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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...

 
 
SALFORD JAM BUTTY CHILDRENS CAMP GETS MAKEOVER

Star date: 21st September 2014

VOLUNTEERS SET TO WORK ON JAM BUTTY CAMP

Following this year's successful campaign to keep Salford Children's `Jam Butty' Camp open for future generations of Salfordians, this week a gang of volunteers began the clean-up of the Prestatyn complex.

Despite Salford Council withdrawing £50,000 from the Camp, local people are ensuring its going to be better than ever...

Full details and photos here...

 
 
HEALTHIER TOGETHER QUESTION TIME HITS SALFORD

Star date: 21st September 2014

SALFORD ROYAL SUPER HOSPITAL DEBATE

Healthier Together Question Time
Wednesday 24th September 7pm-8:30pm
The Hexagon Room, The Lowry

The debate about the most controversial hospital reorganisation in a generation comes to The Lowry this Wednesday with a panel of `experts' putting themselves up for questioning about the proposals.

Salford Royal to be a `super hospital', with other local hospitals downgraded? "There will be no winners" say campaigners.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SPECIAL TRANSPORT CUTS PUBLIC MEETING

Star date: 20th September 2014

PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS ADULTS SOUGHT BY SOLICITORS

Transport Cuts Public Meeting
Thursday 25th September 7pm
Swinton Royal British Legion

Parents affected by Salford Council cuts to transport for adults with special needs are being urged to attend a public meeting at Swinton Legion this Thursday. In attendance will be solicitors from Irwin Mitchell law firm which is representing families at a judicial review into the cuts at the High Court on October 15th.

Meanwhile, Salford Against The Cuts has written to every councillor urging them to reinstate the transport before the case and save the Council's reputation.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS FACING BAILIFFS FOR NON-PAYMENT OF KIT BILL

Star date: 18th September 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD RUGBY CLUB GETS CCJ FROM SHIRT SUPPLIERS KOOGA

The Salford Star understands that yesterday, as Salford Mayor Ian Stewart was praising Salford Red Devils' owner Marwan Koukash in the Council chamber, a County Court Judgement (CCJ) was served on the rugby club by shirt suppliers Kooga over non-payment of a bill amounting to thousands of pounds.

"Those people who pay attention to these things know that the current owner of Salford Red Devils has invested over £1.5million of his own money into players and he intends to invest more, stabilising the club" said Stewart at the Council meeting.

Full details here...

 
 

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SALFORD MAYOR REVEALS SALFORDS REDS £164,000 WAS TAKEN FROM FRONT LINE SERVICES

Star date: 17th September 2014

COUNCIL STREET CLEANING AND REFUSE SERVICES DIVERTED TO SALFORD RED DEVILS

Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart got himself in a right mess today trying to justify the handing of up to £164,000 towards Salford Red Devils' match day costs. First he told the full meeting of Salford Council that the money wasn't taken from the revenue budget which pays for services. Then he said it was.

The Salford Star can reveal that up to five staff from the Council's environment services have been directed to cleaning up after Salford Red Devils home matches, while street cleansing services around the city have been decimated.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR GETS CHAUFFEURED BY DISABILITY TRANSPORT CUTS DRIVER

Star date: 16th September 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

AS PARENTS FUME OVER TRANSPORT CUTS THEIR DRIVER CHAUFFEURS THE CEREMONIAL MAYOR

"I am totally disgusted...this is just another slap in the face" parent

While parents and carers of people with disabilities struggle with having their transport removed as part of brutal cuts to services, the Salford Star understands that one of the drivers of the specially adapted buses has been seconded to chauffeur the Ceremonial Mayor around the city for the week.

Today a High Court date of 15th October has been set for a judicial review into the cuts – but while Salford Council agreed to provide an interim transport service until the hearing, parents and carers are saying that this simply isn't happening.

Full details here...

 
 
WHIT LANE SALFORD REGENERATION FAILURE SURVEY

Star date: 16th September 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL – A `MENACE BOGGED DOWN IN FAILURE AND INCOMPETENCE'

The author of a research paper which absolutely blasted Salford City Council and co for the shocking failure of the regeneration of Whit Lane estate in East Salford is back, asking residents to speak out about their experiences in the `Forgotten Estate'.

