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  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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:
  10. 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
  11. The request is for residents to put out a waterproof bag, marked Salford’s Santa Appeal containing a small, unwrapped gift suitable for a child aged nought to 16 with any bin or food caddy being collected between Monday December 3 and Friday December 7 or hand it to the crews as they do their normal round that week. Gifts could be items such as toys, games, sports items such as footballs, clothing such as scarves, hair accessories, gloves, hats or selection boxes. Volunteer drivers will follow the crews as they work, collecting any gifts. All items will be checked and then passed on to local charities including Women’s Aid which helps women and children fleeing domestic abuse and Wood Street Mission which supports struggling families in Salford and Manchester. The idea came from refuse collector Sam Barry, who is also the Unison convener. Union reps from Unite and GMB and managers from Salford City Council have given it their backing. The three unions will sponsor red high visibility jackets and Santa hats for the crews to wear during the week of the collection. City Mayor Paul Dennett said: Sam added: Gifts can also be dropped off at Turnpike depot on Eccles Old Road, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton or Salford City UNISON’s branch office, 443-445 Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 9LQ between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  12. Shortly before 10.40am yesterday, Saturday 10 November 2018, police were called to reports of a collision between a blue Vauxhall Corsa and a pedestrian on Monton Road in Monton. The deceased girl has now been formally identified as 8-year-old Emily Connor from Chesterfield, unfortunately she was sadly pronounced dead at the scene, despite the best efforts of the emergency services to save her life. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. At this time he remains in custody for questioning by police. Meanwhile a touching tribute to Emily has appeared close to the spot where she tragically died, cards, teddies and flowers from family, friends and members of the public have been placed on a wall along the roadside close to Cavendish Street. A small crowd of mourners gathered this afternoon to remember the life of a young girl taken far before her time. In a touching tribute to Emily, her family said: As ever our hearts go out to the family who have asked to be allowed time to grieve at this distressing time. Police are continuing to appeal to anyone who saw the blue Vauxhall Corsa in the area around the time of the collision or anyone with CCTV or dash-cam footage from Monton Road to please get in touch.
  13. The pedestrian - an 8 year old girl - was treated by paramedics but was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in custody for questioning. Monton Road is currently closed between Cavendish Road and Half Edge Lane. Enquiries are still ongoing. Police Sergeant Lee Westhead, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: Anyone with information should call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number of 09/11/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  14. A property developer already under fire in Salford by residents fighting against the development of the old Swinton sewage works, has today been branded disgusting and sick by residents in Bolton. Street Lamp Poppies have become and increasingly popular way to publicly commemorate our war dead and as the nation comes together to mark the end of the atrocities of the first world war, more and more of them have popped up along the roadside. However, residents in an area of Bolton, were shocked to find that someone acting on behalf of the housing developer had shamelessly covered one of the tributes up in order to advertise its Barton Quarter development launch in Horwich. Bellway have now said that the sign was put up by a contractor and that they have instructed them to take it back down, however they are a little late in acting as someone has already took it upon themselves to remove it. Responding to the Living in BL Facebook group they replied: Some have called the placement of the sign insulting, others have said it is both deplorable and sickening. One resident said: Meanwhile residents in Swinton have been locked in a battle against Bellway after they claim a 241 home development has brought misery to the surrounding area and seen hundreds of trucks trying to navigate up and down what were once quiet streets in a leafy residential area. A local campaign group forced Bellway and Salford Council into a meeting last month.
  15. On Thursday 08 November 2018, officers from GMP’s Challenger Manchester team – a team dedicated to disrupting drug supply and organised crime – executed a warrant at an address in the Salford area. This warrant was part of an operation aimed at tackling organised criminals who supply drugs in the city centre. Police recovered large quantities of drugs during the raids. Krystian Socha (25/02/1991) and Roland Kalaja (26/03/1995) both of Victoria Crescent, Eccles have been charged with possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to supply and have been remanded in custody . They are due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Friday 07 December 2018.
