Manchester City Council

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

After another fantastic season (despite all our economic worries), the Christmas markets are gone and cleansing staff are busy hosing down Albert Square and the other market sites ready for the quiet of Christmas and the boisterousness of the New Year.

It's been an interesting year to say the least - national figures that show that we are making serious inroads into deprivation in Manchester; we've had the casino debacle and the TIF disaster; new owners for Manchester City; a remarkable year for Manchester based sports people, especially our cyclists; the end of the housing boom, at least for a while; Manchester University fourth best in the country for research; the West Coast mainline upgrades finished. I could go on with a very long round-up of Manchester 2008 but if I did what it would show is that there has been more good than bad and that there is still a lot to look forward to in the New Year alongside the very obvious struggles the economic downturn is already creating.

Manchester still has a proud record of diversity mixed with inclusiveness, of having a can-do approach, of building on our considerable assets, of looking after those most in need, and as long as we maintain that desire to overcome what ever the world throws at us, that desire to succeed, we can continue to build a prosperous, sustainable and happy city. I look forward to the Council continuing to work with every citizen and every enterprise to make Manchester a better city and one that all Mancunians benefit from.

So have a great Christmas and New Year and the blog will be back around January 5th.

There are 2 responses to “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”

  1. Dave D Says:

    I agree this was the best Christmas for Mancunians in a long time. We didn't need a casino, we CERTAINLY didn't want the TIF (I agree with you on it being a complete disaster) and now People outside the city feel more compelled to invest like in Manchester City FC. I wonder how much investment would have come to the city if the TIF had benn voted in? .... Rats and sinking ships come to mind.

  2. Mike George Says:

    Hello Sir Richard
    I wonder if you might have a new year message for listeners to ALLfm and WFM after 5th January? I present the Community Focus Show on Mondays from 10 until 11am at ALLfm in Levenshulme and the Thursday Drivetime at WFM in Wythenshawe and would welcome the opportunity for an interview for listeners' interest and encouragement for the trying and challenging times ahead. I can be contacted on 07798948052



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