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  1. Social housing provider City West had recently delivered improvement works to the Little Hulton park costing around £12,000 improvements which included a new roundabout, extension of the soft surface play area around as well as painting and repairs to the existing equipment. Overnight the play park was targeted by vandals who set a blue wheelie bin on fire, which has caused extensive damage to the flooring which will now cost an estimated and additional £500 to rectify. City West are in the process of obtaining the footage from CCTV cameras that cover the area in an attempt to try and identify individuals involved. This latest attack comes after Parr Fold Park was plagued by vandals carrying out similar attacks. If you have any information regarding the culprits or you just wish to report any concerns relating to vandalism and Anti Social behaviour in your Neighbourhood please contact City West or GMP. hello@citywest.org.uk or live chat with us www.citywest.org.uk contact GMP on 101 or live chat with them on www.gmp.police.uk contact crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
  2. Salford Council has issued an update on the status of the investigation into claims of "off-rolling", a process which involves removing children academically performing poorly from the school register in order to skew the schools performance statistics, something ex head teacher Drew Povey strongly denies. In an update today, the deputy Mayor of Salford City Council, John Merry, has attempted to clarify thier current position as well as give explanation into why the process is taking so long, he also wishes to dispel what he claims is misinformation being reported by the press. Councillor Merry said the school is waiting for the results of the recent Ofsted inspection which was part of the routine cycle of five-yearly inspections. Councillor Merry said claims that the investigation was a ‘witch hunt’ were nonsense. Why does the school have a deficit budget? When the school was in ‘special measures’ in 2003 the debt was built up as the school was trying to improve rapidly. Pupil numbers were low at the school at the time. Has the debt of the school decreased? The school has worked hard, in partnership with the council, to reduce their debt to the local authority from over £3m to £1.4 million despite challenging financial circumstances and cuts in budgets to all council services. The local authority has written off £300,000 of the debt to help the school and the school has been involved in a number of activities, supported by the governing body and the Executive Headteacher to raise additional funds. The local authority has been supportive of the activities, it has extended the repayment plan twice and the local authority also gave the school a five year payment ‘break’. Salford City Council has a commitment to continue to support the school to become debt-free. Is it true the council wants the school to academise? Salford City Council does not support the policy of academisation, but, in the interests of pupils, it supports schools when they have chosen to go down that route, and all schools and academies work collaboratively in our family of schools. Harrop Fold applied a number of years ago to become an academy with Consilium. Ellesmere Park, Buile Hill and Moorside are all part of this multi academy trust and have strong relationships with the local authority. The Department for Education, however, requires schools to have a healthy budget situation before academising. The Government can force a school to academise if a school is judged to be inadequate by Ofsted. In this situation, the local authority will have to pay off the school’s deficit budget and the choice of academy trust would be outside the control of the local authority. Only certain multi academy trusts are eligible to sponsor schools in this situation. The academy trust GMLT would not be eligible. Leaders from GMLT are currently supporting Harrop Fold as they have the capacity, skills and willingness to help. Why are people talking about academisation? The school has recently had an Ofsted inspection. If the school has been found not to meet standards then the school may be forced to academise under current government regulations. What happens to Harrop Folds debt if the school academises? It has been inaccurately reported in the press that Salford City Council would financially benefit if Harrop Fold converted to an academy. The £1.5 million debt would, in fact, return to the local authority and Harrop Fold will be debt free. Why has the council not being more open about the investigation into staff members? This is a governors’ investigation. It is a well-established principle of employment law that the details of disciplinary investigations should remain confidential. This is also recommended in the ACAS guide to Discipline at Work and it applies to all employers, not just the local authority or governing body. It is a breach of the implied term of trust and confidence between an employer and employee to divulge details of a disciplinary investigation to any third party. We cannot share the details of the investigation. The members of staff who are currently suspended are entitled to, and deserve, confidentiality and a fair and just investigation. There was a rumour that the council offered to pay the former headteacher off, is this true? The council has made no offer of payment to any staff involved in this matter. When will parents learn the outcome of the Ofsted inspection? Ofsted’s finding and judgements are not yet finalised as quality assurance checks take place before reports are published. It is anticipated that the report will be available to all parents/carers later in November or early December. There is a rumour that the council has told the governing body that they will be replaced by an Interim Executive Board (IEB). Is this true? The council has never made this suggestion to the governing body.
