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  1. City Mayor Paul Dennett says he’s responding to calls from parents and staff, at a public meeting coordinated by Unison, and the pause will allow the council, trade unions, local MPs and parents and staff who would be affected if the nurseries had to close to lobby the government for funding to keep them open and under local authority control. The campaign will be launched at full council on Wednesday, February 28 when the council confirms its budget for next year. Last year the government changed the rules on the use of Dedicated Schools grant for funding council services. Salford, which is only one of a few councils in Greater Manchester which still provide local authority run nurseries, says as a result of the change it can no longer afford to subsidise the running costs. City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Councillor Lisa Stone, lead member for children’s and young people’s services, said:
  2. Whilst placing items in her bin, a lady in her late seventies was approached by a man claiming to be undertaking work for Salix Homes. The man enquired about a fence which had recently been fitted as part of regeneration works undertaken last year by the housing provider. He informed the lady that the fences were due to be painted the following day (Fri) and that he needed to have a look at her property to see how much work needed carrying out. Upon a quick inspection, he claimed that the work would only cover the front fencing and that the rear fencing could be done at an additional charge and undertaken by himself. The lady asked how much and was initially told £150, to which she told him that she did not have that kind of money hanging around, he then suggested a lesser fee and went on to tell her that unless the work was carried out the fence could rot and she would be liable to replace it. A second offer of £50 was made and she reluctantly accepted after the man promised to give her a receipt for the work. She then went in to her property to get the money and asked her husband if he would go out, pay and get the receipt. She told him the man was from Salix and it was for additional work on the fence. Her husband went out to ask the man what the work was for, only to be told that the manhole cover was also un-level and that he was willing to patch up the concrete as a 'foreigner' for an additional £50. The husband sufferers from serious health issues which often leave him confused and so handed over the cash from his wallet as he thought it had been agreed by his wife. The conman then told him he was going to go and get a receipt from his car but never returned. Within ten minutes of the fraudsters departure the couples son came for a visit whereupon they told him what had happened and that they were waiting for the man to return with the receipt, at which point the alarm bells started ringing and their son immediately contacted Salix Homes to ask them if there was work planned on the property. Salix confirmed during the phone call that there was no work pending and that all work on the fences had already been carried out the year before. They urged the couples son to contact the police via 101 and explain what had happened. Upon doing so the couple were quickly visited by GMP who took witness statements and a description of the man who is said to be of stocky build, with Grey Hair and with an Irish Accent, he is also said to have been well dressed in a shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. GMP was quickly on the scene and scoured the area but sadly the man had already made off with his ill-gotten gains. The couple were deeply upset at what had happened and explained that they have both been undergoing various medical treatments due to serious illnesses: Please note: Salix Homes sends letters to all residents informing them prior to any work being carried out in homes, workers will always carry ID badges, which they are more than happy to show at all times. If someone approaches you claiming to represent Salix then ask to see identification, if still unsure contact Salix directly and they will be able to tell you if the person at your door is genuine. We are told Salix is to send out letters to residents in the area affected. If you have been approached by this man or have any information then please contact GMP on 101.
