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SALFORD COUNCIL DOES NOTHING AS PORTSMOUTH COUNCIL FORCES TRANSPARENCY ON DEVELOPERS

Star date: 19th October 2017

PORTSMOUTH CITY COUNCIL FORCES DEVELOPERS TO REVEAL VIABILITY ASSESSMENTS

As developers in Salford continue to evade £millions in planning obligations and provision of affordable housing, Portsmouth City Council has passed a motion forcing builders to publicly reveal the viability assessments that give them a get-out.

The Salford Star has shown that over £40million has been avoided in the city by developers, plus the loss of over 1,000 affordable houses... "We want to stop developers that are out to deceive people" said Portsmouth Councillor Steve Pitt, as Salford City Council does nothing.

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SALFORD RED DEVILS MOVE FORWARD WITH NEW BADGE AND SUPPORTERS’ TRUST

Star date: 18th October 2017

SALFORD FANS GET VOICE WITH INDEPENDENT SALFORD RLFC SUPPORTERS' TRUST

Salford Red Devils have unveiled a new club crest featuring a plethora of symbols, from the willow tree, to a devil's trident to the Lowry Millennium Footbridge.

Meanwhile, the independent Salford RLFC Supporters' Trust has been created to give fans a voice and boost development of the game and team in the city. It's already got almost three hundred members after just two weeks.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER COUNCIL SLATED OVER £10,000 ONE-WAY TICKETS ‘TO GET RID OF HOMELESS’

Star date: 18th October 2017

LIBDEM COUNCILLOR CONDEMNS 'COUNTRY'S MOST RIGHT WING LABOUR COUNCIL' OVER TRAIN TICKETS TO 'GET RID OF HOMELESS'

Manchester City Council has been slated by its only opposition councillor, after it was revealed by the BBC that £10,000 had been spent on one-way train tickets to 'get rid' of the homeless.

"Manchester Council has spent years refusing to build affordable homes, approving luxury developments, evicting and trying to sue the homeless, ignoring the rough sleepers problem and now buying them out of the city" says LibDem councillor, John Leech, "The country's most right-wing Labour council has reached a whole new low."

Full details here...

 
 
THE DEATH OF SOCIAL RENT PROPERTIES IN SALFORD?

Star date: 17th October 2017

CITY WEST ACCOUNTS SHOW MOVE AWAY FROM SOCIAL RENT

New accounts for City West Housing Trust show a loss of 259 social rent properties last year, and an increase of 154 more expensive 'affordable rent' properties. Meanwhile, none of the housing company's new units are for social rent, while 98 high rise flats have been converted from social to private rent.

Not-for-profit City West made a surplus of £16.3million last year, while its highest paid director trousered £160,000.

Full details here...

 
 
ZOMBIES INVADE ECCLES FOR SALFORD CREDIT UNION AWARENESS WEEK

Star date: 16th October 2017

ZOMBIES GIVE OUT THE MESSAGE: 'DON'T GET SPOOKED BY RIP OFF LENDERS'

A zombie flashmob invaded Church Street in Eccles at the weekend to give out the message: 'Don't get spooked by rip off lenders - get local'.

The event was to kick off Greater Manchester Credit Union Awareness Week and to point people towards using the not-for-profit Salford Credit Union, rather than payday and doorstep lenders, and expensive credit cards.

Full details here...

 
 
NEW SALFORD STAR HOODIES AND SWEATSHIRTS AVAILABLE

Star date: 15th October 2017

BRAND NEW SALFORD STAR HOODIES AND SWEATSHIRTS IN STOCK

The Salford Star's new range of black hoodies, and black or white sweatshirts, are now available, priced £25 and £20, with every penny of profit going towards keeping the Salford Star alive and kicking.

Get one now!

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GREG MURRAY AND THE SEVEN WONDERS AT THE SALFORD ARMS

Star date: 15th October 2017

UPLIFTING LIVE MUSIC AT ITS BEST

Greg Murray and the Seven Wonders
Saturday 21st October 10pm
Salford Arms free

Eight piece rock, alt, folk combo, Greg Murray and the Seven Wonders, take to the stage at the Salford Arms in a free gig next Saturday, complete with brass section and live tunes that promise a euphoric and uplifting night, as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

 
 
THE HAUNTING OF BLAINE MANOR AT KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 15th October 2017

BLAINE IS BACK WITH A BANG

The Haunting of Blaine Manor
Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th October
The King's Arms £10/£8

As a preview for Halloween, check out eerie at its finest in Joe O'Byrne's The Haunting of Blaine Manor at the Kings Arms, a "horror masterclass", as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

 
 
AGECROFT WALK RAISES MONEY FOR SALFORD DEMENTIA CHAMPIONS

Star date: 15th October 2017

GILL'S WALK FOR DEMENTIA RAISES HUNDREDS OF POUNDS FOR CHAMPIONS

Last night over two dozen people went on the now annual Gill's Walk For Dementia which took place at Agecroft Cemetery. The group raised hundreds of pounds for Salford Dementia Champions, volunteers who try and improve the delivery of dementia services in the city.

Full details here...

 
 
GRUNWICK STRIKE PLAY COMES TO SALFORD WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 15th October 2017

SEMINAL GRUNWICK STRIKE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager
Saturday 21st October 7:30pm
Working Class Movement Library £12.50/£10.50

The Grunwick strike, begun in 1976, was absolutely seminal in modern working class history, as over 20,000 people joined picket lines to defend mainly Asian women against low pay, unfair working conditions and bullying. This new incredibly popular play by Neil Gore celebrates the life of one of the strike leaders, Jayaben Desai.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BREXIT VOTERS WANTED FOR UNIVERSITY ONLINE SURVEY

Star date: 15th October 2017

EU LEAVE VOTERS RESEARCH

Salford University researchers would like to hear from the city's 'leave' voters about their 'experiences of living in Salford, and their hopes and fears for Brexit'. They've set up an online survey which should take around 15 minutes to complete.

