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  1. The restoration and eventual re-opening of Buile Hill parks beloved Georgian Mansion took a major step forward toward yesterday with the joint signing of a memorandum of understanding between Salford City Council and the Buile Hill Mansion Association (BHMA). The group formed after a huge public backlash against interim proposals put forward by Capital & Centric boss Tim Heatley in 2018, which suggested building a number of homes on land within the Mansion complex depot area as a way of funding renovations of both the Mansion and Park in general. An online petition posted at the time by local resident Linda Curran, gained thousands of signatures against the plans within just a few days, prompting the idea to eventually be abandoned as the company walked away. The stately home was built in 1827 as the abode of Sir Thomas Potter, the first Lord Mayor of Manchester, it was eventually purchased by the Council and opened to the public on the 22nd July 1903, the former home being reopened as a natural history museum a few years later in 1906. The current boundary of the park was formed as a result of the absorption of the former Hart Hill estate in 1938. The much beloved historic gem would go on to become the home of the Lancashire Mining Museum up until it saw closure to the public in the year 2000, remaining boarded up and mothballed ever since. However, now thanks to a lot of hard work put into the project by both the Council and the BHMA, along with an election commitment made by the City Mayor to restore it to full use within his second term of office, the future of the Grade II listed Mansion is looking the brightest it has been in decades, with remedial work costing up to £150k already set to start within the coming month. Paul Dennett, visited the park yesterday (Monday 5th July), meeting with BHMA committee members to put his signature alongside that of the associations chair, Jenni Smith, on a memorandum of understanding to jointly work on the plans and proposals for the site. In the meantime, the BHMA has wasted no time by enlisting the skills of respected local horticulturalist Pete Simms who has been working alongside them on exciting plans to bring about the restoration of the sensory garden which lies adjacent to the Mansion, after permission to do so was granted by the Council. Additionally the council has also earmarked and committed £1.2m to the mansion aiming to work with the BHMA to produce a business plan for both the mansion and depot area, as well as assisting in finding third party funding to support its eventual full restoration and reopening. The eventual cost could be as much as £5m. Upcoming work will help restore the building so that it does not fall into a further state of disrepair, dealing with rot and making sure that it is structurally sound, with the overall aim being to bring both the mansion and depot area back to life in a way which the community and city to benefit from. The task will not be easy and there will no doubt be many obstacles to navigate along the way but for once both the council and the people seem to be on the same page regarding the historic building, with the Mayor speaking with real optimism regarding plans for its future.
  2. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett has announced his new cabinet after being re-elected for a second term. Paul Dennett secured 30,892 votes to be elected with 59% of the votes on Saturday 8 May at the AJ Bell Stadium. City Mayor Paul Dennett said: The new cabinet City Mayor Paul Dennett Statutory Deputy City Mayor/Lead Member for Housing, Property & Regeneration Councillor Tracy Kelly Deputy City Mayor/Lead Member for Adult Social Care Councillor John Merry Lead Member for Children’s & Young People’s Services Councillor Jim Cammell Lead Member for Finance & Support Councillor Bill Hinds Lead Member for Environment, Neighbourhoods & Community Safety Councillor David Lancaster Lead Member for Planning & Sustainable Development Councillor Mike McCusker Lead Member for Inclusive Economy, Anti-Poverty & Equalities Councillor Sharmina August Wider Mayoral team Executive Support Member for Education & Learning Councillor John Walsh Executive Support Member for Workforce and Industrial Relations Councillor Barbara Bentham Executive Support Member for Climate Change, Low Carbon & Green Agenda Councillor Sophia Linden Executive Support Member for Social Care & Mental Health Councillor Damian Bailey Executive Support Member for Transport & Planning Councillor Roger Jones Executive Support Member for Culture, Leisure & Sports Councillor Stephen Coen Executive Support Member for Skills, Work & Business Councillor Philip Cusack Executive Support Member for Procurement & Social Value Councillor Jack Youd City Mayor Paul Dennett continued: The new proposed Cabinet will be discussed and go to a vote at the Council Meeting on Wednesday 19 May and will be formally reviewed again in 12 months. On Friday 7 May the votes for the local election were counted and the results announced. Salford City Council comprises 20 electoral wards with three councillors representing each ward. The city council is controlled by the Labour party, the political composition of the city council is: The Labour party with 52 councillors The Conservative party with seven councillors Liberal Democrats with one councillor
