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SALFORD TOWER BLOCK CLADDING CRISIS WILL COST MILLIONS OF POUNDS AND COULD TAKE YEARS TO SOLVE

Star date: 20th July 2017

RESIDENTS COULD 'VOTE WITH THEIR FEET' AND LEAVE ADMITS COUNCIL LEAD MEMBER

The Salford tower block cladding crisis could take years to sort out and will cost millions of pounds that the Council doesn't have, civic leaders told a full meeting of Salford City Council yesterday as they criticised the Tory Government's response post-Grenfell.

Meanwhile, as concrete boards are starting to be installed over exposed insulation on the blocks, Lead Member, Bill Hinds, said residents could start "voting with their feet" and leave their homes.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY MAYOR TO FACE PROTESTS FROM HOMELESS AT HOUSING CONFERENCE

Star date: 19th July 2017

SALFORD LADS CLUB AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONFERENCE TO FACE PROTESTS

Tomorrow, 20th July, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, is to be the keynote speaker at a 'housing crisis' conference, hosted by the National Housing Federation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation at Salford Lads Club.

Dennett will be setting out a new 'affordable housing vision' for Greater Manchester – but homeless campaigners will be protesting and holding a procession from the Lads Club to a squat at Hulme Hippodrome. Salford City Council has been bulldozing affordable housing for the last decade and allowing developers to evade contributing to new affordable housing.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BATTLE WITH PEEL HOLDINGS BEGINS AGAIN

Star date: 18th July 2017

PEEL PROPOSES 165 HOUSES IN WORSLEY GREENWAY – AS PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO BROADOAK PREPARES TO COMMENCE

Salford's battle with Peel Holdings kicks off again this week when the company's planning application to build 165 houses at Broadoak South, in the Worsley Greenway, gets considered by councillors – with a recommendation to refuse permission.

Anticipating this, Peel has tried to include an appeal for the 165 houses within a Public Inquiry into its whole Broadoak scheme which starts on 3rd October.

Full details here...

 
 
POLICE INVOLVED AS TURF WAR BREAKS OUT IN QUIET WORSLEY SUBURB

Star date: 17th July 2017

MASKED PHANTOM FENCE AVENGER HITS LEAFY WORSLEY

In a quiet suburb of Worsley, at the back of the White Horse pub, all hell has broken loose over a little footpath through a very small wood that a new owner had blocked off.

Here, there's been police involvement and petitions as residents fight to keep their public right of way open, plus a masked phantom fence avenger who has struck three times in the dead of night...

Full details here...

 
 
MORE GREATER MANCHESTER FIRE SERVICE CUTS COULD BE ON THE WAY

Star date: 17th July 2017

AS INQUIRY INTO MANCHESTER ARENA BOMB ATTACK BEGINS, MORE FIRE CUTS COULD BE IMPOSED

With a formal 'debrief', or inquiry, into the response to the Manchester Arena bomb attack due to begin - and with communities worried about fire safety in the wake of Grenfell Tower - behind the scenes Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, and his team are looking at 'redesigning' the fire and rescue service - which inevitably means cuts and possible mergers with other blue light services.

"I think there clearly are some, er, sensitivities around that and we'll have to take those into account but yes that is on the agenda" Deputy GM Mayor Beverly Hughes said recently.

Full details here...

 
 
DAVE RANDALL TALK ON POLITICAL POWER OF MUSIC AT SALFORD WCML

Star date: 16th July 2017

NOT TO BE MISSED TALK ON MUSIC AND POLITICS

Dave Randall Talk On Political Power of Music
Wednesday 19th July 2pm free
Working Class Movement Library

Dave Randall, former guitarist with Faithless, Sinead O'Connor and others, has written the book Sound System: The Political Power of Music, which looks at everything from Rock Against Racism to Rave, to the Arab Spring, the US Civil Rights Movement and more. On Wednesday afternoon Dave is giving an illustrative talk on the subject at the Working Class Movement Library. Unmissable!

