Back Manchester Festival, running from 29th September to 4th October, has been organised by the People's Assembly Against Austerity to 'welcome' the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

The centrepiece is the massive national demonstration on Sunday 1st October and around it are cultural events, film screenings, rallies, comedy, music and public meetings, with participants including Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Maxine Peake, Lowkey, Captain Ska, Barbara Nice and Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 17, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD STAR ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2017 OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

Star date: 17th September 2017

THE BEST SALFORD ACTS, BANDS AND EVENTS UP FOR NEW AWARDS

This year, the Salford Star is running the brand new Entertainment Awards to find Salford's top acts, bands and events. And we'd like the community to help us find them.

Nominations are now open for Salford's best performer, musicians, regular night out and live show. Salford Star Live Events Editor, Ian Leslie, suggests some ideas but anyone and anything that moves or grooves in the city can be suggested for the shortlist.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 17, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD DOGS4US SEES PUPPY FARM AWARENESS DAY PROTEST

Star date: 16th September 2017

BOYCOTT DOGS4US HOLDS TWO PROTESTS FOR PUPPY FARM AWARENESS

For Puppy Farm Awareness Day, Boycott Dogs4Us held two protests, the first in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, and later outside the Dogs4Us store on Agecroft Road... "We've had an amazing response from members of the public wanting to take leaflets and learn more" says Boycott Dogs4Us founder, Aran Mathai.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 16, 2017  

 
 

ACE SALFORD CREATIVES PROUD AND LOUD LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS

Star date: 16th September 2017

'LIBERATING THE VOICES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES THROUGH PERFORMANCE'

Proud and Loud Arts is way more than a performance group, blending passionate issue-related themes with totally brilliant shows. The group is now expanding and looking for new members with physical or learning disabilities. It's a great chance to join one of the absolute elite creative forces in Salford, and make new friends too.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 16, 2017  

 
 

SHINNY STARS IN SALFORD BENEFIT FOR ONCE UPON A SMILE

Star date: 16th September 2017

TOP SALFORD MUSIC NIGHT FOR ONCE UPON A SMILE

SHINNy, Cinnamon Dinner, Stalagmites
Saturday 23rd September 7:30pm
Swinton Legion
£15 (inc free drink on arrival and food)

Next Saturday sees the Once upon a Smile benefit at Swinton Legion, where Shinny pre-launches his Christmas No.1 single, and Stalagmites and Cinnamon Dinner co-star. Ian Leslie previews what should be a great night.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 16, 2017  

 
 

ANGELS WITH DIRTY ACCENTS AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

Star date: 16th September 2017

STAIRWELL TO HEAVEN FOR HOMELESS

Angels With Dirty Accents
Wednesday 20th-Saturday 23rd September
Wednesday 27th September-Saturday 30th September
Salford Arts Theatre £10/£8

Shop doorways and desperate conditions serve as an unorthodox waiting room for heaven in what's looks like a stunning piece of new socially conscious drama at Salford Arts Theatre. Angels With Dirty Accents, a black comedy featuring live music, an immersive set and one gritty limbo, runs for eight days and takes a look at the state of homelessness with an angry and honest voice, as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 16, 2017  

 
 

LEEDS RHINOS END SALFORD RED DEVILS PLAY OFF HOPES

Star date: 16th September 2017

LEEDS RHINOS 44 SALFORD RED DEVILS 2

Salford Red Devils' play-off hopes were crushed last night as Leeds Rhinos ran out 44-2 winners in the penultimate game of the Super 8s. Paul Whiteside reports on more Headingley misery.

Match report here...

added Saturday, September 16, 2017  

 
 

MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL BOATS FLOATING HEALTH HAZARDS STATES NEW REPORT

Star date: 15th September 2017

77% OF SHIP SAMPLES FOUND LEGIONELLA; 93% HIGH LEVELS OF BACTERIA: 45% OF DRINKING WATER SAMPLES UNSATISFACTORY

A new report from Manchester Port Health Authority reveals that 77% of samples taken from inspections of non-passenger vessels on the Manchester Ship Canal found legionella bacteria, the cause of legionnaires' disease.

Meanwhile, 93% of ships sampled were found to have high levels of bacteria, and 45% of drinking water samples tested for bacteria, including e-coli, were also deemed unsatisfactory. The report is to be presented at a full meeting of Salford City Council next week.

Full details here...

added Friday, September 15, 2017  

 
 

ANONYMOUS CALLS FOR PROTESTS TO ‘BURN DOWN’ MANCHESTER TORY PARTY CONFERENCE

Star date: 14th September 2017

TOOLS: SMOKE GRENADES, FLARES, FLASHBANGS ETC
TACTICS: ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR. EXTRA POINTS FOR CREATIVITY

In posts on social media today, Anonymous has called for its backers to "burn down the oppressor" and "Demand justice at the Conservative Party Conference", in response to the "social murder" at Grenfell.

In another post, entitled 'Operation Party Over', the group states that its mission is to "prevent" the Conference, using tools like "smoke grenades, flares, flashbangs etc".

