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And now for something a bit more harmonious

I don't usually do two posts in one day but thought I would keep what is a good news story separate from the gloom of benefit cuts. I'm not a historian so I'm not going to make claims to know exactly where the industrial revolution started. I do know that the Castlefield Basin, the Bridgewater Canal and Ancoats all played a significant part in that early history. Ancoats, between Redvale Street and Oldham Road, has a number of major buildings that are part of that heritage- from the magnificent mill buildings, the oldest dating back to the eighteenth century through to the city's earliest Council housing at Victoria Square and Anita and George Leigh Streets.

The attempted restoration and regeneration of this incredible area began in the nineteen nineties with the Ancoats Building Preservation Trust and the Ancoats Urban Village Company. Progress has been slow but progress there has been. Yesterday saw one very important piece of progress when the Halle Orchestra invited guests into their " new " rehearsal space in the former St.Peter's Church. Saving this beautiful building was an early Ancoats Urban Village project but it has taken a long time to find a suitable use for it. The restored mid-nineteenth century building, a relic of the time when fifty thousand people lived in Ancoats, looks lovely, and now will be the home to beautiful music.

A reminder that you can join a Q and A next Monday, 8th April between 6 and 7pm at #AskTheLeader.

There are 2 responses to “ And now for something a bit more harmonious”

  1. Sam Darby Says:

    It's good that a beautiful building shoud be preseved and should contribute to the cultural life and cultural development of the people of Manchester. By now Richard you will have anticipated my 'but' and this but relates to the Council proposal to close a very modern 1974 building but pleasant public library in Burnage. This library has an important contribution to make to meeting the educational needs of the people of Burnage, but it too make a contribution to their cultural needs and development. It is through literature , books, music, CDs, theatre, DVDs, that our people learn to relate, bond sympathise, be tolerant and understand others. Our library is central to our community and its closure is overwhelmingly opposed by the people of Burnage. If libraries were of no use, then all the libraries in Manchester would be closed. Wth a higher incidence of child poverty than the British average, we must keep the library and even develop its services further. Please.

  2. fundingcuts Says:

    Sam - the government in their wisdom have severely cut the amount of funding MCC has to spend on such things as you no doubt are aware, what are MCC to do other than cut these thinhs - which yes give a lot but atre not as fundamental as spending on cghildren/vital services etc. I am pretty sure that SRL would prefer that libraries did not close. I am not sure though why colunteers haven't been looked at in respect to libraries (like they do in Cheshire and elsehwere); recognising of course that reduced staff costs cannot save all libraries! More work has to be done to promote the online aspects of libraries and also why not some library book pickup points rather than libraries per se



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