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SALFORD COUNCIL £1MILLION DEVELOPER FEES SCANDAL

Star date: 1st October 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD COUNCIL TO ROLL OVER FOR INVESTORS, SPECULATORS AND PEEL HOLDINGS

Cash strapped Salford Council is set to waive almost £1million in payments it should be collecting from developers and speculators this week.

The payments - for luxury apartments in the stunning Dock Offices building at Salford Quays, a new Peel Holdings hotel at MediaCityUK and a 17 storey apartment block on Chapel Street - should have been levied at this week's Planning Panel. But officers are recommending vast reductions, while Peel Holdings will not pay even a penny.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDS £78,000 ON CUTS CONSULTANTS

Star date: 30th September 2014

PWC £78,000 FEE TO CUT JOBS AND SERVICES

Salford Council has employed consultants Price Waterhouse Cooper at a cost of £78,000 for just two months work to support internal `transformation' work – in other words, to help cut jobs and services.

The Council has a history of employing expensive consultants which has cost well over half a million pounds in recent years...a Fat Cat consultant, a Stadium consultant, a Deprived Community consultant...the list goes on and on and on...

Full story here...

 
 
GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS NORTH WEST

Star date: 28th September 2014

SALFORD SUPPORTS ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS

March For Elephants and Rhinos
Saturday October 4th from 1pm
Berry Street, Liverpool

Next Saturday, people in over one hundred cities throughout the world will be marching to support elephants and rhinos which are being slaughtered for their tusks and horns at alarming rates.

The North West march is taking place in Liverpool, and one of the Salford organisers, Jo from Action for Elephants UK (North West), says "The main aim of the march is to raise public awareness of the poaching crisis – it's serious and urgent"

Full details here...

 
 
BOLTON AGAINST BEDROOM TAX MARCH 4TH OCTOBER

Star date: 28th September 2014

AS MANSION TAX HITS HEADLINES BEDROOM TAX STILL BEING FOUGHT

Say No Bedroom Tax March
Saturday October 4th 11am
Bolton Town Hall Square

With Prime Minster David Cameron opposing any notion of a Mansion Tax on homes worth more than £2million, people are still suffering from the hated Bedroom Tax. Next Saturday Salford campaigners will be joining people from Bolton and all over the North West marching to Say No To Bedroom Tax and `No Evictions'.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ZIP WIRE DEVILS SOUGHT FOR AJ BELL STADIUM

Star date: 28th September 2014

STROKE ASSOCIATION SEEKS ZIP WIRE DAREDEVILS

The Stroke Association is looking for Salford people to take part in a wild zip slide across the AJ Bell Stadium to raise funds for the charity which offers help to stroke survivors and their families.

The slide is to take place on 8th and 9th November and anyone interested is urged to register as soon as possible.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 WEEKEND LINE UP

Star date: 27th September 2014

GIGS, PARTIES, POETS AND MORE

This weekend the Salford Music Festival goes again, all over Salford, with The Fall playing Lower Kersal Social Club, backed today by ace Little Hulton poet, JB Barrington, aka Words Escape Me, plus Salford band Trojan Horse. Meanwhile, Kossoma play the Blue Bell in Monton, singer songwriter Mark Daynes plays the Wagon and Horses...and there's the VIP Dance Party at Pacifica Cantonese.

Full listings here...

 
 
SALFORD TELLS FRACKERS TO FRACK OFF FROM THE LOWRY

Star date: 27th September 2014

BAD FRACKING NEWS FOR THE LABOUR PARTY AS PROTESTERS TELL FRACKERS `WE DON'T WANT YOU IN SALFORD'

Yesterday's Fracking North Conference at The Lowry was picketed by anti-fracking campaigners telling the frackers to `Frack off out of Salford'. The conference, mainly attended by those with an interest in the shale gas industry, heard how Labour Party supporters, particularly women, are against fracking, despite the views of its front bench.

Full story here...

