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Tuesday 9 October 2018

Andy Burnham pledges to end youth homelessness at event in MediaCityUK See page 3 Swinton trucks spark protest

Picketers fight truck congestion at Swinton construction site

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Protesters fight to save five Salford nurseries under closure threat

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A man whose body was found in Salford had previously told his care worker he had been threatened, a murder trial heard today. Philip Edge, 55, told care coordinator Philip Whittaker that a female acquaintance had tried to take his money. Mr Whittaker, a social worker from Salford Royal NHS Trust, told Manchester Crown Court Mr Edge had been exploited by those around him. Vincent O’Kane, 45, denies murdering Mr Edge. In his initial statement taken by the police, Mr Whittaker said he did not know who had been exploiting Mr Edge. But in court he identified a woman as a friend of the dead man. The witness said he met the friend onlyc once, at Cromwell House,

Manchester Crown Court in Eccles, which is a mental health establishment. The court heard the victim would collect £150 from Department for Work and Pensions from Cromwell House every

Wednesday. Mr Whittaker described the female friend as aggressive as she wanted access to Mr Edge’s money and alleged she was taking money from

the victim. Mr Whittaker described Mr Edge as friendly and polite but socially isolated and alcohol dependent. He also claimed Mr Edge had schizophrenia although the witness never saw any manifestations of this. Mr Whittaker last saw the victim alive on Friday, March 23, where he witnessed the victim’s slurred speech and saw him drinking cider. This was also the first time the victim had mentioned Vincent O’Kane to Mr Whittaker. Mr Edge told the witness that O’Kane was staying at his flat for a few months. Mr Edge said O’Kane intimidated him and he did not want the defendant to come with him to collect his money from Cromwell House. Mr Edge was found dead on Monday, March 26, in a property in Florence Street, Eccles. The trial continues.

Roadworks cause traffic chaos in Salford

Salford drivers warned to expect more traffic disruption around Mancunian Way roadworks

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Dispute over cladding funding in Pendleton

Petition launched to help secure government funding for cladding removal

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Protesters fear volume of truck traffic in Swinton is accident waiting to happen

BY JAMES SUMNER PICKETERS will be out in force at Salford Civic Centre, fighting against construction and congestion conditions in Swinton. The Save Our Neighbourhood campaigners will be back for a second protest tomorrow following the three weeks of disruption they have faced, with up to 40 lorries and trucks a day coming through their single access road, forcing residents to park on curbs to avoid damage to their vehicles. Residents explained to us that they are no longer allowed to park on the road, in order to allow for worker access, and now have started being warned by police that they are unable to park on the pathway without being fined. Janine McDonald, secretary of the group, said; “They want to build the 241 homes, single access. “We’ve got 40 trucks a day what effectively is a single track road. “There are cracks appearing in the road, there’s dirt all over, there’s cutting corners, the councils have just washed their hands once they’ve made the decision. “The land at the back of the houses on Thorn Road has just been decimated. “There’s been wildlife, there’s been deer there that keep returning. The council isn’t interested.” Due to the sharp turning, residents fear for children travelling to and from school due to the trucks, which start at the site as early as 6am. Carol Boyce, chair of Saving Our Neighborhood, said: “We have been defending this land for decades, however, the planning panel here approved a Bellway planning application which was vehemently objected against by residents. “In my opinion, they had already

Save Our Neighborhood protesters, from left to right: Carol Boyce, Janine McDonald, Martin Berry and Gordon Purcell made a decision before even the first planning meeting.” A total of 339 residents objected to a planning application by Bellway Homes to build the 241 houses on Campbell Road Fields in Swinton. Although planning has long since passed the group intends to put an end to the damage being done to their street in the process. The heavy traffic from these vehicles has lead to cracks in the roads, walls, and pavement near to the street, due to the volume and heavy weight of these trucks. Councillor Derek Antrobus, lead member for planning and sustainable development said: “We have received reports from residents about issues with access in and out of the development at Campbell Road. “Our enforcement officers are investigating whether there is a breach of planning conditions.”

Thorn Road packed with worker trucks

Credit: Janine McDonald

£7m homes development planned for Langworthy BY MATT ROBERTS

Plans showing how the new development aims to look once building plans have been confirmed and construction on the site can begin. Current site shown on the right.

