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  1. Salford City Council is looking for a development partner to provide a high quality, housing-led development in Greengate. The council has launched a selection process with the aim of appointing a partner by the end of the year. Greengate sits in the heart of city centre Salford and is experiencing a phase of development activity and growth. Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Developers have until 27th September 2021 to apply for the opportunity. The successful developer partner will enter into a development agreement with Salford City Council and prepare a scheme in accordance with the Greengate Regeneration Strategy and SCC Planning Policy to secure planning permission for the sites, and support the council as it seeks to acquire the stalled sites within the area. The council will also continue to work with the successful applicant, so that the consented schemes may be completed to an agreed programme. Interested parties should login to the Chest to see further details of the opportunity, including instructions for applying and details of selection criteria. It is available at https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=9299bb4f-94fa-eb11-810d-005056b64545&p=e0cc5631-4690-e511-80fb-000c29c9ba21
  2. How should Salford organisations tackle domestic abuse? That’s the question being asked by Salford City Council as it reviews its domestic strategy for the next five years – and it’s inviting the public to have their say. The quick, five question anonymous survey is online until Wednesday July 14 and is open to anyone whether or not they have experienced domestic abuse. The survey sets out plans for the next five years, which include education on abuse and healthy relationships in schools, make sure services work for teenagers as well as younger children, sharing information across organisations so people only have to tell their story once and bring perpetrators to justice or stop them harming others. Deputy City Mayor and lead member for adult services, health and wellbeing Councillor John Merry said: To complete the survey please visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SalfordDAconsultation If you prefer to join a discussion about the strategy please email madha.ayub@salford.gov.uk for details. If you need help and support with domestic abuse please visit www.salford.gov.uk or call the national domestic abuse helpline 24/7 on 0808 2000 247 or the men’s helpline on 0808 8010327.
  3. Eight Salford organisations are joining together to help young people find their future. Youth employment has fallen by eight per cent nationally due to the pandemic and hundreds more young people are due to leave school, college or university this summer. Now careers organisations in Salford are banding together to offer advice to parents and young people on where to find training, jobs, apprenticeships and paid work experience to get them on the career ladder. Councillor Jim Cammell, lead member for children’s and young people’s services, said people may not be aware of some of the options open to them. The free, 45 minute Zoom session runs on Wednesday July 7 from 6pm to 6.45pm and is open to anyone over the age of 16. Registration is free on EventBrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/find-your-future-jobs-and-careers-tickets-158891553915 Anyone with specific questions or who would like more information on a particular topic can email Salford City Council’s Skills and Work helpline on SAWhelpline@salford.gov.uk in advance. The session has been organised by Salford City Council’s jobs, skills and work service and is supported by Connexions (careers service for young people),Salford Employ (careers and job hunting for adults) the National Careers Service, JobcentrePlus, Salford City College, the Growth Company, Salix Homes and Pendleton Together
  4. Salford’s ambition to become the first Living Wage City in England has been recognised with three awards. At the Living Wage Champion Awards, Salford CVS was recognised for using their funding and grant-making process to promote the real Living Wage in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. This has included supporting a number of local charities to become accredited with the Living Wage Foundation in the last 12 months. The Living Wage Foundation awarded the Salford Living Wage City Action Group, launched in 2019, the Places Champion Award for its success in increasing the number of accredited Living Wage employers in the city from 38 to 49 despite the pandemic. That has boosted the number of jobs in the city which pay the accredited Living Wage from 9,433 to 12,146. And Worsley-based Anchor Removals, whose managing director Chris Smallwood is part of the Living Wage City Action Group also won the Against All Odds industry award for being the only real Living Wage, no zero hours removals company in the UK. Many Salford companies also pay the equivalent of or above the real Living Wage, which is calculated to meet the actual cost of living but have not yet accredited with the Foundation. Salford’s aim is to encourage more employers to become accredited, double the number of workers receiving the real Living Wage from 10,000 to 20,000 to lift people out of poverty pay and encourage employers in traditionally low paid sectors such as hospitality and social care to boost pay for their employees. City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Alison Page, Chief Executive, Salford CVS, said: Mr Smallwood said:
  5. Schools and organisations across Salford have come together to offer an action-packed range of fun activities, and food, for four to 16-year-olds this summer. The activities, which range from baking and cookery to arts, crafts, sports and music will run across Salford from Monday 26 July to Thursday 19 August. The initiative is aimed to help keep young people in safe, fun and interactive environments during the long summer holidays. Councillor Sharmina August, Lead Member for Inclusive Economy, Anti-Poverty and Equalities at Salford City Council said: Many activities will be free but, if there is a small charge, the money will be used to help less fortunate Salford children and young people. Check out what is available in your neighbourhood and book at https://www.salford.gov.uk/summerfun List of activities: Multi-sport Craft Board games Construction Cooking Reading Football Dodgeball Air hoop Singing Circus skills Drama Parachute games Painting Story time Food tasting Badminton Short tennis Rounders Cricket Basketball, Netball Hockey Dance Gymnastics Swimming Water sports American handball Skateboarding Cycling. Partners included in the scheme: LifeCentre Salford Premier Education St Teresa's Treehouse St Mary's Treehouse Foundation 92 For Housing Salix Homes Salford CAB Salford City Council Salford Community Leisure Daisy Club Out of School Club Salford CVS Salford Red Devils Foundation Salford Metropolitan Athletics Club Citywide Catering Services
  6. Three young Salford residents who love to cook are being offered a chance to Kickstart their career in catering. Salford City Council is looking for an assistant chef to join its Citywide catering service which provides everything from daily school meals to wedding banquets and afternoon teas while local charity Basic, which helps people with brain or spinal injuries is searching for two catering assistants for its Food for Thought cafe. The young trainees, who must be under 24 and claiming Universal Credit, will learn all aspects of running a commercial catering service, putting them in a strong position to snap up future jobs. The posts are part of the government funded Kickstart scheme which covers the cost of an organisation taking on and training a young person at risk of long-term unemployment. Salford City Council, which is administering the scheme has already placed 30 young people with the council and local employers in areas from youth work, project management and horticulture to engineering, nursery work and finance and has more opportunities coming through all the time. Councillor Jim Cammell, lead member for children’s and young people’s services, said: An online information session about the posts is being held next Wednesday 26 May and anyone interested should register by emailing kickstart@salford.gov.uk before 5pm on Tuesday 25 May. Details of all the latest vacancies can be found at www.salford.gov.uk/kickstartvacancies
  7. A donate a bike scheme which helped steer young people away from unemployment is back on the road once again. Salford City Council launched the Riding to Success scheme last year to train young people how to refurbish and maintain donated bikes to bring them back into circulation. Councillor Jim Cammell, lead member for children’s and young people’s services, said: The six week courses are open to 16 to 18 year olds who are not in education, employment or training and will take place in Little Hulton, Walkden Swinton, Eccles and Salford Quays. Full details can be found at www.salford.gov.uk/donateabike Salford City Council is working with Access Sport, The Urban Fitness Collective (Tuf*C) and BikeRight! to provide the courses. Both adult and children’s bikes which can easily be repaired can be donated until Friday 25 June. Please email Jordi.matthews@salford.gov.uk to arrange free collection.
  8. Salford’s drive to become the first Living Wage City in England has been given national recognition. Salford City Council Chief Executive Tom Stannard has been appointed as a Commissioner on the Living Wage Commission which oversees the annual calculation of the real Living Wage rates for London and the UK. The rate is independently calculated to meet the true cost of living and is uprated every year to account for inflation. Commission members are drawn from across the private and public sector and leading Living Wage accredited employers. Salford City Council was the first local authority in Greater Manchester to pay its employees the real Living Wage uplifting 1,200 low paid workers. In 2019 the city was recognised for its ambition to become the first Living Wage City in England and in 2020 over 3,000 care workers in Salford saw their hourly pay rise from £9 to £9.30 as part of a move towards paying them the full real Living Wage. Mr Stannard, who was appointed Chief Executive at Salford City Council earlier this year, said it was a great honour. Laura Gardiner, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: Mr Stannard was previously Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council, securing the £1.8 billion West Yorkshire devolution deal and Director of Economy and Skills at Oldham Council leading on economic regeneration, skills and employment. In his previous career as a former Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Learning and Work Institute, he has also worked nationally to champion pay and skills improvement and in-work progression across the country. He is a board member for the UK Institute of Economic Development and the Centre for local Economic Strategies (CLES), and is a National Policy Spokesperson for SOLACE, the UK local government CEOs’ professional body.
