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FRANK MORGAN REWIRED AT THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 31st March 2018

A HARD MAN IN A DIRTY OLD TOWN

I'm Frank Morgan: Rewired by Joe O'Byrne
Thursday 12th - Saturday 14th April 8pm
Kings Arms £10

Joe O'Byrne, winner of the Salford Star Award for Best Play, brings another of his works to the Kings Arms for a three day run with a one-man, multi faceted drama as hard man Frank Morgan gets Rewired, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here... 

added 31 March 2018  

 
 

THE MARCH RETREAT CAPTURED IN NEW WW1 BOOK

Star date: 31st March 2018

DEATH OF A DIVISION SEES FIRST DETAILED ACCOUNT OF FIRST WORLD WAR EAST LANCS HEROISM

A new book by acclaimed author, David Martin, gives the first detailed study of heroism by the men of the 66th (East Lancashire) Division during one momentous week in the Great War, 21st to 28th March 1918, which became known as The March Retreat. Tony Flynn previews the tales of heroism, cowardice and incredible bravery...

Full details here...

added 31 March 2018  

 
 

SPEAK, BROTHER PLAY KINGS ARMS SALFORD PROMOTING DEBUT ALBUM

Star date: 30th March 2018

POWER INDIE-FOLK-ROCK LANDS AT KINGS ARMS

Speak, Brother + John Nicholas
Saturday 7th April
Kings Arms £6.50

Indie-folk-rock phenomena, Speak, Brother, land at the Kings Arms on 7th April as part of a tour to promote their debut album, Young and Brave. The band is currently getting national acclaim, as Ian Leslie finds them 'anthemic and life-affirming'...

Full details here...

added 30 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD MUSLIM YOUTH HELP TO RAISE OVER £10,000 FOR ARENA BOMB VICTIMS

Star date: 30th March 2018

24 HOUR FOOTY FUNDRAISER HELPS UNITE COMMUNITIES

Last week, two teams from the Salford branch of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association took part in a huge 24 hour football fundraiser, which saw over £10,000 donated to help victims of the Manchester Arena bomb attack.

"Football has always been a sport that unites communities" says event organiser Abdul Rauf Lodhi "Our youth members are not only keen footballers but they are also committed volunteers who strive to serve those in need..."

Full details here...

added 30 March 2018  

 
 

DISGRACEFUL SALFORD CITY COUNCIL TAKES FIVE MONTHS TO RELEASE INFORMATION

Star date: 29th March 2018

WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY WITH THIS APPALLING MAYOR AND COUNCIL?

The Salford Star has finally received financial figures requested almost five months ago under the Freedom of Information Act, after the Information Commissioner became involved.

Internal logs from the Council show that the information was readily available after the original request but officers deliberately blocked access. Who is holding this appalling Council, run by the so-called 'transparency' Mayor, Paul Dennett, to account? The City Council Monitoring Officer? No chance!

Full details here...

added 29 March 2018  

 
 

MANCHESTER ARENA BOMB REPORT BACKS UP SALFORD STAR EXCLUSIVE

Star date: 28th March 2018

GREATER MANCHESTER FIRE SERVICE SLATED IN KERSLAKE REPORT

The Independent Review into the Manchester Arena bomb attack, The Kerslake Report, has backed up the Salford Star report written two days after the horrific incident, in which firefighters said they were held back by senior managers from attending the scene.

The report, published yesterday, concluded that "Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service did not arrive at the scene and therefore played no meaningful role in the response for two hours", and criticised "poor communication, poor procedures and issues of operational culture which caused its failure to respond properly".

Full details here...

added 28 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL BANNER DECLARES ‘TRANSPARENCY’ DESPITE EVERYTHING BEING SECRET

Star date: 27th March 2018  

SALFORD COUNCIL TRANSPARENCY DEFICIT OVER HOUSING AND BUILE HILL MANSION

Salford Civic Centre currently has a huge banner outside its entrance declaring that the Council is a 'Transparent effective organisation'...Yet, this week alone there's been huge secrecy over its plans for Buile Hill Mansion and its new housing company, Derive.

