Probably the shortest 'ordinary' meeting ever of the Council's Executive Committee this morning. Last time's bumper agenda was followed by an exceedingly thin one, though it still contained some significant items like £10m added to the capital programme to make some inroads in to the demand for additional primary school places.
It wasn't that long ago that all we ever did was to close or merge primary schools because of falling roles. Now, after forty years plus of population decline, we've had a decade of population growth. That's good news for the long-term future of the city and the many neighbourhoods that just a few years ago were low to no demand, but does bring some problems including the need for more school places.
Also on the agenda was a report about supermarkets to serve the city centre and adjacent areas. The still growing city centre and city centre fringe population means, according to an independent study, we can accommodate two more large supermarkets on the fringe of the city centre. The report now goes out for consultation but the preferred locations, on the basis of a range of factors including regeneration contribution, are at 1st Street and at Central Retail Park on Great Ancoats Street.