Summer in Salford + the Crane Count

Wednesday 16th May, 2018


The blog has taken its annual election period long holiday but with elections now, from my point of view, successfully over ( full results on the Council website ), I intend to resume a reasonably regular day-in-the-Life of a Council Leader. Today is the Council’s AGM where June Hitchen will be made Lord Mayor for the coming year, with, as with all Council meetings, live streamed coverage.

A couple of visits this week. On Monday I completed my tour of Revs and Bens at Alexandra House in Moss Side, followed by a good walk back to the Town Hall through a very much regenerated Hulme. A big thank you to all the staff who spoke to me there for giving me some of their time.

Yesterday I visited the School of the Built Environment and the School of Health and Society at the University of Salford, a visit hosted by Hisham Elkadi and Margaret Rowe, both of whom were part of a very successful visit to Wuhan earlier in the year. An hour and a half is not really anywhere near long enough to do justice to the work they are doing but did manage to squash in a Think Lab presentation, the Energy House, and in health, a Simulation Lab demonstration.

The visit gave me my fact for the day as looking out over the city from the 7th floor of the Maxwell building I was informed that there are now more cranes over Manchester than any other city in Europe except London. Walking between buildings across the campus I also learnt a little of the challenges the University and colleagues at Salford Council face in master-planning the area then delivering those plans over the the next two decades. The visit was capped off with another walk in the sun, this time down the Crescent and Chapel Street back to the Town Hall.

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