A property developer has submitted plans for a new 44-apartment project on a vacant site next to the Langworthy Metrolink stop. Manchester-based Qualis Developments is looking to build a £7 m illion four-storey block of one- and two-bedroom apartments. Planning permission for a mixed three- and four-storey development was secured back in 2005, but the project on the corner of Langworthy Road and Eccles New Road never progressed. Qualis Developments, which was previously behind a 131-apartment scheme in Sheffield, has said it is looking to make the apartments an affordably priced alternative to those in Salford Quays and Manchester city centre. Andy Phillips, commercial director at Qualis Developments, said: “The development will serve as a reasonably priced alternative to similar properties in Manchester city centre and directly on the Quays, but with all the same amenities and high spec interiors you’d expect of modern, quality

accommodation.” A similar scheme in Sheffield, also piloted by Qualis Developments, secured planning permission earlier this year and already has seen construction start on the site. Around half of those 131 apartments are already sold. Qualis Developments are based in Quay West in MediaCityUK and are looking to expand the company’s portfolio in Salford. Designed by architect Coda, the scheme would feature 15 one-bed apartments and 29 two-beds. A courtyard, communal garden and parking at the rear of the property would all be included in the development. Knight Knox is acting as the agent for the project.



Lidl to open new store in Winton BY THOMAS MAHER

Greater Manchester Mayo

Andy Burnham with Action for Children CEO Julie Bentley

Andy Burnham pledges to end youth homelessness BY SIAN JONES

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham stressed the importance of ending youth homelessness for good when he spoke at the Byte Night event in MediaCityUK. The sixth annual Byte Night North West took place last Friday to raise money for children’s charity Action for Children. Mr Burnham said: “It is a personal passion of mine that no person should spend a night without a roof over their head but particularly no young person so I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who is taking part. “Byte Night works to support some of the 83,000 young people a year who become homeless. “Whatever our challenges as a coun-

try, we are rich enough to put a roof over every head every night of the week.” He also recently announced a new scheme which begins next month called A Bed for a Night. He said: “From November, for this winter we will make a bed available for every rough sleeper in Greater Manchester which of course includes too many young people which are sadly still huddled in our doorways”. He went on to add that this was a big improvement to what is currently being offered. Mr Burnham is confident of reaching his target to end rough sleeping by 2020. He said: “There is a massive commitment from me and the Greater Manchester Authority to solve this

and I am confident that we are at the for front to end rough sleeping and we won’t stop until we’ve solved this” More than 190 business people from a variety of businesses such as Accenture, RBS, Barclays and BNY Mellon based across the North West, joined more than 1,600 others in sleeping out across 12 locations up and down the country. Individuals must have raised £500 for the charity in order to take part. Chair of the North West Byte Night board, Jonathan Summerlin, director at KPMG, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you and well done to everyone who braved the biting cold to raise funds for vulnerable children. “It was a big challenge, but in the morning, everyone went home to their warm beds – and there are too many

vulnerable young people in the North West for whom this is impossible”. Around 3,100 children from the North West are homeless and in temporary accommodation. Homelessness is a big issue in Salford as the city has seen a 52 per cent increase in people living on the streets or in places such as B&Bs. In 2016-17 830 people were consiered homeless however latest figures show there is now 1,035 considered homeless in Salford, 143 of those are aged 16-24. CEO of Action for Children Julie Bentley said: “We’re hoping to raise £150,000 from the evening to help fund services in the area.” For more information visit or actionforchildren.

instead of leaving them derelict.” Statistics from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism show that more than 449 homeless people have died in the U.K since October 2017 On average, homeless people only live until 47 years old. Government figures have shown that 52 per cent more people in Salford are now unintentionally homeless and in priority need in Salford compared to last year. Mr Williams goes on to say: “People become homeless from everyday things, not being able to afford rent or credit card debts”.

Salford homelessness is not highlighted enough, it is worse than it seems. It disappoints you what the Government choose to spend their money on.” Salford City Council are planning on spending £308,000 on tackling the homeless crisis. Centres such as Emmaus are working to try and help end the homelessness crisis, employing homeless people to work across their three shops. He said: “I am learning new skills every day, I have gained experience and self-respect from working here.”.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, recently announced a new scheme to help tackle homelessness across the city. ‘A Bed Every Night’ will begin in November and plans to make a bed available for every rough sleeper in Greater Manchester. The scheme is a partnership with Greater Manchester’s 10 councils, businesses, the voluntary sector and the public. ‘A Bed Every Night’ is only available to those whose last address was in Greater Manchester.

