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To: Manchester City Council

Manchester city council - we have a climate emergency, not an office emergency!

Manchester city council planning committee have considered, and approved, a lot of office buildings recently, including on the former Central Retail Park and New Islington Green.

As the council represent the local people, we want them to reconsider in the post Covid world. We want Manchester to be greener and have other reasons for people to want to live here and to visit.

Manchester City Council - please work with the public and be more inventive than more offices!

Why is this important?

Post Covid many companies are deciding the office is no longer a full time location for staff, yet Manchester City Council have a city-wide plan for more offices.

Manchester still has illegal levels of pollution and during the pandemic it was clear, to those living in the centre, that there was no where to relax.

Manchester city council declared a climate emergency. Since then they have removed the cycle paths from Great Ancoats Street, approved planning for a huge car park next to a primary school and have recommended plans to replace New Islington Green, a well-used strip of green space, with offices'.

Please show us plans to tackle the climate emergency in a post COVID world.

Manchester is supposed to be a city that does things differently, as people who live, work and visit Manchester we want the council's planning to reflect that.

How it will be delivered

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Reasons for signing

  • Great cities need great green spaces
  • Manchester has very little green space as it is, and with the general trend towards office closures we have seen during the pandemic, plus the huge number of empty office buildings in the area around New Islington, it makes no sense whatsoever to allow this to go ahead. The vast number of objections from local residents alone should be reason enough, after all the Council work for us and we will remember at the ballot box.
  • Manchester's brownfield sites are the fields for many Mancunians. The relentless building is lowering the quality of life of Mancunians and making it a less attractive city to live in as horizons are boxed out, the living environment compromised, and spaces for recreation are removed for corporate profit. This is not acceptable and councillors allowing it to happen should be voted out as betraying the trust of their constituents.

Updates

2020-12-19 00:26:29 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-12-18 12:26:39 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-12-18 10:02:16 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-12-17 19:23:27 +0000

10 signatures reached