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  2. It is almost 50 years since man first stepped onto the moon, as part of the moon landing celebrations, Salford Astronomical Society, will screen historic live footage of the landing at their base at Chaseley Field, Chaseley Road, M6 7DZ Observatory, Road, Salford. There will also be a talk by Apollo Mission expert Frank Rourke on SATURDAY 20 July from 6.30pm and the event is free. People attending may also be able to see Jupiter and Saturn through the observatory if the weather is good, but unfortunately the moon will be out of view at the time. For younger visitors there will be a rocket making competition NASA experts will be landing in Salford to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. NASA have been working with Salford City Council and Pendleton Sixth Form College to set up a programme of specialist lessons for both college and school students in November. The NASA team took part in Salford’s historic live broadcast of the NASA Mars Curiosity landing in 2012. Celebrations begin on 16 July for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took humanity’s first steps on the moon. And Councillor Stephen Coen, who is working with NASA on the Salford ‘space programme’ is promising the talks will be out of this world. Councillor Stephen Coen, Executive Support for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Salford City Council, said: The aim is to provide a unique experience for college and local high school pupils to learn all about astrophysics and heliophysics in a special week-long series of lessons and lectures. Dr. Jon Griffin, Head of Centre of Excellence for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Pendleton Sixth Form College said: Councillor Stephen Coen City Mayor Paul Dennett and Dr. Jon Griffin are working with NASA on the programme. As part of the moon landing celebrations, Salford Astronomical Society, will screen historic live footage of the landing at their base at Chaseley Field, Chaseley Road, M6 7DZ Observatory, Road, Salford. There will also be a talk by Apollo Mission expert Frank Rourke on Saturday 20 July from 6.30pm and the event is free. People attending may also be able to see Jupiter and Saturn through the observatory if the weather is good, but unfortunately the moon will be out of view at the time. For younger visitors there will be a rocket making competition. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
  3. The theif targetted a woman in her 20s, near to Ontario Basin on Salford Quays at around 3.30pm on Sunday 30 June 2019. Two boys on bikes rode up behind her before one of them snatched the mobile phone from her hand. They rode away but dropped the dropped the iPhone X, a short distance away and fled in the direction of Trafford Road Salford. The woman was uninjured but left shaken by the ordeal. Police have released an image of a boy they want to speak to about the incident. Anyone who has any information about the robbery or recognises the person featured in the image should call police on 0161 856 5401 quoting incident number 1666 of 30/6/19. Details can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  4. Yesterday
  5. Police are appealing to the public asking if they have seen a 2003 model silver coloured Suzuki Swift car around the Buile Hill Park area between the 2nd of July and the 9th of July, as they are eager to trace its movements. The registration number of the car is DG03XKE. They are also appealing for anyone who may have video or photos from Eccles Old Road between 11:10 pm on the night of Tuesday July 2nd 9:00 am on Tuesday July 9th. Any footage can be uploaded at the Major Incident Public Portal mipp.police.uk If any members of the public have seen the car then please get in touch with GMP Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said:
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  7. Fortunately we are happy to report that it was not the historic grade 2 listed mansion house which is situated a few hundred meters to the west. Once again, arsonists have set another building alight in Buile Hill Park and by our reckoning this latest fire has finally taken out the last one in the depot area which was left standing from previous arson attacks. At around 6:30 pm GMFRS were called to reports of a fire at Buile Hill Park, upon arrival it was discovered that a fire had been started in the old union building in the depot area of the park. The union building has been targeted before (May 2017) but thankfully firefighters were able to prevent the fire spreading to the roof at the time, sadly not the case this time as the building has been gutted by the flames and past of the roof has now collapsed. Firefighters knocked the remaining roof beams into the shell of the building for safety and to allow them access to the fire from above as it was deemed too unsafe to enter. Three fire apparatus were on hand to dampen the flames and a cordon was put in place by police in order to ensure the safety of the public. Smoke billowed out of the buildings now collapsed roof and quickly spread around the park with reports that people could smell it as far away as Eccles and Peel Park. An ambulance was sent to the scene but thankfully it seems that it was not needed as no one was hurt. It is currently unknown who the culprits are or how the fire started but a witness we spoke to at the scene told us that she had seen a group of teenage children coming from the site shortly before the smoke appeared. They were said to have ran off towards the bottom exit on Weaste Lane, however, unfortunately she was too far away to get a proper look at them.
