No not the Daphne du Maurier novel but a street in Crumpsall. Meet this morning with my colleague Councillors, officers from Private Sector Housing and Highways, and Groundwork to discuss an environmental improvement scheme for Rebecca Street and Balfour Street, part of the Crumpsall Green Neighbourhood Renewal Area.
The street is in style unique in Crumpsall and there is real potential to build on this character. Hopefully work will start early in the New Year as well as on another scheme to improve shop frontages on Crumpsall Lane. These are the sorts of relatively small schemes that even if we only had one or two a year slowly help us bring the area up and encourage other property owners to invest in their own land and buildings.
The meeting was at Hexagon Tower in Blackley Village, still home to Avecia and a number of other heirs to the ICI era, but also now home to the Council's North Manchester Regeneration team. This afternoon they invite in representatives of community groups from across North Manchester for a mince pie and a choice of inexpensive tipple to say thank you for the contribution people make on a voluntary basis to making the neighbourhoods in which they live better places.
No need to return to the Town Hall. I can stroll up Delaunays Road and spend a rare hour at home ( probably finishing off reading tomorrow's Executive Committee papers ) before ambling over to the Methodist Church for a Neighbourhood Renewal Area Steering Group meeting and then on to the Cleveland Hotel, not for more inexpensive tippling, but for a meeting of Crumpsall Carnival Committee. Any suggestions that I might then be staggering home are completely without foundation.