Wild in Wythenshawe

As mentioned yesterday, the last meeting of the year of the City Council's Executive Committee is this morning. Two of the items on the agenda, one regarding directly elected mayors, the other the Darra Singh interim report into this summer's " riots ", have already been widely discussed in the media so there is little to add here. The general consensus is that a directly elected mayor is a solution to problem Manchester hasn't got, and not necessarily a very good solution anyway. The Riots report is consistent with the evidence we gave to the Inquiry. As always, there are lessons to be learnt, but the Manchester response, community and Council, comes out pretty well.

A couple of reports that might not attract the headlines are one on Safeguarding Adults, and another on a local nature reserve. A lot of work is being done on safeguarding vulnerable adults, on a similar basis to what is already standard practice for children. Today's report indicates that good progreess is being made on putting robust safeguarding arrangements in place, but as always there is more to do. The other report asks us to declare a local nature reserve covering a big chunk of Wythenshawe Park. This just about takes us up to meeting the recommended standard for the number of hectares of local nature reserve per head of population, and there are a number of other proposals in the pipeline. Related to this, we will have an update of our biodiversity strategy ready for publication early in the new year.

Talking about new year, this will almost certainly be my last post until 2012. 2011 has been a hard year so thanks to everybody in the city for their contribution to ensuring that even in tought times Manchester is not only surviving but is still on the up. And for 2012, as one of our superstar phycisists knows only to well, things can only get better so with that can I wish everybody reading this a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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There are 5 responses to “Wild in Wythenshawe”

  1. frank Says:

    Are we in china The leaders blog

  2. Nowt New, Then... Says:

    Can I please use this opportunity to message the very many good people who used to work for Manchester City Council until the staff cull of 2011. I hope that you and yours had a good Xmas, and best wishes to all, including former colleagues, for a happier, healthier and more prosperous year in 2012!

  3. Dave Bishop Says:

    I applaud the decision to declare part of Wythenshawe Park a nature reserve. Nevertheless, I believe that we have a biodiversity crisis in this city. Thirty nine years ago, when I first moved to South Manchester, it was remarkably rich in wildlife - but far too much of that richness has been lost - and we're still losing it at an accelerating rate! First, none of our green spaces seem to be safe from development. For example Lower Hardy Farm, in the Mersey Valley, should have been (in my opinion) one of our premier SBIs - but it's currently having Metrolink driven through it.
    Second, I can't think of a single spot in South Manchester which is currently being actively managed for biodiversity - most are now overgrown tangles (please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). Most of the agencies who are responsible for managing our pitiful handful of biodiverse areas seem to take a delight in using methods of management which are actively detrimental to wildlife.
    It's all very, very depressing - perhaps the new biodiversity strategy will shine some light into a very dark tunnel!

  4. Barry Cox Says:

    I see no purpose for an elected mayor - We have already elected a council. A new elected leader will either come with the same ideas as the council and therefore be of no worth, or come with different ideas and continuously be in contention with the council. An elected Mayor will just lead to wasted time on vital decisions and wasted money we could spend on real investment.

  5. Rory mcloughlin Says:

    I too can see little benefit in having an elected mayor with the present system of boundaries. Manchester is more then the area within the official city limits, and keeping out Salford, which hares the same CBD, together with the northern parts of Trafford, makes little sense. A mayor is not the pressing issue, changing the boundaries and bringing together the city zone is much more beneficial.