Manchester City Council

Twenty Eight Years later

A pleasant start to the day, in Blackley Village, for the opening of a new Co-op shop, just a few metres down the road from the old Blackley Co-op building which closed, I'm reliably informed by long-standing village residents, twenty eight years ago.

The then Council ( before my time ! ) had demolished most of the village centre, and when Blackley Village was joined with Crumpsall for council election purposes in 2004, not much had changed since then. We have been working hard with the Blackley Village Residents Association, developing a Blackley Village plan, to bring life and vitality back to the heart of the village. The banking crisis, the subsequent recession, and the current cuts in public expenditure haven't made the task an easy one but an independent pharmacy opened last year, and now the Co-op is a very significant and welcome contribution to the revival of the village. Next year work should start on a replacement school building for Pikefold Primary School, moving the school from its current quite isolated site and uniting it with its nursery ( currently half a mile away from the main site ) again right in the heart of Blackley Village. Slow yes, but at last we are getting there.

A very different setting this afternoon, the Communities and Local Government department in London, when, along with other leaders of riot affected towns, I will be meeting with Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, to discuss the aftermath of those dreadful events. In Manchester, partners have come together to promote a very rapid recovery in economic terms, but there are a whole range of issues, support for business, police numbers, unemployment and particularly training support for young people etc that need to be looked at. I'm hoping for a full and frank discussion but am not raising my expectations too high of a meeting of minds.

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  1. ctx Says:

    I remember the old village as it was as I attended the nursery off Domett st. Then later attended Pikefold school. Tragedy nearly struck our family as we were trapped in the upstairs flat above the butchers which was almost opposite "Ye Olde Golden Lion" pub which is still there.
    A fire broke out in the kitchen almost trapping us. the only way out was in the kitchen. Flames blew open the living room door, my mam carrying my baby brother and having to drag a screaming 4 yr old out who froze at the sight of the flames, got us out by running for the backdoor. That was 40 years ago and that memory still lingers on.



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