  9. Would you like to get married in a former court house? Tie the knot in one of Salford’s beautiful parks? Or sign the register in the heart of a 1930s town hall? The brand-new Venues in Salford website has been created to give couples all the information they need to plan their special day at one of Salford City Council’s venues. The website has details of The Court House, Worsley, Buile Hill Park Hall and the Salford Suite at Salford Civic Centre. It allows couples to check details from the cost and catering available, to disability friendly access and compare between the venues before booking. Dominic Clarke, Head of Citywide and Community Services at Salford City Council said: For more information visit: www.venuesinsalford.co.uk To check availability and enquire about any aspect of the services on offer at the venues, the outside catering delivery service and the booking of the Salford Suite on a Saturday or Sunday, contact the management team by phone: 0161 793 3670 or email: venuesinsalford@salford.gov.uk
  10. Salford City Council is to introduce landlord licensing for shared homes where three or four tenants live (houses in multiple occupation or HMOs.) The scheme will come into force on July 19 this year, will cover the whole of Salford and will last for five years. Landlords will pay a one-off fee for the licence which can be paid in instalments. The council estimates more than 27,000 homes are privately rented in the city and in the last five years conversions to HMOs of all sizes in selective licensing areas have risen by 460 per cent in Eccles, 410 per cent in Langworthy, Weaste and Seedley and 196 per cent in Broughton. Over the last year 90 per cent of three and four bed HMOs inspected fell below the required standard. This is despite the council providing clear information about acceptable standards and offering an HMO advice service. Salford City Council was the first local authority to introduce landlord licensing in Seedley and Langworthy in 2007 to drive up standards in private rented property. A further six followed and there are two current schemes in parts of: Charlestown and Lower Kersal and Langworthy, Weaste and Seedley. Strategic Director Place, Peter Openshaw said: Council officers will now begin contacting landlords and managing agents and information will be posted on the council’s website. After the scheme comes into operation in July landlords will have three months to register unless they already hold a licence for five bedded or larger HMOs or a licence for properties where selective licensing schemes already apply. Landlords who fail to get a licence where required could be fined or issued with a civil penalty notice. The council also has the powers to order the landlord to repay rent to the tenants or to take over management arrangements for the property on an interim or final basis. To be approved for a licence, landlords and property managers will need to demonstrate they are a ‘fit and proper person’ to let the property and that they have suitable management arrangements in place including annual safety checks and that tenants have bins and know how to properly recycle and dispose of waste. The licence will also determine the maximum number of occupants to make sure tenants are not living in cramped and overcrowded properties. If the landlord fails to licence the property or breaches conditions of the licence and fails to remedy the situation the council can issue civil penalty notices or prosecute them.
  11. One hundred and seventy eight (178) local & mayoral candidates have been announced ahead of the Salford elections in May. The candidates officially standing for City Mayor of Salford are (in alphabetical order): Stuart Antony Cremins – Independent Paul Dennett - Labour Party Wendy Kay Olsen - Green Party Stephen Stuart Ord - Independent Jake Overend - Liberal Democrats Arnie Saunders - Conservative Party All candidates had a deadline of 4pm on Thursday 8 April to submit their nomination papers. Each registered voter in Salford will now receive a City Mayor election booklet which contains an explanation of the voting system and an election address from the candidates who supplied one. The booklet is scheduled to be delivered by post to all voters in Salford from Monday 19 April. This year residents also get to vote for their local councillor as all 60 council ward seats are up for election. All the candidates for each ward are available at www.salford.gov.uk/mayelections And residents also get to choose who they want to be The Greater Manchester Mayor – more information at www.gmelects.org.uk Returning Officer Tom Stannard said: This announcement of the candidates was delayed due to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. For local election candidates see : Download For Salford City Mayor election candidates see: Download For GM Metro Mayor election candidates see: Download If you have not yet signed up to vote, there is still time, you can find links and information in the following article. People can register to vote (www.gov.uk/register-to-vote ) and sign up for postal voting (www.salford.gov.uk/postalvote). Elections are to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.
