Manchester City Council

Investing in the Future

Most of the day has been spent in budget preparations in anticipation of what is expected to be another miserable budget settlement from government due to be announced just before Christmas.

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A Different ( but still excellent ) Green

Start the day in Worsley at a conference on local government strategy. I'm the opening speaker with the subject " bomb to boom ".

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Today's post isn't about tomorrow's election but thought a timely reminder wouldn't go amiss. There is a Police Commissioner election across Greater Manchester. It's important. Whoever gets elected will set policing policy in Manchester for the next four years so please vote.

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Welcome Ideas

Most pleasurable part of yesterday was first the pulling and then the drinking of the " first " pint at the beautifully restored Memorial Hall on Albert Square, formerly the Square Albert and now the Albert Square Chop House. Most interesting part of the day followed a short tram ride to the Quays for a conference organised by Nesta ( National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts - that's everything isn't it? ) on innovation in the north west.

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Energy Management

A break from all things green last night as I did my Advice Bureau but back to climate change this morning at a presentation organised by Constructing Excellence looking at energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings. A bit scary really.

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Fair, Green, Dense

This afternoon I'm at CUBE for the launch of an exhibition called Sustainable Stories ( It runs until next Tuesday ).

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The blog of the leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Richard Leese.

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