Category Archives: Green spaces

Upcoming Event: “Climathon” #Manchester 27 October

A few years ago Manchester City Council said it was going to consult widely on its ‘Green and Blue’ Infrastructure strategy, which had been endlessly promised and delayed.  The then Executive Member for the Environment assured a room full of … Continue reading


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Upcoming Event: Bat walk and survey #Manchester 1st June

Bat Walk & Survey at Birley Wednesday, 1st June 2016 Time: 9-11pm Join us & the South Lancashire Bat Group for a guided walk around Birley and nearby Hulme to find out more about bats and hopefully hear some of the … Continue reading

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Councillor Rosa Battle says hundreds consulted on Green Infrastructure. Actual number – fewer than 50.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, told elected members of the Council that hundreds of people had been consulted on the outsourced-for-£30,000 “Green and Blue Infrastructure” strategy. The actual number, once you take out council employees? Less … Continue reading

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Manchester City Council spends 30k on “green” strategy. Consults with… the consultants writing the report!

Here’s the short version: Manchester City Council has spent 30k outsourcing the creation of a “Green Infrastructure”.  They “consulted” – but mostly with the consultants they hired! Manchester City Council promised a “Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy” would be in … Continue reading

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VICTORY: Council to come clean about Clean and “Green” City Fund #Manchester

Manchester City Council will finally reveal how they have been spending the  £14.5m “Clean City” Fund. The scheme was set up last year to disperse an unexpected Manchester Airports Group dividend. The Council’s Finance Scrutiny Committee has been successfully lobbied, … Continue reading

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#Manchester Council to spend up to £30k on Green Strategy that in-house bureaucrats were supposed to do.

Manchester City Council’s environmental strategy team has invited outsiders to write its Green Infrastructure Strategy. It is looking for a “suitably qualified consultant with relevant experience to undertake the production of a Manchester Green Infrastructure Strategy and Action Plan.” The … Continue reading

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#Manchester councillors call for more gully cleaning machines. #floods and stuff…

A group of councillors has called for some of the £14.5m windfall received by Manchester City Council from Manchester Airport to be spent on the “purchase or lease” of an additional gully cleaning wagon. The “Task and Finish” group, chaired … Continue reading

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Off-topic: Planting potatoes and felling fences in Moss Side, South #Manchester

When not sobbing in the corner because of the latest Steering Group/City Council incompetence and/or inaction, I sometimes do useful stuff at the Moss Side Community Allotment. In late March we planted some ‘taters… And the fence is (slowly) coming … Continue reading

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Event Report: “Groaning the City” #citycons #Manchester

Marc Hudson attends (1) a redemption ritual for corporate “environmentalists” and finds himself musing about ecological modernisation, prostitutes and the #deliciousambiguity of the ‘cons’ in #citycons… There were 130 (2) or so of us, sat in rows, listening to the … Continue reading

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#Manchester City Council fails to produce Green and Blue Infrastructure strategy. For 50 gazillionth time.

Oh, this story is the gift that keeps on giving. A Green and Blue Infrastructure plan (that’s parks and canals and lakes, to you and me), has been promised and delayed, promised and delayed, so many times that we’ve lost … Continue reading

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