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EIGHT SALFORD LABOUR PARTY COUNCILLORS SIGN ANTI-CORBYN LETTER

Star date: 1st July 2016

ONLY 8 OUT OF 51 LABOUR COUNCILLORS COME OUT AGAINST CORBYN

Only eight Salford Labour Party councillors out of a total of 51 have signed an open letter calling on Jeremy Corbyn to resign and "make way for the new leadership". And only one Salford Labour Party councillor has signed an open letter opposing the Corbyn coup which is "at odds with what the communities we represent need".

Meanwhile, tonight, over a thousand people are expected to attend a Keep Corbyn: Rally for Democracy in the Labour Party in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester at 6pm.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SET TO LOSE OVER £1MILLION FOR HUGE RIVERSIDE TOWERS

Star date: 30th June 2016

MORE PLANNING FEES TO BE EVADED AND BROTHERTON STATUE REMOVED NEAR LOWRY HOTEL

Two huge towers 35 and 17 storeys high, containing 506 unaffordable apartments, are set to receive planning permission next week, with developer Trinity Riverside Holdings (Bruntwood and Select Property Group) set to evade over £1.2million in planning fees and obligations.

The massive development near The Lowry Hotel, will also involve the removal of the statue of the first Salford MP and vegetarian pioneer, Joseph Brotherton. Last time this happened the statue was removed from Peel Park and Salford Council sold it for scrap!

Full details here...

 
 
SECRECY CONTINUES AT SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WITH £15MILLION EMBANKMENT OFFICE SCHEME

Star date: 29th June 2016

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY GOES ON AT SALFORD COUNCIL OVER `EMBANKMENT MANCHESTER'

Despite new Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, promising more transparency over Council dealings, the secrecy has continued this week with a decision on the Embankment 101 office scheme – which was underwritten with £15million of public money.

The decision notice on the new build offices near Manchester Cathedral, dubbed the `Ugly Sisters', only states there will be a `package of support'. What support? How much? No-one's saying. Meanwhile, the `package of support' from Salford Council has been rewarded with the Greengate buildings being branded `Embankment Manchester'...

Full details here...

 
 
CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF HOUSING 2016 CONFERENCE PROTEST DEMANDS AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Star date: 28th June 2016 

`POLITICIANS CAUSED THE HOUSING CRISIS'

Banners, placards and even a stunning piece of activist artwork spelt out the message to delegates at the Chartered Institute of Housing 2016 Conference at Manchester Central (GMex) tonight, as politicians, developers and capitalism were cited as reasons for the housing crisis that's hit places like Salford and Manchester.

"Houses, communities and cities should not be assets to be bought and sold but homes and places for people to live" said Cormac O'Neil of Greater Manchester Housing Action.

Full details here...

 
 
ONLY FOUR SALFORD WARDS VOTED REMAIN IN EURO REFERENDUM

Star date: 28th June 2016

ECCLES AND ORDSALL AMONGST FOUR WARDS THAT VOTED TO REMAIN

Only four wards voted to Remain in the EU at last week's referendum, according to statistics published by Salford City Council yesterday. Eccles, Boothstown and Ellenbrook, Worsley and Ordsall voted Remain, with Irwell Riverside voting to Leave by only 58 out of over 4,000 votes.

To see how your ward voted click here...

 
 
CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF HOUSING 2016 CONFERENCE FACES PROTESTS IN MANCHESTER

Star date: 27th June 2016 

HOUSING CONFERENCE TO BE UNDER SIEGE

The Chartered Institute of Housing 2016 Conference at Manchester Central (GMex) looks set to be under siege this week as the Northern Housing Action Network has called a three day Occupy protest, which begins tomorrow morning, while Greater Manchester Housing Action has called a demo between 5pm and 6:30pm tomorrow, Tuesday 28th June.