  3. LARK HILL PLACE 1918

    As you may know Lark Hill Place which opened in March 1957 is a lovingly restored recreation of a long-gone Salfordian, Victorian Street complete with period shops and houses and has been a huge favourite with children's and adults alike for many years, I can even recall going on school trips when I was a mere nipper, and enjoying every minute and which helped instill a love of Salford and its history in me. The purpose of this exhibition aims to show how life might have changed in Salford in the last year of the Great War and what has happened to the homes and businesses in Lark Hill Place since 1914. Clutching our complimentary glasses of prosecco we entered into the magical world of Lark Hill Place, I still get a thrill walking down the time tunnel into the street after all these years and this was to be no different. Ambient background noises such as the bells of Trinity Church ringing out, the knocker uppers pole rattling on the windows, the sound of sewing machines, clogs on cobbles and street noises fill the air, loving curated by Professor Stephen Davismoon, Head of Performing Arts at Edge Hill University University. There are artefacts brought out of storage from the museum's vast collection dotted around the houses and shops, lovingly reproduced wartime posters based on original adverts in the windows, even a mock newspaper, The Lark Hill Gazette with topical Salford news items which really add to the period feel. Soon I was peering into the shop and house windows eager to spot more items relating to the Great War, I was delighted to see a poster in Mrs Thomlinson's grocer stating, "The potato grower is in the front line of the submarine, buy your gardening supplies here", a nod to the submarine threat which was intent on starving Britain into submission and also urging the people to grow their own food. One house I found to be particularly poignant was the 'William and Mary' house, which was shown to be a house in mourning, complete with a black wreath pinned on the front door, and heavy black drape curtains were drawn to the outside world, however if you look through you can see a letter and a will on the table, no doubt an indication that a loved one wasn't coming back from the war, very sad. It's not all darkness and gloom, the Blue Lion Tavern has books and games for troops on leave to enjoy and no doubt to avoid drunkenness ! the alcohol content was lowered in the Great W and new draconian opening times were introduced, also the drinking of non-alcoholic beverages was encouraged in pubs, hardly a roaring success I would have thought. Did you know that cocaine and opium-based products were freely available to buy over chemist's counters until May 1916, if you didn't pop into this exhibition and find out the reason why it was stopped? The haberdashery shop has warm woollen clothing on sale, including balaclavas, scarfs, socks to be sent to your loved one in the trenches, knitting was actively encouraged for womenfolk, however, the only colour to be used was khaki if it was being sent abroad. Look in the old cottage and you will see on the table a brass Princess Mary Gift Fund Box, which was given to each soldier serving in 1914 which contained chocolates and cigarettes, silk postcards sent from France are used as wall decorations, there is even a Suffragette sash draped over a chair. Even the toyshop urges customers to purchase Lott's bricks a truly British brand and far superior to the German Anchor Block brand, whilst the books and games on sale all have a patriotic feel to them. There is so much to see and learn at this fascinating exhibition which runs until February 2019 and I would urge anybody with a love of Salford and history, in general, to visit and please take your children, grandchildren with you, I can guarantee that they will be enthralled, failing that you can buy them some traditional boiled sweets from Mrs Tomlinson's sweet shop! I will leave the last word with the Salford mayor, Peter Connor who was guest of honour last night who told me,
  4. By next year, Salix Homes will have created around 50 new homes by transforming empty and abandoned buildings into desperately needed housing. Last year, the Salford-based social housing provider opened The Hive in Kersal at the site of the former Petrie Court homeless hostel, which had stood empty since it closed down in 2014. Salix Homes spent £1million transforming the building into modern and affordable apartments for up to 14 young people aged between 18–25. The housing association is also converting the former Alexander Gardens sheltered housing complex in Broughton into 26 modern one and two-bedroom apartments. The building has lain empty since it was hit by the Boxing Day floods in 2015.Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: Salix Homes is also converting empty shops on Eccles New Road in Weaste and Chapel Road in Bury into apartments and has recently purchased a former women’s refuge in Little Hulton to convert into flats. Mr Sugden added:
  5. MAN IN PICKLE DUMPED FOOD IN STREET

    Terence Tyndall said he panicked when someone filled his friend’s trailer with the waste. Instead of taking the items to the tip, he drove around the corner and tipped it all onto land at Bramley Street, Salford – not realising Salford City Council’s CCTV cameras were watching his every move... .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } When council officers went to clear up the mess they found some of the contents had spilt over a wide area, creating a strong, unpleasant smell and rats were already sniffing around. The council had to clear it away and disinfect the site which is close to houses, including an NHS rehabilitation home. Mr Tyndall, unemployed, (dob 3/12/1964), of The Fold, Blackley, Manchester pleaded guilty to one offence of to illegally dumping waste on land at Bramley Street, Salford on Monday, May 1, 2017, contrary to S33(1) and S33(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He appeared at Salford and Manchester magistrates court on Tuesday, February 20 and was fined £480, ordered to pay costs of £170, compensation of £480 and victim surcharge of £48, a total amount of £1128 When questioned by council officers Mr Tyndall said he had borrowed a friend’s trailer to pick up a quad bike for his grandson. It developed a puncture and he had no spare wheel so he left the trailer close to a couple of shops at the end of the street. When he returned around 3pm on Monday afternoon he claimed someone had filled the trailer with jars, bottles and cartons. In ‘desperation’ he dumped it in the street. He did not think he would have been allowed to take it into the tip, two miles away, because of the nature of the rubbish but made no attempt to check if that was the case. Mr Tyndall admitted that if the rubbish had been dumped outside his house he would have been disgusted and said he felt bad about wasting council money which could have been spent on services. Speaking after the court case Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: The prosecution was brought as part of Salford City Council's ongoing Operation Pandora which has prosecuted 50 offenders for 61 offences in the last three years.
