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  2. New website development, marketing and promotion as well as administration costs, had not been considered as part of the original budget for the scheme. As a result just 3 months on from the announcement, the GM Metro Mayor is back again cap in hand and asking for a further £1m from tax payers for the two year pilot scheme. Burnham says that the additional money is required to deliver and operate the 'Opportunity Pass' scheme, which has now taken on the new name of 'Our Pass', the reason being is that other promised funding sources have 'failed to materialise'. Originally Burnham had said the cost of the bill would come from both the bus companies themselves as well as from colleges and sponsors but this money has simply not been acquired. The colleges are currently reluctant to sign off on releasing their part of the funding, estimated to be at £1m, as they are unsure that the funding can be used for that purpose. The Mayor also hopes to be able to dip into a pot which is usually for subsidisation of bus routes after it was left with a hefty £1.6m after an under-spend. Leaders will meet on Friday to hear how the cost of setting up the scheme, operating it and promoting it will require the additional £1m funding. £400,000 of which will be used for initial set up and a further £300,000 per year over 2 years in order to to develop, operate and administer. Leaders have agreed that the shortfall can be made up from additional council tax increases and they warn that an additional £15 could be added to band B & D council tax bills next year unless suitable alternative funding can be found for the next phase which is slated to come in at a whopping cost of £16m.
  3. Several vehicles in Cadishead have been damaged by stones thrown by youths from a bridge in Cadishead, one vehicle which sustained damage to the bonnet and windscreen, was carrying two small children aged just 4 and 2 years old at the time. The grandfather of the children describes the force of the impacts making them both visibly shaken and upset but otherwise fortunately unharmed. Youths launched the shameful and highly dangerous attack from the disused railway lines which span over Liverpool Rd, close to the nearby Cadishead library. Several vehicles have been said to have been targeted, including a number 67 bus on route through the area. It is unclear how much damage was done to the bus or if anyone on-board was injured. We have approached Go North West for a comment. One witness said there were stones everywhere as he passed under the bridges shortly after, fortunately his car was not one of those hit. Sadly in another linked incident a taxi carrying a pregnant lady and her 2 year old daughter came under attack from above, fortunately the vehicle was not hit but the occupants were still shocked at what they had witnessed. The situation could have been a lot worse as it could have triggered complications. Fortunately all in the vehicle were unharmed. Those responsible are described as being a small group aged between 12-14 yeas old, their irresponsible actions could have led to a much more serious accident had the driver lost control of the vehicle. Local Cadishead Councillor, Lewis Nelson said, Last month police urged parents to get a grip of their children after a similar attack saw cars damaged after children threw rocks from a motorway bridge on the M66. The situation could have been a lot worse, although for the owner of the damaged vehicle it now looks like he is going to have to watch his insurance premiums rise. If you have any information as to the names of those responsible or even dash-cam footage then you can contact police on 101 and report it anonymously.
