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  1. Council planners gave the go ahead today (5th Nov) for a new major trauma centre to be built between the current Hope building and the neighbouring Clinical Science building. The new six storey building will house five new operating theatres as well as space for 72 beds and would be open 24/7 all year round. It is hoped that the new build with its roof top helipad will save upwards of 50 more lives per year from across the region as every second counts for critically injured patients. The current system requires patients to be shuttled across to the hospital by an awaiting ambulance after landing at a nearby playing field. The new system will take out that part of the journey from the equation and in turn reduce the valuable time it takes for the severally injured to get the vital care they need. Additionally the committee green-lit a separate dedicated 60 space intermediate care unit to be house on a plot of land next to the Stott Lane playing fields car park, which would allow patients to transition from hospital, back to their homes after treatment. To negate the loss off 42 spaces on the car park, the hospital has agreed to extend the parking permit scheme in the local area as well as install cameras and better signage. Questions were raised by local residents regarding the impact the two schemes would have on local residents but it was decided by the planning committee that the benefits to the community would outweigh any detrimental impact.
  2. Salford Council has issued a warning after reports of a man with an Eastern European Accent who has been knocking on doors claiming to be authorised to collect money for council tax bills on their behalf. When challenged he has presented an obviously fraudulent letter which he claims to be authorisation to act as a collector. The letter raised suspicions when it was noted to be hand written, badly photocopied, with a 'Thank you for your love' expressed at the bottom. Now we are no not saying the Council doesn't love us all, I am sure they have big hearts but its not exactly the most professional document we have ever seen. The man has been spotted in a number of areas including Kersal, Lower Broughton and Dutchy. It is unknown if anyone has so far fallen for the scam but residents are being asked to keep an eye on any vulnerable neighbours or family members and tell them not to open the door if they are unsure. The man is described as having short brown/grey hair, around 5'10", wearing black boots, light coloured cargo pants, a striped shirt and carrying a black satchel over his back as well as a folder with papers in his hands. He has reportedly made attempts to push his way into peoples houses to demand cash from them. Please be aware the council would never ask for council tax cash payments on your doorstep.
  3. With scathing criticism from tenants over everything from flammable cladding to dodgy windows in an article in the Salford Star this week (see this link), Salford Council has attempted to explain the reasons for the delays in removal and replacement of the flammable cladding, in doing so places that blame squarely at the feet of the Government who they say are frustrating matters with red tape and a refusal to let the council lend the money needed. The council says it made a commitment in August 2017 to lend up to £25m to Pendleton Together Operating Limited, the PFI company responsible for the tower blocks, to replace the cladding system. The council approved a lending facility in March 2018 as the best way to get the ACM cladding system replaced; pledging to provide funds after a new cladding system was independently tested and residents were consulted on the proposed works. The funding stream would have allowed a detailed work programme to be designed and contracted. The Government however has refused us permission to lend the money. Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said: The council is now working closely with the Pendleton Together Operating Limited to confirm a new timetable for when the remaining works will start. In the meantime works to Plane Court will continue and fire safety measures will remain in place on all blocks, including the 24/7 fire marshalls. However this will not come as a great comfort to those who remain housed in homes still encased with the flammable cladding.
  4. The popular headteacher of Harrop Fold school in Little Hulton was suspended back in July after allegations of removing "Off-Rolling" children academically performing poorly from the school register in order to skew the schools performance statistics, something Mr Povey strongly denies. The school was graded as Good by Ofsted after previously being amongst the ranks of some of the worst schools in the country. Today he announced on his Twitter account that it was 'quitting with a heavy heart' and added that he believes his treatment was the result of a personal vendetta against himself and three other members of staff who are under investigation along side him. The school which features in the popular Channel 4 "Educating Manchester" tv show was left with £3.5m debt by Salford City Council. During his tenure at the school, Mr Povey and his team reduced that amount by over a half to just £1.6m and he even contributed £100,000 of his own money from earnings made whilst giving leadership talks thanks to his elevated profile. Mr Povey hit back at his accusers by using his resignation letter to place blame for the schools previous failings and the huge debt it had amassed squarely at the Councils feet. With regards the schools progress he said: Mr Povey went on to add that he still remains supportive of the school and also offered to work with them pro-bono at the school for a couple of days per week to help provide a stable hand until a new leadership is chosen, In summing up his thoughts he went on to say: Mr Povey's resignation will come as an upset to those who support him, a protest was held outside of the school within days of his suspension, with many parents crediting the schools recent success with his leadership.
