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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL SPENT ALMOST £10,000 ON MIPIM PROPERTY JAUNT

Star date: 21st June 2018

COUNCIL SPENT £5,750 ON MIPIM PR IN SOUTH OF FRANCE

Salford Council spent almost £10,000 on the jaunt to the MIPIM property orgy in Cannes. A newly published contract register shows that, as well as the £4,022 costs for the City Mayor and two officers to go to the South of France paid by unknown private sector companies, the Council also spent £5,750 on marketing and PR for MIPIM.

The contract register also shows the Council is spending £9,500 on a 'Salford Story' press consultant, £118,000 on its failed 'digital community hub', over £14,000 on a 'leadership programme' and, er, £25,000 on milk and bread?

Full details here...

 
 
NATIONAL GRID WILL NOT RE-THINK DEMOLITION OF SALFORD DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS

Star date: 20th June 2018

'WE RECOGNISE THE HISTORIC INTEREST'...BUT THEY'RE BEING DEMOLISHED!

Despite musical protests and petitions, the National Grid is adamant that the Salford gas holders, made famous in the Dirty Old Town anthem, will be demolished.

Campaigners are asking for the Grid to re-think a new use for the structures, like in many other towns and cities, but the company states that while "We recognise the historic interest in the Salford gasholder...the structure is being dismantled..."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCIL REFUSES TO REVEAL WHO PAID FOR CITY MAYOR TRIP TO SOUTH OF FRANCE

Star date: 19th June 2018

COUNCIL BLOCKS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST ON £4,000 MIPIM TRIP

Salford City Council has refused to answer a Salford Star Freedom of Information request on which private company paid the £4,022 costs for City Mayor Paul Dennett and two staff to go to the South of France for the MIPIM property event.

The Council states that "the commercial interests of the Council outweigh that of the public interest in disclosure". The Salford Star is to appeal the decision.

Full details here...

 
 
DEVASTATING SURVEY OF NORTH WEST COUNCIL WORKERS SHOWS LOCAL SERVICES COLLAPSING

Star date: 18th June 2018

OVER 80% OF COUNCIL WORKERS HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN SERVICES AND ALMOST 50% THINKING OF LEAVING THEIR JOBS

A survey of almost 1,500 local council workers in the North West reveals that 81% have no confidence in the future of local services, 49% are thinking of leaving their jobs, 54% believe their council no longer delivers quality services, and 45% think that their employer doesn't make the right decisions for the public.

The other results of the survey by UNISON to coincide with its local government conference make equally depressing reading, as the union states that "Vital local services in the North West are collapsing".

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD TIME OUT FOR CARERS

Star date: 18th June 2018

TRIPS, CAKES, MASSAGE, ADVICE AND CHAT AS CARERS TAKE TIME OUT

"I was absolutely weary...I needed to get out of the house" Ernie

Caring for a loved one is indeed a labour of love but it can also be life consuming and draining. So a group called Time Out For Carers is making a difference, running weekly sessions where escapism is the order of the day.

There's free massages, trips out, advice on allowances, tea and coffee and cakes, but, most importantly, relaxed informal chats with carers who are all in the same position.

Full details here...

 
 
DIRTY OLD TOWN PERFORMED NEAR SALFORD GASWORKS IN DEMOLITION PROTEST

Star date: 17th June 2018

SALFORD MUSICAL PROTEST TO STOP DEMOLITION OF DIRTY OLD TOWN GASWORKS

This afternoon saw Ewan MacColl's Dirty Old Town performed like never before near the famous gasworks, as a musical protest posse played instruments and sang along to the anthem to try to get the National Grid to stop the demolition of the iconic gas holders and re-think their use.

Full details here...

 
 
BUGZY MALONE PLAYS HOME TOWN MANCHESTER FOR £5

Star date: 17th June 2018

BUGZY HOSTS DO WHAT MOVES YOU SHOW

Bugzy Malone plus guests
Saturday 23rd June, 7pm-midnight
Gorilla, Manchester

Top, top, top grime artist, Bugzy Malone, hosts the Bacardi Do What Moves You show at Gorilla on Whitworth Street next Saturday, with local rappers and MCs. Tickets are priced at just £5 with all proceeds going to Lonely Whale.

Full details here...

 
 
CLEAN AIR DAY JUNE 21ST SEES FREE METRO TRAVEL AND SCHOOL COMP

Star date: 17th June 2018

GREATER MANCHESTER CLEAN AIR DAY 21ST JUNE

To raise awareness of Greater Manchester's shocking air pollution and reduce it for 24 hours, this Thursday 21st June has been designated as Clean Air Day, where people are being encouraged to leave cars at home.

There will be free Metrolink travel before 7am and after 7pm, events around the region and all school pupils can take part in a competition to create a radio or video advert.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD ACOUSTIC NIGHT FOR MUSIC ACTION INTERNATIONAL AND AMNESTY

Star date: 16th June 2018

SIX ACTS GO ACOUSTIC FOR ACOUSTIC AMNESTY FUNDRAISER

Acoustic Amnesty for Music Action International
Thursday 21st June 7pm
Salford Trinity Church £8:80

Six acts line up for the Acoustic Amnesty fundraiser for Music Action International this week - Joan the Wad, Chris Tavener, Broomhead, Dave Viney, Dave Fidler and Tracey Browne with whom Ian Leslie has a word about Amnesty and her music.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PEOPLE URGED TO VOTE ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH UK AS LOCAL CHARITY OF THE YEAR

Star date: 16th June 2018

ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH UK UP FOR SAINSBURY'S LOCAL CHARITY OF THE YEAR

Salford people have been asked by Emily Allen, whose mother suffers from Alzheimer's, to vote for Alzheimer's Research UK to be Sainsbury's Salford Local Charity of the Year. People can vote online or in-store until 24th June.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD SCHOOL LEAVERS SUMMER FREE FEST WITH YMCA

Star date: 16th June 2018

TRIPS, BAKE-OFFS, INTERVIEW PREPS AND LIFE SKILLS

Salford school leavers can apply for the YMCA's Summer Free Fest which runs for two days over five weeks starting 3rd July at The Old Coach House on Bolton Road. The scheme, aimed at 16 to18 year olds, is free and promises fun activities together with help to discover what's next in life; further education or employment? 