  8. Police responded to a report of a man carrying a firearm at the Coach and Horses pub on Eccles New Road. Armed police descended on the area and a cordon was put in place across the road at around 7pm, however there was no evidence found of anyone with a firearm and despite extensive searches of both the pub and the surrounding area, the cordon was lifted just 20 minutes later. Tensions are currently high after a gun battle took place less than a mile away in the nearby Clarendon area on Thursday. Police have remained at the scene to continue their investigations and there has been an increased presence in the area to reassure the public. It is thought by police that the call was a hoax with the malicious intent.
  9. Detectives now believe that shots were exchanged between two men on a stolen motorcycle and at least two men in a blue Renault Megane on Liverpool Street shortly after 2pm on Thursday 11 July 2019. The rider and pillion passenger on the motorcycle, a black Yamaha MT 1030, fled the scene as did the occupants of the car. Although a number of shots were fired, there are not believed to have been any serious injuries. No firearms were recovered and no arrests have been made at this stage. Officers are now studying CCTV footage and appealing for information. Detective Inspector Lee Moriarty, from GMP’s Salford District, said: Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5187 quoting reference 1850 of 11/07/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  10. The body has now sadly been formally identified as 24-year-old Hiran Chauhan, who was reported missing on Thursday 4 July 2019. A man aged 32 from the Salford area was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail pending further enquiries. Police are continuing to appeal for information. Shortly before 8.10am on Tuesday 9 July 2019, police were called to a wooded area close to Eccles Old Road, where it meets the junction of Brentwood, to reports that a body had been found. Detectives are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who has information or has any video footage captured between 11.10pm on Tuesday 2 July 2019 and 9am on Tuesday 9 July 2019 on Eccles Old Road between Weaste Lane and Castleway including Rivington Road. Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: Files can be uploaded online via the investigation page on the Major Incident Public Portal. Search mipp.police.uk and click on the tile for this investigation and follow the instructions. Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777 quoting reference number 585 of 09/07/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  11. The survey, available on GM Consult, has been launched to help the Task Force provide further evidence of the impact on residents living in high rise buildings following the tragic Grenfell tower fire and inform the future work of the Task Force. It will run until July 28, 2019. Paul Dennett, Salford City Mayor and Chair of the Greater Manchester High Rise Task Force, said: The research will also look into residents understanding of fire safety and the safety measures of their building. Paul added: The High Rise Task Force brings together all ten local authorities, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, landlords of tower blocks across the city-region in both private and public ownership, as well as representatives from Universities, Utility Companies and other specialist teams to ensure buildings are safe and that Greater Manchester could respond effectively to a major high rise incident. Since it was established, the work of the taskforce has included: Inspecting every residential high rise in Greater Manchester by GMFRS to ensure they comply with fire regulations. GMFRS officers have and continue to work with local authorities, social landlords and buildings in private ownership to address fire safety concerns Full participation and submission of evidence to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The interim report echoed Greater Manchester’s findings that the building regulations system is not fit for purpose and needs to be overhauled Looking at developing plans for a ‘Greater Manchester’ standard of fire safety, putting the safety of buildings and those living and working in them at the centre Continuing to lobby government to provide clear guidance and the necessary funding to ensure our buildings and our residents are safe. This includes supporting housing providers and building owners with interim fire safety measures and the replacement of cladding systems, ensuring our fire and rescue service has the resources it needs to effectively enforce fire safety legislation, and protecting residents The GM High Rise Task Force has met to look at the implications of the Government’s current Building a Safer Consultation and the High Rise Residents Forum is meeting on the July 11 at 6pm to look at this from a Residents perspective. The results of the survey will help shape the Task Force response to the consultation. High rise residents can let the task force know about their experiences, thoughts, opinions and concerns through the survey: https://www.gmconsult.org/strategy-team/gm_hrtf/
  12. It seems utterly unbelievable but the owners of Irlam Juniors Football Club have had to put up signs warning dog owners that they are being recorded on CCTV. The reason being, that uncaring dog walkers are letting their pets run free to (for the want of a better word) crap all over the same pitch that the youngsters play on. It is utterly disgusting and totally out of order and it seems some owners need to have their ruddy noses rubbed into it to teach them a lesson. As you can imagine this is very much NOT acceptable at all when the pitch at Silver street in Irlam is used on a regular basis by a children's football club. Most people have the sense to pick up their pedigree pooch poops but it seems that there are some who think its acceptable to leave a massive steaming curly hound mound on the ground. Dog owners are being asked to have a little consideration for others using the field and they are reminded that it is a football pitch and not a dog toilet. It is not too much to ask that if your dog does a titanic turd, you bag it and bin it. It's not the dogs who are to blame here, they are just doing what comes naturally too them, it is up to the owner to clean up after them and failure to do so could land you with a fine. The volunteers at the club have been working tirelessly to ensure that the pitch is poop free so the kids can enjoy the game, however they increasingly had to deal with it on a daily basis and its just not on. Anyone found failing to clean up after their pooches will be prosecuted, you are being watched by CCTV.