  6. A large gang of youths terrorising Walkden have been described as 'hooligans and embarrassment to the community' by local residents. Shortly before 8.45pm on Tuesday 20 February 2018, police were called to reports of a disturbance on High Street in Walkden. This comes after an incident on Monday evening, involving what appears to be the same group of youths, two police officers were injured and hospitalised as they tried to gain control of what was described by police as a riot. The youths returned for the second night in a row last night to cause disturbance and anti social behaviour, this time focusing on the local McDonalds Restaurant. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } Officers attended and found a large group of teenagers who fled the scene. One witness told us how she was trying to drive off the car park with her two frightened children in the car when she was prevented from doing so by teenagers blocking her exit. She beeped and asked them to move but they became abusive towards her. Fortunately, another driver managed to make them move and she made her escape. As she was exiting the car park she saw one hoody wearing youth throw what appeared to be a half-full plastic bottle at a man riding along on his bike. The man stopped to look back but decided not to engage with the gang and so carried on towards Swinton. GMP said that enquiries into the full circumstances around this incident are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 2102 of 20/02/18.
  7. At around 8.50pm on Monday 19 February 2018, a large number of youths were reportedly smashing lights and throwing bottles in the shopping centre. Two officers attended and found a large group of teenagers in the carpark near to Tesco. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } As they tried to detain a teenager they were confronted by the youths and during a struggle both officers sustained injuries. Both were taken to hospital for treatment. One officer suffered a broken ankle and remains in hospital requiring surgery. Another suffered back and nerve damage and has since been released.A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assaulting two police officers and criminal damage. He has been bailed until later today (Tuesday 20 February). Superintendent Howard Millington of GMP’s Salford borough said: Anyone with information is asked to contact police 101, quoting incident number 2069 of 19/02/18. Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  8. Consultation is taking place today with regards the future of the Weaste Pub. Local residents say that since the pub was taken over by its current owner, there has been an increase in antisocial behaviour. They also question as to why it has been allowed to be used as a hotel when it does not have a local authority licence to do so. One resident told us: Another said: And another told us: The owners argue that the hotel is serving a purpose in the community as it is being used by both Manchester and Salford Councils as a place to house the homeless. They also say that not all guests are referred from the local authority as many visit after finding them advertised online. The consultation is taking place today 20/02/18 at St Lukes CofE School on Weaste Lane and people can pop down and show support (either way). Concerns had been raised as to the hotel being used to house sex offenders, especially so with its close proximity to a primary school, however, we have been told by the Council that no sex offenders are being housed there. SalfordVoice did try to contact the owner by phone but our calls were hung up on twice before we even had a chance to say hello.