Full details here...

 
 
FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR SALFORD COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECTS

Star date: 16th June 2018

GRANTS UP TO £1,000 FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS

Small voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, with small turnovers are invited to apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of Salford residents. The deadline is 25th June.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CHORAL SOCIETY GO SAILING AT THE LIGHTHOUSE

Star date: 16th June 2018

SEA THEMED FAMILY FRIENDLY CONCERT

Salford Choral Society...And The Waves Came Rolling
Saturday 23rd June 7pm
The Lighthouse, Coronet Way £15/£10/£30(family ticket)

Salford Choral Society presents an evening of sea-themed music next Saturday, which ranges from sea shanties to Noye's Fludde, with a children's and adult choir, handbell ringers, recorders, keyboard and soloists... 

Full details here...

 
 
PROTEST OUTSIDE £325 A TICKET SALFORD UNIVERSITY HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE

Star date: 15th June 2018

HOMELESS EXCLUDED FROM HOMELESSNESS CONFERENCE

There was a lone protester outside Salford University's Homelessness Conference this morning, unhappy that homeless people were actually excluded from the £325 per ticket event.

Speakers included Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, and Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, but protester, Iain Hilton, argued that it "excludes the only demographic that the whole conference is all about...homeless people".

Full details here...

 
 
OVER 1,000 DELIBERATE FIRES IN SALFORD LAST YEAR

Star date: 15th June 2018

DELIBERATE FIRES AND HOSTILITIES TO FIRE CREWS INCREASE

According to new figures released by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, there were 1,196 deliberate fires in Salford last year, plus a 50% increase over the region in hostile attacks on fire crews.

There was also an increase in accidental fires in homes and in non-domestic properties.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD REMEMBERS GRENFELL WITH MESSAGE TO GET THE CLADDING OFF TOWERBLOCKS NOW

Star date: 14th June 2018

'TONIGHT THERE WILL BE PEOPLE SLEEPING IN SALFORD WORRYING THEMSELVES SICK...' SAYS REBECCA LONG-BAILEY

This evening, in the shadow of the Salford Council high rise blocks in Pendleton that still have dangerous cladding, many people attended a special vigil to remember the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.

While the occasion was sombre, they heard Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, blast Government failures in the aftermath of the tragedy, and Salford Trades Council's Paul Kelly demand that the cladding is ripped off 'starting tomorrow'..."If I lived in that block I'd be terrified, in fact I'd get a claw hammer and pull it off myself" he said.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD REMEMBERS GRENFELL TOWER TRAGEDY

Star date: 14th June 2018

ONE YEAR ON, SALFORD REMEMBERS GRENFELL

One year on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Salford is remembering the victims and their families tonight with a vigil on Cross Lane with speakers including Salford and Eccles MP Rebecca Long-Bailey.

Here the Salford Star gives voice to Salford residents still living in blocks wrapped with the deadly cladding and insulation.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY MEETING LOOKS TO POSITIVE FUTURE FOR BUILE HILL PARK MANSION

Star date: 13th June 2018

AFTER SALFORD MAYOR U-TURN ON PARK HOUSES COMMUNITY GETS INVOLVED

Yesterday, hours before a public meeting of residents, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett dramatically did a u-turn on building houses in Buile Hill Park as part of a restoration deal for the Grade 2 listed Mansion. It was a huge victory for community campaigning

At the meeting, residents learned what has been going on behind the scenes and set up a working party to look at ideas for a more positive future for the Park and Mansion.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY MAYOR U-TURNS ON HOUSING IN BUILE HILL PARK

Star date: 12th June 2018

'PRIVATE HOUSING WILL NOT BE BUILT IN BUILE HILL PARK' SAYS MAYOR

As residents are gearing up for a public meeting tonight to oppose any attempt to build housing in Buile Hill Park as part of a deal to restore the Grade 2 listed Mansion, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has issued a rushed statement confirming that "a private housing development will not be built in the former depot area at Buile Hill Park".

The meeting, at 7:30pm at the Height Methodist Church, is still going ahead to look at community options.

Full details here...

 
 
FOUR SALFORD SCHOOLS IN TURMOIL AS ACADEMY TRUST WOUND UP

Star date: 12th June 2018

2,500 SALFORD CHILDREN AFFECTED AS SALFORD ACADEMY TRUST TO BE WOUND UP BY GOVERNMENT

Salford Academy Trust (SAT), created by Salford City College, Salford City Council and the University of Salford in 2012 to stave off private companies taking over local schools, is to be wound up by the Government which believes it hasn't sufficient capacity to improve them.

The four SAT schools are Dukesgate Primary, Albion High School, Irlam and Cadishead College and Marlborough Road Primary, which cater for around 2,500 pupils. The Department for Education wants the schools transferred to the United Learning Trust, which has 19 of its directors and principals earning over £100,000.

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.

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