  13. As the school holidays will soon upon us, parents in some households will be feeling the pinch more than others when it comes to feeding their youngsters, so with that in mind parents of Salford children who get free school meals are being offered shopping vouchers to help towards the cost of food during the six week summer holidays. The £30 grocery vouchers will be made available to those eligible through the City Mayor’s Salford Assist programme, designed to help people facing a crisis or emergency. Around 8,500 children qualify for free school meals in Salford and the council expects to spend up to £150,000 on the scheme. The Booth Charities, Salford, made a significant grant to support the scheme. The council, Salford Community Leisure, local schools and community groups are also drawing up a menu of healthy holiday activities, which include free healthy snacks and lunches. Deputy City Mayor Councillor Paula Boshell said: Parents of children in reception classes and primary school years one and two will need to claim certain benefits to qualify for the food shopping vouchers. Parents of older children who receive free school meals will automatically qualify. Families who do not qualify for the free school meal shopping voucher scheme and need short term support to meet basic needs such as baby items, food, gas or electricity or essential furniture may be able to get help from Salford Assist. The scheme can also refer people for help with debt, affordable loans and affordable energy. Last year the scheme helped just under 4,000 Salford residents. For details of the holiday voucher scheme please see: www.salford.gov.uk/healthyholidays For details of Salford Assist please see www.salford.gov.uk/salfordassist
  14. Diversions are in place at the top end of Liverpool Street close to Clarendon Leisure Centre this afternoon and a huge police presence is on the ground in the area. Witnesses have described two individuals on a motorcycle chasing a car along Liverpool Street and then discharging a firearm at it. Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they have received reports of a shooting and have no released this statement. Officers are currently responding to reports of a shooting in Salford. Shortly after 2pm on Thursday 11 July 2019, police were called to reports that a number of shots had been exchanged between the rider of a motorcycle and the occupants of a car in Liverpool Street. The occupants of the vehicle, a blue Renault Megane, fled the scene as did the motorcyclist. There are no reported injuries at this time. No arrests have been made. A scene is in place in Liverpool Street as police continue with their enquiries. Detective Inspector Joanne Kay, of GMP’s Salford District, said: It is thought that the occupants escaped the vehicle unharmed. A second area around Port Soderick avenue has been cordoned off as forensics officers focus on a dark blue Renault Megane that appears to have a smashed rear window and bullet holes in the front windscreen. The timing of the incident came at around 3 pm as parents were picking up their children from the local Lark Hill Primary school. A cordon is in place between Fitzwarren Street and Cross Lane, drivers are being told to divert around the area where possible. The traffic restrictions are expected to be in place for the foreseeable future. Police are currently going door to door asking for the help of locals in the area with their enquiries. Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5187 quoting reference 1850 of 11/07/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  15. A report by Judge Thomas Teague QC has heavily criticised Greater Manchester Police for role in a botched surveillance operation which left Anthony Grainger of Lower Broughton dead from gun shot wounds back in 2012. The QC said that the police did not conduct the armed deployment of officers in accordance with the requirements stipulated under article 2 of the European convention on human rights, this failure was to blame for his death. The father of two from Salford's Lower Broughton area was shot dead by marksmen during an operation in which they aimed to arrest a group of men who they suspected of being involved in armed robberies. He was one of three men sat in a red Audi and officers believed they were planning an armed robbery. However the police intelligence was flawed. During the the operation, an officer fired through the windscreen of the vehicle Mr Grainger was in whilst sat in the sleepy village of Culcheth, within seconds a canister of CS gas was thrown through the window and shocked onlookers screamed and panicked as the vehicles tyres were shot out. The officer known as Q9, said he had seen Grainger lower his arms and mistakenly though he was reaching for a firearm, however no weapons were found in the vehicle, or for that matter later on when a search was conducted at his home premises. After the shooting, police failed to follow proper procedures, the inquiry found. A case was brought against then police chief Peter Fahy but it collapsed after the judge accepted an abuse of process argument lodge by his defence. Q9 was never prosecuted, however, the force was charged under health and safety law. A GMP spokesperson said: The report stated that although Mr Grainger had a previous history of dishonesty and vehicle crime, there were no convictions on his record for violence or robbery. Anthony's mother, Marina Schofield has called for the officers to be held accountable for their actions that evening and asked that the CPS consider whether criminal charges could be brought.