The Salford Star understands that the plans for Buile Hill include building houses in the park but, without consultation, the City Mayor has gone ahead and signed a 'memorandum of understanding' with developer Capital and Centric...

Full details here...

added 27 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD UNIVERSITY PLANS 500 PROPERTIES AT CASTLE IRWELL BUT QUESTIONS OVER AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Star date: 27th March 2018

RACECOURSE TURNSTILES RETAINED BUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING?

Salford University launched a public consultation yesterday concerning its plans for up to five hundred houses and apartments, shops and a school on the site of its old Castle Irwell student halls.

The architects present confirmed that the old Racecourse turnstiles will be retained but couldn't confirm whether there would be any affordable housing on the site.

Full details here...

added 27 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL CONSULTS ON NURSERY ‘ALTERNATIVES’

Star date: 26th March 2018 

AFTER THE MAYOR'S PARADE, CONSULTATION AND PUBLIC MEETINGS BEGIN ON NURSERY 'ALTERNATIVES'

"It is no longer considered financially sustainable to continue running the Nurseries under the current arrangements..."

Two days after the huge demonstration in support of keeping the five Salford Council nurseries open, a consultation has been launched with only three meaningful questions, one of which is 'Would you be interested in running all or one of the LA Nurseries?'

Meanwhile, a series of short notice public meetings, starting tomorrow have been announced.

Full details here...

added 26 March 2018  

 
 

POTTERVISION SEES BIZARRE HARRY POTTER PARODY AT KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 25th March 2018

HARRY POTTER GOES OFF ITS HEAD AT KINGS ARMS

Pottervision
Sunday 1st April 2:30pm £7
Kings Arms

Harry Potter goes absurd, surreal and well offensive at the Kings Arms next Sunday, as Pottervision previews before a run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Ian Leslie finds it's 'enough to make old ladies sick into their handbags'...

Full details here...

added 25 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD STREET SUPPORT URGENT EASTER EGG APPEAL

Star date: 25th March 2018

EASTER EGGS FOR STRUGGLING FAMILIES AND HOMELESS

Salford Manchester Street Support is appealing for people to donate Easter Eggs to give out to struggling Salford families and the homeless. Last year, over one hundred eggs were donated but this year there's not been many at all.

Full details here...

added 25 March 2018  

 
 

BOYCOTT DOGS4US SALFORD PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF LUCY’S LAW

Star date: 25th March 2018

SALFORD STOP PUPPY FARMING PROTEST 

Support Lucy's Law/Stop Puppy Farming
Sunday 8th April 2:30pm-4pm
Agecroft Road

Boycott Dogs4Us has called a protest outside Dogs4Us on Agecroft Road for the afternoon of 8th April. It's in support of Lucy's Law which aims for a ban on the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third-party dealers, and against puppy farms.

Full details here...

added 25 March 2018  

 
 

WIN TICKETS FOR MORRISSEY PLAY THORN AT SALFORD ARTS THEATRE

Star date: 25th March 2018

THORN IS BACK IN SALFORD

Thorn by Tim Keogh
Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st April
Salford Arts Theatre £10/£8

Thorn, the play based on the early life of Morrissey, arrives back in Salford for three nights starting 19th April, after its acclaimed debut at last year's GM Fringe. To celebrate, we have two free tickets to give away. Ian Leslie previews the play and kickstarts the comp.

Full details here...

added 25 March 2018  

 
 

HUNDREDS OF SALFORD PEOPLE DEMONSTRATE TO SAVE THREATENED NURSERIES

Star date: 24th March 2018 

'WE WILL NOT BE CLOSED...WE WILL NOT BE PRIVATISED...'

'Save Our Nurseries, Mr Mayor...'

Hundreds of Salford people marched today from Victoria Park to the Civic Centre in Swinton to demonstrate against any possible closure of Salford City Council's five outstanding nurseries.

Despite a last minute U-turn by the Salford Mayor, finding £1.5million to keep the nurseries open for a further year, parents, workers and campaigners were determined that the long term future of the nurseries should be secured.