  3. Salford council has issued a letter to homes affected by the recent fire at the old Lucozade factory in Little Hulton, telling them not to be alarmed if they see clean up crews in Haz-Mat (Hazardous Materials) suits. However some residents are still concerned over the cleanup operation and future possible health impacts to their families. In its letter the council tries to reassure the public that any risk to health is now considered low. Dear resident, The fire is over and the company owners, in conjunction with Salford City Council, are moving on to the next steps. Specialist consultants, Bureau Veritas, have tested the air quality in the area on both Thursday 15 and Friday 16 November. We are pleased to report that no fibres were found in the air and more air quality tests will also be carried out after the demolition. This confirms that the risk to health is low and there is unlikely to be any significant exposure to asbestos. However, as a precautionary measure it is sensible that any asbestos containing debris is carefully removed. The company owners are working to appoint specialist demolition contractors to remove the building. We expect this to start later this week. As a precaution we recommend that you keep your windows and doors closed while the demolition takes place and keep pets away from the warehouse site. The roads and paths were cleaned by Salford City Council after the fire. Lower Wharton primary school is currently being cleaned as a precaution by specialist cleaning contractors (Rhodar) appointed by the owner of the warehouse and the work is likely to continue for the rest of the week. The specialist cleaning contractors will be cleaning the residential properties that the council made contact with on the Thursday afternoon and we currently expect this to commence on Wednesday 21 November. The contractors will wear full haz-mat suits and masks as they carry out the cleaning. Please do not be concerned about this, this is their routine practice and does not indicate any extra risk. If you find small particles of ash or debris from the fire on your property or vehicles and they are small enough to wash away you can first dampen them down using water, then gently flush them away to the drain. If there are larger pieces of debris please do not touch them as they could break up. Contact us for specialist removal using the contact details below. Please do not sweep up or vacuum ash or debris as this could create airborne dust. Monday to Friday - 8.30am-4.30am: 0161 793 2500. Out of hours and weekends: 0161 794 8888. Or visit https://contactus.salford.gov.uk/?formtype=ENV_NUIS and select asbestos in step 2. We hope this update reassures you that the risk to health is low and that every effort is being made to clear the site, school and small number of properties affected by the fallout from the fire. If you have any queries, please contact us through the form or phone number above.
  4. Today (Monday 19 November 2018), the following people were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square. Dmaine Robinson (27/02/1986) of Graythorpe Walk, Salford was sentenced to 11 years and eight months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possessing firearms to commit an indictable offence and conspiracy to commit GBH with intent. Michael Crimes (27/10/1978) of Littlegreen Gardens, Salford was sentenced to six years and five months after pleading guilty to participating in in the activity of an organised crime group. Amy Cooper (17/04/1986) of Barrfield Road, Salford was sentenced to 18 months, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to assisting an offender. The court heard how on Sunday 4 February 2018 at around 6.30pm, the victim – a 30-year-old man – was in Alberts Restaurant on East Lancashire Road in Swinton with friends.
