A very quiet and relatively routine Council Executive meeting this morning. Most of the more interesting items - Eastlands, High Speed Rail, the consultation on the location in St.Peter's Square of the Cenotaph - have all been widely reported already, and the full agenda is available as always on the Council's web-site. Will comment on one late item not least because it's good news and we need all of that we can get.
Very late in the financial year there is in opportunity through Great Places Housing Association to draw down funding from the Homes and Community Agency for forty three new homes on the site of the former North Ridge High School on Palmerston Street which is I would guess is geographically on the Ancoats/Beswick border. Thirty three of the proposed homes are for social rent, the other ten for shared ownership/equity. Significant progress has to be made before the end of March, hence taking it as an urgent item this morning. The new homes are clearly good news but it also shows the importance of having plans and schemes in place that can be brought forward at the drop of a hat.
The Council's budget for the next year might now be fixed but there is far more work to do to deliver it. This afternoon Executive Members meet with senior officers to go through detailed delivery plans still in draft form at the moment, and the timetable of meetings we will need between now and November to stay on top of what will be a difficult and complex process. It is a process which of course has already begun, and this morning after Executive, our Personnel Committee meets to consider a number of major restructuring reports for Childrens Services, the Corporate Core, and Neighbourhood Services, all part of budget implimentation.
For a complete change, tonight I'm at City Tower with Michael Oglesby from Bruntwood, Nancy Rothwell and other colleagues from Manchester University, along with a few more interested parties to discuss the Ecocities project. Some timely and shocking reminders from around the world at the moment of the necessity of building a low-carbon future and at the same time dealing with the climate change impacts it's already too late to stop.