  16. Not a lot of information on this one other than to say... Police officers executed a drugs warrant in Broughton this morning following concerns from members of the public about drug dealing in the area. A quantity of Class A drugs and a fairly large amount of cash were recovered as a result. An arrest has been made and investigations are ongoing. If you have concerns over drug dealing in your area then contact GMP via 101.
  17. With a large outdoor sandpit, children's funfair rides, classic seaside foods, two resident donkeys and much more it is sure to be the full seaside experience on your doorstep. For just £5.00 your child* gets 3 hours of fun with an unlimited wristband. Tickets are on sale now! Click here to buy tickets Session Times: 11am till 2pm 1pm till 4pm 3pm till 6pm Adults go free! The airfield remains open and free to visit as normal including free car parking and our Runway 26 café and bar, children's play area and Control Tower viewing balcony are open as normal. *Fair rides are suitable for children up to approximately 12 years. Where adults wish to enjoy some of the attractions/rides, charges apply per attraction/ride. Please note availability of rides and the beach may be affected by some weather conditions. *Booking fees applies *Please see terms and conditions when booking online. See you on the sands!
  18. The motion which is set to be put forward at next weeks Council meeting (Wednesday the 17th 2019) will be put forward by Councillor Derek Antrobus (Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development) and is to be seconded by Councillor Kate Lewis. This move comes after Manchester Council successfully passed a motion to do the same yesterday. A new 'task & finish' group will be set up with the remit of seeking the advice of climate experts in order to develop a 5 year carbon budget with the aim of making Salford a carbon neutral City by the year 2038. The new group will also consider the systematic impact the activities of the council have and when and where applicable, to make recommendations in order to hasten the reduction of those impacts. They will also look into alternative approaches to reduce emissions where possible. Furthermore a report will be produced for the next Full Council meeting which will look at the level of investment the council holds in the fossil fuel industry as part of its pension plans and other investments. The City Mayor 'Paul Dennett' will write to the Prime Minister to inform whoever it is that holds the office, Salford has declared a climate emergency, the letter will also ask for resources and powers be made available to deal with it. Cadishead Councillor Lewis Nelson raised the issue of the clear and present danger of climate change at the last Council meeting on the 15th of May. In his first speech as a Councillor he referred to the recent UN warnings regarding the irreparable impact and the growing movement across the globe, to urge governments to tackle it. The effects of climate change have already been felt and for future generations the effect will only multiply. Lewis also took the opportunity to speak on the subject at a local level as he drew attention to the urgent need to restore the City's Peat Bogs which provide a vital role of carbon reduction. A keen environmentalist, he has been very vocal over his opposition to plans set to impact on both his and surrounding areas. Some however, have suggested that the implementation of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework would have a devastating impact on those very same Peat Bogs as plans are drawn to build 1600 houses in the area in the coming years. Local campaigners against the plans say that the impact of the GMSF would undermine any attempts to reduce carbon emissions in their area, simply by the very fact that a swathe of that very same peat land would be destroyed forever if those proposed homes are built. It has also been suggested that the additional traffic as a result of those new homeowners driving too and from the area will have a significant negative impact, not only on carbon emissions but also upon the local road system which is already struggling as is. Environmentalists are calling for the plans for Irlam and Cadishead to be shelved, citing, the irreparable damage to the green lungs of Salford. "It makes no sense at all to declare a climate emergency whilst at the same time being party to making the problem worse." said one campaigner.
