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EX SALFORD RED DEVILS PLAYER TURNS PRO WRESTLER

Star date: 13th February 2016

LUKE MENZIES SWAPS KOUKASH FOR KICK ASS

Former Salford Red Devils player, Luke Menzies, has swapped up-and-unders for back breakers and pile drives, making his pro-wrestling debut in Salford on 20th March at St Philip's Church at the Wrestlepro and Manchester Irish Festival event.

"The bumps and bruises that I got on the field have definitely helped ensure I can take a few knocks in the ring" he says.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ARTS THEATRE FUNDRAISER WITH HOOKY, SWEENEY AND DEATH TO THE STRANGE

Star date: 13th February 2016

HOOKY AND CO TO APPEAR AT ARTS THEATRE FUNDRAISER

Local: An Evening of Live Music and Conversation
Friday 26th February 8pm £25
Salford Arts Theatre

Peter Hook, Mike Sweeney, Death To The Strange and other guests will be appearing at a special event to raise funds for Salford Arts Theatre. Sweeney and Hooky will be chatting about old times in the area and performing live.

Full details here...

 
 
TORY GOVERNMENT GIVES SALFORD JUST £70,000 TO PREVENT HOMELESSNESS

Star date: 12th February 2016

AS HOMELESSNESS RISES IN SALFORD TORIES GIVE PEANUTS

With the number of rough sleepers and people at risk of losing their homes rising in Salford, the Tory Government has handed the city just £70,319 this year to reduce and prevent homelessness.

Marcus Jones, Tory Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said in answering a question on the funding from Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey "We are committed to do all we can to prevent homelessness".

Full details here…

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL CONFIRMS NO DISABLED CHILD WILL LOSE TRANSPORT

Star date: 11th February 2016

JOHN MERRY GUARANTEES NO LOSS OF CHILD SEN TRANSPORT

Today Salford City Council's Executive Lead Member for Children's Services, John Merry, met with the parents of children with learning difficulties and guaranteed that no child would lose transport to school. Parents were furious when they saw a cut of £120,000 in the SEN transport budget, a `step-up saving' from last year.

"There are no new cuts and no changes to what is provided to you" he explained, adding that the cut had been achieved within the tendering process.

Full details here...

 
 
STRIKING SALFORD JUNIOR DOCTORS SAY THEY WON’T BACK DOWN

Star date: 10th February 2016

`WE WORK HARD AND WE FIGHT HARD' SAY SALFORD JUNIOR DOCTORS

Junior doctors, on 24 hour strike today against the Tory Government's proposed imposition of new contracts, say they will continue to take on Jeremy Hunt in the fight for fair conditions. Talking on the picket line outside Salford Royal Hospital, Hannah, a junior doctor, said "We work hard and we fight hard as well, so we're not going to back down".

The doctors have huge public support and, locally, were joined on the picket lines this morning by Salford City UNISON, Salford Against The Cuts and Labour Party members.

Full details here...

 
 
PENDLETON TOGETHER TENANT CHARGES TO RISE BY UP TO 17.3%

Star date: 9th February 2016 

HIGH RISES IN SALFORD

As feared by residents of the high rise blocks that have been refurbished under the Pendleton PFI scheme, service charges are set to increase by up to 10.5%, while those living in sheltered housing at Lombardy Court will be hit by a 17.3% hike.

Salford City Council, which will ratify the charges this week, is also proposing a rent freeze, having already increased rents in the social housing blocks by almost 20% over the last four years.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER DEVOLUTION DEMOCRACY SLATED BY COMMONS SELECT COMMITTEE

Star date: 8th February 2016

GM INTERIM MAYOR MAKES HIMSELF AVAILABLE - FOR 90 MINUTES AND 140 CHARACTERS TODAY

Following massive criticism by the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee of the democratic deficit in Greater Manchester devolution, Interim GM Mayor Tony Lloyd is making himself available on Twitter today for ninety minutes, from noon, to answer any questions – in 140 characters.