Full details here...

added 24 March 2018  

 
 

EASTER BUNNY TO APPEAR AT SALFORD PRECINCT ON GOOD FRIDAY

Star date: 24th March 2018 

FREE EASTER CHOCOLATE AND KIDS CLUB AT PRECINCT

On Good Friday, the Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance at Salford Shopping Centre, handing out mini chocolate eggs and meeting children, while on Saturday, 31st March, the Kids Club is in action on the Precinct helping to create an array of free Easter-themed toys.

Full details here...

added 24 March 2018  

 
 

CITY WEST CHARGES SALFORD TENANT £12 PER WINDOW PER CLEAN

Star date: 23rd March 2018

SALFORD TENANTS TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS BY CITY WEST

City West Housing has introduced a new external window cleaning service at Cremer House in Eccles for which it's charging £1.30p per week, plus a 20p per week 'management charge'. This adds up to £72 per year but the windows will only be cleaned twice a year.

City West tenant, Ali Cassim, has a one bedroom flat in the block with only three windows... "City West is charging me £12 per window per clean" he says "I find it absolutely scandalous."

Full details here...

added 23 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL NURSERIES TO REMAIN OPEN FOR AT LEAST 18 MONTHS

Star date: 22nd March 2018

MASSIVE U-TURN BY SALFORD MAYOR TO KEEP NURSERIES OPEN – BUT DEMO STILL GOES AHEAD

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has announced a massive U-turn, finding an extra £1.5million of Council money to ensure that the threatened five local authority nurseries will stay open until at least September 2019.

Despite opposition, the consultation on the nurseries' future will still begin on Monday, with closure removed as an option. Meanwhile, Saturday's Save Our Nurseries demonstration, with speakers including Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Angela Rayner, is to go ahead as planned.

Full details here...

added 22 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCILLOR LAUNCHES STINGING ATTACK ON SALIX HOMES

Star date: 21st March 2018

SALFORD COUNCILLOR ANNOYANCE AT SALIX HOMES DEMOCRACY DEFICIT

At today's full meeting of Salford City Council, Councillor John Warmisham expressed his 'annoyance' at Salix Homes appearing to have 'reneged' on its promise to increase democracy for tenants following the transfer of Council houses and flats into its ownership.

Councillor Warmisham also added his concern that Salix could be heading the way of other housing associations into market rents... "It's having a damaging effect on social housing in this city" he said.

Full details here...

added 21 March 2018  

 
 

PEEL HOLDINGS TOLD NOT TO INSULT SALFORD PEOPLE’S INTELLIGENCE AT BROADOAK INQUIRY

Star date: 20th March 2018

PEEL TRIES TO USE HOMELESSNESS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING ARGUMENTS IN WORSLEY PLANNING INQUIRY

Peel Holdings was told today that its arguments about homelessness and affordable housing to justify building up to six hundred 'aspirational' homes on the Worsley Greenway was "simply an insult to our intelligence" by Councillor Robin Garrido, representing the RAID residents group.

Today was the last day of the Broadoak Planning Inquiry, where final submissions were made to Planning Inspector, Michael Boniface.

Full details here...

added 20 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL SHAME AS MANCHESTER COUNCIL VOTES ON MAKING VIABILITY ASSESSMENTS PUBLIC

Star date: 19th March 2018

AS SALFORD COUNCIL HIDES DEVELOPER AVOIDANCE DOCS, MANCS TO VOTE FOR TRANSPARENCY

As Salford City Council continues to hide the viability assessments by which developers avoid paying planning fees and providing affordable housing, on Wednesday, Manchester City Council is to vote on making them public.

"This Council notes that developers have often used viability assessments to avoid their obligations to provide affordable housing and where this happens, it can damage public confidence in the planning process" states the motion put forward by seven Manc councillors, shaming the current stance in Salford.