  5. The Senior Scam Busters, which comprises of 13 predominantly older and retired people, will be trained to give fraud advice and guidance as well as signpost people to specific agencies when necessary. More than 1,000 reports of fraud and scams are recorded every month across Greater Manchester and a large percentage of these are made by older members of the public who have fallen victim to telephone scams, online scams and doorstep crime. The newly formed team will identify and contact victims over 60 years old from the reports, giving practical help and advice over the telephone to reduce the risk of them falling victim again. The introduction of the Citizen’s Contract in October, saw GMP calling on communities to work together to create a safer Greater Manchester. The Senior Scam Busters will become an integral part of the policing family, attending community engagements and educating vulnerable people about fraud and how they can protect themselves from the scammers. Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling said: Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester Bev Hughes said: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040
  6. NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has approved £630k funding for extra staff in the Salford community. This investment will bring services together to reduce hospital lengths of stay and create shorter waiting times for access to the service. Progressive neurological disorders such as dementia, Parkinson's and tumours; as well as traumatic brain injuries and strokes can benefit from neuro rehabilitation. Once the acute stage of treatment for a brain injury is completed, neuro rehabilitation helps the patient recover and regain their functional and cognitive abilities. In Salford, there are two separate specialist community rehab services, an early supported discharge (ESD) team for stroke patients designed to enable a quick transfer from hospital to home following an acute stroke. There is also the community neurological rehabilitation team (CNRT) that offers specialist multi-disciplinary services for people with brain injuries like those caused after a major incident like a car crash. Since 2015 the Operational Delivery Network (ODN) in Greater Manchester has been looking how stroke and neuro rehab services are delivered. The recommendation is to provide a specialist integrated stroke and neuro community rehab team. The collaboration of the two services will provide a single service to both stroke and neuro rehab patients, dependant on need. This will improve the effectiveness and the quality of the service to all patients irrespective of diagnosis. The singular service will be made up of three pathways; high intensive therapy at home; low/medium intensity; and discharge to a residential home. A person-centred care plan will also be developed depending on the person’s needs and the intensity of therapy needed. Dr. Jenny Walton, clinical lead for older people and integrated care in Salford, said:
  7. Alcohol harm reaching further into our communities than commonly recognised, with higher earners the most likely to drink beyond recommended limits Thousands of Greater Manchester children living with alcohol-dependent or binge-drinking adults, causing anxiety, worry and stress Residents encouraged to join in The Big Alcohol Conversation and help identify new actions for reducing alcohol's impacts across the city region Harms associated with alcohol are costing Greater Manchester's public services £1.3 billion a year, new figures announced today reveal. Amounting to almost £500 for every resident, this is the annual amount we are paying through health, social care, crime and work costs because of the way we drink. The stark figure was announced by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership as they launched The Big Alcohol Conversation, a major new initiative exploring alcohol-related harm across the city region. More than 22,000 Greater Manchester hospital admissions a year are directly caused by alcohol, while almost a quarter of our residents (23%) say that there is a big problem with people being drunk or rowdy in public places. But beyond such visible signs, the hidden harms run deeper into our communities than is commonly recognised. Higher earners are the most likely people to drink beyond the Chief Medical Officer’s recommended guideline of 14 units a week. More than 1 in 3 men in wealthier households regularly exceed this recommended limit; over twice as many women in such households do so compared to those in the poorest households. Regularly drinking beyond 14 units a week increases the risks of a range of illnesses, such as cancers, heart and liver disease, brain damage and dementia. Meanwhile, over 15,000 Greater Manchester children live with alcohol dependent adults. In addition, almost 1 in 3 under 16s have previously been estimated to live with at least one parent who binge drinks – the equivalent of 165,000 children across the city region. While 90% of parents feel it is their responsibility to set a good example with their drinking, only half of children say their parents’ drinking behaviour provides a positive role model. This insight – from a report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies – revealed that adults’ drinking can result in feelings including embarrassment, anxiety, fear and poor emotional health and well-being among children, and that our permissive pro-alcohol environment has led to normalisation of drinking which masks these impacts. In response to these findings, the Big Alcohol Conversation is examining the scale and nature of alcohol-related harm across Greater Manchester and identifying how it can best be reduced. The wide-reaching engagement exercise is looking to gather the views of thousands of people across the city region, learning more about the role of alcohol in their lives and communities and their opinions on ways in which a safer approach to alcohol can be secured. Thanks to the city region’s devolution agreement with central Government, a number of new potential options are available to help tackle alcohol-related harm in