Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley Fields Campus plans continue to be of concern to Hulme residents.
The plans, currently before Manchester City Council for assessment, have prompted local people to write letters of objection to the Council urging them to take into account their grave concerns.
The level of worry was highlighted when an unprecedented letter from Housing Trust, ‘Places for People’ was written to the City Council.
The 4 page letter, sent on behalf of over 250 Hulme households, focussed on the
- size and shape of the buildings
- effect on the neighbourhood
- the loss of open space
- access to community facilities
- employment and training opportunities for local residents
The letter says “residents feel that unless the issues raised above are addressed, the current application for development should be refused”.
Birley Fields Campaign Group member, Deyika Nzeribe commented “This shows that there are real concerns about this development from organisations in Hulme not just residents. Other Housing Trusts should be taking similar responsible action.”
He also when onto say that the lack of real consultation has been damaging. “Between an internal MMU report critising their own consultation and the King of the Council, Richard Leese, dismissing local anxiety on the plans*, no wonder people think its a stitch up. And forget about asking the local councillors, they don’t seem to have a clue outside of the party line on this issue.”
* “Three’s a magic number” story.
The Save Birley Field Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/birleyfields/