This article appears in Manchester Climate Monthly #3, which is published tomorrow…
At the end of March, Manchester City Council will approve ward-level plans outlining a set of priorities for every Manchester ward. Will these include climate change issues and ways to increase the resilience of the ward? Only time will tell.
The council states that the aim of the ward plans is to “improve services at a local level” and “deliver outcomes for neighbourhoods”. In the past, the plans covered a three-year period but they will now cover one year and will be refreshed annually.
Ward plans are put together by city council workers called ‘ward co-ordinators’ who consult with major service providers in the wards. According to the co-ordinator in charge of Chorlton, this includes consultation with council services, local businesses, councillors as well as local residents. She also added the plans are ‘living documents’ to which priorities can be added and altered on an on-going basis.
Looking at the 2009-2011 plan for Harpurhey, there was a commitment to make the area ‘cleaner and greener’ although this was linked to making more desirable neighbourhoods than anything else. The Chorlton plan was a little more focused on environmental issues and raised concerns around recycling, waste, allotments, improvement of pavements and Beech Road Park, as well as consultation around the development of the area.
We will be looking at the ward plans in more detail when they are released in March. In the interest of our sanity we will only be comparing Harpurhey, Chorlton and maybe Moss Side.
Monday 5th March, come to Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St
at 7pm if you want to discuss Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and pick up a paper copy of the latest “Manchester Climate Monthly”
at 8pm if you want to meet MCFly writers and readers and generally mingle (and pick up a paper copy of the latest issue!