Birley Fields Campaign Group

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The ‘Birley Fields Campaign Group’ are a local community group consisting of residents and students in Hulme and Moss Side. The group is aiming to develop the area in Hulme known as Birley Fields in a way that will maximise the environmental, social and economic benefits to the residents of Hulme and Moss Side.
Hulme has been rebuilt 3 times over the past 60 years, the most recent regenerating it into its current incarnation, which was designed with a large amount of community input. The film below is a 15 minute documentary by Conor Hartnett, outlining the development of Hulme and the origins of Birley Fields.
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There have been attempts by the local community to work with the Manchester City Council (MCC) to develop Birley Fields with ideas generated by the community but these ideas have been dismissed.
Currently Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) are looking to build a 22,000 sq ft campus over the majority of the green space of Birley Fields, supported by the MCC.
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The campaign group believes that the
  • consultation conducted was poorly distributed and the questions asked not fair and balanced
  • modest benefits the University say would come to the community of Hulme and Moss Side are  exaggerated
  • problems that having a major campus in Hulme will cause long standing problems for the community, which include traffic congestion and pressure on local resources (medical, dental, housing etc).
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See the information sheet for more details.
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The campaign is planning on producing its own consultation of the proposed MMU campus development and is looking for answers from MMU/ MCC on how they are planning to deal with the problems the development will bring with it (see MMU Campus).
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The MMU development will be a radically, permanent change Hulme.
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If you have a opinion, if you want a say, if you’d like a choice,

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