  3. Salford voters have chosen who they want to be the City Mayor of the city and not surprisingly they have chosen to re-elect the Labour parties Paul Dennett after he secured 30,892 votes to win the election. This will be Paul’s second term in office. The mayoral election used the supplementary voting system, meaning voters had two choices. Meanwhile over in Greater Manchester, Labours Andy Burnham retained his place as Metro Mayor for another term. The full results are: (Candidate, Party, Number of first preference votes, Percentage of first preference votes) Stuart Antony Cremins, -, 1036, 1.97% Paul Dennett, Labour Party, 30892, 59% Wendy Kay Olsen, Green Party, 4585, 8.75% Stephen Stuart Ord, Independent, 1890, 3.16% Jake Overend, Liberal Democrats, 1716, 3.27% Arnie Saunders, The Conservative Party Candidate, 12234, 23.36% Elected: Paul Dennett Electorate: 186058 Turnout: 53509 Turnout percentage: 28.76% The count for the City Mayor election took place the day after the count for the local elections at the AJ Bell Stadium. The count started at 11am on Saturday 8 May and the winner was announced at 2.15pm. The City Mayor is usually elected for a four-year term but in this instance it will be three years. The Coronavirus Act 2020 ruled that the postponement of May 2020 elections should be ignored in determining the years in which subsequent elections of elected mayors are to be held. Returning Officer Tom Stannard said: Yesterday (Friday 7 May) the votes for the local election were counted and the results announced. Salford City Council comprises 20 electoral wards with three councillors representing each ward The city council is controlled by the Labour party, the political composition of the city council is: Labour with 52 councillors, Conservative with seven councillors and Liberal Democrats with one councillor. A full breakdown of the results for the local and mayoral elections is available at www.salford.gov.uk/results
  4. Salford has secured £660,000 funding to help aid the recovery of publicly owned leisure centres hit by the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is part of the Government’s £100million National Leisure Recovery Fund and will be utilised by local leisure trust Salford Community Leisure to help recover from the pandemic. The funding distributed via Sport England, will be used to help fill in income gap created by the closure of the 8 leisure centres across the city during lockdown restrictions throughout the last year. With leisure centres closed for significant periods in the last year, income has dramatically fallen across the leisure, sport and health fitness sectors across the country, including here in Salford. But whilst many residents have been keeping active with more people walking, exercising outdoors or doing fitness classes online, including those provided by SCL, the leisure centres have remained empty for large periods of the year. In recent months, leisure centres at Clarendon, Eccles and Irlam & Cadishead have been used as vaccination centres, whilst Broughton acted as test centre. The government roadmap to recovery is now in place, with plans to re-open gyms and leisure centres, including those operated across the city by SCL, from Monday 12 April. There is light at the end of the tunnel for the thousands who wish to return to exercise in the centres and for an industry hard hit by the pandemic. Salford is one of 266 local authorities across England to receive funding. The funds, bid for by Salford City Council and distributed by Sport England will be allocated to SCL to help recover financially from the last year. Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett said Salford Community Leisure’s roadmap to re-opening plans includes: All outdoor pitches will re-open from Monday 29 March Salford Watersports Centre will re-open from Friday 2 April Easter Half Term Football Camp will run from Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 April Leisure centres will re-open offering gym and swim sessions from Monday 12 April A new CrossFit Box will open for the first time on Monday 12 April Salford Community Leisure Chief Executive Steve Hassall said:
  5. Salford City Council and City Mayor, Paul Dennett are welcoming the recent announcement from the BBC to expand broadcasting operations at MediaCityUK. Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett said: The MediaCityUK site is now set for continued growth as the base for digital and technology and, as a global centre of excellence. BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6 Music are now also to be rooted in Salford with over 50% of broadcasting to be from the city. Paul Continued: BBC One daytime programme Morning Live will now be broadcast from Salford all year round as part of a wider commitment to content produced in the North of England. The MediaCityUK base will also be the hub for the network’s Audio Business news. Tom Stannard, the Chief Executive at Salford City Council said:
  6. Plans to revamp the children’s play area at a popular Cadishead park will start in summer, Salford City Council has announced. The council has been working with the Friends of Lordy Park for several months in drawing up the plans to make the site easier for wheelchair users and people with pushchairs. It currently does not meet modern access standards. Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: Craig Havern, chair of Friends of Lordy Park, said: Final details on the funding are still pending, as grants and other funding options are being finalised. Photos taken pre-covid
