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.
Hulme tenants launch Crowdfunder for professional planning advice to oppose student flat development
Block the Block is a campaign started by residents of Hulme who are opposed to the building of high-rise student blocks, on a plot of land that has already had two similar proposals rejected by the council’s planning committee.
Their Crowdfunder aims to pay for a planning consultant to help prepare their case against this new proposal.
Yesterday Manchester City Council’s planning committee approved a proposal to build five offices on New Islington Green in Ancoats, despite 94% of those responding to the consultation objecting to the plans and 5,000 signing a petition against development.
ALL FM are an award-winning community radio station that normally broadcasts live from their Levenshulme studio.
But when the pandemic hit they had two options: transition their 100+ volunteers to working from home, or close down. Conrad Bower finds out how ALL FM has kept the show going.
Housing campaigners call university’s treatment of students ‘abhorrent’ and state solidarity with occupying students
Open letter criticises the University of Manchester for its treatment of students involved in an occupation of student residences and a rent strike.
An offer to meet some of the students demands by the university have been rejected by the student activists, who have vowed to continue the protest until demands are met.
The Fallowfield Loop has been a boon to many during lockdown, offering a safe green space to exercise and get some fresh air in Manchester’s urban environment.
Those using this calming green corridor through the city, have been treated to some outstanding graffiti that has flourished during the pandemic.
Reversing society’s dehumanisation of the homeless, McClenaghan brings to life the hundreds of homeless dying on our streets every year
An early and lonely death is the ultimate fate for many at the sharpest end of the housing and homelessness crisis. Maeve McClenaghan’s No Fixed Abode documents how the first count of homeless deaths in the UK was created and brings to life the stories of those that died.
Controversial proposal for 20,000 seat Eastlands Arena is up before Manchester’s Planning Committee this Thursday
The huge Eastlands Arena proposal is backed by the American multinational Oak View Group. The owners of the Manchester Arena say the Eastlands project, near the Etihad Stadium, would take trade away from the city centre and accuse the council of having a conflict of interest in the deal.
Social housing companies extracting huge shareholder payouts from housing benefits paid to vulnerable tenants
Thirteen registered providers of social housing are using this financialised lease-based model in Greater Manchester. Five have regulatory judgements against them. Wigan is the borough with the highest amount of this type of housing which is fueling substantial dividend payments to shareholders, all derived from public money paid to house people with disabilities. Social housing […]
National statistics show that across GM as social housing has fallen, housing waiting lists and temporary accommodation has risen. Mayor of Salford Paul Dennett and author of “Safe as Houses” Stuart Hodkinson give their views on the state of social housing and what needs to be done to improve it. It was the crises of […]