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TRADE UNIONISTS WALK OUT OF ‘BOURGEOIS’ ENGELS STATUE UNVEILING

Star date: 16th July 2017

SALFORD TRADES COUNCIL LEADS WALK OUT OF ENGELS STATUE CEREMONY 'DISGRACE'

This evening, Salford Trades Council, which was supposed to be supporting the unveiling of the Friedrich Engels statue as part of the Manchester International Festival, walked out and boycotted the ceremony after being met by the 'anti-trade union' Showsec Security...

"Also the event was attended almost exclusively by the modern bourgeoisie" Paul Kelly, President of Salford Trades Council told the Salford Star, who added that it was a "travesty" and a "disgrace".

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER TO BLACKPOOL ANTI-FRACKING BIKE RIDE TO GO THROUGH SALFORD

Star date: 16th July 2017

ROLLING RESISTANCE TO FRACKING TO HIT BARTON MOSS

This Thursday, 20th July, there's to be a Manchester to Blackpool bike ride, ending at the Preston New Road anti-fracking camp.

The ride, organised by Reclaim The Power, will visit local sites of anti-fracking resistance including Barton Moss, and places are still available. All you need, state the organisers, is a bike, a sleeping bag and "a desire to change the world..."

Full details here...

 
 
FRIEDRICH ENGELS BUZZING IN SALFORD AND MANCHESTER

Star date: 16th July 2017

ENGELS - SO OUT HE'S IN...

This evening there's a huge sold out event for the Manchester International Festival called 'Ceremony', where an old Soviet era statue of Friedrich Engels will be unveiled near HOME, together with events portraying the modern day 'conditions of the working class'.

A few years ago there was next to nothing to commemorate Engels in Salford or Manchester, despite him honing his work here for over twenty years. Now there's a sudden rush to get in on the Engels kitsch - what the hell is going on?

Full details here...

 
 
MORRISSEY LOOMS LARGE IN THORN PLAY AT THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 15th July 2017

MORRISSEY, BOWIE AND GROWING UP IN THE SEVENTIES

Thorn by Tim Keogh
Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th July
Kings Arms 7:30pm £8/£10

A young Manc called 'Steven Patrick' struggles to come to terms with life in the Seventies in Tim Keogh's Thorn, a play the writer says "is based largely on my own experiences, the songs of The Smiths, and a dash of imagination...", as Ian Leslie discovers...

Full details here...

 
 
MOSLEY COMMON VILLAGE SCARECROW FESTIVAL LOOKING FOR ENTRIES

Star date: 15th July 2017

SCARECROW BUILDERS WANTED FOR MOSLEY COMMON COMP

The second Mosley Common Scarecrow Festival is happening on 29th July and organisers are looking for people to enter the competition for the best fun and fab scarecrow. You don't have to live in the village to enter but hurry, the closing date is 19th July.

Full details here...

 
 
WENDY RULE AND DOMINIC BERRY AT THE EAGLE INN SALFORD

Star date: 15th July 2017

A NIGHT OF MAGICAL MUSIC AND SPOKEN WORD

Wendy Rule and Dominic Berry
Friday 21st July 7:30pm
The Eagle Inn £10

Get set for a magical evening of music, storytelling, ritual and spoken word as Australia's Wendy Rule glides into the Eagle Inn on Friday, on a double bill with Glastonbury Poet In Residence, Dominic Berry. It's going to be a night out with a difference, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD STAR ELEVEN YEARS OLD AND 4,000 ONLINE ARTICLES

Star date: 15th July 2017

THE SALFORD STAR – WITH ATTITUDE AND LOVE XXX

The Salford Star is now eleven years old, has produced ten print magazines, 4,000 online articles and an average of 45,000 readers per month on the website.

To celebrate, we're thinking of producing some new merchandise and are having a clear out of what little stock we have left – at knockdown prices.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TOWER BLOCK INSULATION LEFT OUT IN THE RAIN DESPITE GOVERNMENT ADVICE

Star date: 14th July 2017

'WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T LEAVE THE INSULATION OUT IN THE RAIN...'

Government advice issued yesterday stated that leaving exposed insulation out in the rain "could reduce fire performance".

