4 December, 2007 – Manchester City Council invites comment on public policy strategies
Consultation has begun a consultation exercise on two major strategies to drive Manchester successfully into the 21st century as a city of national and international significance.
The city centre strategic plan provides a framework for partnership working in the core of the conurbation for the next four years. And the regional centre transport strategy is a blueprint for connectivity for the travelling public and businesses in Manchester city centre.
Draft versions of both strategies have been published on www.manchester.gov.uk and the public’s comments are invited. The consultation runs until January 31st 2008. There will also be a series of workshops for a variety of partners involved in the detailed plans.
Leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese said: “Cities are key drivers in the growth of the British economy, and it is essential for any successful city to have a healthy central core and to have excellent transport links.
“Manchester is developing as a city of increasing national and international significance, which ensures that benefits flow to everyone who lives, works and does business here.
“We want people to have a say in the future of their city and I would urge them to participate in these consultations on the future of the city centre and our transport.
“The transport strategy indicates the importance of an integrated transport system, and in particular Greater Manchester’s TIF bid, to the continuing success of the city centre.
“Effective transport is central to the city centre’s ability to act as a generator of wealth and jobs for the whole city region. New cross-city routes will be particularly important to our future.”
Chief Executive of Manchester’s Cityco Gordon Reid added: “In recent years, the city centre’s population has doubled, we have welcomed major conventions and our visitor numbers have rocketed. But we face strong competition and we want to keep Manchester at the forefront of economic success
“Cityco is engaging not only its business partners but also specific business and commercial sectors. These strategies represent a real wish to develop a shared way forward for Manchester.”
Chair of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority Councillor Roger Jones also said: “Key to the strategy is how changes to our transport, both public and private, can play a central role in making our city more appealing and attractive, as well as more efficient.
“A successful TIF bid will allow us to bring in these changes far more quickly than any other option.”
Source: Manchester city council / cityco / GMPTA press release