  12. Salford City Council has teamed up with mobile phone charity Hubbub, O2 and Salford CVS to collect, wipe and circulate donated phones to people in need. Any phones donated will stay in Salford and will be given out with a calls and data package and support to help more local people benefit from being online. Strategic Director Service Reform Debbie Brown said: Alison Page, Chief Executive of Salford CVS, said: To donate an unwanted phone please remove the pin or password, take off all personal information including deleting all accounts or unpairing with other devices and reset the phone to factory settings. The phone will also be professionally data wiped when received. Phones can be donated at the centres below from Monday 12 April. Please follow any COVID-19 safety instructions from Gateway staff, wear a face covering inside the building, maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or sanitiser. Eccles Gateway 28 Barton Lane Eccles Salford M30 0TU Swinton Gateway 100 Chorley Road Swinton M27 6BP Broughton Hub 50 Rigby Street Salford M7 4BQ Pendleton Gateway 1 Broadwalk Pendleton Salford M6 5FX Walkden Gateway 2 Smith Street Walkden Salford M28 3EZ
  13. After much speculation on social media regarding the potential sake of the former Salford City Stadium to a third party, Sale Sharks - who have been linked to the deal, have issued a statement calling for talks between Salford City Council and its Co Owners Peel Holdings alongside Salford FC and Salford Red Devils in order to discuss options for creating a 'viable home' for all local clubs. The Sharks CEO Sid Sutton has also said that at this stage they have tendered no formal offer for the stadium which is currently shared by themselves and Salford's Red Devils. There have been unconfirmed rumours circulating for some time in the press and on social media that both Salford FC and Sale Sharks were looking at the possibility of jointly purchasing the stadium, news which has left some within Salford Red Devils fearing that their club could be left homeless at some point in the future. Sale have previously expressed an interest in purchasing the stadium with plans to expand but an earlier offer was declined by CosCos, the joint venture between Salford City Council and Peel Land & Property. Salford Council have said that they have been approached but as yet no offer has been received and talks are in the early stages at present. Sale Sharks CEO Sid Sutton, said: It may be an exciting time for Sale but for Salford Red Devils fans the news of a potential purchase and the prospects of the club losing its home at the stadium are troubling.
  14. It came as a shock to many when news broke this morning of the death of his royal highness the Duke of Edinburgh, just weeks after being discharged from hospital following an illness. It is said that the Prince fell asleep peacefully at Windsor Palace where both he and the queen have been staying throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Salford City Council has this afternoon issued a statement offering its deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family on the death of The Duke of Edinburgh. The Union flag has been lowered to half-mast at Eccles Town Hall and Swinton Civic Centre. The Civic Centre will be lit deep purple until the day of the funeral. City Mayor Paul Dennett, the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford Councillor John Mullen and Chief Executive of Salford City Council, Tom Stannard, said: Due to the pandemic, the council is respectfully asking members of the public to display flowers in the windows of their home, rather than gather at a central location to lay tributes to avoid any risk of virus transmission. Salford City Council will add a website link to the national book of condolence as soon as it is available.