  5. That’s the message from Salford City Council which is urging residents not to wait until winter and miss an incredible offer. The Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund is offering to fully fund fitting a modern gas central heating to 500 households across the region which currently use expensive storage heaters, room heaters or open fires to heat their homes. It's open to homeowners and tenants, with their landlord's permission. Applications are now open and funding will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until the £1.8 million funding has been allocated. Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing and neighbourhoods, said: The £1.8 million funding for the scheme has been secured by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as part of the nationwide Warm Homes Fund established by National Grid and administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. To find out if you qualify or to find out details of other help available to stay warm and cut winter bills, please contact Salford's affordable warmth team on 0161 793 2264 or email keepingwarm@salford.gov.uk or see www.salford.gov.uk/warmsalford
  6. KARL


    The discount supermarket chain has recently joined the council’s Salford Assist scheme, where residents in need of emergency food are given vouchers to spend in certain local stores. The move takes pressure off city food banks, freeing up their stock for other families in need. Now Aldi has donated a lorry full of sanitary pads, tampons and nappies worth around £2,500 to help women on low incomes struggling to cope with the cost of periods and caring for children. National research shows women spend an average of £500 per year on menstrual hygiene products while researchers estimate it costs around £800 to keep a child in nappies for the first two years of their life. A survey of local women using food banks and crisis support services was carried out by Salford City Council and Salford Citizen’s Advice (SCA). It found that just under half of the women who responded (48%) said they had struggled at some point to afford sanitary protection while a third (28%) said they had avoided paying bills to use the money on sanitary ware. Almost all (98%) said they regularly had to go without proper protection and use inadequate substitutes such as socks, tissues or rags while a fifth (17.5%) said they had been excluded from doing something important because of inadequate sanitary protection. Deputy City Mayor Paula Boshell said raising awareness of the problems faced by low-income families and securing the donation was part of the city’s work with businesses to get maximum social value for every pound spent in Salford. She said: City Mayor Paul Dennett added: Mayor Dennett said the council will also work with Greater Manchester charities to expand their operations into Salford, encourage local food bank donation points to accept sanitary products and join national campaigns to put pressure on the government to make sanitary products freely available in schools and to women receiving certain targeted benefits. Councillor Kate Lewis, one of the councillors who first raised the issue, added: Ruth Doyle, Regional Managing Director at Aldi, said: Gemma Griffin, help through crisis advisor from CAB said:
  7. Salford City Council will provide eight new emergency beds along with 20 self-contained homes where people can stay until long-term settled accommodation is found for them. A new support team will help them overcome any barriers such as finding a deposit, finding accommodation which will take a pet or buying household items to set up home – as well as supporting those still on the streets. Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing and neighbourhoods, announced the news after launching Salford’s new Homelessness Strategy, which sets out the city’s plans for the next five years. Councillor Kelly said: Councillor Kelly also called for the whole city to pull together to help rough sleepers and people facing the risk of homelessness, saying only an even greater combined effort from the council, NHS, housing and advice services, community and voluntary organisations and residents could tackle the crisis. She said: Councillor Kelly said over the next five years Salford would also focus on providing truly affordable homes and encouraging people in financial difficulties to seek help as soon as possible to avoid the risk of defaulting on payments and losing their homes. Salford City Council is also supporting Greater Manchester-wide initiatives to eradicate the need for rough sleeping. These include the housing first approach of finding rough sleepers homes and then helping them with other issues and a Greater Manchester-wide social lettings agency, which helps vulnerable people and people on low incomes to find and keep private rented homes. You can view the new strategy at www.salford.gov.uk/homelessstrategy Note to editors: Rough sleeping rose from 19 in 2016 to 49 in 2017 as people sleeping in night shelters were also included in the count for the first time.