Greater Manchester. Possible actions which could be introduced subject to public support include additional restrictions on the marketing and sale of alcohol, increased information and education around related harms, greater opportunities for people to socialise without alcohol, and easier access to high quality support. Any new measures would build on some innovative steps already introduced across Greater Manchester. These include a pioneering Communities in Charge of Alcohol programme through which local volunteers are trained as community alcohol health champions to provide advice and help create a more responsible approach to alcohol in neighbourhoods that experience particularly high levels of alcohol-related harm. In addition, the Mayor and his night-time economy advisor Sacha Lord has announced funding for an extra 150 Drinkaware 'crew' staff members in bars and clubs to promote a positive social atmosphere and help those who may be vulnerable as a result of drinking too much alcohol. Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: Sarah Price, executive lead for population health and commissioning in Greater Manchester, said: Sacha Lord, Greater Manchester’s night time economy adviser and Warehouse Project and Parklife co-founder, said: James Carter, a Communities in Charge of Alcohol (CICA) volunteer alcohol health champion from Salford, said: The Big Alcohol Conversation is running until the end of February 2019. People can get involved by visiting www.thebigalcoholconversation.org, using #GMbigalcoholconversation on social media, or by attending a Big Alcohol Conversation bus tour roadshow which is calling at 20 prominent locations across the city region. The first round of visits is as follows: Friday 16 November, 10am-6pm – Salford Shopping Centre car park, Pendleton Road Saturday 17 November, 9am-5pm – Bolton Town Hall, Victoria Town Square Sunday 18 November, 9am-5pm – Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester Wednesday 21 November, 10am-6pm – Oldham Market Friday 23 November, 9am-5pm – Ashton Markets, Bow Street, Tameside Saturday 24 November, 9am-5pm – The Rock shopping centre, Bury Sunday 25 November, 11am-7pm – REDROCK centre, Stockport Wednesday 28 November, 10am-6pm – Smith Street, Rochdale Saturday 1 December, 9am-5pm – Bradshawgate, Leigh Town Centre, Wigan Sunday 8 December, 9am-5pm – Stretford Mall, Trafford Views gathered during the Big Alcohol Conversation will contribute to Greater Manchester’s ‘Ambition for Alcohol’, a high-level plan of action for tackling alcohol-related harm across the city region due to published during 2019.
  8. Students from Oasis Academy MediaCityUK have been taking part in the initiative, which has captured what it’s like to live in the region, through their eyes. The budding snappers are part of the Academy’s Friday evening youth club and have produced a series of stunning images under the theme ‘Salford Through our Eyes’, to depict what the city means to them. The photographs, which include Salford Quays and the streets of Ordsall, have now gone on permanent exhibition at the Oasis Academy’s newly launched Hub. The project was made possible thanks to a £500 grant from housing association Salix Homes through its Springboard fund which provides grants to projects and initiatives in Salford that boost community spirit, promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation or improve the environment. Adam Webster, community development leader for Oasis Academy, said: Jeanette Green, neighbourhood manager for Salix Homes, added: To find out more about how to apply for a Springboard grant, go to:www.salixhomes.org/springboard
  9. During the fire on the 15 November 2018 local residents were advised by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to keep their windows and doors closed. The fire no longer poses a threat and is not distributing ash or debris. The property involved in this fire had an asbestos-cement roof. The owner of the property is demolishing it today so as a precaution Salford Council would recommend that residents keep their windows and doors closed for the rest of the day. We would also advise that pet owners ensure their animals avoid visiting contaminated areas. It has been reported that material has been deposited in ash or debris in the vicinity of the trading estate and surrounding residential areas. This may contain asbestos and we are taking steps to clean roads and paths, and working with the company to offer specialist cleaning of properties. Salford Council would like to stress that risk to health is low and there is unlikely to be any significant exposure to asbestos following fires involving materials containing asbestos. The Council are working closely with other agencies, including Public Health England. We have also appointed specialist consultants to monitor the air quality in the area for potential pollutants so that we are able to give residents the best possible advice. As a precautionary measure it is sensible that any asbestos containing debris is carefully removed to minimise any potential exposure. Salford City Council is arranging a clean-up of asbestos containing materials spread by the fire which may have fallen as ash and debris over the surrounding area. This is in conjunction with the property owner’s contractor. If you find small particles of ash or debris from the fire on your property or vehicles and they are small enough to wash away you can first dampen them down using water, then gently flush them away to the drain. If there are larger pieces of debris contact us for specialist removal using the contact details below. Do not sweep up or vacuum ash or debris as this could create airborne dust. If you prefer to leave any cleaning to the specialist team then you can contact us to request this by calling or using our web form: Monday - Sunday 24 hours: 0161 793 2500. Or visit https://contactus.salford.gov.uk/?formtype=ENV_NUIS and selecting asbestos in step 2. If you came into contact with the smoke plume and you experience any breathing difficulties, watery eyes, coughing and a sore throat and have any ongoing symptoms, contact your GP or NHS 111.
