Manchester City Council

What's Goin' On

Sure I must have used that title before in which case it can be thought of as a re-issue. Spend the afternoon at the Civil Justice Centre - still my favourite new building in the city centre -

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Improvisation

Have been enjoying bits of Manchester Jazz Festival this week (on until Saturday) helped enormously by the festival tent being parked right outside the Town Hall in Albert Square.

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Pearly Gates Jammed

Spent much of yesterday afternoon and all of this morning in session with the rest of the jury trying to pick a winner of the international competition to re-design St. Peters Square.

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Roy Oldham

This morning I go to St Michael and All Angels Church in Mottram in Longdendale for the funeral service and celebration of the life of Roy Oldham, who for thirty years was leader of Tameside Council, the longest serving Leader in the country, and who represented Longdendale on that council and its predecessor for forty four years in total.

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Wet and Windy

Going to try to be very careful with my spelling today as want no more corrective e-mails from a retired Deputy Leader who is no doubt basking in the French sunshine as she picks on my miner error.

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We Live in Hope

8am and it is the quarterly meeting of the Manchester Board, the body that brings together key partners to look after the delivery of the Manchester Community Strategy, the city's long-term vision for the future.

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A test of stamina

Started the day at a Greater Manchester Commission for the New Economy away day. Commission staff had entered two teams in the Great Manchester Run raising in the process over £3500 for Christie's and their Chief Exec asked me to go down and hand out some certificates and other awards which I was delighted to do.

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Leather on Willow

A very busy start to the week beginning with a meeting of Cheetham and Crumpsall Councillors with the Executive Member for Childrens Services regarding primary school places, or rather the lack of primary school places in the area we represent.

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What future for the ******

It was the AGM of 4NW the ******al Leaders Board this morning over at Manchester Central. We last met three weeks ago in Wigan and discussed what sort of arrangements we needed to support economic development in the ****** in the future and what future there was if any for 4NW itself.

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