Full details here...

added 19 March 2018  

 
 

MANCHESTER METEOR HOMELESSNESS PUBLIC MEETING

Star date: 18th March 2018 

REPORTING HOMELESSNESS

Public Meeting/Film Screening
Thursday 22nd March 7pm-9pm
Partisan, Manchester free

Manchester Meteor is hosting a public meeting with film screenings and a panel discussion centred around the homeless crisis, also looking at the role of independent media in reporting it.

Full details here...

added 18 March 2018  

 
 

BEAST OF BOLSOVER APPEARS LIVE TO HELP SALFORD CENTRE

Star date: 17th March 2018

DENNIS SKINNER FILM AND LIVE Q AND A

Dennis Skinner and Friends
Friday 20th April from 6:30pm
Moston Miners Community Arts Centre £20

Infamous MP Dennis Skinner, the 'Beast of Bolsover', is to do a live Q and A, to help raise funds for the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre. There will also be a showing of his film, aptly titled, the Beast of Bolsover, together with live acts, speakers, and compere and comedian Smug Roberts.

Full details here...

added 17 March 2018  

 
 

FRACKING FRINGE EVENT AT GREATER MANCHESTER MAYOR GREEN SUMMIT

Star date: 17th March 2018

FROM BARTON MOSS TO FYLDE

Greater Manchester Green Summit: Fracking Fringe Meeting
Wednesday 21st March 7pm
Central Methodist Hall, Manchester

While Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham holds his 'Green Summit' this week, fracking is still very much a live issue. So Frack Free Greater Manchester is holding a fringe event to tell the story of how activists have, so far, prevented fracking in the UK.

Full details here...

added 17 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD QUAYS SCENE FOR CLASH OF CHANNELS SPORT RELIEF BOAT RACE

Star date: 17th March 2018 

BBC OAR ITV FOR THE BOAT RACE?

Celebs from BBC and ITV, including Sara Cox, Sophie Raworth and Chris Bisson, will be battling it out on the high seas of Salford Quays this week in the Clash of the Channels Boat Race for Sport Relief, which will be aired on BBC One this Friday 23rd March.

Full details here...

added 17 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD WATER WORKERS STRIKE OVER UNITED UTILITIES PENSION GRAB

Star date: 16th March 2018

WATER WORKERS COULD LOSE UP TO £10,000 A YEAR FROM PENSION

This morning, water workers at the United Utilities plant on Peel Road, Barton, joined the first of two days of strike action in the North West, centred on the company wanting to impose changes to its pension scheme from 1st April, which could see younger staff losing £10,000 a year in retirement.

Full details here...

added 16 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD ‘FIRST SOCIAL HOUSING CO-OPERATIVE’ PROMISE IN FLAMES

Star date: 16th March 2018

SALIX BROKEN PROMISE THAT TENANTS 'WOULD BE IN CHARGE OF THEIR HOMES' 

Back when Salix Homes was pushing tenants to vote 'Yes' in transferring their homes from Salford City Council, the company promised that, should the vote go in its favour, "A new mutual Salix Homes would be owned by and accountable to its ...tenants and employees...genuine public ownership with true resident involvement".

Now that promise is in flames, with the company's Board deciding that "becoming a mutual organisation would not be in Salix Homes best interests"...

Full details here...

added 16 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD RESIDENTS STILL LIVING WITH CLADDING FEAR AS SALIX HOMES DISCUSSES SOLUTIONS

Star date: 15th March 2018

ONLY FOUR SALIX BLOCKS DUE TO HAVE SPRINKLERS FITTED; THREE BLOCKS STILL HAVEN'T HAD LEVEL 3 FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT

"We've got men flying around in space but they can't put a fireproof protection on the outside of our flats" Salix tenant.

In a new report for Salford City Council, Salix Homes states that, nine months after the Grenfell fire tragedy, "Remedial works to the seven Salix Homes partially cladded blocks is still being discussed".

The work is estimated to cost up to £5million, and Salix adds that only four of its blocks are currently planned to have sprinklers fitted, and three blocks haven't had Level 3 Fire Risk Assessments.

