SALFORD TO BE JOINED WITH MANCHESTER
Star date: 28th July 2011
A Salford Star Exclusive
NOW IT’S OFFICIAL – BY 2030 SALFORD WILL BE JOINED TO MANCHESTER!
Salford Star has maintained from day one that the big plan was to integrate Salford into Manchester. Now it’s official that by 2030 selected parts of Central Salford will be included in an expansion of Manchester city centre which will – surprise, surprise – stretch right up to MediaCityUK.
A homeless shelter boss is threatening council chiefs with the High Court if it is axed.
Lancaster House in Salford – which houses up to 38 vulnerable men – has been earmarked for closure in a council bid to save £238,000 a year.
Residents fear they will end up on the streets and have collected more than 7,000 signatures of support.
On Monday they will learn their fate when the council, which provides the bulk of funding for the charity that runs the centre, makes its final decision.
But owner Mark Hampson says the town hall has broken discrimination legislation and not consulted residents properly.
Vulnerable men – many with mental health or addiction problems – are referred there to get counselling and prepare to live independently.
Council chiefs say a new centre developed with the Salvation Army may be able to provide that support. But Mr Hampson says there are not enough beds there, particularly as Salford’s homeless figures soar.
He said: “We are a voluntary organisation and we are exactly what the government wants councils to work with. If the council makes that choice on Monday they’ll be served with seven days’ notice for judicial review. We’ll be instructing a barrister.”
Residents plan to take their petition to Downing Street. They will march on Swinton Civic Centre when Monday’s decision is taken by Coun Peter Connor, lead member for housing.
Coun Connor said: “A recommendation has been made that this service is not re-commissioned when the contract ends in September as new facilities will be available that will deliver better value for money and better support the people who use the service.
“I have asked for further information and as soon as I receive this I will make a decision.”
Guard attacked during security van robbery at Salford Precinct
Raiders have stolen cash from a security van at a shopping centre.
A gang of men swooped on a G4S van at about 12.30pm at Salford Precinct, on Hankinson Way, Pendleton.
The security guard was thrown to the floor and punched in the face during the raid but it is understood he declined hospital treatment.
The raiders ran off and got into a blue Seat Leon waiting nearby. The car was found burnt out by fire officers on Southbourne Street in Seedley, Salford shortly after 12.45pm.
The offenders are described as being white men wearing dark baseball caps and sunglasses. One was wearing a dark top and white shorts while his accomplice was wearing a grey hooded top and grey shorts.
Detective Sergeant Tony Platten said: “We have launched a number of inquiries to trace the men responsible, but would ask that who may have witnessed the movements of the offender or the car before it was abandoned to call us.
“We would also like to hear from witnesses who may have seen any suspicious behaviour before the robbery.”
The DNA of more than one million innocent people will not be wiped from police records, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Instead the police will retain DNA profiles in anonymised form, leaving open the possibility of connecting them up with people’s names, ministers have admitted.
The admission appears to break a Coalition commitment to delete all innocent profiles, apart from those accused of violent or sex crimes, from police databases.
Civil liberties groups accused the Government of a “disgraceful U-turn” and a “breach of promise” to destroy innocent people’s DNA.
It is the latest in a list of about-turns by the Government on key pledges, such as the selling off tracts of forest, axing free school milk for some children and capping welfare handouts for all claimants at £26,000 a year
Source the Telegraph
Housing association to build council homes out of straw Hastoe Housing Association is planning to build straw houses for Epping Forest District Council.
Hastoe – which works mainly in rural settings in partnership with 61 local authorities across the south, east and west of England – says it’s still working up the scheme which has not yet received planning permission.
It forms part of moves by a number of councils and housing associations to look at straw’s insulating qualities with a view to tackling fuel poverty.
According to the Guardian, North Kesteven District Council last year completed the first two in the UK to be built for social housing in Waddington and is keen to build more.
This month, Hastoe – which manages around 4,000 homes – announced the completion of the first rural affordable accredited Passivhaus project in the UK at Wimbish.
Passivhaus is a design methodology for ultra low-energy buildings that has come from Germany.
Hastoe Chief Executive Sue Chalkley said it chose to invest in the approach because it is committed to environmental sustainability and identifying ways that new homes can tackle fuel poverty and help residents in an era of ever increasing living costs.
She said: “The lessons learnt are already being replicated on site at our second Passivhaus development in Ditchingham, Norfolk and we will be developing more Passivhaus schemes after that. It proves that overcoming the challenges associated with developing homes for local people, in sensitive rural areas, can go hand in hand with cutting edge techniques.”
Source 24 Dash.com
Some how i can’t see city west doing it.