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BBC LOCAL DEMOCRACY REPORTER SHAM AS CONTRACTS HANDED TO MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS PUBLISHER

Star date: 11th December 2017

£8 MILLION BBC NEWS PARTNERSHIP SEES MAINSTREAM COMMERCIAL MEDIA BENEFIT

"This is a major advance...leading to greater public accountability for our local politicians" BBC

The BBC has announced that its new massively funded Local Democracy Reporter scheme is set to benefit the profit-driven mainstream media, with Manchester Evening News publisher, Trinity Mirror, getting six funded reporters in Greater Manchester.

The Salford Star pulled out of the process months ago, with the board telling the BBC "To us it seemed administratively complex and there were doubts about reporter freedom".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HAS A LAUGH FOR MALE SUICIDE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

Star date: 10th December 2017

BIGGEST THREAT TO MEN UNDER 45 IS THEMSELVES

It's A Laugh
Tuesday 12th December 7pm
The Old Pint Pot £5

Two snowmen in a field, one turns to the other and says 'Can you smell carrots?'

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, so Salford University students are holding a fundraising evening of comedy and music, in support of the Campaign Against Living Miserably at The Old Pint Pot on Tuesday, hosted by Amy Gledhill and featuring six top comedians.

Full details here...

 
 
SWINTON SQUARE SEES CAROLS, FROZEN PRINCESSES AND SANTA

Star date: 10th December 2017

SWINTON CHRISTMAS IN FULL FLOW

Christmas at Swinton Square
Saturday 16th and Saturday 23rd December free

Swinton Square is well set for Christmas as two special happenings on Saturdays before Christmas feature carols from Salford City Academy, a Frozen family show, a visit from Father Christmas and the chance for adults to win £100 spending money.

Full details here...

 
 
TRAFFORD CENTRE ROAD BLOCKED BY BARTON BRIDGE PROTESTERS AGAINST PEEL HOLDINGS ‘MAFIA’

Star date: 9th December 2017

IRLAM AND CADISHEAD PROTESTERS BLOCK ROAD INTO TRAFFORD CENTRE

"People only listen when you cause a bit of havoc, and unfortunately that's what we're going to have to start doing..."

People from Irlam and Cadishead, fed up with the ongoing legal wrangles between Salford City Council, Trafford Council and Peel Holdings that has delayed the opening of the Barton Lifting Bridge, today blocked off the main road into the Trafford Centre in which Peel has a stake.

With banners reading 'Open Our Bridge' and 'Peel Mafia', residents told of the total traffic chaos caused by new road layouts and the still-closed bridge.

Full details here...

 
 
CHRISTMAS RABBLE ROUSING WITH BARD COMPANY

Star date: 9th December 2017

TWO SALFORD POETS JOIN ANTI-FESTIVE NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT

Christmas Guitar n Verse with Bard Company
Friday 15th December 7pm
The Snug Coffee House, Atherton £2

This Friday sees the rabble-rousing Bard Company play an 'anti-festive' show at The Snug Coffee House in Atherton. Two Salford poets, Gordon Zola and Tony Kinsella, join the quartet for a night of comedy, verse and song, as Ian Leslie discovers...

Full details here...

 
 
NEW SALFORD COMMUNITY REVOLUTION PARTY LAUNCHES IN IRLAM AND CADISHEAD

Star date: 8th December 2017

COMMUNITY REVOLUTION PARTY TO STAND CANDIDATE IN IRLAM

A new Community Revolution Party, or CO:RE, launched in Irlam and Cadishead last night with a candidate set to stand in the Irlam ward at the next local elections in May.

CO:RE states that it aims "to give the community more control of matters which concern them the most...a community driven, revolutionary journey to get you the representation you deserve".

Full details here...

 
 
AFFORDABLE HOUSING OFF THE AGENDA FOR SALFORD COUNCIL GREENGATE VISION

Star date: 7th December 2017

BOULEVARDS, HIGH RISE BLOCKS, VENUES AND A PARK FOR GREENGATE – BUT NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Salford City Council is currently consulting on the future of Greengate, which it sees as the Irwell version of New York's Brooklyn. As well as developing a new park, Greengate Boulevard and venues for culture, the vision includes more low, medium and high rise blocks "offering quality choices for the conurbation's skilled workforce".