  10. Faux Stained Glass Workshop at Ordsall Hall, 25th November 1-4pm (ages 7+). £12.50 inc booking fee. Come to the beautiful hall and make a Christmas inspired faux glass panel. Materials provided and full tuition provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Christmas Grotto at Ordsall Hall Sunday 9 & Sunday 16 December, 1 – 3.30pm Come and meet Father Christmas in his magical grotto at Ordsall Hall and receive a gift. £5 per child, booking required. Monton Voices Choir at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Sunday 2 December, 1.30 – 3.30pm – FREE EVENT Join the Christmas celebrations with Monton Voices Choir who returns for another year. This free Christmas concert takes place in the unique setting of the gallery. Guests can visit the café for festive treats and keep an eye out for that perfect Christmas present in the shop. Musical Revolutions at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Wednesday 5 December, 6.30-7.30pm £4.50, booking required. Professor Stephen Davismoon brings an introduction to the changes that occurred in musical thinking during the first two decades of the 20th century – the years leading up to, during and immediately after WW1. Christmas Gin Tasting with Gin Meister, Wednesday 5 December, 7.00-9.30pm at Salford Museum and Art Gallery £30 General Ticket / £39.95 General Ticket + anti-pasti platter. Join guests at a unique location for Gin Meister's Christmas fabulous Gin Tasting evening with 5 artisan gins that epitomise the festive spirit. Christmas Platters in the SMAG Café, available Monday 3 December to Wednesday 19 December, until 3pm £9.95 pp without Prosecco / £12.95 pp with Prosecco, booking required, weekdays only. Get into the festive spirit and indulge yourself with our afternoon Prosecco and platters. 20cl of Prosecco and a delicious platter selection of cured meats, chutneys, olives and artisan bread. Also available with cheese, and a Fentimans soft drink instead of Prosecco. The Tin Soldier, Thursday 12 December, 6.30-8.30pm at Ordsall Hall Adult £12 / Child and Concessions £10 / Family Ticket £38, booking required. Toy soldiers, goblins and ballerinas… all the ingredients for a perfect family show filled with puppetry, multimedia and live music, this is a Christmas story not to be missed. Adapted from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale and performed by Folksy Theatre. Ghostly Christmas Stories in the Great Chamber, Ordsall Hall, Sunday 2 December, 1.30-3.30pm - FREE No booking required. Join us in the Great Chamber (said to be one of the most haunted rooms in Ordsall Hall) for an afternoon of family friendly ghost tales. Arts Centre Christmas Concert – St Philip’s CE Church Monday 3 December from 6.30pm £5 for adults and £3 concessions. Under 5s free. Come along to the first MAPAS Christmas Showcase performance to hear what Arts Centre members have been working on this term. Featuring performances by MAPAS Maestros, Percussion, Synth Orchestra, Training Strings, Westwood Band-Its, MAPAS Maestros, Irlam Maestros and the Training Band & Concert Band. Arts Centre Christmas Concert – St Philip’s CE Church Wednesday 5 December from 6.30pm. £5 for adults and £3 concessions. Under 5s free. Come along to the first MAPAS Christmas Showcase performance to hear what Arts Centre members have been working on this term. Featuring performances by Salford Youth Brass Band, Guitar Club, Rainbow Rooms Choir, Jazz Collective, Community Choir, Inner City Sound Community Band snd the Saxophone Quartet & Big Band. Arts Centre Christmas Concert – Moorside High School Thursday 6 December December from 6.30pm. £5 for adults and £3 concessions. Under 5s free. Come along to the first MAPAS Christmas Showcase performance to hear what Arts Centre members have been working on this term. Featuring performances by Convert Strings, Junior Youth Theatre Company, Senior Youth Theatre Company and Salford Youth Orchestra. Carol Playing at ASDA Swinton - FREE Saturday 8 December at 10am and 22nd December at midday. These are free events. Join MAPAS at ASDA in Swinton for some festive music performed by members of the Arts Centre. There will be singers, violins, clarinets and perhaps a tuba or two. Any