  19. More than 50,000 ‘fake’ cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco worth more than £27,000 has been recovered from Salford shops. The crack down involved Salford City Council trading standards officers visiting up to 10 shops a day over the course of a week including the use of sniffer dogs. It was part of the Making Smoking History initiative across Greater Manchester to create a tobacco-free region, raise awareness of the dangers and penalties involved in selling illegal tobacco and to encourage people to use Crimestoppers to report any traders who have it for sale. Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: The items seized were 2,064 packets of 20 cheap white cigarettes (41,280 individual cigarettes), 475 packets of counterfeit cigarettes (9,500 cigarettes) and 136 pouches of counterfeit hand rolling tobacco. The total weighed 6.8 kilos and had a street value of £27,247. Anyone who has information about the illegal sale of cigarettes or tobacco can report it anonymously through the illegal tobacco hotline on 0300 999 0000 or the Keep it out website https://keep-it-out.co.uk/ Photo: Stock
  20. Councils across England and Wales have been chosen to pilot a scheme that will help local authorities recover unpaid council tax - currently costing local authorities tens of millions of pounds every year. Salford City Council and Manchester City Council are part of a group of 29 local authorities asked to be part of the trial working with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to be the first to use powers introduced by the Digital Economy Act (2017). Through the trial, non-paying customers who are employed or have an income will be contacted to start paying their debts, or they will have their debt deducted directly from their earnings through their employer - should they be in a financial position to do so. This is an Attachment of Earnings and is commonly used to recover debt. However, if a person fails to or refuses to supply their employment details, councils have been unable to recover unpaid council tax using this method. The Act allows councils to obtain employer and income information from HMRC for people who have failed to pay their council tax and have an order to pay by the local magistrates court. The pilot scheme allows councils to work with HMRC to share employment information that will allow councils to recover millions of pounds per year in unpaid council tax, which could otherwise be used to improve services to residents. Councils are already working closely with national debt advice charities to support vulnerable residents who are struggling with debt. If a person is found to be unemployed or does not hit a low income threshold, their debt will not be taken from them automatically. Anybody who finds themselves in a position where they cannot pay their council tax should contact the local authority immediately to discuss their situation. The pilot will last one year before being reviewed, after which a decision will be made whether to roll the programme out to all councils in England and Wales. To provide transparency about what data is being shared, each pilot is registered on GOV.UK. Councillor Bill Hinds, Salford City Council's lead member for finance and support services, said: Councillor Carl Ollerheard, Manchester City Council’s executive member for finance and human resources, said:
  21. Police descended on a small patch of woodland close to Buile Hill Park at around 8:10 am yesterday morning (9th July) after they were alerted to a body having been found by school children which appeared to be wrapped in plastic. The children were heading to school for morning lessons at the nearby Buile Hill Academy when the grisly discovery was made. Police have now disclosed that the deceased is Northern Quarter chef Hiran Chauhan who has been missing since 10:30pm on the 2nd of July. While formal identification is yet to take place, police believe this to be the body of 24-year-old Hiran Chuahan who was reported missing on Thursday 4 July 2019. His family have been informed. Hiram is said to have visited the McDonald's restaurant in Piccadilly Gardens before starting his journey home via tram, CCTV footage places him at the Cornbrook stop at 11:08 pm, he then changed tram to start his journey along the Eccles line whereupon he got off at Langworthy at around 11:31pm. Police were alerted after he failed to return home as expected. A 32 year old man from Salford has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been held in custody for questioning by police. His family mounted a huge search for him in the local area and had been knocking door to door in an attempt to locate him, they also conducted an online campaign to make the public aware of his disappearance in the hope someone may have seen him. A statement from GMP reads, Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: Detectives are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who has information or has any video footage captured between 11.10pm on Tuesday 2 July 2019 and 9am on Tuesday 9 July 2019 on Eccles Old Road between Weaste Lane and Castleway including Rivington Road. Files can be uploaded online via the investigation page on the Major Incident Public Portal. Search mipp.police.uk and click on the tile for this investigation and follow the instructions. Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777 quoting reference number 585 of 09/07/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  22. Salford City has announced that from the 2019-20 season they will be running a Development Squad coached by former Manchester United coach Warren Joyce. The aim of the squad is to help with the transition from Academy to First Team as the Ammies strive to provide a pathway for young players to become professional footballers. With a carefully designed training programme and the opportunity to play regular games, the Development Squad will prepare players for if or when a call-up comes. Ahead of their first season in the Football League, Director of Football at the club Chris Casper says this is an important but exciting addition. Former Manchester United reserves manager Joyce, 54, joins us after spells as manager of Wigan Athletic and Melbourne City. Oldham born Joyce played as a midfielder for the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End, Burnley and Hull City, where his first managerial job came as a player-manager in 1998. He joined Manchester United in 2008 after two years in charge at Royal Antwerp, and in eight years he achieved great success in bringing players from the Youth to the First Team. Now the prospect of a new challenge with Salford was too good for Joyce to ignore. Everyone at the club would like to welcome Warren, and we wish you a successful stay here with us!