The 41 page document doesn't mention affordable housing for inclusion in any of its 'vision'.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD DEATH MAPS SHOW WHERE YOU LIVE DICTATES HOW LONG YOU LIVE

Star date: 6th December 2017

ALMOST AN 11 YEAR LIFE GAP BETWEEN WORSLEY AND BROUGHTON

Life expectancy ward maps of Salford show in graphic detail inequality within the city, as the darker the colour on the map, the more likely people are to die young.

For men, the life expectancy difference between living in the 'darkest' and 'lightest' wards is 10.8 years, while for women it's 7.8 years. Anyone living in Salford can expect to die over two years earlier than the England average.

Full details here...

 
 
MOCHA PARADE COULD SEE RENTS INCREASE FIVEFOLD IN SALFORD REDEVELOPMENT

Star date: 5th December 2017

LIDL LATEST RETAILER FOR MOCHA MOVE BUT COULD FORCE LOCAL SHOPS OUT

"It's a worry the family businesses will be wiped out..." Dr Kassam

The long awaited redevelopment of Lower Broughton's Mocha Parade finally looks set to begin next year, with Lidl the latest retailer to be seriously linked with becoming the anchor store.

The makeover will see just five new units for existing businesses, but one shopkeeper told the Salford Star that their rent would increase fivefold. Meanwhile, there are also plans for a mini-health centre.

Full details here...

 
 
ECCLES JOB CENTRE SEES UNIVERSAL CREDIT CHRISTMAS PROTEST

Star date: 5th December 2017

'EVIL' UNIVERSAL CREDIT WILL MEAN MISERABLE CHRISTMAS FOR MANY

This morning, campaigners against Universal Credit picketed Eccles Job Centre handing out leaflets to claimants stating 'Christmas is cancelled'.

"Universal Credit is an evil benefit and I don't think it's ever going to be fixed" said Salford councillor, Barbara Bentham, who joined members of Unite Community, Salford Unemployed Centre and Salford Trades Council outside the job centre.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER PEOPLE TO EXCHANGE IDEAS FOR ENDING HOUSING CRISIS

Star date: 4th December 2017

IDEAS EXCHANGE SEEKS GRASS ROOTS SOLUTIONS TO HOUSING CRISIS

Housing Ideas Exchange
Thursday 7th December 4pm-8pm
Manchester Met University

An open 'housing ideas exchange' this Thursday aims to bring people from the community together with professionals, academics, activists and charities to "inspire and encourage new ideas around the housing crisis". Anyone can attend and take part.

Full details here...

 
 
A TOUR INSIDE THE ‘AT RISK’ GRADE II LISTED VICTORIA THEATRE IN SALFORD

Star date: 3rd December 2017

INSIDE LOWER BROUGHTON'S STUNNING VICTORIA THEATRE

The Theatres Trust has Lower Broughton's Grade II listed Victoria Theatre in its top ten list of 'at risk' buildings. Salford Council has promised to protect it, "securing its positive reuse"...

...But urban explorer, Matt Holmes, recently got inside the theatre, took some incredible photos and says "The building is in dire condition and action must be taken sooner rather than later, otherwise this Victorian time warp is going to be lost..."

Full details and loads of photos here...

 
 
FREE DIGITAL LIGHT FESTIVAL AT SALFORD QUAYS

Star date: 3rd December 2017

LIGHTWAVES FESTIVAL SEES TWELVE DIGITAL LIGHT EXPERIENCES

Lightwaves 2017
Friday 8th-Sunday 17th December
Salford Quays noon-10:30pm free

The now annual Lightwaves Festival at Salford Quays this year features twelve digital light experiences, eight artworks at The Lowry and a special Baby Moves Workshop at the Lowry Outlet on Saturday 9th December, for babies and toddlers.

Full details here...

