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SALIX HOMES TO STRIP FIVE MORE SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS OF UNSAFE CLADDING

Star date: 27th June 2017

17 SALFORD BLOCKS TO HAVE CLADDING REMOVED

Salix Homes has announced that another five of its tower blocks are to have unsafe aluminium cladding removed - Sycamore Court, Magnolia Court and Mulberry Court by Salford Precinct, and Newbank Tower and Riverbank Tower off Blackfriars Road.

This comes on top of the nine Pendleton Together blocks and three other Salix blocks; Arthur Millwood, Canon Hussey and Black Friar Court.

Full details here...

 
 
GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES INDEPENDENT BUILDING SAFETY PANEL IN WAKE OF GRENFELL TOWER FIRE

Star date: 27th June 2017

BUILDING AND FIRE SAFETY EXPERTS TO MEET THIS WEEK TO PUT MEASURES IN PLACE

Today, as cladding was being stripped off Salford tower blocks, Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, announced a new independent expert advisory panel to advise on any immediate measures that can be put in place to make buildings safe following the Grenfell Tower fire. Its first meeting will take place this week.

Full details here...

 
 
HOW IMAGE LED SALFORD TOWER BLOCK CLADDING CATASTROPHE

Star date: 26th June 2017

IMAGE OBSESSION AND CLADDING UNVEILED

Recently, Salford City Council has been obsessed by the image of the city, desperately trying to move away from the 'Dirty Old Town', to something like Milton Keynes on the Irwell.

Has this obsession with image and wrapping tower blocks in unsafe materials led, in line with other cities, to the current cladding catastrophe? Here the Salford Star documents what's been going on behind the fancy facades...

Full details here...

 
 
SALIX HOMES TO STRIP CLADDING FROM SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS

Star date: 25th June 2017

SALIX HOMES CLADDING TO BE REMOVED AFTER TESTS

After Salford Council announced it was removing cladding from nine Pendleton Together tower blocks, this afternoon Salix Homes has informed residents that it is removing cladding from Canon Hussey Court on the Islington Estate.

In a letter to residents, Salix states that "the cladding sample provided for Canon Hussey Court has been identified as a higher risk component". Work to remove "affected cladding" will begin this week. The Salford Star understands that cladding is also to be removed from other blocks.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD PALS HONOURED IN NEW PLAY FOR GM FRINGE

Star date: 25th June 2017

GREATER MANCHESTER FRINGE COMES TO SALFORD

From Heaven To Hell
Saturday 1st- Monday 3rd July
Salford Arts Theatre £8

The excellent Greater Manchester Fringe arrives at the Salford Arts Theatre this year via a new play honouring the sacrifice made by local heroes at the Battle of the Somme, written by Danny Clifford and directed by Sue Jenkins.

Full details here...

 
 
NO TIMETABLE FOR THE REMOVAL OF CLADDING ON NINE SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS

Star date: 25th June 2017

IT COULD BE MONTHS BEFORE CLADDING REMOVED IN SALFORD

"There will be no waiting around in Salford whilst there are any questions about the safety of our residents..."

On Friday, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett announced that cladding on nine Pendleton Together tower blocks was to be removed... "We take the safety of our residents very seriously and are taking immediate steps" he declared.

Yesterday, residents were told by Pendleton Together that the cladding will not be removed until replacement material is ready to go up – which could take months. And new fire safety advice has been issued, to leave not stay in the event of a fire.

Full details here... Update: 12noon: Cladding is now being removed 'immediately'

 
 
SALFORD RESIDENTS BEING KEPT IN DARK OVER TOWER BLOCK DANGER

Star date: 24th June 2017

POTENTIALLY TOXIC CLADDING IN OVER A DOZEN SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS

At yesterday's press conference, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, said that removing cladding on the nine Pendleton tower blocks was the "right and moral thing to do". Yet Salford City Council knows every component in all cladding in the city which planning officers have passed, and has not disclosed this information.