Charity worker calls homeless deaths a 'terrible tragedy' BY SOPHIE DOHERTY

A shop assistant at Salford homeless charity, Emmaus, says homelessness isn’t talked about enough as new figures show the extent of the problem within the city. Ian Williams, who spent 12 months on the streets of Salford, said:“Homeless people are murdered just for being homeless. “It is a terrible tragedy that happens every day. The Government need to stop knocking council houses down and start putting people in them

SUPERMARKET chain Lidl will make a ‘multi-million-pound’ investment in a new branch in Winton, promising new jobs when the store opens. An application was submitted to Salford City Council with Lidl hoping to be granted permission to start building on the site early next year. Their UK head of property Nick Harvey said: “We have received an incredible amount of support from the local community and are delighted to announce that we have submitted a planning application with Salford Council. “If granted this would mark a multimillion-pound investment in the area and the creation of new jobs when the store opens. We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support and feedback so far and look forward to receiving the decision in due course.” Previously the site housed the nowclosed Brown Cow pub. The land was designated as brownfield after the pub’s closure and was to be used to meet Salford’s housing needs. The site was bought from Kay Atlas, a subsidiary of Robinson’s Brewery. The brewery had previously planned to knock down the Brown Cow pub’ which closed in 2015. and build 44 homes. Planning permission was granted late in 2017.  Salford City Council, at the time, said they were: “trying hard to re-use Brownfield sites to meet our housing needs”. The German supermarket chain is currently trying to open 50 new stores throughout the UK every year and a new Winton store could contribute to this goal.

We Are Willow to raise awareness for men’s mental health BY JACOB VINT Manchester based art collective ”We Are Willow” are collaborating with Manchester Mind to raise awareness on men’s mental health issues. Oct 10 will mark their release of ”A Different Light”, which aims to challenge and inspire the audience. The creative output is determined on demonstrating how mental health affects everybody, directly and indirectly. A Different Light, will consist of spoken word, four songs and four short films from internationally acclaimed artists, this topic will be portrayed in a way that allows the audience to learn in an interactive format. This body of work explores the topic of men’s mental health and the morality of the ‘man up’ attitude. this project will not only raise awareness of men’s mental health, but also raise money for Mind Charity. All proceeds of this project will be going to a good cause and will help the Salford community.



Andy Burnham at the University hub

New business hub opens at University of Salford BY JACK ADCOCK Salford University opened its doors to Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham yesterday to celebrate the opening of its new business incubator, ‘Launch@ SalfordUni’. Launch@SalfordUni business incubator was opened at the Maxwell building of The University of Salford in front of a packed room of guests and prospective entrepreneurs. Mr Burnham and incubation manager Justyna Turner, spoke about the importance of connecting university students with the world of business. The Greater Manchester Mayor expressed his hope that the project might expand as far as secondary schools and encourage students from all over the UK to see Greater Manchester as an international hub of business and a place to build their lives. He expressed his concern that 40 per cent of local students felt that they did not have a bright future and hopes that projects like the incubator will encourage ambition among students in the future. Incubation manager Justyna Turner, who heads the project, said she was delighted to be launching such a innovative project. She said: “I am so thrilled to have the support of colleges across the university but also the business growth hub. It’s just overwhelming in terms of the support and enthusiasm and everyone who was here today, the atmosphere in the room was great. “We are trying to remove barriers for students to help them set up their own business and to create their own careers. We are keen to support them in any way possible, with skills training and funding, as well as with mentorship. “We want to make sure they have the best chances of success and remove any risks in those early stages.” “We have masterclasses all about starting your own business. We have planning, social media and blogging support, as well as the business growth hub coming in delivering day long sessions on strategy and sales/ marketing which is crucial for them.” Also present at the launch were a number of entrepreneurs keen to share their knowledge and discuss the positive affect that the incubation hub will have.