  7. Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett has launched a new vision for Salford’s economic future with a range of new policy strategies and key pieces of work to be delivered by the city council. Labelled ‘The Salford Way’ this approach is seen as the starting point for the city’s COVID-19 revival and focuses on mapping out a future of economic transformation. This range of initiatives is aimed at creating a fairer, greener and healthier Salford. It includes ambitious plans to build a more inclusive and green local economy and a fairer city where everyone can reach their full potential and live prosperous and fulfilling lives. This vision, The Salford Way begins with the launch of a number of specific areas of work for Salford City Council. This includes; The Great Eight, a new set of key priorities for the city, the Inclusive Economy Strategy, a Tackling Poverty Strategy and Salford’s new Crowdfunding initiative. Launched by Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett on Monday 22 March, these initiatives present a clear focus that will influence work across the city council over the coming months and years and an outline of the upcoming work of the council and its commitment to support its residents. The launch was chaired by the council’s Chief Executive Tom Stannard. Speakers included Neil McInroy from CLES who spoke about the Community Wealth Building Movement. Councillor Sharmina August, Executive Support Member for Equalities, Communities and Social Impact and Su Johnston from CrowdfunderUK launched Salford’s Crowdfunding platform. A question and answer session took part with Paul Dennett, City Mayor; Neil McInroy, CLES; Alison Page, Chief Executive, Salford CVS and Muna Abdel Aziz, Director of Public Health at Salford City Council. Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett said: The Great Eight is set of key council priorities for the city. Newly updated, they focus on tackling poverty and inequality, tackling health inequalities and providing the best possible care, affordable housing and reducing homelessness, promoting transport and digital connectivity, skills and education, creating an economy for all, tackling the climate emergency and creating vibrant places and spaces. The Inclusive Economy Strategy is a new approach to promoting a fairer and more inclusive local economy that delivers greater social and environmental justice, where wealth is shared more widely across all local communities. An economy where every Salford citizen has the opportunity to participate and feel empowered to make a difference through their communities, workplaces and local democratic institutions. The Tackling Poverty Strategy outlines the vision is to make Salford a fairer and more inclusive place where everyone can reach their full potential and live prosperous and fulfilling lives free from poverty and inequality. The Salford Crowdfunder is a new scheme that has been set up support local initiatives. Working in partnership with Crowdfunding, Salford City Council will be helping projects to find the funding and support they need to turn their ideas into a reality. Locals will be able to bid for up to £10,000 match funding to support ideas that create a brighter future for Salford. The City Mayor continued: A recording from the event and the published reports can be viewed at https://www.salford.gov.uk/thesalfordway For more on Crowd Funding: Crowdfund Salford | Salford CVS
  8. Salford City Council has confirmed its commitment to securing the future of Buile Hill Mansion with the announcement that the council will contribute to funding over next two years. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said that work to secure the long term use of the mansion ‘continues and is moving forwards’ now and confidence is now building for the future of the much loved building. A new steering group between the council and Buile Hill Mansion Association (BHMA) has been brought together to drive this work forwards. The overall aim is to bring the historic Buile Hill Mansion and the adjoining depot area back to life in a way that the community and city can benefit from, with a legacy for the future. The work of the steering group includes finding a sustainable way forward to secure the full restoration. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: The mansion sits within the council’s grade II listed park.
  9. Plans for the next stage of the transformation of Pendleton have been approved. A further 127 new energy efficient homes were approved by Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett at the council’s Property and Regeneration Briefing on Monday 8 March. The meeting papers spell out the full scale of the ambition for the third phase of regeneration in the area. The development plans show a mix of two, three and four bedroomed homes which includes four wheelchair units and 15 new allotments for local people. The state-of-the art homes will have high efficiency gas boilers installed, LED lighting and solar panels on the roof to lower energy usage and reduce energy bills. The design of the scheme puts a strong emphasis on high quality public spaces with 29 new street trees and cycle paths and walking routes to connect people to other parts of the city – including Salford Quays. Deputy City Mayor Councillor Tracy Kelly, who is also the council’s lead member for housing, said: We hope to make a further announcement on the next phases of development in the near future alongside proposals to deliver a new leisure centre.
