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New Ground

With the launch of " High Speed 2 : Get Ready " the report of the HS2 Growth Taskforce this morning its tempting to use this post just for that. But I won't. It, along with the Higgins report published on Monday, is important not least because we are now moving past having to make the case for the new North-South rail network ( although some diehards will never be convinced whatever the evidence - see comments on last blog ) to looking how we maximise the economic and social benefits from what should become the new spine of a 21st century integrated national rail network. However other things have happened this week.

Both the Manchester Growth Company and our Strategic Education Partnership met on Tuesday, followed by the Health and Well-being Board on Wednesday. There was an interesting and important report on the board's agenda looking at health and work. Being out of work damages your health, and if you're out of work through ill-health, there's a catch-22 that being out of work often makes your health worse. What we need to do, and it will require an enormous operational and cultural shift, is to make work a health outcome. Prescribing jobs on the NHS might be a bit difficult but that's the sort of direction we need to go in.

Got to mention Central Library which re-opens to the public tomorrow. Prepare to be amazed!

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There are 5 responses to “New Ground”

  1. Matt B Says:

    Please keep up the work on HS2 Mr Leese. You are leading from the front with Manchester to secure HS2 for the North, as the 'Supersonic' article in the Economist today makes clear.

  2. noodles Says:

    The 'new' central library is excellent. A great balance of the old and new, and a nice cafe as well. Now I just need to find a few hours to have a good potter around.

  3. interested manc Says:

    I visited Central Library on Saturday and was overwhelmed by what has been done. The building has been an ever constant in my life and of great emotional significance... I studied for my A Levels in the old technical library, I used to meet my first girl friend in the cafe and my first experiences of going to the theatre were in the basement.

    What has been done to the building is truly stunning. Whilst it is now state of the art with incredible interactive access to cataloguing, historical archives etc etc, it has also kept the heart of what the building has always been; an imposing, beautiful place of learning.

    I know I'm gushing a bit and I don't care. The rennovation has improved something, that, as a Mancunian, is dear to my heart. It's a building we can all be proud of.

    Can't wait to see if the new theatre and Cornerhouse development top the achievement by creating a cultural hub as good as the Library- after what I saw over the weekend, I'm hopeful.

  4. D Says:

    Just to echo what has already been said. The new Central Library is STUNNING.

    It is part of what MCC does well - investing in the city's infrastructure for future generations.

  5. D Says:

    Sir Richard - what are your views on the recent disclosure that HS2 will not link with HS1? To me this is barmy... I thought HS2 was about creating a high-speed network, rather than isolated lines. Surprised that particular revelation went so quietly with hardly any media attention.

    Look forward to your views!




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