Category Archives: Manchester City Council

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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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Great Ancoats St, Executive powers, consultation: A FOIA

This below was sent to informationcompliance@manchester.gov.uk 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 manchesterclimate.com 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: 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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It’s not about the individuals, it’s about the structures. (Of polar bears and penguins)

We are encouraged to think about systemic problems as ones of individual choice, good/bad behaviour. In part that is just how we are “wired”. We can see individuals, we can witness threatening behaviours. The structures and landscapes on which these … Continue reading

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Exclusive: Manchester City Council fails AGAIN to appoint a Director of its #climate change “agency”

Manchester City Council has failed, for the second time in as many years, to find someone to lead the community interest company it grandly calls a climate change “Agency” As reported here in February 2020, Manchester City Council failed to … Continue reading

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Now what? Of the Council, climate and citizens’ responsibility- 5 things to do…

This blog post tries to answer two key questions – what is going on, and what do “we” do next. It’s published on Manchester Climate Monthly because it reflects only the views of Marc Hudson, one member of the core … Continue reading

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The end of the Leese era approaches? Of Retail Park defeat, Tombstones and new committees?

Marc Hudson, writing with his Manchester Climate Monthly hat on, ponders the recent past and the near future of his adopted home. There are adults reading this who were not born when Richard Leese – after 6 years as deputy … Continue reading

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Rant: On “stakeholders”

People look at the Manchester Climate Change “Agency” and are lost in figuring out how it relates to the other bits of the puzzle; who funds it, who scrutinises it, who sets the direction, who is – ultimately -responsible. And … Continue reading

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