  10. The city has formally backed the campaign which aims to make good, nutritious food a legal right for all its citizens. The backing from Salford was announced at Greater Manchester Combined Authority Meeting on Friday 12 February. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett will now be sending a letter to the government, indicating the need for drastic change to the National Food Strategy, and the importance of introducing a new policy which includes the goals of the Right to Food campaign. Salford City Council joins other councils across the country who are continuing to lobby for change. Paul Dennett, the City Mayor of Salford, said: Councillor Sharmina August, Executive Support Member for Equalities, Communities and Social Impact at Salford City Council said:
  11. As the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme continues to roll out across the city, Salford NHS CCG has issued an update. New cohorts announced in Salford As of today, the Salford NHS Vaccination Service is pleased to announce that we have begun inviting cohort seven, which includes all residents age 60 years and over. We will continue to work our way through vaccinating cohort six (who were invited last week), which includes; adult carers; people invited for annual long term condition checks with their GP; and people invited by the NHS for an annual flu jab (excluding asthmatics). As always, patients within these cohorts are encouraged to book their appointments online ASAP at www.salford.nhsvaccinations.co.uk or alternatively by calling 0800 953 0116. Second doses Appointments for second doses will be offered from the end of March / start of April. Please ensure you remind people at all opportunities the importance of attending for the second dose, as this will further boost their immune system response and offer them a longer period of protection against COVID-19. Housebound Patients who are unable to attend a community vaccine site and have not yet had a home visit are now being asked to contact the telephone booking centre on 0800 953 0116, where we will review whether it is possible for someone to visit their home and give them their vaccine there. Meanwhile Salford Mayor Paul Dennett has shared the latest data on the vaccine roll out across Salford which reveals that as of Weds 24th Feb, there have been a staggering 45,020 doses of the vaccines administered across Salford's 3 community hubs in Eccles, Clarendon and Irlam as well as it's outreach sites. This is a phenomenal effort by any standards and with every jab, another Salfordian is given protection against the worst of the virus.
  12. Salford's Mayor (Paul Dennett) and wildlife champion (Councillor Lewis Nelson) have taken part in urgent meeting with bosses from the RHS Bridgewater this morning after the society caused outrage after revealing it had culled nine roe deer at its site on Leigh Road, which they say had become trapped between fences. The Mayor has now confirmed that there are no active plans in progress to cull any further roe deer at the site, but critics have said there should be no plans at all, active or inactive. Additionally the RHS has pledged to enter into a new community engagement process with the local community committee and local councillors on decisions pertaining to the remaining herd. All future decisions will now have to be green lit by the community committee before being allowed to commence. The RHS had culled what is now known to have been nine roe deer after they became trapped between fences, in order to stop them damaging shrubs, plants and trees at the 156 acre site which so far has cost in the region of £44m with an investment by the local council of £19m. To say this has caused a huge backlash is an understatement as Salford has not seen such a display of anger since the days when iGas had planned to bring hydraulic gas fracturing (Fracking) to Barton Moss. Countless numbers of people have been taking to social media to condemn the actions with many pledging to boycott the gardens before they even open in May 2021. The RHS has now said that tranquilising was considered not to be an option as it can have adverse effects on the deer but some on social media have been quick to point out that being shot dead through the head was a far worse effect for them and one for which they had no chance of recovery from. Netting was also said to have not been possible due to the coronavirus regulations and the amount of people that would be required to carry out such an operation, although commenters on social media were quick to point out that even during the height of the pandemic, construction and planting was still taking place on the site. We have spoken privately with one wildlife campaign group this morning which has told us that the response by the RHS is not good enough and does not go far enough to ensure the future safety of the herd, they are currently in talks with other groups and pledging to take action when the gardens open to the public in May 2021, with protests outside the site planned. A joint statement from both Mayor Dennett and Wildlife Champion Councillor Nelson reads as follows: Meanwhile a petition set up by local resident Sam Sykes continues to grow, with now almost 7,000 people signing, the anger does not seem to have been stemmed by this latest announcement. Petition · Salford City Council, RHS, RSPCA, : Stop the RHS Bridgewater from further culling of roe deer at their site · Change.org