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 14, 2017  

 
 

SWINTON SEES DR WHO STYLE MINING SCUPTURES DEDICATED TO SALFORD PIT HERITAGE

Star date: 14th September 2017

MINING EQUIPMENT SCULPTURES TRANSFORMED FROM 'SCRAPYARD' TO DR WHO

Yesterday, former Agecroft Colliery miners gathered to dedicate old mining equipment 'sculptures' on the corner of Queensway and Bolton Road in Swinton to the memory of those who worked in Salford's ten pits.

The rusting machinery had been located on the site for a number of years but Friends of Agecroft Colliery arranged for it to be sandblasted and painted white, and it now looks like something from a Dr Who set. Three new benches have been installed and the site was formally opened by Ceremonial Mayor, Peter Connor.

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 14, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SET TO PASS MOTION ON FRACKING

Star date: 13th September 2017

FRACKING MOTION FALLS SHORT OF A BAN AS DRILLING COULD START IN SALFORD IN FOUR YEARS

Salford Council is to debate a motion on fracking at a full meeting of councillors next week which "expresses concern" about 'unconventional gas' exploitation but falls short of banning the process on Council land, which Bury Council did last year.

Ironically, the motion is being brought by Planning Lead, Councillor Derek Antrobus, who did nothing and said nothing throughout the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests, as the Council was complicit with IGas, Peel Holdings and the police in directing operations against campaigners at the time.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, September 13, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL COVER UP ON TOWER BLOCK CLADDING DETAILS

Star date: 12th September 2017

ALMOST THREE MONTHS AND STILL NO ANSWERS AS COUNCIL REFUSES TO DIVULGE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION CLADDING DETAILS

Salford City Council has been delaying Freedom of Information responses for almost three months on the details of cladding materials used on its nine Pendleton high rise blocks and related emails.

The Salford Star submitted three Freedom of Information requests in June in connection to the cladding. The Council is supposed to respond within twenty days, but only one has been answered to date. The Star can only conclude that there is a cover up by Salford Council...

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 12, 2017  

 
 

BARTON MOSS CAMPAIGNER CHALLENGES ‘ANTI-DEMOCRATIC’ INEOS INJUNCTION TO LIMIT ANTI-FRACKING PROTESTS

Star date: 11th September 2017

'HUMAN RIGHTS BREACH' INJUNCTION COULD MEAN SIX MONTHS JAIL FOR SLOW WALKING

Veteran Barton Moss anti-fracking campaigner, Joseph Boyd, is to challenge INEOS in the Royal Courts of Justice tomorrow on human rights breaches, as the fracking company seeks a permanent injunction against 'persons unknown' to limit protests.

The injunction would prohibit campaign activities like slow walking in front of lorries, which could lead to six months jail or a £5,000 fine... "It stifles any form of protest apart from waving a banner" says Joseph "It's very, very damning stuff..."

Full details here...

added Monday, September 11, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CLAREMONT BY-ELECTION SEES FIVE CANDIDATES STANDING

Star date: 11th September 2017

INDEPENDENT, GREENS AND LIB DEMS JOIN LABOUR AND TORY IN FIGHT FOR CLAREMONT

Five candidates have declared that they are to stand in the forthcoming Claremont by-election to be held on Thursday 5th October. Mary Ferrer is standing as an Independent, while Mike Pevitt, who recently failed to win the Kersal ward, is standing for the Labour Party.

Full details here...

added Monday, September 11, 2017  

 
 

INTASTELLA NEW ALBUM AND LIVE DATES WITH THE RISE AND FALL OF A NORTHERN DUBSTAR

Star date: 10th September 2017

STELLA AND JAH WOBBLE JOIN UP FOR ACE NEW ALBUM

"There's not a massive commercial market waiting for me out there in the mainstream so I may as well be experimental while I'm still on earth" Stella

Stella Grundy has re-booted the Intastella name and joined up with Jah Wobble and producer Mike Bennett for a new banging album, The Rise and Fall of a Northern Dubstar, which also features everyone from John Cooper Clarke to Dillinger and the Membranes.

The first single off the album is out this week, with Intastella playing the Musicians Against Homelessness Benefit Show at Night and Day in Manchester on 28th September...

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 10, 2017  

 
 

ELECTRO JAM NIGHT AT THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 10th September 2017 

The Electronic Open Mic and Forum
Wednesday 20th September 7pm free
The Kings Arms

Hosted by Martin Christie, aka Poet and the Loops, September 20th sees a unique 'Electro Open Mic' night with an opportunity to perform and meet electronic music makers, share ideas and collaborate, as Ian Leslie reports....