Full details here...

added 15 March 2018  

 
 

CRESCENT MASTERPLAN WILL ‘RESPECT SOUL’ OF SALFORD SAYS MAYOR

Star date: 14th March 2018

SALFORD COUNCIL LAUNCHES 'SOUL NOT FOR SALE' VIDEO – WITH AMERICAN ACCENT!

At the MIPIM property orgy in the South of France yesterday, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, launched a 'Masterplan' for the Crescent under the banner of 'Soul Not For Sale', together with the University of Salford, Manchester, and a video narrated by a bloke with an American accent...

Many believe that the 'soul' has already been ripped out of the city...

Full details here...

added 14 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD MAYOR FINALLY ASKS GOVERNMENT FOR NURSERY FUNDING FLEXIBILITY

Star date: 13th March 2018

MAYOR REQUESTS 'URGENT DISCUSSION' WITH MINISTER OVER NURSERY CLOSURES

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, has finally sent a letter to Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, asking for funding for the five nurseries that the Council is set to close – three weeks after the Department of Education stated that it hadn't received a request for flexibility in its Early Years funding.

Now the Mayor is asking for discussions 'as a matter of urgency' – because the consultation on the closures is due to start on March 26th.

Full details here...

added 13 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL CONSULTS ON ITS SHOCKING PLANNING POLICIES

Star date: 12th March 2018

SALFORD COUNCIL PLANS TO 'REVIEW' ITS DEVELOPER-FRIENDLY POLICIES

Salford Council is finally to 'review' its developer friendly policies, which have seen millions of pounds and thousands of affordable houses lost to the city...

"There has...been increasing public interest in the processes around planning obligations" understates the Council. The consultation runs until 6th April, although it's being kept rather quiet.

Full details here...

added 12 March 2018  

 
 

MANCHESTER METEOR FREE JOURNALISM COURSE

Star date: 11th March 2018

FREE JOURNALISM COURSE STARTING IN APRIL

The Manchester Meteor is running a free journalism course, starting in April for anyone who wants to be involved with local independent media. The deadline for applications is 17th March.

Full details here...

added 11 March 2018  

 
 

JOY DIVISION PLAY RETURNS TO DANCEHOUSE THEATRE MANCHESTER

Star date: 11th March 2018

JOY AS ACCLAIMED PLAY RETURNS

New Dawn Fades by Brian Gorman
Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th
April
Manchester Dancehouse Theatre £15/£12

Brian Gorman's acclaimed play about the origins of Joy Division and much more returns to the stage next month, with an extra date added due to demand. Book early for a total experience, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

added 11 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD RADICAL READINGS WITH MAXINE PEAKE, ANDREW ELLIS AND MORE

Star date: 10th March 2018

WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY FUNDRAISER LOOKS TO CHILDREN

Radical Readings 3: Suffer Little Children
Sunday 25th March 2pm
Peel Hall, University of Salford £12

Following on from two incredibly successful, sold out Radical Readings events, the latest fundraiser for the Working Class Movement Library focuses on children, and stars stalwarts Maxine Peake and Mike Joyce, with Andrew Ellis, Nico Mirallegro, Elle Pemberton and Molly Windsor.

Full details here...

added 10 March 2018  

 
 

O’HOOLEY AND TIDOW SUPER DUO OF FOLK PLAY ECCLES TOWN HALL

Star date: 10th March 2018

FOLK THAT FIZZES WITH ACTIVISM...

O'Hooley and Tidow
Saturday March 17th
Eccles Town Hall

Super duo O'Hooley and Tidow are currently tearing up the folk scene with award winning sounds that have got everyone from Billy Bragg to Maxine Peake raving like pickled herrings. The lucky residents of Eccles can get a taste of songs that 'fizz with activism' at the Town Hall next Saturday, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

added 10 March 2018  

 
 

SWINTON GREEN SPACE DEVELOPMENT SEES OVER 300 OBJECTIONS

Star date: 9th March 2018

TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AND LOSS OF GREEN SPACE LEAD TO MASS OF OBJECTIONS

Next week, Salford councillors will consider a planning application for 241 houses and a community park to be built on the Campbell Road Playing Fields in Swinton, near Swinton Golf Club.