  13. Salford City Council has appointed a new chief executive after the up to £164,108 per year position was advertised early last month to replace Jim Taylor who will retire from the job after almost 40-years at the council at the end of January 2021. Tom Stannard, the current Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council, will take on the role from 1st February 2021 under the elected City Mayor, Paul Dennett. Tom joined Wakefield City Council in 2018 and has responsibility for a wide range of the Council’s regeneration, economy and place services. He has been closely involved in securing and delivering the £1.8BN West Yorkshire devolution deal, and leading major programmes of growth and regeneration across the region, focusing on job creation, skills and progression, housing delivery and city centre regeneration. Tom has pioneered approaches to inclusive economic growth throughout his 23 year career, alongside leading improvement programmes in children’s services, health and wellbeing partnerships, and many areas of public service reform. Tom was previously Director of Economy and Skills at Oldham Council in Greater Manchester, leading a wide range of the Council’s economic regeneration, skills and employment programmes and services, working across Greater Manchester, and was heavily involved in the devolution and city deal agenda. Tom is a former Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Learning and Work Institute, and his local government experience also includes high performing councils across the UK in Blackburn with Darwen and in the London Boroughs. Tom is married with two children. He is a Chartered Surveyor, sits on the board of the UK Institute of Economic Development and the Centre for local Economic Strategies (CLES), and is a National Spokesperson for Economic Prosperity and Housing for SOLACE, the UK local government CEOs professional body. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Tom Stannard said: Tom’s appointment is subject to ratification at a special meeting of the council on Wednesday.
  14. Charlotte Ramsden, Strategic Director of People at Salford City Council has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Mrs Ramsden, who joined the council in 2014, has been honoured for her sterling work in supporting the development of services for children and young people across Greater Manchester since 2016. Thanks to her leadership the region was awarded £7.43 million in government innovation funds to support more families with early social care and work intensively with children and young people on the verge of coming into local authority care. As part of that work, Salford City Council opened the Route 29 hub last year. Young , people whose foster placement or family situation has broken down can now get instant access to specialists including a psychologist, a speech and language therapist and educational psychologist. Previously young people often had to go outside the city for support and the new hub has led to a reduction in teenagers needing to come into care, a reduction in the council needing to place them outside Salford and an increase in the stability of their placements. In a pioneering move, the building, services and even staff were designed and chosen with extensive input from young people who had been through the care system. Mrs Ramsden said she was deeply honoured by the recognition and proud to accept it on behalf of all her Greater Manchester colleagues, she said: Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: The Greater Manchester Children and Young People Plan, endorsed by all 10 authorities has led to extra investment in children’s mental health services, major development work in early years and work and skills and the ‘Greater Manchester guarantee’ for care leavers which supports them with housing, training and education until age 25. As a result: · More schoolchildren children achieve a good level of development in reception thanks to supportive early years systems · More troubled teenagers are being supported to stay safely at home thanks to new intensive ways of working such as Route 29 · More early help is available to families in difficulties · Better identification and support for youngsters at risk of sexual exploitation · Stronger partnerships with schools to support pupils · Better community based mental health support for children which is fully linked to specialist children and adolescent mental health services. Mrs Ramsden began her career as a social worker and has worked in Salford before, both as a social worker and as a child protection co-ordinator. She spent four and a half years at Trafford Council before re-joining Salford City Council as director in 2014. Publication of the Queen’s Birthday honours list was postponed from June so people who played key roles in the pandemic could be added.