  8. Salford City Council is warning residents and dog walkers to take extra care in Clifton Country park and along the River Irwell valley and to avoid even the slightest contact with the plant. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } The plant, which is related to cow parsley, has chemicals in tiny hairs under its leaves and sap which can cause the skin to become extremely sensitive to sunlight. Even the slightest brush against a leaf can cause blistering and pain within 15 minutes and both humans and animals can be affected. Sun sensitivity can last for months after contact with the plant and if sap gets into the eyes it can cause blindness. NHS Direct advises anyone who has come into contact with the plant to immediately wash the area with cold water and soap and seek medical advice if they feel unwell. Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: You can find more information about the plant at: www.salford.gov.uk/gianthogweed Photo attached by Fritz Geller-Grimm [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
  9. Owners and their furry friends are encouraged to visit Clifton Country Park on Sunday 22 July for a day of doggy delights. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } Running from 11am to 4pm the Dogs in Salford Festival will feature a dog show, agility course and temptation alley. Dogs will be able to get free health checks, chipping and nail clipping thanks to the PDSA. And while their canine companions are being pampered, owners can get a free health check thanks to the Salford Health Improvement team. Councillor David Lancaster, Lead Member for Environment and Community Safety at Salford City Council, said: For children, there is face painting, bouncy castles, fruit animals and guess the breed. The dog show consists of the following categories costing £1 to enter each category. The categories are: •Prettiest Girl sponsored by Rob Hiatt •Best Scruff sponsored by Source 7 •Best Trick sponsored by Four Acres Doggie Day Camp and professional Groomers •Most Handsome Boy sponsored by Doggy's DoLittle •Best Young Handler sponsored by Our Dogs •Waggiest Tail sponsored by Company of Animals •Best Rescue sponsored by The Original Hi K9 •Best Golden Oldie - sponsored by Better Points •Best In Show - judged and presented by Saira Choudhry from Channel 4's No Offence The winners from each category will then be entered into the best in show.
  10. At the moment Salford City Council customer services receive thousands of phone calls from residents each week, and its new Twitter account @SalfordCChelp will mean they get help more quickly. People ring in with a wide range of queries from bins, council tax, parking, traffic, and travel to cycle lanes. Many of these people wait to get through to the team due to the large number of people calling. The new Twitter account will mean there won’t be any need to wait in a queue on the phone. Named, friendly and approachable team members will respond to questions and problems with a helpful reply. They can send a message to the customer services team, Monday to Friday, from 9 to 4.30pm, and it will be replied to quickly with a reference number so people can track what’s happening. If the team is unable to help immediately, they will clearly explain the next steps and pass on the query to a relevant team. Complex issues or private customer details can be sent through a direct message, so people don’t need to worry about sharing this information on Twitter. Councillor Bill Hinds, Lead Member for Finance and Support Services, said: The new Twitter account is part of Salford City Council’s work to help people get the support they need in a variety of different ways. They can use the council’s live webchat service on its website at www.salford.go.uk, post messages on the council’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/salfordcouncil and there are online forms they can also fill in. Any queries between 4.30pm and 9am and on weekends will be dealt with the following working day. People will be made aware each day what time the customer services team will be available the next working day. The council recently won Digital Council of the Year 2018 in the Digital Leaders awards. It has an ongoing scheme called Digital You to help local people learn basic computer and internet skills across the city so they can have a better future and fully take part in today’s society.