  23. The University at Salford City College have released their all-new course prospectus showcasing their Higher Education and Adult provision. Working in partnership with colleges across the Salford area, the University Centre at Salford City College, located in the heart of MediaCityUK, offers a range of courses and qualifications from Foundation Degrees to Full Degrees, Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas, Access and Pre-access courses, Higher Apprenticeships and teaching qualifications. Courses range from accounting to animal management, computing to construction, hospitality to health professions, midwifery to media make-up. However, the vast ranges of courses and qualifications on offer are not all the University Centre has to offer. With state-of-the-art facilities, expert teaching staff, smaller class sizes, an outstanding track record for achievement and reduced-price courses, there is plenty of reason to study in the heart of Salford. Read the all-new course guide it by clicking here.
  24. Initially concerns were raised that they were being neglected and possibly heading for landfill. We spoke to the site manager today who told us that this was not the case, and that the Salford University Archaeological Unit had been involved and were due to pay a future visit to the site to undertake further excavation work. A source at Salford University has confirmed this to be the case. Also a memorial stone has been unearthed albeit broken in half, which reads, Irwell Street, New Weslyan Schools, laid by Alderman Thomas Davies, Superintendant of the School on Saturday August 31st 1872. It is thought that the gravestones were buried as part of previous excavations of the site; only to be uncovered once more as part of the current excavations. They have been recovered as carefully as possible although some were understandably damaged having been lain in the ground for so long. University archaeologists will be paying another visit to the site in the coming weeks as a small section is suspected of holding human remains, although that is unconfirmed as yet. The area has been cordoned off from the rest of the site to allow for inspection and further study. Should any human remains be found they will be respectfully removed from the site and re-interred. As for the gravestones, it is unclear what will happen to them but at the moment they are covered from the elements and are being kept safe and protected. The chapel was founded in 1815 and closed in 1962, older readers may recall that in the early 1960s stories appeared in the local press that local children had broken into the crypts and had opened coffins, stealing jewellery, even stories of local kids playing football with skulls! which I find hard to believe! Alderman Davies Photo: ArtUK
  25. During the summer holidays there may be temptation for young people to get involved in activities that can seem like harmless fun, but often they can carry serious consequences. Safe4Summer aims to ensure young people can relax and enjoy their holidays in the safest way possible for themselves and for others. Police are also urging the community to help make their local area a safer and more enjoyable place to live, and are asking parents and guardians to maintain a line of communication when their children are out and about during the school holidays. Detective Superintendent Chris Downey of Greater Manchester Police said: Summer is also a great time for young people to get out and explore our city-region on public transport, and the TravelSafe Partnership (TSP) will be working to keep young people, and the wider public, safe and secure. There will be teams of officers and staff patrolling the networks to provide help and assistance, as well as working to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour. Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Bev Hughes, said: Area Manager Damian O’Rourke from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: For information regarding activities for families and young people are happening in your local area visit www.safe4summer.com The wider community are asked to be proactive in reporting any instances of anti-social behaviour to police on 101 or via the live chat function on the GMP website. Always dial 999 in an emergency. Young people aged 5-16 have until 31 August 2019 to take part in our competition for a chance to win an iPad. Get involved at www.safe4summer.com
  26. As you may recall, a few weeks back it was suggested on SalfordOnline's Facebook Group that a petition be put to the council to get a much loved and respected hero a permanent and fitting memorial which will immortalise Salford's most heroic son forever. Alan Henning came to lose his life after being callously and inhumanely murdered as he sought to relieve the pain and suffering of a people he did not know, he did not see race or religion, colour or ethnicity, he just saw people hurting and crying out for help, and so off he rode with a truck full of supplies to try and ease their suffering. His heroic actions brought aid to countless people who would have otherwise suffered greatly and so it is the duty of this City to ensure that his bravery and determination to do the best he could to help others is never forgotten. With this in mind we have had a petition running for the past few weeks and thanks to reports and publicity from our united local media, the tally currently stands at 1,816 but I truly believe that before