  16. Next week (November 11-17) is International Fraud Awareness Week and Salix Homes is running a major crackdown to target tenancy fraud. It’s estimated that tenancy fraud costs the public purse around £900 million every year, with around 100,000 housing association homes across the country affected by some sort of tenancy fraud. Anne-Marie Bancroft, tenancy specialist at Salix Homes, said: Salix Homes has dealt with more than 60 cases of suspected tenancy fraud. Last year alone, its officers uncovered three cases of the misuse of the Right to Buy Scheme, which allows tenants to purchase their homes at a significant discount if they’ve lived in the property for more than three years. Had the fraudsters been successful, it would have cost Salix Homes more than £150,000 in discount, plus the loss of three properties from its housing stock that could be providing much needed affordable homes. Another fraudster was caught out when housing officers spotted a post on the tenant’s Facebook page saying he’d moved abroad, despite still claiming to live in his Salford home. To mark International Fraud Awareness Week, Salix Homes is encouraging its staff and tenants to be on the lookout for signs of tenancy fraud and report it. Signs of tenancy fraud can include large numbers of people residing at a property, properties that stand empty for long periods, and tenants that are difficult to contact. Throughout the week, Salix Homes officers will also be ramping up their investigations carrying out spot-checks and tenancy audits at people’s homes to look for signs of fraudulent activity. If you suspect an incident of tenancy fraud call 0800 218 2000 or email tenancyfraud@salixhomes.org Photo: Anne-Marie Bancroft, tenancy specialist at Salix Homes
  17. Police were called shortly after 10.30am on Friday 9 November 2018 to a report of a robbery outside a bank on Monton Road, Eccles. Two men on a motorcycle made threats towards a G4S cash-in-transit delivery driver before stealing a small quantity of cash. There were no injuries. Anyone with information on the incident should call police on 101 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111. Enquiries are ongoing. Yesterday saw the TSB on Eccles Shopping Precinct targeted by four masked men armed with guns. Photo: Anonymous via Facebook
  18. Giant poppy banners, with the message Battle’s Over have gone up outside Salford Civic Centre to help mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. And in Walkden veterans’ support group Shoulder to Soldier plan to create a new allotment and community garden for all ex-service personnel and the community to share. The land is being provided by housing association Salix Homes and Salford City Council will help fund a memorial stone to be placed there. Meanwhile, if you have not already sone so, you can pick up a poppy this weekend if you are out and about around the Tesco in Pendleton, Cadets from Salford ACF will be stationed there and selling "Official" poppies again. There have been reports of unscrupulous sellers callously cashing in by selling unofficial poppies so to ensure your money goes to the right place please give them a visit and pick one up from them. They will be there from around 8am til 5pm. Councillor Margaret Morris and Councillor Barry Warner, the council’s veterans’ champions said this year’s remembrance services would have extra significance 100 years after the end of World War One. Councillor Morris said: Councillor Warner added: Linda Fisher from Shoulder to Soldier, which was formed in 2017 to support serving and ex-forces personnel, said the allotment and community garden would help people make new friends and enjoy a new interest. The plot of land earmarked for the project on Linnyshaw Close has stood empty for several years. Liam Turner, environmental services manager at Salix Homes, said: Lest we forget Salford’s Remembrance Sunday services will take place on Sunday November 11, The Ceremonial Mayor Councillor Ronnie Wilson will lay a wreath on behalf of the city and representatives from the Royal British Legion will form an honour guard and lay wreaths for the fallen at the Swinton cenotaph. The remembrance services are: Salford – The Cenotaph, Albert Bentley Place, The Crescent, Salford Assemble at Albert Bentley Place at 10.30am Service and wreath laying begins at 10.45am Swinton – The Cenotaph, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton Parade assembles at Morrisons, Swinton Hall Road, Swinton at 10.10am. Parade leaves at 10.25am Service and wreath laying begins at 10.50am Eccles – The Cenotaph, Church Street, Eccles Parade assembles at the car park at the back of Eccles Town Hall, Church Street, Eccles at 10.30am Service and wreath laying begins at 10.50am Walkden and Worsley – The Cenotaph, Parr Fold Park, Walkden Road, Walkden Parade assembles at Walkden British Legion, Wilfred Road, Walkden at 9.20am Church Service at St Paul’s CE, Manchester Road, Walkden at 10am Wreath laying begins at 10.50am Irlam and Cadishead – The Cenotaph, Princes Park, Liverpool Road, Irlam Parade assembles at Irlam Catholic Club, Liverpool Road, Irlam at 10.20am Service and wreath laying begins at 10.50am Little Hulton – The Cenotaph, St Paul’s Church, Peel Lane, Little Hulton Service and wreath laying at 10.30am. Members of the public will also be invited to lay wreaths by the clergy conducting the service.
