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FRED DONE SEEKS TO DEMOLISH SALFORD LISTED BLACK HORSE PUB IN INCREDIBLE PLANNING APPLICATION

Star date: 31st March 2016

BLACK HORSE PUB TO BE TRASHED IN CRESCENT CONSERVATION AREA FOR UNVIABLE 21 STOREY BLOCK OF UNAFFORDABLE FLATS

Property (Done) Ltd, of which Fred Done and his brother Peter are directors, is seeking planning permission to demolish the Grade A locally listed Black Horse pub and plonk 399 unaffordable flats in blocks of up to 21 storeys high in the Crescent conservation area, despite objections from Historic England.

Done will be paying no planning fees because the development is `unviable'. And even Salford Council officers state that "a high degree of harm is caused to the setting of the conservation area". Yet they are recommending that councillors approve the incredibly shabby scheme at next week's planning panel.

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 31, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD SOCIAL HOUSING CRISIS TO BE DISCUSSED AT COMMUNITY HOUSING CONFERENCE

Star date: 29th March 2016

AS SALFORD SOCIAL HOUSING CRISIS LOOMS, GM COMMUNITY CONFERENCE LOOKS FOR SOLUTIONS

There's a massive social housing crisis developing in Salford with the Council changing its allocations policy, the Government introducing right to buy for housing association tenants and Greater Manchester Devolution so far favouring developers over communities.

This Saturday, April 2nd, sees the Greater Manchester Housing Conference at the Mechanics Institute, which will discuss the crisis and seek community solutions to issues like social housing, homelessness and high rents.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, March 29, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD RED DEVILS VICTORY OVER HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS MARRED BY FAN VIOLENCE

Star date: 28th March 2016

SALFORD FANS FIGHT WITH STEWARDS AND OWN PLAYERS

Today's Salford Red Devils victory over the Huddersfield Giants was marred by scenes during and at the end of the match, as flares were thrown and a handful of fans fought with Huddersfield stewards and their own players who went into the crowd to ensure the safety of their wives and kids. Here, Salford fan, Simon Williams, who was at the game, gives his opinion...

Full details here...

added Monday, March 28, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD MAN’S PART IN THE EASTER RISING

Star date: 27th March 2016 

FROM SEEDLEY TO DUBLIN – HIDDEN HEROES OF EASTER WEEK

This weekend sees the centenary of the Easter Rising, when rebels occupied the centre of Dublin and proclaimed Irish Independence. The rebellion was launched by the storming of the city's General Post Office – and one of the first men in there was Larry Ryan, born and bred in Seedley.

Larry Ryan and the other `Manchester Volunteers' have their stories told in a new book and website, while there are talks on the subject in Salford, Manchester and beyond over the coming month.

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 27, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD STAR PAYS TRIBUTE TO GERRY OATES

Star date: 27th March 2016

R.I.P. SALFORD STAR PATRON GERRY OATES

`Keep The Flag Flying...'

Today the Salford Star learned that our patron, Gerry Oates, also known as Will Latham, passed away after a long illness. Virtually no-one in Salford will have known Gerry, as he left this area many decades ago. But from his home in Southsea he was watching events at the Barton Moss anti-fracking protests and cared so much about our community that he wanted to help get the real news out. Without Gerry, there would be no Salford Star.

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 27, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD SHELTER FOR FORCES BENEFIT AT ST BONIFACES BROUGHTON

Star date: 26th March 2016

CINNAMON DINNER STAR AT FORCES BENEFIT

Shelter For Forces Benefit
Saturday 2nd April 8pm til late
St Bonifaces Social Club, Broughton £2.50

Up and coming Salford band, Cinnamon Dinner, are to star at a special benefit for Shelter For Forces, at St Bonifaces Social Club, Broughton, next Saturday. There's also Ian Archer DJing til late and an auction with a signed Ronaldo shirt.

Full details here...

added Saturday, March 26, 2016  

 
 

PATRICROFT PASSION SEES HUNDREDS OF SALFORD PUPILS PARADING IN ECCLES

Star date: 25th March 2016 

CHRIST CHURCH AND LEWIS STREET PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS RE-CREATE PASSION FOR EASTER

Over five hundred pupils from Christ Church CE Primary School and Lewis Street Primary School took to the streets of Eccles yesterday for a special Patricroft Passion parade, complete with two donkeys, two children representing Jesus, plus the Bishop of Manchester.

"It's fantastic, they love it...it creates a bit of a buzz in the area and makes people think about Holy Week and Easter Weekend" said Wendy McCormack, Executive Headteacher of the schools.