The Salford Star has investigated, as far as it can, the cladding and materials used in tower block refurbishment and the results are frightening...Materials used on Magnolia Court, Sycamore Court and Mulberry Court should avoid "Exposed heat, flames and/or sparks"; Arthur Millwood Court and Canon Hussey Court are fitted with panels from the same manufacturer as Grenfell Tower, and there's more.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD RED DEVILS LAST GASP LOSS TO ST HELENS

Star date: 23rd June 2017

ST HELENS 25 SALFORD RED DEVILS 24

Salford Red Devils were beaten by a last gasp kick, as the Saints fought back from what looked like a cert Salford win, as Simon Williams reports, with photos by Steve McCormick.

Match report here...

 
 
CLADDING TO BE REMOVED FROM NINE SALFORD PENDLETON TOWER BLOCKS

Star date: 23rd June 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL TO REMOVE ALL ACM CLADDING

This afternoon, Pendleton Together has sent a letter to residents informing them that Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding on nine Pendleton Together tower blocks, including Spruce Court, Whitebeam Court and Thorn Court is to be removed, at the behest of Salford City Council.

Salford Council states that the move is "precautionary".

Full details here...

 
 
ANOTHER SALFORD GREEN BELT CONSULTATION IN THE PIPELINE

Star date: 23rd June 2017

THOUSANDS OF OBJECTIONS TO SALFORD GREEN BELT PROPOSALS

Salford City Council officers have stated that "it may be necessary to undertake some further public consultation" on plans to build on the city's Green Belt, in a new report to the city's councillors.

During his campaign to be elected GM Mayor, Andy Burnham called for a "radical re-write" of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, which included proposals to build 2,250 houses on Green Belt near Irlam and Cadishead. Officers cited "the scale and nature of public objections" as reasons for the re-think.

Full details here...

 
 
ORDSALL LEISURE CENTRE TO LOSE RECEPTION STAFF AS DEVELOPERS CASH IN

Star date: 22nd June 2017

COMMUNITY PETITIONS AGAINST LOSS OF STAFF AT SALFORD COMMUNITY LEISURE

Salford Community Leisure is proposing to axe reception staff from Ordsall Leisure Centre. A community petition from users of the centre has been launched, arguing "This will have a detrimental impact on the service we rely upon"

Meanwhile, Salford Council has plans to flatten Ordsall Leisure Centre with the land estimated to be worth up to £1.5million, and developers in the area are paying no planning fees.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD AND ECCLES MP DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ASSURANCE ON TOWER BLOCK CLADDING

Star date: 21st June 2017

AS CLADDING TESTS CONTINUE, REBECCA LONG BAILEY DEMANDS ASSURANCE AND FINANCE FROM GOVERNMENT

Despite being "assured of tenant safety" by housing providers for the city's 43 tower blocks, Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, has written to the Government demanding immediate "total assurance of safety on the materials used" for cladding.

In a letter to residents, the MP also demands from the Government "funding to carry out any necessary works to remediate once the assessments are complete plus funding to support or re-house residents whilst that is carried out." She also calls for the Government to pay for the retrofitting of sprinklers in the blocks.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD CITY COUNCIL LOOKING TO DITCH URBAN VISION?

Star date: 21st June 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL TESTING OTHER MODELS FOR PLANNING AND HIGHWAYS COMPANY

After a controversial decision last year to extend the contract of Urban Vision, Salford City Council is now tendering for companies to "engage in a Soft Market Testing exercise" to look at other options for the delivery of its planning, highways and building control services for which the Council spends £42million annually.

Urban Vision is a joint venture profit making company in which the Council holds a 19.9% stake but until this year has never even got a dividend.

Full details here...

 
 
GOVERNMENT SHAMED BY UNIONS OVER SCHOOL FIRE RISKS

Star date: 20th June 2017

DOWNGRADING OF FIRE SAFETY IN SCHOOLS SLAMMED BY FIRE BRIGADE AND TEACHERS UNIONS

Post Grenfell Tower, three trade unions representing teachers and firefighters have written to the Government about its proposals to downgrade fire safety in schools. Proposals included removing the need for sprinklers in new school buildings and removing requirements discouraging the use of combustible materials for school cladding.

