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The Council & democracy A budget based on what you said

Your priorities: parks and leisure

Residents were clear in our budget consultation that leisure and parks are some of the most highly valued services. They want activities to help them stay healthy and they want green, safe parks at the heart of their neighbourhoods with events and things to do.

As well as avoiding cuts in the overall parks budget for the next three years we will also target investment at improvements so that green spaces in every ward of the city can benefit.

Sport and leisure services will make up to £100,000 of energy efficiency savings in the next three years thanks to measures such as new combined heat and power schemes at leisure sites including Manchester Aquatics Centre, Northcity and Wythenshawe Forum. We'll further reduce our carbon footprint with solar panels.

£23.6m will fully refurbish Moss Side leisure centre and completely rebuild Abraham Moss.

With the Football Association, we will work to attract £13m for football facilities including pitches, changing rooms and education suites at several sites across the city as part of the their plan to transform the grassroots of the game.

£20.5m of capital investment in parks will focus on three priorities:

  • at Heaton Park: developing the historic 18th century hall, the stables and the lakes in the grounds;
  • at Wythenshawe: developing the park and restoring the hall; and
  • across the whole city: improving the quality of community and local parks, green spaces and allotments.

We're looking for partners and funders to work with us, as the Heritage Lottery Fund does, to secure the £12.5m that will develop and improve parks in line with our new 10-year park strategy. Residents and others who care about our parks will help develop an action plan for each of the city’s individual parks.

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