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Friday 12 December 2008

Manchester votes on the congestion charge

The population of Greater Manchester has been voting to decide whether a congestion charge should be introduced and the result is expected this evening. Motorists would have to pay if they crossed either of two rings around the city at certain times of the day. (more…)


Filed under: Environment,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 7:58 am
Saturday 19 May 2007

Reports problems to your local council with Neighbourhood Fix It

The Neighbourhood Fix It website is an effective way to highlight and report problems in your local neighbourhood.

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Filed under: Environment,Politics — GS @ 2:21 pm
Saturday 31 March 2007

The loss of more trees and historic buildings in Manchester city centre

There has been a big drama lately about the area of land on the corner of Princess Street and Whitworth Street, which is just across the canal from the New Union pub in the gay village.

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Filed under: Buildings,Environment,Manchester — GS @ 11:51 pm
Friday 9 February 2007

‘Snow chaos’ doesn’t hit Manchester. Hundreds of thousands severely not affected by lack of weather disruption

Looking out of my high-rise window across the whole of south Manchester, the only snow I can see is about 15 miles away on the hills of the Peak District and some more further east on the hills near Stalybridge…

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Filed under: The media — GS @ 7:34 am
Tuesday 31 October 2006

A true story for Halloween

A couple of weeks ago I made a final visit to the house where I grew up. My dad had decided to sell and I had to pick up a few remaining bits and pieces.

Though I was actually born in hospital, I spent my years from zero to 20 living in that 1950’s semi-detached. In a small cul-de-sac alongside the former A1 — the main London to Edinburgh road — and just a couple of miles from Newcastle city centre.

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Filed under: Buildings,Personal — GS @ 6:00 pm
Thursday 16 February 2006

130-year-old cast-iron bridge removed on Canal Street

Until about a month ago there was a 130-year-old cast-iron bridge across the canal at the junction of Sackville Street and Canal Street, in the gay village. Now it has been removed and replaced by a concrete replica.

I took these photographs on Sunday, but I held off posting about this until I had checked the facts. But yes it’s true. It has all gone and what you see now, in the pictures shown here, is moulded concrete that will be painted.

The 130-year-old cast-iron bridge on Canal Street has been replaced by a concrete one

The 130-year-old cast-iron bridge on Canal Street has been replaced by a concrete one

The 130-year-old cast-iron bridge on Canal Street has been replaced by a concrete one

The 130-year-old cast-iron bridge on Canal Street has been replaced by a concrete one

The really pathetic thing is that they have screwed the original makers plate onto the concrete.

The existing bridge didn’t meet traffic regulations. Heaven forbid that they might stop enormous buses hurtling along this street and route them another way, so the original bridge could have been preserved. Far easier to destroy another part of Manchester’s heritage…

People may think ‘it’s only a bridge’. The trouble is, bits here and there disappear and, before you know it, an area has lost everything that made it ‘special’ in the first place.

I know Manchester has to be a working city. But we’re told that, in the future, Britain will have to rely on its cultural heritage to compete with emerging nations such as China and India. The trouble is, we’re throwing our cultural heritage down the drain through neglect and unsympathetic development.

In Manchester, the planners seem to have no overall picture in their heads. Everything is turning into an ugly ‘mish-mash’.


Filed under: Buildings,Environment,LGBT,Manchester — GS @ 1:16 pm
 
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