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SALFORD STAR – written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
…with attitude and love xxx
THE SALFORD STAR
A proper community magazine
• giving people a real voice
• holding public bodies up to account
• telling people what's going off in Salford
Over eight big free glossy issues from spring 2006 to winter 2008 the Salford Star did what a proper community magazine should be doing – exposing dodgy developers, looking at which drains all the public money is going down, holding Salford Council up to account and letting people at the sharp end of the city's `regeneration' tell their stories.
The award winning magazine also promoted anything great going off in the city – from top bands to ace footy teams – and helped preserve Salford's identity and heritage in the face of the bulldozers.
Nothing stopped the Salford Star from telling it like it is. The magazine was independent and its content was not for sale to advertisers, politicians or anyone else. We were there for the community.
Through lack of finance the Salford Star stopped printing 18 months ago and has been only online at www.salfordstar.com ever since. Which doesn't help because two thirds of Salford's community does not have access to the net.
Community Told By Salford Council `You'll be breaking the law if you fund Salford Star'!!!
From our Council Tax, Salford Council gives back to the community the sum of £3.06 per person. Eight community committees around the city decide how to spend this money. The Salford Star applied to the three community committees of East Salford, Claremont and Weaste, and Ordsall and Langworthy for half the print costs for one issue of the magazine.
The committees were told by Salford Council that they would be breaking the law if they funded the Salford Star – because the magazine is `overtly political' and `not balanced'.
The Salford Star is non political and has never told anyone how to vote or think. If telling the truth about Salford and investigating the use of public money is `overtly political' then welcome to 1984!
Meanwhile, Salford City Council's own magazine, Life, costs taxpayers £28,000 per month to fund!
What Can We Do About It?
To launch a legal challenge to the Council would cost over £20,000 so we can't do that – all we can do is ask the community to help us get another issue out. If you've got any ideas for fundraising events, can make a donation or anything else just get in touch.
phone: 07957 982960
write: Salford Star
c/o RITA, 16 Sirius Place, Lower Broughton, Salford M71WN