Author: Laura Joffre

The team from Salford Primary Care Together. Image credit: Laura Joffre

Salford health team walks 10 kilometres to help the homeless

Last night, a team from health organisation Salford Primary Care Together joined hundreds of people to walk 10 kilometers across Manchester to raise money for homeless charity Shelter.

Candidates for the general election in Salford and Eccles South taking part in  a debate

Watch: Salford election candidates send their last messages before polling day

It’s the last day of the campaign before the polls open across Salford tomorrow at 7am, and we have reached out to all the candidates from the three Salford constituencies to hear their last message to the voters.

Bryan Blears campaigns for the A666 bus lane to be reviewed

Salford Green Party adds to the controversy over the A666 bus lane

The debate around the A666 bus lane continues as Salford Green Party candidates fueled controversy yesterday in a YouTube video where they appear to be opposing the development.

Neil Stapleton and Andy Barlow from the Friends of Walkden Station. Photo Laura Joffre

Campaigners demand step-free access to Walkden Station

TfGM and Northern Rail had ranked the station number one in priority to receive Access for All funding, which is central government money dedicated to improve accessible facilities in the rail network. But the Department for Transport decided otherwise. Now campaigners are asking for the system to be reviewed for more devolution, which would allow funding to be distributed according to local needs.

The Man on the Bench at Irlam Station. Photo Laura Joffre

New life-size statue unveiled at Irlam station

The local community gathered at Irlam Station on Monday morning for the unveiling of a new artwork, known as the Man on the Bench. The 200kg life-size statue of an old man resting on a Victorian bench is a bronze cast of a work originally created 40 years ago, by a then pupil of the local high school, Simon Law.

Pupils at Walkden High School

New figures show more than two-thirds of pupils in Salford state secondaries are attending underperforming schools

Almost seven in 10 children in secondary state education in Salford are attending an underperforming school, new figures reveal. The latest school performance tables show that only three state-funded secondary schools in Salford have achieved progress scores above average, while nine showed scores “well below” England levels.

Salford City Council leaves autistic woman without adequate support

Salford City Council leaves autistic woman without adequate support

An autistic woman was left without adequate support for months after Salford City Council failed to carry out its statutory duties. The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman issued a report last week following a complaint by Mrs W, who has not been named, a Salford resident with autism.

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Parents in Irlam are asking for a school bus to end “nightmare” commute for children

Parents from Irlam and Cadishead are calling for a direct school bus service to bring their children to school “safely and on time”. A petition set up three days ago for a school bus to be routed from Irlam and Cadishead to Culcheth High School had already received 137 signatures at the time of writing.