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  1. 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.
  2. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. It is believed that Kevin has a daughter called Janet. Anyone with information about Kevin or his family should contact the Police Coroner’s Office in Bolton on 0161 856 4687.
  3. 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.
  4. The real Living Wage was created by the Living Wage Foundation and is a higher minimum rate of pay based on what people actually need to get by. The government's minimum wage in the UK is currently £7.83 an hour (for over 25s) with no London weighting, but the UK ‘real’ Living Wage, which is independently calculated in accordance to the basic cost of living in the UK, is considerably higher at £8.75 (for over 18s), rising to £10.20 in London. Not all employers in the UK pay Living Wage; organisations have to volunteer to do it, but it is beneficial to both employers and employees. There are currently just over 4k UK employers providing the Living Wage and only 20 of these are in the Salford area. Greater Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham, has said that paying Living Wage is ‘an employers badge of honour’. Steve Hassall, Chief Executive, Salford Community Leisure, says: Deputy City Mayor Councillor Paula Boshell welcomed the news and said it was another step forward in Salford becoming a Living Wage City, She said:
  5. Nathan Hobbs (07/04/89) of Lydyett Lane, Northwich has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He has been remanded to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday 18 September). At around 7.25pm on Sunday 16 September police were called to a collision involving a silver Audi S3 Quattro and a pedestrian outside Kebab King on Manchester Road West. The pedestrian – an 18-year-old man – was crossing the road after leaving the takeaway when the Audi collided with him. He was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries where he remains.
  6. Salix Homes has five new apprentices, four of whom have joined its Repairs and Maintenance Service, while the fifth is learning the ropes in the Customer Service Team. Among the new recruits is 19-year-old Connor Boyle who had all but given up hope after applying for job after job but never hearing back. New-dad Connor, from Kersal, who welcomed his daughter into the world in June, said: Connor is embarking on a plumbing apprenticeship, following in his granddad's footsteps, and will be learning the tools of the trade four days a week while spending a day in the classroom with education providers Total People, working towards an NVQ. Over the past three years Salix Homes has created more than 50 apprenticeship positions through its Earn as You Learn programme, both within the organisation and with its partner contractors. Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said: The new apprentices joining Salix Homes’ Repairs and Maintenance Team have been provided with new toolkits from its partner building merchants - Travis Perkins Managed Services. Maggie Devine, social value manager for Travis Perkins Managed Services, said: "We are passionate about supporting apprentices coming into the industry, and hope that the provision of these new tools will support them on their journey to train in their chosen profession. We wish them the best of luck through their apprenticeship and their future career." Photos: The new Salix Homes’ apprentices joining the housing association’s in-house Repairs and Maintenance Team. From left: Ali Nikbakht, Mason Gill, Connor Boyle and Kade Heath.
  7. The funerals of Demi Pearson, aged 15 and her siblings Brandon (8), Lacie (7) and Lia aged just 3 years old took place this morning, with countless mourners lining the streets to see them off on their final journey despite the heavy rain. Tragedy struck their family home on Jackson Street in Walkden just before Christmas on the 11th of December last year as fire ripped through the building taking the lives of three of the children with the fourth and youngest member of the family (Lia) sadly passing away in hospital shortly afterwards. The funeral commenced led by bagpipes and drummers at approximately 10am from their former family home which was destroyed by the fire, slowly winding its way through streets as thousands from the local community stood silent to pay their respects. The cortege briefly pausing for a minutes silence at Bridgewater school where Lacie and Brandon were both pupils, then onward along Manchester Road East towards St Paul's Church where family and close friends had gathered both inside and out as the service was relayed on loud speakers for those who could not get a seat. The procession then made its way to their final resting place upon the horse-drawn carriages which carried their beautiful specially made coffins. It is understood that the children's mother Michelle was unable to attend the funeral due to unforeseen medical circumstances. Michelle was also seriously injured in the horrific attack for which Zak Bolland, David Worrall and Courtney Brierley were jailed for in May, she still remains in a critical condition in hospital. In a tribute penned from her hospital bed and read aloud at the service. Michelle said: Speaking of her youngest daughter who was just 3 years old, she said: And of Seven year old Lacie, she said: Son Brandon who was 8 at the time of his death was described by his mum as: And finally when paying tribute to her 15 year old daughter Demi, she said: The children's brother Kyle and his friend Bobby Harris were the only other people in the house at the time who managed to survive the attack. They did so by climbing out of a window to escape the inferno inside. Kyle immediately attempted to re enter the home to rescue his mother and siblings but was beaten back by the heat and flames. Michelle is a doting, loving mother who was tragically robbed of four of her children under the most horrific circumstances imaginable, grandparents lost their grandchildren and a whole community lost the joy and laughter they brought. Our thoughts are with the family at this most upsetting time, Salford stands with you all.
