Not talking about the City Centre because of course throughout the trials of the last week or so the Council has had to keep delivering services as if nothing had happened. Yesterday was much more a routine day to the extent that I can describe any day in the Town Hall as routine as no two days are ever the same. Early on I meet the Director of Neighbourhood Services talking about car parking and then progress on the development of the National Football Museum at URBIS.
Later a relatively regular meeting with the Secretary of the Trade Union Forum, giving an update on where we are up to with implementing the 2011/2/3 budget with a particular emphasis on " people " issues, reassuring myself that Trade Unions are being properly involved, and getting some feed back from a union member perspective on what is to say the least a very difficult time for many of our employees. I do an interview with the Deputy Editor of the Local Government Chronicle, but not on this occasion for that esteemed publication, but for a post graduate course he is doing. I always try and meet requests for help, information, interviews etc from students though it's not always possible.
The afternoon sees the monthly meeting of the still relatively new Local Enterprise Partnership with an agenda looking amongst other things the work done by the Manchester family of companies ( MIDAS, Marketing Manchester, Manchester Solutions and New Economy ), Daresbury, plans for NWDA land and property assets in the North West, the Greater Manchester Climate Change strategy, and Atlantic Gateway. We then move on to a discussion about the all important issue of skills, and how we can establish city-region wide partnership that increases skill levels across the conurbation supporting sustainable economic growth and the ability of our citizens to benefit from it . I return to a couple of city centre issues, Victoria Street and the Cocozza Wood building before an evening which sees me at Catherine Road Residents Association where the big issues are bins, in particular the apparent inability of some of the people in the area to use the right bin for the right things, and, a Crumpsall perennial, private landlords, although in this case and for a pleasant change mainly getting some good news about a landlord investing in their property ( after much " prompting " from the Council's private sector housing team ).