The Conference on the future of housing is sponsored by Legal and General, amongst others, which is currently building unaffordable housing in Chapel Street, Salford; while Tom Bloxham of Urban Splash, currently flogging houses costing over £300,000 in Trinity, is one of the speakers.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD AND ECCLES MP REBECCA LONG BAILEY PROMOTED TO SHADOW CABINET

Star date: 27th June 2016

AMIDST LABOUR PARTY BLOODBATH REBECCA LONG BAILEY BECOMES SHADOW TREASURY CHIEF

As the Labour Party tears itself apart, with mass resignations from Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet, Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long Bailey, has been promoted from a Shadow Treasury Minister to Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY THEATRE RE-STAGES BATTLE OF BEXLEY SQUARE

Star date: 26th June 2016

WALTER GREENWOOD'S LOVE ON THE DOLE COMES TO LIFE

Love On The Dole
Salford Community Theatre
Tuesday 5th July – Saturday 9th July
Islington Mill/Bexley Square

The infamous Battle of Bexley Square is to be re-staged in its original location, complete with riot cops, placards and angry workers, as part of a promenade performance of Love On The Dole by Salford Community Theatre. With a cast drawn from the community and real life settings from Walter Greenwood's novel it's going to be an event that Salford's not going to forget in a hurry.

Full details here...

 
 
KERSAL MOOR EVENT WITH A TWENTIES SALFORD THEME

Star date: 26th June 2016

FLAT CAPS AND FLAPPERS THEME FOR KERSAL MOOR FETE

Flat Caps and Flappers
Sunday 3rd July 1:30pm-4:30pm free
Kersal Moor

Street musicians, jugglers, street vendors, Besses Brass Band and stalls, plus a coconut shy and the Lucky Dip will be evident on Kersal Moor next Sunday, as the annual fete takes on a 1920s theme, with Friends of Kersal Moor dressed as flappers and depression-hit workers in flat caps. Fun on the stunning, historical Moor is guaranteed.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD DELI LAMA CAFE BAR CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS

Star date: 26th June 2016

DELI LAMA THROWS PARTY FOR FOURTH BIRTHDAY

The Deli Lama Cafe Bar on Bexley Square, Chapel Street, celebrates its fourth birthday next Saturday 2nd July and is throwing a party with live music and DJs, a £5 food and beer deal and, in line with its ethical policies, a raffle for Central Salford Food Bank.

Since its opening the Deli Lama has been a lot more than a cafe bar, helping to train over three dozen people, providing gallery space for local artists and supporting loads of community causes. *This event has been postponed!

Full details here...

 
 
BARTON THEATRE COMPANY AT GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE

Star date: 25th June 2016

A PLAY WITH ECCLES AT ITS HEART

Like There's No One Looking
Barton Theatre Company
Monday and Tuesday 4th and 5th July 8pm
The Albert Square Chop House, Manchester £5/£4
6th and 7th July Smiths Restaurant, Eccles

Eccles based writer, Elaine McCann's play, Like There's No One Looking, which explores how the people of Manchester and Salford lived in the 1950s and 1960s, premieres at the Greater Manchester Fringe on 4th and 5th July, before going to Smiths Restaurant in Eccles for another two nights , 6th and 7th July.

Full details here... 

 
 
MEMORIES OF MANCHESTER RACECOURSE IN SALFORD

Star date: 25th June 2016

`SHOOTING' THE JOCKEY, RAS PRINCE MONOLULU AND MORE...

The badly named `Manchester Racecourse' off Littleton Road shut in 1963 but its memory is still alive in the minds of many Salford people. Here, acclaimed Salfordian racing author, John Norbury, goes in search of anecdotes, from `shooting' the jockeys to a bloke named Ras Prince Monolulu, to the Clifton landlord who bought a horse off a bookie and saw it win in the mist.

With exclusive photos of the old racecourse courtesy of Geoffrey Travis...

Full report here...

 
 
SCUM VOTERS PORTRAYED AT SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 25th June 2016

HOW DID IT GET TO BREXIT?

Democracy Drop In
Saturday 2nd July 11am-2pm free
Working Class Movement Library

With perfect timing, Salford's Working Class Movement Library has a Democracy Drop In day next Saturday, showing newly acquired objects related to campaigns to get the vote, including an 1819  cartoon arguing that it would be 'the scum' who would rise to the top if more people got the vote.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD VOTES TO LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION

Star date: 24th June 2016

ALMOST 57% OF SALFORD VOTERS DECIDE TO LEAVE THE EU

Salford voted to leave the EU with a majority of 14,955 in a 63.3% turnout.