  15. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett has pledged to continue the fight against homelessness as Salford marks World Homelessness Day (Saturday October 10.) Mayor Dennett said the council had faced one of its most challenging years ever with the impact of COVID-19 and that a tough winter could lie ahead. He urged anyone worried about debts to seek advice now and pledged to continue the drive to support rough sleepers and provide more affordable housing. This year Salford City Council was highly commended in the Local Authority of the Year award for its work on creating new homes and affordable housing and in tackling poverty which can lead to homelessness. The council’s supported housing team also won two team of the year honours in the national 2020 Housing Heroes awards for cutting rough sleeping by more than 80 per cent and helping over 900 homeless households into settled accommodation including 82 veterans, but Mayor Dennett said the council would not rest on its laurels because of the scale of the challenge. One of the biggest successes in tackling rough sleeping has been the Greater Manchester A Bed Every Night (ABEN) scheme, which Mayor Dennett described as ‘a lifeline.’ Salford also recently secured £417,440 of government funding to provide additional temporary accommodation for rough sleepers as well as longer term private sector options for them - the second largest allocation in Greater Manchester. Paul said:
  16. Salford Mayor, Paul Dennett, has lead tributes to former leader of Salford's Liberal Democrats 'Stormin Norman Owen' who it has been revealed, sadly passed over the weekend. I think it is fair to say that Norman was the last and if truth known, only real opposition to Salford Labour over the years, his unique 'direct' style saw him become a regular thorn in their side spanning two decades. During his tenure as leader, the party enjoyed a sizable chunk of Salford's political seats, with 10 councillors under his control. However, those glory days for the party were not to last, as after what can only be described as a political annihilation at the polls due to the parties association with the Conservative party during the short lived run at a coalition government during 2010-2015. Norman decided to call time on his tenure as leader after loosing what was once considered a safe seat in Claremont for the Lib Dems at the 2012 elections. More misery was to follow for Norman the day after as he lost out on becoming the first elected Mayor of Salford to Labours Ian Stewart. Since that time his former party have languished in the polls both nationally and locally, seemingly never to see a return to any kind of power locally, a former shadow of what they once were. Norman earned the moniker 'Stormin Norman' due to his high energy outburst during council meetings, but rather ironically it was a name he did not like to be known by, in fact some say that he saw it as a slur against him. His anger with Labour allegedly spilled out during a fiery argument over student tuition fees, is said to have once resulted in a 'skuffle' with Labour Councillor Bill Hinds in a corridor at the town hall, reportedly the pair had to be separated before it escalated further. In another twist of irony, both he and Councillor Hinds would go on to become good friends bore out of a mutual respect for each other. After leaving The Liberal Democrats, Norman remained politically active at local meetings where he would regularly use his voice to challenge the same local councillors who had ousted both himself and his colleagues. It came as a bit of a political shock when a few years later it emerged that Norman had come to join the very same Salford Labour party which he had so fiercely battled against for the majority of his political career. His decision he said, was fuelled by having been let down by his former party during their short term of office, also because of their u-turn on tuition fees, something which Norman was passionate enough about to roll up his shirt sleeves and raise his fists. During the 2019 elections Norman stood for Labour in the Worsley ward against the conservatives Robin Garrido but he was unable to take the Tory safe seat. I spoke to him about it personally afterwards and he had not let his loss phase him, as he revealed his real aim and dream was to once more take a seat in either his beloved Claremont or in his home ward of Weaste & Seedley, where he had remained politically active and as outspoken as ever on local matters. Norman was a well known and well respected figure within Salford, his sometimes abrasive attitude was also well documented but his commitment and years of dedication to the people of this city served it well, he was a true community champion and his reputation for getting things done were both undeniable and unquestionable. He was lost in the wild for a time but he eventually found his home in the least expected of places, The Labour Party. Norman was a rarity in politics in being a man of his word and he would go to great lengths to ensure that what he said he would do would happen, and with his non nonsense direct attitude to things he often succeeded more than not. He did once tell me that his loss in 2012 had affected him more than he had imagined. He told me he had become distanced from politics for a short while but decided to get back up and carry on his fight with a party which he said reflected his beliefs more than the Liberal Democrats were doing. Salford Mayor, Paul Dennet, said of him in a party communique: Adding on Twitter: Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long Bailey, said: Norman was a huge supporter or Rebecca during her election campaigns and once told me that he had finally found in Rebecca, someone who had restored his faith in politics. However his attitude towards her would not long after change as he declared publicly that she was unfit to represent Salford as it's MP after a change of heart. Political Activist, Joe O'Neil spoke of the respect he had for Norman: The Green Parties, Bryan Blears, nephew of former Salford MP Hazel Blears said: We have been told that Norman had been ill for sometime before his passing. Our thoughts are with both Norman, his wife Barbara and his family and friends this evening.