On the instructions of Salford Council, most of the nine Pendleton Together blocks have exposed insulation that have indeed been left out in the rain, and outer cladding panels continue to be removed. It's a mess.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD UNISON BACKS CALL TO HALT FRACKING IN FYLDE

Star date: 14th July 2017

BIG DEMO AT FYLDE ANTI FRACKING CAMP AS TRADE UNIONS BACK PROTESTS

Today, to coincide with a big protest outside the Preston New Road site in Fylde where Cuadrilla is intent on fracking, North West trade unions and trade unionists, including the Salford City UNISON branch secretary, have backed a call to halt the practice.

"We stand in solidarity with the community...who are defending their environment and local democracy" they state "We stand firm that fracking should not be forced on our local communities."

Full details here...

 
 
SEVERELY DISABLED PEOPLE LOSING £MILLIONS IN BENEFITS AS SALFORD UCRC LAUNCHES CLAIM CAMPAIGN

Star date: 13th July 2017

SEVERE DISABILITY PREMIUM BENEFITS GOING UNCLAIMED AS DWP NOT MAKING PEOPLE AWARE OF RIGHTS

Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre states that there appears to be a 'systematic policy of under-payment of severely disabled people' by the DWP after it helped one man obtain over £6,000 of backdated benefits.

"This does appear that the DWP are not making people with disabilities aware of their right to Severe Disability Premium" says Alec McFadden of the Salford Centre, which has now launched a campaign to help people get the unclaimed benefits.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD DEVELOPER PROPOSES ALUMINIUM COMPOSITE CLADDING TO SAVE MONEY

Star date: 13th July 2017

DEVELOPER SWAPS CONCRETE CLADDING FOR ALUMINIUM CLADDING AS IT'S CHEAPER

Euro Car Parks is proposing to swap the 'fair faced concrete cladding panels' that were originally destined for its huge block of apartments on Gore Street, for the controversial 'aluminium composite cladding' which is cheaper.

Salford City Council states that "Fire safety of proposed building materials is not a planning consideration".

Full details here...

 
 
CHEEKY SALFORD DEVELOPER ASKS TO AVOID AGREED PLANNING FEES

Star date: 13th July 2017

DEVELOPER THAT HAS ALREADY AVOIDED £1MILLION PLANNING FEES COMES BACK FOR MORE EVASION

In March 2016, Euro Car Parks avoided over £1million in planning fees for three huge blocks of 364 apartments on the Gore Street car park but still had to cough up £800,000.

Now the cheeky company is going back to the Council to get this amount reduced even more – and Salford council tax payers could end up paying out instead.

Full details here...

 
 
SOCIAL CLASS STILL MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN SALFORD EDUCATION

Star date: 12th July 2017

SALFORD HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS CONTINUE TO BE BELOW STANDARDS

While education measures for Salford's primary school pupils continue to be around the national standard for the country, a new report being discussed by Salford City Council today shows that once pupils reach age 14-16, results in English and Maths are almost 10% below the national average

Meanwhile, only 7.5% of Salford learners achieve higher grades at A Level, compared to 22.1% nationally. The figures show that those on free school meals or who are 'looked after', do 11% worse than other pupils in the city.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS HAVE SAME INSULATION AS GRENFELL TOWER

Star date: 11th July 2017

CH4 NEWS REVEALS KINGSPAN KOOLTHERM INSULATION USED ON GRENFELL

Last night, Channel 4 News revealed for the first time that Kingspan Kooltherm K15 insulation was used as a component in the cladding system of Grenfell Tower. This is the same product that was used on all Pendleton Together blocks. 

Channel 4 News tested the material when put on its side and it caught fire "almost instantaneously". While the ACM panels have been partly removed on Salford blocks, so far there has been no intention by Salford Council to remove the insulation.

Full details here...

 
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SALFORD STAR - A BIT OF HISTORY

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.

We also set the Salford Star up to tell the truth, to be the voice of the community, untouched by vested interests. Unfortunately we didn't realise that the reaction to those truths would be so brutal... Salford Council even re-wrote its own constitution for devolved money and ripped up our application for finance. Neither does it respond to Salford Star's requests for quotes or comments. Advertisers have told us that they can't be seen to support the Salford Star for fear of losing contracts…it goes on and on and on.

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