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Council Assign Last Of £14.5m Clean-Up Fund

£5.5m of the remaining airport windfall fund will go towards a 'huge clean-up programme covering the entire city'

Written by . Published on December 1st 2014.


Council Assign Last Of £14.5m Clean-Up Fund
 

THE LAST of the £14.5m Clean City fund - handed to the City Council after Manchester Airport's purchase of Stanstead Airport - will be spent on 'a huge clean-up programme covering the entire city', according to the Council.

Parks and community spaces will receive £1.5m of the money, this includes cleaning war memorials, resurfacing children’s play areas and planting new flowers and shrubs

In September 2013 it was announced that the Council's investment in Manchester Airport had scored them a one-off cash boost of over £14m.

Manchester Airport provided the council with a £14.5m clean-up fundManchester Airport provided the council with a £14.5m clean-up fund

This was good news for the city, Confidential has made no bones in the past about our frustration with the grubbiness of the city centre.

Read: Mucky MCR: We've Come So Far, This Let's Us Down, and here: Nine Staff Clean City Centre At Night - Rotas Revealed.

Over the course of the last year, the City Council have announced a number of initiatives to clean the city.

December 2013 saw £40,000 spent on 'gum blasters' to jetwash 90,000 square metres of pavement in the city centre; March 2014 saw volunteers offered £200 grants to get their hands dirty and help with the effort; and in June 2014 £500,000 was spent on 600 new bins for the city centre (though many of these are still prone to overflowing).

They've also employed a team of 'litter busting' Traffic Wardens to dish out £80 on-the-spot fines.

The city centre had 600 new bins installedThe city centre had 600 new bins installed

The Council say that over half of the £14.5m fund has now been allocated to projects based on suggestions from residents.

Here's a breakdown of how the City Council have spent over £5m of the fund so far: Clean City: What We Have Spent.

Now, £5.5m of the remaining amount has been earmarked for a range of projects to improve district centres, parks and roads over the next few months.

Parks and community spaces will receive £1.5m of the money, this includes cleaning war memorials, resurfacing children’s play areas, planting new flowers and shrubs and improving existing allotments while creating new ones.

A further £1m will be spent on improving 'district centres', with projects such as improving the appearance of run-down buildings, creating new lighting to improve visibility and deter crime, and improving the appearance of grass verges and other open spaces.

£500k will be spent on getting rid of sites that have become overgrown with weeds and on low maintenance planting across the city.

Some money will also be spent on clearing waste grounds of debris, repainting road markings on key roads including at some schools, and repainting old fencing, sign posts and road barriers.

The fund’s remaining £1.3m will go on projects to be approved in due course.

Money from the fund can not be spent on projects that would create ongoing costs (such as hiring new staff) and must be spent on one-off projects.

Jet washed city centre pavementJet washed city centre pavement (outside Philpotts on Spring Gardens)

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: "The fund has already been spent on a huge number of projects which will make a lasting improvement to our city but we want to make sure residents are able to feel the benefit as quickly as possible.

"Proud Mancunians responded to our call for suggestions in their hundreds, with many people saying they wanted their local district centres and parks made into better places. We’re responding to their concerns by setting a huge amount of money aside to boost these areas."

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

Shy Bald BuddhistDecember 1st 2014.

Have any fines been issued yet for dropping litter? And what's being done with regards to the bins always being full to bursting? Are they being emptied more often? It dawned on me last weekend that a lot of the buildings are caked in grime and dirt. I'd love to see the buildings in and around town get a good wash, preferably the high powered jet wash type. Is this something that has been considered?

AnonymousDecember 1st 2014.

The bins have been a disgrace during the markets, did it not occur to them that more bin capacity would be needed?

DavidDecember 1st 2014.

Council members should be fined for the state of city as its entirely their fault,that the city has third world levels of cleanliness.

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AnonymousDecember 2nd 2014.

1. Fined under what law? 2. It is the people who make the mess whose fault it is. 3. Third world is an outdated term. 4. Manchester is much cleaner than any "third world" city I have been to.

JoanDecember 1st 2014.

