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More Important Things

Generally like to keep family and private life private but am going to break my own rule as I'm so excited at becoming a Grandad for the first time. Ava Ellie Leese, born on Tuesday evening at Crumpsall hospital (as were both her parents) and I'm looking forward to lots of lovely Grandfatherly things. The Council hasn't ground to halt as a consequence with a number of interesting meetings today.

About third meeting of the day is the Design Review Board. There is an update and discussion on what we do to reduce carbon emissions from our new buildings, including how we control occupational as well as built in emissions. We also look at Council Houses. New Council Houses that is, as later this year we will be building new Council Houses for the first time since the eighties and I want these to be exemplars from the point of view of sustainability, liveability, cost of operation, and design. Something that will make volume private sector house-builders up their game. Unfortunately the design work so far for bungalows on various sites in the North of the city is very disappointing and unimaginative so some work to be done there.

Straight from there to our regular working group looking at the impact of the recession. The indicators again appear to show we have turned the corner. Grounds for optimism but I'm not going to get too optimistic until we have a few months more positive stats. Some good reports on what the Council is doing directly. Perhaps the most significant is how we are using our purchasing power to support the Manchester economy and there will be a report on that to the next Executive Committee. We've also knocked two weeks off the average time to recruit new staff - a smaller impact but it all helps.

Last meeting I want to mention is an all-party working group overseeing the relocation of staff to First Street to facilitate the restoration of the Town Hall Extension and Central Library. The buildings have been there for 76 years and much of the work to be undertaken is to ensure they are still there in another 76 years - looking after our heritage. But we are also using this as an opportunity to transform how we deliver services to make them more efficient, effective and better value for money, to improve the experience for the service user, and to improve the working experience of our staff. Win, win, win for Council Tax payers, service users, and staff (bearing in mind some people are all three). The changes begin to click in at the beginning of June and you should be seeing lots of information about them between now and then.

There are 12 responses to “More Important Things ”

  1. Jimbo Says:


  2. Simon lyons Says:

    Congratulations hope being a grandad is a lot of fun

  3. Stephanie Says:

    Great News! (did you know that is also the hospital where DC Oake died? - Any chance of naming a street after him as initially promised? Thanks)

  4. ian Says:

    Who was DC Oake

  5. Bill Says:

    Something that will make volume private sector house-builders up their game

    Sadly all the private sector want is profit before anything. I would love you to set tougher regulations but all they do is take it to central government.

  6. JD Says:

    Stephanie, there is a road in North Manchester named in DC Oake's honour. It is called Stephen Oake Close and is off Waterloo Road just past the junction with Elizabeth Street.

  7. Janine Says:

    Lovely news Richard, wishing you lots of cuddles from your first grandchild, enjoy!

  8. Stephanie Says:

    Thank you JD, wonder why the Leader did not acknowledge this previously, in any case that's good news. Thanks JD!

  9. Stephanie Says:

    JD, any idea why it was located there and when it was unveiled? Thanks

  10. Richard Leese Says:

    JD is quicker than me

  11. Stephanie Says:

    Re: DC Stephen Oake

    Mr Leese, could the location be rectified, please?

  12. clare Says:




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