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To: Manchester City Council

Manchester - Build a Green, Community Space, not a CAR PARK

Manchester - Build a Green, Community Space, not a CAR PARK

We the undersigned petition Manchester City Council to transform the old Central Retail Park into a 10 acre Green, Community space, not a 440 space car park.

Why is this important?

Manchester City Council is planning to turn the old Central Retail Park on Great Ancoats Street into a 440 space car park.

If the car park is built, there will be around 1000 cars moving in and out onto already busy Great Ancoats Street. This will increase pollution in a city with appalling childhood asthma rates and one which consistently ranks amongst cities with the worst air quality in Europe. The site is also right next to a primary school.

Manchester City Council has declared a climate emergency, and has committed to reducing carbon emissions. Building a huge car park that will increase pollution is in direct contradiction to this.

The application is due to go to planning in September/October where we will deliver the petition. Please sign the petition now, and call on Manchester City Council to turn this area into a much needed green community space for families, residents and visitors.

How it will be delivered

In person, at the committee meeting that discusses this planning application on 17th October at 2pm https://t.co/JKnORp5C8h

Manchester

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Reasons for signing

  • The city already struggles with high level of pollution and lack of green space. To make this worse just seems crazy, especially given brilliant public transport links we have!
  • Cars need to be kept away from the city centre completely in favor of improved public transport and outer city park and ride schemes. I drive into Manchester regularly and would prefer to leave the car at home as the gridlock at rush hour of cars spouting fumes is dangerous. I urge the council to stop building more multi storey car parks in the city centre, instead look to the greener alternatives and better park and ride.
  • Manchester city needs a larger green space. It lacks this compared to other major serious cities

Updates

2019-10-17 13:02:19 +0100

For those unable to make the meeting, you can watch it here: https://t.co/lRCN7liCZ6?amp=1

2019-10-17 10:43:34 +0100

JOIN US TODAY at 2pm where the planning committee make their decision https://you.38degrees.org.uk/events/deliver-the-petition

2019-10-11 10:38:32 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2019-10-10 11:13:15 +0100

The application for a 2 year temporary car park on the former Central Retail Park on Great Ancoats Street is going up to the planning committee on 17th October at 2pm. We will be presenting the petition of 9957 objections:

https://t.co/JKnORp5C8h?amp=1

2019-10-02 13:43:37 +0100

Local residents received a letter on Monday. The application has been amended from 5 years as a car park to 2. We still believe this is 2 years too many.

WE NEED TREES, NOT CARS.

You only have until tomorrow (3rd October) to object, we urge you to comment, as we haven’t had word whether the original objections will be heard or not.

https://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PUFAN1BCGPZ00&activeTab=summary

2019-09-02 23:18:23 +0100

Stats of signatures from City of Manchester broken down by ward:

Miles Platting & Newton Heath 164
Harpurhey 46
Chorlton 205
Withington 149
Cheetham 149
Charlestown 25
Ancoats & Beswick 1184 (WHERE THE PARK IS)
Rusholme 81
Fallowfield 48
Piccadilly 574
Crumpsall 28
Whalley Range 165
Deansgate 172
Chorlton Park 187
Old Moat 107
Hulme 185
Moston 38
Brooklands 27
Higher Blackley 27
Burnage 77
Levenshulme 150
Didsbury East 140
Moss Side 75
Ardwick 46
Clayton & Openshaw 40
Gorton & Abbey Hey 26
Didsbury West 181
Longsight 19
Northenden 45
Sharston 19
Woodhouse Park 8
Baguley 14

2019-09-02 23:14:51 +0100

Stats from a snapshot of the signatures taken earlier this week, with duplicates removed:

Stockport 662
Salford 673
Manchester 4401
Oldham 246
Trafford 691
Wigan 79
Tameside 337
Bury 365
Cheshire East 114
Rochdale 218

Elsewhere 918

Total 8704

2019-08-30 16:29:44 +0100

We're on Channel 4 News tonight! 7-8pm.

2019-08-29 07:23:58 +0100

This saturday join us for litter picking and guerilla gardening! Bring a bag of soil and an outdoor plant!

2019-08-21 20:54:14 +0100

Last weekend we descended upon the park and started to create our vision of what the space could be. With over 70 people there, we drew, we had picnics, we played games... BBC North West Tonight came along and filmed us!

Now we need to #UseItOrLoseIt. Go and make use of the space, take a photo of yourself and put it on social media with the hashtag #treesnotcars. You can tag Manchester City Council and Sir Richard Leese.

We're holding another gathering at the park this Saturday. It would be great to see you after the Pride Parade. 

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/events/make-the-space-a-park

Thank you for all your support so far

Gemma

2019-08-16 20:16:08 +0100

Join us tomorrow at the site at 1pm!

2019-08-16 20:15:55 +0100

The planning application will NOT be going to the August committee meeting. We have another month to gather signatures and convince the council!

2019-08-13 15:41:13 +0100

‘We are very disappointed about the council’s plans to put a 440 space temporary car park on the plot of land adjacent to New Islington Free School. The school governing body has registered its objection to the planning application. Increased traffic flow and pollution are a real concern and the decision to prioritise revenue over reducing carbon emissions sends the wrong message to our pupils.’
Ralph Cunnington
Governor and Director of New Islington Free School

2019-08-11 22:19:22 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2019-08-11 10:40:27 +0100

We made the MEN. Excellent and well balanced article with interviews from all the local groups, Councillors and Sir Richard Leese: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/car-parks-offices-green-space-16717162

2019-08-06 23:03:21 +0100

We have a poster you can download, print and share in your workplace or apartments (as long as you have permission to do so). Help spread the word to local people!

https://www.treesnotcars.com/posters-flyers

2019-08-06 22:44:16 +0100

We're getting a few people together to let local people know about the carpark by handing out some leaflets in the area. Join us this THURSDAY https://you.38degrees.org.uk/events/leafletting-around-the-site

2019-08-05 13:45:08 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-08-04 13:19:01 +0100

You can get involved by objecting to the planning application, contacting your local councillor (or all of them) or by joining us at the site on 17th August

Find out more:

https://www.treesnotcars.com/get-involved

2019-08-04 09:37:50 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-08-03 20:19:14 +0100

We now have a website for more information! https://www.treesnotcars.com/

2019-08-02 21:00:56 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-08-02 16:45:26 +0100

A suggestion is to do what they do in lots of American cities and build a parking garage under a park. There are carparks under Boston common. Come on MCC, give us something useful and beautiful.

2019-08-02 16:33:03 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-08-02 14:39:27 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-08-02 14:21:53 +0100

If you want to comment on the planning application itself, it’s here https://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PUFAN1BCGPZ00&activeTab=summary Just click the Make a Comment button and complete the form. You need to press Submit and Register, which registers you comment as being for or against the development.

2019-08-02 14:06:24 +0100

1) Trees are good for the planet, and good for human mental and physical health.

2) Discouraging car use in the city centre and long term changing infrastructure and behaviour to default to the greener options.

2019-08-02 13:54:22 +0100

10 signatures reached