  4. Wigan Warriors will look to reward the efforts of current and former Armed Forces personnel in the upcoming Betfred Super League clash against Salford Red Devils at the DW Stadium on Friday 28th June. As Salfords Devils head to Wigan for this Fridays clash with the Warriors, it has been announced that serving armed forces personnel or veteran will be able to see the match at the DW stadium for free, providing they produce a current and valid ID card, military number or veterans badge as part of the Tickets for Troops partnership. Martin McLoughlin, Wigan Warriors Marketing and Community Director: This free ticket can be claimed by personnel visiting the DW Stadium on a Monday to Friday (9am-5pm) or on the day of the game itself from the main Ticket Office, which will open three hours before kick-off. Winton is set to celebrate Armed Forces Day this coming Saturday with a parade from Dukes Drive Park along Parin Lane to the community festival held in Winton Park. Tickets are available for current serving members of the Armed Forces and those who have been medically discharged since 2001. Individuals can apply for tickets online at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk‎ For more information, please contact William Campbell-Lamerton at Tickets for Troops on 020 7932 0808 or email press@ticketsfortroops.org.uk
  5. Lui is heading to Leads on initial loan for an undisclosed fee, as part of the deal which will see Tongan International, Lolohea, heading across the pennines to Salford. The half-back swap sees both players in initial loan with both signing two-year deals. Both of the players have signed on the dotted line for an initial loan deal before the move is made permanent towards the end of the season which will see them at their respective clubs until 2021. The 24 year old will be immediately available for selection as the Devils head to take on the Warriors in Wigan this Friday. Salford Red Devils director of rugby and operations Ian Blease said, Photo: Salford Red Devils
  6. The ‘I Believe’ project will deliver a programme of workshops that will bring together young people who are facing different issues in their lives affecting their mental health and well-being, such as knife crime, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy. The project will engage 45 vulnerable young people from Salford to participate in workshops to explore and debate their own views on the issues that matter to them, using radio as a platform to share these in an expressive, creative and personal way. The Salford based 'Unity Radio' youth station which broadcasts from the Landing@MediaCityUK, will run the ‘I Believe’ workshop sessions twice a week, with a live two-hour radio broadcast once a week titled ‘NGY’ (Next Gen Youth). NGY will provide local communities with an opportunity to engage in dialogue on various issues that affect their lives, providing a platform to those who have been marginalised by society. ‘I Believe’ will evolve a young person’s interest in urban music and music creation, from a hobby into skills for life, working towards an accredited arts award. The workshop sessions will provide vocational training in radio skills and tackle underlying issues that affect young people’s emotional well-being and encourage the reporting of incidents as well as providing victim support. Unity Radio will invite public service representatives as well as music industry figures to animate and add depth to the sessions. Using broadcast and social media to consider real life stories and messages to create a powerful social narrative about the issues young people face in their communities The project comes at a time when support for young people’s mental health and well-being is needed more than ever. Young people with mental health problems are less likely to be in employment, education or training and are more likely to be in receipt of benefits. They are also eight times more likely to have contact with the criminal justice system. (Knapp et al 2016 report). Lee Dinsdale, Director of Unity Radio said: Stephen Wild, Managing Director of MediaCityUK added: The station broadcasts across most of Greater Manchester on 92.8 FM and you can tune in via links on their website too. http://www.unityradio.fm/ways-to-listen/
  7. The newly elected Conservative Councillor in Boothstown and Ellenbrook, Darren Ward , has issued a warning to parents over the dangers to youngsters who are inhaling what is commonly termed as hippy crack. This comes after a box containing almost a hundred of the dangerous nitrous oxide aka 'laughing gas' canisters were found strewn around in a field close to the Marina by two teenagers. Rather than wait for the Council to act, the quick thinking Councillor headed to the location right away and removed the items to ensure that young children would not stumble across them, some of the canisters looked to be unused. He has since properly disposed of them at the local refuse centre. Darren has also contacted local schools and the local police sergeant to let them know, he has also requested officers to show a more visible presence in the area in hope of deterring further antisocial behaviour. Nitrous oxide slows down your brain and your body's responses, and the effects of the drug varies depending on how much has been inhaled. Taking nitrous oxide can cause: feelings of euphoria, relaxation and calmness. fits of giggles and laughter – hence the nickname 'laughing gas'. It has medically been used as a sedative, most commonly by dentists. Short-term side effects can include headaches, dizziness and unconsciousness, while long-term, excessive use has been associated with anaemia, incontinence, depleted bone marrow and numbness in fingers and toes. Although fatalities are relatively rare they do still happen. Under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, it is illegal to supply nitrous oxide for its psychoactive effect. However, a number of court cases have collapsed due to a loophole in the legislation that provides an exemption for the drug’s medicinal use. The government has said that each case must be decided on its individual circumstances. GMP have asked that If anyone has any information regarding to please contact 101 or crime stoppers on 0800 555 111. They have also highlighted the guidelines on restricting the sale of the gas for recreational use. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-restricting-the-supply-of-nitrous-oxide-for-recreational-use
  8. There will be a number of events held at Heaton Park as part of the Manchester Festival of Nature, from wild life walks to bird spotting and educational talks about local ecology and the importance that Bee's play in it. On Saturday the 29th of June it really will Bee the place to Bee as the park will beecome an hive of activity. Calm down Honey the puns are not that bad. The main event however will be an attempt to bring the record of the most human Bee's gathered in one place to Salford and Manchester. The current record stands at around 2,750 people but in order to take the crown it is reckoned that they will need around 3000 people to don their wings and stings and head to the park. Renowned Mancunian Birder 'James Walsh' says, Photo: Tony Flynn in a Bee suit having fallen on hard times.
