Citizen Planning

We’re doing it wrong aren’t we? Planners chew a pencil end and create. Managers look at the budget and frown. Planners go back and modify. Politicians call for a tent, people queue and some are beckoned. Hushed tones. Death by Powerpoint. Anti Climax. Shuffle on. A cheerful alternative? Why is planning our place so tediously […]

Should we care about insects?

Am I the only person to think that a 75% reduction in flying insects since the 1980s might be the scariest thing? And then you start wondering whether we’ll ever see Daddy Long-Legs again?

Question to Council 17th September 2014

Council I asked a question regarding wheelie bin thefts by ward. Since April 2013 630 bins have been reported lost/stolen in Gorse Hill Ward 620 bins in Clifford (Old Trafford) 286 bins in Bucklow/St Martins (Partington/Ashton upon Mersey) The grand total for the 21 wards of Trafford is 2395 So Gorse Hill and Old Trafford […]

20 mph zones come of age in Manchester

More than 1,000 streets in Manchester become 20mph zones From the Manchester Evening News Over 1,100 streets, covering 111 miles, are included in the scheme aimed at making streets safer A third of Manchester's roads have become twenty mile an hour zones. Over 1,100 streets, covering 111 miles, are included in the scheme aimed at […]

Alley success

Get Growing! – Barton Alleys Get Fresh Look for the New Year Could it be done here? Over 200 households backing onto 9 alleyways in Barton, Salford are receiving an exciting green makeover thanks to a project supported by the Big Lottery Fund that has been running in the area over recent months. Groundwork MSSTT […]

Incinerator Verdict

Very disappointed that the High Court has confirmed the decision of the Planning Inspectorate allowing the incinerator to go ahead at Barton. I'm disappointed but not totally surprised. The legal grounds presented in argument always seemed shaky at best and centred around the sustainability of a wood waste supply. There is a finite supply of […]