For full details and photos click here...

added Friday, March 25, 2016  

 
 

20,000 SALFORD STAR PRINT MAGAZINES HIT THE STREETS

Star date: 23rd March 2016 

GRAHAM NASH, BOOMING ORDSALL, BROUGHTON'S SUPER FLOOD AND LOADS MORE IN SALFORD STAR ISSUE 11

20,000 free copies of Salford Star print magazine Issue 11 are set to hit the streets from tomorrow, with the very latest news views, info and iffy actions going off on the banks of the Irwell.

Within 48 luscious pages there's Salford superstar, Graham Nash, returning to his roots; a special look at the Lower Broughton flood; a chat with Salford City Mayor candidates, and an investigation into Booming Ordsall – but booming for whom? Residents give their verdict! Plus loads, loads more...

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 23, 2016  

 
 

DEMOCRACY CLUB SEEKS SALFORD ELECTION CANDIDATE DETAILS

Star date: 22nd March 2016

CROWDSOURCING SALFORD CANDIDATES

The Democracy Club is currently trying to crowdsource information on every candidate standing in the mayoral or local elections this May, and, so far, it has absolutely no information on any Salford candidates, either in the mayor or local elections.

"We know trust in politics is low" says Sym Roe, the director of the project "So here's something people can do to make our democracy work better for everyone."

Full details here...

added Tuesday, March 22, 2016  

 
 

NIGEL PIVARO ON SALFORD GANGSTERS, CORONATION STREET AND PANORAMA

Star date: 21st March 2016

NIGEL PIVARO LETS RIP ON SALFORD COUNCIL, PAUL MASSEY AND THE BBC

`If Coronation Street is not Salford, then neither is Panorama's documentary a true representation of the city...'

After watching the BBC Panorama documentary, Gangs, Guns and the Police, Nigel Pivaro got angry. And here, he gets even in an essay slating the constant media depiction of Salford in soaps and `reality tv'...

"We are not so lacking in an identity that we are defined by gangsterism or show business" he writes "If anything we are lately defined by civic incompetence that has robbed us of our past, fudged our present and has no plan for our future."

Full details here...

added Monday, March 21, 2016  

 
 

PUBLIC INQUIRY ANNOUNCED INTO DEATH OF ANTHONY GRAINGER

Star date: 17th March 2016

PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO SALFORD MAN SHOT DEAD BY GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE

Over four years have elapsed since Lower Broughton's Anthony Grainger was shot dead by Greater Manchester Police but today his family welcomed the announcement of a Public Inquiry.

Last January, after the `health and safety' case against former Greater Manchester Police Chief Sir Peter Fahy collapsed, the family called for a Public Inquiry. Now, finally, they are to get their wish.

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 17, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL INSTALLS £3,000 OF EQUIPMENT FOR GRANDSTANDING MAYOR SHOW

Star date: 17th March 2016 

SALFORD MAYOR REIGN ENDS WITH STEWART PROJECTING WRONG IMAGE

For the final Council meeting attended by Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, before he steps down, around £3,000 worth of media equipment was installed in the council chamber so that he could grandstand in front of councillors.

A state of the art projector and screen was mounted for Stewart's presentation, and tickets issued for the three people in the public gallery, two of whom were trade unionists waiting to hear if he had anything to say about the Council's attack on trade unions.

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 17, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD TRADE UNIONS TELL CORBYN TO INTERVENE OVER LABOUR COUNCIL ATTACKS

Star date: 16th March 2016

JEREMY CORBYN `DO THE RIGHT THING' SAY SALFORD TRADE UNIONS

Outside the Salford Council meeting this morning, trade unionists called for Jeremy Corbyn and Labour councillors to intervene and stop the attack on unions from a so-called Labour Council and a so-called Labour Mayor.

Corbyn, due to visit Labour Party members at the Civic Centre tomorrow, was given a stark message from Karen Lewis, regional organiser of GMB... "He shouldn't just be floating around...being seen in the right places, he should be doing the right thing for the people...he should be there when they are calling him..."

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 16, 2016  

 
 

DASTARDLY SALFORD COUNCIL TRIES TO STOP THE KERSAL PIGEONS

Star date: 16th March 2016  

DAD AND DAUGHTER PIGEON BOND AT STAKE WITH COUNCIL EVICTION

Heartless Salford Council is currently trying to evict Adam McHaffie and ninety racing and fancy pigeons from lofts at Kersal Vale Allotments. Adam took over the plot following illness to the previous keeper, has built a pigeon palace but hasn't got an official lease. So now the dastardly Council wants him out, despite there being a spare pigeon loft next door to his.

