Monthly Archives: April 2021

Purdah breach? “Nothing to see here” says City Solicitor. But the Tweets have mysteriously vanished.

The City Solicitor of Manchester City Council has, as predicted, said that the City Council tweeting out some [blatant and misleading] eco-tosh was NOT a breach of rules about Councils responsibilities during an election process. So far so predictable. What’s … Continue reading

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Flagrant breach of purdah by #Manchester City Council – FOIA and complaint submitted #EarthDay #Climate

tl;dr– Manchester City Council officials have been extremely careless in pumping out propaganda during what is supposed to be a “neutral” time ahead of Thursday 6th May local elections. I’ve submitted a FOIA (will get evasions and replies that don’t … Continue reading

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Letter: #Climate talk is cheap. Actions matter

Letter in today’s Manchester Evening news TALK is cheap.I read your article “‘Decisive decade’ in climate change fight,” M.E.N, 23 April) with a sense of deja vu. Almost thirty years ago Manchester City Council hosted a “Global Forum” in the … Continue reading

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Great Ancoats St, Executive powers, consultation: A FOIA

This below was sent to this morning. Watch this space. Dear Sir/Madam, I am interested (some might say “obsessed”) around council decision-making processes on the European boulevard also known as Great Ancoats St. (GAS). As you may recall, in July … Continue reading

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Letter: the Climate “Agency” farce continues

The Manchester Evening News kindly published my latest letter. FOR a year and a half Manchester City Council has been trying to appoint a director to its so-called Climate Change “Agency.” It advertised in late 2019, extensively and nationally.  It … Continue reading

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Third time lucky? Unlikely! The farce of the Manchester Climate Change “Agency” staggers on…

The Manchester Climate Change “Agency” has a useless website (check out its events page) with the address It should, of course, be manchesterclimate.con It was set up, as a Community Interest Company in 2015, after the so-called “Manchester Climate … Continue reading

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Letter in the MEN: #Climate as a social justice issue. What is to be done?

THE article about Greta Thunberg (“I’ve always been a shy, invisible girl at the back that no one listens to,” M.EN. 16 April) was very welcome.  The teenager, who has been advised by Professor Kevin Anderson of University of Manchester, … Continue reading

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Letter: Asphalt bumble by Council, as usual

POTHOLES are a serious problem for drivers and even more so for cyclists. The letter by Observer (Viewpoints, 15 April) points to a promise-delivery gap on this. In late March the annual survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance revealed that … Continue reading

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Event: ‘Decarbonising Consumption in #Manchester’s Covid-19 Recovery’ Tues 20th April

Cities like Manchester, with an import-based economy, outsource a large amount of their carbon emissions to areas where goods and services are produced. It is estimated that the consumption-based footprint for Manchester is at least 1.5 times larger than its … Continue reading

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Letter: Greater #Manchester Spatial Framework and meaningless buzzwords around #climate

NAMES of official documents can tell you a lot – especially about what their authors want you to believe.  Your local democracy reporter Niall Griffiths tells us (“Council support masterplan for region’s housing”, M.E.N. 7 April) that the rebranded Greater Manchester Spatial Framework … Continue reading

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