Manchester City Council

Working with Salford

One of our regular meetings today with the Leader and Chief Executive of Salford taking forward our joint working to improve the lives of our communities.

After the disappointment of our big lottery bid for the Irwell River park being turned down we are determined to find alternative ways to take this exciting proposal to open up the river and make where our cities join one of our most attractive features forward. This should be a fantastic asset for the city centre.

Rivers are the focal point for so many cities - the Seine in Paris, the Thames in London yet the River Irwell has only really been fully exploited in beer adverts on television. I have great respect for what entrepreneurs like Jim Ramsbottom have done in leading the way [the Mark Addy, Dukes 92 and much of the restoration of historical buildings for commercial use in Castlefield]. It's great to see the new waterway around Bridgewater Hall, and the developing plans in New Islington and New East Manchester.  Our rivers and canals now need to work for us in a different way and that is beginning to happen!

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