Manchester City Council

New Faces

In this case two new faces and a couple of people who have been around the Crumpsall patch for a couple of months now. I and my co-Councillors Pritchard and Keegan have met both on our own on a number of occasions but today and yesterday we had the opportunity to reinforce collectively what we see as the priorities for the area.

Yesterday it was the turn of our new neighbourhood-policing Inspector, Kevin Taylor. Crumpsall is a comparatively low crime area but we would still like it to be a lot better. Kevin seems very committed to active and visible policing but we will make sure that, as well as supporting his work, we do hold him to account. Today it's Mark Rainey, acting Regeneration Manager for North Manchester. As Mark works in Hexagon Tower and travels to work by tram he has a good walk through a chunk of Crumpsall and a tiny bit of Blackley Village every day so he has had a first hand look at some of our local issues. He is already up to speed with the regeneration issues for the area and so all that is needed is that bit of reinforcement. It's not just the Councillors talking to them either because we are interested in their perceptions and views, particularly as both bring fresh eyes to the area. The Listening Council in practice.

Earlier this morning I chair the last meeting of the Manchester: Knowledge Capital Board in its current format. One particular pleasure at this meeting was to hear that Manchester, at a major event in China, was awarded the title of Most Admired Knowledge City-region (in the world!) for 2009. The rest of the meeting was the more normal programme, business plan and funding stuff but in case any of you are worrying, M:KC isn't going away - we've just merged the board with the City-regions Economic Commission's Innovation sub-group. There was already substantial overlap of membership and for me it means one less meeting to chair, half the number of meetings, and hopefully even better results.

Also on today's itinerary is an update meeting on design work for new schools. One of them is another issue I have an interest in as a local member, Abraham Moss. The other two are Trinity and the Grange. Our Capital Projects team and our framework partners have really excelled in the work they have done on delivering new and refurbished schools quickly, economically and very well designed. These three are another set of examples of buildings that will not only provide a first class educational environment but will also visually enhance the areas they sit in.

There is one response to “New Faces”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    I may have missed events here, but were we not promised a street named after DC Oake in this area? Did it ever happened? Is it ever going to happen? Would it be possible to be informed of the difficulties if any? Thanks.



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