  9. This is not the first time the area has been targeted by thieves, nor will it likely be the last, however there has been an increase in incidents over the past few weeks, which has led GMP to issue a warning to locals to be extra vigilant and take care in securing their valuables. Officers are reminding people to ensure they lock their doors, keep car keys out of sight and not to leave valuables on show in cars or in homes. Keep keys and items of value in a safe place out of view from windows Keep your doors locked (house and motor vehicle) Lock your garden gates Consider a crook lock for your motor vehicle If you have CCTV ensure that it is working correctly Consider a security light If you are away for any period of time, notify a trusted neighbour or friend who can keep an eye on your property. Remember: report any suspicious circumstances to the police giving descriptions where possible and vehicle registrations and direction of travel. If you believe you know who is responsible for these crimes you can call the police direct on 101 or pass the information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where you can remain anonymous. In all cases of an emergency dial : 999
  10. Police are appealing for information witnesses after a motorcyclist was left with serious injuries in a collision with a silver coloured Toyota Avensis. The collision happened shortly before 7:30 am on Great Cheatham Street in the Higher Broughton area. The road was quickly cordoned off in both directions as the man was treated at the scene, he was later transferred to hospital via ambulance having suffered serious injuries. The driver of the Toyota remained at the scene to give statements to the police. If you have any dash cam footage or were witness to the collision then please contact police via 101.
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  12. CORE:Independents have accused Salford City Council of blatantly disregarding the wishes of the communities of Irlam and Cadishead, as it has been revealed that Urban Vision have been tasked with undertaking an assessment of ground conditions on land pegged for development of up to 1600 homes on an section of Chat Moss. However, the position of the Council is that this is all part of the viability assessment process as made clear at a public meeting back in Jan 2019. In a letter sent to Councillors it would appear that Urban Vision has been tasked with assessing peat depths across the disputed site which includes land close to Irlam Station. The assessment will involve on-site ground investigations, which have apparently been scheduled to take place within the next few weeks. The work will not actually be carried out by UV themselves but rather by sub-contractors who are as yet to be appointed. 20 window sampled boreholes are set to be drilled on the site to gauge the makeup of the underlying substructure. Additionally there will be the installation of 10 small gas wells, these would be installed on the site for a period of 12 months to allow for monitoring of ground gases associated with the presence of Peat. Steps would be put in place to ensure that work on occurs during normal working hours as the drill used for the boreholes can produce 'significant' noise. The time scale for the ground investigations is said to be two weeks with a further ten weeks factored in for the monitoring, lab testing and reporting of the findings. The Council says that the work is being carried out after issues were raised by members of the public at a meeting back in Jan 2019, at that meeting council officer Chris Findley explained that investigations on the site would have to take place in order to determine its viability as to whether the site should continue to be allocated in the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework (GMSF). This action is not just specific to the Chat Moss site but is to be carried our across all site allocations within the GMSF draft in order to determine if they are to be included in the final version. If the site is deemed to be unsuitable then it will inevitably be removed in the next draft of the GMSF, however, campaigners say that the site is already deemed unsuitable, citing the irreparable damage that would be done to the local ecology. Campaigners have gathered together on a number of occasions to participate in nature walks across the moss in an attempt to raise awareness of its bio diversity and importance to the ecology of Salford and beyond. The natural carbon sink acts as a filter by trapping not only carbon but also other toxins