339 objections have been received, mostly based on loss of green space and the huge traffic problems that would be created.

Full details here...

added 09 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL POLICY SEES NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEW ORDSALL APARTMENT BLOCKS

Star date: 8th March 2018

180 APARTMENTS – NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Salford City Council planning panel will next week consider plans for 180 new apartments in three huge blocks up to 21 storeys high. The blocks, on the riverfront at Ordsall, will see no affordable housing – in line with official Salford Council policy.

Full details here...

added 08 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD STUDENT GOES GLOBAL FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Star date: 8th March 2018

FROM INDIA TO SALFORD, PERIOD

"Gender inequality has no borders..." Hannah

Today, for International Women's Day, the Salford Star highlights the work of Salford resident and student Hannah Gaffey who, inspired by her work helping to improve the lives of women in India, has continued the fight for women's rights back in the UK.

Full details here...

added 08 March 2018  

 
 

GOVERNMENT ACCUSED OF DOING NOTHING ON ‘DEATHTRAP’ CLADDING

Star date: 7th March 2018

ONLY THREE COUNCIL BLOCKS IN WHOLE COUNTRY BEEN RE-CLAD SINCE GRENFELL – COULD TAKE OVER A YEAR FOR BLOCKS TO BE SAFE

Yesterday, a Parliamentary debate on the fall-out from the Grenfell fire tragedy heard that the Government was doing nothing to sort dangerously cladded blocks..."People are stuck in a building that they describe as a deathtrap" said Labour MP, Steve Reed. No Salford MPs spoke in the debate.

Only three blocks in the whole country owned by councils have been re-clad since Grenfell, as the Minister for Housing, Dominic Raab, said "planning alone can take up to a year". Meanwhile, in Salford, work on some blocks seems to have ground to a halt.

Full details here...

added 07 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL TO INVEST IN £1.5BILLION MANCHESTER AND STANSTED AIRPORT EXPANSION

Star date: 6th March 2018

£10MILLION ALREADY PUT ASIDE BY SALFORD COUNCIL AS IT'S SET TO JOIN £1.5BILLION AIRPORT 'INVESTMENT'

Salford City Council is to borrow money to 'invest' in the £1.5billion 'transformation' of Manchester Airport and Stansted Airport in which it has shares along with other Greater Manchester councils.

In papers relating to the loan, which is set to be rubber stamped next week by the Cabinet, no figure is mentioned. But the cash-strapped Council, currently looking to close five nurseries, has already set aside £10million in its budget for 'Manchester Airport'.

Full details here... 

added 06 March 2018  

 
 

GOVERNMENT ADMITS ‘ABUSE’ OF PLANNING POLICIES THAT HAVE BLIGHTED SALFORD

Star date: 6th March 2018

GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND END TO 'ABUSE OF VIABILITY ASSESSMENTS' ON AGENDA – NOW SOMEONE TELL SALFORD COUNCIL!!!

Yesterday, Prime Minister, Theresa May promised to end "abuse of the 'viability assessment' process" in planning, while Housing Secretary, Sajid Javid, added an option of having 'non-negotiable' developer contributions set nationally.

Javid also spoke of an expectation for "all viability assessments to be publicly available". Salford City Council is still blocking Freedom of Information requests to see 'viability assessments', while the 'abuse' of these things has seen the city lose around £50million and thousands of affordable houses.

Full details here...

added 06 March 2018  

 
 

SCANDAL OF £200MILLION WORTH OF APPEALS AGAINST SALFORD COUNCIL BUSINESS RATES

Star date: 5th March 2018

SALFORD COUNCIL SPENDING ON SERVICES CRIPPLED BY BUSINESS RATES APPEALS

What Salford City Council calls "the use of aggressive business rate avoidance tactics" has led to over £11million being set aside to cover losses, with the cost of appeals in the region of £5million this year. This at a time when front line services are being cut.

