Archive for Month: July 2015

  • Cycle Superhighway benefits

    As part of the reworking of the Lancaster Gate gyratory to make it safe as part of the East West Cycle Superhighway, we will get a pedestrian crossing from St James’ Church into the green space at the end of Sussex Gardens. My predecessor Anne Mallinson and many other residents had long called for this, as…

  • Research to shape Statement of Principles on Gambling

    I attended the launch yesterday of this important research, commissioned by WCC and Manchester City Council and funded by the Local Government Association,  into how gambling-related harm can be related to geographical areas. The impact of problem gambling goes beyond the individual and affects their families and communities. It is also correlated with factors such…

  • Operation Tranquil Wind and other action against vice

    Residents will have seen the email from PC Sam Hasan detailing the recent cautions, Community Protection Notices and arrests in the Sussex Gardens area for a variety of offences. An exclusion zone has now been drawn up requiring sex workers who have received CPNs to stay outside it for a period for the courts to…

  • A model of public service

    It was so sad to hear this morning of the death of former Lord Mayor and hugely experienced licensing chairman Audrey Lewis. Already three people have said to me how much they liked and respected her. It is a huge loss not to have her wise guidance as we consider the review of the Statement of…

  • Petition presented

    At Wednesday’s council meeting I presented the petition from residents of Radnor Mews, Radnor Place and nearby streets on the continuing problems caused by vice. Co-incidentally, I had just signed my witness statement that will be used in applications for exclusion orders, and I know many other residents have done the same. I also understand…

  • No Fear of a West End with No End

    Just to demonstrate that WCC has no Fear of the Night, here’s leader Philippa Roe at the recent launch of the West End Partnership’s delivery plan for 2015-2030. With Peter Vernon, chief executive of Grosvenor Britain and Ireland, deputy chairman of the WEP, Cllr Roe celebrated the role of the West End’s night time sector…

  • Fear of the Night

    Fear of the Night? Really? When Westminster presides over the biggest evening and night time economy in the country? Professor Frank Furedi, as front man for a new lobby group called the Night Time Industries Association, claimed to have detected paranoia in government about the whole idea of night life. It’s not really fair.  Westminster…

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