56.8% - 63,385 people – voted to leave
43.2% - 47,430 people – voted to remain

Full details here...

 
 
LOBBY AT SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL TO STOP PRIVATISATION OF PATIENT CATERING

Star date: 23rd June 2016

DESPITE PUBLIC OPPOSITION, SALFORD ROYAL SET TO APPROVE MEAL PRIVATISATION

Despite over two thousand people opposing plans for the privatisation of patient catering, Salford Royal Hospital is set to make a decision on the go-ahead at its Trust Board meeting on Monday.

Stop The Slop campaigners have now called a lobby of the Trust for Monday morning, 27th June, at 9.30am outside the Mayo building entrance and are urging the public to join them. 

Full details here...

 
 

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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL ESTIMATES £63.5MILLION CUTS OVER NEXT FOUR YEARS

Star date: 21st June 2016

SALFORD COUNCIL `AT THE FOREFRONT' OF `RE-ENGINEERING' LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Salford Council is estimating £63.5million of cuts over the next four years as it admits it's at "the forefront of new ways of working with central government helping to shape the future of local government". The Council adds that this will include "service transformation and the re-engineering of services".

It looks like the end of local government as we know it, although the gleeful Council also reveals that it has been "cash rich", has increased reserves and last year had an underspend of £1.3million in its front line services revenue account. Is Salford Council cutting `too deep, too fast'? Is everything awesome or awful?

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD DISABLED MAN FORCED TO WALK DOWN 28 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS IN SALIX TOWERBLOCK

Star date: 20th June 2016 

DISABILITY ACCESS AND LIFT FAULTS FLOOR TENANTS AT CANON HUSSEY

A disabled man was forced to walk down 28 flights of stairs at Canon Hussey Court in Islington this month to get to a hospital appointment, after lifts stopped working, a recurrent problem in the block. Meanwhile, the inner and outer disabled access doors of the block are frequently faulty, potentially trapping people who are in wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

"The challenges faced in accessing our properties are inappropriate and counterproductive to providing the housing standards promised" says one tenant, of the recently privatised Salix Homes.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE SALFORD HIGHLIGHTS

Star date: 19th June 2016

GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE HITS YEAR FIVE

On July 1st, Salford begins hosting the fifth Greater Manchester Fringe, with shows for both children and adults at the Kings Arms, Salford Arts Theatre, The Lowry and the Eagle Inn.

Here, Anthony Murphy rounds up some highlights, ranging from Justin Moorhouse and Mrs Boon's Cake Rave at the Kings Arms, to The Velvet Afterlife of Lou Reed, Nico and Andy Warhol at the Eagle Inn*, to children's storytelling, with Three at Salford Arts Theatre.

Full details here...

 
 
FUTURE ARTISTS STUDIOS OPENS IN SALFORD WITH LAWRENCE WATSON EXHIBITION

Star date: 19th June 2016

INTERACTIVE MUSIC EXHIBITION HERALDS NEW SALFORD GALLERY

Manchester So Much To Answer For
Future Artists Studios
Chapel Street until 24th July £6

A new gallery space opened in Salford last week, with an interactive music exhibition featuring the photos of Lawrence Watson portraying everyone from Morrissey to Oasis to New Order, set against the background of 80s and 90s music, videos, a dark room installation, an authentic looking bedsit from the period and the political and social despair of the time worded on the walls...

Full review here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS 30 HUDDERSFIELD 31

Star date: 18th June 2016

MORE THAN A GAME AS SALFORD FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO RONAN COSTELLO

Following the death of Huddersfield Academy player, 17 year old Ronan Costello, who was tragically, fatally injured in a tackle against the Salford team last Saturday, fans held a minute's applause before kick and again after 17 minutes.

The match, which Salford lost, was less important in the circumstances, as Simon Williams reports...

Match report here...

 
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When we began producing the Salford Star nearly ten years ago, in 2006, the aim was always for it to be a magazine - a big, proud, free glossy magazine that would go to as many people in Salford as possible. The reason for this was that, even according to Salford Council figures, only one person in five in the city had access to the internet. Now that figure has possibly risen to around a third. This is why Salford still needs its own accessible magazine.

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