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SALFORD MAYOR TO INSTIGATE RESEARCH ON IMPROVING COMMUNICATIONS WITH CITIZENS

Star date: 19th January 2017

IRONY A GO-GO AS MAYOR KICKSTARTS `JUST CITIES' RESEARCH

Tomorrow, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, is expected to kickstart PhD research into how to "better understand and act on improving, communications and engagement with civil society groups and citizens", to produce more "just cities".

One of the topics to be covered is how "safe spaces can be created to allow dialogue on climate change". Salford citizens may recall how Salford Council refused any dialogue with anti-fracking protesters at Barton Moss and was central in the police operations that led to scores of arrests at the IGas drilling site. And has dissed more recent environmental campaigns...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCILLORS PASS MOTION CONDEMNING ADULT SOCIAL CARE CRISIS

Star date: 18th January 2017

TORY AND LABOUR COUNCILLORS RALLY AGAINST `PALTRY' AND `DISHONEST' SOCIAL CARE FUNDING

Both Labour and Conservative councillors passed a motion at today's full meeting of Salford City Council condemning the crisis in adult social care, slamming the "paltry offerings from the last budget" and the "dishonest" `shuffling of money between different pots and calling it new investment'.

The motion called for more funding from the Tory Government and more fairness in the distribution of resources, as councillors slated the "absolute disgrace" of a system that "is at breaking point" and sees elderly citizens "punished".

Full details here...

 
 
MASSIVE SALFORD QUAYS APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT AVOIDS ALMOST £2MILLION PLANNING FEES

Star date: 17th January 2017

593 APARTMENTS AND TOWNHOUSES – ONLY FIVE AFFORDABLE HOUSES: ALMOST £2MILLION PLANNING FEES AVOIDED!

The planning scandal in Salford continues, with councillors due to rubber stamp Fortis Developments' application for 593 apartments and townhouses in two tower blocks of 13 and 27 storeys high at Furness Quay at the back of Dock Office, off Trafford Road.

According to Salford Star calculations, based on Salford City Council's own figures, Fortis will be avoiding almost £2million in Section 106 planning fees, and paying for just five affordable houses to be located `off site'.

Full details here...

 
 
PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO FATAL POLICE SHOOTING OF SALFORD MAN ANTHONY GRAINGER OPENS

Star date: 16th January 2017

THOUSANDS OF DOCUMENTS STILL NOT DISCLOSED AS PUBLIC ENQUIRY INTO GMP GRAINGER DEATH OPENS

Tomorrow, Tuesday 17th January, sees the opening of the long-awaited Public Inquiry into the death of Broughton man Anthony Grainger, fatally shot by a Greater Manchester Police officer in 2012 as he was sat, unarmed, in a car in Culcheth. This is only the second time in England and Wales that a Public Inquiry has been set up to examine a fatal police shooting.

Today, the family's representative, Farleys Solicitors, has issued a statement noting that "Thousands of pages of relevant material are yet to be disclosed".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SCHOOLS TO GET HUGE CUTS BY TORY GOVERNMENT

Star date: 16th January 2017

BROUGHTON CONSTITUENCY 36TH WORST HIT IN COUNTRY BY EDUCATION CUTS

Broughton is to be the 36th worst hit area in the country for education cuts, according to the Tory Government's new National Funding Formula. The Blackley and Broughton constituency of MP Graham Stringer will see an 11% drop in funding, or £607 per pupil.

Rebecca Long-Bailey's Salford and Eccles constituency will see a 6% funding loss for schools of £306 per pupil, and Barbara Keeley's Worsley and Eccles South will see a 4% drop, or £284 per pupil... "The picture is extremely bleak" state trade unions representing school staff.

Full details here...

 
 
SAVE OUR PUPS SALFORD DOGS 4 US PROTEST

Star date: 15th January 2017

DOGS 4 US FACES MORE PROTESTS

Save Our Pups Protest
Sunday 22nd January 22 noon-4pm
Outside Dogs4Us, Agecroft Road

Controversial pet store, Dogs4Us, is to face yet another protest next Sunday, 22nd January, by the Save Our Pups group. As Salford City Council still ponders over toughening up regulations for pet shops in the city, the campaigning continues.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER AND SALFORD HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

Star date: 15th January 2017

REMEMBERING THE HOMELESS

Homeless Remembrance Service
Friday 20th January 7pm-8pm
The Arches, New Bailey

A year on since the murder of homeless Daniel Smith, there's going to be a remembrance service this Friday for him and all homeless people who have died on the streets of Salford and Manchester...