Campaigners urge city to put walkers and cyclists first By Thomas Court

A walking and cycling group in Salford says the city must boost walking and cycling instead of cars. Andy Salmon, chair of Salford Walking and Cycling Forum, says a boost in funding for infrastructure, suggested by Salford City Council, would be welcome amid higher pollution figures in the area. The cycling forum are holding a launch meeting at Sacred Trinity Church on November 13th, where they would like to hear the public’s ideas on new schemes for the city. Andy Salmon said, “We want people to get involved. We want people’s ideas.” “When you’re walking and cycling you’re so much more engaged with what is going on around you. You’re always noticing new things which is good.” This comes after the news that Salford City Council said that they would be interested in investing money on improving the local infrastructure for walkers and cyclists. Salmon said, “If there’s big money going to be spent, we want it to be spent well. We need a collective view on where the priorities should be.” “The city will just grind to a halt if we just keep putting more and more cars on the roads, so we need to get more people walking and cycling.” “When you’re sat in that box you’re much more cut off from the world, which can sometimes be appreciated when it’s raining.” The council has been attempting to lower pollution levels after being branded the second most polluted area in England two years ago by the World Health Organisation. Statistics in 2016 showed that the city’s air quality was worse than that

of Manchester, and matched that of London which can have serious effects on public health. Immediate health risks caused by the pollution inlcudes, aggravated cardiovascular and respiratory illness, damaged cells in the respiratory system and added stress to the heart and lungs.

The forum aim to address this problem further, as Andy Salmon explained: “It would be nice for people to be healthier. Walking and cycling are much healthier ways of getting around.” The meeting will be held at the Sacred Trinity church, Chapel Street,

Salford. It will commence at 6pm and will last roughly around two hours. Coffee, tea and biscuits have been promised! For more information on the meeting or to keep up to date with the latest news email cycling@salford. or visit the Salford City Council website.

Roadworks cause chaos on city approach

By Lauren Milward

SALFORD drivers are being warned to expect more traffic disruption as the Mancunian Way roadworks have begun. The roadworks will affect two key Salford junctions. Salford City Council is working with Manchester City Council to improve road capacity as part of Manchester and Salford Inner Relief Route Improvement Scheme costing £15 million. The junctions affected within Salford will be the junction of Regent Road and Ordsall Lane and the junction of Regent Road and Oldfield. A Manchester City Council statement said the investment would cut congestion in the area and on the ring road as a whole – getting people to where they want to be quicker. Mancunian Way Roundabout has already seen the implications of the roadworks, with delays of 45-60 minutes.

Residents are being told to re-time and reroute their journeys. Terry, a Salford resident explained: “I tend to try and avoid going down Regent Road, I avoid it and go down the crescent and hope for the best.” The works are meant will include better routes for cyclists and pedestrians. Manchester City Council stated: “We will provide fully signaled pedestrian crossings and we’ll be keeping the bike routes through the junction.” Roadworks begin this week and are expected to last for up to 12 months. Salford will see changes after the roadworks are complete. Manchester City Council website states: “It will be better for cyclists and pedestrians too. We will provide fully signaled pedestrian crossings and we’ll be keeping the bike routes through the junction, either as a cycleway or as a crossing shared with pedestrians. “The work will also mean new jobs and more investment for the city.”

Salford resident fears ‘Grenfell mark two’ after funding dispute



Body found in River Irwell not suspicious BY BRONAGH RAFFERTY A dead body was found in the River Irwell last Sunday. Circumstances surrounding the death of the man are not being treated as suspicious say Police. Police and the fire service were called to Cromwell Bridge in Higher Broughton yesterday afternoon following reports of a body in the River Irwell. The victim, believed to be in his sixties, is yet to be identified by emergency services however the circumstances surrounding his death are not being treated as suspicious. In a press release, Greater Manchester Police have said: “Officers and the fire service attended and have confirmed it is, unfortunately, the body of a man. “There are no further details at this time but an investigation is being launched to establish who the man is and how his body came to be there.”