At stake is the bond between Adam and his daughter Kaitlyn, who loves the pigeons, and the welfare of the birds, half of whom are homing pigeons and will just keep returning to their home in Kersal...

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 16, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD LABOUR COUNCIL ATTACKS TRADE UNIONS AS JEREMY CORBYN VISITS THE CITY

Star date: 15th March 2016

SALFORD COUNCIL TO IMPOSE TRADE UNION CUTS

Salford's Labour Council, which voted against local Conservative Party proposals to cut trade union `facility' time only last month, is now trying to force the unions to accept a reduction in hours for its elected members.

With Jeremy Corbyn due to visit Salford Civic Centre on Thursday, Salford UNISON, Unite and GMB unions are calling on the Labour Party Leader to intervene. The trades unions have until 4th April to agree to the restrictions – one of the last acts of retiring Salford Mayor Ian Stewart.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, March 15, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PAYS £13.6MILLION ON LOBO LOANS INTEREST PER YEAR WHILE MAKING £22MILLION CUTS

Star date: 14th March 2016

LONDON RESIDENT SEEKS COURT DECLARATION THAT LOBO LOANS WERE UNLAWFUL

Tower Hamlets resident, Angus McNelly, has submitted a legal objection over £77.5million toxic LOBO loans taken out by his Council, which is paying over £3.5million a year in interest, while the authority is increasing Council Tax and making huge cuts.

In Salford, the Council holds £275.2million of LOBO loans, and is paying £13.6million in interest per year, while also increasing Council Tax and making £22million of cuts.

Full details here...

added Monday, March 14, 2016  

 
 

A BOY CALLED HOPE WINS SALFORD CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD

Star date: 12th March 2016

`SOMETIMES A LITTLE BIT OF HOPE CAN GO A LONG WAY...'

Author, Lara Williamson, has won the Salford Libraries Children's Book Award for her optimistic novel A Boy Called Hope, which centres on an eleven year old's wannabe journey to the moon - and his dad's heart.

A Boy Called Hope was voted as the best book in Salford by hundreds of the city's school pupils from six shortlisted titles.

Full details here...

added Saturday, March 12, 2016  

 
 

PRESS FREEDOM UNDER ATTACK FROM TORY SPYING BILL

Star date: 11th March 2016

STATE HACKERS AND SPIES COULD INTERCEPT JOURNALIST COMMUNICATIONS

Next Tuesday, 15th March, the Investigatory Powers Bill is to get its second reading in Parliament – and it contains proposals to limit the ability of all journalists to protect their sources and whistleblowers, posing a severe threat to press freedom in the UK.

The Bill allows the state to snoop on journalists and their sources... "A lack of safeguards for all journalists will have profound consequences for the public's right to know in the UK" says NUJ General Secretary, Michelle Stanistreet.

Full details here...

added Friday, March 11, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD POSH APARTMENT SCHEME GETS £42.5MILLION HANDOUT FROM GREATER MANCHESTER LEADERS

Star date: 10th March 2016

WILBURN STREET BASIN APARTMENTS GET £42.5MILLION PUBLIC MONEY LOAN – BUT NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

The huge Wilburn Street Basin development, currently going up at the back of Regent Road retail centre by the River Irwell, is getting a massive £42.5million public money loan from the Greater Manchester Housing Fund, despite having no affordable housing.

WB Developments, which is building the four blocks of 491 flats, has already evaded almost £2million in planning fees to Salford City Council. The Manchester Housing Conference in April is set to lead the protests against such `devolution' handouts.

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 10, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD JUNIOR DOCTORS BEGIN 48 HOUR STRIKE

Star date: 9th March 2016

SALFORD ROYAL HOSPITAL SEES FIRST OF THREE WALKOUTS

`Under funding and staff shortages will only be made worse with this contract'

This morning, junior doctors at Salford Royal Hospital, overwhelmingly backed by the public, began the first of three 48 hour strikes against the Tory Government which is insisting they work longer hours and put patient safety at risk.

"We're raising deep concerns about already short staffing and short rotas, and services being stretched further without the provision of any new finances or doctors" explained Jonathan Meyer, a junior doctor at Salford Royal.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 9, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD JOB CENTRE PROTEST AGAINST UNJUST SANCTIONS

Star date: 9th March 2016

DAY OF ACTION AGAINST SANCTIONS HITS SALFORD

Salford Job Centre was picketed today by members of Greater Manchester Unite Community branch, as part of a National Day of Action, protesting against the continued and malicious use of sanctions against people on benefits...

"We think it's unfair and unjust" said Unite Community's Chris Hadfield.