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 10, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD BOYCOTT DOGS4US PROTEST FOR PUPPY FARM AWARENESS DAY

Star date: 10th September 2017

PUPPY FARM AWARENESS DAY BRINGS MORE PROTESTS

Boycott Dogs4Us
Saturday 16th September
Rally: Piccadilly Gardens, Mcr 2pm-3:30pm
Protest: Dogs4Us, Salford 4pm-5pm

Next Saturday sees two protests for Puppy Farm Awareness Day by Boycott Dogs4Us. First up is a rally in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, followed by a protest outside the Dogs4Us store on Agecroft Road, Salford. There's also a protest on Agecroft Road today by the Puppy Love Campaign, noon until 4pm.

Full details here...

added Sunday, September 10, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS HAMMER HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Star date: 10th September 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS 52 HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS 14

Salford's eight match losing run was ended yesterday with an emphatic 52-14 victory over Huddersfield Giants, before a lowly crowd of under 1,500 for the early kick off. Paul Whiteside saw the slaughter, with photos by Gareth Lyons.

Match report and photos here...

added Sunday, September 10, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD CHUG MENTAL HEALTH DROP-IN WELCOMES ALL BUT NEEDS FUNDS

Star date: 9th September 2017 

SALFORD MENTAL WELLBEING DROP-IN REQUIRES DONATIONS

C.H.U.G., or Cromwell House Users' Group, is an independent drop-in service for anyone in Salford with mental health issues. Born from the fight against Salford City Council cuts, the group is now based at Salford Link Project in Eccles and opens three times a week.

C.H.U.G. has to raise its own funds for rent and facilities and is holding a car boot stall at the Eccles Festival tomorrow, while a Just Giving page has been opened for the group, which is also being sponsored by Greater Manchester Police Salford Division. 

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 9, 2017  

 
 

FREE AND CHEAP MEDIA EQUIPMENT AT LANGWORTHY CORNERSTONE

Star date: 9th September 2017

THE GREAT CORNERSTONE CAMERA, VIDEO AND DVD DUPLICATOR GIVEAWAY TO COMMUNITY

The Langworthy Cornerstone is having a 'dispersal' of media equipment that was formally used by the ace SCMP (Salford Community Media Partnership) project. There's digital cameras, camcorders and a DVD duplicator, all up for grabs either free or for a donation. Priority will be given to local community groups or young people.

Full details here...

added Saturday, September 9, 2017  

 
 

EDUCATING SALFORD FURY AT IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COLLEGE AS NEW HEAD CHANGES GCSE OPTIONS

Star date: 8th September 2017

CONCERN AS PUPILS' GCSE OPTIONS ARE CHANGED – AFTER THEY'VE CHOSEN THEM

Parents and pupils at Irlam and Cadishead College are furious following the new head's decision to suddenly change the curriculum and GCSE options, after the subjects had already been chosen.

One lad chose IT, history, resistant materials and construction, only to be told he was doing geography, art and history... "I am currently in the process of removing him to another school that can cater for his learning needs" says his mother. The new head of the College, which was taken over by Salford Academy Trust recently, says the changes are in the best interests of the school and pupils.

Full details here...

added Friday, September 8, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD APARTMENTS BRANDED ‘DOWNTOWN MANCHESTER’ FLOGGED TO KNIGHTSBRIDGE INVESTORS

Star date: 7th September 2017

SALFORD FLATS THAT EVADED £1.2MILLION PLANNING FEES NOW ON SALE TO KNIGHTSBRIDGE INVESTORS

Luxury flats in Ordsall, already branded 'Downtown Manchester' by developer, Villafont, are being flogged to the rich in Knightsbridge as investment properties, promising a yield of 7%, with an average price of around £270,000.

When planning permission was granted by Salford City Council two years ago, the developers avoided £1.2million in planning fees and the provision of 75 affordable properties, as the scheme wouldn't have been 'viable' if they had to cough up.

Full details here...

added Thursday, September 7, 2017  

 
 

DISABLED SALFORD MAN BARRED FROM HOUSING MOBILITY SCOOTER

Star date: 6th September 2017

MOBILITY SCOOTER RIGHTS AGAIN UNDER SCRUTINY AT SALIX HOMES

"You've got a right to freedom of movement but mine is curtailed..."
 
In what is now becoming a growing problem, a disabled man living in sheltered accommodation at Salix Homes' Heraldic Court says he has to charge his electric mobility scooter at his carer's as he is not allowed to charge or park it where he lives.

Three times a week he has to get a taxi to the carer's house to pick up his scooter so he can use it..."Without it I wouldn't be able to get out" he says "I struggle to walk fifty yards with my sticks."

Full details here...

added Wednesday, September 6, 2017  

 
 

SALFORD LEAD HOUSING COUNCILLOR PAUL LONGSHAW PASSES AWAY SUDDENLY

Star date: 5th September 2017

SHOCK OVER SUDDEN PASSING OF COUNCILLOR PAUL LONGSHAW

Councillors and the community were in shock today when it was announced that Councillor Paul Longshaw had died suddenly. Paul Longshaw, after working for Salford City Council for 25 years, left to become Langworthy councillor and recently Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods.

"He was an extremely hard working and valued councillor in the community and at the council, and he will be terribly missed..." says Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, September 5, 2017  

 
 

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