Manchester City Council


First of all, an apology. Just found that there is a problem with the Council web page and that it's not been possible to leave comments for quite a while. We're working to fix it but in the meantime you can email me at 

Having said that I've just got back from 10 days holiday - no emails, no work texts, a real holiday - and of course now have a massive backlog to clear. I'm working on that too but might take a while not least as they're currently accumulating faster than I can read them.

Most of my recent posts have been opinion pieces. I've got another of those in the pipeline but am going to revert to the occasional post about what I do. Judging by my messages people seem to think I'm responsible for everything, from parking fines ( which I'm not ) through to zero carbon ( which I am, but so are you, but I don't lead on it for the Council ). I don't have a typical day so I thought I'd just run through yesterday.

Have a lot of papers to read. Used to do it late at night but now prefer early morning so at 6.30 was reading the papers for two board meetings later in the day. Holiday also means I've got a backlog of reading, but I do tend to be  very last minute anyway. 8.45, phone call with one of our NHS Trust CEOs followed by the tram into town and a routine weekly meeting with the GM Mayor, the other Deputy Mayor,  and the Combined Authority Chief Exec. 

Just after 12 I was in Boggart Hole Clough, one of the many wonderful parks we apparently don't have, for a lovely tree planting ceremony in commemoration of former Charlestown Councillor, Mark Hackett. Back at the Town Hall for 1.30 for an Airport Board meeting. We meet physically every 2 months and in between by teleconference. This was the teleconference. More telephone calls - with a senior planner, with the Chair of one of our Scrutiny Committees. A number of Executive reports read and cleared that are going to Scrutiny next week. Quick separate  meetings  with four other Executive members, and even the odd email read.

At 3.30 a frustrating introductory meeting with the new Chief Executive of Network Rail. He was late. He came by train. Spent about 40 minutes explaining why nothing much was going to happen with Piccadilly Station or Oxford Road Station anytime soon. Back to Churchgate House at 4.30 for the Combined Authority Growth Board which I chair and where the main agenda item was implementation of the local industrial strategy.

6.00 and a meeting in the Town Hall with councillors from a couple of wards and then finally at 7pm the monthly meeting of the Labour Group. These alternate between a business meeting the night  before Council and policy meetings. Last night's was a policy meeting where the main item was a zero carbon discussion led by the Executive Member for Environment, Angeliki Stogia. Angeliki set out what the Council is doing directly ( a lot, but we need to do more ) and what the rest of the city is doing ( nowhere near enough ). People and organisations engaged with the Manchester Climate Change Agency account for barely a quarter of the city's emissions and a priority for all stakeholders is to find ways of engaging with the other 75%. 

Pub. Tram home.




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