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Chinatown Pagoda Gets Makeover

New paint job and benches for city landmark

Written by . Published on September 21st 2011.

Chinatown Pagoda Gets Makeover

THE Chinese Pagoda on the corner of Nicholas Street and Faulkner Street in Manchester city centre’s Chinatown is getting a facelift.

The work, which is being funded jointly by Manchester City Council and CityCo, is being undertaken by offenders completing Community Payback and will be supervised by Greater Manchester Probation Trust.

"The pagoda is a popular meeting place for Chinese elders and we felt it was time to give it a much-needed lick of paint."

In addition to the pagoda, 15 benches and the oriental-style fencing around the adjacent car park will be painted and some of the fence panels replaced. 

The undergrowth is also being cleared, weeds removed and oriental-looking plants including Japanese Maples and Fan Palms will be planted by residents from Chinatown to replace the old shrubbery.

Gary Ellis, operations director at CityCo, Manchester's city centre management company, said: "This work is part of the City's ongoing commitment to the Chinese community in Manchester. The pagoda is a popular meeting place for Chinese elders and we felt it was time to give it a much-needed lick of paint and tidy-up the surrounding area. Working with Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Probation Trust we're able to do this."

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester City Council's city centre spokesperson said: "The pagoda really is the heart of Chinatown and it's fantastic to see it looking so good. Chinatown is a really important part of our city centre which makes a massive cultural contribution to our city.

"It attracts huge numbers of visitors and makes a real difference to the night time economy. As one of the largest Chinatowns in Europe, it's right and proper that we do our bit to help it look the very best."

Kin Cheng, chairman of the Manchester Chinatown Action Group said: "We're really pleased this work is being done. The pagoda, which is a traditional part of Chinese architecture, is at the heart of Chinatown and an important landmark. This will really help improve the area."

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Kevin PeelSeptember 22nd 2011.

Really pleased to see this happening after I raised it a few months ago.

AnonymousSeptember 22nd 2011.

Kevin please keep me updated on all the issues you raise so I can keep a tally.

It would be ideal if you could always comment on your successes after ManCon articles.

If you get enough points on my tally system I might vote for you.

Please let me know your thoughts on the Armenian tavern.

1 Response: Reply To This...
Calum McGSeptember 22nd 2011.

I vote Conservative :(

the Whalley RangerSeptember 22nd 2011.

Congestion charge scheme? Extending parking charge hours? Feeding from Stagecoach's and NCP's hands?

I am beginning to see a clear picture...

Oystercard for Manchester? With KP, never!

IzzySeptember 22nd 2011.

Now they've titivated the pagoda, let's hope they clean up the rest of this utterly filthy part of town - by 'they' I mean the local residents and business owners. What should be a stop-off on the tourist route of the city is nothing more than a dirty eyesore. Oh, I must also add, it's a delight to have such a humble and modest Councillor at the helm, keep it up Kevin.......

education education educatioSeptember 22nd 2011.

This guys work is headlining the DM for TWO DAYS now:


Alistair MackaySeptember 28th 2011.

Saw those lovely girls and boys convicted from the riots where doing this a few weeks ago - good to see them brightening up the city they were determined to destroy.
Paybacks a bitch eh guys?

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