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ST PAUL’S CHURCHYARD TRAIL SALFORD

Star date: 22nd September 2018

GRAVE INTEREST IN KERSAL

St Paul's Churchyard Trail
Sunday 23rd September 11:30am
St Paul's Church, Kersal

Tomorrow, Sunday 23rd September, there's going to be a churchyard trail at St Paul's Church on Moor Lane in Kersal to learn some of the history of the important and interesting people buried there.

Full details here...

 
 
GOVERNMENT BLOCKS SALFORD CLADDING REPLACEMENT

Star date: 21st September 2018

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL CAN'T ACCESS £400MILLION GOVERNMENT CLADDING FUND

Salford City Council has been told by the Government that it can't access the £400million public fund to help with the cost of replacing dangerous cladding on the nine Pendleton blocks because it's part of a PFI.

Nor will the Government allow the Council to loan Pendleton Together Operating Limited money from its £25million fund set aside for the cladding. In short, it's a complete mess.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PENDLETON TOGETHER TENANTS TELL OF KNIVES, NIBES, CLADDING, DODGY WINDOWS AND HOLES IN THE WALLS

Star date: 21st September 2018

'IF YOU WERE TO LIVE HERE FOR ONE WEEK IN ONE OF OUR FLATS, IT WOULD OPEN YOUR EYES...'

Dodgy cladding, knife fights, a tenant threatening to jump off the roof, windows that you can't open, others that are almost falling out...and those NIBEs eating up people's heating budgets. Oh, and tenancy warnings handed out like confetti to elected tenants association officers who are trying to make things better.

Welcome to the Pendleton Together blocks, where residents at Malus Court have just about had enough...

Full details here...

 
 
PARENTS MAKE A STAND AGAINST FORCED CHILD REMOVAL BY SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Star date: 20th September 2018

CIVIC CENTRE SEES PARENTS RAISE AWARENESS OF COUNCIL CHILD REMOVAL PRACTICE

"We're not doing this for the parents we're doing this for the kids, because kids are being hurt..."

Today saw parents who have had their children removed stage an awareness demonstration outside Salford Civic Centre... "We're not fighting for our kids to be brought back to us now, we're fighting for a better system for our kids in the future because it's not right what's going on, it's really not" Katie Jane told the Salford Star.

The demonstration is set to continue tomorrow (Friday) and next week until the 25th September, with networking in Victoria Park over the weekend.

Full details here...

 
 
£7MILLION CYCLE AND WALKING ROUTES FOR SALFORD ANNOUNCED

Star date: 20th September 2018

MONTON, SWINTON AND TRINITY WAY TO GET NEW CYCLE PATHS

Transport for Greater Manchester has announced a plan for £7.1million worth of cycle paths and walkways in Monton, Swinton and Trinity Way, with Salford City Council contributing £1.2million towards the total cost.

"The people of Greater Manchester will soon have a genuine choice in how they travel, ensuring that they and their children have a viable and attractive alternative to the car" says Chris Boardman, Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner.

Full details here...

 
 
HARROP FOLD HEAD SLAMS ‘PERSONAL VENDETTA’ OF SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Star date: 19th September 2018

DREW POVEY ACCUSES SALFORD COUNCIL OF 'HEAVY HANDED' 'VENDETTA'

"I'm speaking up for myself but also all the leaders who have been in touch to say the same happened to them #TakeAStand..." Drew Povey

Drew Povey, the Executive Head of Harrop Fold in Little Hulton, has resigned from his post, slamming Salford Council's "heavy handed approach" while investigating 'administrative errors' at the school and accusing it of a "personal vendetta".

In an open letter to the school's governors, Drew Povey writes that he refuses to walk away from the school with a settlement and accept a gagging clause.  So he's gone public...to #TakeAStand.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD BIG HEALTH DAY FOR ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Star date: 18th September 2018

BIG HEALTH DAY AT SALFORD CITY FC

Big Health Day
Thursday 20th September 10am-2:45pm free
Salford City FC Moor Lane

This Thursday there's the 9th Annual Big Health Day for adults with learning disabilities, their carers and support staff at Salford City's ground on Moor Lane, with  workshops, activities, information stalls and mystery prizes.  