 
 
HOME-START TRAFFORD AND SALFORD SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP FAMILIES

Star date: 3rd December 2017

HOME-START JANUARY TRAINING COURSE IN ECCLES

Home-Start Trafford and Salford is part of a national charity that supports families with young children, and is looking for parents who wish to join as volunteers for a few hours a week. Its new training course begins in January at the Eccles Gateway.

Full details here... 

 
 
SPRINGWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 2017 SEES TOP PRIZES

Star date: 3rd December 2017

WIN LOADS OF TOP PRIZES IN FUNDRAISING RAFFLE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS BIKE TRACK

The Springwood Primary Special Needs School Christmas Raffle is raising funds for an interactive bike track and specially designed bikes for pupils.

The 23 amazing prizes include tickets for everything, from Lancashire cricket club to the Grand National, plus restaurant meals and more. £2 per strip raffle tickets are available at Spec Savers on Salford Precinct.

Full details here...

 
 
FREE TICKETS FOR BBC DOCTOR WHO SALFORD SCREENING TODAY ONLY

Star date: 3rd December 2017

CHANCE TO SEE DOCTOR WHO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL IN ADVANCE

The BBC is screening this year's Doctor Who Christmas special in advance on Tuesday 19th December at Dock 10, MediaCityUK, and the ballot to apply for four free tickets shuts at 11pm tonight, 3rd December.

Full details here...

 
 
IRLAM COMMUNITY SLAMS BARTON LIFTING BRIDGE CHAOS AS PEEL HOLDINGS AND SALFORD COUNCIL WRANGLE CONTINUES

Star date: 2nd December 2017

£150,000 PER YEAR COSTS ARE STOPPING SHIP CANAL LIFTING BRIDGE FROM OPENING

'Peel Holdings has got Salford Council by the short and curlies...'

A packed, stormy meeting of the Irlam and Cadishead Community Committee last night heard how Peel Holdings and Salford Council are in dispute over the £150,000 per year costs of operating and maintaining the new lifting bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal.

Residents vented their fury over the traffic chaos caused by the delay to the bridge opening, as one man said he'd had to put his fishery business up for sale, while others told of kids missing school, ambulances being held up and people being late for work.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HIGH RISE RESIDENTS STILL LIVING WITH DANGEROUS CLADDING

Star date: 1st December 2017

SALFORD STAR REFUSED INFO ON HIGH RISE CLADDING REPORTS

"There will be buildings that are unsafe and that must be a worry for people who are falling asleep in them" Simon Hay, construction expert

Salford City Council has refused to release Building Control documents relating to cladding on three Pendleton high rise blocks, following a Salford Star Freedom of Information request. Neither has the Council responded to a request for emails relating to cladding.

Meanwhile, a SKY tv documentary has questioned cladding safety measures by Salford Council and others, and a Salix Homes resident living in a high rise flat is looking to sue his housing company over cladding related stress issues.

Full details here...

 
 
BIG INCREASE IN PHYSICAL, SEXUAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF ELDERLY IN SALFORD

Star date: 30th November 2017

33% INCREASE IN SALFORD VULNERABLE ADULT ABUSE REFERRALS

There's been a big increase in cases of abuse concerning Salford's vulnerable and elderly people, rising from 492 referrals in 2015/16, to 731 in 2016/17, up by 33%.

All types of abuse referrals increased, including neglect, and physical, psychological and sexual abuse, happening mainly in care homes and people's own home. Salford Safeguarding Adult Board states that the increase is partly down to changes in the way it records cases and also increased awareness of adult abuse.

Full details here...

 
 
‘DISGRACE’ OF OVER 10,000 SALFORD CHILDREN LIVING IN BENEFIT CLAIM HOUSEHOLDS

Star date: 29th November 2017

OVER ONE THIRD OF SALFORD CHILDREN LIVING IN OUT-OF-WORK HOUSEHOLDS AGED UNDER FIVE

New Government figures out today show that 10,240 children age under 15 are living in almost six thousand 'out-of-work benefit households', and that over a third of these children are aged under five. Nationally, almost two million children are living in such households.

"What an absolute disgrace; this Government is dragging us back to the middle ages" says Alec McFadden of the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre "The poverty we are dealing with every day is staggering..."

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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