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SALFORD HILL TOP MOSS SELL OFF PROTEST HUGE SUCCESS

Star date: 31st August 2014

SECRET SALFORD COUNCIL OPEN LAND SELL OFF DRAWS MAFIA COMPARISONS

"It's just shocking what they're getting away with, there's no accountability with these people" Shirley Jones, resident

Over 150 people this afternoon marched through Blackleach Country Park to protest against the proposed sell off of Hill Top Moss open land by Salford Council to developers Redwaters. Residents and supporters are angry that the sale has been shrouded in secret deals and are furious that the Council is not telling them what's going on...

"They're like the Mafia" said campaigner Margaret Kehoe.

Full details here...

 
 
FORTY PER CENT OF SALFORD WOMEN EARN LESS THAN LIVING WAGE FOR PART TIME WORK

Star date: 31st August 2014

40% OF PART TIME WOMEN WORKERS IN SALFORD EARN LESS THAN LIVING WAGE

New TUC analysis of official figures from the House of Commons Library paints a dire picture of low paid, part time work for women across the region. In Salford, over forty per cent of women working part time earn less than the Living Wage of £7.45 per hour – this despite Salford being lauded for becoming a `Living Wage City'.

"In-work poverty is growing throughout the North West and it's often women that bear the brunt of low pay" says North West TUC Regional Secretary Lynn Collins.

Full details here...

 
 
WALKDEN HILL TOP MOSS SELL OFF SALFORD FAMILY PROTEST

Star date: 30th August 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL OPEN SPACE SELL OFF PROTEST

"Help us to shout out from Salford's highest point to the whole of Salford and beyond, our disgust at what they're doing to our city" Shirley

Family Protest March
Sunday 31st August noon
Hill Top Road, Walkden

Hill Top Moss in Walkden, part of Blackleach Country Park, is about to be flogged off to developers by Salford City Council in what residents have uncovered is yet another secret deal. Tomorrow, Sunday August 31st, they have organised a Family Protest March at noon, and are encouraging everyone to bring children and dogs to have a walk around... "Let us show you what they are planning to take off us"

Full details here...

 
 
AUSTERITY WRECKS LIVES MARCH THROUGH MANCHESTER

Star date: 30th August 2014

SALFORD PEOPLE URGED TO JOIN ANTI GOVERNMENT MARCH

Austerity Wrecks Lives March and Rally
Saturday 6th September 11am-1:30pm
Castlefield Arena, Manchester

Salford trade unionists, campaigners and anyone from the community who does not agree with ConDem Government policies that are hitting the poorest in society are being urging to join an Austerity Wrecks Lives march and rally next Saturday 6th September. The event is being backed by the TUC and a host of local trade unions.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL IN HIGH COURT OVER CUTS TO SPECIALIST TRANSPORT SERVICE

Star date: 29th August 2014

HIGH COURT ORDERS SALFORD COUNCIL TO CONTINUE PROVIDING SPECIALIST TRANSPORT

`Failure to assess...Flawed consultation... Breach of equality duty...'

After lobbies of Salford Council, rallies, petitions, a call-in and protests, lawyers from Irwin Mitchell, representing Michael Robson, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, are taking Salford Council to the High Court next Thursday for a judicial review into the cuts for specialist transport for people with severe disabilities.

In the meantime, Salford Council has been ordered by the High Court to continue to provide the transport which should have been cut from today.

Full details here...

 
 
FRACKING COMPANY CUADRILLA TRIES TO CENSOR THE WORLD BUT FAILS IN THE HIGH COURT

Star date: 28th August 2014

FRACKING COMPANY TRIES TO BAN EVERYONE IN THE WORLD FROM GOING TO LITTLE PLUMPTON

"It's laughable that they can ban everyone in the world from having any sort of voice" Bez

Even a High Court judge at Manchester Civil Justice Centre smiled as Cuadrilla and fellow claimants tried to ban everyone in the world who might be opposed to fracking from going to land in Little Plumpton – or `encouraging or instructing' anyone to do so via social media. 

The injunction to try and stop anti-fracking protests in Lancashire, if applied, could have dire consequences for the upcoming fight against fracking in Salford.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR INSISTS SALFORD REDS SCANDAL WAS A PAPERWORK ERROR

Star date: 28th August 2014

`PAPERWORK ERROR' - BY FLYING PIGS?

Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, put out a statement yesterday afternoon about the Audit Report into the scandal surrounding secret match day subsidies of up to £164,000 for the Salford City Reds/Salford Red Devils, and the subsequent Audit Committee meeting which whitewashed its results.

