Thank you to everyone who gave us their comments during the June consultation period. This has been taken into consideration for the final design stage and programme.
How we shared the information
We shared the information through:
- a formal press release
- a half-page story highlighting the proposal and drop-in sessions in the Manchester Evening News and Manchester Confidential
- leaflets distributed in the local area
- four drop-in sessions at Gorton Library, Gorton Market, Belle Vue Leisure Centre and Mount Road Sure Start Centre
- this website showing the plans and inviting comment
- information circulated through Gorton All Together.
We got 96 responses in total.
Where relevant we have sent email replies, or talked on the phone, to those who commented. We received some opinions that were not requesting a response, but providing comment on the proposals.
We had positive comments acknowledging the improved quality of the proposed scheme, including the National Speedway Stadium and Academy, National Basketball Performance Centre, the two 3G artificial pitches and the improved Belle Vue Leisure Centre.
Comments were focused around:
- Local benefit that would come from this proposed project, such as jobs and facilities for the community
- Much needed fit-for-purpose facilities
- A range of activities available in one area
- The proposed timetable for the project.
We also had some negative feedback related to the proposed project. Comments were focused around:
- Noise created on event days
- Potential parking issues
- Potential traffic congestion issues.
A full planning application has now been submitted. You can see the latest progress of the planning application at www.manchester.gov.uk/planning/publicaccess, search for planning application reference 106133/VO/2014/N2