  19. At around 9.40am on Thursday 8 November 2018, police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a bank on Church Street in Eccles. Witnesses have reported approximately four men entered the bank armed with guns. Thankfully there have been no injuries. Officers are at the scene and an investigation has been launched. Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting the reference number 555 of 8/11/2018. Photo Credit - The one and only Simon Williams
  20. Shortly after 10pm on Tuesday 22 May 2018, police were called to a property on Cloughfield Avenue following reports of a shooting. Three men and a woman had been inside a property when shots were fired through a downstairs window. The offender fled to a white car on Robert Hall Street which drove off in the direction of Phoebe Street. A 26-year-old man was taken to hospital with injuries to his abdomen and has since been released. Police have released the image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident. Investigating officers believe the man could be from the Merseyside area. Anyone who recognises the man or has any information on the incident should call police on 0161 856 9908 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  21. I'm not getting into that minefield of Oedipus and Jocasta thank you very much, and lets draw a veil on the antics of Norman Bates and his Mum in the film, Psycho.... Sadly this story from November 1918 tells of a somewhat strained relationship between mother and son, one that became so strained that the son ended up in in the dock at Salford Magistrates Court. Clarence Norman Nicholl's, aged 19 resided with his mother on West High Street, Salford a busy street which lead to Cross Lane and all its delights. He was charged with making using threats towards his mother, who stated that Clarence was to some extent for his Father's death due to his conduct. It is not stated how or why his father died which all adds to the mystery of this tale. Mrs Nicholl's added that Clarence rarely gave her any money, demanded the best of food and clothing, despite the fact that a war was still raging and when she was unable to provide what he wanted, he would threaten her with violence. However in his defence she added that Clarence had been in the British Army but had got out by feigning deafness. To add to Clarence's woes his Uncle took the stand and said that the youth had threatened to "knife or shoot him" if he dared to attempt to get him back in the Army. It got that bad that he said he was too frightened to walk the streets of Salford in case Clarence carried out his threats. The Stipendiary Magistrate remanded Clarence in custody for a week for medical examinations and inquiries. He was put into the custody of Dr E. Somers and Dr S. Hodgson. When the court resumed the following week they stated that they had thoroughly examined Clarence and in their opinion was of unsound mind. An incensed Clarence took the witness stand and asked Dr. Hodgson if it was true that he was feigning deafness to evade the Army? The Doctor said that Clarence was indeed suffering from an ear infection and was medically discharged from the Army for that reason. At least we know that Clarence wasn't a shirker from his duties and was indeed medically unfit. No doubt encouraged by by this news Clarence asked the Stipendiary Magistrate if he would be allowed to go on work of national importance and to live in lodgings away from his mother. Which to be fair don't seem like unreasonable requests to make and he still wanted to do his bit for the war effort. The Stipendiary Magistrate asked Dr Somers in what way was Clarence mentally affected Dr Somers then dropped a bombshell by saying. "From outward appearances Clarence was sane, but he might at any time he lose his reason and then he would be a dangerous person" I think the wording, "would be a dangerous person" instead of, "could be a dangerous person" damned Clarence. Amazingly or perhaps not, the Stipendiary Magistrate ordered Clarence to be removed to the nearest asylum! I have no idea how long, poor Clarence would be detained in the asylum, possibly Prestwich which the had a fearsome reputation for the treatment given to the inmates. Perhaps he was a danger to his Mother and his Uncle, but in his mind he was convinced that they held some kind of grudge against him, no doubt imaginary as I can't really see a Mother wanting her son locked away for an indefinite period of time. Hopefully Clarence received the care and medication it would appear that he needed and was able to return to a more quieter and stable life.