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 9, 2016  

 
 

NEW SALFORD DEPRIVATION FIGURES SHOW REGENERATION FAILURE

Star date: 8th March 2016

LANGWORTHY, KERSAL AND BROUGHTON WARDS STILL `DEPRIVED'

New deprivation rankings, for 2015, show that regeneration in wards like Langworthy, Broughton and Kersal hasn't worked, despite hundreds of millions of pounds being spent knocking houses down under schemes like Pathfinder and New Deal For Communities.

Kersal got more `deprived', while Langworthy and Broughton occupy two of the worst three rankings in the city. Ordsall, however, which has seen a massive influx of `young professionals', was the most economically improved ward in the city.

Full details here...

added Tuesday, March 8, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD UNIVERSITY PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS PUSHER SERIAL KILLER EXHIBITION

Star date: 6th March 2016

MYTH OR FACT? THE PUSHER

The Push
Thursday 10th March 3pm-6pm
The Old Pint Pot

Four Salford University students are presenting their photographic interpretation of the alleged canal serial killer, `The Pusher', at The Old Pint Pot pub this Thursday. It's based on true facts and evidence...

Full details here...

added Sunday, March 6, 2016  

 
 

NO SANCTIONS DAY OF ACTION ACROSS GREATER MANCHESTER

Star date: 5th March 2016

DIRECT ACTION AT JOB CENTRES IN SANCTIONS PROTEST

No Sanctions Day of Action
Wednesday 9th March
Various job centres

A National Day of Action is set to take place at job centres around Salford and Greater Manchester this Wednesday, in protest at unfair sanctions being imposed on benefit claimants that have been linked with suicides, sickness and further poverty. The Action is being organised by Unite Community, backed by a whole series of trade unions and campaign groups, with a rally at Piccadilly Gardens 2pm-4pm.

Full details here...

added Saturday, March 5, 2016  

 
 

OFFERS OF HELP PILE IN FOR YOUNG SALFORD MUSICIAN WHO HAD HIS GEAR NICKED

Star date: 4th March 2016

HOOKY, STEVE EVETS AND GEORGE BOROWSKI ALL OFFER HELP TO OPERATION DETONATION BASSIST

"Both Rhys and myself have been really touched and overwhelmed" Kim Shaw

After 15 year old Operation Detonation bassist, Rhys Shaw, had his bass guitar and music equipment stolen last weekend, offers of help poured in from everyone from legendary bassist, Peter Hook, to top actor Steve Evets, to ace singer songwriter George Borowski.

"Both Rhys and myself have been really touched and overwhelmed" says Rhys's mum, Kim. Now the show will go on, as Operation Detonation play at the Star Inn tomorrow night.

For full details click here...

added Friday, March 4, 2016  

 
 

SALFORD IN TOP TEN HIGH RENT LEAGUE FOR NORTH WEST

Star date: 3rd March 2016

AVERAGE SALFORD HOUSING RENTER WILL HAVE FORKED OUT £34,000 TO LANDLORD OVER LAST FIVE YEARS

As the Tory Government's Housing Bill hits the House of Lords this week - slated by many as the death of social housing - Shelter today reveals Salford to be the seventh worst place for high rents out of 41 North West areas.

Someone paying rent for an average two bedroom home in Salford would have forked out £34,064 to their landlord over the last five years, more than the sum needed for a 20% deposit on the average first time buyer home. Meanwhile, this morning, Salford Council planning panel is set to rubber stamp applications for over 1,000 properties – of which just 3% could be classed as `affordable'.

Full details here...

added Thursday, March 3, 2016  

 
 

NIGEL PIVARO TRIBUTE TO SALFORD CORONATION STREET CREATOR TONY WARREN

Star date: 2nd March 2016

NIGEL PIVARO REMEMBERS TONY WARREN

"He never forgot his debt to the people of Salford and always attributed the success of Coronation Street to them..."

Salford's Tony Warren, creator of Coronation Street, the most popular TV show of all time, died today, age 79, after a short illness. Here Nigel Pivaro, who played Terry Duckworth in the Street for many years, remembers the Pendlebury lad who put the city on the map and changed worldwide TV entertainment forever...

Full details here...

added Wednesday, March 2, 2016  

 
 

THE WORLD GETS WORSE FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN SALFORD

Star date: 1st March 2016 

THE SAD STATE OF SALFORD CHILDREN

Thousands of Salford children are currently suffering from poverty, emotional abuse and neglect, with the numbers rising all the time. Latest public figures show that Salford Children's Social Care received a 41% increase in referrals, while those subject to a protection plan also rose.

Meanwhile, there's been a `significant rise' in child deaths. For too many children in the city, life is getting worse...

Full details here...

added Tuesday, March 1, 2016  

 
 

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