New contracts boost IT firm

BY CHOLE ROWLAND Outraged residents have launched a petition after Salford City Council announced that the government would not be funding the removal and replacement of the dangerous cladding on nine Pendleton tower blocks. Over a year on from the Grenfell tragedy, concerned residents are still waiting to have the dangerous ACM style cladding removed from their homes. Simon Barlow-Smyth, of Thorn Court, one of the towers affected, started the petition addressed to the housing minister after the council

received the news. “The impetus came upon receipt of a letter from Salford City council advising of the situation and the red tape the government has wrapped Salford City Council and PT in.” He continued: “It’s infuriating that the Government are basically washing their hands of the problem and allowing us all to live in danger and in fear of us becoming Grenfell mark two.” The recent announcement means that Salford City Council has also been refused permission to loan Pendleton Together (PT), who manage the tower blocks, the £25 million to pay for the removal of the cladding, as well as refusing access to

the £400 million budget. According to the council, the government stated that the tower blocks did not qualify for funding as they were not part of a housing association. The decision is forcing Pendleton Together to raise the funds itself. The petition urges James Brokenshire MP to reconsider their decision and either allow Salford City Council to loan the money to PT, or grant them access to the fund. Residents of the affected tower blocks have grown increasingly concerned as they continue to live in blocks covered in dangerous materials. “This sustained risk to the lives of

residents of the nine Pendleton tower blocks is simply unacceptable,” the petition states. So far, the petition has reached 277 signatures with the aim of reaching 500. More than 300 residential buildings and public buildings in the whole of England have been confirmed to have Aluminium Composite Material (AMC) cladding installed. Salford has 11 or more buildings within the area that failed a large scale test carried out after the disaster at Grenfell Tower on June 14. To sign the petition visit www. For updates see our website www.

A Salford IT services company has won three high-profile contracts worth more than £2.5 million and is celebrating the success of two other public sector projects. Salford’s LIMA has secured a fiveyear service contract with Southway Housing Trust to provide for 6,000 households across South Manchester. The deal follows the completion of a six-month digital transformation project for the Trust as part of its move to new premises. Stephen Murden, head of IT at Southway Housing Trust, commented: “This was a hugely significant, business critical piece of work for us as not only did it ensure operations continued seamlessly during the move but it has also enabled us to enhance the high levels of customer service we provide to thousands of residents across South Manchester.” The IT provider has also signed a £1 million deal with online investor company AJ Bell to help bring it closer to its ambitious growth targets and float on the London Stock Exchange. Law company Brabners LLP has also invested £500,000 to expand its core infrastructure. LIMA has completed a contract for the Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit to provide a secure cloud platform for doctors and dentists. It has also worked on technical solutions for Herefordshire Police set to generate annual savings of up to £300,000.




Salford’s Witches Walk returns for Halloween By REBECCA SIMMS THE sell-out Witches Walk is back and better than ever in Buile Hill this October in preparation for Halloween. On the 26th October, Salford locals can experience the popular Witches Walk which has taken place over many years. The event includes face painting, glitter tattoos, local band performances, creepy craft workshop, fairground rides, a pedal powered cinema and many more. With tickets working out at just £2.50 and under 2’s going in free, what is not to love? The walk is carried out in and around Buile Park at 4, 6 and 7pm. Salford Community Leisure younger children whereas later on in the evening once the sun has gone down, actors intended to scare those taking part will roam the park.

Dozens belonging to the community of Salford rally outside Salford Civic Centre for the Save Our Outstanding Nurseries campaign

Salford protesters march over threat to close five nurseries By JESSICA WATTS


HE Save Our Outstanding Nurseries (Soon) campaigners are holding a rally on October 27 outside Salford Civic

Salford prepares for Halloween A Family Fun Day is also an option on the day from 2pm which includes all of the activities above minus the walk which still gets everyone together and in the spirit of Autumn and all things Halloween. This is going to be a great event and opportuntunity for the communitu Salford has plenty of stuff to do during the half-term holidays and things to keep the kids amused during the holidays. This will be a great opportunity for the local community to come together and participate in local Halloween events that will be fun, giving everybody the opportuntiy to learn more within their community during the Autumn season. The event is enjoyed each year at Halloween as an annual tradition with scary characters and spooky zones for everybody to enjoy. Tickest are available from the Salford Community Leisure website. Once your ticket is purchased it will be sent to you via post a week before the event.

