Manchester City Council

Climb Every Mountain

The day starts just round the corner from home at Carmel Court. This is sheltered accommodation provided by Manchester Jewish Housing Association, but they are planning to move to another site, still in Crumpsall. I'm there to meet the prospective purchasers of the Holland Road site and to find out what they intend to do with it. Then it's on my bike and a rather breezy ride into the Town Hall. Is it my imagination or is it a lot windier than it used to be.

I have my (ir)regular meeting with the Leader and Chief Executive of Salford, todays agenda including the work's to the Manchester end of Chapel Street and the consequential timing of the closure of Victoria Street to traffic. We also discuss collaborative working on service delivery and the re-siting of the Joseph Brotherton statue, originally in Peel Park, currently on the Manchester bank of the Irwell, and about to swim over to the other side.

Later in the day I meet the Prime Minster of the Netherlands. He is here to promote Anglo-Dutch trade as part of an "ongoing strategic business dialogue". Obviously I'm particularly interested in the business opportunities for Manchester companies in the Netherlands but there are already 48 Dutch owned companies with a presence in the city-region. That goes up temporarily to 55 over the Christmas period, with eleven of the Christmas Market stalls taken by seven Dutch operators. The visit ends with a business reception in the Town Hall, another opportunity to promote Manchester and Manchester business and show that as a city we are open to the world.

There are 9 responses to “Climb Every Mountain”

  1. Nowt New, Then... Says:

    Why can't Albert be moved across the road? That would create a much larger and much more useable open public space in front of the Town Hall. Really lovely monument, iconic even, but he does take up a lot of precious room! Thinking if he could step to one side we could have the possibility of a much more useable, much larger public space. Opportunity for a simply amazing marquee... be it an 'under cover' space for our Xmas market, or an incredible area for MIF for example, and the possibility of holding many other events and festivals, right in the heart of the City Centre, and right in front of the Town Hall, which imho is iconic enough. Wi'out Albert! Nuff said.

  2. Phil Korbel Says:

    Re windier that usual for cycling? It has been pretty breezy over the last month - but I cant decide whether I prefer the tail-wind coming into or out of work - probably the latter. A head wind's never good though - what with the pot-holes and bike-blind drivers... All the same - great to hear that you're still a champion for the humble bicycle...

  3. Hummingbird Says:

    What an absolutely ridiculous suggestion. Turning Albert Square into a theme park? It’s a civic space we should be proud of.

  4. Stuart Corry Says:

    I agree totally with Hummingbird, I feel Albert Sq already has too many events, when "event free" it is the best public area in the city centre for just using just sitting in

  5. Stuart Corry Says:

    Just a quickie about bikes, it would be nice to see even more cycle lanes in the city centre, I would love to drive and ride but watching cyclists struggle every day, really does put stop me doing so, it just looks too dangerous.

  6. Mr X Says:

    Re Albert Sq Xmas market: Can someone turn that singing Moose off already!

  7. Nowt New, Then... Says:

    I don't disagree that a barren Albert Square can be a very pleasant and surprisingly peaceful space, particularly in summer. This indeed is the state of affairs MOST of the year. Events are still a very temporary and occasional intrusion into the status quo, and can attract many thousands of people into the City and from miles around. They can also provide a 'buzz' to the City Centre. For me, and it's only my opinion, old Albert just takes up too much room, space which could be utilised much much more usefully.

    Why should we be too bothered if Alberts massive Memorial were to be moved a few meters? His space could be filled with 'garden displays' created and tended by local volunteer gardeners as a 'for example', or even temporary original sculpture, or why not both! Why can't we replace Albert with a space for 'things' which are annually and seasonally changeing? Stuff which is new, interesting, challengeing, experimental, entertaining, even inspiring? With Media City on the doorstep, why not for TV broadcast opportunities in such a beautiful setting? My original post was not intended to be 'controversial. But, if it provokes debate, fair enough!

    Then... if we relocate ol' Albert can we rename this beautiful space, front of our even more beautiful Town Hall, 'Manchester Square'!?

  8. Hummingbird Says:

    Now I am really depressed... the cost of retaining a Grade ONE listed space is immense. This will be additional cost and an indictment on Manchester's heritage.

  9. now then now thwn Says:

    what manchester needs is a sculpture park



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