Full details here...

 
 
CLADDING AND WINDOW SAFETY SCARES AT SALFORD BLOCKS

Star date: 18th September 2018

WHY ARE PENDLETON RESIDENTS NOT BEING LISTENED TO?

"The housing provider has lost the good will of residents through their many failings and deafness when it comes to the residents' concerns..."

Windows about to fall out...dodgy cladding...secret safety reports and loads more going on at the Pendleton Together blocks near Salford Precinct.

Here, in the first of a two part feature, Graeme Langton, the suspended but elected chair of Malus Tenants and Residents' Association, writes about multiple problems residents are facing and suggests some solutions for Salford City Council to ponder.

Full details here...

 
 
PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS IN SALFORD WOULD HAVE TO SAVE FOR 17 YEARS FOR A DEPOSIT ON A HOUSE STATES UNISON REPORT

Star date: 17th September 2018

HOME OWNERSHIP JUST A PIPE DREAM FOR NURSES, TEACHING ASSISTANTS AND OTHER PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS

A new report from public sector trade union, UNISON, concludes that low paid public sector workers like nurses, teaching assistants, PCSOs, cleaners and librarians will almost never be able to afford to own a home.

The shocking report produces figures for Salford that show these workers having to save for 17 years just to get a deposit together for a first time house.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD REGGAE NIGHT FOR SPRINGWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL

Star date: 17th September 2018

TICKETS GOING FAST FOR HOMEGROWN NIGHT

Charity Night for Springwood Primary School
Friday 19th October 7:30pm
Kersal Club £10

Tickets are going fast for a special night at the Kersal Club, featuring top UB40-style band Homegrown and a live DJ playing reggae and R 'n B sounds, plus top raffles and all proceeds going to Springwood Primary School.

Full details here...

 
 
BUGGY MOVERS FOR MUMS AND DADS AND BABIES IN SALFORD

Star date: 16th September 2018

BABY RUNNING GROUP'S BRILLIANT WAY TO KEEP FIT AND SOCIALISE

Specially adapted running prams are being used as a great way for new parents to keep fit and socialise, as the Buggy Movers walk, jog and run around Salford pushing safely strapped-in babies as they go, starting either in Langworthy, Chapel Street or Cholmondeley Road.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HISTORIES FESTIVAL 2018

Star date: 15th September 2018

SALFORD HISTORY AND HERITAGE GROUPS UNDER ONE ROOF

Salford Histories Festival
Saturday 22nd September 10am-4pm
Hope Chapel, Chapel Street free

Next Saturday it's the annual Salford Histories Festival, featuring over a dozen history and heritage groups, ranging from Eccles and District History Society to the Working Class Movement Library.

Full details here...

 
 
HOOKY JOINS HACIENDA CLASSICAL AT BRIDGEWATER HALL

Star date: 15th September 2018

HAC CLASSICAL COMES 'HOME' TO BRIDGEWATER HALL

Hacienda Classical
Graeme Park, Mike Pickering and Manchester Camerata, with guest DJs
Thursday 27th September 7pm £32.50-£68
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Salford star, Peter Hook, is joining guest DJs Allister Whitehead, Tom Wainwright and Bobby Langley, to hit the decks before the Hacienda Classical concert at the Bridgewater Hall on 27th September, where the night had its first concert in 2016.

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER JEWISH RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT AGAINST ‘ANTI-SEMITISM’ RALLY

Star date: 15th September 2018

'THEY DO NOT SPEAK IN OUR NAME...'

Jewish people from Salford and beyond have come out in opposition to tomorrow's Say No to Anti-Semitism rally in Manchester, organised by the Jewish establishment, arguing that constant attacks on Jeremy Corbyn detract from the fight against far right organisations; "the real threats of anti-Semitism"...They have organised a counter demonstration outside Central Library between noon and 2pm.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RESIDENTS PROTEST AGAINST RAMPANT DEVELOPMENT OF GREEN SPACES

Star date: 15th September 2018

CAMPBELL ROAD PROTESTERS STAGE DEMO AGAINST BELLWAY HOMES AND SALFORD COUNCIL

"Let's not think we can't do anything – people power changes the world!" Carol, Saving Our Neighbourhood

Residents from the group Saving Our Neighbourhood staged a protest this morning against development by Bellway Homes on Campbell Road green space, and Salford City Council's lack of a plan for the city.