Centre. Following a strong demonstration of support in March for five Salford Council nurseries threatened with closure, campaigners will hold another rally this month to push for a long-term solution. Lee Shannon, a parent representative for the campaign explained: “The rally is to continue the momentum of the Salford campaign and to raise awareness of the national campaign that we are building. The nurseries facing closure are Little Hulton Day Nursery, Winton Day Nursery, Barton Moss Day Nursery, Belvedere Day Nursery, Higher Broughton Day Nursery. A survey from the National Day

Nursery Association found that one in five nurseries are expected to make a loss this year. With nurseries making a loss, many will be forced to close. With this becoming a nationwide issue the country has seen nurseries struggle. This has become more prominent since 30 hours of free childcare was introduced by the government in September 2017. Speaking about the issue on a national scale, Lee added: “We have joined forces with nursery campaigns in Tower Hamlets, Birmingham and Nottingham where their nurseries are either under threat of closure or have already closed”. Soon campaigners are fighting to change the early years’ system, as funding is constantly being cut. Their main two aims are to pressure the Government to fund Local Authority nurseries in the short term. They are wishing for a transactional fund similar to the £55 million available to

nursery schools. The second aim is that they are demanding a full review of the current early years funding formula. They also wish for it to ensure that it provides sufficient funding for nurseries across the public and private sectors. With the success of the first rally in March, campaigners have stepped up the ante to make the next rally even more influential. Various speakers will be attending, such as Salford MPs, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Barbara Keeley and Graham Stringer. Many parents and nursery workers will also be running the talks. Councillor Lisa Stone, lead lember for Children’s and Young People’s Services at the council, said: “The passion from residents is clear and the nursery provision provided by the staff who work in them is outstanding, so we need to explore all option.” The next rally will take place in Salford on Saturday October 27.

This wasn’t even half of the surplus food tonight.” The tweet has had over five thousand retweets, and raises awareness of the app to people who are struggling in the area. When asked about her experience, she said, “I didn’t have a lot of money, I had just got home from three months in China, so money was quite tight. “There’s a lot of people in this area who could benefit from this, so I thought if I share it, and a few people see it, then it could really help them out. “I know that there’s families out there struggling to pay for their

children’s lunches through no fault of their own.” More than one million portions of food have been shared so far via the Olio app. Tessa Cook, who co-founded the app, said: “It’s unacceptable that one third of all food produced in the world gets thrown away, especially when food waste is so environmentally damaging. “The app is proving to be an effective and efficient way to tackle the food waste and how as a society we can be more resourceful when it comes to thinking about the social and envrionmental impacts of wasting large quantities of food.”

Salford Civic Centre protests

Tweet of praise for foodshare app goes viral By HARRIET WALLACE


N app which aims to reduce food waste nationwide, has been recognised in Salford. Olio is the revolutionary app paving the way to limit food waste by connecting local cafe’s to its neighbours where food can be shared and not wasted. A Salford woman spoke up in praise at the app with the tweet: “Hey guys. Anyone in Manchester struggling for food, please consider downloading an app called Olio. Pret donate their daily surplus food to ‘Food Waste Heroes’ to distribute.

Food sharing at Pret a Manger


New development to have no affordable houses


By Thomas Schofield derelict Salford student village is set to be turned into an estate providing 500 new homes as part of development plans

for the area. Plans for the Castle Irwell site, which originally housed Salford University students, include a primary school, sports facilities and shops. But not one of the 500 new homes will be classed as affordable. A blueprint for the land owned by the University of Salford was approved last week showing a mix of family homes and waterfront flats. The land has been classed as low

value by the council, and therefore developers are under no obligation to make any of the housing affordable. There is currently no way for the value of a piece of land to be changed once it has been agreed by the council. This is despite the value of land often increasing. A University spokesperson said: “The details of ‘housing type’ including affordable housing on the development are a matter for the planning authority and the developers themselves. “The University has provided the land for a school to be built on the site and also finding for sports as a result of this development.” Euan Kellie Property Solutions and

the University have come together to plan the overhaul of the 36-acre site. Euan Kellie founder and co-director of EKPS said: “Delivery of this ambitious scheme by the University of Salford will greatly broaden the housing offer in the city and contribute to a more balanced mix of housing. “The provision of a new school and sports facilities is also key to attracting young families to what will be a new community for Salford. “Local people and community stakeholders have supported the plans and we look forward to continue working with them, the university and the council to make these plans a reality.”