  17. A planned protest which was to have taken place tomorrow (Saturday 3rd October) against the sale of the historic Swinton Park Golf Club to a housing provider has been called off after a new development in the long running battle to save the club. Your Housing Group which is one of the country’s largest affordable housing providers has pulled out of the purchase of Swinton Park Golf Club, honouring a commitment it had made to members and residents. The Group had been exploring the site as an option for development for affordable housing, reportedly the asking price was £10m, which was £20m less than the £30m price which it was rumoured Bellway Homes were offering before pulling out. Earlier this year the group’s CEO Brian Cronin met with members as well as residents and came to the agreement with them that the company would not progress with their bid if golf was found to be viable. Following the release of the findings of the golf viability study commissioned by Salford City Council, Your Housing Group has confirmed that they are to withdraw from the purchase of the site in Salford. Richard Jones, Director of Growth at Your Housing Group, said: This move from Your Housing Group is welcomed by the City Mayor who sent the housing provider a letter re-stating his desire that the site should remain as a golf course following the outcome of the independent viability report commissioned on behalf of the City Council which concluded that the golf course was viable. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett has previously met with residents opposing the sale of the club and given them his backing. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
  18. Renowned arts institution Islington Mill, in collaboration with Salford City Council have been awarded a £3.3m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to create a new artist-led community around the Islington Mill site – ‘The Other City’. In what could be one of the last tranches of European investment money into the UK, the £3.3m grant has been awarded towards the £6.83m project to build what Salford’s City Mayor Paul Dennett has described as a model to help “communities resist gentrification”. In addition to renovating the Mill’s current role as a venue and workspace for artists The Other City will provide 25,000 sq. ft. of new creative workspace for creative SMEs . The ERDF funding supports the purchase and conversion of New Islington Mill to complete the heritage footprint of the historic mill and expand the Salford’s creative centre for generations of artists to come. Maurice Carlin, one of the founding Directors at Islington Mill said As one of the 16 remaining heritage mills in Salford, Islington Mill needed funding for refurbishment to sustain its artist-led community into the 21st century. Islington Mill sits in a part of Salford experiencing extensive change and development. The Other City is a key project in growing and sustaining Salford’s role as a ‘city of makers’, supporting the arts industry from through the productive stage and providing training opportunities, education and early job opportunities for budding young artists. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: The project represents a true partnership with funds also being contributed by Salford City Council, Arts Council England, National Heritage Lottery Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund, The Women's Organisation, Islington Mill Arts Club, founder Bill Campbell, by the innumerable artists and their audiences who contributed gigs, performances and art works, and 100 Temporary Custodians who bought into a shared ownership art-work donated by Maurice Carlin.
  19. Salford City Council is sending an urgent, critical message to the local community and businesses to avoid further restrictions as coronavirus cases are escalating in the city. Further government restrictions could include food and drink businesses opening only for takeaways, limited venue opening times, and a blanket restriction on meeting outdoors. Salford’s infection rate has seen a sharp increase with cases continuing to rise – positive coronavirus cases now stand at around 80 per 100,000 people (as of 10/09/2020), with transmission across all communities, different age groups and in all areas of the city. The council’s Director of Public Health for Salford, Dr Muna Abdel Aziz is asking residents to: · Wear face coverings in shops and all public places, as much as possible · Keep two metres apart from people outside of households at all times · Avoid physical contact with anyone outside households, including shaking hands · If unwell to stay at home and if Coronavirus symptoms develop, then get tested · Follow Track and Trace advice and if notified, to stay at home for 14 days Dr Muna Abdel Aziz added: Salford has remained part of the Greater Manchester local restrictions but the city leaders are concerned the measures are not working and could be increased by government to reduce social interaction in venues such as pubs and restaurants. The council is stepping up information on the basic preventative actions needed to ensure people clearly understand what’s required. City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Councillor Gina Reynolds, Lead Member for Adult Services and Health and Wellbeing added For the latest information and advice please visit www.salford.gov.uk