  15. At the start of the month we ran an article regarding the potential sale of the former Salford City Stadium, now known as the AJ Bell Stadium, located in Barton. Salford City Council maintain that any discussions on the sale of the stadium are still in the early stages and as yet neither the Council or Peel who make up the other half of CosCos (the joint owned 50-50 venture) have agreed any sale. An approach has been made in the past by the owner of Sale Sharks which was promptly turned down, with Salford Deputy Mayor, John Merry deeming the offer as being “unacceptable”. On the 1st of April, Salford Council issued the following which states that the Council will be seeking reassurance on commitments for Salford Red Devils before any such sale is agreed. However, in a statement released earlier today by the Devils, Chief Exec, Paul King states that the current tenancy agreement between the club and CosCos is 'simply unsustainable' regardless of whom has ownership of the stadium. Like most sports clubs in the UK, the Covid crisis has hit Salford hard and they are struggling financially with no confirmed end in sight. Even if the club were to reopen tomorrow it would still take time to recover from the knock on effects of the pandemic as supporters will no doubt initially be fearful of attending large sporting events until they can be assured that it is safe. Fortunately the outstanding vaccination roll out in Salford has led to a huge drop in infection rates with today just 8 confirmed positive tests being recorded, but even so it will still take time for local sports clubs to recover once they can reopen and Salford's Red Devils are not immune. For a club that has already been struggling, any future rent increases would have a catastrophic impact on their finances and ability to continue to maintain a base in Salford. If an agreement can not be found then there is the very real possibility that our local rugby club could find themselves homeless. The Devils are hopeful that they can secure a new affordable deal which would allow them to continue to use the stadium as a base and warn that increases to their rent above what is financially viable for the club would be devastating for them and professional Rugby in Salford. Paul King, Salford Red Devils Executive Chairman said: The club has now called upon the Council to work together with them to ensure that the club remains within Salford.
  16. Salford City Council is reminding residents the clock is ticking for those who have not registered to vote. And the council is encouraging those who have already registered to consider applying for a postal vote to ensure they make their mark even if they’d prefer to stay at home. People have until midnight on Monday 19 April to register to vote - and until Tuesday 20 April to apply for a postal vote. Returning Officer Tom Stannard said: “The polls will open at 7am on Thursday 6 May and it is important that local people have their say. I’d encourage all our residents to make sure they are registered to vote. Five minutes and your national insurance number is all it takes to register. If you’ve just turned 18, are new to Salford or recently moved to a new home, you’ll need to make sure you’re registered to vote in the May elections. “We are working hard behind the scenes to make sure the election runs as safely and smoothly as possible during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of members of the public and employees is of the upmost priority so it’s important for residents to remember to wear face coverings to help keep people safe. Our polling stations will have a range of safety measures in place, but if you would prefer to stay at home please consider registering for a postal vote, so that you can still have your say. "This year in Salford we have an ‘all out election’. This means that all 60 council ward seats are up for election. Residents also get to choose who they want to be Salford City Mayor and who they want to be The Greater Manchester Mayor. All Salford residents will receive a mayoral booklet with a full list of candidates for Salford City Mayor and their election address.” People can register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and sign up for postal voting at www.salford.gov.uk/postalvote The polls close at 10pm on Thursday 6 May. The count for Salford local councillors will begin at 11am on Friday 7 May. The count for the Salford City Mayor and Greater Manchester Mayor will begin at 11am on Saturday 8 May. More information about the forthcoming elections, one of the biggest in Salford for years, is at www.salford.gov.uk/mayelections including voter guidance with videos explaining the different ballot papers, what to expect at a polling station and how to complete a postal vote.
