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City News in 250 Words: Tuesday 6 July

Schools scheme scrapped, Sleepless in Salford, and a big picnic in Piccadilly Gardens

Published on July 6th 2010.

City News in 250 Words: Tuesday 6 July

THE GOVERNMENT HAS scrapped the Building Schools for the Future programme that was to fund the rebuilding or upgrade of over 25 schools in Greater Manchester. Education secretary Michael Gove said that the £55 billion project, which would have funded rebuilding projects in 715 schools nationally, had been hit by "massive overspends, tragic delays, botched construction projects and needless bureaucracy".

THE OWNER OF SANKEYS nightclub has submitted a planning application for a 16,000 capacity music venue at The Quays in Trafford Park. Sankeys said the application is for a concert venue for families rather than late-night clubbers, but local residents are concerned that it will be a 'superclub'. They have set up a group called Sleepless in Salford to oppose the plans.

THE ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE has appointed a new executive director. Fiona Gaspar was the executive producer for Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture Programme 2008, and prior to that was executive producer at Contact Theatre. She was awarded an MBE for her services to the arts in 2009. Fiona takes over from the three-year tenure of Paul Clay.

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THE MANCHESTER PICNIC, three days of family-friendly picnics, will take place on 6-8 August. Piccadilly Gardens will be transformed with benches, bunting, speciality market stalls selling picnic-style food and 50 wooden picnic tables complete with red and white gingham table cloths. Other specially themed picnic sites will include St John’s Gardens near MOSI and the Roman Gardens at Castlefield. The weekend is being organised by Cityco, Manchester’s city centre management company.

Out of the window weather forecast: A mild, muted and mellow morning

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EugeneJuly 6th 2010.

that picnic idea is a top banana idea...especially the use of otherwise under-used spaces ie st johns gardens and roman fort, castlefield

Siobhan McGoffJuly 6th 2010.

I for one will be at The Manchester Picnic, sampling some of the city's green spots and, of course, some yummy picnic food!

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