  9. Forecasters have predicted wet and grey weather conditions before bitterly cold temperatures hit over the weekend. A rare polar vortex will send freezing cold air towards Britain bringing with it weeks of snow and ice. The phenomenon known as Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) causes Arctic air to suddenly heat up and send freezing air to the UK which could last up to two weeks or longer. The last SSW event occurred four years ago, according to official data, and brought the coldest March for 51 years to Scotland, with snow and -12.5C lows as late as March 31 in Braemar, Aberdeenshire. SSW events also triggered -16.1C lows in Altnaharra, the Scottish Highland s , during November 2010 - starting the month-long Big Freeze in December 2010. Forcast models indicated a cold, blocked pattern over Scandinavia for the last week of February and first week of March, reinforced by a possible polar vortex split and accompanying stratospheric warming. Although things seem to be mild right now, Salford could see temperatures drop drastically towards the end of the week. So wrap up warm folks and remember not to feed the polar bears bread, it bloats their stomachs... .ipsType_sectionTitle_likeus { font-size: 14px; font-weight: 400; width: 50%; padding: 18px 18px 18px 18px; margin-top: 0; color: #ffffff; border-radius: 0px 0px 0px 0px; background-color: #ff0000; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; What is Sudden Stratosphetic Warming? A “Sudden Stratospheric Warming” happens 30 miles up when the jet stream is disrupted and air is pushed in the opposite direction. As the air compresses it can warm by up to 50C in just a few days. The occurrence is normally associated with air from the east entering Britain and northern Europe, bringing freezing temperatures and possibly snow.
  10. Geoffrey Shephard, who passed away in August 2016, was the grandchild of Annie Hall Shephard – a cousin of Lowry’s mother, Elizabeth. The works bequeathed are: an oil painting entitled Sailing Boats 1912; an ink drawing on paper entitled Groups of Figures c1950; and a signed print of Deal, showing the harbour in Kent. Lowry gave Sailing Boats 1912 to Geoffrey’s parents, William and Nellie, as a wedding present on their marriage in 1920. As second cousins, they were close friends throughout their lives, with Lowry acting as godfather to their eldest son, Ronald, Geoffrey’s older brother. Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: The Lowry Collection is owned by Salford City Council and is held in trust by The Lowry arts centre at Salford Quays. The work has been added to The Lowry’s permanent exhibition (LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist) - the world's largest public collection of paintings and drawings by the famous artist. LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist The Lowry, Pier Eight, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ Sun-Fri, 11am-5pm. Sat, 10am-5pm. Admission: Free. Donations Welcome. In July 2014, The Lowry galleries were renamed The Andrew and Zoe Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1m donation to the arts centre, which is a registered charity.
  11. Around 3.15pm on Tuesday 19 December 2017, a man went into Discount Second Hand Jewellery at Salford Precinct on Fitzgerald Way and asked to view a necklace and bracelet. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } A member of staff got the necklace for the man and let him try it on. He left the store around two minutes later stating he had to check with his partner. A short time after, he returned to the store and asked to see the matching bracelet, which he also tried on. He then asked to see the necklace again but was informed he could only view one item of jewellery at a time so the member of staff tried to help him take the bracelet off but he became very aggressive, snatching his wrist away and breaking the member of staff’s thumb in the process. He then left the store with the bracelet which is valued in excess of £1,400. Officers investigating the incident have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the robbery. Detective Constable Paul Reynolds of GMP’s Salford CID, said: Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5351 quoting reference number 1181 of 19/12/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  12. At around 10.30am on Sunday 4 February 2018, an unknown offender had driven up behind a cash-in-transit van and parked nearby on Greenland Street. .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 man left the car and approached the cash-in-transit security guard who tried to lock himself inside the van but, at this point, the man produced a weapon, which he used to make threats. He then took the money from the security guard and fled towards Eccles New Road. Officers investigating the incident are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Detective Constable Philip Kumeta of GMP’s Salford borough, said: Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5461 or 101, quoting incident number 721 of 04/02/18. Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  13. MISSING: HAVE YOU SEEN PAUL HOWARD?

    Paul Howard, 51 has links to the Eccles area of Salford is currently missing .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } Any sightings or info then please ring 101 and quote missing person reference number: MP/18/0113193.
  14. All four have been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act and with the importation of a controlled drug, namely Class A, with intent to evade a prohibition restriction under Section 170 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } They appeared at Salford and Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday 21 August 2017. On Saturday 19 August 2017 as part of Operation Cartoon - an ongoing investigation into drug supply - officers made some arrests. A search was made at an industrial unit on Cobden Street, Salford where a multi-million-pound seizure of heroin was made by officers. The exact value is £63million and not £100million as previously reported – this amount has changed due to forensic testing. The following people have now been charged: David Mulligan (06/07/91) of Hengist Street, Manchester Fitri Yarasir (01/01/65) of High Street East, Glossop Ahmet Taskin (10/06/72) of Middleton Road, Wood Green, London Mustafa Oflu (06/06/61) of no fixed address None of the above is resident of Salford.
