The Pirate Party in Manchester. Looking forward to the Ancoats and Clayton By-election, December 2013

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10 Steps For A Better Manchester Council

REGENERATION FOR ALL The pace of renovating housing needs to increase from the streets of Clayton right in to the Northern Quarter. Let's change the focus from yet more empty offices to much needed homes. We need a champion to stop poor quality development – too many of us have leaking rooves and problems where we live. Let's stop any more mess ups like the now closed bridge to Cotton Field Park. The council is letting developers and private carparking firms do what they like, then givi...
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Manchester: Taking Back the Space

Free talk by Loz Kaye as part of the 'Heritage Hostage' Exhibition Events. Manchester is in a planning crisis. There is no new vision for our city post the economic crash and housing bubble burst. The amazing architectural heritage of Manchester is under threat, while dull empty office blocks are thrown up. Empty houses and tower blocks blight our communities while homelessness rose in the area 10% last year. Fleeting garden festivals are funded, but the city is being slowly choked by substan...
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Project Liberation: Saving Manchester

Benefit Gig for the Save London Road Fire Station campaign, £10 Soup Kitchen Northern Quarter. 7.30-11. Great night, great cause!


Victory for Ancoats Residents in Dispensary Campaign

Residents have scored a major victory in their campaign supported by the Pirate Party to save Ancoats Dispensary .The application to demolish the historic building has been withdrawn by the owner Urban Splash. The Grade II-listed building has been the focus of an intense campaign of local people, led by the Save Ancoats Dispensary Group, to resist demolition. An application to knock it down had been brought before Manchester City Council’s Planning Committee but this has now been withdrawn. ...
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Museum of Science and Industry Under Threat

News that Manchester's popular science museum MOSI is under threat has been greeted with shock. In a few days a petition of support has gathered over 30,000 signatures and the Manchester Evening News report of potential closure caused a storm on social media. The ever fresh faced physics hero Brian Cox took to Twitter to slam ”reckless disregard for our future for short-term gain”.   The museum itself has pointed out that it is not about to mothball the engines and slam the doors shut...
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Innovation needs Inspiration


Preserve the Curve

I have been highlighting the case of the threat to Ancoats Dispensary. But throughout Manchester there are examples of how the Labour council's unwillingness to listen is damaging our heritage and taking our shared spaces. The "Save Library Walk" campaign staged a protest against plans to spend a whopping £3.5 million glass link in between the Central Library and the Town Hall Extension. This is already a beautiful space in the centre of our city and the plans will waste money putting a fussy...
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Local anger mounts about Ancoats Dispensary threat

The threat to bulldoze Manchester's heritage continues to draw closer. However, local activists are continuing to campaign to save Ancoats Dispensary. I met up with some of them outside the building as they were gathering petition signatures and raising awareness. We got out of the rain under the bus shelter by the Health Centre and talked about the current situation. It's clear that residents feel let down by the Labour party, as councillors and the MP haven't been listening or actin...
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Urban Splash to turn Ancoats Dispensary into urban trash

The last listed building in Ancoats / New Islington is now under serious threat. The still beautiful, yet gutted Ancoats dispensary is the last part of a rich heritage. At one point there were 19 grade 2 listed buildings, this is the last one left. Manchester Confidential is now reporting that permission will be given to demolish this Manchester Central architectural jewel if there is not a "viable plan" in place by August the 16th. The building was basically handed to Urban Splash develo...
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Ancoats Canal Project – June Cleanup

There was a good turnout for the June cleanup for the Ancoats Canal project. This is a great community volunteer scheme helping to look after the environment and heritage in Ancoats and Bradford wards. It's well worth coming along to help out and a great bunch of people. As you'll see from the June pictures on the link, I got to go on a barge too! Loz


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