The Daily Grind
After all the talk earlier in the week about far away and exotic Los Angeles, today is a harsh reminder of the more usual day-to-day life of a Council Leader. The day doesn't start well.
First meeting is at 11am so I log on at home and start working through my e-mails whilst I wait for a break in the weather before cycling into town. Thunder and lightning over, the dark grey sky goes to light grey, and I seize my chance. Not quick enough though, as half way down Cheetham Hill Road the heavens open yet again and I arrive at the Town Hall drenched.
The 11am meeting is ok dealing with the Regional (i.e City) Centre Transport Strategy which is being prepared for public consultation beginning September. Lots of good things in there, but also a reminder of how many schemes now won't take place as a result of the demise of TIF. Then it's papers, papers, papers.
Tomorrow's AGMA Executive papers, the draft response to a Greater Manchester Challenge paper on Local Authorities' role in educational improvement, Manchester LSP's comprehensive area assessment locality self-evaluation, National Affordable Housing Programme new build competition first round bid, and at least a half-dozen similarly weighty (I mean amount of paper here) tomes. Wonder if as many people volunteer to read this lot for me as want to represent the city in LA?
A quick mention of one thing from yesterday and not the Residents Association meeting I turned up a week early for. Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport in the Scottish Executive, paid us a visit looking to learn from our Commonwealth Games experience how they can deliver a lasting legacy from the games to be held in Glasgow in 2014. A pleasant reminder of that glorious couple of weeks, almost exactly seven years ago (and with similar weather) and an example of how cities can help each other by working together.