  11. KARL


    In a city that is crying out for affordable low-cost, low-rent housing, I am utterly dismayed to read in the Salford Star (http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=4601) that a proposed application by Salix Homes for such housing at Canon Green Court was recently refused by Salford Councils shambolic planning department. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } To add insult to this, they went on to approve another housing development from Countryside Properties that offered zero affordable homes and zero section 106 money to be used within the local community. Do these imbeciles not understand that not everyone is wealthy enough to be in a position to afford one of Fred Done's luxury apartments? I have lived in this area for coming up to 7 years now and although that is a relatively short time compared to others who have lived here far longer, even I have noticed the negative change being thrust upon us as historic buildings are torn down all around in order to facilitate the developers in their quest to make more money by attracting people into the area from outside of Salford, riding on the back of the prestige of living so close to Manchester. Luxury high-rises now tower above us and although I admit we do need to provide new homes, these homes should be affordable to everyone in Salford, not just the rich. I see on the Salford Online facebook group the words 'Salford, Sold by the Pound' all the time and I totally agree, this is gentrification, nothing more, nothing less. I have to ask just who is benefitting from all of this new regeneration as it is most certainly not the existing population as they get pushed further and further out of the area they have called home. Salford Council should be grasping at the chance to provide affordable rental properties, not shutting down such much-needed developments. It is bewilderingly crazy. Colin J Full Name and Address Supplied
  12. It has been over one year since the heartbreaking scenes of devastation hit the news after a fire tore through a building wrapped in the same combustible cladding as used on many Salford residential tower blocks. A resident of one of those blocks wrote into postbag to tell of his anger and upset at what he views as a lack of action by Salford City Council and Pendleton Together. ---- I am one of many residents who live in one of the Pendleton Tower Blocks that have similar cladding and insulation to the Grenfell Tower Block. Shortly after the Grenfell Tower Fire, the Salford Mayor Paul Dennett announced to the media that all cladding from their nine blocks would be tested and if the tests failed it would be removed. In a later press release, it was revealed he was borrowing £25 million to replace the cladding. Now over a year on from Grenfell, what has happened to the Nine Tower Blocks owned by Salford City Council and run by Pendleton Together? 1) Fire Marshals were put in the Nine Blocks to patrol 24/7. However, we have recently found out that the so-called Fire Marshals have only just recently had training for doing this job. What training we don’t know. 2) Salford City Council/Pendleton Together removed the unsafe cladding from all Nine Blocks, but only the first three floors of each block and replaced it with what Salford City Council and Pendleton Together told residents was a safe boarding. 3) Pendleton Together then told residents to remove all doormats from outside their doors (most doormats are or were fire resistant). If the mats were not removed, the cleaning teams were told to remove them and they were then binned without any further notice to the residents. 4) Pendleton Together then told vehicle owners they could not park in the first two parking spaces that were closest to the building. Every block was supposedly told this, however, if you go round the blocks you will see this is not enforced on all blocks. It is on Thorn but not on Spruce where cars are parked within a couple of feet from the building wall and the same applies to some of the other blocks in the square. 5) The residents of Thorn were also told to remove plastic flower pots from alongside the building. When asked why we were told they could catch fire. Also, chairs and tables were removed from the community garden for the same reason and that the fire service had told Pendleton Together to enforce this. However, when the fire service was asked about this by residents, the residents were told that they had not told Pendleton Together this and that Pendleton Together has taken it upon themselves to implement the rule. 6) Salford City Council and Pendleton Together then decide to install fire alarms in the Tower Block but these are as much use a fire extinguisher that is empty! Why? Because the fire alarms were placed in the stairwell and not on landings, there is a fire door on each landing that acts like a sound buffer so most residents cannot hear the alarm in their flats when they are tested each week. 7) Salford City Council and Pendleton Together in their ultimate wisdom have decided to install new fire alarms and sprinklers in every flat. That consultation was months ago but as they say, silence is golden and in Salford City Councils and Pendleton Together case the silence is deafening. We the residents have not been told if this is going to happen and if so when it will happen. And who at the end of the day is going to be picking up the cost of redecorating residents flats when every room is going to be affected? Pendleton Together is constantly telling us that the safety of their residents is a top priority. Well, it seems something has been lost in the pipeline with their own policy. On Friday the 6th July 2018, one of the hottest days so far, some bright spark from Pendleton Together decided to remove fire extinguishers from the nine blocks that still have the unsafe cladding on them. And no one from Pendleton Together had the decency to contact any member of the resident's committee of Thorn Court to inform them that the fire extinguishers were being removed from the community room and community room kitchen. When a member of the resident's committee contacted Pendleton Together, the housing officer informed him they had been removed in error and would be on the way back to the block, this was at 2:00 pm by 5.30pm the committee member checked to see if the items had been returned. They had not and everyone at Pendleton Together had left the office. So the out of hours service was contacted and after some time two of the three fire extinguishers were returned by the fire marshals. They said that no one from Pendleton Together had informed them that these were being removed. So far no one from Pendleton Together has responded to a voice message I left on Friday. A resident of Thorn Court Name and Address Supplied NB: The views above are those of the letter author and do not represent those of Salford Voice. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; }

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