Monthly Archives: May 2016

And the new Neighbourhoods and Environment Chair is… Cllr Kevin Peel

Manchester City Council has a new chair of its “Neigbhourhoods and Environment” Scrutiny Committee (according to MCFly’s secret sauce – watch this space for an official announcement).  After the one-year reign of Councillor Dan Gillard (who has moved to a … Continue reading

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#Manchester Council spends over £100k on #climate group, asks no questions about effectiveness

Manchester City Council has spent well over one hundred thousand pounds propping up the “Manchester A Certain Future Steering Group”, but has not undertaken any cost-benefit analysis. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Council has stated … Continue reading

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#Manchester City Council fails to respond to FoIA re setting up a blog

Manchester City Council has not responded to an information request about the Executive Member for the Environment’s promised but non-existent blog. On April 13 MCFly requested basic information about the correspondence between Councillor Kate Chappell, who, in 2014 had agreed … Continue reading

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Video: Cycling in central #Manchester is dangerous, frustrating

Great job from Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, highlighting the complete dogs dinner that Manchester City Council is making of cycling provision in the city centre. Nice to see a well-made and funny video being used as a campaigning tool!  Via … Continue reading

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“Movement-building” group cancels its #Manchester meeting, doesn’t tell new folk. #Typical

Movement-building is, I think we all agree, an Important Thing. Involving so-called ‘new’ people (who may often have extensive experience in other fields, or other times), is clearly at the core of building a mass movement to overthrow the evil … Continue reading

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Event Report: UCU #climate conference, #Manchester

So, “The Role of Education Institutions in tackling climate change”, a one day free (as a starving (cough, cough) PhD student, currently my favourite word) UK conference here in unseasonably sunny Manchester. Started on time, with some Spartism which we … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: “Green Shift- using home electricity better” Thursday 19th #Manchester

Green Shift – using home electricity better 7pm-9.30pm, Thursday 19th May 2016 Nexus Art Cafe, 2 Dale Street, Manchester M1 1JW Members FREE, Non Members £1 at the door; Refreshments provided. BOOK HERE A chance to meet other members, socialise … Continue reading

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Upcoming: Retrofit Advocacy Training – #Manchester Sat 11th June

Tickets here! Gain the knowledge and skills needed to motivate others in your community to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, reducing carbon emissions, improving comfort and reducing fuel bills. This simple, two-part, participatory course will enable local green … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: “When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday” #music #climate #Manchester

Free tickets here. “Join us at this one-off free event to listen to a group of leading songwriters – Jo Mango, Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), and Craig B (A Mote of Dust) – who will premiere a series of brand … Continue reading

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CANCELLED Upcoming Event: “‘Changing Institutions in a changing climate” #Manchester 26th May

UPDATE 24 MAY – HAVE JUST BEEN INFORMED THAT, BECAUSE OF THE UCU STRIKE, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. Delivered by Professor Audley Genus, Kingston University In the seminar, I argue that a more rounded understanding of how to respond effectively … Continue reading

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