funds raised will go towards the MAPAS on tour campaign to subsidise the cost of overseas musical tours for our senior musicians. Carols & Choirs at Christmas – St Peter’s CE Church - FREE Monday 11 December at 6.15pm. This is a festive celebration for school choirs, providing the opportunity for primary and secondary school choirs to gather and perform a selection of massed items along with an individual song from each choir. Each year this proves to be a lovely way to end the term by bringing together children from across Salford. SAYO SPARKY Christmas Festival – Clarendon Leisure Centre – FREE ENTRY Saturday 15 December, 12-4pm Some charges will apply for specific activities, no booking required. Enjoy family time and bring the children along to enjoy the festivities. Free magic show and party games (1.30-2.30pm), gift stalls, table top sales, Santa’s Grotto, giant inflatable obstacle course, bouncy castle, festive face painting, glitter tattoos, tombola, Christmas arts and crafts, aqua blast pool slide (12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm). Do you sell gifts or have unwanted items? Then why not book a stall for just £5. Please contact Clarendon Leisure Centre on 0161 736 1494 for further information. LIBRARIES A Very Jolly Christmas at Blackleach Country Park Saturday 8 December, 10am-12pm £1 per child, no booking required Follow the jolly Christmas trail around the park, listen to some Christmas stories and decorate a yule log with the ranger. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Family Festive Crafts Swinton Library, drop in from 10am-11.30am. £1.50 non members, £1 members. £3 for families. Join us for festive fun crafts. For full details of all events and more, please visit www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk. You can book online, via Eventbrite, by phone or by calling in to some venues.
  11. Fire fighters are currently battling a large warehouse fire which has broken out at a building on the Worlsey Trading Estate. GMFRS was called to Lester Road on the Worsley Trading Estate, Little Hulton, shortly after midnight on Thursday, November 15 and eight fire engines and two aerial appliances are currently at the scene tackling the blaze. The whole of the warehouse roof is said to be 'well aligh't and the fire currently measures 100 metres by 100 metres, although good progress is reportedly being made and the fire is now surrounded and under control. North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Police are assisting at the scene. At 6:30am Incident Commander Tony Bryan issued the following update: It is not thought at this point there have been any casualties. Reports coming in are that several of the nearby homes have been evacuated by the police as a precautionary measure. Meanwhile an urgent warning has been issued for nearby residents and those with breathing difficulties to keep windows and doors closed. A warning has also been issued to the public to avoid any white asbestos materials they may encounter in the surrounding area, it is classed as low level but should still be avoided and reported. Manchester Road West is currently closed in both directions and it does not look like it will be reopened in time for the rush hour traffic later this morning, please make plans to use alternative routes just in case.
  12. Many new parents will admit having a baby is a wonderful experience, but it can also be exhausting and develop anxiousness and feelings of loneliness and isolation. To increase physical activity and get new parents socialising, ‘Buggy Movers’ has been set up in Salford funded by NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Lifecentre and Salford CVS. Parents and carers are encouraged to walk and jog along routes in Salford with their babies and toddlers in prams. The bouncing babies are safe inside specially-modified three wheeler prams with thick tyres and safety harnesses. Buggy Movers co-founder, Rachel Morris, said: One of the mums, Stacy Broad, said The group meet at different locations across the city, including Langworthy Cornerstone, St Philip's Church and at SAYF on Cholmondeley Road. If you’re interested in joining Buggy Movers, follow the group on Facebook here.