  15. After the announcement that Salford's five 'Oustanding' sure start nurseries have been earmarked for closure in the coming year, a meeting was quickly called to address the situation and what can be done about it. .map-responsive{ overflow:hidden; padding-bottom:32.4%; position:relative; height:0; border: 2px solid #fff; background: #262e33; border-radius: 2px 2px 2px 2px; } In attendance at the packed out Hensley House venue were several of Salford's Labour councillors, City Mayor Paul Dennet and local MP for Salford & Eccles, Rebecca Long-Bailey, also in attendance was deselected Labour councillor Howard Balkind as well as hundreds of parents and staff who rely on and work in the nurseries. In an impassioned speech, Unison treasurer Ameen Hadi started the meeting by telling the room that "At some point as a City we have to stand up and say enough is enough, we are not willing to take any more, we will all stand together", he then invited the Mayor and Councillors to join the cause and stand alongside the union and the people. Saying "We will all stand together if you're willing to fight the government we are willing to stand with you." to rapturous applause by those in the audience. In a warning directed to the Mayor and Council, he proclaimed that if they are not willing to stand with them today and are unwilling to make that decision then "We (the people) will fight them every step of the way and we will win, as we are the many." Ameen went on to say how they would petition every councillor, visit every precinct, collect as many signatures as they could and make sure that the city gets one message "That these nurseries will NOT close, over our dead bodies will they close", the room laughed as he told them he was not planning on dying soon. Before finally taking his seat he once again called for both the council and the people to stand together to fight the government. Up next was Stephen North, Unison Branch Secretary, who took to the floor, saying: "I think a gauntlet has been thrown down today" as he agreed with all that Ameen had said. Stephen then threw the room open to those who had assembled so that they could have their say, prioritising on those who are most directly affected as in his words "It is their voice that matters most in this". There were far too many speakers to cover in one article so we have mentioned a few and have included a copy of our live stream above for those who are interested, however, some of the notable speakers can be found below. One lady told of how her son attends Belvedere Nursery as too did her older son, now 8, the room heard of the excellent care given to the children from the staff and managers, she asked why it was only now that the council have tried to save costs rather than when they first found out about the changes, apparently according to Cllr Stone, back in April 2017. She asked why the council had waited until the last minute before asking the public for ideas on how to keep them open. Later in the meeting, another person asked the question why the consultation was set to end after the elections in May, with others suggesting that it was 'Well Timed". There were many heartbreaking stories to be told by those affected, one of which came from a broken-hearted Carol Williamson Moores grandmother to a 2 and a half-year-old child suffering from down syndrome. She choked back her tears to tell the room how there is nothing in Salford to help the likes of her daughter and granddaughter other than the sure start nursery she attends. After a pause to compose herself and with tears still in her eyes, she asked "What is to happen to her? where are they going to put her next?". She spoke of how the sure start nursery staff had become part of her family and how other children with downs in Salford are just as much in need. A point was raised by one man in which he asked how could Mayor Dennet and Cllr Stone only last year run a fundraiser to keep babies born in Salford whilst this year closing down the very nurseries they would need, he vented his anger by claiming it was "abhorrent and disgusting". He made the suggestion that the council should stop paying private developers consultation fees (at a cost he proclaimed of around £10m) to carve up public services and sell them off to private developers, instead use that money to plug the gap and keep the nurseries open. Former St Lukes CofE primary school headteacher Kath Partridge, was next up to tell the room how in her first-hand experience she had seen a huge difference between children coming into the school from private and local authority ran nurseries and that the latter was far more effective. She went on to say how they gave the children a very positive start which in turn allows the school to build upon that and produce in her words "The wonderful years 6 reports" before they go on to high school and then further education. People spoke about how important the nurseries are but more importantly just how important the staff had become in their lives. One upset Mother of a child who attends at Barton Moss told how the staff were far more concerned about the children and what is to happen to them than they are of their own jobs. Like others before her she asked how in a City that has Salford Quays, Media City and plays host to the BBC etc... "How have we got to this point when we have one side