  20. As we reported earlier this week... Rumours of a planned re-brand for Salford's Ruby League side have been met with anger and disbelief by many of the clubs fans. A huge banner was unfurled by angry fans at last weeks Wigan game, reading "Salford RLFC since 1879. Manchester Never. Salford Forever". The club which was founded in 1879 has always been associated with the City and proudly carried its name ever since. Legend has it that the game itself was created by Salford born and bred William Webb Ellis, what's more, the very league that they play in is sponsored by Fred and Peter Done of (Bet Fred fame) who are both fellow Salfordian's. So you see, Rugby is in the City's DNA, its part and parcel of Salford, so even the suggestion of re-branding it to Manchester is a major step too far for some, after all Manchester already has its own Red Devils, a small club known as Manchester United, you may have heard of them? Fans are so incensed at the idea of almost 140 years of club history being put by the way side that the City Mayor of Salford has had his say on the matter. Paul Dennett heaped praise on Salford's 'proud heritage and strong local identity’ Fans echoed the words of the Mayor with several of them stating that they would remove their support completely if the City name was dropped, "The City has supported the club for almost 140 years, the club should support the City, they go hand in hand" said one fan. Another said.. The Dr (Koucash) risks alienating the clubs core fans and support who are intensely proud of the clubs links to their home City. If the changes did take place, the resulting backlash would do considerable damage to the club as fans made their voices and feelings heard by protesting the only way they can, boycotting the ticket office. However some have said that in order for the club to reach its full potential it needs to attract much larger crowds. Reasons for dwindling numbers range from the clubs location to the lack of atmosphere at the new stadium. It is important to promote the reds at every opportunity as not only the clubs fortunes but those of the stadium rely on it. The A.J. Bell Stadium (Previously Salford City Stadium) has had several controversial top up loans to keep it running over the years, loans which for some have been unpalatable at a time when the City is under economic stresses heaped upon it via funding cuts from Central Government. If the club moved out of the Stadium to a Manchester location it would put huge pressures on the Council as well as the stadium as it is currently shared with Manchester Rugby Union side Sale Sharks who also call it home. The club has so far not made any official statement regarding a name change and at the moment it is purely rumour, the fact that the Mayor has had a say on the matter suggests that it is a rumour that many are taking seriously. The club recently launched what it calls its biggest ever research project, a survey of fans views and opinions on the club, as we reported earlier in the week, some of the questions have left fans worried that the survey is being used to gauge public opinion before any official statement is given. Take The Salford Red Devils Survey
  21. Campaigners including Andrew Moore and Councillor Karen Garrido (Currently Ceremonial Mayor) campaigned against Peel Holdings plans to develop 600 homes on what is grazing land at Broadoak between Monton and Worsley in Salford, which was initially refused by the Council in 2013 and once more by Eric Pickles MP in 2015. Salford council originally refused permission so Peel immediately lodged an appeal against it which was decided upon by the then secretary of state for communities and local government, Mr Eric Pickles MP. After a lengthy public enquiry (at public expense) Mr Pickles decided to turn down the plan, much to the relief of the majority of residents in the local surrounding communities, as well as green activists and campaign group RAID. The greenfield site, a mixture of woods, meadows and open land, stretches from Monton Green all the way through to Worsley Road, and is protected by policies in Salford's Unitary Development Plan. Protest group Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID) – which formed in 2013 - argued at the inquiry that the development would bring more traffic and higher levels of air pollution into an already congested area. A lack of schools and traffic chaos on Worsley Road was also been raised by protesters, all of which was taken into consideration when the decision to disallow the project was given. However Peel Holdings took the decision to the High Court who have now allowed (at public expense) a re running of the public enquiry into why the decision was made to refuse the application. It seems behemoth Peel Holdings does not know the meaning of the word NO and is determined to steamroll its plan into fruition in any way it can, despite continued opposition from both local residents, campaigners and Salford Council. And despite the decision already made by Mr Pickles on the findings of the original enquiry of which nothing has changed. The NEW enquiry is set to take place from the 3rd until the 27th of October, Tuesday to Friday each week, at the Novotel in Worsley. Meeting To Be Held Concerned residents are invited to a public meeting on the 24th of May at 7:00pm at St Marks Church at Worsley Brow. In 2015 when the decision refusal was made, Councillor Derek Antrobus (Assistant Mayor for Strategic Planning) said: Whilst the then City Mayor Ian Stewart remarked: Salford's current City Mayor Paul Dennett wrote to the government urging them to help local councils up and down the land protect valuable green spaces by urgently making much needed changes to the national planning policy. Paul said in May 2016: It is vitally important that all those who are affected by this should attend the public meeting on the 27th of this month, as it may be the last opportunity for people to demonstrate and voice their concerns before the second enquiry starts later in October.
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