  13. It was fantastic news for campaigners today after the Secretary of State upheld Salford City Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for two prospective developments – for 600 new homes at Broadoak in Worsley, and for a smaller development of 165 new homes within the same site. In reaching his decisions on the two developments the Secretary of State has identified that the developments would fragment and detract from the openness and continuity of the Worsley Greenway and would cause unacceptable harm to its character and its value as an amenity and open recreational resource. Given this, there would be a clear and fundamental conflict with the council’s long standing Worsley Greenway policy. The greenfield site is a mixture of woods and open meadows and stretches from Monton Green to Worsley Road. The Peel Group submitted a planning application to build 600 homes on the land but this was refused by the council’s planning panel in November 2013. At the time the council said the land was part of the Worsley Greenway and the development would destroy its character. Salford’s draft local plan also recommended designating the Worsley Greenway as green belt land. The Peel Group appealed the panel’s decision but, after a six week public enquiry in 2014 the original decision was upheld by the Secretary of State in March 2015. The Peel Group submitted a high court challenge but before that could be heard a separate high court panel ruled that a technical element of the inspectors report was wrong and the March 2015 decision by the Secretary of State was quashed. The government said a new inquiry would have to be opened to consider all the evidence again. Meanwhile, The Peel Group applied for planning permission to build 165 homes on a smaller part of Broadoak which was refused by the council’s planning panel in July 2017. Councillor Derek Antrobus, Lead Member for Planning and Sustainable Development at Salford City Council, said: Will Peel Holdings now back down and walk away or will they once more force the council into another lengthy and costly court battle? Only time will tell.
  14. Eccles Carnegie Library is the new home to the Patricroft Steam Shed Memorial where it is now on public display in the main library area. The memorial moved from its original home of Patricroft Steam Sheds to Monks Hall Museum in 1971, after that it was kept by Salford Museum from the 1980’s after the closure of Monks Hall as a museum. The steam sheds, opened in 1885, were the base for 32 locomotives where they were maintained and their duties arranged. The brass memorial had been kept in secure storage at Salford Museum and Art gallery, but after a campaign by SWARM (Salford War Memorials) led by public plea on social media, and the help of Salford Community Leisure meant it was on permanent display in time for Remembrance 2018. Eccles Community Committee used their budget to pay for the memorial to be put in place. It was originally unveiled on Saturday 21 July, 1923, as a token of appreciation of the service given by the 128 men of the Patricroft Steam Sheds who fought in the First World War. Of the 128 who served between 1914 and 1918, 27 were either killed, died of wounds or illness in places which include The Somme, Gallipoli, Selonika and Palestine. Because of the nature of the work employees of the Patricroft Sheds were taken from a wide area including as far off as Wales as well as local areas such as Eccles, Salford, Wigan, Crewe and Ashton. During the four year conflict the 27 men who died served with various regiments and corps including, The Lancashire Fusiliers, The Manchester Regiment, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, The Royal Engineers, The East Lancashire Regiment, The Monmouthshire Regiment, The Royal Welch Fusiliers, The South Wales Borders, The Royal Garrison Artillery, and the Royal North Lancashire Regiment. Councillors Margaret Morris and Barry Warner are the armed forces champions at Salford City Council. Councillor Morris said: Councillor Warner added:
  15. In the meantime though, here’s your chance, we have a public open day at our excavations at New Bailey Prison, Salford this coming Saturday 17th November! The prison was once home to some of Salford and Manchester's most notorious criminals, as well as some who were incarcerated for lesser crimes too. Inmates at the prison would often have to endure gruelling and endless work, day after day grinding dye with not so much as an xBox or Playstation in sight. The excavation covers the oldest part of the prison dating back to the 1790's along with areas remodelled in the 19th century and includes excavated cells and basement features. There’ll be archaeologists on hand to answer questions and tours will be available at 10.30am, 12 noon and 2.30pm but feel free to drop in any time. To book a place on the tour please email Penny on p.r.d.dargan-makin@salford.ac.uk

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