in the air. Campaigners fear that disturbing the peat-lands has the very real potential to not only damage the local ecology but also release carbon that has been locked away within them back into the atmosphere adding to the unprecedented levels already present. Peat-lands are the superheroes of ecosystems: purifying water, sometimes mitigating flooding and providing a home for rare species. And they beat nearly every system when it comes to carbon storage. Known peat-lands only cover about 3% of the world’s land surface, but store at least twice as much carbon as all of Earth’s standing forests. In addition, at least one-third of the world’s organic soil carbon, which plays a vital role in mitigating climate change and stabilising the carbon cycle, is in peat-lands. The view by the campaigners is that Salford is lucky enough to have these areas of land that perform an important role, the message is that we should be protecting them at all costs and not building upon them as once they are gone they are lost forever. Local campaigner Dave Pike said, Core recently upset the apple cart at the local elections after their candidate in Irlam, Darren Goulden, stormed past the finish line with a majority of 125 whilst fellow Candidate Dave Pike finished a strong second in neighbouring Cadishead missing out on taking the seat by 64 votes. For a full breakdown of electoral voting across the City see here: https://salford.media/elections/local2019 The independents have vowed to step up their campaigning in order to show just how passionate the local community feels about protecting Salford's Green Lungs. Dave went on to say, Newly elected Cadishead Councillor, Lewis Nelson, has vowed to continue to pledge his support in protecting the Mosslands at every stage of the GMSF consultation, a keen environmentalist himself, he was one of the first to arrive and join in the protests at neighbouring Barton Moss when it was under threat from iGas who had designs on hydraulic gas fracturing (Fracking). Cadishead Councillor Lewis Nelson told us, We have printed the contents of the letter in its entirety below. ------ Dear Councillor, As you will be aware, the Revised Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) was published for consultation in January 2019 (at the same time as the Salford Revised Draft Local Plan). The GMSF proposes to allocate four sites outside of Salford’s urban area for housing and employment development, including GM allocation 32 Land North of Irlam Station, which is proposed to be allocated for 1,600 dwellings. The city council is aware that this site is likely to have significant depths of peat across parts of it, however data on this is currently limited. Representations made to the Revised Draft GMSF expressed concerns about the ground conditions on the site and suggested that this would impact on development viability. This issue was also raised by the local community at the public meeting held in Irlam and Cadishead in January 2019, and council officers explained that site investigations would be required to understand this further. The city council has recently appointed Urban Vision to undertake an assessment of the ground conditions, in order to provide an indication of peat depths across the site. The assessment will involve on-site ground investigations, which will take place during the coming weeks. The works will be undertaken by a sub-contractor appointed by Urban Vision and will comprise: 20 window sampled boreholes. The samples are taken using a relatively small rig that is less than 1m wide, has its own tracks and can be manoeuvred relatively easily within a site. This produces quite significant noise, roughly about the level of roadworks. Activity would be restricted to normal working hours to minimise potential nuisance. The installation of 10 gas wells. These wells would be installed on the site for a period of at least 12 months to allow for monitoring of ground gas associated with the presence of peat. Discussions will take place with the landowners to agree the location and timing of the ground investigations, to ensure that any disruption is minimised as far as possible. It is expected that it will take two weeks to undertake the ground investigations, and a further 10 weeks for lab testing, monitoring and reporting. The assessment will help the city council to identify any particularly problematic parts of the site and better understand the practical issues associated with its development, in order to determine whether the site should continue to be allocated in the GMSF.