Full details here...

 
 
ACCOUNT OF QUEEN VICTORIA’S CITY VISIT WINS SALFORD LOCAL HISTORY AWARD

Star date: 14th October 2017

PAUL SPEAKMAN WINS FRANK MULLINEUX AWARD

Paul Speakman has won the Frank Mullineux Local History Award for The Queen Cometh, his detailed account of the visit of Queen Victoria to the city in 1851. The annual prize is awarded by the Salford Local History Forum, which described the work as "An excellent, original publication rich in interesting well researched details."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS OWNER KOUKASH LINKED WITH GOLD COAST TITANS

Star date: 14th October 2017

MARWAN KOUKASH LINKED WITH AUSTRALIAN NRL CLUB

According to a report in the Brisbane Times this morning, Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash 'has emerged as a prospective owner' of the Gold Coast Titans, who play in the Australian National Rugby League.

The paper describes Koukash as a 'billionaire', whose "net worth is estimated at $3 billion". The latest Reds accounts show liabilities of over £8million and huge debts to Salford Council still not settled. Meanwhile, confusion reigns over the status of Salford Red Devils' ownership.

Full details here...

 
 
RNLI CELEBRATED IN NEW MIKRON THEATRE PLAY COMING TO SALFORD

Star date: 14th October 2017

STRIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVES

In at the Deep End
Wednesday 18th October 7:30pm
St Peter and Paul's Church, Eccles £11/£9

Mikron Theatre brings its new nautically exciting and entertaining play celebrating the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to St Peter and Paul's Church in Eccles this week. In at the Deep End takes a compelling look at the RNLI and its unsung heroes, with some song along the way, as Ian Leslie reports.

Full details here...

 
 
OVER 1,000 SALFORD PEOPLE HAVE DISABILITY PAYMENTS CUT OR REDUCED

Star date: 13th October 2017

CHANGE FROM DLA TO PIP CAUSES MISERY FOR MANY DISABLED PEOPLE

Figures obtained in Parliament by Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, show that over one thousand disabled Salford people have either had their payments decreased or had claims disallowed during the move from Disability Living Allowance (DLA), to Personal Independence Payments (PIP).

"PIP is a step backward from DLA, it is discriminatory and being used to reduce entitlement by an unscrupulous government that is institutionally disablist" says Rick Burgess from Manchester Disabled People Against The Cuts.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BROWN COW PUB DEVELOPERS TO AVOID £100,000S IN PLANNING PAYMENTS

Star date: 12th October 2017

BROWN COW PUB ON WORSLEY ROAD SET FOR 49 HOUSES AND FLATS

Next week, Caspia Management Ltd and Robinsons Brewery are applying to Salford City Council to build 21 flats and 28 houses on the site of the Brown Cow pub on Worsley Road, near Eccles.

Residents and councillors are objecting to the scheme, while the developer looks set to avoid hundreds of thousands of pounds in planning payments. They say that the pub isn't 'viable'...but neither is their housing scheme 'viable'...

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER LAW CENTRE BOYCOTTS UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Star date: 11th October 2017

LAW CENTRE REFUSES TO FACILITATE UNIVERSAL CREDIT ROLL-OUT

Greater Manchester Law Centre, which specialises in welfare benefit claims, is refusing to facilitate Universal Credit roll-out..."We will not be complicit" the Centre states. Greater Manchester Housing Action, which has produced a letter against the roll out signed by a number of local politicians and organisations, calls Universal Credit a "debt machine" and the Government's 'next Poll Tax'.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COUNCILLORS’ £87,000 TO TELEVISE THEMSELVES

Star date: 11th October 2017

£87,000 COST OF BROADCASTING SALFORD COUNCIL MEETINGS

Cash strapped Salford City Council has recently agreed a contract worth £87,333 with Public-i Ltd to broadcast its meetings, which includes new microphones and HD cameras. The last public information on viewing figures revealed that less than one hundred people watched each broadcast.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL APPROVES WAGE CUTS AND JOB CUTS

Star date: 10th October 2017

'POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS' CUTS TO SALFORD PEOPLE'S SAFETY

"We won't be able to safeguard the welfare and safety and residents of Salford" 

Salford councillors, including City Mayor Paul Dennett, unanimously voted to cut wages and jobs in the Council's Regulatory Services this morning, as staff protested outside the Civic Centre.

The department deals with issues like food hygiene, trading standards and slum landlords, and a member of staff told the Salford Star that "We won't be able to safeguard the welfare and safety and residents of Salford"; while UNISON branch secretary, Steven North, added that the move is "potentially dangerous".

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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PROPOSES OVER £100 A WEEK WAGE CUTS FOR STAFF PLUS JOB CUTS

Star date: 9th October 2017

14 JOBS TO BE AXED AND £6,521 SLASHED FROM WAGES OF SALFORD COUNCIL STAFF

Tomorrow, members of Salford City UNISON are to lobby Salford Council over proposed wage cuts of up to £6,521 a year for some staff who work in Regulatory Services, plus the loss of 14 jobs.

Regulatory Services protect people of Salford from slum landlords, rogue traders and dangerous products...  "All of us should be concerned when any proposals are put forward to weaken them" says Salford UNISON branch secretary Steve North "...staffing and wage reductions cannot be justified..."

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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So we now rely purely on donations and sales of t-shirts to get the magazine back into print, which we managed in May 2015. If you want to see the Salford Star survive please make a small donation, buy a t-shirt or a back copy of the mag. Every penny helps.

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