Manchester City Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Sue Murphy, is meeting with chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier today in bid to ensure the needs of communities are met after Britain leaves the EU.
The Wythenshawe councillor is among a delegation representing the ten UK cities at the heart of the biggest urban areas outside London, meeting the EU chief negotiator today (Monday, 19 Feb). Read More…
Wythenshawe councillor and Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, Sue Murphy has announced a vigil will take place tonight at Manchester Town Hall in solidarity with the people of London and in remembrance of those who lost their lives and were injured during yesterday’s attack.
During the vigil on Albert Square, the town hall will be lit red, white and blue, and the flag will fly at half-mast in tribute. Read More…
Work on driving forward the restoration of fire-hit Wythenshawe Hall to its former glory is expected to begin in the spring of next year following the submission of planning application.
If planners give the green light, work will begin to rebuild the clock tower, and repair the roof and the exterior walls of the hall, which was badly damaged by fire in March.
The planning application is expected to be referred to the government for approval . Manchester City Council has been working with partners with their advisors Conservation Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Historic England, who will will ask the Secretary of State to endorse their recommendations.
Planning approval is necessary to officially permit the repair work because some elements cannot replaced exactly like-for-like. This is because conservation guidelines and practices have changed since the last repair programme undertaken in the 1950s.
Damaged timbers that remain sufficiently strong will remain. Those that aren’t will be salvaged as much as possible with new timber spliced in or bolted adjacent to the original material.
The fire will become part of the building’s official history, in line with current conservation best practice.
If planning consent is approved, and once a suitable contractor with the appropriate heritage skills is appointed, work on the Hall is expected to commence in spring 2017.
The insurance company is working alongside the council to determine the detail of the works and who will be appointed to do them. Subsequent applications will follow in relation to the proposed interior repairs.
Wythenshawe councillor, Sue Murphy – deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “So much work has gone on inside the Hall to protect it and salvage anything of architectural value, but it’s so heartening to reach a point where the repairs to the exterior of the building can begin.
“This is an important milestone for the local community who rallied to support the effort to save the property and the visible signs of the repair work will be a comfort to those who thought the fire could be the end for Wythenshawe Hall.”
Richard Jackson, chair of Friends of Wythenshawe Hall, said: “The Friends of Wythenshawe Hall have been on a roller coaster of emotions since March when it seemed as if Wythenshawe Hall may have suffered terminal damage in the fire.
“Now with the path to full restoration already well underway. The Friends would like to thank all those who have put so much effort into making sure the Hall in the not so distant future will open its doors to visitors once again.
Charles Smith, Heritage at Risk Principal in the North West said: “We are delighted that Manchester City Council has acted so proactively and positively following the tragic fire at Wythenshawe Hall, one of Manchester’s last surviving timber framed buildings. We look forward to being consulted formally on the planning application ahead of major repair works starting next year.”
Wythenshawe councillor, Sue Murphy is urging everyone to cheer on Britain’s Olympic heroes when they parade in Manchester today.
Cllr Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We are so proud to host the national parade for our Olympic and Paralympic Heroes and I’d like to encourage as many people as are able to get out into the city centre and cheer on the athletes.
“The event in Albert Square will be a fantastic show and we’re all looking forward to hearing from some of the biggest names of the Games. Albert Square will be busy but there will also be big screens across the city centre, which will give some of the best views of the event.”
Manchester is hosting the spectacular event when more than 150,000 people are to join in the celebration saluting the record-breaking Olympic and Paralympic athletes.
Olympic and Paralympic stars, Jessica Ennis Hill, Dame Sarah Storey, Max Whitlock, Jade Jones, Nicola Adams, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Nick Skelton, Jonnie Peacock, Jody Cundy, Ellie Robinson, Ellie Simmonds, Jack Laugher, Richard Whitehead and Team GB’s Women’s Hockey Team will be amongst the roster of athletes being celebrated.
Thousands of people are expected for Manchester’s Heroes Parade where hundreds of Olympic and Paralympic athletes will tour the city centre from 4.30pm followed by an event in Albert Square, outside the iconic Manchester Town Hall from 5.30pm.
Match of the Day favourite Mark Chapman and Blue Peter star Helen Skelton will host the Albert Square celebration, welcoming the athletes on stage and interviewing some of the biggest names of the Games.
Rebecca Ferguson will perform live, singing some of their best known hits to the crowds in Albert Square.
The Welshmen behind the Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir will also be on hand to add their atmospheric tones to the event, which will be topped off with a grand finale.
The event is completely free, but capacity is limited in Albert Square and access will be restricted when the space is full and screens will be at Deansgate – at John Rylands & Armani; Cathedral Gardens; Exchange Square; and Cross Street – atthe junction of South King Street
The parade itself will begin at Liverpool Road, down the length of Deansgate to Hunts Bank, round to Corporation Street, Cross Street and into Albert Square.
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said: “Our Olympic and Paralympic heroes made the nation proud with their dedication, talent and incredible success in Rio. Now is the time for the public to come out on to the streets of Manchester and show their appreciation for these amazing athletes.”