Caste Irwell now


Community awards now open By Matt Roberts

Seamus Fox with his anthology of poems about homelessness

Homeless people inspire poet’s fund-raiser for Salford charity By Alice Wragg


fter experiencing a past fuelled with alcoholism and homelessness, Séamus Fox travelled the country speaking to homeless individuals living at Emmaus charity schemes. Those stories inspired a collection of poems now published in an anthology entitled No Homeless Problem. The poems are drawn from the experiences of 44 homeless people who give honest, brutal and eye-opening accounts of living life on the streets. Proceeds from sales of the book will support Emmaus centres including the home in Salford. Mr Fox is an Irish writer who

moved to London in 2015 to find work and after several months found himself homeless. He was exposed to the many social and human injustices that result in so many people ending up on the streets. After spending two weeks on his friend’s sofa, he visited Emmaus homeless charity and began travelling around the UK for nine months speaking to other homeless people and finding out more about their experiences. Séamus revealed: “I wanted to prove a point, individualism versus collectivism. “One of the main problems with society is that we think everything is an individual problem. “I don’t think many people will

notice unless I tell them but there are no labels in the book. “You won’t know if the protagonist is a man or a woman, you won’t know their religion and place names are only mentioned once. “The reason why I did this is because people naturally look for labels to hang onto and identify and a lot of the time, to judge. “So what I was doing when I was writing the poems was forcing people to look at exactly what I wanted them to look at.” Emmaus is a homeless charity that provides a place to stay and also offers work within their own social enterprise. Living in a stable environment with the opportunity to work helps

residents to regain self-esteem they may have lost as a result of being homeless. It also provides residents with skills they can carry with them for life. Mr Fox said: “We need to realise how important Emmaus communities are because they are rebuilding communities that are slowly breaking down in today’s society.” Homelessness in Salford is an issue that has worsened over the past two years with those unintentionally homeless and in priority rising by 52 per cent in a year. Anyone in fear of becoming homeless or are currently homeless in Salford, can call Emmaus Salford on 0161 737 8279, email at info@

The Spirit of Salford Community Awards have officially opened their online nominations system for the 2019 awards show. The awards recognise individuals and projects across a range of categories who work tirelessly to improve the city of Salford. Anyone can nominate their fellow Salfordians for one of the awards through the Spirit of Salford website, with the final award show occurring at the AJ Bell Stadium in March 2019. There are 10 categories – three overall awards and seven category awards – that individuals and projects across Salford can be nominated for. Nominations for the award close on 3 December, before the finalists are announced on 20 December. These finalists are to be selected from the public nominations by a panel of judges, before the public of Salford will be allowed to vote on who they feel best deserves the recognition for their year’s work for several of the categories. The Citizen of the Year, Community Group of the Year and Public Servant of the Year Awards are decided by a public vote. Public voting opens on 3 January until the 1 March. The winners of all the other awards are decided by our panels of judges. A number of prominent Salford organisations, including Salford NHS Group, Greater Manchester Police and the University of Salford, are backing the awards – keen to recognise the selfless work of those in the Salford community to improve the area in which they live. The awards are being funded in a number of ways. Salford City Council’s contribution to the awards is funded by the council’s mayoral team: the City Mayor and the two Deputy City Mayors. All three members of the mayoral team are to give up some of their salary to fund the awards. Winners of each category will be announced at the awards dinner on 14 March 2019.


Tuesday 9 October 2018



Fans celebrate as star signs one-year deal at club By Anthony Pilling

Australian Jackson Hastings has signed a new one-year deal with Salford Red Devils keeping him at the AJ Bell Stadium until 2019. The former Sydney Roosters star arrived at Salford in July, having a huge impact on the Salford Devils end of season crossing for five tries leading Ian Watson’s side to first place in The Qualifiers. Watson said: “Signing Jackson for the 2019 season is a great piece of business by the club, and a great piece of business for Super League as a whole. “Jackson wants to lead a team and be the dominant half and that fits perfectly within our team dynamics. “I hope Jackson can continue to enjoy his football and show everyone over the next 12 months how good a signing he is. “His energy and enthusiasm around the club and the boys is infectious and you can see in the games he’s played

how it lifts people around him.” Hastings said with such a good end to the season it wasn’t a difficult decision. He said: “In the end it was a pretty easy decision to be honest. When I laid in bed at night weighing up my options I really couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else over here.” The 22-year-old started his career with the Sydney Rooster in 2014. After making 34 appearances in two years at the club, he moved to Manly Warringah where he struggled to settle. However it looks like the half-back has found a new home at the AJ Bell. “The amount of support the Club gave me through a tough time in my life, the love that I’ve got from the fans and the respect I’ve got from the playing group is something that if I’d walked away from it I know I wouldn’t have been happy with.” “I’m happy with my decision and hopefully we can kick on and have a good season next year.”