 
 
SALFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 FRIDAY NIGHT LINE UP

Star date: 26th September 2014

KICKIN' TONIGHT – 16 VENUES, 50 BANDS AND DJS – ALL FREE!

The Salford Music Festival gets into its second night tonight with a massive line up of fifty bands playing 16 venues all over Salford. And every single gig is free.

From Pearl Divers, Zammit, Matt Hartless and The Matchstick Ghosts at the Ashley Brook in Langworthy, to Blue Zen, Franks Wild Years, Sky Valley Mistress and Deaf FM at Wangies in Eccles, the city's going to be rocking tonight and all weekend.

Full Friday Night Line Up Here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL EMPTY BUSES MADNESS AS VULNERABLE FORCED TO FIND OWN WAY TO DAY CENTRES

Star date: 26th September 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL BUSES ALMOST EMPTY WHILE PARENTS OF VULNERABLE ADULTS `RUN RAGGED'

"It's a nightmare – our lives are bad enough without having to take them to the day centre" Gail, mother of twin boys who are blind, autistic and have learning difficulties

Salford Council's specially adapted buses used for transporting vulnerable and severely disabled adults are driving around the city almost empty while parents and carers are `run ragged' trying to get their sons and daughters to day centres and respite centres.

Last night a meeting took place as parents told their horror stories to solicitors taking Salford Council to the High Court for a judicial review on its decision to axe the transport service.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD JOB CENTRE SANCTIONS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED SHOCK

Star date: 25th September 2014

IF YOU'RE UNEMPLOYED AND LIVE IN SALFORD THERE'S MORE CHANCE OF BEING SANCTIONED BY THE JOB CENTRE THAN ELSEWHERE IN GREAT BRITAIN

Shocking figures released in a new report on unemployment benefits reveal that if you live in Salford or Greater Manchester, you are more likely to receive sanctions from Job Centres than if you live elsewhere in Great Britain.

The report by New Economy shows Browncross Street Job Centre in Baskerville House issuing over 3,000 sanctions for Salford people last year, which "may flatter the unemployment data".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL £20,000 PAYMENT TO MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS GROUP

Star date: 24th September 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL PAYS OVER £20,000 TO EVENING NEWS GROUP IN ONE MONTH – EDITOR DENIES ANY COMPROMISE

Cash strapped Salford City Council made payments of over £20,000 in just one month to Trinity Mirror Publishing Ltd which owns the Manchester Evening News.

When questioned by the Salford Star into whether the payments might pressure editorial judgement, Manchester Evening News Editor-in-Chief Rob Irvine said: "Such arrangements do not in any way compromise the independent, thorough, fair and balanced reporting of Salford Council by MEN Media."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY RADIO TO CHARGE VOLUNTEERS WORKING AT THE STATION

Star date: 24th September 2014

AS SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS £15,000 FROM SALFORD CITY RADIO VOLUNTEERS WILL PAY TO WORK

Volunteers at Salford City Radio will have to pay to work at the Swinton based station after Salford City Council cut its grant by £15,000. The charge of around £26, or 50p per week, will be implemented in January 2015.

"We regret this of course and will need to deal with the cuts as best we can" says Station Manager Paul Barber.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HOSTAGE AUDIO MESSAGE TO FAMILY AND THE WEST

Star date: 24th September 2014

ALAN HENNING MESSAGE RECEIVED AS WIFE SENDS A STATEMENT TO ISLAMIC STATE

The family of Eccles taxi driver, Alan Henning, held hostage by Islamic State, has received an audio file of him "pleading for his life". At present there are no other details.

This follows a recent statement from Alan's wife, released through the Foreign Office, stating he was working with vulnerable Muslims, and adding "has been to a Sharia court and found innocent of being a spy and declared to be no threat. I implore Islamic State to abide by the decisions of their own justice system."

More details here...

