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City news in 250 words: Monday 6 September

Salford needs saving, new schools open and penny-farthing fun

Published on September 6th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Monday 6 September

SAVE SALFORD MAGISTRATES’ COURT: A bid to keep Salford Magistrates’ Court open is being presented to the government today. The Ministry of Justice plans to close 103 courthouses as part of cost-saving measures. The closure would see cases moved to the Manchester Justice Centre. Salford City Council has made plans to save the building, which it argues would cost less.

SAVE SALFORD MATERNITY UNIT: A rally took place this weekend in protest against the proposed closure of the maternity unit at Salford Royal Hospital. The unit is due to close next year as part of the re-organisation of maternity care across Greater Manchester .Campaigners say women should not be forced to travel outside the city to give birth.

FIVE NEW ACADEMIES AND TWO SCHOOLS are to open in Manchester this month. The £146m investment will see Manchester Communication Academy in Harpurhey, The East Manchester Academy in Beswick, The Co-operative Academy of Manchester in Higher Blackley, The Manchester Health Academy in Wythenshawe and Manchester Enterprise Academy in Wythenshawe offering new ways of educating young people with a focus on business skills. Burnage Media and Arts College and Park View Community School in Miles Platting will be the first new secondary schools in the city for more than 25 years.

PENNY-FARTHING RACE: Penny-farthing riders from around the world joined the 1km Knutsford Great Race this weekend. The bicycles feature large front wheels and much smaller rear wheels. Cyclists gathered for the three hour race, which is only held once every 10 years.

Out of the window weather forecast: “Summer is over” says the Met Office today as we begin the sixth day of September, AKA the beginning of autumn. Someone deserves a pay rise over at Met Office HQ.

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