Friday, Salford can do better and raise that number even higher. https://www.change.org/p/salford-mayor-let-us-have-recognition-for-salford-s-finest-son We need to send a message loud and clear to those who can make this happen and ensure that it gets done. Thanks to the amazing work of Eccles Councillor, Sharmina August, we have secured the complete backing of the entire Council who are united in supporting this bid to get a road, public space or public building named in his honour. Sharmina has been amazing with her support for this cause and just a few weeks back, she delivered a letter calling for action which was counter signed by all of the Cities Councillors, our local MP's as well as our City Mayor. The letter called upon Cllr Derek Antrobus, lead member for for planning and sustainable development, to make it happen, and he wholeheartedly agreed it should. Work continues in the background to find a suitable permanent and lasting memorial which can be dedicated to Alan, the preferred option being a road named 'Alan Henning Way' to be dedicated in his honour. The letter states: To drive into danger in order to aid others, as many flea to safety from that danger, is the most noble thing to do. Alan is an inspiration to us all and he truly does represent the best of us, he encapsulates the true spirit of what it is to be a proud Salfordian and it is our duty to ensure that neither he or his bravery are ever forgotten in this City. https://www.change.org/p/salford-mayor-let-us-have-recognition-for-salford-s-finest-son So please share the link above, sign the petition and help us get the man the recognition he deserves. The petition will be printed over the weekend and it will be delivered to Swinton Civic Centre on the morning of Monday the 15th of July, the petition will then be presented to council on Wednesday the 17th of July. I really can not thank Cllr August enough, she had worked extremely hard on galvanising support at lightening speed, without her input and the countless hours that she has put into this, it simply would not be anywhere close to this stage so soon. Sharmina is a recent addition to the ranks of the Council having been elected to serve Eccles in May's local elections but she has certainly made her mark already and has followed in Alan's footstep and showed the true Spirit of Salford in support of the community she serves. I would like to end this by giving special mention to Alan's family, they have remained stoic and resolute, dignified and strong throughout, they have retained composure at the most difficult and challenging time of their lives. They have shown the same strength and bravery that Alan has and so on behalf of the people of Salford, this is as much for you as it is Alan. You have our utmost respect and like Alan you are forever in our hearts.
  27. Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are heading the Salfords MediaCityUK to take part in the first televised head to head leadership debate as they posture themselves to become the UK's next PM. The show will be hosted by Julie Etchingham this evening (9th July) at 8pm and can be watched live on ITV. The pair will battle it out in front of a 200 strong studio audience and after giving their initial opening statements they will be pressed on questions and issues raised by the ITV audience, debating directly with each other with Julie acting as moderator. Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson will both have the opportunity to make short opening statements at the beginning of the programme, and closing statements at the conclusion of the debate, which will be held in front of a studio audience of around 200 people. Lots were drawn to decide the speaking order for the opening and closing statements. The name drawn had the choice of whether to go first or second for their opening statement. The name not chosen had the choice of going first or second for their closing statement. Jeremy Hunt's name was drawn, therefore he had first choice whether to speak first or second in the opening statements. Boris Johnson’s name was not drawn, therefore he could decide whether to speak first or second in the closing statements. Jeremy Hunt chose to speak second in the opening statements, while Boris Johnson chose to speak second in the closing statements. ITV viewers have submitted their questions, and those selected will appear in the studio audience to put their question direct to the leadership candidates.
  28. Council land at Astley Road in Irlam and Cadishead is to be sold so new affordable homes can be built. Salford City Council has struck a deal with Seddon, which is working with Great Places Housing Association, to sell the land for £690,000 and to build 27 affordable homes on the site. This is subject to planning approval. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Councillor Tracy Kelly, Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods at Salford City Council, said: The council has not used the land since 2013 when services at the offices were relocated to other council buildings and in March 2017 the building on the site was demolished due to its poor condition. Detailed site investigations showed the ground contained high levels of peat which would need to be removed before any development could take place so the council successfully bid for £342,000 from the Land Reclamation Fund (LRF) to pave the way for development. Image: Urban Vision
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