Since 2010, there have been a staggering 11,000 appeals against business rates in Salford, with the current value of appeals cited as over £200million.

Full details here...

added 05 March 2018  

 
 

COFFIN NAILS AND SALFORD TALES BRINGS FICTION AND FRICTION

Star date: 4th March 2018

SALFORD REDS, DODGY MAYORS AND LEWD IMAGININGS

Amongst other skills, Simon Williams has written a series of short books, loosely based on, er, himself and events in the city over recent times, complete with Salford Reds, a nicked Lowry painting, Buile Hill Mansion and some sexy happenings. Now he's brought them all together in one juicy volume titled Coffin Nails and Salford Tales...

Full details here...

added 04 March 2018  

 
 

PROUD AND LOUD ARTS NEW WORK AT MANCHESTER ART GALLERY

Star date: 4th March 2018

LIVE ART AFFIRMATIONS FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Affirmations
Thursday 8th March 7pm free
Manchester Art Gallery

Proud and Loud, the top Salford group of artists living with disability labels, present a new work, Affirmations, at Manchester Art Gallery this Thursday. It's a follow-up to their brilliant live installation, Cells, which premiered at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery in 2016. Don't miss!

Full details here...

added 04 March 2018  

 
 

HISTORIC SALFORD WOMEN’S TUC DOCUMENTS TO BE HANDED TO WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Star date: 3rd March 2018

CELEBRATING THE WORK OF MANCHESTER AND SALFORD WOMEN'S TUC

Two hand written volumes of minutes of the Manchester and Salford Women's Trade Union Council dating back over 100 years are to be handed over to the Working Class Movement Library at a special free event at the Library on Saturday 10th March, 2pm to 5pm.

Jointly organised by the Mary Quaile Club, there will be speakers delving into the important history of the local women's TUC which tackled low wages.

Full details here...

added 03 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD CITY MAYOR OFF TO HUGE PROPERTY BASH IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

Star date: 2nd March 2018

CASH-STRAPPED COUNCIL SENDS MAYOR TO CANNES – TO REVEAL CITY MASTERPLAN WHILE COMMUNITY LEFT IN THE DARK

Cash-strapped Salford Council is sending City Mayor, Paul Dennett, and supporting officers, to the huge MIPIM property bash in sunny Cannes this month.

Dennett is to speak on Salford's Smart New Neighbourhood, revealing the Council's joint masterplan with Salford University for thousands of apartments, new buildings and student accommodation around the Crescent – before anyone in the local community has been consulted on the plans.

Full details here...

added 02 March 2018  

 
 

SALFORD COUNCIL STILL NOT ASKED FOR NURSERY FUNDING FLEXIBILITY

Star date: 1st March 2018

AS CLOCK TICKS ON NURSERY CLOSURES GOVERNMENT STILL NOT HEARD FROM COUNCIL

Over a week ago, the Salford Star revealed that despite Salford City Council wanting to consult on the closure of its five nurseries due to changes in national grant funding, it hadn't actually applied to the Government for the funding flexibility that was offered.

That led to the Council pausing the start of its consultation and, yesterday, launching a campaign against the Government. However, the Department of Education has informed the Salford Star today that "Salford have not requested flexibility".

Full details here...

added 01 March 2018  

 
 

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Dear Editor, where is the second half of this story? Thanks.The first bit here was a good piece.... [more]
article: HARROP FOLD HEAD SLAMS ‘PERSONAL VENDETTA’ OF SALFORD CITY COUNCIL
When you are suspended you are supposed to keep away from the school and not contact governors, staff or pupils. You are also no... [more]
article: HARROP FOLD HEAD SLAMS ‘PERSONAL VENDETTA’ OF SALFORD CITY COUNCIL
The sad thing in all this is that the kids really liked him, and yes he did do well for the school to start with, but then, as hap... [more]
article: CLADDING AND WINDOW SAFETY SCARES AT SALFORD BLOCKS
More negativitý from Bob the regular - a perfect posìtion to dèflect Tory culpability for the current cladding crisís! Fact,... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
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