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Castlefield: the Big Town Hall Meeting

After 18 months the campaign to prevent Castlefield from being an embarrassment goes to the top table

Published on April 9th 2009.

Castlefield: the Big Town Hall Meeting

Confidential got a letter last week from Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester city council. There’s to be a meeting of all ‘individuals and organisations with an interest in Castlefield’ to ‘discuss and agree various environmental improvements that are needed both in the short and long term and discuss ways in which added vibrancy can be brought to the area’. Crucially this ‘will include landowners, developers, residents, key public sector bodies’.

Confidential reckons this will be the key (after all the other meetings in the last 18 months) as to whether we, as a city, really have a will to turn the area around.

With the property people present, the question is can those people who love this tired treasure trove of Manchester’s heritage really make a case for saving it from sliding further into decrepitude? As Confidential has been arguing for two years, we need to make this area work and we can’t rely on stretched council services to always underwrite the process.

With the big boys invited by the big man on gold-embossed notepaper, maybe they can be persuaded to do the right thing and make sure the areas they control are at least well maintained, if not as beautiful as possible.

The meeting takes place at the Town Hall on Tuesday 21 April at 7pm. All those with an interest or who want to attend, email Manchester Confidential at: jonathans@planetconfidential.co.uk

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A Castlefield SupporterApril 9th 2009.

Good news, it's such a shame we couldn't have got to this point sooner, hopefully a lot has been going on behind the scenes, getting all the parties involved together, Peel, Inacity, Hale Leisure, ASK, Crosby Lend Lease, Castlefield Estates, MOSI et al.There really have been a number of other meetings held over the past couple of years, all seemingly going over the same ground, with little visible progress. Manchester City Council and indeed all the prominent land owners in the area are well aware of the actions that need to be taken. There has been that much correspondence between the residents and MCC for them to know the key issues, and indeed through their own environmental audit. As for ideas for bringing the vibrancy back to the area, these have been discussed on these pages a number of times. Hopefully some real binding decisions & clear direction come out of this meeting, and the momentum is kept up. It will need the continued pressure of the residents & other friends of the area to get things changed. Thanks for the support Manchester Confidential.

Le CorbusierApril 9th 2009.

Not sure I want anything really concrete coming out of this Pablo. I'd prefer a rose garden.

PablosanchezApril 9th 2009.

Well said Castlefield Supporter. Let's hope something really concrete comes out of this. They know what's required and it's not another discussion. It's an agreed action plan.E.g. How many residents have asked about lighting along the towpath to St Georges Island and been fobbed off from one agency to another. The Council need to make all those with a vested interested take action, and pay their fair share for it. What has happened to all the Section 106 money paid by the developers of all the surrounding apartments?

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