Tag Archives: Manchester City Council

What kind of a city and region do we want?

Success as building frenzy: the Manchester model Someone once told me that for Sir Howard Bernstein, the retiring Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, his measure of success was the number of cranes visible on the city’s skyline. True or … Continue reading

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The Open Veins of Greater Manchester

In Greater Manchester and the North (which we now have to call the Northern Powerhouse) new investment is coming. New transport minister, Patrick McLoughlin, has confirmed that HS2 (the Y shaped high speed railway with its foot in London and … Continue reading

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Greater Manchester Pension Fund: some positive moves but more ambition needed.

What kind of a job are the city region’s investments doing in securing a viable future for the region – economically, socially, and for our living planet? Back in September, 2013, we wrote to the then chair of Manchester City … Continue reading

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Supermarkets, levies and the social franchise

We have referred in recent posts to the idea of the social franchise.  This framework for local policy has been advocated and developed by colleagues at the CRESC research unit (Manchester and Open Universities).  The idea is simple: by operating … Continue reading

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Can we end aviation dependency, and meanwhile how to spend the profits?

  Last year Manchester City Council received what was described as a windfall of some £14m from its share of Manchester Airport Group. The other Greater Manchester councils have received a smaller, proportionate share. This year the figure is £16.23m … Continue reading

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Manchester’s new housing deal: more questions than answers.

Manchester City has signed a new housing deal with Manchester City! Yes, that’s what we said, where “Manchester City” of course means Manchester City Council and strangely enough (in Manc. English) “Manchester City” also means Manchester City Football Club. Even … Continue reading

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A more local economy

How do we shift the Manchester economy to one “where people can thrive without harming the planet”?  Not everyone yet accepts the idea that economic growth cannot go on forever, although they might understand that we are using more of … Continue reading

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Manchester Airport – the concrete shadow spreads – News – The Ecologist

Airport centric urban sprawl is metastasizing overgreen space, locking in reliance on fossil fuel intensive infrastructure. Manchester Airport – the concrete shadow spreads – News – The Ecologist CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE. An excellent article in the Ecologist exposes … Continue reading

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