  13. Yet again another story of everyday Salford folk when combined with alcohol, police assault always ends up in tears if not the Salford Magistrates Court as his story from June 1919 shows. John Lyons who resided at Hudson Street, Broughton appeared at Salford Magistrates Court dressed in full Army khaki uniform charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting P.C. Bradshaw. Alongside him was his father, Joseph Bradshaw of the same address but no khaki uniform, charged with assaulting P.C. P.C. Fairbrother. P.C. Bradshaw told the court that he was passing the Royal archer public house when he heard a commotion and saw a group of men arguing, in the middle was John Lyons, shouting and gesticulating. The brave bobby, "requested" that John go home, only to met with a punch to his face and was then gripped around the neck as John attempted to strangle him! Happily, PC's Brady and Walker happened to be passing, always a bobby there when you want one isn't there? P.C. Walker told the Court that he went to P.C. Bradshaw's assistance and it was with some difficulty they managed to get the "slips" on him, as he was, "fighting like a madman" P.C Brady backed him up by saying that he saw John attempting to strangle P.C. Bradshaw, when he noticed Joseph Lyons grab P.C. Fairbrother by the throat causing him an injury that required medical assistance. A brawl then ensued with several people joining in, and it was with some difficulty that the two men were taken into custody. Mr Desquesnes appeared as Defence for John Lyons whilst Joseph chose to defend himself. Rather smoothly Desquesnes told the Bench that that he had no reason to doubt the accuracy of anything said by the police and had to admit that his client had committed an offence...however. He then asked the Bench to be lenient with him and to take into account that he had been in police custody since Saturday evening, and with a final roll of the dice told the Court that John had promised to be "well behaved" for the rest of the time of his leave. Joseph Lyons denied assaulting P.C. Fairbrother and stated that he was the one who had been assaulted and on the evening in question there was great confusion outside the pub and all he could remember was a P.C. telling him to clear off. Superintendent Clarke then chipped in that both men had several convictions for being drunk and disorderly. Surprisingly John Lyons was sentenced to prison for seven days with hard labour. Joseph Lyons was then given 14 days in prison with hard labour. Perhaps Joseph should have pleaded guilty and would have received a lesser sentence? As Gilbert and Sullivan wrote in the Pirates of Penzance, A Policeman's Lot Is Not A Happy One, especially in Salford at closing time. Photo: Royal Archer.
  14. Anyone charged with drink or drug driving offences over the two weeks will be named by GMP on social media. The campaign is led by the NPCC and runs from Monday 24 June until Monday 8 July with the aim of reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by irresponsible drink and drug drivers. The following people have been charged and their names released by GMP. Andrea Wilson (13/11/1972) of Pleasant Street, Heywood has been charged with being drunk while in charge of a motor vehicle. She is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 17 July. Joseph Ball (13/05/1969) of Beaumont Grove, Wigan has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. He is due to appear at Wigan Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 25 June. Paul Corbett (20/12/1961) of Rustywell Park, Somerset has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. He is due to appear at Manchester & Salford Magistrates’ Court on Friday 18 July. Daniel Morgan (17/03/1981) of no fixed address has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, having an expired provisional licence and no insurance. He is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 25 July. Kevin Willisford (10/03/1980) of Fox Platt Terrace, Tameside has been charged with failing to provide a specimen and having no driving licence. He is due to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 1 August. Wesley Parnell (09/07/1981) of Tymm Street, Manchester has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. He is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 25 July. Thomas Clarke (26/06/1990) of Wembury Street North, Manchester has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. He is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 24 July. Paul Andrews (24/09/1963) of Hanson Street, Bury has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. He is due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 1 August. Five others who were arrested have been released under investigation. GMP say if you suspect anyone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, contact them directly on 101 or 999 in an emergency where they pose an immediate threat to themselves or other road users. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  15. Head teachers across Salford are urging parents to back a new campaign for fairer funding for schools. They have written to all parents condemning the government’s current funding for schools and showing their support for the head teachers’ national Worth Less? campaign. City Mayor Paul Dennett and Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry, who oversees the children and young people portfolio, are giving their backing to the move. In the strongly worded letter the Salford heads lay blame with vicious government cuts which have seen school budgets for under 16s cut by eight per cent since 2010 whilst class sizes are quickly rising at the same time which is increasingly making it harder to maintain the range of sports and experiences currently offered. They also say that the cuts making it harder for schools who are struggling to maintain support for children’s emotional well-being and to support the most vulnerable children and young people in schools. Mayor Dennett said, Councillor Merry added, Head teacher Daniel Gauld of River View primary school, Salford, said, The letter which was sent out on the 21st of June, reads, Dear parent/carer Update – School Funding Issues I wanted to contact you to about school funding. Many Headteachers in Salford are sending out the same letter. Across the county over 7000 schools have also sent a similar letter. Sadly, I have to confirm that despite intense lobbying of the Government and Department for Education, school budgets remain extremely challenging. In short, schools are still not getting the right funding to deliver the level of education and support that is expected and that our families and children deserve. Current concerns Since 2010 school budgets have been reduced in real terms by 8%. Class sizes are rising and it is getting harder to maintain the range of experiences and sports currently offered Schools support children’s emotional well-being, this support is being eroded due to poor levels of funding. Schools are struggling to maintain the level of support currently offered Often, the most vulnerable students in our schools are bearing the brunt of cuts and schools are struggling to provide the levels of support that they are entitled to. These issues are not simply affecting a few schools. They are common in schools up and down the country. Headteachers are so concerned that we are all working together on this issue. In September 2018, over 2000 Headteachers campaigned at Westminster in order to underline the seriousness of the current situation. The ‘Worth Less?’ campaign group now has 64 Local Authorities and Boroughs, covering thousands of schools and millions of families. This gives a clear indication of the levels of concern felt by reasonable Headteachers in England. We know that there is not a ‘bottomless pit’ of money and also know that many local MPs are taking a supportive approach. We must make clear, however, that the current response from the Department for Education is inadequate. Headteacher colleagues and I, feel fortunate that we have been so strongly supported by parents and carers as we campaign for a better level of funding for our schools and pupils. We urge you to send messages to your local MP and to the Department for Education and wider Government to ensure that matters improve. We will continue to inform you of the facts and to campaign vigorously over coming weeks and months. In the meantime, be assured [our school's] ‘can-do’ spirit will continue and we remain committed to offering the best education we can to our young people. However, some have also highlighted that the considerable housing boom and population increase over the past few years has added to the problem and had a huge effect on the availability of school places in some areas. With more homes come more children and those children will put even more pressures on an education system that is already being hit hard. With plans to build hundreds of thousands of new homes across the whole of Greater Manchester in the coming years some argue that it is only a matter of time before the bubble burst and the whole system collapses. It is estimated the bill across the country would come to at least £2.8 billion in order to just maintain funding in the face of inflation, increasing costs and the rise in pupil numbers. Those hardest hit have been schools that deal with the most vulnerable students, many of which have special educational needs and disabilities. Support for them has been chipped away over a long period with funding becoming increasingly hard to access. Photo: Buile Hill Visual Arts College, Salford.
