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To: Manchester City Council

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. This planning permission was controversially granted on 17th October. We have kept this petition open as we are now appealing that decision.

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.

Please keep signing the petition, show the council its decisions are against what the local people want. Let us all 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

We have delivered the petition. We have now moved on to the appeal.


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2020-07-22 09:38:34 +0100

We hope youve kept as well as can be expected during these uncertain times. In MCR city ctr the lack of green space was keenly felt during lockdown.

We've been really taken with #buildbackbetter & feel our fight with the council to stop opening the former CRP as a car park is now more important than ever.

Earlier this year a judge granted us permission to appeal the council's decision. (Granted on one ground). We asked our lawyers to appeal for permission to include broader arguments on how air quality & traffic levels would be impacted by adding a 440-space car park.

We have been advised that we have very good prospects for succeeding in this appeal which will significantly enhance our case to overturn the planning decision.

Whilst this has added to our costs, we feel it is vitally important to review exactly how the Council dismissed air quality concerns when deciding to grant permission to itself.

If you agree

2020-02-01 14:24:57 +0000

You may have wondered why it's been 3 months and you've still not seen any cars on the car park. We've been working hard in the background and we are currently appealing the decision! As a result the council have not yet been able to do anything. The reason we've kept this petition open is because the fight is not yet lost.

2019-11-09 23:38:46 +0000

We may have lost, but we haven't given up. We plan to challenge the council and have bee engaging with lawyers about routes of appeal. We have received advice that our claim has merits.

Huge thanks to the 3 councillors who supported us, especially Cllr Jon Connor-Lyons for his passionate speech in support of our campaign.

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

For those unable to make the meeting, you can watch it here:

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

JOIN US TODAY at 2pm where the planning committee make their decision

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:

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.


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.

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.

Thank you for all your support so far


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:

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!

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

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:

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!

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 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