Jackson Hastings in action for Salford Red Devils last season

By Daniel Marland

Barton Athletic Club will welcome Northern Regional Youth Series

are top juniors.” When asked about how important these opportunities are, Mr. Lightfoot explained how carefully monitored young competitors are. “Sometimes we get kids as young as eight or nine competing which is obviously closely monitored.” Lightfoot

By Daniel Burns

Salford City will kick off their Manchester Premier Cup season by welcoming Ashton United to the Peninsula Stadium tonight (KO 7.45pm). This evening’s clash will be the first time the teams have met following Salford’s promotion into the National League North at the end of the 2016/17 season. Graham Alexander’s side have since been promoted to the National League, following a spectacular 2017/18 season.

Manager Graham Alexander

Young British weightlifting hopefuls competing in Eccles A Northern Regional Youth Series competition for young British Weightlifters will be taking place at Barton Athletic Club on Saturday 13th October. The event, which will involve the best young weightlifters aged between 11 and 15, is a tier three event classed as a ‘Ranking Event’. This will allow competitors to move up to ‘Home Nation Championship’ and ‘British Championship’ events in the future. Barton Athletic Club, which received £500,000 worth of Lottery Investment in 2016 to add a variety of facilities has finally found permanent residence in Salford. John Lightfoot, treasurer of Barton AC, spoke about the weekend’s event explaining that ‘the top competitors’ will be involved on Saturday. “We’ve not got a final entry number yet but it will be about 30 as it normally is for championships and they

City step up for Ashton clash

also explained that half of the grading is based on technique, so it is not all about the raw strength. The youngest competitors will be beginning with 10-kilogram weights, whereas the older competitors will be ‘lifting their own weight’. “We have another competition com-

ing up in November as well as more throughout the North, creating some kind of a circuit.” Mr. Lightfoot has been involved with Barton AC since the inception in 1953, meaning he has 55 years of experience at the club. When I asked him about the evolution of weightlifting since that time, the committee member said it hasn’t really changed. “Similar to what it was, weightlifitng has always been a minority sport which gets passed down through the family who are already involved in it.” Local schools are being encouraged to attend with up to 60 pupils a week being able to get a taste of wrestling, boxing among other activities. “It is growing, we just want people who are unsure about it to feel in control when they take part.” Barton AC is located on 37 Franklin Street Eccles Manchester M30 0GY and Saturdays competition is open for attendance.

Ashton were promoted into the National League North at the end of last season. The last meeting between the teams was in April 2016 ended in a 3-1 win for Salford in the Northern Premier League playoffs. Despite being the most successful team in the competition’s history, having won the cup 15 times, Ashton have not won the cup since 2003. Salford are hoping to better last year’s effort when they were defeated 3-0 in the quarter-final by FC United of Manchester, who went on to win the competition. The Ammies have won their last five games and currently sit top of the National League, one point ahead of second place Leyton Orient. The Robins, on the other hand, sit 14th in the National League North after winning just one game out of their last six. Adam Rooney will be looking to continue his good run of form, including a hat-trick against a struggling Dover on Saturday which took his goal tally to nine goals in 14 games. A fortunate lack of injuries for both teams means managers Graham Alexander and Danny Johnson can field a full-strength team. Salford’s provisional squad is: Chris Neal, Max Crocombe, Scott Wiseman, Ibou Touray, Liam Hogan, Carl Piergianni, Josh Askew, Jake Lawlor, Nathan Pond, James Jones, Gus Mafuta, Nick Haughton, Lois Maynard, Tom Walker, James Hooper, Danny Whitehead, Mark Shelton, Kieran Glynn, Adam Roone, Danny Lloyd, Jack Redshaw, Mani Dieseruvwe, Devante Rodney, Rory Gaffney. Admission will be cash on the gate via turnstile B on Moor Lane. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 concessions.

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Salford Now 9 October 2018  

A newspaper published by BA Journalism students at the University of Salford for our community

Salford Now 9 October 2018  

A newspaper published by BA Journalism students at the University of Salford for our community