  16. Salford Red Devils boss Watson is to be joined by the London Broncos' head coach Danny Ward as an assistant to Rugby League Lions head coach Wayne Bennett. 'Watto' was named assistant coach ahead of the return of the Great British Rugby League Lions later this Autumn, this comes as under his tutelage the Devils are currently on a roll in fifth place in the Betfred Super League. He will now be involved in assessing players for the selection process throughout the summer before a Great Britain Performance Squad is announced later in September. Great Britain are set to play in four Tests on consecutive weekends from October 26 til November 16 as they embark on their first tour of the southern hemisphere since the Tri-Nations series thirteen years ago, back in 2006. Saturday October 26 - v Tonga (Hamilton); Saturday November 2 - v New Zealand (Eden Park, Auckland) Saturday November 9 - v New Zealand (Christchurch) Saturday November 16 - v Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby) Image: Salford Red Devils
  17. Salford Council want your views on the Chapel Street East Phase 1 plans to make it easier and safer for people travelling on foot or by bike. A three-week consultation will start from 21 June to 12 July 2019, and you are invited to give your views on the link at the bottom of this page. Salford Council is working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on the project to ensure that all residents, businesses and stakeholders are kept up to date with information on the scheme. The section of Chapel Street between New Bailey Street and Blackfriars is a key link into the city centre, however this route is currently dominated by motor vehicles. The proposed plans apparently aim to make it easier and safer for people travelling on foot or by bike by providing protected facilities for cyclists (Bike Lanes) and improved crossing provision for pedestrians along this route. Salford Council says it has developed a strategic plan for the are which promotes much less reliance on cars and instead encourages more sustainable travel. The emphasis will be put on encouraging people to traverse the area using alternatives such as bicycles, walking and improved public transport. The area between Blackfriars and New Bailey Street is currently dominated by motor vehicles, however the new proposed plans will give greater priority to both cyclists and pedestrians on the route. Improvements to crossings as well as protected facilities for cyclists will go hand in hand with newly planted tree's and improved foot-ways. Greater Manchester's Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Chris Boardman says, However, not everyone is impressed, with some on social media saying that it is just going to create yet another bottleneck on a major artery in and out of Manchester for motorists who are increasingly being pushed out of the City centre. To take part in the consultation visit http://socsi.in/NLTZI to find out more. You can download a copy of the schemes consultation leaflet in Adobe PDF format here. How to comment You can provide your comments either by: By email to salfordroadworks@urbanvision.org.uk (please use ‘Chapel Street consultation’ in the subject box) By post to Salford City Council, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford M27 5AW (FAO Chapel Street consultation) By calling 0161 779 6060 and leaving a voicemail response (calls are charged at a local rate) A consultation event is being held at Sacred Trinity Church (Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5DW) on the 27 June 2019 between 12.30pm and 8pm.
  18. The NSPCC has revealed the shocking increase in recorded cases of sex crimes against children in the region, 2231 of which were carried out online. There has been an unsettling increase since 2015/16 when the number of cases was 417 but this has steadily risen and by 2018/2019 had reached 628. The charity sent Freedom of Information requests to all of the police forces in the uk and received responses from 40 out of the 44. Police in England and Wales have been marking online incidents with a cyber flag for the past four years. The data collected has revealed the shocking extent of the problem of crimes against those under 18, which include instances of sexual communication with children, online grooming and even rape. The most common age of the victims was just 13 but there were also offices against children much younger, and even sickening incidents involving babies. There are on average 22 reports made to police forces across the country, per day. Yet the NSPCC fears that this could be just the tip of a much larger iceberg as the data does not include information regarding other types of online harm against children such as those who have downloaded/viewed indecent images and other materials. The charities Chief Executive, Peter Wanless, said: The government is currently consulting on an online harms white paper, which outlines new laws to crack down on internet companies. Among the proposals under consideration is the introduction of an independent regulator to enforce a legal duty of care on technology companies to keep users safe on their platforms. Meanwhile social media platforms such as Facebook are saying they have made huge changes to their platforms to make them safer for youngsters. Some like Facebook have age limits on just who can hold an account but these measures are easily worked around upon sign up by simply giving false age information. Parents are now on the front lines of the battle and are being asked to be extra vigilant as to who their children are communicating with online. With more and more children becoming connected with internet capable devices and the ease of access to social media platforms, the problem is becoming worse by the day.