  22. Police were called to the scene of an accident this evening (05/11/18) involving a scooter and a car on the stretch of the road in front of All Hallows RC School. A woman said to be in her 40's was seriously injured in a collision with a car at around 5:10pm, emergency services were quickly on the scene and the road was closed off whilst the injured woman was tended too and taken to the nearby Salford Royal Hospital for treatment. We have been told that she is in a serious but stable condition this evening. It is unknown if anyone within the car was injured and police have not yet released any information on how the crash occurred. However police remained on scene to investigate and subsequently and rightly so, the road remained closed, as thousands of people flooded into the area to watch the annual fireworks display further along Eccles Old Road at Buile Hill Park. Traffic was rerouted along Tootal Drive but this had become lined with parked cars on both sides of the road as people ditched them as they tried to find any available space they could. Unfortunately this had a massive impact on traffic flow causing a huge bottle neck as the parked cars restricted the width of the road, eventually all hell would break loose as two number 67 buses came head to head and the road became blocked both ways. One bus driver expertly reversed his vehicle into a narrow side street allowing the Cadishead bound bus to edge past but for whatever reason the driver of that bus then decided the gap ahead was not large enough for him to fit his vehicle through and so opted to stay put, effectively blocking the entire road. This enraged drivers both in front and behind as the road ahead was clearly navigable and there was more than enough room to fit the bus down, however the driver did not agree and so remained stationary despite members of the public confirming to him that he had enough room at either side of him to be able to pass safely. Several people got out of their cars to offer to assist him and guide him through but the driver was sadly having none of it and just sat in his cab with his arms folded waiting for a wider gap. In the end motorists had no other alternative than to turn their cars around in front of the parked bus and either head back home or try and find an alternative route around. Families were disappointed at not being able attend the display, myself included as I was heading there to video it for this website.
  23. MAKE YOUR HOME READY FOR WINTER

    From simple tips such as closing curtains to keep heat in to grants to replace inefficient old boilers, there’s plenty of help and advice on offer. There’s even the chance to have free central heating fitted for people who currently rely on storage heaters or expensive, free standing heaters, provided they meet certain criteria. Initiatives include: Warm Homes discount scheme - to get a £140 rebate on your electricity bill. Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which aims to improve your home's energy efficiency. Green Handyperson - you could save £100's on a free green makeover of your home. This scheme maybe able to install measures such as draught-proofing where needed. Gas safety checks on boilers and fires for vulnerable owner–occupiers. Emergency boiler and heating grant - for vulnerable owner-occupiers who do not qualify for the ECO scheme. Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing and sustainable neighbourhoods, said: The £1.8 million Greater Manchester Warm Homes Fund is funded by Salford City Council and the nine other Greater Manchester councils and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority GMCA from the national Warm Homes Fund established by National Grid, administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. For details of how to stay warm in Salford this winter, please see www.salford.gov.uk/warmsalford, email keepingwarm@salford.gov.uk or call 0161 793 2264.
  24. Shortly after 7pm on Wednesday 31 October 2018, police received numerous reports that a group of between 50 and 100 people were driving off-road bikes as well as motorcycles and mopeds with identification plates removed in a dangerous manner across Trafford, Salford and the city centre. The 'Halloween Rideout' looks like it was filmed from a car which police are also keen to identify. The video shared on social media is now being examined by the GMP, with many members of the public calling the riders irresponsible and dangerous for riding through red traffic lights and popping wheelies whilst taking up both sides of the road. Video Link: View Video on Facebook However some also asked "Where were the police and why were the bikers left unchallenged when many were blatantly breaking the law and driving in a dangerous manner which could have ended in someone being hurt?" A police spokesperson said: Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5434 or 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
  25. Stewart, 46, left The Lowry where he works approximately 1pm on Tuesday (30 October 2018) but no-one has heard from him since yesterday. He is white, around 5ft 10in tall, of medium build with short, blonde hair. Officers believe Stewart might be wearing a dark coloured raincoat with a dark coloured top and bottoms. He lives and works in Salford but has links to the Bath and Norfolk area. Police Sergeant Clare Hall of GMP’s Salford Borough, said: Anyone who sees Stewart or knows where he is can contact the local team on 0161 856 2836. .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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