of Salford that has so much money yet in the other we are going to make cuts to nurseries that children need?" she asked. Finishing by simply stating "It's not right". Deselected Labour councillor Howard Balkind was next, jumping to his feet immediately claiming he could find over £650 thousand pounds straight away, revealing how he earns around £11 thousand pounds as a councillor and how that he would be happy to cut his pay down to £10 thousand pounds, adding “but the councillors would not shoot themselves in the foot and follow suit.” Speaking on the matter of council reserves, he told the room that the council have approximately £12 million available. "I don't believe the decision has to be taken in the next 2 months" explaining that with the £650 thousand from councillors along with £1m taken from reserves to be able to delay the decision for as long as possible until an alternative form of funding can be found. Praising the Mayor and Cllr Lisa Stone for her tireless work he told of how due to the pressure of the cuts, the education department was about to explode, whilst pointing the finger of blame squarely at the Conservative government. Looking around the room he pointed out that there were no Tory councillors present, comcluding that "They only care about themselves in the leafy suburbs of Worsley". He called for a campaign to delay the closure for a year that the council would accept so that the nursery schools can stay open. Councillor Lisa Stone stood up to address some of the concerns and explain the council's position, she offered to help any parent that was affected by this on an individual basis and try and get the best outcome. Salford & Eccles MP, Rebecca Long Bailey, pledged her support for the campaign, saying that she would do anything she could to prevent the closure of the nurseries, going on to say that She spoke of how we have a government in power that do not believe in delivering public services to local communities and how they want to privatise and scale them back as much as possible. Claiming it to be the reason why the Local Authorities, NHS and wider public services do not get the money they need to provide even the most basic things. Rebecca said: Going on to explain that according to the budget projections that the local authority has shown her, the situation will get significantly worse. She called for the community to fight together and show that they will not take this lying down. Addressing comments from the audience she took many of the points on board, saying that they (together) should be looking at giving the nurseries the best provisions to make the best of themselves, citing one suggestion from an audience member about the possibility of holiday clubs to raise funding. Acknowledging that all of those options need to be looked into. Rebecca mentioned she had already spoken to Councillor Stone to put forward an idea for an urgent task force to look at the problem, assembled from Parents, Unions and Councillors along with anyone else with expertise that could help. She went in to speak of the need to look at the wider economic impact of the nursery closures, not only on staff jobs but on those of parents who would have to give up work as a result. After a brief interruption by a heckler who had quite literally entered the room demanding to speak, another lady took to the floor to tell just how much of an achievement it was to get an outstanding status from Ofsted. A comment that was quickly echoed by another lady who pointed out that 60-day nurseries in Salford, 14 of which are outstanding, taking away the 5 sure start nurseries this leaves 9 private. She went on to say just how fantastic an achievement that was. Stephen reminded the room that the meeting had to soon come to a close and so handed back over to Ameen to bring it to an end. N his summing up, Ameen’s first points was: Secondly, Ameen suggested that there should be a separate campaign for each of the five nurseries, brought together under the larger overarching campaign which in his words should be run democratically by those people in the room. Thirdly he suggested that unless the council withdraw the threat of closure and the consultation that goes with it, the assembled should lobby the Labour group at the council meeting on Monday at 5pm and on Feb 28th at the budget meeting. Bringing his speech to a close Ameen said: Salford Mayor Paul Dennett was asked if he wanted to stand and say a few words, something he seemed happy to do as he took to the floor to introduce himself: Paul went on to tell of his concerns as according to projections as they stand, it is looking like the year after this next financial year will see a further £15.5million removed from the local council budget. Paul went on to say that he genuinely believes that the consultation is not a sham, it is a genuine consultation and no decision has yet been made and he is willing to look at options with anyone interested in saving the nurseries. He reiterated that there is no decision on the closure of the nurseries and that the decision lies solely with himself. Before bringing the meeting to a close, Stephen North asked for a show of hands from those who believe the council should delay the consultation before they join together in a joint campaign. The result was unanimous.

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