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<b>Wednesday 22 April:</b> No street cleaners on Thursday, racecourse for Salford and historic mill destroyed

Published on April 22nd 2009.

STREET CLEANING SERVICES WILL BE REMOVED on Thursday 23 April in what Manchester City Council is calling Own Your Streets Day. The council has chosen St Georges Day to promote civic pride. All street-cleaning services will be removed from the city centre and a volunteer dressed up as the patron saint will remind people to put their litter in the bin.

PROPOSALS FOR A £100m RACECOURSE have been submitted for a public enquiry. Developers Peel Holdings want to build a 6,000 capacity racing track, four-star hotel, 18-hole golf course and nature reserve as part of its Salford Forest Park scheme near Boothstown. Local residents oppose the plans due to increased noise and traffic. Peel Holdings have said they have planned for the worst case scenario of a 20,000 spectator event which would only happen once a year.

A HISTORIC MILL HAS BEEN DESTROYED after a fire broke out on Tuesday night. Around 200 people were evacuated at Maple Mill in Oldham. The mill was over 100 years old and was the largest of the remaining cotton mills in the North of England. The fire is believed to have started when a diesel generator exploded.

A NINE-YEAR-OLD BOY from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the right to stay in the UK after the Home Office originally rejected the appeals. Tony Lola and his mother faced being deported but the UK Border Agency reversed their decision following a 2,100-strong petition by staff and pupils at Didsbury C of E Primary.

This 'n' that wisdom*: Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people

*Taken from the free calendar available at This 'n' That, Soap Street, Northern Quarter. Those curry meisters are so very very sagacious. How does this wisdom rate? Confidential rating: 8/10

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scoteeeApril 22nd 2009.

regarding the "Own your streets day"...Who do I need to speak with in order to get the council to organise a "do your own fukin work cos we pay you to do so day"?

AnonymousApril 22nd 2009.

I agree with Scoteee. I live in the NQ and the streets are filthy all the time. I like a bit of grime but puke,used condoms,nappies,broken bottles and bars need to take responsibility for their mountain of fag butts outside their bars instead of sweeping them on the road/pavement. The streets need a regular CLEAN not just one guy in one of those crappy machines doing a quick sweep.

AvoApril 22nd 2009.

And this poor guy / girl is expected to cover the whole of the city centre too?

NeilApril 22nd 2009.

A lot of local residents are very keen to see the racecourse built. It's just the usual suspects - all very well known in the local media - who oppose this in the same way that they oppose practically everything in Worsley. Including cleaning up the canal...heaven forbid, clean water!

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