  8. Police are concerned for the welfare of missing man Ashley Barker (33 Years). Ashley was last seen jumping from a car close to Blackleach Reservoir and the Brindley Estate shortly before 4pm today (13/09/18). If you see Ashley or have any information as to his whereabouts please contact GMP on 101 quoting reference 1312/130918
  9. An inconsiderate driver returned to find their vehicle had been towed away by GMP Traffic after leaving it blocking someone else's driveway. Police were called to Monton this morning after a home owner reported a car left blocking their driveway, police responded by sending out a tow truck and later issuing the cars owner with a fine for causing a traffic offence. Drivers have come increasingly under pressure in recent months after calls to fine vehicles that block pedestrian access by parking on kerbs. Under new plans being considered by the Department for Transport (DfT), they could soon be fined for parking on pavements. Ministers and local authorities want to see the practice, which causes obstructions for wheelchairs users, visually impaired pedestrians and parents with pushchairs, brought to an end, with proposals expected to be finalised later this year. And yes it is a very slow news day.
  10. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with attempted robbery. He has been bailed to appear before Manchester Youth Court on 25 September 2018. This is in relation to an incident which took place on Oxford Road at around 7.20pm on Tuesday 4 September 2018 and was filmed before being widely shared on social media. The video showed a man being punched in the face as the brazen thief attempted to steal his £800 bike. He refused to let go and was dragged across the floor before the offenders gave up and fled the scene.
  11. Julius Bihari (01/02/1991) is wanted for failing to appear at court on two separate occasions to face charges of criminal damage and burglary. Bihari is originally from the Czech Republic but is known to have links to the Salford and Cheetham Hill areas of Greater Manchester and the Preston area of Lancashire. Anybody with information regarding the whereabouts of Julius Bihari is asked to contact police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  12. At around 7.10pm on Tuesday 11 September a black VW Passat was driving along Trafford Road when it collided with a cyclist at the junction with Broadway. The cyclist, an 18-year-old man, was thrown from his bike and remains in hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Passat remained at the scene to help officers with enquiries. No arrests have been made so far. PC Seamus Toal, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: The Serious Collision Investigation Unit can be contacted on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 1781 of 11/09/18.
  13. Throughout the summer holidays, children and their parents attended the Marlborough Road Academy holiday club in Broughton where they could tuck into a free hot meal and enjoy fun activities with their friends, including sports, dance and arts and crafts. Salford housing provider Salix Homes provided the club with £500 to help fund the food and activities on offer as part of its Springboard community grant programme, which supports local projects that boost community spirit, promote health and wellbeing, reduce isolation or improve the environment. Mum Sahira Chaudhrey, attended the holiday club with her three young children. She said: Salix Homes also provided £600 additional funding through its Springboard programme to enable the children and their parents, along with other local families, to enjoy a day trip to Knowsley Safari Park to mark the end of the summer holidays. Saimah Alam, who also attended the holiday club with her children, said: Ben Cruickshanks, neighbourhood manager at Salix Homes, added: The newly-formed holiday club was set up by Salford charity The Life Centre, on behalf of the Salford Food Network, and delivered in partnership with the Broughton Team Churches, which includes St James Higher Broughton and St Clement with St Matthias Lower Broughton, along with Marlborough Road School and Audacious Church. The initiative also received support from Salford Community Leisure, The Rio Ferdinand Foundation, Tesco and Salford Council’s catering service City Wide.
  14. Kayleigh, 20, was last seen on Kenyon Way in Little Hulton around 5.30pm on Wednesday 5 September, where she lives. We do know that she travelled into Manchester on a First bus and was around the Piccadilly area but her exact location is unknown. She has link to the Tameside area and we believe she has also been in the Rochdale area. She is of slim build, around 5 ft 7in tall with shoulder length ginger hair and blue eyes. She also wears glasses and was last seen wearing a black top, which goes below her waist, black leggings and white, patterned socks with black pumps that have a chequered pattern on them. Police Constable Julie Wallwork of GMP’s Salford Borough, said: Any sightings phone 856 1319 up to 1100hrs then 101 and quote log 1519 of 05/09/18.
  15. He was previously sentenced to more than five years in jail for arson with intent to endanger life. Cumbo – who also uses the surname Collins – was released in May this year and is from Salford Anyone who recognises him, or has any information about his whereabouts, should call police on 101.


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