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.