"We're building a movement" said Carol Boyce from Saving Our Neighbourhood "It's not just about us, it's about a Salford wide movement", before the protest continued at the side of the East Lancs Road.

Full details here...

 
 
BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

Star date: 15th September 2018

ADULTS PLAY KIDS AS KIDS PLAY ADULTS

Blue Remembered Hills
Saturday 15th September and then Wednesday 19th–Saturday 22nd; Wednesday 26th-Saturday 29th September
Salford Arts Theatre £12/£10
7:30pm

Dennis Potter's classic, Blue Remembered Hills, comes to Salford Arts Theatre for a staggered eight day run, as adults play kids in a microcosm of society set during the war, complete with unconstructed attitudes and much to say about horrid society. A great set, superb cast and not to be missed. Or else...

Full review here...

 
 
SALFORD RESIDENTS TO DEMONSTRATE AGAINST BELLWAY HOMES AND SALFORD CITY COUNCIL

Star date: 14th September 2018

SALFORD COMMUNITY FLEXES MUSCLES OVER RAMPANT DEVELOPMENT

Saving Our Neighbourhood
Saturday 15th September 10am-noon
Campbell Road Playing Fields

Tomorrow morning, residents will be holding a peaceful, family friendly demonstration against the Bellway Homes development at Campbell Road Playing Fields, near Swinton, which is shoving up 241 houses on green space land. But it goes much further. The demo is also about Salford City Council's planning policies...

"We're joining forces with other neighbourhoods all over the city to say this rampant development of every bit of open space has to stop" says Carol Boyce of Saving Our Neighbourhood.

Full details here...

 
 
LIVING IN LIMBO ON SALFORD’S GHOST ESTATE

Star date: 13th September 2018

NINE FAMILIES STILL LIVING IN TINNED UP HIGH STREET ESTATE

"It's scary at night and even through the day; we're getting druggies shooting up in the doorways, there was a homeless chap sleeping in the bushes..."

At the back of Salford Precinct is the High Street Estate, with 150 houses due to be demolished to make way for a 'regeneration' that Salford City Council states will "lead to a dilution in the current concentration of economically inactive households" by "young professionals..."

With most of the houses tinned up and their inhabitants exiled elsewhere, the estate looks post-apocalyptic; with belongings strewn everywhere, drug users huddled in doorways and worse. In the midst of this ghost town lives elderly Sandra, disabled, housebound, and left in limbo.

Full details here...

 
 
£37,000 BIKE HANGARS ARRIVE IN SALFORD

Star date: 12th September 2018

FIRST BIKE HANGARS FOR SALFORD

"It's in the middle of the road, it looks awful and I don't think a single person has used it..." resident

For the past few months, eleven bike hangars have been placed around Salford as a pilot scheme for residents to store their cycles securely. The £37,000 project has been paid for by the Department of Transport's Cycle City Ambition grant and is endorsed by Greater Manchester Cycling Commissioner, Chris Boardman.

The scheme will cost £20 to use for the first two years, increasing to £40 a year after that, and has been met with mixed reactions in the community.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD HAS LOST ALMOST 4,000 SOCIAL RENT PROPERTIES IN LAST FOUR YEARS

Star date: 11th September 2018

SO CALLED AFFORDABLE RENT AND RIGHT TO BUY HAVE DWINDLED SOCIAL RENT STOCK

New figures released by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) show that Salford lost 1,900 social rent properties between 2012-13 and 2016-17, thanks to conversions to so-called 'affordable rent', and people taking up the Right To Buy with no replacement properties being built.

The Salford Star has estimated that, hand in hand with this, the city has also lost over 1,000 affordable properties through not forcing developers to provide them via Section 106.

Full details here...

 
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