Thursday, 6 August 2009

MMU Campus Plans in Hulme

Residents concern over loss of green space

In a document called Birley Fields Campus Proposals, we finally got confirmation from the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) of their plans for the last remaining green space in Hulme. We also found out where the car park would be situated. Clearly, they responded to the many residents who emailed them with their concerns about the 750-space car park, which was going to be plonked right next to Hornchurch Court. Thanks to residents’ pressure, the car park has shrunk to 400 spaces and has been moved over to the other side of Princess Parkway.

Local resident Nigel Woodcock, who is the Secretary of the Hornchurch Court residents’ association and Green Party member, said, “The car park victory is small but significant. However, the plans still involve the removal of the last of our green space, including the destruction of many beautiful mature trees. I want to try to save as much green space as possible, and on the consultation leaflet they’ve not even given an option for ‘green space’, which is highly biased in my opinion. I’d urge all Hulme residents to fill in a consultation form and to write ‘green space’ after ‘Other’ on the form – see what they do about that!”

For more information on the plans see here and click here to take part in the survey

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