Meanwhile, at the behest of the Government, Salford Council is currently identifying any panels used in cladding buildings that are made of Aluminium Composite Material, or ACM, and sending samples for fire safety testing.

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD FIRE HIT CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION TO RISE FROM THE ASHES

Star date: 20th June 2017

CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION TO BE RESTORED WITHIN TWO YEARS

The Grade II listed Church of the Ascension in Lower Broughton, destroyed by a huge blaze in February, is to be restored within the next two years by Buttress, the same company that is working on the fire-hit 16th Century Wythenshawe Hall.

"The destruction of the building by fire has been a devastating blow for all who live and work here" says the Ascension's Canon David Wyatt "With the expert help now available to us we are confident that the church will live again."

Full details here...

 
 
SALFORD COMMUNITY STADIUM MAKES £1.5MILLION LOSS AS COUNCIL LOANS GROW

Star date: 19th June 2017

AJ BELL STADIUM MAKES HUGE LOSS AS SALFORD COUNCIL LOANS RISE TO OVER £24MILLION

Salford Council's City of Salford Community Stadium company made a loss of £1.459million last year, its draft accounts reveal. The accounts also reveal that the total value of loans made by the Council to the AJ Bell Stadium, a joint venture with Peel Holdings, rose from £23.46million in 2016, to £24.12million in 2017.

Meanwhile, the accounts also confirm that Salford Red Devils owner, Marwan Koukash, hasn't paid a penny back of the £1million debt to the cash strapped Council.

Full details here...

 
 
THE MOODS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO JOY

Star date: 18th June 2017

THE MOODS PRODUCE SHORT FILM TO PROMOTE JOY SINGLE

The Moods, currently building a big name for themselves on the live music circuit, have produced a short film, starring Salford actor Steve Evets, to promote their new single, Joy.

It was launched recently at Media City, and the Salford Star caught up with the socially conscious nine piece band and Steve Evets to talk vids, tunes and the state of the grime nation.

Full details here...

 
 
NUJ OPEN AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS GREATER MANCHESTER ALTERNATIVE MEDIA

Star date: 18th June 2017

AFTER GRENFELL TOWER THE NEED FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDIA IS EVEN MORE INTENSE

Alternative Media
Saturday 24th June from 2pm
Three Minute Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, Mcr

Next Saturday, 24th June, the NUJ Manchester and Salford Branch is screening the short Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary about journalists, Below the Fold, to be followed by a discussion on Greater Manchester's alternative media with editors from The Meteor, Salford Star and Real Media. After Grenfell Tower, the need for alternative media has never been greater.

Full details here...

 
 
MANCHESTER PEACE PARTY SET FOR PICCADILLY GARDENS

Star date: 18th June 2017

PEACE PARTY TO STAND UP AGAINST HATE

Peace Party
Saturday 24th June 11am-late
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

After the so-called 'March Against Hate' last week which ended in violence, next Saturday 24th June there is a proper family-friendly Peace Party in Piccadilly Gardens, with music, food, face painting and stalls. Organisers say it's "to set the record straight...we stand together, united against those that seek to divide us". Update: This event has been postponed until 8th July

Full details here...

 
 
GREATER MANCHESTER MUSLIMS INVITE NEIGHBOURS TO SHARE RAMADAN

Star date: 18th June 2017

PASSIONATE SPEECHES, FRIENDSHIP AND GREAT FOOD

This week, local Muslims invited people of all faiths to share Ramadan with them at Contact Theatre in Manchester.

Amongst talks, prayer, music and great food was a speech by a local GP, whose trauma surgeon husband had treated victims of the Manchester Arena attack - but whose children were scared to go to school by bus the following day due to fear of Islamophobic attacks, as Holly Ann Wood reports.

Full details here...

 
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