Manchester City Council

The Deep South

Otherwise known as Wythenshawe. Went down to Etrop Court in the town centre yesterday to join a South Neighbourhood Team meeting and had a really good hour with them. Geographically they cover a pretty big chunk of the city, stretching from Whalley Range and Fallowfield south to the Cheshire East border, so even in a good hour they only had time to give me a few snapshots of their work, whilst at the same time, leaving a good chunk of time for discussion.

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Party Skills for the End of the World

Friday 7th July, 2017

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Good News

There is some good news but I'll finish with that. I'll start with yesterday's Executive Committee, the first of this municipal year, with as always all the reports available on the Council's website as well as a recording of the livestream.

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Not surprisingly the Council remains preoccupied with building safety, getting materials tested, making sure they complied with regulation and were fitted correctly, making sure buildings are safe including any necessary remedial work, and reassuring residents. As I indicated last week, there will be a full update on the agenda of this week's Executive Committee

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This morning Council Deputy Leader Bernard Priest gave a verbal report to our Neighbourhoods and Environment Scrutiny Committee on what the Council is doing, working with the Fire Service, in the aftermath of the dreadful Grenfell Tower Fire, to ensure all the tower blocks in the city are safe, that residents and workers are reassured, and clear advice is given on what to do in the event of a fire.

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The Blog is Back

The General Election is over which means I can return to blogging although, after a quite remarkable night, it might not be too long before we have another general election, and as a consequence another period of purdah.

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General Election

The rules around publicity during election periods mean that the blog is now suspended and will return on June 9th.

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Maggie, Maggie, Maggie

For some reason the name Maggie has long held negative connotations for me but after a visit to the Maggie's Centre at the Christie this morning, that will have to change. Janine Watson, a former Head of Press at the Council and now, in retirement, a board member at Maggie's invited me to go and have a look. It's a beautiful building, designed by another former Council employee, Norman Foster.

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As a change from blogging on trains, this post comes from Austin,Texas where I'm at the airport and about to start the long journey back to Manchester via Atlanta. I arrived in Austin on Saturday evening to take part in a delegation organised with the Department of International Trade and the British Consulate in Houston to the digital industries part of South by Southwest(SXSW).

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Urban Density -v- Suburban Sprawl

Today's post has been prompted by Allied London's Trinity Islands planning submission but is more in response to a rather melodramatic press release from Heritage England a couple of weeks ago. Now I know this is an area where some people think I shouldn't have opinions - unless ito agree with them, but tough. And although I have no role in determining planning applications in Manchester, I do want to contest the notion that our planners have a relaxed attitude to planning in the city centre. Just talk to the architects designing here about the work they have to do to satisfy planners before they even submit an application.

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