Manchester City Council

Buildings and Boats, Brussels and Bands

This morning is a presentation from developers ASK on progress with Castlefield Quay, the area either side of the viaduct, across the road from the Beetham Tower. Public consultation will follow but I'm sure that those who live and work in that part of the city centre will welcome not only the retention of the open space alongside the canal but that it will be made accessible and with through pedestrian routes on that side of the canal.

Manchester is a member of the Executive of Eurocities, the network of large cities in Europe, where we are carrying out a business review. This lunchtime is a lengthy telephone interview about what I think is right and what needs to change with the current organisation. The day ends mixing business with pleasure when the Town Hall hosts a fund-raising event for Manchester music institution, the Band on the Wall. Currently closed for major expansion and refurbishment we can look forward to a spectacular re-opening early next year. There is an excellent turn out, and hopefully Band on the Wall staff and volunteers are able to entice some practical support i.e. money!

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