"How many more have to die before people who have a duty of care wake up?" asks Angela Barratt, of Salford and Manchester Street Support which is organising the event.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER STOP TRUMP! PROTEST

Star date: 15th January 2017

GREATER MANCHESTER GROUPS UNITE FOR STOP TRUMP! PROTEST

Stop Trump!
Friday 20th January 20
St Peters Square, Manchester 6pm-7pm

Campaign groups from across Greater Manchester, including Stand Up To Racism, CND, Campaign Against Climate Change, Stop The War Coalition and the Green Party are holding a Stop Trump! Protest this Friday, the day Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the USA. It coincides with protests across America and in London.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MADLAB NEW DIGITAL SKILLS COURSES

Star date: 15th January 2017

FROM SETTING UP SOCIAL MEDIA TO SORTING A WEBSITE

MadLab is running a new round of digital skills courses for Salford people during February and March, which range from setting up social media accounts to building a website. Most of the courses are for digital beginners.

Full details here...

 
 
BUDDING SCRIPTWRITERS SHOW WORK AT ADP KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 14th January 2017

FROM ENGELS AND MARY BURNS TO HORROR AND KITCHEN SINK

The Acting and Directing Partnership, or ADP, invites budding scriptwriters to submit their work to be performed at various events at the Kings Arms, including Scripts Aloud in which four short plays or extracts of longer works are presented, complete with audience feedback.

Ian Leslie went along to sample some of the dramatic delights on offer – and was thrilled to find a play about the love affair between Friedrich Engels and Mary Burns, together with others that covered everything from Satan to kitchen sink.

Full details here...

 
 
KERSAL COMMUNITY TO STAND CANDIDATE AGAINST SALFORD LABOUR PARTY

Star date: 13th January 2017

COMMUNITY REACTS AGAINST SALFORD CITY COUNCIL AND GARY NEVILLE

"Recent events have proved that local politics has failed in Salford and the people must now reclaim their council for themselves" resident

Following the perceived treatment of the local community by Salford Council during the recent planning battle over the redevelopment of the Moor Lane stadium by Salford City FC, last night Kersal Moor Residents Association decided to stand a candidate against the ruling Labour Party in the forthcoming Kersal local by-election.

"It's not just about this one issue" says the Residents Association's Sandi Mann "We were shocked at how little the councillors listen and how influenced they are by too many other things, so we want to give a voice back to the people..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL LETS KOUKASH PAY NO £1MILLION DEBT FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Star date: 12th January 2017

SALFORD RED DEVILS DEBT HOLIDAY EXTENDED FOR A FURTHER 12 MONTHS

As predicted by the Salford Star last week, Salford City Council has allowed Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash a further year's `holiday' on the loans debt he owes, which, according to the latest Council accounts, stands at £1,038,000.

This is on top of the previous holiday of 17 months agreed in August 2015, which means that the cash-strapped Council will have received nothing from Koukash for almost two and a half years.

Full details here...

 
 
IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY AND MP SLAM UNACCEPTABLE GREEN BELT DESTRUCTION

Star date: 11th January 2017

TRASHING OF GREEN BELT WILL IMPACT HEALTH OF LOCAL RESIDENTS AND ENVIRONMENT STATES MP BARBARA KEELEY

"...if any more houses are built or any more industrial units are built then the residents of Irlam and Cadishead will be prisoners" resident

On January 16th, the consultation ends on two huge proposals that would change Salford forever – the Salford Local Plan and the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

Over in Irlam and Cadishead there's been big public protest meetings over moves to trash the Green Belt, build over 2,000 houses and increase the population by 40%. Worsley and Eccles South MP Barbara Keeley and community group Planning For Our Future have slammed the proposals as having detrimental impacts on the health, infrastructure and environment.

Full details here...

 
 
THE END OF THE SALFORD STAR?

Star date: 10th January 2017

PRESS REGULATION COULD SEE THE END OF THE SALFORD STAR

Today, a consultation ends on Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 which could see small community media like the Salford Star closed if big developers or politicians decide to have a go at our editorial through the courts.