  17. Major work to three Salford roads will start from Monday April 12 and will last approximately six months. Salford City Council say the £1.3 million scheme to resurface the A6 Chapel Street is necessary to stop the road deteriorating further. It was repaved with granite blocks in 2011/2012 as part of work to revitalise the area which has unlocked more than £660 million worth of investment and development potential. The granite blocks have become damaged over time and need to be replaced. The cost will be part funded by a financial settlement agreed between Salford City Council and Urban Vision/Galliford Try which carried out the original work. The resurfacing work, which will affect Chapel Street between Trinity Way (the inner ring road) and Oldfield Road will be carried out under lane closures which starting from Monday April 19 and using a contraflow which will be introduced from Monday May 3. A new layby in Great George Street will be created as part of the scheme to provide parking for funeral corteges at Salford Cathedral and avoid vehicles stopping on Chapel Street itself. Great George Street will be closed at its junction with the A6 Chapel Street for a few weeks during the six month period to facilitate this. Traffic exiting or seeking to enter Islington Way will be via signed diversion routes. Meanwhile work to improve cycling and walking routes along Liverpool Street will begin in April after the Greater Manchester Combined Authority approved the final funding needed for the £3.1 million scheme last month. The Liverpool Road scheme will maintain the road space for motorists but increase space for pedestrians and cyclists and will introduce a new crossing and bus boarding facilities. The road will remain open as normal with two way running for the first phase. Work to complete the terraced footway/cycleway on Middlewood Street, which has been delayed by building work, will also go ahead in May. The road will be open one way for traffic to Manchester but closed at its junction with Trinity Way to Salford bound traffic. Ben Dolan, Salford Councils Strategic Director For Place, said:
  18. Salfordians are being reminded not to forget to fill in your census, if you’ve not already completed it there is still time and plenty of help available if you are struggling. Sunday March 21 was national census day but if you have not already completed it there is still time left - and it is a legal requirement that people do so. There have been some inaccurate reports in the media saying that the public had until Sunday night of the 21st of March to fill it in, otherwise you'd get a £1,000 fine! The census is still continuing, and reminder letters are now being sent out to households. You have in fact got until 4th of May, which is when the operational period will start drawing to a close, and there will be plenty of reminders between now and then. Obviously the sooner people fill the census in before then, the better, as it is mandatory and people could still face a £1,000 fine, from May onwards. Field staff will be visiting homes that have not already filled in the census to assist them on the doorstep or sign post them to other areas of support. Why does it matter? Because the statistics it provides help build a picture of Salford’s communities and their needs and because funding for vital services is based on population count. If that’s not accurate Salford may get less money than it needs to provide vital public services such as education, health and transport. In short, without your input, our local council could be underfunded which could have an adverse effect on how much is available to spend in the coming decade on public services. What about privacy & safety? All of your personal information is kept private, locked and secure for 100 years, only statistical data is used and no personal data is shared. Everyone working on the census signs the Census Confidentiality Undertaking. This includes people working for the census offices and for it's suppliers. It’s a crime for them to unlawfully share personal census information. The Census Office have a strict security regime that follows government standards. This includes physical and IT security measures to protect your information. It’s also a chance to write yourself into history, making it easier for future generations searching their ancestors and discovering their family history. Need Help? If anyone needs help to complete the census online or needs a paper copy, alternative format or help with languages they can call the national helpline free on 0800 141 2021 or visit https://census.gov.uk They can also book a free phone or video call help session with Salford City Council’s Better Off team by visiting www.salford.gov.uk/cloudchat or by calling the Spirit of Salford helpline on 0800 952 1000, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Additionally, Alison the census engagement manager for Salford is running an online drop in session 4-7pm on 6 April which can be accessed via the link below. https://meet.google.com/sfq-exfr-dut If you would prefer to visit local help centres please see www.salford.gov.uk/census2021 where they are listed. Please make it count for Salford!
