Manchester City Council

The School " Run "

Will be taking a short break from tomorrow teatime so this will probably be the last blog of 2015. Tomorrow, Executive Members will be meeting to work on the Council's 2016/7 budget now that we have our provisional grant settlement issued last week. Our aim is to publish a one year draft budget in the middle of January which will give four weeks of consultation before the Executive agrees on its budget recommendations to the Council.

This morning we had the regular meeting of the City Centre Infrastructure Working Party which tries to take an overview of the major projects underway and to make sure they are managed in a way that minimises disruption. By far the biggest project is Metrolink's second city crossing. The route from Victoria to Exchange Square is now complete and we will see other sections completed as 2016 progresses including the new St Peter's Square stop late summer.

There have inevitably been some congestion problems although my journey ( on my bike )into the town hall today and yesterday mornings was remarkably traffic free. Why? Because schools are on holiday! The sink hole on the Mancunian Way might have caused a few problems, but nothing compared to that caused by thousands of young people being ferried to school every morning. We really do need to find a way back to kids walking to school, which would seriously relieve congestion, diminish the anti-social behaviour we find around virtually every primary school each school day morning and afternoon, and would be safer and healthier.

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