The Mayor insisted that it was just "errors made in the completion of the paperwork". Today the Salford Star responds...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR SCANDAL WHITEWASH OVER SALFORD CITY REDS REPORT

Star date: 27th August 2014

OUTRAGE, DISMAY AND DISAPPOINTMENT AS LABOUR COUNCILLORS RESCUE MAYOR

"It's a very dark day for Salford City Council and for those people who rely on the services that are being taken away from them" Steven North UNISON

Six Labour councillors rescued Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart today as they blocked any attempts to hold an Independent Inquiry into Salford Council's secret subsidising of Salford City Reds/Salford Red Devils up to a cost of £164,000.

The Salford Council Audit Committee comprised nine people, six Labour councillors, who voted to accept an internal report, and Conservative councillor, Robin Garrido, and two independent residents who voted against accepting what is seen as a whitewash.

Before the meeting there was a lively anti-cuts demonstration, and the Salford Star made history by staging the first ever live broadcast from a Salford Council meeting.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD STAR LIVE BROADCAST FROM SALFORD COUNCIL

Star date: 27th August 2014

ROLL UP, ROLL UP... FOR THE CIRCUS OF DEMOCRATIC HORRORS!

Today is an historic day as Salford Star does the first ever live stream broadcast from a Salford Council meeting. And what a meeting it will be, as Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, and co get a grilling about secret deals worth tens of thousands of pounds with Salford City Reds, plus the capers of former Strategic Director Martin Vickers and more.

So, roll up, roll up for the Circus of Democratic Horrors that is Salford City Council - just click on this link from 9am-ish and let the `fun' begin...

http://bambuser.com/channel/salfordstar  

For more details click here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR DAY OF DESTINY OVER SALFORD REDS SCANDAL

Star date: 26th August 2014

EXPECT A WHITEWASH FROM SALFORD COUNCIL AUDIT COMMITTEE

Tomorrow morning Salford Council's Audit and Accounts Committee will discuss the internal audit report which revealed the scandal of former Strategic Director Martin Vickers authorising up to £164,000 subsidies to Marwan Koukash's Salford City Reds (now Salford Red Devils), weeks before he left the Council and got a job with the rugby club - all done with the knowledge and agreement of Salford Mayor Ian Stewart.

The conclusion of the audit report was a whitewash, so expect a probable whitewash tomorrow – but will members of the Audit Committee ask the right questions? Here we give them a hand...

Full details here...

 
 
BATTLE OF BEXLEY SQUARE PLAQUE MISSING

Star date: 25th August 2014

WHO'S NICKED OUR PLAQUE?

The bright red plaque attached to the old Salford Town Hall commemorating The Battle of Bexley Square has disappeared. The plaque, which was finally put up on the building only three years ago, reminds people of the 1931 police assault on unemployed protesters demanding a better life.

"Most people are outraged" said Lincoln, proprietor at the Deli Lama Cafe on the corner of Bexley Square which was today celebrating its second birthday.

More details here...

 
 
SALFORD UNITES TO CHALLENGE BENEFIT SANCTIONS

Star date: 24th August 2014

VICIOUS BENEFIT SANCTIONS CHALLENGED BY UNITE COMMUNITY BRANCH

`789,000 UK families affected by Benefit Sanctions in the last 12 months'

Salford Unite Community Branch has its first meeting on Friday 5th September at the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre in Eccles – and the key subject is going to be How to Challenge Benefit Sanctions.

The Unite Community Branch, backed by Unite the union, insists that by challenging the ConDem Government's vicious policy it can be made unworkable. And, that by challenging it, people cannot have their benefits affected and it may even get their money back.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD’S GOT TALONS AND COSTA DEL SALFORD SAFARI

Star date: 24th August 2014

WHO'S THE BOSS OF THE MOSS? NOT PEEL HOLDINGS AND IGAS!

Salford's Got Talons
Saturday 30th August 10am-2pm
Meet Moss Farm, Cutnook Lane, Irlam

Costa Del Salford Nature Safari
Sunday 31st August 10am-1pm
Meet Pomona Metrolink Station

Next weekend, there's two great free events discovering rural Salford. On Saturday, Salford's Got Talons seeks out birds of prey on Chat Moss, while Sunday sees a safari to explore Kingfishers, Lapwings and more bird species on Salford Quays.

Full details here...

 
 
KICK STARTING BARTON MOSS IN SALFORD

Star date: 23rd August 2014

MEETINGS, A TEA PARTY AND A MARCH AS SALFORD PREPARES FOR THE RETURN OF IGAS

As Salford braces itself for the return of IGas and a fracking application this autumn, there's a flurry of meetings, launches, a People's Climate March and even a Barton Moss Reunion SolidariTEA Party in the coming month.

