The Real Lives event in Wythenshawe on Monday (covered in today's MEN) was tremendous, with, as intended, real people showing why the real Wythenshawe, not the one so often (mis)represented in the media, does have real cause to celebrate. It was a great honour for me to present the badges to the latest batch of Real Lives Wythenshawe Ambassadors. After that the rest of the week, though very busy, has been a bit more mundane.
Yesterday was the Executive (see executive papers) where the most important item, the City's Climate Change Action Plan, was approved as far as the Council is concerned. The plan is for the city not just the council. Alongside the Council, over two hundred people and organisations have been involved in writing it. It's one of the most inclusive bits of policy development and one of the most ambitious, committing the city to reducing its green house gas emissions by 41% by 2020. Not far behind in importance was the Medium Term Financial Strategy, setting out the approach we are taking to plan for and manage what everybody believes is going to be a tough few years for public expenditure. We might have less money in the future but we do not intend to rein in our ambition for the city and its people.
The previous evening I'd met with the Chair and Chief Executive of The Christie to discuss Proton Therapy, what it is and how we might get it here. By way of contrast, yesterday evening was Crumpsall Green Neighbourhood Renewal Area Steering Group, dealing much more with the nitty-gritty of everyday life in my favourite part of the city. This morning I had the great pleasure of a couple of hours in Warrington for discussions between the North West Development Agency, the Regional Leaders' Board, Government Office North West, and the Homes and Communities Agency about the draft Regional Strategy that will be out for consultation after Christmas and next up is an overview of regeneration in North Manchester.
Have also spent a little bit of time on the National Football Museum but I think that has been adequately reported elsewhere.