Dear Shy Bald Buddhist: Yes. 250 people have recently been issued with fines for littering. The story has been reported in City Centre Voice and elsewhere www.citycentrevoice.co.uk/litter_bugs… www.manchester.gov.uk/…/on_the_spot_fines_handed_to_250_litter_bugs… Dear Anon: Yes, there’s extra capacity for street cleaning and bin emptying both on the markets and elsewhere in the city centre. I agree it’s not always working as it should; footfall is much much higher than expected, the vehicles are sometimes held up in traffic, and there are occasionally, events out of the council’s control, which are not clearing up after themselves as agreed. If you can let me have specific times and places I can look into it and request a diversion of resources if it’s likely to be a regular problem. cllr.j.davies@manchester.gov.uk

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AnonymousDecember 1st 2014.

Why did the council buy those cruddy - and expensive - new bins rather than investing in something a bit more sophisticated like solar compactor bins that help increase capacity without the need for emptying. Were these even investigated?

Shy Bald BuddhistDecember 1st 2014.

Thanks for the reply Joan. It seems there is a real effort at the minute with troubled spots like Piccadilly Gardens. The presence of the police and the arrests they have made, along with issuing fines, seems to have made other areas of town more of a problem than they once were. China Town seems very grubby and run down now and the village seems very unsafe of late. I'm not sure what the answer is but I'm glad 250 litterbugs have had to pay for not using the bins provided.

EdwardDecember 1st 2014.

How can you issue people with fines when you have already admitted that the bins aren't emptied regularly enough?

Litter haterDecember 2nd 2014.

"How can you issue people with fines " Ahh because dropping litter is illegal? The council isn't responsible for your actions. If a bin is full hold onto your rubbish until you find one, or take it home with you if necessary. Are you a child?

James KayDecember 2nd 2014.

The problem with this is that Joan and her cronies believe it's better to fine people than clean up. We're dealing with a council that has traffic wardens working Easter Sunday but not street cleaners. It can't be because of funding as they can employ 'Litter Wardens' to issue fines. If it doesn't involve money grabbing for their latest pet project, they're not interested.

EdwardDecember 2nd 2014.

If the bins are full there is going to be a litter problem. The council need to take responsibility. £14.5m and they haven't solved the problem. Why can't they hire more staff to empty the bins? Fining people is a cop out.

EdwardDecember 2nd 2014.

P.S. @ Litter Hater.. Fining people is the childish thing to do in this situation.. Do you work for the council?

Shy Bald BuddhistDecember 2nd 2014.

All but one of the bins I see are always full. The one that isn't full is a new style bin with 3 different parts, one for general waste and two for recycling. You'd think this bigger bin that is capable of holding 3 times as much waste would be in a popular spot with the biggest footfall, like Piccadilly Gardens, Market St, St Annes Sq, Shudehill, but that's not where it is. Hands up who knows where Dorsey St is? It's a little walkway between Tib St and Oak St in the NQ. I'd love to know who's bright idea it was to locate this bin here. For every person that passes this bin a 1000 times more people pass the overflowing ones in much busier places.

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2014.

Fining people that are too lazy or have no sense of personal or civic pride has got to be part of the solution.

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2014.

I'm not against fining people in principal but there needs to be adequate infrastructure in place first. £80 is a lot to pay and seems like a bit of a money spinner to me.

EdwardDecember 2nd 2014.

Agree Anon.

AnonymousDecember 1st 2014.

£80 fine for dropping litter and 250 fined so far. So that's £20k already. Is the Council trying to make some of the money back?

JoanDecember 1st 2014.

Anon: ' Were these even investigated? ' Yes. MCC looked at a range of options including high-tech ones. High recurring costs and practical issues ruled them out for the city centre location. Hans: Litter-dropping is rarely caused by full bins. People deterred by full bins tend to dispose of their rubbish with care, often taking it to the next bin, or home. Anon: No. MCC is trying to deter litter-louts.

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AnonymousDecember 1st 2014.

People leave rubbish next to or on top of full bins assuming that it will get taken with the rest of the rubbish but the bin collectors take the bags and leave the rest of the litter there, where it can remain for days, or get blown around in the wind. People cannot take take litter to the next bin because that will be full too.

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2014.