Dr Andrew Wallace, a senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln, wrote how residents of Charlestown and Lower Kersal faced a "legacy of  injustice ...through inaction and failure", leaving a "decimated landscape" and a "casual disregard for residents and the limbo they have been forced to endure". Now he seeks those residents' views.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD AID WORKER ALAN HENNING HORROR

Star date: 15th September 2014

ECCLES AID WORKER IN UNISLAMIC STATE HORROR

People from Salford and throughout the world were horrified at the weekend when news showed the brutal execution of aid worker David Haines, followed by the parading of Alan Henning, an ex-cabbie and aid worker from Eccles, as the next potential victim of (Un)Islamic State. 

"A lot of people knew him and it's so sad and unbelievable when it's so close to home" said a Salford Star reader.

More details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH AND LOBBY OF LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE

Star date: 14th September 2014

GREATER MANCHESTER MOVEMENT JOINS WORLD IN DEMANDING BETTER PLANET

People's Climate March and Lobby of Labour Party Conference
Sunday 21st September
Piccadilly Gardens 11am

21st September is both the eve of the United Nations summit on Climate Change in New York and the day the Labour Party is in Manchester for its Annual Conference. A huge People's Climate Change march around Manchester is happening from Piccadilly Gardens, followed by a massive lobby of the Labour Party Conference demanding that it bans fracking and commits to create one million new `climate jobs'.

Full details here...

 
 
FLOW SALFORD NEW LIVE FESTIVAL FOR CITY

Star date: 14th September 2014

THEATRE, ART, COMEDY AND A KIDS SHOW FLOW THROUGH SALFORD

Flow Salford
19th - 21st September tickets free - £10
Salford Arts Theatre, Eagle Inn, The Lowry, WCML, The King's Arms, Peel Park

A new festival called Flow Salford hits the city this week with live acts and art hitting six venues highlighting top local creative groups. Events range from dance based on video games at The King's Arms, to an `immersive journey' through the Peel Park Asylum, to a night of Evidently Salford local poetry at the Eagle Inn; plus performance for kids at Salford Arts Theatre, Salford Snippets at the Lowry, and The Quiet Bath installation at the Working Class Movement Library...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014

Star date: 13th September 2014

SALFORD SET TO ROCK WITH 180 BANDS IN 18 VENUES ACROSS CITY

Salford Music Festival
25th-28th September

The Salford Music Festival hits its fifth year with 180 bands from 28 different cities and towns playing 18 venues across Salford at the end of September. Headlining are The Fall playing two dates at Lower Kersal Social Club, and, from Monton Village to Langworthy, from Eccles to Greengate, there's a whole battery of bands, singers, MCs and rappers performing, 99% for free.

Full details here...

 
 
HANKY PARK NEW ALBUM IS THE SOUND OF SALFORD

Star date: 13th September 2014

SHINNY'S SECRETS REVEALED

HANKy PARK
SHINNy'S SECRETs

"I'm just hoping that Salford people will get behind the album" Shinny

Top Salford band Hanky Park release Shinny's Secrets today, a new twenty track album with wall-to-wall quality tunes that feature the piano used in Bohemian Rhapsody, Salfordian opera singer Jon Christos and a cover of Johnny Cash classic, Hurt.

Steven Speed catches up with Shinny as he launches the album and prepares for a headline gig at the Salford Music Festival.

Full details here…

 
 
CREATIVE REBELLION AT THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 13th September 2014

REBELLION HITS THE KINGS ARMS THIS SUNDAY!

Creative Rebellion
Sunday 14th September from 7:30pm
The King's Arms £5

Tomorrow night, ace North Manchester music and arts co-op, Creative Rebellion, is promoting a top event featuring ska, reggae, punk fusionists Jeramiah Ferrari launching their new album, people's satirist Thomas Sheridan and socially aware poet Sean Maguire. And while all this going down, the Rebellion's artist Jackie Stewart will be creating an interactive community banner. Too good to miss?

More details here...

 
 
PENDLETON TOGETHER PFI PAYS RESIDENTS JUST £1 FOR LOSS OF BATH IN SALFORD

Star date: 12th September 2014

FOLLOWING PENDLETON RESIDENTS COMPLAINTS, KEEPMOAT OFFERS £1 FOR LOSS OF BATH 

Pendleton residents at Whitebeam Court have been offered just £1 per day for being left without washing facilities and £2 per day for being left without cooking facilities during the major PFI refurbishment of their homes.

Residents of both Whitebeam Court and Spruce Court have been living for months in what is essentially a building site, with the Salford Star reporting recently that one 73 year old was left for weeks living on sandwiches after his cooker had been disconnected.

Full details here...

 
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When we began producing the Salford Star nearly three years ago 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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