"There has been a consistent very significant lack of public consultation, engagement and communication at all stages of the deal-making process" found the Select Committee.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SCHOOL STUDENTS SCARE FOR WORLD STORYTELLING WEEK

Star date: 7th February 2016

GHOSTLY HAPPENINGS AT ELLESMERE PARK HIGH SCHOOL

Top ghost story author, Danny Weston, aka Philip Caveney, frightened the life out of teachers and students at Ellesmere Park High School when he gave a practical guide to writing horror.

He was at the Eccles school as part of World Storytelling Week, encouraging students to create their own spooky story, conjuring images of Victorian dolls, ventriloquist dummies and eerie pipers...

Full creepy details here...

 
 
SALFORD LAD TAKES MY WINDSCREEN NATIONAL

Star date: 7th February 2016

ECCLES WINDSCREEN REPAIR PORTAL GOES NATIONWIDE

Ali Lijee, from Eccles, started My Windscreen – a windscreen repair and replacement portal – around 18 months ago and has now seen it go nationwide, with nearly three hundred independent auto glaziers signed up and thousands of customers using the company's website every month.

"We facilitate the communication between customer and technician" says Ali "Our focus is to be a well known brand out there."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PEOPLE’S BUDGET PUBLIC MEETING

Star date: 7th February 2016  

SALFORD AGAINST THE CUTS WANTS COMMUNITY TO TELL THEIR NEEDS

People's Budget For Salford
Saturday 13th February 1pm
Royal Oak, Eccles

"We want to give a voice to people who are excluded from budget-setting"

Salford City Council will be setting a budget in a few weeks which includes £22million of cuts. On Saturday, Salford Against The Cuts will host a public meeting where the community will be asked to help draw up a budget based upon what they actually need...

Full details here...

 
 
CHILDREN’S SCRAPSTORE OPENS IN SALFORD

Star date: 6th February 2016

RECLAIMED ART AND CRAFT MATERIALS FOR KIDS

On the site of the old Grumpy warehouse, off Langley Road South, Children's Scrapstore is opening this Tuesday. The charity specialises in turning waste things into play things, providing many weird and wonderful items reclaimed from businesses, and anyone working with children or adults in a creative setting can become a member.

Meanwhile, the Artrageous shop is open to the public and hosts free art and craft sessions for families on some Saturdays from March.

Full details here...

 
 
EX ARMY SALFORD LABOUR PARTY COUNCILLOR RESIGNS OVER MENTAL HEALTH BULLYING BY FELLOW COUNCILLORS

Star date: 5th February 2016

LABOUR COUNCILLOR CLAIMS BULLYING BY LOCAL PARTY BIG WIGS OVER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

"If me as an elected councillor gets treated like this by the powers that be, then what chance has the public got?"

Swinton South Councillor, Neil Blower, has resigned from the Labour Party claiming "systematic harassment and bullying" by the `powers that be' in the Salford Labour Party. Neil is a former soldier diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but maintains that fellow councillors are claiming that he's faking his illness, while subjecting him to some "truly vile things". 

Last year, Salford Mayor Ian Stewart joined the drive to help armed forced veterans, saying "We want to make sure they are supported. We are very proud of them."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO DOUBLE IN SIZE IN £14.5MILLION EXPANSION

Star date: 4th February 2016

BRENTNALL, THE DEANS, ST LUKES AND LOWER KERSAL PRIMARY TO DOUBLE IN SIZE – CHARLESTOWN TO RE-OPEN

A massive expansion of Salford's primary schools is to happen, with Brentnall, The Deans and Lower Kersal doubling in size, St Luke's trebling in size and Charlestown Primary to re-open after its controversial closure a few years ago. Cassel Fox and Larkhill are to get another 210 places each, Holy Cross another 105 places, and the Clifton Centre is to be demolished and re-built on the same site.

The huge expansion programme is to cost a massive £14.5million but Salford City Council has managed to get developers to stump up just £17,000 from the Section 106 `kiddie bedroom tax'.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD LABOUR PARTY MAYOR CANDIDATE SAYS HE’LL CHANGE THE FACE OF POLITICS IN CITY

Star date: 3rd February 2016

COUNCILLOR PAUL WILSON PROMISES TRANSPARENCY AND NEW POLITICS IF SELECTED

"It's important that we have that openness, transparency and honesty" Paul Wilson

Weaste and Seedley Councillor Paul Wilson says he'll "change the face of politics in Salford" if he gets the Labour Party nomination to stand as City Mayor in the May election, promising to cull seven `Assistant Mayors', rein in prestige projects and remove the arrogance and lack of transparency that has characterised Ian Stewart's time as Mayor.

