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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...

 
 
SALFORD PENDLETON PFI AT SPRUCE COURT MAKING PEOPLE ILL

Star date: 11th September 2014

THE MAN WITH NO DAYLIGHT FOR NINE MONTHS...THE MAN WITH SHOCKING `ECO' ELECTRIC BILL...THE HOLES IN THE WALLS...PENDLETON TOGETHER APOLOGISES YET AGAIN

"I have had no daylight for nine months...I've got both generators vibrating, going through my body from morning until night...It's making me ill...sending me crazy" says Anthony Cain, living through the refurbishment of Spruce Court, courtesy of Keepmoat and the Pendleton Together PFI scheme.

Ibrahim got a shock when he got an electric bill for £100 to run his new `environmental system' for a few weeks. He now uses a kettle to shower in his refurbished flat, while pondering the holes and cracks in the walls, amongst other things. And it goes on, as Pendleton Together apologises yet again...

Full details here...

 
 
JUDGE GIVES GO AHEAD FOR HIGH COURT REVIEW INTO SALFORD COUNCIL DISABILITY CUTS

Star date: 10th September 2014

JUDICIAL REVIEW INTO SALFORD COUNCIL CUTS TO DISABILITY TRANSPORT SET FOR OCTOBER

This afternoon a High Court judge granted permission for a judicial review into Salford Council's cuts to transport for people with disabilities. The case is being brought by law firm Irwin Mitchell, on behalf of Swinton's Michael Robson, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and who attends day centres in Stockport and Salford for vital support. The judicial review is due to be held in October.

Meanwhile, those who have had transport cut already are supposed to have it reinstated, on appeal, until the hearing. The Star understands that this is not happening.

Full details here...

 
 
SHERIFF RIDES INTO SALFORD TO FORCE GMP CHIEF CONSTABLE TO STAND DOWN

Star date: 10th September 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

SHERIFF OF NORTHWICH TO FORCE SIR PETER FAHY TO STAND DOWN

Yesterday the Sheriff of Northwich, Peter May, came to Salford to deputise Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, who has his office at the Civic Centre in Swinton.

Lloyd was deputised with the intent that he serves a Stand Down Notice to Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Peter Fahy in relation to three criminal investigations, including breaches during the killing of Salford man Anthony Grainger.

See The Good, The Bad and the Fahy – click here...

 
 
SALFORD CAMPAIGN AGAINST COUNCIL HOUSING TRANSFER BEGINS TO GROW

Star date: 10th September 2014

MEETING HEARS THAT EVEN SALIX WORKERS ARE AGAINST COUNCIL HOUSING TRANSFER

Last night, a Defend Council Housing public meeting in East Salford heard Salford City UNISON branch secretary, Steven North, tell tenants that most of his members who are involved in persuading people to vote `Yes' to the transfer of council housing to Salix Homes, would vote `No' if they had a vote themselves.

Over fifty people who attended the meeting also heard Councillor Peter Wheeler speak against the transfer, and the controversy over Ground 8 – the power to evict.

Full report on the meeting here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL HOPELESSLY BIASED HOUSING STOCK TRANSFER FILM

Star date: 9th September 2014

DISGRACEFUL PROPAGANDA IN SALIX HOMES TRANSFER VOTE FILM ON COUNCIL WEBSITE

"It's all totally one sided" Maria, Salix tenant

Salford City Council website is currently hosting a horrendously biased seven minute film about the vote to transfer council housing stock to Salix Homes. It begins with a voiceover saying "We want you to make an informed choice about voting" and then features five interviews all telling Salix tenants to vote `Yes' to the transfer, with no-one putting the opposite view.

Full details here...

 
 
VOTE NO TO SALFORD HOUSING STOCK TRANSFER MEETING

Star date: 8th September 2014

WHY YOU SHOULD SAY `NO' TO TRANSFER OF COUNCIL HOUSING TO SALIX HOMES

Public Meeting
Tuesday 9th September 7pm
St George's Community Centre
Cromwell Road

Tomorrow night there's another public meeting encouraging tenants to vote `No' in the forthcoming ballot to transfer all Salford Council housing stock to Salix Homes.

More details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR TO BACKDATE SALFORD RED DEVILS GIFT AS SCANDAL INQUIRY CALL LAUNCHED

Star date: 8th September 2014

A Salford Star Exclusive

SALFORD MAYOR TO BACKDATE £164,000 RED DEVILS SUBSIDY BY A YEAR!
PETITION LAUNCHED FOR INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO SALFORD REDS RUGBY SCANDAL...

Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart is set to backdate by a year the decision to gift Salford Red Devils £164,000 in match day costs at the AJ Bell Stadium, following the whitewash of the scandal by Salford Council's Audit Committee.

Now Salford Against The Cuts has called for an Independent Inquiry, led by Salford citizens, into all Council dealings with Salford Reds. It will be backed by a city-wide petition.

Full details here...

 
 
MAXINE PEAKE WINS WIGAN DIGGERS SPADE – AND SAYS IT MEANS MORE THAN AN OSCAR

Star date: 7th September 2014 

MAXINE WINS WIGAN'S OSCAR' FOR BEING `A JEWEL OF THE BRITISH LEFT'

Salford based Maxine Peake has received this year's Gerrard Winstanley Spade Award from the Wigan Diggers Festival for her "outstanding contribution to socialism". Maxine responded that "This award means more to me than any Oscar or BAFTA".

The Wigan Diggers Festival - which happens next Saturday – is a top free open air event featuring loads of stalls, children's entertainment, a beer tent and over a dozen musicians. It commemorates Wigan-born legend, Gerrard Winstanley, who led the 17th Century `Diggers' movement, described by Tony Benn as the "the first true socialists". The much coveted Spade is Wigan's `own version of an Oscar'

Full details here...

 
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