Originally costing £110m, The Factory arts centre is now expected to cost £186m and the project is currently tens of millions short of its target. Manchester City Council say they can’t fill the gap because of the dire financial straits they face due to Covid.
A court case set for March between Salford Council and Stama Developments, surrounding planning refusal for the old Police HQ on the Crescent, looks set to be postponed, after a decision published by the Council states that it is “Applying to vacate a High Court hearing for a period of 6 months” for “further discussions and negotiations”.
Unite will ballot 485 bus drivers on strike action if Go North West does not return to the negotiating table. The decision to consider balloting was made in response to the bus company announcing it will no longer negotiate with the union and will instead consult drivers individually.
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The Covid death toll in the North West is already over 13,000. Leaving a far larger and steadily growing number of family and friends left behind grieving their loved ones.
Cruse Bereavement Care are helping people deal with that grief. Providing a light at the end of what may initially seem a formidably long and dark tunnel.
Meteor reporter Dale volunteers at a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Manchester to find out what it is all about, and gets an unexpected gift at the end of her second day.
Alan Good, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Ancoats & Beswick, ran a survey that found 91% oppose development plans for New Islington Green. He recaps the overwhelming support for saving the Green, and questions how much the council really stands to gain financially from the development.
Today the trial hearing of the four ex-police officers charged with the murder of George Floyd begins in the US, whilst Mancunians demonstrate this evening as part of a national day of anti-racist solidarity. But incidents of institutional racism that have taken place in Greater Manchester in recent years remind us that there is still much work to be done here.
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