Strangely, Paul Wilson, who has never been seen as on the left, is looking like the radical in the three candidate race to get the Labour Party Mayoral nomination...

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD MAYOR CANDIDATE PAUL DENNETT IN SOCIAL HOUSING CONTROVERSY

Star date: 2nd February 2016

DID LABOUR PARTY MAYOR FAVOURITE JUMP HOUSING QUEUE?

Langworthy councillor Paul Dennett - many people's favourite to get the Labour Party nomination to stand as Salford City Mayor in May - last night denied any impropriety in obtaining a social housing flat at Albion Towers last summer.

Dennett, who picks up an allowance of £23,450 as Strategic Assistant Mayor, was a board member of the co-op that runs Albion Towers at the time he got the flat, and says that the Albion panel "decided that I was a suitable candidate for a tenancy". Salford has a growing housing waiting list with an average of 27 bids for every affordable flat that becomes available in the city.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD AND ECCLES MP TELLS PARENTS TO CREATE UPROAR OVER SCHOOL ACADEMIES

Star date: 1st February 2016

`CREATE UPROAR' OVER `WILD WEST' TORY SCHOOLS POLICY SAYS REBECCA LONG-BAILEY

Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, told parents to create "as much uproar as possible" over Tory Government plans to convert loads of Salford schools into academies.

Speaking at a Salford UNISON Question Time on Saturday - which also included David Wootton, CEO of Salford Academy Trust, and Alasdair Smith from the Anti Academies Alliance – the Salford MP slated the Government's privatisation and commercialisation of schools agenda... "It's disgraceful and it is creating a Wild West..."

Full details here...

 
 

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POTENT WHISPER HITS TORIES MANCHESTER CONFERENCE IN NEW VIDEO

Star date: 31st January 2016

BRILLIANT ANTI-TORY RAP TRACK WITH A MANC TWIST

"I don't want to create art, I want to create the world I want to live in, through art..." Potent Whisper

NOW - an absolutely brilliant new track, combining rap and a harp like you've never seen it played, has been released this week by Potent Whisper and Maria-Christina. The video was shot during the Tory Party Conference in Manchester and includes footage of police guns, demos, Jeremy Corbyn, Artist Taxi Driver and a live gig on the streets by the ace combo themselves.

Full details here...

 
 

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SALFORD FLOOD VIDEO FOOTAGE SOUGHT

Star date: 30th January 2016

LOWER BROUGHTON FLOOD DOCUMENTARY NEEDS FOOTAGE

Local wildlife filmmaker, Dr Luke Blazejewski, is seeking video footage of the Boxing Day flood in Lower Broughton for a documentary he's making about the event. He's looking for footage from cameras, tablets, smart phones, anything really...

"Making a record of this event is incredibly important" he says.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FLOOD BENEFIT AT ST BONIFACES RAISES MORE FUNDS FOR VICTIMS

Star date: 30th January 2016

SELL OUT AT ST BONIFACES HELPS MORE LOWER BROUGHTON FLOOD VICTIMS

With all tickets snapped up within one day, the community of Lower Broughton came together last night for a benefit event at St Bonifaces Social Club, which was the centre of activity in the hours and days after the Boxing Day flood.

"It's about having fun after all the hassle of the clean up" said Lona Barker from Lower Broughton "Everyone can let their hair down for the night..."

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER HOTEL BEDROOM TAX TO HELP HOMELESS

Star date: 29th January 2016

A HOTEL BEDROOM TAX COULD PROVIDE HOUSING FOR HOMELESS

"This is a brilliant idea" Street Support Salford and Manchester

Behind closed doors, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is discussing the idea of implementing a hotel bedroom tax which it states "could be used to fund particular strategic initiatives".

`Strategic initiatives' usually means prestige projects. Today the Salford Star is calling for a hotel bedroom tax to be introduced to build affordable housing for the area's homeless people.

Full details here...

 
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