 
 
BARTON MOSS PICNIC LOCK ON PROTECTORS GET ABSOLUTE DISCHARGES

Star date: 23rd September 2014

BARTON MOSS PROTECTORS CLAIM ANOTHER VICTORY

Four protectors who staged a picnic lock-on while Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett was visiting the Barton Moss anti-fracking camp, were today given absolute discharges at Manchester Magistrates Court, even though found guilty of `obstruction'. Another protector arrested that day but not involved in the lock-on was found not guilty.

One of the defendants, Tammy, later wrote "Guilty in law but morally innocent according to today's judge".
 
Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS LEAVE HUNDREDS OF ILL AND ELDERLY PEOPLE IN DANGER

Star date: 23rd September 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

CARE ON CALL CUTS COULD KILL AFTER HUNDREDS CANCEL SERVICE

"If I wouldn't have had the service, one of two things would have happened – I could have got to my phone or died, basically" Care On Call client

The Salford Star understands that around five hundred ill and elderly people reliant on the city's Care On Call have cancelled the vital support emergency alarm service after Salford Council introduced charges recently as part of its cuts programme.

As speakers at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester today laid out plans to protect the vulnerable, in Salford, Labour Party Mayor, Ian Stewart, has implemented cuts that could kill.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY FC CLASS OF 92 SELL OUT

Star date: 22nd September 2014

CLASS OF '92 TO SELL 50% STAKE OF SALFORD CITY FC TO SINGAPOREAN BILLIONAIRE

Only six months after taking over Salford City FC the Class of '92 are about to sell off fifty per cent of the club to Singaporean stockbroker Peter Lim, who almost bought Liverpool FC for £320million a few years ago.

After droning on about the `grass roots' of football, Giggs, Scholes, Butt, Beckham and the Nevilles have already sold their `vision' to a billionaire who is also about to buy Valencia. Very strange. What on earth is going on?

Full details here...

 
 
FRACKING NORTH CONFERENCE TO FACE PROTESTS AT THE LOWRY SALFORD

Star date: 22nd September 2014

AS SALFORD MP OPPOSES FRACKING, DEMO AT LOWRY CONFERENCE

At last night's Fracking's Not The Future fringe Labour Party Conference event organized by Friends of the Earth, Barbara Keeley, Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South, made it clear that she will oppose fracking in Salford, despite the Party coming out in favour of the controversial energy source.

This Friday, from 8am anti-fracking campaigners will be protesting outside the £350 a-head Fracking North Conference at The Lowry, being attended by fracking company IGas.

Full details here…

 
 
MAXINE PEAKE DOES HAMLET AT ROYAL EXCHANGE

Star date: 22nd September 2014

THE SLINGS AND ARROWS OF MAXINE PEAKE

Salford-based Maxine Peake doesn't just do ace stuff with Wigan Diggers and the left. She's doing Hamlet at the Royal Exchange, showing again she's one of the country's best actresses. Bernadette Hyland went to see a performance and dodges the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune...

Review here...

 
 
LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE MANCHESTER MEETINGS AND LOBBIES

Star date: 21st September 2014

DELEGATES TO GET LOBBIED, SIEGED WITH FRINGE MEETINGS AND UNCUT

Delegates attending the Labour Party Conference in Manchester this week are to get lobbied by all kinds of campaign groups, from the Fast Food Rights group to action by UK UNCUT.

Meanwhile, Manchester and Salford NUJ have organised a `Making The Media an Election Issue' meeting and, as Salford Council is set for its hopelessly biased sell off of its houses to Salix Homes there's a Defend Council Housing fringe meeting too, starring Labour Party members opposed to the privatisation.

Full details here...

 
 
OVER TWO THOUSAND ON PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH TO LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE

Star date: 21st September 2014

GREATER MANCHESTER JOINS THE WORLD IN DEMANDING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Over two thousand people marched to the Labour Party Conference in Manchester today to demand that its leaders, and political leaders around the world, do something about the threat of climate change.

Attacking local councils, including Salford, Martin Porter from Frack Free Greater Manchester said that "Here in the North West of England the key battle against climate change is fracking" yet ordinary people had been excluded from the political debate on the issue.

Full details and more photos here...

 
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