  19. The new announcement comes after poppies were painted on the road last year at Swinton Cenotaph to mark Remembrance Sunday. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the council asked people to stay at home and the annual service was streamed live on the internet. But since then members of the public have said they would like poppies painted at their local memorial, so the council has worked to make that possible. Approval has now been given to have poppies painted at Eccles War Memorial, Clifton War Memorial, Prince’s Park War Memorial, Chapel Street Cenotaph, Bolton Road and Agecroft Road Monument, Albion Place War Memorial, Parr Fold Park War Memorial, St Paul’s War Memorial and St Mary’s Church War Memorial. Councillor Sharmina August Executive Support Member for Equalities, Communities and Social Impact at Salford City Council said: Councillor Morris said: Councillor Warner added:
  20. Salford City Council has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Crowdfund Salford, a brand new scheme to help local people turn their great ideas into reality. Launched by Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, the scheme is open to anyone from Salford, including residents, community groups, individuals, local businesses, charities, social enterprises and grassroots sports clubs. Up to £10,000 match funding is available for ideas that create a brighter future for Salford. This city wide initiative, the biggest such scheme in Greater Manchester, will see Salford City Council directly match fund projects that clearly benefit Salford and meet at least one of the Great Eight – the council’s key priorities for the city. The project must seek to enhance the lives of the city’s residents and not have had previous council funding. Finding funding can be hard for any local project, especially in the current climate and so this scheme has been developed to help bright ideas overcome that funding hurdle. The scheme is part of The Salford Way, a new vision for Salford’s economic future that also includes a range of new policy strategies and key pieces of work to be delivered by the city council. The launch event was chaired by Tim Stannard, the Chief Executive at Salford City Council. This approach, The Salford Way aims to create a fairer, greener and healthier Salford for all its residents. Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett said There’s six simple steps to getting a local project going and support from the council Groups or individuals work up and cost a project Post full details of the project and target funding on the new Crowdfunder webpage - https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/salford The public donates 25% of the funding Salford City Council then considers the project and matches the funding target The group continues fundraising for the remaining 25% to reach target Council then releases the funding So for a project with a £1000 target, a group would raise £250 initially, secure £500 funding from the council and then fundraise for the remaining £250 before the council release the match funding. Crowdfunder CEO, Rob Love said: For more information and to find out how to apply, go to https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/salford
  21. Thousands of people live at, work in, and visit Salford Quays every day - and as it continues to grow, public feedback is being sought to help shape plans for its future. Salford City Council is asking for views on its grand vision for Salford Quays so a blueprint can be created for how it could evolve over coming years, and to help shape future design and function. The council has worked with Modern Designers to research how Salford Quays is currently used by speaking to local residents, businesses and attractions such as The Lowry. The aim has been to look at what works and what doesn’t in Salford Quays and other places around the world. This research has been used to create a vision of what could come next. This is particularly important as it is expected to grow over the next decade as MediaCity doubles in size and more homes and workplaces are built. The coronavirus pandemic has also had a significant impact on many people’s priorities for living and working. Councillor Mike McCusker, Executive Support Member for Planning, Housing and Sustainable Development, said: Salford Quays is one of Europe’s most successful regeneration projects. Over the last thirty years, what was once an industrial dockland has become a global media hub, a popular place to live, and a waterside destination that’s home to two of the UK’s most popular cultural venues. To comment on the vision, visit https://salfordquaysvision.commonplace.is/ The consultation will be online until 30 April 2021. A response to the feedback will be published by early Summer 2021.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. They have been a pain for drivers but residents and local businesses are set to benefit from a better road surface when essential repairs to Eccles New Road and South Langworthy Road begin on Saturday 20 March. The work – which will see large sections of the road repaired – is being done by Salford City Council’s highways teams and requires a 17-day partial closure of the Metrolink Eccles line. Councillor Mike McCusker, executive support member for planning, housing and sustainable development, said: Resurfacing works are being done now while the road and Metrolink network remains quiet and ahead of the reopening of some non-essential retail and leisure services from 12 April, as set out in the government’s ‘road map’ out of lockdown. From Saturday 20 March until Monday 5 April (inclusive), trams will only run between Ashton-under-Lyne and MediaCityUK. A bus replacement service will be in operation between Eccles and MediaCityUK. Anyone travelling during this time should plan in advance and allow extra time for their journey. Passengers should also follow the latest safety guidelines, such as wearing a face covering, unless exempt, when travelling and can visit www.tfgm.com for the latest information and advice.
  25. Salford Council has published its latest updated proposals for its 'Local Plan' and it inviting feedback from the wider public. The tweaked version sets out clearer policies on such things as safeguarding and promotion of community usage in its town centre developments, whilst offering a greater level of protection of heritage assets within the city. The council has worked with Historic England on the wording of policy in that area. For more information please find details on this link You can comment from 5 February 2021 to 19 March 2021. Once the period for making comments finishes on 19 March 2021, the comments received to the proposed modifications will be submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration at the public examination. We will follow up with a more concise article once we have had the chance to read the new amendments ourselves.
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