Manchester City Council

Song and Dance

Town Hall at 8.30am for the Overview and Scrutiny Co-ordinating Committee which amongst other things agreed the principle that all meetings of subgroups of Scrutiny Committees should be in public. There will of course be exceptions to this.

All Council committees will occasionally go in to private session if they are discussing for example commercially sensitive matters or identifiable individuals but such occasions should be rare. Then it's the Regional Housing Group meeting in Manchester and my last meeting as Chair of the Group. Agenda items include the long-term, the action plan for the recently agreed revised Regional Housing Strategy, and the short-term, responding to the credit crunch.

The big item of the day is the Arts Council's publication of an independent report into the proposal for the Royal Opera House Manchester. The report is both fulsome in its support for the concept, it " has the potential to transform the artistic life of the North West " and become " the most significant artistic development in this country for a generation ", and realistic about the issues that need to be addressed to deliver this ambitious project. We now move to the next stage of planning and I am sure this is absolutely the right time for a project that would not only firmly establish Manchester as a global city of music, adding real value to existing top class facilities, the Bridgewater Hall, the Lowry, the Royal Northern College of Music, Chethams, and top class performers like the Hallé and the BBC Phil (not exhaustive lists!) but would also bring enormous economic benefits, not least around five hundred fte jobs.

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