Unless magazines and newspapers like the Star sign up to a state-approved regulator, we could be stung for costs in a libel case – even if we win! It means that the likes of Peel Holdings, or whoever, could threaten legal action if they wanted to suppress articles that are in the public interest. The Salford Star does not believe that journalists should be subject to state regulation of any description, no matter how it's dressed up.

Full details here...

 
 
PENDLETON TOGETHER SALFORD GENTRIFICATION SLAMMED BY IUD PROJECT

Star date: 9th January 2017

£650 MILLION PENDLETON MAKEOVER TRASHED

"We need to see a socially just form of urban regeneration, not gentrification" Professor Loretta Lees

The whole theory and practice of the huge £650million Pendleton Together `gentrification' has been slammed by contributors to a new magazine called `All Materials of Value' which launches at an IUD event this Thursday 12th January at the People's History Museum.

"The new development failed to adequately address the extensive long term poverty characteristic of Pendleton, except by constructively eliminating many of the poorest people from the area and encouraging more affluent newcomers in" write project co-ordinators John van Aitken and Jane Brake.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BAND OPERATION DETONATION GET TO SOUNDWAVES MUSIC FINAL

Star date: 8th January 2017

BROUGHTON'S FINEST BAND SET FOR 02 LEEDS MUSIC COMP FINAL

Ace Broughton band, Operation Detonation, has reached the northern final of the national SoundWaves Music Competition and will be competing against a dozen other bands in Leeds on 21st January. There's a supporters' coach going and tickets are still available.

The band is part of the Salford Musical Youth project, which has just received funding for a part-time all round music tutor, and applications are now open.

Full details here...

 
 
PAUL WELLER INSPIRES SALFORD SCOOTER BOY FILM

Star date: 8th January 2017

VESPAS, LAMBRETTAS, PAUL WELLER AND SALFORD

The Pebble and the Boy promo
Friday 20th January 7pm
53two, Manchester

The Pebble and the Boy is a road trip movie that starts in Salford and takes place on Vespas and Lambrettas. At the moment it's a twenty minute promo, inspired and endorsed by Paul Weller, and written and directed by top Salfordian film-maker Chris Green, who's got Strangeways Here We Come! released in the summer.

This is a unique chance to see the scooter promo, plus a Q&A with Chris and a screening of another of his short films, Tortured, as Ian Leslie reports...

Full details here...

 
 
SOUNDS OF SALFORD DOES MUSIC EVENING FUNDRAISER AT BROUGHTON RUGBY CLUB

Star date: 8th January 2017

BENEFIT STATE, BETH MCROY, RUGBY COMPETITION AND MORE

The Sounds of Salford presents a Music Evening
Saturday 21st January from 7:30pm
Broughton Rugby Club - donation on the door

The Sounds of Salford is holding a fundraising music event for St Ann's Hospice, Folly Lane Juniors and Broughton RUFC at the Rugby Club on 21st January. It stars The Things, Benefit State, Beth Mcroy, Ryan from Cinnamon Dinner and DJ Archer, and is preceded by a rugby tournament.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WINS THE GARY NEVILLE FINGER IN PIES AWARD

Star date: 8th January 2017

THE SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2016:

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL WINS GARY NEVILLE FINGER IN PIES AWARD

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the tenth annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

Kersal residents couldn't believe it when Salford City FC got planning permission for the club's redeveloped stadium, with all manner of stuff going off in the Council dressing rooms. So, ladies and gentlemen, flounce your red cards and flash your Ammies for the winner of the Salford Star Gary Neville Finger In Pies Award...Salford City Council   

Full Award details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR WINS JOE STALIN AWARD FOR OPEN AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT

Star date: 7th January 2017

THE SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS 2016:

SALFORD CITY MAYOR PAUL DENNETT WINS UNCLE JOE STALIN AWARD FOR OPEN AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the tenth annual Salford Star Mary Burns Awards, which are given out to honour the most deserving individuals and organisations in the city for their stupid statements, dodgy dealings and iffy activities over the past twelve months.

Despite the change of City Mayor, Salford Council's refusal to be open and accountable continues, with more propaganda and less transparency under the new Corbyn-friendly regime. So, ladies and gentlemen, don your rose-tinted glasses for the winner of the Uncle Joe Stalin Award for Open and Democratic Government – Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett...

Full Award details here...

 
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