Thanks for the response Joan re. I think my original reply regarding the new bins was a bit churlish like many of the rants on here. Appreciate the response though.

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2014.

...Would be interesting to know what the practical problems were though.

AnonymousDecember 1st 2014.

Most people are trying to keep the city clean but the council make it impossible.

DavidDecember 1st 2014.

If you require money from a one off dividend to clean the city centre,what you going to do next year when there isn't one?.Are we going to see a return next year then to filthy streets?.

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rinkydinkDecember 1st 2014.

Good point. I had wondered this myself

Shy Bald BuddhistDecember 2nd 2014.

The local litterbugs will keep the money rolling in for a while I'm sure, £20k in fines in a matter of weeks.

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2014.

The council are the worst litterbugs going, I've witnessed 'New Look Waste Disposal ' leave streets looking worse than when they turned up. One of their guys dropped a glass bottle out of a bin bag onto the middle of Tib Street a few weeks ago and left it there!

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2014.

Fine him!

JoanDecember 3rd 2014.

New Look are a private firm collecting commercial waste. Council employees empty the bee bins and are expected to clear any waste around and atop the bins.

David Michael EvansDecember 2nd 2014.

All this talk of grand initiatives...the litter is still everywhere, despite hype about some new litter bins and a few litter wardens in Piccadilly Gardens. There is little enforcement, no warning notices about dropping litter, no education in schools about it, and no street sweepers have I seen in about 3 days anywhere. Manchester City Council are hopeless at tackling litter..and are happy to have the city one of the dirtiest in western Europe.

DigsterDecember 2nd 2014.

I hadn't realised how much I had become immune to how bad the place looks - some parts worse than others. I am always banging on about the litter etc. but I probably was missing how bad it actually was. I was walking behind a group of young American girls, on my way through China Town, when one turned to the other and said "Why is everywhere so disgusting and dirty?" It was only then that I took a proper look around everywhere whilst on my may home and realised exactly how bad places are. Absolutely embarrassing.

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2014.

That's just it, it's not just litter, the streets and pavements are actually dirty. This happens in busy cities, and it's upto the council to clean the streets, but they don't, it's putting people off coming here and some have moved out of the city, even businesses have re-located because their employees can't stand it anymore.

AnonymousDecember 2nd 2014.

I went to Liverpool last week and had a walk around the city centre - and then up towards Hope Street. I was immediately struck by the fact that the streets, squares, pavements etc were significantly cleaner than Manchester. Yes, of course there was some litter but nothing like the disgusting amount which greets you in Manchester city centre. If Liverpool can do it why can't Manchester?

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Shy Bald BuddhistDecember 2nd 2014.

We did it when we held the commonwealth games and champions league final. I remember town being absolutely spotless, flowers in hanging baskets and everything looking clean. Why did standards drop? Does it only matter when royalty show their face? I can't see them leaving negative feedback on TripAdvisor like everyday tourists do at the minute.

espoirDecember 2nd 2014.

I don't agree with the wardens just like I don't agree with the ambassadors they have standing in the streets. The clean streets should be the only ambassador we need. Convert all these silly roles into litter pickers and use them at the weekend, evening and night. The police should do the fining like in other countries.

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Shy Bald BuddhistDecember 3rd 2014.

Don't you think the police have bigger fish to fry? Have you seen the news recently about the stabbings, mass brawls, drug dealing, thefts, child exploitation, rape (male and female) and a number of other incidents in and around town? I don't think following people around for dropping cig butts is a priority for them. This needs a separate dedicated role as it is at the minute. Fining people will educate them that you don't drop litter, full bin or not.

espoirDecember 2nd 2014.

I saw one council employee pushing a mountain of full bin bags on a cart, you only see this in Manchester, how totally inefficient. Why don't they use an electric van like Bury council to go round and empty the bins. By pushing this mountain around she was unable to stop to pick up any litter. I am going to take a picture of this phenomenon and send it in.

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JoanDecember 3rd 2014.

The carts operate in the pedestrian areas like Market Street and Piccadilly Gardens. The staff drop off full bin bags at the roadside for collection.

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

The bins looked empty today

AnonymousDecember 4th 2014.

What does the bee symbol actually mean is it that we are all here to work for the Queen?

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