It all starts this Thursday, 28th August, 7pm at the Nag's Head in Irlam, with an Irlam and Cadishead Frack Free meeting to discuss upcoming activity.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY MAYOR TO FACE PROTEST OVER SALFORD RED DEVILS SCANDAL

Star date: 22nd August 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

BRING SALFORD MAYOR TO JUSTICE SAY CITY'S MOST VULNERABLE

"Salford is being dragged to its knees…those who turned a blind eye should be brought to justice" Noreen

Parents and carers of severely disabled adults have called a demonstration against Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, after learning that he secretly authorised subsidies for Salford Red Devils while making massive cuts to their services.

At a meeting held last night in Swinton, a demonstration was called for Wednesday 27th August 8am-10am outside Salford Civic Centre – before the Council's Audit Committee meets to discuss the report which brought the Mayoral scandal to light.

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR SCANDAL AS ANTI CUTS CAMPAIGNERS DEMAND ANSWERS

Star date: 21st August 2014

SALFORD REDS OR SALFORD'S VULNERABLE?

Tonight, parents and carers of those severely disabled people who have had their transport to day centres axed are meeting in "a last attempt to keep our transport". 

Campaigners will be demanding answers as to why hundreds of thousands of pounds of Salford Council money has been diverted to Salford City Reds/Salford Red Devils rugby club while services for vulnerable people are being axed. Meanwhile an online petition calling for Salford Mayor Ian Stewart to resign has been launched.

Full details here...

 
 
MASSIVE PUBLIC MONEY SCANDAL ROCKS SALFORD COUNCIL WITH CITY MAYOR AT THE CENTRE

Star date: 20th August 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SCANDAL REVEALED AS SALFORD CITY REDS GIVEN SECRET WADS OF PUBLIC MONEY... NOW SALFORD CITY MAYOR MUST RESIGN

A complicated web of secret financial deals involving former Salford Council Strategic Director, Martin Vickers, Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart, Salford Red Devils owner, Marwan Koukash and Peel Holdings has finally been revealed in an incredible internal investigation by top Council officers.

Salford Council, authorized by Martin Vickers and with the Mayor's knowledge, agreed to hand Salford City Reds (now called Salford Red Devils) up to £164,000 in match day income from its Stadium – just weeks before Vickers took a job with the rugby club. The `informal' decision to subsidise Salford Reds was kept secret and never published, against Salford Council's own legal constitution.

The investigation report states that the City Mayor has "Primary legal and strategic responsibility for the operational management of the Council". Now Ian Stewart should resign, and a full Public Inquiry and police investigation into possible misuse of public money must be held.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR ATTEMPTS TO FLOUT NEW PRESS FREEDOM LAW

Star date: 19th August 2014

SALFORD COUNCIL TRIES TO CENSOR FILMING OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

Just ten days ago the Government brought in new laws allowing the filming of all public council meetings – but Salford Council is already attempting to flout the ruling.

Yesterday the Council and Salford Mayor Ian Stewart issued a declaration stating that anyone filming proceedings will have to `refrain' from editing anything "that may ridicule or show lack of respect" – with the Council and Mayor being the judge and jury on this.

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD MEDIACITYUK RADIOACTIVE WATER PROTEST

Star date: 18th August 2014

BANNER PROTEST AGAINST 884,000 GALLONS OF RADIOACTIVE FRACKING WATER DUMPED IN SHIP CANAL

As part of a day of action by environment group Reclaim The Power, today a huge banner was unfurled and hung from the footbridge at MediaCityUK which stated `884,000 Gallons of Radioactive Fracking Water Dumped Here'.

The toxic water had been pumped into the Manchester Ship Canal by United Utilities and originally came from the Cuadrilla fracking site in Fylde. Cuadrilla's HQ in Blackpool and the IGas HQ in London were also occupied today as part of a national day of action against fracking in the UK.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY FC SEE RED WITH THE CLASS OF ‘92

Star date: 17th August 2014

AMMIES GO ALL MANCHESTER UNITED

Salford City 4 Scarborough Athletic 1

In the end Salford City ran out easy winners over Scarborough in the first game since the Class of '92 took over the Evo-Stik First Division One North club. But it's what's happening off the pitch that's setting fans and ex-fans talking…

…The change to Manchester United colours, the absence of any reference to Salford on the shirts and the motives for rocketing the team up the leagues…

Full details and match report 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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