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WHO BENEFITS FROM GREATER MANCHESTER REGENERATION?
 

Star date: 10th November 2013

A KICK UP THE GRTR MANCS FROM MULE

Whose City?
A Friends of Mule Panel Discussion
Thursday 14th November 7:45pm free
Black Lion

This Thursday night sees, what we're sure will be a lively discussion on `who benefits from Greater Manchester's regeneration and its impact on power, culture and society in our cities?'. There's four top regeneration botherers on the panel, plus a Manc Labour councillor as the Aunt Sally.

In the red corner is Salford youth worker and community activist bruiser, Graham Cooper. Let the bout begin…

Full details here…


This Thursday, Friends of Mule - the Manc `news with a kick' webazine – presents a panel discussion on the shocking, horrid, cruel, lamentable state of mid-regenerated Greater Manchester (or maybe that's jumping to conclusions!).

Titled Whose City?, a panel of five will be sparking over the question: `Who benefits from Greater Manchester's regeneration and its impact on power, culture and society in our cities?'

"The reason we're doing this is that a lot of money has gone into Greater Manchester, going back decades, and if you look at Manchester itself you've got a quarter of kids living in poverty" Mule's Richard Goulding explains "The argument is that the money hasn't trickled down but I think the reason why we have a really rich city centre and poor outskirts is connected, because most of the jobs that are available are low waged and insecure, and I think that's what the Manchester model runs off.

"So when people say `We need more regeneration, more money coming in', I think we need to think about what kind of jobs we want" he adds "It's a panel discussion but most of the time should be a Q and A so that the audience gets to debate amongst themselves. I hope people will take away the fact that a lot of the problems we are having are connected – that it's not just inner Manchester, the outskirts or Salford, it's Greater Manchester wide."

Chaired by Morag Rose, of the Loiterers Resistance Movement which looks at people's rights to access spaces and stuff, and starring urban issues expert  and Liverpool University lecturer, Chris Allen, The Skyliner blog writer and tour guide Hayley Flynn and Salford's own youth worker and community activist bruiser, Graham Cooper, the discussion is sure to get heated – probably in the direction of the Aunt Sally, Manc Labour councillor, Kevin Peel who, presumably will be defending the regenerated mess of Manchester, Salford and beyond.

If you think the poverty, health and everything-else stats for Salford are bad, Manchester is even worse. We're sure Councillor Kev will have a lovely time explaining it all/apologising to the panel and audience…

Whose City?
A Friends of Mule Panel Discussion
Thursday 14th November 7:45pm free
Upstairs at the Black Lion, Chapel Street, Salford M3 5BZ

See Facebook event page for further details – click here

PS: Here's some statistics from the Salford Star recently to get people thinking - click here


 

Paul wrote
at 04:43:24 on 14 November 2013
@michael felse, architectural prizes, the vast majority of buildings that are built today in salford are totally shite, build it cheap sell it at a vast profit, most of these building won't be here in 50 years time, because there built for profit and not to last. Look at some of the great architural buildings that have been destroyed by this council in the name of regeneration. And another problem that needs dealing with in salford is private landlords or as I call them, parasites these people are the biggest reason why area's and communities are falling apart, the council need to get a grip of these profiteering parasites before the problem gets worse.
 
Paul wrote
at 05:58:29 on 13 November 2013
We need to take councillors out of the equation when it comes to planning, we need to put people who live in the communities and who's lives are going to be effected by these developments, on to these planning committee's, at the moment we have councillors who don't give a damn about people or communities that these developments help destroy in the name of profit, you only have to look at area's such as langworthy, Broughton, kersal to see such damage to people and communities that these councillors have inflicted on these area's, again you have to ask in who's best interest do these councillor make these decisions and I can only say, not in our's, the public's interest. It time to stop the corrupt way planning is done, especially planning meetings that are held behind closed doors out of public view.
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 05:57:50 on 13 November 2013
Sad many Councillors think regeneration is about the investment in posh buildings. It should be about what Councils do for local people in the community. While Manchester and Salford can win architectural prizes, I fear they do not score high on the people factor. I urge every party Councillors to get involved in the Dementia Action Alliance launched at MediaCity just yesterday and begin making a real life difference.
 
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