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Mi oh MIER

Think I'm blogging to myself at the moment

as problems with the Council's computer systems mean that none of my recent attempts have been posted yet so this will probably come as part of a simultaneously posted string of entries. The MIER, Manchester Independent Economic Review that is, team are currently touring Greater Manchester Councils telling us about what is the largest independent review ever carried out into the sub-regional economy, indeed it is probably without precedent anywhere in the UK. Today they are in Manchester telling us about the baseline study and the outcomes from the first two of a number of reports commissioned as part of the review, these two dealing with investment and skills. The good news is that although like everywhere else we are suffering from the recession, our economic performance has improved significantly over the last decade and Greater Manchester does have the potential to be an alternative growth pole to London and the South East, although nowhere near on the same scale. This won't happen by accident and the conurbation is going to have to work together even more effectively and show real leadership if we are to approach the potential that exists.

Was in two minds whether or not to mention the crest as hopefully a full history will be appearing soon on the Council's website. But I've started now so just a quick word. I've traced the story back to 1301 and the township of Manchester, a bit further back than the 166 years since the borough of Manchester was awarded a coat of arms. At any given time many versions of the crest have been in use - just look at those used in the building of the Town Hall for example - and it has been modified on many occasions, the last significant redesign being in 1978. The horrible simplified version used currently on Council letter headings came some time after that. We are not doing one of those major image redesigns so popular with many other places. We are looking to build on the historic design to devise a version suitable for everyday presentation of twenty first century Manchester, a version that would be instantly recognisable, which the current blodge isn't. A traditional version, or more accurately versions, would remain for formal and civic use eg we won't be changing the coat of arms in the Council Chamber. We will experiment with this and will phase any changes in over time. We aren't spending lots of money on it and we aren't going to dump lots of existing materials to make way for it.

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There are 4 responses to “ Mi oh MIER”

  1. George Rayner Says:

    "...Manchester does have the potential to be an alternative growth pole to London and the South East, although nowhere near on the same scale. This won't happen by accident and the conurbation is going to have to work together even more effectively and show real leadership if we are to approach the potential that exists..."
    Not with your current parking policy. I was in Manchester last week for a show at the Royal Exchange, we went to eat in the Northern quarter, after the show. As it was gone 10pm at night and there were no parking spaces available I, wrongly, parked in one of the numerous disabled parking spots that were free. At 10.27 two parking attendants on bikes gave me a ticket. A fair cop, you may say, but when I said "I'll leave it for now" I was threatened with having the car towed away. I moved the car 4 or 5 places down the road to a space which was now free. Aren't disabled badge holders allowed to park on double yellow lines anyway, why do they need specific spaces? I have paid my fine but am left with a bad taste about going out in manchester. Economic Recovery:- no chance with the attitude shown to the to the spending public by the parking attendants.

  2. Matt Says:

    George are for real?

  3. Richard Leese Says:

    Fortunately our economic recovery doesn't depend on inconsiderate people parking illegally in Disabled People's spaces

  4. Stephanie Says:

    Why is it that people who do wrong in the first place have the nerve to think they should get away with it?

    George, unless you are disabled yourself (which you did not say) going out in Manchester DOES NOT allow you to park anywhere anyhow!!

 

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