Manchester City Council

Still Batting

Spent two days over the Bank Holiday weekend at Old Trafford watching cricket and might have hoped that today, with the first meeting this Municipal year (which starts in May with the local elections) of the Council's Executive, I might be able to put my footballing woes behind me. Not so.

Once the formalities are done, first item on the agenda is Manchester United's phenomenal success this season. Football loyalties cross political boundaries and here whilst both myself and the Leader of the Opposition are blues both our respective sports and leisure lead members are ardent reds. However today is a time to set aside football tribalism and the sort of banter which is alright in the pub and to unite in congratulating MUFC, in agreeing that fans that weren't able to go to Moscow ought to be able to share in celebrating United's success, and that we will push for a parade so that fans are able to do just that.

If that is first on the agenda, the final item on the public part of the agenda is the UEFA Cup Final. We agree terms of references for an enquiry into events on 14th May which will report back in four weeks times and will give the Manchester public and beyond the full picture of what went on and what lessons we should learn.

There is some more normal Council business including improved relocation assistance for home owners effected by redevelopment, proposals for increased decision making at neighbourhood level, what we are going to do to work with the Co-op to develop a " Co-operative quarter " in the northern part of the city centre, and last and most definitely not least, progress on a multi-BILLION pound contract for disposing of Greater Manchester's rubbish over the next 25 years.

I'm delighted to see the increase in comments on the blog. I'm just wondering for this entry, how many will be on football and how many on the rubbish we throw away rather than the rubbish we watch.

There are 6 responses to “Still Batting”

  1. bicolouredpythonrocksnake Says:

    So the corporatisation of Manchester City Centre proceeds apace. Having created a New York Street (not, admittedly, a bad street) for the bank thereof, we're now going to turn the edge of the Northern Quarter (presumably) into a Co-operative Quarter. Whatever next? Subway Square? Perhaps we could demolish the concrete wall in Piccadilly Gardens to make way for Primark Plaza. Actually, that might be an improvement.

    The Co-operative Building is a Manchester icon, of course, but it's an ageing icon and, if the ground floor is anything to judge by, in urgent need of the kind of renovation we have recently seen at what we are now obliged to refer to as 'City Tower'. It's either that or flatten it - which surely no-one would want.

  2. Ali Abbas Says:

    I'd like to comment on both types of rubbish! First, on football - I'm pleased to see the council will be pushing for a parade to take place, not only for the fans but also for the players, who deserve the chance to properly celebrate their amazing achievements this season.

    On the subject of waste, I understand the waste disposal contract will mean a proportion of our waste will end up being transported to the Wirral to be incinerated in an "energy from waste" plant. If we're serious about tackling climate change, wouldn't it make more sense to treat this waste and landfill it, thus sequestering the carbon, instead of burning it and releasing the carbon dioxide (and other pollutants) into the atmosphere?

  3. Yasmin Zalzala Says:

    May I ask if the over 60's free swimming programme is culturally sensitive i.e. it takes consideration of for example muslim ladies need for strict privacy while swimming?

  4. Vincent Walsh Says:

    This weekend I had a vision - thousands of people gathered together in a public place, all ages, all cultures, some drinking alcohol, some not. No police, no hassles. No cars, lots of bikes. Entertainment provided by the best outdoor performers from across Europe. Fireworks framed a lake as paper lanterns rose into the night sky. Magical…..

    Was it a dream, was I was in France, Germany, Italy, Spain? No I was in Platt Fields Manchester at the Feast organised magnificently by Streets Ahead.

    Congratulations to all involved. Thank you to the Arts Council and Manchester City Council for ensuring the Feast was free and accessible to all.

    Roll on Feast 2009.

  5. eddie flannagan Says:

    Free swimming for all Manchester's 60 Plus Residents is a joint initiative provided by the Council and the Manchester Primary Care Trust, which started on June1st 2008 and will run up to and including 31st May 2009. The scheme gives our over 60's the opportunity to swim for free in Manchester's pools during all public sessions. The free pass can be used during the targeted Women Only Community Swimming Sessions and also the sessions serving the strict needs of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women, including the Muslim Women.
    The Women Only and BME Programme are listed below for information:

    Abraham Moss
    Wellbeing Female Swim Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30
    Social Female Swim Wednesday 19.45 - 20.45

    Wellbeing female Swim Wednesday 19.00 - 20.00

    Women Only Swim Tuesday and Thursday 11.00 - 12.00
    Wellbeing Female Swim Friday 18.00 - 20.00

    Levenshulme Swimming Pool
    Women Only Swim Monday 20.00 - 21.45

    Moss Side
    Female Wellbeing Swim Monday 19.00 - 21.00

    Miles Platting Swimming Pool
    Wellbeing Women Only Swim Thursday 19.00 - 20.00

    Female Wellbeing Swim Tuesday 21.00 - 22.00
    Thursday 20.30 - 22.00

    Forum Leisure
    Female Leisure Swim Monday, Wednesday 11.00 - 12.00

    Manchester Aquatics Centre
    Women Only Swim Friday 19.00 -20.00/20.30-21.30 rds

    Edward Flanagan
    Head of Policy, Performance & Contracts
    Leisure Services
    Manchester City Council

  6. David James Says:

    Shakhtar and Werder will both be looking to become the 38th and final winners of the Uefa Cup at the end of a long European season. Both clubs began their journey in the UEFA Champions League before joining the Uefa Cup at the last 32 stage.



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