  19. Police arrived on scene at around 10:20pm on Monday night after being called out to investigate reports of an assault having taken place. Upon arrival a man in his 20's was found to be in the water, although he managed to make his way to safety and out of the water by himself. However he was taken to hospital as a precaution. Police said in a statement that he has received treatment for minor injuries, Police are continuining to investigate the circumstances of how the man came to be in the water. Information can be left with police on 0161 856 5351 quoting incident 2482 of 24/06/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  20. Wilson Nkurunziza, the Labour party candidate, has been declared the winner in the 2017 Langworthy by-election. The turnout for the election, held Thursday 14 December, was 11.76% with 1041 votes cast. The votes were cast as follows: Michael Felse, Independent 55 James Mount, Conservative Party 183 Wilson Nkurunziza, Labour Party 601 Jake Overend, Liberal Democrats 125 Ian Pattinson, Green Party 72 Five ballot papers were rejected. The by-election was called to find a replacement for Councillor Paul Longshaw who passed away earlier this year. The political makeup of the council remains: Labour 50 Conservative 9 Liberal Democrats 0 Independent 1
  21. Tony Blair's former deputy was admitted to hospital in Hull on Friday following a stroke, he is said by his family to be receiving excellent care. The Welsh born Labour stalwart served as deputy to Blair fpr 10 years following Labour's general election landslide in 1997. Now a member of the house of Lords, John retired from politics in 2010 but made a brief return in 2015 as an adviser to then leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband. MP's including Tony Blair and current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have sent messages wishing him a full and speedy recovery, they also praised the hard working NHS staff who are treating him at the Royal Hull Infirmary. A member of John's family has said,
  22. Kevin Mannion (22/11/1977) was released from prison in May 2019 after being jailed in February 2019 for offences against the Prison Act. He is known to have links to the Salford area of Greater Manchester as well as in Manchester, Tameside and Stockport . If anybody has any information regarding the whereabouts of Mannion they should contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 5238 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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  24. After a second successive win at the AJ Bell, Salford's Red Devils have successfully placed themselves into the play-off positions in the Betfred Super League. Watson said: Evalds, Mossop, Hastings and Olpherts all scored try's for Salford, but there was much praise for Salford's impressive second half defence who were instrumental in taming Castleford's Tigers. Watson said: Salford are to head off to battle Wigan's Warriors on Friday on their home turf at the DW stadium Tickets are available: Here
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  26. Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Labour’s shadow business secretary, responding to news that the UK and Italian governments are presenting a proposal to jointly assume the Presidency of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said
  27. An impromptu gathering outside the headquarters of the BBC in MediaCity, saw a well attended crowd gather to demand that coming changes to TV licencing for the 75's and over are shelved. The unpopular move by the BBC would see means testing employed to determine the eligibility of pensioners for a concessionary licence. Under previous legislation, anyone aged 75 or over could apply for a concessionary licence but now that is all set to change as the new ruling will mean that only those pensioners in receipt of pension credit will be eligible. In 2015 the Conservative government, guided by George Osborne, struck a deal under which the subsidy would be phased out by 2020, with the broadcaster having to shoulder the cost of free TV licences. This will result in an estimated 3 million+ elderly people losing out on their free licence once the new scheme takes effect on the 1st of June 2020. Unite the Union stood shoulder to shoulder with Salford Pensioners Association and the GMB's Retired Members Association to send a powerful message to the bosses at the BBC. The peaceful protest saw a number of speeches given by local campaigners, one of whom is a familiar face in Salford, (Media) Maria Brabiner who has been at the forefront of campaigning against what is now universally termed the bedroom tax. Maria was visibly angry over the coming changes and told us it is an absolute disgrace that from next year pensioners will be faced with losing their concessionary licences. She said, During the protest the BBC turned on the charm offensive by sending down a trolley filled with tea and biscuits for the gathered crowd, an offer which was promptly refused by all. One lady cheekily responded by saying that the gesture by the BBC was part funded by the £154.50 per year she has to pay. Several people we spoke too were quick to note that they laid the blame squarely with the Government who were responsible for the removal of the funding which covered the costs. One man said, Another responded saying, Chants of shame on you and down with the Tories, down with the BBC, were heard resonating around the square and after the speeches were made, the crowd peacefully dispersed soon after.
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